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John A. Goedken


John A. Goedken, of Petersburg, Iowa passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born July 30, 1945, in Dyersville, the son of William and Calista (Klaus) Goedken. He married Marilyn Kramer on June 22, 1968, in Dyersville. John served in the United States Army Reserves from 1963 to 1969. He spent his entire life on the family farm and particularly enjoyed planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, children: Bob (Sharon) Goedken of Earlville, Jerry (Karol) Goedken of Dyersville, Deb (Mark) Noble of Minneapolis, MN, Jim Goedken of Petersburg, Jen (Dave Mart) Goedken of Cedar Rapids, Jeff Goedken of Petersburg, Doug (Kristin) Goedken of Petersburg, Jason (Mandy) Goedken of Peosta, 11 grandchildren, siblings: Norma Brunsman of Dyersville, Inez (Francis) Hermsen, Valeria Bockenstedt both of Manchester, Lavern (Patsy) Goedken of Holy Cross, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Dubuque, in-laws: Germaine Goedken of Dubuque, Janet Rolfes of Osage, Ann Pfab of Peosta, Jean (Charles) Schneider, Ed (Sue) Kramer both of Dyersville, John (Bev) Kramer of Belleville, WI, Art (Nancy) Kramer of St. Louis MO, Janice (Ken) Willenborg of Dyersville, and Merle (Darcy Bowden) Kramer of Ypsilanti, MI.

He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Goedken, grandchildren Mitchell and Melissa Goedken, his parents, parents-in-law, Elmer and Sylveria Kramer, siblings: Gilbert Goedken, Helen and Emil Wilgenbusch, Stella and Leo Demmer, Mary Lou and Elmer Engelken, Patricia and Marvin Rolfes, in-laws: Vernon Brunsman, Irvin Bockenstedt, Ernie Pfab, and several nieces and nephews.

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



Gregory F. Cummins


Gregory F. "Greg" Cummins, 65, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Greg was born on November 23, 1953, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Francis and Marie (Heim) Cummins. He married Sally J. Timmerman on May 17, 1975, at St. Rose of Lima Church. He worked as a master plumber for Collins & Hying, Dodgeville, and Modern Plumbing & Heating, Madison.

Greg was a handyman who was always willing to lend a hand. He loved going to Bagley and boating with his family. Greg was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was known as "Grandpa Greg" to his grandchildren. Greg was a member of Plumber's Union Local 75 Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; his children, Tara (Jeremy) Groom, Potosi, Brett (Dawn) Cummins, Cuba City, and Tim (Jamie) Cummins, Hazel Green; his mother, Marie Cummins, Cuba City; his sisters, Vicki (Tom) Kilkelly, Ocala, Florida, Connie (Dave) Klein, The Villages, Florida, Pam (Mike) Schramm, Apple Canyon Lake, Illinois, Patricia (Dan) Ramaker, and Lori (Ron) Wallenhorst, both of Cuba City; and twenty grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis.

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



Sister Jeremiah Farrell, OP

Sister Jeremiah Farrell, OP, died at St. Dominic Villa, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Her wake will be at Sinsinawa at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, and the funeral at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15.

Sister Jeremiah taught at St. Joseph School, Dubuque (1972-1975), and parish schools in Chicago, Madison, Green Bay, and Sioux City. She taught in high schools in Whitefish Bay, Wis.; Faribault and Minneapolis, Minn.; and Burbank, Ill. She later served at Marillac Center in Chicago for ten years. She ministered to the Sisters at St. Dominic Villa and at the Motherhouse for several years before joining the Villa community in 2011.

Sister Jeremiah (Monica) was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Redwood Falls, Minn., to Jeremiah and Beatrice (Butler) Farrell. She is survived by a sister, nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

Hoffmann Schneider is handling arrangements.



Charles E. Leppert, Sr.


Charles E. "Charlie" Leppert Sr., age 84, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at UnityPoint Heath Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Charlie's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Steve Whiteman officiating. To celebrate Charlie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home.

Charlie was born on April 24, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Wilfred Louis and Irene Anna (Manahl) Leppert.

Charlie was born and raised in Dubuque and graduated from Loras Academy in 1953, before joining the National Guard serving for 10 years. Charlie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith E. Barry, on September 21, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two have been blessed with 61 years and 8 children together. He was an extremely hard worker who was employed with Trausch Bakery for 13 years, before going to work at the Dubuque John Deere Works and the Dubuque Packing Company, simultaneously, to provide for his family, retiring from John Deere on January 31, 1997, after 33 years. Charlie loved working, but when he did find some free time in his days, he loved caring for his yard, or loading up the station wagon for a camping trip and spending some quality time sitting around the campfire with the Judy and the kids. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful, hard working, husband, father and grandfather, but are grateful for all of the memories made, and the life lessons he has taught us throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Charlie's memory include

his loving wife,
Judy Leppert, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kevin Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Christopher Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Kerry (Pat) Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Wendy (James) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Sean (Ann) Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Charles "Chuck" (Theresa) Leppert Jr., Maquoketa, IA,
Shannon (Angie) Leppert, Bernard, IA
and Judith Leppert, Potosi, WI;

his 15 grandchildren,

and his 19 great-grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers, Richard (Frances) Leppert and Donald (Joawn) Leppert.

Charlie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the ICU and 5th Floor at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Charlie and his entire family. Also a special thank you to John Lux for all of his years of devoted friendship and his entertaining stories.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Harland H. Coulthard


Harland H. "Harlie" Coulthard, 71, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Harlie was born on February 20, 1948, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond J. and Renilda (Herbst) Coulthard. He married Gayle L. Werner on June 7, 1969, at St Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. Harlie grew up on the family farm in Jenkynsville, worked at Jacques Seed, owned and operated Harlie and Gayle's, and then worked at A.Y. McDonald in Dubuque.

Harlie was an avid Chicago Bears, Brewers and NASCAR fan. Since 1981 he loved camping at Lake Joy. He enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and cribbage. He was also known as "Honda", a nickname given to him by his daughter, Candi.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle; a daughter, Candi (Doug) Syvrud, Mt. Horeb, WI; two sons, Gregory Coulthard, Racine, WI, and Patrick (Alivia) Coulthard, Cuba City; a sister, Carol (Jerry) Leifker, Dickeyville, WI; three brothers, William (Jean) Coulthard, Brownton, MN, Donald (Deb) Coulthard, Oregon, WI, and Dennis (Theresa) Coulthard, Overland Park, KS; a sister-in-law, Monica (Lowell) Bartels, Glen Haven, WI; two granddaughters; and nine grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rodney; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Betty Werner.

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



Peg Law


Peg (Verla) Law, 95, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where  services to celebrate her life will begin at 12:30 p.m. Private family committal services will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Peg was born March 6, 1924 into a family of 9, in Creston Nebraska. She married John W. Law on May 20, 1944 and moved to Dubuque shortly after John returned from WWII. She helped build the John W. Law Company while raising 4 children. Peg was actively involved in various volunteer community organizations, church activities, and school functions. She remained an active member of Chapter IK, PEO for over 60 years.

Peg is survived by 3 children, John C. (Hope Warschaw) Law of Santa Monica CA, Jim Law of Dubuque, Joanne Law of Denver CO and son-in-law Edgar Laube of Madison, WI; 7 grandchildren, Jack Law Warschaw, Baer (Katy) DeMaio, Jenna (Chris) Yarborough, Jon Law, Emma Laube, Anne Laube and Julia Laube, and 5 great grand- children.  

Peg was preceded in death by 6 siblings, husband John W. Law, and daughter Kathleen Law Laube. 
Peg was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grand-mother. She took great pride and joy in her family's interests and accomplishments.  

The family would like to extend a very special thank-you to Pennie Davis for all the kind, loving and compassionate care she provided, not only for Peg but her entire family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the United Pompe Foundation,  https://www.unitedpompe.com/donations/ would be appreciated.

 

 



Elizabeth J. Garvey


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Garvey, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of Mass. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born February 22, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ries) Majerus. She married Earl Garvey on May 5, 1951.

Betty was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Betty is survived by her sister in law, Rose Majerus; her nieces and nephews, Ken Majerus of Dubuque, Tina (Virgil) Kohagen of Waterloo, Pam (Kevin) Hall of Cedar Falls, and Tim (Laura) Majerus of East Dubuque, IL; and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John Majerus and James Majerus; and two sisters, Katie Meyer and Virginia Lindquist.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Ruth I. Vierkant


Ruth I. Vierkant, 90, of Dubuque died Monday, May 6, 2019.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ followed by the funeral service Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Ruth was born July 16, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Mallder) McIntyre. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

On September 4, 1948 she married Erwin Vierkant at the "Little Brown Church" in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2013.

Ruth worked for the Dubuque Battery Factory, Montgomery Wards, Weber Paper Company, Janlen Plastics and was an elevator operator at the Hotel Julien.

She is survived by four children, Glen (Molly) Vierkant of Green Bay, WI, Erich (Sheila) Vierkant of Dubuque, Karen (Ron) Mills of Dubuque, and Kurt Vierkant of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a sister, Delores Mielnicki.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Everett McIntyre.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place for their compassionate care.



Daniel T. Lange


Daniel T. Lange, 62, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle for 14 years with various health issues. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on September 21, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Merlin F. and Evelyn J. (Schonhoff) Lange. He married Robin McCarthy on January 22, 2005, at Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Dan worked for five years at John Deere Tractor Works and for 35 years at Flexsteel Industries.

Dan attended St. Joseph's School in Sinsinawa, Hazel Green High School and Southwestern Vocational Technical School in Fennimore for welding. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, biking, fishing, deer hunting up north and raising Christmas trees. He also enjoyed playing cards especially euchre and pinochle. Dan participated in the Men's CEW at the Sinsinawa Mound, the Knights of Columbus, built houses for the less fortunate in Jamaica with Food for the Poor, and was known as the "TEC Trailer Man" because of his many years of service with the Together Encountering Christ Program. Dan lived his life by the mantra that "God is good. God has a plan. God is in Control." Most of all, he loved his wife and children, Jeff, Cindy and David.

Survivors include his wife, Robin; his children, Jeff (fiancée, Sarah), Pardeeville, Cindy (Charald) Lange, Leiden, Netherlands, and David, at home; his parents, Merlin and Evelyn Lange, Hazel Green, a sister, Deb Schneider, Menominee, IL; and two brothers, Dick (Sheila) Lange, Kieler, Tim (Samantha) Lange, Cobb; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dave and Peg McCarthy, Highland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Mary Lange and Paul and Mary Schonhoff, and his brother-in-law, Pete Schneider.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided.

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



Rosella E. (Ruden) Jasper


Rosella E. (Ruden) Jasper, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:25 a.m., on Monday, May 6, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rosella's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosella was born on April 27, 1925, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Mike and Catherine (Neumann) Ruden.

Rosella was united in marriage to Donald Jasper on April 30, 1947, sadly they were only blessed with 14 years together, before he was called home ahead of her on May 6, 1961. After moving to Dubuque, Rosella went to work with the Dubuque Packing Company, Dubuque Stamping Company and Rainbo Tire/Tandem Auto Service. In her free time, Rosella enjoyed watching her Cubs, playing Bingo and cards, and sewing. Beyond a doubt Rosella was happiest when spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish Rosella's memory include

her 4 children,
Dick (Jan) Jasper, Holy Cross, IA,
Dale (Barb) Jasper, Cassville, WI,
Terry (Ann) Jasper, Holy Cross, IA
and Tammy Jasper, Dubuque, IA;

11 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

and a sister, who is 103 years old,
Gert Ruden, Dubuque, IA.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Jasper; a great-grandson, Tyler Cummer; a brother, Frank Ruden; and 4 sisters, Marie (Clarence) Schmal, Stella (Pete) Krug, Barbara (Leonard) Backes and Catherine (Fritz) Krug.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Rosella's doctors, nurses and caregivers, as well as the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Rosella and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



Alvara A. Schmidt


Alvara A. Schmidt, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Alvara's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. Thursday at the church. A 3:30 P.M. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Alvara Ann Deppe was born on January 4, 1926 in Springbrook, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Kiehold) Deppe. She grew up in Springbrook and attended Springbrook Catholic School. She married John Ambrose "Jimmy" Schmidt on May 7, 1946 in Springbrook, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2005.

Alvara first farmed with her husband in the Bellevue/Springbrook area moving to Maquoketa in 1966. She then worked for Western Auto as a sales clerk for 15 years and later for Jackson State Bank as a teller for 8 years.

Alvara was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Raphael #1156. Additionally, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Past President's. She enjoyed playing euchre, bowling, visiting area casinos, and being on the river. Most importantly she loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Paulette (Gary) DuVall of Hanover, IN, Bob (Pam) Schmidt of Dubuque, IA, Dale (Judy) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, Doug (Sandy) Schmidt of Morris, IL, Virgil (Jody) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (Edward) Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Barb Grimm of Charlotte, IA; sisters, Karen Gonner of Bellevue, IA, and Dianne (Harvey Jr.) Seiler of Bellevue, IA; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend Jim Otruba of Leisure Lake, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Dean, brothers Kenneth, Kermit and Gene Deppe, and 2 grandchildren Jonathan Schmidt and Peter Schmidt.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



John E. Cressey


John E. Cressey, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, May 4, 2019, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 10, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

John Edward Cressey was born on December 5, 1935 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Harry Milton and Lucille (Bell) Cressey. He was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to Maquoketa and married Connie M. Drumm on May 31, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
John was a lifelong carpenter. He got his start with G.L. Stockham and Son as a Carpenter's Helper from 1953 to 1955, and from 1958 to 1970 as a Carpenter Superintendent. On February 13, 1970 until 1990, he operated John E. Cressey Construction in Maquoketa where he was the Owner, Estimator and Superintendent. On January 1, 1990 Cressey & Associates was formed and John served as President until retiring in 2009.

John was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where he had served on various committees including serving on the Building Committee for the church building on Wesley Drive, Chair of Trustees, and taught 8th grade Sunday School for many years. He also was a 55-year member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he held roles of Warden, Secretary and past Worshipful Master.

John was always giving of his time, talent and resources. He had served on the Maquoketa Fire Department and Rescue Squad from 1979 to 1982 where he held the rank of Deputy Chief, served on the Maquoketa School Board from 1979 to 1991 where he was a past President, and was a former Maquoketa City Councilman serving from December 23, 1997 to December 30, 2005.

John enjoyed fishing, boating, horse care and riding, and tending their vineyard. He loved his dogs and had a special place in his heart for his Golden Retriever Lady!

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Connie M. Cressey of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brian (Andy) Cressey of Altoona, IA, and LuAnne (Tom) Yearwood of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Dr. Nicole (Lance) Cressey-Musselman of Gillette, WY, Ryann (Bradley) Cressey-Smith of Green Bay, WI, Shelby Yearwood of Maquoketa, IA, Christina (Todd) Isaacs of Pittsboro, IN, Amanda Kinzle of Greencastle, IN and Debra (Dean) Wyatte of Boulder, CO; 6 great-grandchildren, Ava and Granger Musselman, Jenna, Nathan and Hannah Isaacs, and Gregory Christopher; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald (Connie) Drumm of Coal Valley, IL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda (Paul) Dupuis of Canada; and sister-in-law, Georgia Armstrong of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roger Cressey, sister-in-law Barbara Cressey and a brother-in-law Robert Drumm.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, First United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Sabra Hovey


Sabra "Sue" Hovey, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sabra Sue Stout was born on November 28, 1940 in DeWitt, Iowa, to Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout. At the age of three her mom died, and she was raised by her aunt Iva and Uncle Henry "Tootie" Smith whom she considered to be her parents. She was a 1958 graduate of DeWitt High School. She married Ronald E. Hovey on July 29, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, "Sue" had worked in the billing and insurance department at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. In 1982, she and her husband Ronald opened Hov's Pub in Maquoketa. The restaurant quickly became a popular eatery and pub. They retired in October of 2006.

"Sue" was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and the UCC Women's Fellowship. She enjoyed planting flowers, reading books and magazines, sports of all kinds, cooking and recipe collecting, decorating, and holidays. She especially enjoyed meeting and visiting with people.

Those left to honor her memory include three children, Ronelle (Jeff) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Shane (Jodi) Hovey of Louisburg, KS, and Tyler Hovey of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Delaney Clark, Chance Dubinick, Sydney Clark, Jase Hovey, and Conlee Hovey; and a sister Terri Vetter of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout and Iva and Henry "Tootie" Smith, and her husband Ronald on October 27, 2008.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sabra "Sue" Hovey 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.

 



Victor A. Prevatt, Jr.


Victor A. Prevatt Jr. 87, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer with his loving wife and special niece Vicki at his side on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

Vic was born in Dubuque, IA on September 17, 1931 the son of Victor A. and Mary (McLaughlin) Prevatt. He graduated high school from the Loras Academy. On January 13, 1979 he married the love of his life, Loretta Spease.

Vic worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years before retiring. In 1984 he moved to San Antonio, TX and worked for Star Food. After retirement from there he moved back to Dubuque and worked part time at Coca Cola for 10 years.

Christmas was very special to Vic. He loved to decorate and loved playing Santa Claus. He would always make sure to have Candy Canes for the kids.

Vic enjoyed five wonderful winters in Florida. He loved spending time with his family, especially playing with his grandchildren. He loved boating and traveling, most of all he loved his wife Loretta.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, son, Tom Prevatt of Tucson, AR; two stepsons, Kelvin (Cathy) Orton of Sun Prairie, WI and Derek Orton of Dubuque, two grandsons, Joseph and William Orton of Sun Prairie, WI; a sister, Nancy Dolan of Dubuque; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and James Udelhoven of Edgerton, WI; several nieces and nephews and a very special friend and Neighbor Charlie Klein.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dorrance Prevatt and a brother-in-law, Albie Dolan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided to Vic.



Herman E. Kloser


Herman E. “Hermie” Kloser, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:50 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Hemie’s life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.  To celebrate Hermie’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.
Hermie was born on April 13, 1933, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Albert and Lucy (Riniker) Kloser.
Hermie was born and raised in North Buena Vista where he worked on the farm from the time he was young.  He was drafted during the Korean War, into the U.S. Army, and would honorably serve his country for 4 years.  When Hermie returned home he would return to farming and marry the love of his life, Mathilda “Tillie” Juran, on August 2, 1958, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Buenie.  The two were blessed with 4 children and 59 wonderful years together before Tillie was sadly called home ahead of him on April 2, 2018.  Hermie’s faith was always a very important aspect of his daily life and he was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church after he and Tillie moved to Dubuque.  In their younger days every Saturday nightwas “date” night for the adorable couple, and they could be found out on the town dancing the night away.  In later years, Hermie found that he enjoyed relaxing and sitting down to watch a good western movie or tv show.  Family, however, meant the world to Hermie, and he loved spending time with everyone whenever the opportunity arose.  We are deeply saddened at the loss of the patriarch of our family today, but take some comfort in knowing that he and his loving bride are now reunited on that big dance floor in the sky for all Eternity. 
Those left to cherish Hermie’s memory include
his children,
Edward (Bette) Kloser, Darlington, WI,
Paul Kloser, Dubuque, IA,
Roger Kloser, Dubuque, IA
and Patricia (Curt) Kirschbaum, Hazel Green, WI;
a granddaughter,
Rachel (Daniel) Schmitt, Platteville, WI;
his step-grandchildren,
Joshua Wirth, Calen Wirth and Kara (Jason) Tyson;
his step-great-grandchildren,
Ashley, Courtney, Olivia and Colton Tyson;
his brother,
John (Rita) Kloser, Dubuque, IA;
and a sister-in-law,
Dee Kloser, Dubuque, IA.
Hermie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mathilda “Tillie” Kloser; and his siblings, Joe Kloser, Albert (Germaine) Kloser, Florence (“Bud”) Hefel, Frances (Ray) Steffen, Loretta (Al) Frieburg, Ann Bjerneby and Marie (George) Pluemer.
Hermie’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Finley Hospital, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided not only for Hermie, but his entire family.
Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Ronald J. Heinricy


Ronald J. Heinricy, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Edenbrook in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bart Timmerman and Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday 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 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Ron was born on July 14, 1938, in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Roman and Mary (Keuter) Heinricy. He married Lavon Pickel on October 5, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler.

Survivors include his wife, Lavon; two daughters, Carissa Heinricy, of Kieler, and Carla (Tony) Schueller, of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Kayla, Courtney and Kylie Schueller; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Roger) Heinricy; and a brother-in-law, Klaus Kröner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Dennis Heinricy; and two sisters, Rita (Jim) Hess and Lois (Roger) Gerardy.

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



James A. Maiers


James A. Maiers, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Holy Cross passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at MercyOne in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. Visitation will continue from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Jim was born February 8, 1929, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the son of John and Rose (Ungs) Maiers. He married Mary Ann Joester on August 13, 1949. Together they enjoyed 69 years of marriage.

