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Loretta Frances Vaske


Loretta Frances Vaske, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation is from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call an hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa with Rev. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

She was born on November 16, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint. Loretta was raised and educated in the Worthington area.

On November 23, 1948, Loretta was united in marriage to Arthur "Art" Vaske at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan. Ten children were born to this union. Together they farmed in the Ryan area until 1959 when they moved to the Dundee area to farm. The couple moved to Manchester in 1998. Art passed away on January 20, 2007. Loretta continued to reside in Manchester and had resided at the Good Neighbor Home since August 2012.

Loretta was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking, and playing cards. Most recently she enjoyed playing Bingo and volleyball at the Good Neighbor Home. Loretta loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her eight children, Janice (Jeff) Bahl of Dubuque, Joyce (Allen) Burkle of Ryan, Alan (Felicia) Vaske of Dundee, Mark (Natalie) Vaske of Manchester, Lori (Joe) Hoeger of Hopkinton, Dean (Julia) Vaske of Manchester, Lois (Robert) Goedken of Dundee, and Lisa Monaghan of Ryan; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her three siblings, Clarence Quint and Vernon Quint, both of Manchester, and Catherine (John) McQuillen of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Quint of Ryan and Elaine Vaske of Strawberry Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; twin sons John and Joseph, in infancy; her parents; her son-in-law, Mark Monaghan; her sister, Mary Vaske; her brothers, Lawrence and Sylvester Quint; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Quint and Catherine Quint; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Vaske.

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



Matthew Martin Daly


Matthew "Matt" Martin Daly, 92, of Bankston, Iowa died peacefully Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.

Friends and relatives of Matthew may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., and an Ancient Order of Hibernians service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Funeral Home. Services for Matthew will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Andrew Kelly (nephew) presiding and Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Clements's Cemetery n Bankston, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born April 6, 1924 in Bankston, Iowa, son of William and Anna (Kennedy) Daly, his lineage being 100% Irish. He is a graduate of the former St. Clements High School in Bankston. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945. He was united in marriage to Ann Lawler at Treasure Island, CA on February 14, 1947. The couple returned home to Bankston to continue farming on his Uncle Joe's farm. Matt and Ann raised their family and grew the farm over the next 67 years, actively working on the farm until he was 89.

He was a member of St. Clements Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society and served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Farley American Legion Post #656. He was a former Director of the former Farley State Bank, and he served on the Board of Grinnell Mutual Insurance. Matt was an original member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dubuque County #1 from Dyersville, for which he served as President of the Chapter from 2006-2007. He was inducted into the Dubuque county Cattlemen's Hall of Fame. Matt was a participant of one of the early Honor Flights out of Dubuque. This past December he was awarded the Quilt of Valor. This past year, Matt and Ann were honored at the Iowa State Fair with the Heritage Farm Award, with the farm remaining in the family for 150 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Daly, of 69 years of marriage; six children, Joe (Donna) Daly of Farley, IA, Dan (Ruth) Daly of Bankston, IA; Ellen Tilley of Alpharetta, GA. Mary Pat (BenWard) Daly of Portland Oregon, Tim (Lori) Daly of Bankston, IA and Meg Daly (Jerry Dee) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; 16 grandchildren, Lynn (Paul) Martin, Brian (Shannon) Daly, Megan Daly, Bridget (John) Wilhelm, William (Tifani) Daly, Heather (Tim) Maiers, Brian (Susan) Galle, T.J. (Francesca) OToole, Erik Tilley, Paul (Alexandra) Tilley, Lara (Charbel Bouez) Tilley, Kathleen Ward, Martin Ward, Jimmy Boeckenstedt, Sarah (Jordan Kluesner) Boeckenstedt, and Eric Boeckenstedt; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Catherine Knapp, Helen Kelly, Margaret Connelly and Anna Mae Daly; two brothers, William Daly and Donald Daly; and a son-in-law, Leo Tilley.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Clements Growth Improvement fund in his memory in lieu of flowers.



Mae Louise Ovel


Mae Louise "Weedy" Ovel, 95, of Dyersville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a CD of a rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Weedy was born in Dyersville on August 7, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Hoffmann) Besler. She received her sacraments and education at St. Francis Xavier. She married Alfred "Fritz" Ovel on May 27, 1941. Weedy was a dedicated wife and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, golf, Bingo, sewing, and card playing with friends and family. She was famous for her rhubarb pie. Weedy's afghans are family prized possessions.

She is survived by her 3 children: Mary "Cookie" (Don) Scherrman of Dyersville, John (Jean Ann) Ovel of Kansas City, MO, and Deb (Randy) Schuster of Holy Cross; 11 grandchildren, Todd (Lori) Scherrman, Cathy (Jim) Gibbs, Jackie (Dina) Scherrman, Sandra (Julio) Umana, Susan (Eric) Martin, Jessica (Drew) Hull, Melissa (Lee) Yanik, Rebecca (Trey) Bowen, Matthew Ovel, Jill (Tom) Harron, and Abby (Pat) Turner; 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Fritz" in 1992; son Bob Ovel in 1979; and five brothers and four sisters.

The family would like to thank the Ellen Kennedy Living Center staff and Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville for their compassionate and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Sharon M. Jones


Sharon M. Jones, age 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer on April 17th, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family.

To celebrate Sharon's life, a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sharon was born on April 10, 1948, to Ken and Marie Johnston of Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and married her husband, Jim "Burr Head" Jones, on July 16, 1966, at Saint Mary's Church.

She worked at the County Extension Office for a few years and later retired from Babka Publishing after over 25 years of service.

Shortly after retiring, Sharon developed lung cancer but made a miraculous recovery and was cancer-free for fourteen years. She spent many years working with the Pink Ribbon Association raising money for various charitable events. There, she made dear friends who were an integral part of her support system, especially when cancer set in again in 2015.

In her free time, Sharon enjoyed camping in the tri-state area with her family and life-long friends. After retiring, vacationing and spending time with her family and friends were her main forms of enjoyment. She loved to vacation in Myrtle Beach, and for the last 14 years, she and her husband, Jim, spent the winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. Her most cherished pastime, however, was spending time with her only grandchild, Chloe.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Julie (Jad) Fry, of Janesville, Wisconsin; Chloe, her grandchild; one sister, Sheila Urban; and two brothers: Ronald (Linda) Johnston; and Richard (Sharon) Johnston; three sisters-in-law, Barb Weber, Beth Hoffman, and Helene Bennett; and three brothers-In-law, Ronald Hoffman, Jack Bennett, and Gerald Bennett.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers-in-law, Gary Urban and Al "Scooter" Weber; her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Francis Leppert; and her in-laws, Cecil and Angeline Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in her name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar (NP), and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine; the entire staff at Finley Hospital; Dr. Bender and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; the entire staff at the Wendt Center; and of course, everyone at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maynard O. Monson


Maynard O. Monson, 85, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Shelley Wilson, in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Dianne Grace, Hospice of Dubuque, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday before the service at the funeral home.

Maynard was born on July 22, 1930, in Osseo, Wisconsin, the son of Olius H. and Mary Helena (Torpen) Monson. He married Rosemary A. "Rosie" Olson on August 8, 1951, in Osseo. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2007. Before retirement he was employed at Janlin Plastics and John Deere Tractor Works both in Dubuque. He also worked at the Wisconsin Information Center as a rest area manager.

Maynard was proud to have served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and had the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was an avid Braves, Packers and Badger fan and loved bowling, old time dancing and tinkering with small engines. Maynard enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelley Wilson, of Platteville; a son, Mardy (Cindy) Monson, of Crown Point, Indiana; two grandchildren, Eric Wilson and Chad (Dana) Wilson; four step-grandchildren, Melissa Potts, Wes (Aliki) Theodorou, Nicole Potts and Kathryn (Derek) Hayes; a great-grandson, Wade Wilson; two sisters, Doris Tomter, of Dubuque, and Marian Holman, of Austin, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Hans, Orville, Morris, Edvin, Gilman and and Clifford Monson; two sisters, Selma Larson and Julia Rue; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

A Maynard O. Monson Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Traci Kieler and all the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque for your care and support. A special thank you to Denise Curran for all your help caring for our dad during his illness.



Mary C. Kutsch



Mary C. (Cowan) Kutsch, 78 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sunnycrest Manor. According to Mary's wishes, private funeral services will be conducted.

Mary was born, September 11, 1937, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of James and Genevieve (Anglin) Cowan. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy and the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She married Joseph Kutsch on October 14, 1957 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Mary opend her own beauty salon upon graduation. She kept her beauticians license active and her talents were shared and enjoyed by family and friends for many years. She had a very loving and compassionate personality, and was a truly dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Joe; children, Karen (Dale) Kleinschrodt of Clinton, Iowa, Laura Kutsch of Dubuque, and Julie (Howard) Bowman of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dan (Holly) Kleinschrodt of Long Grove, IL, Ashley (Jason Anderson) Kleinschrodt of Bellevue, Ben Burke of Dubuque; step-grandchildren, Katelynn Bowman of Colorado Springs, CO, Jenna Bowman of Dubuque; great-grandchildren, Colin Anderson, Maddy Kleinschrodt; siblings, Arnold Cowan of Bell Aire, Michigan, Lee (Carol) Cowan of Dubuque and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kellie Jo; and many in-laws.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sunnycrest Manor in Mary's memory.

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



Judith A. Schmitt


Judith Ann Schmitt, 70, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Judy was born on February 18, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred and Lucille (Mesch) Bleile.

She married Gary P. Schmitt on May 10, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on December 3, 2009.

She was employed at Hy-Vee for many years.

Judy enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and bowling. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and the Dallas Cowboys fan.

Judy treasured her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed a birthday or sporting event. Whether it was going on family trips to Las Vegas or cooking her famous turkey and dressing sandwiches at family gatherings, time spent with loved ones was cherished.

Surviving are her children, Jamie (Daryl) Kramer of Dubuque, Nancy (Rich) Tingley, of Davenport, IA., Gary (Theresa) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Camie (special friend, Bob Helle) Pedersen of Dyersville, IA., and Stacy (Ken) Zimmerman of Peosta, IA.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; 2 brothers, Lyle (Mickey) Bleile, of Rockford, IL., Kenneth (Margaret) Bleile, of Belvidere, IL.; 5 sisters, Donna Clark of Rapid City, SD., Elizabeth Daly of Clinton, IA., Lois (Roger) Hess, and Sandra Wagar, both of Dubuque, and Rita (Rick) Patters of East Dubuque, IL; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Patricia) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Kathy (Gary) Sisler, of Stanton, MI., Jayne Reynolds of Albia, IA., Marc (Dee) Schmitt of Glendale, AZ., and June (Pat) Hancock, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Lester Bleile; 1 great grandson, Landon; and her father-in-law, George Schmitt.

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

A Judith Schmitt memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Honorio Caceres and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Abygail F. Bedtka


Abygail Faith Bedtka, age 2, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to her Lord and Savior at 8:37 a.m., on Friday, April 15, 2016, while at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Abygail's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, with Pastor Matt Collins and Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Abygail's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road; and please feel free to dress in bright colored and elephant attire for Aby. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Abygail was born on July 5, 2013, in Dubuque, the beautiful daughter of Timothy and Verona (Ault) Bedtka.

From the moment the Lord handed her to us, she immediately began having a positive influence on the world around her. A precious part of Aby's destiny would be to teach us the strength which can be found within faith, love, patience and family. For eighteen months we would pray, question and search for the answers to our little princess's health issues. Finally, it was revealed that she would never truly develop normally due to a genetic condition called Ohtahra syndrome; a rare gene mutation in her ninth chromosome called dnm1. In her short time here with us, Aby quickly realized the joys of coloring purple elephants and going for strolls under a blue sky. She also cherished the countless and wonderful one-sided conversations she would have with all of the caregivers in her life; from family members to doctors, Aby was always content to be verbally showered with sincere praises and undeniable adoration. At the age of four months, we would create a Facebook page (Prayers for Aby) dedicated strictly to the journey of Aby's life. The support that has poured fourth into our world, from among her 22,000 followers, has provided more peace during some very difficult days than we could ever possibly thank you all for properly. May God bless everyone who has been at our family's side through our earthly travels with Aby. There simply aren't words to describe the amount of love Aby has single-handedly created, encouraged and enveloped during her short stay here with us. Our hearts ache with a pain no family should ever have to endure, but we find hope in knowing that Aby is now at home with her heavenly family and today finds herself in a perfectly designed body just for our princess. We miss and love you our dear sweet baby girl and may God continue to bless you until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Aby's memory include
her loving parents,
Timothy (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque;

her adoring sisters,
Kailey and Ellah Bedtka, at home;

her grandparents,
Phyllis (Todd) Parker, Westland, MI,
Kevin Ault, Wayne, MI,
Ronald Bedtka, Dubuque
and Shirley (Richard) Kenny, Ryan, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Caleb (Linda) Ault, Little Rock, AR,
Gideon Ault, Westland, MI,
Josiah Ault, Ann Arbor, MI,
Tirzah Ault, Westland, MI,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, La Motte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL
and Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA.

She is also survived by many saddened cousins.

An Abygail Faith Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

We would like to thank all the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Universal Pediatrics, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional, tender and compassionate care you provided to both Aby and our family. We couldn't have made it through without the role you all played. We'd also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Julie Hanson, her nurses and also to Aby's nurses at Universal Pediatrics, Lisa, Amber, Joan and Carolynn; thank you all so very much for all of your nurturing love so graciously given to our baby girl.

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

 



Mark McCue


Mark "Joe Joe" McCue, 55, of Dubuque, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at home.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Family and friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born on April 5, 1961, in Marengo, IL, son of Dwight and Katherine (Andersen) McCue.

He married Rebecca Hefel on September 20, 2003, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked as a fork lift operator at Progressive Processing, Dubuque.

He loved his one and only son, Cal Owen, and spending time with him watching him play sports. Joe Joe was the life of the party, but his passion was spending time with his family and friends. He was a die-hard sports fan supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. He also loved watching the Augustana College Women's Basketball Team and traveled to Rock Island, IL, for all of their home games, cheering them on. His one true love was spending time on the softball field. He played softball in Dubuque for more than 20 years. Everyone he played with or against adored him. He was a legend on and off the field, always putting a smile on someone's face or making them laugh. He was the king of one liners, and he will be missed by all his road dawgs.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca; his one and only son, Cal Owen, at home; his parents, John and Katherine Bost of Brooksville, FL; a brother Keith McCue of South Elgin, IL; a sister, Sandra (Joe) Roberts, of Hollywood, FL; his mother-in-law, Sandra Hefel, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Frank (Melissa) Hefel, of Oak Harbor, WA.; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann McCue, of Darien, WI; 2 nephews, Vern McCue and Preston Hefel; a niece Kelly (Adam) Eckstein; and a great- nephew, Vern McCue Jr.; his honorary brothers, Kent Rettenberger and John Digman; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Chris Schultz, Joe Becker, Harry Maglaris, Mike Edmonds, Steve Wand, Jeremy Hedley, Kurt Farry, Darrin Starkey, Jeremy Cook, Curt Petesch, and the rest of his beloved softball slicksters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight McCue; a brother, Craig McCue; his father-in-law, Leon "Barney" Hefel; and a sister-in-law, Pam McCue.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Mark and Jill Beinborn and family; JC and Kristi Henry and family; the entire Walmart, Progressive Processing and Carlos O'Kelly's families for your unconditional love and support during this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given for a Cal McCue College Fund.



Roxanne M. Alden


Roxanne M. Alden, 56, of Monticello died Friday, April 15, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family after a three and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.

A visitation will be held from 4 - 8 pm Monday, April 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at United Church of Monticello with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.  Rev. Edwin Moreano will officiate.

Roxanne was born July 12, 1959, in Manchester, IA the daughter of LeVern and Delores (Hook) Chapman. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School with the Class of 1977.  Roxanne was a Food Coordinator at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Those who knew Roxanne would say she was feisty, loving and generous. She would give you anything she had although she had very little except great love.

She is survived by her three children: Brooke Alden and her children, Allison and Zander, Tyler Turnis and Katelynne Alden all of Monticello; her parents, siblings: Leroy Hartwig of Center Junction, Dean (Vicky) Chapman of Hopkinton, Kathy (Doug) Timmer of Manchester and Brenda (Randy) Steiner of Monticello; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Roxanne is preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Catherine Hook and Clarence and Myrtle Chapman, and an infant brother, Ricky.

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Dolores A. Pickel


Dolores A. Pickel, 80, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday 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 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Dolores was born on July 9, 1935, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Stuer) Schaefer. She married Orville J. Pickel on July 2, 1955. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1997.

Dolores was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dolores enjoyed reading and playing cards and other games. She loved her collection of angels. Dolores had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda (Tom "TJ") Schissel, of Dubuque, Sandy (Tom) Hull, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Patsy (Clint) Freiburger, of Cuba City, Jeannie (Roger) Arnesen, of Mukwonago, Janet (Scott) Faber, of Edgar, and Connie (Tim) Weber, of Plattevile; two sons, Orville Jr. Pickel, of Platteville, and John (Kelly) Pickel, of Delavan; a brother, Homer (Celine) Schaefer, of Fennimore; two sisters, Margaret Dalsing, of Dubuque, and Genevieve Biba, of Kenosha; three sisters-in-law, Rita Schaefer and Bernadine Schaefer, both of Platteville, and Lavon (Ron) Heinricy, of Kieler; two brothers-in-law, Kenny (Berneice) Pickel and Pete (Arlene) Pickel, both of Kieler; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerome & Elmer Schaefer; a sister, Hildegard Hinderman; her father and mother-in-law, George and Marcella Pickel; four brothers-in-law, Linus Dalsing, Edward Hinderman, Vandy Biba and Paul Schroeder; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Schroeder.

A Dolores A. Pickel Memorial Fund has been established.

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

A special thank you to the Park Place Staff and the doctors and staff at Southwest Health Center for all their love, support and wonderful care.



Karen J. Parker


Karen J. Parker 77, of 5297 Grand Meadow Dr. went to be with The Lord Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Journey Church. Private burial was held in Linwood Cemetery.

Karen was born on January 12, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank "Gene" and Dorothy (Hedrick) Miller. She spent 18 years as a registered nurse and instructor and later owned and operated the Another World Paradise Valley Inn in Durango, Iowa. Karen had an intense love for her pets.

Surviving are her brother, Lyle (Barb) Miller of Davenport, Iowa; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; 3 great nieces and 5 great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Parker and a great niece, Tonya Cassaday.

Karen's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the in home care services provided by Luther Manor.

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



David W. Lepsch


David W. Lepsch 28, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

David was born on March 19, 1988 in Dubuque, the son of David T. and Lisa (Wiegand) Lepsch. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was an avid stump jumper and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. David developed a passion for motorcycles from his dad. Hiking in the Mines of Spain with his dogs, the outdoors and jeeps were his favorite pastimes. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his mother, Lisa of Dubuque; a sister, Katlin (Jon Noel) Lepsch of Dubuque; maternal grandmother, Shirley Wiegand; paternal grandmother Nancy Lepsch and his uncle Alan Lepsch all of Dubuque; his aunt Mary Oberembt of Minnesota; cousins Josh, Jimmy, Jenica and Annie; his dogs Dez and Baby; and the love of his life, Shelby Sweeney.

He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandfather Dale Wiegand; paternal grandfather John "Jack" Lepsch; his uncle John "J." Lepsch and aunt Jean Wiegand.

A David W. Lepsch memorial fund has been established.
There will be a candlelight vigil on the river walk near the Ice Harbor Sunday at 7:45 p.m.



Zachary J. McPoland


Zachary J. McPoland, 31, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque, where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Zachary was born September 16, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Zachary's favorite thing in life was spending time with his daughter Evelyn. He loved music, playing guitar, the outdoors and cooking. He was a passionate fan of the Hawkeyes, Pantera and Batman. He had a wicked sense of humor. He was a loyal friend and was passionate about helping people in recovery. He was metal.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter Evelyn Blakeman of Dubuque; special friend, Lori Kilcoyne of Bellevue; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Terry T. McPoland


Terry T. McPoland, 27, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Terry was born April 22, 1988 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Terry loved spending time with his dogs Harley and Jax. He loved his father tremendously. He liked to sing loud and drive fast. He liked tattoos and selfies. He loved motorcycles, the outdoors and snowboarding. He was a BMX state champion. He liked making people laugh and pulling practical jokes. He had a heart of gold and wanted to help people. His last selfless act was running into a burning building to evacuate the residents. He was the baby of the family.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter, Peyton Salter of Dyersville; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Beatrice J. Davis


Beatrice J. (Bety) Davis, 90, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Assisi Village, Dubuque, Sedona, Arizona and Long Beach, California died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Clare House, Mt. St. Francis. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, California.

Visitation will be after 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Clare House. Miss Davis was a Franciscan associate. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Genevieve (Cain) Davis and an infant brother, John Edward.

Deep gratitude to Betty's wonderful caregivers: Dr. Cynthia Konz, all of the 3rd floor Household staff, and her nurse Cindy and everyone from Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert D. Johnson


Robert Donald Johnson, 89, formerly of 2710 Hickory Hill Drive, most recently of Oak Park Place and Luther Manor died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Robert was born on April 20, 1926 the son of Walter Raymond and Bertha (Bush) Johnson. He married Pauline Aurit in 1971 in Dubuque.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his nation during WWII.

He worked for many years as the Business Office Manager at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. He enjoyed a second career at Medical Associates, Dubuque performing many different responsibilities. 

Surviving are two sons, Raymond D. (Crystal) Johnson of Lakeland, FL. and Michael R. Johnson (Tamara Vega), of Breese, IL.; ex-daughter-in-law, Patricia Johnson, of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Robert (Ainsley) Johnson, Sarah (Kevin) Schrobilgen, Kelly (Jeremy) Noel and Michelle Johnson; and four great- grandchildren, Gavin Schrobilgen, Samantha Schrobilgen, Jordan Noel and Landon Noel; two dear friends, Ruth Turnis and Lois O' Brien, both of Dubuque; and the many relations of Pauline's that are still with us.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline; and brother, Roger Johnson.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Robert Johnson Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.

 



Jeannette M. Heath


Jeannette M. Heath, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Jeannette's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, April 16, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jeannette Marie Martin was born on October 12, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Joseph and Marjorie (Wynkoop) Martin. She attended Davenport schools and enjoyed roller skating at an early age. This love for roller skating led her to meet her future husband, Donald L. Heath. They met while roller skating and were married on April 28, 1957 in Davenport, Iowa.

Jeannette had worked for Swift Company in Clinton for 15 years, and lastly at Crestridge Nursing Home in the housekeeping department for 15 years.

Jeannette was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Jeannette's memory include her husband Donald L. Heath of Maquoketa, IA; children, Charles (Rebekah) Heath of Preston, IA, Diane (John) Ruff of Preston, IA, Richard Heath of Maquoketa, IA, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Heath of Davenport, FL, and Sherry White of Maquoketa, IA; a step-daughter Pamela of Viroqua, WI; a brother Jerome Martin of Long Grove, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry, brothers Joe, Jim, John and Eugene, sisters Joan and Jane, and a grandson Justin Lucy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeannette M. Heath memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John C. Oberfoell


John C. Oberfoell, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 5, 1934, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1957-1958. He was united in marriage to Catherine "Katie" Dressler on October 22, 1960, in Lancaster, WI and their union was blessed with 55 wonderful years together and seven beautiful children. John was a machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his eventual retirement in 1990. He was a long time and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and the U.A.W. Local 94 Retirees. In his free time John thoroughly enjoyed spending the day on the water attempting to lure in the next big catch, cheering on his Cubbies to the next World Series, or even just savoring a moment with a cold beer in hand. Family and friends were the driving force in John's life and every opportunity to share his love and devotion with those around him was never taken for granted. John's absence leaves a sorrowful void in our lives today, but we trust that he is now reunited with all of his family who've been called home ahead of him and we know and accept that in John's mind, body and spirit he had completed his journey here with us. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife of 55 years,
Catherine "Katie" Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his seven children,
Barbara (William) Kirshner, Killeen, TX,
Cynthia Oberfoell,
Brian Oberofell,
Charles Oberfoell,
Joseph (Denise) Oberfoell,
John (Robyn Ryser) Oberfoell Jr.
and Sam Oberfoell, all of Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
William Kirshner, Jacob Kretz, Andrew (fiancé Natalie Morken) Kirshner, Spencer Oberfoell, Kyra Oberfoell, Stephanie Oberfoell, Logan Oberfoell, Jonah Oberfoell and Alexis Oberfoell;

his siblings,
Peter (Joan) Oberfoell,
Albert Oberfoell,
Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell,
Mildred Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters-in-law,
Audrey Oberfoell,
Karen Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell
and Lillian Oberfoell;

and his brothers-in-law,
Marty Hammerand
and Richard Griebel.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Melvin Oberfoell, Irene Griebel, Delbert Oberfoell, Paul A. Oberfoell, Norma Jean Hammerand and James Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

A John C. Oberfoell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among John's favorite charities.

John's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care of John and the family.

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

 



Louis G. Ruchotzke


Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke, 76, of Miles, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Louie's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. Burial will be in the Preston, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Louis G. Ruchotzke was born on October 21, 1939 at the home he lived in most of his life to Leo and Caroline (Thielen) Ruchotzke. He attended Preston schools and was a 1957 graduate of Preston High School where he played basketball. He was united in marriage to Linda Kay Travis on January 2, 1961 in Preston, Iowa.

Louie proudly farmed the family farm all of his life and took pride in the farm he owned. He was a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Jackson County Pork Producers, Luther League, and Town and Country Twirlers.

Louie was always outside, always on the go, and always tinkering. He loved building and spending time in the "Party Barn", Farmall Tractors, farming, woodworking - building birdhouses, bird watching, touring the land on his Ranger, hunting, mushroom hunting and most importantly his family.

Those left to honor Louie's memory include his wife Linda Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; children, Lee (Lisa) Ruchotzke of Miles, IA, Lon (Cher) Ruchotzke of Rockledge, FL, Libby Levy of Plano, TX, and Foreign Exchange Student Heiri (Marietta) Bucher of Niederlenz, Switzerland; 6 grandchildren, Landon Ruchotzke, Larissa Ruchotzke, Dakota Ruchotzke, Claire Levy, Abby Levy, and Andrin Bucher; 3 step-grandchildren, Shannon Edwards, Shane Drake and Dezirea Leonard; 3 step-great-grandchildren; a brother John (Madge) Ruchotzke of Grinnell, IA; sisters Caroline Behn of Preston, IA, and Cleo (Don) Gray of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law Mardella Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Lane, a sister Leola Eggers, brothers Leo, Hugo and Carroll, sister-in-law Dona Ruchotzke, and brothers-in-law Richard Eggers and Wes Behn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John L. Fangman


John L. Fangman, 88, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

John was born January 3, 1928 in Bloomington, Wisc., son of Arthur and Frances (Bohnenkamp) Fangman. He married Mary Boland on April 15, 1958 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on September 28, 1982.

John served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a City of Dubuque Police officer for 31 years.
John was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He is survived by a son, Gene (Karen) Fangman of Dyersville; four daughters, Ann (Blaise) Vrotsos, Jane (Steve) Oneyear, Jennifer (James) Thill, and Chris (Mark) Murphy, all of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren, David Fangman, Kelly (Aaron) Otting, Mike (Natalie) Fangman, Angie Steuer (Loren), Nathan (Regina) Steuer, Taylor Gray (Micah), Nicole Vrotsos (Jeff), Allen Vrotsos, Mary Oneyear, Nicole Oneyear (Jamin) Leah Oneyear, Lisa (Steve) McGrath, Caitlyn Thill (Alex), Jacob Thill, Hunter Thill, Wyatt Thill, Kyla Fangman, Jocelyn Murphy and Shayla Murphy; nine great grandchildren, Elija, Jayda, Callista, Knox, Lucy, Collin, Aubree, Corey and Kayson; a brother, Edwin (Evelyn) Fangman of Dubuque and a sister, Lorraine Bierman of Bloomington, Wisc.; in laws, Bill and Lois Boland, Bob and Charlotte Boland, Mike and Marianne Boland, Kenny and Dolly Boland, Jack Boland, Tony and Betty Boland, Barney and Char Boland, Irene Boland, and Shirley Boland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Michael Arthur Fangman; a great grandson, Andy Fangman; a brother, Chuck Fangman and a sister, Lou Mae Fangman and inlaws, Joe Boland, Leo and Gloria Boland, Pat and Tony Pfab, Ann and Joe Doyle, Marlene Boland, Danny and Pat Boland and Brian Boland.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, a John Fangman Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Asbury Casey's Store Coffee Club, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Sunset Park Place, Dr. Liaboe and John's American Legion family.



Elmer V. Clark


Elmer V. Clark, 69, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 11, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Elmer Vade Clark was born on February 19, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Walter Dale and Irma Mae (Manning) Clark. He grew up in the Maquoketa area and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Mary Christene Musch on March 16, 1973 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Elmer had worked for National Bi-Products for over 25 years, first as a truck driver in Clinton and for almost 20 years as a supervisor in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Elmer was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Dubuque. He enjoyed drag racing, boating, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Elmer's memory include his wife, Mary Clark of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy Clark of Camanche, IA, Brian Clark of Clinton, IA, Kelly Clark of Clinton, IA, Terry (Josie) Clark of Grand Mound, IA, and Curtis (Stacey) Clark of Conway, AR; brothers, Robert (Mary) Clark of Zwingle, IA, Ronald (Iva) Clark of NM, and Jerry (JoAnn) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Darlene (David) Densmore of Camanche, IA, and Mona (Tom) Christoffersen of Camanche, IA; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Don and Dale.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer V. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Karen Bechel

Karen Bechel, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, at home. To honor Karen's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen was born on June 17, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Randall and Emily (Terrell) Bechel.

Karen was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Dubuque. In her free time, she enjoyed curling up with a good book or even attempting to complete a challenging crossword puzzle. Karen had a great love for animals, but her cats always held a special place in her heart. Karen has been called home suddenly and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, but we find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her parents and sister.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include,
her sisters,
Diane (Danny) Barker, Marshalltown, IA
and Joyce (David) Nissen, Henderson, NV;

and her nieces and great nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Judy Steele.

A Karen Bechel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Karen's favorite charities.

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

 



Joan W. Frank


Joan W. Frank, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at Bethany Home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joan was born on September 3, 1935 in McAlester, Oklahoma the daughter of Earl and Iva Mae (Lee) Wagner.
She married Wayne Frank on June 28, 1958 at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue.

For twenty-nine years, she was a teacher mostly at Table Mound Elementary. She was an avid reader; and especially enjoyed sharing her joy with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and quilting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joan is survived by her husband Wayne; three sons; Stephen (Lynn) Frank of Davenport, Iowa, Michael (Peggy) Frank of Oshkosh, WI, and Matthew (Tammy) Frank of Mt. Juliet, TN. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Erin, Michael R., Molly, Kelly, Lauren, and Adam, and two brothers: Earl (Marie) Wagner and James (Karin) Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Michael Wagner and Robert Wagner, and her four sons in infancy: Joseph, Thomas, David, and Jonathan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Retired Teachers Association or the Church of the Resurrection.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and to the loving and caring staff of Bethany Home.



Frederick M. Wessels


Frederick M. Wessels, 87, of, Brownsburg, Indiana and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Fred was a resident at Meadows Senior Care Facility in Brownsburg, IN.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 2 - 3 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Fred was born August 14, 1928, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of Clarence and Anna (Bockenstedt) Wessels. He graduated New Vienna High School with the class of 1947.  Fred married Norma Jean Maiers on November 11, 1950, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Fred served in the Army from 1951 - 1953 and was stationed in Germany. After his military service he was a residential plumber in the Dyersville area for 40 years.

Fred was very active in the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, socializing and penny slots at the casino.

Survivors include one son Ron of Earlham, IA, a daughter, Susanne (Roger) Manternach of Brownsburg, IN, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Phyllis (Doc) Clemens, of Rock Falls, IL, Mary Lou White, of Kearney, NE, sisters-in-law: Gladys Knipper and Dorthy Maiers both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 2011, four sons: Richard in 1992, Randy in 2009, Rodney and Russell in infancy, in-laws: Germaine (Arnold) Schuster, Eileen (Clarence) Engelken, Ruth (Wayne) Osenburg, Merlin Maiers and Virgil Knipper.

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

 

 

 



Marjorie A. McMahon


Marjorie A. McMahon, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marjorie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Marjorie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Marjorie was born on May 7, 1922, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, daughter of Clem and Bridget Jane "Janie" (Hefferman) Duffy.

Marjorie was raised in Masonville and lived in Greeley, Iowa before eventually settling in Dubuque in 1947 with her adoring husband, Martin J. McMahon. They were united in marriage on November 25, 1944, at St. Raphael's Cathedral and were blessed with 52 wonderful years together until he was called home to be with the Lord on April 19, 1997. Marjorie worked at The Battery Factory and Luther Manor for a few years, but primarily her favorite and greatest occupation was that of being a housewife who was able to care for her family throughout each day. She was a magician in the kitchen and was always eager for the opportunity to keep her seven hungry mouths well fed. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed family camping trips but could always find joy in any situation where family and close friends were involved. Marjorie graciously shared the gifts of a loving and nurturing wife, mother and grandmother for others to use as an example for generations to come. Marjorie, pure Irish, pure angel, through and through, will be sadly missed, fondly remembered and continually cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marjorie's memory include
her children,
Sandy (Clifford) Hahlen,
Mary (James) Ege,
Leo (Donna) McMahon,
Diane (G.T.) Hanson,
Joseph McMahon
and Richard (Jen Hillery) McMahon, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Jeff (Sandi) Beck, Laura (Joe) Schlegel, Jay (Tammy) Beck, Jim Ege Jr., Kim (Brian) Budde, Kayla McMahon, Daniel (Carmen) McMahon, Brian (fiancé Courtney Self) Hanson, Kyle Hanson, Tanner Hanson, Ryan McMahon, Mitchel McMahon, Cole McMahon and Mandy (Jake) Lindecker;

her 11 great-grandchildren,
Eric, Hailey, Brooke (Tom), Chase, Justin (Tia), Rileigh, Ireland, Declan, Cashlan, Ryder and Waylon;

her 4 great-great-grandchildren,
Evan, Tommy, Gabby and Brooklyn;

her brother and sisters,
Cecil (Marilyn) Duffy,
Delores Morley
and Marlene Hubbard, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Harold Schuster, Dubuque, IA.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin J. McMahon; her son in infancy, Tommy Joe McMahon; 2 brothers, Leo Duffy and Boniface "Bonnie" (Ann) Duffy; 3 sisters, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Donald) Smock and Jean Schuster; and her brothers-in-law, Eugene Morley and Irving Hubbard.

A Marjorie A. McMahon memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Marjorie's favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and extra gentle care of Marjorie over the years and a sincere appreciation to her nieces, Jan Pfeiler and Sue Langel for always sharing their love and time without hesitation.

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

 



John V. Hogan


John V. "Jack" Hogan, 89, passed away on April 4, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent and Lucille (Arensdorf) Hogan. Mr. Hogan had previously lived in New Jersey before relocating to the Stuart area about 25 years ago.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Navy and prior to retirement, he was a senior executive with the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He loved to garden and was an avid tennis player.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sylvia Hogan; daughter, Sally (David) Hobbs; daughter, Kathleen Hogan; son, William (Susan) Hogan; son, John Hogan; son, Richard Hogan; and son, Stephen (Abbey) Hogan; sister, Marjorie (Frank) Chellstorp; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his sisters, Kathleen and Patricia, and brother, William.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart, FL.

Please visit his online guestbook at www.aycockfuneralhome.net

All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Council on Aging of Martin County at www.kanecenter.org.



Maxine P. Huberty


Maxine P. Huberty, 89, formerly of Dubuque, died peacefully Monday, April 4, 2016 at Sunrise Terrace, Winfield, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Little Grant Union Cemetery, Grant County, Wisc.

Maxine was born November 10, 1926 in Little Grant Township, Wisc., daughter of Lutie and Myrl (Van Natta) Garthwaite and grew up on a farm near Lancaster. She married Marvin V. Huberty on May 25, 1948 in Lancaster. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2000.
In 1947 she graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Finley Hospital for over 30 years.

Maxine was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass. She was a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, then attended the Church of the Resurrection. She enjoyed crafts and sewing, and was an accomplished artist and oil painter.

She is survived by four children, Linda Cihacek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Craig (Kathy) Huberty of Fairplay, Wisc., Marilyn Huberty of Mashpee, Mass., and Angela (Randy) Gibbs of Mount Union, Iowa, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, and two sisters, LaVon (Tom) Severson of Stoughton, Wisc. and Sandra (William) Zart of Oregon, Wisc.

She was also preceded by her parents and brother, Donald Garthwaite. And her son in law Gary Birdsley.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Bernice A. Riniker


Bernice Alvina Riniker, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, died at her residence on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. She was born on April 26, 1924, in Jefferson Township, Sherrill, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Laura (Mori) Spoerl. Bernice was raised in the area and attended Bloody Run Country School.

On June 10, 1946, Bernice was united in marriage to Jacob Riniker at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they farmed near Dubuque, Livingston, Alburnett, and Ryan. Jacob died in 1974 and Bernice moved to Manchester. She was a custodian for 20 plus years at St. Mary Church and was a housekeeper for the rectory.

Survivors include her six children, Lewis (Theresa) of Galena, Vincent (Beverly) of Key West, Iowa, Ronald of Manchester, Kathleen (Randy) DeShaw of Iowa City, Janet Montover of Cedar Rapids, and Wayne (Vicky) of West Burlington; a daughter-in-law, Kate Riniker of Masonville; a son-in-law, Robert Schwendinger of Epworth; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, LaVern Spoerl of Dubuque.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob on May 8, 1974; her parents; a son, Loras Riniker; a daughter, Diana Schwendinger; two brothers, Lyman and Verlyn Spoerl; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Riniker.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa. Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 



Elizabeth A. Rediger


Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Rediger, 71, of Iowa City and formerly of Dyersville died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa City.

Inurnment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at St. Francis Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, and a luncheon will follow at the church. Presiding will be Rev. Royce Phillips.

Betsy was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Clinton, IL, the daughter of William Rex and Kathryn (Green) Rediger. Betsy received her elementary education at St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Dyersville, and moved with her family to Columbus, Neb. where she graduated from High School. She worked in the Dietary Department at the Univ. of Iowa Health Care Service for many years.

Betsy was an active member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville, Iowa, where she was a Sunday School Teacher who would pick up the children on the bus route to facilitate their attendance. Once a year she helped with arts and crafts at the Bible School and she considered members of the congregation her second family. She was a kind and caring woman who was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

Surviving her are two brothers, Bill (Liz) Rediger of Dyersville and Michael (Karen) Rediger of Sherman, TX, a brother-in-law, David Ashburn of Lansing, KS; several nieces and nephews:

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Kay Ashburn.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Jan Rekemeyer


Jan Rekemeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering with luncheon will be announced at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Janet Kay Rekemeyer was born on July 9, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Robert Morris and Mildred Lucille (Kemp) Beck. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and later AIB business school in Davenport. She married Richard Allen Rekemeyer on May 6, 1971 in Illinois.

Jan had worked for the Melvold family for almost 20 years between the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and Tri-State Graphics as the office manager. She had also worked for Banowetz Antiques/Squiers Manor in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper for almost 30 years.

Jan was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Maquoketa. She was a nurturing and giving person who loved helping and visiting others and baking items in appreciation for kindness shown to her and others. In addition to helping others, she enjoyed working on her flower gardens, planting trees, cross stitch and listening to blue grass music.

Those left to honor Jan's memory include her husband Richard Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children Whitney Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Jason Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Steve Spencer of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Annette Rekemeyer of ID; 8 grandchildren, Kali, Samantha, Maddy and Abby Rekemeyer, Stevie Spencer, Christopher (Amy) Rekemeyer, Tyler Green and Dylan (Corey) Green; 3 great-grandchildren, London and Liam Rekemeyer, and Jase Green; her mother, Mildred Beck of Bellevue, IA; a brother, Roger Beck of Potosi, WI; sisters Patti (Melvin) Fuglsang of Delmar, IA, Cheryl (Randy) Schropp of Iowa City, IA, and Sandy Fults of Swisher, IA; and a special friend, Nick Meyer of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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



Donald J. Grogan

Donald J. "Blinky" Grogan, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 8th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Donald was born on May 23, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Hazel (Lang) Grogan. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company retiring after 41 years.

Blinky had many interests throughout his life. He loved to travel, cook, explore nature and he loved all animals. He was quick witted and loved to laugh. He cherished time spent with his family especially going to his grandchildren's softball games and motocross races.

He is survived by one son, Tom Grogan, of Dubuque; daughters Julie (Jay) Nyvold, of Shakopee, MN, and Laura (Bruce) Wuertzer, of Dubuque along with their mother Jayne Grogan; his grandchildren, Kelly Nyvold, Nick Wuertzer and Jayme Wuertzer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Grogan; and sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Donald "Mud" Treanor.

The family wishes to thank friends Garry and Mary Jane Clauer, our cousin Kim Treanor and Hospice of Dubuque. Most of all we would like to thank our dad for always being there for us. We love you and will miss you always. We cherish the time we had with you.



Keith A. Weuste


Keith A. Weuste, 67, of Bellevue, Iowa, completed his "Golden Stairs" on Monday morning, April 4, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Keith's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 9, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Keith Allen Weuste was born on August 7, 1948 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Edwin C. and Henrietta M. (Rommert) Weuste. He grew up in the Andrew area and while in high school worked for John's Gas Station until he graduated from the Andrew High School in 1966. He then worked for a short time for Nitrin in Cordova, Illinois as lab tech prior to his marriage to the love of his life, Sherry Lynn Gould. They were married on December 10, 1967 in Andrew, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1975. Throughout his time in the military, Keith received training in Advanced Aviation Electronics and as a CAT Scan repair technician. Military travels took he and Sherry to many places including Chicago, California, Florida, Washington, Tennessee and Ohio. Upon returning home, Keith continued his education and received an Associates degree from Clinton Community College.

Keith worked for Stickley Electric in Maquoketa in 1975 and then started an 11 year career with John Deere as an electrician from 1976 to 1987. In 1987, he began a career working for the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, first as an electrician at Lock and Dam #13 and Lock and Dam #11. He retired in 2010 as the Assistant Lock Master with Lock and Dam #11 in Dubuque, Iowa. In retirement, Keith continued as vintner and co-owner of Brush Creek Winery, a business he started with his wife Sherry in 2007.

Keith was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew where he active in many capacities including the church choir, Sunday school superintendent, and church council serving as a past president. He was a longtime Andrew Fire Department trustee and a member of the Andrew AMVETS Post #62 and the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

In addition to his love and devotion to his family, faith and country, Keith had a passion for motorcycle riding, carpentry, spending time in the outdoors, antique car, truck and tractor restoration, and farming.

Those left to honor Keith's memory include his wife, Sherry Weuste of Bellevue, IA; children Chad (Aubrey) Weuste of LeClaire, IA, and Krista Cobb of Andrew, IA; 4 grandchildren, Adam, Josh, Ben and Sarah; 1 great-grandchild, Kairi; and a brother, Ken (Chris) Weuste of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Richard and Ralph.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Collin A. Brown


Collin A. Brown 21, of 9442 Noonan St., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church with Rev. Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church.

Collin was born on March 4, 1995 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Charles and Shawna (Hodges) Brown. He was a loving father, fiancé', brother and friend. Collin was an outgoing and friendly person who was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed writing, listening and playing music.

Surviving are his parents, Charles (Ruth) Brown of Dubuque, IA and Shawna Hodges of Independence, IA; fiancé' Alecea Lombardi of Dubuque, IA; daughter Mayah Brown and step-son Rylee Lombardi both of Dubuque, IA; sister, Cassandra Hodges of Guttenberg, IA; brothers, Austin Brown of Dubuque, IA and Tryston Adelman of Independence, IA; paternal grandfather, Charles Brown of Independence, IA; also surviving are many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother.

A Collin A. Brown memorial fund has been established.

 



Sr. Eva Sheehan, BVM

Sister Eva Sheehan, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sister Eva's life, visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Eva's life the Funeral liturgy will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Eva was a lifelong elementary school teacher at St. Raphael, Dubuque; Maywood and Chicago, Ill.; Casper, Wyo.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Wahiawa Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii; Rapid City, S. D.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Glendale, Calif. 

She was born in Killarney, Ireland, on April 12, 1917, daughter of Harry and Ellen Connor Sheehan. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1937. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1940, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Jane Therese Clifford, BVM; Pauline Clifford, BVM; Dorita Clifford, BVM; Norinne Clifford, SHF; and Ellen Vitorelo; and brothers: John J. Clifford; Rev. Daniel Clifford, SJ; and Daniel Sheehan.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Kotlanger, San Francisco; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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.



Forrest W. Miller


Forrest W. Miller, 85, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, April 3, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Forrest's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Forrest William Miller was born on August 10, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Argyle and Meta (Hunwardsen) Miller. He grew up in Monmouth and was a 1948 graduate of Monmouth High School. He married Dixie V. Butt on January 9, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 15, 2005.

Forrest had farmed all of his life in the Monmouth area. He and Dixie had also owned and operated FORR-D Acres in Monmouth for over 30 years.

Forrest had been a member of and past president of the Monmouth School Board and the Monmouth Cemetery Association. He had also served on the board of the Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church, and been a member of the Jackson County Horse and Harness Association, Jackson County Tourism Council, Jackson County Historical Society and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce.

Forrest enjoyed dancing, had a heart of gold, and a passion and love for horses. Throughout the years he and Dixie had entertained many people at FORR-D Acres, a farm vacation destination with cabin rental and horses. Forrest could also be seen donating his time giving horse and wagon rides throughout the area touching the lives of children through senior citizens.

Those left to honor Forrest's memory include his children, Kathleen (Dennis) Appelhans of Monmouth, IA, and Carmin Margeson of Baldwin, IA; 5 grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Appelhans, Shad (Ann) Patterson, Matthew (Katy) Appelhans, Nick (Judy) Margeson and Bret Margeson; and 9 great-grandchildren, Myranda, Jaclyn, Gabrielle, Addison, Brystal, Garrett, Cooper, Carlee and Jake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 infant sons Terry and Forrest, a son-in-law Jack Margeson, and 3 sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse, Anna Mae Mohr and Miriam Brown.

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.

 



Robert A. Hughes


Robert "Bob" Alanson Hughes, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bob was born July 31, 1940 to Robert Thomas Hughes and Nellie Mae (Clark) Hughes in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1960. Bob worked at Interstate Power, Clinton Corn and Muscatine Power and Water, where he retired in 2005. He was joined in marriage with the love of his life, Darlene (Fran) George on June 26, 1982.

Bob enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, bird watching and gardening. He also liked working in his yard, and even helped out in his elderly neighbor's yards. His indoor sports included: watching cowboy movies and the Chicago Bears, playing cribbage with his wife to see who had to get the mail, and cooking his famous ham for family on the holidays.

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend, Fran and by his favorite (and only) daughter, Renee (Dan) Williams of Camanche, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother, Joe (Carol) Hughes, Bettendorf, IA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob has 6 grandchildren that he loves (and they love him): Crystle Liebhart, Angela Liebhart, Sierra Stearns Liebhart, Joshua Williams, Cameron and Isabella Williams (aka Windy). He also had 5 great-grandchildren: Sadia, Kairi, Christian (aka Beano), Caleb (aka Fang) and his little buddy, Jude (aka Cootie). Bob also enjoyed renaming the children of his family.

Bob's family and friends will dearly miss him; but they know that he is in heaven telling funny stories and helping to reduce the deer population.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane.



Paul P. Varner


Paul P. Varner, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2016 at his home due to natural causes. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection conducted by Rev. Joseph Hauer. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Paul was born May 6, 1947 in Moline, IL to Paul and Alice Varner. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969. On May 28, 1983 he married Helen Campobello Mohrman in Moline; after 32 years of marriage he still referred to her as his bride. Paul took pride in his career as a mechanical engineer at John Deere for over 45 years. He enjoyed his work and fellow employees. He was a talented draftsman and extended his engineering skills into the homes of his loved ones; he was always happy to help a friend or neighbor. Paul was an avid biker, tennis player, golfer, cross-country skier, gardener, and owner of two cats; he taught his children and grandchildren to fish and hunt for morel mushrooms. He also enjoyed restoring and maintaining his father's '51 Chevy. Paul cultivated a lifelong interest in the natural world, and worked to lead an environmentally-friendly life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be missed immensely.

Surviving are his dear wife Helen, his two sons Christopher (Sherri) Mohrman of Plainfield and Anthony (Elizabeth) Mohrman of LeClaire; his daughter Alyssa Jo Varner (Nathaniel) of Brooklyn; 6 grandchildren Tami, Katelyn, Brandon, Stephanie, Abbi and Annalise; and his brother John (Elaine) of Moline.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice and father, Paul.

Memorials may be directed to the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque in Paul's memory.

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



James W. Sorensen


James W. Sorensen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with Rev Dwayne Teig officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 6th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

James was born June 1, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Clarence D. and Helen S. (Samec) Sorensen. He married Linda Ackerman February 17, 1973 in Dubuque. He was employed as a Product Support Technical Writer with John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Sorensen, of Dubuque; a son Scott (April) Sorensen, of Denver, CO; a daughter, Karen (Nathan) Vander Broek, of Trinidad, CO; two grandchildren, Sophia and Elias; a sister Sue (Rod) Hilton, of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother-in-law, Shirley Ackerman, of Cedar Falls, IA; and his in-laws, Rick (Juanita) Ackerman, of Collinsville, OK and Susan (Randy) Frick, of Ashland, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Richard Ackerman, and a brother-in-law, Bruce Ackerman.

A James W. Sorensen Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcom.



Mae L. Pasker


Mae L. Pasker, 85, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on September 3, 1930, in Luxemburg the daughter of Clem and Grace (Thillen) Singsank. Mae was raised and educated in the area, and attended rural school.

On August 27, 1952, Mae was united in marriage to Alphonse B. "Al" Pasker in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Ryan and Aurora until moving to Manchester.  Mae worked at Glen Charles Restaurant, Schultz Brothers, and the Argonaut Restaurant.

Mae was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She loved her family and enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and gambling.

Survivors include three sons, Charlie and Don (Julie) of Manchester, and Fred (Deb) of Marion; two daughters, Joyce (Gaylen) Brady of Edgewood, and Jane (Dan) Wulfekuhle of Delhi; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, and Jerry (Helen) Singsank of Dubuque; and  sisters-in-law, Jane Singsank of Dubuque, Ida Funke of Grayslake, Illinois, Irene (Don) Salow of Manchester, Jeanette Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Irene Pasker and Rosie Pasker both of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alphonse "Al" Pasker in 2014; her mother-and-father-in-law, Benjamin and Clara Pasker; siblings, Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank,  Marcella (Harry) Steffen, and Alver Dingbaum; and in-laws, Joe (Nettie) Pasker, Jack (Luella) Pasker, Bill Pasker, Albert Pasker, and Leo Pasker.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa.  Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider 

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016,  at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Also visitation one hour before Mass at the church on  Wednesday.

Interment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa.

 



Ralph S. Chapman


Ralph S. Chapman, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ralph was born on December 24, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert Merrill and Myrtle (Thielen) Chapman.  He married Lois Ellerman on August 11, 1951; she died on February 11, 1980.  He later married Dorothy (Alt) Schiffman on January 17, 1987, in Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Ralph was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in September of 1987.  He was a member of UAW Local # 94.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1948-1949, and again from 1951-1953.  He was also a member of V.F.W. Post #7976 of East Dubuque.  He was a long time member of the LAFF program at Loras College.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, of East Dubuque; two daughters, Sharon (Tom) Bigone of Novato, California, and Sandy (Bob) Hanley of Dubuque; one son, Rick (Tina) Chapman of Cave Creek, Arizona; three step-daughters, Donna (Bill) Hauser of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Karla (Tom) Beinborn of Lombard, Illinois, and Gina (Tim) Eastlick of Arena, Wisconsin; four granddaughters, Jennifer (Edgar) Paredes and Melissa Bolles, Katharine Hanley and Kynlee Chapman, and three grandsons, Buchanan Chapman and John and William Hanley; four step-granddaughters, Janda Timmerman, Kelly and Kristy Beinborn, Jalyn Eastlick, two step-grandsons, Jerud Copus and Cole Eastlick; three great-granddaughters, Kylie, Karsyn and Kadyn Vavricka, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Myrtle Chapman; his first wife Lois; three sisters, Betty Evans, Jeannette Mills and Audrey Yarnall, and two brothers, Richard Chapman and Gene Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, a Ralph S. Chapman memorial fund has been established.

Ralph's family would like to thank Jennie, Tammie, Amy and especially Jeanette from Hospice of Dubuque and the Luther Manor Staff for their care and compassion extended to Ralph and his family.

 



Patrick R. Sheean


Patrick R. "Pat" Sheean, of East Dubuque and Galena, Illinois, passed away at 6:38 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL, from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Death Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Pat was born on January 26, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Stella (Leibold) Sheean.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.  Pat was employed at the Jo Daviess Workshop in Galena.

Surviving are two sisters, Violet and Jeanne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack and a sister Corrine.

Memorials may be given to the Jo Daviess Workshop or Kreider Services both in Galena.

 



Arlene K. Breithbach


Arlene K. Breitbach - Link 95, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. The Farley American Legion Post 656 will attend as a group at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Farley American Legion Auxiliary at 5:10. A parish scripture wake service will be recited at 5:30 Sunday.

Arlene was born on August 15, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Walz) Ley. She married Frank Breitbach on July 8, 1938 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1965. Arlene married Elmer Link on November 21, 1970. He passed away on October 16, 1998.

Arlene always had an open door to those who would come to visit. She had a special gift to make everyone feel at home. Cooking large meals for family gatherings during the holidays were a very important part of Arlene's life. She was a member of the Farley Legion Auxiliary for 45 years and member of Holy Ghost parish and the Basilica in Dyersville. Card games - day or night was her favorite past time.

Surviving are her children, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena both of Dubuque; Frank "Pedro" (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, NM; David (Victoria) Breitbach of McGregor, IA; 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; a son-in-law, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, IA; 30 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Frank Breitbach and Elmer Link; 3 brothers Harold, Joseph and Charles Ley; 3 sisters Mary Kirpes, Shirley Klaas and Florence Bandy; stepson Tommy Link; stepdaughter Dianne Jaeger; daughter-in-law Joan Breitbach and son-in-law, Ron Riekena.

A Arlene Breitbach-Link memorial fund has been established.

Arlene's family extends a special thank you to the nurse and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.



John R. Goedken


John R. Goedken, 81, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

John was born July 24, 1934 in Peosta, Iowa the son of Ludwig and Reinelda(Lehman) Goedken.

John served in the US Air Force, came home safely and eventually settled in Dubuque to later marry Edith in 1963. After 30 years with John Deere, he enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his children: Dean, Mark, Roger, Brian, Mary and Paul; He is also survived by his siblings, Frances, Richard and Janaan(Vogt) and was preceded by Duane, Dolores, Melvin, Vernon and Herbert.

Friends may call from 3:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

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

 



George J. Luchsinger


George J. Luchsinger, 84, of Assisi Village, formerly of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2015 with his family at his side, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4 at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 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 6:30 p.m.

George was born on March 2, 1932 in Dubuque County, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Anna (Elgin) Luchsinger.

On February 4, 1952 he married the love of his life, Marlene Schrobilgen at St. Philomena's Church in Asbury. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

George had a strong work ethic which served as a great model for his children and grandchildren. He worked on the family dairy farm alongside his father until his father's passing. He continued working the farm with the help of his devoted wife and children until his retirement.

He was a devout Roman Catholic and lifelong member of the Church of the Resurrection where he sang with the men's choir for several years. His family, friends and fellow parishioners will know that he was never late for anything most especially Mass. He will also be fondly remembered for his love of Big Band music and ballroom dancing. 

In later years, he and Marlene wintered in South Texas and enjoyed time spent with family and friends listening to music, dancing and playing cards. He made friends easily and expressed gratitude for his last year and the opportunity to meet many new friends at Assisi Village.

Surviving is his wife, Marlene; children, Connie (Doug) Dirks, of Richmond, KY., Don (Sheila) Luchsinger, Greg (Jane) Luchsinger, Chris (Mike) Shaffer, Tammy (Tom) Westhoff, Dave (Susan) Luchsinger, all of Dubuque, and Joe (Kari) Luchsinger of Sherwood, OR.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John in infancy ; 2 sisters, Theresa Koster, and Rosemary in infancy; and a granddaughter, Hope in infancy.

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

In lieu of flowers a George Luchsinger Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, our friends at Assisi Village and Resurrection Church.



Norma L. Hubbard

Norma L. Hubbard, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 4th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Norma was born on September 8, 1934 in Mount Hope, WI the daughter of William and Winifred (Coleman) Huffman. She married Norman R. Hubbard in 1954 and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Norma's greatest pride was raising her eight children.
She is survived by her eight children, Steve (Irene) Hubbard, of Dubuque, Randy (Vicki) Hubbard, of Omaha, NE, David Hubbard, of Phoenix, AZ, Joni (Mike) Budden, of Denver, CO, Jamie (Kelly) Hubbard, of Longmont, CO, Beth (Jerry) Kremer, of Dubuque, Kristi (David) Bannon of Louisville, CO, and Kara Hubbard of Denver, CO; Eighteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Her sister Judy Kincannon and a brother Donald Huffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her Husband Norman, and six siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rockdale United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.



Jim Timmer


Jim Timmer, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Jim was born on May 3, 1952, in Edgewood, the son of Edwin and Eileen (Kroeger) Timmer. He attended school in Greeley and then Earlville. Jim was a 1970 graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School. After graduating, Jim worked for the Pipeline through Bradco, and then farmed with his uncle for a few years. He had been working for Three Rivers FS in Manchester as a petroleum salesman since 1978.

On October 4, 1975, Jim was united in marriage to Paula Wilson at the Delhi Methodist Church. Two children were born to this union. The family resided in Delhi. Jim served on the Delhi City Council for several years. He was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church and had served on the Parish Council for many years. Jim retired from the Delhi Fire Department after 35 years.

Jim loved taking care of his lawn, gardening, and removing snow with his John Deere tractor. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with Paula and their friends. Jim loved socializing because he always made friends wherever he went. Most of all he cherished his family, faith and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Timmer of Delhi; his son, Jon (Jenny) Timmer of Delhi; his daughter, Amy (Joe) Hoffmann of Manchester; his three grandchildren, Trent Timmer, Cale Hoffmann, and Livia Hoffmann; his father-in-law, Mahlon (Ruth) Wilson of Delhi; two sisters, Jane (Ryck) Mescher of Dyersville and Jeannie Schlichte of Florida; brother-in-law, Doug (Kris) Wilson of Delhi; sister-in-law, Ann (Dan) Wilson-Grant of Delhi; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Eileen Timmer; his mother-in-law, Nadine Wilson; and two brothers-in-law, Gary Schlichte and Mike Wilson.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa.
Officiating: Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Interment: St. John's Cemetery - Delhi, Iowa

 



Jerry A. Ames


Jerry A. Ames, 76, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on July 23, 1939, in Hazel Park, Michigan, the son of Philip J. and Mabel E. (Udelhofen) Ames. He graduated from St. Andrew High School in Tennyson in 1956. Jerry married Nancy E. Kieler on April 20, 1960, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

After high school, Jerry worked at Winkler Implement, followed by the Dubuque Packing Company (1958-1982). He also sold Vigortone Feed with "Uncle Bud" and managed the Grant River Campground in Potosi for many years, all while farming in the Potosi and Burton areas. Jerry was currently working at Kieler's Store in Dickeyville as well as serving as a Supervisor for Potosi Township. He was a very busy man.

Jerry loved playing cards, fishing and boating on the Mississippi, houseboat trips, listening and singing to Johnny Cash and ABBA, working on the farms with his John Deere tractors and cutting acres and acres of grass on his Grasshopper, trips to Alaska, Cozumel, St. Germain, and eating hot dogs in Riviera Maya. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Christine (Porter) Wagner, of Dickeyville, and Kari Sue (Mark) Frederick, of Cuba City; three sons, Philip (Debbie) Ames, of Hollandale, WI, Scott (Tammy) Ames, of Streamwood, IL, and Alan (Julie) Ames, of Potosi; two sisters, Gloria Curtis, of Lancaster, and Janet (friend, Terry) Dempsey, of Loveland, CO; two brothers, Larry (Judy) Ames, of Platteville, and Gene (Barb) Ames, of Potosi; twelve grandchildren, Angela (Erik) Oleson, Makila (Brandon) Willger, Stephanie (Mike) Nihles, Nathan, Abigail and Kieler Ames, Paul, Anna, John and Kyle Frederick, and Austin and Amber Ames; six great-grandchildren, Nolan, Wagner and Baby Girl Willger, Eli and Kiera Oleson, and Baby Boy Nihles; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his furry best friends Woofer and Diddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law, Joe Winkler, Dick Dempsey, and Floyd Curtis; and a nephew, Joey Winkler.

A Jerry A. Ames Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Bruce E. Avery


Bruce Earl Avery of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm, surrounded by those who loved him best, after a nearly year-long fight with pancreatic cancer.

Born on May 4, 1946, Bruce is preceded in death by parents Earl and Mildred (Schmidt) Avery, and his faithful Labrador, Cleopatra.

Surviving him are sisters, Julie (Craig) Kennedy, Phyllis (Fred) Waterman; children, Ryan Avery, Rebecca (William) Lugrain, Rustin Avery, Rachel Avery, Taylor (Minnie) Avery, Tedd Avery; grandchildren, Brenna Fox, Xay Lugrain, Patrick Walling, former wife and co-herder of the family, Marianne Avery, and dear friend/chief Scrabble partner, Margaret Sutter.

After spending three and a half years serving in the Navy, Bruce and Marianne (Burns) Avery were married on December 27, 1977. Bruce taught at Cuba City Schools for more than 30 years, focusing on US government and geography. Teaching gave Bruce a sense of purpose and joy.

Outside of teaching, he was a lover of books, history, coffee, deep dish pizza, and generously buttered toast. He enjoyed photography, his travels to Guatemala, South Korea, and France, and watching the Packers (his favorite team) not make another Super Bowl...again. Some may remember Bruce as occasionally grumpy, which is true, but in actuality, his temperament mirrored that of the much beloved comic cat, Garfield.

But far above all, Bruce was a wonderful dad, who had the perfect beard for dressing up as Santa on Christmas. In his worst weeks of chemo, his only regret was being bare-faced.

The most heartfelt thanks goes to Hospice of Dubuque, Heritage Manor, and Leonard Funeral Home for their kind and attentive care. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Avery family at 2222 Delmonaco Drive in Dubuque, Iowa 52002.



William H. Juran


William "Bill" H. Juran, 82, of Holy Cross. Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. April 2, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Bill was born June 4, 1933 in North Buena Vista, Iowa the son of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Juran. Bill was drafted to the Korean War in 1953 and served until 1955.  He married Virginia Clemen on August 27, 1957 in Holy Cross.  Bill's work included hauling milk, owned and operated Bill's Repair Shop, and started farming and was parts manager for Schmitt Implement.  In his spare time he enjoyed horseback riding.  In 2012 he went on the Honor Flight.  Spending time with his family was important to Bill especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia, 3 children: Deb (Dennis) Schmitt of Sherrill, Chris (Diane) Juran of Guttenberg, Steve (Tammy) Juran of Dubuque, 7 grandchildren: Becky Schmitt, Rob (Katie) Schmitt, Justin (Stacy) Schmitt, Nicholas Juran, Megan (Adam) Sweet, Ben & Rachel Juran, 7 great grandchildren: Cayden & Grace Burroughs, Brody, Abby, Lucy & Allie Joe Schmitt, Jaelyn Schmitt with another baby Schmitt due in May, a sister Mathilda (Herman) Kloser of Dubuque, In-laws, Donald (Dorothy) Wolf of Sherrill, Kathleen (Al) Trenkamp of Dyersville, Eddie Clemen of New Vienna, LaVonne Clemen of Holy Cross, Madonna (John) Weimerskirch of Dubuque, Roger (Jane) Clemen of Holy Cross, Grace Clemen of Dubuque and Mary Clemen of Suffork, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents in-law, Leonard and Frances Clemen, siblings, Madonna and Fritz Roling, Rosie and Glen Gibbs, Tony Juran, Bob and Donna Juran, Delores Wolf, Joseph Juran, in laws: Rosie Clemen, Leon, Ambrose, Cletus Clemen and Leon Wedewer.

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

 



Dorothy M. Paulson


Dorothy Marie Paulson, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Bemidji, MN, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.

Dorothy was born # 6 of 11 children on June 11, 1937 in Bemidji, MN, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Christianson) Brennan.  She married Lynn Paulson on February 8, 1958 in Fosston, MN.

Dorothy raised three children and worked several jobs through the years, from soda jerk in Bemidji to a Cutter at Rite-Hite in Dubuque from where she retired.

She loved her job and many friends from Rite-Hite.  Dorothy enjoyed the river, camping, traveling and after they retired she and Lynn spent the winter months in Los Fresnos, Texas and on the beach in South Padre Island.  She liked to stay busy and volunteered at St. Mary's Catholic School and Church.

Surviving are two sons, Dean A. (Becky) Paulson of Anamosa, Iowa and Randall L. Paulson of Asheville, NC, a daughter Carol M. (Doug Schneider) King of East Dubuque; her special friend Pamela Paulson; five grandchildren, Clayton (Ashley) Paulson and Keith (Ashley) Paulson, Tanya M. (Hunter) King-Floyd and Shannon and Scott Paulson and 14 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, Heather (Toby) Heiken, Rachael Bauer and Jim (Sara) Bauer; two brothers, John (Kay) Brennan and Clair (Bernie) Brennan, six sisters, Louise Mulvaney, Margaret Roberts, Roberta (Ronnie) Werstlein, Alvena Dybsand, Clara (Gene) Manecke and Jamie (Bill) Cassavant; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lynn, her parents Frank and Clara, her brother Frank (Marlene) Brennan, a sister Ellen (Dale) Brule and her sister-in-law and dear friend Lila Neumann.

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

 

 



Harlan F. Pothoff


Harlan F. Pothoff, age 86, of Balltown, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:06 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harlan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Harlan's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

Harlan was born on November 9, 1929, in Dubuque, son of Mathias and Ludwina (Bleile) Pothoff.

Harlan was born and raised in Balltown and learned very early on the value of hard work and a strong personal constitution. He would eventually meet the love of his life, Jeanette Brimeyer, and they would be united in marriage on September 17, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. Their union would be blessed with 64 wonderful years together and three beautiful children. Harlan would invest over 44 years of his working career with Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing, where he would also joyfully develop many lasting and valuable friendships. As devoted as Harlan was to the responsibility of providing for his family; he was also similarly committed to the idea that a healthy balance between work and family play time was important. Whether spending the weekend camping, enjoying a few hands of cards or simply catching an exciting softball game on a sunny day; Harlan knew that these precious moments together were to be the most treasured in this life. A finer example of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend would be difficult to find. Harlan has definitely left a positive imprint on the world around him and we will cherish the memories of him with both sorrow and joy until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Harlan's memory include

his loving wife,
Jeanette Pothoff, Balltown;

his three children,
Wayne (Tina) Pothoff, Dubuque,
Harley (Sherry) Pothoff, Durango
and Kim Pothoff-Peil, Dubuque;

and his six grandchildren,
Samantha Pothoff, Vanessa Pothoff, Ashley Pothoff, Luke Pothoff, Matt Pothoff and Emily Peil.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Gage Peil; his brother, Vic Pothoff; and his mother and father-in-law, Vince (Martha) Brimeyer.

A Harlan F. Pothoff memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate and tender care.

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

 



Delores J. Mosiman


Delores J. Mosiman, 70, of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, Iowa where funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday. An additional brief memorial service followed by a committal service, will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, at Ebenezer Reformed Church 2997 North German Church Road, Oregon, IL.

Delores was born on April 27, 1945, daughter of Elmer and Grace (Bulthaus) Blumeyer in Oregon, Illinois. She attended Stillman Valley High School and Illinois State University. On June 26, 1965, she married Steve Mosiman at Ebenezer Reformed Church.

After raising her children, she taught at East Dubuque Elementary School.

Delores was very active in both the community and church. She was a member and past president of the local NAMI. She joined Westminster in 1973 and taught Sunday School and was a member of several church groups.
Delores' greatest passion was her family. She was an incredibly selfless lady who loved to take care of others. She was always very giving of her time and kept in close contact with many of her friends and past coworkers.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; their sons Mike (Renee) Mosiman, of Mesa, AZ and David Mosiman of Dubuque; grandchildren Luke and Mark Mosiman; and sisters in law Beryl Blumeyer of Oregon, IL., Cindy (Dean) Frye of Loves Park, IL, and Sherry Schmidt of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Hughling Alderk Bluemyer and Ruth Ann Blumeyer.
In lieu of flowers, a Delores Mosiman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Linda A. Becker


Linda A. Becker, 68, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 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 from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Linda was born April 27, 1947, in Annapolis, MD, the daughter of Palmer D. and Frances (Reimer) Nycklemoe.  Palmer died in an airplane crash when she was 6 months old. After the death of her father, she and her mother returned to live with her grandmother, Ella Besser, in Minneapolis. She was adopted by her step-father, Richard Muyres, when she was 6 years old, and was raised with six siblings. Linda attended St. Francis Grade School and Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. Linda then attended Mankato State University and graduated with a B. A. in Elementary Education.

Linda taught for one year in Elmore, MN. She met Paul Michael Becker of Dyersville, IA, and married him on Sept. 30, 1972. They moved to the Becker family farm, where they farmed and raised their four children. While a homemaker, Linda taught at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Dyersville, then St. Paul Elementary School in Worthington. She then accepted a position as Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.  After retiring from teaching, Linda owned and operated Curves in Dyersville for 10 years, then worked for Area Residential Care in Dyersville.  Linda was a dedicated member of the St. Francis Xavier parish and served as an Extraordinary Minister for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, children: Gretchen (Russ) Cornwell of Cedar Rapids, Jessica (Wade) Allen of Aurelia, IA, Zac Becker of Waterloo, IA and Andrea Becker of Decorah, IA; grandchildren: Rory and Lilah Allen and Bennett Cornwell; siblings: Greg Muyres of Faribault, MN, John Muyres of Rochester, MN, Jim Muyres of Mankato, MN, Dan Muyres of Rochester, MN, Carol Muyres of Stewartville, MN and Gail (Brian) Ripley of Lakeville, MN; in-laws: Joyce (Frank) Steindl of Stillwater, OK, Gary Becker of West Seneca, NY, Kathy (Joe) Schoening of Rockford, IL, Joyce Becker of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law: Bernard & Eleanor Becker, in-laws: John "Jack" Becker and Barbara Becker.

A Linda Becker Memorial Fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Gerald R. Westemeyer


Gerald R. "Jerry" Westemeyer, Sr. 84 formerly of Mount Pleasant Home and Kniest Street passed away on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Jerry was born on December 17, 1931 to Linus and Charlotte (Bach) Westemeyer in Dubuque.
He married Anne Roth on May 26, 1956 and later married Mary Mess on April 20, 1979. Mary preceded him in death on March 28, 2009.

Jerry served in the Marines in the Korean War from 1951-1954. He worked in the bacon department at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years.

In his leisure time Jerry liked to bowl, fish, play euchre but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are, his children, Gary (Lin) Westemeyer, Guy (Sue) Westemeyer, Theresa "Missy" (Raymond) Gregorich, Gregg Westemeyer, and Jerry (Wendy) Westemeyer; step Children, Terry and Tim Mess; grandchildren, Heather, Brad, Michael, Aaron, Kyle, Angie, Jenny, Jodi, Staci, Zachary and Molly; step grandchildren, Lee, Jay, Stacey, Brian and Holly; great grandchildren, Abram, Olin, Brielle, Ellyana, Collin, Dylan, Kinnick, Sawyer, Carter, Kennedy, Richard and Robert. Siblings, Robert "Frog" (Donna) Westemeyer, Ron (Calline) Westemeyer, Mary Ellen Quade, LuAnn (Tom) Flury.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, sister Katie Beaver, brothers, Fredrick "Fritzy" (Carol) Westemeyer, and Leonard Westemeyer, former wife Anne Westemeyer and step-daughter Tammy Schaffer.

The family wishes to thank Mount Pleasant Home, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care and a special thank you to his daughter Missy for taking care of him these past 7 years.



Beverly B. Helbing


Beverly B. (Beresford) Helbing, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 1, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Beverly was born August 16, 1931 in Epworth, Iowa the daughter of Harvey and Evelyn (Ulrich) Beresford. She married Leonard Helbing on October 30, 1954 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Beverly loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and playing Bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard; children, Ron (Laurie) Helbing of Asbury and Cheryl (Teddy) Simon of Bernard; eight (8) grandchildren, Megan, Josh, Jarred, Ryan, Jeff, Alex, Kayla, and Austin; eleven (11) great-grandchildren; siblings, Kate Bradley, Hazel (Erwin) Schulpletz, Robert (Carol) Beresford, and Keith (Jane) Beresford; in-laws, JoAnn (Merlin) Patzner, and Eileen (Dave) Lange.

Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Randy; parents; step-mother, Rose; siblings, Caroline and Wendall; and numerous other relatives.

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

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



Susan E. Brimeyer


Susan E. (Molitor-Werner) Brimeyer, 71, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Susie was born on October 1, 1944 on her sister Joyce's 7th birthday in Galena, IL to Leo and Ethel (Curtis) Molitor, the 5th of 6 children. She attended St. Michael's grade school and Galena High School.

On February 8, 1964 she married Gary Werner.  They lived in Rockford, Savanna and East Dubuque.  They had a son James on February 16, 1973. Gary died in 1973.

Susan and Dick Brimeyer met through a friend and were married on April 4, 1975 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and later their marriage was blessed at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Susie had a zest for life and trying new things.  She was always looking on the bright side.  She had no time for complaining.  She enjoyed life to the fullest.  She loved spending time with family and friends.  She considered her greatest gift her husband and soulmate of 40+ years Dick and their son Jim, a wonderful son, always willing to help and never too old to give us a hug.

Surviving is her son Jim and Step-son Miles, three step granddaughters and 7 step-great grandchildren.  Her siblings, Leo Molitor and Rose Davis both of Dubuque, IA, Jim (Cenzie) Molitor of Pennsylvania and Floyd (Marlene) Molitor of Scales Mound, IL; her in-laws, Betty (Clemie) Pins, Janet (Paul) Reiss, Hubert (Rosie) Brimeyer, Paul (Kay) Brimeyer, Barb (Lyle) Kramer and Larry Powers.  Many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends especially Carol and Dick.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, Her parents Leo and Ethel Molitor, one sister Joyce Schoenhardt, five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

My mom wrote this so I would not have to, all I have to add is the world is a better place because of you and I will always love you and miss you.  Mom and Pop are together again forever now.  Love, Jim.

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

 



John T. Splinter


John T. Splinter, 18, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Monday evening, March 28, 2016 at home.

Private family graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

John was born March 24, 1998 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Barbara J. (Minkler) Splinter.

He was a senior at the East Dubuque High School and a member of the class of 2016. John loved welding, horseback riding, was a computer gamer and played football in his freshman and senior year of school.

Surviving are his parents John and Barbara Splinter; his siblings, Conor Harris (fiancé Brianne Ratkovich) of East Dubuque, Kaley Harris (Richard Seals) and two nieces Catalena Harris and Loralei Seals all of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Luke Harris of Salt Lake City, Utah; his paternal grandparents, Fred and Marilyn (Runde) Splinter of East Dubuque and Robert Minkler of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Sally Minkler.

A John T. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



James E. Hird


James E. "Jim" Hird, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The rosary will be recited at the church, by the Nativity Rosary Society, prior to the time of services. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Jesse (Maahs) Hird.

