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Patricia M. Heins


Patricia M. (Nolan) Heins, 84, formerly of 2535 Wilbricht Lane, Dubuque, went to her final resting place Friday, November 3, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St. with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30pm.

Pat was born May 7th, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John J. and Frances M.(Clapham) Nolan.
She graduated from the Visitation Academy and continued her education at Mercy School of Nursing. She married Lloyd F. Heins January 15, 1955 and together they raised their five children. Pat worked as a Registered Nurse until her family life demanded the majority of her time and she became a full-time wife and mother. She was active in her kids activities including Scout leader both for her sons and daughters. When her children were almost grown she returned to Nursing at Mercy until retiring in 1993. She and Lloyd enjoyed dinners and outings with her Mercy classmates, retirees, "Deere" friends, and what they lovingly refer to as " The Gourmet Club". These groups nurtured friendships for many decades.

Pat was a quiet woman who enjoyed her faith and family, attending daily mass when she was able and praying the Rosary each evening. She enjoyed shopping, reading, gardening, and just "puttering" in the yard. She treasured most her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved hearing about their adventures but always hopeful they would return home. Pat was a fabulous cook and hosted many family gatherings where precious memories were made and many laughs were had. No one ever went away hungry or refused to be her taste testers.. And her homemade pies, WOW, delicious!

Pat is survived by her children, Julie Heins, Mark (Kim) Heins of Dubuque, IA, Dan (Chris) Heins of Peosta, IA, Sue (Tim) Kelly of Dubuque, and Amy (Jim) Vesperman of Platteville, WI.; her grandchildren Kate Reber, Holly (James) Elliott, Heather (Eric) Weir, Jacob(Jessica)Heins, Danielle(Jeremy)Daughetee, Nolan Heins, Adam, Jonathan and Luke Kelly, Gracie, Cora and Jesse Vesperman; her great grandchildren, Hannah and Carter Elliott, Ellie and Owen Daughetee, Hadley, Hunter and Harrison Heins, Jack and Colt Weir; her siblings, Bill (Rosie) Nolan, Anita Kehoe, Bette (Fran) Libansky, Jody (Lynn) Vorbrich, Rick (Sharon) Nolan, and brother-in-law Don Holloway of La Porte, IN, and many other relatives and friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, parents John and Frances Nolan, brothers and sister-in law Jack Kehoe, Janet Holloway, David Heins, mother and father-in-law Milton and Frances (Welsh) Heins..

Pat will be greatly missed by family, relatives and friends

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



Vincent A. Kramer


Vincent A. Kramer, 86, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:15 P.M. AT Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vince may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. The Epworth Fire department will meet in a body at 7 P.M. and the Epworth American Legion Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Vince will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 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 with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American legion post #650.

He was born August 9, 1931 in Farley, Iowa, son of Fred and Josephine (Stelken) Kramer. He received his education in the Epworth schools. On July 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Constance A. Radabough at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 26, 1978. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years until his retirement in 1987.

He is an Army Veteran having served from 1953 to 1955. He is a member of the Epworth American Legion Post #650. He is also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa. He served on the Epworth volunteer Fire Department for 24 years, during which time he served as Captain. Vince was the first recipient of the Annual Fire Fighter of the Year Award from the Epworth department.

He is survived by 6 children, Anne (Dick) Besler of Epworth, IA, Michael Kramer of Las Vegas, NV, Tim (Lori) Kramer of Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Paul) Boffeli of Eldridge, IA, Daniel (Angie) Kramer and Mark "Chuck" (Cindy) Kramer both of Epworth, IA; 10 grandchildren, Chris Besler, Matt and Kenzie Kramer, Anna, Drew and Grace Boffeli, Alex and Ashley Kramer, and Cody and Bella Gardner; one brother, James Kramer of Dubuque, IA; 4 sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Kramer of Epworth, IA, Sandra (Dennis) Foreman of Anchorage, AK, Peggy (Jere) Johnson of Janesville, WI, and Tammi (Darwin) Allen of San Mateo, CA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Francis "Fran" (Ray) Schmitt, Mary (Orland) McDermott and Anita (James) McDermott; four brothers, Fred A. Kramer, Bernard (Bernice) Kramer, Ed (Dola) Kramer, and Herb (Irene) Kramer; and two sister-in-laws, Nancy Kramer and DeeAnn Soppe.

The family of Vince would like to thank the entire staff of Manorcare Health Services and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to him.

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



Judy C. Hentges


Judy C. Hentges, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:18 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at her home. To honor Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rick Mihm officiating. To celebrate Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Judy was born on September 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Kermit and Elnora (Randall) Mitchell.

Judy was united in marriage to Allen Hentges on July 5, 1958. Sadly, he was called home ahead of her in 1971, after only 13 years together. Judy was fortunate enough to find love, once again, and was united in marriage to Ronald "Butch" Hentges, on April 29, 1972, at Faith United Methodist Church. They were blessed with 36 years together before he was also called home ahead of her on May 6, 2008. Judy was born with a strong work ethic and would begin her working career by investing over 20 years in the produce department at Randall's. She next reached for her dream of owning and operating her own flower shop, H & H Florist, which brought Judy years of fruitful satisfaction until she finally began her last working stint with Hills & Dales, where she permanently retired from in 2006. In her free-time, Judy loved spending time with her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Sophia; who is quite possibly the only person on the planet she would even consider sharing her Gremlins with. When she wasn't spending time with family and friends, you could usually discover Judy trying her luck sitting at the quarter slots and waiting patiently for the lights and bells to signal another success. We are beyond sad today with the sudden loss of Judy from our lives. Her loving, kind and uniquely generous soul has surely left a void we will not be able to replace while we remain here; but we are definitely relieved to know that she is finally reunited with all of her family who've been called home ahead of her. Thank you Judy for all the beautiful love, joy and memories you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include

her 5 children,
Brad Hentges, Dubuque, IA,
Bret Hentges, Peosta, IA,
Randall "Whitey" (Juanita) Hentges, Dubuque, IA,
Alonna "Lonnie" (Shane Cole) Hentges, Mt. Horeb, WI
and Tricia Montgomery, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Parnisha Perry, Randy Hentges, Zachary Hentges, Wesley Hentges, Jenna Sarazin, Allen Hentges, Brooke Konzen and Katie Konzen;

her 8 great-grandchildren,
Sophia Konzen, Owen Hentges, Mason Hentges, Brayden Abresch, Brenden Abresch, Caiden Scheffert, William Hentges and Alexis Scovell;

her sister,
Betty (John) Fitz, Dubuque, IA;

her other sister,
Carol (Jim) Loney, Dubuque, IA;

her close friend,
Joan Hentges, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Allen Hentges; her 2nd husband, Ronald "Butch" Hentges; a son, Joseph Hentges; and a brother, James Mitchell.

A Judy C. Hentges 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

 



Dr. Melvin L. Bernard


Dr. Melvin L. "Bud" Bernard, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 1, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of his life is pending and will be announced in the spring of 2018. The service will be at the United Methodist Church with burial following at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Lee Bernard was born on January 16, 1923 in Eagle Grove, Iowa, to George H. and Mary Estella (Lewis) Bernard. He lived on the family farm until his graduation from Eagle Grove High School in 1941. He then attended Eagle Grove Junior College and Iowa State University.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and was called to service in February of 1943 serving in the 2208 Trucking Company and the 1585 Trucking Battalion in the European Theater during World War II. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in December of 1945 he returned to Eagle Grove. In February of 1946, he boarded a train in Webster City, Iowa that was bound for Chicago bringing with him one small suitcase. His goal was to convince the president of the Illinois College of Optometry that they wanted him as a student. Within one week of that meeting he began his education.

During this time, he met Marilyn Ruth Sack at a dance. They were married on February 20, 1948 in Chicago, IL. Bud and Marilyn were married for 61 years and have two children; Donna (Keith) Wiebersch and Gary (Barbara) Bernard.

In 1949 they moved to Maquoketa where he opened his optometric practice. After 45 years he semi-retired and sold his practice to Dr. David Sybesma. He continued his practice of optometry until 2000 when he fully retired.

Dr. Bernard was a member of the American Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Association, College of Vision Development and fellow member of the American Academy of Optometry. He made nine trips to Mexico as a member of the Iowa Chapter of Vosh. Locally, he was a member of Rotary where he served as the 20th president of the club. He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Izaak Walton, Knights of Pythias, Ducks Unlimited and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also involved in the group that brought the industrial site to Maquoketa. Bud was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he also served on the board during the time the church was built on Wesley Drive.

Throughout his life he enjoyed both participating in and watching all sports. He was especially proud and fond of watching his grandchildren in all of their activities. Bud also enjoyed watching the Iowa State Cyclones as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes. His personal hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing, reading and traveling worldwide with Marilyn.

Bud is survived by his children, Donna (Keith) Wiebersch of Dubuque, IA, and Gary (Barbara) Bernard of Galena, IL; 4 grandchildren, Katelin Wiebersch of Dubuque, IA, Matthew Wiebersch of Chicago, IL, Ellen (Kyle) Colgan of St. Charles, MO, and Samuel Bernard of Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Bernard of Minnetonka, MN, and Jerald (Laurene) Bernard of Cedar Falls, IA; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bernard of Cedar Falls, IA; and a brother-in-law Jim Stevenson of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Russell, a sister, Eileen, and his wife Marilyn on November 5, 2009.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Jake Bickford and Chuck Farnum for their special friendship and to all of the personnel at Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their exceptional care.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dr. Melvin L. "Bud" Bernard memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com



Mary I. Leget


Mary I. Platner Schnell Leget, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Irene Platner was born on May 15, 1937 in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, to Glenn and Marie (Stoneking) Platner. She grew up on a farm in Marion, Iowa and was a 1955 graduate of Marion High School. She married Russell E. "Gene" Leget in 1974 in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1998.

Mary had worked as a bookkeeper at Penrose Hardware Store and more recently at Stickley Electric in Maquoketa for many years.

Mary enjoyed gardening, canning, listening to music, and being with nature. She especially cherished time with her family and friends. Mary's fun-loving spirit and kindness will be greatly missed.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Rogene Ann Schnell of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Craig Allen (DiAnna) Schnell of Excelsior Springs, MO; a brother Allen Platner of Marion, IA; a sister Glenna Whitmarsh of TX; 2 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and best friend, John Stockel of Lancaster, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell E. "Gene" Leget, a son William "Bill" Schnell, sisters Pauline and Harriet, and infant brother Glenn Wayne.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 



Mary K. Duehr


Mary K. Duehr, age 76, of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at her home. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and also from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on January 2, 1941, in Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Eugene and Mildred (Ott) Livens.

Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Lavern B. Duehr, on October 30, 1965, in Potosi, Wisconsin. They were blessed with 38 years together, and 11 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 26, 2003. Mary was always a diligent and hard worker, who was not only a full-time wife, mother and homemaker, but also shared her talents as a cook with Albrecht Acres and the Dubuque County Jail. She had many hobbies in her free-time, and one of the most notable was her love of collecting, drying and shelling thousands of nuts each year. Mary spent many an hour in happy contentment securing her necessary supply for delectable pies and rolls, as well as for her Farmer's Market stand where she was guaranteed to be sitting every Saturday. Her hobby did come with a few "work hazards" though, as getting "Alvin" out of the house proved to be quite a challenge for her children. Mary was also well known for her love of anything related to Elvis or Potosi; always looking for the next treasure to be added to her ever growing collection. She also enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors tending to her gardens, heading out for an evening of Bingo, sneaking out to try her luck with the handle at the casino, or even a spirited game of cards with family and friends. However, her unwavering love of family was definitely a primary focus in Mary's life and her words, thoughts and actions as such were always on display for all to see. She absolutely loved family gatherings and nothing could ever compare to the glory of the holidays in Mary's heart and mind. Throughout her life Mary has unfortunately also experienced some terrible heartache along the way. Losing her husband, and 2 sons, left a hole in Mary's heart which was never going to be filled while she was still walking along her earthly journey. Our sorrow today, caused by the sudden absence of our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend is somewhat consoled by the thought and realization that Mary will be spending this Thanksgiving with her Heavenly Family, and we know and trust that one day we'll all be celebrating together again around the table.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her 9 children,
Annette (David) Grant, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Michelle (Jeffrey) Ketterer, Dubuque, IA,
Marsha (Gary) Gander, Fairfax, IA,
Amy (P.J.) Cahill, Marion, IA,
Tony (Amy) Duehr, Balltown, IA,
Lisa (Rick) Klinkhammer, Balltown, IA,
Lori Duehr, Cedar Rapids, IA
Stacy Duehr, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Henry Duehr, North Liberty, IA;

her 22 grandchildren,

her 13 great-grandchildren,

and her brother,
Keith Livens, South Milwaukee, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lavern Duehr; 2 sons, Nicholas Duehr, in infancy and Raymond Duehr; a grandson, Logan Grant; a sister, Betty (Austin) Senerchia; and a brother, Joel Livens.

A Mary K. Duehr 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 Mike and Cindy at Breitbach's Country Dining for their thoughtfulness in ensuring every Friday night she had a hot meal, flowers on the holidays, and memorable conversations with lots of laughs and hugs, thanks Mikey, Ben and Annie. Also thanks to the LVAD Department at UIHC, especially Kyle, Carol, Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Coltran for their wonderful care of Mary.

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

 



Sandra S. (Montag) Tigges


Sandra "Sandy" S. (Montag) Tigges, 75, of Asbury, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Sandy was born November 29, 1941 in East Dubuque, IL the daughter of Leo "Chris" and Ruth (Liddle) Montag. She married Florian Tigges, Jr. on April 28, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Sandy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection, TOPS, volunteered at the Arboretum, enjoyed knitting, reading, cross-stitch, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

Those left behind include her husband, Florian; children, Amy (Doug) Wagner of Asbury, Rob (Teresa) Tigges of Key West , Molly (Tom) Coyle of Sherrill, Jenny (Dave) Schrobilgen of Dubuque, Steve (Paula) Tigges of Marshfield, WI, and Susan (Steve) Swift of Monticello , and; 19 grandchildren, Doug, Tyler, Drew, Quinn Wagner, Nick, Tom, Trisha, Scott Tigges, Maggie, Carlee, Jolee, Arriana Coyle, Matt, Ben Schrobilgen, Lorna, Lainey, Will, Chris, Anabell Swift; one great-grandson, Henry; siblings, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, Kris Ann (Kevin) Strehlow, Tony (Collen) Montag, and Rick (Kristi) Montag; her in-laws, Barb (Chuck) Pruter, Bob (Pat) Tigges, Sharon Johannes, Jackie Tigges, Suzanne (Jim) Heinle, and Mary Montag.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Beth Ruth Ann Tigges; two brothers, Michael and Tom Montag; mother and father in-law, Florian, Sr. and Henrietta Tigges.

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

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



Margery Jean Penningroth


Margery Jean Penningroth, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Margery's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Friends and family may gather in "The Bistro" at Carson's immediately following the service. A private burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Margery Jean Scott was born on January 25, 1922 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Fred and Etta (Harding) Scott. She was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Maquoketa Junior College. She married Ergon Lester Penningroth on July 24, 1944 in Baldwin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

Margery taught school for two years, worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II and was a homemaker. Additionally, she had farmed with her husband on the family farm near Elwood retiring to Maquoketa in 1988.

Margery had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being active in church and the ladies group helping to serve their monthly dinners. She also enjoyed playing cards in various card groups, flower and vegetable gardening, needlework, and had kept a daily diary throughout her married life.

Those left to honor Margery's memory include a son, Dean Albert Penningroth of Punta Gorda, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 brothers Galen, Claire, Blaine, Keith, Charles, Fred, and Bob, 4 sisters Dorothy, Ferne, Gertrude and Betta, and her husband Ergon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the Elwood United Methodist Church.

The family would like give special thanks to Dan and Colleen Kilburg for their special care of and dedication to the Penningroth family, as well as the faithful caregivers who cared for her in her home.

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



Madonna M. McElmeel


Madonna M. McElmeel, 73, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, November 1. 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Madonna was born Jan. 16, 1944 in Oakland, CA, daughter of James P. and Helen (Siefker) McElmeel. She attended Briar Cliff College and was employed as a nurse's aide at various Nursing Homes.

She also served in the U.S. Army from 1970 thru 1972 and was a member of the Army Band.

Madonna was also one of the founding musicians of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Surviving is a foster sister, Sr. Ann (Finn) Pratt OP, of Ellensburg, WA.; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo McElmeel, of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gerald J. McElmeel; a sister, Sara M. McElmeel; and a dear friend, Marion Brielly.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnycrest Manor.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their loving care.



Patrick J. Kutsch


Patrick J. "Moon" Kutsch, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on Monday, October 30th, 2017 after a year long battle with cancer.

Committal prayers will be on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The visitation will close with a vigil service and rosary at 4 p.m.

Patrick was born June 22nd, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa to George and Elinor (Gorman) Kutsch. He attended Holy Ghost and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968.

He married Dorothy M. Schroeder April 1st, 2014. They were together for 44 years; he always joked that he asked her to marry him after being together for a year, but it took her 39 years to say "yes".

Patrick was the owner and operator of Blue Moon Antiques in Galena, IL for over 20 years. Prior to that he worked as a machinist at the Adams Co. and John Deere. At his Antique store, he love working with wood and refinishing antiques. He always enjoyed joking and interacting with his customers, he loved to tell them a good joke or two.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy M. Schroeder-Kutsch; his siblings Barb Trierweiler and Richard Kutsch both of Dubuque, Tom (Bobi) Kutsch of Crestview FL, his twin brother Michael Kutsch of Attleboro, MA, and Robert (Brenda) Kutsch of Soquel, CA; as well as his much loved nieces and nephews Steve (Julie), Sarah, Jim (Denise), Jake (Laura), Oliver, Wendy, Bailey, Shellie, Zachary, Ellianna, Patrick (Virginia), Georgia, Hunter, Amy (Jason), Aaron, Reese Rose, David (Janet), Tyson, Jeremy (Whitney), Michael Jr., and Cody Ann.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Elinor, as well as his siblings James R. (Connie Dunn) Kutsch and David F. Kutsch.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their attention and care they gave to Patrick.



Helen M. Beatty


Helen Mae Beatty, 94, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 31, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Friday from 5 pm until time of service.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls.

Helen was born September 22, 1923, in Dexter, IA, the daughter of Tom and Stella (Graham) Warren. She grew up during the Depression, attending school in several Iowa towns before graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1942. She then worked at the Viking Pump Company where she met Kenneth Beatty. They were married November 13, 1943, in Quantico, VA, and settled in Cedar Falls after his military service.

Following Kenneth's death on January 12, 1970, Helen worked as a secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls before retiring and moving to Dubuque. She spent her most recent years knitting hundreds of stocking caps and mittens for needy children.

Helen is survived by her two children: Kennie (Gary) Harris of Peosta and Kevin (Lisa) Beatty of Dubuque; five grandchildren: Ellen (Tim) Steffen of Peosta, Drew (Rachel) Harris of Fort Worth (TX), Neil Harris of Chicago, Erin (Robert) Daughters of Dubuque, and Gwen (Ryan) Werner of Cuba City; and seven great-grandchildren: Max, Carley, Josie and Will Steffen, and Grant, Ben and Gracie Harris.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings.

The family requests no flowers, and suggests that any memorials be directed to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Stephens Food Bank.   

 

 



Arlene M. Kane


Arlene M. (Sieverding) Kane 79 of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Manor Care in Dubuque surrounded by her family. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service 1640 Main St. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Arlene was born June 2, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Mildred (Chilson) Sieverding. She graduated from St. Catherine Grade School and attended St. Joseph Academy. Arlene married Lawrence J. Kane on November 26, 1955 at St. Catherine Catholic Church, he passed on July 31, 1997. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Rosary Society, enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles. Arlene was a CNA at Heritage Manor until her retirement.

Survivors include her children; Carol (Marty) Ambrosy of Dubuque, David Kane of Zwingle, Diann (Randy) Feehan-Pickel, Pamela (Marty) Hantelmann of Dubuque, and Julie (Rod) Rettenmeier of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister in-law, Marjorie Sieverding.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son in-law, James A. Feehan; and a brother, Richard Sieverding.

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

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



Richard C. Voss


Richard C. Voss, age 72, of Tiffin, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at home. To honor Richard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Richard's life, family and friends may visit from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Richard was born on November 8, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Donald and Irene (Mentz) Voss.

Richard was united in marriage to the love of his life, Veronica Lampe, on July 10, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were absolutely blessed to have been given the opportunity to spend 44 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on April 17, 2017. Richard was a very active and faithful member of St. Mary's Church, and generously shared his musical talents as an organist for the choir for over 25 years. In his free time, Richard could often be found out in his perfectly manicured lawn tending to his abundantly colorful flower gardens, all while making sure that each and every weed had been properly eradicated with meticulous precision. His greatest joy in this world however, was the precious time he spent with his beautiful bride, Veronica. The two of them were inseparable, and enjoyed countless adventures together while traveling the world throughout the years. The adorably devoted couple also found great joy in some of the more simple pleasures in life also. A fun evening of babysitting for family, or even a few hands and a little fellowship around the card table could easily fulfill their day. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a uniquely kind-hearted and gracious man; but are surely at peace with the fact that Richard's broken heart has finally been mended now and that he and Veronica are together again while finally beginning their eternal journey in a state of perfect love, never to be separated again!

Those left to cherish Richard's memory include

numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife, Veronica Voss.

A Richard C. Voss 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

 



John H. Barrett


John H. Barrett, age 85, of Dubuque, left this world to meet his Savior at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on July 10, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Francis and Della (Lebben) Barrett.

Growing up in Dubuque, John began his primary education at Franklin School, next onto Washington Junior High, and then even invested a little time at Dubuque Senior High School before he had to begin his working years to help support his family. His first job was setting bowling pins at Holy Trinity, until he began working at the Phillips 66 Gas Station on the South End, and then he finally began his main career with Red Dot/Frito Lay, where he would loyally devote over 35 years until his well earned retirement. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Juanita Baxter, on October 15, 1951, and they were truly blessed to not only be given 5 children to raise, love and nurture, but to also have been able to celebrate their 66 wonderful years of marital bliss together earlier this month. John also found time to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1951 until 1960. John was a huge sports fan who had an undeniable love/hate relationship with his Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. One of John's dreams in this life finally came to fruition last year when his Cubbies actually won the World Series. John was a kind and humble human being who only desired contentment and expected nothing in return from this world. He throughly enjoyed a good laugh, and was continually satisfied in that area thanks to his family and their daily antics. John instilled, in all of his children, the value of possessing an excellent work ethic and never living beyond your means. His family was truly his pride and joy; he would do absolutely anything within his power to help them, even if at times the difficult decision of doing nothing at all was exactly what was necessary in order to teach them a lesson. His loving and forever patient wife Juanita would humorously admit that John was always right, even when he was "occasionally" wrong! The sudden departure of our dear John has our hearts aching in the depths we rarely know exist. We know our faith and time will heal our wounds, but for now we only seem to find peace in the knowledge that Dad's earthly health issues have now ceased and that one day we will get to see and hear him laugh once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife,
Juanita Barrett, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Daniel Barrett,
Linda (Tom) Hillebrand,
Sandy Bush,
Robert Barrett,
and Shari (Bob) Wissing, all of Dubuque;

his 9 grandchildren,
Danielle and Gabrielle Barrett, Tom (Rachael) Hillebrand, Jason Jellison, Bob (Brooke) Bush, Brandi (Shane) Kampas, Jeff Barrett, Mike and Melissa Wissing;

his 10 great-grandchildren;

and his 2 sisters,
Joan Murphy
and Joyce Helling, both of Dubuque.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Barrett; a sister, Shirley (Vince) Scardino; and 2 other brothers-in-law, James Helling and Robert Murphy.

A John H. Barrett memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

John's family would like to extend a special thanks to our sister, Linda and her husband Tom, Dr. Ramabadran, MD, Julie Ehlinger, ARNP, and the staff at the Anticoagulation Clinic, for all of the help, compassion and care they provided to John, and his family.

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

 



Donald R. Cook Sr.


Donald R. "Don" Cook Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:45 a.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, a time of sharing will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Don was born on February 14, 1935, in Cuba City, WI, son of Maurice and Emma (Jones) Cook Sr.

Don was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was shortly after united in marriage to the love of his life, Edith Specht, on December 3, 1955, in Dubuque. They have been blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 6 children. Don spent over 36 years of his life providing for his family as an elevator technician for both Montgomery and Otis Elevator Companies, before finally retiring in 1992. In his free-time, Don enjoyed spending a little quality time in the kitchen with his grandson, Chris, venturing up to Lake Michigan for his yearly Salmon haul, and wrenching in the garage on anything mechanical (but most especially stockcars). Don was definitely an easy going man who didn't let the world around him rattle his disposition very often. His kind and generous heart was generally on display for those he cared for, and the role modeling he presented so easily over the years will be carried on through his generations to follow. We will surely miss our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we are eternally grateful for the 82 years worth of love and lessons Don leaves behind for us to treasure until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Edith Cook, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 children,
Donald "Butch" Cook, Jr.,
Debra "Deb" Doll,
Bill Cook,
Charles "Chuck" (Patty) Cook,
Robert "Bob" (Heidi) Cook, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Troy) Hackbarth, Rockford, IL;

his 10 grandchildren,
Amy, Michelle, Josh, Eric, Clayton, Ryan, Chris, Sydney, Skyler and Addison;

his 4 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Garey (Carrie) Cook, Rockford, IL;

his sister-in-law, Ellen Cook, Jacksonville, NC;

and his brother-in-law, Dean March, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty March; and 2 brothers, Bevan Cook and Maurice Cook Jr.

A Donald R. "Don" Cook 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



Karen Tharp


Karen Tharp, 73, of Monticello died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello surrounded by her family.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:30 am Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, where military honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team.

Karen was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Roy Smith and Gloria Fusco-Wolken. She graduated from High School in Phoenix, AZ, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in History. She served in the United States Army, having been discharged in 1978, and continued in the Reserve for several years afterward.

She married Harold "Wayne" Tharp on August 23, 1982, in Pensacola, FL. Together they made their way back to Monticello 21 years ago, and she enjoyed working at Advancement Services of Jones County taking care of the disadvantaged. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Harold "Wayne" of Monticello; 2 daughters: Stacy (Chris) White of Stedman, NC, and Tammy Tharp of Monticello; grandchildren: Hailey and Gavin Winders, and Keven and Charles White due in January 2018;

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ava Holt

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Phyllis R. Edwards


Phyllis R. Edwards, 85, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, October 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phyllis Regina Yarolem was born on December 2, 1931 in Canton, Iowa, to Charles and Blanche (Bickford) Yarolem. She attended school in Canton and later in Onslow. She married Arley Dale Edwards on August 11, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1972.

Phyllis had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She then worked for Formfit in Monmouth, Illinois making garments for several years. Lastly, she worked for over 15 years at Servus Rubber in Rock Island, Illinois on the assembly line and in the shipping department. Upon her husband's death, she moved to Maquoketa in 1972 and then to Monmouth in 1973.

Phyllis enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her family. She liked playing cards, fishing, camping, puzzle books and watching NASCAR with Carl Edwards being her favorite driver.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, John "J.C." (Jean) Martensen of Welton, IA, Ellen (James) Wadsworth of Eldridge, MO, Dale (Lonna) Edwards of Rock Island, IL, Arla (James) Clark of Wyoming, IA, and Arley "Bryan" (Christine) Edwards of Milan, IL; a step-daughter, Laurie (Michael) Lemmer of Cascade, IA; a sister Marlene Kaye (Robert) Hess of Eldon, MO; a brother, Jerry (Janice) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law, Beverly Yarolem of Monmouth, IA, and Marlene Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; 28 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arley Dale Edwards, a daughter Wendy Passig, 3 great-grandchildren Levi Edwards, Braxton Maher and Manixx Maher, 5 brothers Charles Jr., Kenny, Rex, Wayne and Bob Yarolem, 3 sisters Marietta Graves, Jane Holland and one infant sister, and a special friend of over 30 years Robert Benischek.

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

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



Thomas H. Jenk Jr.


Thomas H. Jenk Jr., 64, of Dyersville passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:30-10:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born January 1, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Thomas Sr. and Beverly (Lancaster) Jenk. He married Pamela Drew in August of 1976, in Wilmette, IL.

Tom was well known for his baseball coaching ability at Beckman Catholic High School, where he taught for 43 years. He was an avid fan of the Hawkeyes and the Cubs, and enjoyed grilling out. Above all, his family was his top priority, especially the love of his life, Pam.

Survivors include his wife of 41years, Pam; children: Drew (Lisa) Jenk of Scottsdale, AZ, Brooke (Bob) Bush of Dubuque; grandchildren: Derek & Addie Jenk and Lincoln Bush; siblings: David Jenk of Mount Vernon and Lisa (Jude) Milbert of Dyersville; his father-in-law, Roger Drew of Sun City West, AZ, brothers-and-sisters-in-laws: Donna (Vic) McBroom, Sandi Drew, Steve (Nancy) Drew and Polly (Tom) Tichy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law, Nancy Drew.

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



Eugene J. Hefel


Eugene "Gene" J. Hefel, 77, of Balltown, Iowa, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 28, 2017, at his home.
To honor and celebrate Gene's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Family and friends may visit from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and 9:00-10:00 a.m. Thursday, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Balltown.

Gene was born January 5, 1940 near North Buena Vista, Iowa, the son of John and Marie (Ludovissy) Hefel. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Errthum on June 25, 1960 at Holy Cross Church in Holy Cross, Iowa. Gene was a 50 year member of the International Union of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren, searching for pieces of pink depression glass, trout fishing, taking pride in his lawn, and of course, enjoying his chocolate ice cream.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; children, Susan Hefel (Greg Buttz) of Ankeny, Steve (Tina) Hefel of Lodi, WI, Marty (Lee) Hefel of Oelwein, Marsha (Randy) Kerper of Ankeny, Deanna (Steve) Maifield of Ames, Donna (Ron) Gruening of Cedar Falls, and Trisha (Ryan) Roach of Dubuque; grandchildren, Lindsey and Kaitlin Hefel, Tyler and Emma Hefel, Kyle and Allie Kerper, Claire and Caroline Maifield, Ethan, Lily, Elaina and Lucas Gruening, Elijah and Lauren Roach; and sister in-laws, Adeline Hefel of Dubuque and JoAnn (Hefel) Kremer of Farley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 7 brothers, Anthony, Phillip, Louis, Marcellus, Vince, Lawrence and Bernard; a sister, Hilda (Wagner) Engelken and grandson Matthew Hefel.

The family wishes to thank the many people, too numerous to mention, who have supported them and will be in their hearts forever.

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

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



Donald M. Gilmore


Donald M. Gilmore, 94, of Monticello died Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 10-11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Monticello where the Monticello Drill Team will accord military honors.

Don was born September 2, 1923, north of Springville the son of Ralph and Alma (DeVoe) Gilmore. He graduated from the Anamosa High School and served in the US Army during the Occupation of Japan after WWII from 1946 - 1947. He married Mildred Evers in February of 1948. Don was a police officer and eventually the Chief of Police in Monticello, worked at Julin Printing, and retired from Energy Manufacturing on his 62nd birthday. In his spare time he was an avid fisherman, loved to play cards and was a good dancer.

He is survived by his four daughters: Sandra (Gary) Schwab, Jana (Jim) Siebels, LuAnn (Gary) Weber and Faye (Kevin) Williams, all of Monticello; 5 grandchildren: Daniel Ginter, Jason Whittemore, Mindy (Ben) Capron, Shawn (Christina) Weber and Noah Williams; 5 great grandchildren: Morgan Ginter, Chesney and Ava Capron, Madalynn and Kaden Weber; in-laws: MayAnn Gilmore of Anamosa, Jack Evers of Rowley, IA, and Kathleen Postel of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, a grandson, Scott Weber, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



LeRoy W. Petersen


LeRoy W. "Pete" Petersen, 86, of Warrensburg, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

LeRoy W. "Pete" Petersen was born on July 22, 1931 in Ottumwa, Iowa, and was the son of Engvirt and Nettie Hazel (Hayward) Petersen. He was a 1949 Wyoming High School graduate. He enlisted in the Navy and was a Seabee spending time in the South Pacific. After his discharge he began working for Joe Martin Chrysler Plymouth in Maquoketa, Iowa as a Parts Manager, working there for 39 years. When Joe Martin closed, he and LaVonne moved to Missouri where he worked for Warrensburg Chrysler as Parts Manager, retiring in 1992.

He married LaVonne M. Ruggeberg on September 7, 1957 in Lost Nation, Iowa.

"Pete" loved fine cars, his dogs and high quality trap shoot guns. He was known for never driving a car that was dirty or that did not have a show room shine on it. He had several Springer Spaniels and later made several rescue dogs his much loved favorite pets. He took up the hobby of trap shooting and enjoyed every match he was in for over 50 years. He became very good and won many trophies and awards over the years. He and LaVonne managed the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club over 15 years, making it a successful operation and making many close friends.

"Pete" was a member of the Missouri trapshooters, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Petersen; and a brother-in-law, Leyland Ruggeberg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Warrensburg Animal Shelter, City Hall, 102 S. Holden, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or S.T.A.F.F (Society for treatment of abandoned and fractured friends) P.O. Box 1324, Laurie, MO 65038.

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

 



Aaron V. Fagan


Aaron V. Fagan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly, after a long battle with cancer, at 1:28 p.m., on Friday, October 27, 2017, at home, with his loving daughter Kelly by his side. To honor Aaron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Aaron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Aaron was born on August 3, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Rosemary (Wolter) Fagan.

Aaron was born and raised in Dubuque, receiving his education at Dubuque Senior High School, and eventually meeting his future bride to be, Francine Ruh. The loving couple were united in marriage on April 7, 1973, in Dubuque. They would go on to celebrate over 44 devoted years together, and were truly blessed with 4 wonderful children. Aaron would earnestly provide for his family by working at the Dubuque Packing Company until 1982, and later by investing over 30 years of his time and talents at his business, Fagan's Shoe Repair, Video Rental and Hobby Shop. He has directly contributed to the comfort of numerous adult's feet in the Tri-States, as well as creating countless childhood memories for the youth in the area. Aaron's tireless ambition to provide not only his best, but absolute perfection, in everything he did is not only a true testament to his character and business mind-set, but also to his entire life perspective. In his free-time, Aaron was quite comfortable spending a day hunting in the timber, or sitting on the lakes in northern Wisconsin with a freshly baited hook in hand. Aaron also found infinite joy when he was surrounded by family on Christmas Day and the 4th of July, working on his latest Make-A-Wish, Children's Miracle Network and Albrecht Acres projects, or simply sharing his talents, wisdom or humble gifts of compassion for others in any number of fashions. If Aaron wanted to leave this world with an absolute statement to be proclaimed, it would be that next to faith playing an important role in our lives, following in a very close second is, "Love Your Family". Aaron's family, especially his deeply adored grandchildren, were absolutely a primary motivation in his world. It is virtually impossible to accurately articulate into words the absolute love, respect and adoration Aaron carried in his heart for his grandchildren. His actions to provide for, love, nurture and adore his family were continually on display, and the memories, lessons and legacy he leaves behind will surely help heal the hearts whom find themselves completely broken today with Aaron's sudden absence from their lives. We have undeniably lost one of the "good ones', and the world will never be the same for many; but we are also thankful that the world was never going to be the same in many other positive ways simply because the Lord was kind enough to share Aaron with us for 68 years. Thank you Aaron for all of the love you shared with the world, for playing the role of World's Greatest Grandpa without hesitation, and rest assured that "this left-handed cobbler who was just trying to make a difference" has definitely completed his mission and we'll treasure every memory until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Aaron's memory include

his loving wife of 44 years,
Fran Fagan, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Kelly Fagan, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Amy) Fagan, Norwalk, IA,
Katie (Rob) Schmitt, Sherrill, IA
and Sarah (Adam) Banwarth, Richmond, VA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Brody Schmitt, Abigail Schmitt, Lucy Schmitt, Allie Schmitt, Noah Fagan, Brynn Fagan, Caleb Banwarth and Evelyn Banwarth;

his brother,
David (Jill) Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

his niece and Godchild,
Molly Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents.

An Aaron V. Fagan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Aaron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Medical Associates Oncology, and the University of Madison, for all of their professional care and concern for Aaron, and his family.

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

 



Patrick T. Copeland


Patrick T. "Pat" Copeland, age 63, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 10:15 p.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Pat's life, a time of sharing will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, where instruments and singing are not only welcome, but ultimately encouraged in Pat's honor.

Pat was born on July 9, 1954, in Fort Lee, Virginia, son of Carl and Grace (Westmark) Copeland.

Patrick was united in marriage to Valerie Arthofer on May 6, 2017, in Dubuque. Prior to finally finding Valerie, Pat had the privilege of living an absolutely full, fruitful and meaningful life. At the ripe young age of 23, Pat joined the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri, where he developed his mind, body and spirit as Brother Timothy; only to become Pat walking along his worldly journey once again, after 3 years, where he would unabashedly share all of his love, wisdom and consciousness with the world he was determined to change. Pat would next complete 2 Masters Degrees and devoted over 27 years of his working career in Psychotherapy as a substance abuse counselor who became well known not only for his specific methodology, but also for his amazing success rates. When Pat wasn't changing lives directly during his working hours, or as a proud yoga instructor, he was continually driven to positively impact the world around him. A true lover of God's creation, healthy living and music would all combine into a beautiful symphony of a gracious man who would do anything he could to help others, while simultaneously remaining humble in his gifts of love and generosity. Pat, who never met a stranger, was always up for a little fellowship with family and friends; some of his favorites would involve the sound of a racquetball hitting the wall, the chime of his frisbee finding it's base in a fun round of disc golf, or even a feverishly fun game of dominos with anyone who would dare to challenge his strategic skills. But, at the end of the day, Pat's greatest devotion was to his son, Forest. To say his love was unconditional, is an understatement in the truest sense of the word. Pat's heart was surely larger than the world around him, and there was always an abundance to share with those whom dwelled within. We are broken hearted today with Pat's departure, and ultimate completion of his earthly journey; but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love he leaves behind and we know that he is definitely enjoying the invite to an open jam with John Lennon, George Harrison and John Denver.

Those left to cherish Patrick's memory include

his wife,
Valerie Copeland, East Dubuque, IL;

his son,
Forest Lee Copeland, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 siblings,
Linda (Marv) Stewart, East Dubuque, IL,
Connie (Dennis "Pup") Mander, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Patty) Copeland, Dickeyville, WI,
his twin sister, Peggy (Paul) Kaune, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis (Cathy) Copeland, Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Barb) Copeland, Potosi, WI
and Mary (Ron) Martin, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 step-daughters,
Lauren Dixon, Iowa City, IA
and Adria Hogan, East Dubuque, IL.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Copeland in 2005.

A Patrick T. Copeland memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Patrick's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for their caring, compassionate and loving care of Patrick.

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

 



Dorothy L. Carstensen


Dorothy Lois Carstensen, 91, of Preston died October 27, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

She was the daughter of Harry and Susie (Campbell) Fey and was born on October 3, 1926 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was educated in schools in Clinton County and attended the Iowa State Teachers College In Cedar Falls. She taught in the Elwood and Delmar schools.

On August 3, 1952, she married Ingwer Carstensen in Elwood. They farmed in Clinton and Jackson Counties.

She is survived by her husband Ingwer; children Jim (Dawn Strait) Carstensen of Bellevue, Connie (Dan) Conine of Robins, and Mary Jo (Rich) Hainstock of Vinton; grandchildren Matt (Danielle) Hainstock, Carissa and Ben Conine, Ethan and Maggie Carstensen and step-granddaughter Jenifer (Josh) Pierce; step-great granddaughter Kinzie; numerous nieces, nephews, great, great-great and even great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Fey and sisters Ethel Fey and Eleanor (Elly) ter Haar.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, October 30, 2017, and services will be at 10 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2017, both at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery.

She was a member of the Preston Legion Auxiliary Unit 602 for 48 years, the Preston United Methodist Church, and the Jackson County Retired School Personnel.

She especially loved being with her family. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, serving others and corresponding with friends and family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dorothy L. Carstensen memorial fund has been established.

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



Joseph R. Pillard


Joseph Richard Pillard, 66, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on October 26th, 2017 at home.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Joe was born on February 20th, 1951 in Dubuque, the son of Delbert and Rita (Schmitt) Pillard. He graduated from Wahlert High School Class of 1969; received his B.A. in Finance from University of Iowa in 1973. He married Sheila Kearney on June 1, 1973 at St. Joseph's Parish, Key West, IA
He worked for Dubuque County Courthouse Auditor's Office for 3 years; Interstate Power/Alliant Energy for 20+ years, and Mercy Pharmacy and Hartig Drug.

Joe was past board member of Alliant Credit Union; and past board member of Parent Association at St. Joseph the Worker School. Joe also coached Independent League baseball in Dubuque.

Joe lived a full and fulfilling life. He loved his family and adored his children and grandchildren. Joe is a Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and played baseball for the Key West Prairie League team and the Dubuque Blues as a young man, which led to many lifelong friendships. Joe was also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes. After a yearlong struggle against the idea of the Chicago Cubs being World Champions, Joe's heart could take no more.

He is survived by his father Delbert Pillard; wife Sheila (Kearney) Pillard; daughters Amy (Mike) Studier and Anne (Mark) Trocinski; Sons Jim Pillard and Ted Pillard; grandchildren Charlie, Mitchell, Madeline Studier and Henry Trocinski; Sister Laura (Terry) Dement and Avery; Brother Brian (Jennifer) Pillard and Ben, Zach, and Nick (Julie) Pillard and Harper; Aunt Mable Schmitt; Brothers and sisters in law: Allan (Vickie) Kearney, Linda Gernes, Jan Kearney-Wheeler, Colleen Kirkwood, Donna Beaman, Mary Beth (Pat) Willenbring, Sherri (Rick) Treanor, Kevin (Lisa) Kearney, Joyce (Chuck) Pastene, Joe Kearney, Terry (Angie) Kearney, and Jeff (Karla) Kearney and their families; and longtime friends Jim and Jacquie Roth.

Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents Louis & Mary Pillard and Jacob & Bertha Schmitt; Mother Rita (Schmitt) Pillard; Mother and Father-in-law Donald & Marian Kearney, Aunt Lucille Pillard, Uncles Vince Schmitt and Albert Schmitt, Uncle and Aunt Melvin and Marian Schmitt, Brother in law Fred Gernes, Nephew Blane Anderson, and Robert Pillard, a brother who died in infancy.



James A. Pline


James Andrew Pline, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 26, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Celebration of his life will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Lux Club, 3050 Asbury Road in Dubuque. All family and friends are welcome. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jim was born on November 17, 1964 at Xavier hospital in Dubuque the son of Ronald and Gloria (Kennedy) Pline. He graduated from Senior High School in 1983 and attended NICC for welding and machinist. He married Julie Lambert in 1984 at St. Mary's Church.

He worked in the family business, Pline Battery Station. He was also employed for many years at Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing Company.

Jim was an avid morel hunter, he loved to cook, loved ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and could often be found cruising town in his younger years. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye Basketball. But most of all Jim loved his family.

He is survived by his children, James A. (Holly) Pline Jr., Rebecca Pline, Jonathan Pline, and Desaray Bordner. His mother Gloria (Kennedy) Pline; his siblings, Kathleen Callaghan, Kevin (Martha) Pline, Allan (Connie) Pline, Lorna Olson, Janice (Dave) Bechen, and Scott (Beth) Pline. Sister-in-law, Luanus Pline. His grandchildren, Aiden, Alyssa and Ander Sharkey, Riot Hess, Carson and Scarlett Pline; along with many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents Alberta and Reuben; grandmother Evelyn Nitterauer, and Alvy Kennedy Sr.; his father Ronald Pline; his brother William; sister-in-law Debbie Pline; grandson Reid Pline and brother-in-law Craig Olson.

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

A special thank you to Jim's niece Jennifer for all the love and support, we couldn't have done it without you!



Richard Haskell


Richard "Dick" Haskell, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 25, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Richard was born on March 24, 1933 in Cook County, Chicago the son of Harvey Haskell and Nellie Stevens.

He married Rosie (Birch) Heinze on September 9, 1978 in Dubuque. He was previously married to the late Eva Meisenberg.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere as a machine operator until his retirement March 30,1989.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and the Dubuque Bowling Association 700 Club. He served on the shop committee as an alternate.

Richard was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, he enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing and he and Rosie loved to travel with their friends to Mexico until he could no longer travel.

He is survived by his wife Rosie, his brother Robert, his son Rick (Sharon) Haskell and their children Shelly Brenke and Keith Haskell, his daughter, Patti Sarazin and her children Melissa Sarazin and Andrew Sarazin, step-son Frank (Annie) Heinze, step-daughter Debbie (Dick) Smith, of Cedar Falls IA, and their children Elizabeth Warriner, Matt Smith, Joleyne Kramer, and Lori Hill. step-son, John Heinze, and his children John Heinze Jr., Justin Tindell and Heather Kohn and Stepdaughter Trish Julson and her children Tim Heinze, Travis Julson, and Alan Julson Jr.; along with many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Shirley Husemann and Beverly Long and several cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ringold and Dr. Whalen and the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hospice of Dubuque, VNA and especially Trish Julson, John Heinze, Alison Julson and Debbie Leppert for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Richard.



Alice Mae Arnold


Alice Mae Arnold, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 25th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Alice Mae was born September 6, 1927 at Manchester, Iowa to Pearl (Smith) and Ludwig (Louie) Claus. She received her education in the Manchester schools, graduating from Manchester High School in 1945.

After high school she attended Radio Operators School in Omaha, Nebraska. She then worked as a telephone switchboard operator for the Central Iowa Telephone Company of Manchester, from 1946 until her marriage.

On October 8, 1949 she married the love of her life, Melvin F. Arnold in Manchester. To this union three children were born, Debra, Mark, and Brian. They resided in Manchester until July 1965, when they relocated to Dubuque, due to Melvin's job with the Iowa Highway Commission (now Iowa DOT).

She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed sewing for family and friends. Many a night she would bum the midnight oil working on her next project. Alice was also a long time Volunteer at Finley Hospital, with more than 2000 Volunteer hours to her credit.

She held various jobs including: Sears Catalog Department, Northwest Fabrics, Hal Judge Interiors, Stampfers, and Rosheks. However her most enjoyable job was as an Elevator Operator at the American Trust Main Bank for 33 years, retiring in April 2015, where she made many lasting friendships.

Alice was a woman of strong faith. She was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Delaware Iowa, later becoming a member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester, and lastly, a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque, for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her children, Debra (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Mark (Donita) Arnold, and Brian (Annette) Arnold, all of Dubuque. Also left to cherish her memory are her Grandchildren; Sara (Scott), Beth (Justin), Nick (Kate), and Zach (Katie). 7 Step Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, and 12 Step-Great Grandchildren. Along with a brother-in-law, Milton (Onalee) Arnold of Marion, IA, Cousins, and valued friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Louie and Pearl Claus; In-laws, Edith and Forest Arnold; her husband Melvin in 1977; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and David Schmidt; sister-in-law, Doris and brother-in law, Orville Thomas.

A special thank you, for the kind care by Dr. Kirkendall, caring and compassionate staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Allen Meurer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Finley Health Foundation, Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center or Hospice of Dubuque.



David N. Freiburger


David N. Freiburger, 61, of Hazel Green died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a service at 7 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

David was born April 3, 1956 in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Catherine (Blasen) Freiburger. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Iowa State University. He worked as a project manager in the construction industry.

David was a Packer's fan and enjoyed chess, the outdoors and gardening.

David is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Rita Doll; three children, Jacob Freiburger of Suffolk, VA, Joshua Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Megan (Dallas) Moore of Frisco, TX; two granddaughters, Josephine and Evelyn Moore of Frisco, TX; 11 siblings, Elizabeth A. Marini of Dubuque, IA, Mary (William) Szlaius of Cottage Grove, MN, Robert (Judith) Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Kathryn (Robert) Engelhardt of Deerfield, IL, Joseph (Cindy) Freiburger of Las Vegas, NV, Elaine (Wayne) Valentine of Dubuque, IA, Barbara Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Michael) Schmalz of Dubuque, IA, Cletus Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Daniel (Cindi) Freiburger of Waverly, IA, and Carl (Cindy) Freiburger of Dubuque, IA. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and one great, great niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law John Marini, and nephew Nicholas Freiburger.

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



P. Jeanne Sinhold


P. Jeanne Sinhold, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017 at Manor Care surrounded by her loving family.

Private family gathering and service will be held at Mueller Chapel Linwood Cemetery. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jeanne was born on December 19, 1925 in Independence, Iowa the daughter of James and Maida (Curtis) Freeman. She graduated from Senior High School in 1943, and married Fred H. Sinhold on July 4th, 1946. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2014.

Jeanne loved motorcycle riding with her husband and friends. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, sewing and camping. She was an active member of WaTanYe Club, a licensed realtor and mortgage loan officer in Iowa for many years.

Jeanne had a smile that brightened the lives of all that she encountered. She never met a stranger that she didn't consider a friend. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was their "Rock".

She is survived by a daughter Carol (Tim) Tuthill, of Durango; six grandchildren, Jimmy Becker, Lori Westmark, Kari (Jerry) Ambrosy, Becky (Chris Wiezorek) Maas, Tina Sinhold and Nik Sinhold. 10 great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren; a step brother Don Willis, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred; her son Jim, her daughter Barb; three sisters, Maida Muchow, Florence McCarthy, and Nancy Linenfelser; two grandchildren Jesse Sinhold and Bobby Miller.

A special thank you to Jeanne's granddaughter Kari and husband Jerry for being Jeanne's caregivers for the past three years since moving back from Texas to Dubuque. Also to the amazing loving staff at Manor Care for the care they gave her.

A Jeanne Sinhold memorial fund will be established.



Marilyn R. Zarra


Marilyn R. Zarra, 83, of Dubuque died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Private family services will be held. Private Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery, Machesney Park, IL.

Marilyn was born January 29, 1934 in Manhattan, NY, daughter of Morris and Yetta (Rosen) Brodski. She married the love of her life, Anthony Zarra, and together they had three sons.

She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother, with a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Marilyn is survived by three sons, Mike (Phyllis) Zarra of New York, Dan (Ann) Zarra of Rockford, IL, and Rob (Jaymie) Zarra of Dubuque; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter, Michelle Zarra.

A Marilyn Zarra Memorial Fund had been established.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



John J. “Jack” Buechele


John J. "Jack" Buechele, age 83, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Grand Meadows. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until the time of services at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jack was born on August 17, 1934, in Dubuque, son of John Edward and Esther Frances (Walker) Buechele.

Jack honorably served his country with the U.S. Army after graduating from Loras Academy. Jack was well know for his outstanding work ethic and excelled in the field of masonry for his entire working career, lending his time and talents to several different companies throughout the years. He was very proud of his trade and was a long-time member of both the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union, as well as the Masons Union. When he wasn't working, Jack could be seen out swinging his golf clubs with quiet confidence on a nice day, or occasionally warming up with a few practice throws down his chosen bowling lane for the evening. Jack also had a great love of art and music and was well know as a gifted artist who was able to create unique sculptures from wood, scrap metal, aluminum and even old frying pans. Jack's faith played a primary role in his life and was undeniably held in a position of utmost importance. He faithfully attended mass at the Church of the Resurrection, notably showing up promptly at 6:00 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. mass. Undeniably though, his greatest free-time passion in this life was skiing, and any type would suffice. His love for skiing began early in life as he and his brother engineered their first pair of skis out of a set of barrel staves found in the family's garage. Jack would eventually discover ski jumping and practiced rigorously until he finally won the state title in the 1950's. He shared his enthusiasm for the slopes as a ski instructor at Sundown Mountain for several years, and was quite proud to be one of the few lifelong members of the Snomad Ski and Board Club who was always able to proclaim his attendance at their inaugural meeting in 1967. Jack was truly blessed to have been given the ability to enjoy both cross country and downhill skiing until the ripe old age of 75. Jack has lived a full and exciting life; riding through a few valleys along the way, but always enjoying the view from the peaks when the moments arrived. We are deeply saddened by the physical departure of our brother, uncle, great uncle and friend, but we do take comfort however in the knowledge that he is now thankfully reunited with all of his Heavenly family and that we can still retain his memories, and tangible visions through his art, until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his siblings,
Barbara (Ray) Morgan, Morven, NC,
Liz (Richard) Robertson,
and Theodore "Ted" (Karen) Buechele, both of Asbury, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Carol Buechele, in infancy and Lorraine Buechele; and 3 brothers, Edward Buechele in infancy, Paul "Buddy" Buechele, at age 12, and Eugene "Gene" Buechele.

A John J. "Jack" Buechele memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Jack's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care, patience and compassion.

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



Clifford Leroy Stock


Clifford Leroy Stock, 76, of Dubuque passed away Friday, October 20, 2017 at Luther Manor Grand Meadow Place.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road and from 9 to 10:15 am Saturday at Grand View United Methodist Church where services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday with Rev. Thomas Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery were military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Clifford was born July 11, 1941 in Potosi, Wi, son of Guy D. and Helen (Morey) Stock. He married Sandy Knabel May 19, 1991 at Grand View United Methodist Church, Dubuque.

He graduated from West Dubuque (Farley Public School) in 1959 and attended Clarke College for two years.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War.

Cliff was a self-employed photographer opening the Cliff Stock Photography in 1981.

In his younger years he played guitar and sang in bands and entertained at nursing homes.

He was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy Stock of Dubuque; children Ranae (Michael) Downing, of Elkhart, IN and Bryan (Suzanne Millius) Stock, of Dubuque; step-children, Jay (Peri) Knabel, of Lead, SD, Dr. Julie (Dr. John) Lee, of River Falls, WI, and Dr. Jessica (Dr. Jason) Black, of Portland, OR; grand-children, Austin Millius, Cade Stock, Reece Knabel, Paige Knabel, Hudson Knabel, Charlie Lee, Harper Lee, Sadie Black and Zienna Black; and his brothers and sisters, Barbara Hackbarth, Donald Stock, Allen (Marsha) Stock, Jim (Nancy) Stock, Imogene Thill, LuAnn stock, Lucille Leib and Florence (Bill Roussel) Merfeld.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Craig A. Stock, his former wife, Elizabeth Howard, sister, Joyce Hines and a brother, Fulton Stock.

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Beverly Louise O’Mara


Beverly Louise O'Mara, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy body dementia, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at St. Patrick's Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26th, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Beverly was born on March 26,1939, in Dubuque, lA, the daughter of Lloyd and Rosella (Moore) Schromen. She married Joseph O'Mara, Jr. on September 29, 1956, at Saint Patrick's Church in Dubuque as they celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Bev attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Senior High School.

Bev was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader for many years and volunteered many hours at Sageville School.

Traveling around the world and the United States was a favorite pasttime. Joe and Bev traveled to all 50 states in the U.S. and 54 countries around the world. She loved spending her winters in Brownsville, Texas for 20 years of their retirement where she enjoyed playing golf and spending time with friends.

Bev's favorite pastime was embroidering and quilting as she completed many embroidered quilts over the years. How sad she was when she could no longer embroider or quilt because of her disease. It was her passion and she excelled at this craft.

Bev was an excellent cook, canner, and baker as her homemade bread aroma was nothing short of the best. But her passion was being around her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was in her glory cooking for the family gatherings.

Bev was a loving, devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her only wish was to have a great grandchild before she passed. She received four.

We are truly sad that we have lost this special and gentle woman in our lives, but know she is finally at peace with our Lord. God bless you, Mom, and thank you so much for the love, respect, and life lessons you have left behind.

Those left to cherish Bev's memory are her husband, Joseph, her six children, Holly (Keith) Paige and Daniel O'Mara (Donna, friend) of Dubuque, Jay (Karla) O'Mara of Cuba City, Kathy (Mark) Klein of Rickardsville, Rick (Kassandra) O'Mara of Otter Creek and Randy (Lisa) O'Mara of Dubuque. There are also fourteen grandchildren: Jeremy (fiancee, Glade) Paige, Amanda (Nicholas) Edwards, and Melissa Paige; Ryan and Lexi O'Mara; Jackie (Joe) Irving, Justin (Sarah) O'Mara, and Tracy (Fiancee, Zach) O'Mara; Stephanie (Nick) Hoffman, Eric (Kelly) Klein, and Kelsey Klein; Samantha and Travis O'Mara; and Logan O'Mara; and four step grandchildren; four great grandchildren: Brielle and Myla Hoffman, Regan Edwards, and Emberly Klein and a brother, Lloyd "Butch" Schromen and many nieces and nephews.

Beverly was proceeded in death by her parents, a son, Joseph III in infancy and a sister, Mildred Stierman.

Special thanks to our dad, who showed us his true love for our mother with his unconditional care and compassion for the last several years and also to our sister and brother, Holly and Randy, for their continuing help with care for mom.

Thanks to Lindsey and Peg from Hospice; Dr. Mark Moore and his staff; and Phyllis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Beverly O'Mara memorial fund has been established.



Austin James Hennings


Austin James "A.J." Hennings, 25, of Asbury, Iowa passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Asbury. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Church. A parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin was born on December 6, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa, the beloved son of Kevin and Lynne (Hansen) Hennings. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Austin was an Installation Technician with RACOM Critical Communications, an active volunteer with the Asbury Fire Department and the Sundown Mountain Ski Patrol. Prior to joining RACOM, Austin previously worked at Menards, Horsfield Construction, Weber Concrete Services, Gronen Restoration, MC Sports and Dairy Queen.

At a young age, Austin loved to tinker with cars and anything that involved a remote control. He participated in, and won, several RC car races. He was so excited and proud to show off his Grandpa Wayne's 1973 Ford LTD at the local car shows that he became a member of the Tri-State Antique and Classic Automobile Club. Austin loved riding and driving "Papa John's" John Deere Tractor around the yard.

Austin's love of skiing led him to Sundown Mountain, where he became a ski-wee instructor and a nationally certified ski patrol member. That willingness to help others and his sense of patriotism also led him to become a third-generation member of the Asbury Fire Department. His most recent passion was ATV riding alongside his dad and members of the of the North East Iowa Action Trail "NEAT" Riders Club, of which he was Vice President.

Austin found his perfect job when he joined the RACOM team in 2013 as he quickly realized his passion for the position. Austin was a perfectionist who took pride in his work and was so meticulous that several customers would specifically request him to work on their projects. He loved the RACOM family and looked up to Tanner Metz as a brother. 

Austin's life was filled with so much fun and activity. He enjoyed hiking, running, sports, bowling, video games, country music, line-dancing and bonfires with family and friends. Austin had a love of animals, especially his dog Bailey.

Austin's trademark features, other than a baseball hat, were his infectious smile, laugh, quiet sensitivity and genuine personality all of which left a positive impact on everyone around him. When anything needed to be done, Austin was there to get it done. He just loved to help. Austin never knew a stranger because people were immediately attracted to his warmth and kindness. He will be dearly missed; however, his countless contributions to family, friends and the community will live on forever.

Those left to honor and cherish Austin's memory include his parents Kevin and Lynne Hennings of Asbury, IA; his sister Ashley (Chad) Saeugling of East Dubuque, IL and their daughters Brianna, Brooklyn and Becca; his maternal grandparents John and Mary Ann (Bahl) Hansen of Asbury, IA; his paternal grandmother Jeneene (Hines) Hennings of Dubuque, IA; aunts Dawn (Chuck) Andracchio, JoAnn Hansen (fiancé Tom Goodman) all of Dubuque, Shelly Holland, of Durango, IA; uncles Steve (Diane) Hansen, of Blue Grass, IA, Calvin "C.J." (Debbie) Hennings, Jack (Yolanda) Hennings, Billy (Mary) Hennings, all of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Wayne Hennings, uncle Dan Holland, and his dog Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, an Austin Hennings memorial fund has been established. Donations may also be sent to the Asbury Fire Department, the Asbury Eagle's Club or the Dubuque Regional Humane Society in his name.

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

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support, love, thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time, especially the Dubuque Police and Fire Departments, the Resurrection Church family, the RACOM family, the Asbury Fire Department, and a very special thank you to Tom Henneberry, Asbury Police Chief.



Arthur C. Winne


Arthur C. (Art) Winne, 89, of Asbury passed away on Sunday, October 22, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Art was born June 28, 1928, at the Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, son of Arthur C. Winne Sr. and Eugenia Olsen Winne. He married his one true love, Nancy M. Wilson on April 17, 1982, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

As a young boy in Cedar Rapids, Art was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1940 receiving a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt honoring him for being the youngest Eagle Scout in the country at that time. As an Eagle Scout he received the bronze palm, gold palm, silver palm, 2nd bronze palm and Order of the Arrow. He also received a 10 year veteran award. Art's first job was in the 8th grade as a staff member at Camp Waubeek scout camp in Cedar Rapids.

Art pre-enlisted in the U.S. Army when in high school. Until graduation from high school he worked at Cherry Burrell as Assistant to Machine Operator. Upon graduation he officially entered the U.S. Army in June 1946. After training he was sent to Japan where he served until President Truman declared the cessation of hostilities. He received an honorable discharge of the U.S. Army in December, 1947.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army he returned to Cherry Burrell under the Serviceman Re-Employment Act where he worked as a Process Engineer until 1962.

Art and his family moved to Dubuque in 1962 where he began employment at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. as a General Foreman of Machining & Assembly. He retired from A.Y. McDonald Mfg. in 1992 as a Vice President.

Art was very active in the Dubuque YMCA as a volunteer where he started a competitive swimming program and served as Coach, Referee, and Administrator of the Red Cross Water Safety Program for Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He was awarded the Moco Mercer Outstanding Sports Contributor Award by the Dubuque Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Art loved the time he spent throughout the years with his family and friends fishing and wilderness camping both on the Mississippi and in Canada. He was a recognized wilderness camper. He spent 43 years wilderness camping, fishing, and hunting in northwestern Ontario.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; five children, Deborah (Barry) Blair of Peosta; Thomas Winne (Nancy) of Mesa, Colorado; Eric (Shelley) Winne of Even, Colorado; Susan (Jay) Powers of Denver, Colorado; Sherry (Randy) Brown of Schaumburg, Illinois; and two step children, Eric (Toni) Gullett of Polk City, Iowa; Sean (Amy) Wilson of Roanoke, Virginia. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 stepsisters and 2 stepbrothers.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations should be made to Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Iowa Council, 10601 Military Road, Dubuque IA 52004-0732.

The family would like to thank the nurses, caregivers and staff of LutherManor Grand Meadows for their wonderful care and their love for Art.



Dorothy Mae Reeg


Dorothy Mae Reeg, 83, of Dubuque, lowa, formerly of Bellevue, IA passed away Monday morning, October 23, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

Dorothy was born on October 20, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, lA, the daughter of Paul and Roseanne (Stanisha) Beckley. She married Edwin Reeg on June 22, 1953, at Saint Mary's Church in Dubuque.

She worked at the Pillow Factory and Ensign Coil Co. in Bellevue. She was active in her church and her faith in God was very important to her.

Dorothy loved to travel with Ed throughout their lifetime. She loved her family, loved visits from grandchildren and would do any sewing and mending of clothes when needed by the family. She was a very good baker of breads, pies and Christmas cookies. She loved to work outside in her flower garden and took pride in keeping a tidy yard.

She is survived by her children Shirley (Gary) Deppe, of DeWitt, lA, Danny Reeg of Key West, lA, Ronnie Reeg, of Bellevue, Terry (Sue) Reeg, of Dubuque, lA, Rick (Emily) Reeg of Bellevue, Amy Livermore of Bellevue, 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, brothers Robert, Paul Jr. (Carol), and George Beckley, sisters Joann (Ray) Schumacher, Mary Ellen (Tom) Timmermann O'Brien, Janet (Bob) Graff, and Jean Lemm.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed, daughter-in-law Nancy Reeg, her parents and brother Fr. Clarence Beckley.



Randy W. Eggers


Randy W. Eggers, 65, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at home. Services will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-5:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Randy was born on December 5, 1951, in Hastings, Minnesota, the son of Dwight E. and Leona (Killian) Eggers. He was a self-employed painter who took pride in his work. Randy attended Cuba City High School where he was a talented basketball and baseball player, graduating in 1970. His love of sports continued throughout his life as he was a youth baseball and basketball coach and an avid Packer and Badger fan. Randy also loved to fish, hunt, and bowl. He especially enjoyed his mother's good food.

Survivors include his children, Matt and Abbey; his mother, Leona C. Eggers, of Cuba City; a sister, Diane (Dick) Gile, of Hazel Green; two brothers, Dwight Jr. "Peanuts" (Donna) Eggers, of Cuba City; and Kim (Mary Jo) Eggers; of Marshall, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua, and his father Dwight Sr.

A Randy W. Eggers Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Earl A. Shady


Earl A. "Butch" Shady, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, October 20, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Earl Arthur Shady was born on July 30, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to J. Neville and Helen A. (Johnson) Shady. He attended Monmouth schools and graduated from Midland High School. He then farmed for a year prior to being drafted. He served in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Patty Westphal. They later divorced and he married Debi Todhunter. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced. He then married Kathy Gray in 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Butch" was a family oriented man who always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He would help anyone who needed help. He loved horses and enjoyed raising them, often giving them away. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and liked to build things. He was known to tear down old barns and then rebuild them. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Earl's memory include his wife, Kathy Shady of Maquoketa, IA; children, Lohnne Shady of Charleston, SC, Lance (Misty) Shady of Chillicothe, MO, Luke (Chrissie) Shady of Ely, NV, Joshua (Tara) Shady of Boone, IA, and Jennifer Vorbeck Moore of Iowa City, IA; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Audra) Shady of Zwingle, IA, and Theodore "Ted" Shady of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Elaine Watters of New Orleans, LA; a sister-in-law, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers James and Jesse Shady, and sisters-in-law, Genevieve Shady and Joan Shady.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earl A. "Butch" Shady memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis J. Lueck


Dennis J. Lueck, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Dennis was born on December 24, 1940 in Delaware County, Iowa the son of Arthur and Marie (Ferring) Lueck. He graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary in Fond DuLac, WI in 1959. Dennis studied business at Loras College in Dubuque and graduated in 1964. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 6 years.
He worked at John Deere for 26 years retiring in 1992. He then went to work at American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque for over 24 years.

Dennis married Patricia Marie Davis in September of 1965. Together they had a son, Sean, of Houston Texas. He later married Sandra Caroline Follman, in February of 1976. Through that marriage he gained a son, Jeffrey and together they had a daughter, Lindsay.

Dennis enjoyed playing sports in his youth. He enjoyed attending farm auctions and helping his brother on the family farm and was especially helpful with any needed equipment repairs. Dennis always had a smile on his face. He was known to be an avid and skilled euchre player. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends and family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include, his son, Sean Lueck, of Houston Texas; daughter Lindsay (Brad) Temple, of Frisco, Texas; his grandson Jordan (Alyssa) Lueck, of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughters, Anna and Sylvie Temple, of Frisco, Texas. His siblings, Lillian (Merlin) Jasper, Marian (David) Brunkan, and Mary Jane (Charles) Boerner; brother-in-law Dale Bartels along with many nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sandy and his first wife Pat. His son Jeffrey Loney; his sister Helen Witte Bartels; brother David Lueck and brother-in-law John Witte.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rambadran and the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center for the care and compassion shown to Dennis.



Paul Donald Hosch


Paul Donald Hosch, age 91, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Wisconsin Veteran's Home in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

He was born on March 5, 1926 to Paul John and Marie (McCarthy) Hosch in Jones County, IA. He proudly served in the US Army during World War II stationed in Japan. He was awarded World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan.

Paul Donald married Rosella Laufenberg on September 24, 1960 in Lancaster, WI.

Paul Donald farmed in the Bernard, IA area and operated his own trucking business prior to working as a truck driver for Stanley Home Products in Dubuque, IA along with working part time at Roeder Implement. When Stanley Home Products closed, Paul Donald worked for his very good friend, Dave McAndrews, until he was hired as a semi driver for the former Trausch Baking Company until his retirement.

He was a member of the Church of the Nativity where he served as Usher for many years. Paul Donald enjoyed traveling, playing cards and spending time with his many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosella; children, Ann (John) Meyer of Eau Claire, WI and Paul Joseph (Joy Morgan) of Cedar Rapids, IA. Grandchildren, Courtney (Yeng) Vang, Stevens Point, WI, Meredith (Josh) Lindbom, Appleton, WI and Michael Meyer, Wausau, WI., Staci (Tony) Novak, Cedar Rapids, IA. Great grandchildren, Michael & Mya Novak, Song, Leon and Hope Vang. A sister, Mary (Richard, deceased) Prior, Rush City, MN, sisters-in-law, Shirley Hosch, and Vonda Hosch, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul John and Marie, his brothers, Loras, Charles, Wilfred and Raymond, sister-in-law Virg.



Wesley D. Nissen


Wesley D. Nissen, 36, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017, from injuries received in a motorcycle and van accident near Springville, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Wesley from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 5:30 P.M. prayer service will be held. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date from the Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

Wesley Donn Nissen was born on July 16, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Junior and Connie Lee (Waters) Nissen. He had attended Midland High School. He married Kendra Stanton on September 11, 2010 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wesley was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked for Foam Rubber in Monticello from 2007 to 2013, and then for Liberty Tire for four years. He most recently started working for Orbis in Monticello as a machine operator.

Wesley was always busy doing something. He loved riding his Harley and was a member of the Midwest Motorcycle Mafia. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and liked going to auctions. He adored his son Corbin and loved spending time with him, especially playing remote control cars.

Those left to honor Wesley's memory include his mother, Connie Nissen of Bernard, IA; a son Corbin Nissen; sisters, Kayleen (Todd) Barten of Maquoketa, IA and Kristen Hagemann of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Tom Nissen of Bernard, IA, and Jens (Paula) Nissen of Des Moines, IA; his wife, Kendra Nissen of Monticello, IA; nieces and nephews, Jens, Drake, Dakota, Landen and Walker Barten, all of Maquoketa, IA, Maddie and Gabbie Hagemann, both of Maquoketa, IA, Rodney John Nissen of Wyoming, IA, and Kaden Nehl and Jordyn Hoff, both of Guttenberg, IA; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carrie and Kenny Stanton of Scotch Grove, IA; and sisters-in-law, Brandi (Steve) Hoff of Guttenberg, IA, Courtney (Joe) Dirks of Anamosa, IA, and Lynsey (Kyle Gates) Stanton of Anamosa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father John Junior Nissen and a brother Donny.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wesley D. Nissen memorial fund has been established.

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



Rita M. Foley


Rita Marie Foley, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 21st, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Gathering of family and friends will be after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

Rita was born on June 21, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Logan) Murphy. She married Patrick Foley, on January 11, 1958 at St. Raphael Cathedral, and he preceded her in death.

She attended St. Raphael grade school, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Mercy School of Nursing. She worked for Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque in the Surgery Department until her retirement.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas (Suzanne) Foley and Paul (Lori) Foley both of St. Paul, MN; four grandchildren, Megan, Katherine, Allyson and Michael. Two sisters, Gertrude Wersinger and Agnes Bernhard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Patrick; siblings Mary Beck, John Murphy, Theresa Moran and Ann Xavier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Nativity Church.