Jim co-owned and operated Maiers Implement & Hardware in Holy Cross for 30 years and later owned and operated Maiers Ag. Service.

He loved his farm and all aspects of farming. He most enjoyed his time with his family; his children, granddaughters and great grandchildren were a special joy to him.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, three sons: Steve Maiers of Holy Cross, and his children, Stacy, Michele, Julie, Emily, and Morgan; Bill (Jackie) Maiers of Dubuque, and his step-children, Chad, Casey, Courtney, and Chris; Jeff (Lois) Maiers of Salado, TX, and his children, Nicholette and Katherine; one daughter, Ann (Arthur) Weinstein of Albuquerque, NM, a sister, Sr. Alice Maiers of Cedar Rapids and his sister-in-law, Norma Kerper of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, August (Gus) and Hilda Joester; siblings: Charles Maiers and Rosemary Lane; in-laws: James Joester, Al Kerper and John Lane.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Ringold and his staff for their compassionate care. Also, a thank you to the nursing staff of MercyOne in Dubuque, especially Laura, and the Dyersville Hospital nursing staff.

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



Howard L. Johnson


Howard L. Johnson, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Howard's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:15 A.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will take place and burial will be in the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Howard Luke Johnson was born on April 14, 1925 in Monmouth, Iowa, to Harry and Angeline (Edwards) Johnson. He was educated in Monmouth and then served his country in the Army Air Corps in World War II, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Norma L. Hute on July 10, 1945 in Kahoka, Missouri.

Howard first worked for Claude Harrington as a fuel deliveryman and also wired houses on his own. He then worked for Clinton Engines in the die cast department for several years. Upon Clinton Engines closing, he became plant manager of several die cast companies all over the Midwest. He then moved to Wiggins, Colorado where he owned and operated a well-drilling company. In retirement, he managed several trailer parks in both DeWitt and Maquoketa.

Howard was a member of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, shooting pool, and antiquing. He also enjoyed RV traveling and camping for 30 years all over the United States with his wife Norma.

Those left to honor Howard's memory include his children, John (Linda) Johnson of Fond du Lac, WI, Janna (Terry) Kaufman of Maquoketa, IA, Julie (Al) Thole of Maquoketa, IA and Susan (Ken) Cole of Reno, NV; 8 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 9 sisters and his wife Norma on February 4, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Howard L. Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Jean H. (Love) Bell


Jean Henrietta (Love) Bell, of Dubuque, passed away on April 30, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dana Perreand will officiate. Interment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jean was born on March 23, 1926, in Dubuque, the daughter of Jerome (Jerry) and Bertha (Utzig) Love. She attended Sacred Heart School­ and Immaculate Conception Academy.

On April 20, 1944 she married the love of her life, Harlan (Bud) Bell in Dubuque. They celebrated 67 years of an endearing marriage before Harlan passed away in 2011.

Jean worked at her father's bar, Jerry's Tap, and her brother's bar, The Grand Tap. After she raised her two children, she babysat several years for family and friends, and then helped raise all seven of her grandchildren.

Jean was a loving wife, mother, friend and "Nana" to her grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren were her world, and she was theirs. Jean was known by all for her extremely loving nature, kindness, and generosity; and her impeccable fashion sense and unparalleled cooking skills.

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Kim) Bell and daughter, Pamela Fassbinder both of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Michael Fassbinder of Dubuque, Jennifer Fassbinder (fiancé Alex Kocin) of Cleveland, OH, Sara (Ryan) Salter of Scottsdale, AZ, Kristina Bell (Ethan) Vanous of Des Moines, Nicholas Bell of Keystone, CO, Brianna Jean Bell of Farley, and Jenna Love Bell of Iowa City; great grandchild, Rowan Salter; nieces and nephews; and cousins.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents, Jerry and Bertha; three brothers, Don (Harriet), Harold (Rita) and Ken (Dorothy); her sister, Mildred Love ; her father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Helen (Haug) Bell; and her brother-in-law, Thomas (Jayne) Bell.

A special thank you to all who knew and loved Jean, and to Dr. Konz and the nursing staff at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital for their compassionate care.

A Jean Bell memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Herbert C. Bailey


Herbert C. Bailey, 95, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home, with Rev. Jonathan Crawford officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League immediately following. Burial will be in Linwood.

Herbert was born on August 20, 1923 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Charles and Beata (Tietjen) Bailey. He married Dorothy Masscey-Puls on September 28, 1963 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 16, 2013.

During WWII he served our country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Africa, France and Germany.

Herbert was an accountant and treasurer for 40 years at Frank Hardy Advertising, retiring in 1989. 

Herbert was a long time, active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He loved big band music, playing the piano, traveling and horseracing. He was an avid sportsman and as a young man enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, golf and softball. 

He is survived by his step-son, Thomas C. Puls.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, cash memorials can be given to Area Residential Care or St Paul Lutheran Church.

Special thank you to the ladies of Home Instead who made it possible for Herb to stay in his home until the last 2 months. Thank you then to the staff of Stonehill Care Center.

 

 

 



Margaret E. Dolson


Margaret E. Dolson, 96, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3090 Karen Rd., died Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2nd, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with a Parish scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on January 31,1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Emil and Elizabeth (Russ) Henschel. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in 1940. On October 24, 1942, Margaret married Henry "Hank" Dolson at Santa Ana Army Air Base, Orange County, CA. He preceded her in death on December 11, 2007.

Margaret and Hank were avid members of the Tri State Twirlers square dancers, followed the Cubs religiously, enjoyed more than 20 winters together in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and we're married to each other for 65 years. Margaret loved that she was able to watch the Cubbies win a World Series, and she continued to watch them as often as she could. She was a member and supporter of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and EWTN for many years, loved to play euchre, was an avid bridge player, loved to knit and crochet, and enjoyed following all her children's and grandchildren's accomplishments in life.

Surviving are her children, Carolyn (Dick) Noesen of Dubuque, Cathy (Roger) Puls of Hoffman Estates, IL, Jeanne Keck of Dubuque, Stephen Dolson of Nederland, CO, Timothy (Carol) Dolson of Dubuque, Janice (Monty) Casebolt of Livingston, MT, Peter (Bonnie) Dolson of Ft. Pierce, FL, Mary Alice (Dale) Dolson of Lakewood, CO and Randy (Peggy) Dolson of North Liberty, IA; 41 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hank; her son, Dennis; her grandson Thomas Keck; her great grandson, Miles Dolson; her siblings, Dolores Manley, Mary Jane Harstick, Eileen Richmond, Kathleen (Frank) Hoover, Emil (Bernice) Henschel, Richard (Jean) Henschel, and niece Lorlee Manley Ihm.

In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, memorials will be accepted by the family to be used for those families in need in the Holy Family Catholic School System. Online condolences may be left for the family at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Dennis J. Deiter


Dennis J. Deiter, 57, of Potosi, Wisconsin, formerly of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 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 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Dennis was born on March 3, 1962, in Cuba City, the son of Vernon "Scoop" and Pat (Aurit) Deiter. He married Bonnie Langkamp on March 9, 2018, in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Dennis worked at the Cuba City State Bank from 1983 until 2003. He began working at the Benton State Bank in 2003 until moving to the Tennyson/Potosi Branch in 2015. In 2015 Dennis made a career move to Emmi Roth Cheese Factory where he worked until the time he became ill in 2017.

Dennis was always busy landscaping, refinishing old furniture and caning, never sitting still. He enjoyed driving to the "Point" and Hickory Hill Park to check out the deer and wildlife each day. Dennis loved to golf and was always ready to spend time with family and friends. He was a loyal, dependable, gentle man who was dedicated to whatever his job was.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Hilary (Jarid) Brockman, of Algonquin, IL and Ryan (Noelle) Deiter, of Rochester, MN; parents, Vernon "Scoop" and Pat Deiter; sister, Sandra (Rodney) Adams, all of Cuba City; two stepsons, Christopher (Teresa) Langkamp, Sun Prairie and Michael "Lou" (Maggie) Langkamp, Benton; six grandchildren, Violet, Genna, Isabell, Taylor, Danielle and Keithen; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert "Bob".

We are forever grateful for the doctors and staff at UW-Madison Carbone Center for the great care, especially Dr. Ticiana Leal, the Grant County Cancer Coalition, the Cuba City Knights of Columbus, Grant County Hospice; Grant Regional Health Center and the Potosi EMS.

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



Sister Kathleen Loughrin, OP


Sister Kathleen Loughrin, OP, died at St. Dominic Villa, Monday, April 29, 2019. Her wake will be at the Motherhouse at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, and the funeral at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 6.

Sister Kathleen ministered in parish schools of the Madison, Wis., diocese for 50 years: first, at Blessed Sacrament, Madison (1965-1977); then as principal at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg (1977-1987) and at St. John Vianney, Janesville (1987-1990). She taught at St. James, Madison, before her long ministry service as principal there (1993-2016). She retired to the Motherhouse in 2017
and joined the community at St. Dominic Villa in 2019.

Sister Kathleen was born Feb. 12, 1943, in New London, Wis., to William and Genevieve (Leahy) Loughrin.

She is survived by two sisters, nieces and nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is handling arrangements.



Darrel E. Comer


Darrel E. Comer, 72, of Zwingle passed away Monday, April 29, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 7 pm.

Darrel was born September 16, 1946 in Dubuque, son of G. Edward and Lylia (Schwaegler) Comer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the US Army Reserves. On November 16, 1968, he married Susan Avenarius in Dubuque.

He worked in farming and trucking.

Darrel enjoyed his grandchildren's sporting events and Saturday morning breakfast with friends.

Darrel is survived by three children, Chad Comer of Madison, Wisc., Amy (Dennis) Felderman of Dubuque and their children, Connor, Carter and Hannah; and Jason (Sheila) Comer of Chicago and their daughter on the way; his ex-wife, Susan Comer of Dubuque; and four siblings, Betty Quade of Epworth, Lois (Don Christensen) Aurand of Florida, Jean (Bill) White of Eldridge, Iowa and Marilyn (Jerry) Shanahan of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers in law, Kene Quade and Carson Aurand.



Betty Lou Stackis


Betty Lou (Scholl) Stackis, 77 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 26th, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Andrew Mensah officiating. Committal prayers and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Betty was born on September 4, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (O'Regan) Scholl. She attended Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Academy.

On November 8th, 1958 she married Theodore "Ted" Stackis at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Ted passed away on September 15, 2008.

Betty was such a giving, caring person, who always put others before herself. She loved spending time with family and friends. Betty was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by four sons, Timothy Stackis, of Dubuque, Kevin (Debbie) Stackis, of Rio Verde Arizona, Theodore "Ted" (Darla) Stackis and Jeffrey (Linda) Stackis, both of Dubuque. One daughter, Connie (Aaron) Konrardy, of Durango, IA. 11 grandchildren: Melia, Josie, Easton, Kylie, Abbie, Nick, Katie, Jordan, Alex and Sky Stackis and Justin Beck. Great Grandchildren: Ryan and Alaina Stackis and Brooklyn and Jase Beck. One sister Maggie (Vince) Kotz, and one brother Tom (Barb) Scholl. Brothers-in-law Jim (Colleen) Stackis and Louie Tsacudakis. Sisters-in-law, Marie Stackis and Maria Enos; along with many nieces and nephews.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband Ted, her parents Eleanor and Joseph; father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Angeline Tsacudakis; sister Mary Davis, brother Jim Scholl, brothers-in-law, Mike (Emil) Stackis Andy Tsacudakis, John Stackis, and George Stackis and sisters-in-law Donna Wooldridge and Anna Tsacudakis.

Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family request no flowers; in lieu of flowers a Betty Stackis memorial fund will be established.



Rose Marie Oswald


Rose Marie Oswald, 91, of Monticello passed away Monday, April 29, 2019, at Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 3:45 pm.  Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Rose was born November 28, 1927, in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Mary Anna (Koob) Merfeld. She married Earl G. Oswald on September 6, 1951, in Cascade. Together they farmed in the Monticello area and later moved to the family farm in 1970.

She worked hard at gardening as she raised her family. She also worked in the medical field in various positions for over 60 years. She was active politically as a member of the Democratic Party, and she enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and visiting.

Survivors include 6 sons: Don (Nancy) Oswald of Earlville, James, Leon, Dean (Lisa), Paul (Julie) and Ed Oswald, all of Monticello; 4 daughters: Ann (William) Buckner of Monticello, Janet Fischer of Oneida, Betty Bagley of Mercer, MO, and Joan (Barney) Dirks of Anamosa; a son-in-law, Joe Nosek of Cedar Rapids; 28 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren; siblings: Joseph Merfeld of Cascade, Louis (Gladys) Merfeld of Dubuque, Ann Gudenkauf of Manchester, Theresa Drew of Cascade, Allan (Bev) Merfeld of Rockford, IL; in-laws: Cheryl Merfeld of Rockford, IL, Gerry Merfeld of Benton Harbor, MI, and Kathleen Hunt of Hopkinton and AnnaBelle Oswald of Monticello.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl in 2001, a daughter, Lois Nosek, a son-in-law, John Bagley, a great grandson, Samuel Boehm; siblings: Carl (Peg) Merfeld, Francis and Robert Merfeld, Mary Margaret (Larry) Ahlers; in-laws: Dode Merfeld, Gerald Gudenkauf, Ralph Drew, Lloyd Oswald, Mary (Harold) Schneiter, Patricia (William) McDonell and Bob Hunt.

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



Sally J. Steiner


Sally J. Steiner, 89, a life-long East Dubuque resident, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Sally was born on July 1, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of Chester and Bessie (Williams) Steiner. She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, the class of 1947.

Sally worked as a receptionist until her retirement. While growing up, she loved to go fishing at their cottage at Frentress Lake. Sally enjoyed the Chicago Cubs, was an avid bingo player, she loved playing a good game of euchre and working crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her nephews, Bill (Bonnie) Timmerman of East Dubuque, Mike Richards of Cedar Rapids, IA, Dane (Sue) Steiner, Jr., of Dubuque; nieces, Joan (Larry) Harwood of Cedar Rapids, Mardelle (Jerry) Rojemann of Menominee and Kelly Richards of Cedar Rapids; many great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and three great-great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Bessie; three brothers, Carl, Billy & Dane L. "Jiggs", and three sisters, Ora, Gloria & Lorraine; one nephew, Pat Richards, and one great niece Jody.

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



Bernice M. Rickey


Bernice (Beecy or Bernie) M. Rickey, 87, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 18, 2019 at Finley Hospital due to heart failure.

memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Bernice was born on September 6, 1931 in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph C. and Mathilda (Weber) Becker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and married Marion "Rick" Rickey on August 24, 1972. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2001.

Bernice was employed as a key punch operator at John Deere Dubuque Works and at John Deere Harvester in the Quad Cities retiring May 31, 1986.

She was a diehard Cubs fan and watched and kept score for every game that she could. She also would fly the "W" flag outside her apartment so all the other Cub fans at Assisi Village would know when the Cubs won. Her favorite actor was John Wayne, and she had all his movies on DVD. Many years ago she was a member of the Dubuqueland Women's Bowling Association and served one term on the DWBA board as a director.

She is survived by "many" nieces and nephews from the Becker clan including Linda (Tom) Ehlinger and Jerry (Karyn) Lange who assisted and watched over her for the last 9+ years. "To all of us she was known as Aunt Beecy." She also had step-grandchildren in the Quad Cities area including Samantha "Sammi" (Don) Shook, Renee (Jeff) Richmond, Zack Rickey, and Ed Jordan and step great grandchildren Blaine Rickey, Bryce Barnett, Jared Richmond, and Reese Richmond.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Joseph (Dorothy) Becker and five sisters, Florence (Jerry) Lange, Esther (Don) Huntington, Helen (Minor) Maas, Rosemary (Ed) Riley, and Rita (Whitey) Dura. She was the baby and last one left of that immediate family.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital for their care, and the Assisi Village staff and the other apartment dwellers who live at Assisi Village for their friendship with "Bernie".



Janice M. Brant


Janice M. Brant, 62, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Monday, April 29, 2019, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019, 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. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish rosary will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Janice was born on September 9, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Vergil J. and Teresa F. (Hesseling) Brant. She graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1974. Janice worked for 45 years at McDonald Supply in Dubuque.

Sports were an important part of her life. She enjoyed softball, sand volleyball, winter volleyball and bowling. Janice was secretary for her bowling league for 28 years. She was also a very caring person who always thought of others. Janice served on the Immaculate Conception Parish Council and was a regular blood donor until she was unable to donate due to cancer. Taz, her beagle, was a beloved part of her life. 

Survivors include two brothers, Ken Brant, of Hazel Green, and David (Mary Jo) Brant, of Cuba City; her godmother, Celina Hesseling; her nieces and nephews, Craig (Heather Johnson) Roth, Niki (Fred Freiburger) Roth, Andy Roth, Amanda (Matthew) Diercks, Aaron (Courtney) Brant, Alex (Amanda) Brant, Alyssa (Darious Johnson) Brant, Dallas (Shelby Kramer) Brant, and Dustin (Alanna Imobersteg) Brant; and twelve great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Debra Leonard; and her godfather, Ray Hesseling.

Special thanks to all the family members who helped with her care and spent time with her, especially Makenzie and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Donna J. Cyborski


Donna J. Cyborski, 70, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, April 29, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is guiding the family through this heavenly journey.

Donna was born on December 8, 1948, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur L. and Audrey (Edge) Hancock. She married Greg J. Cyborski on August 8, 1970, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa.

Donna graduated from Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing and worked for 49 years in the medical field. She was a very talented, dedicated and empathetic nurse who went above and beyond in caring for her patients and family. She worked at the Cuba City Medical Center, Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, home care nurse, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque and at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Growing up on a farm, her passion for growing beautiful flowers and gardening continued into her adulthood. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Donna was a member of St. Andrew-Thomas Catholic Church.

She started the Grant County Fair Cat Project and served on the committee and was 4-H Cat Leader for 27 years.

Survivors include her husband, Greg; three daughters, Julie Cyborski and Janet (Jason) Friederick, both of Potosi, and Jennifer (husband, Neil Roehrborn) Cyborski, of Appleton, WI; a brother, Jerry (June) Hancock, of Darlington; and four grandchildren, Alysha and Jeffrey Jacobson and Brooklyn and Roman Friederick.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ronald Hancock.

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



Lois (Headington) Schaefer


Lois (Headington) Schaefer, 97, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 27, at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, where Mass will be at 11 a.m. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque.

Lois was born April 6, 1922 in Decorah, the daughter of Ingolf and Blanche (Marlow) Forde. She married Robert Headington on October 4, 1942. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1968. Lois later married Paul E. Schaefer, and he also preceded her in death.

Lois was employed at Hilldale Dairy, and then at Medical Associates, where she worked for many years.

She was a devoted member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Her numerous hobbies included crossword puzzles, bowling, and playing cards (especially Euchre). Lois was a Bingo player in her younger years, once winning a large jackpot and donating part of her winnings to her parish. She was a master of the penny slots, and made many friends at the Diamond Jo Casino. In her 97 years, Lois probably read thousands of books, especially of the Western and Romance genre. Any time a trivia game was about to be played, Lois became the most in-demand partner due to her fantastic memory. She was a huge Cubs fan, and was grateful for the 2016 season.

Lois is survived by her sons, Leo Headington of Dubuque, Lyle (Diane) Headington of Greenwood, IN, Donald Headington, and Marc (Debbie) Headington of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Marc Robert (Amanda) Headington and Kathy (Tom) Thompson, both of Newton, IA, and Tom (Kathleen) Headington of Fishers, IN; and ten great grandchildren.

In addition to both husbands, Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her son Michael Headington, and her sister, Doris McDonald.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor; Dr. Ries and the nurses at Medical Associates; and the staff and customers of Diamond Jo Casino.

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



Cheri L. Colbert


Cheri L. Colbert, 62, of Lone Tree, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the United Presbyterian Church in Lone Tree. Interment will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery. Following the committal services at the cemetery, a time of refreshments will be held at the church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree.

Cheri Linn Dodson was born on February 28, 1957, in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Kenneth R. and Audrey Irene (Brenneman) Dodson. Cheri graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Arts and from Kirkwood with Graphic Design Degree. She was united in marriage to Patrick Colbert in 1979 and later divorced.

Cheri was an Interior Designer and a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lone Tree and was very active with the Youth Groups. She enjoyed painting, art, sewing, antiquing, historical preservation and photography.

Cheri will be deeply missed by her mother, Audrey of Lone Tree; brother, Keith (Lois) Dodson of Lone Tree; nephew, Andrew Dodson; niece, Elizabeth Dodson and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Cheri was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth.