Jim was a proud and native Dubuquer who spent his early years developing his work ethic on the family farm in Sherrill. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and would go on to honorably serve his county with the military police unit on Oahu Island. After returning to Dubuque, Jim would begin his journey of devoting over 39 years of his time and talents at the Dubuque Packing Company. Jim would be united in marriage to Josephine "Josie" Birkel on September 26, 1950, and they would be blessed with 49 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on March 20, 2000. Jim was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and his generosity knew no limits. Every opportunity to improve the world around him, which presented itself to Jim throughout his life, was seized with a determination and passion which can only be described as Divinely inspired. Jim has left the world in a better condition then when he arrived and his legacy will live on for generations. We will miss the ever present smile of our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend in the deepest regions of our hearts and minds, but find comfort in knowing he is now joyfully reunited with his loving wife, Josie, and all of his other family and friends who've been called home prior to Jim.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include
his daughter,
Betty (Robert) Thill, of Dubuque;

his grandchildren,
Penny Thill, Robert Thill Jr., Marty Thill, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder and Kerry (Rob) Rogers;

his 23 great-grandchildren,
Heather, Holly, Jeremy, Jamie, Stacie, Shawn, Casey, Randy (Briton), Donna (Brian), Janessa, Autumn, Sharon, Shawn, Jonathan (Courtney), Jason, Zach (fiancé Nicole), Cassie (Chris), Courtney, Kyle, Cody, Montana, Nick and Ely;

his 17 great great-grandchildren;

his Godson,
Steve Hird;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Josie; his grandson, Jerry Thill; and his siblings, Tom (Rosie) Hird and Patricia (Norbert) Averkamp.

A James E. Hird memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Jim's favorite charities.

The family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and all of Jim's friends, for all of their care and concern for Jim over the years.

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

 



William L. Herber


William L. "Bill" Herber, 86 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., a Rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm and a 6:30 pm Scripture Service will also be Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Bill was born on April 13, 1929 the son of Joe and Blanche (McNerney) Herber in Ottumwa, Iowa. He graduated from Ottumwa Catholic Central High School in 1947. Bill then attended Creighton University 1947-1949, then he served in the US Army during the Korean War 1949-1953. He married Helene M. McGrath on October 30, 1954 in Ottumwa, she passed on May 26, 2013. Bill worked for Oscar Meyer in Davenport for 10 years, then relocated his family in 1963 to Dubuque where he worked for Dubuque Packing House/FDL as an industrial engineer until his retirement in 1994. A longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Bill took pride in giving of his time, talent and treasures to charity, especially helping with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and helping to prepare tax returns for people in the community.

Survivors include his three (3) sons, Steven Herber of Lee, IL, Timothy (Kelli) Herber of Lakeville, MN, and Gregory (Lisa) Herber of Prior Lake, MN; five (5) grandchildren, Billy, Hannah, Nathan, Natalie, and Mary Kate; a sister, Regina Harness of Ottumwa, IA; in-laws, JoAnn Berry, and Kay Krafka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Joe (Delores) Herber; in-laws, Jack Berry and Luke Krafka; nephews, Mark Harness and Mike Herber.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and neighbors Jean and Virg Hansen for all their help. Memorial may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul Society in Bill's memory.

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



Eleanor C. Burke


Eleanor C. Burke, 87, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eleanor may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa.
Services for Eleanor will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Rev. Joe McDermott concelebrating. Burial was held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Eleanor was born January 12, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. She received her education at St. Mary's in Cascade, Iowa. On August 5, 1952 she was united in marriage to Patrick J. Burke at St. Mary's Catholic church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 11, 1999.

After her marriage, Eleanor and Pat raised their family in South Garryowen. Family was very important to Eleanor and she took pride in making a happy home. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and cooking. She served many roles at St Aloysius Catholic Church and was active in the parish choir, Altar and Rosary Societies. Eleanor was a 4-H leader for many years and a past president of West Dubuque Band Parents Association. After moving to the farm on Bernard Road in 1974, she became a member of the St Patrick's Garryowen Altar and Rosary Societies, Bernard Commercial Club and Christ the King Mother's Club. She was employed at the Flower Garden in Cascade and took pleasure in babysitting.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Coleen) Burke of Bernard, IA and Jerry (Jan) Burke of San Antonio, TX; two daughters, Diane (Steve) Frank of Storm Lake, IA and Sharon (Raymond) Garcia of Pecatonica, IL; six grandchildren, Benjamin and Kurt Garcia, Timothy and Annette Frank and Daniel and Lauren Burke; three great grandchildren, Logan, Corben and Gavin Garcia; three siblings, Carl Kurt, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; mother and father in law Earl and Madeline Burke; five brothers, Sam (Theresa "Tessie") Kurt, Joe (Jane) Kurt, Herbert (Dorothy "Dottie") Kurt, Fred (Alvina) Kurt and Andrew Kurt; three sisters, Anna Mae (Bill) Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting and Mary (Wilfred "Bubbles") Dolphin; two brothers-in-law, Dale (Theresa) Burke and Howard Burke; three sisters-in-law, Janice Tetterton, Lois Scarff and Mary Lou Kurt.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Eleanor C. Burke.

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



Donnie E. Wilson


Donnie Eugene Wilson, 55, of Manchester, Iowa, died at his home in Manchester on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.  He was born on July 24, 1960, in Manchester, the son of Blaine L. and June E. (Palmer) Wilson.  He was raised and educated in the area attending West Delaware Community School.

Donnie was employed by Lynch Roofing and then Schulte Construction. On May 12, 1984, Donnie was united in marriage to Cynthia Sweet. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced.

Donnie enjoyed fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and spending time with his dog, "Buddy". He cherished time that he spent with his family.

Survivors include his three children, April (fiancé, Nick Pasker) Wilson of Earlville, Ashley (Andrew Cole) Wilson of Elkader, and Amber (Mitchell) Cole of Elkader; his mother, June Wilson of Manchester; and seven grandchildren, Zachary Brian Pasker, Alyssa Elizabeth Pasker, Hailey Ann Wilson, Sadie Marie Clinton, Hunter Eugene Robert Cole, Macie Ray Jean Cole, and Mason James Eugene Cole;  three siblings, Bill (Theresa) Wilson of Manchester, Dixie (Irvin) McDowell of Masonville, and Debbie (Tom) McDowell of Oneida; and past wife and good friend, Cindy Wilson of Elkader.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Blaine Wilson; and his brother Dennis "Dendo" Wilson.

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

Memorial Service:  11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Visitation:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  At a later date.

 



Sr. Ruth Jackson

Sr. Ruth Jackson, S.V.M. 74, of the Visitation Convent, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April, 1, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Cathedral where a scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Cynthia Kay Jackson was born on December 5, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Kermit B. and Ruth (Meyer) Jackson. She graduated from the Academy of The Visitation, received her bachelor degree in Classical Languages and Education from Clarke University and her Masters of Arts degree in Religious Education from Boston College. Sister Ruth was a teacher at Nativity Elementary School in Dubuque, liturgist at St. Michael's Parish in Galena, IL and liturgist at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Sister was also a member of the Archdiocesan Art and Environment Commission. She received the PRO ECCLESIA et PONTIFICE medal in 2004.

Surviving are a brother, Kermit R. (Patty) Jackson of Dubuque and a sister, Sara Coe Kuhl of Woodridge, IL; 11 nieces and nephews; 17 great nieces and nephews and her Sisters of the Visitation, whom she shared life for 56 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas; a nephew, Christopher and a great niece, Hailie Coe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sisters of the Visitation, Sisters of the Presentation or a charity of your choice.

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

The Sisters of the Visitation wish to extend a special thank you with heartfelt gratitude to the Sisters of the Presentation and their nursing staff, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Hermann

 



Pamela R. Sisler


Pamela R. Sisler, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:14 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Pam's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the basement at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pamela was born on April 5, 1956, in Colorado Springs, CO, daughter of Elmer and Genevieve (Atchison) Meyer.

Pam was united in marriage to Jeff Sisler in Galena, in 1995 and they were blessed with 20 years together. She was a nurturing and caring day-care provider, but she also invested many years of her working career outside the home in the gaming industry and at Stonehill Care Center. Whether Pam would find some free time in her day casting a line into the river or just enjoying some time with her animals, her heart was continually singing when she was in the great outdoors. She was a graciously loyal and generous woman who never responded with the word "no" to anyone in need who crossed her path in life. Pam treasured a good game of cards, but her greatest joy in her life was spending time with her grandkids and her unceasing love and devotion to family was always on display. Pam has touched many lives during her 59 years here with us and our hearts ache with a pain which no words could accurately describe. We will miss, love and adore our dearly sweet Pam until we are reunited with her again one day.

Those left to cherish Pam's memory include

her husband,
Jeff Sisler, Dubuque, IA;

her daughters,
Dawn (Chris) Streets
and Destiny Sisler, both of Dubuque, IA;

three grandchildren,
Lauren, Lexi and Max;

and her siblings,
Joe (Barb) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Bob Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Gary Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Debbie (Brian Howlett) Elliott, Clarkston, WA
and Don (Kim) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents.

A Pamela R. Sisler memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Pam's favorite charities.

Pam's family would like to extend a special thank you to her best friend Judy Johnson-Mekota, the Dubuque Emergency Responders, the emergency room staff of Finley Hospital and the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa for all of the kind and compassionate care they provided to Pam and the family.

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

 



Thomas J. Buelow


Thomas James "Tommy" Buelow, 55 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away early on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at home.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Edward J. Leonard officiating.

Tommy was born on January 20, 1961 at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James Edward and Kay Lynn (Reetz) Buelow. He graduated with a 3.0 GPA from Hempstead High School in 1979. He then completed Machine Operator Training Series at John Deere and the Tool and Die Journeyman Apprenticeship Program at NICC.
He met Mary O'Connell in 2001 and they married on October 29, 2010 at the Dubuque Court House.
He worked in a factory for many years, Watubo-Tek Premier Tool.

Tommy loved life, cooking, fishing, watching John Wayne movies, smoking fish and moral hunting. He had a heart of gold, if you had a problem Tommy was the man to talk to. He loved watching the Packers, Chicago Cubs and the Hawkeyes. He loved his family and friends dearly, especially his wife Mary and their dog "Tug". He will always be in our hearts - Never forget him.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of Dubuque; three step daughters, Jessica LaBee, Jennifer LaBee and Jackie Birch. Two step grandchildren; his mother Kay Lynn Buelow, of Kansas, two sisters, Kris Engling and Susan Brown, along with many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his father James Buelow and a brother Peter Buelow.

The family wishes to thank their dear friend, Maggie Blaser; the Dubuque Police, Fire and EMS Department, for all their kindness; and to his trustee dog "Tug" for never leaving his side.



James F. Delaney


James F. Delaney, 76, of East Dubuque, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, as a result of an accident.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at St. Raphael Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., Dubuque. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Farley Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service of remembrance at 7:00 p.m.

James was born September 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Raphael and Helen (McElmeel) Delaney. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1958 to 1962. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Loras College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring on October 31, 1994.

On May 11, 2007, his life was changed with the blessing of his marriage to the love of his life, Leticia Ybales. They were inseparable, and loved each other very much. 
Jim was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, and his faith was very important to him. He started his day in reverence to the Lord, reading the Bible and praying the rosary.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening with Leticia by his side. Jim loved working on his land and in the timber, and also enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Dubuque Masonic Lodge and the Dubuque Archery Club.

He was a charismatic person, and a great storyteller. He was proud of his Irish heritage, made friends wherever he went, and everyone was always welcome at his home. He loved family gatherings, and his wife, family, and his dog Duke were very important to him.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Leticia Delaney; his children, Paul (Judith) Delaney of Roswell, NM, Patricia Smith of Dubuque, Ginger (John Takes) Delaney of Dubuque, and Shawn (Trish) Delaney of East Dubuque; his step children Linda (Bobby) Magklaris and Tom (Sara) Forsyth both of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his siblings, Jeri Jahries of Salt Lake City, UT, Connie Maiers, Katie (Larry) Wolbers, and Jeanie Kerr, all of Dubuque, Sue (Pat) Donley of Sandy, UT, Dorie (Frank) Dawson of West Valley City, UT, and Mary Ingle and Teresa (Gary) Pfohl, both of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and Leticia's family in the Philippines.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Delaney; two brothers, Joseph and John Delaney; a grandson, Randy Breiner; two sons in law, James Goldthorpe and Thomas Smith; and two nephews, Andrew Wolbers and Tim Jahries.

Memorials may be made to the James Delaney Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Elizabeth J. Leppert


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Leppert, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Betty was born on June 4, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Hentges) Ernst.

Betty was united in marriage to Clarence J. Heim on April 24 1947, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and their union was blessed with three beautiful children. She was later united in marriage to LaVerne Leppert on November 17, 1989, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with almost 15 years together before he was called home ahead of her on November 4, 2004. Betty was definitely a social butterfly and people person who graciously shared her gifts with others as a bartender and cook at Johnny's Tap and Grill. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church and actively lived her faith through each and every day. Betty also contributed countless hours to helping the youth in our community with the Do It Yourselfers Club, which was the precursor to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. In her free time, Betty enjoyed sitting down with family and friends to a good game of Bingo or Euchre, but without a doubt her greatest joy in the world was spending precious time with her deeply adored grandkids and great-grandkids. Betty has impacted the world around her in a positive manner for over 8 decades and her absence leaves a scar which only time and faith will heal. We will miss her dearly and thank God for the time He lovingly shared Betty with us.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Kathleen M. Heim, Davenport, IA,
Timothy C. (Debrah) Heim Sr., Davenport, IA
and Theresa M. (Bruce) Frommelt, Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Timothy Heim Jr., Scott (Amber) Heim Sr., Melissa (Jordan) Weber and Garrett (Lynette) Frommelt;

4 great-grandchildren,
Scott Heim Jr., Bailey Heim, Aubrey Heim, Clay Frommelt and one more beautiful Baby Girl Weber expected in April;

a sister,
Margaret (Milton) Douglas-Beck, Davenport, IA;

2 brothers-in-law,
Frannie Leppert, Dubuque, IA
and Ken Leppert, Bellevue, IA;

and her nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parent; her husband, LaVerne Leppert; 2 sisters-in-law, Delores Metz and Grace Leppert; 2 brothers-in-law, Eugene Douglas and Robert Leppert; and 2 nephews, Daniel Douglas and Drew Douglas.

An Elizabeth J. "Betty" Leppert memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Betty's favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Whalen and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for the outstanding care they have provided Betty over the years.

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

 



Andrew P. Runde


Andrew Patrick "Andy" Runde, 39, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Menominee, Illinois, passed away suddenly at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday and from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday and members of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Andy was born on March 7, 1977 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ronald J. and Gail D. (Osthoff) Runde. He was united in marriage to Stella K. Schueller on October 6, 2007 at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works.  Andy was a member of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. and enjoyed boating, sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94, and loved hanging out at his Uncle Pat's farm. Family and friends were a very important part of Andy's life. He was an organizer of the Kennedy Acres Halloween Parade for the past two years.

Surviving is his wife Stella (Schueller) Runde; two children, Hailey Runde and Ryan Runde; his parents, Ronald J. "Ron" Runde and Gail (Merlin) Hoftender both of East Dubuque; his siblings, Jeremy (Tammy) Runde of Peosta, Iowa, Tony (Erin) Runde, Jessica (Neil) Schonhoff, and Chris (Katie) Hoftender all of East Dubuque; his in-laws, Allison Gillies (Tom Smith) of East Dubuque and Steve Schueller of Crossett, Arkansas; his brother-in-law Nate Schueller of Galveston, Texas; his step-grandmother Arlene Osthoff of Guttenberg, Iowa; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dick and Eloyse (Budden) Runde, Theresa & Bob Quinlan and Keith Osthoff and a brother-in-law Mark Schueller.

Andy's family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept., the East Dubuque Area Ambulance Service, East Dubuque Police Dept. and the Emergency Dept. at Mercy Medical Center for their quick response, kindness and compassion.

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

 

 



Kathryn A. (Tilp) Ludovissy


Kathryn A. (Tilp) Ludovissy, 73, of North Buena Vista, IA, formerly of Dubuque, died March 12, 2016 with family by her side. Her strong will allowed her to fight cancer with unbelievable strength and courage. *Oh the beauty that on the date of her birth on earth she was also reborn to her new life with Christ in Heaven!*

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista. Friends may greet the family at church beginning at 9:30 a.m. til time of service. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista.
Kathryn was born March 12, 1943, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Eileen (May) Tilp. She grew up on Dubuque's northside near Sacred Heart Church. Kathryn attended Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Wahlert High School, class of 1961.

Kathryn married Celestine (Celly) Ludovissy on July 28, 1987 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2004.
Kathryn's first job was in the kitchen at the former Xavier Hospital. She then went to work at Walker's Shoe Store and on to Dupaco Credit Union. A twenty-five year career awaited Kate at Vallet Poultry. As Office Manager, and more, she was instrumental in the growth and success of the business.

In her younger years Kathryn enjoyed the Point Roller Rink, league bowling, fishing, East Dubuque sandbar and nightlife and several trips to Las Vegas. In more recent years she enjoyed get-togethers with the "neighborhood girls" of her childhood.

Kathryn was a member of the Rosary Society and was truly generous with her time and talents. She actively supported the Church community in many ways, dating back to the 1970's. She worked her final "Buenie" Picnic prior to her mid September cancer diagnosis. Kathryn devoted countless hours helping care for her mother in her final years.

Kathryn took pride in a well-kept home and yard. She gardened, cooked, baked, canned and shared the fruits of her labor. She was a serious Hawkeye and Cub fan, and a Proud Democrat.

Kathryn is survived by her stepchildren, Mark (Diane) Ludovissy, Marlene (Dave) Errthum, Kenny (Sheila) Ludovissy and James (Linda) Ludovissy, all of North Buena Vista; stepgrandchildren, Erin (Kenny) Potter, Donald "D.J." Errthum, Jessie (Jessica) Errthum, Jake (special friend Dani) Ludovissy, Amanda (Danny) Errthum, Joshua (Meghan) Ludovissy and Emily (Dustin) Wilwert; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings, Joseph Tilp of Dubuque, Sandra (Donald) Koopmann of Peosta, Rev. John Tilp of Des Moines, Kenneth Tilp of Grosse Isle, MI and Kim Tilp of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Louise Ludovissy and Madonna Ludovissy of Guttenberg, Laurie Ludovissy and Mary Engling of North Buena Vista.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law, Mary Tilp (Dec. 12 2015), a niece, Kathryn (in infancy); brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; Joseph (Lillian) Ludovissy, Francis "Duke" Ludovissy, Walter Ludovissy and Clarence Ludovissy, and Ronald Engling.

It was Kathryn's wish to extend special thanks to her sister-in-law, Mary Engling, treasured friend, Rosie Boge and kind neighbors, Carol and Don Riniker.

The family sincerely appreciates the compassionate care of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, and Betsy, who was there in the final hours.

A Kathryn Ludovissy Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



George Wayne Gunter


George Wayne Gunter, 80, of Potosi, Wisconsin, passed peacefully from this life and entered into eternal rest with his Lord Tuesday, March 22, 2016, while at home with his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Church of Christ in Platteville, Wisconsin, with J.R. Siegler, minister, officiating. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City will be serving the family.

George was born on September 6, 1935, in Canute, Oklahoma, the son of John and Avo Reba (Wilson) Gunter. He married Darlene R. Speir on January 17, 1959, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works in 1994 after 30 years of service.

George was baptized into Christ in 1972 and was a faithful member of the Lord's church, serving as a minister for the Church of Christ in Platteville, WI from 2008 until the fall of 2015.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; a daughter, Debra (Robert) Taylor, of Belmont; three sons, Neal (Luna) Gunter, of Potosi, Norman Howard Gunter, of Baraboo, and Wesley Scot (Deb) Gunter, of Sterling, Connecticut; a sister, Janet Gunter, of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Jack (Melanie) Gunter, of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and three sisters, Bonnie Tripp, Noreen Huffman, and Helen Gunter.

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



Rita Mary (Hosch) Heid-Wilgenbush


Rita Mary (Hosch) Heid-Wilgenbush, 98, of Monticello, died Monday, March 21, 2016, at Monticello Nursing and Rehab, Monticello, IA.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, with a rosary at 3:00 p.m. A visitation will continue at Sacred Heart Church Monday, March 28, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March, 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with burial in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Worthington. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Rita was born October 31, 1917, in O'Neil, NE, the daughter of Nicholas John and Katherine Mary (Rogers) Hosch. She married Leander Heid on February 5, 1940 in Randolf, NE. Together they had 4 children; he preceded her in death on February 9, 1960. She then married Tom Elmer Wilgenbusch at Sacred Heart Monticello on November 24, 1973. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2003.

Rita was a homemaker and helped on the farm for twenty-five years before she took a job at John McDonald Hospital as a nurse's aide and later food supervisor. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish where she would keep the flower gardens well taken care of. Rita was a volunteer at the Monticello Nursing Home, Camp Courageous, Riverside Gardens and The Lions Club. She loved to quilt and made thousands of afghans for the Linus Project and her family and friends. The Linus Project was near and dear to her heart after she went blind in 1998.

Survivors include her 3 children: Leo (Rosanne) Heid of Hopkinton, Jane (Gerald) Jesenovec of Farley, Mary Beth (Bruce) Clark of Monticello, Tom's children: Don (Jo-Ann) Wilgenbusch of Davenport, John (Diane) Wilgenbusch of Saginaw, MI, Joyce (Kathy) Dougan of Plains, MT, 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, in-laws Delores Hosch of Epworth, Delores Hosch and Rosie White both of Cascade, and Pauline Hosch of Independence.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands, Leander Heid and Tom Wilgenbusch, a baby boy in infancy, siblings, Raphael (Helen), Herbert (Eleanor), Carl, Hilda (Luke) Leytem, Florence(Lawrence) Kelchen, Clarence, Delores (Gerald) White, Irene (Herb) Kramer, Herman, Leonard, and Fred.

Memorials may be made to Iowa School for the Blind of Des Moines, and Camp Courageous.

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



Virtes H. Busch


Virtes Henry Busch, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Virtes' life will be held 10 A.M., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Virtes H. Busch was born in Jackson County, Iowa, south of Baldwin to John C.A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch on May 4, 1924.

He graduated from Elwood High school in 1943. He served in the Navy Seabees from Aug. 1943-1946 in Hawaii. After an Honorable Discharge, he went to work for Bell Telephone five years in Marion, Iowa.

Virtes married Donna Faye Merrick on Jun. 6, 1948 at First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa. They moved to the third generation family farm in the fall of 1951 where he farmed until Jan. 7, 1980. He later worked as carpenter.

Virtes enjoyed family time with children and grandchildren. He loved fishing, gardening, working in the yard and wood working. He also enjoyed the Dizzy Dozen Card Club and playing Dominos.

Virtes is survived by two sons, Steven (Judy) Busch of Portland, OR, and Jerry (Sheila) Busch of DeWitt, IA; and one daughter, Jill (Jan) Young of Flowery Branch, GA; a brother Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA and a sister Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA, a sister-in-law, Eilene Busch of Maquoketa, IA; 6 Grandchildren, Jonathan (Christine) Busch of Del Rio, TX, Joshua Busch of Vancouver, WA, Jeremy (Amanda) Busch of Brooklyn, NY; Britt (Amy) Busch of Des Moines, IA, Julie Busch of DeWitt, IA, Jessica (Daniel) LeMon of Buford, GA; 8 Great Grandchildren, Elijah and Hannah Busch, Carlie McPherson, Theo Busch, Jaxon Young, Lillian, Julianna, and Charlotte LeMon; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a special friend Thelma Nissen. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother Emmett, two sisters Leona Westphal and Irene Wyatt, two Grandsons Jeff Young and Gerad Michael Busch.

The family would like to thank Maquoketa Care Center for all the kind and compassionate care given to Dad his last two months of life.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.

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

 



Lawrence F. Clements


Lawrence F. Clements, 86, of Oak Park Place, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died at 8:53 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Larry may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Larry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Sonny DeClass, SVD Presiding. Homilist will be Rev. Jim Bergin, SVD. Concelebrating will be Rev. Michael Schueller, Rev. Matheus Ro, SVD, and Rev. Ray Dischler, SVD. Private burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He was born January 30, 1930 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, son of Arthur E. and Adeline M. (Kreibich) Clements. He attended Washington rural School in LaCrosse County, WI. On October 3, 1956 he was united in marriage to Donna Mae Servais at St. Joseph Ridge in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was employed as a salesman for Spahn and Rose Lumber Company in Dubuque until his retirement in 1990.
He is a Marine veteran, having served in the Korean War as a Corporal from 1952 to 1955. He was a member of the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650. He was also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth and its Altar and Rosary Society, the Epworth Knights of Columbus-Council #7823, a charter member of the Tri-State Garden Club and the Tri-State Hosta Club, he and Donna were also a sponsor couple for Marriage Encounter. He was a former volunteer of the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department for six years and the Epworth City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Clements of Dubuque, IA; six children, twins, Maria (Jack) Smith of Epworth, IA and Monica (John) Daly of Dubuque, IA, Timothy (Julie) Clements of Fairmont, MN, Theresa (Jeff) Chapman of Epworth, IA, Patrick (Ardyce) Clements of Onalaska, WI, and Andrew (Annette) Clements of North Liberty, IA; 23 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Kratz of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister-in-law, Rita Clements of Moline, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul (Clare) Servais of Milwaukee, WI, Everett (Barb) Servais of LaCresent, MN, Emma Brockman of Eau Claire, WI, Barbara Barrett of Marshfield, WI and Veronica (Charles) Besch of Overland Park, KS.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Anne Servais; one brother, Arthur A. Clements; and two sisters, Marilyn Rybold and Arleen Kish; brothers-in-law, William Rybold, Myron Brockman and Steve Barrett; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Servais; and 2 great grandchildren.

Memorials for Lawrence F. Clements may be sent to St. Patrick's Parish, EWTN, or Divine Word College in lieu of flowers.

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



Ann R. Tomkins


Ann R. (Heinen) Tomkins, 81 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, the family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Ann was born November 25, 1934 in Gilbertville, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Lutgen) Heinen. She graduated from Don Bosco High School and married Jack Tomkins on June 13, 1959. Ann worked for Steve's Ace for many years before retiring. She enjoyed playing Euchre League two days a week, bowling, going to casinos and spending time with her family and friends. Ann dedicated many hours over the years at the Dubuque Eagles club volunteering for many fundraisers and charity events.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Rita) Tomkins of Silvis, IL, Andy (Deanna) Tomkins of Dubuque, and John (Julie) Tomkins of Dubuque; seven (7) grandchildren, Robert, Jr., Ryan, Paul, Matt, Mandy, Kelly, and Cass; three (3) great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kaitlyn, and Amarrah; siblings, Mary Shield of Cedar Falls, Marie Heinen of Traer, and Mill Heinen of Plymoth, Indiana.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack; a grandson Steven Tomkins in 2000; and several brothers and sisters.

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



Randy L. Mills


Randy Lee Mills, 57 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Randy was born on May 15, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Elmer T. and Nancy C. (Sarazin) Mills. He married Brenda L. Becker on October 7, 1978 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Randy built and grew several businesses over the course of his life. He went into partnership with his brother Rick to grow a successful trucking business.

He was an avid stock car driver and NASCAR enthusiast. He enjoyed salmon fishing and time spent with his friends, as well as the many family vacations. He was a collector of things that held history, a true man of sentiment. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, these times were the most cherished.

Randy found the value in everything, his family and friends meant the world to him. He always made time for everyone and would give all that he had to anyone in need. He was a true blessing to anyone that he encountered. Truly a phenomenal and genuine person. Randy and Brenda were so lucky to spend their life together, a true love story, they were each other's one and only.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Mills; two daughters, Kristen (Joe) Parks, Janelle (Kevin) Anderson, and his son Michael (Alexis Schumacher) Mills. Granddaughters, Brooklyn Parks and Madison Anderson. His siblings, Judy (Larry) Wilsbach, Rick (Vicki) Mills, Ron (Karen) Mills, Kenny (Lynda) Mills, Lisa (Gary) Hinderman, and Kevin (Sue) Mills. His mother-in-law Darlene Becker and the entire Becker family, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Nancy Mills, and his Uncle "Harry".

A Memorial Fund had been established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS First Responders and the emergency room staff at Mercy Medical Center for their care and kindness they gave. A special thank you to the many family and friends for the abundance of support and prayers during this difficult time. As Randy would always say "Don't let your heart be troubled"



Kent Roeder


Kent Roeder, 64, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on June 19, 1951, in McGregor, the son of Clyde L. and Marian (Engler) Roeder. Kent was a 1969 graduate of West Central Maynard, and graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a Business Degree.

Kent served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1974 until 1980. He was employed at Iowa Workforce Development in Dubuque as an unemployment officer for many years, retiring in 2013. Kent was instrumental in helping veterans through the E.S.G.R. (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Program with Work Force Development.

Kent was a member of the Dubuque Optimist Club and Brush Creek Cruisers. He loved his family and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. Kent enjoyed photography taking family photos; and was an excellent cook and griller. He earned a Brown Belt in Karate, loved to golf, and drive his 1997 Camaro in car cruises.

Survivors include his son, Kenny (Jennifer) Roeder of Dike; three grandchildren, Emily, Haleigh, and Katelyn; his mother, Marian Roeder of Strawberry Point; four siblings, Dianne Roeder-Richter (Randy) of North Liberty, Darlene (David) Bahls of Elkader, Karen (Delvin) Tieden of Elkader, and Kevin (Ilene) Roeder of Guttenberg; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces-and-nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by his father, Clyde L. Roeder in 2009; one brother, Brian in infancy; and one sister, Marla Roeder in 1973;

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016, at First Congregational Church in Elkader. Officiating:  Pastor Linda Hauschild

Visitation: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point and one hour before the service on Monday at the church.

Interment with Military Rites: Ceres Cemetery  -  Rural Garnavillo, Iowa

 



Raymond J. Boleyn


Raymond J. Boleyn, 91, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016 at home. Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque. There will be a time to visit with the family between 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Military rites will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Ray was born January 11, 1925 in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of John and Clara (Schmitt) Boleyn. He married Jayne Armbruster, June 25, 1947. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2011. He was employed as an electrician with John Deere Dubuque Works for 36 1/2 years retiring in 1983. Ray served in the U.S. Infantry during WWII. He served two years overseas in France, Germany, England, Belgium, and Italy. He received the Purple Heart for the wounds that he received. He was a member of Local 94 Electric League, a member of St. Mary's parish for 60 years and presently a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, member of American Legion Post 6 and the D.A.V. Ray was an avid hunter, gardener, bowler (was very proud of his high game of 278), outdoorsman and Hawkeye fan. There was nothing he loved more than cutting wood, enjoying a beer in the great outdoors with his brother, nephews and grandsons.

Surviving are four children, Barry Boleyn, of Virginia Beach, VA, Vickie (Byron) Porter, Dixie (Dennis) Avenarius, both of Dubuque, and Tracy (Otto) Nielsen, of Lino Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Stacy Hancock, Julie East, Tim Boleyn, Brent Porter, Tyler Porter, Matt Avenarius, Paul Avenarius, Tiffiney Winkleblack, Brock and Brandon Nielsen; nine Great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marie Boleyn and Mary Jane Boleyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Ethel Boleyn, Lorraine Fitzgerald, Helen Wise, Mary Gentz, and Mag McComish; and three brothers, Bud, Bob and Roger Boleyn.

Memorials will be given to Hospice of Dubuque. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Melanie for her kind and compassionate care.

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com.



Oscar F. Donar


Oscar F. Donar, 92, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Oscar was born on June 18, 1923, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the son of Harry and Dorothy "Dory" (Bollen) Donar. He married Marie K. Schmidt on April 30, 1946, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2014.

Oscar worked as a farmer, in construction, and did maintenance at Mt. St. Francis in Dubuque. He helped restore and maintain the Grotto in Dickeyville. Oscar and Marie ran their own clock shop business for 25 years. Oscar was a very tenderhearted soul. For recreation he enjoyed pitching horseshoes, bowling, fishing, woodworking, gardening, watching birds, and playing cards and visiting with his friends.

Survivors include his children, Judy (Dick) Timmerman, of Cuba City, James (Marijo), of Marion, IA, Dennis (Michelle), of Bloomington, WI, Kathryn (Zoltan) Kadar, of Appleton, WI, Keith (Brenda), of Dickeyville, and Kevin (Barb), of South Wayne, WI; a brother, Melvin (Teresa) Donar, of Cuba City; a brother-in-law, Ken Pumphrey, of Rockford, IL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Florian and Clara Schmidt; three sisters-in-law; and six brothers-in-law.

An Oscar F. Donar Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to thank the staff of Epione Pavilion for their loving care.



Ethel J. Kennedy


Ethel Jean Kennedy, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, March 21, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ethel Jean Bailey was born on January 6, 1926 in Amber, Iowa, to Eugene and Ruth (Wilson) Bailey. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Leslie Kennedy on June 23, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born: Ruth Anne and Mary Lou.

Jean was a homemaker and mom and had worked for Schultz Bros., Dr. Frederick J. Swift, Jr. and the Maquoketa Company as a secretary. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Jackson County Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, Make Today Count, Pope Rebekah Lodge #136 and the Golden Agers.

Jean served as a 4-H leader for ten years and enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans, sweaters and may other items for her daughters. Additionally, she enjoyed reading and their many trips to Hawaii.

Those left to honor Jean's memory include her daughters, Ruth Anne (Don) Schroeder of Oshkosh, WI, and Mary Lou (Kevin) Hense of Dubuque, IA; 4 grandchildren, Sara Jane (Colby) Cornell of Fond du Lac, WI, Ashley (Andrew) Dearth of Greenville, WI, Craig (Paige Cota) Hense of McGregor, IA, and Brett Hense of Dubuque, IA; and 5 great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Caleb and Millie Cornell, Elliana Dearth and Wrangler Cota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband on May 19, 2001.

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

Jean's family would like to extend a special thank to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving, compassionate care they have provided for Jean.

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

 



Bernice M. Termont

Bernice M. Termont, 89, of Dyersville and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday, March 21, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate with Deacon Roger Riesberg assisting.

Bernice was born February 10, 1927 in Annawan, Illinois the daughter of Julius and Bertha (Teerlinck) Vander Meersch.  She married Charles G. Termont on August 28, 1948 in Sheffield, Illinois.

Bernice enjoyed spending time with family, sewing, crocheting, coin and stamp collecting, playing cards and golf.  She spent much of her time volunteering at schools, meals for the elderly and the American Red Cross for over 20 years.  Bernice was a member of St. Anthony's Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, Charles, 3 children: David C. (Donna) Termont of Lino Lakes, MN, Rita (Fred) Cubbage of Apex. NC, Steven C. (Pamela) Termont-Schenk of Beachmere, Qld, Australia, son-in-law, Deacon Roger (Kathy) Riesberg of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Sarah Ledbetter, Michael Termont, Matthew, Joseph, Edward Riesberg, Daniel and Doug Cubbage, Emmaleigh and Jamon Termont-Schenk; 21 great grandchildren; and a sister, Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Jean Riesberg, one sister, Dorothy Martens, an infant brother, Joseph, and another brother, Robert, a sister-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Passini, and many aunts, uncles & cousins.

In appreciation for all who cared for Bernice, especially Edna, memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Donald A. Steffensmeier


Donald A. Steffensmeier, 74, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington, died Monday, March 14, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 20th, at Kramer Funeral Home Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm and a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Monday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Monday, March 21st, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.  Rev John O'Connor will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery.

Don was born on May 7, 1941, in Dyersville, son of Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville in 1959. Don served in the Iowa National Guard from 1963 to 1969. He married the love of his life, Elaine Grace Turnis of Fillmore on April 25th, 1964. They farmed near Worthington until they retired and moved to Dyersville in 2011. Together they raised seven children.

Don was a member of St. Paul Parish in Worthington, its Altar and Rosary Society, served on St. Paul's School Board and Beckman Booster Club, was a member of Farm Bureau, American Legion Post 137 and the Knights of Columbus.

Don was extremely proud of his 7 children, 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He enjoyed attending their many sporting and music events. Don was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed attending Beckman Catholic High School events and the annual Gala as well as St. Paul Winterfest. Don especially enjoyed coffee at the feed store, helping on the farm, playing cards with friends and family, bowling, fishing, traveling and going to the casino.

Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine; seven children: Diane (Dean) Ford of Ankeny, Kevin (Gabbi) Steffensmeier of Urbandale, Sharon (Steve) Kalb of Johnston, Susan (Scott) Wilkinson of Urbandale, Terri (Jeff) DeBruin of Johnston, Al Steffensmeier of Garner, and Kathy (Jeff) Rohner of Sherrill; 20 grandchildren, Chad, Kory and Alex Ford, Lukas and Gretchen Steffensmeier, Jennah Johnson and Kelli Kalb, Stephanie (Fiancé Ryan Freerksen), Samantha, Sydni and Jack Wilkinson, Hannah, Heather and Hailey DeBruin, Mitchel, Matthew and Aidan Steffensmeier, Erika, Kendra and Will Rohner and one great-grandchild Noah Freerksen. Don is also survived by three brothers Eldon (Clara) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley and Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville; two sisters: Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross and Alice (Rick) Nadermann of Dyersville; brother-in-law Gene Prier of Dyersville, and a sister-in-law, Agnes Steffensmeier of Dyersville.

Don is also survived by sisters-in-law: Joyce (Frank) Naber of Dyersville, Mary Kay (Willy) Connolly of Dubuque, Barb Dowd of Cedar Rapids, Margie (Ed) Stoll of Bernard, Janie (John) Pisarik of Floris, and Julie (Ralph) Hosch of Cascade and Joan Turnis of Dubuque; brothers-in-law: Steve (Arlene) Turnis of Dubuque. Dave (Linn) Turnis of Bloomington, IL, and Pete Turnis of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents Emil and Monica Steffensmeier, two brothers, Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier and Art Steffensmeier, two sisters, Florence (Joe) Meis and Lucy Prier; brother-in-law, Tom Turnis.

The family wishes to thank the Dyersville first responders and the staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency room.

Memorials are preferred and may be given to Beckman Catholic High School, Dyersville where all seven of his children graduated or St. Paul Church where he was a member for over 4 decades.

As Dad would say, "GO CUBS GO! THIS IS THE YEAR!"

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

 

 

 



Jane A. Kaiser


Jane Ann Kaiser, 83, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Joseph Hauer celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jane was born July 22, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of David and Laura (Turner) Reinecke. She graduated from St. Andrews High School in Tennyson, Wisc. in 1950. On May 27, 1952 she married Merlin "Mert" Kaiser at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Potosi.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was the light of her life. She truly loved to travel, especially to Cancun, and was always ready for a good shopping trip. She was a great role model for her family as she endured years of chronic pain. She is now finally at peace, and free from suffering.

She worked in human resources at Sears for 30 years.
Jane was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where she was a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and was a member of Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her husband, Mert Kaiser of Dubuque; five children, Connie (Terry) Hutchcroft of Dubuque, Gary (Wanda) Kaiser off Dubuque, Ken (Cheryl "Charlie") Kaiser of Dubuque, Laurie (Jeff) Knott of Marion, and Greg Kaiser of Dubuqe; 14 grandchildren, 12 of great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Langkamp of Potosi, Wisc; a brother, Bill (Ele) Reinecke of Lancaster, Wisc.; sisters in law, Evelyn Kaiser of Dubuque and Lucille Kaiser of Dickeyville.

She was preceded in death by grandsons, Justin Kaiser and Gaylin Leirmoe and great grandsons, Jack and Gage Leirmore. She was also preceded in death by her in laws, Leroy Langkamp, Vincent Kaiser, Lillian and Joe Salzmann, Esther and Fran Busch, Sister Helen Kaiser, and Jerry Kaiser.

A Jane Kaiser Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially her nurse, Betsy, the staff at Oak Park Place, Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Garrett Ridgley for their kind and compassionate care.



Elizabeth H. Schmit


Elizabeth H. "Betty" Schmit, age 82, of Dubuque, was called to Heaven on Tuesday, March 9th, after a long battle with polymyositis.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL. Burial will be at a later date in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Waunakee, WI. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass.

She was born to Jacob and Agnes (Hetzel) Schauer on January 29, 1934 in Spring Green, WI. She grew up in rural Sauk City, Wisconsin, and married the love of her life, Donald Schmit on December 28, 1954.

Together they made their home in Waunakee, Wisconsin and had fifteen children. They relocated to Dubuque, IA in 1980. Their home was always filled with laughter, love, prayers and a deep devotion to her faith. She loved her gardening and cooking with the fruits of her labors. Her husband, children and grandchildren were her greatest joys.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Donald; daughters Nancy Meinholz, Mary Servia, Susan Hyatt, Jeanne Harshman, Theresa Budde (Curt Gerhard), Ann Buettell (Scott Berry); sons Randy Schmit, Ron Schmit (Terri Evans), Larry Schmit, Joseph Schmit, Jeff (Mary) Schmit, Stephen (Tammy) Schmit, Donald (Shannon) Schmit, and Brian (Josi) Schmit; 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by brothers, John, Jacob and two infant brothers; a son Stephen; son in-laws, Luke Buettell, Joseph Hyatt and Walter Meinholz; daughter in law Kathy Schmit; and grandchildren Natalie Schmit, Madeline and Spencer Budde, and John and Jacob Servia.

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Elizabeth, Jan, Jeanette, Edna, Nicole and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of our mother during this time.



Suzanne Diers Blouin


Suzanne Diers Blouin died on March 14, 2016 in Naples, Florida, succumbing to Alzheimer's disease.

The Celebration of Life will be at the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Parish in Dubuque, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd. Visitation will also be held at the Church on Friday, April 1st, from 2-7 p.m., with the Wake Service at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

Suzanne was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 22, 1945 to John and Helen Diers. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1963 and from Clarke University in Dubuque in 1967 with degrees in math and computer science. She served 25 years on the Clarke Board of Trustees, and received a Presidential Award for her service. Suzanne married Mike Blouin in 1967 and the two made their home in Dubuque, where Suzanne taught at Hempstead High School until the birth of the couple's twin daughters in 1969. 

Suzanne served as a Legislative Assistant in Mike's state legislative office, and would go on to assist him in his campaigns for Congress. In 1980 Suzanne was charged with helping to organize the new U.S. Department of Education, and was recognized for her substantial contribution to the improvement of education in the United States. After moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1981, Suzanne worked as the Business Manager of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Agency for 16 years. While in Cedar Rapids, she was also very engaged at All Saints Catholic Parish, and coordinated the Baptism and RCIA programs. She was committed to social justice throughout her life. Suzanne loved learning, and took graduate courses at Loras College toward a Masters in Theology. Suzanne then spent 7 years with the Governor's office, serving the last four as the Director of Appointments to Boards and Commissions.

In 2007, Suzanne and Mike returned to Dubuque where she became the Parish Administrator of St. Mary's & St. Patrick's Catholic Churches, until her illness began to interfere with her memory. In 2011 Suzanne and Mike retired to Naples, Florida. For the last 3 years of her life she was cared for and resided at Arden Court Assisted Living facility for memory impaired in Naples, Florida. Her family is very grateful for their loving and caring service. The family is also grateful for the loving care and service of AVOW Hospice over the last several months of her life.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Mike; her daughters & their husbands, Lisa & Rick Sanborn, and Amy Blouin & Joe Squillace; her grandchildren, Noah Blouin-Weers, Christian Blouin-Weers and his partner, Sydney Probst; and her great-grandson, Matthew Blouin-Weers. She also leaves her loving siblings, Sonna & Bill Struyf, Alan & Joyce Diers, Jackie & Raleigh Kean, Judi & Art Kelly, and Patricia & Jim Carlucci. She loved her many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and was a dear friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Suzanne's name to Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001; the Alzheimer's Support Network, 660 9th Street North, Naples, FL 34102 and AVOW Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples, FL 34105.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.



Orland J. Boyle


Orland J. Boyle, 100, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Orland may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Orland will be held at 10:30 a.m., on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery.

Orland was born Dec. 26, 1915, on the family farm in Garryowen, Iowa - the farm that his Irish-born grandfather, Michael Boyle, bought in the 1850s. Orland was the last surviving son of Austin and Julia (Skahill) Boyle. He spent his childhood on the farm and at the family's home in Cascade.

Orland came of age during the Great Depression. After graduating from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, he worked for a time in Des Moines, but came back to the farm for good in 1938. He met his wife-to-be, Irma Becker, while he was playing the cornet at a dance in her hometown of Worthington, Iowa. "I saw this beautiful blonde girl standing there, so I decided that, well, I'm going to make an acquaintance here," he recalled.

Orland and Irma were married on Sept. 28, 1940, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. They raised five children on the Garryowen farm. Dairy cows and hogs were the heart of the operation, but the Boyles also raised sheep for wool, and chicken for eggs. "We'd take a case of eggs in and trade them in for groceries," Orland said. "And that's how we subsisted for the first year or two."

After sending all five children through college, Orland and Irma sold the farm in 1980 and moved into Cascade. That marked the beginning of a second career for both of them: Irma as an artist, and Orland as the man in charge of making the frames and minding the booth at art fairs throughout Eastern Iowa. More than 100 paintings came out of the family studio. Many of them hang in homes and businesses around Cascade.

Orland was proud of his wife's accomplishments, proud of the tomatoes he grew, and proud of the children and grandchildren who relied on his wisdom and encouragement. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish, a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and a sharp-eyed Euchre player. The couple also traveled extensively during retirement. Their European destinations included Ireland (where Orland kissed the Blarney Stone) and Germany (where Irma forged a close friendship with distant relatives).

When Irma had to move into Shady Rest due to declining health, Orland moved into Claddagh Court nearby. Irma passed away in 2005, and Orland moved on to River Bend Retirement Community and eventually to Shady Rest.
In December, the family gathered at Shady Rest to celebrate Orland's 100th birthday. He liked to joke that the secret of his longevity was that he never smoked and never spent a night in jail. But perhaps the true secret was the strong commitment he had to his wife and his family.

Orland is survived by his five children: Dr. David Boyle of Crescent Springs, Ky.; Donna (Don) Farley of North Liberty, Iowa; Steve (Joan) Boyle of Grand Lake, Colo.; Alan (Tonia) Boyle of Bellevue, Wash.; and Dr. Kevin (Patty) Boyle of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Eric Boyle, Nadine Brock and Alissa Farley, Michael Boyle and Dr. Jennifer Boyle, Evan Boyle and Dr. Natalie Boyle, and Andrew Boyle and Kaitlin Boyle; and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife; by sisters Clara Boyle and Rita Kirsch; by brothers Loran Boyle and A.R. Boyle; and by daughter-in-law Nan Boyle.

Memorials for Orland may be given to Shady Rest Care Center, 701 Johnson St. NW, Cascade, Iowa 52033; or University of Iowa Foundation (Age-Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Research Fund), P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

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



Myrna E. (Cording) VandeDrink,


Myrna E. (Cording) VandeDrink, 88, formerly of Galena, died at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Schapville, Illinois, where friends may call in the church gathering area from 9:30 to 10:45 prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery, St. John's location, with Pastor David Vidler officiating at the funeral and graveside.

Myrna (Cording) VandeDrink was born on the Hesselbacher family farm, near Scales Mound, on June 21, 1927, the daughter of Fred and Louise (Scheele) Hesselbacher. She graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1945.

On November 27, 1945, she was united in marriage to Arthur J. Cording, and they farmed in Guilford Township on the family farm located on Cording Road. Their love for farming and boundless energy brought great success as Art and Myrna received the Illinois Farmer of the Year Award in 1957 and Illinois Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Award in 1968.

In June of 1968, Art died in an automobile accident and Myrna was hospitalized with severe burns for five months in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Myrna returned to the farm in November, 1968, and began a long recovery from her injuries. Her dauntless spirit and unwavering faith in God led the way as she returned to playing the piano and organ, quilting dozens of beautiful quilts, stitching flawless counted cross stitch pictures, and actively participating in the church activities of Shepherd of the Hills, particularly the WELCA women's group, the church choir, and the quilters group.

She also was employed as Guilford Township Tax Assessor and clerk in the records department of the Galena Stauss Hospital and later Midwest Medical Center.

In 1976 she married Edward VandeDrink. They enjoyed time with their grandchildren, playing cards, fishing on Apple Canyon Lake, and traveling together until his death on December 10, 1990.

Surviving are a daughter Sandra (Larry) Schmidt of Rochester, Minnesota; two sons, Larry (Sue) Cording of Galena and Gary (Gail) Cording of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Tammy (Dave) Hagstrom of Rochester, Minnesota; Wendy (Matt) Snyder of Spring Valley, Minnesota; Jason (Theresa) Schmidt of Sartell, Minnesota; Troy (Rebecca)Cording of Peshtigo, Wisconsin; Kimberly (Douglas) Kuhlman of Inverness, Illinois; and Marcy (Chuck) Fritter of Herndon, Virginia; fifteen great-grandchildren: Emily, Elaina, Natalie, Naomi, Kevin, and Kaylee Hagstrom; Bradly, Isabelle, and Jeffrey Snyder; Lilly and Gabe Schmidt; Alexandria and Jacob Cording; and Aaron and Justin Kuhlman; two sisters-in-law, Leila Kirkhart of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Kay Hesselbacher of Apple River, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ralph Hesselbacher, Glenn Hesselbacher, Adam Hesselbacher, and Loren Hesselbacher; and two sisters, Eleanor Winter and Viola Sigafus; a brother-in-law, Eldon Cording, and a sister-in-law, Helen Kern.

Myrna treasured the 23rd Psalm. She recited it from memory and clung to its promise in vs. 6, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is assisting the family.



Elizabeth J. Curler


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Curler, of Dubuque, IA was called home peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2016 with her loving family by her side.

To Honor Betty's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky and Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, friends and family may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Betty was born in Dubuque, daughter of Gladys (Hayes) and Harry Blewett. She graduated from St. Joseph's all girls Academy.

She worked at Lorenz Laundry, Regency Thermographers, Glenview Motel, and Conrad's Rental Office.

Betty was very involved at her parish in Key West. She was an active member of RCIA for seven years and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered at church for numerous activities over the years. Her parish was a very important part of her life. She had a great devotion to the Lord and Blessed Mother whom she prayed to daily.
Betty was a loving mother, sister, and friend. Her favorite line was "God helps those who help themselves." She instilled the importance of prayer and to remember we are never alone. The lord is always there for us to lean on. She always fought for the "underdog" and gave to those in need. She was a selfless woman and showed us that it is more important to give than to receive. We will remember her as a strong, resilient woman with beauty, spunk, and style.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Patty (Bill) Doran, Jerry (Carrie) Heiderscheit, Dennis (Judy) Heiderscheit, Kathy (Paul) Haverland, Cindy (Roger Michael) Curler, her brother; Harry (Peggy) Blewett, brothers-in-law; Bill Elliot, Jeff (Renee) Curler, Bob Fondell, sister-in-law; Linda Clark, grandchildren; Shelley, Stacey, Justin, Tiffany, Jessica, Jerry Jr., Cassie, Billie Jo, Denny, Ben, Hope, Dustin, Maddy, and Sam, 22 great grandchildren, 8 great, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog, Trouble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Gladys and Harry Blewett, husband; Roger Curler, sister; Jeanette Mills, brother; Roger Clark, a daughter; June Heiderscheit, two grandsons; Derrick Haverland and Rick Smothers, brother-in-law; Louie Mills, and her step-mother; Rita Blewett.

We would like to thank Dr. Nelson for all the compassionate care you have given to mom over the years, Hospice of Dubuque; especially Betsy and Stacey, Betsi from Finley Hospital, and all of our family and friends, especially Uncle Harry, for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

We want to thank our mother for showing us how to "live" until the very end. You made sure your work here was done telling each one of your children your final wishes and how much you love each of us. Your unique humor gave us the strength to get through your final days. We will honor your memory and love you forever.



Robert J. Moyer


Robert J. "Bob" Moyer, 52, of Galena, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2006 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a series of strokes.

A celebration of his life will be from Noon - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Galena Eagles Club.

Bob was born on November 15, 1963 in Galena, the son of Art and Fern (Laity) Moyer.

He was formerly employed at Prism Construction and served in the U. S. Army from 1981 - 1985 in Korea.  He married Kathy Peel on February 14, 1995. Bob loved working with computers and Science Fiction.

Surviving is his mother Fern Moyer, four siblings, Lorie Moyer of Davenport, Iowa, Rodney Moyer of Galena, Thomas Moyer of San Francisco, California and Wayne "Arty" (Laura) Moyer of Galena, a niece Abby Moyer and a nephew Ben Moyer both of Galena; several aunts and uncles including a special uncle and aunt, Jim Laity of Scales Mound, Illinois and Gladys Nath of Galena, and his friend and former wife Kathy Moyer of Dubuque.

A Robert "Bob" Moyer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the Galena EMT's, the staff at Midwest Medical Center and the Galena Police Dept. for their quick response and assistance.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is assisting the family.



Ethel C. MacDonald


Ethel Catherine MacDonald, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa; formerly of Dyersville, Iowa; Baltimore and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and Oxnard, California died at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

In keeping with her wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

A Gathering of Remembrance will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Memorial Service will commence at 6 p.m.

Ethel was born on Sept. 18, 1924, in Centralia, Iowa, daughter of John and Ethel (Clemen) Pottebaum. She attended St. Anthony's school and schools in Center Grove, Swiss Valley, and Holy Cross.

She married Earl. E. MacDonald on Jan. 17, 1951. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1972.

Ethel worked at many jobs in the Dubuque area, most recently at John Deere. She also worked for the City of Baltimore.

Ethel enjoyed walking around Chesapeake Beach's boardwalk with her twin sister Amelia "Millie." She was an expert at crocheting, an avid reader, and the life of any party.

Surviving her are her children: Denise Clemen of Oxnard, CA, Michael (Mary Kay) MacDonald of Dyersville, Patrick MacDonald (special friend, Patti Alvey) of Jessup, MD, and Vanette (Ed) Hess of Worthington; a step-son, Joe MacDonald of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Bernadette "Mickie" (Daniel) Liebfried, and sisters-in-law: Shirley Pottebaum and Darlene Pottebaum, all of Dubuque, several nieces and nephews, including David Dodson (special friend, Margie Wilson) of Chesapeake Beach, MD.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Lawrence (Mary Ann), Edward, and Leo; a sister, Mary (Ken) Nicks, and her twin sister, Amelia (Harold Clay "Don," Jr.) Dodson; brother-in-law, Dale Snodgrass; a nephew Larry Pottebaum; a niece, Diane Nicks; a step-daughter, Mary Lou Brown; and a granddaughter, Deborah MacDonald.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center.

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

 

 



Lynn R. Kasemodel


Lynn Ray Kasemodel, 56, of Monticello, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away March 12, 2016 under Hospice care at Mercy Hospice in Hiawatha, Iowa from complications of pneumonia.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Lynn on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Lynn was born March 18, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa son of Alvin and Dolores Kasemodel along with his twin sister LeAnn. He grew up in Maquoketa. Lynn graduated from Maquoketa High School 1977. Lynn loved his football and wrestling during his school days. Upon graduation he lived briefly in California doing tree trimming until a motorcycle accident caused him to have to return to Maquoketa. Lynn moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and got a job at General Mills.

Lynn bought a Harley motorcycle and enjoyed riding it. He loved going on RAGBRAI and went on the first ride in 1973 while still in school. He also enjoyed attending the 1990 Harley motorcycle rally with a special memory of getting to see a space shuttle launch.

Lynn enjoyed being around his nieces and nephews and teasing them unmercifully.

In 2003 Lynn fell off a bluff while taking a flashlight to some friends who were hunting. He miss stepped and fell off a bluff. His injuries from the fall caused him to be a quadriplegic.

Lynn bought a house in Monticello and had it made handicap accessible. With the care of Above & Beyond he was able to live there many years.

Lynn's love of his life before his accident were his dogs, riding his Harley, water sports including boating, jet skiing and fishing.

Those left to honor Lynn's memory include 2 brothers Ronald (Beth) Kasemodel of Maquoketa, Iowa and Ed Kasemodel (Diana Costello) Grand Mound, Iowa; 3 sisters Susan Nelson, Edgeley, North Dakota, Lynette (Jim) Adrian Washington, Iowa, and LeAnn Kasemodel Maquoketa, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and his special friends from Above and Beyond.

Lynn was preceded in death by his mother Dolores in 1994 and father Alvin in 2013, grandparents, and brother-in-law Pete Nelson 2013.

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

 



David A. Woolf


David A. Woolf, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 11, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate David's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born on November 16, 1932, in Ellenboro, WI, son of Edward and Hazel (Raine) Woolf.

David was united in marriage to Lois Borcherding on February 16, 1952. They were together for almost 18 years and blessed with 6 wonderful children. He was later united in marriage to Evangelia "Angie" Goetzinger on June 17, 1978, in Asbury, Iowa. They were blessed with 29 years together before she was called home ahead of David on January 14, 2007. David took great pride in a strong work ethic and invested over 40 years with the Dubuque Packing Company before retiring in 1996. In his free time, David enjoyed sitting with his beloved Angie to catch a good game with the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers. He also thoroughly enjoyed a good game of card or bingo with family and friends. David was a nature lover at heart and treasured his time in the outdoors; whether simply out for a walk or to cast his line into the water searching for the next big catch, David could easily be found with a smile on his face when he was out in God's creation. David has been called home after 83 years here with us and all the hearts he's touched along the way, even his favorite four legged buddy, Miley, find themselves torn today between the sorrow of loss and the cascading wonderful memories which flow abundantly through their minds. He now finds eternal peace after a lengthy earthly battle and is joyously reunited with all of his loved ones who've been called home earlier.

Those left to cherish David's memory include

his six children,
Dale (LuAnne) Woolf, Dyersville, IA,
Gary (Roxann) Woolf, Dubuque, IA,
Randy (Sheri) Woolf, Pensacola, FL,
Bruce (Julie) Woolf, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Laurie (Marv) Smith, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Barbara (Martin) Bentz, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;

31 great-grandchildren and one more on the way;

two brothers,
Richard (Carol) Woolf, Dubuque, IA
and Terry (Dee) Woolf, Platteville, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Shirley Woolf, Mesa, AZ.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Evangelia "Angie" Woolf; a daughter, Carol Dunlap; a sister, Shirley (Jim) Burkholder; and a brother, Jack Woolf.

A David A. Woolf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among David's favorite charities.

David's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M., Ryan and Tammy, Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all of the loving, compassionate care they have provided for David. David's family would also like to thank Barb and Martin for their generous and loving hospitality expressed through graciously keeping Dad at home with them.

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

 



Bernadine E. Kalb


Bernadine Elizabeth (List) Kalb of 165 South Grandview Ave., Dubuque passed away March 8, 2016. She was 90 years of age. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Deacon David McGhee celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4-7p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. The parish scripture wake service will be held at 7 p.m. The rosary will be recited at the church by the Nativity Rosary Society prior to the time of service.

Bernadine (Bernie) is survived by her loving and devoted seven children: Richard James II (Karl Laird) of New York, NY, Susan Mary (Ralph) Ellwanger of Dubuque, Mary Jean (Paul) Powers of Denver, CO, and Michael Joseph (Judy Zahren), Julie Ann (Michael) White, James Gerard (Laura Watson), and Gregory John (Suzy Conlon) of Dubuque. She had ten grandchildren: RJ (Amanda) and John Peter Ellwanger; Adam (Jen), Natalie, Alexandra and John Elliot (Sarah) White; and Elyse, Elizabeth, Anna and Ava Kalb, and three great grandchildren, Faye and Livia White and Abigail Ellwanger. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Thomas J. Kalb, MD of Young America, MN and two sister-in-laws: Sr. Marie Therese Kalb, OSF of Dubuque, and Mildred Kalb of Dubuque.

Bernadine was born on February 1, 1926. She married her beloved husband Richard J. Kalb (Dick) of 65 years on September 10, 1949. She attended St. Anthony's Grade School and St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. She was employed at the First National Bank, and was a manager at Roshek's Department Store and Armstrong's Department Store in Dubuque before retiring. She was a member of the Nativity Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Legion of Mary.

Bernadine relished time with her children and grandchildren, especially when the family could be together for special occasions. Her children remember her as a loving, generous and fun-loving Mother who provided all she could for her family while encouraging them to live good lives and be successful in the pursuit of their goals.
Known for her ability as an outstanding ballroom dancer, Bernadine was a loving and positive woman of faith. She loved good music and time spent with friends. She took great enjoyment in walking with friends along the Mississippi and spending time on the family boat. She also enjoyed the excitement of traveling to visit her children in New York and Denver. In her spare time she took pleasure in volunteering to help the elderly and religious orders of nuns by driving them to medical appointments and assisting them with various needs. She was dedicated to serving the church for years at the Church of the Nativity, by organizing Christmas Bazaars in the early years and later visiting the elderly. She also gave of herself by participating in numerous medical studies at the Mayo Clinic in support of research for Breast Cancer and Parkinson's Disease. She valiantly lived with Parkinson's for over fifteen years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. Kalb and her parents, Adam J. and Susan M. (Erschen) List of Dubuque and her sister Eileen H. (Robert) Rosenow. She was also predeceased by her two sister-in-laws: Elizabeth A. Kalb of Dubuque and Delores M. Kalb of Young America, MN and six brother-in-laws: Rev. Bertrum P. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Anthony J. Kalb, DDS, John T. Kalb, and Robert Rosenow of Dubuque and Rev. Howard E. Kalb, S.J. of Omaha, NB.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be given to the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN for Parkinson's research.



LaVern E. Waugh


LaVern E. "Rip" Waugh, 95, of Bellevue, Iowa and Hemet, California, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his home in Bellevue.

A celebration of Lavern "Rip's" life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, March 14, 2016 from the Elwood United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

LaVern Edwin Waugh was born on March 25, 1920 in Delmar, Iowa, to Edwin Fletcher and Hermina (Kettelsen) Waugh. He grew up in Waughtown and was a 1937 graduate of Elwood High School. He married Geneva Gartman on October 26, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union three children were born: JoAnn, Ronald and Roy. Geneva passed away on December 25, 1986. He later married Joan Kay Bunnell on May 7, 1988 in Hemet, California.

After high school, "Rip" had worked for M & W Auto and later Martin's Feed. He farmed for 17 years near Elwood where he also sold Dekalb Seed Corn. He then was offered a full time sales position with Dekalb and shortly thereafter became a district manager traveling extensively throughout the world. He retired in 1988.

"Rip" loved antiques, collecting, refinishing and eventually reselling them. Additionally, he loved traveling and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor LaVern "Rip's" memory include his wife Joan Waugh; a son Roy (Patti) Waugh of Snohomish, WA; step-children, Kelly Martin of CA, Glen (Heidi) Ellington of CA and Kris (Jimmy) Carter of CA; a sister Myrtle Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kelly, Doug, Mark, Andy and Christie; 5 step-grandchildren, Broc, Carly, Brett, Hanna and Hallie; 7 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law Donna Waugh of PA; and a son-in-law Ted Fisher of CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Geneva, children JoAnn Fisher and Ronald Waugh, a grandchild Katie Fisher, and sisters Bernice Schepers and Vera Schepers.

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.

 



Dorrance A. Averkamp


Dorrance A. Averkamp, 73, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Thursday morning, March 10, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, Illinois with Fr. Dean Smith  officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m.  - 12:45 p.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Dorrance was born on February 13, 1943 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the son of Arthur B. and Loretta (Handfelt) Averkamp.  He was united in marriage to Susan F. Holland on September 12, 1970 in Galena, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on December 21, 2007.

He farmed his entire life, enjoyed auctions, history, watching CNN Television and snuggling with his grandchildren. Dorrance was a member of Nativity BVM Parish.

Surviving are three children, Kevin (Jennifer) Averkamp, Vince (Beatrice) Averkamp and Joyce (Steven Van Kooten) Averkamp all of Menominee, Illinois; a daughter-in-law Cheryl Averkamp of Canyon Lake, Texas; 11 Grandchildren; two sisters, Celina Houtakker of Benton, Wisconsin and Malinda (Edmund) Dietzel of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Susan, his son Bill, two brothers, Norbert P. Averkamp and Merol Averkamp, a sister-in-law Pat Averkamp, daughter-in-law Susan Averkamp and his in-laws Lawrence and Frances Holland.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan and Stephanie for their compassion and kindness shown to Dorrance and his family.

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

 

 



Charlotte B. Gilbertson

Charlotte B. Gilbertson, 88, of rural Galena, Illinois, passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster, Wisconsin, with Pastor Doug Tremelling officiating. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on February 15, 1928 near Beetown, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harrison and Marie (Reed) Robinson. She was united in marriage to John E. Gilbertson on June 28, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1999.

She was employed at Structo Industries for over 40 years. Charlotte was an avid reader.

Surviving is one sister Betty Roush of Garland, Texas, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, and her siblings, Iva Watters, Mary Tremelling, Ruby Moseman, Marian "Ginny" Yanna, Marvin Robinson, and two half-brothers; Melvin and Raymond Robinson.



Lu Rene D. Eck


Lu Rene D. Eck, 85, formerly of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids. She was born on April 10, 1930, in Pipestone, Minnesota, the daughter of Allen and Dorothy (Lincoln) Gewecke. Lu attended Ag School in the Twin Cities and then studied medical technology at Morning Side College in St. Paul.

Lu met Charles Eck at a dance. On March 4, 1951, Lu was united in marriage to Charles William Eck in Jasper, Minnesota. Five children were born to this union. The family lived in Jasper, Minnesota, San Diego, California, Pipestone, Minnesota, Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Strawberry Point. Lu worked as an x-ray technician in Pipestone and later in Elkader. She managed the Backbone Golf and Country Club and then owned and managed the Franklin Hotel. 

Lu loved to travel. She was a "ray of sunshine" to all who knew her. She was a planner who didn't want anyone to worry. Lu loved her family and friends dearly.

Survivors include her best friend, Joe Fiala of Cedar Rapids; one son, Keith Eck of Swisher; her four daughters, Kathie (John) MacDonald of Cedar Rapids, Kris (Doug) Schmidt of Strawberry Point, Karin Ward of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Kellie Fox of West Des Moines; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Pat (Jim) Kallsen of Madison, Wisconsin; and three sisters-in-law, Jo Gewecke of Pipestone, Minnesota, Eleanor Gewecke of Jasper, Minnesota, and Jan Gewecke of Oklahoma.

Lu was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie in 1999; and two brothers, Donald and Dean Gewecke.

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 14, 2016, at United Methodist Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  Officiating: Rev. Mary Green

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Interment:  Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry, Iowa

 

 



Brayden S. Springer


Brayden S. Springer, 23, of Davenport, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home in Davenport, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Brayden's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 12, 2016, from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Brayden Scott Springer was born on September 1, 1992 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Randy Rae and Cindy Lou (Brecht) Springer. He graduated from Maquoketa Community High School in 2011 and had worked for Spartan Manufacturing in Maquoketa for a year and for the past three months for The Bedding Group in Rock Island, Illinois as a nail gunner and box maker.

Brayden was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos. He cherished his pit bulls, enjoyed cooking, wrestling, and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Brayden's memory include his mother and step-father, Cindy and James Ryan of Maquoketa, IA; his father and step-mother Randy and Jean Springer of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandmother Dixie Dietzman of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandmother Elsie Springer of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Logan (Tiffany) Springer of Onslow, IA, Mason Springer of Maquoketa, IA, Jameson Ryan of Maquoketa, IA and Breccan Ryan of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Alexis Springer of Maquoketa, IA; step-brother Eric Clark of TX; step-sister Heather Ryan of Davenport, IA; aunt Debbie Brecht of Maquoketa, IA, and aunt Kim Blake of Dubuque, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Franklin Springer, maternal grandfather Kenneth Dietzman, and his uncle Scott Brecht.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brayden Scott Springer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Joseph J. Stierman


Jeremy Joseph Stierman, 19, of Dubuque died March 3rd, 2016 at his home.

An informal service with sharing time will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Jeremy was born April 6, 1996 in Niles, Michigan the son of Dennis and Callista (Behnke) Stierman.

He was employed at Klauer Manufacturing in Dubuque as an order selector.

Jeremy was a peaceful, kind, creative, and loving soul who loved his guitar and writing and playing music. He genuinely cared about people and was wise beyond his years. He also loved skateboarding and camping with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents; Dennis and Callista (Behnke) Stierman, three siblings; Shawn Stierman, Cheyanna Stierman, both of Dubuque, and Jasmine Stierman of Sherrill, IA, his two nephews; Cameron Saul and Kayden Jasper.

A Jeremy Stierman memorial fund has been established.



Carol A. Neff


Carol Agnes Neff, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bethany Home in Dubuque. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To honor Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3 - 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Carol Crough was born on April 26, 1934 in Salina, Kansas, daughter and youngest child of Daniel and Mildred (Johnson) Crough. Irish heritage on her father's side bestowed Carol not only with spirited green eyes that never missed a beat but also a strong sense of Irish pride and identity that she proudly carried with her throughout her life. Sociable by nature, Carol was a lifeguard and cheerleader as a youth and had a job as a "soda jerk" at the local Walgreens. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salina in 1952 and then joined the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Hill Air Force Base outside Ogden, Utah, Buck Sergeant Crough met her future husband, James "Jim" H. Neff. They married on May 1, 1954 and their union was blessed with 33 years and six children together. Carol worked for over 25 years in the Mercy Hospital Cafeteria, where she made lasting friendships that endured through her final days. Carol enjoyed traveling, reading, bargain-hunting, playing dominoes and watching television and movies. She particularly treasured the experiences she had in Europe, especially in London and Ireland. She valued her religion and was devoted to regular church attendance and contributed generously to many charities. What wealth she had, she shared generously. Carol also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was nearly always game for a cheeseburger and a Coke, frequently accompanied by a spirited debate on just about any topic. Carol was honest, sometimes to a fault, but this endeared her to most people and made her a memorable figure to strangers and family alike. Her inquisitive nature allowed her to interact freely with most anyone. Her sense of humor, generous laugh and charisma will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Carol was truly larger than life. She is now reunited with her husband, Jim, her son, Michael, her parents and all of her departed family members. We will miss her dearly and think of her often.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include five children,
Scott Neff, West Des Moines, IA,
Sue (Steve) Chapman, Dubuque,
Mark (Karen) Neff, Bondurant, IA,
Mary (Steve) Hong, North Bend, WA,
and Shawn Neff, West Des Moines, IA;

her 11 grandchildren,
Jessica (Brian) Chapman,
Kate (Bobby) Preston,
Laura Chapman,
Michael Chapman,
Shannon (Jeremy) Neff-Muell,
Briana (Steven) Gillette,
Christopher Neff,
Rachel Hong,
Sarah Hong,
Rebecca Hong,
and Nathan Hong;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Nina Vicente, Luke Vicente, Nolan Preston, Joel Preston, Carter Neff and Cecilia "CiCi" Muell;

and her brother, Royce Daniel (Danny) and his wife, Deanna Crough, Fresno, CA.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James H. Neff; her son, Michael Neff; her sister, Kathleen "Kay" Henry; and a her brother, Kenneth "Kenny" Crough.

A. Carol A. Neff memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Carol's favorite charities.

Carol's family would like to thank Dr. Heidi Townsend and all the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all of the compassionate care and support they provided to Carol and her family.

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

 



Christopher G. Hartung


Christopher G. Hartung, 32 of Dubuque, IA died unexpectedly Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 7 PM, Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may gather after 5 PM until time of service. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Christopher was born in Dubuque on July 16, 1983 to Carl Joseph Hartung and Ingeborg "Peggy" Rosenthal and was happily welcomed by his parents and his sister and brother. Christopher loved playing video games, getting together with friends at the park for grill outs, and many other outdoor activities. He truly enjoyed walking and playing with his dog, "Lucky" at the dog park.

Christopher is survived by his two sons, Jared Cornwall and Trenton McCarthy, his mother, Ingeborg "Peggy" Rosenthal, his sister, Valerie (David) Sprank and their children, Mercedes, Monte, Miata, Milan and Montana, his brother, Adrian Hartung and his daughter Miranda, his paternal grandmother, Marcella Hartung and many aunts and uncles. Last, but not least, his buddy and best friend, "Lucky".

Christopher will be joining his father, Carl Joseph Hartung, maternal grandparents, John and Ingeborg "Irene" Rosenthal, his paternal grandfather, Joseph Hartung and his namesake, Uncle Gary Hartung in heaven.

Christopher always had a big smile on his face and was a very friendly, thoughtful, helpful loving son, brother, father and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Christopher will live with all of us forever in our hearts and memories.

Online condolences maybe left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Margaret A. Danner


Margaret Ann (LeGrand) Danner, 66, of Dubuque was granted her angel wings on the evening of March 6, 2016. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Margaret was born on May 21, 1949 to George and Ione (Schmitt) LeGrand. She was married to Robert A. Danner on July 31, 1971 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Margaret graduated from Western Dubuque Community School in 1966. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. Margaret enjoyed crocheting, bingo, cards and camping. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with family and friends. Margaret could be found decorating year round for every holiday, she loved to share laughter and was generous in countless other ways. She was a friend to many and will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Rose (Robert) Roeder of DeWitt; a sister in-law, Marilyn Bonesteel of Toddville; 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a sister, Mildred Kotz; and three brothers, George LeGrand, John LeGrand, and James LeGrand.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Manor Care family, Margaret's home for the past 8 years. Thank you also to Tri-State Dialysis and all of the Doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital, Finley Hospital and Internal Medicine.

A Margaret A. Danner memorial fund has been established in her memory.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, March 14, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2001 Saint Joseph St., Dubuque. Family and friends are invited to call from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

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



Eileen L. Meyer


Eileen L. (Klosa) Meyer, 79 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St, with a 7:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Eileen was born July 27, 1936 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Arthur and Martha (Ruthe) Klosa. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1954. Eileen earned a diploma in Nursing from Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. She married Donald Joseph Meyer on October 5, 1957 at St. Columbkille Catholic church, he passed on January 9, 2011. Eileen enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing Bingo, playing cards and games with her kids, crochet, and was an avid Cubs fan.

Survivors include her children; Daniel, David (Jackie), Jolene (Roger) Schoenberger, Herman (Joni), Donald (Val), Peter (Doreen), and Julie; 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Henry Klosa, Sadonia "Nonie" Burds, and Sandy Butler.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five children in infancy, Thomas, Timothy, Mary, Martha, and Jodi; siblings, Joyce Kurtz, Arthur "Bud" Klosa, and Joseph Klosa.

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

The family would like to thank Jolene, Roger and Julie; Hospice of Dubuque, and Lynn Davis for your loving care of Mom to allow her to stay in her home during this time.

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



Howard J. Wagner


Howard J. Wagner, 95, formerly of 2150 Yorktown Road, died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10 at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Howard was born on February 26, 1921 in Dubuque, IA the son of Arthur and Claire (Thielen) Wagner. He was a proud graduate of Loras Academy. On December 29, 1945 he married Patricia Hanley at St. Anthony's Catholic Church; she preceded him in death on May 22, 2004.

Howard was employed at Farley and Letchers for 22 years and as a bus operator for Key Line - City of Dubuque. 
Howard volunteered at the City Mission and was financial secretary of Amalgamated Transit Union for 14 years.
He was quite the handy-man and enjoyed building and repairing around the house.

Surviving are his daughters Sara Murphy of Dubuque and Ann (Greg) Martin of McCormick, S.C.; grandchildren Pat (Kathy) Murphy and Emily Martin; great-grandchildren Kayle and Ryland Murphy; and sister-in-law Shirley Hanley. 

He was also preceded in death by his son in infancy, Michael; son-in-law James Murphy; grandson Tim Murphy; great-grandson, Gavin Murphy; brother and sister-in-law Roger (Norma) Wagner; and brother-in-law Frank Hanley.

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

A Howard Wagner memorial fund has been established.
Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for your loving care.



Pamela K. Sample


Pamela K. Sample, 58, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Hope Cottages in Anchorage.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, and after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Pam was born on August 4, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jefferson "Sleepy" and Wilma (Janzen) Sample.