John J. Cody


John J. Cody 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. John has lived 38 years with a spinal cord injury.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Church. The Reiff Funeral Home in Farley is in charge of arrangements.

Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Duane Thoman Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

John was born February 8, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Merlin "Bill" and Anastasia "Stasia" (Henkel) Cody. He is a 1973 graduate of Wahlert High School and a 1989 graduate of Loras College. John was a lineman for REC in Marion and Interstate Power in Dubuque prior to his injury.

On July 13, 1991 he was united in marriage to Susanne Potter in Dubuque, Iowa, the couple celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2017.

John was a member of the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps from 1965 to 1975. He was inducted into the Colts Hall of Fame in 2012 and was named corps member of the year in 1973.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Susanne "Sue" Cody of Dubuque; a son, Matthew Cody of Falling Waters, W. VA; a granddaughter, Alyssa of Dubuque; his siblings, Jan Cody of Dubuque, Kathleen Cody of Portland, OR, and Robert (Beth) Cody of Woodbury, MN; his godchild, Leah; nephews and nieces; a cousin Rick Leibfried; and Matt's mother, Betty.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Cody; a stepdaughter, Mary Beth and his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Nancy Potter.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy ICU and everyone who has provided care and support over these 38 years, especially Phyllis, Laurie, Liz, Melissa and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Megan.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps.



Leo F. Woods


Leo F. Woods, 84, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, Oct 21, 2017.  As requested he was at home and surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm and an Ancient Order of Hibernians service will be held at 7 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Leo was born August 18, 1933, near Hopkinton, Iowa the son of John and Sadie (Burke) Woods.  He was the youngest of seven children.  He married Judy Swenson on September 14, 1952, in Clermont, Iowa.  They moved to Clermont, Iowa and began a career delivering gas and fuel oil then moved into the sales of agricultural products such as feed and livestock. They moved to Dyersville in 1976, where they made many new friends and became active in St. Francis Xavier Parish. After retirement he enjoyed driving an RTA bus for special needs adults.  Leo was a talented salesman because he loved talking to people.  His interest in people guided his association with the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he was named 2016 Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Leo was also loved by many local friends, known for often telling a good story or joke and visiting his big family frequently, especially his grandchildren.

Leo is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy, two sons: Michael Woods & Katie Pague of Berthoud, CO, and Stephen Woods & Carol Katsumes of Elgin, Iowa; his very dear grandchildren: Jonathan & Nadine Woods of Johnstown, IA,  Stephen & Melodee Woods of Hawkeye, IA,  Kara & Bud Johnson and Danny & Aleisha Woods, both of West Union, IA, and Emily & Steven Beard of Gilbert, AZ; great grandchildren include Conner, Duncan, & Megan, Brody, Ali, Kade, Megan, Addison, Mia, Kole, Jackson and Liam with Sarge, Brielle and Esaias; two brothers: Thomas & Carolyn Woods of Oelwein, IA, and James Woods of Cedar Rapids; and a brother-in-law, Sheldon Fox of Oelwein, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Woods in 2002, siblings: Donald (Jean) Woods, Paul (Carolee) Woods, Margaret (Thomas) Henry and Betty Fox; a sister-in-law: Patricia Woods.

Memorials are preferred and can be made in his name to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Francis Xavier Church and Schools, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Terry D. Droessler


Terry D. Droessler, 64 of Potosi, sawed through the gates of heaven on Thursday October 19, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family after a short courageous battle with lung cancer.

Terry was born on November 3, 1952, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Marie (Langkamp) Droessler. He married the love of his life, Marlene "Beanie" Gillen on June 17, 1972, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.

Terry was employed by John Deere for 30 years retiring in 2002. After his retirement, he went to work doing some of his true passions; logging, cutting firewood and spending time at his log cabin "paradise". He was a lifelong avid hunter. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Words cannot express the sadness being felt by the loss of such a wonderful man and he will be truly missed by so many. One of his most famous sayings was "You're going to miss me when I'm gone" and there is nothing more truthful than this.

Terry was a husband to Beanie, of Potosi; father to Jenni (Larry) Larson, of Sun Prairie, WI and Jessie (Ben) Gavinski, of Potosi; Papa to Jared Wunderlin, Brianna Gavinski, Zachary Larson, Brianna Larson and Mason Gavinski; a brother to Arleen (Fran) Ouderkirk, of Sherrill, IA, Gary (Deb) Droessler, of Potosi, and David Droessler, of Platteville; brother-in-law to Jug (Pam) Gillen, of Kieler, Sitsy (late, Larry) Koeller, of Kieler, Sandy (Clete) Jerrett, of Lancaster, John (Linda) Gillen, of Dubuque, IA and Vicki (fiancé, Joe) Haverland, of Hazel Green. He is further survived by several family and friends and a special, life-long best friend, Tom Droessler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marie; two brothers, Wayne and Merlin; and his father and mother-in-law, Cracker and Edna Gillen.

The family would like to extend a special to thank Dr. Wagner and Dr. Hermann and their staff; the exceptional nurses and staff of Finley Hospital; Hospice of Dubuque; and the many family members and friends for their amazing care, compassion and support.

A Terry Droessler Memorial Fund has been established, in lieu of plants and flowers.

Services will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. A private family burial will take place. Friends may call from 2 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caseyfuneralhome.net



Kelly A. Blewett


Kelly A. Blewett, 49, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road and Monday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Kelly was born December 23, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Norman and Ruth (Westmark) Middleman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1986 and received her associate's degree from NICC. 

On July 4, 2010 she married Harry Blewett Jr. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Together they enjoyed riding their Harley-Davidsons together. This past June, they rode to Beartooth Pass, MT., together, accomplishing one of her goals.

Kelly was proud to be a part of the Medline family. She also enjoyed her bees and organizing family get-togethers. She loved spending time with her grandson, Damon.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was like a mother hen to many; seemingly helping to raise other people's kids.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Harry Blewett, Jr; daughter, Jamie Fransen of Granbury, TX and her son, Damon; two sons, Zach and Michael Puckett, both of Epworth; two step children, Nikole Blewett of Rock Island, IL, and Harry M. Blewett of Dubuque; her mother, Ruth Middleman of Dubuque; siblings, Dan Middleman of Dubuque, Larry (Amy) Middleman of Dubuque and their daughters, Ashley and Nicole; Chris Middleman of Denver, CO, Tom (Jennifer) Middleman of Broussard, LA and their children, Emma and Jack; and Billy Middleman of Dubuque; aunts and uncles, including a special aunt, Shirley Behnke. She is also survived by her parents in law, Harry and Peggy Blewett of Dubuque, as well as brothers and sisters in law, Lorinda (Mark) Hinderman of Potosi, Chris Blewett of Tampa, FL, Becca (Dan) Scherr of Dubuque and Brett (Lisa) Blewett of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her father.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Kelly Blewett Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care as well as their church family at St. Matthew Lutheran Church for their love and support.



Kenneth F. Kemp

Kenneth F. "Ken" Kemp, 93, of Oak Park Place and formerly of the Woodlands, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Ken was born on April 26, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Tillie (Manders) Kemp. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.

On November 11, 1946, Ken married Doris Kraus at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Farley, Iowa. They managed the Dubuque Shooting Society for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Three years later, Ken and Doris moved to Ft. Myers, Florida where they enjoyed walking, going to the beach and golfing. Ken enjoyed watching any sport on T.V. that used a ball and especially loved watching his youngest grandchildren participating in sporting events. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are his two sons, Jim (Sue) Kemp of Estero, FL and Tom (Carla) Kemp of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Kelly (Joe) Roth and Kerry (Jim) Griffin both of Downers Grove, IL, Karla Bridgeman of Hugo, MN, Tim (Brandy) Kemp of Chicago, IL, Loren (Jeanne) Kemp of Clarendon Hills, IL, Amy (Josh) Printz and Bradley (fiancé' Caitlyn Crawford) Kemp both of Dubuque, IA; step-grandchildren Kelly (Michele) Mudge of Ankeny, IA and Amy (Bob) Larson of Farmington Hills, MI; 17 great grandchildren; his brother Bob (Marlene) Chapman of Dubuque, IA; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jim (Sue) Kraus and Irene (Larry) Scherrman both of Farley, IA, Mary Westermeyer of Dyersville, IA and Betty Kraus of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris on May 16, 2004; his parents William and Tillie Kemp; his stepfather Robert Chapman Sr.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bill Kraus, Carlton Westermeyer, Phyllis Kraus, Ralph (Liz) Kraus and Melita (Harry) O'Neill.

The Kemp family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ken's special friends at the Woodlands, the nurses and staffs at Ennoble Manor and Medical Associates, Dr. Thomas Sinsky and Hospice of Dubuque.



Dr. Jay A. Moeller


Dr. Jay A. Moeller, 91, of Peosta, IA, formerly of Dubuque, died on October 10, 2017 at his home.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 also at the Church of the Resurrection; additional visitation will also be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Jay, the son of Arnold and Hilda (Jockheck) Moeller, was born on October 19, 1925, in Davenport, IA. He grew up in Des Moines, and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1943.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II (1944-1945). Returning to Des Moines, he attended Drake University, graduating with a BA in zoology. He attended the University of Iowa School of Medicine and graduated in 1952, and completed his medical internship in the Air Force Medical Corps during the Korean War (1952-1954). He returned to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Jay A. Moeller MD, FACOG, FACS, practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Dubuque for 33 years, retiring in 1990 after delivering more than 7,000 babies.

Jay and Melba Mae Caviness were united in marriage on December 21, 1951 in Iowa City, IA. She preceded him in death, bringing an end to 53 years of marriage.

He married Madonna Rose Sullivan on October 14, 2005 at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. Jay and Madonna spent 12 years together, supporting each other, endeavoring to make their golden years truly golden.

Jay is survived by his wife, Madonna, eight children, Jayne (Steve Torrence) Moeller of Alameda, CA, Dr. Mark (Cordelia) Moeller of Newmarket, NH, Brian (Bonna Rae) Moeller of Leland, IA, Dr. Nancy Moeller of Alexandria, VA, Rodney (Susan) Moeller of Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Caroline (Patrick) Sheridan of Lisbon, WI, Paul (Ellen) Moeller of Boulder, CO, and Dr. Jean (Kevin) Craig of New Prague, MN, his sister Dorothy Farley of Madison, WI, and eleven grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diane, a granddaughter, Herald Renee Holcomb, and his parents.

Jay enjoyed hunting and fishing as a youngster with his father, mother and sister. As a parent, he shared his love of the out-of-doors with his children. There were picnics and hiking at state parks, lots of canoeing and fishing throughout the Midwest and Canada and pheasant hunting expeditions at their grandparents farm near Greenfield, IA. There were also family pets - cats, dogs, a bantam hen, a skunk, snakes, gerbils, flying squirrels, rabbits, fish, skinks and turtles. He believed in lifelong learning for himself and others He attended school and sporting events to support and cheer on his children as they grew. The family attended Westminster Presbyterian Church where Jay was an Elder.

Jay was a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, and a charter member and past president (1988-89) of Rotary Club of Dubuque-Key City. He loved to play bridge, belonging to many bridge clubs over the years, resulting in a host of lifelong friends. He was an active member of the Bryant School PTA for over 20 years. He enjoyed and supported the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Jay delighted in being a senior companion to elementary children at Resurrection School.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society or the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library are appreciated.

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

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



RoseMary A. Frericks


RoseMary A. Frericks, 91 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Friday 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. Friday, October 20, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

RoseMary was born June 7, 1926 in Dyersville, Iowa the oldest child of 15 children to Edward and Marie (Kluesner) Bartels.  She married LaVerne A. Frericks on September 20, 1958 in Dyersville.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 1976.   RoseMary was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She cherished time with her 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and had a special bond with each one of them.  She loved to play BINGO and cards and praying the Rosary.   

Survivors include one son, Jeff (Beth) Frericks of Gurnee, IL, 5 daughters: Ann (Ron) Domeyer of Earlville, Sue (Terry) Huberty of Clearwater, FL, Mary Jo (Terry) Goerdt of Bettendorf, IA, Peggy (Tim) Pirc of Charlotte, NC and Sally (Brad) Milz of Colorado Springs, CO, grandchildren: Jason (Jenny) Domeyer, Melissa (Lucas) Payne, Jenna (Rick) Duddeck, Zach (Jacque Manternach) Domeyer, Jonathan and Lauren Frericks, Sara and Kyle Huberty, Kelli (Nathan) Johnson, Casey and Michael Goerdt, Molly (Joe) Medlin, Rebecca, Makenzie and Rachael Pirc, Joshua, Matthew and Tyler Milz, great grandchildren, Parker, Autumn, Blake, A.J., Hunter Domeyer, Myles and Kian Payne, Jordan, Kennedy and Quinn Duddeck and Wyatt Medlin, siblings: Emily, Joan, Dale and Bill Bartels, 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 Bartels of Moore, OK, Nancy (Burt) Fairchild of Woodbury, MN, in-laws:Velma Frericks and Ruth Frericks both of Dyesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne, her parents, parents-in-law, Edward and

Margaret Frericks, several nephews, siblings and in-laws: Myrna and Chuck Carty, Phyllis Bartels, Kay and Roy Krapfl, Bill Crow, Jean Bartels, Helen (Witte) Bartels, Helen and Jim Bell, Rosemary and Howard Konzen, Elmer Frericks and LeRoy Frericks.

A special heartfelt thank you to the staff of Oak Crest Manor (family) for their loving care.  Also our gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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

 

 



Juliana Marie Didesch


Juliana Marie Didesch, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 14th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Juliana was born on May 23, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Marie (Bushman) Kramer. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School. She married Robert Didesch on August 8, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she enjoyed playing bridge and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Robert A. (Debra Rose) Didesch, of Asbury, and his son Adam (Ashley) Didesch and their son William. Dan (Deb) Didesch, of East Dubuque, and their children, Eric (Stephanie) Didesch and their son Drake and daughter Declyn, Scott (Angie Koppes) Didesch, and their daughters, Courtney and Kiley, and Brian (Lara Temperly) Didesch. Mollysue (Dennis) Beidler, of Dubuque and their children, Nicole (Rod) McDowell and their daughter Elizabeth, Kaitlyn (Dan) Ernzen, and their daughters Charley and Chanley, Brianna (Kyle Merkes) Beidler. Sister-in-law Betty Kramer, of Merced, CA; special nieces and nephew, Karilyn (Jim) Steffen, Marilyn (Gary) Hillard and Tom (Bonnie) Osterhoff all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert; her son Joseph; grandson Jody; sister Rita Osterhoff and brother Ken Kramer.

In lieu of flowers a Juliana Marie Didesch memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Sunset Park Place and her nurse Kathy, the Finley Wound Clinic and to all the health care professionals for their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Stanley E. Weets


Stanley E. "Stan" Weets, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Stanley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, with military honors.

Stanley Erwin Weets was born on March 14, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Martin Peter and Helen (DeMoss) Weets. He was a 1947 graduate of Baldwin High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Dorothy Shaw on February 11, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. She preceded him in death on December 27, 1987. He later married Patricia A. Wallace Bean on October 13, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2014.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Stanley worked as a machinist for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 24 years, Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and E.J Voggenthaler for 19 years. He also farmed for many years and owned and operated the Hootonanny Cafe for 5 years.

Stanley was a former member of both the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, and pool leagues. He was an avid bowler and had served as past president of the Maquoketa Bowling Association.

Those left to honor Stanley's memory include his children, Nancy (Rodney) Hooton of Dyersville, IA, Robert Violette of Abernathy, TX, Martin Weets of Savannah, MO, Tom (Narja) Weets of Warrensburg, MO, Shirley (Frank) Sallee of Livingston, MT, Dale Weets of Wilton, IA, Wayne Weets of Oskaloosa, IA, Barbara (James Jr.) Kemp of Delmar, IA, Jerry (Heidi) Weets of Lockport, IL, Virginia (Craig) McCoy of Des Moines, IA, and Mary Jo (Paul) Geerts of Lost Nation, IA; honorary son and nephew, Edward Beam of Delavan, WI; many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; a brother Marvin Weets of Sabula, IA; and sisters, Deloris Newell of Maquoketa, IA, Marlana Steiner of AZ, Sharon Kreutner of Cedar Rapids, IA, & Kaye (Bill) West of AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Pat, a son Keith, a sister Betty Mott, 2 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild Brentley Kemp.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stanley E. "Stan" Weets memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sharon A. McDermott


Sharon A. McDermott, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sharon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Church. Services for Sharon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa.

Sharon was born September 5, 1948 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Clifford J. "Shorty" and Lucille (McCarthy) Donovan. She is a 1966 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. She then attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, IA and Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA.

She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. as a Nurse and later at Finley Hospital in the ER Department until retiring in 1998.

She was united in marriage to Larry McDermott on October 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, taking photographs, traveling and winters in Arizona.

Sharon was a member of the Centralia-Peosta Fire Department and served as its first paramedic and as their Medical Director until retiring in 2010. Sharon was extremely dedicated to her role in Emergency Services. She was also a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Larry McDermott of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy (Kate Conlon) McDermott of Dubuque, IA and their children Natalie and Clara, Tara (Bo) Duggan of Pewaukee, WI and their children Cooper and Maverick and Tina (Jon) Humston of Iowa City, IA and their children, Levi and Dallas; her Mother-in-law; Dorothy McDermott; three siblings, Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, IA, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA and Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, IA, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, IA and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion, IA; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Emmett McDermott.

A Sharon A. McDermott Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Kathleen M. Osterhaus


Kathleen M. Osterhaus, 81, of Petersburg passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Kathleen was born October 19, 1935, in Petersburg the daughter of August and Rose (Thole) Knipper. She married Laverne M. Osterhaus on June 12, 1956, in Petersburg. Together they farmed near Petersburg for 25 years until moving to town.

She was a cook at SS Peter & Paul School and they managed the Petersburg Parish Hall for over 20 years. Later they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center in 2014. Kathleen was a lifelong member of SS Peter & Paul Parish and their Choir.

Survivors include her 6 children: Gary (Deb) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Jane (Joyce Bonifas) Osterhaus of Dubuque, Carl (Debbie) Osterhaus of Rosemount, MN, Pat (Patsy) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Lori (Tim) Daly of Bankston, Tammy (Eric McClintock) Osterhaus of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren: Chad (Kris) Osterhaus, Kurt (Christy) Osterhaus, Lara (Shawn Summer) Osterhaus, Jordan and Baylee Osterhaus, Ashley (Jimmy Geerts) Osterhaus and Leah (Nick Burger) Osterhaus, Jimmy and Eric Boeckenstedt Sarah (Jordan) Kluesner; 6 great grandchildren and two more due later this year; a brother, Rick (Janie) Knipper; in-laws: Venita Knipper, Julia Knipper, Charlotte Knipper, Gladys Osterhaus and Rosemary Klein.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Laverne in 2015, 2 grandchildren: Greg Osterhaus in 1984, and Abby Osterhaus in 1999; siblings: Laverne (Alice) Knipper, Gilbert (Viola) Knipper, Ralph Knipper, Joe (Norma) Knipper, Walter (Nellie) Knipper and Mary Knipper in infancy; in-laws: Lester Osterhaus, Marie (Mickey) Domeyer, Raymond Osterhaus in infancy, Ambrose (Emily) Osterhaus, Omer (Elaine) Osterhaus, Julanda (Lawrence) Koch, Gene Osterhaus, Daniel (Virgie) Domeyer and Dick Klein.

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



Berdella E. Pitz


Berdella "Birdie" E. Pitz, 99, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October, 7, 2017, at Luther Manor, Grand Meadows, Asbury Campus.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19th at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street in Dubuque, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Berdella was born November 24, 1917, daughter of Rudolph and Caroline (Schlesch) Schroeder near LaMotte, Iowa. She attended school in Jackson County and then helped her father on the farm. She then moved to Dubuque where she worked at several dry cleaning businesses: Sommerfield, Graves-Aladdin, and Magic Cleaner.

She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church. She also sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School, attended ladies aid, and helped with the Clothes Closet.

She married Robert Pitz on January 12, 1957. She enjoyed fishing with her dad and husband and loved to go for rides. She enjoyed the outdoors, flowers and especially her garden. She canned and froze many vegetables from the garden, and shared her harvest with many.

She is survived by her son, Randy; 2 stepchildren, Judy Reisdorf and Robert Pitz Jr.; 7 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Kirton, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Robert, sisters Mathilda Goepfert, Mildred Goepfert, Esther Rubel and brother Harvey Schroeder; two step-daughters, Carol Slack and Patricia Brown.

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

The family would like to thank the home care providers, friends, Luther Manor Staff at Hillcrest Campus and Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque for their extraordinary care and compassion.

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



Steven J. Gottschalk


Steven J. Gottschalk, 64, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at U of I Hospital & Clinics. Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Faith Temple 12805 Seippel Rd, where the family will greet friends 4:00 pm until service time. Graveside Service and Inurnment 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Steven was born August 19, 1953 in Dubuque the son of Alvin and Roselyn (Woodman) Gottschalk. He married Patricia Henge on September 3, 1977. Steven worked at Saint Regis and Americold Logistics. Steven enjoyed reading his bible, country music, and playing Euchre. He enjoyed his dogs, especially his favorite one Pup, fishing, bowling, playing dominos, wrestling, and above all having Sunday dinner with family. Steven and Patricia were very active at Faith Temple and with Food and Talk.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Holly (Joseph) Andresen; a grandson, Alex; a sister, Mary (Daniel) Metz; a brother in-law, Joseph Henge; a niece and nephew, Peter (Katie) Metz and their children, Evelyn and Hank; Jennifer Metz and her children, Danielle and Ruby.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy; his best fishing buddy, Delbert Oberfell; and his mother and father in-law; Marie and Edward Henge.

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

Local Arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Romelda V. Westmark


Romelda V. "Ronnie" Westmark, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St Raphael, 231 Bluff Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ronnie was born October 2, 1930 in Dubuque. She was the oldest daughter of George and Theresa (Wilhelm) Pappas. She and her parents and younger sister, Mary, lived downtown on Washington Street until they moved to their home on Simpson Street in the 40s. At that time, Simpson was sparsely populated and the Pappas family had a large garden, a lot of fruit trees, chickens, cats, and dogs on their land.

After graduating from high school, Ronnie worked as a secretary at the Adams Company, where she met the love of her life, Jim Westmark. They were married on October 22, 1955.

She started her own candle-making business in the 1970s and made wedding candles until she was in her 70s. She enjoyed baking cookies at Christmas time - many dozens of cookies were trayed up over the holidays and given to friends every December! She also loved to crochet and bought a lot of yarn during the many thrift-store shopping trips she and Jim made after his retirement. They loved to travel - sometimes on their own and sometimes with their grandchildren. Often the travel they did on their own involved a trip to a casino because Ronnie loved to gamble - especially the slot machines. She also enjoyed Bingo and many different card games.

She was very proud of her Greek heritage. Her father emigrated from Greece as a young man. She loved the music and she experimented with many Greek delicacies like baklava and kourabiedes. Possibly the Greek heritage was also behind her love of the sun. Even when she was wheel-chair bound at Stonehill, she loved to go outside and would roll up her pant legs and shirt sleeves to get the most sun possible. The staff at Stonehill joked that she was "solar-powered" because it made such a difference in her demeanor to soak up some rays.

She is survived by four children: Terri (Eric) Winsor of Luxemburg, IA; Steve (Sherrie) Westmark and Mike (Sue) Westmark of Dubuque; Gary Westmark of Princeton, MN; and six grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary, and her husband Jim.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK, Dubuque

The family would like to thank the nurses, music therapists, and all the other people at Hospice of Dubuque who added to Ronnie's quality of life this year. They would also like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center for taking such good care of Ronnie these past six years

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

 



Frank J. Konzen


Frank J. Konzen, 85, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Friends and relatives of Frank may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:45 p.m. and a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Frank will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post 656.

Frank was born April 9, 1932 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Frank and Elizabeth M. (Neumann) Konzen. He was united in marriage to Lois Kramer of Worthington, Iowa, they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 4th.

Frank served in the Korean War and was a member of the Farley American Legion Post 656, for which he served as past Commander.
He worked hard all his life and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He worked at Chevrolet dealerships in Worthington and Dyersville before he began with the Western Dubuque School District. He worked over 33 years with W.D. until his retirement in 1994.
His love of sports, particularly baseball followed him throughout his life. He was the first little league coach in Worthington when his boys were very young. He continued to coach when they moved to Farley in 1977 until his youngest went to High school. He was proud of the young men he coached through the years, and many still will recount those years with him and how they enjoyed him. Frank was fortunate to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Family was very important to him, he was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lois Konzen of Cascade, Iowa; their eight children, Keith of Cascade, Kymn (Kevin Wenkman) of Madison, WI, Kevin of Mansfield, TX, Kari of McFarland, WI, Kelly (Dennis) McElmeel of Cascade, Kristi of West Des Moines, Ken (Tammy) of LaPlata, MD, and Kammy (Rod Sears) of West Des Moines; seventeen grandchildren, Shanon, Jason, Kyle, Alana, Sean, Justin, Sam, Natale, Troy, Ave, Brett, Hannah, Danielle, Paige, Sophia, Tyler and Kali; four step grandchildren, Dean, Shelby, Jordan, and Gavin; four great grandchildren, Koen, Hans, Wren, and Gianna and one step great granddaughter, Dahlia; two siblings, Lloyd Konzen of Dyersville, IA and Mary Robey of Belle Vista, AR; two sisters-in-law, Lois (Mrs. Jim) Konzen of Farley and Elaine Konzen of Dyersville; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosalyn Kramer of Farley, Vera Steger of Dyersville, Paul and Pat Kramer of Dubuque, Walter "Hub" and Doris Kramer and Gene and Dorothy Kramer both of Worthington, and a close family friend Bo Smith of Mansfield, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents; A Son-in-law, John Prevo; two sisters, Ardell and Carl Craugh and a sister in infancy; three brothers, Clarence, James and Fred Konzen; his father and mother-in-law, Walter & Celeste Kramer; a sister-in-law, Mary Konzen; 2 brothers-in-law, Earl Kramer and Leon Kramer; Great nieces and nephews, Shelly Kramer, Zach Kramer, Casey Craugh and Nancy Forler.
Words cannot express the sorrow being felt by the loss of this wonderful man. He will truly be missed in this world.

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



Clara M. Crane


Clara M. Crane, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Grand Meadows in Asbury. To honor Clara's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October, 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Clara's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Clara was born on October 1, 1927, in Sterling, IL, daughter of Leroy Boyer and Phoebe (McGee) Boyer Holdren.

Sadly, Clara's mother was called home at a very young age and Clara would quickly learn the importance of family, and love for others, almost immediately within the experience of her earthly journey. Thankfully, Clara was lovingly raised by her grandma, Bernice McGee, until she eventually met her soul-mate, Robert K. Crane. The cute couple was blessed with 32 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 children, before he was also called home ahead of her much too soon. Clara would joyfully share her love and care for others through her mission field of nursing. She devoted over 20 years of her time and talents as a Licensed Practical Nurse; working not only at the Dixon State Mental Hospital, but also in several nursing homes and private homes over the years. Clara's faith was always a priority in her life and she was very proud to be a loyal and longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. In her free-time, Clara was quite comfortable to curl up in a blanket with a good book in hand, or maybe even venture out in search of the next perfect angel to add to her growing collection. There is no denying that Clara's 90 years here have been full of both joy and sorrow at times. Thankfully, she taught us to both persevere through the trials, and remember to savor the precious moments when they arrive. We're truly sad that we've lost our amazing mother, grandmother and friend today, but we are also glad that she is finally going to be reunited with all of her family who've gone to their eternal home already. God bless you Clara and thank you very much for the love and the lessons you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Clara's memory include

her 2 daughters,
Deborah (Jerry "Butch") Hall, Davenport, IA
and Carmen Burds, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Richelle (Eddie) Hunsucker, Renee Humphreys, Robert Humphreys, Charity Myhre, Daniel Myhre, David Truitt, James Truitt and Cristy (Brian) Knutson-Elmore;

and her 10 great-grandchildren,
Justin Thompson, Emily Heitz, Elaina Sammon, Aleska Sammon, Anthony Humphreys, Kaylee Humphreys, Claire Humphreys, Tyler Schmit, Alexis Schmitt and Amanda Truitt.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Crane; her grandmother, Bernice McGee; a daughter, Carla Knutsen; a son, David Gregory Parton, in infancy; a sister, Merium (Tom) McCue; a brother, Charles (Doris) Holdren; and a son-in-law, Richard Burds.

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

Clara's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Luther Manor Grand Meadows, for all of their compassionate care, love and support of Clara, and her family.

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

 



Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun


Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun, 90, died of natural causes on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial be held 10 a.m., Saturday, October 14 at St. Columbkille church where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rose Marie Chun was born on July 9, 1927 in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Nicholas and Jennie (Lee) Peschang. She attended St Mary's Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Clarke University and the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she entered the post-war work force as a registered dietitian at Rockford Memorial Hospital. This was followed by another dietitian position at Chicago's Presbyterian Hospital.

Mrs. Chun was the wife of the late Dr. Newton Chun. They married in Chicago in 1952. After a short residence in Honolulu, her husband's birth place, the couple relocated to Dubuque and set down roots. "If Newt and I had stayed in Hawaii, we would have ended up raising a clan of beach bums," was the stock answer she gave to those who inquired about this curious change of scenery.

Although she raised six children, Mrs. Chun was also active in community service, including a stint as president of the Dubuque County Medical Auxiliary and serving on the Alumni Board at Clarke University. Her participation as a judge at Telegraph Herald's Recipe Roundup lasted for decades.

A longtime member of the international travel organization Friendship Force, Mrs. Chun visited many countries. Despite this penchant for adventure, the native daughter never missed the opportunity to share her civic pride with foreign hosts. She once told an overbearing Frenchman that while the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral were nice enough, they paled in comparison to such Dubuque landmarks as the 4th Street Elevator and Shot Tower.

Rose Marie Chun is survived by her six children. This includes two daughters and four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth Van Vleck) Chun of Palo Alto, CA, Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, OH, Rene (Jolande Boot) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun of Manhattan Beach, CA, Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, NM, and Jon (Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, OH.

There are also fourteen surviving grandchildren: Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne Chun, Dakota and Sequoia Ford; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicholas Elkins.

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

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

Memorials may be submitted to St. Columbkille church or Clarke University.

The family extends a sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and the entire Stonehill staff for providing expert care and comfort during Mrs. Chun's final months.



Bobby W. Lyons


With his loving family surrounding him, Bobby "Bob" Lyons, 45, passed away on October 9 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Bobby's family thanks the countless family and friends for the incredible outpouring of support in the last few weeks as this has been a powerful source of strength during this time.

Bobby was an original spirit and had tremendous character - he was fiercely loyal, genuine, funny, confident, protective, and supportive of everyone he loved.

Bobby was a free spirit who enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, grilling, feeding the birds and deer in his yard, and socializing with his family and countless friends. He was also an avid collector of unique and nostalgic items. 

His love language was gift-giving - he enjoyed buying thoughtful and/or quirky gifts for friends and family. He donated to various causes to help others.

He was a highly decorated arm wrestling champion and was the 1999 Iowa State champion.

Bobby was a 1991 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for the family business, American Tree Service. He also pursued entrepreneurial interests in the logging trade.

Bobby is forever lovingly remembered by parents Terry and Becky (Callahan) Lyons; sisters Vicki Lyons (husband Patrick McElroy) and Lesley Lyons (husband Lee Monahan); and the love of his life, Julie Wernimont (and her children Mackenzie, Myles, and Mitchell Wernimont), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Bobby was predeceased by grandparents Margaret and Bill "Bullets" Lyons and Lester and Lillian Callahan; aunts, uncles, and his Black Lab Shadow Lyons.

A celebration of Bobby's life will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday October 13, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in placid.

A Bobby Lyons memorial fund has been established.



David C. Juergens


David C. "Moke" Juergens 68 of Dubuque and Fort Myers, FL. passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 after a 5 ½ year long and hard battle with Colorectal cancer, with great dignity and strength. He died at home surrounded by friends and family.

Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 13, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Celebration of Life and Remembrance Service.

David was born November 9, 1948, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph J. and Mary C. (Swift) Juergens. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1967.

David spent 34 years in the meat industry, beginning his career at Dubuque Packing Co., moving on to FDL Foods, and later retiring from Farmland Foods in 2000. He married Lynne Placke and together they had two beautiful daughters, Gina and Jana. He later married Julie Hoffmann.

David loved to have fun, had a great love for life, family and friends. He treasured weekends spent with his daughters and other family at Nita-Ho Valley.

David played competitive fast pitch softball for a number of teams, winning numerous state tournaments and competing a number of times in the World Fast Pitch Tournaments. He was inducted into the Kiwanis Hall of Fame and Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.

David loved to fish, whether making a trip to Canada with his brothers and friends, throwing a rod into the Mississippi, or a deep sea fishing trip in Florida.

David gained golf bragging privileges when he played with Tiger Woods in the 1996 Quad City Classic Pro Am. He had a great passion for golf, which allowed him the opportunity to form so many great friendships. Many loved to have a game with "Moke".

David was a lifelong Yankee fan where he spent countless hours cheering them on watching on TV or in person at Yankee Stadium. He also was a true and avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; a daughter, Gina (Jeff) Juergens of Omaha, NE; his beloved granddaughter, Amanda Hohensee; siblings, Sue (Don) Vandermillen of Bonita Springs, FL; Steve (Sue) Juergens and Tom (Carla) Juergens of Dubuque; father in-law, Emil Hoffmann; brothers in-law, David (Sue) Hoffmann of Louisville, KY, Steve (Diann) Hoffmann of Hilo, HI, and Scott Hoffmann of Farmington, NM.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jana Juergens; a brother, William O. Juergens; and his mother in-law, Betty Hoffmann.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Oncology, Florida Cancer Center and Hope Hospice. These medical professionals, along with so many supportive family members and friends, helped David and his family walk through his journey.

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



Dennis R. Hasenbank


Dennis R. Hasenbank, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 2, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the St. John's Cemetery, Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis Ray Hasenbank was born on May 31, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond Chris and Irene Martha (Wenndt) Hasenbank. He grew up in Tipton and was a 1959 graduate of Tipton High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 earning an honorable discharge.

He married Patricia Marie "Pat" Gorsch on April 1, 1967 in Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis was dedicated to work but never missed family events. He first farmed for a short time and then became an egg broker working throughout the center of the United States for many years. At the age of 70 he decided to take the insurance examination and then sold insurance for Health Markets for several years.

Dennis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Rotary Club, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM.

He loved his family and the love of his life, Pat. He and Pat danced every week and enjoyed spending time with their dancing friends. He also loved basketball and while in high school was a standout player. Additionally, he liked golf, was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan, and was always meticulous about having a clean car. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Patricia "Pat" Hasenbank of Maquoketa, IA; children, Calvin (Heidi) Willson of Bay City, MI, Crystal (Scott) Burmeister of Oxford Junction, IA, Terry Hasenbank of Wyoming, IA, Teresa (Kevin) Bock of Sebring, FL, Dennis (Nicole) Hasenbank Jr. of Hiawatha, IA, and Denise (Wesley) Abbott of Roswell, GA; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother Darvin (Rhonda) Hasenbank of Scottsdale, AZ; and a sister Deanna Rohlf of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Mary I. Drexler


Mary I. Drexler, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Mary was born on June 15, 1930, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Carmelita (Hoffman) McMullen. She was a graduate of St. Martin's High School and the University of Dubuque with a Bachelors in Arts degree. She went onto teach at the rural county schools in White Water Township and later taught in the Dubuque Community School District for 29 years. She was united in marriage to Wayne Drexler on June 4, 1955 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. The couple enjoyed spending time in Guttenberg at their summer home, especially spending quality time with family and friends.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Drexler of Dyersville, IA; four sons, Douglas (Sharene) Drexler of Spread Eagle, WI, and their children, Samantha, Ben and Shannon, Daniel (Donna) Drexler of Bettendorf, IA, and their children, Abigail, Olivia, Eleanor and Anastasia, Dean (Pam) Drexler of Safe Harbor, FL, and their children, Amy, Shelley, Sarah and Alex, Wayne Drexler Jr. of Iron Mountain, MI; two great grandchildren, Connor and Khloe; three sisters, Jane Slauson of Webster City, IA, Kathy (Jim) Funke of Edgewood, IA, Pat (Dan) Ott of Madison, WI; two sister-in-law, Charlotte McMullen of Sherrill, IA and Joyce McMullen of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mary Jean (Ed) Gansen; two brothers, Bob McMullen and Thomas J. McMullen, one brother-in-law, Duane Slauson.

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



James J. Miller, Sr.


It is with great sadness that the family of James J. (Jim) Miller, Sr. (husband of the late Brenda Benda Miller) of Dubuque, Iowa announces his passing, on October 7, 2017, at the age of 88.

He was born at home on October 3, 1929 and graciously died at home surrounded by his family.

Friends and Relatives of Jim may call from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday, October 13 at Nativity Church on 1001 Alta Vista St in Dubuque, IA. The funeral mass will also be at Nativity Church on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 AM. Reverend Jim Miller and Deacon Dave McGee will officiate the mass followed by the burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Jim is survived by and lovingly remembered by his family, brother: Charles L. Miller (Charlie), sister-in-law: Thelma Loes, his children: Meg Miller of Minneapolis, MN, Betzy Miller of Tacoma, WA, JJ Miller, Jr. of Alpine, TX, D'Arcy Figuracion of Minneapolis, MN and Bart Miller of Houston, TX; and his grandchildren: Frankie Torrey, Alyce Torrey, James D. (Chelsea) Miller, Jessica (Clay) Brauch, James J Miller, III, Brenda Miller, Nicholas Miller, Kevin Miller, Travis Figuracion, Grace Miller and Abigail Miller; and his great grandchildren: Riley, Addyson, Ronix, Roczen, and J Monster. He leaves behind beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife: Brenda Benda Miller, son: Samuel Miller, parents: Margaret K. (Sullivan) and Erwin J. Miller, his brother: Daniel Miller, and sister: Mary Miller Schurb; sisters-in-law: Beth (Dan) Miller, Jean Bisanz (Charlie) Miller, brothers-in-law: Joseph Schurb, Rev. John Benda, Rev. Francis Benda, Edward Benda (Thelma), Gene Loes (Thelma); and in-laws: Dr. Thomas and Margaret Benda. 

Jim enjoyed growing up in this historic city nestled in the great bluffs of the Tri-State area. He spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, he and his family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many other cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released Wizard of Oz in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.

He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947 and then Loras College in the 1950s after serving in the Korean War. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.

His work experiences are rich with stories, learnings and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the Holy Trinity bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, Ring's, the Paige, Sutter's Bakery, Clarke University, or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.

He met his sassy and savvy wife and then wed several years later at Nativity Church in 1957. Together they taught thousands of children and adults of Dubuque. Jim started out at Lincoln School (Health and Physical Education), transitioned to Holy Ghost, Hempstead and then Jones Junior High School (Math). He then finished his career at the spry age of 85 at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) (Math). Interspersed throughout all of this, his work journey included selling cleaning products, insurance, household products, and gizmos. He tried his hand at Oky Doky as a clerk and as an unexpected adventure met Sylvester Stallone and was encouraged to try out as an extra in the movie "Fist", set in Dubuque. Jim was cast in the role of union buster.

Two main values Jim lived and modeled were working hard and volunteering with sincerity. His motto was "do more than was expected" and "always give to those who would benefit from his over-abundance".

His volunteer efforts were vast and varied. He and Brenda taught CCD, housed mothers from Catholic Charities, welcomed children through Operation Friendship (Chicago), and marching members of the Colts. Throughout the years he also served dinners at Nativity School, Christmas dinners in Spillville, Iowa, the Dubuque Fellowship club (where he was a lifetime member), and for the parish priests. He even welcomed, through sibling coercion, his brother Charlie's help to join in on the fun.

He also spent his passions through involvement in the American Legion as Third Vice Chair (retired), Boy's State and various other efforts. He spent several times a week at the Dubuque Rescue Mission serving meals. Several of his children and grandchildren also joined him in giving back what they had been so generously been given. For many years, he ushered at 6:30 morning mass at Nativity Church, guiding the regulars and welcoming new parishioners and visitors.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim's life and the loving affect he left us. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Rescue Mission, all of Dubuque, IA.

We leave behind a man who was genuine, sincere, kind, and humble. He inspired many of us in ways that will last throughout our lives. We are all blessed to have had the honor to live with a loving man.

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

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque (Katie, Melanie, Emily, Diane, Barb, Cindy, Ryan and those who participated in the Veteran's Honorary Pinning), Dr. Tom and Anne Benda, and all those who joined our Dad at his Celebration of Life ceremony. We thank all of you who have offered our Dad and us the support and love over the years.

The Millers: Meg, Betzy, JJ, D'Arcy and Bart



Rev. Paul F. McDonald


Rev. Paul F. McDonald (Chaplain Colonel USAF Ret.), 90, died on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12 at St. Raphael Cathedral Dubuque, Iowa, with Archbishop Michael Jackels presiding and Very Rev. Michael Mescher as homilist. Burial will be in Holy Family cemetery, New Melleray with military honors by United States Air Force and American Legion Post #6. Visitation for Fr. Paul will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on March 25,1927, in Dubuque to Joseph and Cecelia (Chapman) McDonald. He graduated from St. Raphael Cathedral Grade School, Loras Academy and Loras College (1947) and completed theological studies at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained on June 2, 1951, by Archbishop Leo Binz at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College. He served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Osage and St. Ansgar Mission Parish in St. Ansgar, 1951-53; St. Edward's in Waterloo, 1953-58; and St. Mary's in Marshalltown, 1958-59.

He served as a United States Air Force Chaplain, 1959-1989. His assignments were: Edward's AFB, Calif.; Site Chaplain to six remote radar sites in Alaska; Stead AFB, Reno, Nevada; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Minot AFB, N.D.; University of Oklahoma School of Journalism; Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., where he served for four years on the USAF Chaplain Resource Board; HQ USAF Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany; Wright-Patterson AFB, Fairborn, Ohio; HQ Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.; Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; HQ 15th Air Force, March AFB, CA; and Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, from where he retired in 1989, following 30 years of active duty.

He served in the rank of Colonel since 1978. His military decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He was also a life member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
In 1988, he was presented with the Churchmanship Award from the Greater San Antonio Community of Churches.

He retired on July 11, 1989, and later returned to Dubuque to reside at Villa Raphael and later at Stonehill. One of his final accomplishments was to author a book, A Collar Well Worn, about his 60 years of experiences as a priest and chaplain.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews Rebecca "Becky" McDonald, Carol Postel, Bruce (Vicki) Postel, Bonnita McDonald, Susan (Bob) Vesper, Barbara Howell and Helen (David) Splinter, along with great nieces nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wilfred and Joseph and a special nephew Brent Postel who he enjoyed spending many hours with playing cards and fishing along with other activities.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Villa Raphael especially Patty, the staff at Assisi Village especially Lisa, the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, and to all his family and friends who visited father over the years.



Darriel Hoskins


Darriel Hoskins, 47, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Darriel was born on September 2, 1970 in New York the son of Samuel and Suzie (Ervin) Hoskins. He married Stacy Tigges on April 13, 2002. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works.

Darriel provided strength and love for his family and was involved in their lives teaching them life lessons every chance he had. He enjoyed going to the kids' sporting activities and in his spare time he enjoyed visiting the casino.

Darriel loved his family above all and was looking forward to the arrival of his newest grandson Mason.

He is survived by his wife Stacy; children, Zachary (Brittany Blake) Tigges, Darriel Jr., Jayden, Jocelyn and Gabrielle Hoskins; a brother, sisters, many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was looked upon by Ariane, Michael, Ebony, and Keith Hayes as a father figure who always held a very special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
In lieu of flowers a Darriel Hoskins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.



Dolores I. Castillo

Dolores I. Castillo, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dolores Irene Fadale was born on May 28, 1927 in New York to Anthony and Ida (Nelson) Fadale. She grew up in New York and graduated from High School.

She married Alfredo "Fred" Castillo on August 2, 1958 in Adrian, Michigan. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2010. 

Dolores had owned and operated a restaurant in Wisconsin for many years.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Fadale of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, a son Terry Savage, and a daughter Marion Green.

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



Sister Susann Rogers, OSF

Sister Susann Rogers, OSF, 94, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on June 25, 1923 in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of George and Susanna (Hosch) Rogers.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950.

Sister received her BA in History from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA in 1957. She was missioned in Iowa at Dyersville, Odebolt, Ionia, Rockwell City, Webster City, Cherokee; at St. Anthony's Home and Villa Maria, Sioux City; at Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Home, and Mount St. Francis Center, Dubuque; and at St. Cloud, MN. She also served in Congregational leadership for Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister is survived by her brother-in-law Edwin Kleitsch; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 72 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Kathryn (Frank) Kremer, Mary Rogers, Florence (Arnold) Cigrand, Carolyn (Richard) Wood, Sr. Mary Keith Rogers, OSF, Lorraine (Ralph) Kurt, Dolores Kleitsch; brothers, John (Ruth) Rogers and Bill (Elaine) Rogers.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA. The Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL is in charge of the arrangements.



Ryan Paul Schromen


Ryan Paul Schromen, 29, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 25, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will take place at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Christian Kincaid officiating.

Ryan was born on December 31, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd "Butch Schromen and Linda Hadowanetz. He married Emily Amunrud on June 16, 2012.

Ryan was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and Blackhawks fan, enjoyed fishing with his brother Danny, enjoyed stock car racing and working on cars, especially his dad's Corvette, and cooking, especially with garlic.

He is survived by his wife Emily Schromen, and her son Brayden Amunrud; his parents, Lloyd "Butch" Schromen, and Linda Kenkel, both of Dubuque. His siblings, April (John) Berendes, of St. Donatus, Kelly Schmitt, of Dubuque, Danny Schromen, of Dubuque, Step-sisters, Shelly (Butch) Rosecke, Karen (Eugene) Dwars, Jackie Kenkel, Kerrie Bidlingmaier, his nieces and nephews, Autumn, Jeremy, Morgan, Will, Aubree, Robert, Elyse, and Willa. His best friends Derrik and Brandon Bredekamp and Chris and Josh Clemen.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two brothers Robert "Robbie" Schromen, and Lloyd Schromen Jr., and his good friend Oldag.

The family wishes to thank all of Ryan's doctors at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Elliot, Dr. Sharif, Dr. Hoshi, and Dr. Berkowitz; also to U of I Home Care and Unity Point Home care for all their wonderful care they gave to Ryan.

In lieu of flowers a Ryan Schromen memorial fund will be established.



Evelyn L. Fagerland


Evelyn L. Fagerland, 86, of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2017, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn was born to Martin and Alma (Jansen) Hoffman on December 16, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Camanche, Iowa, attended rural schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948.

She worked at Excelsior Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Clinton for a short time. She was then joined in marriage to John Fagerland on September 17, 1950 in Elvira, Iowa. Three daughters were born to the marriage, Karen, Kendra and Krista. John preceded her in death on April 10, 2006.

Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was always very active as a volunteer, serving in her church throughout the years as a Sunday school teacher, choir director, and was active in the women's groups. When her girls were young she was also a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader and active in band boosters. Her more recent community interests included serving as president for the Jackson County Public Hospital Auxiliary, Maquoketa Woman's Club, and the Jackson County Historical Society to which she was very devoted. Evelyn was a strong support to her husband, John, in his banking career.

Evelyn was most happy when she was having fun with her girls and grandchildren and she loved decorating the entire house for Christmas each year. She also enjoyed sewing, antiques, genealogy and she and her husband traveled extensively and also hosted 5 foreign exchange students over the years, several of which were relatives from Norway.

She is survived by her daughters Karen (Terry) Slattery, Kendra (Mark) Beck, both of Maquoketa; 5 grandchildren, Jodi (Anthony) Capicchioni of Morton Grove, IL, Brian (Brandi) Slattery of North Liberty, IA, Brandon (Jill) Beck of Bellevue, IA, Bjorn (Nikki) Beck of Maquoketa and Marta Grant of Preston; 8 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Hansen of Clinton, IA.

Her parents, husband, daughter Krista Grant and grandson Andreas Grant preceded her in death.

The family would like to thank Pastor Judy Heinrich, Hospice of Jackson County, the staff of Clover Ridge Place and Crestridge Nursing Home for their care and support.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County, the Jackson County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

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



Robert L. O’Brien


Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien, age 87, of Dubuque, and formerly of East Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:28 a.m., on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bob was born on April 17, 1930, in Peoria, IL, son of Fred "Jack" and Elsie (Frey) O'Brien.

Bob honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy on the Battleship New Jersey during the Korean War. After returning home, Bob was united in marriage to his first love, Margaret Donahue, on July 28, 1955. They would make East Dubuque their home and be blessed with 45 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before she was called home ahead of him in August of 2000. Bob was fortunate enough to find love again and was blessed with another 11 years of devoted companionship after being united in marriage to Gladys Scheckel on November 14, 2005. Bob diligently provided for his family by first investing over 22 years as an architect for private clients, and secondly as an electrical engineer with Interstate Power Company for another 19 years of his working career. Bob was a true man of faith and his membership with The Church of the Resurrection was an undeniable badge of honor in his life. He would also generously devote countless hours of his free-time with the Mississippi Hiking Club, the Dubuque Community Y, the Gramercy Park Foundation, and the Dunleith Railroad Historical Society. Bob was also quite an accomplished drummer at heart who would routinely share his talents with his friends in various bands, the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps, and also as a loyal instructor with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Bob has surely lived a full and fruitful 87 years here among us. His kindness, patience and compassion for those around him has impacted numerous lives along his journey and the Tri-state Community is absolutely in much better condition because of Bob. We will definitely miss him, forever love and respect him and never doubt that the Heavenly Choir now has a very welcome new addition to their percussion section. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his wife,
Gladys O'Brien, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Sheila (Terry) Wacker, Round Rock, TX,
Patricia (Adam) Bertram, Nashville, TN,
Terry (Mary) O'Brien, Burlington, IA,
James (Shirley) O'Brien, East Dubuque, IL,
Robert (Susan) O'Brien Jr., Dubuque, IA
and Dan O'Brien, Elgin, IL;

and his 10 grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Margaret O'Brien; and a brother, Jack O'Brien.

A Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien 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 the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bob, and the family.

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



Christopher E. Schreyer


Christopher E. Schreyer, 42, died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family on Friday, October 6. After being diagnosed with lung cancer this summer, his last months were spent enjoying time with his family and friends while showing his strong and resilient spirit.

A celebration of his life will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friends may gather at Happy's Place immediately following.

Chris was born in Dubuque on November 26, 1974, to Bernie and Deb (Duccini) Schreyer, and became a wonderful big brother to Jonathan and Tim.

On March 5, 2002, Chris married his childhood sweetheart, Carrie Fagan. He was a very proud dad to two sons, Nicholas and Nathan. He was also a mentor to many as owner of a local metal fabricating business, Performance Fabrication, and welding instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College. His work can be seen throughout the community, including the ironwork at Bee Branch, Carnegie Stout Public Library, and Eagle Point Park.

Chris enjoyed riding his motorcycle; motorsports; and spending time working on projects and playing with his boys.

Chris is lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Carrie; children, Nicholas and Nathan; parents, Bernie and Deb; brothers, Jonathan (Jessica) and Timothy (Anne); in-laws Kevin, Pam, and Trisha Fagan; and aunts, uncles, nephews and niece.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family would like to thank Chris's medical team and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Schreyer fund at Dubuque Bank and Trust.



Judy A Jentz


Judy A Jentz, 74, of Potosi, passed very peacefully into eternal life at home on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

A celebration of life service will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Ss. Andrew -Thomas School in Potosi, Wisconsin. There will be a private family burial at a later date in Van Buren Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Judy was born on March 15, 1943 in Boaz, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Roger E "Payday" Jentz, Sr., on September 12, 1959 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA; he passed away and has been waiting for her since September 2, 2013. 

Surviving are three children, Michelle "Shelley" Doser, Roger Jentz, Jr., and Carrie Pluemer of Potosi, WI., six grandchildren, Kylie (Alex) Wagner of Platteville, WI.; Taylor Doser, Brandon Jentz, Dylan, Trevor, and Katie Pluemer, all of Potosi; one great-grandson, Mason Wagner; two brothers-in-law, John "Jack" (Patty) Fortney, Kenny Jentz; and four sisters-in-law Helene (Jack) Bennett; Darlene Chapman; Donna (Sonny) Weires; and Patsy Jentz.

Others who preceded her in death are her mother, Edna Reynolds; brother, Larry Reynolds; sister, Donna Reynolds; three brothers-in-law Clarence and Ronnie Jentz, and Gary Chapman; and one sister-in-law, Donna Fortney.

The family requests no flowers or plants. A Judy A Jentz Memorial fund has been established.

Judy's family wish to give special thanks to the staff of Grand River Medical of Dubuque, especially Dr. Hermann and Dr. Kelly, for many years of care and concern; Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful guidance; MaryAnn Durst for her help and care over the past several months; and to mom's best friend, Wendy Scholbrock for many years of friendship and loving care, and all that she has done for our family over many years.



Carol Marie Brimeyer


Carol Marie Brimeyer, 78, of Dyersville passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after a long illness surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 am Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at St Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Carol was born Nov. 14, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Soloman "Sal" and Viola (Stockel) Thoeni. She received her education in Dyersville and married Gerald "Greg" Brimeyer in Dyersville on June 21, 1958.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. Other interests include traveling with Greg, doing cross stitch and needlework.

Carol was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald "Greg", 3 children: Kevin (Cathy) of Lubbock, TX., Linda (Ron) Streck of Shaumburg, IL, and Keith of Marion, Iowa; 7 grandchildren: Meghan (fiancé Corey Rupp) Streck of Monticello, IA, Lisa (Daniel) Kaminski of Roselle, IL, and Katie (fiancé Patrick Smith) Streck, Ashley (Brian) Hentges of Austin, TX and Elizabeth Brimeyer of Lubbock, TX, Callie Brimeyer of Cedar Falls, IA, and Andrew Brimeyer of Cedar Rapids, IA; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Susie (George "Butch") Tittle of St. Catherine, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by 5 siblings: Betty Hunt, Shirley Taylor, Kathleen Jaeger, Donald Thoeni and David Thoeni.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Robert D. McCarty


Robert D. McCarty 92, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Holy Spirit Pastorate, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman and Rev. Rick Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Robert was born on May 5, 1925 in San Diego, CA, the son of David and Iva (Wickens) McCarty. He entered the military at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was employed by John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1988. On February 9, 1952, Robert was married to Louise Herbst at Assumption Church, Zwingle. She preceded him in death on September 20, 2006. Robert was a craftsman who could fix anything, an avid bicyclist until the age of 91 and a NASCAR enthusiast who built and raced cars. He was a long time member of Holy Trinity parish, the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and the "Slo-Pokes" car club.

Surviving are his children Steven McCarty of Colorado, Debra (Dennis) Giese of Peosta, IA, Dennis (Rina Hovden) McCarty of Santa Rosa, CA, Tim (Sheila) McCarty of Dubuque, IA and Mary Beth (Randy) Halvorson of Bernard, IA; his grandchildren Sara Kruser, Cory (Amanda) Giese, Meggan Bennett, Jessica (James) Kelly, Pauline (Matt) Flood, Tyler (Tiffany) Halvorson, Acacia (Aaron) Schmitt, Abigail and Cody Halvorson; 11 great grandchildren.

A Robert D. McCarty memorial fund has been established.

The McCarty family wishes to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Specialty Care. Also, a special thank you to the "Cook Lady" (Ronni) for her wonderful in home care.

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

 



Joseph D. Wells


Joseph D. "Don" Wells, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:10 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born on June 2, 1929, in Shullsburg, WI, son of William and Mary (Teasdale) Wells.

Don always took great pride in honorably serving his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Don was also a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1967. He was joyfully united in marriage to the love of his life, Camilla Rummel, on March 10, 1951, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 66 wonderful years together, and 3 beautiful daughters. Don was raised with a strong work ethic, which he eagerly shared with his company, and co-workers at Caradco for 25 years, and lastly as an electrician at Dubuque John Deere Works for over 16 years, until his well earned retirement. Don was a longtime and active member of St. Mary's Church, St. Patrick's Church, as well as the John Deere Retirees, U.A.W. Local #94 and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. In his free time, Don could generally be found with his trusty remote close at hand while watching his favorite programs, or even thoroughly working on his crossword puzzles while confidently completing them in pen. Sadly, our hearts are broken today as we must face the reality that Don's 88 year earthly journey has arrived at its conclusion today. But, even through the unrelenting sorrow and tears we realize that we are eternally grateful for all of the absolutely precious memories he leaves behind, as well as the life lessons which will be evident within our family lineage for generations. Thank you Don for continually making the world a better place and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Camilla Wells, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Catherine (Steve) Underwood, Ringsted, IA,
Christine (Michael) Gibson, Dubuque, IA
and Constance (Michael) Kubesheski, Coconut Creek, FL;

3 grandchildren,
Joseph Kubesheski, Katherine Kubesheski and Jason (Gina) Eygabroad;

and 2 great-granddaughters,
Presley and Ava Eygabroad.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Audrey (Eugene) Niday, William Austin (Shirley) Wells and Robert (Nancy) Wells; and a grandson, Christopher Joseph Eygabroad.

In lieu of flowers, a Joseph D. "Don" Wells memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Don's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall, his nurse, Kate, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Don, and his family.

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

 



Velva Gadient


Velva Gadient, 91, of Monticello died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary and vigil service will be held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 - 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the church cemetery.

Velva was born June 4, 1926, in Prairieburg the daughter of Victor A. and Rose Marie (Marek) Holub.  She married Irvin Gadient on Oct. 2, 1945 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Central City.  Together they farmed all of their lives.

She is survived by 4 children: Gary (Katy) Gadient of Delhi, June (Roy Davis) Koelker, Jim (Tami Bartram) Gadient, and Joan (Ed) Sauser, all of Monticello; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dorrance (Mary Pat) Holub of Coggon; a sister-n-law, Edna Gadient of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Irvin, a granddaughter, Jackie Koelker-Niehaus; 4 siblings: Alvina (John) Eden, Arthur (Leona) Holub, Violet (Bernard) Crowley and Irvin Holub.

Memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Monticello Senior Dining.

Special thanks to Tami Bartram, Margie Taylor, Dr. Philip First and Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello for the wonderful care of our mother.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 

 



Alverna J. Ricke

Alverna J. Ricke, 91, a long time beloved resident of Mount Saint Joseph in Lake Zurich, IL, formerly of Menominee, passed away October 4, 2017, at home.

She was born on October 7, 1925, to Herman and Susan (Bonnet) Ricke in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County.

Alverna is survived by two sisters, Rosella McCarthy, of Lake Villa, IL, and Anna Mae (Robert) Sadler, of East Dubuque, IL. She was a beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Celia Ricke, Rosemary Heller and Rita Knautz; two brothers, Clarence Ricke and Arnold in infancy; two half-sisters, Irma Kohler and Alvina Hasken; and five half-brothers, Victor, Ed, Joe, Al and Bill Ricke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, with visitation from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Saint Joseph, 24955 N. Hwy 12, Lake Zurich, IL 60047, for resident care.

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

 



Dale J. Denlinger


Dale J. Denlinger, 49, of Holy Cross passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Thursday, October 5, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 - 7:30 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at the Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross prior to services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, October 9, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dale was born December 14, 1967, in Dubuque, the son of John and Ruth Ann (Rolwes) Denlinger. He graduated from Hempstead with the Class of 1986. He married Sandra Roling on June 18, 1994, in Holy Cross, and was a loving husband and father.

He owned and operated Denlinger Construction in Holy Cross and was a perfectionist who was proud of the work that he did.

Dale enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, and riding ATVs on the family farm. He also enjoyed grilling out and being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; 2 daughters: Nicole (fiancé, Michael Colson) of Norwalk, and Kelli, of Iowa City; his father, John (friend Shirley) of Dubuque; a brother, Steve of Balltown; a brother-in-law, Jim (Amy) Kauffmann of Epworth, his mother-in-law, Sharon Roling of Dyersville; brothers-in-law: Steve Schmal, Terry Roling, Andrew (Neal Gallegos) Roling; sisters-in-law: Cheryl (Shawn) Bandy and Karen Roling,

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Denlinger, a sister, Linda Kauffmann, and his father-in-law, Jerome Roling.

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



Frances Ilene Pritchard Leggett


Frances Ilene Pritchard Leggett, 91, of Monticello, Iowa passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017 at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center.

Private services are on October 6, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Pallbearers are grandsons: Todd Catlett, Michael Weber, Rodney Weber, Robbie Paulson Jonathan Leggett, and Chuck Carley. Honorary Pallbearers are granddaughters: Kim Shephard, Diane Weber, Jennifer Carley, Jennifer Fetzer and Denise Nealson.

Frances Pritchard was born on November 28, 1925 to Lawrence and Maude (Starr) Pritchard in Fayette, Iowa. Frances was baptized on June 26, 1927 at the Methodist Church in Fayette, Iowa. She attended school in Fayette through her junior year. Her family moved to Springville, Iowa, where Frances graduated from the Springville High School in 1944.

Frances married Stuart Leggett on July 19, 1944 at the Anamosa Methodist Church in Anamosa, Iowa. Frances raised three children, Douglas, Dixie and Barb. Frances and Stuart celebrated 68 years of marriage, until December 28, 2012 when Stuart passed away.

Frances helped Stuart on the farm and with his trucking business northeast of Scotch Grove, Iowa. Frances enjoyed milking cows, raising hogs and sheep, and a flock of chickens. Then in March of 2003, Frances and Stuart moved to Monticello to enjoy their retirement.

Frances was a member of the Oak Drive Club for over 58 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to Old Country Western music, Polka music and watching the RFD channel. During the warmer months she enjoyed fishing at local farm ponds and enjoyed the Monticello Fourth of July Parade and Great Jones County Fair. She self-taught herself to play the organ, and especially enjoyed playing "You Are My Sunshine.

Frances is survived by two daughters Dixie Weber of Monticello, Barb (Denis) Paulson of Olin, one daughter-in-law; Jackie (Mrs. Douglas) Leggett of West Branch; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, her sister, Dorothy Brunscheen of Florence, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart, her parents, her son, Douglas, a sister, Darlene Stender of Monmoth, brother Russell Pritchard of Longmont, Colorado and brother-in-law Eddy Brunscheen of Florence, AZ.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established for Unity Point Hospice C/O Robin-RN and Bobbie Jo-CNA at Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello Iowa.

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



John C. Sabers


John C. "Jack" Sabers, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2017 at home in Dubuque, IA surrounded by the love of his family. Jack was born on September 13, 1934 in New Vienna, IA to Arthur and Elizabeth (Ploessl) Sabers.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jack graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1953 and then attended Loras College. He went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works and retired as a supervisor after 28 years in 1985.

Jack married Mary Ann Wallenhorst on April 8, 1958 in Dickeyville, WI. They were happily married for 59 years and offered a shining example of commitment and devotion. Jack was a true sportsman. He was a Chicago fan following the Bears and Cubs faithfully, win or lose, until the very end. He was an sport fisherman and spent hours on the water teaching his children and grandchildren to cast a line. He played baseball and softball for many, many years with a group of guys he loved like brothers. He also loved to golf and belonged to Timber Line Golf Course from its beginning. He played in many golf leagues for many years. He also bowled and threw horseshoes in leagues. He played a mean game of Euchre and loved the challenge and strategy. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Club.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; his children: Dennis (Nancy), Kathy (Tim) Hamel, Joan (Dave "Spider") Meyer, Bob (Cathy), Ken (Lory), Karen (Jim) Vaassen, Carol (Dave) Lambert all of Dubuque, Kevin (Marianne) of Galena and Laurie (David) Chapman of Phoenix, AZ; twenty-four favorite grandchildren and nine very special great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sylveria Ruden , of Dubuque, and Pat Klosterman of New Vienna; In-Laws Darlean Sabers of Dubuque, Bernie Obershaw, Dolly (Bob) Klein, Janet Macaluso of Dickeyville, WI, Mellie Reynolds of Kieler, WI, Doris Bussan of Dubuque, Clarence "Junior" Wallenhorst of Hazel Green and Jeanette Wallenhorst and Gloria Wallenhorst of Cuba City, WI.

Jack was preceded in death by an infant son, John, his parents, Arthur and Elizabeth, his brothers Floyd, Roger, Marv, and Gene; and a sister, Ruth.



Leonard A. Clark


Leonard A. Clark, 89, of Wichita, Kansas, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

A celebration of Leonard's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, October 14, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.

Leonard Allen Clark was born on August 15, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ezra and Louise (Durkop) Clark. He married Barbara H. Allison on December 15, 1951 and she preceded him in death after 25 years of marriage. He later married Edith Lavon Hayzlett Moore in 1978.

Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the Battleship USS Massachusetts. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked in many small shops and finally worked for Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, IA, retiring in 1977.

He lived for many years in Joplin, MO, briefly in Topeka KS, and finally in Wichita KS. He was a lifetime member of the Edward W. Knapper VFW Post #6174. His other passions included fishing, mushroom hunting, playing music, and playing cards and dice with family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Edith of 39 years; brothers Dave (Loretta) Clark and Glenn (Mickey) Clark; a sister Darlene Kay Streets; sons Timothy (Geradette) Clark, Steve (Jacinta) Clark, Edwin Clark, Stanly Clark, Jason Clark, Kenny (Sherry) Hayzlett and Rodney (Yvonne) Hayzlett; daughters Vickey Clark, Linda (Jeff) Facemire, Debbie (Doug) Blain, Lora (Ed) Schiffelbein, and Judy (Garry) Nelson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry, brothers Walter, Pete, Henry, James and George, a sister Melva, a half-brother Basil Clark, half-sisters Anna Clark, Mary Mundon, Virginia Clark, and Alberta Louise Clark, and several grandchildren.

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



Elizabeth A. Sullivan

Elizabeth A. Sullivan, 65, of Dubuque died Thursday, September 28, 2017.  A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday October 5, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Elizabeth was born April 22, 1952 in Dubuque, daughter of Richard and Janet (Buchan) Sullivan.

Elizabeth graduated from the Finley School of Nursing, earning her associates degree in nursing.

She worked as a nurse at Finley Hospital for over 30 years.  She enjoyed reading and her numerous pets.

She is survived by a sister, Sandy (Max) McCullough of Waterloo, Iowa; a brother, Richard Sullivan of Portland, Oregon; and three nieces, Jennifer, Erin and Laura; a grand-niece Ella and grand-nephew Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



John H. Austin


John H. Austin, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his family after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 Route 52 North, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, 2017. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

John was born on May 28th, 1961 in Chicago, IL to Lorraine Margaret (Stepek) Austin. He graduated high school in 1979 and on October 11, 1980 he married Chris Kressin in Madison, WI.

He worked in the Dubuque area as a carpenter for 30 years, 25 of those years being with McNamer Construction.

John loved to golf and could be found most weekends at Timberline in Peosta with his friends. He was even golfing just a few weeks ago. John also loved to cook and created amazing meals for his family every day, mainly because John joked many times that his wife was a danger to herself and others while she was in the kitchen. He also loved to bake cakes, always with sprinkles on top. At home he was known for completing anyone's unfinished Pinterest projects. He would argue every evening with the nightly news and often said that Lifetime movies should be on Comedy Central because they were a joke. He was an avid Saints fan, or a fan of any team playing against his family or friends' favorite teams.

He touched the lives of many people. He was an amazing man, loving husband, father, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Chris; three daughters Michele Austin of East Dubuque, IL, Andrea Austin, of Dubuque, and Lauren Austin of Oshkosh, WI. His sister Lee Mares, of Racine WI; brothers, Bill (Lynnell) Austin, of Lake Mills, WI, Shawn Austin of Lake Mills, WI, and Jim Austin, of Wisconsin Dells, WI. His mother and father-in-law, Sally and Richard Kressin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Peggy (Todd Overdahl) Kressin, Patti Kressin all of Lake Mills, WI, and Mike Kressin of Oregon, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine "Peggy" Austin, his grandmother Lorraine Margaret Stepek, grandfather Lester John Stepek Sr., and his uncle Lester John Stepek, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and compassionate staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and kindness they provided. Also, a huge thank you to all of our family and friends for the love, support and friendship they have shown to John and his family.



James W. Winter

James W. Winter, 83, of Galena, IL, passed away Monday morning, October 2, 2017 at home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating.

Jim was born on January 11, 1934 at Hanover, IL, the son of George and Sarah (Turner) Winter.  He was united in marriage to Audrey Bergman on July 26, 1958 at the South Presbyterian Church now known as Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Galena.  She preceded him in death on August 17, 2015.

Jim received his B. S. at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and his M. A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He formerly taught in Stockton and Galena, IL, was Principal of Cuba City High School.  He also operated The Frame Shop in Galena for nearly 25 years. Jim was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church and served as a Ruling Elder.  He was a member of Miner's Lodge # 273 A.F. & A. M. and the Shriners. He was also a member of the Galena Chamber of Commerce and Galena Elks Lodge # 882.

Surviving is a son, Thomas J. Winter of Galena; his siblings, John (Mary) Winter of Winnebago, and Kay (Allen) Smith of Chadwick; nieces and nephews, Rebecca Buening (Michael) Ferris, Patrick (Martha) Winter, Timothy (Melody) Winter, Kerry (Chuck)Sedivy, James (Aimee) Winter, Mary (Paul) Panther and Eric Smith, numerous great nieces and nephews, amongst them, special great nieces, Grace and Anna Putman, Lydia and Ceci Ferris; and sister-in-law, Nancy Buening of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sarah, his wife Audrey, a brother, Forest (Joanne) Winter and a brother-in-law, Ron Buening; two nieces, Eydie and Sarah Winter and two nephews, John and Michael (Kris) Winter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Galena or the Galena EMTs.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

 

 



Susan K. (Ring) Doerr


Susan K. (Ring) Doerr, 64, formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 peacefully in the comfort of her only daughter's home with the ones she loved most by her side.

Per Sue's wishes, she will be cremated. A private memorial gathering for close family and friends to celebrate her life will be held at Leisure Lake where she lived for many years. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Sue was born on March 5, 1953, the daughter of Robert Ring and Virginia Hubbard.

Sue went to St. Patrick's Catholic School and Dubuque Senior High School. In later years, Sue went to NICC to study social work.

She had numerous jobs throughout her life, favorites being a blackjack dealer at two Dubuque Casinos and also being a waitress.

Sue always led a simple life, never having, needing, wanting or asking for much. It would always be the little things in life that gave her the greatest joy.

Sue enjoyed being outdoors and fishing, playing cards, bingo, music, karaoke, dancing, going to the casino, and watching sports. Her favorite teams were the Chicago Bulls and Cubs. She has a special love for animals, especially dogs. Most importantly, she loved to spend time with family.

She loved meeting new people and loved to talk, the conversations always included bragging about her two grandsons that she was so proud of and adored with all of her heart.

Nieces and nephews were a huge part of Sue's life from their childhood to adult life. They were very special to her and spending time with "Aunt Suzi" was always a good time.