Memorials may be directed to the Lone Tree Foundation or the United Presbyterian Church in memory of Cheri. Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.



Loras J. Steffen


Loras J. Steffen, 84, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on April 27th, 2019 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Friday, May 3nd, 2019 at the Church of The Resurrection, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Loras was born on June 1, 1934 in Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Frank and Evelyn (Hoeger) Steffen. He is a US Army Veteran having served in Germany from Jan. 9, 1957 until Dec. 17, 1958 and in reserve status until Jan 8, 1963.

He married Mary Ann Kass on July 29, 1961 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. He worked as a press operator at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works for 34 years and was a member of the UAW Local #94 and the retirees group.

Loras enjoyed playing euchre and reading. He could be often found reading an encyclopedia and was a great one to have on your team for trivial pursuit.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann; two daughters Laura Steffen, of Dubuque and Lisa (Angelus) Okeke, of New City, New York; his three grandchildren Edward, Laurence and Mary; a brother David (Eileen) Steffen; a sister Mary Kay Shanahan; five sisters-in-law Phyllis Steffen, Nancy Steffen, Vivian Steffen, Rose Hartung, and Mary Agnes Kass; and two brothers-in-law Vernon Kass and Noel Kurt, along with nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank & Evelyn Steffen; his father and mother in-law Charles & Theresa Kass; a grandson Paul Okeke; four brothers Leon (AnnaMae), Kenneth, Elmer and Donald Steffen; one sister Bernita (Merlin) Kaiser; and in-laws Joe (Margaret) Kass, Theresa Basten, Vincent Kass, Janice Kass, Leonard Hartung, and Betty Kurt.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Steffen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff of Saint Croix Hospice especially Cathleen and to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for all the great care they provided for Loras.



Judy Lee (Clasen) Gruntkosky


Judy Lee (Clasen) Gruntkosky, 72, of, LaMotte, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at UPH-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte.

Judy was born May 8, 1946 to Raymond J. and Loretta M. (Hingtgen) Clasen in Bellevue, the third of four children. Raised on the family dairy farm near LaMotte, she attended Holy Rosary School in LaMotte, then graduated high school in Andrew in 1964.

After high school, Judy was employed at Oakland Dairy and at KMart while living in Dubuque. On May 13, 1967, she was united in marriage to Joseph "Ski" Gruntkosky, Jr. in LaMotte. At the time of their marriage, Ski was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard and the couple spent time in Memphis, TN, Kodiak, AK, and Seattle, WA. During, her time as a serviceman's wife, Judy traveled to the various ports with their infant daughter. Following Ski's discharge in 1970, they moved to Peabody, MA where they welcomed a second daughter.

Judy enjoyed being a wife and homemaker, raising her daughters. She was later a business owner in LaMotte where she and Ski operated the Corner Tap. Judy enjoyed traveling with Ski throughout their marriage and together they saw almost every state. They took many trips by way of Harley-Davidson and she was an active member of the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. She also loved cruises and her time spent at their Palm Bay, FL home. Judy lived a strong and courageous life. Her greatest love and what made her most proud was her grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her devoted and beloved husband, Ski; daughters, Jodi Terry and husband Charles, and Jacquelyn Arthur and husband Jeffrey; granddaughters, Briana Hayward and husband Cameron, Megan Jimmerson and Lauren Jimmerson; grandson, Andrew Arthur; brother, Robert Clasen and wife Kathy, sister Lois Lapolice, brother, Jerry Clasen and wife Lori; brothers in-law, Bill Gruntkosky and wife Jean, and Tom Gruntkosky and wife Anne; sister in-law, Ruth Thorpe and husband Bill; nephews, Lonnie Lapolice and wife Karena, Jamie Clasen and wife Laura, Jason Gruntkosky, Toby Gruntkosky, and Tim Gruntkosky and wife Erica; nieces, Lori Lapolice, Janelle Haun and husband Ben, and Melissa Gruntkosky and husband Bob Gill; and several great nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Loretta, brother in-law, Larry Lapolice, and several aunts and uncles.

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

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



Molly Jo Hayward


Molly Jo Hayward, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Molly's life will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will held at the Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Molly Jo Hayward was born on January 1, 1962 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Donald Levi and Charlene Mary (Heister) Hayward. She was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.
Molly had worked as a caregiver for many years. She had also been employed at Sunshine Day Care and lastly for B & C Liquor, both in Maquoketa.

Molly was an avid Chicago Bears fan. She enjoyed listening to music, shopping at secondhand stores, and playing cards, especially Euchre. Molly was a caregiver and burned the candle at both ends and it gave a lovely light. And it illuminated everybody who ever encountered her.

Molly is survived by her son, Zackary Michael Hayward of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Lisa (Danny Sylvester) Belsan of Maquoketa, IA, Susan (Galen) Kremer of Maquoketa, IA, and Linda (Dr. Larry) Cammarata of Asheville, NC; brothers, Mike Hayward of Maquoketa, IA and Tom Stutting of Camanche, IA; nieces, Amanda (Allen) Belsan-Boston, and Marcie Davidson; nephews, Jo Stutting, Kevin Stutting, Tommy Stutting, and Wes Hayward; and several cousins including a 2nd cousin Megan Jo Hayward. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/molly-jo-hayward

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Elizabeth J. Gibson


Elizabeth Jane "Betty" (Boxleiter) Gibson, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:45 a.m., on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Bethany Home. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 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 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on May 15, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William J. and Irene (Hipschen) Boxleiter.

Betty was united in marriage to William J. Gibson, Jr., on September 2, 1943, in Savanna, Georgia, and they were blessed with 36 years together before he preceded her in death on February 28, 1980. She would later marry Joseph Sutton on June 20, 1984, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, but sadly he would pass away on May 3, 1988. Betty was a hard worker and was employed at General Dry Battery, Medical Associates in the housekeeping department, and at Xavier Hospital in the laundry. She was a faith filled woman and long time member of Holy Ghost Parish. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of various bowling leagues, as well as a member of the Betty Club, the 62+ Club and Americlub. Betty was also very creative and enjoyed crocheting and making crafts. She enjoyed traveling and has been to several countries, including a 3 year stay in France, where her husband was stationed with the U.S. Army.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Lynn Ann Gibson, Dubuque, IA,
Carolyn M. Benson, Dubuque, IA,
Marianne L. (Jack) Burrell, Carthage, MS,
William J. (Joan) Gibson, Dubuque, IA
and James M. Gibson, Columbus, OH;

her 10 grandchildren;

her 21 great-grandchildren;

her 10 great-great-grandchildren;

her step-sons,
William (Gin) Sutton, Mohnton, PA
and James (Lynn) Sutton, Freeport, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Gibson Jr., and Joseph Sutton; a grandson, Ronald Meyer; 2 sons-in-law, Bernard Benson and Dennis McDermott; a sister, Marian (Daniel) Murphy; and 2 brothers, Raymond (Stella) Boxleiter and Donald (Betty) Boxleiter.

Betty's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Betty these past years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethany Home or the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

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

 



Larry E. Ries


Larry E. Ries, 69, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 27, 2019, surrounded by family at the University of Iowa City Hospital and Clinics after a work related accident.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday May 2, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville, 750 12th Ave SW. Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Friday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 3, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna. Fr. Carl Ries will officiate.

Larry was born December 19, 1949, in Dyersville, the son of Arthur and Louise (Goebel) Ries. He attended St. Boniface Schools and graduated from Beckman Catholic with the class of 1968. He earned his BA at Loras College and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1977. Larry practiced law for several years, and then chose to pursue his love of the outdoors by starting his heavy equipment construction business. Larry said the best two days of his life were the days his daughters Lillian and Grace were born. Spending time on the family farm, visiting family, playing cards, and telling jokes brought him great joy.

Survivors include: his two daughters, Lillian Ries of Iowa City and Grace Ries of Dubuque, siblings: Fr. Carl Ries of Dyersville, Judy Ries of New Braunfels, TX, Nancy Ries of Downers Grove, IL, Susan (Steven) Shirk of Wilton, IA, Doris (Alan) Wessels of Dyersville, Dale (Karen) Ries of New Vienna, Barbara (Stanley Radio) Ries of Omaha, NE, Donna (Daniel) Drexler of Bettendorf, Connie (Dennis) Deutmeyer of Rye, NY, brother-in-law, Michael Wandry of Ankeny, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandra Ries-Wandry.

The family would like to thank the emergency and medical personnel who responded and cared for him.

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



Daniel J. Teasdale


Daniel Joe Teasdale, 42, of Dubuque, IA passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at his home. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Scales Mound, IL.

He was born May 26, 1976, in Cuba City, WI the son of his late father, Timothy and Susan (Keuter) Teasdale. Dan graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1994. He was head banquet chef at the Concourse in Madison, WI for many years. Dan loved his family, motorcycles, basketball, and cooking. He will always be remembered for his ability to play practical jokes on everybody.

He is survived by his fiancee, Brittney Soppe, his children, Camilla, Kayla, Emmalyn and Treven Teasdale, his mother, Sue (Keenan) Steil, his paternal grandfather, Keith "Whitey" Teasdale, his siblings, Jeremy (Nicole) Teasdale, their children, Logan and Madeline, Christine (Rusty DeShaw) Teasdale their children, Trent and Harlee, Jesse (Jackie) Bell and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandmother, Stella Teasdale and his maternal grandparents, Eldrew (Nancy) Keuter.

In lieu of flowers a Daniel J. Teasdale memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Police Department, First Responders and EMT's your kindness and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Patrick Werner


Patrick Werner, age 75, of rural Dyersville, IA, died April 25, 2019, at Manor Care in Dubuque, after a long illness.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. April 28, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. The American Legion Post #137 will gather for a legion service at 7:00 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 29, 2019 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 Conway will officiate, and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Pat was born January 19, 1944, in Dyersville, IA, to Bill and Rose (Whiting) Werner. He graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1962 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. He met his wife, Marilyn, in 1967, and they wed on August 10, 1968. They soon welcomed their daughters Kathy and Kris into their lives, followed a few years later by their son, Kevin.

Pat and his family lived in Dyersville for several years, where he worked as a service technician for Home Appliance (now Meyer Mechanical) until his retirement in 2003. In 1983 they moved to rural Dyersville to live on land once owned by his parents. It was there that Pat soon began work on a passion project that became one of his proudest accomplishments - what we affectionately know today as "Pat's Pond." Pat spent many nights working tirelessly to begin excavation, then later hired an earth mover to shape the pond into its current form. Pat enjoyed watching the pond and the variety of wildlife that frequented it. He also enjoyed the company of family and friends who came to visit and enjoy the pond and the wonderful fishing opportunities it provided.

In 2002, Pat was diagnosed with lung cancer but battled back against it. The cancer returned in 2006, and while doctors were able to successfully treat it, he began to experience several other complications from the disease. Despite the challenges, Pat continued to enjoy a full life for as long as he was able, attending the airshow at Osh Kosh several times and also traveling to Florida to visit his daughter Kris. His determination and courage in the face of the obstacles is an inspiration to his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Kathy (Tom) DeBower of Carpenter, IA and their daughters: Emily and Lindsey; daughter, Kristine (Justin) Matthews of Fort Walton Beach, FL and their sons: Cameron and Christopher "CJ"; son, Kevin (Andrea) Werner of Springville, IA and their son, Kaleb; siblings: Jackie (Arnie) Merkes of Manchester, Richard (LaVerne Cross) Werner of Mesa, AZ, Bob (Cheryl) Werner of Grimes, Ed (Sue) Werner of Epworth, Sue (Ron) McDermott of Mt. Vernon, Steve (Linda) Werner of Dyersville, in-laws: Beth (Ed) Whisler of Dubuque, John (Ruth) Jaeger of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport, and several nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Sylverius and Coletta (Pottebaum) Jaeger, brother, Dan, sister, Janet (David) Mescher, and several of his in-laws.

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

 

 



Delores M. Morley


Delores M. (Duffy) Morley, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Delores' life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, April 29, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 5:30 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Delores was born on May 1, 1927, in Masonville, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Janie (Heffernan) Duffy.

Delores was raised on the farm with her 8 brothers and sisters, and after graduating high school went to work with the General Dry Battery Factory in Dubuque. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Eugene W. Morley, on May 18, 1946, in Elkader, Iowa. They would go on to raise 4 wonderful children, and be blessed with 44 years together, before Eugene was sadly called home ahead of her on December 15, 1990. After they married, Delores happily settled into her role of devoted wife, mother and homemaker, her family meant the world to her. After the children were grown, she would re-enter the workforce with Family Mart, working the deli and making their delicious turkey and dressing. Throughout her life, Delores had a deep devotion to her Catholic faith, she supported many Catholic charities, and was a long time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She loved helping others and was a very active member of several groups including, T.O.P.S. of Dubuque, the Wa Tan Ye Service Club, and the Dubuque Sertoma Club, where she was named Sertoman of the Year. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma and great-grandma, but are truly blessed with the countless wonderful memories we have created together and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Delores' memory include

her children,
Jean Ann (Dennis) Althaus, St. Donatus, IA,
Pam (John) Morgan, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Cathy) Morley, Dubuque, IA
and Sue Ellen Hoppman, East Dubuque, IL;

her 9 grandchildren,
Tim (Mary) Althaus, Becky (Andy Sawvell) Morgan, Jenni (Phil) McKernan, Melissa (A.J.) Stochl, Michael (Danielle Koos) Hoppman, Madison Hoppman, Katie (Josh Williams) Morley, Kristy (Steve) Denlinger and Bryan (Carrie Johll-Worthington) Morley;

her 10 great-grandchildren,
Nora Sawvell, Jordan Donahue, Logan and Elliot McKernan, Arianna, Jameson and Jackson Stochl, Kaylee and Madalyn Worthington and Charleigh Denlinger;

a brother-in-law,
Harry Schuster, Dubuque, IA;

2 step-sisters-in-law,
Rita Vogt and Jan Vogt;

and several nieces and nephews.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene Morley; 5 sisters, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Don) Smock, Jean Schuster, Margie (Martin) McMahon and Marlene (Irving) Hubbard; 3 brothers, Leo, Boniface and Cecil (Marilyn) Duffy; her in-laws, Ross (Hazel) Morley and Mary Morley; a sister-in-law, Arnetha (Dwayne) Marting; and 3 step-brothers-in-law, Raymond Vogt, John (Naomi) Vogt and Jim Vogt.

Delores' family would like to thank the outstanding nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Delores and her entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Vickie A. Dolter


Vickie A. Dolter, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 22, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 29th, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Andrew Mensah officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:30p.m.

Vickie was born on May 25, 1953, in Dubuque, the eldest of five children to Duwane and Betty (Wagner) Hingtgen, also of Dubuque. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1971 and began working at American Trust & Savings Bank. She then followed in her father's footsteps to John Deere Dubuque Works in 1977, retiring in June 2015 after 38 years of service.

Vickie loved to play cards, hang out with her cat Tuxie and in later years became interested in tracing her ancestry. Her greatest discovery was that she was a descendent of Christopher Beeks, making her a Daughter of the American Revolution. Beeks was a prisoner in England whose life was spared when he was sent to America by the King to fight against the colonists. But when he arrived, he found the colonists had a valid complaint, so he fought WITH them against England in the American Revolution! Good thing too... The colonists won .... Or so the story goes. And the rest is history.

Vickie worked with Steve King (Kiron, IA) during his work as Iowa State Senator and later in his successful campaign for Congressman of the Fifth District for the State of Iowa. Vickie dedicated much of her time to helping countless families in the state of Iowa whose lives were destroyed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. She was blessed to befriend many "co- soldiers" in her fight to help the falsely accused, including Jeff and Deb Cranston of Odebolt, Iowa, Rhea and Skip Hambright of Davenport, Iowa and John Harvey of Des Moines, Iowa.

Vickie is survived by her son Matthew Dolter (Jared Rogers) of Austin, TX; her daughter, Tiffany Woodward and two granddaughters, Samantha and Kaitlyn Woodward, of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. Two sisters, Ronda (Bo) Schiel and Tracey (Russ) Stecklein of Dubuque; two brothers, Randy Hingtgen of Bettendorf, Iowa and Mark Hingtgen of Dubuque; several nieces and nephews; her boyfriend's parents, Rex and Louise Kelley, of Davis City and their extended family. She is also survived by two very special friends, Sister Marge Burkle, OSF and Sister Janet Haverkamp, OSF both of Dubuque. Sister Janet was her third and fourth grade teacher (Sr. Anastasia) at Holy Ghost in Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved grandmother, Alice
Wagner in 1982; her boyfriend, Bradford "Kim" Kelley. She was also preceded in death by Shelby Duis, in 2000--the child she never met in this lifetime but who she always carried close to her heart.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Kay Hosch for all her care, kindness and friendship given to Vickie.

 



Edgar A. Turney


Edgar A. "Ed" Turney, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Edgar A. Turney was born on April 28, 1934 in Thomson, Illinois to Edgar E. and Frieda (Bell) Turney. He grew up and went to school in Thomson and then went to work at the Savanna Ordinance Depot where he met his future wife Joan E. Lamoreaux. They were married on December 9, 1953 in Lanark, Illinois where they began their married life.

He was then called to the U.S. Army where he served from 1956 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1958. Upon returning home he worked for the State of Illinois Division of Highways. In 1961, Ed and Joan moved to Maquoketa, Iowa where they owned and operated a milk trucking company. They sold out in 1965 and Ed went to work at International Harvester Farmall Works in Rock Island until it closed in 1986. He then worked for the Anamosa State Penitentiary, retiring in 1999.

In retirement, Ed served on the Maquoketa City Council for several years and was one of five men who started the Maquoketa Police Reserves.

Ed was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, could fix anything, and regularly enjoyed playing cards with his McDonald's friends. He especially loved his grandchildren and would do anything for his family.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Jeff (Cindy) Turney of Maquoketa, IA, and Paula (Ted) Van Patten of Goose Lake, IA; 4 grandchildren, Lucas (Sarah) Dever, Jacob Dever, Carlie (and boyfriend Jordan Phillips) and Jordan Turney; and 3 step-grandchildren, Ted Van Patten, Cameron Van Patten and Sara Van Patten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan of 59 years, 7 brothers and 3 sisters.

"The entire family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Jackson County and Dr. Kimberly Thompson."

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Edgar A. "Ed" Turney memorial fund has been established.

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



Steve Smith


Steve "Gomer" Smith, 66, of Asbury Iowa passed away on Saturday April 20th at Unity Point Finley Hospital Surrounded by family. He succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision.

Friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Rd., Peosta, where there will be an "Irish Send-Off" beginning at 6 p.m. Private burial will take place at Asbury Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Steve was born on April 27th 1952 at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque to Joseph and Kathleen "Kay" Smith of Bankston Iowa. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Farley Iowa in 1970. He graduated from Loras College in 1974.

Upon graduation he and his brother Joe started Gomer's Bar on University Avenue. It was at Gomer's bar that he met his first wife Martha Bloechl. They were married on February 26th 1977 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. In 1977 Gomer started Pickle Barrel Subs. Both the bar and sub shops became successful and he was able to transition into multiple commercial and residential real estate ventures in Dubuque.

Gomer was a member of the Clarke/Loras Singers and toured all over Europe signing under the direction of his dear friend John Lease.

Steve also served many years on the board of directors of East Dubuque Savings Bank. He was a member of Dubuque Shooting Society 660 where he got to spend many Thursday nights with his amazing friends who he called his "Financial Advisors." He was also a member of Thunder Hills Country Club where he enjoyed Friday night dinners and watching his grandchildren swim at the pool.
Gomer was an avid Boston Celtics fan especially the greatest forward in Basketball history, Larry Bird.

He frequently contributed to many charities around Dubuque never asking for his name to be attached to any donation. He never sought praise, accolades or awards. He was humble, kind and good-natured.

In 2018 Gomer was given the miracle of life in the form of an organ donation from Sarah Jochum, daughter of Tom and Pam Jochum. He carried Sarah's spirit with him for the last eight months of his life and became a strong advocate for organ and tissue donation causes.

Gomer enjoyed his antique cars, jukeboxes, and collectibles. He loved the outdoors and cherished watching the sunsets off in the distance from his porch knowing that it was setting over Bankston and his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife Martha. His children Jamie (Amber) Smith of Peosta, Mollie of Asbury, Jodi (David) Annis of Minnetonka Minnesota, His brother Richard (Joyce) Smith of Dubuque, sister Sue (Tom) Batell of LaCrosse Wisconsin, brother Joe (Ann) Smith of Peosta, sister Ann (Kevin) Grogan of Cascade, brother Jack (Maria) Smith of Bankston. His sisters in law Barb (Nick) Horn of East Dubuque Illinois, Georgia (Les) Johns of Potosi Wisconsin, brother in law Charles (Christine) Bloechl of Rockford Illinois, sister in law Julie (Kevin) Kriebs of West Branch Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Kathleen Smith and his in laws Erwin and Bernice Bloechl as well as his beloved aunts and Uncles especially Charlie, Herbie, Ray and George and his very special nieces Jennifer Johns and Rachel Schuster. He also recently lost one of his best friends Loren Larson of Dubuque.