Pam spread happiness to everyone she met.  She enjoyed passing out the Sunday morning church bulletins, hugs and a smile at the church. She loved music, singing, dancing and most of all eating out.

Pam enjoyed bowling, swimming, basketball, skiing and running and participated in the Jo Daviess Special Olympics. Pam was formerly employed at the Jo Daviess Workshop in Galena, Illinois, where she gave tours to visitors, helping and encouraging others and being a leader. She also worked at the Gifted Drummer Gift Shop in Galena. She made placemats on a huge weaving loom and loved to assist the customers.

In Anchorage she attended the Hope Discover Center, where she enjoyed all sorts of activities and socializing. Pam especially loved to sit in the bosses chair and be the Boss.

Surviving are her siblings, Fred (Sherry Hess) Sample of Potosi, Wisconsin, Emery "Rocky" (Leanne) Sample of Sycamore, Illinois, Renee (Tony) Wilson of Anchorage, Alaska, Cheryl Sample of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Jefferson Mark Sample of San Diego, California, many nieces,  nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews, and her aunt, Byrl Nesteby of Dubuque, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sleepy & Wilma Sample, two nephews, Jeff Sample and Shawn Albert Alvarez, her grandparents, Joseph & Ollie Sample and Clyde & Mildred Janzen.

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

 

 



L. Jeanette Sherwin


L. "Jeanette" Sherwin, 91, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Paul Glendenning officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Jeanette was born on May 30, 1924, in Livingston, Wisconsin, the daughter of Raymond and Fern (Wagner) Lee. She married Guerdon T. Sherwin on November 29, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. She farmed her entire adult life in the Belmont, Union and Platteville areas. She also worked in laundry at the Platteville Municipal Hospital and as a greeter at Walmart in Platteville.

Survivors include her sons, Jerry (Elaine) Sherwin, of Cuba City, and Ken (Marge) Sherwin, of Richland Center; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Sherwin, of Longmont, Colorado; two sisters, Judy (Fred) Mehren, of Rockford, Illinois, and Nancy (Tom) Ziegenfuss, of Platteville; a sister-in-law, Jo Schwenn, of Madison; and a brother-in-law, Hank Bossenbroek, of Platteville. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Bradley (Tracey) Sherwin, Kimberly (Mark) Gehrke, Timothy Sherwin, Robert (Anna) Sherwin, Scott Sherwin, and Kelley (Lewie Fader) Sherwin; six great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Connor, Bailey, Bryce, Paige and Sophie Sherwin; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryan (Jamie) Oyen and Shannon (special friend, Brian) Oyen; a step-great-great-grandchild, Carson Oyen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard "Dick" Sherwin, two brothers, Merle (Lorraine) Lee, and Wendell Lee; three sisters, Dorothy (Wendell) Cliff, Genevieve (Herbert) Osterholz, and Iola Bossenbroek; and a brother-in-law, Donald Homuth.

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



Charles G. Minnick


Charles G. "Chuck" Minnick Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at home with his loving family. To honor Chuck's life, private family services have been held where full military honors were accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street assisted the family with arrangements.

Chuck was born on March 10, 1933, in Friend, NE, son of Albert and Mildred (Beuterbaugh) Kennedy.

Chuck proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 17 years and eventually retired from Menards after 20 years.

Those left to cherish Chuck's memory include

Chuck L. (Becky Wolf) Minnick Jr.,
Suzanne G. (Harold) Shaffer,
Terry L. (Candie) Minnick,
Sharon K. (Tom) Swift,
Lisa G. (Joe) Pfab
and Jeremy Minnick, all of Dubuque, IA;

12 grandchildren;

and 20 great-grandchildren.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Carol Jean Minnick in infancy and Debra Ann Minnick; and a son, Michael P. Minnick.

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

 



Raymond W. Brachman


Raymond William "Ray" Brachman, 90, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson Officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Leonard Funeral Home, where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Ray was born on September 10, 1925, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, son of Raymond John and Lillian (Brey) Brachman. Growing up in Platteville, Wisconsin, he chose early graduation from high school to serve in the United States Navy, during WW II, between 1943 and 1945. After the war, Ray completed his education at The Teachers College in Platteville. Upon graduation, Ray joined his father as an insurance salesman, and continued in the profession until his retirement at age 72.

He married Colleen Sullivan on August 27, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Truly a member of "The greatest generation that ever lived," his world centered around God, Family, and Country. He was a consummate family man, loved working outdoors, and was an avid do-it-yourselfer. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Surviving are his four children: Deborah (Dennis) Hewitt of Rochester, MN, Steven (Dee) Brachman of Eden Prairie, MN, Jon Brachman of Dubuque, and Kristin (Peter) Lynch of Dubuque; eight grandchildren: Joshua (Natalie) Hewitt, Scott (Vanessa) Brachman, Regina (Eric) Kilburg, Andrew (Danielle) Brachman, Ruth (Mike) Abdoo, Emily (Christopher) Appelman, Daniel Brachman, and Gabriel and Gwen Lynch; four great-grandchildren: Hanna and Jackson Hewitt, Kylar Brachman, and Eleora Abdoo; and family friend, Joyce Larkin.

Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife Colleen, his parents Ray and Lillian, his brothers Richard (Dick) and William (Bill) Brachman, and his daughter-in-law Amy (Bisanz) Brachman.

Special thanks are extended to Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff and residents of Eagle Point Place.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, in honor of Ray.



Otto A. Krieg


Otto A. Krieg, 83, of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Military Rites will be accorded 10 a.m. Saturday by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, Dubuque where funeral services will immediately follow. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Otto was born on October 2, 1932, son of Otto and Lelia (Fritz) Krieg. He married Joyce Oakley on October 13, 1951 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2011.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL for 43 years before retiring in 1995. He also served in the National Guard for 35 years.

Otto was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed golfing and bowling. He had a special talent for wood carving. He enjoyed bird watching, especially cardinals. He also had Boston Terriers for many years.

Survivors include his sons, Steven A. (Catherine) Krieg of Dubuque and David A. (Pamela) Krieg of Sherrill, IA; grandchildren Lisa (David) Boland and their children, Carson and Maximus; Christopher (Pamela) Krieg and their son Mason; Nicholas (Lisa) Krieg and their children Zach, Jacob, Sam and Ben and Sean and Jenna Cooper; and Andrew (Jessica) Krieg and their son Jaxson; and a sister, Esther Paulus of Fargo, ND.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brothers George, Raymond and Kenneth Krieg.

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

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



Gary J. Schockemoehl


Gary J. "Herb" Schockemoehl, 73, of 615 Piper Ct. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 8 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, March 7 at the Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Gary "Luke" was born July 8, 1942 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Louis and Rosemary (Feltes) Schockemoehl. He graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington. Gary enlisted in the United States Army on 1963 and was stationed at the Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, HI. He was awarded Junior Solider of the Year for the 25th Infantry Division in 1963. In 1966 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army and returned home where he lived in Dyersville, IA. He married Cheryi Kryzinski in Dubuque, on June 15, 1973. Gary worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a foreman in the foundry until it closed. He finished his career at John Deere in Heat Treat and took early retirement in 1992. After retiring from John Deere he went on to work for Aramark and at the Days Inn. Gary was known as "Bompa" by his eight grandchildren who loved him dearly. Gary loved to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bears with his dogs Lucy and Teddy close by his side. He also really enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in the many sports they played. Gary had a deep passion for history, in particular military history, and 50s music which he would sit and listen to for hours on end.

Gary is survived by his wife, Cheryi, of Dubuque, three children, Stephanie (Dean) Bush, Chad (Nichole) Schockemoehl of Dubuque, Shelby Schockemoehl of Deerfield Beach, FL; six siblings, Alan (Betty) Schockemoehl of Dubuque, Theodore Schockemoehl of Oskaloosa, Joan (friend Jerry Winard) Suchan of Crystal Lake, IL, Mary (Bob) Jasper of Davenport, IA, Jane Schockemoehl of Urbandale, IA, and Robert (Jane) Schockemoehl of West Des Moines, IA; eight grandchildren, and a sister in law, Cynthia Owens of Big Bend, WI.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Rosemary Schockemoehl.The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Dr.Herman and Dr. Cao for their wonderful care. A memorial fund has been established in Gary's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Rita J. Whalen Purcell


Rita J. Whalen Purcell, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The rosary will be recited at the church by the Nativity Rosary Society prior to the time of services. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Rita was born on February 14, 1923, in Dubuque, daughter of Edgar and Mary Ann (Kisting) Kolfenbach.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and would proudly receive her first degree from Clarke College in science and home economics. She would venture even further, along her path to higher education, at Norte Dame, where she would double major in chemistry and theology. Rita would invest the early years of her working career in teaching and would share her wealth of knowledge, time and talents with countless children at several schools, including the Academy of the Visitation from 1955 until 1969. Rita would soon find her first love, Michael G. Whalen, and they would be united in marriage on December 23, 1971 in Joliet, Illinois. They would be blessed with 19 wonderful years together before he was called home ahead of her on November 3, 1990. Rita would continue on in her working career as a nutritionist and supervisor for the Evergreen Eldercare Program for Will County in Joliet, Il. She would generously devote her free-time as a board member with the Joliet Headstart Program, as president of the Joliet Home Economics Association and as a teacher at the Joliet Teachers College. Rita would next meet her second love, John C. "Jack" Purcell, and they would be united in marriage on June 3, 2000, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Sadly, John would also be called home ahead of her on November 24, 2002. Rita was a dedicated member of St. Mary's Church and Rosary Society, St. Mary's Over 60 Club, Nativity Church and faithfully served as Deanery President of the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. When Rita wasn't busy serving others within her community, she could be found enjoying some time at her craft table, sewing her latest creation, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., or simply indulging in a great game of Euchre or Bridge with family and friends. Rita's undeniable commitment to giving of herself for the betterment of others around her has not gone unnoticed. She now finds herself resting from her labors in an eternal state of peace, reunited with her loved ones who have traveled home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include
her six step-children,
Karen (Eugene) Wild, West Des Moines, IA,
Kevin (Sue) Purcell, Dubuque,
Terry (Patricia) Purcell, Arlington, TX,
Randy Purcell, Dubuque,
Danny (Laura) Purcell, Omaha, NE
and Greg (Christina) Purcell, Elmhurst, IL;

her nieces and nephews,
John (Joan) Melssen, Burnsville, MN,
David (Colleen) Melsen, Harrison, AR,
Mary Rae (Ken) Broadway, Dubuque,
Ann (John) McCormick, Caledonia, IL
and Jane (Terry) Jackson, Bellevue, IA;

and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Michael G. Whalen; her second husband, John C. "Jack" Purcell; 2 sisters, Arnolda Melssen and Rosemary Kelly; and 1 brother, Rev. Edgar C. Kolfenbach.

A Rita J. Whalen Purcell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Rita's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Stonehill for all of their sincere and compassionate care.

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

 



Margaret M. Makovec


Margaret M. Makovec, 86, of Dubuque died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Toale celebrating and Rev. Howard Barch Jr and Rev. John J. O'Connor concelebrating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born June 14, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Duerr) Wehrspann.
She married Henry Makovec on February 19, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1998.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Nancy) Makovec of Dubuque, Gary (Pat) Makovec of Nevada, Iowa, Donald (Diane "Annie") Makovec of Dubuque; three daughters, Dianne Makovec of Dubuque, Michelle (Mike) Grauer of Lake In The Hills, Ill., Amy (Kevin) Shear of Marengo, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Andy, Jonathan, Nicole, Mike, Jenny, Stephanie, Mark, Ann, Angela, Katie, Libby, Henry and Lincoln; 13 great grandchildren, Reed, Sydney, Leon, Owen, Harrison, Makayla, Tyler, Liz, Isabell, Gabby, Ethan, Miley and Olivia; two sisters, Lucille (Roger) Riechmann and Alvina (Gus) Timmerman; three sisters in law, Lynn Wehrspann, Emma Grass and Mary Makovec and longtime family friend, Joseph Bartels.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Makovec; two brothers, Martin and Bill Wehrspann; three sisters, Irene Beauchamp, Doris Thiltgen and Wilma Spear; and two great grandchildren, Alana and Kingston McCollums.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Margaret Makovec Memorial Fund has been established.



Frieda Suverkrup


Frieda Suverkrup, 83, passed away at home in Cottonwood, Ariz., on February 28, 2016 from natural causes with her family by her side. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 11 at St. John's Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Frieda was born December 2, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Edna White. She was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Frieda accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was very active in many churches throughout her life. She graduated in 1950 from Dubuque Senior High School. On August 30, 1953, she married Henry Suverkrup at St. Paul Lutheran Church and they lived most of their life in Arizona.

Frieda was a wonderful mother and wife. She was also very active in her community. She worked with the Yuma Fine Arts Association and with her efforts and that of many others, they transformed the railroad depot into a beautiful museum. This took a lot of effort from all sides; manual, creativity, and fundraising. After many years it is still standing. In state meetings, she was recognized as someone who knew the business and was seen as a financial advisor to nonprofit organizations. Frieda was also given the responsibility of greeting people on arrival because she was well known and liked.

Frieda worked with Wickenburg Friends of Music as a long term treasurer, taking care of assets and expenditures. Each month, it was a balancing act between the two, especially when times were difficult. People wanted the best in production with limited available assets. She was always accurate in her estimates regardless of the pressure.

Frieda also worked with Wickenburg Community Services Organization as a financial adviser and many other responsibilities. The organization helped families who were in need. At Christmastime there was a real need, but also year round. It was her job to see that the finances were in order and assets were not overspent.

Frieda also had some hobbies throughout the years that make us smile. She loved to collect piggy banks, try new recipes, bake, and entertain. She enjoyed putting together puzzles and would glue them together to display them.

Frieda is survived by her husband, Henry; children Kim (Max) Wennet and Troy Suverkrup; grandsons Troy Wennet and Tyler (Alexa) Wennet; siblings Charlotte Vanderbilt and Robert (Mable) Witte; and brother in law Walt Hedrick; and her nieces and nephews Virginia (Rick) Maus, Mark, Roger, Lessa and Ross (Linda) Vanderbilt, Debbie, Kathy, Beth, and Lorie Witt, Kevin Hedrick, and Cheryl (Bob) and Emily Esmail.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Edna Hedrick; brother in law Russ Vanderbilt; sister in law Betty (Ken) Morgan; and nephew Mike Vanderbilt.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is assisting the family.
To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Merlin J. Fuller


Retired Dubuque Fire Captain Merlin J. "Moe" Fuller, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at home.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, March 7, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery where full military detail will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League and the Four Fives by Dubuque Fire. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Merlin was born on July 1, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Louis H. and Mary A. (Galvin) Fuller. He was baptized on July 8, 1923 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church and has remained a lifelong member, 92 years. He graduated from St. Columbkille High School in May, 1941.

He entered the Army Air Corps in May 1943. He graduated from flight school and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and received his pilot wings December 23, 1944. He then trained as a photo recon pilot and flew the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

Merlin married Shirley Bauer on May 8, 1954 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Their family grew to two boys, Russell and John, and two daughters, Carolyn and Laura, of whom he was very proud.

Merlin worked for 6 years at John C. Kaiser painting contractors. He then worked for the City of Dubuque Fire Department for 25 years retiring on July 1, 1979 with the rank of Captain. He finished his working career at Frommelt Industries.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; four children, Russell (Molly) Fuller, of Davenport, Carolyn (Boone) Boleyn, of Dubuque, John (Dawna) Fuller, of Davenport, and Laura (Tim) Beitzel, of Dubuque; ten grandchildren, John, Ryan, Jennifer, Brian, Nick, Kristen, Joe, Rachel, Stephanie, and Emily; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Marian Link, of Oelwein, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers John and Raymond.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Stacy and Amy, his doctors, Dr. Ronald Scope, Dr. Ramabadran, and Dr. Michael Arnz and their staffs for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Moe.

In lieu of flowers a Merlin Fuller memorial fund will be established.



Lavern N. Hingtgen


Lavern "Vern" N. Hingtgen, 86, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Church of the Nativity with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service.

Vern was born September 5, 1929 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Clarence and Irene (Abeln) Hingtgen. He married Margaret "Peg" Manning on April 23, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Vern worked as a meat cutter at the Dubuque Packing House for over 45 years, retiring in 1992. He served in the US Army during the Korean War as a crane operator.

Vern loved and cared for many family members and friends over the years, he was always the first one there when someone needed help. He shared a special relationship with all his grandchildren, especially Trevor, whom Vern babysat during his retirement. Vern was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity.

Survivors include his wife, Peg; children, Craig (Janice) Hingtgen of Dubuque, Lisa (Ron) Brownell of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Nick, Trevor, Alyssa, Craig; a great-granddaughter, Mckayla; and another great-grandchild expecting, Harley; a sister, Marilyn Dunne of Davenport; and several nieces and nephews.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Averle Mueller, Cliff Hingtgen, Gerald Hingtgen; and Lois Weinschenk.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Maria Ploessl, who was like a second daughter, she has gone above and beyond during these times of need, also Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate and the staff at Finley Hospital, especially Abbie for your care of our husband, father, and grandfather.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Vern's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Linda Lou Osterkamp


Linda Lou Osterkamp, 50, of Garber, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She was born on August 28, 1965, in Manchester, the daughter of Arnold and Donna (Hansel) Holthaus. Linda graduated from Ed-Co High School in 1983.  After graduation she began farming.

Linda was united in marriage to Dale Osterkamp.  One daughter was born to this union. They later divorced.

Linda worked in food service at the Colesburg Elementary School. She loved animals and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. Linda also enjoyed the time spent taking care of her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, Jessica (Dan Lynch) Osterkamp of Strawberry Point; her parents, Arnold and Donna Holthaus of Colesburg; two grandchildren, Seth and Camren Lynch; and three siblings, Cathy (Ronald) Kirby of Strawberry Point, Joe Holthaus of Colesburg, and Susan (Bill) Burgin of Strawberry Point.

Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Holthaus in infancy; maternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Hansel; and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Fern Holthaus.

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

Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa.  Officiating:  Pastor Mike Jackson

Visitation:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral.

Interment:  Zion Cemetery - Rural Colesburg, Iowa.

Casket Bearers:  Steve Ross   Jeremy Holthaus   Justin Holthaus   Dan Lynch

 

 

 



Paul W. Wiezorek Jr.


Paul W. Wiezorek Jr., age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Sue Dazey officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Paul was born on November 22, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul and Marion (Miller) Wiezorek Sr.

Paul was a proud graduate of Stephen Hempstead High School, class of 1980. He worked at Andersen Eagle Window and Door, as a materials handler, for 24 years and dearly valued all the friendships he developed along the way. During his moments of free time, Paul could easily be discovered out in the woods hunting, alongside the shore trying to hook the next big one, or keeping up with his favorite driver during the most recent NASCAR race. Paul has been called home much to early and the hearts of all who knew and loved him ache with a sorrow which only time can heal. The memories of this simply adorable man will live on for decades, and we find hope in the fact that his earthly struggles are finally over and he is now resting peacefully in a state of perfection.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his mother,
Marion Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA;

his sisters,
Deanna Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA
and Vickie (Al) Kearney, Bellevue, IA;

his special niece,
Monica Morrison, Dubuque, IA;

his extended nieces and nephews,
Bob (Brenda) Kearney, Lebanon, IN,
Theresa (Dan) Kass,
Rick (Lisa) Kearney,
Roger Kearney,
Stacey Kearney
and Jessica (Kurt) Ehlers, all of Dubuque, IA;

14 great nieces and nephews;

his goddaughter,
Alexandria Johnson, Fort Carson, CO;

and a special cousin,
Laura (Michael) Kapparos Jr., Hazel Green, WI.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents; a great nephew, Taylor Keuter.

A Paul W. Wiezorek memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank everyone who has helped them care for, and support Paul, during his journey. We appreciate all of Paul's angels, but would like to express a very special thank you to The Wendt Center, especially Laura Duehr, the Medical Associates Oncology Team, the Therapy Department, his Audiologist, Dionne Klauer, his Speech Therapist, Jeanne Ulrichs, Medical Associates ENT, Outpatient Physical Therapy at Mercy Hospital, especially Sue Branson, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna.

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



Mary Ann Chrystal


Mary Ann (Lewis) Chrystal, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by family. She was born on September 28, 1932, in Manchester, the daughter of Ernest and Elsie (Callahan) Lewis. Mary Ann was raised and educated in the area and was Homecoming Queen and graduate of Manchester High School.

Mary Ann was united in marriage to Lewis Frank Chrystal. Four children were blessed to this union. Together they resided in Manchester. Mary Ann was employed by Jack and Jill, Deli One, and several years as a dental associate for Dr. Joseph Vap.

Quilting, reading mysteries, watching westerns, and being with family were enjoyment for Mary Ann. Her door was always open for anyone who needed a place to stay and she loved cooking for them.

Survivors include her four children, Steven (Lori) Chrystal of Dubuque, LuAnn (Eugene) Carpenter of Winterset, Debra Chrystal of Westminister, Colorado, and Shawn (Theresa) Chrystal of Little Rock, Arkansas; 14 grandchildren, Travis, Trevor, Caitlin, Lailani (LJ), JeanAnne, Felicity, Gregory, Matthew, Nicole, Michael, Zachary, Ryan, and Ashley;14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Eddie Lewis; one sister Eleanor Barr; several nieces and nephews; and her good friend, Harriet Fisher.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Frank Chrystal; two brothers, Donald and Joe Lewis; and two sisters, Lana Lee and Marita Lewis.

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

Graveside Service: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa. Officiating: Rev. Mike Jackson

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Donna L. Breitbach


Donna Lee Breitbach, age 72, of Balltown, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on December 27, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Horsfield) Besler.

Donna was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School. She was united in marriage to Victor "V.J." Breitbach Jr. on September 18, 1965, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque and they were blessed with 43 wonderful years together and ten adoring children before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 2009. Donna was a full time wife, mother and homemaker and took great pride in nurturing and caring for her family; she was also lovingly known as the general manager of Grand Central Station in Balltown, IA. She earnestly invested 32 years, and countless hours, outside the home helping her husband, V.J. run The Barn.

Freetime was not always a luxury which Donna would possess, naturally being busy with children and work; but when a little down time with family and friends would present itself, a smile would rapidly develop upon her face at the mere mention of a good game of cribbage, collecting the newest precious moments figurine, or even some individual time on a crossword. Donna truly treasured the holidays and decorating her home, especially during her favorite season, Christmas. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Donna was a landmark and fixture in her community and gracefully impacted countless lives along the way. Her absence will be felt in the deepest depths of the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Donna's struggles and trials over the past few years have now come to an end and she finally rejoins her loving husband, V.J. in their heavenly estate.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her 10 children,
Julie Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
John (Rachel) Breitbach, Dubuque, IA,
V.J. Breitbach III, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Nicole) Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
Joe (Missy) Breitbach, Farley, IA,
Jeff (Jessica Fens) Breitbach, Sherrill, IA,
Jennifer (Doc) Schemmel, Dubuque, IA,
Jason (Kim Smith) Breitbach, Rickardsville, IA,
Jessica (Josh) Knepper, Dubuque, IA
and Jacob (Kim) Breitbach, Holy Cross, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Joshua (Staci) Frommelt, Robby (Cortini Walen) Frommelt, Kyle (Caitlin Dix) Frommelt, Cory Lambert, Justin Breitbach, Brady Breitbach, Belle Breitbach, Becca Breitbach, Carter Breitbach, Chase Breitbach, Brinnley Breitbach, Ava Breitbach, Alivia Breitbach, Emma Breitbach, Jack Breitbach, Ryder Smith, Ben Knepper, Monica Knepper, Kayla Breitbach and Madalyn Breitbach;

3 great-grandchildren, Charlotte Frommelt, Bailey Mae Frommelt and Caleb Lambert.

and her siblings,
Duane (Marian) Besler, Milwaukee, WI
and Darrell (Verna) Besler, Dubuque, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, V.J. Breitbach Jr.; a grandson, Charlie Breitbach; and a brother, Jim (Donna) Besler.

A Donna L. Breitbach memorial fund has been established, which will be distrubuted among Donna's favorite charities.

Donna's family would like to express a most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all of the angels, and graciously adopted family members over time, at Mercy skilled 4th floor for all of their amazing care, attention and unceasing devotion to Donna over the past 7 years. May God bless you all.

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

 



Dominique P. Walton


Dominique Paul Walton, 44, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. . Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dominique was born November 16, 1971 in Dubuque son of Richard and Yvonne (Glajean) Walton.

He graduated with the class of 1991 from Hempstead High School and graduating in Life Skills. He was offered a scholarship with Hallmark for his portrait "Empty Garden".

His family spent his life protecting him from cruelty and keeping him safe and happy. He lived his life showing how to live life with compassion, empathy and courage. Dominique showed the world how to truly live life with no regrets. God is in charge of protecting him now, so as a family we feel relief. He will always be remembered as a child of innocence. Every Wednesday was his big shopping day; now he'll do his shopping in heaven. "Fly on angle wings little man. Hugs and kisses on your flight."

He was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Survivors are his father, Richard Walton, of Dubuque; a sister, Tilly (Russ) Frommelt, of Dusbuque; brothers, J.P. Walton, Jerome (Debbie) Walton, and Richard (Shelly) Walton Jr., all of Texas; nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews who resided in Dubuque, Texas, and Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne, a brother, Christopher and Toto, his favorite dog.

Special thanks to Paramount EMS, Dubuque Police Department and Dubuque Fire Department, and Donna Kluesner with the Medical Examiner office.

Memorials may be given for tool kits to assist austic children with doctor appointments, or to Autism Awareness of Dubuque at Mercy Medical Center.



Robert A. Millius


Robert A. (Bob) Millius, 95 of Dubuque, was born the son of Arthur O. and Grace Millius was born on April 6, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa. He died on March 1st at the Hawkeye Care Center. Bob married Fern "Marie" Holderman and later married Violette M. Parker on June 29, 1946. She died on June 25, 1992. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years as foreman and supervisor of the Hog Kill department. Bob cherished his Dubuque Pack family and would talk for hours about the good Old Days at the Pack. He loved to go hunting and fishing with his son Jim, his grandsons, great-grandsons and many of his hunting buddies especially Walter Becker and Jim "Banjo" Menadue. He hunted until he was 85 years of age. Bob was a very religious person who read the entire bible many times and lived the word of God to his death. He was involved in his community by belonging to the Mosaic Lodge 125 as a 50 year plus member, Oxus Grotto, Dubuque Eagles Club and was very fond of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. He was a Stephen Minister at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and also attended Immanuel United Church of Christ.

Bob is survived by his only son James E. Millius Sr., his Grandchildren Dean R. (Patti) Millius, James E. "Jimmy" Millius Jr. (deceased) (Jodi (Charles) Millius Digmann), Robert A. (Judy) Millius and Ann M. "Annie" (Nick) Hosch. His great-Grandchildren Tyler, Heidi (Nate), Jamie, Daniel, Mitchell, Jackson, Luke, Logan, Drew, Gracie and Connor.

Three sisters Mary Jane (Ronald) Masters of Mason City died 2015, Eileen and Helen I. Anthony who died in 2010. Bob also had a special friend Arlene Kintzle who died in 2011.

Bob, especially wanted to thank Dean and Patti and their kids for the care he received from them. He really loved his grand dogs Harley and Dolly. There wasn't a day he didn't tell someone about Harley. To his second family at the Hawkeye Care Center, he loved to give them all grief but he loved them all. He even had special names for his buddies Heather "Todd" and Taylor "Tator". Grandpa wanted to leave you with remaining message for all. "Please don't mourn my death for I am with my love of my life. Bye for now, until we meet again. Gramps!"

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

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral, 3860 Asbury Rd. A Masonic Service will be at 6:00 pm, Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

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



Jane Klingle


Jane Klingle, 78 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, where the family will greet friends 1:00 pm till service time Friday at the church. Burial will be at a later date in Green Field Lutheran Cemetery, Harmony, Minnesota. Local arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Jane was born August 15, 1937 in Harmony, Minnesota, the daughter of Manley and Victoria (Harstad) DeGreve. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1954 and then from Luther College in 1957. Jane married Robert D. "Pete" Klingle on December 27, 1958, she then continued her education at Upper Iowa University, graduating in 1965. She taught elementary school and then opened Klingle Nursery School in 1965 and owned and operated H&R Block in Benson, Minnesota. The family relocated to Slayton, Minnesota where she taught Head Start. Jane was active in the Mental Health Association, where she was volunteer of the year, Minnesota State President and on the board of directors for the National Mental Health Association. She was very active in Mrs. Jaycees on the state and national level serving in many leadership roles. Jane was active in politics and served on multiple community boards over the years. Jane and her husband Pete always took much pride in their communities and were very active. She enjoyed reading, quilting and music.

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. "Pete"; children, Tori Anderson of Peosta, Mark (Tami) Klingle of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and Renee (Ben) Pearson of Gig Harbor, Washington; grandchildren, Keely Anderson, Kirsten Anderson, Tom Keyser, Storm Klingle, Tyler Klingle, and Boden Pearson.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and a son in-law, Stuart Anderson. A memorial fund has been established in Jane's memory.

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



Lorraine C. Dimitroff


Lorraine C. Dimitroff, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, at home with her three loving sons by her side. To honor Lorraine's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Phil Smith officiating. To celebrate Lorraine's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lorraine was born on October 12, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer. She was one of 14 brothers and sisters and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1953. She was a great student, even earning the American Legion School Award entitled the Certificate of Distinguished Achievement which also recognized her "possession of those high qualities of Honor, Courage, Scholarship, Leadership and Service". During her Columbkille days she went to live with her aunt and uncle, John and Helen Maas, who owned the original Bel-Du Inn which today is known as Happy's. While working there she acquired the name Sweet Lorraine because of her kind and easy going personality. She also first met her future husband, Eldon Dimitroff, there and they were married on Nov. 30, 1957. On her first anniversary, she gave birth to their first son, John. Mark, David and Daniel would follow.

She worked part time at Clark Transfer and Storage Company for many years. She was very active at Holy Ghost Parish regularly volunteering in the library. She was in Mother's Club and the Rosary Society, often handling all of the paperwork. Being good with numbers, she was the defacto family tax specialist for her parents and many of her brothers and sisters. She loved singing in the church choir and her voice was beautiful and very distinctive as we could always make it out from the pew. She did bowling league for many years and traveled to out of town tournaments in Kansas City and Indianapolis. One of her favorite things was to play Yahtzee with her family. No one yelled "Yahtzee" like Lorraine. She loved watching her boys play sports attending all of the games with Eldon. Her two favorite things to have were Marco's Pizza and Coca-Cola. Her smile would absolutely light up the room.

But in 1996 she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and she fought that disease for the next 20 years. We can only say that during that time she showed such courage and strength that we will forever cherish the time we were able to spend with her. Her love came out to us daily and we have felt for a long time that she was really caring for us. She was a beautiful, beautiful person and we will miss her dearly.

Those left to cherish Lorraine's memory include

her sons,
John Dimitroff,
David Dimitroff
and Daniel Dimitroff, all of Dubuque;

and her siblings,
Shirley Mihalakis,
Richard "Dick" (Patricia) Shaffer,
Clarence Shaffer,
James "Jimmy" (Rose) Shaffer
Harold (Sue) Shaffer, all of Dubuque, IA
and William "Billy" Shaffer, Osage, IA.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mark; her husband, Eldon; her parents, William and Edna; and her siblings Alice, Irvin, Donald, John "Jack", Rita, Mary and Leonard.

There are too many names to mention that have helped us care for our Mom at home over these last 15 years. We trust they know they are all appreciated. But we would like to especially thank Bea Hansen, Peggy O'Neill and Patty Hayes. We simply couldn't have done it without you. We would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially those who came to the house; Rose, Nichole, Kristina, Edna, Elizabeth, Karen, Jess and Amy Mc.

A Lorraine C. Dimitroff memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#

 



Dennis A. Gudenkauf


Dennis A. Gudenkauf, 75, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on November 27, 1940, in Worthington, the son of Walter and Lucinda (Recker) Gudenkauf. Dennis graduated from Ryan High School in 1958. He served honorably in the United States Army.

Dennis was united in marriage to Judith A. Foust on November 7, 1962, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Three children were born to this union.  Together they farmed west of Manchester for many years.  Dennis and Judy also operated Manchester Farm Equipment from 1969 to 1986. 

Dennis was a long time member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and was a past president. He was active with the Manchester American Legion Post # 45 and on the County Veterans Board.  Dennis enjoyed and loved his family. He and Judy faithfully attended their children's and grandchildren's activities. Dennis also enjoyed deer hunting with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Gudenkauf of Manchester; his three children, June (fiancé Dave Stamy) Zenisek of Cedar Rapids, Rob (Susan) Gudenkauf of Manchester, and Tom(Maria) Gudenkauf of Coralville; nine grandchildren, Megan (Nate) Lahr, Wes (Katie) Gudenkauf, Sarah (fiancé Ryan Kelley) Zenisek, Hillary Gudenkauf, Eric Zenisek, Lyndsey Gudenkauf, Alex Gudenkauf, Ryan Gudenkauf, Nathan Gudenkauf;  one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Lahr; three brothers, Gerald (Ann) Gudenkauf of Manchester, Raymond (Sally) Gudenkauf of Ryan, and Elmer "Jerry" (Dianne) Gudenkauf of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and three sisters, Mary Ann (Edward) Schulte of Manchester, Grace Pruss of Marion, and Alice (Lawrence) Sperfslage of Strawberry Point.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Lester Gudenkauf.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation: 2:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. , on Thursday, March 3, 2016 , at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a  2:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday.

Interment with Military Rites:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery  - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Leon M. Prier


Leon M. Prier, 58, of Dyersville, Iowa, and formerly of Ryan, Iowa, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Leon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Leon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016 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, Iowa.
He was born February 15, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Marvin and Eunice (Oberbroeckling) Prier. He is a 1976 graduate of West Delaware High School. He was a truck driver for Fassport in Dubuque, Iowa. Leon enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his kids, he could often be found tinkering on a car or helping out on the family farm, northwest of Ryan.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa and a member of the Dyersville Drift Skipper snow mobile club.

He is survived by a daughter, Jenna Prier and two sons, Jesse Prier and Joel Prier all of Worthington, Iowa; his parents, Marvin and Eunice Prier of Manchester, IA; and five siblings, Lial (Donna) Prier of Ryan, IA, Pam (Bret) Schneider of Holy Cross, IA, Pat (Deb) Prier of Aplington, IA, Todd (Deb) Prier of Ryan, IA and Terry (Becky) Prier of Marion, IA.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Lucille Prier and Leonard and Valeria Oberbroeckling.

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



David G. Lieb


David G. Lieb, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:35 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Jenny Naderman officiating. To celebrate David's life, family and friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

David was born on September 26, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Lillian (Birch) Lieb.

David was united in marriage to Gloria Urban on November 30, 1946, in Seaside, Oregon. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Gloucester as a gunner from 1944-1948. David was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years until his retirement. He loved spending time fishing and hunting, but his favorite activity was spending time with his wife, eight children and numerous grandchildren.

Those left to cherish David's memory include

his loving wife of 69 years,
Gloria Lieb, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Susan (John) Schmitz, Otter Creek, IA,
David (Sandra) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Lynn) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Mike (Janet) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Guy (Gladen) Lieb, Dubuque, IA,
Tracy (Jon) Ruosch, Milton, WI,
Troy (Gina) Lieb, Freeport, IL;

21 grandchildren;

15 great-grandchildren;

and a sister,
Imogene Dura, Dubuque, IA.

David was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Cynthia Trine and Cheryl Lieb in infancy; his siblings, Leonard (Freida) Lieb, George (Betty) Lieb and Ellen (Jack) Ward; and a brother-in-law, Steven Dura.

A David G. Lieb memorial fund has been established, which will donated among David's favorite charities.

David's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

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

 



Sandra I. Hausz


Sandra Irene Hausz, 64, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on February 26, 2016, at her home following a short illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Sandra was born on April 5, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was adopted by Loren and Irene Hausz when she was 3 years old.

Sandra attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fort Atkinson. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1969 as the Senior Class President. Sandra was involved in many activities during her high school years. She was selected as Dairy Princess at the Jefferson County Fair in Jefferson, WI.

Sandra had a strong love for family and friends. She knew at a young age that she had a calling to care for others. She attended Blackhawk Community College in Moline, IL, and became a registered nurse. She was the Director of Nursing at Locustwood Health Care Center in Rockford, IL, Assistant Director of Nursing at Laurelwood Health Care Center in Rock Island, IL, a Charge Nurse at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA, Medicare Charge Nurse at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, IA, and Director of Rehab/Restorative Services for Fairhaven Retirement Center in Rockford, IL. She held the honor of the National Collegiate Nursing Award in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

Sandra was a phenomenal writer. Her story "She Came to Die" was published in the college literary magazine "Images" at Blackhawk College in the Spring/Summer 1992 issue.

Sandra loved animals, plants, trees of all kinds and the river. Her favorite moments in life were spent with her partner Craig and their dogs boating on the Mississippi River. Music played a large part in her life. She especially liked it loudly played, car windows down, sunroof open and the wind blowing her hair. Sandra also enjoyed collecting dolls, dragons and Kennedy family memorabilia. She thoroughly enjoyed finding treasures.

Sandra is survived by her beloved cocker spaniel Lilly, and her beloved cat Cooper; her brother, John (Carolyn) Hausz, of Fort Atkinson; nephew, Paul (Traci) Hausz, of Cambridge; niece, Michelle (Rev. Jacob) Gillard, South Sudan; niece, Carrie Weihert, of Fort Atkinson; great-nephews and nieces, Stephen, Samuel, Autumn, Sophia, Summer, Amelia and Evangeline; along with many cousins.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her soul mate and love of her life, Craig Mapes; her loving Aunt Viola whom she referred to as, "The calm of my storm"; and her very special therapy dog, Abby, who she trained to help her bring healing to her patients.

Sandra's wisdom and nurturing ways will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to those she met. She lovingly gave to others and encouraged forgiveness always.

A special thank you to her caretakers, Kathy Frye and Linda Homer; her neighbor, Paul; and to Dr. Erin Hueschman for the love and commitment they extended to Sandra.

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



Ann Hayes


Ann Hayes, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, February, 28, 2016 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave., Dubuque, IA. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Ann was born September 11, 1953 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ed and Rita (Ruden) Hefel. She attended grade school in North Buena Vista, and graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross with the class of 1971. She married her high school sweetheart Tim Hayes, on July 1, 1972 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista.

Ann was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, where she enjoyed helping out with many parish functions.

Ann ran a home daycare until 1988, and touched the lives of many families, and continued to stay in touch with them. She then went to work at William C. Brown Publishing, Kendall Hunt, and McGraw Hill, retiring in 2014.

Ann will be remembered for her excellent advice, generosity and kindness, energetic nature, deep faith, and loving and bubbling personality. She had an abundance of friends who were important to her, including The Point Girls, The Bowling Team, Girls Club, The Brownie Girls, friends from the Class of '71, and the Moracco Card Couples. She enjoyed her Girls Vacations in Minnesota with her sister Mary and family. Ann left a positive imprint on everyone she met.

She enjoyed her many groups of friends, outings with her sisters, sewing, cooking for her family, garage sales, helping others, and all the friendships she and Tim shared as a couple.

Ann was so proud of her two sons and daughters in law, and most importantly, Ann cherished every minute spent with family and friends, especially her four grandsons.

Survivors include her husband, Tim; two sons, Brian (Jen) Hayes and Marty (Tonya) Hayes; four grandsons, Henry, Charlie, Ben, and Oliver Hayes, all of Dubuque; her siblings, Mary (Dave) Breitbach of North Buena Vista, Helen (Rich) Deutmeyer of Luxemburg, Kay (Bill) Kreeb of Dyersville, Roger (Janet) Hefel and Mark "Fritz" (Sue) Hefel both of North Buena Vista, and Carol (Gary) Wedewer of Petersburg; a brother in law, Bob (Sherry) Hayes of Holy Cross; many nieces and nephews; and her best friends for 37 years, Mary and Joann.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in law, Louis and Ruth Hayes; two brothers, Dick in 1966 and Jim in 2013; and a nephew Ed Breitbach.

We wish to thank all the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque who helped Ann on her final journey, and all the nurses who provided such wonderful care throughout her illness.

In lieu of flowers we ask each of you to do a random act of kindness in honor of Ann. A memorial fund has been established in her name.

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



Arlene Saunders


Arlene "Jeanette" Saunders, 82, of Ryan, Iowa,  died on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the ABCM Rehab Center in Independence.  She was born on September 19, 1933, in Buck Creek the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Miles) Houston.  Jeanette graduated from Buck Creek High School and completed the LPN Program at Jones County Hospital.

On February 3, 1952, Jeanette was united in marriage to Leo Lester "Mike" Saunders at the Buck Creek Church.  Together they farmed near Ryan and in 1954 bought a farm in rural Ryan.  They retired to Ryan in 1990.

Jeanette was a lifelong member of the Golden Church.  She loved her family and enjoyed Caligraphy, painting, watching birds, and gardening.

Survivors include her three children, Bonnie A. (Mark) McKibbin of Marion, Connie R. Lendt of Storm Lake, and Alan (Debra) Saunders of Ryan;  nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Arthur (Viola) Houston of Monticello.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike on November 9, 2013; and five siblings, Dora McBride, Donna Schroedermeier, Virgil Houston, Vern Houston, and Bernita DeWoody.

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

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Golden Congregational Church in rural Ryan, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev.  Mary Taylor.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment:  Golden Prairie Association Cemetery - Rural Ryan, Iowa.

 



Donald R. Banister


Donald R. Banister, 28, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 26, 2016, at Grant Regional Center in Lancaster. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Don was born on June 2, 1987, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Dolores D. Banister. He worked as a farm laborer.

Donald was a free spirit that had a smile that lit the room up. His witty personality was by far a characteristic that everyone enjoyed to be around. He enjoyed music, making people laugh, playing with his son and stepchildren, and of course, his fiancée. He enjoyed fishing and lending a hand to those who needed it. He was a loyal friend, a baby brother, a son, a father, a nephew, a grandson, an uncle and so many things more. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his fiancée, Mikki Haight, of Potosi; a son, Daymein Banister; two stepchildren, Aiden and Harper Walsh; a sister, Amanda Jones, of Platteville; and his aunts and uncles, Virginia "Ginnie" and Mike Gushulak, of Hazel Green, Leonard and Patty Banister, of New Diggings, Linda Homer, of Hazel Green, and Lisa and Patrick Burchfield, of Shullsburg.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Watson.

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



John J. Casel


John J. "Joe" Casel, 73, of Davenport, IA formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque with Deacon Dan O'Connell officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 31st, 1942 in Moline, IL the son of John and Eleanor (Wallace) Casel. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 35 years before retiring. He married Debora Rule on April 15th, 1994 in Dubuque and they shared many cherished years together.

Joe was a member at Birchwood Golf Course as well as the Dubuque Bowling association. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Nascar Racing, and had a strong passion for Golf. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife; Debora, children; Phyllis Kline, Cheryl (Kirk) Westphal, Debbie (Joe) Wessels, Ryan (Kelly) Kemp, Regen (Andy) Newton, and Rob (Danielle) Kemp, three sisters; Kay (Michael) O'Connor, Jean (Rod) Said, and Mary (Jim) Beller, 15 grandchildren along with one grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister; Karla O'Connell.

A charitable fund is being established and memorials will be directed as the family wishes.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Beacon of Hope Hospice and Manor Care in Bettendorf, IA.



Lorraine M. Humke


Lorraine M. Humke, 91, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Friends may greet the family from 12:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lorraine was born on February 15, 1925, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo and Mildred (Mills) Heer. She married Maurice Humke on September 23, 1943. He preceded her in death on June 12, 1990.Lorraine graduated from Senior High School. Lorraine's " Class of 1942" was very important to her; particularly Bob "Sully" Sullivan, Nadane Bowman, and Jeanne Frohs ; and they kept many close ties over the years with all their classmates . She loved decorating cakes at Humke's bakery, and continued making cakes for her family celebrations throughout the years. Lorraine owned and operated The Owl Lunch diner in Newton, IA, was a Maytag Executive Secretary, and she was also a co- owner of Dubuque Blacktop Company.

Lorraine was a loving, laughing matriarch and leader, listener, supporter, confidante, guide, business owner, volunteer, antique collector, Cubs fan, bird watcher, family tree/genealogy keeper, 70th Senior High school reunion organizer, "Glue of 42", euchre player extraordinaire, wicked-fast typist and homework-crisis savior, confectioner, cake decorator, first place trap-shooting trophy holder. Teacher of independence, patience, kindness.......Always ready to type a paper, make a grilled cheese, make us laugh or calm down. The one we called to before there was Google. Grandma, Great Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, Aunt Lorraine, Mom, Ma, Mother, Gram, Gram Cracker, Grandma Twiggy and Grandma Twinkie.......
We love you!

Those left to honor her memory are her four children, Elaine (Norman) Kelly-Breiner of Dubuque, Ivy (David) Pape of East Dubuque, IL, Leo Humke of Dubuque, and Samantha (Doug Christensen) Humke of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, 24 great children, 6 great great grandchildren; a brother in-law, James (Marilyn) Humke of Newton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Maurice Edward "Ed" Humke II, a sister Eileen Heer Miller; a sister Elaine in infancy; and a granddaughter, Angel Humke.

Lorraine was thankful for Dee Dee, Al, Kim, Kim, and Ashley and all the caring staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Richard J. Duehr


Richard J. "Dick" Duehr, age 84, of Windsor Park, formerly of 2905 Elm Street, was called home peacefully at 1:03 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Richard was born on February 20, 1932, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of Frank and Josephine (Trierweiler) Duehr.

Dick graduated from school in the Sherrill area and then went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dick's career saw him working with Farley and Loetscher, Midland Chemical and finally at Sanofi, before eventually retiring at the age of 62. He was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church, and a proud 50 year member of both the American Legion and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Dick loved watching baseball and was a loyal New York Yankee fan. He enjoyed collecting knickknacks, but a without doubt, his greatest joy in life was found in the time he spent with his family. Dick was a truly generous man with his time and talents and devoted countless hours to caring for his elderly aunts and uncles. Dick lived a simple life and continually found ways to make the world around him a better place. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his brother,
Norman Duehr, Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Eileen Duehr;

his nieces and nephew,
Kathy (John) Kapparos,
Karen (David) Roth
and Jim (Sue) Duehr, all of Dubuque;

many great nieces and great nephews;

special cousins,
Carol, Rosie and Joanne;

and his special friends,
Ralph Roling and the residents at Windsor Park.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother Herbert Duehr; and a great niece, Kaitlin Roth.

A Richard J. "Dick" Duehr memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Richard's favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



Glen J. Kies

Glenn J. Kies, 79 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 21, 2016 in Dubuque.

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

Glenn was born on February 26, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Emmett and Gladys (Meehan) Kies. He worked for Dubuque Community School District until his retirement.

He was an avid LA Dodgers, Jacksonville Jaguar and NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed spending time on his boat with Donna.

He is survived by his grandchildren, James Eppler, Emily Eppler, Austin Eppler and Amber Eppler; six great grandchildren and his former daughter-in-law Kim (Mihalakis) Rink. His siblings, LaVon (Robert) Kramer, of Mesa, AZ, Robert (Kay) Kies, of LaCrescent, MN, Kenny (Barbara) Kies, of Tucson, AZ, Karen (Terry) Frank, and Paul Kies, both of Dubuque. Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; longtime companion, Donna Booth in 2003; and his son Mike Eppler in 2009.



Myra E. Rausch


Myra E. Rausch, 89, of, Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Monday, February 29 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 29, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Myra was born November 16, 1926, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Clara (Kruse) Scherbring.  She married Joseph J. Rausch on July 14, 1947, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the Petersburg area, as well ran the Corner Tap in Petersburg for 12 years.  They moved to Manchester in 1980 when she became the seamstress at the hospital before retiring to Dyersville in 1995.

Survivors include 6 children: Donald (Wilma) of Dyersville, IA, Fred (Nancy Livingston) of Highland Park, IL, Rick (Gwenn) of Chicago, IL, Deb Rausch (Ron Streitman) of Minnetonka, MN and Bev Rausch of St. Paul, MN and Randy of Dyersville, IA; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 step great-grandchild; one brother, Jim (Janice) Scherbring of Colesburg; and 2 sisters-in-laws: Adelaide Bildstein of Dyersville, IA and Joanne Rausch of Guttenberg;

Myra was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph in 2002, and siblings: Paul Scherbring, Fritz (Florence) Scherbring, Urban Scherbring, and Eunice Scherbring, and numerous in-laws.

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

 



Thomas L. Klein


Thomas L. Klein, 57 of Rickardsville, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics following complications of a stroke. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville, where the family will greet friends 9:00 am until Mass time on Monday at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville. Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Tom was born July 3, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence J. and Rose Marie (Hanson) Klein. Tom farmed his entire life in Rickardsville and graduated from WD High School in 1977. Tom was a loyal Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed spending time with his dog "Blue", hunting and fishing. He had a special love for all his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his father, Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein and his step mother Dee Klein; five (5) brothers, Mike (Sue) of Epworth, Pat of Rickardsville, Bill (Mary) of Peosta, Greg of Dubuque, and Paul (Cyd) of Rickardsville; three (3) sisters, Lynne (Andy) Thomas of Dubuque, Barb (Ted) Maiers of Holy Cross, and Bev (Mark) Leibfried of Rickardsville; step brothers, Bob (Chris) Taylor of Sioux City, and Gary Taylor of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Marie in 1978. The family would like to thank the Sherrill First Responders, Mercy Emergency Room Staff, and staff at UIHC for their compassionate care of Tom.

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

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



Joshua L. Kirkpatrick


Joshua L. Kirkpatrick, 30 of Tennessee formerly of Dubuque passed away on February 19, 2016 the result of an automobile bicycle accident.

Funeral service will at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be after 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home until time of service.

Josh was born on January 6, 1986 in Atlanta, GA the son of Scott F. Thomas and Alesia Krikpatrick.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was currently working for Taco Bell in Seymour, Tennessee. Josh enjoyed fishing and camping and being outdoors.

He is survived by his parents Scott and Alesia Thomas of Bernard; his siblings, Megan (Fiance Jeremy Reuter), of Monticello, Kelsey (Will) Wilkerson, Christine (friend, Allen Hentges) Thomas, both of Dubuque, Scott Thomas Jr. and Stephanie Thomas of Bernard. His children, Paige, of Bernard, Blayn, Devlin and Conlen, of Tennessee, and Jayce, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Charles & Maxine Kirkpatrick, paternal grandmother Dorothy Thomas, several uncles and an aunt.

The family wishes to thank Josh's friends Erin and Charles Gibson and James Davis and his boss Karen Brown for all their kindness they gave to Josh.



Lucille M. Donovan


Lucille M. Donovan, 96, of Epworth, Iowa, formerly of rural Bernard passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the home of her son Patrick Donovan in Bernard, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Lucille may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2016 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., Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Lucille will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating, and Rev. Joe McDermott S.V.D. concelebrating. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Lucille was born November 17, 1919, in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Catherine (Dunne) McCarthy. She graduated from St. Patrick's High school in Garryowen and attended the University of Dubuque. Lucille taught school in Dubuque and Jackson counties.

On August 28, 1946 she was united in marriage to Clifford J. "Shorty" Donovan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The farmed in the Fillmore area until 1988 when they moved to Epworth. Clifford preceded her in death on April 10, 2012.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her four children, Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA, Sharon (Larry) McDermott of Dubuque, IA, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Joan Connolly of Cascade, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one great grandson, Kevin Donovan Jr.; one sister, Ardella (Edmund) Leonard; five brothers, Leslie (Helen) McCarthy, Vern (Rita) McCarthy, Lloyd (Velma) McCarthy, Clem McCarthy, Clifford McCarthy and Merrill McCarthy in infancy; two brothers-in-law, Cletus (Jean) Donovan, Maurice Connolly; one sister-in-law, Lou Mae (Dominic) English.

Lucille's last three months were spent on the family farm where Pat and Cathy did everything possible to make her final days comfortable and enjoyable. The entire family is deeply appreciative for all the devotion and love extended to Mom at this time. The family would also like to thank Betsy, Jan and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for all their guidance and thoughtful care.

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



Patricia J. Kelly


Patricia J. Kelly, 86, of Galena, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on November 7, 1929 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Martin and Esther (Hanson) Engstrom. She was a graduate of Rockford East High School. Prior to starting her family, she worked at Fischer Chips and George Rogers Clarke Insurance, both in Rockford.

On September 29, 1951 she married James E. Kelly, Sr. of Galena, IL.  From then on she was dedicated to raising her family, living by the motto: "Kitchens are made for bringing families together."  She loved spending time quilting, crocheting, baking, watching her Cubs, and her door was always open for a visit and a cup of coffee.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Dan) Burrows, Colleen (Pat) Keleher, Jim (Karen) Kelly II, Mike (Deb) Kelly, Patty Kelly (fiancé Bill Boggs), and Cindy Kelly.

She was a devoted grandmother, always holding her grandchildren close and filling them with cookies and Hershey's Kisses.  She had 11 grandchildren, Molly (Mike) Schumacher, David (Kari) Burrows, Amanda (Nathan) Ehrler, Nick Keleher and Sarah Keleher, Tom (Brooke) Keleher, Katie Keleher, Joe Kelly, Matt Kelly, Tim Kelly, Anne Kelly and Allison Kelly.  She also had 11 great-grandchildren, Max, Niya, and Eugene Schumacher, Maggie, Mia, and Mariella Burrows, Zack, Abby, and Madalyn Ehrler, and Logan and Natalie Keleher; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James E. Kelly, Sr. on January 20, 2004, brother Marshall (Gladys/Carol) Engstrom and sister, Harriett (Ed) Ring.

Patricia's family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, all of her caretakers and Dr. Mary Koenigs for the wonderful care provided for their mother and grandmother.

 



Katherine C. Klein


Katherine C. "Kady" Klein, age 101, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Bethany Home. To celebrate Kady's life, family and friends may visit from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. There will be a rosary said at the church prior to the time of services. To honor Kady's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville.

Kady was born on September 15, 1914 in Asbury, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Catherine (Potts) Schmitt.

Kady was raised on the family farm in Asbury and later worked for a short time at the Battery Factory. On February 14, 1939, Kady was united in marriage to Gilbert Klein at St. Philomena Church in Asbury. The couple then went on to raise five children on the family farm in Rickardsville. Short on formal education but long on ingenuity, Kady displayed perseverance and optimism in the midst of struggle, and she always did so with a splash of humor. She was tremendously hard-working and dedicated to her family, always putting the needs of others first. Her exuberant personality and generous spirit brought joy to everyone she met. Her laughter was infectious! While she was not the greatest disciplinarian, she did know how to effectively use the silent treatment with her children. She was an avid gardener, seamstress and baker and she loved her sugar. Kady instilled her family with the gifts of compassion, emotion and dedication. She loved her God and was both faithful and loyal to those she loved. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on in all of the lives she touched during her one-hundred and one years of life.

Those left to cherish Kady's memory include,

her children,
Kathy (John) Welbes, Bellevue, NE,
Diane (Tom) Kramer, East Dubuque, IL,
Lee Ann (Bart) Anderson, Prior Lake, MN
and Ginny (Kelly) Cullen, Savage, MN;

five grandchildren,
Miriam Datya and Stephanie Welbes, Ryan (Abby) Kramer and Rachelle Kramer and Conor Cullen;

two great-grandchildren,
Madeline and Ben Kramer;

and one step-granddaughter,
Emily (Sean) Goodman.

Kady was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gilbert; her beloved son, Ronnie; and her seven siblings.

A Katherine C. Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Kady's favorite charities.

Great appreciation is extended to Bethany Home, especially the second floor staff who adopted Kady into their family.

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

 



David W. Wright Sr.


David W. Wright Sr., 77 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 22, 2016 at Manor Care.

A joint funeral service for David and his wife Mary who passed on December 19, 2014 will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27th at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Military detail for David will be accorded following the service by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Saturday, February 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

David was born on November 29, 1938 in Chicago, IL the son of Louis and Eunice (Haman) Wright. He served in the United States Air force from 1959 to 1964. He was a foundry worker for John Deere from December 1969 to February 1999. After retirement he helped out at St. Joseph the Worker and Holy Ghost church. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

David enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Chicago Bear, New York Yankee and Iowa Hawkeye Fan.
He married Mary E. Smith on August 20, 1960 and were united in marriage for 54 wonderful years. Together they owned and operated Honey's Cake Shop in Dubuque for three years.

David and Mary are survived by their two sons, David W. (Deanna) Wright, of Gratiot, WI, and Ronald Wright, of Mesa, Arizona. Grandchildren, Zachary (Becca) Wright, and Erin (Adrian Barazza) Wright; great grandchildren, Renell, Yasmine, Megan, Merissa, Ayden, and Zoey; step grandson, Austin (Tina) Cheeney and their daughter Olivia Cherry. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by David's parents; his brothers, William and Robert; sisters Rayse Stuart, Lois Nethery and Lorraine Allen; Mary's parents along with her sister Diane and brother Jerry.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Dr. Liaboe, Dr. Martin, Dr. Herman and their staffs; Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and Dr. Cleary nursing staff, therapists and case management for all their exceptional care and support they gave to David and his family.

 



Lorraine A. Weiland


Lorraine A. Weiland, age 96, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Lorraine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Lorraine's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at 1880 St. Ambrose Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine was born on January 2, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Adam and Emma (Banworth) Tigges.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Arthur E. Weiland on October 10, 1942, in Sherrill, Iowa. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years and two lovely daughters together before he was called home on June 23, 1991. Lorraine was a truly devoted and gifted homemaker who continually strived to nurture her family through each day. She was also employed at St. Joseph's Sanatorium and Mercy Hospital for several years until her eventual retirement. The family is quite confident that if they didn't play Bingo and cards in heaven, they are now! Lorraine was a dearly sweet and generous soul who always had a captivating story or a contagious laugh to share. We will miss her deeply and treasure forever all of the precious memories she leaves behind from her 96 year journey among us. She now rejoices in her long awaited heavenly reunion with her husband, Arthur and the rest of her family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Lorraine's memory include,

her children,
Carol Zigenfuss Bush, East Dubuque, IL
and Madonna (Andy) Traeger, Peosta, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Sean (Gnuen) Zigenfuss, Hong Kong,
Syndy (Colleen) Zigenfuss, Chicago, IL,
Sara (Shane Mask) Zigenfuss, Coralville, IA,
Cory (Angie) Huntington, Peosta, IA
and Kelly (Mark) Fassbinder, Dubuque, IA;

5 great-grandchildren,
Justin and Jordan Huntington, Emma and Anna Fassbinder and Cooper Myers;

3 step grandchildren,
Brian Traeger,
Sarah (Zach) Zaffis, Coralville, IA
and Adam (Brooke) Bush, Egan, MN;

3 step-great grandchildren,
Brayden Duinink, Sophitia Zaffis and Cordelia Bush.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Arthur; three sons-in-law, Gregory Zigenfuss, Robert Bush and Rick Huntington; and her siblings, Florian (Henrietta) Tigges, Ozzie (Grace) Tigges, Ray (Ceil) Tigges, Sally Tigges, Louella (Al) Diesch and Martha (Vincent) Weiland.

A Lorraine A. Weiland memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare for all of their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Betty L. Crane


Betty L. Crane, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where there will be a visitation from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on March 7, 1925, in Earlville, IA, daughter of Fred and Gertrude (Brown) Nebel. She graduated from Earlville High School. Betty married Leonard "Jack" Crane in 1942. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2004.

She was employed as a manager at Stampfer Dinette, as food director at Loras College, and worked at the Dubuque Advertiser. Betty was also the co-owner of Cock ‘n Bull Supper Club.

Betty was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling and playing cards.

Survivors include her daughter in law, Ellen Lau; a sister in law Mary Nebel; nieces and nephews, Jackie (Brad) Devine; Jane (John) Hubler, Steve (Julie) Nebel, Dave (Connie) Nebel, Dan (Kim) Nebel, and Tim (Joy) Nebel; many dear friends; and helpful neighbor, John Donahue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack; a son, Gary Crane; and brothers Leland and Richard Nebel.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Betty L. Crane Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Linda L. Koltes


Linda Lou Koltes, 68 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Monday February 22, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25th at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a private family wake service will be held before the visitation. Family and friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

Linda was born on June 28, 1947 in Asbury, Iowa the daughter of Gilbert and Helen (Krogman) Bahl. She married Duane "Hap" Koltes on June 27, 1964 at Saint Joseph the worker.

Linda enjoyed crafts and quilting and even worked at Orabell's Crafts for a while. She also enjoyed shopping and going to the Dog Track, but her greatest joy was her family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Duane "Hap" Koltes; two children Robert "Bobby" Koltes of Dubuque and Janet Clarke of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Kristen and Jesse Bahl, Alex and Zach Clarke, and Jared and Dylan Koltes, and a great grandson Tyson Koltes. Her sister Tina (Bob) Demaio and a brother, Timothy (Shelly) Bahl and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque along with her granddaughter Kristen for all the loving care they gave to Linda.



James E. Koopman


James E. "Jim" Koopman, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on February 22, 2016 at Manor Care after a battle with cancer.

At Jim's request there will be no funeral services. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is assisting the family.

James was born on April 29, 1932 in Vanema, South Dakota son of Charles and Tillie (Noteboon) Koopman. He graduated from Pipestone Minnesota Senior High School and earned a degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He married Lois Payne on April 29, 1962 in Wichita, Kansas. They enjoyed 53 happy married years together and were rarely apart.

James was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

James was associated with Higher Education for over thirty years. His career included positions at University of Chicago Medical School, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and University of Dubuque where he served as Vice President of Business.

Upon retirement, he enjoyed reading, completing puzzles and spending time with his wife and four-legged friend "Scottie".

He is survived by his wife, Lois (Payne) Koopman; a son Jim; two grandsons, Logan and Tristen; A sister, Agnes Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Marvin and Charles; two sisters, Dellie Ferguson and Charlotte Nichols.

Our thanks to the staff at Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Engleman for their loving care.

A Koopman Family Memorial fund has been established.



Louise B. Fenton


Louise Bessie Fenton, 102, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.  She was surrounded by many of her family.  She was born at Elkader, Iowa, on  July 20, 1913, the youngest daughter of Oren C. and Lena A. (Mueller) Adams.  When she was a small child, her family moved to Ardock, North Dakota.  A year later the family returned to the Elkader area where she received her education at rural schools.  She had almost finished the 9th grade when she chose to drop out of school and help on her family farm.

On January 15, 1934, Miss Adams and Lowell W. Fenton were married at Manchester. After living with Lowell's parents for two years, the young couple began a career as farmers.

Louise enjoyed gardening, milking cows, darning and patching clothes, and baking bread. The greatest joy in her life was her husband of 73 years, her children, and especially her grandchildren.

Louise will be greatly missed by those who knew her, especially her 10 grandchildren, who will treasure the time spent with her and the love she gave them. The Lord was a good friend of hers.

Survivors include one son, Carroll (Judy) Fenton of Strawberry Point; three daughters, Clarine Beadleston of Slater, Cherryl Fenton of Strawberry Point, and Colleen Hodges of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one on the way; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren with one on the way and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell on May 14, 2007; a son-in-law, Max Beadleston; a grandson, Colin Hansel; four brothers, Samuel, Elzie, James, and Henry; three sisters, Mina Holden, Gertrude Reinhart, and Caroline Lutz; and infant twins, brother and sister.

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  Officiating:  Pastor Jerome Godson.

Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point and one hour before service at the church on Saturday.

Interment:  Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry Point, Iowa

 



Lois J. Feller


Lois Jean Feller (84) of 801 Davis Street #309, Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, February 16 at Finley Hospital.

Lois was born February 25, 1931, in Dubuque to Lettie (Roussell) and Alvin Unmacht. She had one younger sibling, Ronald. Her growing up years were lived in the Cleveland Avenue area, where her family resided.

On April 24, 1954, the marriage of Lois and Thomas Feller took place at St. Luke's Methodist Church. Their union was blessed with three children, a son Gregory and daughters Pamela and Lisa. A celebration  of their 62nd anniversary was being planned by their three children.

Lois was gifted with artistic skill that was evident throughout her life. Working at Christensen's Greenhouse, she was a designer of floral arrangements. At Hruska's Photography, Lois worked as a spotter to complete photo touch-ups. Taking sketching and painting classes at Mt. Carmel, Lois adorned the walls of their home with her original art pieces.

A big smile usually donned Lois' face and uplifted those around her. That smile served her well during her employment at Zayre's as a customer service representative. Lois also brought smiles to children on holidays and birthdays through her sending of cards with a dollar tucked inside. That gesture brought delight to many youngsters over the years. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and smiles will be missed. 

Involvement in the "Lois Club" and Church Women's Group were social functions that were enjoyed. She was an avid dominoes player. During their retirement years, Lois and Tom together enjoyed cards and eating out with friends.

Survivors include: her husband Thomas Feller of 801 Davis Street #309; Son Gregory (Edie) Feller of Anaheim California; Daughter Pamela (Thane) Jess of West Des Moines, Iowa; Daughter Lisa (Scot) Ribar of Baxter, Minnesota; Grandson Matthew Feller and his son Kayden; Granddaughter Megan Feller; Step-grandchildren Amy (David) Fischer and daughters Kali and Libby,  Angela Ribar, Alison (Geary) Brase and son Brody; Brother Ronald (Phyllis) Unmacht of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; nephew David (Joan) Unmacht and three daughters; niece Linda (William) Dobbe and four children; and niece Debra (Robert) Prox and two children; other extended family members and friends. Her parents preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 1795 Jackson Street.

Memorials in Lois' name can be made to Immanuel Congregational Church Maintenance Fund or the Alzheimer's Organization of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for their compassionate care and support. 

 



Max W. Lorenz, Jr.


Max W. Lorenz Jr. passed away on February 21, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center after facing many health issues for the past 7 months.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Son of Max Sr. and Margaret (Adams) Lorenz, Max was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin on May 19, 1937. It was there where he met the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Judith Schwartz.

He was a hard working man who put in over 40 years at the Dubuque Packing Company. Happiest outdoors, he loved the river, animals and nature. He was a very skilled craftsman and could fix just about anything himself. He was generous to a fault and would give you the shirt off his back.

His memory will live on in our hearts forever.

Max is survived by his wife Judy; four children, Michael (Nance), Susan (Andrew), Jeffrey (Joie) and Thomas. Max was the proud grandfather to Jessica, Mitchell, Lucas, Trenton, Peirson, Gage and Danielle and great grandfather to Sophia and Aeris. He is survived by his siblings, Sally Lickel, Pat (Kay) Lorenz, Jim (Usa) Lorenz, Mary (Larry) Duncan, and Dan (Rose) Lorenz; two brothers-in-law Tom (Cathy) Schwartz and Terry (Carol) Schwartz along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Carl Lickel.

In lieu of flowers a Max W. Lorenz memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center especially Al and Ashley for all their wonderful care they gave to Max.



Jacqueline A. White

Jacqueline "Jackie" A. White, 67, of Dubuque, passed away while surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 26 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Jackie was born October 16, 1948 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Doris (Forde) McDonald. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1966. She married her high school sweetheart, Dan White on July 8, 1968 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Jackie was a devoted homemaker for most of her life, and loved taking care of her family. For a number of years, she was also employed as a cook at the Copper Kettle. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting and show choir events, and entertaining her family at their swimming pool. Jackie and Dan loved to travel, and took many wonderful trips together. Football season was one of her favorite times of the year. She was loyal Green Bay Packer fan and she loved to gather with friends and family on game day for good food and good times. Jackie had a wonderful sense of fun and a great sense of humor.
Jackie is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dan; two children, Patrick White of Peosta, and Michelle (Kevin) Roling of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Payton and Sydney White, and Casey Baxter, Jack Roling, and Aubrey Roling; two brothers, Jay (Mary Jo) McDonald of St. Donatus, and Kevin (Maggie) McDonald of Thornton, CO; and a sister in law, Sandy (Randy) Ring of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter Danielle; and her stepbrother, Dale Huff.

Memorials may be made to the Jackie White Memorial Fund.

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



Marjorie M. Quade

Marjorie M. Quade, age 100, of Mobile, AL, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:53 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Palm Gardens Nursing Home in Mobile. To honor Marjorie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastoral Intern Kyle B. Barton officiating. To celebrate Marjorie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marjorie was born on November 2, 1915, in Dubuque, daughter of Peter and Frieda (Schultz) Lange.

Marjorie was born and raised in Dubuque and was lovingly united in marriage to Frank Quade in 1938. They were blessed with 70 wonderful years together, and three deeply adored boys, before Frank was called home in 2008. They relocated to Mobile, AL in 1963, where the boys continue to reside today. She was an amazing wife and mother and her countless natural gifts as a homemaker were abundantly and graciously shared with her four favorite men. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed sewing, exercising her baking skills in the kitchen and traveling the country. The impact Marjorie made on this world, during her century here with us, can be easily recognized in the hearts and minds of all she knew and loved. She is now reunited with her husband, Frank, and all of her family who've been called home ahead of her, and the fond memories of her life will carry on for years to come.

Those left to cherish Marjorie's memory include,

her three sons,
David F. Quade, Mobile, AL,
Thomas R. Quade, Mobile, AL
and Paul J. Quade, Huntsville, AL.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parent; her husband, Frank; and her five siblings, Ethel Ernzen, Hazel Grogan, Robert Lange, Clarence Lange and her infant brother, Walter Lange.

A Marjorie M. Quade memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rachel Wickman


Rachel "Rae Ann" Wickman, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester. She was born on June 26, 1925, in Hopkinton, the daughter of Alfred J. and Rachel M. (Anglin) Lahey. Rae Ann graduated from Buck Creek High School in 1942. She then attended Lenox College and taught country school near Ryan and Monticello.

On August 26, 1947, Rae Ann was united in marriage to Ray E. Wickman at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Castle Grove. Ten children were born to this union. The couple farmed in Prairie Township and retired to Manchester in 1998.

Rae Ann was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and active in the Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Ryan American Legion Auxiliary. She will be remembered as one who loved and enjoyed being with her family. 

Survivors include eight children, Jim (Shirley) Wickman of Manchester, Mary (Herb) Fangmann of Rowley, Larry (Jan) Wickman of Masonville, John (Nancy) Wickman of Cordova, Tennessee, Tom (Teresa) Wickman of Germantown Hills, Illinois, Julie (R.J.) Jacobson of Arroyo Grande, California, Jerry (Kim,) Wickman of Friday Harbor, Washington, and Joan (Jerry) Howe of Issaquah, Washington; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Supple and Gerry Huber both of Hopkinton; and a brother-in-law, Harold Crowley of Marion.

Rae Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray E. Wickman in May 2008; two infant children, Lawrence and Edward Wickman; an infant brother; one sister, Mary Jane Crowley; and brothers-in-law, Justin Supple and Pat Huber.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Masonville, Iowa.  Officiating:   Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery  -  Masonville, Iowa

 



Violet I. Gratton


Violet I. Gratton, 98, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care (Dubuque Rehab).

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, with Rev. Thomas C. Shinkle officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24th, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Violet was born September 5, 1917 in McGregor, Iowa, daughter of Jessie and Martha (Place) Snyder. She married Clinton Finney in 1936; he died in 1962. She married Arnold Starkey Aug. 28, 1965; he died Oct. 28, 1975. She married Clarence Gratton, Jan. 8, 1977; he died Feb. 21, 1994.

She was employed at Dubuque Savings and Loan Company and at First National Bank both in Dubuque.

She was a member of Grand View United Methodist Church, the Dubuque WA-TAN-YE Club; and TOPS. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, knitting and spending time with family and friends was most important.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Kazuko Finney; granddaughter, Ann Finney; step-children, Craig Starkey, Donna (Bill) Barrett, Curt (Penny) Starkey, Wayne (Donna) Gratton, and Sharon (Clarence) Faust; step-grandchildren, Kim Starkey (Jeff Jonker), Matt (Jennifer) Carter, Hilary (Eric) Ballew, Byron Starkey, Linda Gratton (Chris Ziegenfus), Nancy Gratton (Ken Kircher), Peggy (Mike) McCaffery, Karen (Russel) Arlen, Steve Gratton, Craig (Sylvia) Faust, Mark (Kathy) Faust, Jeff (Michelle) Faust; Ken Faust; and many great and great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Clifton "Don" Finney, who died Dec. 27, 2007; her parents; two brothers, Don and Lyle Snyder, three sisters, Dorothy (Ted) Cornwell, Lila (Howard) Freeman and Eleanor (Don) Coohey; a son-in-law, Jerry Carter, a daughter-in-law, Jill Starkey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand View Methodist Church, the Dubuque Humane Society, or Dubuque Specialty Care.

A special thank you to special nieces, Judi Lynch, Janyce Rawson, Deb Holub and Donna McAllister, and special friends, Paula Starkey and Delores Morley.

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



Beverly W. Emary


Beverly W. Emary, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Silvercrest Garner Assisted Living, Davenport, Iowa. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. There will be no public funeral service. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly was born on April 22, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Jessie VanGrud. She received her education in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines North High School and Broadlawns School of Nursing. She was employed by the State of Iowa, Department of Health and Department of Public Safety. She later became a medical assistant for Dr. D. Walter. On November 23, 1963, Beverly became the beloved wife of Warren F. Emary, the two walked in each other's shadow for 41 years. In 1965, they moved to Dubuque where Beverly worked as a care giver at Luther Manor. After Warren's retirement in 1988, they enjoyed traveling, going south during the winter months and spending time at the casinos. Beverly took great pride in all her children and their accomplishments.

Surviving are her children, Jacklynn (Darrell) Draper of Davenport, IA; Dean Emary of Indianola, IA and Penney Smith of Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Warren; her daughter Patsy, her great grandson Christopher and a half sister Lillian.

The family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity in Beverly's name.



Fredrick F. Felton


Fredrick F. Felton, 79, of Cascade, Iowa, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Fred may call from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Fred will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 22, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with Flag presentation by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born July 16, 1936 in Temple Hill, Iowa, son of John F. and Mary (O'Connell) Felton. He received his education in the rural Cascade schools. On June 7, 1960 he was united in marriage to Agnes Foxen at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He owned and operated Fred Felton Plaster and Masonary until his retirement.

Fred was a loving and devoted father. He was a classic car enthusiast, his favorite being the 1958 Chevy Belair.
He was a member of the Iowa National Guard, serving from 1959-1965.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Felton of Cascade, Iowa; three children, Linda Felton of Independence, IA, Wayne Felton and Allen Felton both of Cascade, IA; a sister, Jane Felton of Dubuque, IA, 3 brothers, Loras Felton of Ely, IA, Robert Felton of Anamosa, IA and Mark (Kim) Felton of Cascade, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William J. Felton.

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



John W. Wiley


John William Wiley, 79, of Greeley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  He was born on January 26, 1937, in rural Greeley, the son of Charles and Edna (Harris) Wiley.  John graduated from Greeley High School with the class of 1955. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. 

On July 8, 1961, John was united in marriage to Mary Kathleen "Kate" Loecke at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley. Eleven children were born to this union. John and Kate farmed together outside of Greeley.

John was a 26 year member of the Greeley Fire Department and served as chief for many years. He was very instrumental in getting training and new equipment for the members of the department. He started the First Responders Program in Greeley. John was a 50 year member of the Edgewood American Legion. He was a long time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley and was a current member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.