The mother and daughter bond that Sue and Brenda shared can never be broken. Not a day went by without a phone call, usually multiple calls a day. The conversations and time spent together will be missed greatly but the fact that Sue will not suffer or worry anymore will help. She will be happy to be reunited with those that have passed before her.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughter, Brenda (Ryan) Duvè; grandsons, Douglas and Evan; stepfather Herman Motsch; special friend Robin Bass; siblings, Linda (Don) Slattery, Barb McDermott, Dan Ring, Wayne Ring, and sister-in-law Sandy Ring, along with several wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert Ring; her mother Virginia Motsch, her grandmother Evelyn Hubbard, her brother Randy Ring and a nephew Tim Slattery.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care; a special thank you to her family and friends especially Laura, Don, Gerlie, Stacy and Angie and the entire Schultz Family Dentistry Team for all their compassion, love and support.



Douglas G. Brown


Douglas G. Brown, 85, of Dubuque, died Monday, Oct 2, 2017.

A funeral service will be held 7:30 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from 4:30 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Oliver Cemetery.

Douglas was born January 7, 1932 in Davenport, son of Dr. Douglas and Ilo (Gifford) Brown.

After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Douglas attended the University of Iowa for a year and a half, before joining the US Army. Upon his discharge from the Army, he married Joanne Lee, and they returned to the University of Iowa to continue their studies.

Douglas retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1986.

He and Joanne enjoyed spending the winters in Corpus Christi, Texas for the past 25 years. He also enjoyed sailing and golfing.

Douglas was active in AA for over 40 years, helping hundreds of people with their sobriety.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne, of Dubuque; five children, Michael D. (Beth) Brown of Davenport, Douglas L. Brown of West Des Moines, Iowa, Patricia A. (Dr. Tom) Kelly of Genoa, Nev., Mary E. (David) Hammer of Morrison, Colo., and David G. Brown of Dubuque; and six grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Brown, Emily (Andy) Goodell and Matthew Brown; Aaron (Jana) Brown; and Max and Sam Hammer.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven G. Brown in 2003.

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



Paul A. Williams


Paul A. Williams, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 6 P.M., Thursday, October 5, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Paul Allen Williams was born on June 11, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa, to Harold Paul and Geraldine Elaine (Farnum) Williams. He was raised by his father and grandparents and attended Davenport West High School. He then served two enlistments in the U.S. Navy as a utility mechanic with the Navy CB's. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he immediately began working for the Rock Island Arsenal as a boiler plant operator and obtained the rank of 1st Class Operating Engineer. He retired in 2012 after 34 years of service.

Paul married LaVonne Martensen Andersen on September 21, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He had attended the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, creating and growing things, gardening, baking cookies, and in recent years watching the stock market.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include his wife, LaVonne Williams of Maquoketa, IA; 3 sons, Chris Williams of Davenport, IA, Jason (Dana) Williams of Tipton, IA, and Bryan Williams of IA; a step-daughter, Tiffany Anderson of Walcott, IA; a sister, Beverly (Kenny) Holzrichter of Preston, IA; a brother Rodger (Pat) Williams of Rockford, IL; a half-brother Larry (Kathy) Matejcek of MO; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a half-sister Becky Pritchard.

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

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

 



Marianne Hoerschelman


Marianne Hoerschelman, 78, of Andrew, Iowa, passed on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon in Lisbon, Iowa.

A celebration of Marianne's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:15 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Marianne Fuglsang was born on October 30, 1938 in Elwood, Iowa, to John L. and Marie M. (Heneke) Fuglsang. She attended country school in Jackson County and was a 1956 graduate of Andrew High School.

She married Allen R. Hoerschelman on October 9, 1960 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2013.

Marianne had worked as a telephone operator in Maquoketa, the Andrew gas station, and as a home health caregiver for several years. She also farmed with her husband in the Andrew area for many years.

Marianne was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and the WELCA. Through the years, she had been an active Andrew community volunteer and supporter. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, dancing, traveling and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Marianne's memory include her children, Gary Hoerschelman of Dubuque, IA, Lori (Brad) Edaburn of Marion, IA, Lisa Dursky of Andrew, IA, and Jan (Adam) Pyatt of Mount Vernon, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob (Nancy) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allen, a brother Max, and a sister Betty Whitmore.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Marianne Hoerschelman memorial fund has been established.

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



Herman T. Lahr


Herman T. Lahr, 79, of Worthington passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held 2-8 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Worthington Fire Department will gather at 6 pm and a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Herman was born November 15, 1937, in Monticello, the son of Raymond and Delores (Westhoff) Lahr.

He married Beverly Tuel on June 18, 1960, in Worthington. Together they farmed just south of Worthington.

He enjoyed fishing, sharing the joy of his model trains and visiting with family and friends.

Survivors include his children: 5 children: Gary (Diane) of Worthington, Richard "Dick" (Karen) of Onslow, IA, Barbara (Phil) Cheek of Palm Harbor, FL, Deborah (Sam) Lahr-Gnagey of Columbia City, IN, and Diane (Tob) Patzner of Durango, IA; grandchildren: Eric (Emily) Lahr, Morgan Lahr, Amy (Ray) Clark, Shelley (Kevin) Sheridan, Sarah (Jason) Downing, Jessica Cheek, Adam (Niki) Lahr, Alyssa (Ty) Wheeler, Tashina (Herb) Lahr-Manifold, Megan and Cory Benz, Amber and Ashley Steffen and Corbin Collins-Patzner; great grandchildren: Connor Sheridan, Dashiel Lahr, Khloe Downing, Olive Lahr and Aubrey and Nolan Lahr; siblings: Robert (Rosemary) Lahr of Manchester, IA, Harold (Lois) Lahr of Earlville, IA, Patricia (Robert) Wolfe of Dubuque, IA, and Wayne Lahr of Worthington, IA; in-laws: Juanita (Tom) Hearst of Tipton, IA, Gene (Leellyn) Tuel of Lawrence, KS, Clarence (Diane) Tuel of Worthington, IA and Dennis (Karen) Tuel of Mt. Pleasant, IA,

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly in 2010, his parents, his step-father, Leo Manternach, a son, Brad Lahr, parents in-law: Arvil and Eunice (Boxwell) Tuel; brother-in-law: James Tuel, and a nephew, Brett Hearst.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Carl N. Hentges


Carl N. Hentges, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 30th, 2017 in Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 6th, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Church Cemetery, Epworth, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Carl was born on March 11, 1936 the son of Lester and LaVerne (Kurt) Hentges. He married Sally Schmitt on April 19th, 1958 at St. Patrick's Church in Epworth. Carl and Sally were long time parishioners of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere until his retirement and was a member of the John Deere Retirees and the UAW.

He is survived by his wife Sally; their children, Julie (Gordon) Winkler, Tony (Margie) Hentges, Joe (Tami) Hentges and Tom (Jill) Hentges. Eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Three brothers, Jerry Hentges, Fred (Marion) Hentges, and Pat (Mary Beth) Hentges.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lois Walling.

The family would like to thank Finley Home Healthcare, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Specialty Care for all their wonderful care they gave to Carl.



Anne Marie Lampe


Anne Marie Lampe, 96 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Luther Manor Communities Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4th at St. Raphael's Cathedral, a funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Msgr. Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Anne Marie was born on July 12, 1921, in Bernard, Iowa, the daughter of Cornelius and Emma (Bergfeld) Koch. On October 3, 1945 she married Roman Lampe Sr. at Fillmore Catholic Church and celebrated 69 years together.

Anne worked at Kalmes Restaurant and Finley Hospital Food Service, and catered with Kalmes Restaurant until she was 86. She journeyed through life making some of the best wedding cakes, pies, and breads with great love for her family. Anne made First Communion cakes for each of her 11 grandchildren and at 83 she decorated her last wedding cake.

Anne Marie was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. She will be remembered for her love of card games, bingo, and occasionally going to the casino with her sons. She especially loved family gatherings with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in attendance. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anne Marie is survived by four sons: Roman Jr. (Mary Jane) of Dubuque, Lynn (Janet) of Dubuque, Steven (Dena) of Dubuque, Philip (Linda) of Dubuque and two daughters: Marianne (Dan) Weber, of St. Donatus and Janice of Dubuque, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two siblings Peggy Hannig of Peosta and Elaine Forest of Clearwater, Florida. She is also survived by four brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roman, on April 14, 2015, her parents, and three siblings, Ardella, Kaye, and Helen.

The family would like to thank the staff and her friends at Mt. Pleasant Home, Luther Manor Communities, and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and kindness shown to our mom.

The family requests no flowers.



Walter W. Burkle


Walter W. Burkle, 90, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Walter was born May 19, 1927, in Dyersville the son of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle. He served in the Army during WWII as a Military Policeman in New York.

He married Verna Honkomp on Nov. 25, 1948, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed east of Dyersville raising 13 children.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, American Legion Post 137 and the Dyersville Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, playing cards, bowling and following the LA Dodgers and Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include his wife, Verna, his children: Mary Ann (Dick) Recker, Linda (Norm) Chambers, Elaine (Dave) Schieltz, Donna (Dave) Riniker, Mark (Karla), Glen (Kathy), Earl (Barb), Marv (Diane), Merle (Pam), Karla (Wayne) Dille, Bill (Wendy), and Lee (Michelle); a daughter-in-law, Judy Burkle; 39 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandaughter; 2 sisters: Betty Gassmann and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, and 2 brothers: Harold (Gladys) and Gerald (Rose Ann); and sisters-in-law, Theresa Burkle and Lorraine Burkle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in law, Lawrence and Margaret Honkomp, a son, Neal, a grandson, Spencer Arnold, a sister, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, four brothers: Charles (Luetta), George (Thelma), Bernard and Leon Burkle; in-laws: Jerome Hermsen, John Gassmann and, Gilbert (Helen) Honkomp.

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



Gerald G. Imbus


Gerald G. "Jerry" Imbus, 80, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Church.

Jerry was born on September 11, 1937 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County the son of Henry and Mary (Vogt) Imbus. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1997 after 37 years of service.
He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Jerry loved woodworking, fixing old tractors, fishing, and enjoyed attending "Old Thrashing Shows".

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Kristen Hurlocker) Imbus of Bellevue, and Jeanine (Romeo) Liong-A-San of Coral Springs, Florida; four grandchildren, Cassandra, Kate, Victoria and Alexander; four great-grandchildren, Lucas, Melanie, Jordyn and Evelyn; his siblings, Mary Agnes Melssen of Potosi, WI, Art (Diane) Imbus and Herb Imbus both of Menominee, Bob (Marian) Imbus of Luana, IA, Don (Rose) Imbus of Menominee, Doris (Bob) Watkins of Springfield, MO, Jim Imbus of Menominee, Joyce (Pat) Powers of Dubuque, Dan (Linda) Imbus of Menominee and Nancy Roepke of East Dubuque; numerous nieces and nephews; and Lila Willman of Dubuque, his significant other.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary, and a great-grandchild, Izzabella.

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



David L. Lambert


David L. Lambert, 82, of Dubuque passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

A funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. at the church until the time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

David was born on December 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Flora (Kieler) Lambert. He married Shirley Weber on September 15, 1956, at Nativity Church in Dubuque and together celebrated 59 years of marriage together. He served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1959 on the USS English.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing company for over 45 years.

David was a member of the Iowa State Beekeepers Association, Dubuque County Master Gardeners and the Elks Lodge.

He was most comfortable in the outdoors, passing on his love for hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, beekeeping, making maple syrup, growing Christmas Trees, cutting fire wood and harvesting walnuts.
David is survived by his children, Vicki (Don) Brandell, Mike (Chris) Lambert, Jeff (Nancy) Lambert, and Dave (Carol) Lambert. Twelve grandchildren, Ryan, Alyson, John, Joe, Jeana, Megan, Joshua, Angela, Garrett, Ethan, Andy, and Kayla . Two great grandchildren, Myles and Marcos. Two sisters, Sr. Eleanor Joann Lambert, OSF, and Mary (John) Brehm; one brother Terry (Roberta) Lambert; and sister-in-law Hazel Lambert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley; and three brothers Jerry, Jim and Danny.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Church Key West.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and to all their family and friends for their care, kindness and love.



Edith A. Dayton


Edith Annella  (Norman) Dayton, 97 years old, of Galena, Illinois, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.   Annella was born on September 27, 1920 in Eddyville, Iowa the eldest child of Frank and Pearl (Whitsel) Norman and graduated from Galena High School in 1938.  She married John R. Dayton on June 17, 1944.  Annella enjoyed playing piano, knitting, crocheting, puzzles and seamstress work.  Was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, volunteered at the Galena Stauss Hospital gift shop, delivered meals on wheels and helped with fundraising for Rainbow Ridge.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon (James) Stodden, Galena, daughter-in-law Nancy Dayton, East Dubuque, sister Hylene Anderson, Dubuque and 6 granddaughters; Michelle (Michael) Houy, Melisa (Ron) Hammer, Martha (Art) Thompson, Monica (Todd) Evans, Renee (Frank) Reddington and Katie Dayton.  Great grandchildren; Jennifer (Houy) Petersen, Amanda (Houy) Gries, Tristen (Hammer) Travis, Seth Hammer,  Anna (DaCosta) Hopkins, Charlie DaCosta, Justine Thompson, Gabby and  Brooke Bingham, Grace Evans, Jacob and Tristan Evans, Hannah and JD Reddington, Samantha Dayton,  Skyler and Tucker Nestaby and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Durrell and Richard Dayton, brothers Orville and Leonard Norman and a sister Joan Norman.

Services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 3rd at Crossroads Community Church, 900 Galena Square Drive, in Galena, with Pastor Bill Longmore officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 2nd at Crossroads Community Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Vandigo and staff, Galena Stauss Senior Care Community Center and staff and caregivers Betty Schetgen and Sally Frasher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Crossroads Community Church of Galena.

 

 



James A. Cocayne, Sr.


James A. "Jim" Cocayne Sr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:40 a.m., on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Big Meadows. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on July 11, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John M. and Mildred (Lenertz) Cocayne.

Jim honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy while being stationed in Hawaii. Upon his return home, he was lovingly united in marriage to Patricia Leslein on September 21, 1963, at 3rd Presbyterian Church. Their union was blessed with 2 children and 54 years, which they just celebrated this past week. Jim learned the value of a strong work ethic early in life, and would put those lessons to use as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, until his well earned retirement in 1994. Jim's faith was a priority in his daily life and he was a longtime, loyal and proud member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In his free time, Jim could regularly be found breaking in his bowling shoes and socializing with family and friends. Jim successfully threw several 300 games and eventually became a member of the 700 club, an accomplishment many only ever dream of. Jim also always enjoyed warming up in the batters box during a fun, yet competitive game of softball. We sadly discover an unrelenting grip of sorrow upon our hearts today with the departure of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Thankfully, we know that Jim is finally free of his earthly health issues for good, and we find true peace in knowing that not only is he now residing in his Heavenly Estate today, but that he will also be waiting patiently for us to join him in a most glorious of family reunions one day. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his wife,
Pat Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cathy (Mick) Webb, Las Vegas, NV
and Jim (Angie) Cocayne Jr., Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Taylor (Clarrissa) Webb, Jordan Webb, Haley Webb, Brady Webb and Carter Cocayne;

2 brothers,
John "Bud" (Janet) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA
and Marv (Shirley) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Jerrie Cheffer, Bettendorf, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale Cocayne.

A James A. "Jim" Cocayne memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Pastor Jay, and the nurses and staff at Hospice, and Big Meadows Care Center in Savanna, for all of their love, care and compassion for Jim, and his family.

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

 



John M. Waul


John M. Waul, age 45, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly from natural causes at 7:05 a.m., on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at home. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 2, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

John was born on February 17, 1972, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James and Janet (Schueller) Waul.

John was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, class of 1990. He would go on to share his time and talents with the Dubuque Pack, EIMCO, and most recently with Propulse. In his free time, John loved spending time in the great outdoors; whether it was casting his line in search of bragging rites for catching "the big one", waiting patiently in the blind for the perfect rack to slowly rise over the horizon, hitting the freshly coated trails with the warming hum of the snowmobiles, or even getting together with friends to put on the greatest fireworks show to date. John also enjoyed a fun evening of cold beers and hot exhausts with friends at the races, and was always up for a spirited game of cards eagerly awaiting the opportunity to go "Big" and "Alone". John's greatest joy, however, was definitely found in the truly special moments he would spend with his family, especially his nephews. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our beloved brother, uncle and friend at such a young age. Time and faith will be our strength moving forward, but for today we find real comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with his parents, and we are grateful to have many wonderful memories of an always smiling and continually friendly man who absolutely lived life to it's fullest and embraced every moment.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his siblings,
James (Mary Kay) Waul, Platteville, WI
and Joyce (Jay) Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and 3 nephews,
Jaime and Tyler Waul and Ben Valentine.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

A John M. Waul 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

 



Luella M. Frost


Luella Meyer Frost, age 86 of Saint Donatus, Iowa died peacefully on September 18, 2017 in her family home of lung cancer with her family & faithful canine companion Gilda at her side.

Born on June 19th, 1931 in Lime Springs, Iowa Luella was the 7th child of John and Josephine Meyer. She grew up on a small farm without electricity or indoor plumbing. Luella was always a good athlete who played basketball and kittenball at Lime Springs High School. After high school graduation, she earned her teaching degree from Teacher's College (later to become University of Northern Iowa). Luella taught first through fourth grade at Waucoma and West Branch, Iowa schools.

Luella married her college sweetheart John F. (Jack) Frost of Jesup Iowa. Jack was a first year medical student at the University of Iowa when they first met. They married a year later and relocated to West Branch Iowa until Jack finished medical school. Upon graduation, Jack and Luella moved to Wichita, KS for Jack's internship. Jack enlisted the United States Air Force a year later and they spend the next 4 years moving to a number of different states. By the time Jack finished his tour of duty, Luella had borne him 5 sons and the sixth and final followed a short time later, making a complete basketball team with one bench warmer. In 1963 Luella and Jack finally put down roots in Saint Donatus where they raised their family.

Over the years, Luella and Jack were partners in several businesses including Tri-State Dermatology, Hypo Speed Shop, and Action Performance Exotic Motor Cars. Luella managed Tri-State Dermatology and was Dr. Frost's chief surgical assistant. Luella also was the CEO of Action Performance. Luella and Jack enjoyed collecting exotic cars and participating in the racing motor sports. Luella and Jack were inseparable in their everyday lives. Their family vacations were all thinly veiled excuses to visit automotive- related attractions, like the trips across country where they "coincidentally" visited the headquarters of Hooker Header and Cragar Mags, or the annual trip to Florida where Dr. Frost volunteered as a Track Medical Doctor for the 12 Hours of Sebring from 1964 to 1972.

Luella and Jack travelled extensively (fulfilling their childhood dreams) throughout the USA and Europe. Through these travels, they enjoyed the cuisine of the regions they visited. Luella quickly became fascinated with the culinary arts and she became an accomplished home chef, inspiring her boys to be great cooks too. Their travels usually included the boys who equally enjoyed these experiences. Food and family blended together to create cherished memories of their parents and family time together.

Luella was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years John Francis Frost MD (Jack), her oldest son Gregory Michael Frost, and Greg's wife Candas Kay Frost. She is survived by her 5 sons Christopher J. Frost MD, John Frost, Marc L Frost MD, Michael Frost and Andrew M. Frost. Luella was the proud Grandmother of 9 and she leaves behind 18 great grandchildren.

Luella was a lover of animals and she welcomed many strays into her loving pack over her many years including: Schwartz, Storm, Caesar, Red Dog, Prince, Princess and Steve Kalmes.

Luella and the entire Frost family would like to thank Pat Koenig for her many years of friendship and dedication as well as the caregivers at Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dubuque Humane Society.

Private Family Memorial services for Luella will be held at a later date.

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

 



Teresa A. Donar


Teresa A. (Kammerude) Donar, 82, of Cuba City, WI, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows, Asbury, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, with Fr. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at St. Rose Church, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is serving the family.

Teresa was born on July 4, 1935 in Dodgeville, WI, the daughter of Lester and Miranda (McKernan) Kammerude. She was united in marriage to Melvin J. Donar on September 26, 1953 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Tuesday September 26, 2017 would have been their 64th wedding anniversary.

She was a member of St. Rose Parish and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court #4. She enjoyed pitching horseshoes, bowling, but her main goal in life was that of being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She attended St. Raphael's Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy both in Dubuque. She and Melvin farmed for many years. They operated the Cuba City Greenhouse for 15 years. Teresa drove School Bus, was an EMT for the Cuba City Rescue Squad, worked for Caring Angels, was a Secretary for Heer Chiropractic, worked at St. Dominic Villa, was a Cub Scout, Brownie and 4-H Leader, and worked for St. Rose Church and School, where she also taught religion.

Surviving is her husband, Melvin; 12 children, Ronald (Brenda) Donar of Cuba City, Sue (John) Dalsing of Kieler, Cheryl McGuire of Darlington, Donald (Debra Jentz) Donar and Charles (Paula Digmann) Donar both of Cuba City, Dan Donar of Highland, Jerry (Jane Melssen) Donar and Mark (Joyce) Donar both of Cuba City, Lisa (Mark) Wright of Benton, Teri (Carl) Pickel of Kieler, Scott (Carla) Donar of Cuba City and Chris (Shawna) Donar of Benton; 33 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Tony (Pat) Kammerude, Dave (Peg) Kammerude, Mike Kammerude, Kathy Kaiser and Joan Kammerude.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Miranda, two sons, Dale and Jeff; her siblings, Darlene Magby, Gertrude Leslein, Bob, Kenneth, and Donald Kammerude and Pat Williams.

Teresa's family wishes to thank everyone at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to Teresa and for the care and compassion shown to her family.

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



Stanley J. McLane


Stanley J. McLane, 87, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 10 am - 1 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 pm, September 28, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with committal in the church cemetery.

Stanley was born on August 8, 1930, the son of James & Margaret (Meyer) McLane at Garber, Iowa.  On June 27, 1951, he married Betty Lou Meyer. They started their life together farming in Garber, and later purchased a farm in Worthington, where they farmed until 1975. At that time they moved to Farley.

Stanley drove school bus for the Western Dubuque School District for over 30 years. After retiring from that he was involved in real estate and drove tour buses. He also thoroughly enjoyed his job of driving for White Rose Limousine Service.

He and Betty enjoyed traveling and he was proud of the fact that they visited all 49 continental states.

Stanley is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty, daughters: LouAnn Habel (Cavin Grady) of Bettendorf, Shar (Luke) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Cindy (Joe) Burdt  of Dubuque, and son, Kevin (Jessica) of Leander, Texas;  14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren plus another expected soon; in-laws: Mary Jane (Harry) Steger, Helen Meyer, Patricia Meyer, Dorothy Meyer, Jim (Sheila) Meyer, Joyce (Ron) Drey, Kenneth (Kathy) Meyer and Janice (Ron) Alfred.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rick, a grandson, David McLane, brothers: Kenneth (Jean), Jerome (Frances) and Loraine (Clarissa); and in-laws: Donald Meyer, Richard Meyer, Loras Meyer and Ron Olberding.  

A special thanks to the nurses and staff at Oak Crest Manor for the care given to him the last two years.

He will be missed greatly, but we will move forward with one of his favorite sayings, "You can handle it now."

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



Bruce A. Glew


Bruce A. Glew, 75, of Asbury, Iowa formerly of Farley, Iowa passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Aurora Summit Medical Center in Summit, Wisconsin.

Friends and relatives of Bruce may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. They may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Funeral home where services will be held at 10 a.m., with Pastor Stephanie Schlimm Presiding. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Military Honors afforded.

He was born January 4, 1942 in Farley, Iowa, son of Everett and Myrtle (Theilan) Glew Sr. He graduated in 1960 from Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served with the United States Army from 1966 - 1968.

In July 1969 he married Sue Fessler, from this union two wonderful children were born, Michelle and Jason. He worked at John Deere and later at Rite Hite where he later retired from.

Bruce was a wonderful loving father and grandfather to nine grandchildren, known fondly and lovingly as "PaPa Bruce." He loved his morning coffee and talking with his brother Mike and friends. He was well known for his love of classic cars and car shows. He will be sadly missed by all those who loved him dearly.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Richey; his son Jason Glew; 9 grandchildren, Jacie, Jessica, Ian, Mia, Matthew, Kylie, Dillon, Zach and Madelyn; two brothers, Gerald Glew and Mike Glew; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Joseph Glew in infancy, Michael Glew, Everett "Sonny" Glew Jr. and Jan (Patricia) Glew; one sister, Gloria Fox; two nephews, Jim and Craig Fox.

A Bruce A. Glew memorial fund has been established.

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



Pamela P. (Hansen) Coleman


Pamela P. (Hansen) Coleman, 49, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Pamela was born April 15, 1968 in Dubuque the daughter of James and Judy (Meyer) Hansen. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1986 then attended NICC. Pamela worked in Early Childhood Development at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Head Start Program. She enjoyed cooking, baking and snow skiing. Pamela enjoyed going to amusement parks and especially enjoyed going to Disney World. She had a love for animals, especially dogs. Pamela will be truly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Colin and Aspen Coleman of Dubuque; her parents, James and Judy Hansen of Dubuque; siblings, Brian "Chopper" Hansen of East Dubuque, and Wendy (Daryl) Hansen Bornemeier of Waukesha, WI; aunts and uncle, Joyce and Bill Stoffel of Dubuque, and Dee Hansen of Waverly, IA; niece and nephew, Jacob and Emily Bornemeier; and her beloved dog, Pippa. 

Pamela was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, Clarence and Margaret Meyer and Vincent and Helen Hansen Sahm; her step-grandfather, Joseph Sahm; and an uncle, Donald Hansen.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Bender and staff in Iowa City, Paramount Ambulance and the St. Joseph Church community.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund for her children's education, and other charities. 

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



Darla Jean Shady


Darla Jean Shady, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, September 22, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Darla's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017, from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Darla Jean Shady was born on August 31, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jesse Neville and Georgia (Lund) Shady, Jr. She was a 1978 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

While in high school, Darla worked in the laundry department at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa. She then worked for DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years.

Darla enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, unicorns, horses, and going for coffee with her Mom, Aunt Lil and Dee. She was also especially proud of her daughter April.

Those left to honor Darla's memory include a daughter April Shady-Pierce and her husband Brandon of Mauston, WI; her mother Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers, Dean (Cindy) Shady of Clinton, IA, Dennis (Maureen) Shady of Pittsville, VA, Danny Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Darin (Keri) Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and her special friend and beloved cat, Angel.

She was preceded in death by her father Jesse N. Shady Jr., infant brother Donald, and an infant sister Debbie.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Crestridge Nursing Home and Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Altha Raisbeck


Altha "Ginger" Raisbeck, 94, of Dubuque died Friday, September 22, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 27 at Grand View United Methodist Church, with Rev. Thomas Shinkle officiating. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. and from 9:30-10:15 a.m., Wednesday at the church.

Altha was born on April 25,1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of John Raymond and Lucille (Voelker) Dettman.

After graduation from Senior High School she began working at Adam's Company. While working there she met her future husband, the love of her life, William "Bill" Raisbeck. They were married on February 16, 1946.

Ginger stayed home to raise their two children and then went on to work at Jefferson Junior High School for over 20 rewarding years.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Gerald) Husby and her son, David (Ellen) Raisbeck, both of Florida; grandchildren, William (Laura) Raisbeck and their children, Emma and Cassie; and Carrie (Jason) Landstrom, and their children, Taylor and J.D., all of Minnesota; and her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Meyer, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her brother-in-law, Robert Meyer.

In lieu of flowers an Altha Raisbeck Memorial Fund has been established. Please forward donations to the funeral home.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Home Instead for their exceptional care and devotion to mom over the past 9 years, and to Hospice of Dubuque.



Franklin D. Reavis


Franklin D. "Frank" Reavis, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 20th, 2017, at home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at Highland Lutheran Church in rural Elkader where there will be a short visitation at 10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

Frank was born February 4, 1942 the son of Floyd and Ernestine (Schoien) Reavis in Postville, Iowa. He attended high school at Central Community and graduated with the class of 1960. He was a member of the track team and was the leading scorer for the basketball team.

He was employed at Belsky Motor Co., Shike-Richardson, and later retired as the Service Manager for Richardson Motors Dubuque. Frank was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Frank spent much of his time on his family farm located in Elgin, IA where he enjoyed morale and deer hunting. He liked to watch his grandchildren play sports and was an avid fisherman. He especially enjoyed fishing for walleye.

Frank was mechanically inclined and loved to tinker with anything that had a motor. He was also competitive by nature whether it was playing euchre with family and friends or playing golf in which he enjoyed weekly up until this past year, (special thanks to Dave Paisley) Frank will be sadly missed by his family and friends but will be fondly remembered as a person who lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by his sons Daniel (Kerry) Reavis of Dubuque, IA, Jason Reavis of Dubuque, Ryan Reavis of Delta, CO; sister Eleanor Krieg of Elkader, IA and her family; grandchildren Zachary, Logan and Rachel Reavis of Dubuque; longtime companion Darlene Hogan of Dubuque, IA; and Aunt Corinne Schoien of Elkader, IA.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents Ernestine and Floyd "Shorty" Reavis; brother-in-law Neal Krieg; Aunt Arlene Schoien.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Sunshine Home Care for their care and kindness; also to Bob Tharp who graciously cared for Frank; and a special acknowledgement to Dan Wolff who was like a son to Frank.

 



David E. Beckman


David Edward Beckman, 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, identified by his family and himself as "Tough as Nails" - lost his fierce battle with cancer on September 12, 2017, at home surrounded by family. He was predeceased by: his mother, Shirley Richardson, father, David B. Beckman, stepfather, Albert Richardson, brother, John Richardson and sister, Corinne Jameson.

He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Susie (of 26+ years), daughters Elizabeth Burns and Barbara Smith (Randy); three grandchildren: Nicki Tocci (Ryan), Josh Smith, and Luke Smith; sisters: Elisabeth Anderson (Kip), Margaret Chambers (Tom), Anne Ikard (David), and Rebecca Moe, and brothers, Butch Beckman (Susan), and Steve Richardson.

David was born April 9, 1953, the son of Shirley (Dial) Beckman and David B. Beckman in Ashland, Wisconsin. He grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his mother and stepfather Al Richardson, four sisters and two brothers. He completed a marketing program at the UNM and was in sales most of his life.

He overcame many obstacles in his life that would have stopped most people: a misshapen leg due to rickets; three kidney transplants; and dyslexia. Although he couldn't read when he graduated from high school, after listening to many self-help tapes, and with encouragement from a good friend, he taught himself to read and became an avid reader.

David was one of the world's first kidney transplants, performed by Dr. Thomas Starzyl, in 1968. After his second transplant, against medical advice, this very strong-willed man became a certified scuba diver, worked construction, rode horses, lived at the Grand Canyon for 10 years and hiked rim to rim several times. He loved the outdoors and later became an assistant manager for an outdoor store.

David worked for Sam's Club in Arizona and Iowa for a total of 18 years and was well liked by fellow employees and members. Rather than criticize and grumble, he always looked for solutions. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could diffuse a difficult situation in an instant.

He was a resolute Christian and served at several churches throughout the years, most recently at Word of Life Church in Dubuque. He was an amazing example of Christian love and kindness and serving others was always his focus. Even the many medical obstacles faced throughout his life, could not extinguish his faith or dampen his spirits. No matter how he felt, he would not complain but would pray for and help those around him.

David, an exceptional husband, dad, brother, and employee, will be sorely missed. He was a hero to his wife and children and an inspiration to his family and friends because he never gave up, and he always put God first.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional and compassionate care of David. They would also like to thank the US Cremation Society for their dignified and compassionate service in his cremation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Word of Life Church in Dubuque, Iowa on November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Stories and pictures are encouraged and, in lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the National Kidney Foundation.

 



Donald C. Hasken


Donald C. Hasken 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Visitation will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois on Monday, September 25th from 3 to 8 pm, and the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 pm. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 26th at St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Donald C. Hasken is the oldest child of Alvina Ricke and Joseph Hasken. He was born in Vinegar Hill Township, IL on November 23, 1931. Don took a leadership role very early on in his life by helping direct his younger brothers and sisters on the farm. Don always protected his siblings and worked side by side with his dear mother, Alvina. He married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth (Betty) Oster on Jan. 30, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois and together they raised ten children. Don served in the Army as a newlywed and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling back to East Dubuque to work as a foreman for the John Deere foundry for 33 years. During retirement, he enjoyed traveling the country driving for Iowa Coaches Tour Buses. Don and Betty also enjoyed traveling together especially with their children during their 49 years of marriage. Don was a member of St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois. He was a former volunteer fireman for East Dubuque in his younger days along with being an East Dubuque City Council member. Don loved the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He was a kind and generous soul who devoted his life to his family. He had a great sense of humor and was a very loving, hardworking and patient man. Don was a person that loved meeting new people and enjoyed a good conversation.

Don is survived by his nine children: Mike Hasken (and his children Stephanie and Jared), Jim (& Lorna) Hasken of Muscatine, Iowa and their children Andrew, Christopher, and Emily), Jack (& Sarah) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Heather and Taylor), Mary (& Vladimir) Kotacka of Yelm, Washington, Donny (& Kim) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Amber, Adam and Austin), Ann (& John) Ward of Mendota, Illinois and their children Brittany and Angela, Betsy McClurge of Cedar Rapids (and her children Emma and Ava), and Maria (& Glenn) Averkamp of Cedar Rapids and their children Sam and Natalie) and Don's youngest son David of Dubuque. Don and Betty's love for children was evident when their grandchildren started showing up and this was very special to both of them. He also has nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Roseann Nauman and her husband Harlan of East Dubuque, his in-laws: Jim Richman, Doris Hasken, LouMae Hasken, Helen Oster and Roger Gartner along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his son Patrick, his mother Alvina, his sister Darlene Gartner, his brothers Vince and Earl Hasken along with his wife's siblings.

The family would like to thank Sunshine Home Care, Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital Emergency Department, Stonehill Care Center, Finley Home Care and his hospice helpers for bringing comfort to Don in his last months.

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



Madonna T. Krapfl


Madonna T. "Donna" Krapfl, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:40 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Donna may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Donna will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Donna was born on October 3, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Emil and Martha (Kramer) Esch. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. She was united in marriage to Merle Krapfl on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Donna was a 4H Leader and a member of the Dyersville Merry Maids for many years. She loved to cook, fish, camp and tend to her flower gardens. She enjoyed attending sporting events for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Merle Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; one sister, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil Manternach of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; four sisters, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer and Ellen Manternach; one brother, Nick Esch.

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



Lori K. Gibbs


Lori K. (Weiland) Gibbs, age 55 of Epworth, IA was taken in the arms of her loving angels on September 19, 2017 surrounded with the love of family after a courageous six year battle with Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma Cancer. Never has a person fought with such dignity and determination. She was such an inspiration to her hundreds of supporters.

Per Lori's wishes, she will be cremated. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday September 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be at 11:45 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grave officiating. The family requests no flowers and memorials may be made per your wishes.

Lori was born on January 30th, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Kay (Duehr) Weiland. She graduated in 1980 from Hempstead High School and NICC in 1982. Lori married Robert A. (Bob) Gibbs on January 1st, 1995 and they made their home in Epworth, Iowa. Bob was the love of her life and she called him "My Bob".

Lori's employment included Prudential, Myers Cox, Weitzel Financial, and her favorite at Medical Associates West since 2005, retiring in April 2017 due to her cancer.

Lori's favorite hobbies included gardening, deer hunting, and fishing with her best friend and loving husband, Bob. They spent many hours on the Ole Mississippi River in Guttenberg fishing the back waters, laughing and enjoying each other's company. She also enjoyed her annual fishing trip at 3 Mile Lake. In addition, she enjoyed shotgun deer season and quiet times with Bob in the woods. She had a love for wildlife and flowers and it showed by the many plants and flowers surrounding their house. She loved family fun times with family dinners and playing Shanghai and Canasta. Lori loved her weekend rides in Bob's 1952 Ford Pickup as they held hands and cruised the country roads.

Lori was a very fun-loving gal and made so many friends with her outgoing personality. She was a very dedicated employee and was loved and admired by her MAC family.

At the age of 49, the same age she was stricken with cancer, she became "Grammy" to her only grandson, Kane Straub. Kane was her proudest joy in life along with her step-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries. Lori looked forward to the weekends when Cory and Kane would visit. They loved making craft projects, fishing, swimming and baking. Lori loved the holidays and her home glowed with the many lights and decorations.

In 2015, Lori became a very active advocate with Compassion and Choices. She held the chair for the Dubuque County Action Team where she educated the public on the Iowa End of Life Options. Lori spent endless hour giving presentations, holding tabling events, meetings, and lobbying with her local Senators and House of Representatives. Sad to say, the State of Iowa never passed the bill in time of Lori's need.

Those left to honor her memory includes her husband Bob Gibbs, son Cory Straub, parents Wayne and Kay Weiland, sister and best friend Kari Weiland, and niece Kaylee (Doug) Thomas, step-children Jason Gibbs of Manchester and Corina (Brian) Ries of Ryan, Iowa, Mother-in-Law Hilda Gibbs of Manchester, brothers and sisters-in-laws, Shirley and Rich Lee, Pat and Rick Palmer, Deb and Gary Gibbs, Linda Holtaus, all of the Manchester area, grandchildren Kane Straub, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries also several most caring and supportive aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as her Medical Associates family. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law Burl Gibbs, grandparents Milt and Dorothy Weiland, and Bill and Izzy Duehr.

Lori battled a very brave fight against cancer for six years thanks to faith, family, friends, as well as a positive attitude, a sense of humor and amazing doctors. Her final gift to others is to give the gift of sight through her donation of her eyes to the Iowa Donor Network. Her family would like to thank University of Iowa dream team of doctors, as well as Dr. Eric Engelman, special nurse Jenny, and the Oncology Nursing Staff. The family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center. Lori will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Our "Miracle Lori" is now our "Angel Lori".



Esther Christina Link


Esther Christina Link, 93, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, beginning a well-deserved rest after a life well spent.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew A-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m.

Esther was born on January 18, 1924, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of John and Christina (Zimmer) Schmidt. She married Marion J. Link on August 12, 1943; he died on January 5, 1989. She later married John F. "Bud" Hefel Jr. on November 17, 1990; he died December 29, 1998.

Esther took her first job at 14 as a live-in maid and cook, and spent the rest of her life working hard at all her many roles, including cleaning houses into her 80s. She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Sacred Heart) and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 1959.

She loved to play softball on Monday nights at Comiskey Park with her grandkids and other family and friends. She was always ready to play a good game of euchre, and enjoyed quilting, especially with the ladies in Buenie.

Esther is survived by 7 children: Gerald (Phyllis) Link, James "Jim"(Linda) Link, David (Judy) Link, Joy (Mike) Behnke, Carol Link, Jean (Mark) Kohn, and Greg (Sue) Link, all of Dubuque; 2 foster children: Charles (Rita) Wagner and Donna (Verlon) Bailey to whom she was "Mom-For-A-Little-While"; 12 grandchildren: Patty (Rich) Berrier, Cathy (Grant) Copic, Eric (William) Link, Neal (Kim) Link, Jason (Shannon) Link, Jolene (Dan) Koopmann, Dawn Link, Tricia and Laura Behnke, Chris (Sara) Kohn, Darren (Sherese) Kohn, and Brian Link; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 step-children: Lorna Paisley, Dennis (Sharon) Hefel, Beverly (Bill) Rettenmeier, Connie Kintzle, Mary Kay "Punkie" (Phil) Birkel, Brian (Dianne) Hefel, Trudy Hefel, Amy Eudaley, and Shawn (Perry) Bromen; and their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Link (in infancy); a grandson, Jeffrey Link; a great-granddaughter, Samantha "Sammie" Link; a foster daughter, Carol (Eugene) Laugesen; 5 sisters: Thelma Schmidt (in infancy), Marie (John) Spielbauer, Alvina (Elton) Riddle, Rosina (William) O'Toole, and Walburga "Rita" (John) Pothoff; 2 brothers, Wilfred (Marie) and Leonard (Anna) Schmidt; and 2 sisters-in-law: Stella (Wilbur) Saylor and Irma (John) Beitzel.

Esther was the epitome of Christian kindness, and dedicated her life to helping others. Her home was always open, and she made the best kneffles and apple crisp, and served them up with heaps of common sense, comfort, and understanding. We are all better people for having known and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, an Esther Link Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Esther's niece, Mary CR Schmidt, Dr. Kristin Nelson, and to Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Esther.



Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde


Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde, 76, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Ennoble Manor Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler. Visitation is from 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. A visitation will also be held on Saturday at the Church from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Mary Ann was born on August 15, 1941 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Delvan and Irene (Wiederholt) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to Philip A. Runde on June 6, 1961 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2013.

Mary Ann was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, where she collected CCA points to benefit CCW. She attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated with the first graduation class of Wahlert High School.

In her younger years she loved bowling, playing poker with the girls, shopping, going for late night pizza, and later playing triple yatzee with her sister. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was formerly employed at Betty Jane Candy, Sinsinawa Mound, cooked for various area restaurants, ran Bob's Recreation softball league and tournaments, and drove bus for Stratton Bus Company. She and Phil operated Runde's Bar & Hall in Kieler from 1984 - 2000. Mary Ann would also hold clothing parties at her home for Queen's Way.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Dale) Haverland of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Angela (Dion) Nickel of Wylie, Texas; four grandchildren, Andrew Haverland, Rebecca (fiancé Bryan Johnson) Haverland, Ashley and Bryce Nickel; her siblings, Eldred "Gus" (Alvina) Timmerman of rural Cuba City, Anita (Bernard) Heileman of Dickeyville, and Jeanette (Faber) Runde of Kieler; and many nieces and nephews; her in-laws, LaVerne (Dola) Runde of East Dubuque, Illinois and David (Joyce) Runde of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delvan and Irene; her husband, Phil; nieces and nephews, Charlie Runde, Daniel Heileman, Tony Timmerman and Cheryl Heileman; her in-laws, Bernard (Eileen) Runde and Gerald (Mary A.) Runde.

Mary Ann's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and compassionate care shown to their mother.

Mary Ann will be remembered by the staff at Ennoble Manor for her beautiful smile, singing and dancing.

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



Elizabeth A. Delaney


Elizabeth A. "Betty" Delaney, 92, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. They may also call after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Funeral home where services will be held at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born May 25, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Madeline (Theisen) Schadle. On May 1, 1945 she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Delaney in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked with the foster Grandparents in West Dubuque and Dubuque Community School for over 25 years. She loved to fly to visit her grandchildren in New Jersey.

Betty is survived by her children, Jim (Shirley) Delaney, Delaine (Norb) Heim both of Dubuque, IA, Beta (Harvey) King of Epworth, IA and Penny (Michael) Iannella of Sterling, NJ; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one sister Joan (Gene) Frith and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, one son, Dennis Delaney in infancy, her parents and one brother Donald Schadle.

The family would like to thank the staff at Alverna Apts. And Stonehill Nursing Home where she enjoyed excellent care for many years.

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



Lillian M. Wessels


Lillian M. Wessels, 86, of New Vienna, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Lillian was born January 30, 1931, in Colesburg, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Lansing) Steger. She married James H. Wessels on June 2, 1952, in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until retirement in 1996.

She was a devoted farmer's wife, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Jim loved Polka dancing, country music and traveling.

Lillian is survived by her 3 sons: Patrick (Brenda) and Gary (Pam), both of Dyersville, Marty (Wanda) of Farley; 3 daughters: Lynn (Jeff) Cizek of Traer, IA, Joyce (Kevin) Willman of Worthington, IA and Lois (Mark) Bonifas of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Robert (Lillian) Steger of Dyersville, Patrick (Margie) Steger of New Vienna, Charles (Carol) Steger of New Vienna, Mary Ann Bonert of Dyersville; in-laws: Leon (Eileen) Wessels of Dyersville, Kay Wessels and Ruth Wessels, both of New Vienna, and Rosemary (Marvin) Nickol of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim in 2002, a granddaughter, Kimberly Wessels; a brother, John Steger and in-laws: Fred J. (Mary Ann) Wessels, Louis and Earl Wessels and William Bonert.

The family wishes to send a special thanks to the nurses, CNA's and staff of Luther Manor Memory Care Unit and Nursing Home for their compassion and care they provided to Lillian.

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



Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF

Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, September 18, 2017, at Clare House, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sister's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 23, 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 Friday, September 22, 2017, in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Mary Ann was born on November 3, 1937, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of George and Sedella (Kramer) Helle and Joan (Jaeger) Helle.

Sr. Mary Ann entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1956 and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1962. Sister received her Masters in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1972. She was joyfully missioned in Iowa at Granville, Remsen, Sioux City-Sacred Heart, Humboldt, and Mount St. Francis, Dubuque; and at Melrose Park and Hazel Crest, IL.

Those left to cherish her memory include

her sisters,
Pearl (Harold) Kelchen,
Norma Kelchen,
Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann,
Janet Schwendinger,
Ruth (Larry) Griffin,
LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand,
Joanie (Tom) Tauke
and Doris (Clair) Riesberg;

her brothers,
George (Connie),
LeRoy (Margie),
Paul (Stella),
Frank (Joann)
and Bob (Camie Pedersen);

she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 60 years along her earthly journey.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathleen Helle; a brother, Henry; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Kelchen and John Schwendinger.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassion, care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

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



Msgr. Francis P. Friedl


Msgr. Francis P. Friedl died Monday, September 18 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, two months short of his 100th birthday.

The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church. Burial will take place after the Funeral Mass, at 4:00 p.m., in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo.

Msgr. Friedl was born on November 26, 1917, to Philip and Rose (Schares) Friedl in Waterloo. He graduated from Loras College and took his theological training at Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary in Norwood, Ohio.

He was ordained April 26, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church, Waterloo, by Archbishop Francis J.L. Beckman. After a brief assignment at St. Francis Parish, Dumont, he was named associate at Nativity Parish, Dubuque, in 1943.
He joined the faculty of Loras College in 1947, during which time he also served as chaplain at the Dubuque County Home and later as associate at St. Joseph Church, Dubuque. In 1950, he entered Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology.

He returned to the Archdiocese in 1954 to become director of public relations at Loras College, where he was appointed vice-president in 1956. He was named a monsignor in 1956. In 1965, Msgr. Friedl became dean of studies at Loras and served as acting president from 1966 to 1967. In 1971, he was appointed president of the college and dean of the Loras Deanery.

He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph, Elkader, in 1977 and St. Columbkille, Dubuque, in 1984. He retired in 1987.

He authored "The Loras College Story - 150 Years," for the college's sesquicentennial observances in 1969. In addition he authored 12 other books on topics ranging from the priesthood, homilies, Loras College, and people of Dubuque.

Msgr. Friedl is survived by a sister, Mary Billings of California and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Philip, James and Thomas Friedl; and four sisters, Catherine Porter, Sister Mary Margaret, Rosemary Ralston, and Shirley Kapler.

Memorials may be directed to the Archdiocese of Dubuque Seminarian Education Fund.



Lawrence J. Gaul


Lawrence J. "Larry" Gaul, 79, of Epworth passed away September 19, 2017, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, September 25, 2017, from 9:30 - 10:45 am in the Breitbach Room at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Monday, September 25, 2017, St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Rev. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Larry was born on February 15, 1938, near New Vienna, IA the son of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1960, in Germany.

He married Dolores Wente on November 17, 1962, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa. Together they farmed the family farm where he was born and raised.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Luxemburg and served as a lector for many years. His love of photography led him to serve 25 years as a videographer for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. In retirement, Larry enjoyed driving his team of horses in area parades.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; children: Linda Gaul of Indianapolis, IN, Craig Gaul of New Vienna, Tom (Martina) Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of Luxemburg, and Jenny Gaul of Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Brandon (fiancé Brittany Dolphin), Dillon (friend Katie Koopman), Nathan, Taylor, Bailey, Angela, Douglas (friend Sierra Kramer), Jack, and Molly; siblings: Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Eldon Gaul of Dyersville, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque and Eileen (Richard) Hermsen of Luxemburg; and a sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Jerome) Lansing of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three children in infancy, Angela, Jean, and Matthew; a grandson, Tyler Gaul; siblings: Leander Gaul in infancy, and his twin sister, Laura Meyer, and in-laws: Germaine Gaul, Helen Gaul, Ralph Meyer, and Robert Wente.

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



Dave J. Leytem


Dave J. "Ace" Leytem, 71, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dave may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., day, at the funeral home. Services for Dave will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dave was born June 26, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harland and Rose Mary (Quint) Leytem. He is a 1964 graduate of Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa.

He began his career in food service at Thompson's Food and B&M Groceries in Cascade, Iowa. After the closing of B&M he went to work for Hy-vee in Dubuque until his retirement.

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

Dave was an avid sports fan for the Cascade Cougars, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox.

He is survived by four brothers, Terry (Jill) Leytem, Wayne (Nancy) Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Bill (Lisa) Leytem of Asbury, IA, Greg (Julie) Leytem of Swisher, IA; five sisters, Sandy (Paul) Koppes of Monmouth, IA, Carol Annis of Cascade, IA, Linda (Marty) Hill of Dixon, IL, Lois Leytem of Dubuque, Julie Hartmann of Dubuque; and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Leytem and Mary Kay Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Sheri Leytem of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Harland "Bub" Leytem on October 31, 1985 and his mother Rosemary on October 25, 2012; three brothers, Gary "Jake" Leytem on August 17, 2004; Robert "Bub" Leytem on July 9, 2012; Steve "Ben" Leytem on November 17, 2012; and two nephews, Rick Annis on October 8, 1987; Benjamin Leytem on October 14, 1989.

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



Olive V. Anderton


Olive V. "Ollie" Anderton, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017, at the Trinity Medical Center, Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Ollie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 22, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private Inurnment will be held at a later date from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Olive Vivian Boyington was born on September 2, 1941 in Dows, Iowa, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Lamberson) Boyington. She first attended a one room schoolhouse in Elma, Iowa and then graduated from Riceville High School in 1960. She married James "Jim" Anderton on February 25, 1961 in Riceville, Iowa. To this union four daughters were born: Lee Ann, Wanda, Lori and Rebecca.

Prior to her marriage, Ollie worked as a nurse's aide at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1963 she and Jim moved to Maquoketa and she worked as a preschool teacher at Mother Goose Pre-School and then Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa until her kids were all in school. In 1978, she became Activities Director at the Maquoketa Care Center for 25 years, retiring in 2003.

Ollie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in the UMW and the Ruth Circle. For many years she had been a member of card clubs, the Jackson County Master Gardeners, and in retirement served on the Board of Directors of the Maquoketa Care Center.

Ollie enjoyed shopping with her daughters, flower gardening, cooking, baking, her kittens, dogs, and horses and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Jim Anderton of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Lee Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Wanda (Mike) Meagher of Brookline, NH, Lori (Laura Taylor) Hollingshead of Robins, IA, and Rebecca Formenti of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Claude Boyington and a grandchild Meagan Hollingshead.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being set up for a gift of kitchen items to the United Methodist Church.

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



Ariyl Faith True


Ariyl Faith True, 27, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 16th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Ariyl was born in Libertyville, Illinois on Sept. 18, 1990, she attended Hempstead High School and graduated in 2008.

Ariyl was very active and involved throughout her school days. She participated in basketball, volleyball, and cross country, just to name a few, and she excelled at everything she did.

She is survived by numerous, loving family members and special friends that felt blessed to claim her as their own.

Ariyl faced many challenges in her short life and has now found the peace and comfort she deserves. We will celebrate her life forever and will hold a memorial service for her on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m.



Loras Edwin Mitchell


Loras Edwin Mitchell, 88, of St. Catherine's, Iowa passed away September 19, 2017 at home.

The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Father Philip Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday September 22nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Burial will take place after the funeral mass in the St. Catherine's Church Cemetery.

Loras was born December 11, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edwin and Florence (Hilkin) Mitchell. He married Ann Joiner December 1, 1951 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Loras was employed as an Iron Worker and worked on bridges. He started in working at St. Catherine's building the tower and later traveling through the country doing iron work. He later retired in 1993 and moved back to St. Catherine's.

He loved deer hunting and fishing trips, as well as a good game of Euchre. Mitch also loved to watch sports. There was always a game of baseball or football on. His wife thought that was the only channel they ever got. Mitch could also fix "rig" anything. He had a knack for getting it done or making it work.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his children Barb (Loras) Manders, of St. Catherine's, Belva (Jeannie Costanza) Mitchell, of New Jersey, Pete (Julia) Mitchell, of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders, Shaina Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Pam (Mitch) Hayes & Kenny (Julia) Mitchell; 17 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren; his sister Gloria Lenstra; and brother John (Rose) Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Darwin, and his sister Mary Maiden.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Mitchell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Molly Manders for her care and comfort and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.



Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney


Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney, 73, of Dubuque, died on Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Friday, at the church until time of mass. A celebration of her life will also be held at The Grand River Center in the Glass River Room from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 22nd, all are welcome.

Sharon was born on August 16, 1944, in Bernard, IA, daughter of Dorance & Deloras (Stoffel) Gassman.
Sharon graduated from the Visitation Academy, and was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where she helped cook the Oktoberfest meal for 13 years.

Sharon started her career as an OR Tech at Mercy, eventually segueing to the business world working for Prudential.

After retirement Sharon became the Activities Director at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL where she made many friends and enjoyed helping the residents to be comfortable and enjoy their time to the fullest. Sharon truly adored her work there.

Sharon is survived by her children, Thomas (Melissa) Haupert, of Anthem, AZ, Terrence Haupert, of East Troy, WI, Stephen (Michelle) Haupert, of Dubuque, IA, Deb (Derek) Monnig, of Coppell, TX, and Bill Sweeney, of Janesville, WI; and grandchildren Addie Haupert, Tyler and Tessa Haupert, Rowan Monnig and Cole and Callie Sweeney; and her brother, Harry (Lois) Gassman, of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis Fritz Sweeney, and twin brothers John and Joseph Gassman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Sharon's many neighbors that helped out when needed and the medical professionals at Mercy Medical Center & Mercy Home Health Care for their outstanding service in Sharon's final months.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.



Rosella C. Eckert


Rosella C. "Sally" Eckert, 90, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Kieler. Visitation will be from 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. on Thursday. A visitation will also be held on Friday from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Sally was born on July 3, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Webster and Loretta (Soat) Smith. She was united in marriage to Ernest A. Eckert on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2003.

Sally was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, bingo and doing needle work.

Surviving are two children, Wayne J. Eckert (fiancé Joyce Steffen) of Dubuque, Iowa and Roseann (Rocky) Emler of Potosi, Wisconsin, a granddaughter, Heather (Marcus) Emler Groom; a great grandson, Wyatt Emler; and a brother Eugene Smith of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Webster and Loretta; her husband, Ernest; and one sister, Mary Lou Korber.

Wayne and Roseann would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and the Cardiac Medical Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the special care given to their mother.

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



N. Dean Boyes


N. Dean Boyes, 77, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at Ennoble Manor with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3 to 8 Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 at the funeral home and also after 9:00 a.m. Friday.

Norman Dean Boyes was born on July 26, 1940 in Epworth, Iowa the son of Norman "Newt" and Imogene (Schlosser) Boyes. He grew up on the family farm at Graf Iowa and was especially fond of sharing his many stories of those days on the farm and his time spent in Graf. He graduated from Epworth High School in 1957; and married Janet Althaus on June 15, 1963 at Saint Joseph the Worker. Together they shared 54 wonderful years.

Dean worked at John Deere in the Experimental Shop until his retirement in 1999, and was a member of the UAW Local #94. He was a talented mechanic and loved to work on tractors, especially restoring old John Deere and helping the boys with their pulling tractors and stock cars. He also enjoyed restoring old toys and pedal tractors. He was very active in HVFMA Pulling Tractor Club, and often did the announcing at the area pulls. He had quite the gift of gab and you would often hear his famous stories during the pulls.

Dean was active with the Cub Scouts and calling bingo at Nativity Church for many years. He enjoyed the Labor Day parades with the UAW float; and like to help Bill and Dennis Conrad on the farm.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his two sons Kevin (Jeanne) Boyes and Kenneth "Kenny" (Sandy Temperley) Boyes, both of Key West, Iowa; his two granddaughters Allison (Dan) Tringale, of Houston, TX and Jaclyn Boyes of Key West; Sandy's daughters Brooke and Brenda; his twin Brother Gene (Roxy) Boyes, of Dubuque; his sister Alice (Jerry) Schueller, of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lois (Dan) Potter.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Elizabeth, Betsy and Nicole; and Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy for all their care and kindness, and to all Dean's friends especially the Sunshine breakfast club.



Mary Ellen Althoff


Mary Ellen Althoff, 69, of Marion and formerly of New Vienna, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017, 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 Friday 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. Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Mary Ellen Althoff was born on Oct. 30, 1947, the daughter of Ted H. and Leona (Klas) Althoff. After graduating from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, she worked at Kerper's Store in New Vienna and then at Harrison's and Theisen's in Dyersville. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1969, and worked in inventory control at Quik-Way and Dysert-Peck and retired from the Accounting Department of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2010.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Marion, IA. She will be remembered always for her quick wit and sense of humor; for the care she gave to her mother for 31 years; for the guidance, and support she gave her siblings, and her many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and for her love of casinos, card games, country and polka music, and phone visiting.

She is survived by her siblings and their families: Margie (Art) Nachtman of Ryan and their family Kenny Nachtman, Dr. Jane (Ian Ferguson) Nachtman, Karen (Jim) Oppelt, Lisa (Dan) Edwards, Dennis (Sarah) Nachtman, Matt (Jill) Nachtman; Fred (Joan) Althoff of Robins, and their family Kristine (Matt) Coulter, Dr. Keri Althoff (Dr. C. John Sperati), Amy Althoff, Erin (Dustin Hittenmiller) Althoff, Nathan Althoff; Laurie (Craig) Rogers of Rockford, IL, and their family, Heather (Jamie) Jackman, Sarah (Steve) Schrandt, Kyle (Ashley) Rogers; Gary (Marilyn) Althoff of Earlville, and their family, Tammy (Earl) March, Shannon (Dee) Althoff, Josh Althoff; Joyce (Mike) Wessels of Rickardsville, and their family, Brian (Amanda) Wessels, Wendy (Kyle) Askling, and Anne (Matt) Delaney. Also surviving are great-nieces and nephews, Andy, Shane, and Devon Nachtman; Jeremy and Thomas Ferguson; Madison Oppelt; Samantha, Rebecca and Kathyrn Edwards; Madeline, Abigail, and Zachary Nachtman; Maximus and Layla Nachtman; Ella, Claire, Jackson, Bryn, Luke and Sam Coulter; Charleston, Eleanor and Camille Sperati; Declan and Sawyer Althoff; Michaela, Moira and Thomas Jackman; Alexa, Ryan and Jake Schrandt; Briana, Shelby and Anthony March; Aubrie and Emalynn Althoff; John, Luke, Matthew and Samantha Wessels; Haylee and Cassandra Askling and Ava Delaney. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a great niece, Caitlin Schrandt, and her long time friend, Ralph (Cliff) Kluesner in 2003.

Her family deeply appreciates all those who laughed with her, enjoyed the casinos with her, and also the fellowship of ABWA and her condo association friends who shared their time, stories and lives with Mary.

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



Goldie E. Harmon


Goldie E. Harmon, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Rev. DeWayne Teig will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date, in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Goldie was born April 19, 1931 in Stahl, MO, the daughter of John S. and Annie (Campbell) Walters. She married George F. Harmon on December 6, 1947 in Novinger, MO. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2012.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, as well as the UAW Auxiliary 344, VFW 508 Auxiliary, all in Dubuque, and TOPS 1198 in Sageville.

Goldie is survived by her son, Ellis Eugene (Sharon) Harmon of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christopher (Sue) Harmon of Dubuque, and Laura Lee (Mack) Alongi of Carol Stream, IL; eight great grandchildren, Valeria and Peter "P.J." Alongi, Ryleigh "Jean" Harmon, Owen and Alex Thompson, Brandon (Jamie) Urban, and Ashley and Caitlyn Picolotti; two great great grandchildren, Riley and Ryan Urban; her sister, Bernice Baggs of Kansas City, MO; her sisters in law, Alfreda James of Kirksville, MO, Dorothy Rice of Moline, IL, and Dorothy Harmon of Kankakee, IL; and her brother in law, Bob (Rosie) Harmon of St. Paul, KS.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lucille Phillips; four brothers, Mark, Ellis, Paul, and Raymond Walters; and two brothers in law, Ross Baggs and Tom Phillips.

According to her wishes, the family requests no flowers.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center.

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



Edna Mae Orr


Edna Mae Orr, 89, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at 5:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Edna Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where an American Legion Auxillary service will be held at 4 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 21st, at the funeral home. Services for Edna Mae will be held at 10:30 Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Edna Mae was born November 1, 1927, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Tommy and Mae (Tobin) Zoller. She received her education from St. Mary's School and the University of Dubuque. On March 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Orr at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

Edna Mae enjoyed visiting with all, sharing pictures and stories about her children and grandchildren. In earlier years, she enjoyed bowling and bingo with friends and neighbors. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Most recently, Edna Mae resided at Shady Rest Care Center and enjoyed visiting with friends and caregivers. In all of her travels, Edna Mae always returned to the center of her universe, Cascade!

She is survived by eight children, Diana Kay (Christopher Flynn) of San Jose, CA, Ken Orr of Cascade, IA, Becky (Paul Oberbroeckling) Orr of Denver, CO, Stan Orr, Patrick Orr both of Cascade, IA, Michael Orr of San Jose, CA, Nancy Otting of Mt. Juliet, TN and Ross (Shontele) Orr of Cascade, IA; Eight granddaughters, Amy, Erin, Allison, Helen, Madeline, Mia, Mollie and Charlee; one great granddaughter, Sidney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles F. Orr on December 14, 1994, two daughters in infancy, Sarah and Mary Beth Orr; one sister, Annabelle "Doll" O'Shea.

The Orr family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Shady Rest Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave to Edna Mae.

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



Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha


Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha, 61, Laughlin, NV, passed away September 3, 2017, at the UCH-Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband at her side.

A Celebration of Beth's Life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A Celebration of Life luncheon will follow at the Centerstone Inn, Maquoketa, IA. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beth was born on November 16, 1955, in La Porte, Indiana to John and Kathryn (Scoville) Myatt. Beth was born and raised in La Porte, IN, lived in Denver, Maquoketa, IA and presently resided in Laughlin, NV. Beth graduated from La Porte High School and Purdue University and retired from the Colorado Medical Society. She married Kenneth L. Crusha on April 7, 1989 in Kauai, Hawaii.

Beth enjoyed friends, photography, antiques and travel and was a great design/decorator. Photography was to remain an avid life-long interest. Beth combined photography and antique collecting as she and Kenneth traveled across the United States. Beth and Kenneth shared 28+ years of fantastic companionship, photo clubs, metal-detecting, and desert off-roading. Beth and Kenneth traveled extensively during the summer and visited many, many family and friends in 2017.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Crusha of Laughlin, NV; a brother, Alan and his wife Josephine and their two daughters, Ann & Jennifer Myatt; three step-children, Shania Plantz, Shaun Crusha and Renee Horton; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Beth was always a shining light wherever she traveled. The Lord has taken a "shining" angel home. She will be greatly missed but incredible memories of her will bring a smile to many a soul. Beth loved sunshine and will be shining light for us all.

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.



Mary S. Teeling


Mary S. Teeling, 88, peacefully passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:30.

Mary was born on September 28, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Hans and Anna (Healey) Mennig. She graduated from St. Columbkille high school and at the age of 18, began her 65 year career in the insurance profession. She spent the majority of her working years with MP Hogan Insurance Agency and ended her career with DB&T and Sheehan Insurance Agency.

On September 2, 1950, Mary married Ralph L. Teeling at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2002.

Mary was a 75 year member of St. Columbkille parish, past president of Insurance Women of Dubuque and member of the Dominican Laity. She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren. Her love for learning and travel never ceased.

Surviving are her children Catherine (Robert) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Michael) Berendes of Hartland, WI, Joseph (Leslie) Teeling of Waukee, IA, Thomas (Barbara) Teeling of Wesley Chapel, FL and John Teeling of Paso Robles, CA; her son-in-law, James Overman of Lisbon, IA; her 24 grandchildren Matthew, Timothy, Jacob, Kathleen, Daniel and Elizabeth Overman, Joshua, Nathaniel, Jessica, Gretchen, Hans and Caleb Breitbach, Michael, Brianna, Mariah and Sean Berendes, Joseph, Benjamin, Alexander, Jackson and Anne Teeling and Luke, Nicholas, and Ashlie Teeling; 26great grandchildren; also surviving is her maid of honor and cousin, Charlotte Powers of Davenport, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; daughter Suzanne; grandchildren John David and Mark Overman; brothers Leonard, Joseph, George and Alan "Ducky" and her sister, Rosadel.

The family would like to thank all her caregivers, especially Pat, Shirley and her beloved granddaughter, Gretchen.

Her gentle spirit, her love for Jesus Christ, and her love and compassion for everyone will remain with us forever.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church.



Gerald H. Schnieders


Gerald H. "Gerry" Schnieders, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Manor Care at 10:25 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. and Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial for Gerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gerry was born on March 14, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Arthur and Marcina (Steger) Schnieders. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Gladys Tauke on September 26, 1951, in Greeley, IA. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948.

Gerry lived on an acreage for 39 years where he raised and showed Quarter horses. He worked for Dyersville National Bank for 28-1/2 years. He went on to sell real estate for 8 years and then worked at Fidelity Bank for 8 years and he also sold granite monuments for many years.

He loved spending time with his family. Gerry also enjoyed photography, golf, Flower gardening, playing the Hammond organ and visiting with the Amish.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137, Dubuque and Dyersville Barbershop Choir and Quartet, Commercial Club and served on the Beckman School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Schnieders of Dyersville, IA; four children Sam Schnieders of Tampa, FL, Jeff (Tammy) Schnieders, Lori (Bradley) Knight both of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sally (Terry) Steffen of New Vienna, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Justin, Matthew, Jeremy, Kelly and Ryan; four great grandchildren, Killian, Emma, Paisley and Baylor.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Geraldine McQuillen, one brother, Bobby Schnieders.

A Gerald H. Schnieders memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeanne Kay Reynolds


Jeanne Kay Reynolds, 56, originally from Dubuque, IA passed away September 13th, 2017. Jeanne passed away in Rochester, MN at Mayo Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne was born in Dubuque, Iowa on May 25th, 1961, to Robert and Barb (Strong) Durey. She was married on January 8th, 1983, to Richard Rex Reynolds.

Jeanne graduated at Loras College in 1983 with a BA in Psychology. She had three children, Amanda M Reynolds, Kelly A Reynolds (deceased), and Jordan K Reynolds. Jeanne later went on to complete her Masters in Nursing at St. Schoalstica. Jeanne and her family moved around the country as her husband served in the military. Jeanne and her husband relocated to Waterloo, IA in 2012 to be closer to family.

Jeanne will be remembered as a giving and caring individual. Jeanne was an avid crafter and often could be found crocheting, knitting, or sewing. She often donated her homemade goods to others and organizations. Jeanne had the ability to laugh at herself and had a good sense of humor. It is thought that she developed this skill over years of living with her husband, who loves to be a prankster.

She is survived by her husband Richard Rex Reynolds; her two children Amanda M. Reynolds, and Jordan K. Reynolds; her two grandchildren, Aiden and Amelia Hoffman. Her parents, Robert and Barb Durey; Jeanne is also survived by her siblings, Julie (John) Potter, Robert Durey, and Jennifer Durey Waugh; her 3 brothers-in-law, Robert Reynolds, Ronald (Doug) Reynolds, and Brian Remakel. She also is survived by her nieces and nephews, Taylor (Matt Nemmers) Durey, Caitlin Remakel, and Christopher Remakel; and two great niece and nephews, Auroa and Garrick Fishel.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Anne Reynolds; her mother-in-law, Freda Reynolds; her father-in-law, Rex Reynolds; and her sister-in-law, Cathy Remakel (Reynolds).



John F. Barton


John F. "Jack" Barton, 80, of Dubuque died Friday, September 15, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church, where visitation will be held Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Jack was born October 1, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Helen (Mueller) Barton. After graduating from Loras Academy in 1954, he served in the US Army. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Loras College.
He worked as a salesman for Flexsteel from 1964 until his retirement in 2001.

Jack was an avid bowler, golfer and Cubs fan. He enjoyed poetry and was a volunteer with Hospice of Dubuque and Meals on Wheels. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Eagles Club.

He is survived by his special friend, Doris Churchill of Dubuque; children, Emily (Marty) Lambe of Pekin, IL and their children, Andrew, Allison and Devin; Nick (Shauna) Barton of Maquoketa and their children, Cole and Anna; and Steve Barton of Dubuque; his former spouse, Elaine Barton of Dubuque; a sister, Mary Ann Barton of Dubuque and a niece, Beth Weiland of Dubuque and her children, Matt and Kayley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Kay Frohs.

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

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

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

The family would like to thank Jack's special friend, Doris, Elaine Barton, and the nurses and staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Thomas J. McDonough


Thomas J. McDonough, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 11th, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with the Very. Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. With Military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is handling arrangements.

Tom was born on May 18, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Loras Academy; and he served in the US Army and the Iowa National Guard for eight years.

He married Connie Nicks on May 17, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

Tom worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, Skowronek Jewelry, and at Mount Carmel for the BVM Sisters.

Tom's Catholic faith was very important to him. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church for 59 years where he served on the finance board, was a daily mass server, volunteered for funeral masses, and was Co-Chair of Sacred Heart Festivals; he also served as past president for the Holy Name Society.

Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he cherished his family. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his wife Connie; three children, Michael (Laure) McDonough, Diane (Steve) Maas, and Joseph (Nancy) McDonough. His grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Ryan) Berning, Kristen (Adam) Shaffer, Ryan (fiancé Caitie Parten) Maas, Molly (Garrett) Campbell, Emily McDonough, Mitchell McDonough, and Kelly McDonough. His great grandchildren Braeden, Adelaide, Vincent, and Theodore Berning; two brothers Lou McDonough and Bill McDonough and two sisters Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson; sister-in-law Jan McDonough.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; his parents; brothers Francis McDonough and Jack (Frances) McDonough; sisters-in-law Gerry McDonough and Rita McDonough; and brother-in-law, Loras Grant.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas McDonough memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated care of Medical Associates, Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Ringold and his staff at Grand River Medical Group and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics that so lovingly cared for Tom on his last journey. A very special thank you for all the prayer groups and especially the BVM Sisters who Tom enjoyed spending time with.



Robert L. Selle


Robert L. Selle 79 of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his children on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Church of the Nativity with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Bob was born February 26, 1938 in Dubuque the son of Horace J. and Marcella (Maas) Selle, Sr. He attended Dubuque Senior High School and then served in the US Army 1957-1960. In his childhood he was a national pull up champion for the Boys Club. Bob worked at the Dubuque Packing Company retiring in 1981 after 24 years. He later became a school bus aid and enjoyed all the interactions with the children. He was an avid Miami Dolphin, New York Yankee, and Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Bob was most proud of his children and grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to carry on his legacy are, his children, JoLynn (Jim) Davis, JoAnn (Jim) Weitz, Jody McKay, Robert (Kathleen) Selle, Chris (Tim) Valentine, and Cindy Selle; 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Jane White, Sharon Dress, Becky (Tom) Weidenbacher, and David (Kathy) Selle; his children's mother, Lois Selle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Lance McKay; siblings, Horace, Jr., Wayne, and Diane Sharkey; 4 infant brothers and I infant sister.