His greatest joys in life were his wife, children and Grandchildren Kayleigh, Addison and Cooper Smith and Leo and June Annis.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, Asbury Fire Department especially Jim Abitz. The staff at Unity-Point Finley Hospital especially, in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units and Chaplain Jim who was always at our side. His internist Dr. Benjamin Kumor. The staff at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Julie Heimbach, Dr. Charles Rosen, Dr. Sumera Rizvi, Tammy Kremers ARNP and the rest of the liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic.

In lieu of flowers please send any memorials to the Mayo Clinic, The Gift of Life Transplant House or the Iowa Donor Network.

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



Gary W Meyer


Gary W Meyer, 65, died at home peacefully on April 20th, from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Friends and Family may attend a special mass on his behalf April 26th at 5:30pm at St Patrick's Church, 110 W. 15th Street, Dubuque, followed by a reception of celebration in the church hall. (Gary's 66th birthday would have been on Saturday).

Gary was born April 27th, 1953 and was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He graduated from Wahlert High School, and the University of Dubuque. He retired after 33+ years as a passionate teacher of physical education, and a driver's education instructor for the Cascade and Western Dubuque Schools. He owned and operated Gary Meyer's Driving Academy, and was dedicated to the safety and education of young drivers. I would bet you know a family member or friend who had the privilege of learning under his guidance. Beyond retirement, he served as a bus driver for the Jule, and a shuttle driver for the Julien Hotel.

Gary was a generous and selfless role model, always supporting those in need and his community. His hobbies included being an avid golfer, quality baseball player, an all-around sports enthusiast, and loyal Packer fan. 

He was a compassionate caretaker and son for his surviving mother and father, William "Bill" and Shirley Meyer, of Dubuque.  A loving father who adored his family, Daughter April, husband Travis Lemmon and grandchildren, Isabel and Theodore, of Ankeny, IA.  Son Matt Meyer and wife Maggi of Memphis, TN. He was a special brother and friend to his sister Amy and husband Todd Merry of Norcross, GA. And Brother, Mike Meyer and wife Tammy of Madeira Beach FL. His life, and purpose included providing kindness, generosity and humor to his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

If you would like to honor his memory, contributions can be sent to Gary Meyer Memorial Fund, 1614 NW Reinhart Drive, Ankeny, Iowa 50023.  Per Gary's request, all funds collected will go directly to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  The family plans to dedicate a memorial plaque in his honor. 



Geraldine V. Besler


Geraldine "Geri" V. Besler passed away at Stonehill Nursing Center on Friday, April 19, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 11 AM until service time at 1 PM, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road. Rev. Jack Redmond will be officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Geri was born on December 7, 1930 in Dubuque, IA to her parents, Henry and Helen (Wiezorek) Pfeiffer. She married the love of her life, John "Jake" H. Besler on August 25, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA. She worked in the home taking care of her five children as well as working a short stint at the Dubuque Packing Plant.

Geri is the beloved wife of 71 years, John "Jake" H. Besler, Dubuque, IA; sons, Dale Besler of Dubuque, IA, Lois (Dan) Schultz, Robins, IA, Steven (Vicki) Besler, Cortland, NY, Craig (Karla) Besler, Dubuque, IA, and Vicki Besler; her grandchildren; Shawn, Nichole, Josie, Mitchell Besler, Dan "DJ" Schultz, Keri Christensen, Jessica, Justin Besler, Corey, and Shannon Besler; grandmother of 16; brother, Dennis (Kay) Pfeiffer and sister,  JoAnn "Jodi" Gassmann, both of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son Ricky.

A Geraldine "Geri" V. Besler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to give a big thank-you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center for their love and support of Geri and also the wonderful staff at the Hospice of Dubuque.



Wendell Lewis Ryder


Wendell Lewis Ryder, 95, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grand View United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Wendell was born June 27, 1923 at home in Berkshire County, Ohio. He grew up with his three siblings on a farm near Sunbury, Ohio.

He graduated from Centerville High School in 1941. He began attending Ohio State University, but the advent of World War II soon caused him to enlist in the army.

He served as a combat medic in the Philippine Islands. Only three of 28 medics assigned to his unit survived the war.

When the atom bomb was dropped on Japan, the plans that would have sent his division to Japan ended. Wendell did serve in South Korea as occupation forces while the Japanese were sent home.

Upon returning home, he resumed his college studies. After graduation, he accepted a position as 4H Club Extension director in Medina County, Ohio. It was while there he met his future wife, Mary Catherine Newberry.

He next worked as a sale representative for Ralston-Purina Company while assigned to Michigan.

Wendell and Mary where married in 1952 in Medina, Ohio. They lived in Albion, Michigan for 18 years. There they were blessed to begin raising their family.

While there, Wendell returned to school at Michigan State University, receiving a master's degree in livestock studies.

In 1970, the family moved to Dubuque where Wendell became an Area Livestock Specialist for Iowa State Universlity.

When their children were of elementary school age, they began taking frequent camping trips in a 17- foot trailer. There were lots of western trips to remember and also trips to Canada. One summer in the 1960's, they took an eight-week trip to the West, first picking up the two older sons at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Wendell and Mary retired in 1989 and continued to travel with a succession of fifth wheel trailers, wintering in Florida and Arizona. They also enjoyed travel to overseas destinations.

Wendell was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church and a member of Rotary Club of Dubuque.

Left to celebrate his life are his wife of 66 years, Mary Ryder, children, Jordan Andrew Ryder of Eugene, Ore., Jeffry William (Sharon) Ryder of Bettendorf, Iowa, David Alan (Sharon) Ryder of Asbury, Iowa, and Mary Elizabeth (Stan) Kraemer of Burley, Idaho; grandchildren, Cheryl Byrnes, Matthew Ryder, Stacey Davis, Pete Davis, Jennifer Ryder and Emma Ryder, and a great grandchild, Ryder Thomas Byrnes. He is also survived by a sister in law Beverly Ryder of Westerville, Ohio as well as many nieces and nephews in Ohio and Colorado.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gordon, Buelah, and Carlton.

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



Lois Ann Hayes


Lois Ann Hayes, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, April 25, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lois Ann Wentworth was born on August 10, 1931 in rural Spragueville, Iowa, to Blair Ballentine and Edna Ruth (Beck) Wentworth. She was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School and a 1952 graduate of the Jane Lamb School of Nursing. She married Raymond "Rusty" Hayes on October 2, 1954 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa. To this union two children were born, William and Owen.

Lois was a registered nurse. She first worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and for Dr. Owen L. Frank. She then did private duty nursing, and for over twenty years was the school nurse for the Andrew Community School District, retiring in 1992.

Lois was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was very active with her time and volunteered for several area organizations including the Jackson County Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, and Maquoketa Community Services. She had also served as the president of the Esgate Cemetery Association. In 2003, she was honored for her volunteer work and was awarded the Grace Tubbs Volunteer Award. Additionally, she enjoyed flowers and collecting family memorabilia.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Rusty Hayes of Maquoketa, Iowa; children, "Bill" (Lelsie) Hayes of Maquoketa, IA, and Owen (Jean) Hayes of Monmouth, IA; 4 grandchildren, Rob (Christina) Hayes, Charlie Hayes, Gwen (Scott) Kalvelage and Jacob (Brittany) Hayes; 3 great-grandchildren, Logan and Dylan Hayes, and Coraline Kalvelage; a sister Fern Goettler of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Bill (Joan) Wentworth of Preston, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law Harold Goettler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lois Ann Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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



William J. Crawford


William J. Crawford, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester as a result of a stroke. He was born on December 22, 1928, in Mason City, to Ralph J. and Iva B. (Newell) Crawford. 

He graduated from Mason City High School and Mason City Junior College. He then spent four years as a photographer in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he attended the State University of Iowa in Iowa City and earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He worked as a highway construction engineer for the State Highway Commission of Wisconsin, the Iowa State Highway Commission, and the Iowa Department of Transportation. He retired in 1991. 

While in Iowa City, he was introduced to Amata I. Lampe of Dubuque. They were married in St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Dubuque on August 31, 1957.  Three children were born to this union. 

Bill was a long-time, active member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He sang in the choir for more than thirty-five years. He served the City of Manchester as a board member of the City Park Board, the Board of Adjustment, and the Public Library Board. As a result, he was presented the First Citizen Award in 2010. Bill was also past president of the Manchester Rotary Club. 

Bill is survived by his three children, Dan of Chicago, Illinois; Tim of Ottawa, Illinois; and Kate (Luis) Medina of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandsons, Joshua, Nathaniel, and Andrew Medina of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Troy Montgomery of Ottawa, Illinois; a brother-in-law, James Kay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Amata; his parents; an older brother, Robert Crawford; and a younger sister, Blanche Kay. 

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

Funeral Service:10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, with Rev. Chris Martin officiating. 

Visitation: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Thursday at the church.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Donna J. Noonan


Donna J. (Roling) Noonan, age 66, of Dubuque, was called home at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, April 19, 2019, at home. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa, at a later date.

Donna was born on July 15, 1952, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Glenn G. and Marcelleen M. (Kilburg) Roling.

She attended St. Joseph's School in Bellevue and graduated from Bellevue Marquette in 1970.
Donna was a kind and generous soul who was the happiest when she was taking care of people. Her career choices always put her in the service of others, whether it was waiting tables at Dimitri's, Holiday Inn, Jorja's or the Dip Tap. She loved interacting with others and her bright spirit came through with the smiles she received in return. It was, in fact, how she met Clarence "Butch" Ostrander, who she married in 1995. Sadly, Butch preceded her in death only three short years later on September, 25, 1998.

Donna was a regular at Bingo and in her coffee club and loved socializing. She met Ray Noonan in one of her social circles and they were married on May 20, 2002, at Dubuque's 4th Street Elevator. Ray preceded her in death on May 17, 2006.

Donna enjoyed scrapbooking and was an avid card player. She enjoyed word games and word search puzzles and playing along watching Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right. Donna was a great cook and an accomplished baker, always willing to share her accomplishments with those around her. Her most recent job was working for Donut Boy doing what she did best, making people happy, until her health caused her to retire in 2016.

Donna's greatest joy was her family and she cherished any chance she had to be together.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include

her 2 sons,
Jeff Roling, Dubuque, IA
and Jamie Roling, Dubuque, IA;

her mother,
Marcelleen Roling, Bellevue, IA;

her sister,
Joan (Robert C.) Smith, Hanover, IL;

her brother,
Terry (Lori) Roling, Bellevue, IA;

her brother-in-law,
Kevin Daniels, Miles, IA;

and her nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her father; her two husbands, Butch and Ray; and a sister, Marla Daniels.

Donna's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staffs of Finley Hospital and Care Initiatives for their kind and compassionate care of Donna and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Kenneth F. Olberding


On April 19, 2019, Kenneth Francis Olberding, 70, of Dyersville, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord after a long, courageous battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer with his family by his side.  

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m. and an American Legion service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday morning from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuersday, April 30, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post # 137.  Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate.  

Ken was born November 15, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Gerald and Erma (Klostermann) Olberding.  He was a lifelong resident of Dyersville.  Ken graduated from Xavier High School in 1966, and then joined the United States Army.  He was united in the sacrament of marriage to Lois Reiter on May 30, 1970, in the St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  He worked for the Dubuque County Road Department before retiring in 2016.

Keeping Ken's memory alive are his wife of 49 years, Lois, daughters: Keri (Brian) Annis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tricia (Scott) Kitt of West Des Moines, Iowa, and son, Chad (Katie) of Ladera Ranch, California; his grandchildren: Tyler and Nate Annis, Zachary and Brennan Matt, Mallory Kitt, and Morgan Olberding; brother, Steve (Karolyn) Olberding of Dyersville, sister, Joyce Meyers of Dyersville; sisters-in-law: Kay Raab, Mary (Jerry) Jorgensen, Karen Reiter, and step brother-in-law, Jim (Daphne) Loecke. 

Ken was very proud to be an American Legion Post #137 member for 52 years, he held office for 25 years and served as Commander for two years.  He was active for 24 years with the Dubuque American Legion baseball team, acting as the Legion State Baseball Vice Chairman for 6 of the years.  Ken was inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in May 2018.  Ken's grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved spending time with them and attending their activities.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Ken joins his beloved family members in heaven, including his parents, Gerald and Erma Olberding, sister, Janet Olberding, niece, Stefanie Olberding, in-laws: Frances Reiter, George and Vi (Reiter) Loecke, brothers-in-law: Jim (Dawn) Reiter, Bob Reiter and many beloved aunts and uncles.  

Memorials will be given to the Hope Lodge of Iowa City and St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Joseph E. Kapler, Sr.


Dr. Joseph Edward Kapler, Sr., 95, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2019 with family. Visitation will be Monday, April 22nd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. with wake service following at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection; burial to follow immediately at Resurrection Cemetery. 

Dr. Kapler was born on March 13, 1924 in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Albert and Mary (Drilling) Kapler. As a young man, he worked on the family farm and became a skilled farmer.  Upon on his 18th birthday, the U.S. Selective Service assigned him to work for two years on another farm in order to maintain wartime food production. He then attended Loras College and received a Bachelor of Science degree (1948). He later obtained a Master of Science from Marquette University (1953) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin (1958) and returned to Loras to rejoin the faculty.  He married Helen Bamrick of Rockwell, Iowa in 1959 and raised their family at their home in Asbury, Iowa. 

He retired in 1989 after 37 years of teaching in the Loras College biology department. During his tenure, Dr. Kapler was highly involved in many professional organizations and committees focusing the areas of phenology (the study of plant and animal life cycles) and entomology (the study of insects). He participated in the national research effort to stop the progression of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1960s and worked for years trying to save the majestic elm trees along Dubuque's Rhomberg Avenue. He received the Loras College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005 and was a Professor Emeritus. 

Besides teaching, Dr. Kapler was highly involved with multiple wildlife and conservation organizations, including the Dubuque County Conservation Society. In 1976 he was named Dubuque County Conservationist-of-the-Year. He was an active member of Resurrection Catholic Church serving a term on the Parish Council and a term on Asbury Planning and Zoning Commission. 

In 1967 Joe, Sr. and Helen purchased woodland in Jones County which became over the years a living laboratory for tree and habitat restoration, home to large family gardens, and a recreational get-away appreciated and enjoyed by generations of family and friends.  

Dr. Kapler is survived by his children and their spouses: David and Jennifer (Nicks), Mark and Tracie (Lenz), Mary Kapler and Shawn Blythe, and Joe, Jr. and Erin Hoag. Nine grandchildren: Zach, Alex, and Emma Kapler; Christopher, Jack, Sam, and Martin Blythe; and Kasey and Kylie Kapler.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Helen, and beloved dog, Bear. Siblings: Clara, Victor, Rita and Vitalis Kapler. In-laws: Martin Bamrick, Jack Bamrick, Jim Nowell and Sharon Bamrick.

His children would like to thank those who helped Joe live healthy and comfortably the past few years.  Alex, Kim and the entire Grand Meadows staff for the care given to their father. Hospice of Dubuque; especially his nurse Janette. Dr. Mark Runde and the staff at Medical Associates.

Visitation will be Monday, April 22nd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. with wake service following at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home in Dubuque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection; burial to follow immediately at Resurrection Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Dr. Kapler's name. 

 

 



Timothy J. Ganahl


Timothy J. Ganahl, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 18th, 2019 at home. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at Hope Church, Kennedy Campus with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Tim was born on July 20, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Kenneth Ganahl and Carole Honn.

Tim loved life. He was a light in a not so always gracious world. If he met, you he was your friend for life. He taught everyone how to love unselfishly, give kindly, and that sometimes you win sometimes you lose, but it's ok either way.

Tim loved so much about life, and taught us how to love. He loved corny jokes and had an infectious laugh. He loved country music and boot-scooting on Wednesday nights at the fairgrounds. He'd been to Nashville, Memphis, and Branson so often that he could have been an honorary resident.

He was an avid Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and for some weird reason, Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved going out for supper at places like Culvers and Happy Joes.

Tim always wanted to be a paramedic, he loved firetrucks, the TV show "Emergency" and especially loved Red-4 firetruck at the Airport.

He loved Cozy Corners, "It's the best!" He loved the other residents at his ARC group home. Cozy and ARC treated him like family, and he loved the staff at both.

The family would like to thank all ARC, DHS and Cozy Corners staff who throughout the years made sure Tim was taken care of and enriched his life. We would also like to thank DBQ police and fire who came to try to help. You treated us and ARC staff with respect and dignity during a horrible time.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brother Dan Ganahl; his sister Karin (Matt) Spisak; two nephews Benjamin and Riley Nemec; his aunt and uncle Shirley and Robert McLaughlin; his many cousins; and Dick Hoelzer. Also, all his friends, staff and fellow residents at Spires, ARC, and Cozy Corners.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth J. Ganahl and Carole J. Hoelzer as well as paternal grandparents, Jym and Grace Ganahl and maternal grandparents, Harvey and Delpha Honn. Also beloved aunts and uncles, Bob and Nadeyne Ganahl, June and Paul Seitz, Lawrence and JoAnn Williams, and cousin Thomas Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to Area Residential Care Foundation or to Cozy Corners in Tim's name.

 



Stephen A. Koch


Stephen A. Koch, 71, of Worthington passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at MercyOne in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. The American Legion Post #137 will gather for a service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial at St. Francis Xavier cemetery in Dyersville where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.  Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Steve was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Kathy, children: Mary (Kurt) Mrowicki of Chicago, Terry (Pam) Koch of Minneapolis, Julie (Dennis) Womer of Dyersville, Steven (Jessica) Koch of St. Mary's, PA, David (Amy) Koch of Eldridge, Michael (Katie) Koch of Ames, Kevin Koch (special friend Alyssa Anderson) of Dubuque, nine grandchildren, siblings: Janet Westhoff of Manchester, Jerry (Jeanine) Koch of Dyersville, Ken (Diane) Koch of Petersburg, Carol (Jim) Cole of Hopkinton, in-laws: Janet (Don) Schmitt of Holy Cross, Joan (Les) Feldmann of Rickardsville, John Decker of Sherrill, Larry (Trudy) Decker of Sherrill, Ann (Andy) Baumann of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews, including his goddaughter, Vicki Ries of Earlville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Lawrence and Loretta Decker, brother Robert "Bob" Koch, in-laws: June Decker in infancy, Walter Westhoff, nephew Joe Koch, and niece Tricia Yauk.

Steve was born September 11, 1947, in Dyersville, Iowa the son ofLawrence and Julanda (Osterhaus) Koch.  He received his education at St. Peter & Paul elementary in Petersburg, St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, and graduated from Loras College.  He married Kathy Decker on August 14, 1971, at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa.  Together they farmed south of Worthington, raising livestock and crops. After over 25 years as a Rural Letter Carrier with the Farley post office he enjoyed farming full time.

Steve began his career doing carpentry with brothers Jerry and Bob, working his way through college. He taught history and social studies at Beckman High School 1971-76.  He proudly used his carpentry talents to build the family home and many farm buildings. He enjoyed working on the Field of Dreams and Miles From Home movie sets.

He was a member of St. Paul's Worthington where he was a eucharistic minister and lector for many years. He was an active supporter of St. Paul's Elementary and Beckman Catholic High School including serving on the board of education for both. He served as a Dubuque County Farm Bureau President. He enjoyed coaching Worthington Little League baseball.

He was a proud Veteran of the US Army Reserves 389th Engineering Battalion based in Dubuque. He was a member of the American Legion Post #137. He served as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Dyersville.

Steve was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Iowa Hawkeyes, and local teams including his grandchildren's sports teams. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and family, traveling locally and abroad, joking and telling stories, and spending time with friends and family.  He was a steady partner with Kathy making many rhubarb and apple pies.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped in the emergency response for Steve at the farm that morning and the Mercy One Dubuque ER Staff. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund in Steve's memory which will include a gift to Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 

 



Sister Teresita Poulin, BVM


Sister Teresita Poulin, BVM, 87, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Teresita was the first director of the Roberta Kuhn Center at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa. She directed a children's center in Kansas City, Mo., and in Santa Rosa, Calif., where she also ministered as a congregational regional representative, directed housing programs for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa and managed elderly housing apartments. In addition, she was an elementary teacher in Memphis, Tenn., and in Pasadena, Tujunga, and Montrose, Calif., where she also served as principal.