Survivors include five daughters, Barb (George) Bockenstedt of Center Point, Karen (Allan) Wielert of Iowa City, Donna Phipps of New London, Beth Wiley of Eldridge, and Jill (Sean) Olson of Alexandria, Virginia; three sons, Mark (Linda) Wiley of Manchester, Nick (Lori) Wiley of Denver, Iowa, and Dave (Barbara) Wiley of Huber Heights, Ohio; one son-in-law, Wayne (DeeAnn) McGlaughlin of Monona; 19 grandchildren, Jessica Manken, Greg Bockenstedt, Kayla Wiley, Jennifer Wiley, Sophie Wiley, Nathan McGlaughlin, Hope McGlaughlin, Grace Wielert, Morgan Olson, Isaac Olson, Hadley Olson, Jennifer Feldmann, Chris Feldmann, Gabriel Feldmann, John Feldmann, Theresa Feldmann, Tresa Hargrave, Brady Klein, and Marcy Klein; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Frank (Lois) Wiley of Tucson, Arizona.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kate, in 2002; and three daughters, Joan Wiley-McGlaughlin, and Susan and Pamela Wiley, in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Greeley Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 22, 2016, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Edgewood, Iowa. Officiating: Rev. John Haugen

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery - Greeley, Iowa

 



Gary R. Betts


Gary Robert Betts, Age 62 of 6393 Asbury Road, Asbury, IA formerly of Orlando, FL, originally from Dubuque, IA has gained his wings on February 15, 2016.

Services for Gary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road all family and friends are welcome to gather after 3:00 p.m. for visitation.

Gary was welcomed into the Betts Family on December 1, 1953. He went on in life to enjoy his childhood, caused ruckus with his siblings, do things kids do. He went on to Graduate from Hempstead Senior High School in 1972, enjoying life with his dearest family and friends. He had a few career choices from working at John Deere, The Dyersville Country Club, to owning his own bar with his Uncle Tom call T.G's/Nubb's. His lifelong career and passion was in Real Estate. He loved helping people find their dream home. Gary's absolute favorite sport and hobby was golf. He loved it; every aspect about it. Even after becoming visually impaired, Gary managed to hit a hole in one at the Meadow's Golf Course in Asbury. Sunshine or not, it didn't stop him from hitting the green. Gary was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend. He was one of those sarcastic, funny guys that always managed to make you smile and laugh whenever you were with him. He loved and cherished spending time with his family, especially his mom, nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews. The little ones would make his whole day. He was his father's son, not only did he look like "The Great Bob Betts", he was a Cub's fan (when they were winning) as well as a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Robert V. Betts, Paternal Grandparents; Victor and Patricia Ann, Maternal Grandparents; Joseph and Marie (Savary) Bahl; Maternal Step Grandmother; Marie (Spahn) Bahl, Paternal Uncle; Billy Betts, Paternal Aunt Patricia Ann Nicksic, and Maternal Aunts; Janet (Bahl) Dupont, Susan (Bahl) Wilson.

He is survived by his mother, Joanita (Bahl) Betts; 2 Sisters; Deborah (Bill Dean) Betts of Durango, IA; Denise (Dan) Elston of Rockford, IL, 3 Brothers; Donald (Deborah) Betts of Orlando, FL; Michael (Patricia) Betts of Dubuque, IA; Patrick Betts of Dubuque, IA; 7 nieces & nephews; Jessica, Sean (Allie), Ryan, Tyler, Emma, Nick, Brianna; 4 great nieces and nephews; Giavanna, Jo'Syah, Olivia, and Rhiley. Gary loved the little ones dearly.

The Betts Family would like to say a special "Thank You" to Gary's great friends, Greg and Nancy Adams. You've helped us out tremendously since Gary's illness and we couldn't be more thankful. You'll never be forgotten Nubbs. Our memories of you will keep on keeping on!

"Gary probably wouldn't give you the shirt off of his back, but he'd sure tell you where to get one!"

"We never touch people so lightly, that we do not leave a trace."



Janette E. Dunne


Janette E. Dunne, 92, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 20 at The Church of the Nativity, where friends may call from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janette was born on January 3, 1924 in Holy Cross, the daughter of John and Florence (Roe) Heiderscheit. She married Donald J. Dunne on April 25, 1945 in Dubuque; he preceded her in death on April 23, 2008.

Janette was a faithful member of Nativity Catholic Church and had a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother, praying the rosary daily. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing Bingo and music. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Wernimont of Dubuque and Rose (Jesse) Mulvaney of Cedar Rapids; son, Steve (fiancé Patti) Dunne of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Angie Johnston, Don (Elizabeth) Splinter, Molly (Fadi) Yacoub, Matt (Sara) Mulvaney, Kelly (fiancé Sean Palmer) Mulvaney, Zachary and Meggan Dunne, Steve and Sarah Kutsch; 12 great-grandchildren, Jenna and Caitlin Szczpta, Caleb and Cameron Splinter, John, Marie, Eva and George Yacoub, Brody DeNeve, Gracie and Cole Dunne and Madelyn Mulvaney;2 sisters, Rosemary Winner and Hazel Schend; and one brother, Leonard Heiderscheit.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Don, an infant son, Bernard, daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jim Kutsch; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine (Lanie) and Ken Johnston, son-in-law, Paul Wernimont; 6 sisters, Agnes Klaas, Dorothy Crawford, her twin, Julia Simon, Clara Dolter, Norma Wagner, and Virginia Saylor; 5 brothers, John, Frank, Leo, Harold and Charlie Heiderscheit.

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

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

In lieu of flowers a Janette E. Dunne memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care.

Thank you God for blessing our family beyond compare. It is an honor to be her children and grandchildren.



John T. Kalb


John T. "Jack" Kalb, 87, of Dubuque died Monday, February 15, 2016, peacefully in his sleep.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 20, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a 7 p.m. parish wake service.

Jack was born on December 7, 1928, in Dubuque, son of Bert P. and Mary E. "Mamie" (Kolfenbach) Kalb. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and Loras College in Dubuque. After college, Jack was stationed in Germany, where he proudly served in the U.S. Army. Upon returning from his military service, Jack worked with his dad, Bert P., and his brother Richard J., at the family business, Universal Motors, where they sold Ford automobiles. Jack married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Schiltz on August 29, 1953. Together, they raised eight children. After his dad passed, Jack worked for A.Y. McDonald Mfg., until he retired.

In 1960, Jack bought a lot in Bellevue, on the bank of the Mississippi River, and built a cottage with his own hands. He enjoyed and shared his cottage with his family for more than five decades. He especially enjoyed visiting with the neighbors, "burning meat on the grill" for his family, and watching boat traffic on the river.

Jack also enjoyed listening to Lawrence Welk and watching Hawkeye football and basketball games with his wife of 60 years, helping family members with home improvement projects, and assembling scrap books of his extended families. Jack was a generous man. He shared his time, talent and treasure with those he loved.

Jack is survived by his eight children, Margie (John) Fisher, of Coralville, IA, John (Deb) Kalb, of Dubuque, Carolyn (Bruce) Braley, of Golden, CO, Jean Kalb, of Bettendorf, IA, Robert (Carol) Kalb, of Dubuque, Elizabeth Kalb, of Dubuque, Steve (Sharon) Kalb, of Johnston, IA, and Janet (Jeff) Kamentz, of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Jack is also survived by his sister, Sister Marie Therese Kalb, OSF, of Dubuque, his brother Dr. Thomas J. Kalb, of Young America, MN, two sisters-in-law, Mildred J. Kalb and Bernadine E. Kalb of Dubuque, and a brother-in-law, James H. Schiltz of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Kalb, his parents Bert P. and Mamie Kalb, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Irene (Bitter) Schiltz, five brothers: Rev. Bertram J. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Dr. A.J. Kalb, Rev. Howard E. Kalb, S.J and Richard J. Kalb, and two sisters-in-law, Dolores M. Kalb and Dolores M. Schiltz.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Cindy from Hospice of Dubuque, for the care and support they provided over the past two years.



James L. McMahon


James L. "Jim" McMahon Jr., 82, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 22 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate, with Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Jim was born February 10, 1934 in Farley, the son of James L. "Roy" and Agnes E. (Dolan) McMahon. He served his country with the U.S. Army in the 11th Armored Calvary-309th Engineers and was stationed in Germany for 2 years. He married Mary Elizabeth Hoppman on June 9, 1955 at St. Jospeh Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI. She preceded him in death on April 28, 1996.

Jim graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville, and went on to graduate from Bayless Business College and Loras College. He was employed at Sears Roebuck Company in Dubuque for 20 years, in sales for Knights of Columbus Insurance and Life U.S.A Insurance, and was the owner of McMahon Real Estate Rentals.

Jim was 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus in Bellevue and LaMotte. He was Past President of the Nativity Booster Club and Dubuque Association of Life Underwriters, and was Past Financial Chairman at Nativity. He was a life supporter of Ducks Unlimited, and a member of Pheasants Forever and Mississippi Walleye Club.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. He could identify many plants in the forest, and enjoyed taking walks and visiting the Lock & Dam to watch the barges pass through. He loved all animals, especially his "granddogs". He was devoted to his family, and will be deeply missed.

Jim is survived by one son, Daniel "Mac" McMahon of Dubuque, Colleen "Kelly" (Jeff) Bonsack of LaCrosse,WI, Sheila (Rich) Rugg of Sparta, WI, and Ann (Mike) Felderman of Dubuque; grandchildren, Hannah Rose, Jacob, and Nicholas McMahon, William and Rachel Sass, Cassey and Jesse Bonsack, Melanie, Mary, and Charlie Rugg, and Brittani, Alex, and Kyle Felderman; great grandchildren James, Eli, and Wyatt; his special friend, Mary Fitzgerald of Janesville, WI; and two sisters in law, Myrtle Busch of Cuba City, WI and Ellen (Larry) Frieburger of East Dubuque, IL.

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

Memorials may be made to the James L. McMahon Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate; Dr. Ward, Dr. Arnz, and Dr. Rambadran, for their excellent care of Jim.

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



Eleanor Pfiffner


Eleanor Pfiffner, 106, lived in the same house on Kaufmann Ave. since 1936. She never owned a car, but was always going to move to a better place- and she finally did on Sunday, February 14, 2016 when she went to join her husband in Heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of which she was a lifelong member. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Eleanor was born August 21, 1909 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anthony and Rose (Meggenberg) Strohmeyer. She married Conrad "Cony" Pfiffner on March 18, 1931 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1986.

Eleanor was employed at J.P. Smith's Shoe Factory in the 1940's. She made sure to work the polls at every election. Eleanor made the most of her long life, bowling well into her 90's. She was a lifelong Cubs fan. Eleanor was the life of every party, and she loved to sing and dance. She had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Tom (Irma) Pfiffner of Dubuque, Jerry (Darlene "Mert") Pfiffner of Laguna Beach, CA, Carol Hannan of Dubuque, Connie Pfiffner of Oak Park, IL, and Mary Kay (Don) Sisler of Dubuque; grandchildren, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Gogel, Thomas (Sheila) Pfiffner, Christian Pfiffner, Rachel (Scott) Olson, Mark Pfiffner, Paula (Brad) Mason, Stacey (Kerry) Erickson, Amy (Jamie) Downey, Bridget (Steve) Foley, Katie Hannan, Tessa Anwar, Sarah Sisler, Mark (Melissa) Sisler, Laura (Frank) Ahlbach, and Jake Sisler; 14 great grandchildren, David, Max, Robert, Grace, Bennett, Grant, Reed, Keith, Michael, Daniel, Samantha, William, Emeline, and Ellanor; her siblings, Robert "Pete" (Hazel) Strohmeyer, John "Jack" Strohmeyer, Arlene "Kate" Dawson, and Richard "Dick" Strohmeyer; a sister-in-law, Evie Strohmeyer; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Bill Hannan and Keith Anwar; a grandson-in-law Peter Lawless; siblings, Eldon "Ex" (Grace), Donald (Marge), Anthony "Knute", La Verne "Bill" (Rita), Gladys (Leo) Henkels, Leah (Leo)Stoffel, Jean (Karl) Schueller, and two brothers in childhood; two sisters in law, Rose and Opal Strohmeyer; and a brother-in-law Mike Dawson. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Stacey, Eleanor's caretaker Tiyah, and all her family and friends who took the time to come and visit and cheer Eleanor up.

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



Harold E. Collister


Harold E. Collister, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 19, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Harold Edward Collister was born on August 19, 1930 in Delmar, Iowa, to Edward Theodore and Bernice Irene (Frosch) Collister. He attended Delmar Schools and then helped his dad on the farm prior to entering the military. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned home and met his future wife, Sandra Joy Evans. They were married on July 4, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa, and to this union three children were born: Lori Anne, Louise Ellen and Charles Edward.

Harold had a long career in the manufacturing industry, first working on the assembly line at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa from 1956 to 1965, and then as a press operator with French & Hecht in Davenport from 1965 until retiring in 1993.

Harold was a collector of many items and enjoyed woodworking, macramé, fishing, mushroom hunting, and fixing and repairing almost anything.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Sandra Collister of Maquoketa, IA; children, Lori Anne Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, Louise Ellen (Bob) Orlosky of Maquoketa, IA, Charles Edward "Chuck" (Jennifer) Collister of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, Josh (Brooke) Collister, Wesley Collister, Abby (Ryan) Oftedahl, Cassie (Riley) Seaman, Zachary Collister, Ashley (A.J.) Schmidt and Evan (Eleni) Collister; and 5 great-grandchildren, Addy, Emma, Audrina and Sadie Seaman, and Emma Oftedahl. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jerry Lee Collister, sisters Evelyn Lange and Gladys Carr, and a great-grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold E. Collister memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



Louise D. Vaske


Louise D. "Lou" Vaske, 95, of Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, entered into eternal life Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Louise may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a CDA Rosary will be recited a at 4:30 p.m., the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 5:00 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Louise will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016 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.
Lou was born July 1, 1920 on the family farm in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Anna (Maiers) Stronck. She attended school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Luxemburg, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Joseph O. Vaske on January 27, 1942 in Luxemburg, Iowa. She was a dedicated farm wife and homemaker. Together Joe and Lou farmed southwest of Farley, Iowa for over 40 years and were blessed with six children. In 2011 Lou moved to Eagle Pointe Place in Dubuque and then to Hawkeye Care Center in July 2015. Lou was deeply committed to her faith and was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley. She had been a member of the Catholic Daughters of the America's Presentation Court #1460 of Farley for more than 57 years.

Lou was very involved in her community and she volunteered at the Dyersville Doll House Museum in Dyersville for many years. She also taught CCD for special needs children. She belonged to the St. Joseph's Resurrection Choir and was active in the CEW community.
Lou was first and foremost a homemaker who was an excellent cook and baker. She was well known for her famous chocolate chip cookies. Everyone was always welcome in her home and no one ever left hungry. She enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens. Lou was also a wonderful seamstress making many garments for herself and her family even making all the girls prom and homecoming dresses. She also loved to crochet and quilt and made many beautiful quilts and afghans. Joe and Lou enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, dancing, and playing cards but her greatest joy was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Each child held a special place in her heart. Over the years she reached out to so many with cards, phone calls, and prayers in her very own ministry of caring. Lou kept an active on going prayer list. Many "care packages" were delivered to those who were sick, homebound, elderly or just lonely.

Lou was the oldest living relative of the Vaske-Stronck families and treasured seeing her nieces and nephews and their families. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, Mary (Rick) Rauen of Farley, IA, Linda (Bob) Sigwarth of Dubuque, IA, Joe (Diane) Vaske of Freeport, IL, Jim (Karin) Vaske of Inver Grove Heights, MN, and her sons-in-law, Dennis Recker of Dyersville, IA and Jack Banwarth of Dubuque, IA; her 19 grandchildren, Jeff Recker,Randy Recker, Abby( Andrew) Smith, Brad Banwarth, Adam (Sarah) Banwarth, Stacey Rauen, Aaron (Shelli) Rauen, Jared (Tammy) Sigwarth, Rachel (Jason) Taylor, Ben (Mary Ella) Sigwarth, Brenda (Mark) Durein, Carla (Ryan) Heuer, Laura Vaske, Joseph Vaske, Rachel (Zachary) Santonil, Peter Vaske, Theresa Vaske, Emma Vaske, John Vaske; her 22 great grandchildren and 4 on the way; and one great great grandchild; and her many nieces and nephews.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Vaske on June 20, 1986; her daughters, Kay Banwarth on Dec. 6, 2003 and JoAnn Recker on March 10, 2014; brothers, John Stronck, Clarence Stronck, Gerald (Ruth) Stronck, and Paul Donald in infancy; and sisters, Viola (Al) Schaul and Virgie (Bernie) Kass; brothers and sisters-in-law, Victor (Lucille) Vaske, Bernard (Bernadine) Vaske, Norbert Vaske, and Lorraine Vaske.

A Louise Vaske memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family would like to thank St. Joseph's Farley Pastoral Care, Eagle Pointe Place, Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice, and Drs. Tom and Chris Sinsky, Tara Brock, and Ramabodran for their compassionate care.



Janice A. Hilby


Janice A. "Henri" Hilby, 71, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a private scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jan was born on January 18, 1945 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of Louis and Lorraine (Kaufmann) Hendricks.  She was united in marriage to Kenneth V. Hilby on June 25, 1966 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1963. Jan was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, a founding member of the Mother's Club, a member of the Menominee Athletic Club and started the Girls Softball League, which she coached with much enthusiasm.

She was always involved with her grandchildren's activities where Jan was the loudest supporter and cheerleader.  Jan was an active member of the Monday night bowling league and the yearly "bowling trips" which she and Ken enjoyed.

Jan was employed by Country Companies Insurance in Galena for almost 28 years.

Surviving is her husband Kenneth V. Hilby, four children, Ann (Dan) Welp of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Becky) Hilby of Galena, IL, Julie (Patrick) Ketchum of Springfield, IL and Sara (Jason) of Skokie, IL; ten grandchildren, Brian & Jenna Welp, Paige, Payton, Erin and Taylor Hilby, Riann, Eric and Hannah Ketchum and Olivia Hilby; her siblings, Noreen (Tom) Larson of Dubuque, IA, Nancy (Dave) Brauhn of Robbins, IA, Mary Lou (Bob) Johanningmeier and a sister-in-law Patti Hendricks all Dubuque, many nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Rosetta (Wayne) Arand of Stillman Valley, IL, Cletus & Lois Hilby of Menominee, IL; Eileen Hilby of East Dubuque, IL, Rita (Louis) Berning and Lorraine Wills both of Hazel Green, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ron, in-laws, Viola (Bob) Scharpf, Merlin Hilby, LaVerne Wills and a nephew Dennis Berning and great-nephew Nick Hilby who were recently deceased.

Ken and family wish to give special thanks to the staff at Mercy Medical Center ICU, 3-West and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their wife and mother.

Jan was the recipient of a kidney transplant and would encourage everyone to be an organ donor.

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

 

 



Mary N. Shireman


Mary N. Shireman, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:57 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. There will be a rosary said at the Church of the Nativity on Saturday prior to the time of services. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Agatha (Devaney) Ede.

Mary was united in marriage to Norman J. Shireman on May 16, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. They were blessed with 27 wonderful years together and had 6 beautiful children before Norman was called home in September of 1980. During her lifetime, Mary devoted her working time and talents at the Battery Factory, the Butter Company and finally at St. Dominic Villa until her eventual retirement in 2012 at the age of 77. In her free time, Mary enjoyed going out to eat on Tuesday afternoons, and indulging in hours of good hands of Euchre, with her friends in the Widows and Widowers Group. She also enjoyed playing Bingo on Thursday evenings with her friends at the Salvation Army. Mary's greatest joy in this world though would definitely be said to be the precious moments she spent with her family. She always placed her loved one's needs before her own; and for this gracious and generous gift and example, they will all be eternally grateful. Mary will be fondly remembered for her loving nature and caring personality and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is now, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Norman and is resting safely in her heavenly estate.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include,

her children,
Gregory Shireman,
Christine Shireman,
Ricky Shireman,
Theresa Shireman,
Karen (Jeffrey) Hopkins
and Martin Shireman, all of Dubuque, IA;

12 grandchildren,
Jeremy (Khieeda) Shireman, Zachary (Courtney) Shireman, Benjamin (Natalie) Shireman, Frederick (Paula) McGovern Jr., Robin (Richard) Cockrell Jr., Chandra (David) Dimmer, Timothy John "TJ" (Gretchin Broach) Shireman , Samantha Jo Shireman, Krystle (Austin) Prescott, Justin (Meghan Scovel) Curler, Mary Pennington and Austin Williams;

27 great-grandchildren;

a great great-grandson,
Greyson;

her siblings,
Bonita LaBee
and Allen (MaryJo Trentz) Ede, both of Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Gloria Ede, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Norman Shireman; and her siblings, Rev. Alfred Juan Ede, Edwin Ede, Giles (Ginny) Ede, an infant brother, Martin and an infant sister, Ann.

A Mary N. Shireman memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Karen at Nativity, Dr. Schreiber, Dr. Ramababran, Dr. Engelman, Dr. Ringold, and the nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital and ManorCare for all of the loving care they have provided not only to Mary, but to the family as well.

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

 



Charles J. Neuhaus


Charles J. "Chuck" Neuhaus, 66, of Farley, Iowa and formerly of Earlville, Iowa, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Charles may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where awake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. , the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 6:45 p.m., and at the Farley American Legion Service will be at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 18, 2016 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.

Charles was born December 29, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LaVerne and Marie (Kaiser) Neuhaus. He received his education at St. Joseph's Grade School, was a graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School and also attended Kirkwood Community College. On November 27, 1982 he was united in marriage to Mary L. Dolan at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He was employed with the Rural Electric Company "REC" for 37 ½ years.

He enjoyed being a Legion member, camping trips with his family and friends and especially enjoyed watching his two girls grow into beautiful women.

He is an Air Force veteran having served from 1972-1976, he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base as a Staff Sergeant.

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, and at the Farley American Legion Post #656 for which he served as past Commander, past Vice Commander, past Sergeant of Arms membership chairman, past Dubuque County Adjuant and past County Commander.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Neuhaus of Farley, IA; two daughters, Beth "Elizabeth" Neuhaus of Farley, IA and Anna Neuhaus of Dubuque, IA; his mother, Marie Neuhaus of Manchester, IA; six siblings, Margie (Randy) Collins of Des Moines, IA, Joyce Neuhaus of Manchester, IA, Loras Neuhaus of Quasqueton, IA, Susie (Bill) Stock of Greely, IA, Wanda (Joe) Bolsinger of Greely, IA and Karen (Roy) Davis of Marengo, IA.

He is preceded in death by his father, LaVerne Neuhaus on June 12, 2003.

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

Per Charles wishes he was an organ donor, 50 people will benefit from his generosity.



Jody Jo Welsh


Jody Jo Welsh, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 4, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. On Sunday, February 21st, 2016 a visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Jody Jo was born December 12, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerold "Huck" and Millie (Schromen) Stierman. She married William H. "Bill" Welsh.

When Jody's children were young she was a stay at home mom and also cared for a number of lucky children through out the years. She worked as a bartender at Happy's Place and the Airline Inn. She was known to many as the "cookie lady" as her baking skills were cherished by many.

Jody was one of the founders of the "Yaya Sisterhood of the Full Moon Floozies". This was a monthly meeting at Miller Park where good friends gathered to watch the full moon come over the river with good company. She was a proud member of TOPS for Women.

She is survived by her husband Bill Welsh, of Dubuque; her son, Billy (Lori) Welsh; two daughters, Katie (Kyle) Hensley and Paula Welsh all of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren, Toby "Tobylicious", Hannah, Gabby, and Sam Welsh, and Kylee Mills (Bonus granddaughter). Two sisters, Pam Willey of La Motte, IA, Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman of La Motte, IA; three brothers, Dennis Stierman of Dubuque, IA, Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, FL, Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque, IA; brothers-in-law Joe (Joy) Welsh, Kansas City, Mo, and Jim Welsh, San Jose, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law Rick Willey, a sister Wendy Stierman, mother-in-law, Margie Welsh, father-in-law, Glenn Welsh, and her beloved Great Aunt Eleanor.

Jody battled a brave fight against brain cancer for 8 years through faith, family, good friends, a sense of humor and amazing doctors. Her family would like to thank her "University of Iowa Dream team of Doctors", as well as Dr. Kristin Nelson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Stonehill Nursing and Rehab. They would also like to thank the employers of their children for their kind support throughout their mother's brave fight; Cottingham and Butler, McGraw Hill, and Bethany Home.



Norma L. Petsche


Norma L. Petsche, 89, of Dyersville, died Monday, February 15, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 18, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Norma was born December 22, 1926, the daughter of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. She married Lavern F. Petsche on August 17, 1946, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Together Norma and Lavern farmed near Clayton until they moved to Dubuque, where she worked at Dubuque Stamping Company. In 1957, they moved to a farm near Holy Cross and she was a waitress at the Avalon Supper Club. They moved to Dyersville in 1971 she worked at Ertl's Toy Factory until her retirement in 1989.

After her retirement she enjoyed her time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her hobbies included quilting, bowling, bingo, cards and Wii bowling at Oakcrest.

She is survived by her 4 children: Duane (Sharon) Petsche of DeWitt, Kay (fiancé Christopher Knauer) Herman of Dubuque, Mary (Doug) Jones of Shueyville, Karen (Carl) Bries of Luxemburg; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, her siblings: John (Ruth) Jaeger of Manchester, Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport, sister- in-law, Bernice Blunk of Garnavillo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lavern on May 24, 2015, 2 sons-in-law, Hugo Oberbroeckling and Fred Herman, great granddaughter, Jazlyn Petsche, her siblings, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Joan (George) Helle, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel, William (Mary Ann) Jaeger, Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger, Verni Blunk, 3 brothers- in- law: Ted (Mildred) Petsche, Lawrence (Leola) Petsche, and Donald Petsche

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakcrest Manor for the wonderful care of their mom for the last 3 years.

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



Ann Marie Sanchez-Philip


Ann Marie (McGovern) Sanchez-Philip, age 65, of Kennewick, WA., was called home on January 12, 2016, after battling ALS since the summer of 2014. To honor Ann's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ann's life, family and friends may visit from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p..m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ann was born on August 5, 1950, in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Jane (Bierie) McGovern.

Ann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation she eagerly took to the skies as a stewardess with American Airlines. After traveling the world, she decided to make her new home in the Tri-Cities area in Washington. Ann worked with Allstate Insurance for many years before relocating her time and talents to the United Way. For ten years Ann honorably served as President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was also director of alumni services for the UW-Platteville. For three years, Ann was the development coordinator for the WSUTC. As division director for the Tri-City's March of Dimes, Ann was honored to have raised over 2.5 million dollars during her endeavor. Before she was forced to retire due to her ALS diagnosis; she also worked with the Girl Scouts of EWash and NIdaho as head of program development.

Ann graciously served on a plethora of boards and associations. She was also very proud to be a founding member of Desert Sun Guild, which generously supports the Seattle Children's Hospital. She was also a fun hearted super-model for TCM and was well-known to own the runway with a brooding stare or a sunshine smile.

But her most lasting mark on the world is her beloved grandson, Nathan Suarez. Having raised him since infancy, Nathan is the true love and the ultimate success in her life. She found great joy in participating in his activities and blessed with the opportunity to be a solid role-model for him. Ann had the forethought to secure his future by sending him to Iowa to live with her nephew, Todd (Candace) Dalsing, who have gratefully accepted him with loving and open arms.

Ann faced life with a smile and optimism even while outliving her first husband, Bob Sanchez, and her second husband, Jim Philip.

Those left to cherish Ann's memory include
her daughter,
Lisa Sanchez, Kennewick, WA;

her grandson,
Nathan Saurez, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Sara Dalsing, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Dixie) McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Jane) McGovern, Baraboo, WI
and Joe McGovern, Waterloo, IA;

several nieces and nephews,
Megan (Paul) Dalsing-Horstman, Dubuque, IA,
Todd (Candace) Dalsing, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Heather) Jungblut, Dubuque, IA,
Amy McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Shane (Kate) McGovern, Des Moines, IA
and Chris (Sarah) McGovern, Cedar Falls, IA.

Ann is also survived by the enormous volume of friends that have become her family over time. Because of the genuinely kind and loving person Ann was, she was equally loved by so many. To some, Ann was a pillar of the community, but to so many more, she was the kind of friend we can only hope to be. Her presence, spirit and true joy will leave a lasting impression on us all.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Edward Dalsing.

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

 



Rita Schiltz


Rita Schiltz, 92 of Dubuque passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016 at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rita was born on January 24, 1924 in Dubuque the daughter of Charles and Clara (Zemanek) Hughes. She married Lewis J. Schiltz on January 31, 1945 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on December 4, 1994.

She is survived by her two daughters Marna (Jon) Roth, and Mary (Dan) McAuliffe both of Dubuque, a son Thomas (Mary Helen) Schiltz of Clive, IA, nine grandchildren Luke Roth, Morgan Roth, Pat (Tara) McAuliffe, Benjamin (Hayley Baker) McAuliffe, Matthew (Sarah) Schiltz, Audrey (Kevin) MacFerrin, Allison Schiltz, Anna Schiltz, and Christina (Matthew) Jesburg, eight great grandchildren and a sister Stella Rosauer of Anthon, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Loran in 2006, two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope, Dubuque Speciality Care, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital especially Bekah in the ER and Molly, Jill and LuAnn in ICU for all their care and support.



Lois J. Hungerford


Lois J. Hungerford, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery at a later date.

Lois was born on February 23, 1930, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the daughter of James and Mary H. (Reeson) Buckingham. She married William Hungerford on May 7, 1994. Lois owned and operated "Lois's Place" in Shullsburg. After retirement she moved to Florida for several years. When her husband died she returned to the Cuba City area. Lois loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rakow, of Shullsburg; a son, Larry (Kija) Prine, of Ruckersville, Virginia; a sister, Alice Heim, of Friendship, Wisconsin; a brother, Edgar Buckingham, of Dodgeville; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Oberg; a son, Ronald Prine; a grandson, Tim Prine; a brother, Harland Buckingham; and a son-in-law, Johnny Rakow.

The family would like to thank Epione Pavilion for the love and care they gave to their mother during her stay there.

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



John J. Kirsch


John J. Kirsch, 88, of Dyersville died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after a long illness.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary of Christian Hope will be recited at 5:30 and an American Legion /V.F.W. Service will be held at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and military honors will be accorded by the Edward W. Lake V.F.W Post 7736 and American Legion Post 137.

John was born March 26, 1927, in Worthington, IA the son of John and Mary (Burlage) Kirsch.  He graduated from St. Paul High School and enlisted in the Navy where he was on a ship bound for Japan as the War ended.  He married Grace Bockenstedt on January 29, 1952, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.  He worked for General Telephone for over 40 years, and served as Mayor of Dyersville for 6 years in the early 1980's.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; his children: Jane "Selena" Omega of Colorado Springs, CO, Carmen Burns of Cedar Rapids, Dave (Judy) of Dyersville, Linda (Dan Snyder) Kirsch of Anamosa, Charlie (Teresa) of Chesterfield, VA, and Nick Kirsch of Cedar Rapids, Rob (Tiffany) Kirsch of West Des Moines, IA; 12 grandchildren: Angie and John Purnell, Kerri Kramer, Brian Kirsch and Krista Kirsch, Dirk and Emma Snyder, Sammy Kirsch, Allie and Derek Kirsch, Gavin and Brynn Kirsch; 3 great grandchildren: Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer; 3 sisters-in-law: Alice, Dula and Virgene Bockenstedt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Grant Henry Kirsch, 9 brothers and sisters; 4 brothers-in-law and 1 sister-in-law.

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

 

 



Evelyn A. Henry


Evelyn A. "Evie" Henry, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, the same day as her brother William Burdt Sr., at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Evie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Evie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Evelyn was born on August 23, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Helen (Cushing) Burdt.

Evie was united in marriage to James Henry on February 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed almost 62 wonderful years together and were blessed with eight precious children. Evie was a full time and devoted wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride and joy in caring for and nurturing her family. Evie also spent time outside her home sharing her time and talents at Walsh's, Econo Foods and Eagle Point Park. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. In her younger years Evie enjoyed camping, bowling and a good game of cards with family and friends. Evie has touched many lives throughout her 79 years here with us and her memory will be carried on for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Evie's memory include,

her loving husband of 61 years,
James "Jim" Henry, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Debbie (James) Kretz, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Jennifer (Cory) Meehan, Justin (Stacy) Kretz, Mindy (Willy) Boe, Megan (Brad Schalow) Popenhagen, Robert (Jennifer) Popenhagen, Nichole (Cory) Strom, Toni (Leslie Penoyer) Henry, Maggie Brenner, Joshua Dominy, Tyler Dominy, Dejarae Dominy, Anthony Kasparec, Heather Thill, Toby (Tabitha Pitz) Hicks, Kelsey (Jayme) Breitbach, Jordan Rapp, Anna Bruxvoort, Nora Bruxvoort and Jonah Bruxvoort;

34 great-grandchildren;

her sisters,
Donna Burdt,
and Kathleen "Cas" Kluesner, both of Dubuque, IA;

and her sister-in-laws,
Ruth Burdt,
and Rosemary Grothe, both of Dubuque, IA.

Evie was preceded in death by her parents; a son Michael in infancy; a great-grandson, Collin Barton; three brothers, James (Mary) Burdt Sr., Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T. and William Burdt Sr.; and brother-in-laws, Dale Kluesner and William Grothe.

An Evelyn A. "Evie" Henry memorial fund has been established.

Evie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care.

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

 



William F. Burdt Sr.


William F. "Bill" Burdt Sr., age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:12 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, the same day as his sister Evie Henry, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bill's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Bill's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

William was born on October 16, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Herman and Helen (Cushing) Burdt.

Bill was united in marriage to Ruth Feldman on December 26, 1952, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with 63 years together and eight children. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was employed by John Deere for 32 years. Bill's greatest pride and joy were his children. His happiest times were shared with his boys in his garage. Bill's legacy will live on in the skills he instilled in his sons. Bill was an avid woodworker and each of his grandchildren and great grandchildren is the proud recipient of one of his handcrafted wooden toys.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include,

his loving wife of 63 years,
Ruth Burdt, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cindy (Mark Wirth) White, Dubuque, IA,
William (Janet El Khatib) Burdt Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Cindy) Burdt, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Jim) Karrmann, Madison, WI,
Linda (Scott) Massengill, Summit, NJ,
Michael (Kendyll) Burdt, Denver, CO,
Dr. Mark (Julie) Burdt, Ankeny, IA
and Michelle (Victor) Cruz, Sheboygan Falls, WI;

18 grandchildren;
Joseph Burdt Jr., Anthony (Jennifer) White, Brian (Kristen) Burdt, Lindsey Tschiggfrie, Greg (Lauren) Burdt, Jeremy (Bethany) Burdt, Sarah (Jeff) Wilczewski, Ashley Karrmann, Danielle Burdt, Lauren Burdt, Makenzie Burdt, Madison Burdt, Erin Burdt, Carter Massengill, Kayleigh Massengill, Mallory Burdt, Mateo Cruz and Makena Cruz;

5 great grandchildren with two more expected;
Lily Tschiggfrie, Dempsey White, Evalena Tschiggfrie, Van White and Peyton Wilczewski;

his sisters,
Donna Burdt, Dubuque, IA
and Kathleen "Cas" Kluesner, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
James Henry, Dubuque, IA.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James (Mary) Burdt and Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T.; a sister, Evelyn Henry; a daughter-in-law, Teri Burdt; and a brother-in-law, Dale Kluesner.

A William F. "Bill" Burdt Sr. memorial fund has been established which will be given to St. Patrick Church Wednesday Night Meal program and Hospice of Dubuque.

Bill's family thanks Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Mark Runde and Hospice of Dubuque for their support and compassion.

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

 



Kyle D. Vosberg


Kyle D. "Gibby" Vosberg, 19, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 12, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Kyle was born on October 11, 1996, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of David J. "Bubba" and Lisa R. (Emler) Vosberg. He was a 2015 graduate of Potosi High School and was going to attend Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in August for the lineman program. Currently he worked at the Gary Budden Farm and Vosberg Farms near Cuba City.

Kyle lived by his own standards, never letting any grass grow under his feet. He was a caring, thoughtful and gentle individual and loved his family and friends. His generosity as an organ donor is saving many lives. Kyle was a gentle giant with great "bear hugs." He enjoyed country music. Kyle was a lover of the land and thoroughly enjoyed farming. #FlyHighKyle

Survivors include his father, David "Bubba" Vosberg, of Louisburg; his mother and stepfather Lisa and Eric "Benny" Gotzinger, of Potosi; two sisters, Katie (Justin Roling) Vosberg, of Louisburg, and Kalynn Sarah Vosberg, of Potosi; his grandparents, Sam and Bernie Emler, of Potosi, and Francis "Franny" and Heidi Vosberg, of Louisburg; his step-grandmother, Meredith "Sis" Gotzinger, of Potosi; and his great-grandparents, Harlan "Rink" and Betty Emler, of Lancaster. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Chad and Missy Emler, and Ryne (his godfather) and Heidi Emler, both of Potosi, Kathy Berning, of Hazel Green, Dale and Sharon Vosberg, of Cuba City, Vicki (his godmother) and Kevin Gehl, of Cascade, Iowa, and Julie and Steve Thomas, of Cuba City; a special friend, Taylor Bloyer, of Potosi; and many special cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by an uncle, Dennis Berning, and a cousin, Martin Gehl.

A Kyle D. "Gibby" Vosberg Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Leo A. Link


Leo A. Link, 81, of Dubuque died peacefully at home on Friday, February 12, 2016 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League .. Visitation will be Monday from 1 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30pm.

Leo was born December 3, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Bernice (Stillmunkes) Link, Sr. After graduating from Loras Academy, Leo continued his education going to barber college in Cedar Rapids. He owned and operated Link's Barber Shop for 56 years, retiring in 2008. Leo also served in the Naval Reserves.

He married Jeanne Benzer on November 19, 1955. He later married Patricia Mahoney on August 19, 2000 at Roseman Bridge in Winterset, Iowa.

Family came first with Leo and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing cards, was an avid sports fan, and was "king of the grill." He was a member of Dubuque Elks Club #297, Dubuque Businessmen's Association, and Dupaco Duplicate Bridge.

Leo was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Link; children, Nancy (Mike) Wagner, Linda (Scott) Glab, Tina (Ken Anderson) Link, Gregory (Gina) Link, Lisa Wood, and Diane Mahoney. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason Welsh, Jenny (Tony) Roussel, and Christina and Joey Wagner; Chad Cook and Taylor and Conner Glab; Tiffany (Nick Miller) McCarty and Steve and Jennifer Anderson; Austin and Rachel Link; and Colton and Madelyn Wood; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Richard "Dick" (Cathey) Link; a sister, Jeanette (Richard) Carroll; and five nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffrey Link.

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

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



Ida M Linden


Ida Marie Linden, 85, of Bethany Home, formerly of Orchard Drive passed away on February 11, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday February 15, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ida Marie was born on June 13, 1930 in rural Wisconsin the daughter of Leonard and Violet (McClain) Langkamp. She graduated from Browner School rural Platteville, WI.
She married Thomas Linden on December 26, 1952 in Platteville, WI. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2013.

She worked for and retired from Ruegnitz Drug as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of America at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Ida Marie was devoted to her Catholic faith. She enjoyed being outdoors tending to her flowers, attending family gatherings, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two Sons, Kevin (Deb) Linden, of Dubuque and Brian (Darla) Linden, of Bellevue. Grandchildren, Heidi (Travis) Haas, of Farley, Taylor, Tyler and Tara Linden, of Bellevue. Her Sister, Lorraine (Herb) Hottenstein; Brother, Clifford (Darlene) Langkamp; Brothers-in-law, Bob Burbach and Tom Dolter. Very special friends; Dr. Heyo and Cam Tjarks, John and Jill Rokusek, Homer and Jeanette Lindholm, Dr. Richard and Helga Van Iten.

She was preceded in death by her Husband, a Daughter in infancy Mary Gabriel, Sisters, Velma Dolter and Blanche Burbach, and a Brother Kenneth Langkamp.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Bethany Home for their excellent care and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy.



Wendy Jo Stierman

Wendy Jo Stierman, 48, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on February 6, 2016, at home.

A celebration of Wendy's life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 15th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Wendy was born July 12, 1967 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerold "Huck" and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
Wendy graduated with honors from NICC receiving her Associates in Nursing Degree. Most of her career was spent in home health care. She truly enjoyed every aspect of being a nurse.

Wendy was very passionate and appreciated the small things in life. She loved to be on the river, "a real waterworm", camping, and bonfires. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She adored music and photography and displayed her photographs at the local hospital. Most importantly, she cherished every moment spent with family and friends, especially her children and granddaughters.

Those left in honor of Wendy's memory include her three children; Matthew (Alicia Lindstrom) Paar of Maquoketa, IA, Brandy Brennan of Maquoketa, IA, and Shelby Lass of Andrew, IA. Two granddaughters, Ellie Jo and Anja Marie. Two sisters Pam Willey of La Motte, IA Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman of La Motte, IA. Three brothers Dennis Stierman of Dubuque, IA Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, FL Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque, IA. A Brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, IA, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law Rick Willey, and sister Jody Welsh just two days prior.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wendy Stierman memorial fund has been established.



Rosela Mae L. Gibbs


Rosela Mae L. Gibbs, 86, of Farley, Iowa, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rosela Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2016 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., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Rosela Mae will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating, and Rev. Phillip Gibbs concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Francis cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was born May 4, 1929, in St. Donatus, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Stella (Frantzen) Kalmes. She received her first eleven years of education in the St. Donatus schools and completed her senior year at St. Joseph's Academy where she graduated. On November 24, 1953 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Gibbs in St. Donatus, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2002. The couple farmed in the Bernard area for 17 years before moving to Farley. She was a Homemaker, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who truly enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the casino's with her friends.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

She is survived by six children, Roger (Lynne) Gibbs and Alan (Ann) Gibbs for of Dyersville, IA, Debbie (Dennis) White of Fairmont, MN, Karen Gibbs of Cassville, WI, Jim (Cathy) Gibbs of Dyersville, IA and Marcia (Rick) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 2 siblings, Lawrence "Windy" (Helen) Kalmes of St. Donatus, IA, and Mariela Berthel of Dubuque, IA; two sisters-in-law, Marie Herrig of Dubuque, IA and Irma Gibbs of Springbrook, IA; four brothers-in-law, Harold (Joyce) Gibbs of Bernard, IA , Edmond (Karen) Gibbs of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lawrence (Carolyn) of Portola Valley, CA, and Steve (Mary Kay) Gibbs of Bellevue, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Duane Gibbs on January 22, 2004; a grandson, Jason White, two brothers, Harold Kalmes and Bert Kalmes; two brothers-in-law, Loras Berthel and Donald Gibbs; and three sisters and brothers - in-law, Dorothy (Clifford) Weinschenk, Algean (Eldred) Budde, and Mary (Larry) Cheney.

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



Eugene R. Ousley


Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at home with his loving family. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Eugene was born on February 9, 1944, in Dubuque, IA, son of Francis R. and Dorothy E. (Fern) Ousley.

Gene was united in marriage to Phyllis Young on December 13, 1980 at the Church of the Nazarene. He worked for many years at Eagle's Supermarket and later at the Diamond Jo Casino until he was forced into early retirement due to health complications. Gene always had to be on the go and loved spending time in the beautiful outdoors. His continual smile and joy in his heart were always present whether he was working in the yard, spoiling his birds and squirrels or just sitting outside soaking up the warmth of God's glory. Gene was born with a strong and natural affinity towards organizational skills and believed everything in life had a proper place. His loved ones delightfully found slight moments of fun in teasing Gene by turning the canned goods in the cupboards so that the labels were facing the wrong way. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Gene's life and he eagerly took every opportunity he could find to spend valuable time and create precious memories with his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Gene was a good and decent man and his legacy of love for others is vividly visible throughout his family lineage. We will miss Gene, and his contagious laugh, from within the deepest depths of our hearts and yet thank the Lord for the 72 years he shared this wonderful man with us.

Those left to cherish Eugene's memory include,

his loving wife of 35 years,
Phyllis Ousley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kevin (Tammy) Ousley, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Kelly (John) Housley, Phoenix, AZ,
Kris (JoAnn Jovanovich) Ousley, Glendale, AZ,
Angelic Auderer, Dubuque, IA,
Danielle (Mark) Huekels, Dubuque, IA
and Kathy (Jade) Griesinger, Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Kaleb Auderer, Matthew and Jaynen Butler, Stephanie, Johnny and Jenna Housley, Krista, Kyle (Emily) and Kacey Ousley;

a great-grandson,
J.J. Housley;

and his siblings,
Betty Ney, Madison, WI,
Lois McDonald, Overland Park, KS
and Bill (Doris) Ousley, East Dubuque, IL.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers-in-law, Jack Ney and John McDonald.

A Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley memorial fund has been established.

Gene's family would like to thank Dr. Manzel, Dr. Holmes and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Gene and the family.

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

 



Doris J. Marsh


Doris J. Marsh, 68, of Manchester, died Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with a vigil service at 3:00. Friends may also call Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, with burial in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. Joseph Schneider will officiate.

Doris was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Edgewood, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Marilyn (Sherman) Clark. She graduated from Ed-Co High School and continued her nursing education through St. Luke's Hospital to obtain her LPN. Later Doris finished her education in the nursing program at NICC, graduating with her RN. She worked as a nurse at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Colorado Springs area, Bovey, Minnesota, and Regional Medical Center in Manchester. After her retirement she was the director at the Adult Day Services in Manchester.

She loved, flowers, reading, animals, and most of all her family and friends. Her final gift was being an organ donor.

Survivors include her 3 sons, Michael Lukan of Dubuque, Mark Lukan of New Vienna, and Steven (Sarah) Lukan of West Des Moines; 2 grandsons, Jayden Lukan and Theodore Lukan, with another grandson expected in April; 4 siblings, Barbara Sieglaff of Edgewood, Fred (Mary) Clark of Seymour, WI, Brian (Rosie) Clark of Owensboro, KY, and Mary (Bill) Olsen of Baxter, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Glen Marsh.

Memorials may be directed to Delaware County Adult Day Services.

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



Gerald A. Brame


Gerald A. "Curly" Brame, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Curly's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation will follow the services.

Gerald Arthur Brame was born on April 29, 1930 in Independence, Iowa, to Alfred Lester and Mae (Follmer) Brame. He was a 1947 graduate of Independence High School and then served his country in the Army earning the rank of Corporal and receiving an honorable discharge. He married Margaret "Peg" Stevens on Dec. 2, 1954 in Rowley, Iowa and to this union two children were born: Rick and Randy.

Curly had a long career in the automotive industry, first working for Les Fry's Filling Station from 1951 to 1953, then Baxter Motors in Cedar Rapids from 1955 to 1961, Goodyear in Iowa City from 1961 to 1966 and from 1966 to 1977 he worked for the Penrose family in Maquoketa. From 1977 to 1997 he owned and operated Curly's Tires in Maquoketa, a business which is operated by his son Randy today.

Curly was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he had served as a past Master. He enjoyed fishing, camping, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and playing cards, especially Euchre.

Those left to honor Curly's memory include his wife, Margaret "Peg" Brame of Maquoketa, IA; sons Rick (Becky) Brame of Urbandale, IA, and Randy (Denise) Brame of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Bryan, Kevin, Matt, Justin and Luke; and 2 great-grandchildren, Aiden and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Gerard and Sandra Stevens, and a brother-in-law, Ronald Stevens.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald A. "Curly" Brame memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas V. Spates


Thomas V. Spates, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his daughter's home in Des Moines.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemtery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Thomas was born May 22, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Vernon and Delores (Specht) Spates. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. On July 11, 1964 he married Marilyn B. Meyer at the Church of the Nativity.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1999 after 30 years of service. Tom was a staunch Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Tom Spates was a man who made many friends during his lifetime. These were friends who enjoyed his friendship and respected him. He still had many friends from childhood and early school years who remained his friends today. He made friends during the many and frequent days he spent at the Boys Club, where he was the Checker Champ, right to recent days prior to his illness when he was in the pool league at the Legion with friends from years back and his many golfing buddies.

For many years during golf season, he played daily with a group of men whom he truly enjoyed spending time with and treasured the days with those special friends. Some of those men also made up the bowling team with Tom. A few years back, he had a weekly poker game with good friends, and more recently played cards most winter mornings with the same friends he has been playing with for many, many years. Tom also especially enjoyed golfing and the friendship of all of the Red Shirts, a truly great group of men who golfed together.

Even with family, he was the life of the party and a card game was always more fun if he was playing. As one nephew recently remarked, "he was one of the good guys." But Tom wasn't just about fun and games. He was a loving, fun, and kind husband and a caring and proud father. He was his grandkids' greatest fan. As his grandkids would tell you, he was a truly great and special grandfather who would meet you with a smile and a pat on the back as you came out of the dugout, or at the end of a cross-country race, or after a church league basketball game. As much as he could, he was at his grandkids' sports events, even though he had to travel 200 miles to be there.

Even for his two younger grandbabies, he was a special grandfather. Now the older grandkids are mostly grown, and even when he was first not well, he never lacked the energy or the interest to spend the time to play "catch" or "pitch" or play "Legos" with the two little ones born later.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Spates of Dubuque; a daughter, Julie (Mark) Merfeld of Des Moines and their children, Emily, Matthew, Thomas and Michael; a son, Stephen (Daniel) Spates M.D. of New York City and their children, Thomas "T.J" and Matthew; three siblings, Carol Becker of Dubuque, Kathryn (Frank) Langkamp of Dickeyville, Wisc., and Michael (Linda) Spates of Dubuque, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Marvin O. Becker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque; Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines; or the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New York City.

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



Kyle J. Miller


Kyle J. Miller, 36, of Charlotte, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, February 9, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Kyle's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Kyle Joseph Miller was born August 6, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Vincent and Beverly Jane (Heister) Miller. He attended Maquoketa schools and later earned his GED.

Kyle first worked for CJ Moyna, then Weber Concrete and currently for Miller Construction. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and ginseng hunting every year. He especially loved to ride his Harley, and listen to his favorite musicians Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr.

Those left to honor Kyle's memory include his wife, Mindy Steffen of Charlotte, IA; children, Audrey White of DeWitt, IA, Tristin Miller, Josie Miller and Delcy Miller of Charlotte, IA; his mother Beverly Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Chad Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Kirk (Erin) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Tamitha Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; and his maternal grandmother Betsy Heister of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father Jesse on November 9, 2009, and his paternal grandparents Donna Miller on March 12, 2008 and Harlan "Butch" Miller who passed on December 21, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Kyle J. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elda M. Uthe


Elda M. Uthe, age 90, who almost reached her goal of 91 on the 21st, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Elda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elda was born on February 21, 1925, in Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Madeline (Brant) Bertjens.

Elda was united in marriage to Urban G. Uthe on April 15, 1947, in Kieler, WI. They were blessed with 54 years before he was called home on August 4, 2002. She was primarily a proud homemaker who joyfully devoted her time to caring for and nurturing her family. She did, however, still find time to invest her talents at the Dubuque Packing Company, Washington Junior High, the Ham House and Riverboat Museums and the Redstone. Elda was naturally gifted in the kitchen and was considered an excellent cook and baker by all who had the privilege to sit at her table. She also enjoyed canning, gardening and was always ready for a good game of cards with family and friends. She was deeply adored and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Elda will be spending this Valentine's Day, and her birthday, in her heavenly estate with all of her dear loved ones who've been called home before her.

Life's troubles and storms you have weathered, and shared days of joy in the sun. For years I've been working within you, now celebrate all I have done.

Those left to cherish Elda's memory include,

her children,
Janet Timmerman, Kieler, WI,
Thomas (Bev) Uthe, Dubuque, IA
and Bob Uthe, Decorah, IA;

six grandchildren,
Troy (Shannon) Timmerman,
Robby (Rhonda) Timmerman,
Jim (Laura) Uthe,
Gina Uthe,
Laura Uthe
and Sara Uthe;

nine great grandchildren,
Jaiden Timmerman, Gianna Timmerman, Lexi Bushaw, Tyson Timmerman, Thomas Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy, Urban Uthe, Clara Uthe and Wyatt Uthe.

Elda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Urban Uthe; a sister, Marie Bertjens Johnston; and a brother, Merlin Bertjens.

A Elda M. Uthe memorial fund has been established.

Elda's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially to the two Amy's and Edna, for the kindness and care they gave mom and also to Phyllis; she was especially fond of her.

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

 



Donald A. Stroh


Donald A. "Buzzy" Stroh 84 formerly of 2134 White Street passed away February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Buzzy was born on April 8, 1931 in Dubuque the son of Jacob and Irene (Rudd) Stroh.

He married Mary C. Willett and she preceded him in death.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed his almost daily visits to the Locust Street Hy-Vee for breakfast, some shopping, or just to visit. In his younger days he loved spending time on the river and fishing with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children Greg (Vanessa) Stroh, Brian (Betty) Stroh, Bob (Deb) Richardson, Tina (Gary) Tigges, Kim (Steve) McKinzie, Joe (Becky) Richardson, Pam McKeown, and Lisa Weinberg, 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and a brother-in-law Ray Gieseman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister Delores Gieseman.

In lieu of flowers a Donald "Buzzy" Stroh memorial fund has been established.

A very special thank you to Lisa, Donald's daughter, for all the loving care given to dad these last years.



Richard L. Schueller


The Lord called Richard L. "Dick" Schueller home on Sunday evening, February 7, 2016, after overcoming many hurdles in the last few years at the age of 87.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery where a military flag presentation will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman.

Dick was born on Sept. 27, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Brant) Schueller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and married Margaret "Peg" Schroeder; together they had four children.

Over the years Dick held a variety of jobs. He started as a butcher in the retail market at The Dubuque Pack & went on to own his own grocery store, Dick's Meat Market, for 14 years. He then became a realtor along with other various jobs. Dick ended his career building houses with his son. After retirement he continued working with his hands doing odd jobs for anyone who needed a great handyman. He was always very meticulous in anything he did. You knew if he did it, it was going to be done right.

Dick was proud to serve in the National Guard for over twenty years & was a Chief Warrant Officer. Here he made many great buddies that lasted his lifetime. He loved talking about some of the pranks they pulled on each other.

His favorite hobby was woodworking and woodcarving. Working with his hands, making something beautiful was his passion. All of his adult life Dick was an avid boater. He loved taking his family on the river every chance he got. This is where he met some of his best, lifelong friends. He was well versed in many, many things. He read anything he could get his hands on, wanting to learn whatever he could. He also was very quick-witted and loved joking with people, always with a twinkle in his eyes.

Those left behind to cherish Dick's memory are his children, Paula (Earl) Stanton, of North Port, Fl, Ted, of NM, and Julie (Eric) Stierman, of Dubuque; daughter-in-law Deanna Schueller of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren, Megan (Kyle) Lawler, of Cedar Falls, Molly Stierman, of Des Moines, Brett & Erin Schueller, of Wichita, KS; and one great-grandson, Hayden Richard Lawler; and his sister, Carolyn Patterson, of Bradenton, Fl. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, & their spouses who he thought the world of: Mary (Craig) Swope, Lora (Bob) Motamenpour, Stephanie Nelson, Jeff (Nancy) Schueller, Patrick (Patsy) Patterson, Brant (Joann) Schueller, Jill (Mark) Weber, Steve (Lori) Patterson, and all of their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Nick Schueller; daughter-in-law, Ginny Schueller; a brother, Eugene and his wife, Rita; a brother-in-law, Wayne Patterson, and a niece, Vicci Schueller Kenyi, and his former wife, Peg.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Home for his wonderful care in the last two years, especially (his angel) Shannon, Shelly, Ann, Sue B., Don, Sue D. and Jim. It meant a lot to the family that he was happy there. Also the family sincerely appreciates the compassionate care of Hospice of Dubuque to make his journey home a little easier.



Esther Mae Newton


Esther Mae Newton, 87, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Delhi and the Davenport area, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at her home in Manchester.  She was born on February 2, 1929, in Waterloo, the daughter of Carl and Violet (Townsend) Thraenert.  Esther graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1947.  

On May 7, 1949, Esther was united in marriage to Clifford J. "Jack" Newton in Waterloo. This union was blessed with seven children and many foster children.  Esther and Jack were foster parents in the Waterloo and Davenport areas for many years and kept close ties with many of these children as they raised their own families.

Esther's joy in life was her family.  She loved her flower gardens and plantings, nurturing their growth.  She was most at home on Lake Delhi.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Vicki) Newton of Davenport, Jackie (Mark Kintzle) Newton of Earlville, Becky (Patrick) Saunders of Davenport, Michael (Laurie) Newton of Sahuarita, Arizona, Susan (Mike) Kershner of Emmett, Idaho, and Denise (Dan) Cook of Robins, Kathy Mata of Davenport, Cindy (Barry) Pelton of Lexington, Kentucky, and Edith Vaughn of Davenport; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Palmer of Waterloo.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford "Jack" in 2006; an infant son, Randy in 1953; her sister, Mary Thraenert; and one brother, David Thraenert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Comfort.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church, Delhi, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday February 12, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Interment: St. John's Catholic Cemetery  -  Delhi, Iowa

 

 



Deanna P. Carr


Deanna P. "Dee" Carr, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 8, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dee's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February, 13, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services.

Deanna Piilani Campbell was born on March 21, 1941 in Lanai, Hawaii, to Sherwood James and Elaine (Kim) Campbell. She grew up in Hawaii and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu.

Shortly after high school she moved to Salt Lake City Utah where she worked for Holy Cross Insurance for a couple years eventually moving back to Hawaii. This is when she met her future husband, Gerald W. Carr, while he was stationed with the Marines in Hawaii. They were married on March 27, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah. To this union three children were born: Kim, Alissa and Mark.

Upon moving to Iowa, Dee worked at Clinton Engines for a short time, and from 1979 to 2005 at Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa as the Associate Director.

Dee enjoyed gardening, taking vacations, doing crosswords and seek and find puzzles, and watching television. She especially loved horse racing and animals had a special place in her heart.

Those left to honor Dee's memory include her husband Gerald W. Carr of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kim (and husband John Williams) Carr of Maquoketa, IA, Alissa (and husband Tim) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (and wife Kristie) Carr of Maquoketa, IA; and 3 grandchildren, Sam Williams, Aliya Carr and Jaxon Carr. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Gerald M. Green


Gerald M. "Jerry" Green, 83, of Cascade, Iowa died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:46 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12th at the funeral home.

Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

He was born September 18, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Mildred K. (Finn) Green. He received his education in the Cascade schools. He also attended the University of Iowa for a year. On October 6, 1956 he was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Schmitz at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He was employed at the Cascade Telephone Company until he started his own business, the Green Truckline.

He is an Army veteran, having served in Tokyo as an MP for 2 years.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish, a Charter President of the Cascade Jay-Cees, a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, of which he also served as past commander, and a past Commander of the Dubuque County American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Green of Cascade, IA; eight children, Michael (Julie) Green of Cascade, IA, Mary Pat (John) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Dr. Anne Green of Iowa City, IA, Peggy (Rick) Eckstein of New Prague, MN. Bridget (Brian) Hilby of Dubuque, IA, Doug Green of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Tim) Dougherty of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sarah (Mike) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; 23 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 siblings, Ray Green of Peoria, IL, Karen (Paul) Schwagler of Zwingle, IA and Janet (Jim) Rigdon of Dunkerton, IA; a brother-in-law, Phil Schmitz of Dyersville, IA; and two sisters-in-law Dr. Jeanne (Tom) Moore of Carmel, CA and Margaret Schmitz of St. Paul, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Lisa Mary Green; a granddaughter, Maggie Emrich and two brothers, Richard and Robert Green; and 1 sister-in-law, Ann Schmitz.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses at Mercy Medical Center, second floor cardiac unit and Dr. Patrick Gordon.



Joseph H. Klar


Joseph H. Klar, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at home.

To honor Joseph's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph was born on Sept. 6, 1951 in Dubuque, son of Isadore and Kathryn (Jerrett) Klar.

Those left to cherish Joseph's memory include
his four children,
Joy (Eric) Brandt, Dickeyville, WI,
Nathan Klar, Platteville, WI,
Johnathan (Sara Holdrafer) Klar, Dubuque
and Natalie (Ben) Gebhard, Hazel Green, WI;

his 8 grandchildren;

his six siblings,
James (Linda) Klar, Potosi, WI,
Elmer (Joann) Klar, Thomson, IL,
Christine (Ronald) Schlosser, Dubuque,
Robert (Julie) Mether, Waterloo,
Rhonda (Mike) Deeds, Waterloo
and Debra Washa, Dodgeville, WI;

his step-mother,
Nola Klar, Lancaster, WI.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Henry Schroeder.

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



Cletus A. Davis

Cletus A. Davis, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque. There will be an additional visitation from 9:00 until the time of service at the church on Friday.

Cletus was born on Jan. 9, 1932 in Colesburg, IA, son of Charles and Lillian (Cole) Davis. He served in the Army during the Korean War. On July 14, 1956, he married Mildred Hueneke at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, IA.

He was employed for 27 years at Caradco and for 19 years for the Dubuque Community School District before retiring in 1994. Cletus also volunteered at the Boys Club in the woodshop for over 30 years.

Cletus was a resident of Dubuque for over 50 years and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Cletus was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He enjoyed playing guitar with his friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mildred; their children, Lonny (Julie) Davis, Kevin (Tammy) Davis, Randall (Kelli) Davis, Julie (Mark Hammer) Davis, and Pam (John) Gregorich; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Minnie Ward.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the healthcare professionals at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at the Rose.



Eugene F. Runde


Eugene F. "Gene" Runde, 81, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 8, 2016, at UW-Hospitals & Clinics in Madison.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Febr. 11, at St. Joseph's Church in Sinsinawa with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Gene was born on June 10, 1934, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Mary (Cullen) Runde. He married Shirley M. Timmerman on June 10, 1958, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Gene spent his life as a dedicated dairy farmer. He loved family, farming, friends and fun. He was happiest when he was dancing with Shirl, the love of his life. They danced through 57 years together. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the Battleship USS Wisconsin. He served on the Southwestern Community School Board and was a founding member of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. He was a proud member of the NFO.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Judy (Marcus) Dacanay, of Hawaii, Laurie (Doug) Genthe, of Black Earth, Lisa (Jeff) Jacoby, of Janesville, Jane (Dean) Epping, of Mt. Horeb, and Cheryl (Chris) Rieken, of Hazel Green; two sons, Gene (Mary Jo) Runde, and Tom (Kristi) Runde, both of Cuba City; a sister, Mertyl (John) Blankenheim, of Madison; a brother, Emmett "Smokey" (Doris) Runde, of Galena, IL; seventeen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Adele and John Budden; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Roseanne (Budden) Runde; a brother, Fr. Raymond Runde; a grandson, Adam Runde; and a sister-in-law, Doris Leibfried Runde.

A Eugene F. "Gene" Runde Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Neil T. Petersen

Neil T. Petersen, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Oxford Junction, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 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.

Neil Thomas Petersen was born on Oct. 31, 1938 in Anamosa, Iowa, to August M. and Mildred (Johnson) Petersen. He attended country schools and was a graduate of Oxford Junction High School.

Neil had worked as a deckhand for the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa for many years. He loved woodworking.

Those left to honor Neil's memory include many friends and the caring staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Richard W. Kitto


Richard W. Kitto, 73, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, February 5, 2016 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10: 45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Richard was born on April 22,1942 in La Fayette County, Wisconsin on his grandparents' family farm to Donald Bernard and Ada Bernice (Kettler) Kitto.

He received his degree of Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering on June 4, 1966 from Wisconsin State University.

He was employed as project manager, plant engineering at John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, retiring in 1989.

On June 11, 2005 he married Virginia A. (Murray) Hardin in East Dubuque, Illinois.

Richard enjoyed boating, fishing, dancing and winter getaways to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. He was proud of his cottage he built on the Mississippi River in St. Donatus, Iowa, where there were many family and friend gatherings.

He was a member of the Civil Engineering Society and the Elks Club.

Richard will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Kitto, Dubuque; son Jeffrey D. (Berenika) Kitto, Lake City, Fla.; daughter Jennifer M. (Martin) Groom and grandsons Caleb, Joshua, and Seth Groom, Columbia, Tenn.; step-daughter Dr. Cynthia L. (Dr. C. William) Hipp, Charleston, S.C.; step-son Steven G. Hardin and step-grandchildren Natalie, Shelby, and Derek Hardin, and step-grandson Landyn Hardin-Bries, all of Dubuque; step-son Scott A. (Paula) Hardin and step grandsons Casey and Jackson Hardin, Omaha, Neb.; sister Jody A. Bender, Racine, Wis.; brother John R. (Marci) Kitto, San Rafael, Calif.; step-mother Doris S. (Lefler) Kitto, Platteville, Wis.; and two nieces, Cory Decker and Tiffany Nunenkamp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

A Richard Kitto Memorial Fund has been established.

Richard's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis and his nurses, especially Stephanie, and to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Leonard M. Clark


Leonard M. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A memorial service celebrating Leonard's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016 from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and burial will be at a later date at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Leonard M. Clark was born on January 6, 1920 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Merlin Richard and Nora Belle (Rannals) Clark. He was a World War II veteran of the Army serving from February 3, 1942 until receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 28, 1945. For his service to his country, he received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He married Eleanor Schoop on September 28, 1941 in St. Donatus, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Leonard had farmed in the LaMotte for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974, and retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa Road Runners Camping Club and Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In addition to his memberships, he enjoyed traveling and woodworking.

Those left to honor Leonard's memory include his wife Eleanor Clark of Maquoketa, IA; children, Judy Keeney of Orlando, FL, 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, Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, and Betty Deppe of Loveland, CO; and an honorary son, George "Skip" (Linda) Pickup of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Denzil Clark Sr., a grandchild, and 2 sisters Donna Durkop and Mona Neiman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Leonard M. 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.

 



Janet M. Deiter


Janet M. Deiter, 92, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Janet was born on December 24, 1923, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Pascoe) Latham. She married Merton B. Dieter on June 17, 1950, in Cuba City.

Janet graduated from Cuba City High School in 1941 and Bayless Business College in 1942. She worked as a secretary for H&W Motor Express for two years and for the Cuba City High School for seven years. Janet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 45 years, St. Rose of Lima Council of Catholic Women, and served on the Cuba City Library Board.

Survivors include her husband, Merton, of Cuba City; two daughters, Diane (William) Van Deest, of Platteville, and Judy (Brian) Christian, of Verona; two sons, Larry (Michele) Dieter, of Santa Cruz, CA, and Paul Dieter, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Paul and Donald Latham.

A Janet M. Deiter Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gerald C. Melssen


Gerald C. Melssen, 66, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2015 at his home in Epworth, Iowa after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer.
Friends and relatives of Gerald may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service at 4:00 p.m.
Services for Gerald will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

Gerald was born June 28, 1949 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Henry and Mary Ann (Kieler) Melssen. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1967. On December 21, 1974 he was united in marriage to Sandra King at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years until his retirement in May of 2012. Gerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed camping, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is a Veteran having served in the United States Air Force for four years, three of those years were served in Bitburg, Germany.

Gerald was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA and the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Melssen of Epworth, IA; three children, Sara (Jay) Upmann of Stockton, IL, Dawn (Tyson) Yohe of Wilton, IA, and Eldon (Jodi) Melssen of Burlington, IA; the pride of his life was his five grandchildren, Cameron and Caeden Upmann, Maxwell and Madelyn Yohe and Carter Melssen; his mother, Mary Ann Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; seven siblings, Mary Jo (Ronald) Lau of Clarksville, TN, Doris (Harold) Kelly of Dubuque, Lee Ann Melssen and Linda Morshead both of Polk City, IA, Donald Melssen of Phoenix, AZ, Henry Melssen of Dickeyville, WI, and David (Rita) Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; one sister-in-law, Ellen LaPage of Dyersville, IA; one brother-in-law, Harvey (Beta) King of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his father Henry A. Melssen; grandparents, Charles and Josephine Kieler and Leo and Barbara Melssen; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou King, and one brother-in-law, John LaPage.

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



William J. Von Ah


Former Dubuque Police Captain William J. "Bill" Von Ah 85 of Dubuque died Friday February 5, 2016 at home. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930 in Dubuque the son of Albert and Hildegard (Thies) Von Ah. He married Dorothy Schmitt on Sept. 5, 1953 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Peosta, she preceded him in death on February 5, 2010.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy and in 1958 joined the Dubuque Police Dept. He served in the police department for 28 years retiring in 1986 as Captain. Bill later worked at the Elm Street Correction Facility until 1995.

Bill was a member of the Boat Club and enjoyed bowling and golfing in his spare time. He was a member of many bowling leagues and in June of 1994 he accomplished what few golfers do, "a hole in one". He was also good for a story or a joke, sometimes several times, and a good day always started with breakfast at Sunshine West, a little Black Jack, but mostly just getting out among the people.

He is survived by his children Connie (John) Patrick, of Liberty, MO, Tammy Von Ah, and Alan (Jackie) Von Ah, of Shawnee, KS, Bruce (Connie) Von Ah, of Dubuque, Lance (Diane) Von Ah, of Carmel, IN, and Tracy Doyle, of Asbury, IA. Twelve grandchildren Matthew McNeil, Christopher and Holly Von Ah, Cody and Courtney Frazier, Nicholas Von Ah, Lance Jr., Nicole, and Halle Von Ah, and Karissa, Makayla and Brock Doyle, and a sister Nancy Durni of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Dorothy, 3 brothers Donald, Albert "Hap" and Robert Von Ah, and a sister Dolores Weber.

A William "Bill" Von Ah memorial fund has been established.

Bill's family would like to thank the Asbury Fire and EMS and the Asbury Police Department for the effort and care they gave.



Daniel F. Drees


Daniel F. Drees, 65, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at his home in Manchester.  He was born September 2, 1950, in Manchester, the son of Reynold and Marian (Voss Gienapp) Drees. Dan was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Manchester High School in 1968.  He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1969-1975.

On August 25, 1973, Dan was united in marriage to Rosemary Keppler at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Four children were born to this union.  Together they farmed east of Manchester, moving to town in 1994.  Dan then worked as a custodian at St. Mary Catholic School and Church and later drove bus for the West Delaware School District. 

Dan was a lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He will be remembered as one who enjoyed camping, fishing with his grandkids, and playing cards. Dan especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Drees of Manchester; his four children, Danelle (Bryan) O'Connell of Manchester, Mike (Amy) Drees of  Cresco , Jaci (Adam) Zieser of Manchester, and Curt (Krista) Drees of Brandon ; 13 grandchildren, Blake (Caryssa Philgreen), Bradley, and Brooke O'Connell, Carter, Lucy, Emma, and Reagan Drees, Gavin Drees, Lucas and Colton Zieser, Zachary, Abigail and Natalie Drees, and one more on the way ; seven siblings, Carol Behnken of Marion, William (Roxie) Drees of Clarkson, Nebraska, Paula (Chuck) Zangerle of Manchester, Margaret (Merle) Nueton of Manchester, Larry Drees of Waverly, Robert Drees of Nebraska, and Carl (Lori) Drees of West Des Moines; and his father-in-law, Jerry Keppler of Manchester.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Tirsa Drees; his mother-in-law, Verna Keppler; a brother-in-law, Bill Keppler; and his step-father, William Oehler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 11, 2016 , at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Leveda M. Drees


Leveda Mae "Vedie" Drees, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on July 10, 1932, in Earlville, the daughter of Clem and Marie (Vaske) Wulfekuhle. Vedie attended St. Peter and Paul School in Petersburg. She farmed with her brothers until her marriage.

On October 13, 1954, Vedie was united in marriage to Donald Drees at Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Dyersville for ten years.  In 1964 they moved near Manchester where they continued to farm. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Manchester. 

Vedie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  She enjoyed sewing, baking, and quilting.  In her later years she became an avid reader. Vedie enjoyed laughter, dancing, and having fun at social events with her friends and family. She was always excited when she accomplished something on her "bucket list".

Survivors include her six children, Julene (Jim)Smith of Manchester, Duane (partner Brian Guilmain) of Edgewood, Shirley (Joe) Cole, and Sharon (Russ) Boeckenstedt all of Manchester, David of South Haven, Michigan, and Dean (Tona) of Aubrey, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; one sister, Virginette Hoffman of Dyersville; one brother, Wildred (Joanne) Wulfekuhle of Winslow, Illinois; and three sisters-in-law, Elaine Wulfekuhle, Ann Drees, and Alice Baty.

Vedie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald, in 2001; her son, Dale, in 2008; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leroy (Madonna), Jerome (Alice), and Lester Wulfekuhle; one brother-in-law, Albin Hoffman; and Donald's sisters, brothers, and in-laws.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Concelebrants : Rev. Joseph Schneider, Rev. Ralph Simington, and Rev. Richard Gaul

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Inurnment: At a later date - St. Mary Catholic Cemetery -  Manchester, Iowa



Irene B. Orth


Irene B. (Horn) Orth, 60, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Connie Matye officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 am. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Irene was born on January 28, 1956, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Nickson P. and Anni G. (Poppe) Horn. She married Thomas J. Orth on July 25, 1992. Irene worked in the deli at Walmart in Galena.

Irene enjoyed spending time with her mother and grandchildren, reading, working crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows, and playing games on the computer.

Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Benton; two sons, Gregory (Susan) Kosharek, of Oregon, WI, and Kevin (Stacey) Kosharek, of Madison, WI; her mother, Anni Horn, of Belmont; a sister, Bernice "Bernie" Dorota, of Highland, WI; three brothers, Nick R. (Barbara) Horn, of East Dubuque, IL, John (Joan) Horn, of Avoca, WI, and Dennis (Geralyn) Horn, of Cobb, WI; and six grandchildren, Duncan, Tiernan, Dakota, Olivia, Austin and Ian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nickson Horn.

An Irene B. (Horn) Orth Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Carl R. Bastian


Carl R. "Dick" Bastian, 71, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Primitive Methodist Church in New Diggings, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on May 2, 1944, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Earl and Genevieve (Kittoe) Bastian. He married Lois K. Alderson on February 17, 1962, in Scales Mound, Illinois.

Dick attended Benton High School. He served in the US Army (1962-1965) and was stationed in Korea. From 1984-1993 he and Lois, along with Jim and Barb Lacke, operated Cole Acres Golf Course. This foursome also built Birchwood Golf Course.

Dick loved spending time with his family and friends whether it was playing cards, fishing, or just exchanging stories. Many mornings Dick and Lois could be found cat fishing on the Mississippi or wherever the fish were biting. He will be missed by his family, his fishing friends, his card playing buddies, but not by the catfish who feared him.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; a daughter, Pam (special friend, Mike Tranel) McCauley, of Kieler; three sons, Russ (Janet), of Benton, Brad (Angie), of Oregon, WI, and Todd, of Benton; a sister, Judy (Carl) Crabtree, of Florida; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Bastian, of Benton; and eleven grandchildren, Dayna and Ali (fiancé, Nate Morris) McCauley, Nathan Bastian, Tyler and Brandon Lesandrini, Isaac Lindert, Breanna, Bailey and Brooke Bastian, and Payton and Wyatt Bastian.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barb Lacke; a brother-in-law, Jim Lacke; and a sister-in-law, Jane Alderson.

A Dick Bastian Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Lary L. Williams


Lary L. Williams, 72 of Dubuque, peacefully joined God's kingdom on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 8, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, with a prayer service at 6:30 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lary was born February 21, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Hugh M. and Lillian M. (Ellefson) Williams. He married Gloria Froslie on December 18, 1965, she passed on October 22, 1989. Lary later married Kathy Green Mescall on October 1, 1999. He grew up on the family farm in Barnesville, Minnesota. Lary graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then began working for John Deere for over 36 years retiring in 2001, taking him and his family to Moline and eventually settling in Dubuque, where he raised his family. After retiring from John Deere, he continued to do consulting work for John Deere. He helped develop many patents while working for John Deere. Lary was active in the Society of Automotive Engineering, which he was the Chairman of SAE Committee HFTC6. He was active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Lary enjoyed photography, genealogy, gas engines, antique tractors, and especially his grandchildren. He would always say, "I have grandchildren to spoil."