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

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



Jerry J. Eberhardt


Jerry J. Eberhardt, 93, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, September 16, at the Stonehill Care Center Chapel, 3485 Windsor Ave. Family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.

Jerry was born on June 13, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Emily (Spielbauer) Eberhardt. He was a graduate of Loras College and served in the military, during which he was stationed in Japan. He married Odra Carney in 1952.

Jerry worked primarily in the insurance business for many years until his retirement in 1996.

Jerry enjoyed sports of all kinds, but was especially devoted to baseball. He played semi-pro baseball for 14 years with the popular local team, the Dubuque Star Brewers. The ball club toured around the Tri-States area, playing against famous barnstorming teams that included legendary players like Satchel Paige.

Jerry also had a lifelong love of language and writing. He wrote a sports column for the Loras college newspaper, and later entertained his friends with countless song parodies and poems written in honor of their birthdays. When he became a grandfather, he started writing a series of "memories" for his grandchildren which captured daily life in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. These vignettes eventually became a featured column in the local newspaper, The Golden View.

Jerry was well known for his outgoing and friendly personality. He had a talent for making strong and enduring friendships, many of which lasted more than five decades.

He is survived by three children: Nancy Eberhardt (Steve Cohn) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dan Eberhardt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dave (Kelly) Eberhardt of Naperville, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren: Maury, Alex, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Sam.

He was preceded in death by one son, James, as well as his parents and his sister, Sr. Rita Eberhardt, OSF.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Stonehill Care Center or to a charity of your choice.

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

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and loving care.



Marilyn Reiter


Marilyn Reiter, 86, of Bethany Home, passed away peacefully there on Monday, September 11, 2017. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Marilyn was born on November 10, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Madeline (Peck) Wise. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. She worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 34 years. On August 5, 1967, she married Eugene (Gene) Reiter at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2006.

Marilyn was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed collecting through the years - especially David Winter cottages and jewelry.

Surviving are two step-children: Sharron (Roger) Konzen of Marion, IA, and Randy (Jeanne) Reiter of Floyds Knobs, IN; grandchildren: Mike(Amy) Reiter of Dubuque, Christopher Reiter of Collinsville, IL, Laura Mazanowski of Louisville, KY, and Hannah and Abbey Konzen, both of Marion; one great-granddaughter Kyla Mazanowski of Louisville, KY; sisters-in-law: Gloria Hocking of Dubuque, Jean Reiter of Silverdale, WA; brother-in-law: Richard (Carol) Reiter of Marshfield, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-daughter Kathy Reiter; her sisters: Dorothy Grantham and Helen Nelson; brothers-in-law: Ted Reiter, Curt Hocking and Frank Nelson; her nephews: Chris Allan Graham, Terry Joe Graham and Doug Timmerman; and a great-niece, Cora Jaques.

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

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

The family of Marilyn Reiter would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the extra comfort and peace they gave her during these last weeks.

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



William G. Kehl


William G. "Bill" Kehl 85 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 15, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born March 7, 1932 in Dubuque the son of George and Christina (Wild) Kehl. Bill went to grade school at Dalonga Country School till seventh grade, then continued to Catholic Central High. He served in the US Army during the Korean War 1952-1954. He was a Staff Sargent while serving in Korea. He returned home and worked at Trausch Baking as a chief engineer. Bill also attend LaSalle Institute for Machinery. Bill married Mary E. Hughes on December 27, 1952 in Albia, Iowa. Bill enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family. Bill was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, American Legion Post, and the V.F.W.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Kehl; five children, John and Vera Kehl, Michael Kehl, Bill Kehl, Mary Kay and Mark Connolly, and Jeana Berzle; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings; Lucille Echer, Katherine May, George Kehl, and a sister in-law, Ruth Ann Kehl .

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father, Al Eitting; a brother, Robert Kehl; 2 great-granddaughters, Danica Rose Keune and Allie Jo Luhman; two brother-in-laws, Robert Echer and and Bud May.

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

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

 



Marcella M. Noonan


Marcella M. Noonan, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center.

According to Marcella's wishes, no public visitation or service will be held.

She was born on October 11, 1922, in Millville, Iowa the daughter of William and Minnie (Pierce) Kickbush.

Marcella married Kenneth Noonan at St Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA, on December 27, 1944.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Hoerstman; granddaughter, Dana (Rick) Buol, and their son Tanner; Great Grandson, Casey (& Randi Bielenberg and her son Trenten); and Great Granddaughter, Kylie Weitz; along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Kickbush; her brother Carl Kickbush; her sister Maxine Handke; husband Kenneth Noonan; her beloved son-in-law, Bill Hoerstman; and granddaughter, Kim Hoerstman.

Memorials in Marcella's name may be given to Make a Wish Foundation or Veterans Freedom.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and compassion.



James J. Waldbillig


James (Jim) J. Waldbillig, 75, of Dubuque, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, September 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Msrg. James Miller will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, immediately following the visitation at the funeral home on Saturday, where committal services will be held and Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

Jim was born on September 20, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Raymond A. and Eileen F. (Sloan) Waldbillig. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy, serving with the Patrol Squad Fifty-Six stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. His military career included ratings as a Builder in the Navy Seabees and as a Recruiter stationed at the United States Naval Reserve Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

He married JoAnn Catherine Link on August 27, 1960. She preceded him in death on February 17, 1988.

Jim was employed at Jackson Tuckpointing for many years, where he developed many close friendships. He enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. He was a skilled target shooter and liked being outdoors. He was devoted to his family and his 2 dogs, Coco and Maya.

He is survived by his children, James Waldbillig Jr., and Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, and Jeffrey (Polly) Waldbillig of Rochester, MN.; grandchildren, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig of MN., and Debbie Walczyk of CO.; siblings, Sandra (Robert) Smith, of Dubuque, Nancy Sannito, of IL., and Kathy (Ken) Manahl, of AZ.; two nieces and many nephews; and his close friends Jack (Corrine) Schwartz, Dick (Charlene) Dunwoody, Bill (Pat) Sweeney and Tara Beckett.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Raymond John and daughter, Cindy; his former wife, Mary Ann M. Duschen-Waldbillig; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Sannito.

A James Waldbillig Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the Dubuque EMS, Finley Hospital ER and ICU and his caregiver Harold from Home Instead.



Charles J. Rooney, Jr.


Charles J. “Chuck” Rooney, Jr., age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:17 p.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Chuck’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Chuck’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Chuck was born on December 26, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Charles J. and Margaret (Murray) Rooney Sr.

Chuck proudly served his country as a medic with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Chuck would begin working at the Dubuque Pack after the war and loyally devote his entire working career there until his eventual retirement. When Chuck wasn't at work, you could be sure to find him investing his valuable time with his family. His devotion to family was instilled as a child who grew up in a home with 12 brothers and sisters. Chuck would seamlessly evolve into the world's greatest dad in time and all those around him would clearly see that family was where his heart really beat. Whether it was years of Boy Scouts, playing catch in the back yard, putting on the bowling shoes, warming up in the batters cage, teeing off from the back pins on a sunny day, or even a "friendly" game of euchre; if family was involved (especially his boys), so was Chuck. Now Chuck was also a man of great faith and would spend almost his entire life growing within his relationship to his Lord and Savior. Weekly bible studies, years of Men's Catholic Retreats, countless hours of prayers, attending mass multiple times weekly, and living his outward physical life just as he did his inner spiritual life were all ways in which Chuck joyfully expressed his faith. Our hearts are broken today at the mere thought of never again, in this life, hearing our dear Chuck sincerely belly laugh at his own joke before he's even finished with it. But we know that his eternal soul is surely at peace from his earthly struggles now and we definitely find peace in knowing that we will all be together again one day where every tear will be dried, every heart will know love in it's truest form, and every joke "will" be funny. So until then, we'll tell the stories, cherish the memories and try to live our lives as a true testament to one of the greatest men the Lord has ever shared with our mortal world. Thank you and God bless you Chuck for all you did during your journey with us!

Those left to cherish Chuck's memory include

his 2 sons,
Anthony Rooney,
Robert (Jessica) Rooney, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 7 granddaughters,
Bobbie Jo Rooney, Samantha (Loran Lightfoot) Rooney, Sara (Toby Sarazin) Rooney, Rachel Rooney, Hayley Ostrander, Abigail Janeliunas and Erica Ostrander;

his 9 great grandchildren;

his 9 siblings,
Michael (Tansy) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Terrance (Alice) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Rooney, Rockford, IL,
Donna (Greg) Kuhle, Dubuque, IA,
Colleen (Jerry) Dotterweick, Otter Creek, IA,
Sharon (Gary) Goldman, Peosta, IA,
Paul (Mary Jo) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas Rooney, Dubuque, IA
and Margaret (Timothy) Sullivan, Dubuque, IA;

and his special friend,
Sandra Klingman, Dubuque, IA.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Patrick Rooney; a great-grandson, Tyzia Kaesbauer; 2 sisters, Mary Breitbach and Patricia Klossner; and a special friend, Peggy McMahon.

A Charles J. "Chuck" Rooney, Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Chuck's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley HomeCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and attentive care.

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

 



Dale Allen Koos


Dale Allen Koos, 37, of Peosta, Iowa entered eternal peace on August 28, 2017 on his farm, which was his pride and joy.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West. Private funeral services will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Placid.
Dale was born on October 23, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Ruth (Lewis) Koos. He graduated from Hempstead High School and attended NICC then graduated from UNI with a Construction Management Degree.

He married Jennifer Ann Weber on June 25, 2011 in Placid. Dale devoted his life to trucking with Bellevue Sand and Gravel, Fassport, Western Coop, then Molo, But most recently working at Rite Hite.

His passions in life were farming with his dad and family, along with being a father and a foster father.

Dale was a great man, loving husband and father, and devoted son. Dale made everyone smile with his silly grin. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by Hunnybun (his wife) Jennifer; sons, Jayeden (4) and Justin (3) Koos; his parents Donald and Ruth Koos; paternal grandmother Loretta Koos; aunts and uncles, Richard (Lynn) Koos, Jane (Roger) Edwards, and Judy Lewis. His In-laws, Ronald and Barbara Weber, Amanda (Benjamin) Flessner, Theresa Weber, Abigail (Kyle) Gibson, Katie Weber (special friend Jonna Berry), Mike Weber, Anna Weber, Ben Weber, Becca Weber (special friend Josh Wanzek), and Louis Weber; along with many nieces, nephews, former foster children, and special cousins, Joe (Diane) Edwards, Jason (Lori) Edwards and Janell (Joe) Cannavo.

Dale was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Velma and Joe Lewis; paternal grandfather John Koos, and brother-in-law Jarad Weber.

The family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and thoughtful actions.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Allen Koos memorial fund will be established.



John P. Shanahan

John Patrick ‘Jack" Shanahan, 69, of Dubuque passed away September 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family.

Family and friends of Jack may visit on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Gabriel Anderson.

Jack was born August 18, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa to Francis and Loretta (O'Connell) Shanahan.

He attended school in the South Garryowen and Zwingle area and graduated from Wahlert high School in 1967.
Jack is a US Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

He worked as a partner with his Dad, Francis Shanahan, at their service station; for Klauer Manufacturing and retired from John Deere.

Jack loved spending time with his family and friends. You could frequently find him on the side lines watching his sons, nephews and nieces playing sports. Jack was always willing to lend a helping hand and never wanted anything in return.

He is survived by his two sons, Christopher (Tanya) Shanahan, and Nicholas (Andrea) Shanahan, both of Cedar Rapids. Iowa. His mother Loretta Shanahan, of Dubuque; two sisters, Jane (B.J.) Featherston, of Epworth, Iowa and Julie Shanahan, of Dubuque; two brothers Mike Shanahan, of Springbrook, Iowa and Bob (Becky) Shanahan, of Maquoketa, Iowa; along with many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Francis Shanahan.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center especially the 3rd Floor for making Jack's last days comfortable for him and his grieving family and friends.



Mary E. Mangers


Mary E. Mangers, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home, on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

She was born on September 18, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Agnes (Streff) Butlett. She married Dale Mangers on November 24th, 1956 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, and spending time with family.

Mary is survived by her husband Dale; son Dave (Kim) Mangers; daughters Debbie (Rick Brewer) Frommelt, Julie (Mike) Ritt; Grandchildren Nikki (Gary) Ostrander, Jessica (Tom) Mangers, Steven (Sarah) Mangers, Michael (Ashley) Mangers, James (Matt) Mangers, and Jasmine Ritt; as well as 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Agnes Butlett.

The family would like to thank the girls from Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristin for their care and kindness.



Sr. Joan Losey

Sr. Joan Losey, OSF, 87, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born November 10, 1929 in Teeds Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Lester A. and Mary (Barnoske) Losey.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1948 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1954. Sister received her BS in nursing from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI in 1969. She was missioned in Iowa at Clinton and Xavier Hospital and Holy Family Hall in Dubuque; at St. Mary's Hospital, Emporia, Kansas; in Cortez, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister is survived by her brother Maurice; brother-in-law Jack Spoden; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 68 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Catherine (Norbert) Kirsch, Geraldine (Wayne) Keel, infant twins June and Jean Losey, and her twin sister Jane Spoden; brothers John (Freda) Losey, and one infant brother.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, Dubuque is in charge of the arrangements.



Eleanor E. Clark


Eleanor E. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Eleanor's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 15, 2017, a the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Eleanor Elizabeth Schoop was born on October 12, 1920, in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Henry and Mamie Dorothy (Schnoor) Schoop. She attended Bellevue High School. She married Leonard M. Clark on September 28, 1941 in St. Donatus, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Eleanor was a housewife and had farmed with her husband in the LaMotte area for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Iowa Road Runners Camping Club. She enjoyed traveling, always looking her best, and playing cards, especially Euchre and Bridge.

Those left to honor Eleanor's memory include her children, Judy Keeney of Dubuque, IA, Leonard (Patricia) Clark Jr. of Clear Lake, IA, and James (Patricia) Clark of Medford, WI; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, Pauline Schoop of Lost Nation, IA, and Bernice Schoop of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard on February 6, 2016, brothers Emil, John and Robert Schoop, half-brothers Fred Schoop, Arthur Schoop, Harold Miller and Blaine Miller, a half-sister Dorothy McCrosky, and a step-grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Eleanor E. Clark memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Regina C. Sagers


Regina C. Sagers, 104, of Amana, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Lakeview Village in Amana, Iowa.

A celebration of Regina's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A luncheon will follow the services in the church fellowship hall. A private burial will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Regina Campbell Swift was born April 17, 1913 to Blanche Emma Campbell and Frederick James Swift Sr. She attended the Maquoketa Schools graduating from High School in 1931, and Maquoketa Junior College in 1933. She completed her college at Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1935 with a B.A degree in psychology.

After teaching for 2 years, she married Christian Blair Sagers on December 4, 1937 in Marshalltown, IA.

Mrs Sagers served on the Jackson County Board of Social Welfare, the Maquoketa School Board, the Library Board, Arts Committee of the Maquoketa Area Foundation, President of Chapter BX P.E.O. And served on the Historical Preservation Commission. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church.

She was very active in her community, loved playing cards, spending time with her family, and made friends anywhere she went.

Mrs. Sagers is survived by her daughter, Janna Poula of Williamsburg, IA; Three grandchildren, Christopher Poula, Mitchell (Lynnette) Poula, and Jennifer (James) Portwood; 5 great-grandchildren, David (Haley) Ramsey, Heather Poula, Haley Poula, Ruthie Portwood, and Chloe Portwood; and 2 great-great grandchildren Chay and Avery Ramsay. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1975 C. Blair Sagers, Brother FJ Swift Jr, and two sisters Anna Mary DeWitt and Suzanne Navin.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Lakeview Village and Essence of Life Hospice, in Amana IA for the care they took of Regina Sagers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Regina C. Sagers memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas Klostermann


Thomas "Tom" Klostermann, 52, of Dyersville, passed away after a brief battle with cancer at his sister's home in Marion, Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2017, 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 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born June 23, 1965, the son of Alfred and Lorraine (Weber) Klostermann.  He graduated from Beckman High School.  He worked for area farmers and was most recently employed by Rally Trucking in Earlville.  Tom was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #137. 

Survivors include his mother, Lorraine Klostermann of Dyersville, sister, Joyce (Ron) Peiffer of Marion, sisters-in-law, Nancy Klostermann of Dubuque and Roxanne Klostermann of Dyersville and his 6 nieces & nephews; Chad (Anna) Klostermann, Kristin (fiancé JJ Snyder) Klostermann, Heather (David) Martin, Sean (Ariel) Klostermann, Erin Peiffer and Brandon Peiffer.

He was preceded in death by his father Alfred in 2008, brothers: Jim and Don in 2005, paternal grandparents, Alfred and Rose Klostermann, maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Mary Weber, and several aunts and uncles.                  

The Klostermann family would like to thank the staff at the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the staff at the Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids.

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

 

 



Thomas C. “Tom” Mettel

Thomas C. "Tom" Mettel, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:05 a.m., on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born on June 24, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis and Genevieve (West) Mettel.

Tom graduated from the Loras Academy and would go on to marry his high school sweetheart, Emily Simpson, at Sacred Heart Church on September 6, 1958. The cute couple was truly blessed with 59 years together, and 3 boys, before Tom was sadly called to his eternal home upon their wedding anniversary. Tom spent most of his working career as a paint salesman, but his most recent place of employment was working security at the Dubuque Dog Track. In his free time, Tom enjoyed getting comfortable in his recliner, or venturing out to lunch with Tim on a nice day, but truly any time where his family was by his side was a perfect way to pass the day with Tom. We are broken hearted today with the absence of Tom from our daily lives, but we know that his earthly medical struggles have been numerous and he is finally at peace from the confines of his physical body. We will surely miss our always positive and quite personable husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we know we'll see him again, and trust that the Lord will keep him safe in His loving arms until that time finally arrives.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his loving wife of 59 years,
Emily Mettel, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael (Dawn Krug) Mettel, Metamora, IL,
Bruce (Susan) Mettel, Sacramento, CA
and Tim Mettel, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 grandchildren,
Jeff (Laura) Mettel and Kathleen (Brett) Nekolny;

1 great-grandson who is due to begin his earthly journey in November;

his siblings,
Mary Mettel
and Janice (Robert) Munson, both of St. Paul, MN;

and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bill Mettel.

A Thomas C. "Tom" Mettel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Tom's family would like to thank all who have helped them over the past few years, including the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the kind, caring, compassionate and professional care the provided to Tom and his family.

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



Lois A. Gruenwald


Lois A. Gruenwald, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 3 P.M., Thursday, September 21, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2 to 3 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Lois Alberta Taylor was born on April 5, 1924, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Albert Ellsworth and Hazel Lois (Babcook) Taylor. She was a 1941 graduate of Maquoketa High School and following graduation worked in her father's Radio Shop where she met her favorite customer, Lyle. They were married on March 16, 1948, in Maquoketa and to this union three children were born: Russell, Gary and Alice. They were married for over 66 years when Lyle passed away on August 30, 2014.

Lois and her husband owned and operated a taxicab business in Maquoketa for 35 years. After retirement they enjoyed traveling to Italy and California to visit family.

Lois lived most of her life in Maquoketa and was a lifetime member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where she was very active and especially enjoyed preparing the church bulletin until 2011. She wasn't afraid of technology getting her first computer after retirement which made preparing the church bulletin much easier. She loved to read, play KMAQ Radio Bingo and games on her computer.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Russell Gruenwald of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Adri) Gruenwald of Venice, Italy, and Alice (Tom) Daurelle of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Jim (Ila) Taylor of Lisbon, IA; 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle, and brothers Eugene and Ellsworth.

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.

 



June E. Strueber Dinneen Pausch


June E. Strueber (Stern) Dinneen Pausch, 90, died peacefully at home Monday, September 4, 2017.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert, Caper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

June was born in Staten Island in NYC on June 23, 1927 and was raised in the loving foster family of Pauline, Morris and Charlotte Brode.

She graduated from LA City College with an AA degree, Cal State, Los Angeles with a BA degree, and University of Sarasota with a PHD.

June's first love was the theater and had the honor of being chosen as director/actor Ida Lupino's "NEW FIND" of 1953. She also loved learning and chose teaching as her career. June was chosen "Teacher of the Month" and "Teacher of the Year" at Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA, taught Speech/Drama at Coachello Valley Joint United School District, CA, English and Advanced Placement English, at Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA.

June was elected to the Dubuque Community School Bd. (1982-1988). She helped to bring computers and Advanced Placement; English in Dubuque High Schools.

She was a member of SAG, AAUW, CA., Retired Teachers Assoc., AARP, Dubuque Families in Action, served on the first Board of the Substance Abuse Center, served on the Board of MADD and Stone Ridge Condominium Association, was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Dubuque Symphony and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

June is survived by her son Stephen L. (Edie) Dinneen; stepchildren David F. (Pam) Strueber, Nancy A. (Peter) Citrone, Thomas G. (Denise) Strueber, Jean M. (Mark) Weber, Richard C. (Marianne) Strueber; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence L. Dinneen, her infant daughter Laurie Anne Dinneen and her husband, Paul F. Strueber.

The family wishes to thank the staff of No Place Like Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care of June during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or charities of your choice.

 



Darlene A. Hefel


Darlene A. (Auderer) Hefel 74 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 9:30 am, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, September 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born March 27, 1943 in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Justina (Pothoff) Auderer. She married Emmet Hefel on May 12, 1962 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville. Darlene was a member of Church of the Resurrection, worked at Loras College for over 30 years before retiring as Supervisor of Housekeeping. She was a nurturing caregiver to everyone around her and never said no. Darlene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She babysat after retiring for many children and shared a special bond with her special boys Jacob and Jack.

Survivors include her husband, Emmet; children, Ellen (Tim Pallas) Walczyk, Loren Hefel, and Brian Hefel; five (5) grandchildren, Justin (Samantha), Olivia (Cory), Tyler (Ashley), Brandon, and Marissa; three (3) great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Emma Darlene Hefel.

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

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

 



Irene S. Engelmann


Irene S. Engelmann, 87 of Dyersville formerly of Grinnell, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.  A celebration of life will be held in the Carmen Center at Mayflower Homes in Grinnell, IA on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Irene was born February 5, 1930 in Tilden, NE, the daughter of Otto and Josie (Cornett) Eggers.  She married Rev. Victor Engelmann on October 19, 1952 in Tilden, NE.  He preceded her in death in 2004. Irene and Vic were a team, they served churches together, did woodworking and played table tennis together.  She was a very talented seamstress. Irene was very involved at Pilgrim Heights Camp. Irene was active in the United Church of Christ. 

Survivors include her children: Gloria (Mike) Kelly of Dyersville, Rev. Vicki Engelmann of Central City, Mark Engelmann of Dyersville, 13 grandchildren: Sean (Mary) Kelly, Seth (Jana) Kelly, Shea (Emily) Kelly, Marie (Brandon) Tessau, Katherine (Pete) Schwarten, Michelle (Christian) Helmholz, Theresa Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly, Veronica Kelly, Patrick Kelly,  Christina Engelmann, Julianne Engelmann, 21 great grandchildren with two on the way, siblings: Robert (Dorothy) Eggers of Centerville, OH.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband Vic Engelmann, and brother, James Eggers.

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

 

 



Dorothy J. Beck


Dorothy J. "Toots" Beck, 89, of Spragueville, Iowa, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and her beloved husband, George, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, September 10, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from Noon to 2 P.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Spragueville, Iowa Cemetery.

Dorothy Jean Reistroffer was born on August 15, 1928 in Preston, Iowa, to Edward and Gladys (McMahon) Reistroffer. She was a 1946 graduate of Preston High School. She married George F. "Shorty" Beck on June 29, 1947 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where they were active in many leadership roles of the church for over 65 years. "Shorty" and Dorothy were recipients of the Heart of Gold Volunteerism Award given by Lutheran Brotherhood. They celebrated their 65th anniversary prior to "Shorty's" passing on September 13, 2012.

Dorothy and "Shorty" owned a farm north of Spragueville for over 50 years. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and partner in their farm operation.

Dorothy enjoyed square dancing, cooking, sewing and making quilts. Her faith was very important to her. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where she served as the church bookkeeper until its recent closing. Additionally, she was a member of Lutheran Brotherhood, Spragueville Legion Auxiliary, and the Town and Country Twirlers. She and "Shorty" operated the food stand at the Preston Little League and men's softball games for many years, and were always avid supporters of the Preston Trojans. They had also served as Parade Marshalls at the Preston High School Homecoming several years ago.

Those left to honor Dorothy's memory include her sons, Doug (Cathy) Beck of Wyoming, MN, Dick (Giny) Beck of Anamosa, IA, and Dan (Carla) Beck of Preston, IA; 8 grandchildren, Matt Beck, Bryan Beck, Jeff (Kelly) Beck, Bradley (Sara) Beck, Michelle (Jeremy) Samuels, Russie (Tony) Reisgies, Alicia (Danny) Adams and Brice (Falicia) Beck; 12 great-grandchildren, Damen, Natalie, Trevor, Hudson, Dustin, Isla, Brooklyn, Landon, Jace, Sevi, Andee and Avery; and a brother, Charles (Delores) Reistroffer of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Robert, Donald and Allen, and sisters Jerrine Boyert, Betty Mootz and Lois Tebbe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.

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

 

 

 



Clarence J. Weber


Clarence J. Weber, 86, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Placid, rural Bernard, Iowa, passed away at 8:25 a.m., Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Clarence may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Services for Clarence will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Clarence was born January 25, 1931 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Ben "J.C." and Anna M. (Erdmann) Weber. He received his education in a one room country school in rural Placid. On August 18, 1965 he was united in marriage to Alice Fortmann at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Placid area until their retirement in 2013 at which time they moved to Dyersville, Iowa.

Clarence was an inspiration to everyone he met by spreading his love, kindness and helping hands. He was a hardworking man spending most of his life farming on the home place in Placid. He took pride in his Allis Chalmers tractors and used his sharp mind to invent things like his mail box and coon trap. During his conversations he was sure to tell you a joke and raise his eyebrows to make you smile. Even through his long battle with COPD he kept smiling and cracking jokes. During his free time he loved drawing horses and fishing for bass, carp and catfish. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all.

He was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, he helped to rebuild the church after it burned down in 1959.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Weber of Dyersville, IA; two children, Lois Thurston (fiancé Gary Higgins) of Peosta, IA and Sharon (Joe) Gaul of Dyersville, IA; six grandchildren, Blake, Sierra, and Shyla Thurston, Tirzah, Quinton and Vanessa Gaul; two brothers, Raymond Weber of Bernard, IA and Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Weber of Dyersville, IA, Norma Weber of Bernard, IA; Jerome Trenkamp, Marsha Weigel both of Dyersville, IA, Dorothy Bittner of Guttenberg, IA, Mary Ann Oberfoell of Monticello, IA, Ralph Fortmann and Ronnie (Phyllis) Fortmann both of Dyersville, IA.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Weber in infancy; his siblings, Helen (Albert) Gansemer, Elmer Weber, Leo Weber; sisters-in-law, Doris Weber and Bernice Trenkamp; brothers-in-law, LaVern Fortmann, John Bittner and Louie Oberfoell.

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



Gerald Anthony Jobgen


Gerald Anthony Jobgen, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on August 30, 2017.

Services will be held at a later date per request of the family. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Gerald was born November 10, 1937 at home in East Dubuque, IL, the son of Joseph and Mary (Martel) Jobgen. He attended and graduated from East Dubuque High School.

He married Judith Ann Lesch on August 27, 1960 at Sacred Heart Church.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years and then retired from Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Additionally, he was an avid Bears fan and professional tinkerer.

Gerald was a dedicated husband for 57 years as well as a dedicated father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Gerald is survived by his wife Judith (Lesch) Jobgen; his son James Jobgen; daughter Paula Tschudi; daughter-in-law Donna Jobgen; grandchildren Adam Jobgen, Matt Jobgen, Caleb Jobgen, Jarrett Jobgen, Sydney Sebation Fox, Carter Tschudi; and great granddaughter Natalie Fox.

He was preceded in death by his son Timothy Jobgen; parents Mary and Joseph; brothers Gene, Joseph, Charles, and sisters Milldred, Virginia, Leanora, Amelda, and Dorothy; In-laws Jack and Kay Lesch, Joan an Roger Hoskins; Jane and Ken Hefel; and Jim Lesch.

Memorials in his name may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Key West, Iowa in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness, especially Cindy.



Carol Ann Dohrer


Carol Ann Dohrer, 67, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with family by her side.

A prayer service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Carol was born on October 15, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Helen (Hittenmiller) Kauffmann.
She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1967.

Carol has worked for the Holy Family Catholic School system for the past 29 years. She worked at St. Mary's/St. Patrick's School for 14 years, St. Joseph The Worker School for 2 years, and the past 13 years at St. Columbkille's School. Carol's co-workers, the students, & their families were very important to her and she loved them like family. Carol took great pride in her work and went above and beyond to make sure the students, staff, and families were taken care of. She will be greatly missed around St. Columbkille's School.

Carol loved her daughters, grandson, and son-in law more than anything. Spending time with them gave her great joy! She loved her B-bop to the moon & back, twice.

Carol is survived by two daughters, Kristy (Jake) Meyer and Lindsey Dohrer, both of Dubuque, Iowa; her Grandson, Blake Meyer; and her sister, Jan (Paul) Wiedemann of Dubuque, Iowa. Sister-in-law Berti (Tom) Buelow of Dubuque, Iowa. Nieces & Nephews Michelle (Steve Hopkins) Freiburger, of Mesa, Arizona, Mike (Sara) Wiedemann & their children Nicholas & Addison Ruth, of Dubuque, Iowa, Katie (Jason) Schwass & their children Knox & Sterrin of Dubuque, Iowa, Andy (Beth) Buelow, of Waterloo, Iowa, Katie (Kevin) Kopp and their children Macy & Milo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents Helen & Harold Kauffmann; her sister Mariella Freiburger; and her brother Timmy Kauffmann.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Bender & the entire Oncology team at UIHC for their love, support, and dedication in Carol's fight with cancer the past 5 years. We also want to thank the staff of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center of Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave Carol in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial fund has been established and monetary donations can be made to Leonard Funeral Home.



Kenneth R. Erickson


Kenneth R. "Ken" Erickson, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 2, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

At Ken's request, private services with burial to follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens will be held. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri State Vietnam Veterans. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on February 8, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Harvey and Beatrice Marie (McCollough) Erickson.
He is a 16 year US Army veteran serving in Vietnam, Korea and Germany. He is an active member of Post #128 in Aberdeen, Maryland; in his later years he was a honorary member of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Disabled Veterans of America.

He was an owner and operator of a trucking business where he was a Long Haul Driver for many years until he had to retire due to becoming disabled from service connected health issues.

Ken enjoyed going to the Diamond Jo for his weekly entertainment and harassment. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Brewers; he also loved NASCAR and NHRA Drag Racing.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Maureen; his mother Beatrice (Jerry) Payne; two sisters Gloria Harrison and Kathryn Luher; two brothers David (Gayle) Erickson and Daniel Erickson; along with nieces, nephews and his Goddaughter Katie Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his father Harvey; two sisters Barbara Erickson and Sandra Kay Erickson in infancy.

The family request no flowers; memorials may be given to the Veterans Freedom Center or Make a Wish Foundation of Iowa.

The family would like to thank Hartig Home Care, Unity Point at Home in Dubuque, the PVA, Finley Hospital ICU staff, Health Care Spinal Team at the VA Hospitals in Iowa City and Minneapolis, and to Key West Fire & EMS for all their wonderful care they gave to Ken. A special thank you to Dr. Garrett Ridgley and Dr. Keith Shaw for their many life saving efforts.



Shirley M. Manternach


Shirley Mae Manternach, 82, of Monticello died Monday, September 4, 2017, at Pinicon Place Senior Living in Anamosa after a long illness.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm.

Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.

Shirley was born February 5, 1935, in Farley, IA the daughter of Joseph E. and Molly (Soppe) Besler. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Farley. On September 2, 1961, she married James Edwin Manternach at St. Joseph Church in Farley, and they made their home in rural Monticello. They retired and moved off the farm in 2000. Shirley worked at Monticello Nursing and Rehab for 28 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, bowling and dancing.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Manternach, and three sons: Keith (Carla) Manternach, Neil (Marlena) Manternach & Kraig (Mikki) Manternach, all of Monticello;  seven grandchildren: Josh Manternach, Nichole (Nick) Wilson, Marissa, Andrea, Jenna, Riley & Karli Manternach; two great grandchildren: Peyton & Clay Wilson;  five sisters: Jean (Mike) Knepper of Dyersville, Verla (Pat) Horsfield of Epworth, Norma (Jim) Butcher of Farley, Helen (Dick) Schnier of Dyersville, and Theresa (Steve) Gulyosh, Dubuque; in-laws: Paul (Elodie) Manternach of Cedar Rapids, Fr. Carl Manternach of Dubuque, Melvin (Betty) Manternach and Bernard (Anna) Manternach of Monticello, Ruth Ahart of Dows City, Mary (George) Whalen of Carson City, NV and Joyce (Richard) Lynch of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Nancy Lynn, a brother, Don (Mary) Besler, and a brother-in-law, Mike Ahart.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic School and Preschool.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Merwin Rupp


Merwin "Ted", "Smoky" Rupp, 84, died September 2, 2017 in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Darlington, where visitation will also be held Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

He was born in Epworth, IA to Glenn and Mildred (Fuoss) Rupp. His father died when he was three years old. Ted married Jean Ann Kilkelly in 1953 and they were blessed with four children. She preceded him in death on June 21, 1987.

Ted had a series of careers where he displayed his many talents. He was a welder and heavy equipment operator on the pipe line across Lake Michigan, a twenty nine-year employee of the Dubuque Packing Company, and a mechanic and bus driver for Dubuque Community Schools. He also drove truck and charter bus. On more than one occasion he would show up unannounced in Texas or Idaho in a big rig or bus to see his grandchildren.

Auto racing was a lifelong passion. Early in life he raced with Skip Kennedy at the Dubuque Sports Bowl, Darlington, Lancaster and other local tracks. Later in life he enjoyed watching his son Sean compete. He served the community as the leader of Sea Explorer Ship 307 (St. Anthony's) at the time Explorer Scouts were going co-ed. With Jean, they grew the organization and helped six scouts complete their journey to the rank of Eagle. Additionally, five scouts received the Pope Pious XII Award, the highest religious award for Catholics in Scouting.

Ted followed girls' softball, the Cubs and the Packers. He truly loved watching the Cubs during their World Series winning season.

He is survived by his children Jacque, Kelly (Beth), Sean (Brigitte) and Carrie, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph; and two sisters, Mabel and Glennice.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff's of Luther Manor and Finley Hospital.

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

 

 



Harriet A. Streets


On September 1, 2017, Harriet Adell (Cook) Streets departed from Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue to eternally join Gene, her husband of almost 72 years.

A celebration of Harriet's life will be conducted by Pastor Judy Heinrich at First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, on Friday, September 8 at 11 A.M. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at First Lutheran Church. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. In accordance with Harriet's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at Cady Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, at a later date.

Harriet Adell Cook was born to 1st Lt. Joseph and Nell (Sullivan) Cook on July 11, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she remained during her youth. At the age of 17, on January 25, 1942, she and Eugene R. "Gene" Streets eloped in Kahoka, Missouri. They became parents to their daughter Pamela on August 6, 1949.

Harriet spent her early married years at various jobs until her daughter was born. She loved working in the yard and took great pride in her gardens. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf, boating and traveling. Each year she looked forward to traveling to Lake Okoboji where she started going as a young girl. Harriet was known for her famous potato salad, zucchini bread, delicious cookies, her quick wit, and earning the nickname of "Sarge". She was definitely "one of a kind".

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Gary Eggers of Maquoketa; grandchildren, Shane (Katrina) Whaley of MI, Shelby (Wayne) Scharff of Maquoketa, Seth Whaley of Maquoketa, Paul (Annette) Eggers of Dubuque, Jon (Carrie) Eggers of Andrew, Ben (Jamie) Eggers of TN, Elizabeth Eggers of Maquoketa, Larry Eggers of Cedar Rapids, Carlos Eggers USMC stationed in SC, Gilbert Eggers of Maquoketa, and Pam (PJ) Eggers of Story City; 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Margaret Cook; along with cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene on September 11, 2013, sisters Phyllis and Shirley, and a very special niece, Sandra (Turner) Wescott.

Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa or Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Sylvan R. Chapman


Sylvan R. "Murph" Chapman, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:28 p.m., on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Sylvan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Sylvan's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sylvan was born on September 27, 1930, in Chicago, IL, son of Sylvan and Madeline (Forbes) Chapman.

Sylvan honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Just prior to being called up for duty, Sylvan had met and married the love of his life, Catherine Newton, on September 11, 1951 in Platteville. The Lord graciously blessed them with 64 wonderful years together, and 5 children, before calling Catherine home ahead of Sylvan on August 22, 2015. Sylvan proudly provided for his family by investing over 35 years of his time and talents as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works. He also spent countless hours helping out on the farm and was commonly known as the "go-to-man" by those around him. Sylvan was a long-time and loyal member of St. Mary's Church, the John Deere Retirees, and the U.A.W. Local #94. When free time would find its way into Sylvan's day, you could easily discover him working on his 300 bowling game, baiting a hook, walking the timber on his latest hunting trip, warming up in the batters cage, or even strapping on his guitar in preparation to throw down a few of his favorite country licks. But let it be known that Sylvan was about so much more than work, church and play; he was about family! Spending time with his loved ones was where Sylvan's heart truly shined. To know Sylvan was to have the concepts of devotion, hard work, commitment, positive attitude and a relentless love and respect for others on continual display. He would lead by example and his love for you was never in question. Sadly, Sylvan has been called home and there is now a tear in the fabric of our world which can only be healed by faith and time. But, we are forever grateful that his earthly struggles have concluded, that he is listening to the Heavenly Choirs while hand in hand with Catherine once more, and that we will all be together again one day for a most glorious of family reunions. Thank you Sylvan for all of the beautiful memories you leave behind and may God forever bless you and Catherine, as you have blessed our lives.

Those left to cherish Sylvan's memory include

his 5 children,
Diane (William) Henning, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Steve Eigenberger) Canon, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Leovic) Chapman, Largo, FL,
Debra (David) Schmit, Dubuque, IA,
and Tina (Jeff) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Lori (Andy Schwendinger) Henning, Sara Henning, Josh (Reina) Canon, Luke Canon, Anthony Chapman, Ryan (Skye) Kelley, Jake (Annie Paradiso) Schmit and Mitchell Dougherty;

his 4 great-grandchildren,
Gracelyn, Harper, Jackson and Violet Canon;

and his sister-in-law,
Sharon Chapman, Lancaster, WI.

Sylvan was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, William "Bill" Chapman.

Sylvan's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sylvan, and his family, over the years.

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

 



Phillip J. Brunsman


Phillip J. Brunsman, 59, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phil may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial for Phil will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Phil was born on August 16, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vernon and Norma (Goedken) Brunsman. He was a 1976 graduate of Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Betty Hellmann on October 17, 1987 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, IA.

Phil was formerly employed at Ertl's Toy Company for 25 years and the Diamond Jo Casino which he greatly enjoyed. Phil loved socializing with many people and keeping up on news and local events. He loved traveling and truly enjoyed every trip he went on.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Brunsman of Farley, IA; one daughter, Tracy (Matt Kayser) Brunsman of Renton, WA; his mother, Norma Brunsman of Dyersville, IA; two brothers, Ron Brunsman of Hopkinton, IA and Wayne (Denise) Brunsman of New Vienna, IA; three sisters, Janet Brunsman of Dyersville, IA, Karen (Glen) Hahn of Dyersville, IA and Connie (Roger) Rivard of Bloomington, MN; father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Mary Hellmann of Holy Cross, IA, two brothers-in-law, Mike Hellmann of Dubuque, IA and Wayne (Teresita) Hellmann of Holy Cross, IA; two sisters-in-law, Barb Hellmann and Rhonda (Tim) Tranel both of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Brunsman on February 19, 2017, one great nephew, Benjamin Brunsman on September 1, 2008.

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



Melvin L. Heins


Melvin L. Heins, 84, of Dubuque, formerly of Galena, Illinois died Thursday, August 31, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 3 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Sister Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services, Sunday at the funeral home.

Melvin was born on November 7, 1932 in Galena, Illinois the son of Leo and Alice (Breitencam) Heins. He married Jean Raisbeck on May 31, 1952 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena.

Melvin was employed in the maintenance department at Kraft Foods for 25 years. In 1974, he began working at John Deere as an electrician until retiring in 1995.

His hobbies were fishing, hunting, bowling and gardening. He enjoyed puzzles and playing cards. Melvin's greatest joy was spending time with family. His life was a testament to this. Always there to help with home projects and a popular caretaker with his grandchildren. Mel was comfortable in the kitchen and not opposed to experiment - rhubarb pie and such. Mel loved to tinker around the house. Home was important - where his heart was and where he wanted to live out his life. He suffered numerous medical afflictions over the past 3 years compromising the likelihood of his wishes to remain at home. His wife for over 65 years, Jean, provided the needed care - and Melvin did spend his remaining years at home. Characteristically, Melvin was selfless in nature, mild mannered, avoided the spotlight, a man of few words - but much action. Love of being with family kept Melvin looking forward to all of his tomorrow's in spite of his physical limitations and discomfort. His loss is beyond measure. We anxiously await our reunion. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Ellen Reddies, Richard Heins, Dan Heins, Connie Heins, Liz Heins, Jane (Gregg) White and Steve (Heather) Heins; grandchildren, Jenny (Torrey) Bahr, Karl Reddies, Rachael (Jeremy) Allen, Samantha Heins, Dylan Heins, Ryan (Jessica) Murphy, Kat Foley, Nate (Leah) White, Julie (Kyle) Ager, Amber (Adrianne) Heins, Jake Heins, Tim Wall and Erica Wall; great- grandchildren, Deandra Reddies, Maddy Allen, Caleb Allen, Michael Reddies, Crissy Reddies, Oliver, Sawyer, Willow and Sophie; and sisters, Marilyn Abrahamsen and Janet (John) Connors.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Patricia A. Butler


Patricia A. Butler, 64, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 of metastatic breast cancer.

Memorial Visitation will be 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday, September 4, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Private family burial will be at a later date.

She was born April 8, 1953, the third child of Howard and Delpha (Smith) Schuster.

Patti grew up in Dyersville and attended parochial schools there. She married Dean Butler November 23, 1973 in Dyersville. Patti worked several clerical jobs in Dubuque until she took an accounting class and found her niche. She graduated from The University of Dubuque in 1990 summa cum laude with a double major in accounting and business administration and passed the Certificated Public Accountant Exam. This accomplishment was done when she had two small children and was working full time most of those years. When asked how she did it, she replied, "We lived in filth for a few years." After graduation she worked for a Dubuque CPA firm and a couple of area banks before landing her "dream" job at Dutrac Credit Union. She worked at Dutrac until her retirement in 2012.

Patti liked to get on "kicks," as she called them. She was always trying new things and wouldn't be done until she had completed it, perfected it, and had given all the materials away because she was done and was "moving on." Patti was never afraid to speak up and had an unrivaled sense of humor. She was incredibly generous.

Work was a big part of her life but not nearly as important as her family. She enjoyed watching her sons' achievements in athletics and academics. Patti was extremely proud that both of her boys graduated from college the "easy" way (right after high school). She enjoyed a special bond with her sisters, often vacationing together in Ireland, Sanibel, and other destinations. Her two grandsons kept her spirits up and squeezed her heart. Hosting Christmas and 4th of July celebrations for her and Dean's family, at the house she designed on Derby Grange, brought her great joy.

Survivors include her husband Dean, two sons, Sam Butler, Dubuque, IA, and Dan & Johna Butler, Epworth, IA; two grandsons, Mason & Nolan Butler, Epworth, IA; her parents Howard & Delpha Schuster, Edgewood, IA; two brothers, Mark & Marie Schuster, Dyersville, IA; Randy & Debbie Schuster, North Buena Vista, IA; three sisters, Mickey & John McNulty, Ireland; Mary & Darrel Willadsen, Madison, WI; and Pam & Tony Ostwinkle, Edgewood, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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



Connie J. Bradley


Connie Jean Bradley, 74, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where services will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Linda Vonfumetti officiating.

Connie was born on November 22, 1942, in Monroe, Wisconsin the daughter of Floyd and Elda Mae (Dohse) Churchill. She attended high school in Lancaster, WI and on October 15th, 1960 married Larry Leo Bradley in Lancaster.

She worked as a Teachers Associate for the Dubuque Community Schools.

She was a past member of the Dubuque Field Archers, and the Eagles Club; she is a current member of Rockdale United Methodist Church; US Archery Team 1979 and 1982 and received Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the World Games and PanAm Games.

Connie was an avid Green Bay Packer fan; enjoyed camping and fishing with Larry and friends from the Rolling Thunder resort in Sarona Wisconsin. She loved spending time with her cats and loved her Facebook friends.

She is survived by her husband Larry; children, Larry (Heidi) Bradley, Jr., Holly (Kevin) Scholbrock, Ronnie Bradley, and Garry Bradley. Grandchildren, Sean, Kristen, Jessica, Amanda, Bradley, Austin, Caley, Jeff and Nick along with 10 great grandchildren. Her brothers Floyd, Calvin and Joseph and sisters Linda and Cheryl.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Joyce.

The family wishes to thank Sacred Heart CCU in Eau Claire, WI and to the Rescue Squad from Shell Lake, Wisconsin for the fantastic care they gave our loved one.

In lieu of flowers a Connie Bradley memorial fund will be established in care of her husband Larry Bradley, 2721 Muscatine Street Dubuque, Iowa 52001



Marian L. Murphy


Marian L. Murphy, age 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Bellevue, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Friday, September 1, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marian's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marian's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marian was born on September 19, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Irene (Hipschen) Boxleiter.

Marian was united in marriage to the love of her life, Daniel Murphy, on February 9, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years together, and 3 daughters, before Daniel was called home ahead of her on April 26, 1996. Marian had a helpful personality and put her talents to use as an operator with the telephone company for over 30 years until her well earned retirement. Marian wasn't all about work though, she did enjoy trying her luck with the "one arm bandits" at the local casinos; usually donating to the cause, but continually being patient enough to occasionally win a nice jackpot. Marian was also quite a card player who religiously kept a fresh deck in her purse just in case a festive game of Euchre or Cribbage was about to break out. Marian was also known for her affinity for a relaxing day of fishing from the rivers bank, or even some productive hours in the kitchen creating a fantastic meal to share with her loved ones, or even her world famous chicken wings when a special occasion arose. Some of the most treasured moments in Marian's life though clearly revolved around her 7 grandchildren. Whether is was the weekly summer vacation with everyone together to make lifelong memories, or a more random and simple gathering, Marian was always in her glory when she was in the presence of her deeply adored family. Sadly, Marian has completed her earthly journey today, just a couple of weeks short of being given 87 years among us, but we know that she has finally found relief from her physical ailments and is, once again, joyfully holding hands with her eternal love, Daniel. Thank you Mom and Grandma for all of the love, joy and laughs you've shared along the way and we'll surely remember them all with true fondness until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Marian's memory include

her daughters,
Gayle (Rich) Atkins,
Susan (Ken Hansen) Saffran
and Peggy (Harris) Shaller, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren;

her 16 great-grandchildren;

her 4 great great-grandchildren;

her sister,
Elizabeth "Betty" Gibson, Dubuque, IA;

and her brothers-in-law,
Larry Murphy
and Robert "Bob" Murphy.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Daniel Murphy; a grandson, Alan Saffran; a son-in-law, John Saffran; 2 brothers, Donald (Betty) Boxleiter and Raymond (Stella) Boxleiter; and 2 brothers-in-law, Joseph Sutter and William Gibson.

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

Marian's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer and Jeanette, for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Marian, and her family.

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

 



Jonathon P. Engler


Jonathon P. "Yish" Engler, 41, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, September 4, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Jon was born November 25, 1975, in Dubuque, the son of James and Jerri (Kettmann) Engler. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1994, and earned a degree from Loras College. He married Erin Cavanaugh on February 2, 2013, in Dyersville where they made their residence. Jon was an insurance agent at Engler-Oberbroeckling Insurance and worked with the Catholic Order of Foresters for seventeen years.

Jon was a very loving family man who spent most of his free time with them. He was an avid Cubs, Hawkeyes and Bears fan whose highlight was witnessing the Cubs win a World Series. He also enjoyed fantasy football, bowling, softball, golf and fishing.

He will forever be remembered for his huge heart, booming laugh and incredible bear hugs.

Survivors include his wife, Erin; 3 children: Cavi, Patrick and Liam; his mother, Jerri (Jim) Pennekamp of Dyersville, his parents-in-law, Brian and Denise Cavanaugh of Dubuque; siblings: Mike (Bev) Engler of Worthington, and their family, Jason, Jeremy and Justin Engler; Paul (Deb) Engler of Worthington, and their family, James, Josh and Joe Engler; Sharon (Richard) Cody of Dubuque, and their family, Shane, Marissa and Lauren Cody; Karla (Robert) Larsen of East Moline, IL, and their family, Blake, Garrett and Mackenzie Larsen; in-laws: Alyssa (Tony) Dalsing of Peosta, and their family, Bailey, Cael and Addy Dalsing; and Tom (Mary) Cavanaugh of Dubuque, and their daughter, Fiona.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Engler, and an infant sister-in-law, Jennifer Cavanaugh.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 

 



Mary L. Kennicker


Mary L. Kennicker (Mother Mary), age 84, of Cuba City (Georgetown), Wisconsin peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin, with Father Dave Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. The family will receive friends at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City on Monday from 3-8 p.m. where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Tuesday morning from 9-10:15 a.m. before the service.

Mary was born on May 13th, 1933, one of nine siblings, near Spokane, Washington, daughter of Louie and Bessie (Knepp) Franz . On June 6th, 1959, she married Marvin Kennicker at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1970 Mary and Marvin purchased the family farm in Georgetown which is their present home.

Mary worked twenty-one years, full-time at the Dubuque Packing Co, retiring in 1978. Her second interest was her enjoyment of working on the family farm with her friends and family.

Mother Mary was an avid cook and loved feeding her army of helpers. In addition, she enjoyed teaching others how to cook and can, as well as took interest in the animals on the farm. She always looked forward to visiting with company coming and going from their farm house, including the many children who would enjoy her home cooking. Mary always looked forward to the holiday time and celebrations, including the 4th of July fireworks, to the kids' wild game feed, as well as the joys of Christmas, where she would shower her family and friends with gifts.

Mary was a caretaker, watching over everyone, especially through late nights of field work. She always put others first and herself second. Mary was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She will be deeply missed by her many friends. She touched everyone who she met and treated friends as family.

Mary is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Marilyn (Patrick Mulligan); sons, James, John, Joey (Amy Baus), Jeffery (Sue Steinhoff); granddaughters, Jamie (Chet Lee), Abbey Baus (Jakob Stein), Shannon Mulligan, and Maddey Kennicker; great-grandsons Brett and Alex Lee; sister Bertha Franz; and brother-in-law Bob ‘Nubbins' Bechen.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the many caregivers, friends, and family that have helped, your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

The family prefers contributions be made to the Mary Kennicker Memorial Fund.

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



Melvin D. Brodrecht


Melvin C. "Mel" Brodrecht, 83, of Galena, IL, passed away Tuesday morning, August 29, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Galena, with Fr. David Vogel officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Rt. 20 West, where members of the Galena Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 7:00 p.m. and members of the Galena EMS will meet at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Mel was born on August 16, 1934 in Galena, IL, the son of Delbert and Hilda (Wieters) Brodrecht.   He was united in marriage to Mary R. Feeley on January 8, 1955 in Galena.  She preceded him in death on December 29, 2003.

He was a member of St. Michael's Parish and served on the parish council, was a eucharistic minister and member of the Altar & Rosary Society.  A charter member of the Galena EMT's, a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, Galena Eagles Club # 952, and Elks Lodge # 882, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 696. He was life member of the North American Hunting Club and Pheasants Forever, Illinois State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association. Mel was a graduate of C.T.I. of Chicago, a Deputy Coroner for Jo Daviess County for over 40 years, a Boy Scout leader for Troop # 93 for 14 years, Cub Scout committeeman and treasurer for 14 years.  He was named EMS person of the year in 2000, received a Meritorius Award from the Governor of Illinois in 2002 for over 70 years of combined service to the Galena Fire and EMS Service. In 2007 Mel was voted Eagle of the year by the Galena Eagles Club, and citizen of the year by the Rotary Club of Galena in 2012.

He was employed by Rentech Nitrogen (formerly Phoenix Chemical) until his retirement and was a member of U.A.W. Local # 1391. Mel also was an associate of the Nash, Schmadeke, Steinke, and Kitchen, Miller & Steinke Funeral Homes from approximately 1954 - 2016.

Surviving are three sons, Mark of Winslow, IL, Marty of Hawaii, and Matt of Galena; five grandchildren, Mike, Kirk, Nathan and Mercedes Brodrecht, and Dan Groves; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Gene (Sandra) Brodrecht of Marion, IA, and Leroy (Marion) Cook of Freeport, IL; Brother and Sister-in-laws, James (Joan) Benson of Galena, Robert (Carol) Metzger of Longwood, FL, and Mark (Ann) Oldenburg of Rochester, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Delbert & Hilda, wife Mary, by his son Michael on May 27, 1975 also his father in law, Joseph Feeley and mother-in-law, Irene (Muchow) Feeley.

Mel's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided for their father and grandfather.

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

Mel's family wishes to thank THE GALENA BIBLE CHURCH for the use of their building for the family and the Galena Community.

 

 



Robert J. Keller


Robert J. Keller passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017, at the age of 83.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

He was the son of Elizabeth and Raymond Keller. He spent four years in the United States Air Force. Following the Air Force, he spent 33 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was also the president of the Dubuque Postal Employees Credit Union for 32 years.

Robert married LaVonne "Bonnie" Hoppman on June 24, 1961. They had two daughters, Denise Marie (John) Middleman and Susan Lynn Keller.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne who passed away on October 28, 2013, after 52 years of marriage and his sister, Shirley Wagner.

Thank You: Denise and Sue would like to send a very HEARTFELT thank you to Monty and Julie Scheckel, Bob Pankow, Mark Giese, Pat McClain, Kevin Botsford, Butch Pregler and Kevin Mihm for their years of friendship and willingness to help dad whenever and however needed. You all meant a lot to him and we will be forever grateful and hold you in our hearts.



Janet Jensen Stenberg


Janet Jensen "Jan" Stenberg died peacefully on August 26, 2017 surrounded by her family following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 2 at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:45, Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

She was born to N Peter Jensen and Maude Markham Jensen in Dickenson, ND on November 4,1942. Her family moved to Rochester MN where she attended elementary school. The family moved to Minneapolis MN in 1953 where she completed elementary school and Southwest High School graduating in 1960. After graduation she attended the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis and then at the Morris MN campus. In 1961 she entered St. Barnabas School of Nursing receiving her RN in 1964. She worked as a nurse at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis until 1967. She married Michael Stenberg, her high school sweetheart, on March 19, 1966 and began the adventure of being a Navy wife, "the hardest job in the Navy." While Mike served in the Navy and after his retirement from the Navy in 1990, they visited all fifty states and many foreign countries.

Jan was artistic. She achieved her teaching shingle in the Kofu School of Ikebana, made several Japanese dolls and silk paintings while they were stationed in Japan 1973-1979. After returning to the USA she became an avid quilter and created many beautiful quilts and wall hangings.

Jan and Mike were active in the churches they joined as they moved from place to place and have been active members of 1st Congregational UCC of Dubuque for twenty years.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Michael Stenberg; her daughters, Carolyn [Steven] Yaden and Elizabeth "Beth" [Ronald] Cooksley; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Yaden, Sarah Yaden, and Michael Cooksley; her brother, Mark [Liane] Jensen; and her sister, Jane [Marvin] Maas.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Her family wants to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Mercy Hospital, and Medical Associates for their care over the past few years. We also want to thank the staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque. In lieu of flowers, people may donate to Hospice of Dubuque, 1st Congregational UCC of Dubuque, or Parkinson's disease research.



Fred F. Ertl, Jr.


Fred F. Ertl, Jr. 87, formerly of Peosta, Iowa, sadly passed away in his sleep Wednesday, August 23, 2017 while at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September, 2, with visitation from 9:15 to 10:15 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, September 1, from 1 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road .

Fred was born on June 6, 1930 in Dubuque Iowa.

He was the son of Fred F. Ertl, Sr., a German immigrant and Gertrude M. Sauser of Cascade Iowa, the daughter of a German immigrant. Fred lived a long and very fulfilling life where he was very proud of being a practicing Catholic. He made every attempt to attend church whenever he could. He touched many people's lives and took great pride in trying to help anyone succeed. At the young age of 15 Fred Jr. started helping his Father Fred Sr. with the Family business. Fred Sr., a journeyman mold maker, had been the union steward at the Adams company in Dubuque Iowa. After a strike was voted in, Fred Sr. himself, too proud to strike against his employer, chose to terminate his employment. With 5 boys and one daughter soon on the way, he began making toy tractors in his basement furnace using sand from the river and used airplane pistons as aluminum material. Fred often said they had the hottest house in town. It became a family effort. Often-times the brothers would carry toys in their cars as they bartered for hunting rights from farmers around the state. Eventually the company began selling to stores in other counties as word spread. The back seat of the family car was removed so they could use it to make deliveries. Soon Fred Sr. became ill and at around 18 years of age Fred Jr. took up the reins of the family business as vice president. In 1967 Fred took the role of President until 1990 when he became CEO. Fred helped grow the company through the acquisition of 6 major toy brands.

Fred Jr. retired as CEO in 1992 after almost 50 years of employment, surviving three corporate mergers; sold to Victor Comptometer in 1967, Kidde Corporation in 1977 and Hanson PLC in 1987. In his various management roles for many years at the Ertl Toy company he always kept his employees first and cared about each and every one. While he never showed it publicly, he was devastated when management chose to move the manufacturing out of Dyersville after his retirement.

In the earlier years, Fred was proud of the fact that he had regularly employed young juveniles who had spent time being rehabilitated in a youth facility in Eldora Iowa. He kept track of the young men, many who went on to lead successful and happy lives. He kept on this tradition by creating scholarship programs for high schoolers. In his later years in Arizona, he and his wife Nancy, supported Sunshine Acres, a nonprofit organization in Mesa, Az., by each taking an underprivileged child Christmas shopping for a day at their own expense. He enhanced that effort by giving motivational talks to young children in the area in the hopes he could convince them that, if he and his family could succeed in their capacity, anyone of them could also.

Throughout Fred's career he accomplished many things. Fred served on the board of the Toy Manufacturers of America from 1968 until 1975, serving as president from 1970 to 1971. Fred was instrumental in creating the first Toy Safety Standards, many of which, later went into effect as legal safety measures. The toy industry was the first industry which was self-regulated regarding safety issues following Fred's lead of always putting children first. Later, in 1976 Fred was President of the Hobby industry where he sat on the board from 1973 to 1975 and was the first inductee into the Hobby Manufacturers Association Legends of Industry in 2008. He was inducted into the Toy Manufacturers of America Hall of Fame in February of 2000 and the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. He was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Toy Museum and sat on the board from 1982 until present. He also served on the Iowa Manufacturers Association Board of Directors from 1967 to 1968. He even helped the shipping industry create zones for shipping. Seems at the time, they had difficulty understanding where Dyersville was and what the rates should be around the rest of the country.

Fred was also a pioneer in licensing, as a long-term licensee of John Deere, Case IH, Allis-Chalmers and other agricultural and construction companies. He was very proud of the very fair and iron clad licenses he helped negotiate, especially with John Deere. He broadened his reach with Universal Studio and other major movie companies with licenses for properties like Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey and the Bandit, Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Thomas the Tank and even Gremlins. The Ertl company was also an early licensee of NASCAR racing. As a former dirt track racer, this was right up his alley. His parents put a stop to that after the bankers told them they would no longer finance the business if he was going to put himself at risk by driving a stock car. Through these connections, he experienced many things, like driving an actual NASCAR race car on the track and making friends with the heads of NASCAR including Bill France and Richard Petty. Unfortunately, just before NASCAR really took off, the Ertl Co. management at the time chose to discontinue that license.

Fred, along with his wife Nancy enjoyed many great years travelling, golfing and entertaining friends, colleagues and family. Christmas and holidays were extremely important to them both. They always made the extra effort to cook, organize and execute enjoyable celebrations at every opportunity.

Being the head a multi-national business, Fred had the opportunity to travel the world. He spent many months in other countries, particularly in China, where he was one of the first Americans allowed in the mainland. He immediately noticed many safety hazards and began helping the new manufacturers understand the importance of safety for both the toys and workers. Fred truly believed that if he did a portion of the manufacturing overseas, he could offset the higher cost and keep a substantial amount of production in Dyersville Iowa, where the Ertl Toy Company at times employed over 1000 people. The Ertl company eventually had offices in New York City, Canada, UK, Italy, and in Hong Kong. Fred made annual trips to the World Toy Fair held in Nuremburg, Germany and the American Toy Fair held in New York City. He attended many company sponsored fishing trips where he spent weeks in Canada hosting many customers and employees. He even met Fred Bear, the founder of Bear Archery and world renowned archery hunter, on a corporate sponsored hunting trip to Alaska.

Fred loved to hunt, fish and golf. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs (the 2016 World Series Champions). He also loved watching the Hawkeyes play any sport and eventually became an Arizona Cardinals and Diamondbacks fan. He absolutely loved being able to spend time with his wife Nancy golfing. For his retirement, the staff at the Ertl company sent them both on a trip to Scotland where they enjoyed a few rounds of golf together. He also golfed in a few Pro-Am Tournaments like the Disney Oldsmobile Classic in Florida, where he met and golfed with his favorite player, Freddy Couples. In his early days, he loved to go bowling and he and his brothers often won trophies together as a team. They even built and co-owned, for many years, the Ertl Lanes and Supper Club. Fred and Nancy were longtime members of the Thunder Hills Country Club where Fred helped create the Ertl/Thunder Hills Couples Golf Classic which is still running today and is on its 30th year. Fred and Nancy were also long time members of the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa Arizona. He loved playing Hearts and Gin Rummy card games and enjoyed attending pot luck together with his friends.

Fred attended and graduated from Loras Academy where he was head Sacristan his junior and senior years. He also attended Loras College for 1 ½ years and was a member of the ROTC until he was forced to forgo his education and commit to the family business. Fred was also involved with both the Dubuque and Dyersville Junior Achievement on and off over the years.

Fred married Nancy Torgler, who became his lifelong best friend on December 3, 1969. Fred brought to the marriage two wonderful children, Cathy (Jim) Hubbard and Fred III (fiancé Joan Nicks) and eventually three grandchildren, who were the love, enjoyment and pride of both Fred and Nancy; Audrey (Nate Miller), Erick Hubbard and Alexis Ertl. All surviving.

Also surviving are a sister and brothers, Carol (Mike) Lundgren, Joe (Helen) Ertl, Allan (Sue) Ertl, of Dyersville, and John (Pat) Ertl of Guttenberg. Three brothers- in- law, Larry (Alice) Torgler of Winterhaven, Florida, Ron (Dale) Torgler of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Naples, Florida, George (Linda) Torgler of East Dubuque, Illinois;  Sisters-in-law, Darlene Ertl, of Dyersville, and Pat Torgler of Dubuque and many wonderful nieces and nephews and friends from both Iowa and Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, parents, Frederick and Gertrude Ertl and beloved brother and friend, often considered the heart of the company, Robert Ertl.

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

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff and management of the Hotel Julien Dubuque for their wonderful accommodations and kind treatment of our father during his many extended stays over the past couple years.

 



Byrl J. Denlinger


Byrl J. Denlinger, 86, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 28, 2017, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A celebration of Byrl's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Byrl John Denlinger was born on August 4, 1931 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Dale and Frances (Stumper) Denlinger Sr. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Ona Mae Bowman on December 16, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Lou Ann, Carol and Janet.

Byrl farmed all of his life. First with his parents in the Maquoketa area, and upon his marriage in 1951, Byrl and Ona Mae continued farming on a farm near Wyoming, Iowa.

Byrl was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Jones County Farm Bureau. He loved farm life and enjoyed watching old western movies on television and John Deere Tractors. He was especially proud that two great-grandchildren, Ava and Aubree, shared his birth date. Above all things, he cherished his family and close friends.

Those left to honor Byrl's memory include his daughters, Lou Ann (Jerry) Hora of Maquoketa, IA, Carol (Tom) Smith of Green Bay, WI, and Janet (Earl) Waller of Bernard, IA; 5 grandchildren, Michael (Sarah) Hora, Karen (Chris) Leemon, Matt Smith, Austin (Caitlin) Smith and Jennie (Ryan) Gruber; and 7 great-grandchildren, Rachel, Shannon, Brendan, Hannah, Vienna, Ava, Aubree and Baby Girl Leemon on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dale Jr., and his wife Ona Mae on December 22, 2004.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Byrl J. Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

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



Della Nettie Louise Hoerner


Della Nettie Louise Hoerner, 92, died Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 30 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with the Rev. Steven Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 29 and from 10-10:45 a.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Della was born on June 24, 1925 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Conrad W. and Mary M. (Timmerman) Blosch.

She married Eldon M. Hoerner in 1946, he preceded her in death on October 3, 1982. In 1985 she married Verle "Buck" Leathers, he preceded her in death in 1998.

She worked at the Epworth Locker Plant and assisted her husband alongside the family farm.

Della was a member of Center Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, country music and dancing. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Gail (Alice) Hoerner, of Dubuque, Marvin (Carolyn) Hoerner, of Epworth, Donna Schmitt (special friend, Steve Brandel), of Dubuque, Cheryl (Jerry) Gotto, of Delhi, IA., and Artice (John) Kudalis, of Rockford, IL; 13 grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren; 6 great- great-grandchildren; 2 step- grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Poulsen, of Spencer, IA; brothers, Carmen (Anna Mae) Blosch, of Cuba City, WI. and Carvel Blosch, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Twila Hoerner; and sister, Dorothy Bradley.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Alzheimer's Association.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your compassionate care.



Patricia A. McDonell


Patricia A. McDonell, 90, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm. Visitation will continue from 10- 11 a.m. Friday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am Friday, September 1, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Rev Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Patricia was born April 27, 1927, in Monticello the daughter of Joseph and Angie (Bader) Oswald. She married William F. McDonell on November 14, 1945, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Together they farmed south of Worthington and owned and operated the Monticello Sale Barn for nearly 30 years. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Parish.

Survivors include three daughters: Sharon (Merlin) Wiskus of Epworth, Mickey (Ron) Kelchen of Dyersville; June (Paul) Fellinger of Monticello and 1 son, Bob McDonell of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister, Kathleen Hunt of Hopkinton, a sisters-in-law, AnnaBelle Oswald and Rosie Oswald, both of Monticello,

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, a son-in-law, John Geers, 2 grandsons-in-law, John C. Hall and Steve Weaver, a great-great grandson, Zayden Weaver, a sister, Mary (Harold) Schneiter, and two brothers, Lloyd Oswald and Earl Oswald, and a brother-in-law, Bob Hunt.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School.

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



Don R. Saefkow


Don R. Saefkow, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where military honors will be accorded at 6 p.m. by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born September 13, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Harold and Annette (Hildebrand) Saefkow. He married Judith Ryan on June 6, 1964 at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. Don served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was employed with Celotex for 20 years, and for Jim Giese Commercial Roofing for 26 years.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, and working in his vegetable garden. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburg Pirates and the New Orleans Saints. Don was a longtime patron of the Leaky Lodge, the Swiss Inn, the Airline Inn, and the Walnut Tap.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Dean (Paige) Saefkow; his granddaughter, Anna Sutton; his sister, Calline (Ron) Westemeyer , all of Dubuque; his brother, Harold "Rick" Saefkow of Phoenix, AZ; two god-daughters; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; a sister-in-law, Maurna (Jim) Gerhards of Potosi, WI; and a brother-in-law, James (Pat) Ryan of Wausau, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Don R. Saefkow Memorial Fund.

Don's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center; and especially all his wonderful neighbors.

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



Kathleen M. Daly


Kathleen M. Daly, 97, formerly of Alta Vista St.,  passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Church of the Nativity. Family will greet friends from 10:30 am until Mass time on Wednesday at the church. The Rosary Society will recite the Rosary prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Clement Catholic Cemetery in Bankston.

Kathleen was born November 22, 1919 in Bankston the daughter of George and Susan (Kertels) Daly. She graduated from Clarke College in 1938 and then taught in the Dubuque Community School District from 1938-1982, mostly at Marshall School in 3rd grade. Kathleen was a member of Church of the Nativity, Rosary Society, Nativity Guild, and retired teachers club.

Survivors include a cousin, Katie (Jim) Olberding; a godchild, Carol (Mike) Mooney; and a cousin, Eileen Schmitt.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jimmy.

Memorials may be directed to Church of the Nativity in Kathleen's memory.

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

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



Kimberly Kay Althoff


 

Kimberly Kay (Johnson) Althoff of Dyersville, changed her address to Heaven on August 26, 2017. She died peacefully at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital, in Rochester, MN with her loving family around her. She was 50 years old and was very bravely fighting her second bout with cancer, with other medical complications.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Kim's story began on August 5, 1967, when she became the only child of Lucinda (Vorwald) and James Johnson in Guttenberg, Iowa. With her big brown eyes and dark hair, her charming dimples and adorable smile, she quickly stole everyone's heart.

Kim spent her school days at Guttenberg School, graduating in 1985. After high school she earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On November 18, 1995, she was united in marriage to Wayne Althoff. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Lindsay Alea and Alyssa Michelle. The Althoffs lived their entire 21 years together on an acreage outside of Dyersville.

Kim's work career started at Von Mauer Department Store in Cedar Rapids, until she moved to Dyersville. She was employed by Kann's Import in Guttenberg and she spent many years at the Country Junction Restaurant, as a hostess and an Assistant Manager. Kim also managed the gift shop there which was her favorite part. She worked part time at Fareway, and for the past year she has worked at The Fidelity Bank and Trust in Dyersville and really enjoyed this job and her co-workers.

During that time she also did a lot of volunteer work at church events and at Xavier and Beckman School functions.

Kim loved her family dearly, there was nothing she enjoyed more than being a mother to her girls. Some of her favorite pastimes were to go to dance performances of The Beckman Dance Team, volleyball games, plays and musicals. She enjoyed sitting down with a good book. She really liked spending time on the river boating, camping and picnicking. She loved concerts, dancing and laughing with her family and friends. She cherished going on vacations with her family, her parents and her best friend, Janet. Kim taught her daughters how to love unconditionally, enjoy life, be independent, and fun- loving.  Kim's smile is what people will remember most about her.