She was born on June 28, 1931, in Heath, Mass., to Wilfred and Amy Lively Poulin. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Leo the Great Parish in San José, Calif. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Levi and Ronald, and sister Claudia Hanney.

She is survived by sisters Davina Gaumont, Susanville, Calif.; and Mabel (Phillip) Trifilo, Gilroy, Calif.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Loras M. Bellmann


Loras M. "Lorry" Bellmann, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 13, 2019 at Stonehill Franciscan Services Rehab Unit.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at St. Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on December 1, 1924 in Rickardsville, Iowa the son of Herman and Mathilda (Farni) Bellmann. He served in the US Army during WWII from 1945 to 1947 in Okinowa.

Loras married the love of his life Luella "Lou" M. Hoffmann on June 5th, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque.

He grew up on the family farm in Rickardsville, Iowa. After he was honorably discharged from the Army he owned and operated his own trucking business. He later was a truck driver for Concrete Products - Top Block for 40 years until retirement in 1987.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, lifetime member of VFW and member of Teamsters Union & Retirees.

He was proud to have participated in the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. Loras volunteered for various organizations and events around Dubuque. He always enjoyed a good game of euchre, working in the yard and visiting while sitting in his glider. But most of all he enjoyed his wife, his daughters and son-in-law and his grandsons, Grant and Graham, who were truly the light of his life. His most enjoyable moments were attending anything his grandsons were involved in.

Loras was the kindest sweetest man who never had a negative thing to say about anyone. He was a good man who touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Luella "Lou" Bellmann; his daughter Diane (Gary) Houselog, of Dubuque; 2 grandsons Grant (Elise) Houselog, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa who are expecting Lorry's 1st great granddaughter in August, and Graham Houselog, of Dubuque; his brother Rudy (Joan) Bellmann, of Dubuque; sisters-in-law Helen Bellmann, of Durango, Iowa and Mary Jane Bellmann, of Dubuque; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Debbie; brothers, Leonard, Joe, Carl, and Gene; sisters Mary Becker, Ceil Tigges, Clara Ahman and Agnes Melssen.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Bellmann memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dennis and Karen Schmitt for all the food and their many, many hours of help and kindness to the entire family. Thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his wonderful nurse Kate; Hospice of Dubuque, and a very special thank you to the entire staff of Stonehill Franciscan Services Rehab Unit for all their love and compassionate care they gave to Loras and his family.



Alan J. Reisen


Alan J. "Joe" Reisen, 81, of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on April 16th, 2019 at home.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Joe Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 19th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Joe was born on February 23, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Grace (Redmond) Reisen. When Joe was 9 years old his family moved to Zwingle when his dad Frank opened a Standard Oil Gas Station. It was there that Joe learned the skills to become a great auto mechanic and maintenance man. He always helped whenever someone needed a car repair and when asked "What do I owe you?", he would say "Just get me next time."

His first job was at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa; he then worked at North End Wrecking and lastly at John Deere & Company in Dubuque retiring in 1994. He was a member of the UAW Local 94, and Harmony Church in Zwingle.

On June 13, 1959 he married the love of his life, Janaan Dimmer. Together Joe and Janaan built their loving home and were blessed with 4 girls. Janaan's support and love as a wife and friend were invaluable.

In the mid 60's Joe got the racing bug; he raced stock car as #48 in the summer and go-karts on the ice at Frentress Lake in the winter.

Joe is survived by his wife Janaan; daughters Cindy (Roger) Hook, Sally (Mark) Krepfle, Susan (Tim) Heilig and Cathy Hayward. Five grandchildren, Melissa and Michelle Krepfle, Ryan (Lori) Heilig, Lauren Heilig and Wes Hayward. Five step grandchildren, Marcy Davidson, Carrie Clauer, Stacy Ramaker, Jamie Balentine, and Amanda Carder; along with his sister Shirley Kempter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Richard "Bud" Reisen; a sister Betty Bell and grandson Alan Marcus Krepfle and several brother-in-laws.

Our hearts ache with the pain of loss which only faith and time can heal. We thankfully find subtle amounts of peace and comfort in trusting that Joe is once again reunited with his Dad, Mom, Bud and Betty, and that they'll all be in good company until we see them again.

Joe is a hero to many, especially to his nephew Kerry Reisen. We love and miss you every day, Dad.

The family wishes to thank Jackson County Hospice, and the Zwingle Community for all their wonderful care, kindness and friendship they gave to Joe.



Inez E. Engelken


Inez E. Engelken, 87 of Allen, Texas and formerly of Dyersville, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas.

Visitation will be held 3 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  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, April 27, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Inez was born June 17, 1931 in Monona, the daughter of Joseph A. and Henrietta J. (Mensen) Wegmann. She married Albert L. Engelken on October 10, 1951 in Greeley. After her retirement Inez volunteered many hours at the Dyersville Historical Society and the Dyersville Library. Inez and Albert loved traveling and playing games with the family. Together they wintered in Texas for many years sharing a home with their son Tom. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Mike (Cora) Engelken, Barb (Don) Doudna both of Cedar Rapids, IA, Tom Engelken of Allen, TX, Jim (Julie) Engelken of Durango, CO, grandchildren: Andrew (Michelle) Engelken, Kevin (Chelsi) Engelken, Emily (Michael) White, Mari (Tim) Lewis, Matt (Melissa) Doudna, Bart (Crystal) Doudna, Jared Engelken, Jenna Engelken, great grandchildren: Aubrey, Autumn and Aurora Engelken, Elise and Lydia Engelken, Myles, Grace and Caleb Lewis, siblings: Don (Lavonne) Wegmann, Bob (Agnes) Wegmann, Roger (Rosie) Wegmann, Wayne (Darlene) Wegmann, Daniel (Mary) Wegmann, David (Helen) Wegmann, and sister-in-law: Karen Engelken.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Ben and Agatha Engelken, her husband, Albert in 2010, siblings: James Wegmann, nieces, Susan Wegmann, Lynn Westhoff, in-laws: Lawrence Engelken, Clarence (Eileen) Engelken, Don Engelken, Mary Ann (Ambrose) Mensen and Joe (Viola) Engelken.

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



Phylis D. Lange


Phylis D. Lange, 79, of Onslow, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Phylis on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering, and a private burial will be held at the Clay Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa, at a later date.

Phylis Darlene Pavlista was born on August 15, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Adolph and Vera (Elkins) Pavlista. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Leon Lange on December 6, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Randall, Debra and Scott.

Phylis had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa prior to her marriage and for a short time after. In May of 1962, they moved to a farm in rural Onslow where she became a homemaker and farmed with her husband.

Phylis enjoyed horses, playing the accordion and sketching.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Leon Lange of Onslow, IA; children, Randy (Judy) Lange of Onslow, IA, Debbie (Tim) Zabawa of Athol, ID, and Scott (Julie) Lange of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Karen (Verlon) Huston of Delhi, IA, and Carol Jenkin of Clinton, IA; and 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 5 step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson Tyler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phylis D. Lange memorial fund has been established.

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



Joan Wagner


Joan Wagner, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 15, at Manor Care.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a funeral service at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Joan was born October 16, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum. Joan graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. Joan worked in management at Dubuque Golf & Country Club for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed taking trips to the casino and watching courtroom T.V. shows. Joan was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. Her grandchildren brought her great joy, and she was known for her Monday shopping sprees spent buying them gifts. She made Christmas very special for the grandkids.

Joan is survived by three children, Steve (Erin) Wagner of Cedar Rapids, Julie (Todd George) Wagner, and Michael (Kelly) Wagner, both of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell, Michaela, and Anya, Justin (Luanna) and Nathan (Maggie), Joshua (Krista), Nicholas (Kelly), and Emily, and Madeline, Elizabeth, Cailey, and Will; her great-grandchildren J.D and Dominic; her siblings, Pat Schumacher, Carole Thul, and Gary (Donna) Jochum, all of Dubuque; her sister -in-law, DeLee Jochum of Dubuque; and her best friend, Joyce Whitt of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Bobby Wagner; her daughter Becky (Wagner) Schrock; and several brothers and sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Manor Care.

 



Mary Ellen Capesius


Mary Ellen Capesius, 93, of LaMotte, Iowa passed away on April 15, 2019 at Manor Care with family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at St. Joseph Key West Church, with Rev. Rodney Allers Officiating. Burial will follow in St. Theresa's Cemetery, La Motte. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Mary was born on July 25, 1925 in Greeley, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Wiley) Tinker. She graduated from Greeley High Scholl in 1944, and attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque. Mary worked for Rosheks dining area in Dubuque.

She married Robert C. Capesius on October 21, 1947 at St. Joseph's Church in Greeley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 29, 2000.

She was a member of St. Theresa Parish, their rosary society and choir until they closed. She then joined St. Joseph Key West Parish and their rosary society.

She is survived by her children; Jerry (Patty) Capesius of La Motte, Donald Capesius of La Motte, Elaine (Dan) Olson of Story City, IA, David (Julie) Capesius of La Motte, Daryl (Beth Herrig) Capesius of Springville, IA, Ronald (MaryLee) Capesius of La Motte and Linda (Bob Hartman) Capesius of Rickardsville, IA. Eight, grandchildren, Jeremy, Dina, Darren, Sara, Kenny, Travis, Jessica and Christa, along with nine great grandchildren. Two sisters-in-law Gladys Tinker, of Manchester and Rose Beauvais, of Green Bay, WI and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents Thomas & Ellen Wiley, and paternal grandparents Jacob and Genevieve Tinker; her husband Robert; brothers Joseph, Thomas, Philip, Frank (Shirley), and Jack; two nephews Larry Tinker & Kenneth Capesius, and a niece Mary Jo Becker.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Ellen Capesius memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care nurses and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie, and a special friend Jeanette Wampler for all their wonderful care, kindness and friendship they gave to Mary.



Lois M. Wurster


Lois M. Wurster, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 14, 2019, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Lois was born on December 10, 1923 in Jackson County, Iowa, the second youngest of nine of Lewis and Bertha (Downer) Bock's children. She was the last to die of the family. She attended Baldwin school and had many stories about getting to school when Bear Creek would flood. She enjoyed playing basketball for Baldwin along with her sister Dorothy. Bertha always won the prize at church for the most daughters at the Mother's Day event. Lois enjoyed playing with her brother Harold and Dorothy at the Eden Valley bluffs.

Her husband Max died suddenly on October 21, 1982 after suffering a heart attack. She became an independent woman and managed the farm until it was sold in 1995. To keep fit she walked many laps at the local Walmart store.

Lois loved cooking for the family and was very creative with pressed flower pictures that she entered into the Jackson County Fair each year. She won many blue ribbons with her framed pictures. She equally enjoyed dancing in Arizona and the Quad cities and was an excellent dancer. She and her dancing partner would always turn heads when they watched them dance.

Her smile and kind ways will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include three children, William (Susan) Wurster of Saint Louis Park, MN, Julie (Scott) Hersey of Eagan, MN, and David (Suzanne) of Tigard, OR; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, 1 unnamed baby girl and 1 granddaughter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Guttenberg Care Center, Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

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



James H. Goss


James H. "Jim" Goss, age 53 of East Dubuque, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Manny's Pizza, 211 Main Street, Savanna, Illinois, 61074.  Family and friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and are invited to share in food and fellowship with all who knew and loved Jim.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jim's family.

Jim was born on May 12, 1965 in Savanna, Illinois, a son to Donald H. and Dolores (J. (Thulen) Goss. He was a proud graduate of the Savanna High School, Class of 1983.  Jim was an avid music collector and a lover of animals.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jim's include,

his life partner and love of his life,
Richard Turner and family;

his sisters,
Joyce (Richard) Arno, Savanna, Illinois,
Donna Schuyler, Taylor Ridge, Illinois,
and Valerie (Rick) Steiner, Argyle, Wisconsin;

his brother,
Robert (Pam) Goss, Savanna, Illinois;

along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; step-mother, Betty; sister, Barb; and his brother, Bill.

Jim's family would like to thank everyone who has helped him face his battle with cancer head on over the last year.  Your time, care and support meant the world to Jim, his family and friends!

Online condolences may be shared with Jim's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Sister Mary Bonita Determan, PBVM


Sister Mary Bonita Determan, PBVM, 87, died on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7:00 pm.

Sister Mary Bonita, daughter of Raymond and Benita (Shire) Determan, was born Myra Wandera Determan on November 1, 1931, in Mason City, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation from Mason City on September 8, 1949, and professed her perpetual vows on June 19, 1955. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Loras College, Dubuque, IA, and a Master of Arts in Science from Clarke University, Dubuque, IA.

Sister Bonita served as principal, elementary teacher for grades 5-8, CCD instructor, pastoral minister, hospice volunteer and elder care minister. Her ministries took her to Key West, Whittemore, Humboldt, Elkader, Osage, and Mason City, all in Iowa, Oak Lawn, IL, and Monticello and Winona, MN. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2009 and permanently retired to Mount Loretto in 2016.

"I am filled with joy and gratitude to my God, my parents, family, priests and sisters in my life," she recalled at her Jubilee Celebration.

Sister Bonita enjoyed prayer, community service, and visiting with family and friends.

Surviving are her sisters, Sister Rayanne Determan, PBVM and Sister Donna Determan, PBVM, her nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Donna Umbarger, and her brother-in-law, Robert Umbarger.

The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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



Mary Thillmany


Mary "Jill" (Kerper) Thilmany, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:20 a.m., on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Mercy One, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Jill's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating, where the rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m. To celebrate Jill's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jill was born on March 19, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Ellen (Tschudi) Kerper.

Jill was born and raised in Dubuque, proudly attending St. Joseph's Academy, going on to become a member of the first class to graduate from Wahlert High School. After graduation, Jill went to work with A.Y. McDonald for a few years, before meeting and marrying the love of her life. She was united in marriage to her soulmate, Tom Thilmany, on October 24, 1964, at St. Patrick's Church, and they were blessed with 54 years together and 3 children. After the children were born, Jill happily became a full time wife and mother, staying home until the children were grown, then reentering the workforce with Siebe Studio for several years, until health issues caused her to slow down and take it easy. Jill was always a very active woman who enjoyed spending time outside, whether it be tending to her beautiful flower gardens, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one at Thunder Hills Golf Club, or hitting the bowling lanes hoping for a perfect game. She loved all Dubuque history, and was the proud keeper of her family genealogy, spending countless hours at the court house and library, tracing her roots as far back as 300 years ago. Family, beyond a doubt, brought the most joy into Jill's days, she loved spending time with Tom and the children, and was thrilled when the grandchildren started coming along. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our beautiful, kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she was truly priceless in our eyes, and the memories we have will be cherished in our hearts forever.

Those left to cherish Jill's memory include

her loving husband,
Tom Thilmany, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jeff (Jeannie) Thilmany, Streamwood, IL,
Lynn Thilmany, Inver Grove Heights, MN
and Julie (Dave) Theis, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Christopher, Katey, James and Lydia;

and her sister,
Judy (Maury) Niemer, Dubuque, IA.

Jill was preceded in death by her parents; her grandmother, Estelle McCurdey; and her brother, John (Gloria) Kerper.

Jill's family would like to thank Dr. Wayne E. Richenbacher, for not only his surgical skills with Jill's heart surgery, but for his continued support throughout the years, faithfully calling to check on her and see how she was doing. We also want to thank the wonderful staff of 4th floor surgical at Mercy Hospital, we could not have asked for a more caring and supportive group to help us through these past few days.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Sheila M. (Kuriger) Chambers


Sheila M. (Kuriger) Chambers, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 10:16 a.m., on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Sheila's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating, where the rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:00 a.m. To celebrate Sheila's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa.

Sheila was born on February 28, 1949, in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Mary (Minnis) Kuriger.

Sheila attended Sacred Heart School in Monticello and after graduation went on to Clarke College, where she earned her degree in Sociology. She would put that degree to good use in daycare for over 39 years. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, James Chambers, on November 22, 1969, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello, Iowa, and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. Sheila was a kind hearted, generous soul, who happily devoted most of her time to caring for others, especially her sister Pat who had Down Syndrome, and many, many day care children throughout the years. She volunteered her time with several organizations including the Ethics Committee at Sunnycrest Manor, the We Care Committee at the Church of the Nativity, helping out at Shalom Retreat Center with whatever was required, as well as being a well liked and well traveled DuRide driver. Sheila’s faith was very important to her and was evidenced by her long time membership with the Church of the Nativity. When she did find a little free time in her days, Sheila was quite content sitting at her sewing machine or craft table creating her next beautiful masterpiece. She was an avid Bears, Iowa Hawkeye and Notre Dame fan. Above all though, family was the most important aspect of Sheila’s life, they always gave her reasons to smile and she looked forward to any time they were able to spend together, especially if the grandchildren were involved. Our hearts are truly broken with the sudden loss of our dear, sweet wife, mom, grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing that she is at peace and reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.  

Those left to cherish Sheila's memory include

her loving husband,
James "Jamie" Chambers, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Joshua (Kristen) Chambers, Iowa City, IA,
Sean (Nicole) Chambers, Anchorage, AK,
Luke (fiancé Ashley Ager) Chambers, Anchorage, AK
and Seth Chambers, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Samuel and Charlie Chambers;

her siblings,
Mary Anne (Frank) Miller, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy Kuriger, Dubuque, IA
and Jack (Renee) Kuriger, Cascade, IA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Mary Lesniak and Dorcey Chambers-Malowieg;

and many nieces and nephews.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Pat Kuriger.

Sheila's family would like to thank all of the first responders, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their kind, professional and attentive care of Sheila and her entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



Genevieve J. Kiefer


Genevieve J. Kiefer, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 14, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Private services will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38600 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Genevieve was born May 6, 1925 in South Hamilton, Iowa, the daughter of Gaylord A. and Jerina (Twedt) Jacobson. She married John G. Kiefer in May of 1949 at St. Augustin Catholic Church, Des Moines. He preceded her in death on August 25, 1973.

Genevieve was a generous supporter of many area charities. She was a member of numerous organizations, including the Dubuque County Historical Society, the Dubuque Golf & Country Club, the Dubuque Symphony, and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Genevieve was active with the Mercy Service Club for over 50 years, and was presently an alumni member.

Genevieve will be remembered for her positive outlook toward life - her favorite saying was "I've been so blessed in my life."

Genevieve is survived by her son, John G. (Jane A.) Kiefer of Dubuque; one step-granddaughter; three step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Post of Nevada, IA, and Joyce Mesch of Hubbard, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold and Vernon Jacobson; and three sisters-in-law, Betty and Joan Jacobson, and Evangeline K. Jansen.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Service Club or the Mercy Health Foundation: 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to thank Hawkeye Care Center (which she considered home) for their loving care of Genevieve; all her friends at DB&T; and the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 3rd Floor at Mercy Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Earl Lange


Earl Lange, 81, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at home. He died surrounded by family, a vital part of Earl's life.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernie Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Walter Lange was born on October 3, 1937 in Louisburg, Wisconsin, son of Will and Clara (Leibfried) Lange. He married Mary Lee Boever on June 30, 1956, in Kieler, Wisconsin. Relationships with family and friends were the center of Earl's life. He was happiest when whole crowds of people gathered at his house for any reason at all.

Earl's career was spent working at the Dubuque Pack and Dubuque Inn, and raising many horses on his farm in Kieler, a farm known for its long, white, lighted fence along the driveway. He created some of his greatest memories going to lunch with Joe and Larry, coon hunting with his brother, Mike, and working with his horses with grandson Chad and nephew Nick.

Surviving Earl are three children, Roxie (Keith) Vaassen of Dickeyville, Jeff (Jean) Lange of Dubuque, and Vickie (Jay) Runde of Mineral Point; his grandchildren, Casey (Brooke) Sweet, Chad (Connie) Vaassen, Chris Sweet, Cody (Jen) Sweet, Jeff Sweet, Jesse (Nicole) Sweet, Travis (Kira) Runde, Kayla (Michael) Gee, Ben (Lauren Kramer) Lange, Jaycie Runde, Jason (Susan) Richard, Stacy (Andrew) Portzen and Brian (Brianna) Richard; his 28 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Pat Dreessens, Rosalyn Haug, Doris (Bill) Wiederholt, Ron Lange, Sam (Marlene) Lange, Delia Schroeder, Jean Lange, Lu Lange, and Mike (Doris) Lange.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee; his children, Sharon Sweet, Rosie, Rhonda, and Jerry Lange; his granddaughter, Kelli Runde; his parents, Will and Clara; and siblings, Bob, Bill, and Gerry Lange.

The family is grateful for the many who came to spend time with Earl on the farm as his health failed. Roxie, Jeff, and Vickie would like to thank Lu for helping to provide care for Dad and Nick for all the help with the horses when Earl could no longer do the work.