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his sons, Eric and Kim Mescall Williams and their children, Collin and Aidan of Fargo, North Dakota; Mark and Sara Brunkow Williams and their children, Elise and Cole of Fargo, North Dakota; step-daughter, Kara and Travis Buerger and their children, Kylie, Bailey, Bella and Kennedy of Mitchellville, IA; step-son, Ron and Kristin Mescall, Jr. and their children, Alexander, Hayden, and Mason of Romeoville, IL; a sister, Myrna Johnson of Moorhead, MN and her children, Jody and Jody Johnson-Jackson and Julie and Pascal Loyer; in-laws, Bob (Mary) Green, Don Pricco, Terry (Anne) Green, Kevin (Nancy) Green, Marnie (Bill) Montgomery, Julie (Kirk) Dafoe, Jack (Denise) Green, and Maureen (Rick) Fellows; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lary was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Gloria; brother-in-law, Allan Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lee Pricco.

The family would like to thank the many loyal relatives, friends, and colleagues who have supported Lary and his family through his recent illness.

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

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



Marcella M. Weber Steger


Marcella M. Weber Steger, 100, of Dyersville died Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation continues Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Marcella was born June 10, 1915, the daughter of Vitus and Josephine (Meyer) Langel in Elma, Iowa, the oldest of 11 children. She married Alphonse "Allie" Weber on Feb. 12, 1935. Together they had 5 children and he preceded her in death on July 9, 1951.

She raised her children on the farm and moved to town in 1966, and worked as a seamstress and retail clerk at the women's clothing store.

She married Edmund "Skinny" Steger on Oct. 14, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1991.

Marcella is survived by her 4 children and their familes: Art Weber, Kay (Bill) Recker, Lois (Ken) Bries, and Jerry (Jan) Weber, a daughter-in-law, Elaine Weber, all of Dyersville; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings: Leona Niehaus of Dyersville, Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Alma (Red) Loesche of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law: Mary Weber of Dyersville and Arlene Langel of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands; a son, Joseph; a daughter-in-law, Joan Weber; and 2 grandchildren; siblings: Sylvester (Deloras), Ambrose, Ray (Sally), Lucille Langel, Esther (Clete Klein) (Roger) Sullivan, Evy (John) Gaul and Mary (Lyle) Neuhaus; in-laws: Eldrew Niehaus, Leander (Rita) Weber, Henrietta (Ed) Krisatis, Ambrose (Jeanette) Weber, Francis Weber, Edmund (Helen) Weber, Clara Weber, Irene Weber, and Loretta (Leo) Meyer.

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



Marilyn E. Langel


Marilyn E. Langel, 83, of Luxemburg died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, Feb. 8, from 9:00 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, Feb. 8, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Marilyn was born June 29, 1932, in Delhi the daughter of Ben and Gertrude (Polfer) Heims. She married Joseph A. Langel on Oct. 1, 1952, in Delhi, IA. Together they farmed north of Luxemburg until moving into Luxemburg in 1989.

Marilyn was a member of the Holy Trinity Altar and Rosary Society. She loved to quilt, craft and paint in her spare time. Marilyn had an acre sized garden which she used to feed her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She is survived by her 5 children: Marty (Beth) Langel of Luxemburg, Lisa (Alex) Hall of Olive Hill, KY, Roger (Elaine) Langel of New Vienna, Patty (Sandy) Graham of Minneapolis, MN and Rick (Kim) Langel of Ankeny; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Langel of Muscatine; 13 grandchildren: Brandon Langel, Katie (Tony) Harris, Jenny (Luke) Bockenstedt, Jeremy (Gayle) Langel and Kristi (Paul Steger) Langel, Elizabeth (Brian) McNeil and Robert (Crystal) Hall, Tyler and Staci Langel, Calum and Ella Graham, and Amber and Austin Langel; 5 great-grandchildren; Madalene McNeil, Wesley Hall, Hayden Langel and Will Bockenstedt, Logan Harris; 6 siblings: Adorine Kaiser of Manchester, Eldon (Katie) Heims of Delhi, Loras (Celeste) Heims of Dundee, Carl Heims and Delbert (Mary) Heims both of Manchester, Yvonne (Ted) Wernimont of Iowa City; 4 sisters-in-law: Rosie White of Dyersville, Germaine Langel of Luxemburg, Alice Langel of Dyersville, and Barbara Farzan of Monterey, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in September of 2014; son Dave Langel; grandson Ryan Langel; in- laws: Bob Kaiser, Rita Heims, Marie (Peter) Berns and Agnes (Lawrence) Heims, John Langel, Francis Langel, Ed Heims, Gerald White and Manny Farzan.

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



Marguerite M. Burkart


Marguerite M. Burkart, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, February 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

She was born on December 4, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Matilda (Takes) Breitbach. She married LeRoy W. Burkart on November 19, 1947 at St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1996.

Marguerite and LeRoy co-managed St. Vincent de Paul Store on Iowa Street and in 1976 she opened D & D What Not, her craft store.

Throughout her life she was very active, enjoyed her many walks and her crafts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Linda (Richard) Althaus, Joyce (Roger) Voss, Carol (David) Burkart-Orr, Dave (Deb) Burkart, and Dan (Donna) Burkart, all of Dubuque. Twenty grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Her sister Vi Hackbarth, of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Eldon and Clarence "Shorty", two sisters Annabelle and Leona.

A Marguerite M. Burkart memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and support they gave.



James A. Merrick


James A. "Jim" Merrick, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, Feb. 12,  from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation is from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

James Allen Merrick was born on Dec. 5, 1938 in Jackson County, Iowa to Hiram Henry and Florence Bell (Sutton) Merrick. He attended New Castle Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1957 where he participated in Football and Track. He held the 100 yard dash record at MHS until 2009 and still holds the 220 yard dash record. Both records were obtained while running on a cinder track. He later attended SCI in Ames to further his education. He married Patricia R. "Pat" Kingsley on August 21, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: James and Kathy.

In his early years, Jim had worked at the lumber yard, Clinton Engines, and for the Maquoketa Police Department from 1963 to 1966. He then worked for the DOT for a short time, and in 1969 began working for the Jackson County Engineering (18 years) and Maintenance Department (11 years) until retirement in 1998.

Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Coronado Car Club, and had served on the Maquoketa City Council for several years. He loved collecting antique cars and model trains.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children, James (Jill) Merrick of Sammish, WA, and Kathy (Scott) Parks of Edmond, OK; 3 grandchildren, Tristan Parks, Daniele Merrick and Alex Merrick; a brother-in-law, Robert Kingsley of Oregon; and a special friend, Mary Mether of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia, on Sept. 9, 1996; and a brother, William "Bill" Merrick.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James A. "Jim" Merrick memorial fund has been established.

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



Marjorie Mae Urell-Erhart


Marjorie Mae (Beohm) Urell-Erhart of Dubuque, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on January 30, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 Monday at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marge was much loved by her immediate and extended family, as well as a host of lifelong friends. She was born on August 10, 1922 in Greeley, Iowa, eldest daughter of Alice (Rowell) and George A. Beohm. She attended Greeley Consolidated School and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1939. Marge received a full scholarship to Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, but decided instead to enter Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque. After graduating in 1942, she worked as an RN at Mercy Hospital for a short time before taking a position at Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis. Upon returning to Dubuque, she accepted numerous private duty assignments. Later, after raising her children, she was a nursing supervisor for fifteen years at Holy Family Hall, an infirmary for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque.

On May 6, 1943, she married Frank J. Urell at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood, Iowa. They moved to St. Louis for a year while Frank was in basic training for the Army Air Corps and awaiting deployment to Italy during WWII. Together they shared 49 wonderful years until Frank's passing in a car accident on March 8, 1992.

Marge wed Vincent L. Erhart of Dubuque at Nativity Church on March 31, 1995. Presiding was Msgr. Wayne Ressler, pastor at that time. Marge and Vince enjoyed fifteen fun-filled years of family, friends, golf, travel and wintering in Arizona. Vince passed away in April of 2010 at Stonehill Care Center.

A member of Nativity Parish for almost 70 years, Marge was also a member of its Guild and Rosary Society; as well as a continuing member of the Mercy Nursing Alumni Association. She maintained membership in Lacoma Golf Club, Ladies Association and Golf League. Marge was most proud of having been instrumental in founding the Dubuque County Association for Retarded Children in 1953, which would grow quickly to a membership of more than 100 parents. She and Frank remained active in the association long after the passing of their own developmentally challenged son, Kenny, in 1954.

Marge is survived by two children, Robert F. (Mary Kay) Urell and Kathryn A. Norman, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, James R. (Kerry) Urell of Dubuque, Julie A. Urell of Woodbury, MN, Sarah E. Norman of Boston, Heather A. Norman of Dubuque and Jennifer S. (Erik) Edwards of Racine, WI; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Elliot Edwards; and a sister, Leona F. (Donald) McGirk of Rockford, IL.

Also surviving are her stepchildren, Virginia (Ron) Hoefer and Mary Anne (Bill) Weidemann, both of Dubuque, John (Patricia) Erhart of Alamo, TX, Jim Erhart and Maureen Sheedy, both of Honolulu, Bob (Toni) Erhart of Keokuk, Terri (Rick) Kern of Minneapolis, Peg (Tom) Klun of Lakeland, MN, Carol Erhart and Zulkiffili Abu, both of Dublin, CA and Donna Erhart of Minneapolis; 19 step grandchildren and 14 step great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews in both families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son, Kenneth J. Urell; two infants at birth, Patrick Joseph and Margaret Ann Urell; a brother, Merle G. Beohm of Hemet, CA; two sisters, Relda M. (Gilbert) Philipp of Worthington and Gertrude A. (William) Kraus of Dubuque; a son-in-law, Wayne A. Norman Jr. of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law and a stepson, Bill Erhart.

Memorials may be directed to Nativity Church, Stonehill Care Center and Hills & Dales, all of Dubuque.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marge's physician, Dr. Brian Sullivan; nurses, Tabatha and Loralee; Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their extraordinary care and support.

 



Sister Jean Richter

Sister Jean Richter, age 88, of Sinsinawa, WI, was called home peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Motherhouse.

To honor Sister Jean's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel at the Motherhouse at 11:00 a.m. To celebrate Sister Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. in the Gathering Place Chapel at the Motherhouse. Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Jean was born on July 19, 1927, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Herbert and Margaret (Finley) Richter. She made her profession on August 5, 1948.

Sister Jean used her talents in many ways. A lifelong learner, her studies took her to universities in Madison, WI; New York; Fribourg, Switzerland and Paris, France.

Sister Jean taught in parish schools and the Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI, before beginning a 30 year commitment to the Edgewood College community in Madison. She served as faculty member and chair of the history department, assistant director of the Weekend Degree program, college archivist, and writer/editor of college publications. Sister Jean served five years as Dean of Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.

Those left to cherish Sister Jean's memory include,

her sister,
Margaret "Peggy" Wolfe;

a niece and nephew;

and the Sinsinawa Dominicans with whom she shared life for 67 years.

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



Thomas L. Hancock


Thomas L. Hancock, 67, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12:35 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. 

Funeral Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday February 5, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bergin, SVD Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa. 

He was born February 3, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa son of Calvin "Blackie" and Margaret V. (Cooley) Hancock. He received his education in the Western Dubuque schools. On September 21, 1968 he was united in marriage to Coleen Dardis at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 31 years. He was a member of the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, he joined at the age of 19, in 1968 and served for 45 years, in the capacity of paramedic volunteer and fire chief for 16 years. During his service he led a group of volunteers to complete the paramedic training in the 1980's and their department became one the first rural volunteer services in the state to become certified in advanced life support. He also served as former president of the Iowa Firefighter's Association and past president of the Dubuque County EMS Association. 

He was an Iowa Senator for 8 years until 2012, during which time he chaired a $635 million dollar justice budget. In November 2014 he was elected to the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. 

He was also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa. 

He is survived by his wife, Coleen Hancock and a son Steve Hancock both of Epworth, IA; a brother, Gary G. (Bonnie) Hancock of Epworth, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Micki Winders of Dubuque, IA, Margie Dardis of Dubuque, IA; Jack (Joan) Dardis of Farley, IA and Frank (Beth) Dardis of Peosta, IA. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Dardis and James Winders and a sister-in-law, Colette Kinsella. 

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Epworth Fire Department in memory of Thomas Hancock.



Madge M. O'Neill


Madge M. O'Neill, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully, after a short battle with leukemia and surviving from breast cancer for years, at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Madge's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. To celebrate Madge's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Madge was born on November 1, 1922, in Platteville, WI, the precious daughter of Lloyd and Myrtle (Carl) Kitto.

Madge was raised to be a faithful patriot and proudly invested her time and talents working in Washington D.C. during World War II. At the age of 22, Madge would meet and fall in love with Robert O'Neill. They would be united in marriage on December 2, 1944, in Chicago, IL. Their union would be blessed with 49 years together and 5 deeply adored children before Robert was called home on November 7, 1994. Madge was a delightfully gifted conversationalist at heart, but she would also graciously devote 25 years of her working career with her friends at the Interstate Power Employees Credit Union. Madge eventually learned to play cards and bingo; she also enjoyed traveling, reading a good book, dancing, listening to music, taking photographs and watching her flowers bloom. Madge loved to go out to breakfast with her daughter, Peggy, and lunch with her life long friends, Jeannie, Winnie and Marge. Madge was a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Madge has been called home now and her absence is felt in the depths of our human hearts where we can barely venture. We find slight moments of peace in knowing that her 93 years here on earth were abundantly full and her soul is now in her Savior's arms and once again reunited with her husband, Robert.

Those left to cherish Madge's memory include

her 5 children,
Gary (Carole King) O'Neill, Evansville, IN,
Jerry (Carol Gannaway) O'Neill, Clinton, WA,
Frank (Dawn Fischer) O'Neill, Stafford, VA,
Tom (Joyce) O'Neill, Clarksville, TN
and Peggy (Jim) Driscoll, Dubuque;

her 15 grandchildren,
Shannon (Jeff) Bonte,
Jennifer (Marvin) Carter,
Erin Goodrich,
Toby (Jay) Bergland,
Brooke (friend Cory) O'Neill,
Adam O'Neill,
Amanda (Cory) Martin,
Chandler O'Neill,
Brandon O'Neill,
Ryne O'Neill,
Daniel O'Neill,
Michelle O'Neill,
Melissa (friend Dustin) Thomas,
Heather (friend Luke) McIntyre
and Amber (Greg) Specht;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Lauren Bonte, Bailey Bonte, Shelby (Stefen) Brummer, Jacob (Brianna) Dyehouse, Peyton Goodrich, Nicole Goodrich, T.J. Bergland, Carter Bergland, Madison O'Neill, Audrey O'Neill, Phoebe O'Neill, Alaina Dennison, Adina Dennison, Isaac McIntyre, Evan Learman, Audrey Specht, Brianna Martin and Evelynn Martin;

and her 3 great-great-grandchildren,
Elliott Brummer, Emma Brummer and Lily Dyehouse.

Madge was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert; and two brothers, Donald (Doris) Kitto and Robert (Ann) Kitto.

A Madge M. O'Neill memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center and Luther Manor for all their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Thomas J. Cox


Thomas J. Cox, Jr. 91 of Dubuque Passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 5th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 Thursday, February 4, 2016 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Tom was born on January 11, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Thomas Joseph Cox Sr. and Winifred Viola Morgan. He graduated from Dubuque Senior high School. Tom married Shirley Ann Roggensack on October 18, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

In his early years he worked for Higley Chemical Company as a salesman and also worked for John Deere company in Dubuque. He then operated Cox Construction where he specialized in commercial and residential building and remodeling.

Tom loved to go on short daytime drives in the country with his wife Shirley, and in the evening dinner and dancing at various supper clubs around the Dubuque Area. Tom and Shirley were known for their beautiful dance steps that began at the old Melody Mill Dance Hall. When not devoting time to Shirley, Tom loved to spend time with his eight brothers and one sister playing Euchre and enjoying family outings.

He is survived by his children; Linda (Ron) Rusch, of Dubuque, Larry (Judy) Cox, of Mays Landing, NJ, William (Janet) Cox, of Elmwood, IL, and Nanette (Jim) Treanor, of Dubuque. His grandchildren; Christy Miller, Jesse (Jennifer) Rusch, Ryan (Christina) Cox, Shara (Steve) Silver, Rachel Treanor; seven great grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard Cox and Paul Cox.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, a daughter Diane, sister Dorothy, brothers Cletus, Louis, Roger, James, and Hugh.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Bell Tower Retirement Community for the loving care and support they provided.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Thomas Cox memorial fund.



Richard L. Burds


Richard L. Burds, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home at 5:55 a.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Richard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Richard's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum.

Dick was born on March 16, 1933, in Placid, IA, son of Frank C. and Nellie T. (Trilk-Wilkinson) Burds.

Dick worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years before he retired in 1992. Dick married Madonna M. Grant on October 1, 1955. They were blessed with 42 years together before she was called home on October 18, 1997. Dick found love again and married Carmen Myhre on August 25, 2001. Dick enjoyed working with his hands and was considered a finish wood craftsman by many. Dick was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity and later, St. Joseph the Worker Church and volunteered many years to the Cub Scout Troop #10 as his boys were being raised. Dick was a dedicated family man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include,

his loving wife,
Carmen E. Burds, Dubuque;

his four boys,
Mike W. (Kathleen) Burds, Dubuque,
Pat F. (Wendy) Burds, Williston, VT,
Dan J. Burds, Dallas, TX,
Tim J. Burds, Chicago, IL;

his step-children,
Charity A. Myhre,
Daniel A. Myhre, both of Dubuque;

his 9 grandchildren,
Ben P. (Courtney) Burds,
Zachary M. Burds,
Sara E. Burds,
Jason H. Burds,
Jessica E. Burds,
Kaitlyn N. Burds,
Anthony S. Burds,
Margaret K. Gingrich,
Tyler J. Schmit;

and a brother-in-law,
Ray (Jeane) Grant, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Madonna; his siblings, Francis (Mary F.) Burd, Sabas Burd, Ambrose "Bud" (Florence) Burd, Eleanor (Carl "Whitey") Melchert, Jean (Merlin) Connolly, Ruth (Joe) Connolly, Shirley "Dawn" (Merrill) Streif; a granddaughter, Claire Gingrich; and his nieces and nephews, Virginia "Ginny" (Streif) Schueller, John M. Grant, Leo J. Streif, Carol A. Connolly and Arnold "Butch" Melchert.

A Richard L. "Dick" Burds memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor, especially Diane, for all of their sincere and compassionate care.

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

 



Patricia A. Prine


Patricia Ann Prine, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on April 2, 1937 in Darlington, WI, daughter of Irving "Pat" and Julia (Kendall) Nevels.

Patricia was fortunate to find the love of her life, Robert L. Prine, early in life and they would be united in marriage on May 7, 1955. They would eventually move to Dubuque to raise their five boys and be blessed with the opportunity to spend 60 wonderful years together. Patricia would devote over 15 years of her life to foster parenting and humbly accepted her ability to directly change the life of a child one day at a time. Patricia richly impacted many lives during her 78 years here with us and her primary driving forces of faith and family have been clearly instilled within those she loved for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her husband,
Robert Prine, Dubuque;

her children,
Robert (Lucinda Kruser) Prine, Kieler, WI,
Donald (Nancy) Prine,
David (Laurie) Prine,
Dwaine Prine,
Jim (Tarry) Prine, all of Dubuque;

her sister,
Pauline (Clinton) Halverson, Darlington, WI;

her 16 grandchildren,
Jen (Jason) Fitzpatrick,
Brian (Ginger Weidemann) Prine,
Rob (Barbie) Prine,
Charlotte (Albert) Martin,
Christa Kruser,
Martin (Briana Bishop)Kruser,
Amanda Schroeder,
Eric (Shannon) Prine,
Nicole (Scott Back) Prine,
Trish (Aaron Blakeman) Prine,
Jessica (Adam) Koeplin,
Joshua (Kathrin Willer) Prine,
Rob (Felicia Zimmerman) Freund,
A.J. Prine,
Michaela (Jon) Root,
Brandon "Fuzzy" (Courtney Durbala) Prine;

her 21 great-grandchildren,
Keegan, Declan, Annabel, Katlyn, Graedon, Ethan, Ash, Morgan, Madison, Aubrey, Emma, Tessa, Ethan, Gavin, Samara, Oliver, Austin, Memphis, Colton, Alexis and Graeme

and her numerous nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her dear friends and husband Robert's parents, Howard (Myrtle) Prine; a daughter-in-law, Linda Prine, her sister, Lu (Loren) Elmer; her sisters-in-law, Jill (Lyle) Schwartz, Rosemary (Paul) Prine, Becky (Toby) Prine and Juanita (Phillip) Prine; her brothers-in-law, Merlin (Isetta) Prine, Phillip (Juanita) Prine, Toby (Becky) Prine, Jerry (Bev) Prine and Dwaine (Bess) Johnson.

A Patricia A. Prine memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, and her granddaughter, Nicole, for all their loving and compassionate care and support.

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

 



Michael E. McFarland


Michael E. McFarland, 75, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Mike was born on November 24, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John and Dorothy (Healy) McFarland, both of whom preceded him in death. A Mass of Christian celebration will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque, where friends may call at 9:00 AM prior to the service. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date, with U.S. Navy rites accorded.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Mike was a graduate of Loras College and served in both foreign and domestic locations as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Mike's understanding and mastery of science, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, history, church doctrine, and music served him well as an educator and professional, including time as a teacher and principal, respectively, at St. Joseph the Worker and St. Wenceslaus schools. Mike's appreciation and respect for the nobility of public service allowed him to be elected as Dubuque County Auditor and also Chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party. Yet, it was Mike's simplicity, humility, and unconditional love of all people that provided him the gift of faith and serving others. Mike's "second act" in his life was not only his best, but it had a profound, positive impact on the lives of hundreds of people. A member of St. Patrick's, Mike's faith, devotion, and living in the spirit of Matthew 25:31 allowed him to quietly and diligently work to make the world a better, peaceful, and just place. Some of Mike's work included his role as Franciscan Associate, St. Patrick's/Cathedral Social Justice Committee, Dubuque Catholic Social Justice Network, Archdiocese Prison Ministry, Crossing Borders Dubuque, Just Faith, Bridges out of Poverty, Dubuque Downtown Christian Outreach Homeless Advisory Action Group, Hope House/Catholic Worker Guest House, 4 the People, Dubuque Rescue Mission Board of Directors, Homeless Advisory Council, and other social justice endeavors among many religious faiths and denominations.

Mike is survived by a sister, Marilyn (Gary) McDonald of Dubuque; a niece, Michelle (Joseph) McDonald-DeTomaso of Villa Park, IL; a nephew, Daniel (Shelly) McDonald of Dubuque, IA; and great nieces and nephews, Madelyn Jantsch, Alexander Jantsch, Ryan Jantsch, as well as Brennan, Connor, and Caroline McDonald.

In lieu of flowers and per Mike's wishes, donations can be given to Hope House/Catholic Worker House, the Dubuque Rescue Mission, or a charity committed to the mitigation of poverty and homelessness.

The family wishes to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to Michael's close friends, Richard and Mike, as well as the amazing, caring, and compassionate staffs at Mercy Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Anna Marie Bergan


Anna Marie Bergan, 99, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at her home in Strawberry Point.  She was born on September 8, 1916, in Arlington, the daughter of David and Marie (Betcher) Dempster.  Anna weighed 2 pounds 6 ounces at birth and spent the first days of her life in a shoebox on the cook stove oven door. She attended Taylorville Rural School and helped her family on the farm until her marriage.

On May 5, 1934, Anna was united in marriage to Leo Patrick Bergan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga.  Five children were born to this union, Kenneth, Venita, Marie, Shirley, and James.  Over the years the family lived in Clayton and Fayette Counties. Anna worked at various jobs including Goodrich Produce in Strawberry Point and the Fayette County Home. After retiring, she returned to Strawberry Point in 1978.

Anna was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her three daughters, Venita Wolleat, and Shirley Brandenburg both of Cedar Rapids, and Marie (Nolan) Knight of Strawberry Point; one son, Jim Bergan of Park City, Utah; a daughter-in-law, Jan Bergan of Edgewood; 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, in 1976; her son, Kenneth Bergan, in 2004; one great-grandson, Steven Harreld, in 2014; two sons-in-law, Ken Wolleat and Richard Brandenburg; two sisters, Iona Nading and Ethelyn Nading; and three brothers, James, David, and Russell Dempster.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Comfort, St. Mary's Catholic Church, or a charity of your choice.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Officiating: Rev. Richard Gaul

Visitation: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 5, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Strawberry Point, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Interment: Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry Point, Iowa

 



Alfred J. Puls


Alfred J. "Al" Puls, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Alfred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Alfred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Saint Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sherrill, Iowa.

Al was born on February 17, 1923 in Dubuque, son of Alfred J. and Hjerdis (Gronlid) Puls, Sr.

Al graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942 and would spend the next three years courting the love of his life, Florence Behr. They would be united in marriage on June 16, 1945 in Dubuque and were blessed with 70 wonderful years together and 8 beautiful children. Al would devote 43 years of his time and talents as a salesman with Behr Implement. After his retirement in 1986, Al would discover many new outlets to invest his time in. Whether it was countless hours with the Lyon's Club, building model ships, reading a good book or working a challenging suduko or crossword puzzle, Al could be found with a smile on his face and some well earned peace in his heart. Al was always willing to share his God given talents of working with his hands on any project that came across his path. His absence presents a deep sorrow in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him and thankfully the precious memories of his great sense of humor, his story telling abilities, his cheerful singing and dancing and his abundantly bountiful tomato seasons will help to provide a little reminder of how fortunate we are to have been touched by Al during his 92 years here with us.

Those left to cherish Al's memory include

his dear wife,
Florence Puls, Dubuque,

his children,
Roger (Cathy) Puls, Hoffman Estates, IL,
Linda Sangston, Dubuque,
Thomas (Cathy) Puls, Dubuque,
Deborah Puls, Dubuque,
Terrance (Janet) Puls, Cummings, GA,
John (Kathy) Puls, Davenport, IA
and Martin (Jennifer Haas) Puls, Lowell, AR;

his daughter-in-law,
Pat Puls, Dubuque;

his brother,
James Puls, IL.;

his 22 grandchildren,
Jeffery Puls,
Amy Puls,
Jason Puls,
Shannon (Joseph) Monroe,
Thomas Sangston,
Jimmy (Bernadette) Sangston,
Mark (Marcie) Sangston,
Debbie Sangston,
Jennifer (Eric Lientz) Sangston,
Christopher Sangston,
Jonathan (Ludmila) Puls,
Melissa (Robert) Scigliano,
Nicholas (Emily) Puls,
Jennifer (David) Rhomberg,
Sarah (Doug) Harris,
Shelby (Bill) Bryce,
Emma Puls,
Tyler Puls,
Katie Puls,
Jared Puls,
Connor Puls,
and Lindsay Puls;

his 26 great-grandchildren,
Amber Puls, Claire Monroe, William Monroe, Kevin Sangston, Geoffrey Sangston, Amanda Sangston, Tasha (Danny) Davis, Levi Lientz, Luke Lientz, Logan Lientz, Marcus Puls, Larissa Puls, Samuel Scigliano, Liliana Scigliano, Jacob Scigliano, Clara Puls, Amelia Puls, Madeline Rhomberg, Rachel Rhomberg, Grace Rhomberg, Isabella Rhomberg, Carter Harris, Ava Harris, Mila Harris, Billy Bryce and Christian Bryce;

and one very treasured great-great-granddaughter,
Kirra Davis.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Timothy Puls; a son-in-law, Charles Sangston; a sister, Jean (Conrad) Loepsberger; 3 brothers, Robert (Jean) Puls, William (Barbara) Puls and Charles (Kate) Puls; and a sister-in-law, Lois Puls.

In lieu of flowers, an Alfred J. Puls memorial fund has been established which will be graciously donated between Al's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Stonehill for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



George L. Flanagan


George L. Flanagan, 96 of Dubuque passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 at his sons home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Saint Raphael Cathedral With Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4 to 8 Monday, February 1, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

George was born on January 1, 1920 in Dubuque the son of George and Bessies (Harker) Flanagan. He is a US Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1946.

He married Enid Rudd on September 16, 1941 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded him in death on April 15, 2012. He worked at H & W Motor Freight for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 421. In retirement he was very active with Saint Raphael's Cathedral helping out where ever he could he also helped out at Leonard Funeral Home for many years. He was also a member of the saint Vincent de Paul Society.

George was also a good family man and enjoyed spending time with his family especially at the cottage at Leisure Lake.

He is survived by his son George (Mary Lou) Flanagan of Dubuque, his four grandsons George (Lisa) Flanagan, Tom (Stacy) Flanagan, Mike (Peggy) Flanagan and Bob (Tina) Flanagan, eleven great grandchildren, Olivia, McKenzie, George III, Jon, Cory, Matt, Dylan, Logan, Connor, Taylor, Charley Flanagan, and three great great grandchildren, Braley, Kendyl, and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Enid.

In lieu of flowers a George Flanagan memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ringold, Dr. Whalen, Hospice of Dubuque and Tri State Dialysis for all their wonderful care they gave to George.



Oneta F. Wherry


Oneta Faye (Ballew) Wherry, 94, formerly of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at Green Hill Nursing Home in West Orange, New Jersey.

A funeral service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6. Visitation with family will be held in the Parish Hall one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Oneta was born June 7, 1921, in Norton, Texas, to Joe Clyde and Verdi (Ellis) Ballew. After high school, she graduated from Gail Business College in Abilene, Texas, and worked as an executive secretary in Abilene while attending two years at Hardin Simmons University. In 1943, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy (WAVES) and served until the end of WWII, attaining the rank of Yeoman 1st Class. Oneta was stationed in Oklahoma, New York, and finally in Seattle, where she met John Decker (Jack) Wherry. They married November 1, 1947, in Abilene, Texas, and she came home with Jack to Maquoketa, Iowa. For many years, Oneta helped Jack manage the family hotel and restaurant business at the Decker House. She became a travel agent and operated the Happy Travel Agency in Maquoketa for more than ten years.

Oneta worshipped at St. Mark's Episcopal Church for more than 60 years, serving the Women's Auxiliary, the Altar Guild, and on the Vestry. She was a founding member and two-time President of the Maquoketa Garden Club. She was also a founding and "Life Member" of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and an active volunteer with the Jackson County Historical Society.

Oneta was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her son, John Decker Wherry II; and her brother Johnny Dale Ballew. Those left to honor Oneta's memory include her daughter: Barbara (Robert) Meyer, Montclair, NJ; grandsons John (Siobhan) Meyer West Orange, NJ; Matthew (Nyjah) Meyer, Boca Raton, FL; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Maquoketa, or to Camp Courageous at www.campcourageous.org.

 



William F. Miller


William F. "Bill" Miller, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 1, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

William Francis Miller was born on January 3, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William N. and Edna S. (Tietjen) Miller. He attended Jackson country school and was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Leona H. Ehlers on November 25, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Steve, Diana and Brenda.

Bill had farmed in the Maquoketa area all of his life and had also sold seed corn for many years. In his younger years he had also worked as a school bus driver for the Preston Schools.

Bill had formerly served on the Preston Mutual Board of Directors and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards and going to the casino. He loved to stay busy all the time socializing, visiting with friends, or drinking coffee.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his children, Steve (Paula) Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA, Diana (Tom) Hooks of Moline, IL, and Brenda (Mark) Tebbe of Bellevue, IA; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Leona on May 14, 2000.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William F. "Bill" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Nicholas R. Hilby


Nicholas R. "Nick" Hilby, 31, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at home of natural causes.

A prayer service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, Illinois. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Nick was born on June 7, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Robert J. and Margie Ann (Freiburger) Hilby. He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 2002 and worked in construction for Galena Hillside Homes.

Nick loved farming, fishing, hunting, and endless games of euchre. He was also an avid Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Bears fan. The most important thing to Nick was spending time with family, friends, and his beloved dogs King, Bella and Sadie. Nick had a smile that could light up a room, along with an infectious laugh that got you laughing right along with him. He had a heart of gold and was always there for the people he loved. 

Surviving are his parents, Margie (fiancée Ron Roth) Freiburger of East Dubuque, Illinois and Robert "Bob" (Polly) Hilby of Menominee, Illinois; his sister Wendy (Jeremy) Werner of Menominee, Illinois, step-sister, Katie (Jake) Symmonds of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and step-brother, Ben (Alex) Pluemer of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; niece and nephew, Avery & Isaac Werner; grandparents, Mary "Mame" Freiburger of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Cletus & Lois Hilby of Menominee, Illinois; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nick was preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry "Hank" Freiburger, his aunt, Shelly (Freiburger) Reisen and his cousin Jared Fleege.

A Nicholas R. Hilby memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.



James L. McDermott


James L. McDermott, 91, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 surrounded by his family at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

A Celebration of life mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday February 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Jim was born on September 12, 1924 in Placid, Iowa son of James C. and Elizabeth (Connolly) McDermott. He was united in marriage to Anita M. Kramer on June 17, 1947 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth. She preceded him in death on November 29, 2006.

Jim worked on his uncle, Matthias McDermott's farm in Placid before working and later co-owning the McDermott-Ross DX station in Epworth while driving school bus for St. Patrick's school. He worked at John Deere Tractor Works for nearly 30 years prior to his retirement in 1987.
Jim loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved and owned horses most of his life. He liked FOX news, playing cards, mowing lawns, and showing kindness to everyone he knew. Jim was a loving caregiver to Anita. His family was his life.
Jim was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish, a charter member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club, a charter member of the Epworth Gun Club, a volunteer for 18 years on the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the UAW Local #94, and a member of the Epworth Knights of Columbus-Council #7823.

He is survived by two sons, Bernie (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA, Kenny (Bonnie) McDermott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Joanne (Chuck) Hawkins of Cascade, IA and Beth (Duane) Ostwinkle of Epworth, IA; twelve grandchildren, Trista (Troy) Kluesner, Travis (Julie) McDermott, Aron (Robyn) McDermott, Renae (Bruce) Bettcher, Angie (Tony) Jops, Ryan McDermott, Sarah (Nathan) Weipert, Sean Hawkins, Jill (Chad) Kluesner, Troy (Emily) Ostwinkle, Noel Ostwinkle, Billy Ostwinkle (friend, Miranda Horsfield); sixteen great grandchildren, Taylor, Trevor and Tyson Kluesner, Aidan, Halle and Julia McDermott, Jacinda and Sam McDermott, Myra Steffen, Max Bettcher, Claire and Beckett Weipert, Reid and Hudson Kluesner, Avery and Ayla Ostwinkle; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Kramer and a brother-in-law, Vince Kramer both of Epworth, IA, Jim (Nancy) Kramer of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by parents; his grandson, Jason McDermott; a great granddaughter, Joni Steffen; his brother, Orland (Mary) McDermott; sisters, Loretta (Andy) Less, Leona (Raymond) Konrardy, Mary (Merlin) Boffeli, Evelyn (Ralph) Simon, Cecelia (Walt) Horsfield and Calista McDermott; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard & Bernice Kramer, Fran and Ray Schmitt, Herb and Irene Kramer, Ed and Dola Kramer, Fred Kramer, and Connie Kramer.

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



Charlotte M. Holm


Charlotte Marie Holm died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Luther Manor.

A reception and service will be held at Luther Manor; 3131 Hillcrest Rd; Dubuque, IA (563-588-1413) on Friday, February 5. A visitation will be held at 2:30 in the Family Room and again following a service at 3:00 in the Luther Manor Chapel. A family memorial service and burial will be in Michigan this summer. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Charlotte was born 4/15/1931 to Edna Marie and Paul Joseph Rood in South Haven, MI.

Charlotte had 4 siblings and one half sister. Her childhood was spent between East Lansing, MI during the school year and the family farm near Covert, MI.

She attended Michigan State College where she received a bachelors and masters degree in Home Economics. It was there she met her husband William Chester Holm. They were married in 1953 and had one child, Christine Marie.

Her husband earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering and accepted a position at University of Nebraska. The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1962. She resided in Lincoln, NE over 50 yrs until relocating to Dubuque, IA where her daughter and son-in-law reside. She has been in Dubuque nearly ten yrs.

Charlotte had strong connection to family and people and was a great letter writer. She took a sincere interest in other people and was loved by many. For many years, summers were spent in MI at the family farm. She made many friends wherever she resided. She enjoyed her yard and garden. She did volunteer work, including teaching disabled adults. In Dubuque she enjoyed visiting family and going for rides with their golden retrievers. She made several friends at Luther Manor.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Ann Kloac and brother in law John Kloac; brother John Rood, sister-in-law, Geraldine Rood, sister-in-law Jean Allen, sister-in-law Carol Holm, and step grandson, Ricky Bowser.

She is survived by her daughter Christine Holm, son-in-law Rick Bowser, step grandchildren Tammy Bowser, William Bowser [Nadia] and step great-grandchildren Shawn and Sydney. Her half-sister Phyllis Holmes, brother Paul Rood, brother Richard Rood [Colleen], sister-in-law Connie Henley, and brother-in-law Philip Holm. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to The Luther Manor Good Samaritan Fund established in memory of Charlotte Holm to provide financial assistance to employees who have emergencies or special needs (Luther Manor, 3131 Hillcrest Rd. Dubuque, IA 52001-3908, Phone 563/588-1413,) or to the Maria House (1561 Jackson St., Dubuque IA, Phone 563/582-7480), or to the Humane Society, (4242 Chavenelle Road, Phone: 563/582-6766).

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for the good care provided.

 



Verna Mae Kelley


Verna Mae Kelley, 90, of Edgewood, Iowa, died at the Edgewood Convalescent Home on Friday, January 29, 2016.  She was born in Crossett, Arkansas, on May 25, 1925, the daughter of  Archie and Mae (Peacock) Johnston.

Verna was raised and educated in Collingston, Louisiana.

On July 28, 1945, Verna was united in marriage to Vernon Lloyd Kelley in Arkansas. Six children were born to this union.  Together they farmed in Clayton and Delaware Counties in their early years. They retired near Arlington and lived at Yankee Settlement in Edgewood until entering the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Verna enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and cooking, plus she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her six children, Bill (Ruth) Johnston of Carson City, Nevada, Edgar (Linda) Kelley of Mission, Texas, Linda (John) Millard of Floral City, Florida, Joyce (Steve) Everett of Edgewood, Stephen (Lois) Kelley of Manchester, and Shirley (Mark) Possehl of Grundy Center; 23 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon on August 27, 2012; four siblings, A.J. Johnston, Essie Lee Waites, Clarice Pennington, and Freeland Johnston; and three grandchildren, Chad Kelley, Jeffrey Kelley, and Lance Millard.

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating:   Pastor Mike Jackson

Visitation: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 , at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, and one hour before the service on Thursday.

Interment:  Oakland Cemetery  -  Manchester, Iowa.

 

 



Eugene L. Oberbroeckling


Eugene L. "Gene" Oberbroeckling, 83, of, Dyersville died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and the American Legion will gather at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 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.

Gene was born May 21, 1932, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Alphons and Anastacia "Stacy" (Lansing) Oberbroeckling. He was inducted into the Army in 1953 and served two years at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He married Marita Henkels on August 20, 1956, in Luxemburg, Iowa, and together they raised their family in Dyersville. Gene retired from the Western Dubuque School System.

He enjoyed coaching and has influenced many kids through Little League, Babe Ruth, and girls' softball. Gene loved their winter stays in Florida, many games of cards with great friends and grandkids, a good or bad golf game, a little fishing, cinnamon rolls in the morning, the Honor Flight, and the camaraderie of his fellow Legionnaires. His home was a safe haven for his family and their friends. His gentle kindness, encouragement, patience and non-judgmental character taught us much about humility and love. It's 5:00 somewhere dad, cheers!

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marita; 5 children: Sandy (Randy) Goerdt, of Algonquin, IL, Sheri (Greg) White of Rockford, IL, Russ (Deanna) Oberbroeckling of Tampa, FL, Doug (Cathy) Oberbroeckling and Ann (Steve) Spoden, both of Crystal Lake, IL; 12 grandchildren: Colin and Kyle Goerdt, Joe, Matt and Carrie White, Kelsey and Hannah Oberbroeckling, Chase and Morgan Oberbroeckling, Maxwell, Maddie and Carter Spoden; a sister, Clarice (Pete) Domeyer of Dubuque; in-laws: Herb Tegeler of Dyersville, Angela Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, Carrie Swingler of Benton Harbor, Mich., Pete Henkels and Geny Duehr, both of Dubuque, Therese (Dan) Engelken of Dyersville, Tony (Judy) Henkels of Cape Coral, FL, and Marge Bowerman of Coal City, IL, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Don (Charlotte) Oberbroeckling, Doris Tegeler, Betty (Marvin) Olsem, Ralph (Helene) Oberbroeckling; in-laws: Bud (Marilyn) Henkels, Tom Henkels, Ray Swingler, Marge Henkels, Donald Duehr.

Memorials are preferred to American Legion Post 137 or St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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



Mark S. Bellings


Mark S. Bellings, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 24, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. There will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Mark was born on November 7, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joye and Eileen (Rapp) Bellings.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed camping. Mark loved to be around his family and friends he always had constant smile on his face, was very sociable and always up for a good time.

He is survived by his siblings, Ruth (Paul) Dimmer, of Dubuque, Sheila Woods, of Zwingle, Iowa, Joye Bellings, of Bellevue, Iowa, Mary Jo (Joe) Churchill, of Peosta, Iowa, Gary Bellings, of Dubuque, Marsha (Dick) Oeth, of Dubuque, Timothy (Kimber) Bellings, of Bismarck, Arkansas, Alan (Cindy) Bellings, of Battle Creek, Michigan, Roger (Cindy) Bellings, of Fairhope, Alabama, Nancy (Robert) Feddersen, of Dubuque, Holly (Jim) Harvey, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Brian Bellings, of Dubuque, and Randy (Deb) Bellings, of East Dubuque, IL.

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

The family wishes to thank Mercy CVU staff and Dubuque Specialty Care Staff.

 



Bernard A. Fortmann


Bernard A. "Bernie" Fortmann, 50 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016 in Galena.
Family and friends may gather on Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Bernie was born on July 17, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Carolyn Bolton and Bernard Fortmann. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1984.
He was an avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinal fan, he also enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards and being a jokester.

Bernie is survived by his daughters Shelby Fortmann, of Minneapolis, MN, and Lexi Fortmann, of Sauk City, WI. Siblings: Dan Fortmann, of Dubuque, Terry (Judy) Fortmann, of Key West, IA, Karen (Mark) Goedert, of Holy Cross, Iowa, Kathy (Mike) Brokus, of East Dubuque, IL, Step-father, Richard (Sue) Bolton, of East Dubuque, IL. Three step brothers; Michael, Mark, and Brian Bolton along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a special friend Julie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sisters Joan and John Fortmann, paternal grandparents August and Elizabeth Fortmann, maternal grandparents Leo and Helen Moriarity. 

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital 5th floor medical staff, Galena Strauss Nursing Home and Hospice of Dubuque especially Jodi and Nancy for all their wonderful compassionate care.

A Bernard A. "Bernie" Fortmann Memorial fund has been established.



Helen F. Knight


Helen F. Knight, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 26, 2016, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, Jan. 31, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Helen Frances Knight was born on June 2, 1924 in Andrew, Iowa to Peter J. and Margaret E. (Hoffman) Jorgensen. She was a 1942 graduate of Andrew High School and married Kenneth E. Knight on June 2, 1943 in Waynesville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1993.

Helen had worked at Wells Bakery and then at Dolch's Bakery for many years. She also had worked on the assembly line at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 13 years.

Helen was a longtime bowler and had been a member of the Maquoketa Bowling Association for many years where she had served in many capacities including as past president, treasurer and secretary. She was a fantastic cook and baker. Before losing her vision to Macular Degeneration she was a beautiful seamstress, crocheted afghans, baby blankets, doilies, and many other items for gifting. She always dressed two dolls for the bank "dress a doll" each year.

Those left to honor Helen's memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Mary Ann Knight of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Jamie (and husband Jarrett Kaminsky) Knight of Mountain Top, PA, Josh (and wife Chaya) Knight of Maquoketa, IA, and Kristie (and husband Mark) Carr of Maquoketa, IA; 7 great-grandchildren, Sereina, Zaiden, Braden, Dalton, Tyson, Aliya and Jaxon; and a brother Marvin (and wife Gloria) Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 5 brothers, Glenn, Raymond, Robert, Carl and Henry; and 3 sisters, Thelma, Lorraine, and Gladys.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Helen F. Knight memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary Corrine Hansel


Mary Corrine Hansel, 92, of Elkport, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.  She was born on February 10, 1923, in rural Elkport, the daughter of James and Lucy (Heitman) Phelan.  Corrine was raised and educated in the Elkport area attending rural school.

On June 11, 1941, Corrine was united in marriage to Alfred Vernon "Bill" Hansel at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Garber. Together they farmed in the Garber area and later operated Bill's Place in Elkport. Corrine also worked as a cook in numerous locations for many years.  After Bill's death, she resided in Elkport until the flood of 2004 at which time she moved to Yankee Settlement in Edgewood, Assisted Living in Elkader, and in June of 2015 moved to the Guttenberg Care Center.

Corrine was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Garber until its closing, at which time she became a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.  She was a member of St. Michael's Rosary Society, St. Michael's Cemetery Board, and numerous other church organizations. Corrine also opened her home to anyone in need.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her seven children, Eldon (Patricia) of Edgewood, Dwight (Linda) of Elkader, Michael of Garber, Jeffrey (Susie) of Elkport, Scott (Lalene) of Elkader, Jon (Deb) of Greeley and Ann (Gary) Armstrong of Elkader; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Corrine was preceded in death by her husband, "Bill"; her son and daughter-in-law, Realto and Maxine Hansel; her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, LaVern and June Phelan and Thomas and Betty Phelan.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.  Con-Celebrants:  Rev. John Haugen and Rev Richard Gaul

Visitation:  3:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa, and one hour before Mass at the church on Thursday.

Interment:  Hansel Cemetery in Rural Garber, Iowa.

 

 



Jean E. Kruger


Jean Elizabeth Kruger, 71, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.  She was born on May 25, 1944, in Greeley, the daughter of Calvin C. and Etna A. (Fierstine) Kruger.  Jean was raised and educated in the Edgewood area.

Jean was disabled and resided at the Penn Center for several years and the past 11 years at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Jean loved music, visits from her family and friends, and poetry.

Left to cherish her memory are her seven siblings, Joyce (Jan Esch) O'Donnell of Strawberry Point, Judy Anton of Coggon, Clair (Maxine) Kruger of Littleport, Connie (Tom) Allyn and Fritz (Rev. Mary Green) Kruger, all of Manchester, Craig (Wendy) Kruger of Mt. Vernon, and Frank Kruger-Robbins of Boca Raton, Florida; a long time pen pal, Thelma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Dr. F.C. O'Donnell and Eugene Anton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

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

Memorial Service will  be at a later date.

 

 



Dr. WIlliam J. Mehrl, M.D.


Dr. William J. Mehrl, M.D., 92, of Cascade, Iowa, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of William may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a KC Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Services for William will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

He was born July 31, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Mary (Klinkhamer) Mehrl. He received his education in the Dubuque schools. He is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He served his internship in Detroit, MI. He practiced medicine in Manchester, Iowa until 1960 at which time he moved to Cascade where he continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 2001. He regularly made house calls and once made a house call in a blizzard on cross country ski's.

On September 8, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Peiffer at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 12 2007.
He was a World War II Army Air Force Veteran. He was retained in the U.S. Air Force to serve as an Radio/Radar Instructor for B-52 bomber crews.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, where he played the pipe organ for many years, a member of the Cascade American legion Post #528, and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #2001.

He is survived by 10 children, Margaret "Peggy" (Eric) Hoekstra of Hollond, MI, Catherine Ann (John) Bennett of Columbus, OH, Dave Joseph (Rong-ti) Mehrl of Plano, TX, William Gregory Mehrl of Lockport, IL, Julie Ann Mehrl of Albuquerque, NM, John Paul (Cheryl) Martin-Mehrl of Arlington Heights, IL, Thomas James Mehrl of Crete, IL, Suzanne Marie (Kevin) Peavey of Kingman, AR, Mary Jane Mehrl of Dubuque, IA, and Ann Elizabeth Mehrl of Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchild; and 1 brother, John "Rusty" Mehrl of Dubuque, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sr. Martha Mehrl; and two brothers, Robert and Martin Mehrl.

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



Jesse M. Ralston


Jesse M. Ralston, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Jesse's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, Jan. 29, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Jesse Marion Ralston was born on June 12, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Mckinley and Pauline Mae (Burkey) Ralston. His early years were spent in Canton, where he also received his education. He married Marilyn Krebs in Iowa and they later divorced. He then married Lois J. Needham on Sept. 24, 1973 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 15, 1993.

Jesse had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He then worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 18 years, and later did various jobs including working for Allied Steel and National Bi-Products. In retirement he helped run Countryside Rocking Karoake from 2004 to 2010.

Jesse enjoyed farm sales and auctions, coon hunting, farming, riding horses, and raising and selling coon dogs.

Those left to honor Jesse's memory include his children Jesse Ralston, Jr. of Rockford, IL, Timothy Ralston of Rockford, IL, Paula Ralston of Davenport, IA and Brian (Rosa) Ralston of West Liberty, IA; stepchildren David (Susan) Scott of Andrew, IA, Susan Scott of Beloit, WI, Patricia (Terry) Cahill of Delmar, IA and Kerry Scott of Maquoketa, IA; brothers John (Sandra) Ralston of Clinton, IA and Archie "Butch" Ralston of Monmouth, IA; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and his significant other, Paula Galusha of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Lucy, Lorraine and Elizabeth, brothers James Ernest and Paul, a step-son, Allan, and a step-daughter, Judy.

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



Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy


Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy, 84, formerly of La Motte, passed away January 24th, 2016 at Luther Manor.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th at St. Joseph Church Key West with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in La Motte. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Jeanette was born in Springbrook, IA January 9th, 1932 to Vernon and Hannah (Kloft) Homan. She went to the country school in Springbrook.

Jeanette married Eldon Nemmers of La Motte on August 5th, 1952 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, IA. He preceded her in death on July 11th, 1981. She married Clarence Konrardy on June 3rd, 1983. He died on Feb 3rd, 1988.

Jeanette was an active member of Holy Rosary Parish in La Motte until it closed. She also ran (and played in) countless euchre tournaments over the years.

Surviving are her children: Mike (Deb) Nemmers of La Motte, Kim (Mark) Cueno of East Dubuque, IL, Kevin (LaVonne) Nemmers of Springbrook, John (Donna) Nemmers of Asbury, Beth (Lee) Radil of Alexandria, MN, Brian (Teri) Nemmers of La Motte, and Terry (Nancy) Nemmers of Cedar Rapids, and two sisters-in-law. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husbands, Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lee Homan; a sister, Joanne Homan; a daughter Deborah; a son, Bruce; two grandchildren; her father- and mother-in-law, and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, and Luther Manor Nursing Home for all the care and kindness they gave to Jeanette.



James A. Locher


James A. Locher, 82, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Jim was born September 16, 1933, in Farley, IA, son of Lawrence R. Locher, DDS and Marie (O'Meara) Locher, RN. He married Ardis C. Herrig February 8, 1958 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Apple River, IL. She preceded him in death on August 15, 1994. He then married Patricia Lewis on July 3, 1999.

Jim worked at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque and Telegraphics in East Dubuque, IL. He also worked at John Deere and lastly at Carlisle Communications, retiring in 1995.

He was a Veteran of the Korean War from 1954 to 1956 stationed in Germany; then a member of the U.S. Army Reserves until 1961.

Jim was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 1960. He was one of the co-founders of the Tri-State Antique Classic Car Club in 1964 and held many offices over the years. He enjoyed boating, fishing, photography and outdoor activities in his younger years. Jim also enjoyed Sunday breakfasts with "The Gang" and Thursday night dinners with "The Boys".

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia; son Larry Locher, of Dubuque; two daughters, Beth (Dan) Kennedy, of Dubuque and Becky (Peter) Williams, of Godfrey, IL; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Neil) Dolphin, of Dubuque, Kate (Ryan) Eckhoff, of Cedar Rapids, Tyler (Tara) Kennedy, of Sherrill, Adam (Jenna Wehling) Kennedy, of Beecher, IL, Kathryn, Owen, Abigail and Sean Williams, of Godfrey, IL; four great-granddaughters, Raelynn and Madilyn Dolphin & Elliana and Annabelle Eckhoff; three step-children, Anita (Kevin) Honer, of Spring Green, WI, Kevin (Shannon) Lewis, of Janesville, WI, and Maureen (Michael) Blankenship, of Hopkinsville, KY; six step-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas (Catherine) Locher, of Philadelphia, PA; two sisters, Jane Locher, of Dubuque and Catherine Curphy, of Cascade; a sister-in-law, Mary Locher, of Sherrill; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ardis; a brother, John M. Locher and a sister Lois Buckley.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all their care and support.

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



Emma A. Fjellman


Emma A. "Emily" Fjellman, 99, of Luther Manor died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 26 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29 in Fountain Hill Cemetery, Deep River, CT.

Emma was born on October 22, 1916 in Chester, CT, daughter of Otto and Martha (Radtke) Korhummel. She married Henry L. Fjellman on April 29, 1939. He preceded her in death in March of 2005.

As a young girl she and her parents traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, and had been in all 48 states by the time she was 16 years old. One of her favorite stories was working for the author Jane Addams of Hull House during Addam's time in Connecticut. She worked for several years in the State of Connecticut's biological labs until she married Henry.

Emma has been very active in her church groups and has done extensive volunteer work in various church related hospitals. She was an active member of The Red Hats and Newcomers Groups.

Henry worked for various divisions of Rexnord Corp. and he and Emma lived in Springfield, MA, Milwaukee, Ellwood City, PA, and Danville, KY. In 1996 they moved to Dubuque.

Surviving are a son, Dick (Judie) Fjellman of Dubuque; two grandsons, John (Kris) Fjellman of Pewaukee, WI, and Keith (Lori) Fjellman of Des Moines, IA; and four great grandchildren, Sean, Ella, Sarah, and Derek. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Mildred Jones.

A special thank you goes to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor who have taken wonderful care of Emma and Henry over the past years. You certainly have been a blessing to both of them. Also thank you to the Hospice of Dubuque staff who have given comfort and solace during the last days of Emma's life.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Day School.

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



Kathryn E. Haag


Kathryn E. Haag, 88, of Monticello died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil will be held at 3 p.m.

Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10 - 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Kathryn was born August 28, 1927 in Monticello the daughter of James and Catherine (Rickels) Connolly. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School with the Class of 1944. She married Roman Haag on September 10, 1946. She was a telephone operator in Monticello for 10 years. After she raised her family she worked part time at the Monticello Shoppers Guide/Monticello Express until retiring in 2010.

Kathryn was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Study Club. She was a fan of her grandchildren, attending all of their functions in school and summertime. She was also a fan of the Cubs and Hawkeyes. She enjoyed bowling and gardening. She and Roman were very active members of Sacred Heart Church.

Kathryn is survived by 3 children: Jerry (Dianne) Haag, Tom (Tina) Haag and Marla (Jerry) Hinrichs, all of Monticello; 9 grandchildren: Aimee Haag Price, Jason, John, Dan, and Teresa Haag, Mark, Chris, Brian and Kayla Hinrichs, and 12 great grandchildren, a brother-in-law, Gregory Haag of New Orleans, and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Haag of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2004, a brother, Paul (Anne) Connolly, and several in-laws.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart School.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Margaret A. Bartels


Margaret A. Bartels, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Margaret's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, January 28, 2016, from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Margaret Ann Taylor was born on September 12, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John and Frances (Schmidt) Taylor. She grew up and attended several schools in the area and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1945. She married Harold A. Bartels on August 23, 1950 in Wyoming, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2015.

Margaret was a farm housewife. She enjoyed cooking/baking, flower and vegetable gardening, and shopping.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her daughters, Marcia Bartels of DeWitt, IA, and Lisa Bartels of DeWitt, IA; 2 granddaughters, Kelly and Kasey Bartels; 1 great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Bartels, all of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Wilma Taylor of Wyoming, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Mary in 1968 and son Norman in 2010, a brother Jack Taylor, and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Margaret A. Bartels memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert J. Rudzianski


Robert J. "Big Bobber" Rudzianski, 67 of Peosta, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to mass. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born March 30, 1948 in Anamosa the son of Joseph A. and Gladys L. (Joelson) Rudzianski. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College. Bob served in the United States Airforce during Vietnam. He owned and operated Rudzianski Buisness Equipment. Bob was a member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and was 3 times a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Dubuque Rotary Club. He was a longtime member of Thunder Hills Country Club and St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Bob loved to help others and to host friens and family at his home.

Survivors include his twin sons, Nick of Coralville and Tim of Cedar Rapids; siblings, Teresa (Bill) Heemsbergen of Troy, TX and Catherine (Nick) Marketis of Casselberry, FL.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Wound Warriors Project or the Gary Sinise Foundation in Bob's memory.

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



John E. Blaine


John E. "Ted" Blaine, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation is from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 25, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There will be a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service at the end of the visitation. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

John Edmund Blaine was born on July 7, 1919 in Gratiot, Wisconsin, to Thomas Bernard and Mary Alvina (Deadlow) Blaine. He grew up in Wisconsin and was educated in Wisconsin and Iowa. He was a WWII Army veteran, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, with one Bronze Battle Star for the New Guinea/Papuan Campaign. On November 25, 1949 he married Donna Mardell Everman in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union three children were born: John, Brenda and Jill.

"Ted" had a long career in the utility field. First working as a construction lineman, bringing power to people in rural areas for the first time. Later he worked for Iowa Electric Light and Power, retiring after 25 years as a lineman and a gas and electric serviceman.

John was a dedicated father and served as a boy scout leader and helped with various girl scout activities. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Maquoketa, the VFW #3633, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM. He was a 64 year member of the IBEW and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, playing cards, being outdoors, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor John's memory include his wife Donna Mardell Blaine of Maquoketa, IA; children John Blaine of Missoula, MT, Brenda (Scott) Banker of Clinton, IA, and Jill Blaine of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren Jennifer (Tyler) Doran and Alex Banker; 2 great-grandchildren Blake and Olivia Doran; a sister-in-law, Helen Wyatt of Corydon, IA; and 2 special nieces, Jerry Castor and Joan Langloss, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bernard, Francis and Robert, and sisters Mary and Cecilia.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John E. "Ted" Blaine memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Clifford O. Wears

Clifford O. Wears, 95, of Venice, Florida and formerly of Monticello, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Fr. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Clifford was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Solon, Iowa, the son of Everett and Mary (Mattas) Wears. He married Gladys E. Barta on Jan. 10, 1942, in Kirksville, MO.

Cliff owned and operated Wears Hatchery. Together they farmed near Solon, Cascade and Monticello for many years. They purchased International Harvester business in Monticello in 1962, which they operated until retirement in 1991.

His passion was flying since his early 20s. That passion led to the development and management of the Monticello Airport and Monticello Aviation.

He inspired many to achieve their goals, had high work ethics and mentored others.

Survivors include his children: Carolann Fairchild of Ankeny, IA, Ramunda Wears of Venice, FL, William Wears of Marshalltown, IA; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and special family friends the Menechino family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys, in 2001; a daughter, Paula (Larry) Rickels, in 2014; and 2 brothers, Dale and Paul Wears.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com or sent to: PO Box 791, Monticello IA 52310.



Francis Fischer

Francis "Fran" Fischer, 80, of Earlville, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Earlville. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Francis was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Earlville, the son of Leonard and Anna (Scherbring) Fischer. He married Sharon Hildebrand on May 31, 1965 in Earlville.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; and his 2 nieces, Judy (Tom) Kramer of Freeport, IL and Barbara (DuWayne) Grutt of Marquette, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother Arnold (Anita) Fischer, and sister-in-law Immogene (Chris) McCallum.

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



Richard K. Boyle


Richard K. Boyle, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the church. Cremation will follow the services and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Richard Kenneth Boyle was born on May 2, 1941 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Kenneth Sherman and Louise Elvira (Hansen) Boyle. He grew up in Humboldt and attended school through the 8th grade. He then moved to Eaton, Colorado, where he graduated from Eaton High School. He married Carolyn Jean Helvick on April 18, 1960 in Blue Earth, Minnesota and to this union three children were born: Deanna, Tim and Randy.

Richard had worked for PAMIDA in various locations as an assistant manager and manager for several years. In 1977, PAMIDA transferred him to Maquoketa where he and Carolyn made their home. He worked for PAMIDA for 14 years until taking a job with Derby/Coastal Mart in Maquoketa as store manager until his retirement.

Richard was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and had been to five bowl games. He loved spending time with his family and visiting Lake Okoboji and Colorado.

Those left to honor Richard's memory include his wife, Carolyn Boyle, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deanna (Brian) Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Dr. Tim Boyle of Marshfield, WI and Randy (Laurie) Boyle of Denver, CO; a brother, Greg (Jane) Boyle, of Marshalltown, IA; and 7 granddaughters, Allison, Emmalee, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Sarah, Darrah and Emery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard K. Boyle 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.



John Biays Moore Bowerman


John Biays Moore Bowerman, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Biays' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Biays' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in the Crystal Township Cemetery in Crystal Lake, IA.

Biays was born on September 2, 1924, in Towson, Baltimore County Maryland, son of Biays and Mary Alice (Moore) Bowerman.

Biays spent his formative years growing up in Ruxton, Maryland. Soon after his career began, Biays would find himself honorably serving his country in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War. Biays would meet his soul-mate, Lois Powers, while stationed at Pearl Harbor and they would be united in marriage shortly after, on November 24, 1951. Their union was blessed with 58 loving years together and 7 beautiful children. Biays' heart would be broken when Lois was sadly called home ahead of him on July 3, 2010. After his service in the Navy, Biays would successfully complete his Masters degree from Catholic University and begin his professional working career in the field of licensed social work with Catholic Charities in Baltimore and Bellingham. Biays moved his family to Dubuque in 1960 to continue his career with Catholic Charities and finally moved over to Medical Associates where he stayed until his retirement in 1989.

He was a longtime and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and would joyfully instill his firmly held Christian values into his growing family. In his free time, Biays would find time to help found the Dubuque County Genealogy Society and volunteer countless hours at the Carnegie Stout Library in Dubuque. Biays was always a proud husband, father and grandfather and family was clearly a priority in his life. Whether leading by example, or a simple word of advice; all loved by Biays would never have to doubt his devotion to them. His soul now rests safely within the arms of his Savior and he is once again reunited with his deeply adored wife, Lois. We will miss Biays dearly and yet find comfort in trusting that his wonderful memories will fill our hearts and minds for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Biays' memory include

his children,
Stephen (Janet) Bowerman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Joseph (Jane) Bowerman, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Anne Bowerman, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Stacie) Bowerman, Wilmington, NC,
Beth (Ken) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Rich (Jennifer) Bowerman, Hendersonville, NC,
and Pete (Sue) Bowerman, Makanda, IL;

20 grandchildren;

33 great-grandchildren;

1 great-great granddaughter;

2 siblings,
John (Gail) Bowerman, Frederick, MD,
and Theo Duffy, New Jersey;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Barbara Bowerman, Lutherville, MD,
and Elizabeth Bowerman, Ellicott City, MD.

Biays was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Smith; 2 brothers, David Bowerman and Daniel Bowerman; a sister, Shannon (John) Shure; and a brother-in-law, James Duffy.

A John Biays Bowerman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate and sincere care and support.

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

 



Arthur C. Tigges

Arthur C. Tigges, 95 of Dubuque, Iowa went to be with the Lord on January 19th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arthur was born on November 9, 1920 in Dubuque the son of Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges.

He married Lela (Close) Feipel on June 3, 1961 and she preceded him in death on April 4, 2011. Art worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co for many years and was a member of the UFCW Local #150 A.

Music was a great part of Art's life. He played in many Dubuque groups and at many local dances, and was a member of the Musicians Union. In his later years he enjoyed walking at the Kennedy Mall.

He is survived by his children Richard "Dick" (Pat) Feipel of Dubuque, Barbara (Roger) Schueller of Sherrill, and David (Doris) Feipel of Dubuque, a son-in-law Ed Kieffer of Florida, 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, his siblings Catherine Young of Dubuque, Joan Klaas, of Cuba City and Roger (Stella) Tigges of Dubuque, and a brother-in law Chuck Kruser.

He was preceded in death by his wife a daughter Beverly, brothers Gerald, Oscar and Wilfred "Butch", Tigges and sisters Martha Tigges, Elaine Kruser, and Marlene Nadermann.

In lieu of flowers a Arthur Tigges memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave to Art.



Donald A. Hess


Donald A. Hess, 75, of, Luxemburg, Iowa died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 of Pulmonary Fibrosis, at his home in Luxemburg with his wife Barbara at his side.

Visitation will be held 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with burial at a later date Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Don was born March 13, 1940 in Guttenberg, the son of Arnold and Hattie (Miller) Hess. He attended Luxemburg School and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He married Barbara Roling on October 6, 1964 in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family in rural New Vienna. He was a loyal employee at Dave's Feed Store for 50 years and retired at age 70 in 2010. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and his never ending garden. A special time of year was deer season with his good friends. Don was a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, 2 daughters: Jolyn (Paul) Schneider and Sherry (Pat Wombacher) Hess both of Iowa City, 2 sons; Bill Hess of Luxemburg and Carl Hess of New Vienna, daughter in law Jeanne Hess of Holy Cross, 12 grandchildren: Jordan, Haley, Grace Schneider, Nathan Hess, Josh and Rachel Wombacher-Hess, Cheyenne and Spencer Hess, Matt, Tyler and Brent Hess and Conner Hess, siblings: Correne (Cletus) Hellman of Ryan, Bernadette (Louie) Wiegel of Gratiot, WI, Leola (Tom) Sperfslage of Central City, IA, and Janice (Dan) Roling of Guttenberg, in-laws: Dan (Janice) Roling of Guttenberg, Mary (Eldon) Sasson of Dyersville, Richard Roling of Cascade, Lois (Bob) Forkenbrock of Dyersville, Duane (Judy) Roling of New Vienna, Dale (Alice) Roling of Dodgeville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randy Hess in 2006, siblings: Carl and Dennis Hess, Helene Oberbroeckling and Grace Roling, brother in laws, Leo Wedig and Ralph Oberbroeckling.

A Donald A. Hess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Amy with Hospice of Dubuque, and the many family and friends who stopped and visited Don during his illness.

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



Nancy L. Wells


Nancy L. Wells, 80 of Dubuque went to join the "love of her life" her husband of 64+ years Robert, who passed away November 20, 2015. She passed away peacefully, on January 19th, 2016 knowing her family was with her and celebrating her reunion with her husband.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23rd at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 22nd, 2016, from 2p.m. to 6p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:00 p.m.

She was born on October 4, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William and Martha (Utzig) Hanson. She married Robert A Wells, January 31, 1951. They had four children. William (Susan) Wells, Dubuque, Nancee (David) Frey, Bloomington, Ill. Michelle (Rick) Gansen, Cedar Rapids and Monica (deceased) (Tom) Ehlers, Dubuque. Nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was employed in her earlier years at Hanson Fruit Company. She has been a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Parish and the Dubuque Boat Club. She loved spending time with her children and all the grandchildren, playing cards, baking and cooking.

She is survived by (favorite companion Bitzy), Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and sisters Billie (Kenny) Rowles, Dubuque, Karen (James) Kraus, Cuba City, a bother-in-law Joseph (Camilla) Wells, Dubuque, a sister-in-law Shirley (Austin) Wells.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64+ yrs, Robert A. Wells, parents, William and Martha Hanson, brother-in-law Austin Wells, sister-in-law Audrey (Eugene) Niday and a daughter, Monica Ehlers.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
The family thanks the staff of Luther Manor, Unity Point Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care and kindness during this time.



Betty Arlene (Dodds) Myatt


Betty Arlene (Dodds) Myatt, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa with her daughters at her side.

A memorial service celebrating Betty's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, January 30, 2016 from the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. In addition, friends and family are welcome to a visitation held prior to the services from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, at a later date.

Betty Arlene Dodds was born to William Francis and Clara Catherine (Schmidt) Dodds at their home in Maquoketa on July 4, 1926. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Glenn Cassin Myatt on December 5, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, and they became the parents of Pamela Jo, Lon Fredric and Laura Ann.

While finishing high school, through WWII and until marriage, Betty worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator and night chief. She then farmed with her husband north of Lost Nation/south of Baldwin for many years.

Betty was a member of P.E.O. Chapter BX of Maquoketa, Maquoketa Women's Club, and First United Methodist Church and its women's circles. She previously had been a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as an ordained elder.

Betty enjoying roller skating in her younger years, dancing, baking breads, gardening, playing cards/bridge, sewing (particularly special occasion clothes), and supporting her family's activities (especially musical performances). She loved "Christmas Celebrations" and went all out to make them memorable times for her family and friends.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughters: Pamela (David) Crawford of Maquoketa, IA and Laurie (John) Helmers of Stewartville, MN; 4 grandchildren: Angela Quick (Erik Iverson), Karma Quick (Asit Panwala), Karisa Myatt-Brown (Stacy Brown) and J. Myatt Helmers; 4+ great-grandchildren: Brennan, Hunter and McKenna Brown, Miles Iverson, and expected Baby Girl Panwala; 2 step-granddaughters and their families: Kelli (Roy) Lines of Dubuque, IA and Kristi (Kent) Bennis of Delmar, IA; a sister Maxine (Dodds) Wanger of Dubuque, IA and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Dodds of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Francis and Leonard, sisters infant Catherine, infant Anna and Sheryl Dodds Fletcher, son-in-law Larry Quick in 1982, and her son Lon in 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Bethany Home in Dubuque, Hospice of Jackson County, First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa or the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

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



Edgar J. Cosgrove


Edgar J. (Ed) Cosgrove, a lifelong "Dubuquer", passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the age of 90. Ed battled melanoma & Guillain-Barre Syndrome over the last years of his life.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday January, 23, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2 - 7 p.m., Friday, January 22 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9 - 10 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. A wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Ed was born on December 12, 1925, son of Alice Bennett Cosgrove and Vincent Cosgrove. Ed attended St. Patrick's and Nativity grade schools. He was a graduate of Loras Academy.

He joined the Army as a 17 year old teenager and was honorably discharged as a mature man. Ed served in France and Germany during W.W. II, attaining the rank of sergeant. He served with the 70th Infantry Division, landed in Marseille, France in December 1944, and saw action in Phillipsbourg, Saarbrucken, and through the Siegfried line. He ended his service as part of the occupational forces in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ed was very proud of serving his country in the U.S. Army, and in his later years, felt more at ease sharing some of his "near death experiences" that he and many other servicemen endured during the war, with his family and friends. He was honored and moved to participate in the very first Honor Flight from Dubuque.

Ed worked at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque as a purchasing agent, supervisor/buyer, and production controller, retiring in 1982 after 34 years of service.

Ed married Elizabeth (Betty) Wickham in 1948. To this union, was born Michael J Cosgrove & Mark A. Cosgrove. Ed & Betty were married for almost 23 years until Betty preceded him in death in 1971. Ed married Rose Marie Meier Farrey, in 1973, blending two families. They celebrated 42 years of marriage in October.

Ed was a true avid outdoorsman. Some of his favorite pursuits were fishing, hunting, golfing, and traveling throughout the United States. Ed & Rose enjoyed several cruises, especially their Alaska Land & Water Cruise. Their trip to Europe in 2005 was a highlight of their travels together.

Many weekends found Ed & Rose on their pontoon boat on the Mississippi River. Ed would be fishing while Rose would be enjoying the sun. Following his favorite sport teams - The Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings - was another favorite past time. Ed also found contentment grilling on the deck for Rose, his children and grandchildren while sipping "a good Manhattan". The family Christmas Eve celebration will always be remembered as "the BIG ONE!"

Ed was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He was the family "go -to person" for solid advice and "Mr. Fix -It!" Dad's values and integrity will always influence and inspire us. We have all been fortunate to have him at the helm of our family.

Those left to cherish his memory includes his spouse, Rose Cosgrove; children, Michael (Connie) Cosgrove of Dubuque, Mark (Sara) Cosgrove of Cedar Rapids; Ramona (Bill) Vincent of Galena, IL, Renee Farrey of Dubuque, Rod (Janet) Farrey of Dubuque, Robyn (Allen Brown) Farrey of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Benjamin, (Amy) Cosgrove, Lara (Alex) Fowler, Patrick Cosgrove, Ryan (Kate) Cosgrove, Brandon (Amber) Stadel, Barret Stadel, Matthew (fiancée Maddie Sadecky) Farrey, David Farrey, Greg Farrey, Michael Farrey; and great grandchildren, Allegra Cosgrove and Lydia Fowler. Ed is also survived by his sister, Rosemary (Bruce) Moorhead of Port Angeles, WA; sisters-in-Law: Ruth Williams, Shirley (Larry) Bowden; and brothers-in-law, William (Paula) Meier and Greg (Sue) Meier.

Preceding Ed in death was his mother, Alice Gala, father, Vincent Cosgrove; step-father, Dominic Gala; sister-in-law, Arlene Meier Hayek; and uncle & special friend, Burton Bennett.

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

A Edgar Cosgrove memorial fund has been established.

Ed & Rose wish to thank their children and grandchildren for all their love and support throughout their marriage and especially now through Ed's illness. The family especially appreciates the care and concern of Ed's Hospice nurse, Melanie, and additional Hospice care givers, especially Heather and Angela, Dr. Caceres & his nurse, Jackie, and our special family nurse, Janet Farrey.

"May joy be with you while you stay ...May peace be with you on your way."

 



Bernard S. Fallis


Bernard S. "Bernie" Fallis-Andrews, age 71, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:03 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care, 2935 Kaufmann Avenue. To honor Bernie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Bernie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Bernie was born on April 19, 1944 in Rosebud, South Dakota, son of David Andrews and Leona Fallis. He was fond of growing up on his Family Ranch for most of his early childhood. He learned to be a skilled bareback horse and bull rider. Going to any rodeo and jumping on was a favorite pastime. He was a brave man!

After graduating from the Mission Indian Boarding School in 1961, Bernie married Patricia Marie Jensen and joined the US Navy. After an injury, Bernie was Honorably Discharged and shortly began his life long career in the upholstery business. While Bernie was enjoying his new found success in upholstery, he became a highly skilled driver at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota.

After his racing career ended, like many middle aged men, he found the game of golf. He had many golfing friends and "always had a good time." After parting ways with Patricia, Bernie moved to New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada.

He eventually met and married Linda Hansen-Beckley on December 7, 2000 in Las Vegas. They've been blessed with 16 years together. In his free time, Bernie could be found enjoying a few minutes sitting at the penny slots or with a bright smile on his face sitting next to his lovely wife, Linda, for a competitive evening of bingo with friends. Bernie has been called home now after living a full and exciting life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Bernie's memory include
his wife,
Linda Andrews, Dubuque;

his 6 children,
Todd Andrews,
Rodney Andrews,
Robyn Andrews,
Marty Andrews,
Casey Holt
and Stephanie Holt;

his step-son,
Richard (Diane) Harkey;

10 grandchildren;

and 6 brothers and sisters.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kurt Andrews.

A Bernard S. Fallis-Andrews memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful and compassionate care and support.

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

 



Lorita E. (Bailey) Hefel


Lorita E. (Bailey) Hefel, 73, of Greeley, Iowa, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lorita may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. There will be no public services. Burial will be held in Immaculate Conception cemetery in North Buena Vista, Iowa at a later date.

She was born May 26, 1942 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Hiram and Gladys (Whitlock) Pierce. She received her education in the rural Epworth area schools. On April 18, 1959 she was united in marriage to Carl A. "Carly" Hefel. She drove a school bus for the Western Dubuque School District for many years. She enjoyed children and loved to read.