Kim is survived by her husband, Wayne; her daughters, Lindsay and Alyssa; and her parents, Cindy and Jim Johnson of Guttenberg, her parents-in-law, Emil and Elsie Althoff; in-laws: Ken (Mary) Althoff, Rick (Vicki) Althoff, Elaine White, Rose (Gary) Bryant, Sandy (Arnie) Bockenstedt and Bonnie (Pat) McAllister, plus a large extended family and a multitude of friends.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



William D. Kringle


William "Bill" D. Kringle, 94, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:10 a.m. at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bill may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the funeral home.

Services for Bill will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born May 17, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William L. and Augusta M. (Schneider) Kringle. He received his education from West St. Joseph's Prairie in Zwingle, Iowa. On September 6, 1970 he was united in marriage to Shirley Beringer in Las Vegas, Nevada. He owned and operated Kringle Well Drilling and farmed in Cascade for many years.

He is a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Kringle of Cascade, IA; one sister-in-law, Marlene Heiderscheit of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John (Elsie) Kringle, two brothers-in-law, Ralph Beringer and George Heiderscheit.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab for the wonderful care and support they gave Bill.

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



Kathy A. Stumpf


Kathy A. Stumpf, 66 of Asbury, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Kathy was born on December 19, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dorrance and Marilyn (Kieffer) Welter. She graduated from the Academy of the Visitation, class of 1968 and then attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville.

She married Donald Stumpf, her loving husband of nearly 48 years on September 20, 1969 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL.

Kathy was an RSVP Volunteer and for many years delivered mobile meals out of Finley Hospital. She was also a driver for DuRide and she enjoyed visiting with all the great people she met through these groups.
For many years Kathy and Don spent the winter months at their home in Ft. Myers, Florida where they enjoyed having their family and friends visit.

She is survived by her husband Don; one son Don Jr. of Dubuque, and daughter Julie (Alan) Gahlbeck, of Des Peres, MO. Her grandson Nolan; two brothers, Dick (Margaret) Welter, of Kieler, WI and Dennis Welter, of Galena. Her brothers and sister-in-law, Daniel (Mary) Stumpf, Ron (Janet) Stumpf, Luke (Deb) Stumpf, and Kim Stumpf, all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her loving grandson Ethan Gahlbeck; her parents; one brother; two brothers-in-law; and her caring in-laws Bonnie and Ralph.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Noah's Hope to help fight against Batten Disease.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff; Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy, and to all the family and friends for the cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers.



Donald J. Jackson


Donald J. "Don" Jackson, 85, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services in Dubuque, IA, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Don was born on February 17, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Samuel and Mary (Goldhagen) Jackson. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, and was united in marriage to Lucille Hinderman on April 7, 1950, celebrating 67 years of marriage this past April.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1995. Don was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Holy Name Society, a former member of United Food & Commercial Workers Local #150-A. He loved fishing, gardening, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. Don was a simple man, who served as a former coach for the East Dubuque Little League and wrestling coach for St. Mary's School.

Surviving is his wife Lucille; 11 children, Carol McGrath of Cedar Rapids, IA, Karen (Steve) Sebastian of Dubuque, Janet (Bill) Hartmann and Jim (Dawn) Jackson both of East Dubuque, Tom Jackson of Dyersville, Brenda (Larry) Cox of Bellevue, John (Robyn) Jackson of East Dubuque, Elaine (Kevin) Herman of Dubuque, Joyce (Dave) Merfeld of Menominee, IL, Chris (John) Cahalan of Cedar Rapids and Shelley Jackson of Dubuque; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; his inlaws, Jerome Hinderman, Germaine Hayes, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Val Hinderman and Betty Jackson.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Fr. Robert, Bill & Jim Jackson, Anna Mae Otting and Pat Lange.

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

 

 



Sister Mary Ellen Caldwell, BVM

Sister Mary Ellen Caldwell, BVM (Eugenio), 97, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary Ellen was elementary school principal at St. Patrick in Dubuque, where she also served as theology, religious studies, and philosophy teacher and department chair at Clarke University. She taught elementary school in DeKalb and Chicago, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan. She also taught at a seminary in Kumasi, Ghana, and later volunteered as ESL teacher.

She was born in Milwaukee on June 11, 1920, to Francis S. and Helen Fitzsimmons Caldwell. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1938, from St. Michael Parish, Milwaukee. She professed first vows on March 19, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Joseph Caldwell; and sisters: Mary Remi Caldwell, BVM; Sarah Marie Tyson; and Frances Mary Kilcollins.

She is survived by a sister, Helen Smith, Waukesha, Wis.; brothers, Rev. Thomas A. Caldwell, SJ, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and Joseph Kerwin Caldwell, New York, N.Y.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 78 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Louis William Husemann


Louis William Husemann, 88, of Key West, Iowa passed away on August 22, 2017 at Stonehill Care Facility.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 25th, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Louis was born at home December 12, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the last surviving child of Ludwig William and Frieda Marie Emma (Tietz) Husemann who immigrated from Germany to the United States in the early 1900's.

He married Kathryn Elizabeth Doyle on October 26, 1946 at St. Raphael Cathedral, and they celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage. Kathryn passed away on February 2, 2013.

He worked at American Trust and Savings Bank as a Building Manager until his retirement in 1988. Previously Louie co-owned Husemann and Huseman Concrete Contractors.

He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral and past member of the Eagle's Club.

Louie enjoyed listening to music, a good game of euchre or cribbage, a fall Octoberfest, a lively Polka song and his morning crossword puzzle (done in ink!). His favorite way to spend an afternoon would be watching barges pass through Lock & Dam #11 on the Mississippi River. He loved visiting with his children, grandchildren and neighbors, and would have a good crowd on his front porch. Through thick and thin his children provided him with love and care.

He is survived by his eight children: Jim (Kate) Husemann, Betsy (Jim) Basten, Steve (Rose) Husemann, Susan (Rich) Barrett, LouAnn (Mike) Wilson, Faye (Jim) Herrig, Connie (Randy) Mueller, and Carrie (Jeff) Burger; twenty grandchildren; Jim (Kristina) Husemann, Chris (Leslie Horton) Husemann, Jenny Miller, Kathy (Jeff) Welp, Alan (Molly) Basten, Susie (fiancé, Chad Kopp) Church, Louie (Pauline) Husemann, Kristie (Travis) Pfiffner, Lindsey (Joe) Schreiber, Jody (Ron) Kenneally, Marty (Kate) Barrett, Scott (Theresa) Wilson, Jason (Christina) Wilson, Kara (Scott) Hetzel, Gina (Matt Oberbroeckling) Schilling, Mike (Jessica) Mueller, Matt (Jackie Rome) Mueller, Randy John Mueller, Morgan Burger, and Wyatt Burger; twenty-six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Colleen Smith, Rose (Dick) Huseman, Betty Doyle and brother-in-law Louis Wagner.

He was preceded in death by wife Kathryn; parents Ludwig and Freida; three sisters, Dora (Howard) Schultz, Edith (Joe) Stack, Mary (Ted) Kalloway; nine brothers, Ernest (Mary Ann), Henry (Viorene), Bill (Olive), Al (Kate), Fred (Rose), Benjamin (Shirley), George (Mary), Rudolph (Bernice), and Carl (Gladys); sisters-in-law Evelyn, and Betty Wagner; and brothers-in-law, George Smith and Donald Doyle.

We would like to thank the Stonehill Skilled Rehab Household for their kindness in taking care of our Dad.



Jillian L. Suthers


Jillian L. Suthers, 63, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017, at her home in Lost Nation.

A celebration of Jillian's life will be at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 2, 2017 from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jillian Lue Keller was born on August 26, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clarence Wesley and Mildred Lavanchie (Hartford) Keller. She married Gene Suthers on July 27, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

In her early years, Jillian had ran Keller's Tap in Lost Nation. She then became a homemaker and raised a family, as well as worked as a nurses aid.

She was a member of the Lost Nation American Legion Auxiliary, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and camping.

Those left to honor Jillian's memory include her husband Gene Suthers of Lost Nation, IA; children, Robert Joseph Suthers of Lost Nation, IA, and Dawn Heather Suthers of Maquoketa, IA; a former daughter-in-law, Amber Suthers of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Caroline (Randy) Keller-Williams of Falls Church, VA; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Connie and 3 brothers, Jacque, Ronald and David.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jillian L. Suthers memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeanne H. Schmitt


Jeanne H. (Oertel) Schmitt, 94, of Durango passed on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Manor Care in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 24, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Rickardsville.

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

Jeanne was born September 10, 1922 in Dubuque the daughter of Elmer and Alice (Sprague) Oertel. She married Sylvester M. Schmitt on November 22, 1939 in Lattnerville, Iowa, he passed on March 17, 2002. She worked on the cutting floor at the Dubuque Packing House for 34 years prior to retiring. Jeanne then went to work at Zuckie's Clothing Store, the Silver Eagle, and for Poorman's Catering. Jeanne was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling and spending Sundays at the cottage, playing cards and spoiling her granddogs, Oliver and Parker.

Jeanne's family includes her daughter, Sharon (J. Michael) Faley of Dubuque and their children: Tim (special friend Abby Kiburz) Faley of Dubuque; Tammy (Reggie) Ash of Midway, UT, and Tammy's children, Alex (Haley) Meyer and their children, Kael and Joanna of Mishawaka, IN, Emily Meyer of Chicago, and Elizabeth Meyer of Sycamore, IL; the late Todd Faley and his children, Hanna, Holly, and Hope Faley, all of Marion, IA; Teddy Jo (Janet) Faley, and their children, John "Duke" Faley and Nickolas Faley, all of Dubuque. Her son, David (Mary Kay) Schmitt of Durango and their children: Kevin (Donna) Schmitt and their son Tyler (Kaysha) Schmitt, and their son Owen "Pete", all of Sherrill; Nicole (special friend Nick Jaeger) Schmitt of Sherrill; Terry (Rosanne) Schmitt and their son Travis (Tiffany) Schmitt of North Liberty, IA; Cody Schmitt of Durango; Jay (Lori) Schmitt of Dubuque and their children, Cory (Anna) McDermott of OR, Callie (Brett) Fagan of Onslow, IA, and Carmen McDermott of Dubuque; and Jeff (Emily) Schmitt and their children, Olivia, Harper, Sawyer, and Kinsley Schmitt, all of DeWitt, IA. Her sister, Alice Mae Krapfl of Denison, IA; a sister in law, Leta Wagner of Dubuque; and a brother in law, Clem Schmitt of Durango.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandchild, Todd Faley; four brothers, Ray, Clarence, Louis, and Buddy Oertel; and brothers and sister in law, Karl Krapfl, Raymond Schmitt, Donald Schmitt, Ted Schmitt, Bernadine McGrath, Dorothy Gotto and Catherine Neyens.

Thank you to Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Moore for the wonder ful care. Thank you also to her niece, Melanie Oertel for being there through Jeanne's journey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Joseph's Church, Rickardsville or Hillcrest Family Services.

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



Ronald D. Brooks


Ronald D. "Ron" Brooks, age 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:12 a.m., on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ron was born on June 19, 1952, in Battle Creek, Michigan, son of Duane Ray and Barbara Jean (Hiscock) Brooks.

Ron proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and was lovingly known as "Radar" to his friends. Ronald D. Brooks; retired computer programmer, genuinely kind-hearted, volunteer, animal lover, gardener and dear friend to many. God bless you Ron and thank you for all of the joy you graciously shared with us along your journey!

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his long-time friend and divinely inspired sister,
Diana Haberkorn-Fouché, Dubuque, IA;

Diana's children whom he helped raise and loved dearly,
Dena Roberts, Rebecca Nolan, Brittnie Nolan, Tyler Roberts, Bailey Roberts and Brandon Roberts;

his father,
Duane Brooks;

his siblings,
Janine (Keith) Blanck,
Dan (Cathy) Brooks
and Jim (Mindy) Brooks;

and his beloved cat and confidant,
Little Thumper.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Jean Brooks.

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

 



Nancy G. Clark


Nancy G. Clark, 77, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

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

Nancy Gertrude Englkens was born on November 7, 1938 in Clinton, Illinois, to Arthur and Alice (Sikkema) Englkens. She was a high school graduate and married Ronald A. Clark in Fulton, Illinois.

Nancy enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and gardening. She had a great love of animals and had numerous dogs, cats, chickens and ducks as pets in her adult life. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Bellevue, Iowa; children, Boyd (Randa) Clark of Libertyville, IL, Christine (Brad) Thom of Railroad Flat, CA, Neal (Donna) Clark of Gardnerville, NV, and Lyle Clark of Frisco, TX; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Betty) Engelkins and Millard (Shirley) Engelkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Dale and a sister Ardith.

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

 



Mary Katherine Stoeckel

Mary Katherine "Kay" Stoeckel, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Kay's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Kay's life, private family visitation will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kay was born on September 20, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Vincent and Ella (McKenna) Conlan.

Kay was united in marriage to William E. "Bill" Stoeckel on June 9, 1949, and they were blessed with 45 years together before Bill was called home ahead of her on February 1, 1995.

Those left to cherish Kay's memory include

her children,
Vicki S. (Rick Langheim) Stoeckel, Alpharetta, GA
and Nick (Lori) Stoeckel, Mayville, WI;

2 granddaughters,
Danielle (Shane Soppe) Langheim, Johns Creek, GA
and Natalie Stoeckel, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan;

and a great-grandson,
Grayson Soppe.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Stoeckel; and a son, Terry William Stoeckel in infancy.

Kay's family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, and the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of the kind, professional and attentive care they provided to Kay, and her family, over the past few months.

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

 



Arnold J. Van Etten


Arnold J. Van Etten, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Mercy Hospital at the age of 87.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at St. Luke's Methodist Church. A private burial will be at a later date. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church.

Arnie was born on July 30, 1930, at home in Havana, Illinois. The youngest child of Lora B. (Dobson) and D. Melvin Van Etten. He was an outstanding athlete, fondly known as "Red" at Havana High School. He earned a football scholarship to Bradley University and graduated in 1952. After college Arnie returned to his roots as a high school math teacher and coached football and basketball. It was there he met his "love", Catherine Anne McKone, who was teaching Home Economics. In 1956 he married Anne and after teaching High School together for a year, he was accepted into the University of Iowa College of Law. They then found their forever home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Arnie started practicing law with Kintzinger Law Firm and remained a dedicated partner until retiring a few years ago, after more than 50 years of supporting, counseling and guiding countless clients, who often became lifelong friends.

His passion for helping people and nurturing meaningful relationships was apparent by his longstanding participation and commitment in various service and social organizations, including The Elks, The Optimists and The Dubuque Shooting Society. He was proud and honored to be a active leader through the years of various community counsels and boards. He valued compassion, generosity, seeing the best in people, and forever offering a helping hand.

On Arnie's best days he would find delight in pheasant hunting with his favorite cronies, playing a competitive game of Euchre, dancing with Annie or spotting the first morel mushroom of the season. Lately, he took great comfort in visiting with dear friends, sitting on his backyard deck and mowing his beautiful lawn.

Arnie will be remembered for his generosity of time, love and laughter, in addition to his quick wit, patience, faith, willingness to serve and of course, his spirited wardrobe.

Arnie will forever touch the lives and continue to be celebrated by his friends and family, which includes "the girls", Julia A. Van Etten, of Hudson ,WI, and Jennifer K.(Dennis) Hammel, of Fairfield, IA; grandchildren, Vanessa (Chris) Patton, Reason and Madison Davis, Griffin, Riley and Olivia Hammel; great-grandchild, Ellis Patton.

With open arms, Arnie will join his "love" Anne and son Greg, along with son-in-law Denny Davis and Arnie's sister Joyce Wright and sister-in-laws, Alice Van Etten, and Grace Bowers, in Heaven.

We wish to deeply thank the friends and neighbors who provided a continuous stream of love, care and compassion without batting an eye. You lifted our hearts and we knew he was in good hands when we were miles away. Your generosity give us the most precious gift... time with our dad.

In lieu of flowers, an Arnold J. Van Etten memorial fund has been established to be distributed to his favorite charities.

If you can attend the service...."Spirited Joyful Attire" is welcomed.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is assisting the family.



Margaret Wolfe


Margaret "Louise "Wolfe, age 81, of Round Up, MT., and formerly of Green Island, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT. To honor Louise's life, private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Kean officiating. To celebrate Louise's life, family may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Louise was born on July 18, 1936 in Delta, Iowa, daughter of Howard and Edith (Roberts) Wells.

Louise was united in marriage to the love of her life, Daniel J. Wolfe, on May 29, 1958, at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. They were truly blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 3 boys, before Daniel was called home ahead of her on March 3, 2017. The couple spent over 40 years together on the family farm while Louise lovingly raised her family with a nurturing devotion which seemed to come quite naturally to her. Louise's caring character was not only confined to her family at home though; she was also able to put her compassion for others to work in the nursing field for over 30 years. Our hearts ache today, and we are quite devastated to lose our sweetest mom within 5 months of our dad; but we are also quite relieved to know that our loving parents are once again reunited and will never have to part ways again. Thank you mom for all of the love, wisdom and memories you leave behind for us to embrace, cherish and remember, and may you enjoy eternal peace with dad until we are all together again one day.

Those left to cherish Louise's memory include

3 sons,
Howard (JoDee) Wolfe, Bellevue, IA,
Todd (Janette) Wolfe, West Point, IA
and John (CJ) Wolfe, Round Up, MT;

her 8 grandchildren,
Jessica (Vamsi) Manda, Ryan (Gina) Cochran, Andrew Cochran, KayDee (Tony) Sells, Kellie (Sklar) Orth, Kayla (Matt) Bitting, Madison (Josh) Wolfe and Jake Wolfe;

and her 11 great-grandchildren,
Theron and Liberty Reiter, Blair Cochran, Daniel Sells, LynDee Sells, Bentley Bitting, Adelyn Bitting, Broderick Robertson, Harleiah Robertson, J.T. Robertson and Zander Robertson.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Daniel; and 3 sisters, Ruth Wells, Mary Lou (Doyle) Christy and Maxine Verdeer.

A Margaret Louise Wolfe 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

 



Mildred F. Heiderscheit


Mildred F. Heiderscheit, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:55 a.m., on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mildred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Mildred's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mildred was born on September 29, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Katharine (Davidsaver) Duster.

Mildred was united in marriage to Francis J. "Frank" Heiderscheit on January 5, 1944, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville. The couple was truly blessed with over 67 wonderful years together, and 4 children, before Frank was called home ahead of her on December 27, 2011. She was a very loving and selfless wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. Mildred loved to spend her spare time tending to the flower gardens and apple trees while always looking forward to a full season of ever changing color, as well as a nice fall harvest. Mildred also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandson, Tim; and every gathering was one we will surely cherish forever. Mildred has been referred to as a continual "ray of sunshine" and to know her, or experience her beautiful spirit firsthand, was to absolutely understand that statement in no uncertain terms. She was definitely a faith-filled woman who not only recited the Rosary daily, but also spent countless hours along her earthly journey praying for missions, as well as watching for her next opportunity to help someone in their time of need. Sorrow surely grips our hearts today with the sudden absence of our beloved Mildred; but we are thankful for the peace which comes from our understanding that Mildred has now rejoined Frank, once again, to begin their eternal union together while tending to their always bountiful and perpetually weedless garden on the grounds of their Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Mildred's memory include

her children,
Rose Marie (Wayne) Small, Dubuque, IA,
Pauline (Norlyn) Michel, Bettendorf, IA
and Mark (Karen) Heiderscheit, Dubuque, IA;

a grandson,
Tim Heiderscheit, Iowa City, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis "Frank" Heiderscheit; a son, Donald in infancy; a sister, Sr. Francois Duster, OSF; and a brother, Fabian (Lucille) Duster.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Finley Hospital, for all of their professional and attentive care.

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

 



Steven A. Hoftender


Steven A. "Steve" Hoftender, 55, of Davenport, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, IA, from complications of lung cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Davenport, IA.

Steve was born on September 3, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Vince "Jiggs" and Modesta "Sis" (Splinter) Hoftender. He was united in marriage to Paula Herber on November 30, 1986 in Galena, IL. He was employed as a millwright for Cedar Valley Mechanical.

Steve was a 1980 graduate of East Dubuque High School.

He loved baseball and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, bowling, golf and being with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Paula; five children, Crystal (Bob) Crandall of Cedar Rapids, IA, Erin (fiancé Dustin Wilson) of Moline, IL, Melissa (fiancé Larry Hepner), Ashley and Joe all of Davenport; five grandchildren; his father, Vince "Jiggs" Hoftender of East Dubuque, IL; his siblings, Keith (friend Jolene) Hoftender of Dubuque, IA, Mark (Vicki) Hoftender of Raymond, IA, Lori (John) Schulting of Vernona, WI, Jeff (Julie) Hoftender of Burlington, IA, David Hoftender of East Dubuque, and Pam Hoftender of Ormond Beach, FL.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother "Sis", a brother Tom Hoftender, granddaughter Avery Wilson, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. 

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



Giovanna Gagliano


Giovanna "Jennie" Gagliano of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her niece's home.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer presiding. Family will greet friends 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:30 pm Scripture Service led by Deacon Jim Schmidt. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Jennie was born January 21, 1929 in New York City, New York, the daughter of Angelo J. and Mary A. (Majuri) Gagliano. After working at the Long Island Star Journal in New York she moved to St. Louis in 1960. Jennie then worked at the St. Louis Review followed by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. She retired in 1992 to Dubuque. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her sister in-law, Jan Gagliano; nephew, Frank (Shari) Gagliano; nieces, Jean (Terry) Gagliano-Hilkin, Mary (Jim) Schmidt, and Teresa Gagliano; great nieces and nephews, Michael (Jennifer) Gagliano, Angela (Jason) Cox, Brian (Michelle) Gagliano, Tricia (Bob) Kilburg, Nicole (E.J.) Droessler, Tim (Penny) Hilkin, Gina David, Janelle (Jeff) Menz, and Joel Schmidt; great-great nieces and nephews, Ben, Kara, Melody, Ethan, Ryan, Mary Gianna, Kourtney, Tamie, Hannah, May, Garrett, Ella, Kylie, Charlie Angelo, Cooper, and Nora; special friends, Pat Rich, and Colton (Lindsey) Rich.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother and sister in-law, Angelo and Eleanor Gagliano.

The family would like to thank the Church of the Resurrection Staff, especially, Fr. Joseph Hauer, the staff at The Rose of Dubuque, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for their care and concern.

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



Cory T. Wallace


Cory T. Wallace, 29, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 in Dubuque.

Family and friends of Cory may visit from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a prayer service will be at 4:45 p.m. In support of Cory's memory the family asks that the color green is worn to the visitation.

Cory was born December 4, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Tom and the late Anne (Widmeier) Wallace. He received his education at Dubuque Senior High School and worked in food service around Dubuque.

Cory was taken much too soon and he will be eternally missed by his family and friends. He was a creative soul with a passion for food, fun, and friends.

He is survived by his father Tom and stepmother Julie; sister Sarah (Brett) Fisher; brothers Cody Wallace and Justin Wallace; grandparents; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Anne Wallace.

In lieu of flowers a Cory T. Wallace memorial fund will be established.



Sister Mary C. McGovern, BVM

Sister Mary C. McGovern, BVM (Clemento), 97, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 15 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel followed by a Sharing of Memories at 10:15 a.m. Funeral liturgy will immediately follow. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary was a music teacher at St. Mary/St. Raphael in Dubuque, where she also served as principal. She ministered in the Instructional Resource Center at Clarke University and served as congregational volunteer at Mount Carmel. She taught elementary school music in Grayslake, Maywood and Chicago, Ill.; Casper, Wyo.; and Emmetsburg and Sioux City, Iowa.

She was born in Dubuque on June 6, 1920, to Clement and Marjorie McComish McGovern. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1937, from Cathedral Parish, Dubuque. She professed first vows on March 19, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 79 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.

Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, IA, 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Kaitlyn E. Ohnesorge


Kaitlyn E. Ohnesorge 8 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at U of I Children's Hospitals & Clinics as the results of a bicycle accident. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 18, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service (Chapel Adjacent to funeral home). Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Kaitlyn was born August 19, 2009, in Dubuque, the daughter of Abe and Kat (Schaffer) Ohnesorge. She was looking forward to starting 3rd grade at Sageville Grade School. Kaitlyn loved playing outside, her Shopkins, Monster High, and riding her bike. She had mastered her one handed cart wheel, never afraid of anything and had a bubbly and spunky personality. Kaitlyn was a little firecracker who also loved swimming, picking flowers, and her favorite fairy "Wisp". She sucked her left thumb, and always had her constant companion "her blankie" with her. Kaitlyn loved her family and playing with her sister.

Survivors include her parents, Abe and Kat; siblings, Austin M. Troendle and Kyara H. MichelOhnesorge; maternal grandparents, Del and Sandy Schaffer of Cedar Falls; paternal grandparents, James W. and Rebecca O. Ohnesorge; aunts and uncles, Eric (Krista) Schaffer, Christi Schaffer, Adam (Hollie) Ohnesorge, and Shalone (Steven) Ohnesorge-Barker; great-paternal grandmother, Mary E. (Freddie) Ohnesorge-Thielen; and numerous other relatives.

Kaitlyn was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal great-grandparents. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Kaitlyn's memory.

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



Jason F. Hanson


Jason F. "Jay" Hanson, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on, Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at home. He passed through life on his final journey to join all the people he loved who passed before him into the kingdom of Christ in the care of his guardian angel.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on October 14, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son Frank and Elizabeth (Welbes) Hanson

Married Barbara Balk on September 3, 1976 at Grandview Untied Methodist Church. Jay passed with just his wife at his side, in his words the love of his life. She kept her promise to keep him at their home, till death do us part. A house full of love and so many memories, laughter and tears, life's up's and down's, doors open to all giving and sharing was his life.

Jay founded and operated Care Pest for 40+ years. He loved his work and the people he worked for. To him every man's home big or small was there palace. Jay died knowing he left them in the very capable hands of his longtime friends and coworker Randy. Randy is the new owner and will continue with providing the same professional skills they both shared. This brought great comfort in these last years.

Jay was his own man, he believed in honestly and fairness, but he never said he was perfect. He loved our country, country music, nature, NASCAR, classic cars and Door County.

He wasn't a jealous man, but he sure did enjoy seeing someone's new "toy" and was happy for their accomplishment.

He loved God and looked to him and found comfort and on early Tuesday morning God granted him peace. Love you, miss you already.

Jay is survived by his wife Barb; his three 4 legged girls Gretchen, Callie and Mandy. His brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Barb Balk, Jim and Marie Balk and Robert and Alice Balk along with their families. Special sister-in-law Debra and Wendell Schroeder and their family. His goddaughter Nicole; special nephews Jake and Jen Balk, Matt and Dana Schroeder, Ben and Lisa Schroeder, Adam Balk and all their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law Art and Mary (Houselog) Balk; his brother-in-law Kenny Balk; goddaughter Laurie; and many extended members of the Balk and Houselog families.

We wish to thank our wonderful longtime neighbors and friends, the Krayer's, The Wagner's, the Riley's, the Helling's, the Darrow's, the Boge's, the Lepperts, Ellen J., Beth L., Ken and Shirley Ehlinger, and Kris Rettenmeier.

Special thanks to Randy and Nancy Houselog. The Schwendinger family; brothers John, Bob, Jim and Marie for all the hugs; Steve Houselog who was always there when we needed him and Deb for all her prayers. May God bless you, thank you for your support. Thank you to Dubuque Police and Fire & EMS; Hospice of Dubuque Especially Barb and Kristin. To his doctors Dr. Khan, Dr. Kirkendall and his wonderful nurse Kate. Dr. Arnold and the dream team at the Wound Clinic. Dr. Ward; and longtime friend and doctor Dr. Charles Longo.

 



Constance G. Nolan


Constance G. "Connie" Nolan, 81, of Key West Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 18th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Philip Mensah officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there be a wake service at 6:45 p.m.

Connie was born on May 4th, 1936 in East Dubuque, Illinois the daughter of Joseph and Bernice (LaCounte) Foht. She received her education at East Dubuque High School.

Connie worked in the lunch program at St. Joseph Key West; Anderson-Weber Toyota; Du Med Home Health Care & Uniforms; and Walmart where she retired in 2009.

Additionally, she was a member of the Dubuque County Board of Adjustments.

Connie loved her kitties, leaving behind two special kitties, "George" and "Sammi". She coached volleyball for many years at St. Joseph's grade school and was also Cub Scout Leader. Connie loved to cook and bake, as well as garden.

She is survived by her son Gary Nolan; grandson Jesse (Lisa) Maas; brothers Norbert (friend, Shirley Kirkpatrick) Foht and Gerald (Jerry) Foht; sister Jenanne Grant; great grandson Kayden Maas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons Terry and Tony; her brother Delbert Foht; and her sister Eldine Delk.



Linda Lou Schaetzle


Linda Lou Schaetzle, 63, of Asbury died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at home.

Visitation will be held 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 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Linda was born January 12, 1954 in Dubuque, daughter of Donald and Sylvia (Boge) Westhoff. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On October 15, 1977, she married James Schaetzle at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

Linda worked at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. for 15 years. Family was important to her and she loved organizing family functions. She also enjoyed decorating cakes, cooking, gardening, spending time with family at Lake Delhi, spending time with her dog, Zach and sitting on the porch watching thunderstorms.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Schaetzle of Asbury; children, Brian (Tiphanie) Schaetzle and Katie Schaetzle, both of Dubuque; 4 grandchildren, Isaiah, Josiah, Caleb and Collin; siblings, Judy (Dave) Diefenthaler of Madison, Wisc. and Carol Westhoff, Ron (Pat) Westhoff, Jim (Nancy) Westhoff, Kathy (Jerry) Fennel and Tom (Tammy) Westhoff, all of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Linda Schaetzle Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Deanne M. Tobin


Deanne M. Tobin, 60, of Worthington passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 14, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 1-8 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department will gather at 6 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Friday, August 18, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Deanne was born April 25, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Marvin and Betty (Oberbroeckling) Olsem. She married David Tobin in Worthington on June 6, 1980.

She graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 1975 and went on to earn a Secretarial Diploma from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Peosta, and eventually earned an Associate's Degree from Northeast Iowa Community College. She worked at the Ertl Outlet Store, All American Homes, Inventory Trading Company, and most recently at the Kid Project and as a Sub-Paraprofessional at the Western Dubuque School District.

Deanne was a genuinely selfless and caring person who always had a smile. She was one of the first women to join the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department in 1997. She earned several Fire Service certifications and retired after 10 years on the Department. She had a great enthusiasm for children and her motorcycle.

Survivors include her husband, Dave, and her children: Stacie Tobin of Worthington, Beth (Chad) Tobin-Post, and their children, Meggan and Olivia of Dyersville, Michelle (Scott) Steffensmeier, and their children, Tyler, Lillian, Jack, and baby of Dyersville; siblings: Her twin, Denise (Jim) Ostwinkle of Worthington, Rick (Nancy) Olsem of Peosta, Deb (Dan) Ament of Dyersville, Judy (Mark) Goetschius of Mount Vernon, David (Becky) Olsem of Robins, Dan (Lisa) Olsem of St. Charles, IL, Jeff (Kate) Olsem of Cedar Rapids; mother-in-law: Dorothy "Dottie" Tobin and in-laws: Ken (Karen) Tobin and Linda Tobin all of Worthington, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her father-in-law, Eugene "Ede" Tobin.

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



Adrian J. Kurt

Adrian J. "Ade" Kurt, 93, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Ade may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Services for Ade will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born September 10, 1923 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Edward and Rosalyn (Curley) Kurt. He is a graduate of the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade. On September 8, 1949 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Wieneke at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2006.

Ade was co-owner of the Cascade Drug store from 1949-1975 and managed it from 1975 until 2008.

He played baseball with the Cascade Reds for 15 years. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame. Ade was a lifetime avid and devoted CUBS fan, and of all his hopes and dreams, he finally got to see the CUBS take the World Series.

Ade was an Army veteran having served for 2-1/2 years in Europe in Eisenhower's Shaef Headquarters. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #528 and served as officer for 42 years. He was a member of the Shaef Veterans Association, a member of the Freedom Flag committee since 1985. He received numerous service awards and most recent was the Legion of Honor medal from the French Republic in 2016

He was also a member of St. Matthias Parish - serving as trustee for 22 years, a life time member of the Knights of Columbus Council #930 and a member of 40 & 8 Volture. He was the Little League Commissioner for 23 years and member of the Western Dubuque Legion Baseball committee since 1975.

He is also survived by five children, Kenneth "K-whop" Kurt of Cascade, Bonnie (Michael) Jordan of Bellingham, WA, Wane (Ann) Kurt of Cascade, Patty (Steve) Hartley of Davenport, IA, and Kelli (Bernie) Trumm of Cascade, IA; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters, Bernice Gudenkauf of Warrenville, IL and Elaine "Toots" Hoffman of Cascade, IA; and a sister-in-law Margie Kurt of Indianapolis, IN.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Kurt on July 6, 1972; a daughter in-law, Mary Lou Kurt on Aug. 31, 2010; his siblings, Merlin "Bud" Kurt, Richard Kurt; a sister-in-law, Marion Kurt; two brothers-in-law, Al Gudenkauf and William Hoffman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cascade American Legion Post #528 or to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Robert J. Earles


Robert J. "Bob" Earles, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert John Earles was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Canton, Iowa, to John Wesley and Bernice (Bickford) Earles. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

He married Dorothy K. Dunlavy on Sept. 29, 1951, in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Steven, Allen and David. Dorothy preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 1998. On Jan. 11, 2000, he married Marilyn E. (Ringen) Keil in Maquoketa. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2011.

Upon graduation from high school, Bob started working for Russell Bros. Grocery Store in Maquoketa, then Clinton Engines for several years where he was the local union representative. He then worked as a machinist for John Deere in Moline for six years. Lastly, he and his brother Bill purchased Earles Construction from their father and operated it until retirement.

Bob had been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He liked woodworking, and hunting and camping in his younger years. In retirement he enjoyed volunteering. Some of the places that benefited from his involvement were the building of Ohnward Fine Arts Center, as well as Jackson County Historical Society and the construction of the restrooms at Goodenow Field in Maquoketa. He also enjoyed working flea markets with Marilyn, and the past several years he enjoyed visiting his daily coffee groups.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children, Steven (Vickie) Earles of Maquoketa, Allen (Gayla) Earles of Maquoketa, and David Earles of Maquoketa; a brother, Marvin (Linda) Earles of Port Orchard, Wash.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-children; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and close friends Carol Ripple and Jim and Sarah Current.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Marilyn, and brothers Wayne and William "Bill" Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County. His family thanks the Jackson County Hospice for their compassionate care.

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



Mary J. Brady


Mary J. Brady, 85, of Cascade, Iowa died peacefully at Bethany Home on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Visitation will occur on Wednesday, August 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and from 9:30 am to 10:30 am Thursday, August 17th at St. Mathias Church in Cascade where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 am. Rev. Douglas Loecke will preside. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on March 21, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Teresa (Ryle) Herard. She graduated in 1950 from the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade and received her BA from Marycrest College in 1954. In the 1970's she pursued professional education in insurance at the University of Iowa.

After graduating from Marycrest, Mary taught high school in Hopkinton, Iowa. Later she became the Health Recreation Program Director at the YWCA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1962 she began teaching high school at Aquin in Cascade. In 1974 she became the owner of J. C. Herard Agency, an insurance business established by her father in the 1920's. At the time Mary was among the few Iowa women who owned and ran independent insurance agencies. She was a long-standing member of the Iowa Independent Insurance Agents and won many awards.

Mary was active in the Cascade community. Her service included memberships in the Tri-County Historical Society, American Legion Auxiliary, the Shady Rest Auxiliary, the Cascade Chamber of Commerce, and the Cascade Library Board. She served on the St. Matthias Parish fundraising committee to build the new Aquin Elementary Catholic School. Mary was a founding Director for CARE (Cascade Area Resources for Education) and helped lead the foundation's successful effort to fund and build the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center.

Mary loved theater, music, politics, Iowa sports, home design, bridge, sewing and quilting, gardening, travel and coffee at Grandma's Kitchen with "the ladies." She was a loyal supporter of Cascade High School's cross country teams and drama productions.

Mary Brady is survived by three children: Terri Brady (David Johnson) of Chicago, IL, Mark (Jamie) Brady of Chicago, IL, and Matthew Brady of New York, NY; and four grandchildren: Mary, Brian, Grace and Sarah Brady.

Mary was preceded in death by three children: Mary Jo, John Patrick and Sarah Elizabeth; her parents and her brother Monsignor Joseph P. Herard.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care. The family requests that memorials support the Alzheimer's Association of Dubuque.


Gloria Hope Ward


Gloria Hope Ward, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Hawkeye Manor in Dubuque.

Family and friends of Gloria may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be at a later date at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arizona.

Gloria was born on November 24, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Birdetta (Luttenberg) Giegerich, Jr. She received her education at the Academy of the Visitation. She married Roy Treanor in 1941 in Dubuque and they divorced eight years later.

Gloria worked at the family business, the Model Wallpaper and Paint Company in Dubuque. She met Gordon Ward and they married in 1955 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Together they had many interesting adventures. They traveled to Lake of the Woods, Canada and built a cabin in the wilderness at the end of a dirt road.

Years later they resided in Mesa and Show Low, Arizona. Here Gloria began her career of winning at cooking and baking competitions large and small.

Gloria had many friends and she enjoyed playing in euchre and bridge clubs. She would never say no to a game of Scrabble.

She is survived by three brothers; Albert A. Giegerich, III, of Dubuque, John (special friend Trish) Giegerich, of Monticello, Iowa, Roger (Sandra) Giegerich, of Sebring, Florida; and 21 nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gordy; two sisters Mary Ann (John) Rolling, and Patricia Stoeckel and a niece Judy Simmons.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Hawkeye Care Center, Stonehill Care Center and all her friends at Ecumenical Towers.



Michael R. Schmidt

Michael R. Schmidt, 69, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maiden, NC, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 14, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:50 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 6.

Michael was born June 7, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Robert "Bob" and Kathleen "Kay" (Devaney) Schmidt.
He served his country with the U.S. Navy. Michael was employed as a welder for various construction companies. He enjoyed gardening, and was an avid sports fan, especially the Hawkeyes and the Cubs.

Michael is survived by three children, John (Danielle) , Michel, and Victoria Schmidt, all of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Kirra, Jase, and Karli; his siblings, Kathy (Schmidt) Tilkes of Dubuque, Patrick (Suzanne) Schmidt of Colorado Springs, CO, and Mary Beth (Jim) Vansteenburg of Dubuque; and his former wife, Nancy (Bob) Fritsch of Dubuque.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John R. Schmidt; his sister, Sheila Agnew; and a brother -in-law Leonard Tilkes.

Memorials may be made to the Michael R. Schmidt Memorial Fund.

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



Karl K. Spoden


Karl K. Spoden, 94, of Dyersville, Iowa, was peacefully called home by our Lord Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. at Riverbend Retirement Community in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Karl may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Services for Karl will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

He was born March 8, 1923 in Farley, Iowa, eldest son of John and Adeline (Lehnhoff) Spoden. He attended St. Paul School in Worthington, IA, which he had to leave to attend to the family farm, but proudly returned to graduate in 1942. Following high school he farmed with his father until he married the love of his life, Florence M Kremer, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa on June 26, 1947.

He continued to farm for 52 years of his life on John's Creek Road, south of Farley. In 1994 they retired from farming and moved to Dyersville, IA. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2013.

Besides his dedication to farming, Karl most enjoyed helping others whenever he could, including his family, friends and neighbors. After the chores were done, you could have found him playing cards or dining out with his friends. He especially was devoted to Florence and provided for her daily care during their last days together as husband and wife. No truer words were ever spoken for Karl and Florence than "Til death do us part."

He was a member of St. Paul's Church in Worthington and later St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa.

He is survived by two sons, Bill (Mary Ellen) Spoden and Neil (Sue) Spoden both of Dyersville, IA; one son-in-law, Ed Bildstein of Petersburg, IA; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; two siblings, John "Jack" Spoden and Jean (John) Heiberger both of Epworth, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Ruth Ann Bildstein in 2004; 6 brothers-in-law and 6 sisters-in-law.

The family would like to thank all the staff and residents at River Bend Retirement Community that made Karl feel so welcomed and comfortable there. A Special thank you to Edna, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Home Care for all their assistance during his final days.

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



Doris M. Sauer


Doris M. Sauer, 88, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Luther Manor. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Raphael Cathedral where visitation will be held Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery mausoleum.

Doris was born July 30, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Madeline (Manders) Rowe. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High. On July 10, 1954, she married William G. Sauer at St. Colubmkille's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 12, 2005.

She was member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia (Steven) Redmond of Dubuque; a son, Steven (Mary Lynn) Sauer of Eagan, Minn.; and three granddaughters, Jennifer Sauer, Lauren Sauer and Rachel (Nicholas) Ruff and a great grandson, Jason William Ruff.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Jane McCarthy; a brother, George Rowe; and a great grandson, William Ruff.

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

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Iowa Children's Miracle Network or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the wonderful staff at Luther Manor for their outstanding care and compassion shown to Doris over the past 5+ years. Also, a special thanks to Scott with Hospice of Dubuque for his care and assistance during her last days.



Verna M. Steffen


Verna Mae Steffen, 92 of Luxemburg passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9 - 10 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Verna Mae was born August 30, 1924, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Aloys and Abeline (Klostermann) Nurre.  She married Julius Steffen on October 21, 1947, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed and raised their family in the Luxemburg area until retiring and moving to Luxemburg in 1977.  She was a good old fashioned farm wife and mother who was also a lifetime member of the Holy Trinity Rosary Society.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Survivors include her 6 children: Stanley (Linda) and Sam (Pam) both of Luxemburg, Wayne (Debbie) of Rickardsville, Terry (Kathy) of Holy Cross, Laura (Loren) Harbaugh of Sanford, FL, and Lois (Denny) Garin of Guttenberg; a daughter-in-law: Bonnie Steffen of Luxemburg, 26 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren, siblings: Joe (Helen) Nurre of Manchester, Arlene (Dave) Steffen of Luxemurg, Rosemary (Marvin) Nickol of Dyersville, Ken (Dottie) Nurre of Rockford, IL, and Gerald (Rita) Nurre of Petersburg; sister-n-law Rosemarie Nurre of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her husband on November 4, 2010; 2 sons: Ronald in 2007, and Joseph at birth; siblings: Alfred Nurre, and Charlie (Alice) Nurre; and in-laws: John Steger, Bernice (Carl) Decker, Tharsilla (Joe) Gerdemann, Lorraine (Frank) Lentz, Reynold (Mildred) Steffen, Leonard (Marie) Steffen, and Wilfred (Florence) Steffen.

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

 



Albert M. Oberfoell


Albert M. "Albie" Oberfoell, age 74, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:10 p.m., on August 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. To honor Albie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Albie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Albie was born in Dubuque on September 17, 1942, son of Paul Oberfoell and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

Albie thoroughly enjoyed his childhood with his 14 siblings on his parents' farm in Sherrill, IA. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1964, and served two years in Germany. Upon his return, he began driving for Iowa Oil Co. delivering oil to homes, farms, and construction sites. He then worked for five years at John Deere. After being laid off, he began his own carpet cleaning business. He was employed at Wahlert High School and Ace Hardware until retirement.

Albie married Carol M. Timmerman on August 12, 1967, at St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque, IA. They were blessed with four children and raised them on Robin Hood Drive.

Albie loved baseball and enjoyed playing with his brothers, umpiring for local teams, and rooting for the Cubs. He was an active umpire for the Prairie League Baseball teams and later for softball games through the City Recreation League. He also loved the Rams, and enjoyed watching the games with his sons. He was always eager for a good euchre game with his competitive brothers.

Albie is survived by

his children,
Gary (Katie) of Pewaukee, WI, and their children, Sara and Brady;
and Beth (John) Suehr, of Palatine, IL, and their children, Aiden and Tristen;

his daughter-in-law,
SunHee Cho Oberfoell, and her son, Xavier, of Iowa City, IA;

his former wife,
Carol Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his four siblings,
Mildred Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff,
Jerome (Ruby) Oberfoell
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters and brother-in-law,
Karen Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell,
Katie Oberfoell,
Lillian Oberfoell,
Joan Oberfoell
and Richard Griebel;

and many nieces and nephews.

Albie was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ida; two sons, Richard and Paul J. Oberfoell; brothers and sisters, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Melvin (Audrey) Oberfoell, Irene Griebel, Delbert Oberfoell, Paul A. Oberfoell, John Oberfoell, Norma Jean (Martin) Hammerand, James Oberfoell and Peter Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

The family is grateful to the staff at Stonehill Care Center for the excellent care Dad received over the past seven years, and to the dedicated Hospice of Dubuque workers and volunteers who comforted him.

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

 



Dale J. Sabers


Dale J. Sabers, 51, of Rickardsville died Monday, August 7, 2017, at home with his loving family by his side.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville where parish vigil service will be held at closing of visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.                 

Dale was born March 25, 1966, in Dubuque, the son of Bill and Judy (Fagan) Sabers. After high school Dale graduated from Iowa State University. He married his college sweetheart Sheila K. Wilgenbusch on October 13, 1990, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville.  

Dale became part of the Cottingham & Butler team in 2001 and led the Risk Management Safety Consultant Services.   He was dedicated to his work and most importantly he was devoted to his family. He loved to watch his sons compete in various sports.   

Dale's passion in fishing led him to yearly family vacations in Ely, MN and his many Canadian fly-in fishing trips with his buddies. Dale took advantage to make memories with his die hard Cubs family after the World Series Victory to celebrate with his brothers and parents in the middle of the night. The building of his home has taught his boys many skills through his expertise in woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila, two sons: Hunter and Noah, parents: Bill and Judy Sabers of Dubuque, siblings: Curt Sabers of Central City, Brian (Sue) Sabers, Alan Sabers both of Dubuque, in-laws: Barb (Jerry) Roling of Dubuque, Dale (Sue) Wilgenbusch of Rickardsville, Vickie (Brian) Moore of Windsor, CO, Dean (Amy) Wilgenbusch of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents -in-law Jim and Betty (Gansemer) Wilgenbusch.

A Dale J. Sabers memorial fund has been established, memorials are preferred. 

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

 

 



Walter J. Clapham


Walter J. Clapham, 84, of Peosta, IA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Fr. Steve Lange officiating, burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Walter was born on July 25, 1933 in Peosta, Iowa the son of John and Harriet (Scott) Clapham.

He married Arlyce Westhoff on October 30th, 1951 at St. Philomena Church in Asbury, Iowa.

Walter farmed his entire life on his family's Century farm. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards; but most of all his family was most important to him.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Arlyce; his children, Karen (Bob) Kloser, of Epworth, Bonnie (Bill) Steines, of Dubuque, Gary (Kathy) Clapham, of Dyersville, Bill (Karen) Clapham of Dubuque, Rick (Bev) Clapham, of Dubuque, Lynn (Ralph) Delaney, of Peosta, Judy (Bob) Rosenow, of Epworth, Nancy (Christopher) Rondeau, of Peosta; son-in-law Fr. Steve Lange of Rockford, IL. 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and two special little friends Mason and Lane.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents John and Harriet Clapham; his father and mother-in-law John and Frances Westhoff; sister and brother-in-law Ida and Martin Breitbach; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Donald and Sylvia Westhoff; brother-in-law John "Junior" Westhoff; and his special guardian angels, his daughter Kathy Sue (Clapham) Lange and great grandson Thomas John "T.J." Quinn.

A special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate; Dr. Lengeling; Dr. Thomas Johnson; Dr. Putz; No Place Like Home, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Edward A. Meyer


Edward A. "Eddie" Meyer, 84, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena, IL,, from complications of a stroke.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW Post # 2665 and the American Legion Post both of Galena. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound.

Ed was born on March 24, 1933 near Shullsburg, WI, the son of William H. and Marie M. "Tillie" Meyer. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Morhardt on September 30, 1954 at the Scales Mound Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death on January 25, 2017.

He was a graduate of Shullsburg, WI High School. Ed was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was known for his fine singing voice and sang for many funerals and weddings in the Tri-County area for many years. Ed enjoyed having the family around the dining room table enjoying a good song.

He could be found on his Allis Chalmers Tractor touring the farm. He was a school bus driver for the Scales Mound School District for over 20 years.

Ed and Pat enjoyed dancing, watching the RFD show on TV, the Statler Brothers, the Gaither Vocal Band and listening to the Meyer Family CD. He was a Green Bay Packers fan and loved meeting the coffee group at McDonald's in Galena.

He is survived by his three daughters, Tammy Hesselbacher, Carolyn (Bernard) Trebian and Shari (Gary) Hillary all of Scales Mound, a son, David (Cristy) Meyer of Sycamore, IL; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and two on the way; two brothers-in-law, Gerald (Donna) Morhardt of Schapville, IL, and Richard (Margie) Morhardt of Scales Mound; nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, William and Tillie, his wife Pat, son-in-law, David Hesselbacher and two brothers, Armin and Lewellyn Meyer.

Ed's family wishes to thank the staffs of Galena Assisted Living, Galena EMS, Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Midwest Medical Center, U.W. Hospital, Madison and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their father and grandfather.

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



James Fisch


James "Jim" Fisch, 62, of Live Oak, Texas (suburb of San Antonio, TX) passed away suddenly from natural causes at home on July 25th, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday August 12, 2017, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday August 11, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

James was born on October 9, 1954, at the Xavier Hospital, in Dubuque to Albert D. Fisch and Rosella E. (Freiburger) Fisch. James grew up on Rockdale Road in the Key West area of Dubuque and attended St. Joseph Parish grade school in Key West. He was an altar server at St. Joseph's in Key West and a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He later graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque. He also graduated from Loras College in Dubuque and finished his education at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

He played softball and enjoyed long distance running in his younger years. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching Chicago White Sox baseball.

James worked in the area of Elkhart, Indiana for several years. James later became Branch Manager of the Imagestream Company and was relocated to Selma, Texas (another suburb of San Antonio, Texas).

James is survived by his brothers Daniel N. (Jackie) Fisch of Irving, Texas, William R. (Barbara) Fisch of Dubuque, Iowa, Joseph D. (Cindy) Fisch of Kingston, Illinois, and Timothy J. (Connie) Fisch of Zwingle, Iowa, as well as several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert D. Fisch and Rosella E. Fisch, his sister Mary Ann Fisch, his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

The arrangements in Texas were handled by Angela Franco of the Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 FM 3009, Schertz, TX 78154. The arrangements in Dubuque are being handled by the Leonard Funeral Home at 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, IA 52003.



Clara M. Kubitz


Clara M. Kubitz, 90, of Oak Park Place and formerly of 3165 Kaufmann Ave., passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Thursday at Resurrection church.

Clara was born on August 6, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Clemens and Clara (Neises) Kutsch. She married Henry Kubitz on August 9, 1952 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2015.

Clara was a homemaker and a member of Resurrection parish. She enjoyed crafts, quilting, mall walking and bowling. Clara participated in senior fitness and the Iowa Senior Games.

Surviving are her children, Daniel Kubitz of Weslaco, TX, Patti (Dennis) Becker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Duane Kubitz of Palm Harbor, FL, Douglas (Kathy) Kubitz of Niceville, FL and Daryl (Kathy) Kubitz of Cuba City, WI; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; her brother Bernard Kutsch of St. Donatus, IA; her sister Bernice Neisteadt of Dubuque, IA and her sister-in-law Marie Kutsch of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Harold, Walter, Francis and Richard.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

The Kubitz family wishes to extend a special thank you to Molly Manders and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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



Ethel E. “Sug” Hammel


Ethel E. "Sug" Hammel, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 6th, 2017, at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10th, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Ethel was born on January 2, 1939, in Monfort, WI the daughter of Frederick and Nona (France) Bowden.
She worked for several Dubuque area businesses but mostly was a fulltime mom raising her 8 children.

She is survived by three sons Ken Hammel, of Dubuque, Gary (Tami) Hammel, of Zwingle, John (Tammy) Hammel, of Dubuque; four daughters, Karen (Mike) Blatz, of St. Catherine, Beth (Bud) Weydert, of Cameron, MO, Lisa Eubanks, of Dubuque, and Sharon (Terry) McAllister, of Washington, Iowa; 22 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Lillie Bowden and Janice Bowden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son John Thomas Hammel; daughter Mary Jo Hammel; granddaughter Stephanie Lee Sherwood; great granddaughter Gabriella Lebbie; three sisters Daisy Lang, Ruth Koresh and Evelyn Bowden; three brothers Francis Bowden, Joseph Bowden, and John Bowden.



Virginia Mary Gorjup

Virginia Mary Gorjup, 96, of Dubuque, passed away August 7th, 2017, at 12:07 a.m. at home with friends at her side.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, August 11, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 9:00 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Virginia was born July 24, 1921, in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Christine (Vorman) Gorjup. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception in 1938.

After graduation, she went to work at Interstate Power until she retired in 1998.

Virginia loved the arts, opera and ballet. She enjoyed music, she was involved in the Girls' Choir at Sacred Heart and the Bell Choir. Sacred Heart Church was where Virginia spent a lot of her time and she enjoyed it. She was a member of the Liturgy Committee (for 40 years). She also served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Choir Director, Bell Choir, Prayer Chain and the Rosary Society.

She is survived by good friends Ann and Joe Kirk and Howard Riedel.

She was proceeded in death by her brother William "B" and her parents.

Her friends would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their support the last five months. Also Luther Manor Care at Home for making her last days as she wanted, at home and peaceful.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1640 Main St., is assisting the friends.

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



Helen Maher Garvey, BVM

Helen Maher Garvey, BVM (Robert Joseph) died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa, at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Motherhouse Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

She was born in Hempstead, N.Y., on Jan. 17, 1935, to Clarence and Ruth Maher Garvey. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1952, from St. Martha Parish, Uniondale, N.Y. She professed first vows on March 19, 1955, and final vows on July 16, 1960.

From 1976-92, Sister Helen served on the BVM congregation's leadership team. Also during that time, she was elected president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She was organizational consultant and director of the Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America exhibit. She served on the board of the National Catholic Reporter. In earlier ministries, Sister Helen taught elementary school in Chicago and Antioch, Ill.; Fort Dodge, Iowa; and West Hempstead, N.Y. She was principal in Bellerose and Hempstead, N.Y. She served as director of pastoral services for the Diocese of Lexington, Ky. She ministered as facilitator for various religious communities and was active in many congregational committees.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Thomas and Robert; and a sister, Eugenia Garvey, OSU.

She is survived by brothers Joseph (Warwick, N.Y.) and Eugene (Tinton Falls, N.J.); sisters Therese Fox (Brecksville, Ohio) and Kathleen Garvey (Warwick, N.Y.); nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 64 years.

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

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



Edith R. (Seiler) Decker


Edith R. (Seiler) Decker, 85 of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, August 06, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Edith was born October 29, 1931 in Zwingle, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Caroline (Houselog) Seiler. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1951. On September 25, 1951 at St. Theresa's in LaMotte, Iowa she married Raymond E. Decker; he passed on June 23, 2001.

Edith was a Baker at Loras College for 17 years before retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, and she was also a Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army for many years.

Survivors include her sons; Marvin (Debbie Humphrie) of Fairchance, Pennsylvania, Robert of Dubuque, Thomas (Kathy) of Dubuque, Gerald (Linda) of Dubuque, Loras of Dubuque, and Steve of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Decker, Betty (Jim) Barth, and Harvey Seiler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Joseph and Carl Seiler, Clara Koerperich, Anna Potts, Agnes Thiltgen, and Ada Garrity; a brother in-law, Alvin Decker.

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

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



Gerald A. Stoeffler


Gerald A. (Jerry) Stoeffler, 72, of East Dubuque, IL, lost his battle with cancer on Friday evening, August 4, 2017 at the Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, surrounded by friends and family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to attend the wake.

He was born in Dubuque on October 28, 1944 and was lovingly raised by his mother Mary Jane VanSchaik-Stoeffler and his father Dean E Smith of East Dubuque. 

Jerry was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1963.   Following graduation he was a proud member of the National Guard and served as a member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department.  He was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works for 39 years. 

He was married to Eileen O'Neill in 1968 and had his first two children.  Following his divorce, his union to Darlys T (Meyer) Stoeffler in 1988 added 3 children to his abundant life.  He was a devoted husband and loving father.

Jerry always maintained that his only goal in life was to be the "ordinary, everyday guy."    To those around him, who were touched by him, he far surpassed that goal with his overt and comical personality.  He always managed to put a smile on the face of almost everyone he met.

Jerry was an outdoors type of guy and spent his free time hunting, fishing, gardening, and boating.  He especially treasured the time he spent with his beloved wife, Darlys, and their black lab, Lady, at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin.

 Surviving are his children Mary Jane(Ryan) Stoeffler, Shawn Mercer, Karli (Dan) Arioso, Michael (Terra) Stoeffler, and Caleb (Amy) Mercer, his grandchildren Lauren, Jacob, Dylan, Sophia, Gavin, Raegan, Landon, Morgan, Cole, Elaine, Noelle and Malia, and a very special aunt Jackie (Smitty) Larkin

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his wife, Darlys and several aunts and uncles.

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

 

 



Kathleen M. Timp


Kathleen Marie Timp, 48, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Sunday at the Church, where a scripture wake service will begin at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9-10:30 a.m., Monday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathleen was born on March 28, 1969 in Decorah, Iowa the daughter of Dennis and Elberta (Moellers) Huinker. She graduated as a Four-Year Fine Art Scholar at Coe College in 1991 and earned her Bachelors in Communications from Clarke College in 1999.

On June 19, 1993, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Timp at St. Aloysius Church in Calmar, Iowa.
In 1991 she accepted a position in Dubuque as an Art Editor at Wm. C. Brown Publishing (present day McGraw-Hill Education). In 1997, Kathleen began freelancing art, editorial development, design and sales services for McGraw-Hill Education as well as area businesses and organizations from a home office while working full-time as a stay-at-home parent caring for her four beautiful children from infancy to present. Kathleen also spent 12 years "decorating women" as a Silpada Designs Sales Representative.

Kathleen viewed art everywhere, whether it was an everyday object, in shapes and spaces, in architecture, in nature, in faces, in colors and patterns. Her instinct was to create where ideas flowed into producing her own work. Kathleen's lifelong love of art culminated in a gallery showing of her photography in a local Dubuque gallery this summer. It was a "dream come true" for this accomplished artist.

Kathleen had incredibly strong faith. She was involved in several church activities including Ministry of Mom's Sharing and participated in several Christian Experience Weekends. She was a Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Resurrection and a confirmation leader. Her Resurrection Bible study group was very dear to her.
Kathleen was a fierce competitor! She was an all-state softball player, enjoyed playing tennis, board games and practicing yoga. She also coached her daughter Sydney's Silver Sluggers softball team in the DGIL. Some of Kathleen's most cherished time was spent with her family watching her children participate in athletic events.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas; children, Nolan, Alexander, Sydney and Samuel; her parents, Dennis and Elberta Huinker; siblings, Wayne (Roxanne) Huinker, John (Ruth) Huinker, Mike (Kim) Huinker, Ann (Dennis) Tressel, Ed Huinker, Jean (Jim) Kircher and Becky Huinker; mother-in-law, Serena Timp, brothers and sisters-in-law, Renee Timp, Lori Franz (Brian), Rae Lynne Timp, Andre Timp and Jennifer Oltman (Troy) and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

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

In lieu of flowers a Kathleen Timp Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to our dear friend, Dr. Mark Hermann for treating Kathleen and for his care and compassion during Kathleen's 11 year battle with cancer, to Shirley, our Hospice nurse and the entire Hospice of Dubuque care team, and to our family, neighbors, friends, McGraw-Hill colleagues, and everyone whose lives were impacted by Kathleen, for your love and support.



DeLos W. Bohnsack


DeLos W. "Boney" Bohnsack, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:40 p.m., on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Boney's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Boney's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Boney was born on December 26, 1937, in Galena, Illinois, son of Benjamin J. and Katherine (Yackey) Bohnsack.

Boney was a proud Dubuquer who found great joy in being born in Galena, but having lived his entire life in the tri-state area. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy J. Roth, on June 27, 1959, at their beloved Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with an absolutely adored daughter, Beth Anne, and this year they joyfully celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary together. Boney knew, and appreciated the value of hard work and would eagerly begin his career with the Dubuque Packing Company in 1958, and went on to faithfully dedicate over 42 years of his time with the company, along with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Local #150, until his well earned retirement in 2000. Boney was never able to sit still, and following his retirement he would go on to devote another 5 years to the Dubuque Yacht Basin as a security guard. He also put his charming personality to good use in the customer service departments at Eagles, and Hy-Vee on Locust, until he finally reached his 70th birthday and decided it was now time to rest from his labors. Boney's faith was a priority throughout his earthly journey and this fact was clearly evident to all around him. He not only practiced his faith in his day to day words, thoughts and actions; but he was also a long-time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. Boney was always on the go and was well known for his daily 5 mile walks, as well as the beautiful woodworking projects he continually created within the confines of his ever productive wood shop. We are deeply saddened with the loss of our wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend; but are also forever grateful for the 79 years the Lord saw fit to share Boney's kind and loving heart with us. Thankfully, we find true comfort in knowing, and trusting, that Boney is now resting peacefully in the merciful arms of his Heavenly Father; where we will all eventually be reunited with him again one day.

Those left to cherish Boney's memory include

his loving wife of 58 years,
Dorothy J. Bohnsack, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Beth Anne (Darin) Fischer, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Darlene Wearmouth, Belvidere, IL,
Violet Moliter, Rockford, IL
and Donald (Dorothy) Bohnsack, Galena, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

Boney was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Delbert and LeRoy (Mary) Bohnsack; 3 sisters, Loretta (Vincent) Lange, Helen (Joseph) Wearmouth and Jane Ann Bohnsack; and 2 brothers-in-law, Clarence Wearmouth and Herbert Moliter.

A DeLos W. "Boney" Bohnsack memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Boney's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of their family and friends, and also to the nurses and staff of Finley, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kindness and compassionate care they have provided to Boney, and his family.

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

 



Joan A. Oberbroeckling


Joan A. Oberbroeckling, 77 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Joan was born on April 4, 1940 in Fort Dodge, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence and Helen (Davis) Lundberg.

She married Ronald Oberbroeckling on May 12, 1962 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

She was a member of the Dubuque Fellowship club for 30 plus years.

Joan loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed going to the casino, was an amazing seamstress and was known for making her Moon Cakes for every occasion.

She is survived by her loving husband Ron of 55 years; two children, Richard "Dick" (Veronica "Ronnie") Oberbroeckling and Terri (Tim) Lawler, of Dubuque; five grandchildren Jeremy, Carissa, Dallas, Becky, and Garret; great grandchildren Colten, Nate & Cayden; two sisters Eileen Segar, of Denver, CO and Mary Klein of Duncombe, Iowa; sister-in-law Judy (Jim) Glosser, of Centerville, Iowa, along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jim Lundberg and a sister Margie Taylor.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ragan Wolbers and her nurse Laurie, all the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and to all the health care professionals who cared for Joan.

 



Robert W. Schueler


Robert W. "Bob" Schueler, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 3rd, 2017 peacefully at home.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday August 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and also the Dubuque County AMVETS Post #13. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bob was born on November 18, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Harlan and Gladys (Maus) Schueler.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He is a US Army veteran serving from 1964 to 1967, and worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company.

He was a lifetime member of the 700 Club, and Dubuque County AMVETS Post #13.

He was an avid bowler, loved the Yankees, Colts and Iowa Hawkeye Fan who loved attending games with his friends Bill and Fred. He enjoyed taking his rides out to the point to see the eagles; having breakfast pizza with Eric at Knickers, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Robert (Bobbi) Schueler Jr., Tracy (Pat) Nolan, Shaun (Fiancé Jamie Bafico) Schueler, all of Dubuque. Grandchildren, Jordan, Morgan, Brandon, Jacob, Ryan, Devin, Logan, Lakelon and great grandson Peyton. Nephews Wayne and Matt Schueler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Harlan Schueler, Jr.

In lieu of flowers donations should be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Bob's memory.

The family wishes to thank all the Iowa City doctors and staff especially his favorite nurse Katie K. Dr. Mark Herman, Tony Heiar and the amazing nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine especially Sandy; to the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison and Amy for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob. A special thank you to our Mom Kathy Schueler for helping out when needed with dad as we know we couldn't have done it without you, Dad loved always having you around.

We will forever miss and love our HWKINUT, GO HAWKS.



Helen C. Westhoff


Helen C. Westhoff, 79, of New Vienna passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Helen was born August 16, 1937, in Holy Cross, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Coletta (Zewen) Lake. She married Fred Westhoff on May 25, 1957, in Holy Cross. Together they raised their children in New Vienna. After her children were grown she began working at the New Vienna Savings Bank and finally in housekeeping at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Helen was an avid sports fan, supporting the Beckman High School Teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, St. Louis Cardinals (and any team opposing the Cubs), and the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include her husband, Fred, children: Kathy (Dave) Beck of Cascade, Lynn (Mark) Cory of Indianola, Tom (Tammy) Westhoff of Norwalk and Jason (Jill) Westhoff of Eldridge; grandchildren: Kristie (Ben) McCarthy, Adam (Danielle) Beck, Kara (Matt) Hosch, Andy (Deann) Beck, Meredith (Travis) Dietz, Emily (Joe) Hammond, Ellyn Cory, Megan Westhoff, Juliana Stahle, Kiley Westhoff, Brynn and Lauren Westhoff; 9 great grandchildren with 3 on the way; a brother, David (Mary Lou) Lake of Holy Cross, in-laws: Shirley Lake of Dyersville, Lou Ann Wieneke of Dubuque, Dan (Mona) Westhoff and Larry (Mary) Westhoff, both of New Vienna, Richard Westhoff of Dubuque, William Westhoff of Sioux City, Bob (Debbie) Westhoff of Crete, IL and Linda (Dennis) Vavricek of Peosta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 siblings: Donald Lake, Bob Lake, Doris (Bill) Sahm; and in-laws: Robert Wieneke and Ann Westhoff

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Raymond Robert Schmit


Raymond Robert Schmit (Ray), 69, of Clarke Crest Drive in Dubuque, Iowa was called to heaven in the morning hours of Thursday, August 3, 2017 to be reunited with his parents, family, and friends having passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke with entombment at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 1:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 6, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque.

Ray was born on Saturday, August 9, 1947 in Dubuque, the eldest son of Ray and Lucida (Melssen). Ray attended St. Mary's Elementary School, Wahlert High School, and then went onto Loras College where he earned a BA in Business Administration. After college he served his country in the US Army where he was stationed out of Fort Lewis Washington and performed as a field medical corpsman during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971.

Ray met Mary Sand of Dubuque prior to his enlistment, corresponding with her throughout his tour of duty. They married on Thanksgiving Night, November 25, 1971 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque and were soul mates and travel mates for over 45 amazing years, always ready for another adventure. They went on to raise two children, Kelly and David.

Ray worked at John Deere Dubuque Works retiring December 31, 2001 having managed Department 91, Engine Operations, and the Paint Department during his 29 years of service.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, served on the Parish Council and the Building and Grounds Committee.

The patriarch of his family, Ray was hardworking, scheduled, and diligent, but the delivery of his intentions and instructions were soft and reflective. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and brother that was full of unexpected surprises, though he wasn't the best at keeping a secret.

Ray loved baseball, and he was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, but come autumn his focus went to all things Iowa Hawkeyes. He will be remembered for many things, but especially his love of road trips, the long hours he spent beautifying his yard, being a great neighbor, the boating and fishing adventures he orchestrated on the Mississippi River, the thoroughness of his research and purchasing of large ticket items, his taste for a good cheeseburger, and his preparation of the perfect holiday spreads. However, nothing brought Ray more joy than spending time with his three beautiful granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Kelly (Roger) Blask of Belleville, WI; son David (Dreu Willis) Schmit of Galena, IL; three granddaughters Leah, Jenna, and Ella Blask; four siblings Sandra Jewett (Dave), Randy Schmit (Denise), Rick Schmit (Julie), and Sherry Marko (Bill), plus two granddogs - Koda Blask and Rafa Willis-Schmit.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law Donald Sand and mother-in-law Malinda Sand of Dubuque; and sister-in-law Carol Cullen of Reno, NV.

Ray's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy McInerney, for the loving care and support through this difficult time.

A memorial fund has been established in Ray's memory and can be directed to Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home.

"The love of a father is one of nature's greatest masterpieces." Helen Lowrie Marshall, author and poet.

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



Kathleen L. Menadue


Kathleen L. "Kathy" Menadue, age 56, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:55 p.m., on Monday, July 31, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Kathy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 7, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Kathy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kathy was born on January 31, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph R. and Rita M. (Stuart) Menadue.

Kathy was blessed to have grown up surrounded by a large and loving family. Her big heart would develop within the confines of her home, but eventually it was able to spread to be generously shared with the world around her. She would faithfully devote her time to caring for the elderly and volunteering with the church. Kathy also had a particular fondness for animals, especially her dog Mia. Kathy's free-time was joyfully spent tending to her roses or working on her next batch of delicious Christmas cookies. But at the end of the day, it was always family gatherings which would truly fulfill Kathy's big heart. She thoroughly adored being together with her loved ones, and if you put a little old country music on in the background, she was sure to be absolutely content in the moment. Sadly, Kathy has been called home much to early for us to embrace; but we trust that the Lord has a plan in all things and that our dear sister, aunt and friend is now enjoying a wonderful world without sickness, or sorrow, and is quietly nibbling on the sweetest treats any angel could possibly desire. We will miss you deeply and dearly Kathy, but rest assured we are forever grateful for the beautiful memories you leave behind to comfort us until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Kathy's memory include

her 11 siblings,
Margaret "Peg" (Eugene Logan) Rowley, Shullsburg, WI,
Constance "Connie" (Alvin) LeGrand, Zwingle, IA,
Phyllis (William) Freiburger, Bellevue, IA,
Linda (Bruce) Johnson, Benton, WI,
Diane (James) Avenarius, Dubuque, IA,
Donald (Mary) Menadue, Cascade, IA,
Janice (Jimmy) Vance, Warren, IL,
Robert (Debbie) Menadue, Tempe, AZ,
her twin sister, Karen (David) Strauel, Oswego, IL,
Mary Ann (Jerry) Donath, Dubuque, IA
and Jerry (Deb Klinzing) Menadue, Ocala, FL;

her special friend,
Ralph "Hank" Linden, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Menadue; a niece, Mary Freiburger; and 3 step-sisters.

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

Kathy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided Kathy, and her entire family.

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

 



Marvin A. Pettinger


Marvin A. Pettinger, 82, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marvin may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Services for Marvin will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Marvin was born on June 22, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Estella (Luehrsmann) Pettinger. He was a 1953 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School and was an avid basketball player. After school he spent three years working in Alaska. He was united in marriage to Carol Ann Link on May 9, 1956 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, IA. They were blessed with five children.

Marvin's career included owning and managing Schwarz's Tavern, Coast-To-Coast store and the never forgotten Cardinal Drive Inn. He also drove school bus for Western Dubuque.