Edward James Oberbroeckling


Edward James Oberbroeckling, 80, of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at Rochester West Health Services in Rochester, Minnesota surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Ed may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Ed will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Ed was born June 29, 1938 in Epworth, Iowa, son of William and Catherine (Pottebaum) Oberbroeckling. He graduated from Epworth High School. On September 18, 1965 he was united in marriage to Janet Reichel at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a Veteran having served in the United States Army. He farmed on his family farm in the rural Epworth until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Oberbroeckling of Rochester, MN; two children, Debra (Brian) Coy of Byron, MN and Steve (Stephanie) Oberbroeckling of Battle Creek, MI; 5 grandchildren, Shane and Jordan Coy, Mitchell, Blake and Randall Oberbroeckling; three sisters, Sr. Lucilla Oberbroeckling OSF of Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Noonan of Bernard, IA and Virginia Pfab of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, William (Lynn) Reichel of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William J. (Rita) Oberbroeckling, two sisters, Marcella Oberbroeckling and Verna Oberbroeckling; two brothers-in-law, Harlan Noonan and Leo Pfab.

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



Danielle L. Heck-Lonning


Danielle L. Heck-Lonning, age 43, of Asbury, Iowa, completed her journey on Friday, April 12, 2019 in her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a short battle with colorectal cancer. To honor Danielle's life, a private service will be held.

Danielle was born on May 7, 1975, in Waukon, Iowa, the eldest daughter of Jerry and Katherine (Rumph) Heck.  From a young age, Danielle knew that she was going to invest her time and talents helping others. Danielle graduated from the University of Iowa with her PharmD degree in May 2000, and began working as a Pharmacist in Dubuque. Danielle enjoyed her work and became friends with countless co-workers and patients throughout her 19-year career.

Danielle's greatest joy was spending time with her family creating life-long memories. Her devotion to her two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Ava, and husband Dale, was unceasing. Her abundance of love will be cherished in their hearts forever.

Danielle had an insatiable appetite for exercise and healthy living. Her spirit, love and strong heart will endure in those survived by her. We will miss her beyond words, love her beyond measure, and await patiently for the eventual day when we can once again embrace her beyond time. Thank you for all of the light, love and laughs you shared during your 43 short years among us Danielle; we will hold them dearly until we meet again!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Danielle include,

her husband, Dale, and daughters Alexis and Ava;

her parents, Jerry and Katherine Heck;

her sister, Dacia (Dan DiCarlo) Heck;

her grandmothers, Donna Trappe and Claire Heck;

her in-laws, Revelyn Lonning, Frank (Donna May) Lonning, Lori (Ron) Moore, Michelle (Jerry) Donahue, Sharon (Dan) Larson, Becky (Tim) Paxston, and Bob (Audrey) Lonning;

Along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Danielle was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Theodore Rumph, Gerald Heck, and Herb Trappe.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Danielle may be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance at https://fundraise.ccalliance.org/blue-star-tributes/Danielle.

Danielle's family would like to thank the outpouring of support by family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  Your generosity and compassion have made this difficult journey easier to travel. In addition, the family would like to thank the staff of Grand River Medical Group, Wendt Regional Cancer Center, UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their professional and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for Danielle's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Thomas P. Byrne


Thomas P. Byrne, 82, of Anamosa, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Anamosa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa. Rev. Nick March will officiate. Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello is assisting the family and caring for Tom.

Thomas was born at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, on December 15, 1936, the son of Paul Emmett and Mildred Teresa (Healy) Byrne. He attended Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids.

He married Lorraine Konicek and together they had Thomas' first four children. They later divorced. He married Gloria Weers on March 7, 1975, in Galena, IL.

Tom was a truck driver for 36 years for LCL Transfer, retiring September 1, 1994. He then went to work for Kirkwood Community College as an instructor for the truck driving program for 2 ½ years.

Tom's passions were training his Labrador retriever dogs for competition for which he earned many trophies, ribbons and medals. He also enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, observing wildlife and dog obedience training.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria, children: Julie (Gordon) Weathers, Arvada, CO, Steven Byrne, Anamosa, Cynthia (Charles) Dickey, Bandera, TX, Nancy (Jeff) Andreesen, Bettendorf, and Paul (Hannah) Byrne, Monticello; siblings: Gerald (Teresa) Byrne, James (Kathy) Byrne, David (Karen) Byrne, all of Cedar Rapids, Francis Byrne, Pugent Sound, WA and Carol (Ken) Goodman, Littleton, CO, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and in-laws, Sharon Byrne of Cedar Rapids, and Lorance (Nancy) Weers of Anamosa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: John Byrne and Michael Byrne; a sister, Barbara Ann (Steven) Eckert, a granddaughter, Jayne Andreesen, stepson, Craig Walton, step grandson, Jason Walton, and in-laws: Jan (Reg) Shields, Margaret Ann (Louis) Siebels and Lorna (Clifford) Templeman, and Vernon (Enid) Weers, and the mother of his eldest children, Lorraine.

The family would like to thank Mercy Hospital, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids for all the care given to Tom. Special thanks to Dr. Leila Kutteh, the oncology nurses and staff for all the years of medical cancer care for Tom, and to Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha; special thanks to Khrista, his nurse, and Kim, his aide.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, MercyOne-Cedar Rapids or Jones County Ducks Unlimited.

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



David L. Benedict


David L. "Dave" Benedict, 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away surrounded by friends and family on April 10th, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque due to complications from cancer.

Visitation for Dave will be held at Hope Church (Kennedy Campus) on Monday, April 15th, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 16th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Church where family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dave was born, august 21st, 1946 in Lincoln NE, the son of Lawrence and Shirley Benedict. His father served with the United States Air Force as a M/SGT. During his father's service the family traveled to many states and spent many years in the country of El Salvador. Dave graduated in 1964 from The American High School in San Salvador, El Salvador. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1971. He then lived in Des Moines, IA from 1973 to1999. Dave worked as the director of the Iowa Property Management Center with the General Services Administration for 28 years. He retired from federal service and moved to Dubuque, IA in1999 where he was a pilot for Chartaire for several years and flew over 10 Angel Flight Missions during that time. Dave also went to Honduras twice and also Haiti for mission trips. Dave married Mary (Skahill) Hohensee on November 20th 1999 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA.

Dave was avid lover of aviation. He had a passion for flying and was proud volunteer for the EAA. Dave served as a tour coordinator for the B-17 Aluminum Overcast Program for 13 years. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, an aviation society. Dave helped construct the blacksmith shop at the National Mississippi River Museum where he volunteered. Dave was passionate reader and had a strong love of history, especially of the world war era. He was Cornhusker fan and was a ski instructor at Sundown Mountain Resort. He loved fishing, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his family.

Dave is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mary; His 5 children: Jennifer (Greg) Moore of Bondurant, IA, Lisa (Aaron) Clayton of Bondurant, IA, Alan (Sabriya) Benedict of Pleasant Hill, IA, Lisa (Jeff) Maiers of Madison, WI, and Michael (Tess) Freiburger of Dickeyville, WI. 10 grandchildren: Marshall and Delaney Moore; Mackenzie, Libby, and Eli Clayton; Adnan, Dawud, and Ibrahim Benedict; and Jackson and Lauren Maiers. His sister, Teena (Dean) Faubel of Lincoln, NE. 2 Brothers-in-law: Mike (Barb) Skahill of Dubuque, IA, and Pat (Sandy) Skahill of East Dubuque, IL. His nephew Andrew (Michelle) Faubel and nieces Elaine (Mat) Zutavern, Christy Skahill, and Angie Lesch and the mother of Jenny, Lisa, and Alan: Jean Roiland. And also his beloved kitties: Simba and Tom-kitty.

Dave was preceded in death by his father Lawrence Benedict, his mother Shirley (Benedict) Ikerd, his stepfather Glen Ikerd, his aunts, Norma (Sam) Nelson, and Nancy (John) Holmes.

In lieu of flowers a David L Memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire & EMS and Police Dept. as well as the Emergency room staff at MercyOne Medical Center for their efforts and compassion.

 



Cecilia L. Dement


Cecilia L. "Sue" Dement, age 88 of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Dubuque Specialty Care. To celebrate Sue's life, a private family service is being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Sue's family.

Sue was born on August 9, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a beautiful daughter to Irving W. and Cecilia M. (Karpus) Seyer. She spent many years working outside of the home and her first real career as an owner of Dement's Greenhouse allowed her to follow her passion for growing things and utilize her forever itchy green thumb on a daily basis. Sue's adoration for flowers was a joy she carried throughout her entire life and each season was a welcomed opportunity to truly watch her skills, patience and time reap the rewards of her labors. Sue eventually began her next career at Eska Outboard Motors on Kerper Boulevard, where she spent another 10 years as an inspector before they eventually closed.

Sue was also well known, loved and adored for her silly sense of humor which would randomly find itself front and center at any given moment. Always up for family gatherings and working in her garden, Sue found her joy in watching things grow, be it her grandchildren or her flowers.

We will miss our mother, grandma, and great-grandma, but we accept that her 88 years here with us is a blessing which we will never forget we were given and we are forever grateful for the wonderful memories she has left behind. Thank you for all of the light and love you shared with the world Sue and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Sue include, 

her children,
Michael (Heidi) Seyer, Dubuque, Iowa,
Stephen (Liz) Seyer, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin,
Cindy (Masa) Campton-Iwasaki, Dubuque, Iowa,
Terry (Laura) Dement, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
Wendy (Ray) Schickel, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 13 deeply adored grandchildren,
Jeffrey Seyer, Eric (Connie) Seyer, Chris (Tammy) Seyer, Tim (Dena) Seyer, Becky (Jeremy)
Schmidt, Christopher (Crystal) Campton, Jessica Campton, Olivia (Erick Hubbard) Iwasaki,
Colton Iwasaki, Jason Harry, Avery Dement, Megan (Kristopher Taylor) Schickel and Nick
Schickel;

along with her 15 great-grandchildren.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Connie Dement.

Sue's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Specialty Care for all of the professional, sincere and comforting care they provided to Sue and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Sue's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Dorathy K. Gray


Dorathy K. Gray, 95, of Anamosa passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Anamosa Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 10:30 am Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a funeral service will be at held at 10:30 a.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate.

Dorathy was born January 31, 1924, in Folletts, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Marie Sophia Elizabeth (Hoss) Hardersen. She married Robert Gray on September 4, 1949, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Anamosa.

She worked as a registered CNA for 15 years at the Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Dorathy enjoyed playing cards and reading.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Deb) Gray, Jr. of Center Junction, Marie (Chuck Ford) Krutzfield of West Branch, Helen Busch of Williamsburg, 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Patsy Hardersen of Anamosa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1976, an infant daughter, DeAnn Kay, siblings: Darvin (Ruth) Hardersen and Philbert Hardersen, a son-in-law Larry Krutzfield, and 2 brothers-in-law.

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



William A. Probst


William A. "Bill" Probst, age 80, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, found peace after a long, courageous battle with cancer, on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

To honor Bill, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, at St Patrick's Church Hall, 237 East Main Street, Benton, Wisconsin, where friends and family may gather anytime between 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Burial will be off the coast of the Pearl Harbor Naval Base at Honolulu, Hawaii, where full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bill's family.

Bill was born on November 26, 1938, in Benton, WI, son of Ambrose and Gertrude (Doyle) Probst. He was a man of diligence, vision and commitment to the task at hand.  Following high school graduation from Benton High School, Bill proudly served his country by entering the United States Navy and was stationed in Hawaii.

Later, Bill earned a degree from UW-Platteville, and then went on to own and operate Probst Construction for many years, until his health forced him to retire. Bill has left a legacy of countless homes and buildings around the area and he continually strived to create each one better than the last. He was able to design the entire project in his mind from beginning to end, down to the smallest details.

Thankfully, Bill also understood the value of resting from our labors. He thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf, watching college basketball, playing cards and strumming tunes on his guitar. Many family gatherings were spent singing songs, with a round of euchre.

We would be remis not to acknowledge the love Bill had for his 4-legged canine companions. He spent his entire life with dogs by his side and his current pride and joy, Bailey, will miss him immensely. Although Bill was a skillfully sarcastic gentleman from time to time, Bailey allowed him to show his softer side, cuddling up next to him and brightening his world.

His love for his daughters and grandchildren was never in doubt. If they weren't near him, you could be sure to hear him talking about them. Bill was known to have kept anything and everything handmade by his children and grandchildren. He was a quiet man who proudly processed life internally, but he spoke openly of his pride for his daughters and their families.

Bill's loving family includes,

his daughters,
Rebecca (Scott) Bennett
Melissa (Matt) Pasch
and Sarah (Matt) Blankenheim

his 7 grandchildren,
Jake, Ella, Wilton, Wyatt, Kate, Chloe and Charlie

his sister,
Mary (Skip) Lawrence

his brother,
Donald Probst

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Paul, Dave and Rich.

A William A. Probst memorial fund has been established.

Bill's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Memorial Hospital, Upland Hospice and the U.W. Madison Hospital & Clinics for all of their professional, sincere and compassionate care of Bill through these most difficult days.

Online condolences may be shared with Bill's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Ronald A. Hiris


Ronald A. Hiris, 49, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Long Island, NY, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in his sleep on April 8th, 2019.

Ron's life will be remembered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating.

Ron graduated from Herricks High School in New York in 1987. His love for carpentry and construction was evident early on, as he held various positions in the field in New York. Over time, he became a gifted master carpenter in the Long Island area, eventually leading his own crew.

Ron married Sandra Krause of Galena, IL, and relocated to Dubuque in 2005. He soon started working for Queck Capital Management, where his combination of carpentry skills, creativity, and organization helped him advance to Operations Manager. In this position, he designed and managed countless home renovations in the Dubuque area. He continued in this role for GRTD Rentals, his employer at the time of his passing.

Ron often said work was a game of chess that he loved playing. He was a problem solver who could make anything run smoothly. He was always on the front line meeting every challenge - no matter how nasty - and amassed an interesting collection of stories in the process. He took great pride in his crew and valued the relationships he developed with the many contractors he worked with over the years.

Ron will be deeply missed by his beloved family; children Jacob, 17, Sara, 11, of Dubuque; parents, Lorene and Hermann Hiris of Fort Salonga, Long Island, NY; brothers, Robert of Kings Park, NY, and Peter of Henderson, NV; four beloved nephews-Jack, Max, Wyatt, and Matthew Hiris and beloved friend Todd.



Mary Lou Wagener


Mary Lou Wagener, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on April 8th, 2019 in the comfort of her home with her husband and family surrounding her.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 12th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Mary Lou was born on January 12, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Clara (Schueller) Gartner. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1963 and on September 5, 1964 married Richard "Dick" Wagener at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. She worked at the Warehouse Market and then Econo Foods.

Mary was very active and enjoyed life to the fullest up until her last breath. She loved her family and had a million friends who were so close to her that she considered them family.

She is survived by her husband Richard; children, Mike (Kate) Wagener, of Springfield, IL, Kari (Keith) Gordon, of Huntingtown, Maryland, Linda (James) Wagener-Runde, of Dubuque, and Tom (Yabibet) Wagener of Chester, Maryland. Thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one on the way. Her sibling's Eugene (Janie) Gartner, Grace Daughetee, and Joyce (Walter) Briggs; and a brother-in-law Larry Daughetee all of Dubuque; her sisters-in-law Mary Ruff, Betty (Bill) Speirs, and Elaine (Dave) Sadewasser; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin boys in infancy Patrick and James; her in-laws Paul and Marian Wagener; her brother Donnie; sisters Eileen (Herb) Lukas and Jane Daughetee; three brothers-in-law Lyle Daughetee, Fr. Don Wagener and Wayne Ruff and a nephew Jeff Gartner.

The family wishes to thank the City of Dubuque Fire and Ambulance Dept and Hospice of Dubuque for all the love, kindness and wonderful care.



Kelli L. Howes


Kelli L. Howes, 60, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Kelli was born January 18, 1959 in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of James and Cheryl (Brandenburg) Eberhard.

She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1977 and on September 24, 1977 she married the love of her life, Michael Howes at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Kelli worked at Heritage Manor/Hawkeye Care Center for 40 years. She started out as a Med Aid, then realized it was her passion and became an Activities Coordinator.  She was very involved with the Memory Care aspects of her job and recently became the Director of the Memory Care Assisted Living Unit at Hawkeye Care. She loved each and everyone of her residents making sure their well being was first. She was still making sure everything was fine with her "peeps" when she was in ICU Monday.

Kelli and Mike had a love for the outdoors that they share with their daughters. They would camp every chance they could when they were younger. Kelli's favorite place in the world was Yellow River State Forest. Kelli was a Girl Scout when she was younger and became a leader for her daughters. She wanted to make sure her girls could outshine any Boy Scout like she could. Kelli would tell her daughters stories about when she was younger and she would go hunting and fishing with her Dad. 

Kelli also shared her love for music with her husband Mike. She was always singing around the house, at work with her residents or with her daughters. She was also Mike's biggest fan whenever his many bands played around the Tri-States.

Kelli loved fiercely. Her family always came first. She was so proud of her grandchildren. Kaitlyn with her grades and music and Charlie with his sports. She had such a big heart that she shared with so many. She would give the shirt off her back to help someone in need. She was truly a hidden gem. She will be missed more than any words can truly express.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Michael Howes of Dubuque; one daughter, Nicole (Jay) Kress of Balltown; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Charlie Kress; Parents, father, James Eberhard of Dubuque and Cheryl Kramer of Vinton; and two sisters, Kris (Greg) Schadle of Keystone, Iowa and Kerri (Terry) Benda of Urbana, Iowa; sister in laws Deb (Ron) Posey, and Becky Clark; brothers in law Ron Howes and Don (Lisa) Howes.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Katrina "Katie" Howes, two nephews Thad Howes and William Howes, and in laws, Gertrude and Harold Howes.

Mike and Nicole would like the thank Dr. Khan, Paramount Ambulance Team, Unity Point ER Team and the compassionate Unity Point ICU Team.

In Lieu of flowers, a Kelli Howes Fund will be set up to help Mike with the medical expenses.

 

 



Helen M. Meyer


Helen Marie Meyer, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at her home in Dyersville, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with Rev. Richard Ament presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Dennis Quint, fellow priests from the Archdiocese and Deacon Jim Steger assisting. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Helen was born on November 15, 1931 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Frances (Grace) Ament. She attended St. Paul's school in Worthington, Iowa and graduated from St. Joseph Mercy's School of Nursing in Dubuque, Iowa in 1953.
On June 26, 1954 she was united in marriage to Donald Meyer at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Don and Helen were blessed with 10 children, 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Helen's devotion to her Catholic faith was evident throughout her life in many ways. She enjoyed being involved in: the Christian Family Movement, Catholic Lay Ministry Program, Marriage Encounter, and St. Isadore bible study group. As an active parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, she served on the Welcome Committee, ministered as a Lector and was a member of the Resurrection Choir.

She also enjoyed volunteering for the Dyersville Historical Society, Oak Crest Nursing Home, Hospice of Dubuque and as a registered nurse for the Red Cross blood drives. Helen enjoyed her time with family at their cabin on Lake Delhi, traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, golfing, gardening, and cards. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sincere friend.

Helen is survived by her 10 children, Rachele (Doug) Rickels of Worthington, IA; Pam Meyer of Dyersville, IA; Clyde (Nanci La Susa) Meyer of Naperville, IL; Dennis Meyer (fiance, Debbie Gomez) of Westminster, CO; Mary Meyer of Dyersville, IA, John (Laurie Bildstein) Meyer of Dyersville, IA; Teresa (Matt) Bockenstedt of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mark (Darla Carithers) Meyer of Dubuque, IA, Geralyn Maloney of San Diego, CA and Chris Meyer of Sacramento, CA; 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Rev. Richard Ament of Dubuque, IA.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Meyer; her parents; and her siblings, Paul Ament, Carol Gudenkauf and Doris Ament.

To celebrate Helen, the family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Divine Word College, Dubuque County Right to Life, Eternal Word Network, Mary's Inn Maternity Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

We would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque and all those who reached out to Helen through cards and phone calls during her illness.

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

 



Walter E. Bockenstedt


Walter E. "Wally" Bockenstedt, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away April 6, 2019. Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Walter's life will be honored on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and Tri-State Vietnam Veterans. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27th, at the church.

In lieu of flowers a Walter E. Bockenstedt memorial fund will be established. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Walter was born to John and Hilda (Hermsen) Bockenstedt and raised on the family farm east of Petersburg, Iowa. He served his country as an Operating Engineer in the U. S. Marine Corps. Walter worked as an Engine Tester with John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years and was a member of Local UAW 94.

In retirement, he was an avid trout angler and volunteered on an emergency response team with the Red Cross and later in the Dubuque Tool Library.