She is survived by three children, Genevieve Hefel (and her spouse, Peggy Strub) of Dubuque, IA; Debra Hefel of French Town, IA, and Carl D. Hefel of Greely, IA; 4 grandchildren, Melissa Zittergruen, Erika Bandilla, Carly and Courtney Hefel; 2 great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Brady; 2 sisters, Vera Finzel (& Darwin Goeschel) and Donna (Mike) Loetz, both of Colesburg, IA; one brother-in-law, Dale Sweet, of Giard, IA; and one sister-in-law, Sandy Pierce, of Millville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Hefel, on Oct. 8, 2000; 6 brothers, Robert "Bob", Bill, Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce; and 4 sisters, Myrtle Kruse, Martha Pierce in infancy, Jane Sweet and Jean Wall.

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



Gerald L. Koss


Gerald L. "Jerry' Koss, 87, of River Bend Assisted Living and formerly of 23576 Pleasant Grove Road, Placid, Iowa, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:15 a.m.at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding assisted by Jerry Koopmann with Eucharistic Ministers Wayne Brunsman and Maty Brunsman. Mass servers are Nathan Kramer, Brooklyn Brock and Dalton Kramer. Lectors are Karen Kooss and Kaylee Koss. Placing of the pall will be done by Mary Ann Koss, Sheryl Brindle, Denise Brunsman, Sue Koss and David Koss. Giftbearers are Allison Koss, Robin Koss, Kelly Brock and Danielle Hoefer. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650. Honorary pallbearers for Gerry: Adolph and Charlene Nezerka, Gene and Rosie Erenberger, Ray and Sally Gudenkauf, Bernie and Joellen Erenberger, Bud Lingel, Phyllis Fiala and Doris Divoky.
Casketbearers for Jerry: Wade Brunsman, Brent Brunsman, Ross Brunsman, Scott Hoefer, Todd Hoefer, Mike Brock, Chuck Brindle and Wayne Brunsman.

He was born Jan. 22, 1928 in Ely, Iowa, son of Louis J. and Emily (Petrak) Koss. He received his education in the rural Ely area schools. On April 29, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dohnalek at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Mount Vernon area until 1975 at which time they moved to Placid.

He is an Army veteran, having served in the Korean war. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a member of the Iowa & National Ayrshire Associations, having served on the board of directors, and a member of the Ely American Legion Post #555.

He was a kind and gentle man, who always had a smile for everybody. He loved sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a great passion for Ayrshire cattle.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Koss of Placid, IA; four children, Sheryl (Charles) Brindle of Clarion, IA, Denise (Wayne) Brunsman of New Vienna, IA, Sue Koss of Clinton, IA, and David (Karen) Koss of Epworth, IA; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Freshour of Marengo, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Wilmer & Margaret Koss; and a brother-in-law, Hersh Freshour.

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



John D. Healy


John D. "Jack" Healy, 76, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. There will be an additional visitation from 10 to 10:45 Friday at the church prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Jack was born Feb. 2, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Leonard and Rita (Lattner) Healy. After the death of his mother, he was raised by his father and stepmother, Velma Lattner. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1957. He married Virginia Briggs on Feb. 24, 1968 at St. Columbkille.

Jack worked in the LP gas business for his entire life, first owning a business with his father, then working for other businesses, mainly Thermogas for over 30 years.

After his retirement, Jack enjoyed fishing and "putzing around" in the garage. He enjoyed taking friends and grandchildren to Apple Canyon to fish.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two children, Lorri (Larry) Liddle of Dubuque and Robert (Wendy Woodward) Healy of Hazel Green, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ashley (Joe) Davis and their children, Griffin and Gavin; Mitchell (fiancé Tiffany Link) Liddle, and Amanda Knoble; three step-grandchildren, Colt (fiancé Alyssa) Fairchild, Courtney (Andrew Skinner) Koob and their daughter, Olivia Skinner; and Haley Fairchild and her son, Chance Gronnen. He is also survived by five siblings, Janaan Burns, Tom (Beverly) Healy, Connie (Carlton) Thomas, Denny (Mary) Healy, Diane (Carey) Healy-Klaus and Joseph (Julie) Healy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Robert C. Healy and Patricia Hash.

Memorials may be made to the John Healy Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Matthew J. Burks


Matthew Jordan Burks, 30 of Dubuque, passed away. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, January 22, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost, 2981 Central Ave., Dubuque. Family will greet friends and loved ones 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with a time for family and friends to share memories at 8:00 pm. on Thursday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery next to his grandmother.

Matt was born May 12, 1985 in San Diego, California, the son of Donald L. and Rebecca A. (Pfohl) Burks. He grew up in Dubuque where he graduated from Wahlert High School in 2003. Matt excelled in basketball where he earned All-Conference and All State honors, and was T.H. all area in 2003. He earned MVP in the State of Iowa All Star game after the conclusion of his senior season. During the summer months, Matt enjoyed competing in the Prime Time League against University of Iowa, UNI, and professional basketball players where he was consistently one of the top five scorers in the league. Matt continued his basketball career at Highland Community College and playing his final years of college basketball at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, earning defensive player of the year. During his college career he was fortunate enough to meet teammates from all across the world and was able to appreciate the beauty of many different cultures and embraced them all. He enjoyed spending time with his family, the love of his life Josey, fishing, swimming, riding motorcycles, snowboarding, and playing basketball. He will also be remembered for his generosity to others, his witty sense of humor, and loyalty to all that he loved. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Rebecca A. "Becky" Burks of Dubuque; his father, Donald "Donny" L. (Karen) Burks of Asbury; a brother, Nathan Burks of Dubuque; step sisters, Ashley Young of Coralville, Brianna Young of North Liberty, Cristina Young of Asbury; fiancé, Josey Pfannenstiel; maternal grandfather, Joe Pfohl of Dubuque; paternal grandparents; Claudia Elmore of Dubuque, Jose' (Bev) Sterrett of Sauk Village, IL; aunts and uncles, Jeff (Tracy) Pfohl of Des Moines, Cheryl Sims of Country Club Hills, IL, Candice Davis of Bessemer, AL, Maria Scott of Sauk Village, IL, Emma (Kevin) Hong of Louisville, KY; cousins, Tiffany, Airion, Rikki, Pharris, Cejai, Victor, Henry, Brandon and Zach; beloved godmother, Mary Ann Lansing; and a host of friends and former teammates.

Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandmothers, Judy Pfohl, Linda Peterson; cousin, Mark "Sparky" Van Blarcom; and an uncle, Albert Louis Burks, Jr.

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

Memorials may be sent to Dupaco Community Credit Union c/o Matthew Jordan Burks.

Matt's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for all of the support and out pouring of love they have received during this difficult time. 

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



George Jr. Bowling


George Jr. Bowling, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, January 23, 2016 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. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

George Jr. Bowling was born on April 18, 1929 in Galena, Missouri to Roy and Mae (Cupp) Bowling. He grew up in Missouri and came to work in a Stave Mill in Bellevue when he was 23 years old. This is where he met and married the love of his life, Elinor M. Beaman. They were married on September 12, 1952 in Bellevue, Iowa.

George had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 28 years as line chaser and as a pack line supervisor.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing guitar, and playing cards especially Euchre.

Those left to honor George's memory include his wife Elinor Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; sons Everett (Brenda) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA, and Tom (Tina) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law Jeannie Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Charles (Ruby) Bowling of Crane, MO; and a sister Ida Mae Cypert of Crane, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Gilbert, sisters Thelma and Mayme Lee, and a son Kenneth Bowling Sr. on March 23, 2012.

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

 



Alice M. Olberding


Alice M. (Ries) Olberding, 93, of Dyersville died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, surrounded by her family at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Thursday, January 21, prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Dole. Rev. Carl Ries will concelebrate.

Alice was born September 8, 1922, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Francis and Eleanore (Fangmann) Thole. She married Elmer A. Ries. Together they raised 5 children until his death in 1953. She continued to raise her family and ran the farm. Later Alice married Richard Olberding August 19, 1967, in New Vienna, Iowa. He also preceded her in death.

Surviving are 5 children: Francis (Pam) Ries of Dubuque, Sharon (Bob) Demmer of Dundee, Elaine (Carl) Burkle and Eldon (Patti) Ries both of Dyersville and Elmer (Carla) Ries of New Vienna, 22 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren; two sisters: Viola (Irvin) Klosterman of Manchester and Rita Mae (Floyd) Feldmann of Edgewood; in-laws: Clarinda Thole of Manchester, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, Mabel Kronlage of Monticello, Gene (Darlene) Olberding and Jim (Katie) Olberding, both of Dyersville, Grace (Donald) Hermsen of Luxemburg, and Shirley Olberding of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Elmer in 1953, her second husband, Dick in 2007, 2 grandsons: Ryan Ries and Jeff Ries, five brothers, Lawrence, Francis, Charles and Alfred Thole, Linus (Bernadine) Thole and one sister, Mary Ann (Fred) Wessels, in-laws: Clete Feldmann, Nettie (Paul) Pitz, Joe (Armella) Ries, Matt (Julia) Ries, Don (Esther) Ries, Louis Kronlage, and George Olberding,

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

 



Robert L. Schlueter


Robert L. "Bob" Schlueter, 89, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, died Saturday, January 16, at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating. Visitation will also be held at St. Anthony's from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born on Sept. 26, 1926, in Dubuque, son of Leo B. and Helen (Ott) Schlueter. He graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College.

On May 9, 1959, Bob married Ellen Walsh at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Bob joined the Schlueter Insurance Agency with his father and Uncle Frank Schlueter in 1949. He was eventually joined in the agency by his brother Tom, and went on to become President of the firm. Along with Cy Friedman and Ted Ellsworth, they formed the local Independent Insurance Agents of Dubuque Association in 1953, an organization that exists to this day.

Bob loved baseball, bowling and golf. He started playing organized ball for his father in his early teens, and went on to play for years with the Dubuque White Sox and Dubuque Star Brewers, two of the premier semi-pro teams in the area during the 1940's and 1950's. He also played minor league baseball for one year for the Janesville, WI. affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, where an elbow injury cut his professional baseball career short. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, where he joined his father, his Uncle Joe and brother-in-law Merle "Bud" Ross, as well as several of his teammates.

Bob bowled in local leagues for over 40 years, beginning in the 1940's. A highlight was being named the Dubuque Bowling Associations All-Event champion in the 1959-60 season. He was also a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association's 700 Club.

He enjoyed singing, and was a member of numerous local choirs throughout his life.

He was active in many fund raising drives, including Stonehill Care Center, The American Cancer Society, Wahlert High School and Loras College.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen, of Dubuque; his children Steve (Cathy Healey) Schlueter of Dubuque, and their daughter, Jenny; Barbara Schlueter and her son, Matt DeMoss (and fiancée Samantha Bergfeld) and daughter Brianne Schlueter, of Dubuque; and Sarah (Jeff) Foxen, and their son Ben Foxen and daughter Grace Foxen of Waukee, IA; and great-grandson Mason DeMoss; his siblings Jane Ross of Iowa City, IA., Joe (Rosie) Schlueter of Mason City, IA; Bernie (Judy) Schlueter of Dublin, OH.; and Helen (Ed) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA.; and 49 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers John (Patricia) Schlueter, Tom (Dorothy) Schlueter and Leo (Judith) Schlueter; infant siblings Joseph, Eileen and Helen Schlueter; and a brother-in-law, Merle "Bud" Ross.

Memorials may be given to the Robert Schlueter Memorial Fund.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Jennifer Mohr, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

"Take two and hit to right".



Jeannette M. Brenner


Jeannette M. Brenner, 82, of Dubuque died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be 11:30 Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

She was born July 21, 1933 in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Leo and Minnie (Deninger) Bohnsack. She married Jacob Brenner in 1966 in Manchester, Iowa, he preceded her in death in July 2006.

Jeannette was an avid reader, and cared for and nurtured her nine children. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Dubuque Eagle's Club.

She is survived by eight children; Ken (Jackie) Brenner of East Moline, Ill., Dan (Sandy) Brenner of Dubuque, Kathern (Thomas) Kress of Dyersville, Sharon (Joseph) Amling of Jesup, Iowa, Jacob John (Donna) Brenner Jr. of Amherst, Wisc., Joseph (Lucy) Brenner of Hanover, Ill, John Brenner of Dubuque and, Jeff Brenner of Dubuque; 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Melody Villa; two brothers, Vernon and Norman Bohnsack; a sister, Marion Davis and a granddaughter, Maggie Kress.
Memorials may be made to Jeannette Brenner Memorial Fund.

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



Janet A. Noel


Janet A. (Wirzbach) Noel, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Friday afternoon, January 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A/M, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit - Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, with Fr. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3 P/M to 7 P/M, on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3 P/M, Monday. Visitation will continue at the church, on Tuesday, from 9:30 A/M to 10:15 A/M.

Janet was born on April 30, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Nauman) Wirzbach. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1965. She married Thomas J. Noel, on October 6, 1973, at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, IA. Tom preceded her in death on September 7, 2015.

One of Janet's earliest jobs was at Sunnycrest Manor and in later years she was employed at KMart for many years.

Janet bowled for many years, was in card clubs with many in-laws and friends, loved good food and a glass of wine, loved to sew, and loved going to the casino's. She was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. Her grandchildren were also very special to her.

Surviving are her three (3) children, Travis Noel and Tara (Andrew) Trifone, of Dubuque, IA, and Tyler Noel, of Austin, TX; her two (2) grandchildren, Logan and Adeline Trifone; her siblings, Susan (Robert J) Miller, of Dubuque, IA, Robert (Jeanette) Wirzbach, of Dubuque, IA, Karen (Donald) Curler, of Dubuque, IA, Jean Wirzbach (Kate Hoover), of Roseville, MN, and Thomas (Angela) Wirzbach, of Dubuque, IA; her in-laws, David Noel, of East Dubuque, IL, Carla (Dale) Ernst, of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Kathy) Noel, of Streamwood, IL, and Michael (Lisa) Noel, of Dubuque, IA; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Mildred (Nauman) Wirzbach; her husband, Thomas; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Alice (Rahe) Noel; and a nephew, Christopher Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a Janet A. Noel Memorial Fund has been established. Janet's family wishes to "thank" Dr. Mark Hermann and staff, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care given to Janet over the past several years!

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



Richard J. Sullivan


Richard J. Sullivan, 88 of Dubuque died Thursday, January 7, 2016 after a long illness.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 19 at Grand View United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. A Masonic service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard was born on January 9, 1927 in Dubuque the son of Richard J. and Kathleen (Orr) Sullivan.

He served in the United States Army during WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific.

Richard graduated from the University of Dubuque, earning his Bachelors of Arts with a minor in chemistry.

On Sept. 1, 1950 he married Janet (Buchan) at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago; she preceded him in death on August 4, 2014.

Richard was extremely active in the Dubuque community. He was a member of the Masonic Temple and Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Dock Board, Dubuque County Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was very proud of educating members of our community in water and hunter safety through various programs in the Tri- States and local schools; teaching at Eco- Meet in concert with the DNR and Army Corps of Engineers. He also volunteered with the local Red Cross.

Many happy days were spent with family and friends in the Coachmen Camping Club and the Mobile Nobles unit of the Shriners.

Surviving are his daughters, Elizabeth Ann Sullivan, of Dubuque and Sandra Lynn (Max) McCullough, of Waterloo, IA; son, Richard John Sullivan, of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Erin and Laura McCullough; two great grandchildren, Ella and Lucas; and brothers, Paul (Judy) Sullivan and Tom Sullivan.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and 7 siblings.

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

 



Fern L. Dorothy


Fern Louise Dorothy, 89, of Dubuque, died peacefully Wednesday morning, January 13, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, with family at her side.


Friends may call from noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 18, at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Visitation will be followed by a brief service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Dianne Grace Presiding. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens in Key West.

Fern was born on August 10, 1926, in Coatsville, Missouri, daughter of Ruby and Perry Severs. She was a woman of many talents, excelling in artistic endeavors throughout her entire life. As a young woman, she was a hairdresser, a floral designer, and even played piano in a Dixieland jazz band while studying at the Missouri Art Institute in Kansas City. She married Robert in 1944, in Washington D.C., where he was stationed in the Navy. She was influenced by the art of Albert Handell during this time. After Bob's time in the Navy was up, they ran a newspaper in Otsego, Michigan and then moved to Kent, Ohio, and then Gary, Indiana, eventually landing in Dubuque, Iowa, when Bob took a position with the Dubuque Industrial Bureau. Their four children kept Fern busy, but she found time to sew clothes for her girls; knit intricately patterned sweaters, hats and mittens; make doll clothes and Halloween costumes; run a household; paint; be a Girl Scout volunteer; rescue stray animals; entertain and play Bridge; make quilts; and cook amazing meals every single night. Through it all, she kept on playing the piano, filling her home with happy music.

After her children were grown and began families of their own, Fern began to get serious about her art, and her talent was further honed. She studied at both Clarke and Loras Colleges and was greatly influenced by local artist Frank Licciardi. Later, she painted at Mount Carmel's Robert Kuhn Center, with Sister Faith Lautz. Fern worked in pastels, watercolors and acrylics, but her preference was oils. She participated and won awards in several local art shows in Omaha, NE, where they lived for a few years after Bob retired. She loved to paint live models and resisted taking any commissioned requests. "I refuse to paint something to match someone's living room," she once said. In 2006, at the age of 80, and after having survived three strokes, she had her first art show at Divine Word College's Weyland Art Gallery in Epworth, Iowa.

The music continued as well. When Bob and Fern moved to a retirement facility in Dubuque, she played piano there, entertaining residents and guests.

Surviving are her three children: Phil, of Iowa City, Kathy (Roger) Loewenberg of Peosta, and Becky (Scott) Wodrich, of Key West; her son-in-law Jerry "Holmes" Brown, of rural Peosta; seven grandchildren: Mike (Kelly) Drapeau of LeClaire, IA, Lisa Dorothy of Joliet, IL, Sara (Bill) Mitchinson of Elburn, IL, Lisa (Hans) Johnson of North Liberty, IA, Chris (Val) Loewenberg of Dubuque, IA, Megan (Jeff) Lancioni of Franklin, WI, and Ryan (Emily) Brown of Peosta, IA; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Paul; her daughter, Nancy; her husband, Robert; and her daughter-in-law, Cheryl.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Fern and the support offered to her family.



Kathleen C. Runde


Kathleen C. "Kathy" Runde, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:08 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Charlie Fizer officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Kathy was born on March 8, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Willard "Jiggs" and Helen (Kaiser) Driscoll.  She married Ronald P. Runde on October 31, 1993 in Dubuque.

She was a 1968 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.  Kathy was the owner and operator of the Kats Meow Bar in East Dubuque which she purchased in May of 2009. She loved cats, the Green Bay Packers, racing and Harley Davidsons'.

Surviving is her husband Ron, a daughter Tammy (Andy) Forman of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, a step-daughter, Nicole (Bob) Meisenburg of East Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Dude Dagel, Morgan Patters, Cael Patters, Griffin Forman, Lexee Forman, Jayden Meisenburg and Ella Meisenburg; her sister, Donna (John) Feller of Dubuque; her mother-in-law, Shirley Runde, her-in-laws, Mike Runde, Nancy (Jim) Puls, Tim (Heather) Runde, Jeff (Cheryl) Runde and Greg (Julie) Runde  and nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law, Paul Runde, two nieces, Lori Lynn Feller and Amelia Runde.



Raymond J. McCarthy


Raymond J. McCarthy, 70 of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 18, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. , where a scripture service will begin at 6:00 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ray was born September 2, 1945 in Dubuque the son of William and Alice (Johnson) McCarthy. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Ray married Victoria Herrig on June 22, 1968 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, IA. He worked for John Deere Works Dubuque for over 35 years, then JRB and most recently at Green Industrial. Ray enjoyed spending time with all his family and relatives. He enjoyed traveling, collecting coins, going antiquing, golfing, and collecting John Deere memorabilia. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection, Moose Lodge, and Tri-State Coin Club.

Survivors include his wife Victoria; children, Todd (Candie Prate) McCarthy of Portage, Wisconsin, Tina (Eric) Wilkinson of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Ashton and Cannon Wilkinson; siblings, Darlene (Don) McElwee, Carl (Carol) McCarthy, Roger (Joyce) McCarthy, Dennis (Judy) McCarthy, and a sister in-law, Carol McCarthy; his extended family whom he considered brothers and sisters, Ron (Becky) Herrig, Carol Postel, John (Sally) Herrig, Mary (Steve) Gibbs, Joan (Marty) Jess, Marge (Pete) Hau, Jess (Paula) Herrig; special family friend, Fr. Paul McDonald; beloved dog, Jax; numerous nieces and nephews; and many great friends.

Ray was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Ann in 1982, his parents; father and mother in-law, Alvin and Mercedes Herrig; siblings, David, Dwight, Donald "Joe", nephews, David and Michael Poquette; brother in-law, Brent Postel; nieces, Lindsey Gibbs and Erika Marsh. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Donald W. Durkop


Donald W. Durkop, 86, of Elwood, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.

Funeral services will be held at the Elwood Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be held in the Elwood Cemetery.

Don was born Oct. 10, 1929, at home near Elwood to William and Grace (Bock) Durkop. He married Jeanette Meyer on June 24, 1956, in Preston.

Don served in the Korean Conflict from December 1952 to 1954 as a U.S. Army Sergeant.

Don was a member of the Elwood Methodist Church, Lost Nation American Legion and the Maquoketa Farm Bureau.

Don loved his family and friends, and enjoyed being a lifelong farmer raising livestock and grain. Farming was his passion.

Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Jeanette; and loving family, one son, Paul (and Pat) Durkop of Lost Nation, IA; two daughters, Diane (and Keith) Hurd of Lewisville, TX, and Doris (and Will) Davis of Hot Springs, AR; four grandsons, Dallas and Dane Durkop and Clay and Brock Davis; and two sisters, Dolores Aude of DeWitt, IA, and Phyllis (and John) Botkin of Marion, IA.

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

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to the Lost Nation American Legion, Lost Nation Firemen or a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Joe Larkin


Joe Larkin, 89, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Msgr. James Miller as concelebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Visitation will be on Monday, Jan. 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a family rosary will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Joe was born on Sept. 14, 1926 in Bernard, Iowa the son of James and Mary (Gaule) Larkin. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He married Patricia McDermott on Nov. 28, 1951 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray.

Joe owned and operated Larkin Trucking in Bernard for over 40 years. He also farmed and was a member of St. Patrick's Garryowen Parish and the rosary society. He was a member of the Bernard Fire Dept. for many years where he served as Chief.

Joe loved to be around horses and enjoyed a good mule.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; four children, Linda (Rick) Gleason, of Dubuque, Jim (Kay) Larkin, of Bernard, Ann (Wane) Kurt, of Cascade and Dan (Sue) Larkin, of Bernard; nine grandchildren, Megan Wichman, Shannon Gleason, Pat Larkin, Joe Larkin, Avory Kurt, Dylan Kurt, Adrianne Kurt, Rachel Kremer, and John Larkin; and one great-granddaughter, Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and a grandson, Brian Gleason.

In lieu of flowers a Joe Larkin memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Home Instead, Hospice of Dubuque especially Jeanette for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Clarence B. Guler


Clarence B. "Smiley" Guler, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 13, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday until time of service. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Clarence was born on May 29, 1933 the son of Bartholomew and Hilda (Johnson) Guler. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Ruth Joann Sanders on May 10, 1958 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Smiley worked at John Deere for 31 years until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 57 years; two children, daughter Laura (Jon) Ehlinger, of Phoenix, AZ, and son Jeff (Lorrie) Guler, of Theresa, New York; four granddaughters, Jamie (Simon) Thompson, Casey (Nate) Allen, Meghan Guler, and Shannon Guler; two great-granddaughters, Ainsley and Emily Thompson; four sisters, Jeanette Friesinger, of Phoenix, AZ, Lucille Kachevas, of Rock Island, IL, Bernice Beresford, of Dubuque, abd Doris Huber, of Dubuque along with many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Manor for their loving care given to Smiley, also to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or for MS research.



Aloysius S. Neuhaus


Aloysius S. "Oops" Neuhaus, 87, of Dyersville died Friday, January 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion service at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Al was born July 8, 1928, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Martha (Jacobsmeyer) Neuhaus.  He married Dorothy A. Weber on October 7, 1954, in Trenton, New Jersey.  Together they both served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War.  Al served in the Army while Dorothy was in the Navy.  He was a carpenter who also worked on the City of Dyersville Street Crew.  He was a member of the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and served on the Dyersville Commercial Club Board from 1974-1976, was inducted into the Dyersville Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and also enjoyed golf, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include his two daughters: Diane (Dave) Schuster of Dyersville, Lori (Randy) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, son-in-law, Mark Tegeler of Dyersville, 6 grandchildren: Abby (Josh) Moore, Adam (Jennifer) Schuster, Jodi Tegeler, Megan (fiancé Jordan), Kelsey and Brianna Digmann; step grandson, Jeff Tegeler, 3 step great grandchildren: Max and Maddie Tegeler and Makayla Paar.

siblings: Inez (Clair) Fannon of Edgewood, Don (Mary) Neuhaus of Dyersville,

in-laws: Marilyn Weber of Earlville, Dick Anthony of Dubuque, and Marie Neuhaus of Manchester, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy in 2012, one daughter, Deb Tegeler in 2014; siblings: Lavern Neuhaus and Joann Anthony, a brother-in-law: Art Weber, a niece, Chris Horsfield and a nephew, Steve Anthony.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Deb Hocking and Sandy Recker for their special loving care.

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

 



Elgene S. (Schmidt) Mesch


Elgene S. "Jean" (Schmidt) Mesch, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 13, 2016, at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m.

Jean was born on May 26, 1921, in St. Donatus, Iowa, the daughter of Ferdinand and Catherine (Geber) Schmidt. Her formal education ended with 8th grade, but she took up her studies again in mid-life and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School GED Program at age 50 in 1971.

She was a resident of Dubuque, and a member of the Church of Nativity and parish Rosary Society for nearly 70 years. Committed to community service, Jean was a Girl Scout troop leader, served on the Dubuque County Democratic Party Central Committee for many years, volunteered with the Phone-a-Friend Crisis Line, and volunteered at Mercy Medical Center for more than 20 years until she was 89 years old. Following her first career as wife, mother and homemaker, she was employed as a Housemother in the dormitory at Finley Hospital School of Nursing from 1978 until the school closed.

Jean was known for her unconditional love, acceptance of others, sharp wit and wisdom. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She taught by example and was admired by everyone who knew her.

Jean is survived by her children: Fred (Machrina) Mesch, Terry (Lori Miller) Mesch, Randy (Carla Gibbons) Mesch, Lori (Rick) Schmitz, Lana (Malcolm) Taylor, and Leta (Bruce) Palmer; grandchildren: Francisco (Nikki) Mesch, Teresa (Gregorio Chiesa) Mesch, Jacy Mesch, John Mesch, Jilli Mesch, Suzi Mesch, Kiley Schmitz, Abigail Schmitz, Kathryn (Jeremy Siwek) Cantrell, Daniel Palmer and Genevieve Palmer; great-grandchildren: Gabriel Mesch, Palmer and Yaella Cantrell Siwek, Sonia and Nadia Mesch Chiesa; former daughter-in-law Becky Mesch; four sisters-in-law: Catherine Schmidt, Lorraine Schmidt, Erna Schmidt, and Irma (Mesch) Gibbs; one brother-in-Iaw, Clem (Arlene) Mesch; Baby Iris and her driver, Ivy Tott; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvin J. Mesch; six siblings: an infant sister, Mary, and five brothers: Elmer Schmidt, Harold (Helen) Schmidt, Wilmer (Dolores) Schmidt, Louis Schmidt, Donald Schmidt; three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law: Robert & Dorothy (Mesch) Marshall, John & Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler, and Donald Gibbs.

Her family would like to thank the devoted staff of Bethany Home who showed only love and compassion to Jean during her too brief time there. She was content and happy at Bethany, and always had a bright smile and cheerful words for her caregivers.

Memorials will be divided among the Church of the Nativity Rosary Society, Bethany Home and the Sisters of Mt. St. Francis.



Sharon J. Jaeger


Sharon J. Jaeger, 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18th at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:45 p.m.

Sharon was born on June 19, 1941 in Monticello, Iowa the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Hultgren) Clough. On November 8, 1958 she married David C. "Dave" Jaeger at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Dave preceded her in death in 2006.

Sharon was a homemaker and business partner with her husband. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children; Tamie (Keith) Coates, of Alden, Iowa, Crystal (Mark) Schnee and Jeffrey (Michele) Jaeger, both of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Amanda (Sameer Vishwanathan) Coates, of Austin, Texas, Jamie (Nick) Brown, of Storm Lake, IA, Kyle Schnee, Jesse (fiancé Mackenzie Welter) Jaeger, and Jordan Jaeger, all of Dubuque along with one precious great granddaughter, Addison Brown. She is also survived by two sisters, one brother, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Stonehill Care Center especially the skilled floor and 3rd floor staff, Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center staff and emergency room staff, Dr. Heidi Townsend, Dr. Marsha Horwitz and Dr. Umesh Chakunta for all the support and care given to Sharon and her family.



Wilbur Lee Grover


Wilbur Lee Grover, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Wilbur's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 18, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Wilbur Lee Grover was born on May 14, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa to Wilbur Thomas and Laura (Harp) Grover. From the age of 15 he was raised by Milton and Era Bowman. He was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School where played football and was a member of the historic 1957 WAMAC Championship team. On August 22, 1959 he married Faith Ellen Reyner at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and to this union two children were born, Tim and Debbie.

Wilbur had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time. He then worked for the Penrose family at the Penrose Hardware, Tire and Battery Store for 15 years. He retired from Ralston-Purina in Clinton where he worked as a machine operator for over 30 years.

Those left to honor Wilbur's memory include his children, Tim (Ruth) Grover of Miles, IA, and Debbie (Roy) Wilhelm of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Fisher, Sondra (Mike) Powers, and Jasmin (Ben) Schmidt; 10 great-grandchildren, Christian Lee Keith Schmidt, Emma Kay Schmidt, Donnie Olson, Logan Brundage, Tanner Brundage, Caleb Fisher, Justin Fisher, Tyler Michels, Austin Michels and Faith Michels; several half brothers and sisters; and a very special friend of the family, Annie Johnson of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Laura Grover and Milton and Era Bowman, a sister Nellie, and his wife Faith.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilbur Lee Grover memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roberta Giltner


Roberta Giltner, (66), of Dubuque, passed away January 12, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be Monday, January 18, from 3:00 to 7:00pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Funeral Services will be at St Peters Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, followed by a fellowship meal. Rev. John Sorenson will officiate.

Roberta was born October 3, 1949, the daughter of Bob and Lavora Flemming (Camp)

She married Gene Giltner on July 2, 1972 at Preston, Iowa

Roberta is survived by her Husband, Gene, of Dubuque; her Children, Catherine Giltner, Port Washington, Wisconsin; Geoffery (Megan) Giltner, Staunton, Virginia; and Robert (Amber) Giltner, Dubuque, Iowa; Grandchildren Corwyn and Kira; and Sisters Rebecca (Marc Dembling) Flemming, Rachel (Jim) Gray, Ruth (David) Meyers, Renee (Dan) Herrig, and Rae Ellen (Ken) Smith.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Memorials may be made to Lord of Life Lutheran Church Handbell Choir Fund, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mill Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank all those who have supported us in our time of need.

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



Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey


Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey, 63, of Harlingen, TX, passed away at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, on Sunday, January 3, 2016, after being hit by a car on December 28. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2015 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Deacon Bill Bussan will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.melbyfh.com.

Christine was born in Platteville on October 22, 1952 to Patrick W. and Geneva (Henry) Cullen, the second of nine children. She attended St. Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Platteville High School in 1970. She then attended UW-Platteville. In 1972 she married Roger Allen of Rewey, WI. They had a daughter, Angela in 1973 and a son, Michael in 1976. Roger and Angela both died in an auto accident on May 1, 1976 in Anamosa, IA. In 1982 she had her second son, Shane. Christine met Dewain Manthey of Dubuque, IA, in 1994; they were then married in 2001 and moved to Harlingen, TX. Dewain preceded her in death in 2008. Christine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 439 of LaFeria, TX. She also served as vice president of the Adams Park Board. She enjoyed euchre and karaoke. A memorial service was held at the American Legion Lodge in LaFeria, where friends and relatives attended. Chaplain Kathy Billington officiated.

Christine is survived by her sons, Michael Allen (Barb Reinsbach) of Platteville; Shane (Jessica) Prescott of Columbus, WI; three grandchildren, Caleb, Patrick, and Raylee Prescott; her mother, Geneva M. Cullen (Diwiatt Barker) of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Ron (Linda) of Cape Coral, FL; Kelly (Amy Frey Garza) of Ballanger, TX; Kevin (Wendy) of Belmont; Brian (Barry Tamminga) of Monroe, WI; Brent of Shullsburg; sisters, Cindy (Mike) Symons of McFarland, WI; Lori (Paras) Reddy of Platteville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger and Dewain; daughter, Angela; father, Patrick W. Cullen in 2002; and brother, Paul Cullen in 2013.



Glenn E. Beck


Glenn E. Beck, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Glenn's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, January 15, 2016, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Glenn Edward Beck was born on August 27, 1922 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Gottlieb and Meta (Petersen) Beck. He attended Jackson County country school and graduated 8th grade on August 10, 1938. He married Mavis Susan Bies on August 25, 1953 in Bellevue, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2015.

Glenn first farmed with his parents in rural Maquoketa and later farmed on his own in rural Jackson County. In 1970 he started his own livestock hauling business which he operated until his retirement.

Glenn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed dancing, visiting the farm and animals each day, and playing cards, especially euchre.

Those left to honor Glenn's memory include his 4 children, Steven (Stephanie) Beck of Dubuque, IA, Kevin Beck of Delmar, IA, Debra (Kevin) Pfab of Bernard, IA, and Patty Allen of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Dunn, Kristina Strohbehn, Krystal (Chris) Shannon, Tiffany (Chad Thomas) Frey, Kyle Wiest, Cody Beck, Emily (Travis) Dontje, Alex Beck, Mathew (Alicia Ashline) Pfab, Elizabeth (Matt) Turnis; 13 great-grandchildren, Allie, Gracie, Ryanne, Corbin, Jenna, Logan, Audrey, Phoebe, Cordelia, Zach, Charisma, Katie and Sophie; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Howard, and 2 sisters Eleanor Lawrence and Dorothy Gruenwald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Glenn E. Beck memorial fund has been established.

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



Marvin Edwin Vaske


Marvin Edwin Vaske, age 79, of Garnavillo, IA, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 001 S. Industrial Park Rd. in Garnavillo, IA, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 14, and one hour before service at the church. Funeral service will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10:30 AM Friday, Jan. 15, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo, IA.

Marvin was born to Edmund & Anastasia (Hermsen) Vaske on April 8, 1936, in New Vienna Iowa. Marvin graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School where he enjoyed baseball, basketball and being a Mass server. Marvin entered the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 to 1957. He then married Patricia Langel of Luxemburg on Feb. 8, 1958 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They were later blessed with 6 children.

Marvin & Pat farmed for 43 years together, enjoying his Holsteins, green equipment and working the land. He also drove school bus for Clayton Ridge School District and worked for ABS until he moved to Garnavillo. Marvin served on St. Joseph's Parish Council, was a Eucharistic Minister, Mass Server and was a member of the church choir. He also served on the Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission. Marvin enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved to trap shoot.

Marvin is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Patricia; children Randy Vaske of McGregor, Cheryl (Darwin) Funk of Vinton, Lynne (Michael) Finnegan of Colesburg, Janet (Pat) Harris of Moore Haven FL, Rhonda (Stan) Mueller of Sherrill and Glen (Tiffany) Vaske of Tiffin; twelve grandchildren, Marie Funk, Nick (Lindsey) Funk, Michelle Finnegan, Brianna Finnegan, Ethan Harris, Taylor Harris, Nathan Harris, Adam Mueller, Emily Mueller, Joseph Vaske, Delaney Vaske and Lauren Vaske; 4 great-grandchildren, Kylie Robertson, Hailey Robertson, Owen Funk and Gavin Funk; four siblings, Doris Goedken of Earlville, Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville, Charlie (Donna) Vaske of New Vienna; sister in law Mary Vaske of Dyersville; and many other relatives and friends. 

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Chris & Erin Mueller; brother Ralph Vaske; and two brothers-in-law, Floyd Goedken and Marty Bockenstedt.



Pearl L. Dubler

Pearl L. Dubler, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Pearl was born on Oct. 18, 1923 in Dubuque County, daughter of Fred and Alvina (Tinkham) Schaumburg. She married Lewis A. Dubler on May 23, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 2010.

She was employed part-time at J.C. Penney for 20 years.

Pearl enjoyed traveling as well as shopping.

She is survived by her children Paul Dubler of South Beloit, IL and Linda Dubler of Dubuque; a brother, Fred (Cora) Schaumburg; and a sister, Betty Duehr.

In addition to her parents and husband Lewis, she was preceded in death by her brother Don Schaumburg and a sister, Irene Sabers.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home for the wonderful care of their mother.



Roger R. Klostermann


Roger R. Klostermann, 81, of Worthington, Iowa, died Monday, January 11, 2016 at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Roger may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Roger will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa, with Rev. Jeff Dole Presiding. Military honors will be afforded by Dyersville American Legion Post #137. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa at a later date.

Roger was born Jan. 12, 1935 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Aloysius and Clara (Willenbring) Klostermann. He received his education in the Worthington rural country schools and the Dyersville schools. On Jan. 21, 1961 he was united in marriage to Mary Wallace at St. Columbkille's in Dubuque, Iowa. He was employed at Theisen's in Dyersville. The couple also farmed in the Worthington area. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having served in Panama. He was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Klostermann, of Worthington, IA; four children, Bob (Bonnie) Klostermann of Athens, GA, Mike (Beth) Klostermann of Ankeny, IA, John (Lori) Klostermann of Ottumwa, IA, and Susan (Bryan) Rieken of Manchester, IA; 5 grandchildren; one brother, Erwin (Viola) Klostermann, and one sister, Clarinda Thole, both of Manchester, IA; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Klostermann, of New Vienna, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerald Klostermann; and one brother-in-law, Fritz Thole.

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



Patricia L. Berry


Patricia L. "Pat" Berry, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will continue from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Church.

Pat was born on July 10, 1923 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Mark and Florence (Darling) Taylor. She was united in marriage to Thomas R. "Tom" Berry on May 26, 1956 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fort Dodge. Tom preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2004.

Pat was a homemaker and previously worked for the Navy Ordinance Department in Washington, D. C. during World War II and later was Deputy County Recorder for Webster County, Iowa. She and Tom moved to Dubuque in 1962 where they were members of St. Raphael's Cathedral Parish and former members of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are four daughters, Julia (Steve) Seymour of McKinney, Texas, Nancy L. Berry of Dubuque, Elizabeth Wells of Wylie, Texas and Ann (Jim) Mauss of St. Catherine, Iowa; one son, Thomas R. (Cheryl) Berry of Davenport, Iowa; six grandchildren, Thomas IV and Taylor Berry, Katie Seymour, Parker Wells and Jack and Joshua Mauss; her sister, Sarah Rolow of West Des Moines, Iowa; and her brother, Mark Taylor of Des Moines, Iowa; special friends Charlie and Ruth Ellis; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Tom; a brother-in-law, William Rolow; and a sister-in-law, Charleen Taylor.

Pat's family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, the staff at Finley Hospital, Lynn and Linda from Home Instead Senior Care, and nurses Carol, Jenny and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for the wonderful care given to their mother.

Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association and Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001.



Eileen B. Carr


Eileen B. Carr, 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2016 at home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:30.

Eileen was born on July 13, 1943, in a four room thatched cottage, on a farm in Lisnagore, County Monaghan, Ireland, daughter of Andrew and Bridget (McGurk) Lenaghan. At age 12, she and her family sailed to the United States on the R.M.S. Saxonia and settled in Keswick, IA. She graduated from Our Lady of Angels Academy in Clinton, IA, then moved to Dubuque where she wed Chuck Carr on October 16, 1970. Aside from being a devoted mother, Eileen worked for many years in the family business, Carr Construction, serving as both book keeper and interior decorator. She had an eye for color and always added a special decorating touch to each Carr Construction home. She enjoyed spending time with family, planting flowers in her yard, and watching Iowa Hawkeye basketball.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Chuck Carr; a son, Jamie (Nikki) Carr; a daughter, Kelly (Lance) Kirby, of Dubuque; sisters Ann (Stan) Schroeder, of Cuba City, WI, and Mary (Randy) Burris, of New Berlin, WI; a brother, Andy (Kitty) Lenaghan, of Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law Shirley McCullough, and Barb (Dave) Setter, of Dubuque; brothers-in-law Ron (Joann) Carr, of Atlanta, GA; Bob (Rose) Carr, Keith "Skip" (Judy) Carr, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Sam, A.J., and Maggie; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Terry Lenaghan; sister and brother-in-law, Mona and Doc Hanley; and brother-in-law, Delbert McCullough.

In lieu of flowers an Eileen Carr memorial fund has been established. The family wishes to donate these memorials to the Parkinson's Foundation and Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

We would like to thank Eileen's sister, Ann, for her dedication and care of Eileen during her advanced stages of Parkinson's disease, and also caregivers Jan Wampler, Doris Laughlin, and Jennifer Beaver, for all of their wonderful care.



Margaret A. Gansen


Margaret A. "Peggy" Gansen, 68, of Epworth, Iowa, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Peggy may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

She was born September 3, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa daughter of Donald C. "Benny" and Coletta (Hoffmann) McDermott. She received her education at St. Patrick's and Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On September 2, 1967 at St. Patrick's in Epworth, Iowa she was united in marriage to John Gansen.

She was a very loving and giving wife, mother and grandmother. She would put her family and others first, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is very loved and will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her husband, John Gansen of Epworth, Iowa; two children, Michele Gansen - Hedegaard of Eagan, MN and Christopher (Shannon) Gansen of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Benned, Jackson and Hayden Hedegaard; her mother, Coletta McDermott of Epworth, IA; nine siblings, Patrick McDermott of Keizer, OR, Bonnie (Neal) Gotto of New Vienna, Bernard (Mary) McDermott of Dubuque, Terry (Connie) McDermott of Dubuque, Debby McDermott of Epworth, Donna (Patrick) Smith of Dubuque, Sharon (Dave) Reardon of Dubuque, Rhonda (Tom) Gotto of Epworth, and Mary (Gerry) McDermott-Weydert of Asbury.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald C. McDermott; one brother Jimmy McDermott.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in Margaret A. Gansen has been set up for her grandchildren's future educations.

We are very grateful for the care Peggy received from Dr. Angela Kelly, Dr. R. Schope and from the visiting nurses at Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Home Care.

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



Patricia L. Ahmann


Patricia L. Ahmann, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 10th, 2016 at Manor Care.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on February 6, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Hilda (Fangmann) Welchert. She married Gerald Ahmann, on June 29, 1957 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Gerald passed on August 22, 2003.

Pat was a loving homemaker, she enjoyed bingo, crocheting and needle work. She loved to volunteer at the arboretum and at Holy Ghost Bingo.

She is survived by her two children, Doug (Mary) Ahmann, of Woodbury, MN and Dee (Dale) Gaul, of Peosta. Nine grandchildren; Elizabeth (Andrew) Elsinger, Shelby (Justin) Dean, Carley (Matt) Pins, Katie Ahmann, Hans Gaul, Gretchen Gaul, Maggie Ahmann, Reba Gaul, and Jane Ahmann; four great grandchildren with one on the way. Her sister Jane Welsh, of Rockford, IL, sisters-in-law Joyce Ahmann and Bernice Binde.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald and siblings, Virginia Thein, Edwin Welchert, Don Welchert and Eldon Welchert.

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

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Pat.



John W. McAllister


John W. McAllister, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:34 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at home in the loving care of his family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

John was born on August 8, 1925 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Barbara (Betz) McAllister.

John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. John married the love of his life, Theresa "Louise" Ronek on September 24, 1947 and they were blessed with 60 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before she was called home on October 28, 2008. John was employed at Farley and Loetscher for 18 years and later went on to continue his working career with Georgia Pacific until he eventually retired in 1988.

Throughout his life John would joyfully invest his free time with family and friends in various activities he enjoyed. Whether it was a good day to go for a walk, to read a book or simply go for a cruise around the countryside, John could be found with a smile on his face. In his later years John would discover traveling, wintering in Arizona and bus trips with Louise to be excellent outlets for them to enjoy the fruits of his labors. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who would strive daily to make life better for those he adored. He will be truly missed by the countless lives he impacted during his 90 years here on earth with us and his memory will be cherished deeply within their hearts and minds forever.

Those left to cherish John's memory include his children,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Warren (fiancé Kellie Hoftender) McAllister, Key West, IA,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL,
Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN;

7 grandchildren,
Michael Thill, Brian Thill, Heather Arenz, Jennifer (James) Gambrielle, Amy Parker, Kira McAllister and Mallory McAllister;

4 great-grandchildren,
Julia Parker and Laney Gambrielle, Mason Gambrielle and Lily Paul;

and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Louise McAllister; a son, Tim McAllister; and his siblings, Earl (Rita) McAllister, Bernice (Rudolph) Husemann and Marion (Francis) Oswald.

A John W. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis M. Berning


Dennis M. Berning, 53, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a sudden illness. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis was born on May 5, 1962, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Rita (Hilby) Berning. He married Kathy A. Vosberg on August 6, 1988, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Dennis worked at Eagle Window in Dubuque.

Dennis had two loves in his life. First and foremost was his family and second was the great outdoors. Dennis was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and frying fish, and trap shooting. Dennis gave his time generously by giving children the full experience in hunting and fishing, and by coaching youth sports. He was always there to help out when needed, had a great sense of humor and knew how to have fun. Dennis was an avid Packer, Brewer and Badger fan and a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Potosi Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of Hazel Green; a daughter, Kelly Berning, at home; a son, Matt "Fish" (special friend, Jenna Schneider) Berning, of Hazel Green; his parents, Louis and Rita Berning, of Hazel Green; four sisters, Barb (Terry) Temperly, of Platteville, Karen (Mick) Schultz, of Palo, Iowa; Sharon (Dale) Kaiser, of Cuba City, and JoAnn (Jay) Roussel, of Durango, Iowa; his father and mother-in-law, Francis "Franny" and Heidi Vosberg, of Cuba City; his brothers and sisters-in-law, David Vosberg, Dale (Sharon) Vosberg, and Julie (Steve) Thomas, all of Cuba City, and Vicki (Kevin) Gehl, of Cascade, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews .

A Dennis M. Berning Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Shirley A. Dodds


Shirley Ann Dodds, 90, died Saturday January 9, 2016 at 6:45 am, after complications from a stroke in May of 2015. Formerly of Elwood, Iowa and currently living in Jacksonville, Florida since 2004. Her husband, children and grandchildren were her most valuable possessions.

Member of Christ United Methodist Church in Neptune Beach Florida and formerly a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Also a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and den mother for the cub scouts when her children were younger.

She loved to sew, crochet, embroider and all kinds of handwork and loved to cook and bake.

Shirley Ann Nissen was born February 16, 1925 to Herman and Rowena (McNeil) Nissen in the Faribault hospital in Faribault, Minnesota. She moved with her parents to Maquoketa when she was one year old. She married Francis R. Dodds (Corky) September 18th 1943 in Miami, Florida. She was a 1942 graduate of Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa.

She is survived by 3 sons, Randolph (Joan) Dodds of Jacksonville, Florida, Roger Dodds of San Diego, California and Donald Dodds of Jacksonville, Florida. One brother, Donald (Phyllis) Nissen of Maquoketa, Iowa - also 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also 5 step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.

Shirley Ann Dodds was preceded in death by her parents, Herman (1989) and Rowena (1998) Nissen and her husband Francis R. Dodds December 6 1998. 2 sons, Roderick (Joyce) Dodds May 5, 2011 and William (Carole) Dodds April 7, 2004 and a grandson, Jammie F. Dodds March 19 2009. Also 2 daughter-in-law's Candace (Donald) Dodds December 21, 2014 and Carole (William) Dodds January 17, 2015.

Graveside service with family at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa Iowa to be determined at a later date.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family locally and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



Gerald J. Winger, Sr.


Gerald "Jay" J. Winger Sr., age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jay's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Jay's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jay was born on October 27, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Arthur and Alice (Haferbecker) Winger Sr.

Jay honorably served his country with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was a proud recipient of the Purple Heart for his courageous efforts. He married the love of his life, "the girl next door", Patricia Duggan on April 16, 1955, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 59 wonderful years together and eight deeply adored children before she preceded him in death on April 17, 2014. Jay owned and operated Winger Construction Company for over 60 years and enjoyed his work so much that he never actually retired. Jay is responsible for countless construction jobs and projects around town, in which his pride and tenacious attitude towards quality work are clearly visible and continually on display for all to see. Jay also spent over 30 years working at the Dubuque Packing Company. He was a very active man; spending time with family and friends was a priority in Jay's life. His greatest moments could be found in time spent around the card table with friends holding a good euchre hand, or a family picnic at Flora park while involved in a competitive game of croquet. On Sunday mornings Jay could easily be found in his regular routine of breakfast at Hy-Vee with one of the many cups of coffee he would savor throughout the day. The recipe for Jay's famous homemade hashbrowns are now a memory for all his loved ones to treasure as he now sits in eternal peace with all of his family who've been called home before him.

Those left to cherish Jay's memory include,

his 8 children,
Patti (Jay) Telford, Springfield, MN,
Mike Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Sue Reisdorf, Dubuque, IA,
David Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Jayne Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Karen (Mike) Bray, Boerne, TX,
Gerald Jr., (Patti) Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Steven (Wendy) Winger, Lancaster, WI;

18 grandchildren,
Matthew (fiancé Darla Goerdt) Lacrone, Jaylene Telford, Stephanie Winger, Brian Winger, Cheyenne Winger, Jason (Nancy) Reisdorf, Brandi (fiancé Ryan Fitch) Reisdorf, Samuel Winger, Klaira Winger, Steven Bray, Christopher Bray, Dawn Hendren, Matthew (fiancé Shana Hackett) Kutsch, Jacob Kutsch, Natalie Winger, Ryan Winger, Madaline Winger and Isabelle Winger;

10 great-grandchildren,
Megan, Morgan, Mason, Zach and Jake Lacrone, Emma Reisdorf, Devin Delaney, Abigail and Marissa Dimmer and Elena Kutsch;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Ann Winger, Dubuque, IA.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Patricia Winger; a grandson, Gary Telford; and his siblings, Veda Bastian, Arthur (Rosemary) Winger Jr., George (Marion) Winger, and Neil Winger, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, a Gerald J. Winger memorial fund has been established.

Jay's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, chaplain Deb and staff of Mercy Hospital Emergency Room, ICU and CVU for all of their care, concern and compassion.

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

 



Daniel C. Lanser


Daniel C. Lanser, 89, of Dubuque went home to join his wife and Lord on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Manor Care surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 11th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Dan was born January 18, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Helen (Gau) Lanser. He married Jeanette Anglin on Oct. 30, 1943 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2009.

Dan served in the U.S. Marines as a rear gunner on a dive bomber off the Air Craft Carrier
Puget Sound in 1944 and l945.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. retiring in 1982 after 35 years. He was a member of the 700 Club in bowling, and an avid Cub fan. He and Jeanette (Nettie) enjoyed over 30 years of camping and fishing at Bass Camp Resort in Minnesota with their family and friends. He also ran a poker game every Wednesday at his home with his family for many years. He also drove stock cars at the Dubuque sports bowl and at the Farley track.
He was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving are his children, James (Ann) Lanser, Jean Gross, Jackie (Vern) Kluesner, Judy (T.C.) Christianson, John (Jeanie) Lanser, Joan (Robert) Gansemer, Joyce (John) Hirsch, Jane (Dan) Tressel, Joe (special friend, Beulah Duve), Jerry (Carla) Lanser, Janann Oertel, and Jay (Shelley) Lanser, all of Dubuque: 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister, Lil Accola; a brother, Ronald (Ann) Lanser; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Pins.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne; and sisters, Georgene Sweeney and Ardith Siefert.

Thank you to the staff at Manor Care, especially Lou Ann and Chelsey; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. J. at Dubuque Podiatry and her staff.

In lieu of flowers, a Daniel Lanser Memorial Fund has been established.


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



John S. Schneider


Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for John S. Schneider, a resident of Bettendorf, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January14, 2016 at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 1506 Brown Street Bettendorf. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee Wisconsin. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 4-7 pm. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street Downtown Davenport. There will be additional visitation Thursday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Seminary 301 Church St., Mt. Calvary, WI 53057-0505

Mr. Schneider passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA

John Stephen Schneider was born March 13, 1938 in Hopkinton, IA a son of Ray L. and Mildred K. (Ressler) Schneider. He was united in marriage to Patricia R. Weis on June 11, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI.

John served for 2 years in the military as a decorated sharp shooter and chaplain's assistant in the U.S. Army. He later retired in 1994, from Prudential Finance services after having a successful 35 years. Throughout his life he took his sharp shooting skills to the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, having gone to Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Montana and the Arctic Circle, many times. He has a multitude of trophies, including dall sheep, moose, bear, caribou, antelope and many deer mounts acquired over his lifetime. He also, enjoyed playing poker at the Isle of Capri and was a Charter Member.

What made him most happy was the time he spent with his family, especially his children and 14 grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Pat; and children, daughters Mary Pat -- Madison, WI; Kathleen (Chris) DeRosier Greendale, WI; sons, and their spouses Michael (Sara), -- Prior Lake, MN, Mark (Patty) - Brookfield, WI, Stephen (Jody) Davenport IA, David (Deb) Clive, IA; 14 grandchildren. Zachary, Matthew, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Andrew, Nathan, Timothy, Colleen, Cade, Colin, Bella, Avery, Luke and Noah; His siblings, Gloria - Menasha, WI, James (Sharon) Dubuque, IA, Benedict (Nancy) Oshkosh, WI, Raymond (Joan) Green Bay, WI, Paul (Marlene) DePere, WI, Joyce (John) Protz, Egg Harbor, WI, Joseph, Poy Sippi, WI, Daniel (Lisa) Iola, WI; a sister-in-law Suellen Bowersock Columbia, SC; a brother-in-law Gerald (Kaye) Weis, Durango, CO and a sister-in-law Julie Weis, Madison WI; as well as, many nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Schneider Family would like to thank Dr. Shobha Chitneni, and the nurses and staffs at Hematology and Oncology, the Transfusion Center Genesis West, and at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for all the love and compassionate care they showed to John during his illness.

Online condolences at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

 



Ronald D. Standorf


Ronald D. Standorf, 76, of Dubuque, IA died Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at home surrounded by those he loved.

Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be at 11:30. Entombment to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was born on April 14, 1939 in Waukon, IA, son of Harvey and Carlotta (Moen) Standorf. He attended MarMac Schools and served in the National Guard for 6 years. Ron was united in marriage to Lynda "Lyn" Fritsche on July 1, 1961 at St. Gabriel Church in Prairie du Chien, WI. He was employed by Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland for 41 years. After retiring, Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife, gardening and visiting with family and neighbors on his front porch. Much of his time was spent enjoying their summer home in Bridgeport, WI on the WI River. He was an avid sport's fan of the Packers, Hawkeyes and Cubs.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda (Lyn) Standorf of Dubuque; sons Jeff (Tamara) Standorf and Randy (Lorrie) Standorf of Dubuque; daughter Jodi Standorf of Dubuque; two grandchildren Lindsey Standorf and Nick Standorf; two step-grandchildren Justin Halfhill and Paige Halfhill; brother Alan (Sandy) Standorf of Steamboat Rock, IA; sister Sandra (Frank)Schlitter of McGregor, IA.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in law Shirley (Don) Johanningmeier of McGregor, IA; brother and sister-in-law Harlan (Karen) Standorf of Eldora, IA; nephew Greg Standorf of Eldora, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ronald Standorf Memorial Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartmann and staff, Dr. Hermann and staff, the staff of Finley Hospital, Finley Home Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.



Dorothy M. Grant


Dorothy Mary Grant, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 8th at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Dorothy was born May 9, 1921 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Ann (Murray) Grant. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939. Dorothy was employed as a seamstress for Dubuque Mattress Factory. She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and the Dubuque Craft League.

Dorothy is survived by one sister, Irene Herrig of Dubuque; her sisters in law, Colleen and Mary Grant, both of Dubuque, and Regina Grant of Alburnett , IA; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ambrose, Raymond, Norbert, and Loras Grant; her sister, Rita Kopp; and her brothers in law, Robert Kopp and Jullian Herrig.

Thank You to the Staff at Hawkeye Care Center for your support and caring during this time.

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

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Aaron Kupferschmidt


Aaron Kupferschmidt, 94, of 903 Stone Ridge, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the home of his son, Brian, in Pensacola, Florida.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 3200 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. The family will meet relatives and friends after services at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron was born on July 13, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Edward and Rose (Schoff) Kupferschmidt.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939. He was then employed at the Dubuque Packing Company before entering the Army in World War II. He spent two years overseas with the 94th Infantry Division in France and Germany. During this time he was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in combat. He was discharged in 1945.

He married Geraldine Hoffman on Feb. 9, 1946 in Dubuque. They were married for 59 years.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years during which time he served as a clerk advancing to assistant postmaster in Dubuque. In 1981 he retired as postmaster in Decorah, Iowa.

He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for 32 years during which time he commanded the 34th Infantry Brigade of Iowa. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

After retirement he was a volunteer income tax preparer for the American Association of Retired Persons for 23 years. He was a member of the American Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Legion, post 6.

He spent over thirty happy summers with his family at his cottage on Duck Lake in Park Rapids, MN. He was a golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and euchre for many years with different groups in Dubuque.

He is survived by his five children, Richard (Diane) Kupferschmidt, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Pam (Von) Vold of Punta Gorda, FL; Kim (Steve) Rich, of Prairie Village, KS; Scott (Lisa), of Dubuque; and Brian (Christine) Kupferschmidt, of Pensacola, FL. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kelly Kupferschmidt, Lindsey (Noah) Voltz, Nicholas and Madeline Rich, Katie (Joe) Sadewasser and Alex Kupferschmidt. There are four great-grandchildren, Adalissa, Maxton and Eliden Sadewasser and Soren Voltz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine and his nine brothers and sisters, Edward, Francis, David, John, Paul, Mark, Rachel, Ruth and Doris as well as their spouses.

We are grateful for the many years that Brian and Christine took care of our father after our mother died.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's Church In Aaron's name or to a favorite charity.



Linda L. Sherman


Linda L. Sherman, 61, of Atkins, Iowa, and formerly of Wyoming, Iowa and Kent, Washington, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Linda's life will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Monday, January 11, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held prior to the gathering from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Linda Lou Scott was born on March 27, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Billy and Delta (Breeden) Scott. She grew up on a farm outside of Monmouth and graduated from Wyoming High School in 1972. She then attended Mount St. Claire College in Clinton and later Marycrest College in Davenport. She married Rodney Sherman in 1975 in Calamus, Iowa and to this union one child was born, Scott.

Linda had worked in the container and packaging industry most of her life. She started out with Rycus Container in Rock Island doing office work, and then moved to Berlin Packaging in Illinois. In 1990, she moved to Washington where she worked for Richards Packaging for 23 years as regional branch manager. She retired and returned home to Iowa in 2013.

Linda was a collector who enjoyed antiques, quilts and was an avid Chicago Bears fan.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include her son, Scott Sherman of Kent, WA; a brother, Harold (Cheryl) Scott of Fairfax, IA; a sister, Denise (Omer) Wehr of Cedar Rapids, IA; step-brothers, Charles (Pauline) Kikuts of North Liberty, IA, and Karl (Aren) Kikuts of Cedar Rapids, IA; a step-sister, Rebecca (Matthew) Jedrasko of Anchorage, AK; and her special friend, Rodney Sherman of Kent, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents Billy and Delta Scott, her step-mother Sue Kikuts Scott, a sister Candy Scott, and a nephew Samuel Kikuts.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda L. Sherman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Selma E. Massey


Selma E. Massey, 96, of Dubuque died Monday, January 04, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:45 to 10: 45 a.m. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Selma was born May 1, 1919 in Dubuque County, daughter of August and Bertha (Winkelmann) Pautz. She graduated from Zwingle High School.

Selma was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was baptized, confirmed, and in 1937, where she married Blair Massey. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Selma was an avid gardener, an exceptional pie maker and she found great joy spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son, Ken (Madonna) Massey of Elk Grove Village, Ill., a daughter in law, Barbara Massey of Waunakee, Wis., six grandchildren, Jefree, Heidi, Bradley, Susan, Barbara, and Amy; and nine great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Massey and a sister, Marie Kane.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church.



Roland J. Riekena


Roland J. "Ron" Riekena, 68, of Dubuque, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at home surrounded by those he loved. Funeral Services will be 10: 30 a.m. Monday at Grand View United Methodist Church Where Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 7 pm and Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following the service.

Ron was born October 17, 1947 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, son of Ben J. and Doris (Simpson) Riekena. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, he served in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War, aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Waldron, DD-699, as a gunner's mate. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Dubuque.

On September 20, 1974, he married Carol Breitbach in Dubuque.

He was co-owner of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. He later went into sales with the St. Regis paper company. He continued his sales career with Georgia Pacific Corporation and retired in 2010 as a regional sales manager.

He traveled extensively with his job and made many lasting friendships with both coworkers and customers that extended through his retirement.

Ron had a great passion for bird dogs and hunting. He particularly enjoyed hunts with friends in the Northern Plains of South Dakota. He loved his bird dogs, Belle and Missy.

Ron was a member of Grandview Methodist church. He served on the board for the Izaak Walton League, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge. He and his wife were members of the Thunder Hills Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol Riekena of Dubuque and daughter, Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, Oregon and their two children, Mary and Charlie Connor; a sister, Mary Kay Patters of Dubuque; brothers in law, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Larry (Fran) Breitbach of Dubuque, Pedro (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, New Mexico and Dave (Vickie) Breitbach of McGregor. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ron Riekena Memorial Fund, Hospice of Dubuque, or Grand View United Methodist Church.

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

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

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



Ronald E. Ramstedt, M.D.


Ronald E. Ramstedt, M.D. died unexpectedly on January 4, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Raphael Cathedral, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan, 7, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Dr. Ramstedt was born on Nov. 20, 1934 in Chicago; he spent his youth in Palatine, Ill., and later went on to spend four years as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy.

Following his naval career Ron attended and graduated cum laude from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to medical school at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago followed by an internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, Ill., and a residency in general, vascular and endocrine surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After joining the Rockford Clinic in Rockford, Illinois, a large multispecialty clinic, in 1969, he continued the active practice of general, vascular and endocrine surgery for 24 years. During this period he served as an assistant professor of surgery and for a period of time as the chairperson of the department of surgery at the Rockford School of Medicine. He became particularly interested in various methods of the delivery of healthcare and was a founding member of Clinicare, a physician owned HMO, for which he also served as an active board member, interim CEO and Medical Director. During his career he was an active member of the American Medical Association, a board certified Fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the Midwest Vascular Society and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery as well as the American College of Physician Executives where he obtained a certificate in medical management.

Following his surgical career Ron became Vice President for Medical Affairs at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa for six years. During that time he was active in the corporate quality improvement program of the Mercy Health System in Novi, Mich., now known as Trinity Health Care. He later joined the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and served as a field survey representative traveling across the country. He was honored by the Joint Commission as a fifteen-year service award recipient before his retirement in 2014.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Shirley "Biddy" Ramstedt; sons Steven and Gregory; daughter Kristine (David) Barr; stepsons Michael and Timothy (Vicki) Widmeier; as well as many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Charlene M. Buss


Charlene M. Buss, 83, of Dubuque passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 3, 2016, surrounded by loving family at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service at 2:30 p.m.

Charlene (Patzner) Buss was born in Potosi, WI, Feb. 3, 1932, the fourth of ten children of Raymond & Clarissa (Althaus) Patzner. She grew up on the family farm in Potosi with her siblings and went to school at St. Andrew's in Tennyson.

Charlene married the boy next door, Carl Buss, on Oct. 9, 1954 at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson, WI. The couple moved to Dubuque that same year and joined St. Patrick's, where they were lifelong members.

Her family was her first love and she always looked forward to family gatherings! She loved her husband Carl and her seven children and 17 grandchildren oh so very much. She gladly played many card and board games with Carl as well as with the children and grandchildren. Euchre was a lifelong favorite game. She was a Cubs and Hawkeye fan. She and Carl attended sporting events for the grandchildren in their retirement years.

Charlene was thankful for the wonderful friends she met attending and hosting Bible studies in her home. She loved memorizing scripture. She also enjoyed weekday and Sunday mass with the wonderful sisters at Sisters of the Presentation on Carter Road. Her faith and family were the most important things in her life.

Charlene was a loving, dedicated full-time mother with part time jobs and enjoyed the friendships through employment. She worked for the Dubuque Shooting Society for 34 years. Employers and dear friends are Ken Kemp, Rita Hafkemeyer, Marian Meyer, Zoe Casper and Elaine Murphy. She also loved monthly breakfasts for many years at Village Inn with very dear neighbor friends.

Surviving are her seven children, Cal (Ellie) Buss of Dubuque, Chris (Betty) Buss of Galena, Ill, Carla (Tom) Kemp of Dubuque, Connie (Alan) Seeba of Oak Ridge, NC, Cindy (Tom) McCann of Marion, Iowa, Chuck of San Diego, and Clark (Anna) Buss of Urbandale, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, Jamie Davis, Brian (Kristi) Buss, Heather (Casey) O'Mara; Clayton (Amanda), Carson & Caleb Buss; Amy & Bradley Kemp; Jill & Andrew Seeba; T.J., Tyler, & Trevor McCann; Paris & Arianna Buss; Sheldon & Talia Buss; and two great-grandchildren, Carson O'Mara and Sophia Charlene Buss. She is also survived by her siblings Betty Richardson, Merlin (Joan) Patzner, Mary (John) Thill, all of Potosi, Wis., and Carol (Gene) Ihm of Lancaster, Wis.; and a sister-in-law, Eileen (Larry) Laugesen of Lancaster, Wis. and brother-in-law James Buss of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Carl Buss, in 2011; as well as her brothers James, Carl, and Paul Patzner and sisters Marita and Doris Patzner.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Charlene Buss Memorial Fund has been established.

A very special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor, Pastor Burton Everist, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Jean E. Wall


Jean E. Wall, 77, of Epworth, Iowa, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa, where services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, with Pastor Stephanie Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born May 17, 1938 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Gladys (Whitlock) Pierce. On July 3, 1960 she was united in marriage to Edward Wall in Manchester, Iowa. She was employed at Curtis Industry for several years.

She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Wall of Epworth, IA; two daughter, Patti Jo (Mike) Kucera of Dyersville, IA and Theresa (Charles) Dunn of Caswelberry, Florida; a son, Eric (Mary Kay) Wall of Greeley, IA; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Rita Hefel of Greeley, IA, Vera Finzel and Donna (Mike) Loetz both of Colesburg, IA; one brother-in-law, Dale Sweet of Giard, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 6 brothers, Robert “Bob”, Bill, Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce and 3 sisters, Myrtle Kruse, Martha Pierce in infancy and Jane Sweet.



Steven L. Wroblewski


Steven L. Wroblewski, 64, of Monticello died Thurs. Dec. 31, 2015, at Crestview Acres in Marion after a brief battle with cancer.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.  Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Steve was born July 24, 1951, in Peoria, IL the son of Ruth Ommen-Wroblewski and Donald Wroblewski. He graduated from the Anamosa High School with the Class of 1970, and was a self-employed doing lawn care for the elderly for nearly 40 years in the Monticello area.  He enjoyed researching genealogy and tracing the family history.

Steve is survived by 2 siblings: Starr (Daniel) Porter of Monticello, and David (Cindy) Wroblewski of Cedar Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews of 3 generations; an aunt, Helen Dirks of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant nephew, Chad Michael Wroblewski.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Valeria A. Hillebrand


Valeria A. Hillebrand, 100, of, Dyersville, died Saturday, January 02, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and a family Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Valeria was born January 27, 1915, in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Casper and Mary (Meyer) Konrardy.  She married Alfred Hillebrand on May 4, 1938, in Placid, Iowa.  She worked as a nutritionist and head cook at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville for 18 years, and after her retirement, she volunteered for 11 years with Miriam Eick's Toys for the Needy Project. 

Valeria lived life engaging in her favorite hobbies of baking cookies and crocheting afghans for family and friends. While watching the cardinals and hummingbirds treat themselves to eating seeds from her numerous bird feeders, she would indulge in a piece or two of chocolate. When time permitted, you would find Valeria working in the garden giving all her plants and flowers tender loving care. Valeria loved to play Euchre day or night at family gatherings. Crocheting and giving away her afghans will be Valeria's legacy. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her children: John (Joyce) Hillebrand of Dyersville, Lori Hillebrand of Davenport, and Tammy Waid-Link (fiancé Brian Lammers) of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy (Sara), Jason (Jenny), and Justin (Kelli) Hillebrand, Damian (Amanda), Steffen (fiancé Samantha), Kyle (fiancé Emily),  and Bianca Waid, and Lauren Link; six great-grandchildren: Claire, Carly, Gracie, Lily, Brady and Tate Hillebrand; and a sister-in-law, Ione Konrardy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, in 1985; her parents; a son-in-law, Tom Link; 3 brothers, Raymond (Leona), Edmund (Dottie), and Cyril Konrardy; and 3 sisters, Dolores (Raymond) Hillebrand, Anastasia (Frank) Kennedy, and Thelma (Ray) Schwendinger.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or its memorial funds.

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



Mary C. Winch


Mary C. Winch, 58, of rural Manchester died Thurs., Dec. 31, 2015, at her residence after a brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a memorial service will commence at 7 p.m.  Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate.

Mary was born May 1, 1957, in Dubuque, IA the daughter of George G. and Mary (O'Donnell) Davidsaver. She graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque with the Class of 1975. She worked in various manufacturing industries including Flexsteel and Rockwell Collins. Most recently she was employed at Polo Plastics and Spireon.

She married Merle Winch, Jr. on August 30, 2002. She was fond of her grandchildren and especially cherished time spent with her grandson, Nolan, to whom she was affectionately known as "Namma Mary". She collected antiques and cherished her antique stoneware. She was a proud political conservative who enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking for her family and was a very devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. 

Surviving are her husband, Merle, a daughter, Amber (Bob) Urbain of Monticello, 2 sons: Uriah (Becky) Frommelt of Dubuque and Josh (JoEllen) Frommelt of Marion; 8 grandchildren; 2 brothers: George T. Davidsaver and Ted Davidsaver, both of Dubuque; 1 sister, Amy (Mike) Rube of Cedar Falls, 1 aunt, Jean Davidsaver of Bellevue; parents-in-law, Merle, Sr. and Lois Winch of rural Hopkinton; and her first husband, David E. Frommelt.

She is preceded in death by her parents and an uncle, Nick Davidsaver.

The family would like to thank the staffs at 6 Roy Carver UIHC, Above and Beyond Hospice, especially Rev. Ed Moreano, for their assistance, compassion and exceptional care.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



John J. Vogt


John J. "Jackie" Vogt Sr., 86, of Dubuque IA died on December 29, 2015 at Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk, Virginia. He was the loving husband of Naomi Vogt.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 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 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke Officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jackie was born July 27, 1929, son of John and Mary (Bechen) Vogt. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947and was employed by the Dubuque Packing Co. and Family Beer and Liquor in East Dubuque IL. He was an avid trout fisherman, enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and loved the great outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Naomi, three sons; Gerald, Thomas (Karen) and John (Robin) Vogt, his daughter Susan (Scott) Williams, his brother James (Janann) Vogt, and his stepsister Rosie Morley. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 16 of great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; stepfather, Ross; brother Ray and stepbrother Gene Morley.

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


A memorial fund will be established for Hillcrest Family Services in John's honor. He always supported Gary Gansemer's work with the youth of the tri-state area.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." John 14:1-2



Josephine Kaufman


Josephine "Ruth" Kaufman, 92 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, January 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 3 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 at the Church.

Josephine was born on November 21, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Josephine (Repphun) Dausner.
She married William Kaufman on March 3, 1956 at Immanuel Congregational Church. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2001.

Josephine was employed as a registered nurse at various hospitals and clinics in Dubuque. She retired from The Finley Hospital in 1986.

For Ruth, family was her everything, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a diehard Cubs fan.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Telephone Pioneers and the Alumni School of Nursing Association at Finley Hospital.

Surviving are her children, John (Linda) Kaufman and Mark (Jolene) Kaufman, both of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kelsey, Allison, Nicole and Zoey; a great granddaughter, JayLynn; nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Kay Dausner Anderson, of Independence, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Dr. Don and Dr. Ralph Schumacher.
In lieu of flowers, a Josephine "Ruth" Kaufman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their wonderful care.



Kathryn M. Bartels


Kathryn M. "Kit" Bartels, 97, of Coal City, Illinois, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 30, 2015, at the home of her daughter, Karen Wills, in Coal City, Illinois.

A celebration of Kathryn's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, January 4, 2016, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Kathryn M. Bowman was born on May 6, 1918 in Arlington, Iowa, to Henry and Ida Irene (Nelson) Bowman. She was a 1935 graduate of Aurora, Iowa High School. She married Albert Hoyer on May 6, 1936 in Arlington, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Sheila and Karen. Albert preceded her in death on October 22, 1972, and on May 30, 1987 she married Carl H. Bartels in Maquoketa, Iowa. Carl preceded her in death on December 9, 2007.

"Kit" as she was affectionately known by many was a mother and homemaker who farmed with her husband in the Nashville, Iowa area.

"Kit" was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and its Women's group, the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxuliary, and the Merry Knitters Sewing Club. She was a charter member of the Joinerville Boat Club.

"Kit" loved animals and enjoyed feeding the birds and rabbits. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers and camping.

Those left to honor Kathryn's memory include a daughter, Karen (Bob) Wills of Coal City, IL; 4 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert and her husband Carl, a brother Arthur, a sister Hazel, a daughter Sheila Ziemba, a granddaughter Julie Mulford, and a great-grandson Jacob Scopel.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa or to the Jackson County Humane Society.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



RoseAnn Werner


RoseAnn Werner, 91, of Worthington, Iowa died Friday, January 1, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday January 5, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday January 6, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. 

RoseAnn was born May 31, 1924 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Eleanor (Freking) Luensmann.  She received her education at St Francis Xavier School in Dyersville.  She married Howard J. Werner on May 31, 1956, in Delhi, Iowa.  Together they farmed and raised their family.  RoseAnn was a member of St. Paul Parish, Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of Americas.

Survivors include 6 children: Joyce Gaul of Dyersville, Carol (John) Watts of Madelia, MN, Allen (Nancy) Werner and Chris (Arlene) Werner, both of Hopkinton, Nancy Werner of Worthington and Ronald (Sheila) Werner of Hopkinton,

17 grandchildren: Jayme Gaul, Chad Gaul, April Young, Mindy Kamp, Gina Dunne, Cory Watts, Andrew Werner, Amanda Werner, Johnathon, Dylan, Austin, Zachary, Devin, Max, Alex, Camrun and Logan Werner; 10 great grandchildren: Hunter, Joseph Kamp, Kaleb, Jade Young, Ariana, Abigail Gaul, Aiden, Addison Werner, Ryan Dunne, Audrey Werner, Dani, Jaci Poswiatowsky, Jack Knepper and special family friend, Jeff Derga. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard in 2015, siblings: Marie (Francis) Ernzen, Frances Luensmann, Alfred (Mary) Luensmann, Elmer (Mary Ann) Luensmann, Linus (Helen) Luensmann, John (Esther) Luensmann, Robert (Elizabeth) & Billy Luensmann (in infancy)

in-laws: John (Clara), Ray (Ann), George (Millie) Norbert (Anna) Werner, Florence (Joseph) Drees, Christine (Henry) Jaeger.