Marvin liked to cook, fish and hunt. He also loved to sing and play cards with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Pettinger of Dyersville, IA; five children, Doug (Lisa) Pettinger of Buhl, ID, Lori (Frank) Schoreit of Omaha, NE, Russ (Joan) Pettinger of Dyersville, IA, Ann (David) Nelson of Fort Mills, SC, and Sue (Dale) Platz of Papillion, NE; 11 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, 3 step grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Savolt of Dyersville, IA; two sisters-in-law, Jane Pettinger of Kansas City, KS and Carol Pettinger of Dyersville, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Kenneth Pettinger, one brother-in-law, John Savolt, one niece, Natalie Pettinger and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be sent to St. Francis Xavier Parish, Beckman High School and the Alzheimer's Association.

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



Joy L. Kaiser


Joy L. Kaiser, 42, of Peosta, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at home.

According to Joy's wishes, a celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Peosta Community Centre in Peosta. A vigil service and time for sharing will take place at 4:45 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Joy was born on May 20th, 1975 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of David Haberkorn and Peggy Klemme. She graduated from Wahlert High School and received her BA from Loras College in 1998.

Joy married Keith Kaiser on May 18th, 2001 at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque.

She worked for Medical Associates Health Plans as an Account Executive for 17 years. She loved working with all her great clients.

Joy was a board member of the Peosta Rec Centre; Red Coat for the Chamber of Commerce; was a Hospitality Minister and on the Rosary Society at St. John The Baptist in Peosta.

Joy enjoyed her "Tips" group, working with Special Spaces and working on many other worthwhile causes to help others.

For the last six years Joy has fought a miraculous battle with breast cancer. Through this she always has a smile on her face and never missed any events, especially her girls events. The two mottos that Joy lived by was "It is what it is" and "put on your big girl panties". She was an amazing woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend to many people. She was an inspiration to many.

She is survived by her husband Keith; their daughters Gabby (12) and Izzy (10); her mother and step-father Peg (Marty) Mancebo; her father Dave Haberkorn; Her sister Julie (Chris) Coleman and their children Jillian and Thomas. Her step sisters Lori (Leo) Costello and their children Aaron, Ashley, and Emily; Melanie (Greg) Morris, and their children, Jesse and Logan. Her father and mother-in-law Duane and Ann Kaiser; and her sister-in-law Julie Kaiser.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law Kevin Kaiser; grandfather and grandmother-in-law Don and Bert Kaiser; stepmother Mary Alice Haberkorn; maternal grandmother Doris Klemme; and maternal grandfather Eldon Klemme.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis for being a great doctor and also a good friend; to the entire Oncology Department at Medical Associates as they became part of the Kaiser family; and to Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and kindness.
In lieu of flowers a Joy Kaiser memorial fund will be established.



Mary C. Rogers


Mary C. Rogers, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on April 10, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Mathias and Elizabeth "Betty" (Kretz) Ginter. Mary received her Bachelor Degree from Clarke College and worked for H & R Block until retirement.

She is survived by her three children, Robert (Kerry) Rogers, Stacey (Mel) Hewitt, and Eric Rogers. Grandchildren, Tana, Nick, Ely and McCain. Six sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Charles and Richard.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care. A special thank you to Ann Maas, Mary's sister and best friend for all her love and support.



Molly A. Schmerbach


Molly A. Schmerbach, 23 of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Dubuque, Ames, and Huxley, IA passed away from a sudden medical condition on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating.

Molly was the youngest daughter of Randy and Joan (Decker) Schmerbach of Huxley, IA. Molly was born in Dubuque, IA on September 10, 1993. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2011, where she actively participated in Cross Country and Tennis. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2016, earning her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Molly was employed in her dream job with HDR Inc. in Raleigh, NC. Molly had a true passion for transportation engineering aimed at creating safe roadways. She had a zest for learning and being challenged in every aspect of her life. Molly was an avid Iowa State fan always seeking opportunities to attend basketball and football games with family and friends.

Molly was always seeking her next adventure and has seen more of the world in her very short 23 years than most in a lifetime. Before Molly began her first "big girl job" after college graduation she road tripped with her best friend through the western part of the United States, seeing many National Parks and the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. She studied abroad in Swansea, Wales in 2014, where she traveled back to visit friends two more times in the past three years. Molly never let traveling alone or fear of the unknown stand in her way from a life-changing experience. She traveled to 12 countries and 30 cities where she quoted in her study abroad blog "I made some awesome friends and unforgettable memories." She watched the sunset from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Para-glided and skied in the Swiss Alps, attended the largest physics research facility in the world in Geneva, ran a half marathon in Nice, France, and sat inside Centre Court at Wimbledon, to name a few of her travel highlights.

Aside from all the places Molly has been and the people she met along the way; Molly has profoundly impacted all whom she crossed paths, with her sassy attitude, strong sense of self, curiosity of the world, sarcastic wit and her unfaltering kindness.

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her parents, Randy and Joan (Decker) Schmerbach of Huxley, Iowa, two sisters, Sara Schmerbach and Katelyn (fiancé, Jay Busch) Schmerbach, both of Des Moines, IA and her favorite nephew, Gavin. Her grandmother, Jeanne Morford, Ft. Worth, TX. Her aunts and uncles, Shirley (Ken) Shannon, Carol (Randy) Stecher, Duane (Sue) Decker and Ed (Kelli) Decker all of Dubuque, IA. Marty (Carla) Decker, Zwingle, IA, Diane LeBlang, Centennial, CO, Bernice (Jim) Trennepohl, Minneapolis, MN, Janelle (Rick) Schildgen, Gilbert, AZ, Daryl (Jen) Decker, Omaha, NE, Dan (Roxann) Schmerbach, St. Joseph, MO, Mark (Wanda) Schmerbach, Lawson, MO, Tim (Wendy) Schmerbach, Ft. Worth, TX and 34 cousins.

She was preceded by her maternal grandparents, Raymond J. and Phyllis Decker, her paternal grandfather, Robert (Bob) Schmerbach, and her step-grandfather, Patrick Morford.

In lieu of flowers, a Molly A. Schmerbach Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Delbert W. Olberding


Delbert W. Olberding, 88, of Dyersville, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion/VFW/40&8 service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Delb was born October 29, 1928, in Dyersville the son of Francis and Cecelia (Meis) Olberding. He served in the Army from 1951-1953, primarily stationed in Alaska. He married Marjorie Ernster on May 12, 1956, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville and spent 30 years at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1987.

Delb was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 137, VFW Post 7736, 40 & 8 Post 632, and the Dyersville Sportsmen Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, traveling, attending a variety of sporting events and tending to his garden.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marge, 6 children: Daniel F. Olberding, Joan Klaren, Gary (Dawn) Olberding, Ann (Mike) Link, and Dave Olberding, all of Dyersville, and Becky (Rick) Serovy of Cedar Rapids; 6 grandchildren: Nick & Bill Klaren, Robby and Molly Olberding, Brandon and Bryce Serovy; a brother, Don (Darlene) Olberding of Dyersville; in-laws: Eileen Olberding, Gen Olberding of Dyersville, JoAnne Lehman of Epworth, Judy Gempler of Edina, MN, and Jerry (Janel) Ernster of Birch Bay, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Dan Klaren, siblings: Mercedes (Gilbert) Singsank, Germaine (Joe) Schlichte, Catherine (Jim) Griffin, Gerald (Erma) Olberding, Ray Olberding and Bob Olberding; in-laws: Mary (Tony) Balsamo and Charles Bergfeld and William Lehman.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, its grade school or Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Sharon L. Breitbach


Sharon L. "Sherry" Breitbach, age 69, of Graf, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sherry's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, IA, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Sherry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sherry was born on January 24, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Maggie (Drosopoulos) Koenig.

Sherry was a loving wife, dedicated mother, and a beloved grandmother. Her devotion to family and friends was always filled with a wealth of love, humor, and fun. Sherry grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, attending Sacred Heart School and graduating from Senior High School, Class of 1966. She met the love of her life, Ron "Pops" Breitbach, while ice skating at Comisky Park. They married on April 1, 1967, and celebrated 47 years of marriage before Pops was called to heaven in 2014. Sherry worked for American Trust Bank in assorted roles, finishing her career as CEO-Chief Elevator Operator. Sherry's true passion in life was being a "Grammy" and making memories with her grandchildren.

She was most happy hosting sleepovers, visiting McDonalds and the movies, going for golf cart rides, and making cookies. One of our most treasured memories will always be planting and picking pumpkins in Papa's garden. Sherry also enjoyed spending time with the ladies of Graf, traveling, and visiting casinos across the country.

Sherry is survived by

her mother,
Maggie Koenig of Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jerry (Lisa) Breitbach of Winchester, IL,
Tom "Booie" (Jenny) Breitbach of Cascade, IA,
Mike (Angie) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA
and Ronda (Bryon "Homer") Schueller of Graf, IA;

her grandchildren,
Hayden, Hailey, Hogan, Cody, Caitlyn, Avery, Hannah, Cohen and Joah;

her sisters,
RaeAnn (Tom) Freund of Dubuque, IA
and Kris (Jon) Russett of Clayton, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Judy Koenig,
Jean Bruce,
Dori Breitbach,
Mary (Jim) Leslein, all of Dubuque
and LoAnn (Duane) VanHemert of Des Moines, IA;

many nieces and nephews;

and lifelong friends and neighbors,
Jeanne (Dan) Mayne of Graf, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Koenig; her husband, Ron "Pops" Breibach; her brother, Jon "Jack" Koenig; and her niece, Tammy Koenig.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to purchase a memorial star at Reflections in the Park.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, his staff, the 4th floor medical and surgical staff at Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and compassion.

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

 



Marion A. Greenwood


Marion A. Greenwood, 97, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11:55 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marion may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Farley American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 7 p.m and a scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Services for Marion will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Joseph's Cathoic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born to Valentine George and Loretta Helen Splinter Leibold on March 23, 1920 in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin. She graduated St. Mary's School in East Dubuque, IL in 1934 and the former St. Joseph's Academy, Dubuque in 1938. On November 30, 1942 she married J. Glen Greenwood at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, Illinois. They were employed by the J.C. Penney Company and worked in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. In 1957 they relocated to Farley, Iowa where they owned and operated Farley Lanes and M & G Drive-In for many years.

Marion was employed by the Western Dubuque Community School District for decades. Later she enjoyed working a retirement position at Leroy's Pizza in Dyersville, IA.
Marion was a devoted Roman Catholic and longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley where she ministered in many roles over the years as a volunteer, most recently as a member of the Resurrection Choir, the Sunday choir, the Prelude Singers, the Liturgy Committee and the Altar and Rosary Society. Her faith was a foundation of her golden years, and she prayed hours each day.

Marion contributed to her civic community as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Garden Club. She served as a local Girl Scout troop leader. She participated in social events of the Red Hats of Farley. In Marion's early years, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of several leagues.

She never met a challenge she couldn't overcome. She found great joy in life, her family and friends. Marion took special interest in travel, music, arts and fashion.

Surviving are four children: Billie [Paul Allen] Greenwood of Davenport, Val [Ron] Lucas of Holy Cross, Erin [Gary] Sundberg of Cedar Rapids, and Gina [Chris Lakner] Greenwood of Madison, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Ben (Fiancé Simmy Thompson) Lucas, Josh (Megan) Lucas, Anna (Carlos Marin) Lucas, Leah Lucas and Grant Sundberg; two great-grandchildren Madeline and Savannah Lucas; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, her first-born infant daughter, Cheryl Ann, and her grandson David Lucas. Marion was the last surviving member of her family of origin, including her parents, a brother, Gene Leibold, and three sisters: June Hendricks, Colleen Bannon and Geri Wieser.

In lieu of flowers, a Marion Greenwood Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ann Marie Kann


Ann Marie "Nana" Kann, 85, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on July 30, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 7:00 p.m.

Ann Marie was born on July 26, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Agnes (Mahoney) Kieler. She married Ronald T. Kann on July 18, 1953, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 8, 2010.

Ann Marie graduated from St. Columbkilles in 1950. She was blessed with a beautiful voice and sang for many weddings in the community. She worked at the Girls Club in Dubuque until having her first child. She had a full time job as a mom to eight children and their many friends in the neighborhood. She welcomed all into her home and made them feel welcome. She became a "Nana" 34 years ago and since then has been a "Nana" to many other children.

Nana was known for her strength, love and resiliency. Her steadfast devotion to family was a model to all that have known the Kann family through the years. Although she was well known for her beautiful voice in church choirs, the songs that brought her the biggest joy and smiles will always be the lullabies she sang to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was an active Nana, living life to the fullest with Papa for 57 years of marriage. She was fond of teaching her grandkids how to swim, make a jump shot, or the secret to a good game of dominos vs. making a batch of cookies (luckily, Papa did the baking). She will be loved, remembered, and honored by all those lucky enough to share in her love along the way.

She is survived by her children, Kevin (Laurel Bettcher) Kann, of Pine Island, MN; Debra (Jerry) Finkenauer, of Sherrill; Keith (Mary) Kann, Tom (Paula) Kann, Steven (Nancy) Kann, Linda (Jim) Sullivan, and Lisa (Kevin Muehlenkamp) Kruser, all of Dubuque. Twenty grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Her sister-in-law, Marlene Hoeger of New Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Jeffery; her husband Ronald; and sister Janet Kieler.

In lieu of flowers an Ann Marie Kann memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque staff and nurses (especially Jan) whose compassion and loving care helped her through this last journey of her life.



Edward Gene Bickford


Edward G. Bickford, 72, of Moline, Illinois, passed away on Monday morning, July 31, 2017, at the St. Anthony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Moline, Illinois.

Public graveside services and burial celebrating Edward's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Edward Gene Bickford was born on March 7, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jake and Anna (Noonan) Bickford.

Edward had worked at John Deere in Moline, Illinois in various positions for 39 years until retirement.

Edward enjoyed reading, and his pet Great Pyrenees dogs over the years.

Those left to honor Edward's memory include a step-daughter Kathy (Jamie) Spicklemeir of Las Vegas, NV; 2 granddaughters; a niece Staci (Randy) Sinning of Maquoketa, IA; nephews, Terry Pinaire of California and Bruce Pinaire of California; and a sister Judy Woods of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sonia, brothers Floyd Bickford and Dwight Bickford, and a sister Shirley Govang.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Edward G. Bickford memorial fund has been established.

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



Madonna R. Hentrich


Madonna Rae "Donna" Hentrich, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:28 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born on August 31, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Shirley (Gable) Shireman.

Donna was proud to have grown up right here in God's country. She would eventually meet her true love, Terry Hentrich, and the two would be united in marriage on April 29, 1967. The couple was blessed with 17 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before Terry was called home ahead of her on May 23, 1984. Donna was a diligent and hard worker who earnestly used her talents as an office secretary; first with Overhead Door in Rockford, then onto Farmers Insurance, H&R Block, Lane Bryant, before finally retiring from Swiss Colony. Donna's faith was very important to her and was clearly visible through her long-time, and faithful membership to Sacred Heart Church. She also enjoyed gathering in fellowship around the card table, or with some dice in her hands, with her countless friends at Sunnycrest and Ennoble Manor over the past years. Donna was naturally gifted and quite artistic; patiently creating unique crafts throughout her days, not to mention her favorite hobby of painting on velvet, which were joyfully found to be prize worthy by the Dubuque County Fair judges. Donna has surely left an absolutely positive imprint on the world she has journeyed through over these last 70 years. The memories of this beautiful soul which remain are abundant, and will truly help to ease the pain and sorrow which quickly arrived due to her sudden absence. Thankfully, all who knew and loved Donna will be able to treasure the legacy of her loving friendship for now, and rejoice, again one day, when we are all reunited forever on her eternal dance floor with the greatest live music ever playing behind us.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

Tammie (Tim) Vondran, Palm Bay, FL,
Pamela (Jeff) Heiderscheit, Peosta, IA,
Dawn Pollock, Dubuque, IA
Robert Hentrich, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Ashley, Austin, Cadalina, Abby, Holly and Aubrey;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Giavonna, Kody and Ethan.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Terry Hentrich; and 3 brothers in infancy.

A Madonna Rae "Donna" Hentrich memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Donna's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and loving care of Donna, and her family.

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

 



Bertha M. Brenner


Bertha M. Brenner, 77, of Dubuque died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 2 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Bertha was born October 15, 1939 in Dubuque, daughter of Jacob and Sophie (Sietzman) Brenner Sr. She was a member of Salvation Army and loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by a sister, Ida (Terrance) Fortmann of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; a son, Lester Brenner and three granddaughters, Kristina, Trisha, and Jenifer.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, George, Herman, Albert, Jacob and an infant; and three sisters, Sophie Crimmins, Dorothy Brenner and Lillian Yager.

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



Nancy M. Kramer


Nancy Marie Kramer, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 27th, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Nancy was born at home, on the family farm, on June 5th, 1940, in Fowler, MI the elder daughter of Clayton and Wilma (Salisbury) Wright. Farming, water well drilling, and a variety of maintenance services sustained the family.
Nancy grew up and attended school in Maple Rapids, MI. and in 1958, graduated from Fulton Middleton High School. Following graduation, with an interest in business and accounting, she lived and worked in the Lansing, Michigan area, until marrying in 1959. Throughout her life Nancy continued to work in accounting and bookkeeping, most recently at Zephyr Aluminum Products Inc. and OneStop Tax Service. She formally retired in April of 2017.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Nancy found great joy in gardening, sewing, designing and constructing quilts, and playing cards. Most often found with her hands busy at a task and never one to sit for long, her natural energy and focus was translated into everything she did.

Nancy is survived by her daughter Kim (David) Murdock-Timmerman with grandchildren Scott (Laura) Timmerman and Sara (Aaron) Kellogg and great-grandson Matthew.
Survivors also include her husband James Kramer of 27 years with Steven (Jessica) Kramer, Brenda (Gary) Rolwes, Gary (Kelly) Kramer, Paul, (Kimberly) Kramer, and Carolyn (Joey) Grubbs along with 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her sister June (David) Marston survives with niece Jennifer and nephew Nathaniel. Nancy is also survived by her former husband Stacey (Nancy) Murdock and family.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Karen Murdock.



Patricia E. McCann


Patricia E. McCann, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly at 5:25 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at home. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patricia was born on March 18, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Madeline (Koerperich) Lahey.

Patricia sadly began her early years with the loss of her mother, whom she would never truly know. Thankfully, her father Francis would meet Valeria (Smith) Lahey and she would joyfully raise Patricia as her own. Patricia was united in marriage to Lester Joseph Brimeyer, on June 26, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. They raised their family together on the farm in Rickardsville. Lester was sadly called home on March 9, 1995. She would later find love again and marry John "Jack" McCann, but sadly he too would be called home ahead of her. Patricia was primarily a housewife, but she also took great pride in her 20 year career as a CNA, working primarily within private homes. Patricia was a very talented seamstress who could easily manifest magic at her fingertips with the hum of her machine under her foot. Patricia also enjoyed gardening and would spend countless hours in the kitchen canning each years harvest. Some of Patricia's final favorite ways to spend her days included creating beautiful wedding cakes, impromptu shopping therapy trips, and especially joining her friends for a wonderful gathering of food and friendship around the restaurant table. We are deeply saddened by Patricia's sudden departure from this world, but surely look forward to being reunited with her, and all of our loved ones, again one day.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her children,
Susan (Merlin) Clemen, Dyersville, IA,
Mary (Duane) Heacock, Peosta, IA,
Judy (Ken) Samek, Waterloo, IA,
Michael (Amelia) Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Richard Brimeyer, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Joanne (Tom) Harper, Chicago, IA,
Carol Peters, Fresno, CA,
Dennis (Regina) Brimeyer, Alpharetta, GA
and Denise (Dave) Heiderscheit, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 5 great-grandchildren;

her sister,
Darlene (Willis) Schmitt, Holy Cross, IA;

and her sister-in-law,
Dorothy (Donald) Wolf, Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Brimeyer; and a brother Eugene Lahey.

A Patricia E. McCann 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

 



Michael J. Callaghan


Michael J. Callaghan 60, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 following a courageous battle with Pancreatic and Small Cell Lung cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Mike was born on April 26, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Donald and Lorraine (Christ) Callaghan. After attending Hempstead High School, Mike landed his first radio job on the University of Dubuque's campus radio station. Soon after he worked for Fun Country, KIX FM, FOX 102 and FROGGY just to name a few. He eventually joined 92.9 KAT-FM radio station in 1994 and became a longtime disc jockey, Program Director and Co-host of the morning show for the station. He also worked at Creslanes Bowling for 30 years.

On June 4, 1977, Mike married Sharon McArdle at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family gatherings -whether a Saturday night road trip to various supper clubs, Sunday dinners or their annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells to honor the memory of his daughter Samantha, were the most important things in his life. He also enjoyed giving his son-in-law, Tim a hard time about football. Whenever the Vikings (Tims Favorite team) were playing, Mike would borrow a shirt from the opposing team to wear on game day, just to antagonize Tim. Mike eventually became a Viking's fan.

Mike was a member of the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 355.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Dubuque; his daughters Chrissy (Tim) March, Lori Callaghan and Ashley (significant other Tyler Riegler) Callaghan all of Dubuque, his grandchildren Natalie and Alivia March and Kylie Callaghan-Poen; his brother Gary (Marge) Callaghan of Lakeland, FL and his nephew Donald (Heather) Callaghan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Samantha.

A Michael J. Callaghan memorial fund has been established.
The Callaghan wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Jennifer F. and social worker Stephanie, for their constant care and support.

A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest, It broke our hearts to see you go, God only takes the best. They say that memories are golden, Well maybe that is true, But we never wanted memories, We only wanted you. Your life was love and labour, Your love for family true, You did your best for all of us, We will always remember you. We sat beside your bedside, Our hearts were crushed and sore, We did our duty to the end, ‘Til we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away, And though our hearts were breaking, We knew you could not stay.



Leon H. Herbstreith


Leon Hale Herbstreith, 82, of Durango, Iowa passed away on July 26, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, July 31, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 pm followed by military honors by American Legion Post #6.

Leon was born on March 2, 1935 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Hale and Anna (Heiar) Herbstreith. He attended high school in Hastings, Michigan and on August 7, 1958 was drafted into the Army. He was honorably discharged on July 26, 1960.

He married Phyllis Turnmeyer on September 22, 1973. He worked for Wicks Lumber and Buildings and then was self-employed until his retirement. He belonged to Dyersville Sportsman Club and Worthington Sportsman Club.

Leon was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking fish for his family and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, spoiling them with candy, cookies and ice cream. He enjoyed telling his tall stories or little fibs.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis; children, Veronica (Darrell) Bergfeld, Debra (Mark) Amunrud, James (Betsy) Turnmeyer, Daniel (Tess Milligan) Turnmeyer, Angela (James) Schmerbach, Brian (Kim) Turnmeyer, and Jeff (Kristy) Westeguard. Brothers, Harry Herbstreith, Richard (Nancy) Herbstreith, Jack (Jean) Herbstreith; his sisters, Gail Wallace, Betty (Bill) Storm, Dorothy (John) Service. Twenty three grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Marie (Ed) Henge; brother Robert (Shirley) Herbstreith; grandson Matthew Kelley; great grandson Jace Turnmeyer; his mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Leon Herbstreith memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, especially his nurses Sheila on the CVU unit and to all the ICU nurses and staff for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Helen M. Kalmes


Helen M. Kalmes, 77, of St. Donatus, passed away Thursday evening, July 27, 2017 surrounded by family, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am, Monday, July 31 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus. Burial will be held in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation for Helen will be from 1:00 - 5:00pm Sunday afternoon at the St. Donatus Catholic Church and again Monday morning from 9:00-10:30am also at the church.

Helen was born on August 11, 1939, in New Vienna, the daughter of Albert and Alvina (Heying) Ploessl. She married Lawrence "Windy" Kalmes on August 20, 1957.
Helen and her husband, Windy, have owned and operated Kalmes Restaurant since 1956. Even up until this week, she remained one of the people most integral to daily operation and wasn't planning on retiring anytime soon. Helen was a hard worker and was dedicated to the family business, but still always made time to help others. She was very easy to talk to and treated all her employees and many customers as if they were her children.

Helen also kept busy outside the restaurant. She served on the St. Donatus City Council for many years. She was also a member of the Luxembourg Society, Rosary Society, and a part owner of the Gehlen House. Helen loved to play cards and to occasionally play the slots. In her earlier years, she enjoyed playing softball, rope pulling, bowling and watching the Cubs.

Helen and Windy enjoyed traveling. They regularly went to Luxembourg and enjoyed an annual trip to Las Vegas.

Helen was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

Helen will be greatly missed by her husband of 59 years, Lawrence "Windy" Kalmes, of St. Donatus; children, Mike (Theresa) Kalmes, Jim (Lori) Kalmes, John (Lou Ann) Kalmes, Brian (Barb) Kalmes and Jodi (Willie) Hingtgen. She will also be remembered by her brothers, Cyril (Marilyn), of Bellevue, Sylvester (Wilma) of Dubuque, Larry (Linda) of Farley: and sisters Ruth Ambrosy of Dubuque, and Mary Lou Heinricy, of Dubuque; and two sister's in-law, Rosalie Ploessl and Mariella Berthel.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Albert and Arthur "Art" Ploessl and a sister, Judy Nemmers.

 



Lucille “Cindy” Tasset


Lucille "Cindy" Tasset, 88, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 31 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the times of services, Monday at the Church. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Kinsley, Kansas. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Cindy was born on October 10, 1928 in Kinsley, Kansas the daughter of Carl N. and Bertha M. (Herbers) Tasset.
She worked as a Medical Record Technician and in Housekeeping for many years at Mercy Health Center.

Cindy was a member of Sacred Heart Rosary Society and was a Lay Dominican. She volunteered at Stonehill Adult Center and at Mercy Pre-Admissions.

Surviving is her sister, Rose Marie Elpers, of Kinsley, Kansas; Brother-in-law, Ernie Halsig, of Hutchinson, Kansas; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Marie Halsig; and her brother-in-law, Vincent Elpers.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

Special thank you to her long term friends, Janet Wareham and Mary Hoelscher and to the staff at Stonehill Care Center.



Irma M. Beitzel


Irma M. Beitzel, age 93, of Dubuque, and formerly of North Buena Vista, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:35 a.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving daughter, Nancy, and her close friends, Diana and Pam. To honor Irma's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, July 31, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa, with Rev. Richard G. Gaul officiating. To celebrate Irma's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Monday, July 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista.

Irma was born on October 7, 1923, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Mary (Wagner) Link.

At the age of 23, Irma was united in marriage to John Beitzel, on June 11, 1946, in Dubuque. They were blessed with over 40 years together, and 3 children, before John was called home ahead of her on August 2, 1986. Irma and John farmed in the North Buena Vista area for many years, and she enjoyed tending to her gardens. Irma was an excellent cook and baker and she loved to share with her close neighbors. Irma was a long-time member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Altar and Rosary Society, before eventually moving to Dubuque in 1986, after John was called home. Irma was always on the go and thoroughly enjoyed playing Bingo, Euchre and trips to the Diamond Jo Casino. Sadly, Irma's earthly journey has come to it's end and we must say farewell for now. We're grateful for the memories we have made throughout the years, as they will help to bring us peace.

Those left to cherish Irma's memory include

her daughter,
Nancy (Don) Gross, LaMotte, IA;

her 3 grandsons,
Dan Kramer, Epworth, IA,
Scott Kramer, Dubuque, IA
and Anthony Beitzel, Lancaster, WI;

her great-grandson,
Gerald Beitzel, Lancaster, WI;

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

Irma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Beitzel; a daughter, Della Rose Beitzel; a son, Roger Beitzel; a sister, Stella (Wilbur) Saylor; and a brother, Marion Link.

In lieu of flowers, an Irma M. Beitzel memorial fund has been established.

Irma's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sara, Stephanie and Julie, and her wonderful neighbors and friends, especially Diana and Pam, whom we can't thank enough for all of their kindness, support and loving care of Irma, and her family.

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



Delores F. Biermann


Delores Frances Biermann, 97, of Dyersville died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Monday, July31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Delores was born November 12, 1919, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Otto and Theresa (Recker) Hagemann.  She married Alfred H. "Fritz" Biermann on Nov. 14, 1939, in New Vienna.  Together they farmed in the Dyersville area.  He preceded her in death in June of 1973.  She was a wonderful cook and homemaker who was renowned for her pie.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed bowling and playing cards, loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  Playing cards was a favorite pastime with friends, especially playing Solo.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Rose, volunteered cleaning church, and loved quilting with her lady friends.

Survivors include her children: Patricia (John) Ertl of Guttenberg, and Diane (Don) Overman of Dyersville, Linda McClure of Grimes, IA and Doug (Deb) Biermann of Dyersville; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, with another baby girl due in October; brothers: Walter (Irene) of San Diego, CA, Julius (Betty) of Dyersville, Edward (Inez) of New Vienna, and a sister, Eileen Hageman of Dyersville; sisters-in-law: Veronica Hageman of Dyersville, LaVern Hageman of Port St. Lucie, FL and Kathleen Hageman of Dubuque, and a brother-in-law, James Hesselmann of Niwot, CO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, daughter, Grace Biermann, and a son-in-law, Gary McClure; siblings: Charles Hageman, James Hageman, Cindy Hageman, Urban (Grace) Hageman, Joseph Hageman, Joan Hesselmann and John Hageman.

We would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and loving care.

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

 

 



James F. Kiernan


James F. "Jay" Kiernan, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Monday July 31 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray with Fr. Phillip Mensah officiating and homily by Rev. Richard Kuhn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by Farley American Legion Post #656. Friends may call from 1 to 5 on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2575 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:00 p.m.

Jay was born on April 3, 1948 in Dubuque, son of Cyril "Cy" and Lorraine (Ferring) Kiernan of Bankston, IA. Jay graduated from St. Joe's High School in Farley, IA in the class of 1966.

While attending high school, Jay attained his pilot's license, his lifelong dream. He worked at Beyer Aviation, as a lineman, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1967, where he served as Military Police in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

While stationed overseas he kept in contact with family and friends through the Dubuque Regional Airport where he met the love of his life, Mary Jo (Kane). The two were wed on October 16, 1971 at St. Joseph Prairie Church.

For 43 out of 54 years of flying, Jay was a corporate pilot. 33 of those years were with Crescent Electric Supply Company and Crescent Aviation, where he retired on July 29, 2014. Jay "never worked a day in his life while flying."
The airport and surrounding community were "home".

Mary Jo preceded him in death on July 6, 2013.

Jay is survived by his children, Christine Geers, Jayme (Tracy) Kiernan, Keith (Angie) Kiernan, all of Dubuque, and a godson, Bob (Kathy) Kiernan of Dyersville, IA. 10 grandchildren: Spencer and Abigail Geers, Matthew, Joseph, Andrew and Danielle Kiernan, Ty and Jayden Kiernan, and Levi and Blake Kiernan.

He was also preceded in death by his parents Cy and Lorraine Kiernan, brother Terrance "Terry" Kiernan, in-laws Angella and Joseph Kane, brothers-in-law, James " Jim" Haudenshield and John Beireis, and a nephew, Mark Kane.

Special thanks to his physicians, Medical Associates Clinic and Mercy Medical Center staff for their care; to the American Legion in Farley, IA Post 656 where he was a member; and to our Airport family and neighbors for all of their support.

May he have a smooth flight home.



Mark T. Schwendinger


Mark T. Schwendinger, 47, of Eau Claire, passed away July 17, 2017, from a fishing accident.

He was born September 2, 1969, in Dubuque, Iowa to Ronald and Marcella (Manders) Schwendinger. He resided in Dubuque and other parts of Iowa and South Dakota, until moving to Eau Claire in 2000.

In 2002 he married Beth Anderson at Lake Eau Claire. He worked as a Medical Dosimetrist in the radiation oncology department at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

In his spare time Mark enjoyed being outdoors. Ice-fishing was his passion and he loved goose hunting, lifting weights with his daughter Madison, playing PIG in the driveway with his daughter Mackenzie, and finding a way to gently push people's buttons. He was a proud supporter of his daughter's softball teams and was known as "the guy with no shirt on" at their tournaments.

Mark is survived by his wife, Beth; daughters, Madison and Mackenzie; parents, Ron and Marcy Schwendinger of Bernard, Iowa; brother, Jeff (Karen) Schwendinger of Granger, Iowa; sister, Jen Schwendinger of Solon, Iowa; father-in-law, Phillip Anderson of Sioux City, Iowa; Jessica and Megan Tish; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his uncle and godfather, Tom Schwendinger; and mother-in-law, Linda Anderson.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred and will be used to help establish and promote river and water safety awareness in Mark's honor.

A celebration of life service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 20 at Jacob's Well Church, 3211 N 50th Ave, Village of Lake Hallie with Rev. Paul Berthiaume officiating. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. at the church.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.

 

 



Geraldine F. Wareham


Geraldine "Geri" F. Wareham, 89, a resident of Golden Pond Retirement Community and formerly of Denver, CO, passed away at her home surrounded by family on July 20, 2017. 

She was born in Madison, Wisconsin on October 14, 1927 and as a child moved with her family and settled in Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of the late Jerome J. and Virda R. Feeney. Geraldine attended the Visitation Academy and graduated with a B.A. degree from Clarke College in Dubuque. She married David Moran Wareham on September 17, 1949. He predeceased her in June 1985. 

Geri was employed with Frontier Airlines for 28 yrs, and worked in several different areas of customer service. She enjoyed working and interacting with the public, and the benefits of traveling with her family. She loved seeing the world, having taken trips to Europe, Asia, South and Central America, where she zip-lined at the age of 80. After retiring from Frontier, she was employed for 5 years with the United States Postal Service. 

She was a passionate animal and nature lover, as well as an avid walker with her beloved dog Skeeter. Geri was known for her beautiful smile, infectious laugh and being a prankster. She was active in many parish activities and a member of the Silverado Club at Church of the Risen Christ while living in Denver. 

She is survived by five children Geraldine Burnham, Gary (Julie) Wareham, Daniel (Timothy) Wareham, Paul (Michelle) Wareham, Jane (Sandy) Wareham and predeceased by two sons David Michael and James Wareham; beloved grandmother of Emily and Ryan Wareham, James Burnham and Miranda Wareham. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Cremation with Memorial Mass 10:00AM Wednesday, July 26, 2017 with a Rosary/Prayer Service beginning at 9:30AM and a reception to follow the Services. All will be held at  St. Joseph Catholic Parish 969 Ulysses St, Golden, CO 80401

A private family inurnment will follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Maxfund no-kill shelter delivered in person to 1025 Galapago St. Denver, CO 80204 or online at maxfund.org

 

 



Jeanne A. Oberbroeckling


Jeanne A. Oberbroeckling, 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at home.

Funeral mass will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., with a 3:00 p.m. scripture service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Jeanne was born on August 19, 1931, in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence Lang and Mildred (Otting) Lang. She married Arnold "Arnie" Oberbroeckling on July 3, 1954, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where they remained lifelong parishioners. In her youth, Jeanne loved to roller skate and dance, and later was an avid bowler. As a homemaker and mother, she was an active member of the Catholic Mothers' Club and an exceptional seamstress.

After raising her five children to school age, Jeanne went to work part-time, first in the Stampfer's shoe department, then at Fanfare Shoes, and finally at Steve's Ace Hardware Store, where she spent more than 20 years as a cashier/clerk. She had a passion for cooking and loved to try new recipes. She enjoyed visiting eastern Iowa's wineries with her daughters.

Survivors include her 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-in-law, Arleen (Clement) Mesch of Tucson, AZ; a brother-in-law, Roger Oberbroeckling of Hendersonville, TN; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Lang; numerous nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Bailey.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; her parents; stepfather, Douglas Kennedy; and a brother, Richard A. Lang, Sr.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to all who cared for Jeanne, especially the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Medical Associates Clinic, and Mercy Medical Center.

Service details and online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Ann V. Krug


Ann V. Krug, age 102, of Dubuque, and formerly of Durango, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 p.m., on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Ann's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Ann's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:30 p.m., and the rosary will also be recited by Ann's family that evening at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sherrill, Iowa.

Ann was born on the family farm on December 13, 1914, in Durango, Iowa, daughter of John and Mary (Breitbach) Krug.

Ann received her education at Ss. Peter and Paul School and went on to spend her entire life tending to the family farm, where she truly embraced being surrounded by her large, loving family. She found great joy in living a simple life; especially reaping the bountiful harvest of her family's labors through gardening, canning, cooking and baking. Ann was a devout Catholic who was a lifelong, and proud member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, their Rosary Society, and an A.C.C.W. member. Ann was undeniably blessed with over 102 years, here on earth, to share her love for God's creation and her fellow man. Sadly, we will definitely miss our dear, and last Aunt; but we accept that her century long journey here has been completed. Thankfully, it surely brings us peace to know that Ann is now able to spread her beautiful angel wings and once again spend her days within the presence of her Parents, and 13 Brothers and Sisters. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant; may God keep you safe and comfortable in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Ann's memory include

her nieces and nephews,
Marie Kutsch,
Alfred (Loretta) Behnke,
Mel (Barb) Behnke,
Edmund (Betty) Behnke,
Loretta (LaVerne) Freiburger,
Mary Behnke,
Marcie Coyle,
Rita Mohr,
Barbara (Lloyd) Auderer,
John (Ruth) Riedl,
Tom (Suzanne) Riedl,
Donald (Denise) Krug,
Carol (James) Kluesner,
Donna Krug,
Vicki Krug,
Phyllis (Joe) Glab,
LaVonne Stemper,
Lori Avenarius,
David (Debbie) Krug,
Mary (Mike) Hessel,
and Beverly (Mike) Riege;

and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Catherine (Martin) Behnke, Lena (Joseph) Behnke, Minnie (John) Riedl, Clara Krug, Veronica Krug and Mary Krug; her brothers, John Krug, Peter (Stella) Krug, Louis Krug, Alfred (Catherine) Krug, Joseph Krug, Frank Krug and Alphonse Krug; and her nieces and nephews, Marieta (Richard) Heim, Clara (James) Bergfeld, Joseph Behnke, Glen Coyle, Aloysius Koos, Albert Mohr, Joan Krug, James Krug, Peter Stemper, Ronald Avenarius and Walter Kutsch.

An Ann V. Krug memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ann's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Nelson, and the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Ann, and her family.

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

 



Kenneth F. Schmerbach


Kenneth F. "Kenny" Schmerbach, 82, of Guttenberg, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

A funeral service will held at noon on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kenny was born on September 20, 1934, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Ray and Gertrude (Winders) Schmerbach. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed with John Deere Tractor Works for 38 years as a Tool and Die Maker. Kenny married Roberta J. "Tuffy" Downing on February 27, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, and together they shared over 63 wonderful years of marriage.

He loved snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and boating. Kenny was always quick to lend a hand and loved to help others with projects. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta "Tuffy"; sons, Kenneth Jr. (Fritz) Schmerbach, Rob (Beth) Schmerbach, Jim (Angie) Schmerbach, Don Schmerbach, David (Sara) Schmerbach; daughter, Debra (Bob) Richardson; siblings, Ann McClain, Ray "Buster" (Mary Jane) Schmerbach, Ralph "Skip" (Sally) Schmerbach, Rose (John) Mitchell, Mary (Ron) Walter and Dave (Penny) Schmerbach; brother-in-law Jim McInerney; sister-in-law Betty McPhail; grandchildren, Jason Richardson, Tanya (Tony) Lux, Jeff (Alysia) Schmerbach, Ellen (Mike) Hirsch, Megan, McKinzie, Amanda, Austin, Andrew, and Emma Schmerbach; great-grandchildren, Jacobe, Luke, and Bella Schmerbach, Joe and John Hirsch, and Kinnick, Lux, and Owen Sudmeier.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Shirley Revenig and Marilyn McInerney; brother, Bob Schmerbach and a great-grandson, Derek Steven Hirsch; brothers-in-law Wayne McClain and Al Revenig, Gene Dowing.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Crossing Rivers Hospice, especially nurses Julie and Hailey, nurse's aide Julie and Chaplain Pat for all the wonderful care they gave to Kenny.

 



Lester G. Klein


Lester G. Klein, 79, of Sherrill passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center after a courageous battle with Parkinson's and ALS. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church with a 2:30 pm Scripture Service. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Friday at the church. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Sherrill. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Lester was born December 20, 1937 in Balltown, the son of Leander and Florence (Rettenmeier) Klein. He married Marleen Schueller on June 23, 1962 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill. Lester worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed farming, meat processing, and watching baseball games on TV. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marleen; children, Steve (Lisa) Klein, Linda (Jeff) Schmitt, Jim (Jennifer) Klein, and Kathy (Dennis) Nauman; 13 grandchildren; Ashley, Brett, Hailey, & Emily Klein, Katelyn, Matt, Nicole, & Adam Schmitt, Trevor Klein, Tanner, Kylie, Quentin, & Jaclyn Nauman; siblings, Arlene (Jack) Bahl, Loras (Marlene) Klein, Lenny (Judy) Klein, Madonna (Harold) Nauman, Nancy (Joe) Banwarth, Leon Klein, Marie (Merle) Schwers, Lonnie (Dianne) Klein, and Sandy (Dave) Kauffmann; in-laws, Sandy Pierce, Betty Schueller, and Mary Lou (Gary) Schmitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David; a brother, Lyle Klein; mother and father in-law, Alphonse and Luella Schueller; and a brother in-law, Donald Schueller.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Luther Manor Care at Home, No Place Like Home, Stonehill Care Center, and all the family and friends who helped and showed your support during this time.

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

 



Andrew M. Gravel


Andrew Michael Gravel, 29, of Worthington, died Monday, July 10, 2017, in Dubuque, Iowa as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday, July 27, at the funeral home prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial at the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Andy was born July 24, 1987, in Dubuque, Iowa the youngest son of Michael and Kathy (Hunt) Gravel.

Andy was a 2006 graduate of Beckman High School.  He earned his associates degree from Kirkwood and attended the University of Iowa.  He was employed by the Dr. Pepper Group in Dubuque.

Andy grew up on the family farm with a love for animals.  When he found an interest in something he became passionate about it - baseball, snowboarding, Hawkeye football, Denver Broncos, cars, photography, and most recently motorcycles.  Many of his interests involved being around others.  He loved spending time with his friends and family especially his nieces and nephew who will miss him dearly.

Survivors include his parents, Mike and Kathy of Worthington; siblings: Benjamin (Beth) Gravel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Laura (Dave) Bateman of Des Plaines, IL, Bob (Natalie) Gravel of Anamosa, IA, Allison (Hasan) Al-Mabuk of Denver, CO; nieces and nephews: Nathan and Hannah Gravel, Elliot Bateman, Brielle and Nichole Gravel; maternal grandmother Carlyn Hunt of Edgewood, IA; paternal grandmother Mary Lou Gravel of Dyersville, IA, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Virgil Hunt and paternal grandfather, Loras Gravel.

Andy's final gift to others was being an organ donor.  The family would like to thank the individuals that assisted and prayed at the scene of the accident.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Lynn Silas Kifer


Lynn Silas Kifer, 86, of Sunset Park Place, Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 19, 2017, at home, with family at his side.

Services will be at 10:00 on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Lynn was born on September 23, 1930 in Zwingle, Iowa the son of Carvol and Ethel (Niensteadt) Kifer. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and served in the U.S. Army, stationed mainly in Germany, and was a member of the VFW. He farmed in the Zwingle area until his retirement.

Lynn never married and had no children, but enjoyed a very close relationship with his only nephew, Darrell, and his family.

He is survived by his nephew Darrell (Carol) Kifer, of Dubuque; great nephew, Jeff (Mary) Kifer, of Peosta; and one great great nephew Tyson Kifer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John C. Kifer; great niece, Krista Lin Kifer; and uncle, John Niensteadt.



Janet M. Burnes


Janet M. Burnes, 78, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 6 pm. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Janet was born July 15, 1939 in Dubuque, daughter of Thomas and Mildred (Hedrick) Folsom. She attended Jefferson Junior High School and Dubuque Senior High.
Janet was a selfless, hardworking, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved the life of farming and all that it entails; including gardening, cooking, baking, and canning.

Her compassion for people was endless and her warm smile was contagious. She always had a place in her home for someone who needed it. Along with her compassion, she also had a playful, fun loving nature about her.
Christmas time was her favorite time of the year and what brought her great joy was decorating and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Calvin "Cal" Burnes of Dubuque; six children, Tim (Lisa) Burnes of Durango, Debbie (Ted) Peterson of Davenport, Steve (Lori) Burnes of Dubuque, Tammy (Joe) Henry of Dubuque, Michele (DeAnn Fitzgerald) Burnes of Solon, and Lisa Burnes-Smith of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, Sandy (Brian) Mostaert, Lynn (Aaron) Rasmussen, Tony (Jacqueline) Burnes, and Jesse (fiancé Brittany Feldberg) Burnes; Brandon (Megan) Peterson and Sara (Ryan) Tilkens; Amanda (Adam) Hefel and Erik, Alex and Katie Burnes; Justin (Amy) and Jeff (Kristy) Henry; and Cassie (Joe) Lyons and Jake Smith; 19 great grandchildren, Samantha, Gabby, Gavin, Tyler, Jace, Emma and Logan; Aaron, Kylie and Blake; Colin, Karleigh, Alex Jr., Clayton and Jack; and Mason, Madison, Alaina and Claire. She is also survived by a sister, Sharon Patterson; brother in law, Bob Hulburt and brothers in law, Gene and Ronald Howell and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred; step father, Charles "Herbert" Berry; a sister, Judith Hulburt, brother in law, Doug Patterson and mother in law, Margaret Howell.

For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Memorials may be made to the Sunnycrest Manor Auxiliary. 

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their care and comfort for Janet and their love and support for the family.



Floyd Joseph Driscoll


Floyd Joseph Driscoll, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 21st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace.

Floyd was born on May 16, 1944 in Cascade, Iowa the son of Earl and Hilda (Lasche) Driscoll. He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966. He married Janet Ahlers on September 2nd, 1967.

In 2009 he retired from Dubuque County after 42 years.

He loved animals, especially dogs, and always had a dog treat on hand. He was a very generous man, and avid handyman who could build anything and always wanted to help others.

He loved going to Florida and spending time with many friends there. Floyd had an amazing sense of humor and entertained family and friends on a daily basis.

He was an amazing husband and father and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his children Anne Mooney of Portland, and Kenneth (Sherry) Driscoll, of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Josh (Amy) Driscoll, and Katie (Milan Grubl) Husemann; great grandchildren, Olivia, Mason and Waylan Driscoll; his faithful companion "Ming"; siblings, Joyan (Richard) Holdridge, of Dubuque, Ronald Driscoll, of Ames, Iowa, Marlene (Robert) Schiffer, of Dubuque; broher-in-law Jack (MelRose) Ahlers; and sister-in-law Linda (Kenneth) Neumann, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, MaDonna (Gerald) Schwartz and Clete (Sandy) Driscoll; mother and father-in-law Ed and Wilma Ahlers; brothers and sisters-in-law Martha Driscoll, Sonja Miller and Donald (Rook) Ahlers.

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

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim and Peggy, and to Dr. Mark Moore, his office and his nurse Sandy for all their wonderful care they gave.



Helen R. Grobstick


Helen R. Grobstick, 88, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:25 a.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 10 a.m. on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Services for Helen will be held at noon on Friday, July 21, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Helen was born May 13, 1929 in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Clarence H. and Augusta Marie (Derga) Grobstick. She is a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. She was employed at Iowa National Insurance Company and later at FMC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by a sister, Theresa Hermsen of Dyersville, IA; five nieces and nephews, Paul (Kim) Hermsen, Sue Hermsen, Tim (Sandy) Hermsen, Joe Hermsen, and Jenny Hermsen; a great niece, Payton Mae Hermsen; a great nephew, Jack Edward Hermsen; and three step great nieces, Kelsey (Brett) Gudenkauf, Courtney Steffensmeier and Kylie Steffensmeier; and one great great nephew, Henry Gudenkauf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Clara Mae Grobstick on Feb. 16, 2005 and Lucille Grobstick on October 30, 2012; and a brother-in-law, Clarence E. Hermsen on August 9, 2011.

A Helen R. Grobstick memorial fund has been established.

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



Iva J. (Paramore) Accola


Iva J. (Paramore) Accola, 94, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully at 9:55 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Iva June Duncan was born on June 2, 1923 in Beetown, WI, the daughter of Clyde and Mildred (Foster) Duncan.
She was a graduate of Lancaster High School, class of 1941. Iva worked for 1-1/2 years in a factory to save money to go to nursing school. She entered Michael Reese School of Nursing, Chicago, IL, in of March of 1943 and graduated in March of 1946.

Iva worked in almost every field of nursing in Chicago & Dubuque. She worked as a nursing instructor at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, head nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque and in 1967 went to work at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque and became Director of Education until the hospital closed in 1982. Iva retired from Mercy Hospital in 1983. There is literally too much to list with the jobs she had in the nursing field. She even did some fashion modeling in Chicago in the 1950's. She helped teach the first EMT class in Dubuque in 1973.

Iva married Jerry B. Paramore on Dec. 14, 1962 and they were divorced in 1973. To this union one child was born, Jeffrey A. Paramore in 1967. Jerry died Jan. 1, 1978. She married Arnold J. Accola on Feb. 20, 1976. Arnie preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1998.

She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, a former member of the Grace Lutheran Church and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Iva was a member of the Galena Golf Club for 40+ years. She taught her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren all how to golf. Iva won the Women's Club championship and the Senior Women's championship. She had a hole-in-one at Lacoma Golf Club in 1988. We know she is playing golf in heaven with her brother Leo.

Iva beat cancer three times: breast cancer, ovarian cancer & lastly pelvic cancer where she was told to go home and enjoy the last two years of life with her family. In her own style she said no and found a great doctor, Deb Turner in Des Moines, IA, who did a 12 hour surgery; she has been cancer free since 2006. She came to live with her son & daughter-in-law shortly after that until about seven months ago when she went to Stonehill Care Center.

The last couple of years as her body was slowly starting to fail her, her daughter-in-law, Teri, helped take care of her needs. She could not have loved Teri more if she had given birth to her.

Iva is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Jeff & Teri Paramore; grandchildren, Deeanna Wilson, Mitch Paramore and Russ Paramore; Great-grandchildren, Maiya and Marley Jo Wilson all of East Dubuque; stepdaughter, Joyce (Tommie) Thompson, step-sons, Joe and Bruce Accola; sisters, Wanita (Dale) Tracy and Wanda (Gene) Bartow, brothers, Monroe (Marcine) Duncan and David (Rosemary) Duncan; sisters-in-law, Jean Duncan and Merald Duncan, in-laws, Gerald (Sharon) Accola; also many nieces and nephews that she truly loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-daughter, Kim Accola; brothers, Roy, Clay, Leo and Foster Duncan; sisters, Mavis Knight and Olivia Droullard; and a grandson-in-law, Sgt. Joseph Wilson.

Jeff, Teri and family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and dedication to Iva.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Gerald C. Koeller


Gerald C. Koeller, age 90, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Epione Pavilion Nursing Home in Cuba City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

He was born on April 8, 1927, in the Koeller family farm house that he lived in for all of his life, the the son of Clarence and Ruby (Retallick) Koeller. On November 16, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Nihles at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. They were married for 67 years. Gerald attended Sinners Creek, a one room school house, about three miles from his home. He then attended Lancaster High School where he graduated in 1944.

Gerald was involved in FFA and served as the club's president for three years. He also worked on his family farm and had a job selling shoes. After high school, Gerald wanted to enlist in the United States Navy to serve our country. Instead, he decided to stay home and start his family.

He enjoyed boxing and dancing during his high school years and young adulthood. Gerald always told people he graduated from the "College of Hard-Knocks." After graduating high school, he started his lifelong career as a farmer. Gerald worked many times from dawn until dusk. He was his own engineer designing and building his own equipment he needed in order to farm. Gerald loved horses, especially his horse, Prince. Reading was a favorite past time. He retired from farming in 1990.

The stage of life that he loved most was his midlife because he got to enjoy his family. He and "Mother" enjoyed the company of their family and extended family. There was a lot of laughter on Sunday afternoons when the family gathered in the farm house. Many times, time was spent sitting around the kitchen table talking, laughing, and having a beer together. While enjoying company on a Sunday afternoon, you could expect to find Gerald and his family watching a Green Bay Packer's game. He was also active in the community.

Gerald was a member of the Potosi Township Board, St. Andrew-Thomas Parish Council, AMPI Milk Board of Directors, and the Grant Electric Co-Op, now known as, Scenic Rivers Energy Co-Op Board of Directors for more than 30 years. During that time, he also served on the Dairyland Powers Board of Directors and as Chairman for five years. In March of 2001, Gerald was awarded with WECA's (Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association) highest honor, given annually to recognize service to the rural electric program above and beyond the routine performance of duties. In June 2016, Gerald was an honored guest at the 75th anniversary of Dairyland Power, where he received recognition for his years of service and commitment that he dearly enjoyed.

Survivors include his children: James (Kathy McCartney) Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Monroe Koeller, Leonard "Ben" Koeller and Lenice Flesch; a brother-in-law, Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Stanley) Henry and Delores Nihles; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Gerald was preceded in death by sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; twin sister, Geraldine (John) Skonetch; a brother, Melvin Koeller; sisters-in-law, Mary and Rosemary Koeller; three brothers-in-law, John Flesch, Vernon (Gwen), Robert Nihles; and many members of the Nihles family.

Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Irma M. Hedrick


Irma M. Hedrick, 97 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 15, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Immanuel Congregational, UCC Church, 1795 Jackson Street with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Irma was born on November 25, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Kumpf) Vyverberg. She married Roy Hedrick and he preceded her in death in 1989.

She worked at the former Grover Factory and lastly worked at Hotel Julien in Dubuque.

She enjoyed going to garage sales, needle work, and traveling.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Shirley Schroeder, Richard and Carole Vyverberg and Joan and Clare Snodgrass along with great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, a son Roy Jr.; two brothers Fred and Milton and two sisters Dorothy and Helen.



Daniel P. Meyer


Daniel P. Meyer, 24 of Dyersville, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at home.

A public visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. There will be a private family Celebration of Life.

Daniel was born April 29, 1993, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Russ and Winnie (Strubert) Meyer. He graduated with the Western Dubuque High School Class of 2011, and attended the University of South Dakota. He most recently resided in St. Paul, MN.

Survivors include his parents, Russ and Winnie, a brother, Andrew of Dyersville; grandparents: Kathleen Strubert of St. Louis, MO and Patricia Meyer of Dyersville, IA; aunts and uncles: Patrick (Joyce), Catharine, Thomas, Ellen, Mary Ann, and John (Shelly) Strubert, Lori (Loren) Manternach, Julie Wells (special friend Jerry Prine), Sue (Rod) Lansing, Janet (Tom) Pappas, and Jim Humphreys; and cousins: Aaron Strubert, Hannah (Matthew) Waight, Kristen and Emily Humphreys, Megan (Kyle) Webber, Drew (Stephanie) and Aaron Manternach, Keri and Sara Wells, Ryan and Jerrad Lansing, and Matt and Morgan McNaney.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Strubert, paternal grandfather, Richard "Dick" Meyer, and an aunt, Keri Humphreys.

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



Roger J. Donovan


Roger J. Donovan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:05 a.m., on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Roger's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, Key West, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Roger's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, Key West. Burial will be in Saint Joseph of the Prairie Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born on February 25, 1949, in Dubuque, son of Leo and Bessie (Graham) Donovan.

Since the day Roger was lovingly delivered into the hands of his earthly family in 1949, he has definitely positively impacted all whom would come into contact with him. His never failing warmth, and innocent outlook on the world, were contagious and would surely change your perspective on the important things in life without any effort on Roger's part. He earnestly devoted his working hours within the creative walls of the ARC workshop. Never one to complain, find fault, or look for an excuse; Roger would put his skills to good use and discover true pride in all of his accomplishments. Our hearts break today at the thought of our dear Roger being called home suddenly, but we know that he now rests in the comforting arms of his Savior, and is absolutely enjoying his newly found state of eternal perfection. Job well done Roger; thank you for all of the joy you so effortlessly shared with the world and we will carry the memories you leave behind securely in our hearts and minds until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Roger's memory include

his loving siblings,
Jeanette Fondell, Dubuque, IA,
Doris (Kenny) Wiederholt, Hazel Green, WI
and Rita (Tom) Kurt, Bernard, IA;

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

and his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends at Sunnycrest.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Donovan; and a brother-in-law, John Fondell.

A Roger J. Donovan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Roger's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Roger's friends, along with the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, ARC, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support of Roger, and his family.

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



Joyce A. Blum


Joyce Ann Blum, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly and unexpected on July 15, 2017, at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Joyce was born on September 17, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Ackerman) Blum. She received her LPN from St. Lukes in Cedar Rapids, her RN from NICC and her Bachelor of Science in 1986 from St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

Joyce worked for over 40 years at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque until becoming disabled.

Joyce loved visiting with friends and family; shopping, traveling and of course gambling.

She is survived by her brother Robert and Carol Blum, and her sister Leta and Ralf Schreyer. Nephews Bryan and Marie Blum and their children Nicole and Justin; Brad and Amy Blum, and their children, Madelynn, Benjamin, Allison and Andrew. James and Amy Blum, and their children, Devon, Calvin, Miles and Spencer. Gene and Kelli Blum and their daughter Sarah. Her nieces, Brenda and Mel Schumacher and their children Robbie and Natalie. Betsy and Jeff Grant, and their children Laura and Nicholas. Also her friends that were like family Marge Sweeney, Nancy Thompson, Mitz and Rick Cornish, and Carol Howeler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law Samuel Gene and Linda Blum, her niece Becky Blum and sister-in-law Linda (Lefty) Blum.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family wishes to thank Gene Blum, Mitzi and Rick Corinvh and Nancy Thompson for visiting Joyce regularly in good times and bad. And to all those who provided care for Joyce.



Vernon G. Krogman


Vernon G. Krogman, 79, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Vernon called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa and after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Services for Vernon were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Conway Presiding. Burial was held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa. Casketbearers for Vernon were Adam Krogman, Josh Krogman, Spencer Krogman, Sydney Krogman, Connor Krogman, Sawyer Krogman, Shelby Krogman, Carissa Krogman and Collin Krogman.

Vernon was born February 5, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. On October 19, 1963 he was united in marriage to Raynette Stuart in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 27, 1994.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company in Dubuque, until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by three children, Scott (Sandy) Krogman and Jeff (Michelle) Krogman both of Dyersville, IA and Kevin (Kari) Krogman of Farley, IA; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; five siblings, Rose Greenwood of Farley, IA, Verla Turnis and James Krogman both of Worthington, IA, Richard (Debbie) Krogman of Dubuque, IA and Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Foxen of Dyersville, IA and Harold Tibbetts of Mesquite, NV; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond Stuart Jr. of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Nancy) Stuart of Marion, IA and Cindy Stuart and Gretchen (Dan) Knief both of Dubuque, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Thomas and David; his sisters, Helen (Gib) Bahl, Mary Lou (George) Sorenson, Bonnie Krogman, Kathy Foxen and Carol Tibbetts; a sisters-in-law, Bev Krogman and a brother-in-law, Raymond (Rayse) Stuart.

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



Lois H. Moore


Lois H. Moore, 91, of Maquoketa, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at First Lutheran Church, 210 E. Platt St. in Maquoketa. Pastor Judy Heinrich will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery at Bellevue. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 W. Pleasant St., Maquoketa, and on Saturday, July 17, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the church.

Lois Eileen Hueneke was born January 27, 1926, in Bellevue, the daughter of Herman and Edna (Felderman) Hueneke. She married George Eugene Moore on September 2, 1952, at Wartburg Seminary Chapel in Dubuque in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Eleanor and Eleanor's husband Vernon Griebel.

Lois was a bright and enthusiastic person who loved people and was eager to engage with the world. After leaving her parents' farm at age 18, she became a telephone operator, first in Dubuque, and then in Bellevue, where she met her husband. Lois and George were happily married for 60 years, living in and near Maquoketa for 59 of those years.

In the late 1960s, while running a busy household and raising three children, Lois went back to school and, at age 42, earned the high school diploma that she had never had the opportunity to obtain. After finishing first in her class, she began work as a tax preparer at the Schoenthaler Law Firm. Later Lois began work at Maquoketa State Bank where she was employed for many years. She was very proud of her work at MSB and made many friends there.

She was also proud of her three sons, all of whom received the college education that she wanted them to have. 

Church was always at the center of Lois's life. First Lutheran Church was Lois and George's spiritual home, where they were active servants and leaders. Lois led Bible studies with her church friends until the time of her death.

Lois's full life also included square dancing, horseshoe pitching, quilting, bridge, many fun times with her grandchildren and fabulous pie baking.

She is survived by her three sons, David (Christine) of Janesville, WI, Alan (Judith Fletcher) of Havertown, PA, and Phillip (Jane Anderson) also of Janesville, WI ; eight grandchildren, Caroline (Graham Thorbrogger), Catherine, Madeleine, Peter, Andrew, Alexander, Henry and Charlie, and her great-granddaughter Maeve Eileen Thorbrogger. She is further survived by her double-cousin Shirley Harvey of Cedar Falls, her cousin John (Roberta) Felderman of Dandridge, TN, her brother-in-law Rollo (Janice) Moore of Algona, and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2013, her sister, Eleanor Griebel in 2015, and her brothers, Eldon and Herbert Hueneke.

Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa Community Cupboard, Camp Courageous or the charity of the donor's choice.

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



Harold L. Ellerbach


Harold L. Ellerbach, age 92, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:39 a.m., on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. Burial will be in Mt. 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.

Harold was born on October 16, 1924, on the family farm in Sherrill, son of John and Mary (Freiberger) Ellerbach.

Harold proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII, and maintained a strong sense of patriotism throughout his entire life. He naturally became a hard worker at a young age who devoted his time and talents at the Dubuque Battery Factory to help support his family. After the War, he worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years until his eventual retirement. Harold loved being in the great outdoors, whether it be tending to his bountiful gardens, or just sitting and enjoying the warm sunshine on his face. He also had a great love of children and revealed it in being the "favorite" uncle.

Harold practically circumnavigated the globe as a Navy man (both theaters of battle). He left San Diego and was the first warship to pass through the Panama Canal. Harold had several crossings of the Atlantic ferrying supplies to Europe and bringing German prisoners back to the states. "The U-boats left us alone when we had prisoners on board." Among those 19 trips, a German prisoner in the ship's hold called out his name, "Ellerbach." "He saw my name on my shirt. His name was Ellerbach, too!" Harold recalls. "I think he was glad to be alive."

After Europe, his ship steamed through the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal and on to the Pacific and New Guinea. His ship, the USS Bliss, was heading north to prepare for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima ending the War in the Pacific. "I could feel the ship turn around in the middle of the night," he recalled. "We were heading home." During his service he saw much of England and Europe including Italy, Egypt, India, Burma and several Islands in the Pacific.

Harold has been blessed with 92 years here on this earth, and while we will miss him deeply, we look forward to one day being reunited with Harold, and all of our loved ones, for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Harold's memory include

his siblings,
Leona Breitbach, Dubuque, IA
and Ray Ellerbach, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 nieces and nephews,
Sandy, Judy, John, Debbie, Richard, Sharon, Pam, Dennis, Joe, Nancy, Linda and Merlin;

and his numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, John Ellerbach Jr., Joseph (Catherine) Ellerbach and Eileen (Merlin) Renkert; a sister-in-law, Virginia Ellerbach; and a brother-in-law, Francis Breitbach.

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

Harold's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, especially Al, Luther Manor Home Care, especially Kay, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind and compassionate care of Harold, and his family.

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

 



Rita M. Helbing


Rita M. "Putz" Helbing, 60, of Galena, Illinois, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at home. Services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Rita was born on June 27, 1957, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, the daughter of Francis and Flora (Grossglauser) Wand. She worked as a supervisor at Swiss Colony for 16-17 years.

Rita enjoyed going to the casino, traveling, yard work and mowing. She was an avid Bears fan and loved to give Packer fans her opinion. Rita enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She was very family oriented. No matter what happened in our lives, she always stood behind us and made sure we had everything we needed. She raised us all to be good people and be there for our own families. Rita always called it like she saw it, right or wrong, she stood by her feelings.

Survivors include her husband, David M. Spaur, of Galena; two sons, Michael A. (Bri) Helbing, of Janesville, WI, and Thomas J. (Jessy) Helbing, of East Dubuque, IL; a daughter, Sara A. (Josh) Droessler, of Potosi, WI; three grandchildren, Hailey, Kendra and Cooper; her mother, Flora (special friend, Dewey Storla) Wang, of Dickeyville; a sister, Cindy (Tim) Murphy, of Denver, CO; and a brother, Steven (Linda) Wand, of Dickeyville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Wand; a sister, Laura Wang; and a brother, Dennis Wand.

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



Marilyn H. Hefel


Marilyn H. Hefel, 77, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Marilyn may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2017 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.

Marilyn was born August 15, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arno and Armella (Roth) Kuhl. She received her education in the Holy Ghost school and the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. On October 22, 1960 she was united in marriage to Clair Hefel at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and baking.
She enjoyed bowling and her bowling league tournaments, she was an Iowa basketball fan and Chicago CUBS fan. She enjoyed her vacations, 22consecutive years to Branson with her husband and lifetime friends, Duane and Marion Besler. She often enjoyed bus trips to shows and casinos, she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Red Hats "Nifty over Fifty" Society, and the Epworth Gun Club.

She is survived by her husband, Clair Hefel of Epworth, IA; Steve (Linda) Hefel, Mark (Rhonda) Hefel, and Jeff Hefel all of Epworth, IA, Dale (Diane) Hefel of Farley, IA, Mike (Paula) Hefel of Dubuque, IA, and Lynn (Eric) Jones of Appleton, WI; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Mae Grotkin of Plymouth, MN and Betty (Bill) Fritz of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Arno Kuhl Jr.; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Beresford; a brother-in-law, John Grotkin; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Manor Care Health Services for all the wonderful care given to Marilyn.

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



Chris L. Plumley


Chris L. Plumley, age 61, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 10:14 p.m., on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Chris' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Chris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Chris was born on December 30, 1955, in Denver, Colorado, son of Donald and Lulubell (Allen) Plumley Sr.

Chris spent his early years growing up in an abundantly loving family of 10, and early on developed his positive work ethic while helping his father in the family gas station. Chris enjoyed both sports and theater in high school and was well known for his renowned version of "Blue Suede Shoes". Chris was eventually united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Georgette "Gigi" Wise, on July 16, 1983, and their union has been truly blessed with almost 34 wonderful years, and 2 absolutely adored children together. Chris would earnestly provide for his family by investing over 23 years as a draftsman at ERTL, before his most recent opportunity to share 7 years of his time and talents with the Almon Company. When Chris wasn't at work his passions would land him in a welcoming pew at Holy Ghost Church, on two wheels with the open road moving quickly below him, loyally navigating the links chasing that elusive hole in one, sitting down to watch his favorite Hawkeye's or St. Louis Rams take the field, or even relaxing in the kitchen with a little Beatles in the background while he created his latest delicious dish to share with his loved ones. Now, there is no doubt that Chris was a perpetually jolly man who was always willing to share his joy with the world around him, but he was also even kind enough to teach any unsuspecting new Monopoly challenger how rules can sometimes be quite fluid depending on the tables owner. His love and adoration for his family, especially his beautiful wife and children, are surely beyond measure and will definitely be replicated within his generations to follow. Unfortunately, we must sadly try to grasp a new world where Chris is no longer physically present among those who knew and loved him. His swift absence has shaken us at our core, but in time we will find the fond memories which Chris leaves behind will begin to outnumber the tears in our hearts. We will be forever grateful for the 61 years the Lord shared this amazing man with us and find comfort in knowing that we'll all get to see his sincerely happy smile again one day.

Those left to cherish Chris' memory include

his wife,
Georgette "Gigi" Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Jon Plumley, Dubuque, IA
and Molly (Evan Heil) Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Lulubell Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donnie Plumley, Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Carl (Tanya) Plumley, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Rick) Cottrell, Dubuque, IA,
Brenda (Bruce) Oertell, Livonia, MO,
Mike (Nancy) Plumley, Elkader, IA,
Barry (Michelle) Plumley, Hillburn, NY
and Elly (Mike) Day, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Marilyn (Harold) Brehm, Kieler, WI,
Kathleen (Bob) Johns, Cuba City, WI
and Bob (Brenda) Wise, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Donald Plumley, Sr.; his father and mother-in-law, George (Lorraine) Wise; and his sisters-in-law, Mary Plumley and Linda (Terrance) Stoffel.

In lieu of flowers, a Chris L. Plumley 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



Eldon J. Steffensmeier


Eldon J. Steffensmeier, 86, of Dyersville died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord Military Honors. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Eldon was born July 3, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier. He married Clara Mae Menke on December 29, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Dyersville.

He has been on the Board of Directors at Farmers Shipping for over 46 years and enjoyed playing cards and watching the Cubs. He loved his red tractors. He was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his children: Joan (Earl) Hosch of New Vienna, Carol (Jim) Meisgeier of Manchester, John (Nancy), Tom (Rose) and Pat (Laurie) Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville, and; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; siblings: Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross and Alice (Rick) Nadermann of Dyersville; in-laws: Eugene Prier , Agnes Steffensmeier, Elaine Steffensmeier, and Rosemary Menke, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; a granddaughter, Paula Hosch in infancy; siblings: Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Florence (Joe) Meis, Lucille Prier, Art Steffensmeier, and Donald Steffensmeier; and in-laws: Victor Menke, Anton (Rose) Menke, and Aloysius (Doris) Menke.

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

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Center, Mercy Medical Center, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care in Dad's final months.

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



Justin R. Oglesby


Justin R. "OG" Oglesby, age 29, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at home. To honor Justin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Justin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Justin was born on February 1, 1988, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Marilyn (Mauer) Robinson.

Justin was lifelong resident of Dubuque. In his free time, Justin enjoyed fishing on the river, working on and racing his RC trucks, listening to music, hunting and morel hunting. Justin's friends were very important to him and he cherished the memories he made with them. He was well known for his quick sense of humor and sarcastic remarks, always made with a sense of fun intended. He also had a knack for fixing things and enjoyed tinkering around the house with different projects. Justin has been taken from us much too soon, but we take comfort in the fact that he is now at peace.

Those left to cherish Justin's memory include

his parents,
Marilyn and Brett Robinson, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Luke (Haley) Mauer, Dubuque, IA;

especially close family member,
Leigha Barton, of Virginia;

his grandmother,
Janet Entringer, Dubuque, IA;

his godmother,
Rhonda (Chet) Knake, Bellevue, IA;

his godfather,
Jeremy (Andrea) Biederman, Dubuque, IA;

and several aunts and cousins,
Melody Thiltgen, Dubuque, IA,
Memory (Bob) Barton, Mauston, WI,
Alan (Ami Johnson) Biederman, Dubuque, IA,
Coni (Jay) Villar, of Louisiana,
Dawn Niles, of Virginia,
Ryan Mauer, Dubuque, IA
and Madyson, Londyn, Tyson, Tyler, Cole, Kylee, Allie, Kassidy, Natasha, Ashton, Kristen, Jevon, Carter and Jacqueline.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stan Mauer, Ray Entringer and Jerry Robinson; an uncle, Vince "Butch" Mauer; and his best friend, Sam Harris.