He is preceded in death by a son, Daniel; his father and mother; sisters, RuthAnn Bockenstedt, Jan (Henry) Oberbroeckling, and Pearl (Vic) Meier; and brothers, Irvin and Vernon (Sharon) Bockenstedt; and brother-in-law, Paul Westmark.

Cherishing his memory, are Walter's wife of 54 years, Mary; children, Paul (Cathy) Bockenstedt, of Minnesota and Ann (Andy) Rettenmeier, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Lara and Daniel Bockenstedt, and James and Peter Rettenmeier; sister, Arlene Langel; brothers, John (Dorothy) Bockenstedt, and Virgil (Sue) Bockenstedt; sisters-in-law Valeria Bockenstedt and Toyoko Westmark; brother-in-law Fred Westmark and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Dubuque Police and Fire Department for their efforts and compassion.

 



LaVern J. Weber

LaVern J. "Flute" Weber, 83, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Monday, April 8, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Flute may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m., and a KC Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa. Services for Flute will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born May 16, 1935 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Vernon P. and Lillian M. (Schlemme) Weber. He received his education in the former St. Martin's School in Cascade. On November 23, 1961 he was united in marriage to Jean M. Klostermann at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade.
He owned and operated Weber Construction (earth moving) in Cascade, Iowa until his retirement.

He enjoyed playing cards with friends and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Weber of Cascade; Steve (Kathy) Weber of Cascade, Mike (Donna) Weber of Bernard, Pat Weber (special friend, Charity Rausch) of Cascade, Sara (Troy) Donath of Dubuque, Sandra Weber (fiance, Tim Mentzer) of Cedar Rapids, Mark (Karen) Weber of Cascade; his grandchildren, Jared Weber, Nick, Emily, and Anthony Weber, Nolan, Macie, Maddie and Sydney Weber, Morgan, Natalie and Lillian Donath and Ben, Jillian and Ted Weber; and his siblings, Jayne Landes of Kansas City, MO, Ronnie "Doc" (Karen) Weber of Cascade, Arlene (Nick) Durian of Oskaloosa, Dennis (Karla) Weber of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, Darlene Klostermann, Lois (Dave) Gavin, Leo (Carol) Klostermann, Jan Beaman, Larry (Linda) Klostermann, and Gary Klostermann; his step mother-in-law, Alice Klostermann and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Gorman and Geralyn Puccio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Weber; a brother, Larry Weber; brothers-in-law, Jerry Landes, Carl Klostermann and Merlyn Beaman; and a sister-in-law, Mary Manders.

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



Rowena (Johnson) Boyer


Rowena (Johnson) Boyer, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Dubuque Specialty Care. To honor Rowena's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Rowena's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Rowena was born on September 7, 1926, in Henryetta, Oklahoma, daughter of Leroy and Elizabeth (Crawford) Johnson.

Rowena was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joseph Boyer, on March 11, 1944, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and they were blessed with 36 wonderful years together, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on May 1, 1980. Rowena was taught early on the value of having a strong work ethic, a trait which she proudly roll modeled and passed on to her family. She devoted her time and talents as a seamstress with the Bridal Embassy, and her caring and attentive nature was evidenced in her care of patients as a CNA for Sunnycrest Manor and Orchard Manor for several years. Rowena enjoyed following and discussing politics, never shy about sharing her opinions on the issues, and was very active volunteering her time with the Democratic Party. In her free time Rowena could be found helping out on the farm, in the kitchen doing some canning, sitting at the sewing machine creating her next masterpiece or simply sitting down working a word search puzzle. Above all, Rowena's family brought her the greatest joy, and she cherished any opportunity to spend time with Joe and the children. She was quite the dancer in her younger years, and she and Joe could regularly be found out on the dance floor spinning and twirling the night away. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but are truly grateful for the 92 years we were blessed to have her here with us teaching us life lessons and loving us unconditionally.

Those left to cherish Rowena's memory include

her children,
Mary Boyer, Blue Springs, MO,
Kay McCabe, Cuba City, WI,
Ronald Boyer, Dubuque, IA
and Kelvin (Theresa) Boyer, Tehachapi, CA;

her 10 grandchildren,
Dennis (Shannon) DeBolt, DeLisa (Randy) Rogers, Jason Boyce, Somer Boyce, Ronald (Shelly) Bahr, Christina Boyer, Erica (Mark) Denny, Sarah (Gabe) Orellana, Makenna (Phillip) Kuenstle and Ryan (Susan) McCabe;

her 25 great-grandchildren;

her 2 great great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Rowetta Freese, Hazel Green, WI,
Carolyn Ruth (Richard) Reed, Denver, CO
and Margie (Larry) Gilliland, Tusla, OK;

her son-in-law,
Aric Stroup, Galena, IL;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Mary Johnson
and Carol Johnson.

Rowena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Boyer; 2 daughters, Susan Boyce and Nancy Stroup; a granddaughter, Heidi Marie Boyer; her siblings, Betty Jo (Carace) Radney, Rose Ann (Bob) Green, Priscilla (Jack) Smith, Norma (Richard) Dill, Ester (Thad) Nunn, Arthur Johnson and Gene Johnson; a son-in-law, Bob McCabe; and a brother-in-law, Joe Freese.

Rowena'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 kind, compassionate and professional care of Rowena and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Ronald J. Winter


Ronald J. Winter, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 6, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 12th, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Ron was born on November 10, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Jeannette (Drumm) Winter. He married Barbara Behnke on September 9, 1967 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017.

Ron attended Loras Academy, graduating from Wahlert High School 1962. He attended Loras College before starting his career with Eagle Food Stores working at all three locations in various positions and management areas until the stores closed.

Ron was an avid Green Packer fan sticking with them thru the good and the bad years. He also enjoyed the Hawkeyes and the White Sox games. He most enjoyed the summer months finding the fishing holes with his brothers-in-law Robert and Irv, bringing home the stories of the big ones lost and who caught the most fish.

Ron is survived by his wife of 51 years Barbara; his siblings Allan (Sue) Winter, Mary Jo (Boyd) Card and Dale (fiance Dana) Winter; nieces and nephews Shannon Sitzmann, Dawn (Peter) Ruiz, Jennifer (Gregg) Winters, Lindsey (Chris) Borelli, Dallas (Michelle) and Dustin (Nicky) Winter along with 12 great nieces and nephews. In-laws Irv Kathy Behnke, Pete and Linda Behnke and Linda and Robert Stoll, 10 nieces and nephews and 18 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his step dad Bruce Wilcox.

In lieu of flowers a Ronald J. Winter memorial fund will be established.

 



Callista M. Decker


Callista M. Decker, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on April 7, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Callista was born on April 24th, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Marcella (Maro) Tigges. She attended St. Catherine's School and on May 25, 1954 she married Albert Decker at St. Catherine's Catholic Church. Albert preceded her in death on January 8th, 2019.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of St. Joseph Key West Rosary Society and also belonged to the Mother Cabrini C.M.S.C.

Callista enjoyed her life on the farm and being a homemaker. She was known as the egg lady. She was a wonderful baker and cook, she would never let you leave hungry. Callista made many birthday and wedding cakes for family and friends. Albert would offer cooking advice and she would remind him that she didn't tell him how to farm.

Callista also loved to sew, making many stuffed animals and crafts that her grandchildren and great grandchildren are still enjoying. She enjoyed reading and her flowers along with spending time with her family during the holidays, especially Christmas, leaving many wonderful memories. She will be deeply missed.

Callista is survived by her children, Dale (Ann) Decker, of Key West, Ron (Bitzie) Decker and Jean Decker of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Decker, of Robins, IA. Grandchildren, Tammi (Bob) Schroeder, Matt (Teeney) Decker, McKenzie (Tim Davis) Decker, Dena (Travis) Voss, Laura (Zach) Hodge, Brian (Amy) Decker, Jason Decker, Katie (Drew) Simpson, Elana (Coby Clapp) Decker, Sirena (Sam) Stark. Granddaughter-in-law Stephani Decker. Great grandchildren, Evan, Holli, Jacob, Alexis, Morgan, Peyton, DJ, Calli, Cate, Parker, Oli, Eben, Avery, Maddy, Gwen, Gus, Cooper, and Camille, and her 19th great grandchild is expected to arrive in June. She is also survived by her brother Ray Tigges; brothers and sisters-in-law, , Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, of Zwingle, Hubert (Elizabeth) Decker, of Cascade, Monica (Cletus) Thielen, of Zwingle, Darlene Collins, of Dubuque, John "JJ" (Erma) Decker of Dubuque, Louis (Darla) Decker, of Dubuque, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, of Maquoketa, Agnes "Fran" Decker, of Dubuque, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, of Dubuque, Kenneth Decker, of Dubuque, and Charlene Decker of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Albert; father and mother-in-law John and Frances Decker; her sister Mary in infancy; a son David J. Decker; grandson Timothy R. Decker; sister-in-law Rosie Tigges; brothers and sisters-in-law William "Willie" (Mary) Decker, Raymond (Phyllis) Decker, Harvey Decker and James Collins.

In lieu of flowers a Callista Decker memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Key West Fire and EMS; Dubuque County Sherriff Dept.; and Fr. Rod Allers for all their help and compassion that was given to them. Also, to Dr. Brian Sullivan, Dr. David Ringold, Dr. Scott Brock and Julie Ehlinger for all their care and compassion that was given to mom over the years.



Alice M. Skinner


Alice M. Skinner, Age 91, passed away at Luther Manor on Saturday, April 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. 

A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 10 at 10 AM. Father Paul Attah-Nsiah will be presiding.  A visitation will be held at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road on Tuesday, April 9 from 3 PM to 7 PM, where a Prayer service will be given at 2:30 PM. 

Alice was born on August 26, 1927 to her parents, Ralph and Corrine (Rapp) Howe. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in 1945. She married the love of her life Eugene Skinner on October 5, 1946 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was employed by the J. J. Hohnecker Company as a secretary and was also a loving mother to her eight children. She was a member of the Dubuqueland Women's Bowling Association for 24 years in which she served as the Vice President and was the secretary for 4 years as well as a member of their Hall of Fame. She was also involved in the Iowa State Young American Bowling Alliance and served as the secretary-treasurer for 5 years. Alice was Past President and secretary of the Women's Local 94 Auxiliary. 

Those who are left to cherish her memory are her husband of 72 years Eugene Skinner; her children, Connie (Don) Riedl, of Dubuque, IA, Barbara (Jerry) Hawbaker, of Cherokee Village, AR, Marsha (Pat) Corken, of Dubuque, Marla (Ken) Cruise, Dubuque, William Skinner, Dubuque, Gail (Dennis) Hayes, Dubuque, Paul Skinner, Dubuque, and Stacy (Tim) Vath, of Greer, SC; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, 19 step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Pauley, of Burton, WI, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters, Dorothy Finch, Myra Becke, Elaine Dade, Regina Flick, June Welter, Virginia Hillary, Janet Burd, Joan Gordon; one brother, Ralph Howe; brothers-in-law, Chuck Finch, Chris Becke, Russell Dade, Merv Flick, LeRoy Welter, Jim Burd, Matthew Gordon, Dale Hillary; and two sisters-in-law, Muriel Howe and Ruth Blindert.

An Alice M. Skinner memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to give thank-you to the staffs at the Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor.

 

 



Patrick F. Anglin


Patrick F. Anglin, 54, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away April 4, 2019 at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 a.m. with Fr. David Schatz officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery in Otter Creek. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick was born in Dubuque on October 19, 1964 the son of John "Jack" and Laverne (Mahoney) Anglin. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1983 and the University of Iowa in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration.

He worked in publishing for many years in Dubuque and Columbia, MO.

He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes and also enjoyed coaching his daughter's teams.

He is survived by his daughter, Josie Anglin, his former wife and dear friend, Tricia Anglin, both of Columbia, MO, his parents, John "Jack" and Laverne Anglin of Dubuque, 3 siblings, Robert (Diane Kaderavek) Anglin, Diane (Ruben) Forner and Sr. Lou Anglin, BVM, an uncle, Carl Anglin, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and many uncles and aunts.



Agnese Leticia (Connolly) Jaeger


Agnese Leticia Jaeger (Connolly), 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 8th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Agnese was born on March 10, 1936 in La Motte, Iowa, daughter of Sylvester and Bernadette (Dunn) Connolly. She graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On March 7, 1953 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Theodore "Ted" Jaeger, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Agnese enjoyed many jobs over the years from waitressing, to teaching at the local Head Start, to working the lunch line at St. Mary's Catholic School; but above all things she loved spending time with her family more than anything.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 66 years, Ted; 5 children, Debra (Steve) Jaeger-Viertel, of Dubuque, IA, Anne (John) Fagan, of Onslow, IA, Donald Jaeger, of Dubuque, IA, John Jaeger, of Dubuque, IA and Julie Jaeger, of Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Sunshine (Matt) Hafner, Dawn (Chris) Norris, Michael Coyle, Katie Flores, Sarah Jaeger, Dustin (Nicole NanAcker) Jaeger, Amanda (Chris) Miller, Patrick (Abby) Fagan and Molly Fagan; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; her sister; Margaret Fromknecht; two brothers; Bill Connolly and Sylvester Connolly; one brother-in-law; Edward (Joan) Grant and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Bernadette; children, Theodore Jr. "TJ" Jaeger and Mark Jaeger; mother-in-law Katherine Fettgather; sisters, Mary Ann (Lee) Holland and Jan (Lyle) Bainbridge; brother Gary Hutter and her in-laws; John Fromknecht, Judy Connolly, Mary Connolly and Donna Stackis Wooldridge.

Thank You to Cascade Ambulance Service, the staff at MercyOne Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Gerald J. Ellerbach


Gerald "Jerry" J. Ellerbach, 81, of Holy Cross passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 6, 2019, at home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. The Farley Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post # 656 will conduct a veteran salute at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #656. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Jerry was born on July 23, 1937, the youngest child of five sons and two daughters born to George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach on a farm near Holy Cross, Iowa. He obtained his education in the Catholic school system in Holy Cross and assisted his father on the family farm.

Jerry joined the Army Reserve in March of 1958. He received basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was transferred to Fort Ord, CA until September of that year. On November 1, 1961, during the Berlin Crisis, Jerry was recalled to active duty and stationed at Fort Lewis, WA until August 31, 1962. He was honorably discharged as PFC in December, 1963.

Jerry returned to farm with his father at Holy Cross. On August 27, 1966 he married Joan Diers at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna. They farmed together for more than 34 years until Joan became ill and moved on to heaven on March 21, 2001. Later that year Jerry became reacquainted with a friend from his youth, Darleen J. (Wolf) VanDenBerg from Bankston, who was living out west in the Rocky Mountains where she worked as a teacher. Through correspondence and visits back and forth, they decided to wed on August 3, 2002 in Durango, CO. Jerry became an instant step-father and grandfather. He built a new home in Holy Cross where he and Darleen reside. He still enjoyed farm life, and he and Darleen traveled around the United States, especially to the West where many of their family resides.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Darleen, 4 step-children: Randy (Kristi) VanDenBerg of Durango, Co, Colleen (Gary) Foust of Zwingle, Darwin VanDenBerg of LaPlata, NM, Troy (Kim) VanDenBerg of Dyersville, 9 step-grand-children, 9 step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, and many other extended relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan, siblings: Lawrence (Rose) Ellerbach, William (Gladys) Ellerbach, Ernest (Dorothy) Ellerbach, Bernard (Margaret) Ellerbach, and Bernice (Leander Steffen, Gib Honkomp) Steffen-Honkomp; brothers-in-law: Jim Daly, Daniel Wolf and Paul Wolf.

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



Dale Allen Scott


Dale Allen Scott, Sr., 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at his home.

A private family service will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Dale was born on May 4, 1932 in Buckhorn, Iowa the seventh of nine children to Lewis Charles and Ida Mae (Houle) Scott. He graduated in 1949 from Baldwin High School.

He worked as a lineman for the Baldwin/Nashville Telephone Company at the same time working for his dad on the farm for five years. On June 8, 1951, he married LouJean Kleinsmith in Elwood, Iowa. They rented a farm north of Nashville until 1963 when they purchased a farm on Esgate Road. For the next 56 years they lived and farmed the same place.

Dale was a good athlete. He enjoyed square dancing, roller skating, fishing, and bowling. He was an avid mushroom hunter and berry picker. He was the driver of many hayrack rides, delivered sweet corn and would help anyone in need.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, LouJean Scott of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kathy (Dave) Borcherding of Bettendorf, IA, John Charles (Cheryl) Scott of Fort Collins, CO, and Glenda Jo (Kipp) Smallwood of Littleton, CO; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dale A. Scott, Jr., a brother and five sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of the family's choice.

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



Helen T. Putman


Helen L. Putman, age 70 of Bellevue, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Friday, April 5, 2019. To celebrate Helen's life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, where full military honors will be accorded.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Helen's family.

Helen was born on November 17, 1948, in Bellevue, Iowa, the oldest daughter of George Louis and Elizabeth Ann (Fuller) Williams.  Helen completed her high school education and went on to complete some college credits before she began her lifelong mission as a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother. She spent her entire adult life taking care of her family and reassuring them on a daily basis that they were her pride and joy.  She did work outside of the home a little as a waitress at the Julien, but even when she was serving others her heart was always at home.  Helen was a quiet and simple lady who never wanted to make a fuss about anything, especially herself.  Always putting others first was her goal, and we can honestly say that she succeeded without fail.  We will miss our dearly sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but we know that she is now reunited with her loving husband, Terry and her parents once again, and we will remain forever grateful for the abundance of wonderful memories she leaves behind.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Helen include,

her children,
Troy Williams, Bellevue, Iowa,
Dorie (Scott) Putman, Bellevue, Iowa,
and Shelly (Jesse) Schmitt, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren,
Lindsey Williams, Dubuque, Iowa,
Hunter Williams, Bellevue, Iowa,
Colton Schmitt, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Nathan Schmitt, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,
Tommy Williams, Tyler, Texas,
Suzie (Louie) Dobbs, Savanna, Illinois,
Tina Williams, Mount Morris, Illinois,
Peggy Theilen, Reedsburg, Wisconsin,
Ivy Roy (Kathy) Williams, Monona, Iowa,
and John Williams, Bellevue, Iowa;

along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Terry Putman.

Helen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Jackson Country, along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional care, love and compassion over these past few weeks.

Online condolences may be shared with Helen's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 



Mary Ann Kern


Mary Ann Kern, 88, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12thAve SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm and a Catholic Daughters Rosary will be recited at 4 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Mary Ann was born February 22, 1931, in Kelly, Kansas the daughter ofHenry S. and Veronica E. (Lahr) Russ. After her mother's death in 1936, she and her brothers came to Hopkinton to be raised by their grandparents.  She worked as a hired girl for area families until she graduated from the Hopkinton High School in 1948, when she took a job at Al Danz's Ben Franklin Store in Dyersville.  She married LeRoy C. Kern on February 13, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sand Springs and helped LeRoy at the Kern Locker until 1980, when the business was sold.  They then owned the Montgomery Ward franchise in Dyersville for 5 years when she went back to work at Westlinden Locker until finally retiring in 2004.

Survivors include her children, Bernie and Carol Kern, both of Dyersville, a brother, Anthony (Alice) Russ of Hopkinton, a sister-in-law, Rita Russ of Monticello, an aunt, Mary Jane Felton, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, LeRoy, in February, a brother, Nicholas Russ, an infant sister, Anna, and several aunts and uncles from the Lahr family, with whom she was raised.

We would like to thank the excellent staff at the Guttenberg Care Center for the wonderful care and kindness shown to our family these last several months.

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

 

 



Vincent L. Strong


Vincent "Vern" L. Strong, 88, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday April 2, 2019 at home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Vern was born on August 27, 1930 the son of Hugh and Agnes (Sheehan) Strong. He married Imelda (Goffinet) Strong in 1964. She preceded him in death. Vern attended St. Columbkille High School and went on to join the Marine Corp where he served proudly.

Vern was a member of the AMVETS as well as the Dubuque Marine Corp League. He was a dedicated plumber and a lifelong member of the UA Union.

In his free time Vern enjoyed woodworking; he would make birdhouses and other decorative items as well as building his own cabinets for his home. He also loved to travel around the country visiting family and seeing new destinations.

He is survived by his children; Michael Strong of Dubuque, IA, Julie (Mitch) Stermer of Campbell, CA, and Susan Harthun of Marion, IA; three grandchildren Calvin Stermer, Ethan Harthun and Robert (Elizabeth) Strong; two great grandchildren Josiah Strong and Gabrielle Strong; and a sister Delores Oliver of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Agnes (Sheehan) Strong and his wife Imelda Strong.

A Vincent L. Strong memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Runde, Dr. Ringold and Hospice of Dubuque and the Nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for their compassionate care.