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

 

 



Sister Frances Wohn, BVM (Alberic)

Sister Frances Wohn, BVM, 80, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at Marian Hall.

To celebrate Sister Frances' life, a visitation for her fellow sisters, family and friends will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a scripture prayer service at 11 a.m. To honor Sister Frances' life, a funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Frances was a devoted elementary and secondary school teacher in Berwyn and Chicago, Ill.; and in Iowa City and Fort Dodge, Iowa, where she also taught at the college level.

She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on April 21, 1935, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Lauer) Wohn. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1955. She made her first profession of vows on Feb. 3, 1958, and her final profession on July 16, 1963.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Helen Bellingtier, Anna Schmidt, Elizabeth Clarken, Catherine Cain, Mary Brennan and Pauline Korte; and brothers Nicholas Wohn and Joseph Wohn. She is survived by sisters Margaret Edwards, Chicago, and Rose Holm, Fort Dodge, Iowa; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her life for 60 years.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

 



Thomas A. Kueper


Thomas A. "Tom" Kueper, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully into the forgiving arms of his Lord and Savior at 5:03 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Bell Tower Retirement Community. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, at Hope Church, 11893 JFK Road, with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and from 10:00 until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on March 22, 1937 in Dubuque, son of Arnold and Berniece (David) Kueper.

Tom was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who has effortlessly touched the lives of countless folks throughout his 78 years and leaves behind a positive legacy of faith, family, friendship and fun. Tom graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. He met the love of his life, Carole Hennig, just after high school and they were united in marriage on July 13, 1957 in Dubuque. They were joyfully blessed with 58 wonderful years together and 6 beautiful children. Tom invested over 33 years of his time and talents working at John Deere Dubuque Works before eventually retiring in 1990. Tom and Carole were honored to be among the founding members of Hope Church. He rejoiced as the church grew and he witnessed many lost souls find their way to the gospel, forgiveness and a personal relationship with Jesus. He graciously served as Deacon for many years and always enjoyed leading bible studies, especially on the book of John. When not giving of himself locally, Tom could often be found helping with painting and plastering church buildings in the mission field from a multitude of locations in the Midwest to as far away as Hong Kong. Tom loved and adored his family to the fullest extent that any father ever could and devoted his adult life to caring, nurturing, role-modeling and providing for them without hesitation. Whether it was a trip to their favorite destination in Door County or simply actively engaging in a game of pool basketball in the backyard, Tom's love for his family was constantly on display. Tom was a generous, determined and kind man until the end and his absence surely leaves a definite tear in the hearts of all who knew and loved him which only time will mend. God speed Tom and well done Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include,

his loving wife of 58 years,
Carole Kueper, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Susan (Todd) Hein, Crystal, MN,
Sandra (Russ) Pottebaum, St. Peters, MO,
Laura (Kurt) Jackson, Brooklyn Center, MN,
Daniel (Sara) Kueper, Canal Winchester, OH,
Elaine Kueper, Pittsburgh, PA,
and Gary (Shelby) Kueper, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 grandchildren,
Rebecca, Thomas, Victoria, Sarah, Joel, Rachel, James, Joshua, Justin, Kara, Dwight and Megan;

his 5 great-grandchildren;

his 4 brothers,
Ted Kueper, Wales, WI,
Terry (Mary Lee) Kueper, Rochester, MN,
Tim (Gail) Kueper, Joliet, IL,
and Toby (Sheila) Kueper, Winnemucca, NV;

his step-brother,
David (Gloria) Tschudi, Marion, IA;

his step-sister,
Vicki Jones, Oro Valley, AZ;

and his step-brother-in-law,
Vince Garcia, Davenport, IA.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Mary Kueper; his step-sister, Gayle Garcia; and his step-brother-in-law, Bill Jones.

A Thomas A. Kueper memorial fund has been established where the proceeds will be donated to Tom's favorite charity.

Tom's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Bell Tower Community and all of Tom's friends who've continually been by his side providing their compassionate and sincere care.

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

 



Madonna M. Wolfe


Madonna M. Wolfe, 85, of Worthington, Iowa died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, January 4, 2016 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 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Madonna was born March 3, 1930, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Marie (Schwendinger) Hogan. She married Edgar "Ted" Wolfe on June 6, 1950 in Worthington, Iowa.

Survivors include her children: Becky (Keith) Krapfl of Dubuque, Tom (Linda) Wolfe of Cedar Rapids, Karen (Tim) Anderson of Delhi, Peg (Rick) Parsons of Hopkinton, Ellen Kurt (fiancé Nick Hillebrand) of Cedar Rapids, Kris (Pat) Thielen of Sun Prairie, WI, 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, brother: Robert Hogan of Worthington, in-laws: Nicholas (Rose) Wolfe of Cascade and Robert (Pat) Wolfe of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Edgar in 2001, granddaughter Sarah Wolfe in 2012, her parents, parents in law Nicholas and Apollonia Wolfe, siblings: James Hogan, Patricia (Marvin) Gassmann, Joyce Digmann, in-laws: Ernie, Harold, Richard Wolfe, Evelyn (Jim) Graff and Kathleen (Am) Hess, Violet (Don) Leytem

Mom was strong, kind and generous. She had great character and wit. Her heart was bigger than the community she so loved and lived in for all her 85 years. Her love of reading inspired her to campaign for and eventually open the small Worthington library. Her accomplishments were many, but the greatest was opening her home and heart to those who needed her. She and dad welcomed her brother, Bob and many nieces and nephews into our home. Together we were raised as one family, the way it should be. She will forever live in all our memories and hearts. Thank you to Dr. Kukla, Dr. Miner and your staffs for the extraordinary care you gave to mom and to Hospice of Dubuque for your kindness and compassion. A special thanks to our uncle, Bob who took great care of mom for so many years. We love you.

Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa, Aiming for a Cure Foundation or St. Paul Parish in Worthington.

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



Dolores M. Schmidt


Dolores M. Schmidt, 92, of Dyersville, and formerly of Earlville, died Monday, December 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held 1- 6 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday, January 2, 2016, from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate and Deacon Jim Schmidt will assist.

Dolores was born December 13, 1923, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Heims. She married Wilmer C. Schmidt on September 12, 1950, in Worthington, Iowa. Together they farmed near Bernard, Hopkinton and finally settling near Earlville until retiring in Dyersville in 1989.

She was a very giving person who loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed gardening, especially growing strawberries and flowers, crocheting and quilting. Through these activities she taught her family a strong work ethic, love, compassion and empathy. She will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, her giving ways and a good game of Euchre.

Survivors include 7 children: Carole (Eugene) Nauman of Dubuque, Gary (Jeanne) of Marion, Rick (Taña) of Dubuque, Sandy (Dr. Joseph) Jenkins of Dubuque, Julie (Joseph) Burkle of Urbandale, Janice Maiers of Dyersville and Sue Ellen (Steve) Claus of Loves Park, IL, 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; in-laws: Rosie White, Ruth (Rich) Welch, Elgene Mesch, Lorraine, Catherine and Erna Schmidt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilmer in 2010; siblings: Ben (Gertie), Frank (Marie), Aloysius (Winifred), Eddie, Lawrence "Chick" (Agnes), Gilbert "Bud", Leo, Marie (Vince) Brown, Helen (Harold) Schmidt; and in-laws: Elmer, Louis and Donald Schmidt.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Assisi Village and Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care, friendship and personal touches shown to Mom.

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

 



Tyler J. Bonnet


Tyler J. Bonnet, 32, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa surrounded by his family following medical complications.

Funeral services will be 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Tyler was born on June 16, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Stanley L. and Susan D. (Cox) Bonnet.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 2002. Tyler was formerly employed as a maintenance man for the City of East Dubuque. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving is his daughter Cora Allen Bonnet, his parents Stanley L. and Susan D. (Cox) Bonnet of East Dubuque, Illinois, his biological mother Peggy (Denny) Lehman, his siblings, Melissa (Jeff) Baker of Dubuque, Iowa, Keith (Stacey) Bonnet of Kieler, Wisconsin, Tara Lund of Iowa City, Iowa, Tracy (Brad) Hess, Trevor Dillon and Spencer Craig all of Dubuque, Iowa; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Otis and LaVerna (Bakey) Cox, his paternal grandparents, Walter and Verla (Stockel) Bonnet and his Uncle Gary Bonnet.

In lieu of flowers a Tyler J. Bonnet memorial fund has been established.

Tyler's family wishes to thank all of their family and friends for their support, the staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Miller Funeral Home for their help and kindness.

 



Carol L. Geronzin


Carol L. Geronzin, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 28, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Nurses Honor Guard will be held at 6:30 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Thill officiating.

Carol was born on December 21, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James G. Becker and Elizabeth A. Burbach. She was a graduate from Wahlert High School and the Finley School of Nursing in 1978. She worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque as a Registered Nurse after graduating from The Finley School of Nursing until her retirement in 2013.

Carol Geronzin was a very loving, compassionate and extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to caring for others. She was selfless, touched so many hearts and loved the art of giving especially at Christmas. She always had a smile and used her sense of humor to brighten your day. She would want to thank all of her family and friends closest to her for loving her and being in her life.

Carol is survived by her son Matthew J. (Heather) Werth, of Anamosa, Iowa, grandchildren, Jonah Werth and Britney Burk. Two sisters Diane D. (Patrick) Droessler, of Hazel Green, WI and Mary L. (Dennis) Blondin, of Batavia, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two younger brothers James A. Becker and Paul J. Becker, and her husband James C. Geronzin.

In lieu of flowers, a Carol Lynne Geronzin memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care professionals at Finley Hospital for all their loving care, kindness and friendship they shared with Carol. Matthew would like to say special thanks to Pat and Diane, Matthew's God Parents, for all the love and care you showed to Carol since the passing of her Husband, Jim.



Delores M. Leuchs


Delores M. "Babe" Leuchs, 76, of Farley, Iowa, died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at her home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Babe may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 6 p.m.

Services for Babe will be held at 10:30 a..m., Saurday, January 2, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born August 31, 1939 in Asbury, Iowa, daughter of Herman J. and Olivia (Kirpes) Leuchs. She received her education in the East Scott School and was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa.

She enjoyed living in the country. She loved all her farm animals especially the cats, kittens and dogs. She was a lifelong caregiver, always tending to the needs of her family and extended family.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Vera Leuchs of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews, Ron (Marcia) Leuchs of Worthington, Rick (Mary Beth) Leuchs and Mark (Patty) Leuchs both of Dyersville, Mike (Sue) Leuchs of New Vienna, Dan (Kelli) Leuchs of Epworth, Don (Joan) Leuchs of Dyersville, Bob (Kathy) Leuchs of Mesa, AZ, Dave (Karla) Leuchs of Dubuque, Laurie (Rick) Randecker of East Dubuque, IL, Donna (Bill) Cheever of Big Lake, MN, Sharon (Steve) DeMuth of Hazel Green, WI, Sandy (Ed) Delaney of Tipton; and several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers and a sister-in-law, Bernard, Joseph, Clarence and Edward (Eleanor) Leuchs; a sister and brother-in-aw, Rita (Bill) Oberbroeckling; a niece, Jean Hansel; a nephew, Dan Oberbroeckling; and a great nephew, Andy DeMuth.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

A special thank you to the neighbors who have helped Delores over the years.



George J. Andresen

George J. Andresen, 68, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

George was born July 25, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and LaVonne (Pape) Andresen. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1965. On October 11, 1969, George married Judy Haberkorn.

He served in the US Air Force for 24 years, retiring in 1993. After retiring from the Air Force, George worked at Theisens warehouse until 2003. He then worked in purchasing at Medical Associates until his retirement in 2012.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where he was a Eucharistic Minister, as well being a member of several men's groups.

George enjoyed spending time by the river, exercising and traveling. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan. Most of all, he loved being a grandpa and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Andresen of Dubuque; three daughters, Cathy (Eric) Schmuck of San Clemente, Calif., and their children Madeline and Abigail; Kara (Andrew) Scott of Tucson, Ariz., and their children, Justin and Katie; and Meg (Phil) Arensdorf of Dubuque, and their children, Casey and Noah.

He is also survived by a sister, Susan Hinderman of Cuba City, a brother, Charles (Lani) Andresen of Indonesia, a step sister, Lynn (Ken) Kupferschmidt of Dubuque and Judy's siblings and their spouses.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in law, John Liebfreid, and a sister in law, Mary Alice Haberkorn.
Memorials may be given to the George Andresen Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire Department and the ER staff at Mercy Medical Center for their wonderful care.



Robert I. Galleberg


Robert Irving Galleberg, 95, died peacefully Saturday, December 26, 2015, at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, with family and caregivers he loved. Private family services will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born August 31, 1920, to Peder and Sigrid Galleberg in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from Duluth's Denfeld High School. Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in Washington, DC. In the early post-War years he served with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (where he met his future wife, Kathleen) and earned a bachelor's degree in business at the University of Minnesota. Bob spent 36 rewarding years employed at The Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, in product planning and purchasing. Bob possessed a zest for life, always with projects at hand, but truly reveled in his roles as husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Kathleen (Spahn) and their infant daughter Mary Anne, as well as his brother and sister, Paul and Joan.

He is survived by his sons Gary (Kristen) Galleberg of St. Louis, Missouri, and Paul (Karen) Galleberg of Palos Verdes Estates, California, and granddaughters Krista, Nicole and Laura Galleberg.

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



Harold A. Bartels


Harold A. Bartels, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Harold's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, December 31, 2015, from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Thursday, December 31, 2015, from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Harold August Bartels was born on August 14, 1928 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William and Tillie (Adrian) Bartels. He grew up in Clinton County and graduated from Delmar High School in 1945. He married Margaret Taylor on August 23, 1950 in Wyoming, Iowa.

Harold was a lifelong farmer and had farmed the family farm where he was born. He loved farming and being home on the farm. He was a kind and quiet man.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Margaret Bartels of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Marcia Bartels of DeWitt, IA, and Lisa Bartels of DeWitt, IA; 2 granddaughters, Kelly and Kasey Bartels; 1 great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Bartels; and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Wilma Taylor of Wyoming, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Mary in 1968 and son Norman in 2010, a sister Myrtle Wilms, and 2 brothers Arnold and Ralph Bartels.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold A. Bartels memorial fund has been established.

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

 



David Lee Koehler


David Lee Koehler, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

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

David was born on Dec. 25, 1936, the son of Theodore and Thelma (Lorenz) Koehler and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Patricia Shannon on April 27, 1957 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

He worked as a truck driver for many years working for Fondell and later for Tschiggfrie Trucking. He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi and the Chicago Bears. He loved to spend time with his family especially during the holidays. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren always put a smile on his face. He enjoyed the simple things in life, especially spending time at "His Bar".

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Patricia; his children, Kim (John) Rogers, Kelley (Mike) Vondal and Kerry (Terry Wortley) Koehler; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his sister, Pam (Bill) O'Sullivan and brother, Ted Koehler; and many nieces, nephews and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents along with other loving family members that will be reunited for eternity.

The family wishes to thank Finley Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and to all who showed love and care to David.



Eugene J. Tully


Eugene J. "Gene" Tully, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31st at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West at a later date. Friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 30th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Gene was born March 31, 1927 in Dubuque, son of John M. and Mary Elizabeth (O'Rourke) Tully. He married Mary Isabel Foley, June 14, 1952. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2014.

Gene received his education from Holy Trinity grade school, Loras Academy and Bayless Business College. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-1946 as a Storekeeper 3rd Class Petty Officer. He was a Deputy City Assessor for 15 years before selling Church Budget offering envelopes which had him traveling nine states. He was Chairman of the Board and a partner of The Floorshow in Dubuque.
He was a member of Nativity parish, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 6 and the Nativity Holy Rosary Society.

Surviving are his children; Patrick Tully of Frisco, CO, Gene (Jane) Tully, of Dubuque, Mary Beth Tully, of Dubuque, Katherine Tully, of San Francisco, CA, Kenneth (Peggy) Tully, of Dubuque, Roger Tully, of Alma, CO, Greg (Marisol) Tully, of Los Angeles, CA, and Ellen (Dan) Trilk, of Norwalk, IA and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Tully, of Dubuque. Fourteen grandchildren; Sonia and Sabrina Tully, Briana (Jim) Cushman, Mikaela (Justin) Foust, Laura Tully, Benjamin (Darianne) and David (Justine Leslein) Schramm, Jacob (Katie) and Lauren Tully, Michael (Katie), Lucas and Elizabeth Tully, Jena Gruber, Joshua Tully, Quinn and Charlie Trilk. Three great-grandchildren; James, Lilja and Lola.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons; Dennis and Gerard Tully and three sisters; Mary Margaret Weiskircher, Helen Stenger and Kathleen Reiter and one brother; Jack Tully.

In lieu of flowers, a Eugene "Gene" Tully Memorial Fund has been established.

Gene said, "I never had a bad day if I could share a smile with someone."



Milton A. Avenarius


Milton Arthur "Milt" Avenarius, Jr. 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Summit Congregational Church, 2885 John F. Kennedy Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at the Church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Milt was born June 11, 1935, in Dubuque the son of Milton and Marvel (DeMoss) Avenarius, Sr. He married Janet "Jan" Scheppele on July 10, 1955, at Faith United Methodist Church and served in the 133rd Iowa National Guard for 10 years.

Milt was an electrician and started his career with Eichman Electric. He later worked for Paulson Electric for many years retiring as manager in 1998. He was an active member of the IBEW Local #704 for 55 years and served on the apprenticeship committee and also was an instructor. He also was a member of The National Electrical Contractors Association and the Dubuque Electric League. He was also a charter member of Thunder Hills and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Volunteerism was a great part of Milt's life especially after he retired. He was very active at the Dubuque Arboretum and at the National Mississippi River Museum. At the Arboretum he served on various boards and proud to help Jim Grady and others establish the Japanese Garden. At the museum he was very instrumental in establishing the Blacksmith Shop, and spent many hours working there right up until his last days. He was past volunteer of the year at the museum and worked with the National Rivers Hall of Fame. When it was Dubuque County Fair time he could be found organizing the electricians for the set up and take down each year.

He also found time for several other hobbies including Silver Smithing, working with stain glass, leather crafts, woodworking, and enjoyed fishing with his buddy Gerry.

He is survived by his wife Jan, a son Jeff (Bonnie) Avenarius, of Dubuque, grandchildren, Kristy (Andrew) Forcucci, of Parrish, FL, Cory Avenarius, of Dubuque, Amanda (fiancé John) Champion, Denver, CO, Bryce Champion, of Ft. Collins, CO, and a great grandson Ethan Forcucci.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Julie Kay Avenarius in 1999.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Arboretum or the National Mississippi River Museum.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Medical Associates staff for all the care and kindness they showed to Milt.



Donald J. Schute


Donald J. Schute, 63 of East Dubuque, Illinois died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m.

Donald was born on August 16, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Mary Jane (Jacquinot) Schute. He married Carol Fern on July 2, 2001 in Dubuque.

Donald was employed at Weldon Tire. He was passionate about antiques, especially cars. He loved going to Graffiti night in East Dubuque to look at different antique cars and going to car shows and antique shops in Dyersville and Minnesota.

Donald enjoyed reading, word puzzles and going out to dance. His favorite band was the Beach Boys.

Surviving him is his wife, Carol; son, Christopher (Mellisa) Schute; mother, Mary Jane Schute; sister, Mary Jo Pace; Stepchildren, Gerard (Stacey) Mills and Ashley Marie (Garrett) Barton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Schute; and his brother-in-law, Steven Pace.

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

Memorials may be given to The Church of the Resurrection.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff in the cardiovascular unit at Mercy Medical Center and to the doctors, nurses and staff on Floor 6 C East at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.



Dennis M. McCarthy


Dennis M. "Chopper" McCarthy, 79, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

A wake services will be held from 3-7 PM on Wednesday December 30, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home on 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with a prayer service at 7:30 PM lead by Denny's lifelong friend Bill McDonough. Burial of the cremains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dennis was born April 5, 1936 in Chicago, IL son of Leo and Marcella (Gremore) McCarty. He lived in Chicago until he was nine years old. He married Marlene Elizabeth Meehan, June 1, 1957 at the former St. Mary Catholic Church here in Dubuque.

Denny "Chopper" was employed for 47 years at the Dubuque Packing House and then FDL until the doors closed in 1995. He then worked as a Security Guard at the Dubuque Greyhound Racing. After that, he worked as a Security Guard for Dubuque Clarke College right up until Marlene had gotten sick and needed full time care. That became his best and last full time job until her passing in December of 2011.

Denny was a sport enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs, Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes. He really loved visiting with people and spending time with the kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He loved to call us kids for short conversations and if you didn't answer the phone there was always a message, "This is dear ‘ol Dad here, give me a call, love you."

Denny's favorite restaurant was the Sunshine Family Restaurant, where he would dine daily with family and once a month with a group of his lifelong friends. He enjoyed the company there, of the owners and staff. Planting and growing the most beautiful flowers, particularly rose bushes and maintaining his yard was one of his favorite outside activities. He loved to listen to his music and taking drives. 

Denny was a member of St. Mary's Church in Dubuque until its closing. He then became a member of St. Patrick parish.

Surviving are 6 sons and 4 daughters. Terry (Juanita) McCarthy, of Dubuque, Kelly (Vincent) Simonini, of Cassville, Wisc., Dan (Deb) McCarthy, of Dubuque, Maureen (Darrell) Mishler, of Palisade, Minn., Laura (Randy) Kohn, of Dubuque, Janan McCarthy, of Highlands Ranch, Co., Brian McCarthy, Dennis (Amy) McCarthy, Darren (Angi) McCarthy, and Cal (Jill) McCarthy, all of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, and two sisters-in-law, Joanie McCarthy and Regina McCarty.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Elizabeth (2011), his parents, his in-laws, two brothers, Jack (1986) and James (2009), a grandson, Scott Michael McCarthy (2009), and his grandson's wife, Lindsay (Wubben) Simonini (2013).

A special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Tri-State Dialysis of Dubuque, the nursing staff at Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, and all their staff for the help in the care of Denny.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Ronald J. Huber


Ronald J. Huber, 76, of Asbury, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Ron was born January 14, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Ralph and Stella (Stecklein) Huber. He married Margaret Mary Brimeyer on September 14, 1963 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Ron was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years. He began his career in the tool shop and steadily progressed to become a Quality Engineer. He worked tirelessly to improve John Deere's line of backhoes. Through a strong work ethic and always doing the right thing, Ron earned the respect and life-long friendship of his co-workers. Many things brought great joy to Ron, a good round golf, a Green Bay Packer victory, spending time with friends, traveling the world and watching beautiful sunsets. His big heart and concern for others was evident in his daily life. Ron was a disciple of Christ; he volunteered often supporting those who were less fortunate. When it came time to have fun and clown around he was all in and never held back bringing great laughter to his family and friends. Above all Ron was most dedicated to his faith and family and because of this he found true meaning in life. He was a member of Resurrection Parish.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marge, of Asbury; two sons, Mark (Peggy) Huber of Madison, WI and Daniel (Sue) Huber of Davenport, IA; two daughters, Joleen (Jim) Jansen of Elkader, IA and Katie (Matthew) George of Olathe, KS; 11 grandchildren-Jessica, Jacob, and Jenna Jansen; Noah and Justin Huber; Addy, Allyson, and Celia Huber; Braeden, Calen, and Austen George.
He is also survived by his brothers: Richard (Doris), Robert (Trish), and Randall (Jane) Huber and two sisters; Bonnie Dee and Maryelle Paredes, and sisters in law Mary (Wayne) Huber, Lucille (Robert) Brimeyer and Jane (Francis) Brimeyer; and brothers in law Vince and Ralph (Evie) Brimeyer.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; Ralph and Stella Huber; his parents in law Alphonse and Elenora Brimeyer; his brother Wayne Huber; his brothers in law Robert, Lester, Willard, and Francis Brimeyer; sisters in law Alice (Vince) and Rita (Willard) Brimeyer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque. Ron's family expresses their gratitude to the caring Stonehill staff and Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy.

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



Thomas J. Shellhorn


Thomas J. "Tom" Shellhorn, 70, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Midwest Medical Center at 9:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tom was born on June 26, 1945 in Galena, the son of William "Sonny" and Harriett (Smith) Shellhorn. He attended Galena High School and was united in marriage to Lynn M. Benson on September 17, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was employed at Kraft Foods in Galena for 27 years before it closed and later worked for the Galena Territory for 19 years until his retirement Tom was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on the USS Taconic in Santa Domingo. He loved woodcarving making ducks and canes, hunting and fishing, watching the birds and spoiling his grandchildren. Tom had many wisetales to tell, and believe 1/4 of what he said. A friend said you could count on Tom for the advice you needed and a shoulder to lean on.

Surviving is his wife Lynn, four children, Scott (Patty) Shellhorn of Rockford, Illinois, Todd (Tracy) Shellhorn of Winnebago, Illinois, Heather (Dan) Steines of East Dubuque, Illinois and Denise (Mark) Cornille of Elmhurst, Illinois; Nine grandchildren; his in-laws, Judy (Larry) Heim, Hazel Edmonds, Steve (Diane) Benson, Bea (Jack) Ranslem, Lee (Karen) Benson, Darlene Harber, Kevin (Debbie) Benson, Allen (Julia) Benson and Carolyn Benson.

He was preceded in death by his parents William "Sonny" and Harriett, a brother Wayne Shellhorn his daughter-in-law Jeanne Shellhorn and two brothers-in-law, David and Bernard Benson.

Lynn and family wish to give special thanks to the Galena Police Dept., Galena EMS and the Midwest Medical Center Emergency Dept. for their quick response, help and kindness.

 



Pauline Takes


Pauline Takes, 87, of Bernard, Iowa died Friday, December 25, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Pauline may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa.

Services for Pauline will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Pauline was born September 28, 1928 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of John Sr.and Kathyrine (McCarthy) Regan. She received her education in the Zwingle area schools. On April 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Harold P. Takes at Holy Rosary Catholic church in LaMotte, Iowa.
Pauline was employed at A & P Grocery in Dubuque, Iowa, until the couple established Takes Grocery in Bernard, Iowa which they operated for over 40 years, they were open 7 days a week, only closing for Christmas day each year, which is coincidentally the day she passed away.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa and a member of its former Rosary Society. She was also a past member of the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary, a past member of the Bernard Commercial Club and a former board member of the Aquin School Board.

She is survived by six children, Janine Capesius of Bernard, Kathy (Larry) Patterson of Maquoketa, IA, Coleen (Mike) Burke and Mary Beth (Pat) Hentges both of Bernard, Iowa, Joe (Vickie) Takes of Bettendorf and Mike (Kay) Takes of Cascade; eight grandchildren, Todd (Sara) Capesius of Bernard, Jenna Capesius of Burlington, Luke Patterson of Elwood, Nikki (Mitch) Ogle of Bluffton, S. Carolina, Rebecca Patterson of Maquoketa, Emily Takes of Bettendorf, Regan Takes and Haris Takes both of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Raelyn Capesius and Konner Bailie and one sister, Monica Hoerner of Zwingle; 3 sister-in-laws, Natalie Regan of Grand Mound, Shirley Regan of Dubuque and Joyce Regan of Zwingle; a brother-in-law, Gene Stillmunkes of Zwingle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold P. Takes on April 30, 1990; her mother and father-in-law, Fred and Anna Takes; her siblings, Rita Regan, Kate & Ray Kemmerer, Amelia (Neil) Bruck, John "Jack" (Mary) Regan, Agnese (Joe) Hayes, Fred Regan, Margaret Stillmunkes, Julien "Jukes" Regan, James "Worm" Regan and J.C. Ripple.

A Pauline Takes memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family of Pauline would like to thank the staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Riverbend Retirement Community, Hospice of Dubuque, Sherri Kelchen and Dr. Isaak for all the wonderful care and support given to Pauline and their family.



William Piekenbrock


William "Bill" Piekenbrock, 83 of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Christmas morning, December 25, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children.

Friends and relatives may call from 9:30 to 11:30am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the funeral Mass immediately following. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque.

He was born on September 15, 1932, the son of Dr. Frank J. Piekenbrock and Helen Bergener Piekenbrock. He attended Nativity Grade School, Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI, and Loras College. For nearly 45 years he worked in management at H&W Motor Express, where he had many friends.

He married the love of his life, Lois Wissel, on July 28, 1956, and they spent 59 years together in their cozy house on Moore Heights, where family and friends were welcome virtually any time on any day. He was the ultimate family man, and could rarely make it through a phone conversation without asking "When are you coming over?" It was equally rare for anyone to turn down the offer.

Along with hunting and fishing, another major passion in his life was his dogs. He was a longtime member of the American Field Trial Association, and was instrumental in organizing the Dubuque Bird Dog Club. He is believed to have owned over 50 dogs over the course of his lifetime, many of which had puppies-an occasion which was always eagerly anticipated by his grandchildren. In his younger days, he and his father were avid world travelers, having visited nearly every continent multiple times.

He is survived by his wife Lois (or "YaYa"), their four children and spouses-Julie (Jim) Ackerman of Longmont, CO, Johnny (Colleen) Piekenbrock of Dubuque, Carrie (Kevin) Kelly of Dubuque, and Lisa (Tom) Kaiser, of Dubuque-eight grandchildren (Michael, Leah, Alex, Will, Joe, Danny, Ben, and Anna), two great-grandchildren (Gibson and Ava), and his sisters Mary Diederich and Ann Ford. He is also survived by four granddogs (Quinn, Oscar, Stella, and Ella), whom he always indulged with table scraps when no one else was looking.

To his family, he was the kindest man any of us have ever known, and he will be sorely missed. We'll see him at the farm.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Parish and Luther Manor. We would like to thank the entire staff at Luther Manor for their compassionate care.

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



Eugene L. Pierotti


Eugene L. "Gene" Pierotti, 83, of 3460 Starlite Dr., passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Hilary Aidoo officiating. A visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the church where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 5:30.

Gene was born on December 26, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Dario and Bruna (Gregolini). He spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict before graduating from Loras College in 1959. On June 3, 1961, Gene married Genevieve Colbert at Holy Family Church in Mason City, Iowa. He taught and coached at Holy Family and Newman high schools in Mason City before moving to Dubuque in 1964. Gene coached boys and girls golf and sophomore boys' basketball at Wahlert High School. He was athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. Gene was elected into the IAHS AD Hall of Fame in 1995.

He is survived by his wife Genevieve of Dubuque; his children Stephen (Charlene) Pierotti of Dubuque and their children Lauren and Nathan; Doug Pierotti of Palm Springs, CA; David (Amy) Pierotti of The Woodlands, TX and their children Alicia (Brad) Munson and their children Brady, Kobe, Ellie and Presley, Tyler Pierotti and Ali (Paul) Schafer; Elizabeth Pierotti-Heiar and her children Alex and Maddie and his sister, Melba (Wally) DalSanto of Titusville, FL.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Louise.

Memorials may be given to Wahlert High School.

The Pierotti family wishes to thank Dr. Joseph Compton, his nurse Jody and the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley Hospital for their constant care and support.

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

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



Jeanette M. Hilkin


Jeanette Mary Hilkin, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Jeanette was born December 9, 1926 in Holy Cross, and grew up in New Vienna, the daughter of William and Josephine (Hoefer) Meis. She graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna and Bayless Business College in Dubuque. She married Elmer John Hilkin on November 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2014.

Jeanette was employed as a housekeeper at Loras College for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 

Jeanette is survived by three sons, James (Judy) Hilkin, of Burlington, IA, Daniel (Jen) Hilkin, of Austin, MN, and Chris (Tara) Hilkin, of Dubuque; four daughters, Lois (Terrence) Hirsch, of Fitchburg, WI, Rose (Doug) Bowers, of Waukesha, WI., Lynn (Dan) Chapman, of Dubuque, and Mary (Larry) Hird, of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Leora (Lester) Willenbring and Helen Meis; her brother, Joseph (Florence) Meis; and her sister in law, Marcella (Stephen) O'Hea.

Memorials may be made to the Jeanette Hilkin Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Meuer; Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer F.; and the staff of Stonehill for their care and concern for Jeanette.

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



Earl E. Berendes


Earl E. Berendes, 80, of St. Donatus, IA passed away Thursday, December 24th, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28th, 2015 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Earl was born on April 14th, 1935 in Bellevue, IA the son of Earl and Sylvia (Frantzen) Berendes. He married Ruth Ann Thomas on October 19th, 1957 at St. Joseph Prairie Church. They shared over 58 wonderful years together.
Earl retired from H & W Motor Express after 30 years of employment. He also owned and operated Berendes Garage in St. Donatus for many years. Earl was a member of the Mississippi Bluff Busters and St. Donatus Catholic Church.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed camping with Ruthie and their friends. In the fall Earl could be found cutting wood with his family and plowing fields with his friends. He always enjoyed tinkering in the garage and restoring his tractors, he had a knack for fixing anything. Above all, Earl's family was most important to him. His grandchildren and great grandchildren always brought a smile to his face and put a twinkle in his eye.

He is survived by his wife; Ruth, children; Joni (Larry) Steffy, of St. Donatus, The late Bill (Janie) Berendes of Bellevue, Patricia Berendes, of Dubuque, James (Joyce) Berendes and John (April) Berendes, both of St. Donatus and Sue (Francis) Clancy, of Dubuque. 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. His siblings; Anita (Eldon) Rown, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Phyllis Hutter, of Dubuque, Melvin "Mel" (Marilyn) Berendes, of Dubuque, sister-in-law's; Jeanne Ambrosy and Marian (Pat) Marshall, all of Dubuque. Many nieces and nephews and very special friends David and Margaret Bies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sylvia Berendes; his mother and father in law Harold and Bernice Thomas; a brother, Loras "Butch" Berendes, son; William "Bill" Berendes and brother-in-law's; Bob Ambrosy and Dave Hutter.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and loving nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, Rev. Michael Podhajsky for his visits and prayers, and especially to Earl's best friend David Bies for all he's done.



Mary I. Schmidt


Mary Irene Schmidt, 95, of Dubuque, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at St. Anthony Church, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Anthony Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque. 
Mary was born July, 15, 1920, in rural DeWitt, Iowa, the fourth child of William and M. Irene (Goodall) Reed. After graduating from St. Joseph High School, DeWitt, Mary attended Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa. She married Kenneth E. Schmidt on April 3, 1944, in DeWitt. He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2001.

Ken and Mary lived in several Eastern Iowa communities before moving to Dubuque in 1951. During her early years in Dubuque, Mary dedicated herself to creating a loving home for her husband and children. She was also active in League of Women Voters, Church Women United, Christian Family Movement, and Operation Friendship. 

Mary returned to the working world after most of her children were grown. From 1975 to 1989, she was a member of the Clarke College Library staff. She and Ken operated the Dairy Sweet for most of these years. Mary then accompanied Ken on his regional sales travels, from 1989 to 2000. 

Mary was a member of St. Anthony Parish, Theresians, Serra Club, and Divine Word F.A.N. Club. She was also an avid bridge player. 

Mary was a woman of tremendous spirit, faith, and service. She channeled her tireless energy into family and community, seeking to elicit the best from all, most especially from herself. She embraced both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and, in so doing, championed those for whom life was a challenge. She enjoyed a lively debate and an engaging conversation, and thus developed many enduring friendships, nearby and in far distant lands. She chose to live life fully every moment of her 95 years. To all those who made this possible by extending to her the gifts of time, concern, and companionship, her family offers Mary's heartfelt "Love you much!" 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Bob (Carla) Schmidt of Lutz, Fla., and his sons, Jim and Mark Tegeler; Margaret (Tom) Welter of Dubuque, and their children, Michael (Jill) Welter, Erin (Brad) Lyons, Christopher (Chelsea) Welter and Katherine (Jesse) Gansen; Martha (Tom) Hanley of Cedar Rapids, and their children, Anne Marie (Ron) Draganowski, John (Lia) Hanley, Mark Hanley, Laura (David) Rydberg and Mary Hanley (David Herberich); and Mary Jean (Dick) Gregory of Dubuque, and their children, James (Christine), Robert (fiancée Lauren Pinto), Joseph, Andrew (Veronica) and John Gregory; John (Donna) Schmidt of Dubuque, and their children, Alex, Nicole and Ben Schmidt; and Carol (Mike) Trueg, of Dubuque, and their children, Matt (Laura) Trueg, April Josselyn and Ben (Melissa) Trueg. 

Her great-grandchildren are Alena, Cal, Emily, Kate, Charlie, Henry, Jack, Lucy, Will, Elsie, Joseph, Mary Clare, Thomas, Peter, Michael, Rose, Ava, Liam, Kolbe, Fulton, Sophie, Arabella and Cece.

Other survivors include her sister Margaret Kedley and her sisters-in-law Helen (Gene) Niebuhr and Leona Schmidt. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Jim, Bill and Jack and her sister Alice Schroeder. 

The family requests memorials to St. Anthony Parish, Clarke University and Holy Family Catholic Schools. 

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family. 

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



Carl J. Noel


Lifelong Dubuque resident, Carl Joseph Noel, age 99, died of natural causes after a brief time at Stonehill Care Center. He was born to Alfred J. Noel and Emily (Galle) Noel at their home on September 1, 1916. Carl attended Holy Ghost School and graduated in 1930and was always proud of the excellent handwriting he developed there. He then attended Loras/Columbia Academy and graduated in 1934. Between 1934 and his May 1941 induction into the army Carl was employed as a machine operator with Trausch Baking Co in Dubuque. During that time he was an active member of the Uptown Players, a well know local theatre group. It was here that he became close friends with Eileen C Pins, who would become his wife after the war. He was in the first wave of soldiers deployed to Northern Ireland and later London, since he was part of the HQ Adjutant General's clerical staff. As the war in Europe neared its end, he was serving in northern France as a Tech Sargent attached to General Omar Bradley's HQ. Carl was discharged in May 1945.

After the war Carl took advantage of the GI Bill and attended Loras College where he graduated in January 1949 with a BA degree in Economics. Soon after graduating, on February 12, 1949, he married his longtime sweetheart Eileen C Pins. After his discharge from the Army, Carl also worked as a clerk and a carpenter. But, it was a Christmas holidays job in the Dubuque Post Office while a graduate student in 1949 that led Carl to seek a full time job with the Post Office. After brief employment in major appliance sales, he began his long career as a Clerk with the Post Office in October 1950.

During his lifetime Carl used his mechanical and carpentry experience to become extremely adept at repairing almost anything, and also worked part time as a roofer to help support his family. After retirement, Carl expanded his interests into using microcomputers and at age 85 became the President of the computer club at the large RV Park in Arizona where he and Eileen enjoyed many winters. He continued to be an avid and excellent card player throughout his lifetime.

Carl's beloved wife Eileen preceded him in death in 2005. During their life together they enjoyed traveling throughout North American beginning with their honeymoon to Mexico. After Carl's retirement they enjoyed trips to continental Europe and to England, Scotland and Ireland.

Carl J. Noel is survived by son David and his wife Pam of Rockford, IL & their children Christine, Steven, & Laura; daughter Betty and her husband Ed Harney of Oxford, IA & their children Heather, Meagan, and Jonathan; daughter Jane Andreasen, of Emmetsburg, IA & her children Nathan and Mariah ; daughter Patricia and her husband James Oliphant of Austin, TX & their son Adam; daughter Marian and her husband James Gorham of O'Fallon, IL & her sons Alex, Darrin, and Eric; daughter Nancy and her husband Joseph Bromley of Texas  & their sons Austin and Ryan; son Brian of Dubuque; and, son Nicholas of Hazel Green, WI. Carl was preceded in death by sister Evie, brother Alfie, sister Marcie, brother Richard, and sister Jenny - all of Dubuque.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm (Noon), Monday, December 28, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Inurnment with Military Honors at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.



Helen M. Wolf


Helen M. Wolf, 76, of Bankston, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa.

Services for Helen will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Dyersville, IA, with Minister John Ostwinkle presiding.
She was born January 10, 1939 in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Adolph and Marie (Hefel) Gansemer. She had a happy childhood growing up with her four siblings. She was active in the Local 4H and graduated from the Holy Cross Catholic High School class of ‘57. On April 27, 1959 she married her sweetheart Daniel E. Wolf.

Helen endured many challenges in her life beginning with a speech impediment which she developed early in life. Followed by more than 40 years with the struggles of Multiple Sclerosis which she handled with grace and dignity. She always rose above with a positive attitude and a never ending smile. She was a true example of humility and kindness.

Dan and Helen farmed the Wolf Century Farm, where she took great pride in caring for and raising their six children. She was a great cook and baker, avid gardener and spent countless hours canning and freezing food to support their family.

Helen was a faithful sister of the Dyersville congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Her faith, family and congregation were the cornerstone of her life.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Mark (Lynne) Wolf of Asbury, IA, Keith (Nancy) Wolf, Brian (Lisa) Wolf both of Bankston, IA, Dawn (Jim) Welter of Hazel Green, WI, and Becky (Chuck Minnick) Wolf of Dubuque, IA; Daughter-in-law, Shyla Wolf of Potosi, WI; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; four siblings, Joan Lukan of Santa Cruz, CA, Matt (Dottiesue) Gansemer of South Bend, IN, Rose Ann ( Phillip) Breitbach of Spring Field, MO and Ed (Ruth) Gansemer of Dubuque, IA.

On April 14, 1987 she lost the love of her life Dan Wolf, and on April 22, 2014 one of her twin sons Michael (Mike) Wolf. She was also preceded in death by her parents, One Grandson, Anthony Wolf, One Brother-in-law, Marv Lukan and Father and Mother-in-law, Elmer and Mary Wolf.

In keeping with Helen's wishes, in lieu of flowers she would like a Helen Wolf memorial which will go to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

A special Thanks to the caring staff of Stonehill Care center.

Isaiah 35:6 "At that time the lame will leap like the deer, and the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy."

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



Patricia A. Gilmore


Patricia Ann Gilmore, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 23, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Patricia's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2015, from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. Family and friends may visit prior to the service at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa from 10 to 11 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2015.

Patricia Ann Miller was born on June 13, 1945 in Genoa, Nebraska, to William and Norma (Werner) Miller. She was educated in country schools and later in life received her GED. She married George E. Gilmore on December 19, 1974 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2010.

Patricia was very proud that she was one of the first waitresses at the Maid-Rite in Muscatine. She also had been a licensed barber for many years, and enjoyed volunteering with Operation New View in Maquoketa.

Patricia attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Maquoketa. She loved gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her children, Robyn Nesbitt of Maquoketa, IA, Bill Gilmore of Muscatine, IA, and Karen (Qaseem) Gilmore of Muscatine, IA; 7 grandchildren, Robby, Isaiah, Elijah, Zaccheus, Jamilah, Josiah and Gabby; 1 great-grandchild, Alex; 7 brothers, Bill Miller of Muscatine, IA, Orville Miller of Muscatine, IA, Norman Miller of Grandview, IA, Raymond Miller of Muscatine, IA, John Miller of Muscatine, IA, Donald Miller of Muscatine, IA, and Craig Miller of Kansas City; and 2 sisters Nancy Brown of Keithsburg, IL, and Mary Cunningham of Grandview, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband George.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Gilmore memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lawrence L. Ellerbach

Lawrence Leo Ellerbach, 90, of Holy Cross, Iowa died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Manor Care Health Services, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the Scherrman Peterson American Legion Post 656.  Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate.

Lawrence was born January 14, 1925 in Holy Cross, Iowa the son of George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach.  He married Rose C. Welter on April 7, 1956 in Richardsville, Iowa. Lawrence was in the United States Army stationed in Texas from September 1950 to 1952.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Judy) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, grandchildren: George Ellerbach of Iowa City, Jennifer Ellerbach of Holy Cross, siblings: Bernard Ellerbach of Guttenberg, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Kay Daly of Bankston and Bernice Honkomp of Dyersville, and a sister in-law Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Carol Lattner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rose in 2010, siblings: William (Gladys) Ellerbach, Ernest Ellerbach, in-laws: Margaret Ellerbach, Jim Daly, Leander Steffen, Joan Ellerbach, Gib Honkomp, Catherine Welter, Carl Welter, Veronica (Joseph) Griffin, Ted Welter, Rosemary Welter, Nick Welter, Matilda Welter, John Welter, Mary Welter and Michael Welter.

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

 

 

 



Donna M. McGinn


Donna M. McGinn, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:47 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Fillmore Cemetery.

Donna was born on June 2, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Anton and Pearl (Lehman) Baumhover.

Donna was united in marriage to John McGinn on May 28, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church. They were blessed with 35 years together, and three wonderful sons, before he was called home on November 30, 1990. Donna had a strong work ethic and proudly devoted her energy, time and talents at the General Dry Battery Factory, Crescent Electric, John Deere and eventually retiring from Dubuque Stamp. She was a very active woman who enjoyed socializing with friends and investing her commitment to volunteering with several organizations including Sacred Heart Church, the VFW Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, the Salvation Army, Widow and Widowers and the Old Folks Club. Donna and John thoroughly enjoyed traveling extensively together throughout the United States. In her free time Donna also enjoyed knitting, horseback riding and especially spending time on the Mississippi River. She was an amazing woman who touched the hearts of all she met and her absence will be deeply and dearly felt for years to come.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include,

her sons,
Raymond (Kathy) McGinn, Marathon, NY,
William (Annelda) McGinn, Thomasville, NC,
and John McGinn, Guttenberg, IA;

her grandchildren,
Margaret McGinn, Johnna McGinn, Ezkiel McGinn and Landon McGinn;

special friends,
Jeanne Frommelt,
and Jill Hilliard;

and her foster daughter,
Shirley (Jim) McDermott, Dubuque, IA, and their 2 sons and extended family.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John McGinn; a sister, Patricia (Charles) Jochum; and three brothers, Raymond Baumhover, John (Rosie) Baumhover and Eugene (Phyllis) Baumhover.

In lieu of flowers a Donna M. McGinn memorial fund has been established.

Donna's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



J. Vincent McLees


J. Vincent McLees, 92, of Cascade, Iowa died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vince may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Services for Vince will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

He was born July 11, 1923 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Catherine (Henneberry) McLees. He received his education at St. Martin's High School. On Nov. 4, 1950 he was united in marriage to Edith M. Eilers at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area. Vince was a Navy Veteran, having served in WWII, and he was involved in the D-day invasion.

Vince enjoyed farming, AC tractors, cutting wood, planting trees, playing Euchre and telling stories. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade American Legion Post #528 and a member of the Cascade Historical Society.

He is survived by seven children, Phyllis (Dave) Valentine of Epworth, IA, Ken (Julie) McLees of Scotch Grove, IA, Donna (Ron) Miller, Marv (Margery) McLees, Dave (Jenice) McLees and Ron (Sharon) McLees all of Cascade, IA and Diane (Gregg) Feyen of Bull Head City, AZ; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Eunice Hauber of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith M. McLees on March 19, 2009; one brother, Donald (Norma) McLees; and one sister, Patricia (Virgil) Stammeyer.

The family would like to thank River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque. Also our sincere thanks to Dr. Isaak and Sherry Kelchen.

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



Harlan N. Miller


Harlan N. "Butch" Miller, 81, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015, at his home in Monmouth, Iowa.

A celebration of Harlan's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, Dec. 24, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and after 9 A.M. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Harlan Neville Miller was born on Sept. 3, 1934 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Harlan Vincent and Gladys Madeline (Johnson) Miller. He was a veteran of the Army and had served two years in Germany, earning an honorable discharge. He married Donna Mae Kelley on June 18, 1956 in Kahoka, Missouri. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2008.

"Butch" was a self-employed mechanic for many years. Through the years he had also worked for the Iowa City Streets Department, Tracy Logging and Clinton Engines. He had served as the mayor of Monmouth for four years and on the Monmouth City Council for six years. He enjoyed going to the boats and casino, watching movies, playing cards, eating sweets, and going to the "office" for coffee each day. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor Harlan's memory include his children, Donita Tracy of Seneca, WI, and Delcy (Shayne) Acrea of Marion, IA; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna (Jeff) Hinke of Escondido, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna; a sister, Marilyn Fritz; 3 great-grandchildren, Landon, Damon and Colton; and a son, Jesse, on Nov. 9, 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harlan N. "Butch" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Melvin G. Bayer


Melvin G. Bayer, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Morgan Frazer as eulogist. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Bayer was born on June 16, 1937 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of George and Clara (Thiele) Bayer. He married Frances Elaine Sumerau at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque on Nov. 25, 1967. Together they raised one daughter.

He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1955. Melvin served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963. Melvin was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1994.

Surviving are his daughter, Brenda (Duane) Foust; two grandchildren, Cassandra (Justin) Foust and Lindsay (Matthew) Johnson; sisters Mary Ann Nielsen, Elaine Newhouse, Lois Mills, Marlene Honaker and LaVonne (Jerry Hoffman) Bayer; and brothers Roger (Sandra) Bayer, Loren (Glory) Bayer and LaVerne Bayer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bayer; his parents, George and Clara Bayer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Eva Weninger; and his dog, Baby.

Melvin's family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Berkley Hillary for all the care given to Melvin.



Dale H. Lange


Dale H. Lange, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Dale was born on August 10, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Rena (Grassel) Lange. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Hein on Nov. 23, 1957 at St. Columbkille's Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on June 28, 2010.

He was formerly employed as a Diesel Mechanic for Iowa Coaches, Inc., Flexsteel Industries and retired from McCoy Truck Country in 1995. Dale was a member of St. Mary's Parish; K. of C. Council # 7227, Msgr. C. F. Conley 4th Degree; a retired member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1960 to 1987; and loved woodworking. 

Surviving are six children, Scott (Tracy) Lange of Houston, Texas, Kevin (Mary) Lange of Bettendorf, Iowa, Kurt (Kim) Lange and Stephanie Lange, both of East Dubuque, Linda (Brian) Feltes of Dickeyville, Wisconsin and Thomas Lange of East Dubuque; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; his brother, Harold "Skip" (Mary Jean) Lange of East Dubuque; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; three sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Lange of East Dubuque, Phyllis Lange of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Carol Lange of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce A. Lange; one sister, Elaine "Pal" Potter; and three brothers, Jerry, Bob and Joe Lange.

Dale's family wishes to thank The Finley Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Mark Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their father.



Carl L. Oberhoffer


Carl L. Oberhoffer, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be at Linwood 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. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque.

Carl was born on August 1, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Carl J. and Margery (Plitz) Oberhoffer He served in the United States Navy during WWII. On June 12, 1948, Carl married Marilyn Aliesch at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on February 6, 2013.

He was employed at John Deere for 38 years.

The most important thing in Carl's life was his wife Marilyn, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the special times at the cottage with them. He loved to fish, bowl, play euchre, travel, dance and go hunting with his sons.

Carl was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nativity and a member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque.

He is survived by his four sons, Michael (Kay) Oberhoffer, Mark (Peg) Oberhoffer, Jeff Oberhoffer, and Jerry (Patty) Oberhoffer, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Michelle (Paul) Munya, Matt (Beth) Oberhoffer, David (Trisha) Oberhoffer, Dana (Casey) Conney, Ryan (Kristi) Oberhoffer, Sara Jenaman, Chris (Holly) Oberhoffer, Molly (Tyler) Carson, Nick (Claire) Oberhoffer, and Laura Oberhoffer; 21 great grandchildren; siblings Tom (Jan) Oberhoffer, Russell Oberhoffer, Gail (Chris) Oberhoffer, Shirley (Fred) Schilling, and Margaret (Karl) Jones; and sister-in-law Roberta Oberhoffer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Paula Oberhoffer, grandson-in-law Raymond Jenaman; brothers Johnny and Jimmy Oberhoffer and 2 sister-in-laws Jenny Oberhoffer and Diane Oberhoffer

A Carl L. Oberhoffer Memorial Fund has been established.

Carl's family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially nurses Emily and Abe.

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

 



Ronald E. Edwards


Ronald E. Edwards, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa after a long illness.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Ronald's life will be held at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ronald Edgar Edwards was born on February 10, 1947 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Corlyle "Dick" and Arlene (Kopet) Edwards. He attended Maquoketa Schools and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Army where earned a Purple Heart. He married Edna L. Wiese on August 10, 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: James and Melissa.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Ronald returned home to Maquoketa where he worked in the foundry for Clinton Engines for many years, then for the Milwaukee Railroad in Clinton, General Thermo in Maquoketa, and lastly for Precision Metal Works (PMW) in Maquoketa.

Ronald was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans in Dubuque, Iowa. He enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, gardening, planting flowers, watching old westerns, 4th of July parties with Karaoke, being with his friends at Bill's Tap, and his favorite cat "Kitty".

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife Edna Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; children James (Jessica) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Melissa (Randy) Partridge of Springfield, IL; 2 grandchildren who resided with them, Jammie Schurbon and Skylar Edwards; 3 step-grandsons; and brothers Jerry Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, John Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Richard "Ike" (Lori) Edwards of Moline, IL, and Mark (Deb) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Catherine W. Kelly


Catherine W. Kelly, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Catherine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Catherine Wilma Hougham was born on January 27, 1925 in Redfield, Iowa, to Clarence and Susanna Hougham. After the death of her mother when she was ten, she moved to Des Moines to live with her sister and graduated from Des Moines North High School. She married Michael "Mike" Kelly on January 17, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas and shortly thereafter moved to Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born: Timothy Kelly.

Catherine was a homemaker who had also worked outside the home. She first worked for the Fishing Tackle Company, then Hoffman Eggs as a candler, and retired from Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa as a Certified Nurses Aide.

Catherine loved to work and she loved her cats and dogs.

Those left to honor Catherine's memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Jane Kelly of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandsons, Michael Kelly of Maquoketa, and Jason Kelly of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3 great-grandchildren, Tim, Michaela and Logan Kelly, all of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-great-grandson, Sam Kelly of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on May 18, 1992, 1 brother and 4 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Catherine W. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rose T. Hansel


Rose T. Hansel, 95, of Manchester and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 22, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wed. Dec. 23, 2015, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Rose was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ollendieck) Scherbring. She married Carl Hansel on Sept. 6, 1950, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until retiring in 1991. She was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Rosary Society and loved gardening and fishing. Her grandsons and great grandchildren were her favorites.

Survivors include her 2 daughters: Carol Herman of Manchester and Elaine Hansel of Dubuque, grandsons: Tony (Dawn) Herman of Hazelton, IA and Robert (Melanie) Herman of St. Cloud, FL, Chris (friend Cortney) Wuchter of Earlville, IA, and Jeff (Trish) Szalkowski of Dubuque, IA; great granddaughters, Rose Herman, Olivia Wuchter, Maddie Vosberg and Cassie, Sammie and Clare Szalkowski, great grandsons, Alex Herman and Declan Herman, special friend, Ed Pape of Manchester and his three children; a sister, Anna Marie Ries of Dyersville; in-laws: Anita Bond of Colesburg, John Latteyer of Shellsburg, Lonnie Latteyer of Manchester, Marlene Tumilty of Shellsburg, IA, LaVonne Bush of Colesburg and Fern Moser of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1994, a son, Robert in 1970, a daughter, Dianne Wuchter in April 2015 and a son-in-law, Rodney Herman; siblings: Catherine Wolf, John Scherbring, Lawrence Scherbring, Christina Scherbring and Clementine Wolf; in-laws: James Hansel, Donald Hansel, and Roland Latteyer.

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

 

 



Norma J. Duenser


Norma J. Duenser, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:43 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by her loving family. To honor Norma's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Norma's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, 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 Linwood Cemetery.

Norma was born on June 14, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herbert H. and Rose (Ploessl) Gruel.

Norma was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to William H. "Bill" "Admiral" Duenser on September 22, 1951, in San Francisco, CA, and they were blessed with 62 wonderful years together before he was called home on April 7, 2014. She was a people person and was employed as a cashier at Eagles Supermarket for over 17 years until her retirement. Norma was a very active woman and participated in several bowling leagues in the Dubuque area. She was currently a member of the Church of the Resurrection, a former member of Sacred Heart Church and Rosary Society and a UFCW Union Leader. In her free time Norma enjoyed creating beautiful cross stitch projects, but her greatest joy was time spent with her family. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, happily attending their many basketball and soccer games as well as swim meets. Norma was a kind and gracious woman who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Those left to cherish Norma's memory include,
her sons,
Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL,
and Timothy Duenser, Lake Ozark, MO;

her grandchildren,
Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA,
Anne (Michael) Osgood, Dubuque, IA,
and Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Rockford, IL;

her great-grandchildren,
Noah, Kennedy and Karis Duenser, Kylie and McKinzee Stram, Nolan Grant and Elsie Osgood;

and her brother, Herbert (Florence) Gruel, East Dubuque, IL.

Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill Duenser; a sister Carol (Wayne) Kramer; and two brothers, Robert (Lois) and Gerald (Irene) Gruel.

A Norma J. Duenser memorial fund has been established.

Norma's family would like to thank her nieces and her neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker for their loving care. Also thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, Oak Park Place and Luther Manor for all of their kind and compassionate care of Norma.

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

 



Celene A. Wagner


Celene A. "Kic" Wagner, 85, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Cuba City, Wisconsin, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 2:45 p.m. Monday, and from 10 - 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Celene was born on December 27, 1929 in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Bernard G. "Ben" and Mary Louise (Droessler) Wagner

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish. Celene was employed at Flexsteel Industries for many years, working as a seamstress and later as an inspector. She loved crocheting, playing cards and spoiling all generations of her nieces and nephews.

Surviving is a brother-in-law LaVern (Yvonne) Voss of Pearl City, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and her beloved dog Sannie.

Celene was preceded in death by her parents Bernard "Ben" and Mary Louise Wagner, five sisters, Bernadine Wagner, Lucille Wagner, Mary (Chester) Lewis, Amorita Munyon, Helen (Kate) Voss and a brother George Wagner, also a niece Brenda Scheid.



Bernard F. Hefel


Bernard "Bernie" F. Hefel, 83, of Dubuque passed away to eternal life on Friday, December 18, 2015 surrounded by his family.

To honor Bernard's life, funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 2 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10: 15 a.m., Tuesday at the Church.

Bernard was born on August 31, 1932 in the Turkey River and North Buena Vista, Iowa area the son of John and Marie (Ludovissy) Hefel.

Bernard served our country proudly and honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

On October 26, 1954 he married the love of his life, Adelene Dondlinger at St. Peter & Paul Church in Spring Brook, Iowa.

He was a talented and skilled masonry contractor, building landmark projects throughout the Tri- States.

His hobbies included fishing, boating, hunting, walking and playing euchre with family and friends. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida with Adelene. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas.

His laugh was unique and big like his heart. Happiness and smiles radiated from him. He loved to help family and friends.

Bernard was a long time member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Adelene; children, Terry (Anne) Hefel, Randy (Jodi) Hefel, Doug (Sheila) Hefel, and Cindy (Joel) Callahan, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dillon, Alison, Stephanie, Audrey, Joey, Hannah, Sophia, Zachary, Justin, and Nick; great- grandchildren, Emma, Jaden, Logan and Chase; brother, Eugene (Betty) Hefel, of Balltown, IA; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Hefel Kremer, of Farley, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 6 brothers, Anthony, Phillip, Louis, Marcellus "Mick" (Viola), Vince (Irene) (Lorraine), and Lawrence (Alice) Hefel; sister, Hilda (Clarence Wagner) (Jerry Engelken); and Junior Kremer.

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

In lieu of flowers a Bernard Hefel memorial fund has been established, where donations will be given to the Parkinson's Foundation.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home, 24 Hour Care and TLC Home Care, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Allen Meurer, Hospice of Dubuque and Mayo Clinic.



Robert F. Fisch


Robert F. "Bob" Fisch, 94, of Dubuque died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Hawkeye Care Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. Jim Miller Celebrating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Bob was born April 23, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dominic and Mitilda (Datisman) Fisch. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the US Air Force during WW II. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years and was a member of Local 150. He also worked part time at the Fenlon Place Elevator and volunteered at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

He married Marian Schroeder July 5, 1945 at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on December 9, 1999.

Bob was involved in many things, and rarely took a break. He enjoyed watching the Dubuque Senior High School Girls Softball team and tried to catch as many games as possible.

He was a member of the Church of the Nativity where he was active in choir, scouts, guild and Rosary Society. He served as Chairman of the Dubuque Housing Commission and Vice Chair of Dubuque Community Development Commission. He served on the board of directors of many boards, including, Foster Grand Parents, Project Concern, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, where he served as Publicity Director, Chairman of River Valley Cap, Operation New View, Dubuque Regulatory Board and Dubuque Mental and Handicapped Board.

He also served as President of the West 11th Street neighborhood Association, Board member and Secretary of the Historic Bluff Neighborhood Association, and was a member of the Neighborhood Council.

Bob was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and served as a team member for the 2nd district AARP/Vote, and AARP Community Council.

Bob was a Member of the Democratic National Committee, Dubuque Democratic Party, Volunteer staff member for Sen. Tom Harkin and worked on the Senior Task Force, Dubuque Housing Coalition, the Consortium on Aging and Friends of the Community.

He is survived by his five children, Barbara (James) Psotka, Sharon (Richard) Johnston, Jo Ann (James) Hurley, Susan (Darrell) Tegeler and David (Kimberly Hagerty) Fisch; 13 grandchildren, Dawn, Tammy, Greg, Shannon, Tara, Richard Jr., Colin, Shawna, Casey, Kimberly, Kenneth Jr., Kurt and Michael; 22 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Fisch Jr.; a grandchild, Ryan Johnston; his parents; four brothers and their spouses, John and Ethel (Thompson) Fisch, James and Alice (Manning) Fisch, Wilbert and Mildred (Moore) Fisch and Albert and Rosella (Freiburger) Fisch. He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Marian May, Blanche Gagne and her husband Clarance, Marie Rose Fisch, Geneviere Kemps and her husband Henry, and Roselyn Moore and her husband Wesley.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and care and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert J. Schink


Robert J. "Bob" Schink, 89, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Manor Care in Platteville.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded.  Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30 until the time of service Saturday at the church before the service.

Bob was born on March 29, 1926, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Myron and Pauline (Penn) Schink. He married Melvina A. "Vina" Kirkpatrick on June 30, 1951, in the Methodist Church in Darlington. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2010. 

Bob graduated from De Pere High School in 1944.  He served in the US Navy during WWII. Bob graduated in 1950 from UW-Madison with degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Delta Theta Sigma. He worked as a field engineer for John Deere Corporation from many years (mainly in Dubuque and Moline).  

Bob was a strong promoter of Cuba City and the tri-state area serving on the City of Presidents Committee in Cuba City, and the Tri-State Tourism Council. Bob was the first recipient of the Bob Schink Tri-State Tourism Council Award which was named for him. He was a collector of all things John Deere and enjoyed golfing. Bob was a founding member of Cole Acres Country Club. He was a member of the Cuba City Lions Club and Faith Lutheran Church. For many years he and Vina wintered in Sun City, Arizona.

Survivors include his sons, John (Teri), of Boise, Idaho, Guy (Janna), of DeForest, and Robert, of Madison; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Schink, of Potosi; a brother, Paul (Charlotte) Schink, of De Pere; a sister-in-law, Donna Schink, of Fort Atkinson; eleven grandchildren, Lindsay (Jared) Theunis, Henry, Julia (Matt) DeLong, Ray, Daniel, Josiah, Kaitlyn (Tim) Drebert, Raechel, Heather (Derek) Storkson, Kirk and Will; and seven great-grandchildren, Stella, Amani, Tanner, Eva, Abigail, Tenor and Cadence.  Also surviving are special friends from Cuba City, Pam, Mark and John. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Daniel and Thomas; and a brother, Donald.

A Robert J. "Bob" Schink Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Finley Hospital and Manor Care in Platteville for their wonderful care of Bob.

 

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



Magdalen C. McComish


Magdalen C. "Mag" McComish, age 99, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at Bethany Home. To honor Mag's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Mag's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mag was born on August 22, 1916, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, daughter of John E. and Clara (Schmitt) Boleyn.

As a child, Mag attended Ss. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill and eventually continued on to become a proud graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Louis McComish in 1939 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with three beautiful children and 25 years together before he was called home much too early. Mag diligently excelled as a proofreader at Brown Publishing Company for over 15 years until her retirement. She was a loyal and longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and also valued her opportunity to serve her community as a volunteer at the Ham House Museum. As any true Dubuquer can usually claim, some of her fondest moments with family and friends would be discovered around the card table with a good partner and great Euchre hand. She was a naturally gifted and talented seamstress who especially enjoyed creating dolls, bears and curtains. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Mag's life and she dearly loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. We have been fortunate and appreciate the chance we were given to love Mag during her 99 good years here with us and yet our hearts truly ache with her swift and sudden loss. We trust and have faith that she is now safe in the arms of her Lord and once again reunited with Louis, her son David, and all the rest of her loving family who were called home ahead of her. Mag was an amazing and uniquely wonderful woman and will be deeply and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Mag's memory include,

her daughters,
Cindy (Terry) Conlon, Canton, GA,
and Linda Houselog, Davenport, IA;

her grandchildren,
Tim (Elma) Conlon, Atlanta, GA,
Jeff (Christina) Conlon, Duncanville, TX,
Matt (Samantha) Houselog, Davenport, IA,
Amy (Dustyn) Turner, Ames, IA;

her great-grandchilden,
Aurora, Aubree, Ainsley and Amaya Houselog,
Estella Turner,
Dominick San Miguel,
and Anthony Esquivel;

her siblings,
Raymond Boleyn, Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Marie Boleyn,
and Mary Jane Boleyn, both of Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mag was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Louis; a son, David McComish; her sisters, Ethel Boleyn, Mary (John) Genz, Helen (Chuck) Weise and Lorraine (Bob) Fitzgerald; her brothers, Roger, Allan "Bud" Boleyn and Bob (JoAnn) Boleyn; and her sister-in-law, Jane Boleyn.

A Magdalen C. "Mag" McComish memorial fund has been established.

Mag's family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for their wonderful, loving and compassionate care these past years.

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

 



Eugene J. Hingtgen


Eugene James "Mickey" Hingtgen, 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 14, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Church of The Nativity with the Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 6 of Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, where there will be a Parish Scripture wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Mickey was born on June 20, 1927 in St. Donatus, Iowa to John and Eleanor (Davis) Hingtgen. Mickey's Catholic faith was the cornerstone of his life. On May 16, 1953, he was married to the love-of-his-life Jean Noel at Nativity Catholic Church. Together they raised 6 beloved children and enjoyed 11 cherished grandchildren. Mick and Jean made their home in East Dubuque, Illinois for 40 years and then retired in Dubuque. They traveled to many places but enjoyed being at home in Dubuque more than anywhere on earth.

An important aspect of Mickey's life was his 40-year career at the Dubuque Packing company. He enjoyed his packing company co-workers and fellow Dubuquer's so much that a trip to the grocery store or the farmers market often became a days-worth of visiting.

Mickey was the oldest of 4 children and grew-up on Dubuque's north side near Sacred Heart church. He enjoyed the trees and the bluffs of the Mississippi river his whole life. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, picking berries and making his own bread. In the summer you could find him and his family on his pontoon boat, and on any cold, fall, winter or spring holiday he was sure to be playing euchre with his family.

Mickey had many friends and acquaintances, and enjoyed all of his 20 in-laws and over 60 nieces and nephews. He enjoyed many celebrations of births, sacraments, holidays and holy days. He had a zest for life and a will to live-long despite a diagnosis of heart disease at age 50. His family attributed his long life to his diet, love of exercise, family, extreme belief and appreciation for God and the simple things in life.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Jean; their children, Senator Pam Jochum and Debra (Lon) Link, both of Dubuque, Ret. Sgt Major Daniel (Regina) Hingtgen of Heidelberg, Germany, Sandra (Brian Noel) Hingtgen of Dubuque, Amy (Jonathan) Asbury of Minneapolis, MN, and John (Rita) Hingtgen of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren Sarah Jochum, Dr. Anthony (Dr. Emily), Peter and Jennifer Link, Ami Perdue, Claudia (Mark) Mathias, Jack, Alex and Kate Hingtgen, and Ayla and Cooper Asbury; and two great granddaughters Helena and Sophie Mathias; sister Helen Oster of East Dubuque, IL and brother Roger (Joan) Hingtgen of Atwater, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant granddaughter Jean Marie Hingtgen; brother LaVern Hingtgen; and brother in law Ozzie Oster.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Mickey's name.

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

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy McInerney, Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, and Dr. Mozena.



Lawrence F. Ludovissy


Lawrence F. "Pete" Ludovissy, age 92, of Dubuque, IA and Phoenix, AZ, was called home to the arms of his Lord at 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at The Grove at Peoria with Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Pete was born on August 17, 1923 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of John and Emma (Welty) Ludovissy.

Pete was born and raised in the Turkey River area, moving to North Buena Vista at age 13, and thoroughly treasured the memories of his family and early childhood. Pete would go on to proudly and honorably serve his county during WWII in the U.S. Army. Upon his return to civilian life he would soon meet his destined soul-mate, Charlotte Saylor, and they would be united in marriage on September 5, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Church. Their union was blessed with 50 wonderful years together and one adored son, Richard. The family would eventually relocate to the Savanna area as Pete began working as a district lineman for the Milwaukee Railroad. He would eagerly invest over 42 years of his time, talents and labor until his retirement in 1984. The experiences, friendships and example of the rewards obtained through hard work are all treasured opportunities which Pete would always thank the railroad for offering. In his free time, Pete would joyfully spend time golfing, fishing and watching his Cubs or a classic John Wayne movie; but most often it was the gathering of family and friends around the card table which would bring a smile to Pete's face and heart. Pete once willingly admitted that he enjoyed a good steak and the fragrance of the fresh air following a rainstorm. Never known to be a complicated individual, Pete would strive to be the best man he could possibly be in every aspect of his life. Every visit, Pete could draw people in to feel comfortable and laugh, and showed that he cared deeply for family and friends. His goal in life was to be remembered as a good son, husband, father and grandfather and we can all easily agree that Pete achieved his long-term goal in undeniably excellent fashion. Pete encapsulated the truest essence of a good and decent man throughout his life and now the abundant memories and legacy he leaves behind will be carried through generations to come. He's now resting safely in his eternal state of grace with Charlotte and the rest of his family that have been called home ahead of him. We will always love and miss you Pete and we thank you for the wonderful example you left behind.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include,
his only son,
Richard (Sherry) Ludovissy, Peoria, AZ;

his two grandchildren,
Jennifer (Koorosh) Yasami, Scottsdale, AZ,
and Scott (Kira) Ludovissy, Lake Tahoe, CA.

and four great-grandchildren,
Braxton, Kyla, Caden and Jada.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Charlotte, and 4 brothers; Lloyd (Cora), Merlin, Merrill (Jeanette) and Arthur (Clara) Ludovissy.

A Lawrence F. Ludovissy memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Grove At Peoria Hospice House for all their gentle and compassionate care.

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

 



Mary J. Tilp


Mary J. (Kunkel) Tilp, 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16th at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Mary was born February 21, 1943 in Dubuque, daughter of Ray and Olevia (Welu) Kunkel. She married Joseph F. Tilp 49 years ago on April 16, 1966 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She was a lifelong Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on the Mississippi River. She had a dry sense of humor and loved to share jokes and laughs with her grandchildren. She was a loyal shopper at Dollar Tree where everything was "only a dollar". Many have been blessed with the gift of afghans she crocheted. She loved and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mary was a longtime member of St. Anthony parish and active in the Rosary Society. She organized and directed the funeral dinners at St. Anthony for many years.

Surviving is her husband Joseph F. Tilp, of Dubuque; two daughters, Susan K. Cloud, of Kansas City, MO and Tania K. Tilp, of Dubuque; three sons, Joseph F. (Lisa) Tilp, Michael A. Tilp, both of Dubuque, and Nicholas M. Tilp, of Galena, IL; six grandchildren, Ali, and Kasha Cloud, Spencer, Jacob, Aaron and Ethan Tilp; one sister, Sara (Gary) Holtz, of Maquoketa, and two brothers, Charles (Mary) Kunkel, of Des Moines, IA, and John (Maggie) Kunkel, of Leesville, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Kathryn.

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



Gerald G. Pregler


Gerald G. "Jerry" Pregler, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at St. Joseph The Worker, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jerry was born in Dubuque, Iowa on Sept. 27, 1930 the son of Walter & Elizabeth (Sadler) Pregler. Jerry was formerly married to Carole Frey and together they had 8 children.

Dad was best known for his life-long love of bowling beginning with pin setting in the basement of Holy Trinity to the development and management of Riverside Bowl in 1957 until his retirement 45 years later. He lived and breathed bowling and continued bowling in a league until the young age of 80. He was an active member of the Iowa Bowling Proprietors Assoc. and in 2009 was inducted in the Greater Dubuque Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a charter member of the 700 Club as well. In 2009 Jerry received an award from his peers for his many years of service in the bowling industry. He liked to think he brought bowling "from the basement to the living room."
Dad was very proud of his grandchildren and was thrilled to see them bowl in league and play for their high school bowling teams.

In 2007 he was inducted to the Democratic Hall of Fame for his years of dedication and service. Jerry spent 35 years at St Joseph the Worker Parish, retiring as head usher at the age of 80. Jerry was a Life-time member and Commodore of the Dubuque Boat Club.

He is survived by his eight children, Mark (Kris) Pregler, Joe (Wendy) Pregler, Mary (Mike) Belmont, Judy Vaassen, Linda (Rick) Zillig, Brian (Shina) Pregler, Bruce Pregler, and Peggy (Brian) Leibfried; 11 grandchildren, Justin Pregler, C.C. & Cameron Belmont, Owen & Olivia Vaassen, Ben & Becca Zillig, Brandon & Jonas Pregler, Zach Pregler and Hillary Kapparos; and a brother, Walter Pregler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Gerald Pregler memorial, 1810 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA 52001. 

"We will think of you bowling with the angels every time it Thunders, Dad."



Leo Pfab


Leo Pfab, 81, of rural Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph on the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 11, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where a wake service will be held at 2:45p.m.

Leo was born on Sept. 12, 1934 the first son of Aloysius and Loretta (Hoffmann) Pfab. On Nov. 13, 1962 he was united in marriage to Virginia Oberbroeckling at St. Patrick's Church, Epworth, Iowa. They farmed in the Table Mound Township area and celebrated 53 years of marriage this past November.

Leo always put his family first, followed by farming. He loved to dance to Polka music and travel in his spare time. He has visited 45 states and maybe seeing all the rest soon. He served his country for 6 years in the Iowa Army National Guard. He was a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus and also a Table Mound Township trustee for a number of years.

Leo is survived by his wife, Virginia; four children, Cheryl (Gene) Sargent, of Warren, IL, Lynn (Marty) Stone, of Lancaster, WI, Carla (Wade Becker) Pfab, of Dubuque, and Doug (Stacy) Pfab, of Epworth; five grandchildren, Harry and Alex Stone, Levi, Logan and Ava Pfab; three sisters, Sally Trenkamp, of Dyersville, Leona Roling, of Peosta, and Elaine (LaVerne) Tippett, of Belmont, WI; his four brothers, Eldon Pfab, of Anamosa, Donald (Sharon) Pfab, of Central City, Cliff Pfab, of Peosta, and Paul Pfab; in-laws Sister Lucilla Oberbroeckling, OSF, of Dubuque, Rosemary Noonan, of Bernard, and Ed (Janet) Oberbroeckling, of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Ralph Trenkamp, Al Roling, Janet Pfab, Marcella Oberbroeckling, Verna Oberbroeckling, Bill & Rita Oberbroeckling, and Harlan Noonan; nephews Daniel Oberbroeckling, Andy DeMuth, and August Schraad; and mother- and father-in-law William and Catherine Oberbroeckling.

The family wishes to extend a big thank you to the medical professionals in Rochester, MN and Dubuque.