Justin's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Conway Chin, and his nurses, Doris and Tina, for going above and beyond taking care of Justin from the first months he was paralyzed, your care and concern meant everything to him. Also a special thanks to all of those who stood by him through thick and thin, ups and downs, Tim, Zach, Kim, Fee, Joe, Tony, Jeffy, Gronen, Adam Rheault, Diane and Bob, and anyone we missed, thank you for everything.

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



Maverick James Meyer


Maverick James Meyer, 15, of LaMotte, Iowa passed away on July 10th, 2017.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Maverick was born on July 16, 2001 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Matthew and Nicole (Kremer) Meyer. He was going into his junior year at Dubuque Senior High School.

Maverick was a kind, loving, funny, smart young man who had an infectious smile. If you were ever down, his presence would boost you up.

He is survived by his parents, Matt and Nicole of LaMotte; his sister, Montana; grandparents Gerald and Beth Kremer and Rick and Patti Meyer; great grandparents, Rosemary Kremer, and Jim and Jean Steil; his uncle and godfather Jesse (Steph) Kremer; his aunt Geri (Kevin) Kalb; cousins, Regan and Charlotte Kalb and Henry Kremer; his godmother Kathy Kremer; along with many great aunts and uncles that loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Norman and Norma Hubbard, Leo and Lavon Meyer and Earl Kremer. His great uncles Kevin Kremer, Mike Meyer and Jamie Meyer and cousin Clayton Kremer.

In Lieu of flowers a Maverick James Meyer memorial fund will be established.



Margaret L. Cigrand


Margaret L. Cigrand, 98, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Monday, July 10, 2017, at 12:46 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Margaret may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and CDA rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. Services for Margaret will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Margaret was born February 17, 1919, in Stuart, Nebraska, daughter of Mahlon and Mabel (Wymore) Shearer. Margaret grew up on the family farm north of Stuart with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She is a graduate of Stuart High School in Stuart, Nebraska. After high school Margaret worked various office jobs in Nebraska, prior to taking a job in Hollywood, California. She loved to talk of her time in Hollywood, where she worked in the fashion industry. She also loved to tell of her train trip from Nebraska to California where she met her future husband, Carl Cigrand, who was stationed in San Diego.

On March 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Carl O. Cigrand in California. They made their home for many years in Cascade, Iowa. She worked at the John Deere dealership with Carl, and they shared a love of travel, wintering in Texas for many years. He preceded her in death on September 6, 1997.

She also loved playing bridge weekly with her bridge group and was an accomplished seamstress.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Catholic Daughters of Americas Our Blessed Mother Court #1926.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Mame) Cigrand of Freeport, IL, Jane (Ed Pfab) Cigrand of Basalt, CO, Nick (Carole) Cigrand of Cascade, IA, Karla (Rick Leyendecker) Cigrand of Iowa City, IA; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Sandra Cigrand on January 2, 2011; two brothers, Wayne and Richard Shearer; two sisters, Ava Jean Rador and Helen Henry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Camp Courageous.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Riverbend and Shady Rest for the thoughtful care and support they gave to Margaret.

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



Blanche Laura Johnson


Blanche Laura (Collins) Johnson, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 suddenly at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Eugene Kutsch officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Blanche was born April 20, 1933 in Dyersville, the daughter of Harry and Laura (Jaeger) Collins. She was raised in Dyersville, and graduated from Xavier High School in 1951. She went on to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, and Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque, graduating with her R.N and B.S.N. in 1956. On August 25, 1956, Blanche married Kenneth Johnson, son of the late Viola and Ken Johnson. She practiced her nursing overseas while her husband Ken served there in the military. Upon returning, she practiced nursing at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque until its closing, and retired from Mercy Health Center in 1993.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Parish, and was a member of the St. Anne Church Circle, the Rosary Society, and the Mother of Mercy Mothers Club, serving as President Leader in 2001. She was also a member of Mercy School of Nursing Alumni and Alumni member of Marycrest College.

Blanche enjoyed walking, boating, golfing, gardening, and fishing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. Family was always her number one priority. A very faith filled woman.

Blanche is survived by her husband of 62 years of happy marriage, Kenneth, of Dubuque; her children, Patrick (Shari) Johnson, Laurie Ann (Terry) Dolphin, Michael (Geri) Johnson, Kevin (Rhonda) Johnson, and Daniel (Jennifer) Johnson; and 15 grandchildren, Rachel K. Johnson, Kenny Mike Johnson, Addison C. Johnson, Calvin J. Johnson, Katelyn M. Dolphin, Collin M. Dolphin, Nick M. Dolphin, Erica R. Johnson, Autumn E. Johnson, Sean M. Johnson, Emma T. Johnson, Ben P. Johnson, Ellie L. Johnson, Sydnie W. Schilling, and Spencer C. Schilling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Lisa Mary Johnson in 1963.

A memorial fund has been established in Blanche's memory. Condolences may be sent directly to the funeral home.

God Bless, God Love, Hugs and Kisses Always.

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



James J. Kircher


James J. Kircher, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Jim was born on September 23, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ignatius and Mildred (Winders) Kircher. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1958 and Loras College in 1966. On September 2,1967 he married Margaret "Peg" Vogel at Nativity Catholic Church.

Jim received his CPA on February 4, 1970 and eleven years later, founded Jim Kircher & Associates, P.C.

Jim's pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He was a huge Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed yardwork and running. His favorite "meeting" was every Wednesday with his fellow "Gubs". Jim was a member of St. Columbkille parish for over 48 years and past president of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are his wife, Peg of Dubuque; his children Michael (Beth) Kircher of Dubuque and their children Katherine, Bridget, Maria and Theresa; Annemarie (Dennis) Day of Dubuque and their children Maggie, Jake and Adeline Olson and Maddy and Ethan Day; Kathy (Scott) Arlen of Grand Rapids, MI and their children Connor, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Natalie; his brother Ron (Mary) Kircher of Fulton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church or the James J. Kircher memorial fund.



Nora D. Staack Artus


Nora Dorothea Staack Artus, 101, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 13at St. Peter Lutheran Church, where friends may call from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Nora Dorothea Staack Artus was born July 31, 1915, in Farmersburg, Iowa. Born to William and Hattie (Rieckhof) Staack, Nora grew up in Clayton Center, Iowa, and worked in her father's grocery store. Following the death of her father in 1937, Nora and her mother moved to Dubuque.

During World War 2, Nora worked as a riveter at Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in Buffalo, NY. After the war, Nora returned to Dubuque and worked at Iowa Egg Products Company and Caradco. She married Donald (Ducky) Artus and they enjoyed retirement years in Las Vegas, NV, until Don's death in 1975. After his death, she moved back to Dubuque.

Nora enjoyed sewing and needlework. She made countless afghans. dish cloths, and doilies for family and friends. Nora was a long-time volunteer at Finley Hospital and Luther Manor. She made and donated over 10,000 rattles used to help bond mothers-to-be with their unborn child.

Nora loved music and dancing. She was a member of the Dubuque song and dance group, the Flora Doras, for many years. Nora was a member of Dubuque Packer Pals.

Nora was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters- Marie Wilke and Wilma Hense, and two stepsons Loren & Wayne Artus, her brother-in-laws Eldon Wilke, Fran Hense and Merlin Artus. Nora is survived by her son Dwight Artus of Dubuque, one grandson, four step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Betty Artus and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Luther Manor.



Larrie W. Owczarek


Larrie W. Owczarek, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:20 p.m., on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Larrie's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Larrie was born on August 5, 1924, in Majaczewice, Poland.

Larrie unfortunately spent some time in Germany during World War II in a work camp. Thankfully, while there though, he met his destined true love and future bride to be, Maria. Eventually, after they were united in marriage, and the war ended, the couple came to the United States in 1951 with their first 2 children. They were generously sponsored by Dr. Johnston, and faithfully worked on his farm until finally receiving their United States Citizenship in 1957. Larrie was a very hard and diligent worker who devoted 35 years of his labors to the Kretschmeer-Tredway Company as a stainless steel welder. He also enjoyed putting his talents to use in the evenings repairing both watches and clocks. Larrie's faith was important to him and he was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. In his free time, Larrie enjoyed turning the wrenches on his vehicles and occasionally trying his luck at the casino. Larrie's 92 year journey has come to its conclusion and we are grieving from the loss of such a wonderful example of a real man from our world, but we also know that Larrie is surely happy to be reunited with his lovely wife, Maria, once again and that all the trials they faced here on earth are nothing more than memories for us to bear now. Well done Thy good and faithful servant and may God keep you both in the peace of His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Larrie's memory include

his 3 children,
Henrietta (Jim) Crumes, Vinton, IA,
Matthew Owczarek, Dubuque, IA
and Joseph Owczarek, East Dubuque, IL;

his 5 grandchildren,

his 4 great-grandchildren,

and his 3 great great-grandchildren.

Larrie was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Maria Owczarek.

A Larrie W. Owczarek memorial fund has been established.

Larrie's family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their compassionate and professional care.

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



Eunice F. Banwarth


Eunice F. Banwarth, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 9, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Eunice was born on November 12, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Fannie (Burkhardt) Sitterly. She married Charles Banwarth on December 30, 1942 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2010.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Eunice enjoyed listening to music. She was a homemaker and took great pride in caring for her family. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Her children share a deep love for the sweet gentle loving person she was.

She is survived by her children, Judy Hafeman, Jane Buti, Jim (Francine) Banwarth, all of Dubuque; Joan (Denny) Shields, of Monfort, WI, Mary (Jerry) Klimesh, of Cuba City, WI, and Dan (Toni) Banwarth, of Peosta. 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, grandson Michael Christopher Klimesh, great grandson Cole Thomas Shields, sons-in-law Roger Hafeman and Otto Buti; her sister Carol (Charles) Heeren, and brother Walter Sitterly.

In lieu of flowers a Eunice F. Banwarth memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Manor, Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Amy for all their care and kindness they gave to Eunice.



Margaret C. Halvorson


Margaret C. Halvorson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, July 9, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

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

Margaret was born on June 11, 1932 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to William J. and Anna L. Rielly. She married Harley McGranahan and they had seven children. She was later married to Ed Halvorson.

Margaret owned and operated Easy Ed's and enjoyed cooking for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Bob McGranahan of Darlington, WI, Anne (Joe) Veach of Spragueville, IA, Jerry (Peg) McGranahan of DeWitt, IA, Deanna (Jim) Lux of Peosta, IA, Lisa (Keith) Clausen of Preston, IA, Patty (Ben) Keating of Maquoketa, IA, and Mike (Marlene) McGranahan of Maquoketa, IA; 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen of Oxnard, CA, and Patty of Syracuse, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers Ed, Larry, Bill and Mike Rielly, and one granddaughter Sue Ellen Veach.

Memorials may be directed to the family in her honor.

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



Donald H. Wubben


Donald Henry Wubben, 82 of Dubuque, IA passed away at home on July 7, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Don was born December 2, 1934, the second oldest of 14 children in Galena, Ill., to Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1957 and was stationed in Korea.

He married Marilyn Hoff on July 9, 1960, at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue, IA.

Don retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1992 after 31 years of service. After his retirement he enjoyed helping people with home improvement projects.

Don was an avid Cub's fan and enjoyed passing the time with daily Suduko puzzles and a hobby of electronics.

Most importantly he loved spending time with his family, playing with grandchildren, ¬and socializing with friends over coffee. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh and smile.

In his lifetime he can say he has seen the Cubs win the World Series and a U.S. President named Donald.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three daughters Cheryl (Scott) Zimanek, Carla Collins, Denise (Grant) Stejskal; five grandchildren Stephanie, Christopher, and Lindsey Zimanek, Dana Collins, and David Stejskal; great grandchild Mason Lenninger; Siblings Darlene Scharpf, Ralph (Darlene) Wubben, Marian (Ardell) Hoff, Leota McQuaid, Elaine Semrow, Rosella Hying, Agnes (Larry) Ter Maat, John Wubben, Joeseph (Kris) Wubben, and Joann (Phil) Winn, sisters-in-law Lois Wubben, and Phyllis Borcherding, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben; siblings Ray Wubben, James Wubben and Eileen Jaeger; brothers-in-law Bill Scharpf, Ron Hying, Dale Semrow and Merlin Borcherding, nephews Michael McQuaid, and Frankie Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Donald H. Wubben Memorial Fund has been established.



Philip F. Schromen


Philip F. Schromen, age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 p.m., on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Philip's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Philip's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Philip was born on March 24, 1959, in Dubuque, son of Vincent R. and Ruth E. (Gaherty) Schromen.

Philip was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jeanine Egli, on June 24, 1988, and they were truly blessed with 29 wonderful years together, and 3 children. Philip diligently invested over 30 years of his working career with Prairie Farms, and was quite proud of the fact that he was able to discover retirement at the prime young age of 49. Philip has always treasured every opportunity to get out and ride his bike, but after retirement his love for the open road, or the most recent benefit run, were surely embraced with a newly found and invigorated passion. All who knew Philip personally would easily admit that he was a strong-willed man; but as much mischief as he would discover in his youth, he would completely override with his devotion to all he cared for along his journey. If you were a family member, or friend of Philip's, you could easily rest assured that he would definitely be there for you if the opportunity ever arose to prove his loyalty. Philip was an extremely fun loving soul who impacted the world around him in more ways than we can ever possibly count. Our hearts ache at their core today after the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. We will have one final toast to Philip at the Boat Club, while we both laugh and cry, as we cherish all the funny memories he leaves behind. Our tribe of 7 is now down to 6, and we are sad that God took the best home first, but we know we'll all be reunited again one day and the status of favorite will obviously be up for open debate once again.

Those left to cherish Philip's memory include

his loving wife,
Jeanine Schromen, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Andrew Schromen, Centralia, IA,
Justin "Bubba" Schromen, Asbury, IA
and Shelby Lynn (Wes Madden) Schromen, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his grandchildren,
Brayden Madden, and a beautiful baby girl on the way;

his siblings,
Aya (James) Brimeyer, Hazel Green, WI,
Julie Schromen, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Ron) Gulyash, Dubuque, IA,
Vincent "Bill" (Debbie) Schromen, Hazel Green, WI,
Joellen Schromen, Evansville, WI
and Caroline (Bruce) Bush, Dubuque, IA;

his mother-in-law,
Grace Egli, Washington, IA;

and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Michael (Pearl) Gaherty and William (Louisa) Schromen; and his father-in-law, John Egli.

In lieu of flowers, a Philip F. Schromen memorial fund has been established.

Philip's family would like to thank Chuck and Becky, not only for all of their friendship over the years, but for so easily helping to make Philip's heart smile one last time!

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

 



Sr. Tresa Klein

Sr. Tresa (Tresain) Klein, OSF 95 passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Clare House. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.
She was born February 28, 1922 in Granville, Iowa the daughter of Jacob and Cecelia (Goebel) Klein. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister was missioned in Dubuque at St. Mary's Home, St. Francis Home and Mount St. Francis; in Iowa at Pomeroy, Leeds and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, New Hampton, and Remsen. In her time at Mount St. Francis she was an Artist in Residence.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Evelyn and brothers-in-law Edward Penning and Julius Penning; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 71 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Agnes Klein, Ann Penning, Mary Ann Penning, and Sister Oda Klein, OSF; brothers Nick Klein, Henry Klein, Lawrence (Luella) Klein and Leo Klein.

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.

Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St., Dubuque is in charge of the arrangements.



Arlene L. Warren


Arlene L. Warren, 94, of East Dubuque, IL, formerly of Dupo IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at home.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Mrs. Warren was born on April 19, 1923 at Columbia, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore and Matilda (Eckert) Eschmann.  She was united in marriage to Milan Warren on December 13, 1941.  He preceded her in death on February 22, 1989.

Arlene was formerly employed at Prince-Gardner Manufacturing Co., in St. Louis, MO, retiring in 1985.  She loved working crossword puzzles, gardening, her flowers, fishing and watching MSNBC.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane (Don) Kussmaul of East Dubuque and Donna (Ron) Juris of Bloomington, IL, a daughter-in-law, Carol (Cletus) Hermann of Springfield, MO; seven grandchildren, Scott, Kent, Sean, Laura, Seth, Brett and Ryan; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Drew, Maggie, Olivia, James, Cameron, Brooks, Emmalyn and Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Matilda; her husband, Milan; a son Dale Warren on Nov. 30, 1985; and numerous brothers and sisters.

An Arlene Warren memorial fund has been established for a charity of the family's choice.

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

 

 



Carlyle E. Said


Carlyle E. "Carl" Said, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at home, surrounded by his daughters.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday 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 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity with Fr. Jim Miller officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bellevue, IA, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Carl was born June 16, 1929, in Maquoketa, son of Alva and Ethel (Schoemaker) Said.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948.  He married Dorothy Michel on January 23, 1951 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue.  She preceded him in death on January 7, 2005.

He entered the US Naval Reserves on April 3, 1954 and was honorably discharged as a Machinist Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class on April 2, 1958.

Carl was a tool and die maker for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. As a man with a drive to work, he then worked as a greenskeeper at Lacoma Golf Course for over 20 years.

He enjoyed tinkering around the house and yard, visiting and helping neighbors, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed Ashley's volleyball years. He also loved gardening, and baking his cakes and pecan pies.

Carl is survived by two daughters, Nancy (BG Robert (ret.)) Felderman and Jane (Mark) Smith, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Jacob (Martina) Felderman, Jamie (Scott) Borland, Ashley (Dallas Rolwes) Smith and B.J. Smith; and three great grandchildren, Alexander, Adeline, and Mirabel.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Carl Engel; brothers Louie Sade, Ed Said, sister Lee Krier, and step-brother, Bill Engel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, whom the family thanks for the compassionate care of Carl and support of the family.

Online condolences may be made at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 

 



Melvin M. Leibold


Melvin (Mel) M. "Chub" Leibold, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Nativity Church with Rev. James Miller officiating.  Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 656 of Farley.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:30.

Melvin was born on February 24, 1928 in Farley, Iowa, the son of John Thomas and Elizabeth (Pins) Leibold. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Farley High School in 1945. Melvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On June 3, 1953, he married Virginia "Ginny" Smith in Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2011. Melvin worked for Meadow Gold Dairy delivering to schools, restaurants, stores, and scout camps; and later was a route salesman for Kretschmer Tredway; enjoying the many people he met along his routes. He was a faithful and dedicated Catholic and a lifetime member of Nativity parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510 of Dubuque and the American Legion Post 656 of Farley, Iowa, for 60 plus years. 

Melvin was a kind, gentle and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to go dancing with his sweetheart Ginny, enjoyed the backyard patio cookouts, preparing waffles, attending many of the grandchildren events, relaxing at Leisure Lake, playing euchre, word search puzzles, and the many road trips he made with family and friends.  His favorite trip was to the ice cream shop!  He volunteered at Nativity Church and the Knights of Columbus for many years. In September 2011, Melvin was given the opportunity to be a part of the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, for his service and sacrifice for his country.

Surviving are his children Tom (Zelda) of Davenport, IA, Terry (Joan), Kathy "Kat" and Tim (Laurie) all of Dubuque, IA, Krista Beidler of Rockford, IL and Karla Durgin of San Angelo, TX; his grandchildren Brian (Tiffany), Keith (Samantha), Jeff (Tracy), Amy, Amanda (Eric) Canada and Andrew Healey; his great grandchildren, Gavin, Brady, Allyson, Carter, Stephanie, Madelynn, Olivia and Lane; and extended step-family members; his sisters-in-law Ruth Leibold, Veda Smith, Mitzi Hosch, Sally Coyle, Karen Smith and Kay Smith; his brothers-in-law Charlie Hoefer and Virgil Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ginny; his sons-in-law David Durgin and William Beidler; his brothers Emil (Betty) Leibold, Raymond (Mary) Leibold, Charles (Irene) Leibold, Donald Leibold, Loras Leibold and Leo Leibold; his sister Rosie (Les) White; his brothers-in-law Melvin Coyle, Dave Hosch and Jim Smith; his sisters-in-law Dorothy "Dutch" (Paul) Lehman, Mary Smith, LaVon Hoefer and Margie (Carl) Frank.

A Melvin Leibold memorial fund has been established.

The Leibold family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the care givers of Melvin throughout the years.



Janet K. Willenbring


Janet K. Willenbring, 67, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away after a short battle with lung cancer, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at St. Mary's Campus of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday, July 10 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. Monday, July 10, 2017, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Janet was born August 21, 1949, the daughter of Donald and Eileen (Westemeier) Huberty.  Janet graduated with the first class at Beckman High School.  She married James Willenbring on January 16, 1971 in Dyersville, Iowa. 

Janet worked in the mental health profession for over 30 years.  She loved caring for her flowers and became a Master Gardener. Janet was an avid bowler, she bowled in Dyersville, Dubuque and Farley.  She was a past Vice President of the Farley Women's Association and previously on the Board of Director's for Dubuqueland Bowling Association.  She was a diehard Republican and spent many years on various boards in the city and county.  She loved her family's pets, as well as her own.   Janet's grandchildren meant the world to her, she will be missed dearly.     

Survivors include her husband, Jim, children: Julie (Doug) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, Judy Dean of Dyersville, Joe (Shana) Willenbring of Dyersville, Jill (Nathan) Black of Farley, grandchildren: Taurus Black and Allyssa Dean, in-laws: LeRoy "Sal" Willenbring of Earlville and Olga Willenbring of Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Hilda Willenbring, granddaughter, Isabelle Dean at birth, siblings: Jack Huberty, in-laws: Ervin Willenbring, Patricia Willenbring.

Janet's family would like to thank the ICU nurses at St. Mary's Campus for their care, compassion and support.

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

 

 



Harriette Bernice Meyer


Harriette Bernice (Borne) Meyer, 96 of St. Mary's Apartments Dubuque was called home by her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center.

According to her wishes a private family service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Harriette was born on November 12, 1920 in Decorah, Iowa the daughter of Fred and Stella (Anderson) Borne. She was previously married to Delbert Meyer in 1951.

She worked as a waitress and hostess for many years with much of her time employed by the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Harriette was known for walking long distances around Dubuque. She cherished her faith, her family and her independence.

She is survived by her son Steven (Rosemary) Meyer, her step-daughter, Jacquelyn Meyer; granddaughter Stephanie who was the light of her life along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Donald Borne and a sister Margaret (Cecil) Tomkins.

The family would like to thank all those that showed their support these last few months. A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially our special angel Allison, along with Carol Vaassen, Kathy Kluesner, Mickey Buechele (her special niece) and Pastor Kincaid and the Our Redeemer members.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church School.

 



Bernice M. Snyder


Bernice M Snyder, 86, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA, formerly of Hazel Green, WI, died Monday, July 3. 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center.

She was born on August 19, 1930, on the family farm in Bellevue, IA, daughter of Maynard and Ruth (Tucker) Hartung.  She married Alfred Snyder on June 2, 1954, at St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue, IA.  Together, they operated the Snyder Family Farm, and she was also formerly employed at St. Dominic Villa. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Kieler, WI.

Surviving are three children Sharon Snyder of Hazel Green, WI, Jean (Larry) Ginter of East Dubuque, IL, and Edward (Michelle) Snyder of Hazel Green, WI; 7 grandchildren Amanda (Douglas) Voss, Amy (Mike) Shireman, Angie (Kurt) Curtis, Andy (Melissa) Ginter, Ashley (Jonathan) Reuter, Brandon Snyder and Samantha Snyder; 13 great grandchildren; sister Mary (Earl) Fischer of Dubuque, IA; sister in law Bernadine Hartung of Preston IA; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Alfred Snyder, son Daniel Snyder, parents Maynard and Ruth Hartung, grandson Adam Ginter, siblings Lawrence (Rita) Hartung, Loras Hartung, Joseph Hartung, Kathleen (Leroy) Kilburg, and Madonna Kirk.

A Bernice M Snyder Memorial Fund has been established. 

A special thank you to the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care of Bernice.  

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

 

 



Herbert P. Craven, Sr.


Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., age 77, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Estate Cemetery, Elmhurst, PA.

Paul was born on January 31, 1940, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, son of Herbert J. and Annette M. (Bischoff) Craven.

Paul honorably served his country in the United States Marines Corps from 1957-1960, and all who knew and loved Paul can testify that the lessons, and pride, he gained during his service were absolutely instilled within the core of his being and became an integral part of his entire earthly journey. Upon his return to civilian life, Paul began his career with Union Hoermann Press and would loyally devote over 33 years of his time and talents with his company, co-workers and friends, until his well earned retirement had finally arrived. In his free time, Paul enjoyed sitting down to the weekly NASCAR races, or hitting the open road on his bike to feel the freedom of the wind in his hair. But, let's be sure to understand that family was always the most important aspect of Paul's life. Paul continually sacrificed for his loved ones in many forms; it could simply be some generous help with a current project, or the ever-present compassionate attendance during a health issue which was made much easier because of his strong hand by your side. Paul has left behind a firm example of how we care for those we love and his legacy of strength, courage and "stubbornness within the struggle" will be carried forward for generations to come. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our father, grandfather and friend, but we know that the last couple of years have been very difficult for Paul, and we are forever grateful that he is finally at peace and we'll surely see him again one day where he'll definitely be eager to get us caught up on all the new stories he's been waiting to share.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his 9 children,
Dan Davis, Burnsville, MN,
Kelly (Keith) Kettler, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Phil) Kellam, Virginia Beach, VA,
Nancy Hamill, New Orleans, LA,
Herb Craven Jr., Burnsville, MN,
Connie Craven, Eagan, MN,
Chris (Kristine) Craven, East Dubuque, IL,
Amanda Craven, East Dubuque, IL
and Jeffrey (fiancé Jody Pratt) Craven, East Dubuque, IL;

his 12 grandchildren;

his 3 great-grandsons;

and his beloved canine companion,
Vareck.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, David Davis.

A Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Paul's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, caring and professional care they provided for Paul and his family.

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

 



Linda S. Gonner


Linda S. Gonner, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, July 3, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Linda Sue Waite was born on April 20, 1956 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Wayne and Mary Lou (Meyer) Waite. She attended Spragueville country school and Preston High School. She married Douglas Joseph Gonner on September 10, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Linda first worked at National Lock in Sabula, Iowa. She then worked for ten years as a Tube Pusher at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa, the place where she met Doug. Lastly, she worked as a welder at Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa from 1994 until 2003.

Linda was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa where she served as a trustee. She enjoyed making crafts, her pets, camping and especially fishing. Her biggest joy was being Grandma.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include her husband, Douglas Gonner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tracy Boring of Bettendorf, IA, Brian Gonner of Maquoketa, IA, and Nick Gonner of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; a brother William "Bill" Waite of MN; sisters, Deborah (Ken) Drury of Miles, IA, Connie Waite of Anamosa, IA, and Julie (John) Mauro of Maquoketa, IA.

Linda was related for over 40 years to her mother-in law Betty Gonner of Bellevue, IA; sister-in laws, Joan (Rich) McKim of Monticello, IA, Mary (Mike) Petrek of Fairless Hills, PA; Lori (Todd) Byerly of Bettendorf, IA; Paula Villhauer of West Branch, IA; brother in laws Gary Gonner of Maquoketa, IA and James Gonner of Andrew, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Mary Lou, her father-in-law Milton Gonner and her grandson's mother, Amanda Bruns Gonner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Sue Gonner memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



John F. Hosier


John Frederick Hosier 91, of Dubquue, Iowa passed away on July 2nd, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 7th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass.
John was born on December 24, 1925 in Hopkinton, Iowa the son of Frederick and Ethel (Eigenberger) Hosier. He served the US Army during WWII and was a member of the 1255th Combat Engineer group.

He married Margaret "Marge" Horan on February 5, 1948. John retired from Dubuque Pack and FDL. After retirement, he worked in security for three years and then delivered flowers for 13 years for Unique Boutique.

He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the 700 Club and also a Poker Club member for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and sitting in the sun, but most importantly he loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Marge of 69 years; seven children, Jim (Donna) Hosier, Pat Hosier, Mike (Paula) Hosier, Tim (Marcia) Hosier, Kathy (Mark) Corcoran, Mary (Paul) Meus, and Diane (Aaron) Lincoln. 19 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two grandchildren Hailey Lincoln and Nathan Corcoran.

The family wishes to thank their neighbors Dave and Rosie Deluhery for all their help over the years; to Dr. Schultheis and the Oncology Department, Dr. Brian Sullivan and his staff, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Dubuque.



Jeanette K. Lemmer


Jeanette K. Lemmer, 76 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 1st, 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jeanette was born on June 4, 1941 in Dubque, Iowa the daughter of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and on September 13, 1988 she married Ralph Lemmer at Summit Church in Dubuque. Together they ran Hilltop Videos on University in Dubuque for 15 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, loved her cat and listening to country western music.

She is survived by her sister Sandy (Myron) Cole; her aunt Effie Schloz and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ralph; and two brothers William and Joe Korman.

The family wishes to thank Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Dr. Delbert O. Williams


 

Dr. Delbert O. Williams Jr., M.D. 88 of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. Private burial will be held in Stockton, Illinois. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Delbert was born on January 9, 1929 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Delbert Sr. and Cecil (Hermann) Williams. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Stockton high school in 1947. Delbert received his degree in pre-med from the University of Dubuque in 1951 and graduated from the University Of Illinois School Of Medicine in 1955. On August 8, 1952, he married Arlys "Jean" Kannegieter. Del served in the U.S. Air Force before moving back to Stockton where he and his partner, Dr. Lyle Rachuy practiced medicine for 25 years. Del then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where retired in 2000 after practicing another 25 years of family medicine. During his career as a physician, he and Jean volunteered on numerous medical mission trips to other countries providing aid to those people in need. Del and Jean have resided in Dubuque since 2006.

Surviving are his wife Jean of Dubuque; 2 sons, David (Karen) Williams of Des Moines, IA and Bob (Penny) Williams of Dyersville, IA; his grandchildren David (Amber) Williams Jr., Michael (Betsy) Williams, Sara (Avery) Williams and Bobbi Rowe; his great grandchildren Victoria and Reese Williams and Addysen and McKynlee Rowe; his sister Marlene (Merle Bardell) Hocraffer of Freeport, IL; his special cousin Dora "Dee" (Billy) Smith of California and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hocraffer.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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

 

 



David J. Breitbach


David J. Breitbach, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. 

Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 3 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque and from 11:30- 12:15 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. 

David was born on February 17, 1957 in Dubuque, the son of Frank and Arlene (Ley) Breitbach.

On June 20, 1981 he married the love of his life, Victoria FitzPatrick at Nativity Catholic Church. They recently celebrated 36 years of marriage.

He attended Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1982.

David was employed at a Dubuque based accounting firm until he joined Crossing Rivers Hospital, where he was currently CFO. For over 22 years he was active in implementing positive changes within the hospital. His co-workers became family, and he could not have reached his career goals without their support and friendship.

David was very involved in his community. He was currently serving as a Park Board Member for the City of McGregor. One of his favorite projects was creating what is now, Determination Park.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in McGregor. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf with his friends, being outdoors and riding his motorcycle. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Victoria; children, Elizabeth (Gary) Graeser, of Independence, IA., David (Holly Lynch) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Christine (Christopher) Wildrick, of Ankeny, IA., Frank (Katie Backes) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Taylor (Jasmine "Ali" Goforth) Breitbach, of Clover, S.C. and his "adopted son", Jeff Lenton, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Gabrielle Breitbach, Samuel and Nicole Graeser, Taylor Lily Breitbach, and Hailey, Paige and Megan Lynch; great- grandchild, Kai Rackers; siblings, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena both of Dubuque; Frank "Pedro" (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, NM; Richard (Judy) Link of Farley, IA; Sue Link of Dyersville, IA; Charlie Link of Buena Vista, IA; Bob (Mary) Link of Colesburg, IA; Barb Coghlan and Bev (Bob) Hodgson both of Dyersville, IA; Judy (Dennis) Ellerbach, of Holy Cross, IA; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, IA; and in laws John (Kathy) FitzPatrick of Dubuque, Mary (Lenny) Droessler of Balltown, Lorna (Mike) Duvinski of Schwenksville, PA, Kathy (Richard) Hoffmann of Peosta, IA, Jim FitzPatrick of Dubuque, IA, Frank (Anissa) FitzPatrick of Marion, IA, Robert (Laura) Fitzpatrick, Michael (Angie) FitzPatrick, Thomas (Megan) FitzPatrick and Marty (Rachel) FitzPatrick all of Dubuque, IA; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Arlene Breitbach- Link; step-father, Elmer Link; step- brother, Tommy Link; step-sister, Dianne Jaeger; sister-in-law, Joan Breitbach and brother-in-law, Ron Riekena.

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

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

Special thank you to the staff at Crossing Rivers Hospital, Sam and Julia Nelson, and to all of Dave's many friends 



Calvin R. Folman


Calvin Richard Folman was born on May 28, 1977, in West Allis, Wis. He left us far too soon after his 40th birthday, on June 29, 2017.

Cal grew up in Dubuque and loved his "hometown." He had many friends and seemed to know everyone wherever he went. He worked for many years as a skilled carpenter and could design and build just about anything that could be envisioned.

He was an artist as well as accomplished musician, who organized and played in several bands over the past two decades. Wherever he was, his guitar was always close by.

Cal lived life on his own terms. Though he struggled with personal issues, he never gave up. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held for family and friends. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother and stepfather, Jody and Bob Iler, Dubuque; brother, Jon Clinton Folman, Iowa City; grandfather, Frank Hanson, Platteville, Wis.; uncle and aunt, John and Tracy Hanson, Danielsville, Penn.; uncle and aunt, Edward and Deborah Ryan, Simpsonville, S.C.; great aunt, Faye Folman, Lake Geneva, Wis.; cousins; many friends; and his dog, Milo.

Cal was welcomed into eternal life by his father, Frank W. Folman; grandfather, Frank R. Folman; grandmother, Elizabeth A. Hanson; great uncle, Richard Folman; and great-grandmother, Helen Folman.

Rest in peace, Cal. We love you.

Memorials for his family may be mailed to the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, who is assisting the family.

 

 



Walter D. Katuin


Walter D. Katuin, 83, of Asbury, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5 at the funeral home.

Walter was born October 21, 1933 in New Lisbon, WI, the son of Richard and Josephine (Harris) Katuin. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He married Mary Scheibe on October 6, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Walter owned and operated Katuin Brothers Trucking for many years. He was a member of Kiwanis International and the Iowa Motor Truck Association. Walter and Mary enjoyed ballroom and country dancing together, and were members of the All Star Country Dancers. He had a passion for music, especially the steel guitar. Walter played guitar with the Over the Hill Gang Band, with whom he entertained at many local nursing homes.

Walter is survived by his wife, Mary, of Asbury; three sons, Kevin (Cindy) Katuin of McKinney, TX, Ken Katuin of Denver, CO, and Kurt (Jill) Katuin of Cedar Falls, IA; three grandchildren, Allison and Madelynn Katuin, and Rachel Trahan; four great grandchildren, Stella Trahan, and Greyson, Gabriel, and Genevieve Villarreal; his brother, Allan (Iva) Katuin of Daytona Beach, FL; his sisters, Marcella (David) Hough of Reedsburg, WI, and Ada (Roger) Naylor of Heavener, OK; and his in-laws, Jean Hammel, Joan Schmitt, Judy (Dick) Hierstein, and Joyce (Dick) Leibfreid.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother in law, Tom Hammel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter D. Katuin Memorial Fund, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Grand Meadows; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay, Melissa, Amy, and Suzanne.

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

 



Teresa V. Ulbrich


Teresa V. Ulbrich, 94, of Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI, formerly of Tennyson, WI and Homosassa, FL, passed away Thursday evening, June 29, 2017 at Epione Pavilion.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Jim McHenry concelebrating.  Burial will be in Fountain Memorial Park, Homosassa, FL.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Teresa was born on June 19, 1923 at Detroit, MI, the daughter of George and Katie (Lindenmuth) Jacobs.  She was united in marriage to Marcellus Ulbrich on Sept. 9, 1944 at St. Bridget Church in Detroit.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2002.

She was a current member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.  Teresa was very active with the K. of C. Ladies Auxiliary both in Wisconsin and Florida.  She was an accomplished artist, and also enjoyed bingo, poker and working with her plants. Teresa was very devoted to her faith, was a former housekeeper for St. Andrew's Parish in Tennyson and a bookkeeper for Gene Droessler & Sons Construction Co.

She and Marcellus were very close to all of their nieces and nephews, hosting many family and friends who came to visit.

Surviving are her loving nieces and nephews, the Droesslers' (Maureen, Gene Jr. & "Loni", Mark & Sue, Bruce & Mary Jo, Eric & Terry, Luke & Suzanne, the Hartls' (Danny, Chuck & Kathy, Jane & Steve and Peggy & Jack, the Wagners' (Jane & Leo and Nick & Melody.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marcellus, in-laws, Lorraine (Ray) Hartl, Rita (Gene) Droessler, Sr., and Marion (Don) Wagner, (Floyd Faust), and nephews, Dale & Fr. Mike Hartl, Don Droessler and Carl Pickel, Jr.

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

Teresa's family wishes to thank the staff of Epione Pavilion, especially her Angels in the Reflections Unit for the wonderful care Teresa received and to Kim of Grant County Hospice for her kindness, guidance and care during this time.

 

 



Mary E. Walters


Mary E. Walters, 86, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Barn at Calkins Square in Wyoming, Iowa.  Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Eleanor Hansen was born on April 26, 1931, in Elwood, Iowa, to George P. and Adah (Martin) Hansen.  She graduated from Wyoming High School where she was an All-State basketball player.  She then attended AIC in Davenport where she was captain of the traveling basketball team.  They went on a six week goodwill tour that traveled through Mexico and all Central American Countries to Panama.  On July 26, 1952 she married Donald W. Dirks in Iowa City, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on July 31, 1978.  She married Rodney Walters on March 23, 1985 in Wyoming, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 2013.

Mary had worked as an accountant for Bill Helms, Inc. (Strieter Motors) in Davenport for several years and then moved and worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper   for over 41 years retiring in 2002. 

Mary was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as treasurer of the Mary Rebecca Circle.  She had also been a member of the Red Hat Society and the Clinton Engines Historical Society.

Mary enjoyed traveling, gambling, golfing, playing cards, riding motorcycles, dancing, and most of all attending all sporting events of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Debi (Joe) Hronik of Davenport, IA, Jeff Dirks of Center Junction, IA, Steven (Cindy) Dirks of Wyoming, IA, and Sharon (Mike) Holmes of Delmar, IA; step-children, Jeff (Donna) Walters of Lisbon, IA, and Debra (Thomas) Vaccaro of Williamsburg, VA; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and brothers, George (Herta) Hansen of Wyoming, IA, and John "Bill" (Lola) Hansen of Wyoming, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald and her husband Rodney, a son Daniel, brothers Rex and Dale, and sisters Maxine, Charlene, Doris, Ellen and Georgeann. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary E. Walters memorial fund has been established.

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



Shirley A. Noonan-Harry


Shirley Ann Noonan-Harry, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Private Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Shirley was born January 23, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Gladys (Sawvel) Menadue. She married William "Bill" Thomas Noonan on June 26, 1952 in Dubuque. Together, they battled the cancer that would take Bill away from her at the young age of 43. Together, they had four children, and with the first "Sailor" Bill's early passing, Shirley was both mother and father to Scott and Amy, the two youngest children still living at home. On September 7, 1991, Shirley married William "Bill" Harry: "Sailor" Bill #2. She loved Bill so much that at times she could not bear it when he was not with her. Shirley was employed as a housekeeper for Dubuque Schools, St. Anthony's School, and at Luther Manor, from which she retired after 20 years.

Shirley lived the simple life, never wanting or expecting anything, instead cherishing any and all of the simple blessings. But mostly, she cherished time with her husband, kids, and grandkids. Shirley was known for her big blue eyes that would light up a room, especially when her grandchildren visited. As much as she loved them, it cannot go without mention how much she loved and adored her two "Sailor" Bills.

She is survived by her husband Bill; her children, Candace (Charles) Jenaman, Sandra (Vinod) Sheth, Scott (Julie) Noonan, and Amy (Eric) Amberg, all of Dubuque; two step children, Michael (Nanae) Harry of Helinski, Finland, and Billy Harry of Dubuque; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; her siblings, Charles (Judy) and Thomas (Janet) Menadue, Jackie Entringer, Richard (Sherry) and James Menadue, Tricia Dix, Sharon (John) Hartig, and Vickey (Michael) Noonan; her in-laws, Pat Luedtke and Bonnie Harry; her dear friend, Maxine Menadue; and her beloved dog, Cash.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Raymond Joseph Jenaman; her step daughter, Catherine Ann Bednar; her special aunt, Ruth Elliott; and her in-laws, Carl Entringer, Sharon Menadue, Richard Dix, and Shirley King.

Memorials may be made to the Shirley Noonan-Harry Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank all the doctors at Medical Associates who have cared for her over the years; Hospice of Dubuque; and Dubuque Specialty Care.

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

 

 



Daniel Brown


Daniel "Spike" Brown, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Spike was born January 12, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of LeRoy and Louise (Kintzle) Brown. He married the love of is life Marilyn Schmal on January 27, 1962 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marilyn preceded him in death on August 14, 1993.

Spike was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Volkswagen, and Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing; Spike retired from the Stamp in 2006 after working there for 40 years.

Spike was a car enthusiast, and enjoyed using his encyclopedia of knowledge to work on cars. He loved sharing this knowledge and teaching others. Spike was an avid drag racer, racing in his beloved 1967 Mustang until he was 65 years old. Spike frequently attended Graffiti Nights, and chatted it up with his car buddies. Supporting the American worker was important to Spike, and he held a deep patriotism in his heart. He was a devoted family man who was proud of his family-especially his grandson. One of his favorite family activities was playing Playstation golf; Spike would of had trouble making it to the PGA Tour, but always had a fun time playing nonetheless.

Spike also enjoyed spending his evening playing his guitar.

Spike is survived by two children, Dean Brown of Dubuque, and DeAnna "Sis" (Ken) Dausener of New Vienna; his grandson, Joshua Dausener of New Vienna; a brother in law, Jerry (Lynn) Schmal of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Katie and Phyllis; and his brothers, Merlin, Donald, and LeRoy "Buzz". Brother-In-Law Charlie and Sister-In-Law Rita.

Memorials may be made to the Daniel "Spike" Brown Memorial Fund.

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



Gerald C. Theisen


Gerald C. Theisen Sr., age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:38 a.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gerald's life, funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Michael Hutchison officiating. To celebrate Gerald's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Gerald was born on January 19, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clement Peter and Mary Elizabeth (McClain) Theisen.

Gerald was a lifelong Dubuque resident and a proud graduate of Nativity School. He was a hard working man, who faithfully devoted 23 years of his working career to the Dubuque Community School District as a Utility Person, until his well deserved retirement in 2001. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Irene Kelly, on September 25, 1965, at St. Anthony's Church. They were blessed with 51 wonderful years together and one son. Gerald was loving husband, father and grandfather who continually provided a positive role model for the generations below to follow. We will surely miss our dear Gerald, but we know that our separation is temporary and that one day we will all be reunited again for our eternal family reunion.

Those left to cherish Gerald's memory include

his loving wife,
Irene Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Gerald (Jeanne) Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Jesse Theisen,
Deanna (John) Theisen-Peiffer
and Alec Theisen, all of Dubuque, IA;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Madelyn Peiffer,
Julia Peiffer
and Benjamin Peiffer, all of Dubuque, IA.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; and a younger brother, Kenneth Theisen.

A Gerald C. Theisen Sr., memorial fund has been established.

Gerald's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Gerald and his family.

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

 



Verna M. Klostermann


Verna M. Klostermann, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 3, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Verna was born September 1, 1926 the daughter of John and Anna (Willenbring) Schlichte.  She married Arthur L. Klostermann on February 12, 1946 in Dyersville.  Together they farmed northeast of Dyersville. Verna was a Saint on Earth. She was the mother of 12.

Verna taught her children the meaning of due diligence and follow-through as well as letting go and letting God.  Hence, the message of "Never surrender except to God."  She is the definition of Gracious and Giving. Verna will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her children, Dave (Pam) Klostermann of Davenport, Lois (Chuck Crone) Lenz of Waseca, MN, Mary Lou Hanish of East Lansing, MI, Steve (Elaine) Klostermann of LeRoy, MN, Joan (Denton) Ketels of Eldora, IA, Robert (Lois) Klostermann of Arvada, CO, Rick Klostermann, Theresa (Chris) Prier both of Dyersville, Jane (Michael Stell) Murillo of Waukee, IA, Marcia (Rob Butts) Klostermann of Smithville, MO, Sharon (David) Trenkle of Buena Vista, CO, 28 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, in-laws: Alma Willenborg, Mildred Schlichte, Ardella Schlichte, Lila Clemen, Vera Kroeger and Lorraine Klostermann.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arthur, daughter, Patricia Lahey, sons-in-law: Jim Lenz, Wayne Hanish, Rich Murillo, siblings: Clarence (Julia), Lorraine (Mark) Pins, Joe (Germaine), Elmer, Alvin, Bernard Schlichte, in-laws: Rita (Jim) Duetmeyer, Vince Clemen, Ruth (Joe) Lansing, Gary Kroeger, Alfred Klostermann.

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

 

 

 



Ruth H. Elliott


Ruth H. Elliott, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:40 p.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Ruth's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ruth was born on August 31, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leslie and Emma (Kemp) Sawvel.

Ruth was proud to be born, raised and live in Dubuque for her entire 94 year journey here on earth. She eventually crossed paths with the love of her life, Frank Elliott, and the couple was united in marriage on October 11, 1941, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 44 wonderful years together, and 2 children, before Frank was called home ahead of her on February 15, 1986. Not only did Ruth put her domestic talents to good use nurturing her family, but she also served others with the Dubuque Community Schools for 21 years, and even devoted another 8 years to Luther Manor before finally retiring. Ruth was a truly a faith filled woman and was quite content and fulfilled to be a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Ruth enjoyed a little "retail therapy", watching her favorite TV programs, and keeping up with the instant buzz about the community by listening to her scanner. Ruth's greatest joy, however, came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who undeniably meant the world to her. Ruth's departure from our immediate lives was more sudden than we were prepared for, but we are absolutely blessed with the memories, lessons and love she leaves behind and we are thankful that she is, once again, holding hands with her beloved Frank.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her 2 children,
Phyllis Behrens, Dubuque, IA
and Michael (Mary) Elliott, Round Lake Park, IL;

her 6 grandchildren,
Lisa (Dan) Nicks, Dean (Kelly) Behrens, Ryan (Lisa Ridgely) Elliott, Michelle Elliott, Matt (Lauren) Elliott and Mitchell (fiancé Erin McGhee) Elliott;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Carson Behrens, Kyle Behrens, Danielle (Ben) Landgraf, Sam Nicks, Malik Clarke and Marcus Marcado;

and her 2 great great-grandchildren,
Lily Landgraf and Caison Behrens.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Elliott; 3 sisters, Dorothy (Lester) Thoman, Gladys (Charles) Menadue and Mae (Joe) Tschiggfrie; and 2 brothers, Leslie (Ruth) Sawvel and Donald (Katherine) Sawvel.

A Ruth H. Elliott memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ruth's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their compassionate and loving care of Ruth and her family; especially Deb, who went above and beyond.

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



Carol Ann Langel Platz


Carol Ann Langel Platz, 66 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, in Dyersville Iowa, after a courageous battle with cancer with the family by her side.

Visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday July 3, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating.

Carol was born December 5, 1950 at home in Luxemburg, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Henrietta (Kluesner) Langel. She married Charles Platz on August 31st 2013 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Carol graduated from Leo High school in Holy Cross, she worked at Ertl Company for 29 years, and she then worked at Modern Fold for 12 years. She loved spending time at their cabin on Lake Dehli, and she spent countless hours tending to her yard and flowers. She was an avid Hawkeye fan and Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie, siblings: Wilfred Langel of Oelwein, Richard (Margie) Langel of Oelwein, Charles Langel of Waterloo, Robert Langel of Dubuque, Verna Mae White of Monticello, Patricia Vaske of Garnavillo, Eldora (Anthony) Koopmann of Dyersville, in-laws: Robert (Rosie) Platz, Dan (June) Platz both of Dyersville, Dale (Sue) Platz of Omaha, NE, Carol (Chuck) Wessels of Dubuque, Sandy (Dwight) Schoening of Glenwood, IA, Jane (Bill) Sullivan of Oakdale, MN, Susan (Brad) Helle of Cedar Rapids, sisters-in-law: Shirley Langel of Mt. Pleasant and Helen Langel of Luxemburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Henrietta Langel, sister, Kathy Kerper, brothers: Jerome and Bernard Langel, parents-in-law: Gib and Valeria Platz, sisters-in-law: Evey and Judy Langel and Darlene Hoffmann, brothers-in-law: Marvin Vaske and Jim Kerper, niece & nephews: Christopher White, Charlie Langel II and Mary Langel.

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



Kent David Frommelt


Kent David Frommelt, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Kent was born on November 19, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Charlene (Blum) Frommelt. He married Sharon Steffen on November 10, 1973 at St. Joseph the Worker in Dubuque.

He worked at Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque for 47 years. He enjoyed sitting on the picnic table in the back yard with friends and family. Kent Enjoyed working on cars, always loved VW's especially his VW bus.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Sharon; daughter Robin Uzel; son David (Ashley) Frommelt; grandchildren, Zachary and Christopher Uzel and Maddie and Mason Frommelt; his siblings, Kay Waller, Mark (Gert) Frommelt, Kris McKinze, Wendy Renne, and Gene Frommelt; his father-in-law Jerome Steffen Sr.; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Kay Oberhoffer, Jerome (Marge) Steffen, Jr., Charles (Nancy) Steffen and Nancy (Mike) Frlton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Craig Frommelt; brothers-in-law Don Waller and Mike Oberhoffer and mother-in-law Lorraine Steffen.

In lieu of flowers a Kent David Frommelt memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Tony Heiar at Dubuque Internal Medicine and their nursing staff, especially Sandy for all their wonderful care.



Ruth Ann Zimmerman


Ruth Ann Zimmerman, 87, of Maquoketa, IA passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family Saturday evening, June 24th, 2017.

Her life will be celebrated July 8, with visitation from 9:30 to 11:15 A.M. followed by an 11:30 service, at First United Methodist Church,1019 Wesley Street in Maquoketa, where Ruth Ann was a longtime active member. 

Ruth Ann was born December 19,1929, to Benjamin Flora and Grace Flora (Hedrick) in St. Louis, MO. She spent her childhood in nearby Brentwood, MO with her older siblings, William (who recently passed away) and Margaret. She graduated from Brentwood High School in June of 1947.
The popular cheerleader and prom queen met the love of her life, Dwight Zimmerman, while visiting her mother in Menahga, MN the following summer. Dwight was a 21 year old World War II veteran and Ruth Ann liked that he seemed older.

Ruth Ann returned to St. Louis in the fall and Dwight soon followed on a train for a visit. He showed up with a jar full of baby bullheads, a favorite of Ruth Ann's, and the intention of making her his wife. She returned to Menahga where they married in Dwight's parent's home December 19, 1947, Ruth Ann's 18th birthday.

Their marriage lasted 35 years until Dwight's passing in 1982. Their time together was filled with many adventures. Tragically they lost their first child, Steven Earl, two days after his birth. Soon after, Dwight left to serve in the Korean War. After returning, Dwight earned an education degree and their life began in earnest. They put down roots in Maquoketa but traveled often and spent summers in Menahga. Along the way, they welcomed sons Scott, Dana, Jeffrey and a daughter, Jill.

At 38, Ruth Ann returned to school and graduated in three years with a four year degree in Special Education from the University of Dubuque. She taught at Maquoketa High School for 23 years. She was also involved with the Maquoketa Education Association, Beta Sigma Phi, PEO International and was a lifelong member of the National Education Association of the United States.

Ruth Ann retired in 1994. She split time between homes in Maquoketa, Bradenton, FL and Menahga.

She loved swimming, walking, reading, fishing, spending time at the beach and traveling, including to celebrate any family event. She was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. She sought out a bridge game whenever possible and scheduled plans around Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She was a gifted conversationalist with a razor sharp wit and excellent memory. Those skills shined through especially when spending time with friends and, most of all, her family. She lived with a deep faith in Jesus Christ, read her Bible daily and belonged to churches in each state she resided. She looked forward to her eternal life and said she had a lot of people to see.

She will be remembered dearly and missed by many. They include her sister, Margaret Micka of Bradenton, FL; her children Philip Scott Zimmerman (Barbara Hohmann) of Maquoketa; Dana Keith Zimmerman (Mary) of Ames, IA; Jeffrey Dwight Zimmerman of Maquoketa; and Jill Louise Osterhaus (Dan Mortenson) of Eagan, MN; sister-in-law Carol Larsen (Al) of CO; as well as 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Memorials preferred in lieu of other expressions of sympathy and will support Ruth Ann's favorite charities.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.



Catherine A. Young


Catherine A. "Katie" Young, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home to the loving arms of her Lord, at 11:02 p.m., on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Katie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Katie's life, family and friends may visit from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on June 2, 1919, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges Sr.

Katie was a proud, lifelong resident of Dubuque. She grew up learning the value of having a strong work ethic, and would faithfully devote 8 years of her life to working at the Battery Factory, and another 27 years at the Dubuque Packing Company until her well deserved retirement. Katie's faith was very important to her, and she was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Church and their rosary society. In her younger days, when she found a little free time, Katie could be found "cutting a rug" at the local dance halls. As adulthood progressed, Katie eventually discovered her love for flowers and went on to take meticulous care of her lawn and gardens until her hands could no longer toil in her yard. Throughout her entire life though, family was always the most important priority in each and every day, and her greatest joy eventually became being a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Katie always made everyone feel special and adored, and we will greatly miss her presence in our daily lives. Her 98 year earthly journey is now complete, but we look forward to seeing her again in eternal perfection while residing within her heavenly mansion.

Those left to cherish Katie's memory include

her 3 children,
Janice Goetzinger, Marion, IA,
Richard Young, Dubuque, IA
and Karen (Bill) Walsh, Peosta, IA;

her 10 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Roger (Stella) Tigges, Dubuque, IA
and Joan Klaas, Cuba City, WI.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Jim Goetzinger; 3 sisters, Martha Tigges, Marlene (Gilbert) Nadermann and Elaine (Chuck) Kruser; 4 brothers, Oscar (Delores) Tigges, Jr., Arthur (Lee) Tigges, Wilfred (Arla Mae) Tigges and Jerry (Stella) Tigges; and a brother-in-law, John Klaas.

A Catherine A. "Katie" Young memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Katie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Finley Hospital for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Katie and her family.

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

 



Ruth A. Urbain


Ruth A. Urbain, 88, of Epworth, Iowa died Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:54 p.m. at Manorcare Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Ruth may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Ruth will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Rev. Eugene Kutsch will be concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Ruth was born December 26, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Ella (Berg) Kutsch. She is a graduate of the former IC Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. On April 11, 1964 she was united in marriage to Jerome Urbain at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for several years. She enjoyed helping to serve at Parish funeral dinners and attending the monthly dinners with her classmates. She enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren and playing bingo.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Urbain of Epworth, Iowa, 3 children, Joanne (John) Miller of Davenport, IA, and their children, Jamie, Jana and Jay Miller; John (Van) Urbain of Epworth, IA; and Joyce (Randy) Frasher of Cascade, IA and their children, Samantha and Josey Frasher; her sister-in-law, Margie Kutsch of Dubuque, IA and sister and brothers-in-law, Mary Katherine Lassance of Epworth, IA, Donna Flynn of Dubuque, IA, Elaine Decker of Fountain Hills, AZ, Jane Sweeney of Epworth, IA, Ellen and Don Lindauer of Cascade, IA, Nora (Bruce) Cottrell of Dubuque, IA, Joe O'Brien of Cascade, IA, and Bill (Karen) Adams of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Jeanette (Leo) Heitzman, Ethel (Joe) Spautz, a twin sister, Rose (Ryan) Keuter, brothers, George Kutsch, Robert Kutsch and Eldon Kutsch; sisters-in-law, Joanne Adams and Monica O'Brien and brothers-in-law, Dave Lassance, John Flynn, Bud Decker and Lloyd Sweeney.

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



Karen M. Chesterman


Karen M. Chesterman, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Karen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Karen's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery.

Karen was born on July 19, 1944, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred F. and Alice C. (Steines) Trute.

Karen graduated as Salutatorian from Marquette High School in Bellevue, with the class of 1962. Karen was a hard working woman who faithfully invested over 28 years of her time and talents with the City of Dubuque as the Deputy City Clerk. She was also very active socially and was a member of many different organizations including; Toastmasters Club #1337, where she was a past president, a Charter member of the Professional Women's Network, and the Dubuque Morning Optimists, where she was a past president and life member. Karen was also a faith filled woman who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church; where she sang in the choir, served as a lector, and was also a member of the Power of Prayer, CEW, Emmaus Communities, and was also proud of her accomplishments with the Downtown Ecumenical Brown Bag Bible Studies. Karen had a great appreciation for history which led her to write "Choices, Chances and Serendipity", a presentation she was eager to share with all who would listen. She also wrote two City Hall history brochures and recorded city history in over 25 books of meeting minutes. Karen was also the proud owner of an extensive collection of postcards from Dubuque, Bellevue and Union Park. She also thoroughly enjoyed traveling and was a past vice president of the Dubuque Friendship Force. When she had a few minutes of down time, Karen enjoyed reading, collecting books, photography and tending to her beautiful flower gardens. Her greatest joy however, was simply spending personal and precious time with her family, especially her grandchildren. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother, grandmother and friend, but discover subtle moments of comfort in knowing that she is now at home in heaven, free of the health issues that have plagued her these past months.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include

her 2 sons,
David (Coleen) Chesterman, Burke, VA
and John (Kari) Chesterman, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Stephen, Michael, Emma and Zachary Chesterman;

a sister-in-law,
Janeane Trute, Walkertown, NC;

a close cousin,
Sandra Johnson, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces and a nephew,
Lisa (Charlie) Peele, Pilot Mountain, NC,
Lori (Randle) Hernandez, Greensboro, NC
and Roger (Betty) Trute, Walkertown, NC.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Edwin Sprank; her brother, Wilfred "Bill" Trute; and her close friend, Harry Neustadt.

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

Karen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Karen and her family.

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

 



John G. Hinz


John G. "Jack" Hinz, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, June 23, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A funeral mass celebrating Jack's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:30 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

John Gilbert Hinz was born on September 22, 1924 in Charlotte, Iowa, to John H. and Meta (Weideman) Hinz. He grew up in Elwood and attended Elwood country school. He then worked as a farm hand prior to entering the military. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II receiving an honorable discharge. He married Agnes M. Smith on October 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Garryowen.

Jack worked at the Maquoketa Company and then Clinton Engines for 28 years as a maintenance foreman. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for ten years as a maintenance machine repairman, retiring in 1988.

Jack was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 55 year member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He also had been a member of the IAM Union while working at Clinton Engines, and the UAW while working at Caterpillar.

Jack enjoyed fishing, coaching baseball, and spending time with family attending his children and grandchildren's sporting and school activities. He could fix anything, spending countless hours in his garage repairing items. He was a Jack-of-all-trades.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife, Agnes M. Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; children, John (Twyla) Hinz of Morton, IL, Gil (Sherry) Hinz of Dubuque, IA, Tom (Karen) Hinz of Pontiac, IL, Steve (Alesha) Hinz of Odell, IL, and Diane (Ron) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Margie Smith of Bella Vista, AR; 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers Henry, Orval, Ed and Ernie, and 5 sisters, Lillian Swanton, Norma Shirley, Rose Collins, Alma Koontz and Caroline Streets.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, or any hospice of the donor's choice.

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

 



Sister Mary Supple, OP

Sister Mary Supple, OP (Marie Jarlath), age 89, of Saint Dominic Villa, was called home peacefully at 3:55 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Saint Dominic Villa, surrounded by her fellow loving Sisters and caretakers. To honor Sister Mary Supple's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse. To celebrate Sister Mary Supple's life, family and friends may visit after 5:15 p.m. at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Saint Clara Cemetery, Sinsinawa.

Sister Mary Supple was born on August 2, 1927, in Chicago, IL, daughter of John and Bridget (Henneberry) Supple.

Sister Mary was professed August 5, 1948. She joyfully taught music at Blessed Sacrament School, Sioux City, Iowa, for five years. She then began her mission in the intermediate grades; for eight years at Annunciation, Minneapolis; for one year at St. Luke, River Forest, IL.; and for six years at Immaculate Conception, Chicago. She next taught math for three years at St. Cajetan, Chicago, and then tutored, first at St. Richard, Omaha, and then at St. Sabina, Chicago, with another year of teaching at Sacred Heart, Rockwell, Iowa. For four years she taught math at Rosary School, Oklahoma City, before returning to St. Sabina as an upper grade teacher in math and computers for 20 years; from 1980 to 2000. After retiring, she served in various ministries in community life--at Trinity Convent, River Forest; Divine Providence Convent, Des Plaines; Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; and at St. Dominic Villa. Sister has faithfully devoted her time here on earth to the service of others and to her Lord, and now surely finds peace and comfort in the loving arms of her Savior while again enjoying fellowship with her family and Sister's who've been called home before her.

Those left to cherish Sister Mary Supple's memory include
her brother,
Francis Supple;

numerous nieces and nephews;

and her fellow Sisters in faith, the Dominican Sisters.

Sister Mary Supple was preceded in death by her parents.

The Dominican Sisters would like to thank Dr. Jeff White, his nurses and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and compassionate care and support of Sister Mary.

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

 



Marion C. Wagner Faust


Marion C. Wagner Faust, formerly of Sherrill and Key West Iowa, went to her Heavenly home on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

Funeral services will be at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa on Monday, June 26 at 10:30am. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Visitation also after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on November 17, 1925 in Potosi, Wisconsin. Marion graduated from High School in Tennyson, Wisconsin and went to nursing school at Mercy in Dubuque, Iowa. Graduating with an RN degree. Marion worked for many years as a nurse in Dubuque.

Marion married Don (Butch) A. Wagner on April 12, 1947. They were Dairy Farmers for many years in rural Sherrill. Don passed away on October 22, 1984. Marion later married Floyd Faust in 1992. Floyd passed away on April 20, 2011.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents - Cornelius and Francis Ulbrich, two sisters, Rita (Gene) Droessler, Lorraine (Raymond) Hartl, and one brother Mar Ulbrich.

Marion is survived by one sister in law, Teresa Ulbrich, one son, Nick (Melody) Wagner of Dubuque, one daughter, Jane (Leo) Becker of rural Waterloo; six grandchildren, Melissa, Emily, Tyler, Brittany, Cory and Tony; and nine great grandchildren; she is also survived by Floyd's family; Edwin (Linda) Faust, Dick (Betsy) Faust and Jack Faust.
Marion loved to dance, golf, bowl, play cards and spend time with her family and friends.

Marion was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who loved to spend time with her family and always had a smile on her face.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice or St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill.



Dennis E. Zimmer


Dennis E. Zimmer, 66, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, in Dubuque, Iowa after a courageous battle with Cancer.

Friends and relatives of Dennis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, June 26, 2017. Services for Dennis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Dennis was born April 17, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, WI, son of Edward and Thelma (Check) Zimmer. He graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, WI. On November 7, 2003 he was united in marriage to Marge Wilgenbusch at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Dubuque, IA. She preceded him in death on August 5, 2015.

Dennis worked for 24 years as a truck driver for Ag Trucking until his retirement in January 2017.

Dennis had a love for traveling; he especially enjoyed the local food and craft beers while on his trips. He also enjoyed afternoon drives and spending time with his family.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish.

He is survived by three children, Tori (Brian) Morrow of Muskego, WI, Cheri (Keith) Zenz of Potosi, WI, and Kim (Todd) Then of Cascade, IA; three step children, Rodney Hodgson of Shawano, WI, Kristi (Chris) Klein of Byron, MN, and Scott (Jen) Hodgson of Epworth, IA; 15 grandchildren; two sisters, Diane (Jerry) Klein of Dodgeville, WI, Darlene (Gary) Welch of Janesville, WI; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doris Wessels of Epworth, IA, Cheryl (Bob) Hird of Dubuque, IA, Tom (Lavonne) Wilgenbusch, Dan (Connie) Wilgenbusch both of Epworth, IA and Steve (Janet) Wilgenbusch of Antioch, TN; Kay Wilgenbusch of Epworth, IA, Ronnie Connolly of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one granddaughter.

The family would like to give special thanks to his medical team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA for the wonderful care and support they gave to Dennis.

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



Arlene K. Abbott Smith


Arlene K. Abbott Smith, 79, of Roswell, Georgia, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at the Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"™ in remembrance of Arlene on Friday, September 29, 2017, from Noon to 3 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Arlene Katherine Redeker was born on February 5, 1938 in Mason City, Iowa, to John William and Katherine Wilhelmina (Scheef) Redeker. She was a 1956 graduate of Mason City High School and then attended Drake School of Nursing. She married Robert Wesley Abbott on May 17, 1957 in Mason City, Iowa. To this union 4 children were born: Rhonda, Kaye, Robert and Wesley. Robert passed away on February 21, 1982. She later met and married Donald Ray Smith on November 27, 1998 in Audubon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. 

Arlene had worked as a secretary for Culligan Water, as a teller at Maquoketa State Bank, and lastly as a librarian at the Maquoketa Public Library.

Arlene had been active in her community throughout the years donating her time, talent and resources. A few of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Welcome Wagon as a hostess for six years, Meals on Wheels Board Member, Wa-Tan-Ye officer, BPW Member, Tuesday Club officer and member for 23 years, Order of the Eastern Star, the Rainbow Girls, and the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. While her children were growing up she had served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a 40 plus year member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she had been active in the United Methodist Women and the church choir for over 20 years.

Arlene enjoyed playing bridge, reading, biking (going on RAGBRAI twice), walking, hiking, music, movies, swimming and loving. She also enjoyed golfing and had been a member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Those left to honor Arlene's memory include her children, Rhonda (Gregg) Mohl of Clinton, IA, Kaye (Paul) Lynch of Audubon, IA, Robert (Jeannine) Abbott of Granville, OH, and Wesley (Denise) Abbott of Roswell, GA; sister, Wilma (Willie) Grove; 9 grandchildren, Megan and Courtney Mohl, Ryan and Brittney Lynch, Burke and Ellie Abbott, Piper and Charlie Tell, and Archer Abbott; and 1 great-grandchild, Madeline Lynch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jack Redeker, her husband Robert, and her husband Donald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Richard E. Goedken


Richard E. Goedken, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Richard was born December 22, 1935 in Peosta, the son of Ludwig and Reinilda (Lehmann) Goedken. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Richard married Marlene Dean on June 2, 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years. After the Pack closed, he went on to earn his A.A.S. in Electronics from Hamilton Technical College. He then worked as a Computer Technician for Computers Plus until retirement.

Richard lived simply, gave generously and loved deeply. His life of unconditional love for his wife and family will always be remembered.

Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marlene; three sons, Daniel (Leslie) Goedken of Sugar Grove, IL and their children, Sarah (Terrance) Carter, Marcus (Amy) Goedken, and Jacob (Brittany) Goedken; David (Jolene) Goedken of St. Charles, MO; and Kenneth (Lora) Goedken of Asbury and their children, Amanda (Mike) Shoemaker and their daughter Chloe, Zachary Goedken, and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; his brother, Francis (Esther) Goedken of Zwingle; his sister, Janann (Jim) Vogt of Dubuque; three sisters in law, Carolyn Goedken, Bonnie Goedken Ready, and Edith Goedken; and a brother in law, Bob (Betty) Dean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter Jessica Goedken; his brothers, Duane (Marion) Goedken, Vernon Goedken, Herbert (Regina) Goedken, Melvin (Ann) Goedken, and John Goedken; his sister, Delores (Melvin) Miller; his parents in law, Alfred and Lillian (Pfohl) Dean; and his brother in law, Donald (Darlene) Dean.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, Ryan, and Amy C.; everyone at Applewood III for their kindness and support; and the staff at Stonehill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Goedken Memorial Fund.

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



Eileen R. Nauman


Eileen R. Nauman, 94, of Dubuque died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Eileen was born on May 22, 1923 in Brayton, Nebraska, the daughter of Frank and Bernadette (Hall) McPoland.

She married Henry J. Nauman on June 3, 1947 at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2010.

Eileen was a cafeteria cook for the Dubuque Community School District for 12 years, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She belonged to Holy Trinity Rosary Society and helped with their funeral dinners. Eileen was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing euchre.

Surviving are her children, Ronald L. Nauman and Gary M. (Toni) Nauman, both of Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Amy, Kim, Chris, Teresa, and Katie; 4 great- grandchildren, Tyler Benson, Hailey Reuter, Zach Bradford and Oliver Anderson; and 2 sisters, Virginia Schiel and Shirley (Clete) Maiers, both of Dubuque; 1 brother, Robert (JoAnn) McPoland, of Asbury, IA; brother-in-law, John Tillman, of Dubuque; and 3 step- grandchildren, Andrew "A.J." Anderson, Danielle Barton and Emily Anderson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 4 sisters, Theresa, in infancy, Mary Coffin, Betty Tillman and Lois Bublitz; 4 brothers-in-law, Don Anstoetter, Bill Bublitz, John Schiel, and George Coffin.

An Eileen Nauman Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Stonehill Care Center and the entire staff in the ICU at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.



JoAnne M. Driscoll


JoAnne M. Driscoll, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where friends may greet the family from 9:00 until the time of mass. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA., 52001 is in charge of arrangements.

Joanne Driscoll was born on October 9, 1939 to Eldon and Margaret (McArthur) Driscoll in Cascade, Iowa. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque in 1957.

She was employed by Aladdin Dry Cleaners for many years. She was a devoted Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick's Parish.

She is survived by 3 cousins; Donna (Ken) Kutsch, Ken (Bernadette) Dolphin and Jerry (Darlene) Koppes.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother Melvin and sister, Judy.

Many thanks for the care given to her by the Hospice nurses.

Online condolences can be left at www.hskfh.com.



Thomas E. Lightcap


Thomas E. Lightcap, 80, formerly of 301 E 22nd street, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 26 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Thomas was born on October 2, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Albert Wallace (Wally) and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.
He graduated from Loras Academy in 1955. He married Mary Catherine Huss in 1959 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Thomas was employed at Frommelt Industries, which later became Rite Hite, from 1968-1996.

He had a love for sweets, especially Mary's cookies and ice cream. He enjoyed watching old westerns on TV, doing word finds and spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughters.

Surviving are his children, Mike Lightcap of Aloha, OR, and Mark (Liz) Lightcap, of Dubuque; 7 grandchildren, Joshua (Tiffany Weipert), Jayson (Tara) and Kyle Wagner, Erik (April Kluthe), Scott, Amy (Nate Irish) and Audrey Lightcap; two great- granddaughters, Elle and Lucy; son-in-law, Dean Muenzenberger, of Black River Falls, WI; and brothers, Bill (Veva) Lightcap, of California, Ted (Pat) Lightcap, of Dubuque, Greg (Linda) Lightcap, Jack Lightcap, and Joel (Linda Robinson) Lightcap, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine in 2015; daughter, Debbie (Wagner) Muenzenberger in 2017, and brother, Gary, in infancy.