James B. Budden


James B. "Jim" Budden, 87, of rural Cuba City, WI, passed away Monday afternoon, December 7, 2015 at the family farm from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Rev. Kenneth Frisch and Rev. Wayne Droessler concelebrating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Jim was born on August 15, 1928 in Jamestown Township of Grant County, WI, the son of Arthur and Clara (Placke) Budden. He married Arlene J. Hilby on November 10, 1954 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, it's Holy Name Society and was head of St. Joseph's Cemetery for 30 years. Jim's passion in life was farming and driving his International tractors.

Jim loved a good game of cards, especially euchre, solitaire and solo. He enjoyed watching the TV show RFD.  He kept very meticulous records of the daily weather happenings for at least the past 40 years.

Surviving is his wife Arlene, six children, Janet (Donald) Godfrey of Denver, CO, Gary Budden (friend Jolene), Kevin (Janet) Budden and Randy Budden all of Cuba City, WI, Judy (Dave) Kelly of Prairie du Chien, WI and Karen (Paul) Wagner of Dubuque, IA. 11 Grandchildren, Kyle, Brett (Sarah), Scott, Stacy (Doug), Aaron, Casey (friend Mili), Jacob, Shawn, Tony, Michelle and Abby, two great grandchildren, Natalie and Sadie.  His siblings, Joan Kieler of Hazel Green, WI, Lois (Cletus) Hilby of Menominee, IL, Ellen Timmerman of Cuba City, WI and Richard (Kay) Budden of Hazel Green, WI.  A sister-in-law Judy Budden-Takes of Cuba City, WI. His in-laws, Jane (Tony) Middendorf of Menominee, IL, Mae (Jerry) Kuhl of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Hilby of Mineral Point, WI and Wilma Hilby of Menominee, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Clara, a son in infancy Brian, a son-in-law Dave Cammack, his brother Roger Budden, and in-laws, Clair Kieler, Richard Timmerman, Luella (Pope) Belken, Earl Hilby, Ethel (Heiny) Martin, Helen (Don) Roth, Lillian (Howard) Tranel, Vi (Dorrance) Pluym and Richard Hilby.

The family wishes to thank the Cuba City Rescue Squad and the Grant County Sheriff's Dept. for their quick response and support.

 



Mildred Kelley


Mildred (Koppes) Kelley, 93, formerly of 2686 Tina Ridge, Dubuque, passed away at Luther Manor, Monday, December 7, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Revs. Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 pm Sunday Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the church.

Mildred was born August 18, 1922 in Fennimore, WI, daughter of Oscar and Nella (Anderson) Everson. In 1940, she graduated from Montfort High School in Wisconsin.

She married Glen Watchorn on October 12, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1955. On September 12, 1959, Mildred and LaVerne Kopps were united in marriage at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore and later moved to Dubuque and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on December 28th 1992. On November 11, 1995, she married Adrian Kelley in Dubuque.

Before moving to Dubuque, she spent her years on a farm in Wisconsin. Mildred was employed in the Obstetrics Department at Finley Hospital for 18 years before retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years where she taught Sunday School. There she was also a member of the Ladies Aid and Rhoda Circle. Mildred later joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Moose Club.

Mildred was skilled at needlework, crochet, baking, and loved preparing meals for her family. She and Adrian enjoyed rides through the countryside, Friday night dinners at the Kahl Inn, and many travel opportunities provided by Dupaco Credit Union. Their home was always an "open house" to friends and family.

Surviving are husband, Adrian Kelley; children Vicki (Steven) Felsted of Peosta, Iowa, Gary (Carolyn) Kopps of Bettendorf, IA, Donna (Rodney) Yarish of Highland, Wisc.; stepchildren Kim (R.J.) Wetter, Steven Kelly and Debbie (Al) Schroeder all of Dubuque; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister in law Helen Kopps of Cobb, Wisc.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters Fern Leix, and Norma Huebner, brother-in-laws Milton Leix, Edward Huebner, William Harms, Leland Kopps, and sister-in-law Liliam Harms.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Eagle Pointe Place, Manor Care, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



John J. Leibfried


John J. Leibfried, 69, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, December 8, 2015, in Dubuque from complications from diabetes. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 11, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 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 9:30-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

John was born on July 25, 1946, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of James J. and Bertilla (Kaiser) Leibfried. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964 and attended Loras College. John worked in sales for many years. First, as a shoe salesman to selling cars for Riley, Dan Kruse and Runde Chevrolet.

John enjoyed sports, especially the Packers, Badgers and Atlanta Braves. He loved to spend time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his partner, Susan Hinderman, of Cuba City; a daughter Laura (Brad) Borne and her children, Alexander, Daniel, Katherine and Rebecca, of Uniontown, Ohio; a son, Scott (Sandra) Leibfried and their children, Jennifer and Michelle, of Williamsburg, Virginia; five sisters, Jean (Dennis) Funke, Gladys (Jim) McDonald and Donna Leibfried, all of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Brad) Birkett, of Hazel Green, and Linda (Jim) McCarthy, of Davenport; and three brothers, Bob (Betty) Leibfried, of Dubuque, Gary (Linda) Leibfried and Tom (Judy) Leibfried, both of Dickeyville. Also surviving are Jay (Becky) Hinderman and their children Bryce, Ian and Miles, and George (Judy) Andresen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Bertilla.

A John J. Leibfried Memorial Fund has been established.



Robert I. Peacock


Robert I. "Bob" Peacock, 60, of Asbury, died suddenly Saturday, December 5, 2015, in Perry, GA, while visiting family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 11, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 10, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Robert was born September 18, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Ivan B. and Marjorie E. (Young) Peacock. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1973. Bob then earned an Associated Degree in Accounting from NICC, later a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Clarke College, a graduate from the Iowa School of Banking, and a Certified Anti Money-Laundering Specialist. He married Diane Ellerbach on October 4, 1975 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; son, Clint (Emily) Peacock of Perry, GA; and a grandson Owen Peacock; a sister, Carol (Henry) Thatcher of Orlando, FL; in-laws, Linda (Steve) Palmer of Dubuque, Deb (Bob) Didesch of Asbury, and Lyle (John) Ellerbach of Dallas, TX; one niece, Katie Welter; two nephews, Matt Palmer and Adam Didesch.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother in-law, Francis and Rosemary Ellberbach.

Bob was an Executive Vice President - Director of Compliance, Risk Management, and Director of Community Affairs at American Trust & Savings Bank in Dubuque. Bob joined the bank in 1986, prior to that he was the manager of the local Armstrong's department store. During his tenure, Bob has managed the Retail Banking Division, served as Senior Vice President - Business Development and Community/Government Relations, and chaired the bank's Compliance Committee. Bob has served the community in many volunteer and civic leadership positions for more than 30 years. He has served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Dubuque, Chair of the United Way Board of Trustees, Member of the Asbury City Council, President of the Keystone Area Board of Directors, Government/Business Development Chair for Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, President of St. Anthony's Church Parish Council, President of the West Side Business & Professional Association, President of the Kennedy Mall Merchants Association, Past Chair of the DBQ Area Chamber, Moderator of Chamber's legislative events, Moderator of Chamber's Small Business Conference, Hosted over 80 Ribbon Cuttings as Chair of the Chamber, Emceed the Chamber's DC Fly-in, Guest Speaker at Leadership DBQ graduations, Guest Speaker at YP luncheons, Championed Diversity-was the first Chair of the Chamber to ever mention Diversity out loud at a Forecast Luncheon, Advocated for a seat on the Chamber Board for the YP President and that now is a reality, Named the Godfather of the Chamber's Membership Drive, was to be in the cast of stars for the Chamber's DWTS DBQ Style 2016. Bob never wanted to be out of the chamber scene and we made sure he wasn't. A chamber champion like no other.

Bob was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Thunder Hills Country Club, Dubuque Shooting Society (660 Club), NICC Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Bob's memory. 

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



Jane Ann Steffen


Jane Ann Steffen, 74, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Mark Murphy celebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

Jane was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Bernard, IA, daughter of John G. and Ella (Moorman) Kurt. She married Lloyd Steffen on June 8, 1963 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Garrryowen. He preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2015.

Before her retirement in 2012, Jane worked on the family farm near Epworth and worked as a bank teller for several years at Dubuque Bank and Trust in Epworth and Dubuque.

She is survived by a son, Dan (Cindy) Steffen of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Kathy (Henry) Busby of Carrollton, Texas, Joan Steffen of Dubuque, Cheryl (Steve) Junion of LaGrange, KY, Michelle (Cody) Estling of Center Point, Iowa, and Lori (Martin) Severson of Phillips, WI.; nine grandchildren, Jacob Steffen, Derek and Kassandra Busby, Seth, Madison, and Drew Junion, and Ben, Ryan and Noah Estling; four brothers, Charles, Earl, Tom and Pete Kurt; and three sisters, Lois Donovan, Sister Mary Kurt, and Rita Martin.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Richard; brothers Henry and Dorrance; sisters Germaine Bechen and Sr. Bernice Kurt (Sisters of Mercy).

A Jane Steffen Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all of their wonderful care.



Luz M. Digmann


Luz M. Digmann, age 52, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, at 2:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle. To honor Luz's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastoral Intern Kyle Barton officiating. To celebrate Luz's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Luz was born on April 4, 1963, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Frederico and Luz Maria (Flores) Aponte.

Luz was born and raised in Chicago, the oldest daughter of a proud Puerto Rican family. She met the love of her life and soulmate, Jeff Digmann, on a blind date and they were united in marriage three months later on August 4, 1990, in Chicago, IL.

She enjoyed working at the Heartland Inn, Shopko and McDonalds in Dubuque prior to moving to Tucson. Luz was half-way through her CPA degree when she suddenly began to develop several health issues. After six years in the Tucson area, the family decided it was quickly becoming prudent to return back to Dubuque to be closer to family once Luz became seriously ill.

In her free time Luz enjoyed creating latch hook and plastic canvas projects and camping with her family. She was an abundantly loving and caring woman who possessed a wonderful sense of humor. Those who loved and adored Luz were continually making the most of her sweetly gullible nature by playing humorous jokes on her. Always returning the acts with a smile and a contagious laugh, Luz was never one to miss out on the opportunity to appreciate a great time with family and friends. Her time here on earth with us has been snatched away much to early and the hearts of all she touched throughout her life ache in a lonesome sorrow. But we know that she now resides in perfect health in the arms of her Lord, once again reunited with her family that's been called home ahead of her. We will miss her beautiful smile for years to come, but we trust that one day we will all be united again in eternal bliss.

Those left to cherish Luz's memory include,

her husband,
Jeff Digmann, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Taylor Digmann,
and Christopher Digmann, both of Dubuque;

her siblings,
Freddy Aponte,
Wanda Aponte,
and Yolanda (Juan) Rivera, all of Chicago, IL;

her nieces and nephews,
Josh Rivera, Chicago, IL,
Derek Montgomery,
Emily Montgomery,
Jessica Montgomery,
Cody Digmann,
and Cassidy Digmann, all of Dubuque, IA;

her father-in-law,
Stephen (Eileen) Digmann, Rio Rico, AZ;

and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Brian (Barb) Digmann, Dubuque, IA,
and Kim (Curt Neuendorf) Montgomery, Dubuque, IA.

Luz was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Dianne Digmann; and a sister-in-law, Tammy Digmann.

A Luz M. Digmann memorial fund has been established.

Luz's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



William F. Wittstock


William F. "Bill" Wittstock, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 10 at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00.

Bill was born on August 16, 1927 in Milwaukee, WI. He honorably served in the United States Army Air Corp. On November 18, 1950, he married the love of his life, Loretta Williams, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Together they celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage.

He was a member of UAW Local 94 and was proudly employed at John Deere for 23 years before retiring in 1989. He was a faithful member of St. Raphael Cathedral.
Bill had a kind and loving spirit, and all admired his keen wit, patience and ability to fix anything. He treasured their annual family vacations, his John Deere lawn tractor, and had a special place in his heart for the family dogs. He was a loyal Hawkeye fan, loved to bowl, play Euchre, and could often be found doing a word search puzzle. His love for his family was unmatched and he especially enjoyed going to Saturday night mass and dinner with them every week. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta; their five children Sharon Lowe, David Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, Tim (Kim) Wittstock, and Deanne (Joe) Roussel; grandchildren Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Angela (Darby) Young, Jon (Cassie) Lowe, Brian (Erica Bentz) Lowe, Krista (A.J. Ligeralde) Roussel, Lindsey (Adam Riegler) Roussel, and Nicole Wittstock; great grandchildren Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Joseph, Felicity, Audrey, and Amelia; and siblings Ruth Ballinger, Lorraine Hirsch (sister in law), Dick (Rosalie) Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois (Alan) Jones, Ronald Hirsch, and Tom (Carol) Hirsch; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Hirsch; mother and father in law, Jovita and Earl Williams; son in law Paul Lowe; daughter in law Donna Wittstock; grandsons Jeff and Matthew Wittstock; siblings Jack Hirsch, Dorothy McNinch, Sandy Kaesbauer, Donny Joe Hirsch, and in laws; Don Ballinger, Jean Williams, Mary (Pete) Charley, Jenny Hirsch, and Jerry Loes.

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



William H. Spitznas

William H. Spitznas, 97, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at UnityPoint Health, The Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ Church. Burial will be in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. A visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of services, Thursday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

William was born on January 27, 1918 in Moline, Illinois the son of Paul and Inez (Avery) Spitznas.

He served in the United States Army during WWII. He was stationed in Europe and served with the 94th Infantry Division and the 301st Field Artillery.

He married Gaynell Duncan on March 22, 1947 in Salina, Kansas.

William was employed as an Engineer at John Deere.

He was a member of First Congregational UCC, Dubuque Shooting Society 660 Club, and Rotary.

He is survived by his wife, Gaynell; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Paul Raymond Jr., and Roger Lee Spitznas.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ Church.

 



Gladys E. Ireland


Gladys E. Ireland, 89, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, at the Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 6:30 P.M., Friday, December 11, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, December 11, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Gladys Elizabeth Jorgensen was born on April 27, 1926 in Andrew, Iowa, to Peter J. and Margaret E. (Hoffman) Jorgensen. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and married Arlo Clayton Ireland on February 1, 1953 in Delmar, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2012.

Gladys was a homemaker and 4-H leader who raised a family and also worked at Collins Radio in Anamosa and Cedar Rapids for five years.

Gladys was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church where she had served as the church treasurer and was a part of the church Morning Circle. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crocheting, and jigsaw, crossword and word search puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Wade (Kathy) Ireland of Fairfax, IA, Kevin (Cindy) Ireland of Ely, IA, Sandra (Randy) Antons of Anamosa, IA, Lisa (Jerry) Burns of Marion, IA, and Joni (Lennie) Miller of Onslow, IA; a daughter-in-law, Carol Ireland of Cedar Rapids, IA; a sister, Helen Knight of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Marvin (Gloria) Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law, Clarice (Darrell) Kaestner of Newhall, IA, Ruth Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA, and Lucille Smith of Central Point, OR; 12 grandchildren, Nick, Eric, Matt, Tony, Jared, Ben, Brice, Cole, Grant, Tabitha, Sara and Lindsay; 4 great-grandchildren, Grace, Madelyn, Addyson and James; 2 step-grandchildren, Reggie and Amy; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Camryn and Calen. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children, Lynette in 1966 and Steven in 2008, her husband Arlo, 5 brothers Glenn, Raymond, Robert, Carl and Henry, and 2 sisters Thelma and Lorraine.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gladys E. Ireland memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kilburg and the wound clinic staff, Dr. Banh and the staff at JRMC, the Anamosa Care Center, Above and Beyond Hospice, and ECI Transit for their extraordinary care of our mom.

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

 



Alexandra M. Brown


Alexandra Michelle Brown 22, daughter of Dwayne and Patricia (Skladzien) Brown, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2015 at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Road. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to time of services Friday at the Hall.

Alex was born on September 7, 1993 at Samaritan Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. At 3 months of age, Alex was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition; hydranencephaly. She lived at home in Maquoketa with her parents and attended both Andrew and Maquoketa schools. At age 15, Alex moved to Dubuque to Hills and Dales where she then finished her education at Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in May of this year.

Alex was currently working at Hills and Dales Lifetime Training Center making Bogey Tales dog treats. Because of her love for classical music, Alex was a season ticket holder of Dubuque Symphony and enjoyed every symphony she was able to attend. Alex also enjoyed attending Christian meetings at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with her parents. Alex touched the lives and hearts of many people she came in contact with despite her limited abilities to communicate. She also exceeded her given life expectancy and abilities due to the abundance of love and care received from family, friends and caregivers.

Surviving are her parents, Dwayne Brown of Maquoketa, IA and Patricia Brown of Dubuque, IA; brothers David Malone of Clinton, IA and Tylor Brown of Dubuque, IA; sister Savanna Bradt of Maquoketa, IA; maternal grandparents Robert and Beverly Skladzien of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents James and Judy Brown of Delmar, IA; maternal great grandmother Margaret Helmold of Clarence, IA and nephew, Damien Parry of Iowa City, IA.

She was preceded in death by an aunt, Pamela Brown-Keeney and great grandparents.

Alex's family would like to extend a special thank you to her home care nurse, Angel Millman and the staff at Hills and Dales.

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



Sister Mary William Allen, PBVM


Sister Mary William Allen, PBVM, 101, died on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10:00 am at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at Mt. Loretto, where there will be a vigil service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Mary William, daughter of William and Annie (Williams), was born Mary Alice Allen on March 17, 1914, in Clare, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in December of 1940 and professed her perpetual vows on June 10, 1946.

She received a BA from Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Her Presentation ministries of elementary teacher and principal, spanning 69 years, took her to Elkader, Storm Lake, Charles City, Monona, Epworth, Algona, Sheldon, Dubuque (Resurrection), Whittemore, and Humboldt, all in Iowa, Winner, SD and Oak Lawn, IL. She was also the Mt. Loretto House Coordinator from 1955 to 1961.

Sister retired in 1987 and used her sewing and mending skills at Mt. Loretto for many years. She enjoyed prayer and community service, sewing, reading, and making rosaries and greeting cards. With a generous heart, Sister William lived daily "I enjoy volunteering my services wherever they are needed." She let her life be guided by the scripture passage, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid" (Mk 6:50).

Surviving are nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 75 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, George; and her sisters, Mildred Halligan, Dorothy McMahon, Ruth Brand, and Aileen Allen.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Harry N. Oppenheimer


Harry N. Oppenheimer, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 5, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

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

Harry was born on Sept. 23, 1921 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Newton and Edna (Boyer) Oppenheimer.
After high school in New York, Harry worked on the New York Central Railroad until he served in World War II. Harry was in the US Army from July 1943 until January 1946. He served in the 720th Railroad Battalion and was stationed in England, France, Belgium and Germany.
Harry worked as a cabinet finisher in California for a number of years before coming to Dubuque.

Harry was an avid Cubs fan, liked to collect books and records, and loved a good game of Euchre. He was a pet owner all his life and enjoyed his dogs and cats. He will be greatly missed by all of the many people who were in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert, who died in 1945 while he was stationed in India in the army; and his special friend, Robert Norton, of Dubuque.



Madelyn M. Jameson Linden


Madelyn M. Jameson Linden, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Madelyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Madelyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Madelyn was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Emma (Schmitt) Nagelmaker. Madelyn was born and raised in Dubuque and very proud of her family heritage. She was united in marriage to Raymond Jameson on April 5, 1943, in St. Louis, MO. They were blessed with 8 children and 34 years together before he was called home on Dec. 9, 1977. Madelyn later met and was united in marriage to Charles Linden on March 26, 1983. They shared 6 wonderful years together before he was called home on Dec. 25, 1989.

She willingly contributed her time and talents wherever life would take her, whether it was playing the role of "Rosie the Riveter" working in the hulls of battleships during WWII, or working alongside Raymond when he was logging. She enjoyed working in the food service department and serving the children of our community with the Dubuque Community School District for 16 years until her retirement. Madelyn was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the AMVETS Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters of America Court 1287.

She was a fun loving and independent woman who was always the "life of the party". Her fabulous sense of humor, ability to inspire everyone around her and effortless capacity to spread her contagious smile were legendary. Madelyn thoroughly enjoyed a light hearted conversation, and the countless friendships she developed over her nine decades meant the world to her, especially her most recent relationships at Applewood III. But, let it be known that what Madelyn treasured most was her family. The love which this dearly sweet woman so easily shared can hardly be put into words. A spouse, a child, a grandchild, a sibling; family was family to Madelyn and if you held a precious spot in her heart, you were deeply adored for life and she'd make sure you knew it. The world is definitely a less joyful place today and her smile, style and spirit will be continually cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Madelyn's memory include

her children,
Gary (Shirley) Jameson, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Deb) Jameson, Durango, IA,
Susan (Bud) Marion, Bettendorf, IA,
Peggy (Dennis) Tigges, Alvarado, TX,
Carla (Larry) Adams, New Deal, TX,
Thomas Jameson, Andrew, IA,
and Laura (Jack) Coleman, Davenport, IA;

15 grandchildren;

11 great-grandchildren;

6 great-great-grandchildren;

a step-son,
Keith (Darlene) Linden;

and her step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Raymond Jameson and Charles Linden; a son, David Jameson; a grandson, Brad Marion; 2 sisters, Dorothy Nagelmaker and Lorraine Wise; 5 brothers, Carl, Eugene, Alvin, John and Ralph Nagelmaker; and a step-son, Kevin Linden.

A Madelyn M. Jameson Linden memorial fund has been established.

Madelyn's family would like to thank Dr. Cynthia Konz and her nurse Cheri, the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support.

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



Marian E. Backes


Marian E. Backes, 54, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

Marian was born on August 25th, 1961, the daughter of Clifford and Dorothy (Peters) Winner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Dubuque Internal Medicine for many years. She married Gary Backes on April 28th, 1990 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Marian loved her family dearly, including her furry friends Keyla and Kallie. She enjoyed the outdoors, Chicago Sports Teams, and Traveling to the Mountains.

She is survived by her husband Gary, children; Katie and Kyle, all of Dubuque. Her mother; Dorothy Winner, of Dubuque, Sister; Ann (Vince) Hanson of Dubuque, and Brother; Larry (Janet) Winner, of Boise, Idaho. Her aunt; Mill Fairfield of Dubuque, Sister and Brother-in-laws; Sharon Pierson of Chicago, IL, Joan Backes of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mary (Steve) Bemis of Dubuque, Ron Backes of Holy Cross, IA, Carol Brylski and Laura Backes both of Dubuque. Numerous Nieces and nephews including a special niece; Trisha Hanson and her Godson Evan Hanson.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford and her brother Thomas Winner.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque and all her friends and co-workers at Dubuque Internal Medicine.

In Lieu of flowers a Marian Backes Memorial fund has been established.



W. Neil Hahn


W. Neil Hahn, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Neil's life will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015, from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wilbur Neil Hahn was born on October 19, 1935 in Unionville, Iowa, to Fred W. and Margaret E. (Miller) Hahn. He was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended Iowa State University from 1953 to 1955. He then served his country in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960, spending the majority of his time in Europe. He married Sue Bowling and to this union two children were born: William and Kimberly. Sue and Neil later divorced but always remained close friends.

Following an honorable discharge, Neil worked for General Electric Company in Bettendorf and Eldridge starting out in 1961 doing electric motor and generator repair and retiring in 1993 as a foreman.

Neil loved spending time with his family, was an avid reader, and enjoyed 50's era Chevy vintage cars.

Those left to honor Neil's memory include his children, William "Bill" (Kim) Hahn of Marion, IA, and Kimberly (Jonathan Seyfert) Williams of Anamosa, IA; a step-daughter, Chris (Gil) Berg of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren, Trey, Triston, Camryn, Elly, Addy, Katelyn, Dylan and Charley; a brother Dr. Fred (Marge) Hahn of Kansas City, MO; and a sister Bert (Kerry) Griffin of Ft. Atkinson, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



James D. Avery


James D. "Jim" Avery, 59, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Saturday morning, December 5, 2015 at home following a lingering illness.

A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Avery Railing & Ornamental Building, 168 East 10th St., in Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Avery Railing and Ornamental Building. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on April 4, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harvey "Bud" and Mary T. (Heinz) Avery. He was a 1974 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Jim started his working career at Mitch's Cycle Shop part-time, then worked at Computer Consulting Service (later Cycare). He continued helping out at the cycle shop off and on along with R & H Electronics, until leaving Cycare.

Jim started a company installing computer systems and writing application programs for local companies, maintaining and installing networking products throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Finally after getting tired of sitting in front of computers all the time, he started Avery Railing, an ornamental iron works company.

After traveling to Italy with Rhonda, he was inspired by the Italian railings, his new business Avery Railings was born. In the 12 years of doing ornamental iron work, many Tri-State area railings, gates and fences, were designed, built and installed by Jim. Along with the Iron work interest he was also into some sculpture, and interactive kinetic pieces, some of which were in the Voices show in Dubuque in 2011. He also made a piece for Black Rock City, Nevada.

Jim was a pool player in his younger years, and enjoyed the camaraderie with his teammates. He enjoyed working in a motorcycle thrill show in the early years and later for a few years did some amateur flat track motorcyle racing. His love of motorcycles started with a Parilla, then Nortons, Triumphs, BSAs, and for a short time a couple Harley Davidson's, and on to Moto Guzzi and Moto Morini's.

He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA). He was also a member of NOMMA, and the Blacksmith and Welders Association. 

His last projects were designing and building large bicycle type contraptions, interactive sculpture machines, and microcontroller projects using cast off machines and pianos.

Originally he was married to Marie Strong, and later to Mary Schaller until finally connecting with Rhonda Dunbar who was a fantastic partner, friend and confidant.

Surviving Jim are Rhonda Dunbar and her sons Eric and Alex, his parents, Harvey "Bud" and Mary Avery of Dubuque, a sister, Catherine (Nick) St. Jean of St. Augustine, FL, brothers, Charles (Cindy) Avery of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Donna) Avery of North Attleboro, MA, Thomas (Jackie) Avery of Maquoketa, IA, Robert (Carol) Avery of Waunakee, WI and Ronald Avery of East Dubuque, IL. His aunt Joyce (Bob) Thilmany, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Julie Marie in 1982, nephew Nathaniel Avery in 2005, his grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Jim's family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff for the wonderful care given to Jim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Kirk D. LeClere


Kirk D. LeClere, 56, of Midland, Michigan and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Friends and Family may gather to celebrate Kirk's life from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public Graveside Services and Burial will be held 11 A.M., Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Coggon, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation and Services will also be held in Midland, Michigan at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home.

Kirk was born December 1, 1959 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Dean LeClere and the late Maxine (Egger) LeClere. He was a 1978 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he was the Class Valedictorian. On September 4, 1993 he married Margaret Hollingsworth in Midland, she survives him.

Kirk was the chief financial officer for The F. P. Horak in Bay City, MI. He had a special love of music and he was the "Captain" of the band ShooBooty. Kirk had a great love of his family and dog Gracie. He enjoyed camping, golfing and going to his cabin in Waters, MI.

Those left to honor Kirk's memory include his wife Margaret A. LeClere of Midland; two daughters Katie LeClere of Waterloo, IA and Annie LeClere of Indianapolis, IN; his father Dean LeClere of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Kristi LeClere of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law John (Margie) Hollingsworth; a sister-in-law Mary Stutelberg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider The Reece Endeavor of Midland or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 



Yoanna M. Haney


Yoanna M. Haney, 64, of Dubuque died Friday, December 4, 2015 at Home. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Yoanna was born July 4, 1951 in Olympia Greece, daughter of Nikolas and Panayiota Moutsiou.

She is survived by her husband Vernon Haney of Dubuque; a daughter, Nikola Moutsiou Fuller-Bakken and her husband Jeremy Bakken; two grandchildren, Adrianna Haney and Matthew Fuller; and two siblings, Thora Kroustalis and Pavlos Moutsiou, both of Pirgos, Greece.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vasilis Moutsiou.



Shirley M. Morehead


Shirley M. Morehead, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 4, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 12, 2015, from the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Shirley Marie Schumacher was born on February 11, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jack and Amelia (Schlemmer) Schumacher. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Paul B. Morehead on June 29, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Pam and Jeff.

Shirley had worked as the head secretary for the USDA/ASCS office in Maquoketa for over 30 years, retiring in 1988.

Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in women's organizations. She also was a member of the NAARF and the TOPS club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed camping, playing cards and baking.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her husband Paul Morehead of Maquoketa, IA; children, Pam Wagner of Maquoketa, IA, and Jeff Morehead of Ottawa, IL; 5 grandchildren, Jake, Joni, Jehri, Josh and Kyle; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jaden Denger, Miles Trevino, Lincoln Morehead and Megan Morehead. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wayne and Wendell Schumacher, and a sister Phyllis Duff.

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

 



James E. Meisland


James E. "Jim" Meisland, 50, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 1, 2015, in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Jim" on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

James Edward Meisland was born on May 4, 1965 in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Porter Richard and Anna Marie (Viggiano) Meisland. His father was in the military and he had lived in several places growing up including Australia and California. In 1983, he graduated from Poway, California High School and then entered the United States Air Force receiving an honorable discharge. He married Kelly Helphenstine on October 26, 1991 in Poway, California and to this union two children were born: Erica and James.

Jim first worked as a licensed structural pest control applicator in California. He then moved to Iowa where he worked for Family Dollar as a trainer, then Generac until its closing, and for the past four years at Woodform, Inc. in Maquoketa.

Jim loved to play his guitar and produce his own music. He enjoyed building model planes, and building and flying radio controlled planes, as well cooking, especially spicy food. He was known for his wicked sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children, Erica Meisland of Maquoketa, IA, and James Meisland of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Roseann Bowman of San Marcos, CA; a brother David (Roe) Meisland of Murietta, CA; his good friend and mother of his children, Kelly Darr of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James E. "Jim" Meisland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis R. Dolson


Dennis R. Dolson, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 2, 2015 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2015 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military detail will be accorded following mass by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Dennis was born on August 22, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Henry and Margaret (Henchel) Dolson.He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965, after high school he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Vietnam as a crew chief of a C-130 Hercules. He worked for Dubuque Clamp works for many years as a product manager.
He was an avid drummer and played for many local bands including the Mississippi Band, and the Wheeler Band. He liked to cook and enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and toys for children in his family. But most of all loved spending time with his family and friends especially at Swiss Valley Park and Eagle Point Park along with being on the river.

He is survived by six children, James Sloan, Kristie Sloan, Alan Sloan, Nicholas Dolson, of Dubuque, Matthew (Jennifer) Dolson, of San Diego, CA, Timothy Dolson, of Dubuque. Two granddaughters; Ava and Audrey. His mother Margaret Dolson, and siblings, Carolyn (Dick) Noesen, Cathy (Roger) Puls, Jeanne Keck, Steve Dolson, Tim (Carol) Dolson, Jan (Monty) Casebolt, Peter (Bonnie) Dolson, Mary Alice (Dale) Dolson, Randy (Peggy) Dolson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Henry, and his nephew Tommy Keck.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Dennis.



Justin T. Shaffer


Justin T. Shaffer, age 16, of Bernard and formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, in the loving arms of his family, at 4:44 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015 at The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To honor Justin's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at The Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta, Iowa, with Brian Imbus officiating. To celebrate Justin's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at The Peosta Community Centre. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Justin was born on December 14, 1998, in Dubuque, IA, son of Scott Shaffer and Shanette Adams.

Justin, a junior at Cascade High School, was called to the arms of our Lord, due to injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day. Justin's final act of kindness here on earth was to literally save eight other lives through his generous gift of live organ donation. This kind and gentle spirit is nothing new for Justin. His entire sixteen short years with us has involved Justin making the world around him a better place. Whether you were by his side at home, school, athletic events or at work; to be near this vibrant young man was to know what a true "from the heart" smile really looked like. He enjoyed practicing and playing many sports with friends, but his favorite would definitely have to be when he was working his techniques on the wrestling mat. His competitive nature was easily satisfied when he was given the opportunity to not only function as a team, but also be able to compete in a one on one scenario when the buzzer rang. Justin was a faithful member of the FFA and graciously invested his time working on the Decker Family farm, where he thoroughly enjoyed the chance to care for the animals. Obviously he was never one to shy away from hard work, and always found the ability to make his hands and back productive and useful assets. Justin carried with him a wonderful sense of humor and would joyfully break into a silly dance or a funny face spontaneously. His desire was to seamlessly release his joy and bring a contagious smile to those around him. But at the end of the day we have to admit that what truly drove Justin was his love for family and friends. To know Justin was to love him and he was blessed with that special gift which we simply know when we see it. The hearts of all who knew and loved Justin find a gripping sorrow which cannot seem to be shaken today. Why has he been taken from his loved ones so early, how do we move forward without Justin in our days; all the questions which will not be easily answered continue to resonate repeatedly in our minds. But what we do know is that we are all better for the time we did get to spend with Justin and that all the lives he touched within his sixteen years among us have been left with an positive imprint from this deeply loved and adored young man.

Those left to cherish Justin's memory include,

his loving parents,
Shanette (Blake) Adams, Bernard, IA,
and Scott (Jodi) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers and sisters,
Jordan, Alexis, Wesley, Payton and Sophie, all of Bernard, IA;

step brothers and step sisters,
Pierce, Hailey, Ben and Isabelle, all of Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
Cindy and Steve Richey, Zwingle, IA,
and Harold and Sue Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,

his special grandparents,
Ann and Ken Kemen, Dubuque, IA;

his step-grandparents,
Kim and Steve Thommen, Hazel Green, WI,
Fred and Mary Weiler, East Dubuque, IL,
Jim and Linda Kringle, Kansas City, MO,
and Jeff and Pam Schueller, Sageville, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Marion Richey,
Charles Minnick,
Frances Kringle,
and Irene Schueller, all of Dubuque, IA;

several aunts, uncles,
Steven Richey, Jamie Cockrell, Stacy-Jo (Brian) Imbus, Kevin Shaffer, Chris (Megan) Shaffer, Kim (Chad) Schroeder, Mark (Brenda) Zimmerman, Jeffrey (Tiffany) Zimmerman, Douglas (Stacey) Zimmerman, all of Dubuque, Nick (Christine) Zimmerman of Cedar Rapids,IA, Hayley (Aaron) Sweeney, Rock Island, IL, Katelin Schueller, Cedar Falls, IA, and Jordan Schueller, Sageville, IA;

and several cousins, his girlfriend, Abby Rubel, and many close friends.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wesley Cockrell; a great-grandmother, Phyllis Minnick; and two cousins, Nikki Van DeVelde and Tysen Imbus.

A Justin T. Shaffer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley the University of Iowa Hospitals for all their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Mark S. Cole


Mark Stephen Cole, 64 of Edina, MN passed away Sunday, Nov. 29th at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, after an 8-year battle with brain cancer. Per Mark's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. There will be a Celebration of Mark's life held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 from 12:00-3:00 PM at Town Hall Brewery, 1430 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Private Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Ia.

Mark was born January 17th 1951 in Dubuque, son of Raymond and Betty Jane, "B.J." (Mueller) Cole. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969, attended Loras College in Dubuque and later graduated from the University of Iowa. He received his MBA from The University of St. Thomas in 1993.

Mark began his career at John Deere in Dubuque, relocating to Minneapolis in 1984. Mark's 30-year Minnesota career included time at FSI, Cray Research, and Entegris. While employed by Entegris, Mark enjoyed a 5-year residence in Paris, France as Director of European Marketing. It was a time he cherished all of his life. He was truly a "Citizen of the World", and made many lifelong friends around the globe, who share in the loss of this remarkably talented, kind man.

Mark is survived by his father, Raymond Cole, Phoenix, AZ, brothers Michael Cole of Lemoore, Ca, Kevin Cole (Patty) of Bloomington, Mn and sister, Janice Schultz (David) of Dubuque, Ia. 10 nieces and nephews and scores of family and friends from around the world.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his step- father William Bott, a baby sister, Mary Beth and his maternal and fraternal grandparents.

Memorials preferred to the family, c/o Kevin Cole at Wenzel Engineering, 10100 Morgan Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55431.

Arrangements are being handled by Leonard Funeral Home of Dubuque, Iowa.

I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead-he is just away."
James Whitcomb Riley



William R. Welter, Sr.


William R. Welter Sr., 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 3rd at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post 6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

William was born September 7, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Albert and Evelyn (Strohmeyer) Welter. He married Julia Gaul, August 5, 1950 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. They recently celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage.

He left Dubuque Senior High School at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Navy. He served during WWII (l945-1946) in the Philippines on the PT boat at base 17. He was privileged to go on an Honor Flight in 2010 to Washington D.C.

After his honorable discharge, William was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a tool and die maker, where he worked for 39 years retiring in 1985.

He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #6 and the V.F.W., a member of UAW Local # 94; and was a member of Sacred Heart parish for all his life.

He enjoyed trout fishing, stamp collecting, bird watching and teaching his grandsons to trout fish and tie flies. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed his trips to Scottsdale, AZ.

Surviving is his wife, Julia Welter, of Dubuque; two sons, William R. (Becky) Welter Jr. and James (Sherry) Welter, both of Dubuque; a daughter Joan (Dale) Mummelthie, of Scottsdale, AZ; five grandchildren, Molly (Brandon) Bottleman, of Cedar Falls, IA, William R. (Meaghan) Welter III, of Lake Mills, IA, Joseph Welter, of Dubuque, Andrew (Jessica) Welter, of Epworth, IA, and Julia Mummelthie, of Scottsdale, AZ; two great grandchildren, Bailey and Caroline Welter, of Lake Mills, IA and one on the way; two brothers, Harold B. Welter, of Dubuque, and John C. (Mary) Welter, of Shreveport, LA; two brothers-in-law, Harley Beck, of Newport News, VA and Leon (Jean) Gaul, of Dubuque; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Recker, of Dubuque and Sister Mary Ann Gaul FSPA, of Lacrosse, Wisc..

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Albert (Jean) Welter; three sisters, Agnes Beck, Marie Paulsen and Carole (Ron) Boots; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin (Pearl) Gaul, Bernice (Vincent) Maiers and Louis Recker.

In lieu of flowers a William Welter Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate and Dr. Ronald Schope.

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



Roger K. McLaughlin


Roger Kenneth McLaughlin, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 28, 2015 at 1:03 P.M. peacefully at home.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost Church at 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA. Mass will be at 11 a.m. with Father Dewayne Thoman officiating.

Roger was born on July 31, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Cyril and Anna (Shulz) McLaughlin. He married the love of his life Helen Kathrine (Noel) McLaughlin on June 18, 1955 in Dubuque. Together they had seven children in nine years, Jeff and Janice McLaughlin, Tom and Kathy McLaughlin, Lynn and Jim Hochberger, Jane Schmitt, Ted and Penny McLaughlin, all of Dubuque, IA, Doug and Beth McLaughlin of Maple Grove, MN, Jim and Wendy McLaughlin of Dubuque, IA. They have eleven grandchildren Mathew, Amanda, and Willie McLaughlin; Jennifer (Mike) Ahern and Joseph Hochberger; Shauna and Christiana Schmitt; Nathan (Alex Meyer) and Nick McLaughlin; Ryan (Lindsey) and Justin McLaughlin. They also have six great grandchildren Kyle and Adeline Priebe, Lyssie Ahern, Kinley McLaughlin, and Ayla and Roman McLaughlin.

Roger worked at Dubuque Packing Company for over thirty years. After retirement, he cleaned Dupaco Community Credit Union on JFK and Sycamore with Helen. He was also a chauffeur for Susan Bissell until her passing. He belonged to the American Legion and the Dubuque Boat Club. Roger was an avid Chicago White Sox fan and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He held season tickets for many years, to the Iowa Hawkeye games in which he spent quality time with family and friends. Roger was also a Detroit Lion fan, he truly enjoyed watching his sports and the history channel. Roger especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Helen, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his siblings Wayne (Phyllis) McLaughlin, Cathy (Larry) Billmeyer, Sister-In-Law's Clara McLaughlin, MaryAnn Miller, Jean (Mickie) Hintgen, Alma Noel, Kay Potts, Barbara (John) Toomey, Lois Noel, Hope (Ron) Maas, Brother-In-Law John (Rosie) Noel, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Cyril and Anna (Shulz) McLaughlin, his brothers Ozzie (Patricia) and John McLaughlin, sister-in-law's Connie Noel, Jennie Landa, brother-in-law's Don Miller, Don Landa, Don Noel, Dick Noel, Jerry Potts, and a son-in-law Bruce Schmitt.

Thank you to the staff at Eagle Point Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all your love and support.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Roger's memory.
Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Jane LeConte


Mary Jane LeConte, 74, of Key West (Dubuque), passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband Loras, Monday night, November 30, 2015.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on January 26, 1941, Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Louis & Olivia (Flogel) Wiederholt. She attended Key West Grade School and The Visitation, 1959. She grew up as neighbors with her future husband, Loras LeConte, of 54 years. They married on June 3, 1961, St. Joseph, Key West.

Mary Jane, worked in sales all her life and especially proud of her career including Ferring Homes and as a realtor. She was an avid Euchre and Domino Player. Her laughter was contagious and was a bright ray of sunshine at all family and friend's gatherings.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Loras, six children, Jean Marie Schwingle, Dodgeville, Larry (Brenda), Jolene (Peter) Kingeter both of Platteville, Jeff (Pam), Dodgeville, Marc of Cedar Rapids, IA and Dominic, Las Vegas, Nevada. Seven Grandchildren, Whitney & Paige LeConte, Nick (Molly) & Matt (Kelli) Kingeter, Mitchell & Georgiana & Cecelia LeConte, one great grandchild, Henry Kingeter. Three brothers, Donnie (JoAnne) Wiederholt, Cuba City, Eugene (Linda), Zwingle, Roger (Connie) Hazel Green, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Lynn Recker.



Marie D. Perry


Marie D. Perry 86, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 1843 Adair St. and Applewood Village, passed away peacefully Friday, November 30, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosanke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Marie was born on December 3, 1928 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of James and Celia (Griffin) Collins. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1947. In February 1962, Marie married Robert V. Perry at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on on February 5, 1995. Marie spent her early years growing up on the farm north of Waukon. She later moved to Dubuque and worked as a nurse's aid at Xavier Hospital. Marie was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking up her old recipes. She also liked to go visit her sister Stella in the summer in Waukon so she could be back on the farm. In her retirement years, she enjoyed shopping and taking bus trips with her friends at Applewood. Marie spent the last few years at Stonehill Care Center where she loved to play cards, bingo and go play slot machines - always saying that she had won.

Surviving are her three sons, Jim of Peosta, IA, Paul (Michelle) of Pottsboro, TX and John (Tina) of Dubuque; her six grandchildren Samantha, Austin, Alex, Jordan, Libby and Brant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, her sister Stella Hammel and four brothers; James, Elmer, John and Robert Collins.

A Marie D. Perry memorial fund has been established.

Marie's family would like to thank all of the fantastic people that have looked out for Marie over the years both at Applewood and Stonehill Care Center.

 



Mary Lou Cass


Mary Lou Cass, 73, of Beloit, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at her home in Beloit.

Mary Lou was born on June 1, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Phillip and H. Maxine (Oberhoffer) Oeth. Mary Lou graduated from the University of Iowa. She married Bradley Warren Cass on November 1, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on October 19, 2004.

Mary Lou was employed as Medical Lab Technician. She began her career working at Schoitz Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Mary Lou went on to work at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, Milwaukee County Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin. She deeply loved her pets, and enjoyed many days working in her flower gardens around her home.

Mary Lou is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins living in Wisconsin, Iowa, California, and Illinois. She was preceded in death by her, husband, parents, brothers, Phillip Oeth, and James Oeth, and sisters, Phyllis Thoma, and Dorothy Butson.



Brayden F. Wardle


On Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. Heaven gained our Angel, Brayden Francis Wardle. Brayden was born on February 13, 2014 to Sarah Wall and Chris Wardle and big sister Hayley Wardle.

In his short time on earth Brayden touched so many people. He was Grandma Wardle's "Boo" and Grandma Wall's "Monkey Boy".

Brayden will be missed by so many people including Grandpa Terry Hahn, great grandma Judy Wardle, uncle Joe, aunt Rachel and cousin Hunter Wall.

To celebrate Brayden's life, visitation will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank all their family and friends during his life and throughout this most difficult time. We would also like to thank all his doctors in Dubuque, at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics and to all his nurses and therapists.



Mary E. Rettenberger


Mary E. Rettenberger, 48, of Dubuque passed away on November 28, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Mary Ellen Rettenberger was born on September 14, 1967 daughter of Max and Madonna (Goetzinger) Rettenberger. Mary graduated from Hempstead High School in 1985 and attended NICC and studied Accounting.

In 2007, Mary was diagnosed with NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) which caused cirrhosis of the liver. Mary received a liver transplant on October 4th at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Mary fought bravely to overcome the obstacles she faced in recovery but in the end, it was not to be.

Mary worked the past 23 years at Nordstrom Distribution Center in Dubuque, and considered her friends at Nordstrom part of her family." She would often talk about her Nordstrom friends with great affection, especially Diane, Cathy, Michelle, Tammy and Nancy.

Mary had a quick smile and laugh, and always had a joke to tell. She loved her friends and family, and her cats, Tigger, Pepper, Maxine and Riley. If you were really special and Mary knew she could get away with it, you earned the title of "slacker." Mary loved to bake and made some of the best cheesecakes for her friends and family. Mary talked about someday opening a little dessert shop, just so she could bake! After retirement, Mary also wanted to buy an RV and travel the United States with her sister, Melinda.

So many people deserve a special thank you for their friendship, care and love we can't begin to name them all. The family would like to recognize her Nordstrom family and her friends who were always there for her, Dr. Brown and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the Transplant Team and staff of the Transplant Unit and TLC Unit at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals and Clinic for everything they did for Mary.

Those surviving to honor and cherish Mary's life are her sisters Melinda Rettenberger and Maureen Kleiner of Dubuque and Michelle (Russell) Ryan of Zwingle, Iowa, and her brothers Michael (Jolene) and Marty (Julie) Rettenberger of Dubuque, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Mark and Merle Rettenberger.

A Mary Rettenberger Memorial Fund has been established. Proceeds will be donated to the Hope Transplant House in Madison, Wisconsin and the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

For those friends and family would like to like to do something to honor Mary's life, please consider becoming an organ donor.



Sister Charlotte Ann Esch

Sister Charlotte Ann Esch, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Charlotte Ann was an elementary school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Missoula, Mont.; Omaha, Neb.; San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.; and Kauai, Hi. She also served in parish ministry in San Francisco.

She was born in Winfield, Kan. on Oct. 3, 1917, to John and Iola Condit Esch. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1935, from Holy Name Parish, Winfield. She professed first vows on March 19, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Edward. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 80 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 JFK Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Ronald P. Burkle


Ronald P. Burkle, 66, of, Dyersville passed away at his home after a day of Thanksgiving with his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m., and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Ron was born July 28, 1949, in Dyersville the son of George and Thelma (Maiers) Burkle. He is the father of four children with Shirley (Honkomp) Pirc and has worked at Klostermann Brothers Feed for 45 years. In the words of his employer, "They will never make another Ronnie Burkle" with reference to his outstanding work ethic. Ron was a member of the American Legion Post 137, the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, and has served as an usher at St. Francis Xavier Basilica for many years.

Ron was an amazing father and grandfather, often taking the time out of his busy schedule to be a coach and fan for his children and grandchildren. He was an avid bowler, having three 300 games to his credit, and enjoyed softball, golf and playing cards.

Survivors include his children: Cheryl (Jeff) Geistkemper of Solon, Iowa, Cory (Heidi) Burkle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Carrie (Kevin) McDermott of Dyersville, Craig (Jess) Burkle of Davenport, Iowa; 9 grandchildren: Lauren and Ryan Geistkemper, Gabe and Reid Burkle, Connor, Paige and Hannah McDermott, and Brady and Hadley Burkle; siblings: David Burkle of Dyersville, Ken (Julie) Burkle of Manchester, Susan (Gary) Klostermann of Manchester, Cynthia (Craig) Crock of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Thelma Burkle.

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

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

 



Delores M. Noel


Delores M. Noel, 88, of St. Catherine passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine Catholic Church on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 on Wednesday, December 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

She was born on September 20, 1927 at home in rural Dubuque the daughter of John F. and Mary (Ries) Knockel.
She married Louis W. Noel on December 28, 1946 at St. Catherine Catholic Church. She worked at Vallet Polutry and Mercy Medical Center both in Dubuque until her retirement.

Delores was fun loving and liked to joke. She loved to bake and share her food with her family and friends. During retirement she enjoyed spending time at the farm and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is survived by her four sons, Dennis (Linda) Noel, James Noel, Darrell (Lynn) Noel, Kevin (Vickie Owens) Noel, all of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. One sister Donna (Robert) Westemeyer, of Dubuque and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louis and seven siblings.

In lieu of flowers a Delores M. Noel memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all the heath care professionals, Hospice of Jackson County and Mill Valley Care Center for all their wonderful care they gave to Delores.



Connie L. Stutting


Connie L. Stutting, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, November 30, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, December 5, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 4, 2015 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Lee Bodenhofer was born on October 8, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, to Roy Everett and Merle Adele (Hogg) Bodenhofer. She was a 1962 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Max H. Stutting on April 17, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2009.

Connie had worked at Jackson State Bank/Hawkeye Bank in Maquoketa for over 20 years. She then worked for a bank in Dubuque for a couple of years and semi-retired and worked as the bookkeeper for the City of Monmouth.

Connie had served as the president of the local chapter for the American Cancer Society from 1988 to 1990. She enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, and dreamed of being a foster mother to kids who needed help.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her children, Kyle Jay (Sandy) Hanson of Pittsburgh, PA, James Roy Hanson of Bellevue, IA, and Angela Lee (Thomas) Marcelynas of Seattle, WA; 2 grandchildren, Brandon and Jessica Hanson; a brother Goen (Linda) Bodenhofer of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Sharon (Phillip) Reese of Minona, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max, and a sister Shirley Rohr.

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

 



Earnest D. Mortenson


Earnest D. Mortenson, 82, of Maquoketa, passed away on Monday morning, November 30, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Earnest's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Earnest Dale Mortenson was born on July 24, 1933 in Kellogg, Iowa, to Russell Emanuel and Lillie Florence (Bates) Mortenson. He grew up in Newton and attended school there. He then entered the military serving in both the Army and Navy, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Nancy Carol Edwards on August 8, 1960 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on August 26, 2009.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Earnest worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for many years. He later worked for Stickley Electric and lastly for the Maquoketa Lumber Yard.

Earnest was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. He enjoyed wood carving, bowling, and collecting old coins, knives and books. He especially loved to play Euchre every Sunday with his daughters and granddaughters.

Those left to honor Earnest's memory include his children, Dixie (Randy) Shady of Monticello, IA, Ricky (Tammy) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Nicky (Angie) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Willy (Tiffany) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Nelly (Bill) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Russell Dale (Bob Boyd) Mortenson, Valerie Kay (Randy) Owens and Jackie Irene (Randy) Campbell; brothers Monte Russell Mortenson of Phoenix, AZ, Dwight Mortenson of Newton, IA, and Dwayne Mortenson of Pershing, IA; 29 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers Ovid and Osval.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earnest D. Mortenson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Catherine Langridge


Catherine Langridge, 77, of Oak Park Place in Dubuque passed away on November 16, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Catherine was born on Dec. 17, 1937 in New Brunswick, NJ, the daughter of Michael Targia and Catherine Florentino. She graduated from New Brunswick High School and married James Langridge on March 18, 1973 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, NJ. She worked as a secretary for an attorney in New Brunswick for over 20 years. She was a volunteer preschool teacher for Nor'kirk Presbyterian in Carrollton, Texas for ten years.

She is survived by her husband, James; a brother, Santo (Lucy) Targia, of Irmo, SC, and a sister, Mary Ann Snedeker, of Chilhowie, VA; her nieces and nephews Deborah Cecere and Frederick Policastro, both of Jupiter, FL, Robert Snedeker, of Edison, NJ, Barbara Sloan and Sharon Snedeker, both of Chilhowie, VA, Michael Targia, of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Kathleen Hamilton and Michele Malloy, both of Castle Hayne, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Theresa Policastro.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medial Center for all their care they gave to Catherine.



Rosella M. Roth


Rosella M. (Hinderman) Roth, 90, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Rosella was born on July 12, 1925 in Dickeyville, WI, the daughter of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. She married Merlin V. Roth on July 16, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1998.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church and its Altar & Rosary Society. Rosella enjoyed cleaning and was employed at numerous private homes. Family was her life, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved baking and preparing the weekly Sunday dinner for her family and looked forward to playing Dominos with her sisters.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy (Mark) Palmer of Dubuque, IA and Lynn (Bill) Morrison of East Dubuque; three grandchildren, Aaron (Tracy) Morrison, Ben Morrison and Andy (Kayla) Palmer; five great-grandchildren, Aaron, Avery, Jillian, Brayden and Hadley; her siblings Jerome Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, Lucille (Don) Jackson, Jean Reisen, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Germaine Hayes and Val Hinderman, all of East Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Gerri Roth of Dubuque, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and her special friend Lu Ann.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Clara; her husband, Merlin; and in-laws Ralph Reisen, Merlin Hayes, Alverna Hinderman, Milton (Doris) Roth and Martin Roth.

Rosella's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the special care given to Mom over the past year and also to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Louis E. Willcox


Louis E. Willcox, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 29, 2015 at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Louis' life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place. There is no visitation.

Louis Eugene Willcox was born on April 30, 1939 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, to Charles Eldon and Mina R. (Parker) Willcox. He graduated from high school and attended college for one year. He had served in the U.S. Navy for four years receiving an honorable discharge. He married Nancy Clyne on April 7, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Jason and Jennie.

Louis had worked at Red Jacket in Davenport for over 15 years and retired in December of 2014 from PMX in Cedar Rapids working as a machine maintenance person. Over the years he had also operated several body shops and enjoyed working on cars, most recently with his son-in-law, Greg Ueland.

Louis and Nancy had lived in Maquoketa since 1980. He enjoyed fishing, was a hard worker and was known for his sense of humor.

Those left to honor Louis' memory include his wife, Nancy Willcox of Maquoketa, IA; children Jason Willcox of Coralville, IA, and Jennie Willcox (and husband Greg Ueland) of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Carol (Bob) Lehnhardt of Dubuque, IA, Sissy (Willard) Schmitt of Bad Axe, MI, and Tammy (Dan) Felderman of Dubuque, IA; his mother-in-law, Donna Siegwarth, of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law, Craig Clyne, of Seattle, WA; 4 nieces and 6 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County for their compassionate and excellent care.

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



Ethel M. Lewis


Ethel "Cherie" M. Lewis, 93, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cherie was born in Chicago, IL and on July 2, 1945 she married Leonard S. Lewis. A devoted mother and wife, she and Leonard farmed and raised 3 children in Dubuque.

Cherie spent many years in service to her Creator, Jehovah God. Through her Bible educational work as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, she touched many lives. She was loved and respected by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her hospitality and concern for others.

Surviving are her children Roger (Marjorie) Lewis, Dale (June) Lewis, and Mary (Richard) Gotz; and grandchildren Mattheuw (Stacie) Lewis, Jeffrey (Gwen) Lewis, Stephen (Karna) Lewis, Robert Lewis, Cynthia (Aaron) Viertel, Heather (Jesse) O'Neil, Jennifer (Greg) Normington, Erin (Jason) Schmitz, and David (Stephanie) Gotz.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at leonardfuneralhome.com.



George H. Nieters


George H. Nieters, 93, of Monticello died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a memorial service will commence at 11. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

George was born Dec. 13, 1921, in St. Louis, MO, the son of George H. and Josephine (Abeln) Nieters. He attended Baden Grade School and graduated from Beaumont High School. He worked for the St. Louis Screw and Bolt Co. and International Shoe Co. while he was in St. Louis. He played professional baseball for the Cubs AAA farm team and entered WWII in 1942/43 as a member of the Army Air Corps, flying over thirty missions. He moved to Anamosa in 1948, working for Cuckler and Commander Buildings, and moved to Monticello in 1951.

George was a huge fan of baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, and golf. He loved the game beyond the prize!

George is survived by a daughter-in-law, Linda Nieters of Muscatine; grandchildren, Stacey Ficklin and Amanda Leopard; great grandchildren: Bethany O'Brien-Nieters, Landon Cavazos and Karen Ficklin; great great granddaughter, Brynnlee Danielle Klerk De Reus; special friends: Pete Sauser and Dave Morgan, both of Monticello, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bette; 2 sons, Daniel and Jon Nieters, and a daughter, Karen David, a brother, Oliver Nieters, and a sister, Mary Muir.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa (www.campcourageous.org) or the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight (www.eihonorflight.org).

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Dr. Judith L. Biechler


Dr. Judith L. "Judy" (Johnson) Biechler, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Dr. Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Dr. Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Union, Iowa.

Dr. Judy was born on October 7, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Fred and Bertha (Stecker) Johnson.

Dr. Judy always dreamed of becoming a vet in her early years, and as she would reveal throughout her entire life, when she set a personal goal, it was sure to be achieved in time. She devoted her time and talents without hesitation and eventually received her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1969. She would go on to work as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian for the USDA FSIS for over 40 years, primarily working at the Dubuque Packing Company until it's closure. Dr. Judy's commitment to her family and friends was never in question. If you had the ability to touch her life in a positive manner, she would definitely reciprocate without hesitation. Her impact on the world around her was visible for all to see and her legacy will be dearly cherished and carried on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her.

Dr. Judy is survived by

her son,
Richard (Elaina Mertens) Biechler, Dubuque, IA;

her sister,
Joan (Dr. Ken) Miller, West Union, IA;

and her nieces,
Andrea (Andy) Burchett, Sioux Falls, SD,
Erica (Jeff) Johnson, Austin, TX.

Dr. Judy was preceded in death by her parents.

A Dr. Judith L. "Judy" Biechler memorial fund has been established.

Dr. Judy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor for all of the kind and loving care they graciously provided to Dr. Judy.

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

 



Joan Weber


Joan Weber, 74, of Dyersville died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, surrounded by her family.  She died as she lived, strong, faithful, and with a smile on her face, after an 8 month battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 - 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Joan was born Aug. 15, 1941, the daughter of Gilbert and Mary (Sabers) Funke, and grew up in Worthington, graduating from St. Paul High School. She met Art Weber at a Worthington dance and they were married on Oct. 12, 1963. Together they farmed Northwest of Dyersville.  Joan was an outgoing and upbeat person who thoroughly enjoyed her family and friends. In addition to helping on the farm, Joan took on several jobs in town, including working at the Ertl Toy Co., the Dyersville Sale Barn, Wholesale Meats and the Sewing Factory. In her retirement she volunteered baking cookies for the hospital and cleaning tables at Oak Crest Manor.  She also helped out with the Scrip Program at Xavier Grade School.

Joan is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Art; 3 children and their familes: Brenda (Jay) Hefel, Tyler, Mackenzi and Morgan of Farley, Larry (Miechelle) Weber, Benjamin and Michael of Iowa City and Robin Todus and Ethan of River Forest, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Marc Weber Steger; brothers and sisters-in-law: John Hoefler of New Vienna, Kay (Bill) Recker, Elaine Weber, Lois (Ken) Bries, and Jerry (Jan) Weber, all of Dyersville.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Verdon Gavin, her father-in-law, Al Weber, her step-father-in-law, Edmund "Skinny" Steger, an infant son, a son-in-law, Chris Todus, a sister, Marilyn Hoefler, and a brother-in-law, Joe Weber.

We would like to thank Dr. Engelman and his staff for making Mom feel like "She was his only patient."  Thanks, also to the caring staff at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Glenn E. Bankson


Glenn E. "Tom" Bankson, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home with family on Friday, November 27, 2015. Graveside committal services will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, is assisting the family.

Tom was born in Dubuque on May 17, 1933 son of Glenn and Stella (Gratrix) Bankson. He served in the Army from 1954-1956 in the Quarter Master Corp. On July 30, 1954, he married Georgia Hendren at 3rd Presbyterian Chruch in Dubuque. They celebrated 61 years of marriage.

He retired from the City of Dubuque.

Tom was known to his friends and neighbors as "Mr. Fix - It," and he was always willing to help others. He was a kind and generous man.

He also enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, and in his younger years, hunting. He had many motorcycles and liked to ride whenever he got the chance. His favorite times were spent with his family, taking trips, especially to Minnesota. He made many friends during his travels, especially the winters in Florida.

He will be remembered by his wife, Georgia; children Rick (Tracy) Bankson of Dubuque, Lori (Bruce) Peterson of Madison, Wisc, and Ginny (Peter) Bellings of Dubuque; grandchildren Matthew, Lindsey (Dusty), and Ryan; great grandchildren Lily and Henry; a brother in law Bill (Linda) Hendren of Dumont; and sisters in law Gladyce Malony of Jacksonville, Ore., and Judy Hendren of Waterloo, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Earl, and brother in law Lyle Hendren.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.
A celebration of Tom's life will be held this summer.



Alberta Lattner


Alberta (Heitz) Lattner, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at Bethany Home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 30 at the Church of the Resurrection.Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Alberta was born on September 30, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of Nick and Magdalena (Weber) Manders.

She married Daniel Heitz on May 30, 1942. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1979.

She married Edwin Lattner on Sept. 21, 1985. He died on May 21, 2005.

Alberta was employed at Osco Drug for many years where she earned the affectionate nickname of Granny Go Go. The name reflected her unending energy and work ethic, and became the name she was called by her 19 grandchildren.

Alberta had a deep love for animals; remembering the names of family pets long after Alzheimer's left her unable to remember the names of family or friends. She instilled in her children a love of travel and of entertaining. There were always cookies in the cabinet and a cold drink for anyone who stopped to visit.

No matter the circumstance, Alberta would find the good in people and in situations. She will be remembered for her kindness and compassion.

She is survived by her children, Gail (Nick) Noel, Joyce (Bob) Potter, Patty (Darryl) Discher, Nancy (Dennis) Stecklein, Mike (Barb) Heitz, Lynn (Tom) Siegert; stepdaughter Diane Maiers; 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; and a step- sister, Catherine Manders.

She was also preceded in death by a stepson Edwin Lattner; sisters, Rose Schmitt and Vi Schadler; and brothers, Marvin and Ervin Manders.

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

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home.

Alberta's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home. We are forever grateful for the love and special care given to mom over the past 10 years. We also wish to thank Hospice of Dubuque for providing comfort and a sense of peace to mom in her final days.



John J. Kohn


John J. Kohn, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on October 6, 1932, in Worthington, Iowa, son of Joseph M. and Ida (Tobin) Kohn.

John honorably and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He role modeled an incredibly strong work ethic and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years until his retirement. In continuing with his personal drive to make each day a productive one, he went to work for PerMar Security for yet another 11 years. John was a lifelong and faithful member of both Holy Ghost Church and the Dubuque AMVETS. In his free time John enjoyed gaming and was known to be quite a competitive card player. John was a good and decent man who generously and continually devoted his time and talents to family and friends. He will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him, but the memories, and the example he set, will be carried on for years to come.

John is survived by

his sons,
Michael Kohn,
David (Linda) Kohn,
and Joseph (Debbie) Kohn, all of Dubuque, IA;

a special friend,
Patricia Gassman, Dubuque, IA;

two grandchildren,
Jonathan Kohn and Jason Kohn;

three great-grandchildren;

his former wife,
Ardith Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Arlene Kohn, IL;

and a brother-in-law,
Floyd Kieler, Tennyson, WI.

John was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Virginia (Buzz) Canfield, Geraldine (Edward) Haberkorn, Luella (John) Pfiffer, Ellen Kieler and Patricia Kruser; three brothers, Delbert (Virginia) Kohn, James Kohn and Grange (Jean) Kohn.

A John J. Kohn memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy I.C.U. for all their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Cletus C. Tranel


Cletus C. Tranel, 82, of Galena, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Friday and the East Dubuque American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cletus was born on February 24, 1933 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Elmer J. and Lorena (Wubben) Tranel.  He married Sharon Sincock on June 13, 1964 at Nativity BVM Church.

He was formerly employed at Klein Implement in Galena and later at Roeder Bros. in Dubuque, retiring in 1994.  Clete was a very talented mechanic and was well respected in the tractor implement business. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish in Menominee. Clete was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps serving in the Korean Conflict.

Surviving is his wife Sharon, four sisters, Merla Carl of Galena, IL, Doris (Earl) Hasken of East Dubuque, IL, Arletta (Joseph) Fransen and LaVonne (Cletus) Kaiser both of Dubuque, IA; Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Colleen Dempsey of Galena and Diane (Isadore) Kowalski of Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers-in-law, Glenn Carl, Kenny Jestice and Ray Dempsey, a sister-in-law Beverly Jestice, a nephew Kevin Carl and a niece Linda Fransen-Delaney.

In lieu of flowers a Cletus C. Tranel memorial fund has been established.

Sharon and family wish to thank the Galena EMS and Galena Police Dept. for their quick response and compassion.

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

 

 



Lois E. Bekkum


Lois E. Bekkum, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 28, 2015, from the Ozark Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Lois Evelyn Marricle was born on December 11, 1943 in El Paso, Texas to Lorenzia Price and Evelyn Elizabeth (Hood) Marricle. She married Wayne W. Bekkum on July 24, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.

Lois had worked as a cook at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for ten years. Through the years she had also worked at Hardees, KJ's Convenience Store and McDonald's in Maquoketa.

Lois enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, flowers and gardening, and cooking.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Wayne Bekkum of Maquoketa, IA; a nephew Charles (Sarah) Gould of AK; and a niece Vickie Kay Ickard of TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a step-brother Charles E. Gould.

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

 



Jack Crahan


Jack (J.B.) Bertsch Crahan, the retired Chairman and C.E.O. of Flexsteel Industries, passed away peacefully on November 19, at 8:17 pm at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, November 28, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Msgr. Francis Friedl officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may call from 2-7 pm on Friday, November 27, at St. Columbkille Church.

Jack was born on August 24, 1923, in Galesburg, IL, and raised in Long Lake, MN. At the age of 14, at the end of the Great Depression, he started his own turkey farm. He started with a few turkeys, which turned into a rafter of over 100 turkeys. By Thanksgiving, his hard work paid off handsomely. He was a quick study of what worked and what didn't work, which became his model for his life.
He graduated high school at the age of 16. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota, majoring in aeronautical engineering. That's when young Margaret "Peggy" Furey entered his life, with her bright blue eyes, high-fashion style, and Irish grace. It was love at first sight. They wed on September 9, 1944.

Jack and Peggy Crahan lived their lives guided by their love of God. In fact they built their four-generational family firmly ground in their love of God and practice of their Catholic faith.

During their courtship, Jack enlisted in the Naval Air Corps. He was in the top 10°/o of his class as a naval cadet, and selected to be a Marine Fighter pilot in WWII. Inspired by an unparalleled love for his country, and the quintessential American, Jack served in WWII, as a highly decorated fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. J.B. was awarded the Victory Medal in 1945, and became the top replacement in the legendary fighter pilot, Joe Foss's 2nd Squadron, the VMF-115 in the 1st Marine Air Wing, known as "Joe's Jokers" for its emblem of the Royal Flush with a "Joker" on the Corsair tail. After the war he was sent to Peking to patrol the Great Wall of China, in defense of Nationalist China. In 1946, he returned home with the China Service Medal. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, having flown in combat in the South Pacific, the Philippines, Okinawa, and China.
Jack was called back to duty during the Korean War. Captain Crahan flew Sikorsky helicopter rescue missions behind enemy lines to recover the wounded and the dead. Jack returned home to Minneapolis after his tour of duty, again highly decorated.

Jack joined Flexsteel in 1947. Jack along with Sam Santillo moved the Metal Division to Dubuque in 1955. In 1965-66, J.B. spearheaded the metal move into recreational vehicles (RV), when Winnebago requested that Flexsteel build frames for them. Jack came up with phrase, "It's all furniture, but this is just furniture that goes down the road." At the height of the RV business, Flexsteel generated $98 million worth of revenue. Flexsteel became the leader of the RV business. Jack helped take Flexsteel public in 1969. He became the President and C.0.0. of Flexsteel Industries in 1985. In 1990 he became Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. He retired in 1998. He was an icon and leader in the American furniture industry, and the Iowa business community.

Jack was very civically active and served on many boards over the years, including Dubuque Bank and Trust, Loras College Board of Regents, United Steelworkers Pension Trust, Dubuque Racing Association, Dubuque Boys Club, and National Association of Furniture Manufacturing.
Jack lived a faith-filled life. He was a member of St. Columbkille parish, and attended daily mass regularly, especially during lent. He was a founding member of S.M.G.A. (Sunday Morning Golf Association), which started as a group of merry men looking to enjoy libations on Sunday morning at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, without violating Iowa Liquor Board laws. The group played a round of golf with the intent of meeting at the gin table. He was an avid player of gin, a desired partner and feared competitor.

Jack joined the 990 Club in 1955, and was the longest-standing member of the Dubuque Shooting Society. He was one of the originals of the Club. He also enjoyed hunting with his family and friends as a great way to relax.

He and Peggy were avid world travelers. They visited six of the seven continents in style. Family and friends were always welcome to join them.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, in 2002, and son, Patrick, in 2014, along with his sister, Mary Jo Murphy and brother-in-law, John Bonner.

Jack is survived by his sister, Jeanne Bonner, daughter, Colleen (Larry) McCarthy, son, Kevin (Maureen) Crahan, daughter-in-law, Carla Crahan, and grandchildren: Erin Nagle Atkiss, Ciara and Nora McCarthy, Page (Ken) Rahn, Andrew Crahan, Kaitlin, Caroline, Jack, and Seamus Crahan, and great-grandchildren: Lincoln, Shepherd, and Riley Atkiss, and Patrick Michael Rahn.

To honor Jack's love of the church and Catholic education, memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church and School Fund.

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



Alfred P. Breitbach


Alfred P. Breitbach, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of Rickardsville, passed away peacefully at 6:58 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Alfred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. To celebrate Alfred's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Alfred was born on March 6, 1928, in Rickardsville, IA, son of Peter and Anna (Ries) Breitbach.

Alfred was united in marriage to the love of his life, Betty O'Hare, on April 27, 1949, at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston. They were blessed with almost 60 years together and 7 wonderful children before she was called home on April 15, 2009. Alfred and Betty owned and operated Breitbach's TV in Rickardsville for over 30 years until his son Tom decided to carry on the family tradition in 1986. Alfred eagerly continued to work daily, answering phones and visiting with friends, until he was 85 years old. His dreams of farming in his youth were abruptly interrupted by polio, but later in life Alfred was given the opportunity to find joy in custom silo filling for several years. In his free time, Alfred enjoyed a good game of cards with his friends from the Village Co-Op and valued spending quality time with his fellow members of the Polio Group. To say that family was the most important commodity in Alfred's life would be an understatement. His love, commitment and adoration for his family was continually on display for all to see, and he always did it with a smile on his face and in his heart. Alfred was a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Alfred has been called home now and again joins his beautiful bride Betty in an eternal state of grace. His memories remain to be cherished for generations by all who knew and loved him.

Alfred is survived by

his seven children,
Diane (Butch) Riniker, Sherrill, IA,
Dan (Karen) Breitbach, Maquoketa, IA,
Larry (Roberta) Breitbach, Appleton, WI,
Allen Breitbach, Muskego, WI,
Tom (Brenda) Breitbach, Rickardsville, IA,
Tina (Denny) Volkert, Dubuque, IA,
and Nancy (Keith) Wolf, Bankston, IA;

28 grandchildren,

29 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter, Kenzie Hessenius; two sisters, Lorraine (Francis) Neumann and Anna Mae (Raphael) Bleile; and five brothers, Raymond (Leona), Martin (Ida), Aloysius, Arnold and Sylvester Breitbach.

An Alfred P. Breitbach memorial fund has been established.

Alfred's family would like to extend a special thank you to his friends at the Village Cooperative for all their loyal companionship and also to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all of their compassionate and loving care.

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

 



Earl Davis


Earl Davis, 81, of North Buena Vista, and formerly of Hudson, IA, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A memorial service and inurnment will be conducted at a later date.

Survivors include his 5 children: Sue Davis and Clay of Alexander, IA, Jim (Sue) Davis of North Buena Vista, Peg (Suntan) King of Garrison, IA, Mary King and special friend Garth of Waterloo, Mike (Melissa) Davis of Vinton, IA; grandchildren: Heath (Karla) Davis, Heidi Davis, Adam (Aime Hennegan) King, Aaron and Andrew King, Blake King, Bryce King, Holly (Adam) Greif, and Tyler Davis; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Tony (Brenda) Jochumsen of Hudson, IA, and their sons, Jason and Gary Jochumsen; 2 sisters, Betty Theisen of Cole Camp, MO, and her 7 children, and Florence Eddy of Texas; a half-brother, John (Sandy) Livingston of Cedar Falls, and 2 brothers-in-law, Chuck Willett and Chauncy Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly, on June 2, 2015; a granddaughter, Paige Davis; a great-grandson, Garrison Davis; 2 brothers-in-law, James Theisen and Loren Eddy; 2 sisters, Ethel Willett and Beverly Craig; and a niece, Rosemary Cooley.

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



Zach S. Veach


Zach S. Veach, 28, of Dubuque died Friday, November 20, 2015.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Zach was born on May 23, 1987, in Dubuque, IA the son of Steve and Chris (Leslein) Veach.

Zach was a simple and gentle man, who had a love for all animals, especially his cat, Lona. He was compassionate for all creatures, including bugs, that he would pick up and take outside to set free. Zach also took great pride in his yard, house, and flower gardens.

Some of Zach's interests and passions included military history, bowling, music, and baseball. He enjoyed all music, from Johnny Cash to Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd. Zach spent many summers playing baseball, most often as a catcher, and Yadi Molina was his favorite player. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed many trips to Busch Stadium with his family. Zach and his dad discussed many a Cardinal game. 

Zach was employed at Berry Plastics in Peosta.

Surviving are his parents, Steve and Chris (Leslein) Veach, of Durango; sister, Emily Veach and her daughters, Adalyn and Avery, of Davenport, IA., and brother, Logan Veach, of Durango; grandmother, Ruth Leslein Kramer (Bob), of Durango; aunts and uncles, Linda Leslein, Ruth Schaumburg, Gayle (Joe) Rohn, Ron (Sheri) Leslein, and John (Peggy) Leslein; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Stanley and Katherine Veach; grandfather Lawrence Leslein; and uncles, Dale Veach, Larry Leslein and Donald Schaumburg.

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

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Humane Society.



John R. Johnson


John R. Johnson, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

John was born July 20, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Kenneth and Viola (Welu) Johnson. He graduated from St. Columbkille school, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1956. He married Mary Jo Richter on February 15, 1958 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

John was employed for many years at Apple River Chemical, retiring as a supervisor for IMC Global (now Rentech) in 1998. He was a proud member of UAW Local 1391, and served as President. His faith was very important to him, and he was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He also attended daily Mass at Church of the Nativity, and was a strong supporter of both parishes, and of St. Vincent de Paul.

John loved the outdoors, and he had a great eye for hunting and a magic touch on the walleye rod. He was a founding member of the Eagle Point Walleye Club. John's outdoor adventures didn't end in the field, but were relived countless times in his prolific storytelling.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; three sons, John J. (Nita) Johnson of Peosta, David (Debra) Johnson of Asbury, and James (Cathryn) Johnson of Round Lake Beach, IL; grandchildren Elizabeth (Shawn) Thomas, Jeffrey (fiancée Caitlin Reimer) Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Mark Johnson, Natalie Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Maximillian Johnson, and Jillian Johnson; great granddaughter Madeline Thomas; siblings Kenneth (Blanche) Johnson, Mary Ann Steiner, Sally Roy-Boynton, Chris Johnson, and Jean Koch, all of Dubuque; and a brother in law, Edward Lakatosh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Joan Lakatosh; a brother Thomas in infancy; and two brothers in law, Michael Steiner and Robert Boynton.

Memorials may be made as Masses for John.

"Pain is Temporary, Glory is Forever."

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



Rosella E. Sprengelmeyer


Rosella E. Sprengelmeyer, age 94, of Dubuque, IA,