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

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the Doctors, Nurses and staff at the Finley Hospital.



Roger F. Hefel


Roger "Rog" F. Hefel, 66 of North Buena Vista, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He lived with Parkinson's for 15 years and never complained.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista conducted by Fr. Marvin Bries. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista with Military Honors conducted by Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Roger was born August 1, 1950 in North Buena Vista, the son of Edward and Rita (Ruden) Hefel. He graduated from Leo High School in 1968, then served in the US Army being stationed in South Korea. Roger married Janet Riniker on February 10, 1973 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa.

He worked for Flexsteel Industries retiring in 2007 after 37 years. Roger also was a hobby farmer on the family farm and he was proud to be an owner of a Century Farm. He enjoyed fishing on the pontoon for crappies, deer hunting, a good party, singing, making homemade wine, going for road trips, and playing euchre. Roger and Janet enjoyed all the friendships they shared as a couple, traveling to Lake Sugema with family and friends, and having people together for fish fries while sitting around the campfire. Roger enjoyed and appreciated life to the fullest, spending time with the family and all the grandkids. He liked driving his John Deere Gator with his dog Sheba, the only John Deere allowed on the farm, as he always said, "If it's not red, leave it in the shed." Roger never shied away from a good time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; children; Scott "Cowboy" (Billee Jo) Hefel of Guttenberg, Krystal (Ken) Wedewer of Dubuque, Kara (John) Beck of Osterdock, and Abby (Tony) Davidshofer of Petersburg; nine grandchildren, Jackson and Parker Hefel, Claire, Mya, and Sophie Wedewer, Ava and Lauren Beck, Ella and Abel Davidshofer; siblings, Mary Lynn (Dave) Breitbach, Mark "Fritz" (Sue) Hefel, Helen (Richard) Deutmeyer, Kay (Bill) Kreeb, and Carol (Gary) Wedewer; a brother in-law, Tim Hayes; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended relatives.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard and Jim Hefel; a sister, Ann Hayes; a nephew, Ed Breitbach; and his beloved dog, Sadie.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice, especially Cindy, Jen, and Talia for her music. As well as Julie and Melissa, who provided loving care during Rog's illness on his final journey, and the VA for all of their support and assistance.

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



Betty I. Davison


Betty I. Davison, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Betty Iola Mychalek was born on August 3, 1928 west of Andrew, Iowa, to Fred George and Mary Iola (Wentworth) Mychalek. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Harold Allen Davison on January 9, 1949 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Linda, Leanna and Lori.

Prior to her marriage Betty worked at Schultz Dime Store and the Fishing Tackle Company, both in Maquoketa. After her marriage, she farmed with her husband on the century family farm raising dairy, hogs, beef, sheep, goats and various poultry.

Betty was a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughters, Linda Bennett of Maquoketa, IA, and Leanna Holloway of Platteville, WI; a sister Joyce Moen of Newton, IA; 6 grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Shilliam, Aaron Coates, Angel (Craig) Larson, Brian Olson, Aric (Jenifer Wright) Olson and Michael (Carly) Browne; 10 great-grandchildren, Briar Shilliam, Tyler and Kendra Larson, Preston, J.D., and Mariah Browne, Tristin and Zach Lucas, Alex Wright and Devon Lee; and 6 great-great-grandchildren, Marley Erickson, Leightyn & Holdyn Rapp, Cayden Harris, Eli & Cameron Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Lori Davison Browne on September 10, 2002, and her husband Allen on November 22, 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty I. Davison memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol R. Henkel


Carol R. Henkel, age 74, of Dorchester, IA, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Carol was born on November 4, 1942, in Dubuque, daughter of Oliver, Sr. and Mary (Garrett) Merz.

Carol grew up in Dubuque, where she earnestly worked as a cashier at Walsh's until she eventually met, and fell in love with her one true soul-mate, James H. Henkel. The cute couple was united in marriage on September 10, 1962 at St. Patrick's Church, and were graciously blessed with over 56 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 deeply adored children. Carol quickly embraced the role of loving wife and mother and proudly nurtured her family through each and every day with a commitment that would never tire. She was a faithful, and long-time member of Sacred Heart Church, and joyfully volunteered many hours of her time in the Bingo Hall. In her free-time, Carol enjoyed searching for the newest recipes to add to her already grand collection of cookbooks, and was always up for a relaxing day under the sun with a freshly baited hook in hand. But, when it came to Carol's purest pleasures in life; nothing could compare to the precious time she would get to spend with her family. A day with the grandkids and great-grandkids were never taken for granted and she absolutely savored every second along the way. Sadly, today we find ourselves feverishly retaining all of the beautiful memories Carol leaves behind as our hearts ache at their foundation. Thankfully, we know and trust that we'll see our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend again one day; but until that day arrives, a primary piece of our mind, body and soul must temporarily remain fractured with a void which only treasured memories can fill.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include
her loving husband,
Jim Henkel, Dorchester, IA;

her 3 children,
Kathy M. (Sean) Hedges, Dubuque, IA,
Kenneth J. (Laura) Henkel, Davenport, IA
and Keith J. (Fiancé Tricia Witt) Henkel, Letts, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Ashley (Adam) Goodwin, Tyler Smith, Andre, Dylan, Jared and Baylee Henkel and Chris Witt;

her 4 great-granddaughters,
Raylee Henkel, Mackenzie Goodwin, Rosalie Smith and Adaley Goodwin to make her earthly arrival shortly;

her siblings,
Dian Bradberry, Dubuque, IA,
Donald Merz, Graf, IA,
Beverly "Bev" McDermott, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Dennis) Hermsen, Farley,IA,
Terry (Carol) Merz, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl "Sue" (Vince) Lopez, Dubuque, IA,
Janice (John) Peil, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her numerous nieces and nephews;

and she is also survived by many special friends in Dorchester including Pam, Darcy and too many others to mention.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Karen Sue Henkel; 2 sisters, Betty (Leo) Vogt and Gloria (Ralph) Cockrell; 3 brothers, Joseph Merz, Charles (Maxine) Kirkpatrick and Oliver (Rae) Merz, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Joan Merz; and 2 brothers-in-law, Calvin Bradberry, Sr. and Leo Vogt.

A Carol R. Henkel memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care and support of Carol and her family.

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



Starla Mae Schuster


Starla Mae Schuster, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Starla may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the Catholic Daughters of America St. Rose Court #350 rosary at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Services for Starla will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Starla was born in Dyersville on April 7, 1928, daughter of Frank D. Maiers and Barbara (Stronck) Maiers, both of whom belonged to a community of immigrants from the country of Luxembourg in Europe. Starla grew up on the family farm just north of Dyersville with her parents, sister and two brothers. She attended Xavier High School, where she was Class President and graduated as Salutatorian in 1946. After high school, she attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Starla married Harold W. Schuster on June 16, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville. Together they raised eight children, ran a family hardware business, proudly supported Catholic education at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and Beckman High School and thoroughly enjoyed summers with their children and many of their friends and neighbors at the cabin they built at Lake Delhi.

She was actively involved in the community and enjoyed many activities while raising her children. She devoted over 30 years of service to the following organizations: Catholic Daughters of America St. Rose Court #350, Beckman Endowment Fund (Treasurer), Girl Scouts of America (Troop Leader) and Democratic Caucus (Leader and Election Poll Supervisor). She also worked at First National Bank in her early years and as a Home Certified Nurse Aide later in life. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Beckman Trailblazer fan, Scrabble champion and displayed an amazing talent for nurturing beautiful plants and flowers.

She is survived by seven children: Barbara (James) Maiers, of Dubuque, Jeffrey Schuster, of Jinhua, China, Joan (David) Elenz, of Dyersville, Susan (Dr. Christopher) Okechukwu, of Paramus, NJ, John (Jen) Schuster, of San Francisco, CA, Joseph (Jeanette) Schuster of Chesterfield, MO, and Ann (Christopher) Hollins, of Westfield, NJ; 18 grandchildren: Dr. Kelli (Michael) Petronis, Dr. Timothy (Heather) Maiers, Dr. Kerri (Dr. Andrew) Nowell, Dr. Michael (Christy) Maiers, Darin Oeter, Chelsea Mathis, Sharon Okechukwu, Laura Okechukwu, Alan Okechukwu, Anna Ruiz, Hannah Schuster, Emily Schuster, Owen Schuster; Jacob Schuster, Samantha Schuster; Ava Hollins, Gabriella Hollins and Noah Hollins; 16 great-grandchildren: Brody, Brooke and Ashley Petronis; Trever, Trent and Hailey Maiers; Benjamin and Zachary Nowell; Madison and Michael Maiers, Jr.; Hendrix, Ernest Jr., and Tristan Mathis; Bear Geller, Paisley and Heidi Ruiz; and one sister-in-law, Margaret (Schuster) Hornsby, of Fort Washington, MD; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her parents-in-law: George N. and Susanna Schuster; one daughter, Aimee Oeter; a son-in-law, William Oeter; two sisters, Dorothy Tauke and Modesta Maiers (in infancy); two brothers, Lawrence and Elmer Maiers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis Tauke, Marie Maiers, Mary Jane "Janie" Maiers, Mildred and Charles Cate, Sr., Walter and Mary Jane "Dolly" Schuster, Brother George Schuster, S.M., Brother Louis Schuster, S.M., Rosemary and Charles Schumacher, and William Hornsby; nieces and nephews: Jeannie Hornsby, Elizabeth Cate, Tom Lukan, David Hess, Dale Tauke, Thomas Tauke, Hazel Offerman, and Mary Barbara Maiers (in infancy).

The family acknowledges and greatly appreciates the compassionate care provided by the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be given to Beckman High School, Stonehill Care Center or St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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



Jenner Jo Johnson

Jenner Jo Johnson, infant daughter of Chad and Billie (Bowling) Johnson of Andrew, Iowa, received her angel wings on Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017.

Private Family Graveside Services and Burial were held on Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017, from the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jenner Jo is survived by her parents, Chad and Billie Johnson of Andrew, IA; siblings, Jentry and Jensyn, both at home; maternal grandparents, Bill and Deb Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents, Lee and Marlene Johnson of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandmother, Madonna Varner of Maquoketa, IA; paternal great-grandmothers, Charlene Johnson of Maquoketa, IA, and Marielda Klemme of Preston, IA; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Evelyn Bowling and Donald Varner, and paternal great-grandfathers, Leroy Johnson and Robert Klemme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jenner Jo Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Myrna J. Larkey


Myrna J. Larkey, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. A celebration of Myrna's life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Myrna Joann Gohlmann was born on June 9, 1942 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Durward E. and Irene C. (Gombert) Gohlmann. She was a graduate of Lost Nation High School and had attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She married Robert Frank Larkey on July 11, 1969 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They were proud parents of four children: Troy, Rick, Scarlet and Robin.

Myrna was a homemaker for many years raising her four children. She also owned and operated Maquoketa Livestock Sales with her husband where she served a vital role of helping run the business as well as the family farming operations.

Myrna was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Fulton Community Church in Fulton, Iowa and the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She served Meals On Wheels and was a dedicated volunteer working at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. Her unwavering faith in the Lord was evident in the many years of service to her community. Years of donating her time, talent and resources were appreciated by the many she served unselfishly.

Myrna loved traveling, gardening, coffee, and a glass of wine while visiting with friends. She also loved spending many hours with grandchildren and family, and exemplifying patriotism throughout her life. Myrna always believed in others and always had encouraging words. She also enjoyed many hours at her "Arizona Home" (1865 stone house in Maquoketa that she had restored). Words cannot describe how much she will be missed by so many!

Those left to honor Myrna's memory include her husband Robert "Bob" Larkey of Maquoketa, IA; children, Troy (Shonna) Larkey of Great Falls, MT, Rick Larkey of New Hampton, IA, Scarlet (Craig) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA, and Robin (Paul) Krogman of Elvira, IA; 8 grandchildren, Alyssa Larkey, Levi Larkey, Danielle (Dietz) Riley, Brandi (Larkey) Tomasich, Amanda Larkey, Morgan Dietz, Montanna Krogman, and Ciera Krogman; 1 great-grandchild, Ruger Larkey; sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, IA, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; and sisters-in-law, LuJean (Lud) Gocek of Nazareth, PA and Karen (Florian) Steffen of Bellevue, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandchild Brogan Dietz, and brothers J.C. and Merlyn Gohlmann.

Memorials may be made directed to the Family of Myrna Larkey who will be establishing a scholarship fund for the medical field in her name.

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



Norma L. Peacock


Norma L. Peacock, 81, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home, where members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Norma was born on February 9, 1936 near Runnells, IA, the daughter of Alvin and Ellen (Anderson) Ford. She was united in marriage to John T. "Jack" Peacock on April 16, 1955 in Dubuque, IA.

She was previously employed at Mulgrew's Tavern & Liquor Store in East Dubuque and also worked for FBG Cleaning Co. Norma enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching the TV show Wheel of Fortune and her trips to the Diamond Jo Casino.

Surviving is her husband John T. "Jack" Peacock, six children, John, Jr. (Cindy) Peacock, Tony Peacock, Lisa (Dealson) Sweet, Shawn Oglesby, Gina (Paul Montes) Peacock and Michelle (Chris) Lonergan; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Mildred Fedderson, Dorothy Callahan, Inez (Bill) Vondran and Jim Ford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Ellen; two brothers, Willard and Ralph Ford; and two grandchildren, John T. Peacock, III and Daylin Wehrspann.

A Norma L. Peacock memorial fund has been established.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.



Sandra L. Coffey


Sandra L. Coffey, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:47 a.m., on Monday, June 19, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Sandra's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Sandra was born on May 20, 1949, in Blue Island, Illinois, daughter of Wilbur "Bud" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Phillips) Coffey.

Sandra was always willing to embrace each day to it's fullest. Work was a necessity, but living life was surely a requirement. Sandra could generally be found with a naturally beautiful smile on her face; whether she was spending time with her dearly adored family and friends, hanging out at the casino, or even reminiscing about all of the relaxing rides she shared with her favorite horse, Shari. Sandra has spent many quality weekend evenings socializing with friends at the Town Clock, or the nearest venue to catch a little live music whenever possible. Sadly, today we discover a new reality where Sandra's electric smile will only remain as a sweet memory for those who knew and loved her. Her illness progressed much quicker than we ever imagined over these past few weeks, but we know that the memories of the wind blowing through her hair on a perfect convertible ride day will hold us through until we are all reunited with Sandra once again.

Those left to cherish Sandra's memory include

her 2 children,
Nichole Watt, Cedar Falls, IA
and James Bailey III, Manhattan, IL;

her granddaughter,
Rylee Pierce;

her siblings,
John (Teresa) Coffey, Peosta, IA,
Kevin (Pam) Coffey, North Judson, IN,
Jim Coffey, Chicago, IL,
Diane Chicoine, Worth, IL
and Pat (Janet) Coffey, Chicago, IL;

and also many dear friends she has lovingly welcomed into her life over the years.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents.

A Sandra L. Coffey memorial fund has been established.

Sandra's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful and compassionate care of Sandra and her family.

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



Sister Harriet Holles, BVM

Sister Harriet Holles, BVM, 84, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sr. Holles' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a scripture prayer service which will be held at 11 a.m. To honor Sr. Holle's life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Harriet was a math and religious studies teacher, campus minister, spiritual resource person, department chair at Clarke University and was a math teacher at Loras College, both in Dubuque, where she also ministered as a self-employed spiritual director. She was a college math teacher in Chicago and Conception, Mo., where she also served in spiritual formation. She was also director of religious education in Springfield, Mo. In her early ministry, Harriet taught elementary school in Seattle and Clinton, Iowa; and ninth grade in Glendale, Calif.

She was born in Ladysmith, Wis., on March 23, 1933, daughter of Harry and Agnes Fandel Holles. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1953, from St. Walter Parish, Roselle, Ill. She professed her first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 sisters, Alice Laura Holles and Geraldine Helen Holles.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared her earthly life for 63 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.

Online condolences may be left at behrfuneralhome.com.



Louis J. Leibold


Louis J. Leibold, 86, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:24 a.m. at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., the Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

Services for Louis will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA, with Full Military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Louis was born May 6, 1931 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Mayme (Kurt) Leibold. He received his education from the rural country schools and St. Mary's High School. Louis served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On October 19, 1957 he was united in marriage to Betty McGovern at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He was a farmer at heart having worked on several farms. He made butter and worked at the Cascade Municipal Plant. He worked for the Cascade Telephone Company for 33 years; he came out of retirement to work for Bernard Telephone Company part-time for 2 years. Louis also served as the financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus for many years. He met many beautiful catholic people that helped make him the man that he was. Louis was thankful for all the people God had given him to be a part of his life.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade America Legion Post #528, and Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Leibold of Cascade, IA; 7 children, Lynn (Jim) Hostert of Cascade, IA, Lois (Scott) Swantz of Mount Vernon, IA, Leann (Dennis) Wagner of Anamosa, IA, Karen (Ken) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Joseph (Jill) Leibold of Waterloo, IA, Robert (Gwen) Leibold of Madison, WI, Kay (Dennis) Forke of Fairfax, IA; 17 grandchildren, Brianna and Brett Hostert, Austin, Collin and Kara Swantz, Mallory and Abby Wagner, Megan and Justin McDermott, Rachel, Emily and Benjamin Leibold, Ellen, Cooper and Addyson Leibold, Jackson and Lizzie Forke; two siblings, James Leibold of Clearwater, KS and Leona (Bob) Buckley of Cascade, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Alex Wagner and Brandon Swantz, three siblings, Grace (Urban) Hageman, Vincent Leibold and Marion (Fred) Manternach; one sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Leibold.

In lieu of flowers a Louis J. Leibold memorial fund has been established to be distributed among charities of his choice.

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



Robert W. Chesterman


Robert W. (Bob) Chesterman, 73, of Dubuque, IA, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home in his beloved recliner after battling a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa.

Bob was born February 25, 1944, at The Finley Hospital, Dubuque, son of William R. and Harriett (Herron) Chesterman. He married Anne Byrnes, October 24, 1970, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon, Iowa.
He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. Bob then earned a degree from the accounting program at Gates College in Waterloo and a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Dubuque.

Bob began working at age 12 as a busboy at Kerrigan's Restaurant; he later worked his way through high school and first year of college as their night fry cook. Bob went on to work for Farm Services in Vinton and Fairfield for a couple of years. He later returned to Dubuque to join William C. Brown Company Publishers for a 25-year career as Corporate Sr. V.P. and Chief Financial Officer. Following the sale of the wcb companies, he joined its successors, Times Mirror and McGraw-Hill, until he retired in 1997.

During his career, he thrived on his daily jog on the Dubuque flood wall. He also liked to golf, bike, and swim. The family enjoyed 36 summers at their cottage, near St. Donatus, Iowa, and canoeing the adjacent Tete des Morts Creek. After retirement, Bob and Anne traveled the world vacationing in Australia, India, Italy, England (where he especially liked a visit to Chester on the River Dee because it reminded him of Dubuque), Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and the continental U.S.

Survivors include his wife, Anne; three daughters, Barb (Kevin) Kehl of Dubuque, Jane Chesterman (Vikram Chinchankar) of Milan, Italy, and Houston, Texas, and Beth Chesterman (Will Sands IV) of Arlington, Virginia. He was delighted with the time spent with his grandchildren: Andrew Robert Kehl, Susan Lynn Kehl, William Chesterman Chinchankar, Evelyn Chesterman Chinchankar, and Stella Catherine Chesterman Sands.

Bob is also survived by his siblings (all of Dubuque) Jerry Hinman, Herron Hinman, Melanie Hinman, and Eleanor (Scott) Wallace, their children Lynn (Jesse) Nelson [Mila and Noah], Tyler Wallace, and Hannah Wallace. Bob is also survived by his aunts, Patt Egelhof of Dubuque and Charlene Mills of Denver, CO. Further survivors include Anne's siblings; Rita (Paul) Durham, Marj (Ben) Gonzalas, John (Sue) Byrnes, Joe (Patsy) Byrnes, Bob (Brenda) Byrnes and Dan (Traci) Byrnes.

He was preceded in death by his father who was killed in Battle of St. Lo, France, during the invasion of Normandy in 1944; his mother and stepfather, Harriett and Lynn Hinman; and Anne's parents, Leo and Mary (Walsh) Byrnes. Bob was also preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Lola (Bradley) Chesterman, his step-grandmother Ruby Chesterman. He was further preceded by his maternal grandparents Frank and Kathryn Herron, with whom he lived for many of his childhood years.

During his career and into retirement Bob served on and held leadership positions in many organizations. Civic and professional involvement included Area VP of the Mississippi Valley Financial Executives Institute, National Association of Accountants, Board of Directors of the Finley Hospital, President and member of the Hillcrest Board of Directors, United Way Board, secretary and mentor for the Dubuque SCORE organization, Board of Directors of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and Dubuque United Way. He was a member of Center Grove United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations should be made to Hillcrest Family Services or the charity of your choice.



Tonio M. Bertolini


Tonio Mario Bertolini, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away, surrounded by loved ones, at 12:41 a.m., on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Mario's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Mario's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

It's hard to imagine that the larger than life man who greeted the patrons of Mario's Italian Restaurant with a look in the eye, a warm handshake, a kiss on the cheek, and if they were lucky, a bone crushing bear hug is gone.

Tonio Mario Bertolini was born to Antonio and Carmela Bertolini on April 1, 1944, in Pescara, Italy. He had a humble upbringing in a close knit family in that small, farming community in rural Italy, and knew he wanted more out of life. He dreamed big. Mario left home at age 14 to spend several years apprenticing at a resort in San Serrano, Italy, where he perfected his culinary skills and refined his legendary charm. Later he joined the Alpini, the elite mountain military corps of the Italian Army. Mario wed his best friend, Angelina Tucci, in their hometown in 1969. With this beautiful, fun and formidable woman by his side, he knew he could pursue the American Dream, and weeks after marrying, they moved to New York to do just that.

In 1977, Mario and Angelina began their adventure in Dubuque, opening Mario's Italian Restaurant on Main Street. The restaurant was the epicenter of their family life. Their children, Lidia and Dina, worked alongside them through the years. Mario was so proud of his family, especially his girls, and taught them that every meal should create a memory. His amazing mother instilled in him a belief that family is golden and its worth is priceless. Mario's Italian Restaurant was a gift to the community in that it soon became THE place to celebrate family and love and life. So many memories have been created there, that if the restaurant walls could speak, they would SING!

Mario lit up a room with his charismatic smile. He was a man who valued family and connection. Mario had a way of making every stranger he encountered feel like a lifelong friend. His passion for life was unsurpassable. Mario believed in redemption and the ability for an individual to change, and generously provided people with second and third chances. His heart's capacity for compassion was boundless. With Mario, there was always a place at his table; figuratively and literally. He was an optimist, and his outlook on life can best be summed up in the lyrics of his favorite song, O Sole Mio...What a wonderful thing, a sunny day!

His last day was sunny and filled with merry memory making. He was the happy Nonno, spending the day by the pool, watching his beloved grandchildren, Gianna, Massimo, Chiara and Magnus, play. He shared his grandson's favorite meal, Poor Man's Soup, for lunch, before heading to the restaurant. He spent the evening on his favorite stool at the bar, greeting Mario's patrons with a look in the eye, a shake of the hand, a kiss on the cheek, and if they were very lucky, a big hug. It's hard to believe he's gone.

"O sole, o sole mio, Sta ‘nfronte a te"

Those left to cherish Mario's memory include

his loving wife,
Angelina (Tucci) Bertolini;

his daughters,
Lidia Bertolini
and Dina (Ryan) Robinson;

his 4 grandchildren,
Gianna, Massimo, Magnus and Chiara;

and his siblings,
Gabriel (Luciana) Bertolini,
Elio (Dora) Bertolini,
Gemma D'Annuzio,
Elsila (Vincienco) Gargano;

and many nephews and nieces.

Mario was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Carmela Bertolini; and his parents-in-law, Fioravante and Lidia Tucci.

A Tonio M. "Mario" Bertolini memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Mario's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, Dr. Markham, Dr. Liaboe, John and Trish, for their kind, compassion and professional care of Mario and his family.

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

 



Kathryn A. “Kate” Dean


Kathryn A. "Kate" Dean, 86, of 1765 Bennett Street died Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Dubuque IA, where a visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathryn was born May 29, 1931 daughter of Charles M. and Adelaide M. (Johnson) Spielman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High school in 1950. She worked in 2 different banks in Dubuque (about 15 years) and then cared for people in their homes.

She married John L. Dean in Dubuque, Iowa on June 16, 1956. After their son, John H. Dean, was born, Kate stayed home as mother and wife. Their son passed away, November 23, 1985 at the age of 27. Her husband passed away Oct 19, 2005. She is also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Robert, William and Charles.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Kathryn.



Virginia R. McVay


Virginia Rose McVay, 97, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, June 10, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Virginia's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 2 P.M. Cremation has taken place and a private burial was held at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Virginia Rose Wilson was born on December 5, 1919 in Irving, Iowa, the fifth of ten children to George and Rose (Staelens) Wilson. She married Ernest Gorsch on November 30, 1937 in Marengo, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Leon and Patricia. She later married Donald McVay and they were married for 22 years.

Virginia was a homemaker and had also worked in the home healthcare field for several years. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and working with flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Patricia (Dennis) Hasenbank of Maquoketa, IA, and Leon (Louise) Gorsch of Davis, IL; 8 grandchildren, Calvin (Heidi) Willson, Crystal (Scott) Burmeister, Terry Hasenbank, Teresa (Kevin) Skinner, Dennis Hasenbank Jr., Denise (Wesley) Abbott, Lon (Rebecca) Gorsch and Larry (Michelle Sayset) Gorsch; 20 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister Elnora Schwab of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Charles Wilson, and sisters Edna Kouba, Bernice Papesh, Arilla Prichard, Josephine Arens, Arlene Vileta, and Dorothy Walton.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Virginia Rose McVay memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ilo Mae Starry


Ilo Mae Starry, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Ilo Mae's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 1 to 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Ilo Mae Simons was born on February 12, 1937 near Latimer, Iowa, to Carl Hunt and Lillian Pearl (Bullis) Simons. She was a graduate of Hampton High School. She married Richard Starry on December 23, 1956. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 2006, she met Albert Carter and they were together until his passing in December of 2016.

Ilo Mae had worked various jobs throughout the years including as a day care provider, house cleaning, food service at several places including Garner High School, and as an office technician for a denist in Garner.

Ilo Mae enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, gardening, sewing, making blankets, cooking, baking and canning.

Those left to honor Ilo Mae's memory include her children, Barbara (Bob) Roe of Maquoketa, IA, and Shawn (Hope) Starry of Freeport, IL; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Pat Simons of Iowa Falls and Lois Simons of Tennessee; and the extended family of Albert Carter. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, a daughter Nancy Starry Lewis, a granddaughter Carla Fadale, brothers Charles Simons and Carl "Alvin" Simons, and her longtime partner Albert Carter.

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

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

 



Elke Steahr


Elke Steahr, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elke's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, June 19, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3 P.M. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa.

Elke Ilsa Marie Neumann was born on April 26, 1940 in Stutgaard, Germany to Willi and Liseseaotte Neumann. She grew up in Germany and received her high school education there. She married Carl A. Steahr on February 19, 1963 in South Carolina. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1996.

Elke had worked various jobs throughout the years most notably working for Pacific Coast Feather Company and Wady's in Maquoketa.

Elke was a member of the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She loved both vegetable and flower gardening, baking, fishing and animals.

Those left to honor Elke's memory include her children, Werner Neumann of Maquoketa, IA, and Clytha (Butch) Wakefield of Leavenworth, KS; step-children, Jenna Bunch and Marty Allen Brown; a sister Lori Lochinger of Heidelberg, Germany; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, and a brother-in-law, Werner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Elke Steahr memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sandra Reilly


Sandra Reilly, 70, passed away, June 8, 2017 at the home of her daughter Tracy Schrier after a strong battle against pancreatic cancer.  

She was born in Dubuque, Iowa, February 10, 1947, daughter of her late parents Eileen (Sabin) Schrunk and Leo Schrunk.  Upon her move to California during high school and after, she had the loving guidance of Beulah McDaniel (Aunt Bea), also deceased.  Sandy married Mike Reilly, November 14, 1965 in Hawthorne, CA and shared 51 adventurous years together.

Schooling for Sandy included Fulton, Jefferson and Dubuque Senior High School.  However high school graduation was from Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA in 1965.  Sandy also attended El Camino Junior College.

Sandy was employed in real estate and property management for many years. Her last position was a sales associate for Time Warner. During her spare time, she was an avid student of writing; taking classes to constantly improve this craft.  This led to her having created her first book this past winter as a gift to her wonderfully loving husband.  Sandy was an active volunteer at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles.  She and her daughter Tracy walked and cared for the dogs awaiting adoption.

Sandy's passion was her family.  Her joy was tending to her grandchildren during their growing years.  She and Mike have two loving daughters, Tracy (Danny) Schrier, of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and their children Tawny and Reed; and Joni (Jason) Owens, of Torrance, CA and their children, Reilly and Ruby.  

Other immediate family members include:  brother Roger (Marilyn) Schrunk of Lake Forest, CA, with their children, Nick (Melanie) Schrunk and their children Tyler and Marley;  Stephanie (Douglas) Fala and their children, Benjamin and Dillon.  Brother Dave (Susan) Schrunk of Round Lake Beach, IL with their children Brian (Louise) and children:  Abigail, Nate, John Peter and Addison; Christopher (Sasha) Schrunk; Samantha Robison (Mike) and her daughter Vienna plus step children: Riley and Charlie; and Elizabeth Steele (Trent.)

For all family gatherings Sandy was the creative planner making sure a theme was in place.  Countless trips and visits to and from family in Iowa included the towns of:  Colesburg, Earlville, Guttenberg, Maquoketa, Edgewood.   Trips also included her not missing Dubuque Senior High class of '65 reunions and her many longtime friends lovingly greeted her.

Per Sandy's wishes, there will be no funeral service and she asked her ashes be strewn into the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Long Beach.  Her family intends to have a Celebration of Life at a future date.

 

 



Donald J. Kubitz


Donald J. Kubitz, 90, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Funeral Service 10:30 am, Friday, June 16, 2017 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2855 JKF Rd. conducted by Rev. Ms. Karen Candee. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Burial with Military Honors will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Don was born June 17, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of George and Minnie (Brenner) Kubitz. Don married Mary Jane Parkins on August 21, 1948; she passed on December 31, 2000.

He served in the US Army during WW II. Don played fast pitch softball for many years in Dubuque and was inducted into the Dubuque fast pitch softball Hall of Fame in 1995. He was an avid bowler, liked collecting antiques, and was a faithful Chicago Cubs fan.

Don was a salesman for Zephyr Aluminum Products until his retirement.

Survivors include his children, Kim Robinson and Jim (Cindy Jewell) Kubitz of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Matthew (Samantha Francois) Robinson and Allison Robinson; and siblings Shirley Regan and Bonnie Mulholland.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings Henry, Arlen, and David Kubitz.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Paramount Ambulance for your care during this time.

The family requests no flowers; a memorial fund has been established in Don's memory.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Evelyn “Eve” Hickey


Evelyn "Eve" Hickey (Truitt), of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully in her home on June 12, 2017.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd is in charge of the arrangements.

Born March 31, 1929 in Independence, IA, Eve graduated from Independence High School in 1947 and from St. Francis Nurses College in 1951, serving as a nurse in the Dubuque area for many years. She married David L. Hickey on August 10, 1953.

Eve was a devoted wife to David L. Hickey and loving mother of six children: Mike (Sue) Hickey, Dubuque, IA; Mary (Tim) Biedermann, Sherrill, IA; Cathy (Bob) Sand, Seattle, WA; Barb (Dave) Lechnir, East Dubuque, IL; Pat Hickey, Dubuque, IA; and Tom (Barb) Hickey, Dubuque, IA. She was a most loving grandparent to 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Eve is survived by her sister, Shirley Towne, of South Carolina.

Eve was also a proud member of Breast of Friends, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, making trips with her children to Gays Mills every fall, and gracing family and friends with her homemade recipes.

In lieu of flowers an Evelyn Hickey Memorial Fund has been established.

All that we are, all that we will become, all that we will ever be. Thank you, Mom.

A special thanks to all those who helped us through this difficult time.



Harold W. Custer


Harold W. Custer, 97, of Beaver Dam, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home.

To celebrate Harold's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, WI. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 16, 2017, with Pastor Bruce McMurray officiating. Military honors to be conducted by the Beaver Dam American Legion Post #146.

To celebrate Harold's life, visitation will also take place from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will follow at the Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born to Garrie and Nellie (Hall) Custer in Altoona, Iowa on July 18, 1919.

Harold graduated and played football at Bondurant High School, in Iowa. Harold entered the US Army during WWII and served in the 753rd Tank Battalion, where he saw action in France, Germany, Sicily, and Africa. He received 6 bronze stars, a combat medal, and ribbon with bronze arrowhead, among others. After the war he settled in Dubuque, where he was united in marriage with Rita Mae Menadue on April 12, 1947, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Harold was a hard worker, and was employed with John Deere for 30 years before his retirement in 1981. He was also very dedicated to the AMVETS, and was a lifelong member. Harold was an avid sports enthusiast, especially the Big 10. He was up on the news, and always knew the weather forecast and the price of gas. But most of all, Harold enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

Harold is survived by

his wife of 70 years,
Rita Mae;

his children,
Gary (Lynn) Custer of Fuquay-Varina, NC,
Kathy (Mike) Pusateri of Dubuque, IA
and Sandy (Tom) Heiar of Beaver Dam, WI;

his sister,
Vera Rogers of Waterloo, IA;

his grandchildren;
Caleb (Diana) Custer, Luke Custer, Kristen (Ryan Fralish) Pusateri, Jarrod (Allison) Pusateri, Andrew (Kara Walen) Pusateri, Emily (James) Worth, Matthew (La Tara) Heiar, Blake (Brittney Schmidt) Heiar and Cody (Brittany Vossekuil) Heiar;

3 great-grandchildren,
Brynlee, Stella, and Maddox;

and several other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dale "Glen" Custer.

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



Delaine Ann Vogt


Delaine Ann Vogt, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 16th, 2017 with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

She was born on March 10, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Minnie (Jonas) Avenarius.
She married John Jurisic; they later divorced. In 1968, she married Emil Vogt, and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Delaine is survived by her three sons, John Jurisic, Dennis (Peggy) Jurisic and Rick (Tracy) Jurisic, all of Dubuque. Three daughters, Donna (Ken) Hartung, of Shullsburg, WI, Janice (Stan) Mahe, of Dubuque, and Sherry (Ron) Schmitt, of East Dubuque, IL. Seventeen grandchildren, Chad, Shannon, Amy, Tim, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Adam, Damian, Jen, Matt, Tracy, John, Eric, Ashley, Jeff, Shawn, and Tyler; along with many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Two sisters Nettie Fortner and Nina "Boots" Jurisic and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband John Jurisic; her brothers Milton, Eldon, Gerald, and Norman; one sister Mona "Sis"; her great grandchildren Adrian Jurisic Williams Jr. and twins Tyler and Ethan Walker; one great great grandchild Evelyn Birch.

In lieu of flowers a Delaine Vogt memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center especially the ICU unit for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Bonnie Sue Ehlers


Bonnie Sue Ehlers, 76, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at the Clarence Senior Living Center in Clarence, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Bonnie from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and a private graveside service and burial will be held from the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa, at a later date.

Bonnie Sue Haney was born on November 23, 1940 in Pontoosuc, Illinois to Donald and Georgene (Henning) Haney. She grew up in Pontoosuc and received her early education there. She married Ronald G. "Butch" Ehlers on October 8, 1965 in Junction City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2003.

Bonnie had worked for several years at Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa and most recently at WalMart for eight years. She enjoyed reading and playing bingo.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children, Tina (Steve) Burda of Oxford Junction, IA, Bill (Jody) Farris of Mason City, IA, and Brian Drinkwater of WI; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and brothers Don Haney of KS, and Tom Haney of Davenport, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son Bruce Farris.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie Sue Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

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



Jean V. River


Jean V. River, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, June 8, 2017, at the Bettendorf Healthcare Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 9:45 A.M. at the church. A private burial will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jean Vivian River was born on August 3, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ross and Vivian River. She was a 1971 graduate of Maquoketa High School and had attended both Iowa and Iowa State University. She married Lee Buchner on July 11, 1989. To this union one child was born, Benjamin.

Prior to her marriage Jean had lived in Seattle, Washington where she got into horticulture, and worked in a nursery for the couple of years that followed. She then returned home where she worked for her dad, and worked at various other jobs in the community. Following her marriage, she served as the church pianist at the Methodist Church in Clinton, First Baptist Church in Maquoketa, and the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Most recently she had worked for River Service Company.

Jean was a member of Jackson County Master Gardeners for a number of years. She enjoyed playing the piano as well as gardening, horticulture, and her pet dogs and cats.

Those left to honor Jean's memory include a son, Ben Buchner of Maquoketa, IA; her parents, Ross and Vivian River of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Sue River of Madison, WI; and brothers Dave (Paula) River of Maquoketa, IA, and Bruce "B.R." (Chris) River of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, and a sister Kay.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jean V. River memorial fund has been established.

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



Nancy L. Williams


Nancy L. Williams, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:10 p.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nancy was born on October 5, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alvin and Velma (Schmitt) Kuehn.

Nancy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she attended Dubuque Senior High School. After earning her GED in 1973, she then went on to culinary school, becoming a "culinary student at heart" for life. Nancy was an excellent chef and baker who always provided delicious dishes for family and friends. She was also a very hard worker, and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and Dog and Suds. Nancy was united in marriage to Karl V. "Bud" Williams on March 25, 1958, at Immanuel Congregational Church in Dubuque. She became a full time mother after her husband was called home ahead of her in 1971, going back into the work force at the Ramada Inn. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Nancy's life, and she especially looked forward to celebrating Christmas with them every year. In her younger days, Nancy was very athletic and was an accomplished gymnast. In more recent years, she enjoyed playing Bingo and became quite the garage sale enthusiast, always on the hunt for a great bargain. Nancy was a faith filled woman, a devout Catholic and member of St. Patrick's Church. We are deeply saddened by Nancy's passing, but take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her loved ones gone home ahead of her, free from the health issues that have challenged her these past few years.

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include

her children,
Steven (Jacqueline) Williams, Rockford, IL,
Brian Williams, Freeport, IL
and Diana (Brian) Tedrow, Bennington, NE;

her 12 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Tom (Elda) Kuehn, Dubuque, IA
Rhonda (James) Heim, Dubuque, IA
and Larry (Luiza) Kuehn, La Quinta, CA.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Joshua James Williams; a sister, Ruth Long; a brother Ronald (Doris "Cookie") Kuehn; a nephew, Ronald Kuehn Jr.; a sister-in-law, JoDee Kuehn; and her former husband, Karl V. "Bud" Williams.

Donations in Nancy's memory may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque Specialty Care.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Nancy and her entire family.

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

 



Bruce T. Oeschger


Bruce T. Oeschger 78 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center. Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, June 12, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bruce was born June 13, 1938 in Dubuque the son of Thomas and Margaret (Sherry) Oeschger. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956 and then went to bowling instructor school in Boulder, Colorado. Bruce then worked for the family business, Babes Confectionary and then moved to Tampa, Florida to work in a bowling alley. He returned to Dubuque and worked for Creslanes Bowling and the 4th Street Elevator until his retirement. Bruce was inducted into the Dubuque Bowling Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Bruce is survived by many special friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Jacquelyne M. "Jaci" Short

Jacquelyne M. "Jaci" Short, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on June 7, 2017. She peacefully crossed over to the other side in the residence she shared with her brother Darrell D. Brauer and their fathful dog, Patches. She passed surrounded by her loving brother and compassionate caretaker of 15 years, Darrell Brauer and Patches who put a patch on both Darrell and Jaci's heart after they lost their two boys, Bandit and Buddy.

Jaci chose Maquoketa as her permanent abode in 2002 sharing residence with Darrell who was her constant companion and caretaker up until the time she was called to her permanent home.

She was preceded in death by her son Joe Robert, brothers Dennis and Donald, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

She is survived by her mother Dorothy; brothers Danny and Darrell; sisters Diane and Debbie; numerous nephews and nieces along with great nephews and great nieces.

Jaci was a strong advocate for education especially after receiving her Associate's Degree from Scott Community College in Davenport in 1999 and her Bachelor's Degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport in 2003. She majored in Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was also an honored Golden Key Society Member and was on the International Honor Roll.

Jaci's passions included children and animals especially preventing and stopping child abuse and cruelty to animals. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and crocheting, traveling and numerous other activities.

No formal visitation or services are planned. A private burial will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Darrell D. Brauer or the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

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



Helen Streed Watts


Helen Streed Watts, 100, of Bethany Home, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Interment will be in Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Iowa. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Helen and a twin brother, Howard, were born on December 19, 1916 at Fairfield, Iowa, to Grace (Howard) Streed and August W. Streed. She attended elementary school in Fairfield and Middletown, Iowa, graduating from the Burlington, Iowa High School in 1935 and Junior College in 1937. Helen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls in 1941 and a Masters Degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from the University of Iowa in 1955.

Helen married William J. Watts from Brooklyn N.Y., in 1944 at Norfolk, Va.

In her 42 years of teaching, she taught at all levels from kindergarten to college, beginning her career in a rural school (Concordia), in Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1937. Securing her college degree she taught in high school at Montezuma, Iowa until WWII in which she served as a WAVE. After the war she was employed as a high school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. for a year, and then in 1949 became principal teacher at the Middletown, Iowa elementary school.

Because her husband served in the Navy, she continued as a teacher and as a principal in the Department of Defense schools in Trinidad, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain and Sidi Yahia, Morocco. When the family moved to Dubuque in 1957 she taught briefly at the University of Dubuque. Returning to Dubuque in 1964 she taught at Irving Elementary school. In 1965, she was employed by the University of Dubuque as an Assistant Professor of Education, retiring in 1982.

Helen was a member of several educational organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma and a Life Member of the Iowa State Teachers Association and the NEA. She also was a member of the Dubuque Chapter of the AAUW and the IP chapter of the P.E.O. Helen was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Women and as an Elder for several terms. She represented the church on several committees in the John Knox Presbytery.

Her special interest was in Camp Courageous of Iowa where she served on the Board for 21 years.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband and parents and twin brother.

She is survived by a daughter, Nora Lynn Whittemore of Sammamish, Washington and by a son, John (Carol Werner) Watts of Madelia, Minnesota and four grandchildren, Adrienne, (Darryl) Schulz and Frank (Mary) Whittemore of Kirkland, Washington and Kristine (John Hoyer) Whittemore and Cory Watts of Lexington, Kentucky. She has four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers all memorials may be given to Camp Courageous of Iowa, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the University of Dubuque.



Allison N. Cress


Allison N. Cress 18 of Asbury passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Memorial visitation will be 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Friday, June 9, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 pm.

Allison was born September 26, 1998 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of David and Holly (Bealer) Cress. She recently graduated from Hempstead High School Class of 2017. Allison was "her own person - she did Allison", enjoyed drawing, reading, outdoors, hiking, and playing video games. She loved Zelda, Harry Potter, and RPGing with friends. Allison brought a smile to your face and always kept a positive attitude during her fight with cancer. She was able to have a "Make A Wish" trip to Paris and London and her favorite parts of the trip was to Universal Studios: The Making of Harry Potter in London and Claude Monet's home and gardens in Paris. Allison also enjoyed Halloween and loved animals, especially her new puppy "Bruce." She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her parents, Holly (Rafic) Sinno, David (Heather) Cress; maternal grandparents, Robin Bealer and Linda and Jim Boyd; paternal grandparents, Gary and Barb Cress and Abdul and Melissa Sinno; siblings, Emily Adkins, Ashley Cress, Ameena Sinno, and Zakariya Sinno; great grandparents, Wayne Batten and Kurt Bealer, Sr.; and numerous aunts and uncles; and cousins; and a special friend, Jared Beacom.

Allison was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Kurt Bealer, Jr.

The families would like to thank the Hempstead and University of Dubuque communities, Dance Marathon; and Make A Wish Foundation for your support during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to a scholarship fund at Hempstead High School and University of Dubuque in Allison's memory.

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



Leon F. Pasker


Leon F. Pasker, 78, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after an eight-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Leon was born January 26, 1939, near New Vienna on the Pasker farm that has been in the Pasker name since 1883.  He was the son of Albert and Alvina (Wiskus) Pasker.  He married Grace Oberbroeckling on May 30, 1959, in Luxemburg.  Together they raised their family and farmed with Case tractors, Dodge vehicles, and Guernsey dairy cows.

Leon was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and a supporter of the local college sports teams.  He loved coaching Little League for the New Vienna Twins and Junior League Softball as well as playing on Vessie's slow pitch softball team.  He also had a passion to play and teach the game of golf to his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Grace, 7 children: Karl (Carol) Pasker of Carol Stream, IL, Russ (Cerise Giddings) Pasker of Arlington, IA, Tom (Joyce) Pasker and Carmen (Mike) Kluesner, both of New Vienna, John (Michelle) Pasker of Earlville, Paul (Alicia) Pasker of Bettendorf and Nichole Johnson of New Hampton; 22 grandchildren: Betsy & Andrew Pasker, Steve (Abby) & Tracey (Josh) Tupy, Brad Pasker, Celina & Lane Giddings, Brooke, Rachel, Logan & Troy Pasker, Matt (Holly Thomas) Kluesner, Angie (Matt) White, Joshua, Jacob & Noah Pasker, Kelsey Pasker, Jadin, Cohen & Noah Knudson, Ashley & Emily Jackson; 8 great grandchildren: Erika & Marek Pasker, Bryce, Chase & Claire Tupy, Jacey & Dane Thomas and Bailey White; siblings: Urban (Joan) Pasker of New Vienna, Verna Westmark Theiman of Cincinnatti, James (Marie) Pasker of Colesburg; and in-laws: Elmer Oberbroeckling of Luxemburg, Eunice Prier of Manchester and LaVonne Clemen of Holy Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws: John Westmark, Don Theiman, Carolyn Oberbroeckling, Marvin Prier, and Leon Clemen.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

Special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for taking such great care of our husband and father.

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

 

 



Robert L. Cherrier

Robert L Cherrier, 65, of Earlville, IA passed away on June 6th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Robert was born on July 23, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Robert W. Cherrier and Ila Mae (DuCharme) Cherrier. He graduated from High School in Prairie du Chien WI. Robert loved being on the water fishing and in the woods hunting.
He is survived by his two daughters Tracy Lynn Cherrier and Kimberly Cherrier. Grandsons, Tyler Zehner and Jordan Zehner; granddaughter Lynley Cherrier; great granddaughter Harley Zehner; sister Dale Cherrier-Crubel; brother Mark Cherrier; sister-in-law Linda (Don) Cherrier, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donald Cherrier and sister Janet Klinkenberg.

In lieu of flowers a Robert Cherrier memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Mark A. Dunnuck


Mark A. Dunnuck, 62, of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mark Alan Dunnuck was born on June 27, 1954 in Oklahoma to John Alan and Mary Rose Dunnuck. He graduated high school and attended one year of college. He then began a lifelong career as a dog man. He worked as a trainer/assistant trainer all of his life. He had lived in Mobile, Alabama and then St. Petersburg, Florida. For the past seven years he lived in the Dubuque Iowa area working for Dave and Jake Ungs at Copper Kettle Kennels. They were family to Mark.

In addition to racing and training Greyhounds, Mark loved the Chicago Cubs, Racing Cars and the State of Iowa. In his words, "Iowa is God's country." Two infamous quotes he commonly used were: "I am a man who has lived a charmed life" and "lucky as the day is long". He will be dearly missed.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include a daughter, Lizabeth Noel Dunnuck of St. Petersburg, FL; his family at Copper Kettle Kennels including Dave and Sheila Ungs, Jake Ungs and Jennifer Hamilton; and his beloved dog, Dexter. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Lynn Marie.

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

 



Dorothy E. Brothers


Dorothy E. Brothers, age 97, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:15 p.m., on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy was born on November 16, 1919, in Berlin, ND, to John and Minnie (Cathman) Johll. Her mother died when Dorothy was two, and then her father relocated the family to Glen Haven, WI. Dorothy's sister, Mary, helped raise Dorothy and her eight siblings, with Dorothy being the last surviving Johll sibling.

She was united in marriage to Freeman "Red" Brothers in Dubuque in 1948. He preceded her in death, July 14, 1981, after 32 years. Dorothy was a hard worker and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years. Dorothy's faith and family were foremost in her life. She lived every day in prayer saying the rosary numerous times and attended mass whenever possible. Dorothy loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. with Sandy and Stacey. She was a competitive Euchre player and enjoyed Bingo. Dorothy loved to cook in her early years. Her fudge, barbeque and Italian Beef recipes are prized possessions for many of her granddaughters. She loved bright colored clothing, especially pink, and jewelry. You would never see Dorothy without jewelry, especially pins, rings, bracelets and painted nails.

Stonehill was home to her and she was loved by staff, aides and nurses. She loved visitors, and always wanted her Stonehill friends to meet them, especially bragging on her grandchildren and "greats." Dorothy always had stuffed animals for any of her grandkids' visits (they were her Bingo winnings). She was always in charge of handing out Bingo cards and setting the table for lunch in her dining area. Dorothy never missed any Popcorn Day, Elvis Show or music event. Bird and squirrel watching was her favorite pastime, as her many feeders and birdbaths attest to outside her window.

She loved the Cubs and her angel collection. Dorothy was a social butterfly, who was extremely active with several organizations throughout the years. She enjoyed phone calls with her friends and especially her daily calls from daughter Sandy and her nightly calls from Gail. She also loved her visits from her son, Orv, as he usually brought flowers, bird feed or ice cream.

We have been truly blessed to have Dorothy with us for 97 years on her earthly journey. She continually strived to make the world a better place, and while we will miss her deeply, we take comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with all of her loved ones that have gone home ahead her. "Well done Thy good and faithful servant."

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory include

her children,
Sandy Johll,
Orville "Orv" (Jody) Brothers,
Bill (Linda) Johll
and Ron (Cindy) Armstrong;

a special granddaughter,
Stacey Johll-Kircher;

special great-grandchildren,
Andy and Lainey Kircher;

2 daughters-in-law,
Shirley Johll
and Rita Brothers;

her stepdaughters,
Glenna Boullear
and Eleanor Jeans-Peasel;

and over 40 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Freeman Brothers; her children, Florence (Charles "Van") VanBlarcum, Charlie (Shirley "Pete") Brothers, Delbert Brothers and David Johll; and her 9 siblings, George (Marcella) Johll, Carl (Viola) Johll, Art (Margaret) Johll, Alfred (Jean) Johll, Ralph (Ann) Johll, Edward (Mary) Johll, Mary (Pete) Fischler, Letha (Lloyd) Krantz and Richard (Anne) Ackerman.

A Dorothy E. Brothers memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dorothy's family would like to extend sincerest thanks to Stonehill Care Center for their compassion and care of Dorothy the last several years, as well as Hospice of Dubuque and Paramount Ambulance.

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

 



Thomas J. McDermott


Thomas J. McDermott, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family Monday, June 5, 2017, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Council #2001 rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the funeral home. Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

He was born October 11, 1927 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Frances V. and Margaret (Clancy) McDermott. He received his education from St. Joseph's schools in Farley, IA and Loras College in Dubuque, IA. On August 13, 1966 he was united in marriage to Jean Boyle at St. Aloysuis Catholic Church in South Garryowen, IA.

Tom was an Army Veteran having served during the Korean War.

He loved sports and enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

He was a member of St. Raphael's Parish in Dubuque, IA, and the Farley American Legion Post #656, Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001. He served on Farley Development and St. Joseph's Parish boards and was on the Board of Directors for Grinnell Mutual Insurance and Farm Credit Service.

He is survived by his wife, Jean McDermott of Dubuque, IA; one son, Mike (Jessalyn) McDermott of Farley, IA; four grandchildren, Sydney, Amelia, Eleanor and Evelyn; five siblings, Elaine Brown of Farley, IA, Sr. Jeanette McDermott SDMM of Philadelphia, PA, Ramona Thomas of Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Dan) Reid of St. Paul, MN, and Gail Dolphin of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom "Slim" (Mary Jane) Boyle of Cascade, IA, Rosanne (John) Schmitt of St. Louis, MO and Judy Boyle of Cascade, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Francis P. McDermott Jr.; one sister, Margie (Robert) McAllister; brothers-in-law, Richard Dolphin, Bob McAllister, Loras Brown and Jack Boyle; one sister-in-law, Kathleen Boyle.

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



Christine Kerasotes Yiannias


Christine Kerasotes Yiannias of Dubuque fell asleep in the Lord June 5, 2017.

Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, followed by a Trisagion service at 7:00 pm. There will be a private interment. 

She was born in Springfield, Illinois to Georgia (Spirakes) and Louis Kerasotes Sept. 22, 1924. She attended Springfield Junior College and the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Christine worked for her father's company, Kerasotes Theaters, until her marriage to Nick Yiannias. After Nick's discharge from active service in the Korean War, the couple lived in Coronado, CA, eventually returning to Dubuque to raise their family.

Christine was a lover of music, especially opera, the visual arts, contemporary architecture, nature, world travel, archeology and history. She was a gifted and enthusiastic seamstress, creating many stylish designs. She imparted these loves to her three best friends, her daughters Stephanie, Georgie and Connie.

In addition to volunteering for numerous charities, Christine served as a director of the Dubuque Symphony Auxiliary Board from 1977-1986, and was a member of several Orthodox Christian Church organizations, both national and local.

Christine was a kind, generous, cultured, intelligent and fun person. The world is a better place for her presence in it and she was cherished by many.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Nickas James Yiannias, daughters Stephanie, Georgie (David Luger), Connie (Randall Thompson) Antoniou; grandchildren Alexander Luger M.D. (Elizabeth Loft M.D.), Marina Luger, Rena, Tony and Nickas Antoniou, step-grandchildren Elijah and Danielle Thompson, and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank our beloved friend and Christine's caregiver Inna Strebkova; the caring staff at Bethany Home; Sandy Sebek; Home Instead; and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials to St. Elias Orthodox Christian Church building fund or the charity of your choice.

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



Lloyd G. Herman, Jr.


Lloyd G. Herman, Jr. 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 4th, 2017 at Manor Care.

Private burial with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be in Linwood Cemetery. No public visitation or services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is serving the family.

Lloyd was born on July 9, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd and Rose (Beitzel) Herman, Sr. He married Mary Flury and shared 53 years of marriage.

He is a US Navy Veteran and worked for Dubuque John Deere Dubuque Works until retirement.

Lloyd enjoyed fishing and hunting; and his mornings at Eichman's, but mostly Lloyd enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Lloyd (Laura) Herman, III, Carol (Doug) Paul, Steven (Donna) Haferbecker, Michael Haferbecker, and Laura Haferbecker. His grandchildren, Laney, Charmane, Steven, Summer, Amber, Ashley, and Victoria along with many great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they provided to Lloyd.



Evelyn Rose Birch

Evelyn Rose Birch, infant daughter of Alyssa Reddick and William Birch, was born into Heaven on June 2, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Her life was taken far too soon but she was love at first sight for her mom and dad.

Private family services and burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Eve is survived by her parents, Alyssa and William; her sisters Khloey, Emma, Abigail and her brother Quentin. Her grandparents, Nancy Birch and Shawn and Tracy Reddick; great grandparents, Janice and Stanley Mahe; uncle Alex Reddick and aunt Barby Birch, along with many great aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great great grandparents Bill and Minnie Davis and great great grandmother Bernice Mahe. Her aunt Amanda Birch; uncle Andy Birch and great aunt Aud Schmitt.

An Evelyn Rose Birch memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially, Deb Foust; also to the staff at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory; and to all the family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.



Darin J. Jarding


Darin J. Jarding, 48, of Anamosa, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, as the results of injuries sustained in a tractor accident.

Friends and relatives of Darin may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the funeral home. Services for Darin will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born September 10, 1968 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul and Mary (Ritt) Jarding. He is a 1986 graduate of Cascade High School in Cascade, Iowa and a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Platteville, WI where he received a degree in Technology Management. He was employed at Iowa Prison Industries as a Senior Tech in Anamosa, Iowa.

Darin was an outstanding human being. He was a very loving and devoted father, son and brother.

He is survived by his children, Avery (Ramona) Jarding, Anna (Special Friend, Eric) Jarding, Amaya Jarding all of Madison, WI and Austin (Andrea) Allen of Atlanta, GA; one grandson, Zachariah Allen; mother of his children, Bethany Jarding-Allen of Madison, WI; special friend, Robin Sunny of Dubuque, IA; his father and step-mother Paul (Deb) Jarding of Farley, IA; three siblings, Laura (Brian) Kennedy of Epworth, IA, Brian (Kim) Jarding of Carmel, IN and Andy Jarding of Farley, IA; nieces and nephews, Nolan, Becca, Caitlin and Brianna Kennedy, Adrian, Sarah and Jacob Jarding, Evey Jarding; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jarding on September 28, 1994.

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



Ernest Burger


Ernest Burger, 87, of rural Cascade died Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 10 am - 2 pm Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a memorial service will commence at 2 pm. Interment will be at St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington. Pastor Dennis Schmitt will officiate and the Marine Corps League of Dubuque and Cascade American Legion Post 528 will accord Military Honors.

Ernie was born Oct. 18, 1929, in rural Worthington the son of Herman and Lavina (Stoll) Burger and married Anne Lasche of Cascade in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He worked on the first version of the Nike Surface to Air Missile which was used during the Cold War. Following his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to Worthington where he and Ann operated Burger's Garage for the next 25 years. In 1977 they moved to their farm in rural Cascade, just one mile south of the home where Ernie was born.

In earlier years Ernie enjoyed playing semi-pro baseball for the Worthington Cardinals where he was known as a power hitting shortstop. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Survivors include daughters Vicki (Dean) Kramer of Sand Springs, Julie (Dennis) Schilling of Dubuque, Lolly Burger of Dubuque, one son Ernie (Adela) Burger of Vina Del Mar, Chile, one brother Gerald (Ruth) Burger of Dubuque, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife Anne, a daughter Lori Miller, a brother Alvin (Mildred) Burger, and sister Verla (Olan) Tegeler.

Memorials are preferred and may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Ernie.

The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to the staff of Seventh Heaven Elder Group Home in Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Betty J. White


Betty J. White, 80, of Cascade, Iowa formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:42 a.m., at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

Services for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding, con-celebrating Rev. Tony Kruse, and assisting Deacon Steve Strange. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was born August 17, 1936 in Independence, Iowa, daughter of Edgar E. and Louise (Kelchen) Vaske. She received her education from St. Francis Xavier High School and Mercy School of Nursing. She was united in marriage on June 6, 1959 to Thomas H. White at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Rosary Society.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas White of Cascade, IA; six children, Philip White of Dubuque, IA, Tom White of Seeley, CA, Kathy (Ken) Anthony of Dubuque, IA, Jeff White (Special Friend Carol Coyle), Nick (Theresa) White, Mike (Kris) White all of Bernard, IA; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Milder of Davenport, IA and Karen (Frank) O'Hara of Omaha, NE.
She is also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers-in-law, Maurice Milder, Pat Kruse and Ralph Oberbroeckling.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy ER, University of Iowa Hospital, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

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



Archbishop Emeritus Daniel W. Kucera


Archbishop Emeritus Daniel W. Kucera, OSB, died May 30, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa. He was 94 years old. He is survived by two brothers, Father Edward Kucera, OSB of Lisle, IL and Henry Kucera, of New York.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, officiating and Msgr. Thomas Toale as homilist. Interment will be in the cemetery of St. Procopius Abbey, in Lisle, IL.?

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 5th at the Cathedral, and also after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church. On Monday, the rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m., led by the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre; rosary by the Knights of Columbus at 6:00 p.m.; and at 7:00 p.m. a vigil service will be held with Rev. John Haugen presiding.

Archbishop Kucera was born May 7, 1923, to Joseph and Lillian (Petrzelka) Kucera of Chicago. He attended St. Procopius College in Lisle, IL and was professed a Benedictine monk on June 16, 1944. He completed his theological training at St. Procopius Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1949. He earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and held several positions in addition to teaching at St. Procopius College. In 1959, at the age of 36, he was named the youngest president of St. Procopius College, Lisle, IL.??He was elected abbot of St. Procopius Abbey in 1964, and in 1971, was called again to be president of the college, now renamed Illinois Benedictine College. He remained in that position until 1976. In 1977, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Joliet, IL. He was named bishop of Salina, KS, in March of 1980 and served there until 1984, when he was appointed archbishop of Dubuque. He welcomed Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus, OSB, as coadjutor in August of 1994 and retired in October of 1995.??

His episcopacy in Dubuque is marked, in part, by expansion in services for youth formation, communications, Hispanic ministry and advocacy for public policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person. Additionally, he established an educational development fund for promoting Catholic education and faith formation, which later bore his name. ?

Archbishop Kucera also served on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was elected treasurer of the Conference from 1987-1990 and 1992-1993. From 1992 - 1996 he was the Grand Prior of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.?

Memorials may be given to the Archbishop Kucera Educational Development Fund in care of the Archdiocese.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

 



Chris M. Gantenbein


Chris M. Gantenbein 62, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Chris was born on August 28, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Russell and Cecelia (Engling) Gantenbein. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and Loras College. Chris worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company to pay for college and then started a career as a life insurance agent. On November 7, 1975, he married Judy Kirk at the Church of The Nativity. The most important thing in life for Chris was FAMILY. His children were the love of his life and now his grandchildren were his new love and he never ever missed any swim meets, baseball games, or basketball games. He was a fun-lover. Chris was an excellent woodworker and loved working in his yard. He was an avid reader and instilled the love of reading to his children and grandchildren. He was a huge Iowa Hawkeye, St. Louis Cardinal, and (ex) Steeler fan and loved going to games with family. Chris enjoyed his workouts at Farrell's but most importantly the friendships that were formed. Chris was a member of St. Columbkille parish.

Surviving are his wife, Judy of Dubuque; his children, Abby (Marty) Kluesner of Farley, IA, and Jacob (Angela) Gantenbein of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Benjamin, Ryan, Colin and Olivia Kluesner; his sisters, Carol Gantenbein of LeClaire, IA, Sandy (Jim) Burns of Plano, TX, Geri (Ernie) Gerlach of Hattiesburg, MS, and Nancy (Chip) Bliss of Dubuque, IA; his sister-in-law, Melody Gantenbein of Keller, TX; his brothers- and sister-in-laws, Jim (Chris) Kirk of LaCrosse, WI, John (Christy) Kirk of Dubuque, IA, and Kathy (Bob) Kieffer of St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews and his very special "grand doggie" Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Gantenbein; his father- and mother-in-law, Gordon and Joyce Kirk, and a brother-in-law, Kevin Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Dubuque Humane Society.



Daniel G. Holland


Daniel G. Holland, 66, of Durango passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017. Memorial Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Time of Sharing at 3:00 pm.

Daniel was born June 28, 1950 in Kewanee, Illinois the son of Daniel "Bud" and Beatrice (Campbell) Holland. He attended Divine Word Seminary at East Troy Wisconsin, Divine Word Seminary at Epworth, IA and graduated from Western College in Illinois.

Daniel played in the band Celebration and later played in a hobby band Jablues. He met his wife, Shelly Hennings while playing in his band and they were married on June 4, 1977 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Daniel worked on a blacktop crew, hauled salt, worked for the T.V. station transferring football highlights to Chicago on Sundays, and finally working the last 42 years for ARC and also had a crew and worked at NICC in Peosta. He put family first, loved to play music and sing, eat, talk to people, horses and animals, and reading constantly.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Holland; his mother, Beatrice Holland (Campbell); siblings, Steven (Carol), June, Brian (Carrie), Anne, John (Janet) Holland, and Suzie (Scott) Steinheiser; mother in-law, Jeneene Hennings (Hines); in-laws, C.J. (Debbie), Kevin (Lynne), Jack (Yolanda) and Bill (Mary) Hennings; and numerous nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Daniel "Bud"; father in-law, Wayne Hennings; grandparents, Lydia and Ruben Campbell; Cecil and Ila Hines; grandparents in-law, Rita and Melvin (Pie) Hennings.

The family would like to thank the first responders for their help during this difficult time.

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

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



Debra M. Kaiser


Debra M. "Deb" Kaiser, 57, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday 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 10-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Deb was born on September 20, 1959, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of John "Jack" and Eula (Brandt) Droessler. She married James M. "Jim" Kaiser on November 21, 1998, in Hazel Green. Deb cleaned homes and worked at Advance Transformer and St. Dominic Villa.

Deb loved to babysit her grandchildren often and enjoyed visiting with family and friends and doing cross stitch. She taught religious education for two years and was a member of St. Francis de Sales Council of Catholic Women serving as president for two years. Deb was always there to help people and went above and beyond to do so.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; a son, Jason, at home; two stepdaughters, Brittney (Dan) Collins and their children, Abbey and Wyatt, of Hazel Green, Kadie (Tony) Donovan and their children, Shawn and Mitchell Donovan and Logan Berry, of Hazel Green; a stepson, Josh (Lynn) Kaiser, of Hazel Green; her father, John "Jack" (Pauline) Droessler, of Lancaster; a brother, Kim Droessler, of Rockton, Illinois; and her mother-in-law, Bernita Kaiser, of Hazel Green. She is also survived by her in-laws, Jerry (Tammy) Kaiser, of Benton; Joe (Carla) Kaiser, Tom (Julie) Kaiser, and Mary Jo (Tim) Genthe, all of Cuba City, Alan Kaiser, of Hazel Green, Deb (Bill) Sargent, of Earlville, Iowa, Chuck (Sherry) Kaiser, of Epworth, Iowa, and Todd Kaiser, of Madison; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eula; a brother, Glenn; a sister-in-law, Mary Beth Droessler; and her father-in-law, Merlin Kaiser.

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



Keighan J. Shanahan


Keighan John Shanahan, 21, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 24th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center the result of a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 7:00 p.m.
Keighan was born on June 20, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Kevin Shanahan and Angela Fuller. He was a spelling bee champ and worked in construction for Always on Time Construction. He also helped his dad do stone work since he was 10 years old.

He enjoyed cars, but especially enjoyed time with his son Brycen.

He is survived by his son Brycen Shanahan, his girlfriend and Brycen's mother, Layla Vondal; his father Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan; his mother Angela Fuller; grandmothers Mary Kay Shanahan and Suzie Revelle; his uncle Fuzzy Fuller; two aunts Kathy Shanahan and Krista (Mike) Torrey; his special cousins Mercedes Fuller and Nicholas Torrey.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Loras Shanahan, Sonny Revelle and Tim fuller.



Roselin C. Splinter


Roselin C. Splinter, 92, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call 8:45-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home before the service.

Roselin was born on August 25, 1924, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Ida (Montag) Jansen. She married LaVern J. Splinter on October 17, 1944, in Kieler. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2009.

Roselin was a hard working farm wife, mother and homemaker. She did all the cooking, baking and sewing for the family. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She had a very religious orientation with a special devotion to Mary. Together Roselin and LaVern raised eight children. She lived for her family and sacrificed much for her family.

Roselin is survived by five daughters and three sons, Carol Weland, of Dubuque, Jane and Mary Splinter, of Platteville, Rita (Gary) Hingtgen, of Kieler, Donna (Tom) Covert, of Platteville, LaVern Splinter Jr., of Platteville, David (Diane) Splinter, of Dickeyville, and Ken (Cathy) Splinter, of Platteville. She is also survived by a brother, Paul F. (Alice Charpentier) Jansen, of Lewiston, Idaho; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marie (Walter) Hinderman and Leora (Ed) Helbing; a brother, Eldon (Marge) Jansen; her in-laws, Irenus and Caroline (Kruser) Splinter; a son-in-law, Robert Weland; a grandson, Jesse Splinter; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to say a special Thank You to the staff of Epione Pavilion in Cuba City and especially the Reflections Unit and Willow Hall for all the wonderful care they gave to our Mom. Also thank you to the Medical Associates doctors who cared for both our parents.

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



Ethel M. Jacque


Ethel M. Jacque, 86 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ethel was born April 25, 1931, in Dyersville the daughter of Bernard and Leona (Kirsch) White.  She married Richard L. Jacque on June 22, 1954, in Dyersville.  Together they owned & operated Jacque's Home Fashions in Dyersville until selling to their children in 1985.  She took great pride in keeping an impeccable house and yard.  Her family was her greatest joy and devotion.

Survivors include her children: Jeff (Donna) Jacque, Brian (Joleen) Jacque, Lisa (Pat) Burkle all of Dyersville, a daughter-in-law, Cindy Jacque of Dyersville; grandchildren: Becky (Steve) Newcomer, Laura (Marty) Kolinski, Danielle (Daragh) Watson, and Bryanna Jacque, Jessica (Marty) Milbert, Tara (Chris) Kolker, Kevin (fiancé Brianna Neyen) Jacque, Dustin Jacque, Lucas Jacque, and Maci Jacque, Kelsey (Aaron) Strong, Mason Ling; step grandchildren: Carter and Lauren Shaull, Brittany (Brandon) Knipper and Blake Burkle; 14 great grandchildren; a brother, Allen (Dee) White of Guttenberg, and a sister, Gloria Marolf of Farley, a sister-in-law, Mary Lou White of Kearney, NE, and a brother-in-law, Donald Jacque of Dunkerton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dick in 2002, one son, Jayme Jacque in 2013, a brother, Vernon White, brothers-in-law, Ralph Marolf, Paul (Delores) Jacque, Bob (Bert) Jacque, LeRoy Jacque, and sisters-in-law, Joan (Tony) DeSousa and Charlene Jacque.

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

We wish to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care.

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

 

 



Karolyn K. Clemen


Karolyn K. Clemen 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday May 25, 2017 at home.

Family and friends may visit from 10:00am to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Karolyn was born on August 3, 1942 in Manchester, Iowa, The daughter of Earl and Grace (Rainbird) Hansen. She graduated from Manchester High School and married Roger C. Clemen, on April 5th, 1960, in Manchester. They shared 57 years together until Roger's death on May 3rd, 2017. Over the years she worked at the Holiday Inn, Saint Columbkilles, US Bank and Finley Hospital, along with being a full time wife and mother. She enjoyed going to garage sales, baking and playing the penny slots and mostly spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Kim) Clemen, Rod (Donna) Clemen, Greg (Karen) Clemen, Steve (Candy) Clemen, Darla (Dave) Goedert and Earl Clemen, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, A brother Arlo (Sharon) Hansen, a brother-in-law Earl Clemen and a sister-in-law Eileen Frey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roger, a brother Vincent "Bink", and 4 sisters Joann, Norma, Dorothy and Patty.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim Saunders and to Sunshine Home Care and their team for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



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