Lois Mary Hilby


Lois Mary Hilby, 84, of Menominee, IL passed peacefully Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Nativity B.V.M. Church in Menominee, with Fr. Wayne Droessler officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where St. Ann's Society Rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 8, at the funeral home.

Lois was born May 1, 1934 in Hazel Green, WI, daughter of Arthur and Clara (Placke) Budden. She was united in marriage to Cletus Hilby on October 6, 1954 at St. Joseph Church, in Sinsinawa, WI. Lois worked for many years as a waitress at the Safari Supper Club in East Dubuque. She also worked at Grant Hills Motel along with the many duties of being a farm wife.

Lois enjoyed playing Solo, Sequence and a good game of Euchre. She especially loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending their sporting events and helping her children with painting, staining, and varnishing projects.

Lois is survived by her husband, Cletus; her six children, Diane (Glenn) Heller, Nancy (Paul) Fleege, Cathy (Mike) Brotzman, Bob (Polly) Hilby, Joyce (Randy) Wills, and Tom (Judy) Hilby; 13 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with another baby due in July; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Timmerman, one brother Richard Budden, brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlene Budden, Kay Budden, Judy Budden-Tigges, Wayne and Rosetta Arand, Eileen Hilby, Rita and Louis Berning, Kenneth Hilby, and Lorraine Wills.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 grandsons; Jared Fleege and Nick Hilby; her brothers, Jim and Roger Budden, her sister Joan Kieler; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Viola Scharpf, Merlin Hilby, Janice Hilby, and LaVerne Wills; along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Menominee Athletic Association Playground Equipment fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Koenigs of Medical Associates and the staff at Midwest Medical Center for their wonderful care, and Lee Donar for his visits.

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



John W. Ryan


John W. Ryan, 80, of Asbury died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will also be held Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

John was born August 29, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Melvin and Muriel (Mandercheid) Ryan. He graduated from Loras Academy. 

On September 5, 1959, he married JoAnn Engler in Dubuque.

John served in the US Army. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 35 years, retiring on July 31, 1995. 

John was very active. He enjoyed bowling, golf, hunting, playing cards and was a sports fan. He was a former Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus 5513 where he was a 4th degree knight. He has been a member of the Dubuque Men's Association, Toastmasters, American Legion Dubuque Post #6, UAW local 94 and John Deere Retirees.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Ryan of Asbury; five children, Mike (Mary) Ryan of Independence, Iowa, Michelle (Steve) McCarron and Beth Ryan, both of Dubuque, Todd (Gina) Ryan of Papillion, Nebraska and Cory (Traci) Ryan of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Zachary (Claire), Daniel and Elliott Ryan; Jessica (Rod) Schumacher, Brennan, Riley and Maddie McCarron; Abby (Clint) Benson, Logan and Alexia Ball; and Lydia (Brian) Cassata and Mackenzie Ryan;  six great grandchildren, Brody and Charlie Schumacher; Violet Ryan, Evalynn Benson;  Nora and Mila Cassata, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses, Marce and Vince Welsh, Phyllis Ryan and Joan and Dale Fritch; parents in law, Albert and Orlena Engler and Brothers in law, John and Joe Engler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Ryan Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to  thank the first responders with the Asbury Fire Department  the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finely Hospital ICU for their care.



Fredrick E. Willenborg


Fredrick E. Willenborg, 85, of Bella Vista, Arkansas and previously Petersburg, Iowa, passed away Monday April 1, 2019, at Circle of Life Legacy Village, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue 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 8, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Petersburg, Iowa where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Fred was born September 12, 1933 in Petersburg, Iowa the son of George and Frances (Noethe) Willenborg. Fred served in the United States Army. He married Ruth Lueck on October 20. 1956 in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until retiring & moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1995. He and Ruth then started Fred's Lawn Service.

Fred was a lifetime member of the VFW, the American Legion Post 341 and the Knights of Columbus.

He was a proud veteran, stationed in Germany, who served as a SP3 of the 287th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. He was a 15 year member of Farm Bureau, holding several positions. He enjoyed bowling, visiting casinos, and especially playing blackjack.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth, 8 children: Karen Sadlon, of Earlville, Ken (Lynne) Willenborg of Garber, Kathleen (Ted) Bahl of Anamosa, Karol (Mark) Klaren of Worthington, Kimberly (Daniel) Rubner of Worthington, Kevin (Donna) Willenborg of Cedar Rapids, Karl Willenborg of Dyersville, Kurt (fiancé, Erin Detterbeck) Willenborg of Ely. 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. brother, Gilbert Willenborg of Dyersville; in-laws: Grace Putz of Manchester, Don (Verna Mae) Lueck of Dyersville, and Paul Schaul of Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Al and Emma Lueck. brother: Lavern Willenborg, grandson, Augustus Willenborg, and a son-in-law, Tony Sadlon Sr. and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials can be made to Circle of Life Hospice Home, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR, 72712.

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



Ruth K. Merges

Ruth K. Merges, 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill, died Monday, April 1, 2019.

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 6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born August 10, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Eli and Emilie (Pautz) Longueville. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Bayless Business College.

On February 12, 1946 she married Frank J. Merges Sr. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 25, 1993.

She was a 48 year breast cancer survivor.

She is survived by three children, Frank J. (Eileen) Merges Jr., Rosemary Schreiber and Ed (Nancy) Merges; seven grandchildren, Joe Schreiber, Steve (Christina) Schreiber, Jennifer (Ottis) Bunning, Diane (Doug) Brehm, Emily (Kenny Arnold) Merges, Amanda (Adam Cook) Merges, and Mike Merges; eight great grandchildren and one on the way. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Al Merges and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, John D. Schreiber; sisters-in-law, Catherine, Barbara, Florence, and Agatha Merges; and brothers- in-law, John (Veronica), Peter, Bernard and Henry Merges.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to the Ruth Merges Memorial Fund.



Florence A. Kuhl Henkels


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother and Step-Mother, Florence Kuhl Henkels, on March 10, 2019 in Preston, MN.

Mom would have been 99 on June 25, 2019. Mom cherished her Faith, Family and Friends and she made sure that they were a part of her daily life.

Mom was born in Imogene, Iowa, the daughter of Bernard Maher and Mabel Foutch. She married Leonard Kuhl on August 21, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Leonard and Florence moved to Dyersville in 1947, when Leonard took a position with First National Bank. Leonard died on June 22, 1969, of a sudden heart attack. Florence married Robert Henkels on June 29, 1987 in Dyersville; Dr. Henkels died March 29, 2000.

Mom was a member of St Francis Xavier Basilica, Catholic Daughters, Friends of the Library, Dyersville Historical Society and a Charter member of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. In her younger years she was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and very active in church and school activities. Mom enjoyed golf, reading, crossword puzzles and cards, of which Bridge was her favorite, having been a member of the same club for over 70 years.

Mom was employed at various times with McKesson & Robbins in Omaha. Internal Revenue in Des Moines, and in Dyersville at Mercy Hospital, Ertl Company and Ross Insurance Agency.

Mom enjoyed her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have been enriched by her gentleness and wisdom. Her joy in spending time with them was matched by their delight in spending time with her. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother as well as a loving and caring Step-mother, Step-grandmother and Step-great-grandmother.

Mom will be missed by her children: Wayne (Judy) Kuhl of Paradise Valley, AZ, David Kuhl of Perrysburg, OH, Joyce (Gary) Hellickson of Preston MN, Janet (John) Jamison of Westerville, OH; Step-children: James (Carla) Henkels of Dubuque, IA, Mary Rhiner of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Annie Henkels of Nashville, TN, as well as her 9 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 17 great and step great grand-children and many nieces and nephews.

Mom was preceeded in death by her parents, her sisters (Margaret, Betty, Delores, Mary Bridget), her brother (Bernard), and two infant brothers.

Mom was a true friend and will be missed and cherished forever by those who were fortunate to have known her.
The family would like to acknowledge the dedication and care provided by the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville, and in her final years by the staff at Traditions in Preston MN.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica at 11 A.M. with visitation preceding at the Kramer Funeral Home at 9 A.M.

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



Marcella J. McCullouch


Marcella J. McCullouch, 83, of Clinton, and formerly of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Marcella's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 5, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Marcella Jean Considine was born on September 12, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas J. and Rose M. (Kwilosz) Considine. She was a graduate of Kelly High School in Chicago, Illinois. She married Billy Gene McCullouch in Chicago, Illinois. Three children were born to this union, Deborah, Billy Jr. and Thomas.

Marcella was a housewife and had also worked for Brodies and Calamar Mailing Houses in Chicago. She loved sewing, working on puzzles, planting plants, flower gardening, bird watching, picnics, shopping and most recently coloring in coloring books. She loved spending time with family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Marcella's memory include her son and daughter-in-law, Billy Jr. and Cheryl McCullouch of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Rosella, Charles, Krystle, Billy III, Roxanne and Marcella; 4 great-grandchildren, Willow, Piper, Vanessa and Jamie Jr.; and one aunt, Marie Shoaf of Midlothian, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Billy on February 14, 1995, a son Tommy, and a daughter Deborah Fairbanks.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marcella J. McCullouch memorial fund has been established.

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



Leon L. Kurt


Leon L. Kurt, 82, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 at his home after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Friends and relatives of Leon may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and a KC Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Services for Leon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 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 August 25, 1936 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. While at a dance in Worthington, he met the love of his life, Mary Gertrude (Trudy) Meyer. They were united in marriage on September 9, 1961, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Leon grew up on the family farm where he learned to feed livestock and grow crops. He spent his lifetime farming in the Cascade area. Leon served in the Navy, 1957-58, at the Norfolk Naval Base and spent time on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD-850).

Leon is a member of St. Matthias Parish, a 50 plus year member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, American Legion Post #528, and the Dubuque County Cattlemen's Association (Hall of Fame).

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a blackjack dealer at the first floating casino in Dubuque. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, gardening, playing blackjack, watching Gunsmoke and college and professional sports. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, attending their activities, and teaching a number of them how to play golf.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Trudy; five children, Kris (Jim) Messerschmidt of Lake Zurich, IL, Kathleen (Dr. David) Prentice of Elgin, IA, Kerri (Bill) Reed of Newton, IA, Kim (Dr. Doug) Wong of Golden, CO, and Kevin (Stacey) Kurt of Cedar Rapids, IA; 13 grandchildren; David and Laura Messerschmidt; J.D., Kailee and J.K. Prentice; Trae Reed, Abby (Travis) Ewing, and Paige Reed; Kai and Koa Wong; Carter Kurt, Anthony Bartlett and Alyssa Grant; and two brothers, Carl Kurt and Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt both of Cascade; and in-laws, Wayne (Liz) Zumhof, Jean Meyer, Rita (Jerry) Hubbard, Clete Meyer, Herman (Sandy) Meyer, Kathy (Doug) Schlickman, JoAnn Lehman and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, sisters, and in-laws, Fred (Alvina) Kurt, Mary (Wilfred) Dolphin, Joe (Jane) Kurt, Sam (Tess) Kurt, Andrew Kurt, Herb (Dottie) Kurt, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting, Eleanor (Pat) Burke, Anna Mae (Bill) Lehman, Mary Lou Kurt, Mary Zumhof, Don (Eileen) Meyer, Willie Meyer and Ann Meyer.

The family wishes to thank Father Loecke and the parish staff/volunteers for their comforting visits. We also thank Hospice of Dubuque (Tammi, Heather, Amy and on-call staff) and Helping Hands for all of their compassionate care.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to St. Matthias Parish in Cascade or to Hospice of Dubuque.



Milo D. Schoenthaler


Milo D. Schoenthaler, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Milo's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Milo David Schoenthaler was born on March 4, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ed and Osta (Hamilton) Schoenthaler. He was a 1948 graduate of Elwood High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He married Fern D. Schnoor on June 14, 1954 in Nebraska. To this union four children were born, Mark, Boyd, Leon and Todd.

Upon returning home from the military, Milo worked for a Railroad Station near Elwood, Iowa. He then worked for the Buckhorn Creamery until its closing and after that at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for ten years. For a short time thereafter, he worked at John Deere Harvester Works in Moline, Illinois. He then worked for the Maquoketa Community School District as a custodian for over 25 years, retiring in 1992.

Milo was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed going for coffee each day and having breakfast every Thursday morning with friends. He was an avid sports fan with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes being a few of his favorites.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Fern Schoenthaler of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Mark (Kathy) Schoenthaler of Colorado Springs, CO, Boyd (Pam) Schoenthaler of Maquoketa, IA, and Todd (Chris) Schoenthaler of Edmond, OK; 7 grandchildren, Ian, Chad, Megan, Mindy, Curtis, April and Shaun; and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother George "Stu" Schoenthaler, and a son Leon Schoenthaler in 2010.

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.

 

 



Kathleen J. Dittmar


Kathleen J. "Katie" Dittmar, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 31, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Katie was born on March 29, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Ervin and Marguerite (Miller) Berger and graduated from St. Columbkille High School. She married Philipp Dittmar Jr. on November 21, 1953 in Dubuque.

She was manager of Casey's General Store for 30 years and change attendant at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. She was an avid bowler and an enthusiastic gambler.

Katie is survived by her children, Thomas (Brenda Mohr) Dittmar, Diane (Kenneth) Smith, Cynthia (Douglas) Fitzpatrick, Laura (Bradley) Richard and Patricia (Mark Becker) Delaney. Grandchildren, Steven (Susan) Swift, Daniel (Maiko) Dittmar, Andrew (Dawn) Fitzpatrick, Amanda (Don Rury) Fitzpatrick, Amber (Codie) Jacobsen, Keegan Delaney along with many great grandchildren. Her sisters Lenore Kubesheski, Delores McCarthy and Linda Greenwood.

She was preceded in death by her husband Philipp Dittmar, Jr.; her parents Ervin and Marguerite Berger; a brothers Ervin and Robert and a sister Susan.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center especially Felicia for all their wonderful care.



Sister Mary Pierre Kollasch, PBVM


Sister Mary Pierre Kollasch, PBVM, 94, died on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7:00 pm.

Sister Mary Pierre, daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Koehn) Kollasch, was born Loretta Anne Kollasch on April 29, 1924 in Whittemore, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation on September 15, 1945 and professed her perpetual vows on May 3, 1951. She received a BA degree in Education from Loras College, Dubuque in 1957.

Sister Pierre's ministries took her to Humboldt, Waukon, Clare, Charles City, Mason City, Lawler, Epworth, Bankston, and Dubuque Resurrection (1981-1984), all in Iowa where she taught grades K-3. In addition to teaching, she served as the coordinator of personal care at Dubuque's Villa Raphael, retirement home for priests, where she ministered for 15 years. Following that position she came to Mount Loretto as head baker at the motherhouse. This new ministry brought her full circle to her earliest ministry dream to help sisters who served in domestic roles to become more connected to their community. With her box full of delicious recipes, her dedicated service and loving care over 70-plus years of religious life, the result is hospitality in the spirit of Nano Nagle that was embodied in Sister Pierre.

She retired to Mount Loretto in 2000 and celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2006. Sister Pierre enjoyed baking her treats, playing cards, visiting, reading, a good movie, and community service. In quiet moments she enjoyed her extended prayer time.

Surviving is her brother, Arthur, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 73 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Bernard, and her sisters Alvina Elgersma, and Mary Thompson.

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



Robert James Foddrill


Robert James Foddrill, 76, of 2390 Chaney Road in Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at his home on March 29, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at noon at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 W. 10th Street in Dubuque. There will be a time to gather with friends and family starting at 11:30 AM. A funeral dinner will follow the service in the church social rooms. 

Bob was born on January 13, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Clyde and Betty (Griggs) Foddrill. He grew up on the East side of Des Moines. He graduated from Tech High School and Drake University. He worked at the John Deere Des Moines Works where he met his wife, Judy. They were married on May 4, 1963. Bob was transferred to the John Deere Dubuque Works in 1978 and worked a total of 40 years for Deere & Company. He retired in 2001.  

Left to cherish Bob's memory are his wife of 56 years, Judy; daughter, Barbara (Eric) Weisenberger; granddaughters, Kaystin and Clare Weisenberger; brother, Michael (Marilyn) Foddrill; sister-in-law, Sharon Foddrill; nieces and nephews, Mark (Kristen) Sydness, Jodi Reinhart, Paul (Angela) Sydness, Brian (Kristian) Foddrill, John (Angela) Foddrill and Shelly (David) McElligott. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Foddrill and a granddaughter Lauren Weisenberger. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Congregational United Church of Christ or Hospice of Dubuque

Special thanks to Doctor Hillard Salas, and to Paul, Stacy, Amy and Allison from the Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and compassion shown to both Bob and Judy. 



Sandra M. Gassman


Sandra MaryLee (Pline) Gassman, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 28th, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe Mensah officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 1st, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church where a wake service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Sandy was born on August 26, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Reuben and Alberta (McCartney) Pline. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, an all-girls school, in 1957. On November 29th, 1958 she married William H. "Bill" Gassman at St. Joseph The Worker.

Sandy worked as a secretary for CPA Pink & Fehey for 3 years; was a stay-at-home mom for 40 years and then as a cashier at Walmart for 8 years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Rosary Society; and became a Girl Scout leader for several years so both her daughters could enjoy being a scout.

Sandy met the love of her life at a Christmas party where Bill swept her off her feet and kissed her under the mistletoe, which she happened to be wearing in her hair! Their story spanned more than 60 years.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Gassman; five children, Mike (MaryBeth) Gassman, of Rock Island, IL, Dee (Dave) Hohmann, of Dubuque, IA, Suzie Stroud, of Dubuque, IA, Albert (Teresa) Gassman, of Sherrill, IA, and Jake (Lori) Gassman, of Charles City, IA; her sister Cindy Breithaupt;12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Ronald, Dale and Harlow; and a sister Elizabeth.

In lieu of flowers a Sandra Gassman memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Franciscan Care Facility, Hospice of Dubuque and MercyOne Medical Center for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Sandy.



Michael J. Strief


Michael J. Strief, 49, of Cascade, Iowa died Friday, March 29, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mike may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a prayers service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Services for Mike will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Thomas McDermott. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, IA.

Michael was born February 17, 1970 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William "Bill" and Donna (Simon) Strief. He was a 1988 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. On September 24, 1994 he was united in marriage to Shawn Kennedy at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He was employed with UPS for 30 years.

Mike was famous on his UPS routes for his brown shorts and chicken legs. No one was a stranger to Mike, he was able to shoot the breeze with everyone. All other days you would find him putzing on the farm with his right hand man, Adam. At family events Mike was a boisterous Euchre player who could play his hand along with everyone else's. He passed his love for riding horses on to Madison and Grace and was proud of their many accomplishments. Even though his ability to "ride" found him on the ground more often than not. Horse riding is a fabric of their family and those memories will be forever cherished.

He was a member of the Eastern Iowa Horse and Pony Camp, Dubuque County Saddle Club, Tri-State Saddle Club, Teamsters Local #120, the American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Assoc., American Angus Assoc., the Dubuque County 4-H, IA - MN Chuckwagon Association and Friends of the West Dubuque FFA.

He was also a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, Iowa and he was involved with the Farley-Epworth Christian Experience Weekend (CEW).

He is survived by his wife, Shawn Strief of Cascade, IA; three children, Madison, Grace and Adam Strief at home; his mother, Donna Strief of Farley, IA; six siblings, Julie Strief of Fenton, MI, Jolene Strief of California, Mark (Lydia) Strief of Bernard, IA, Janda Waters of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jodi (Russell) Kronlage of Epworth, IA and Matt (Kristi) Strief of Farley, IA; a sister-in-law, Christine (Dean) Schrader of Monticello, IA; his father and mother-in-law, Mike and Sue Kennedy of Farley, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dana (Jason) Wegmann and Shelley (Brad) Wilken both of Marion, IA, and Kari (Chris) Smuck of Waterloo, IA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, William K. "Bill" Strief on September 26, 2010; a brother, Martin Strief on August 23, 1996.

"Just one more, you know what I'm Sayin."

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



Patricia J. Ott


Patricia J. "Pat" (McDermott) Ott, age 75, of rural Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:56 p.m., on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her family and friends. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on June 22, 1943, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, daughter of John J. and Virginia (Morris) McDermott.

Pat married Lyle M. Ott on November 3, 1962, at Holy Ghost Church, in Dubuque. She grew up in the New Diggings, Benton and Shullsburg, Wisconsin vicinity. Pat always had a great sense of humor, she could always make you laugh with her wit. She said she must have gotten it from her father, he was a true 100% Irishman. Once she knew your birthday or special occasion, you got a card, she kept Hallmark in business. Pat worked in customer service for over 43 years, first with Tegelers Dairy, managing three Milk Houses in Dubuque from 1972-1982, City of Dubuque Five Flags Center Ticket Office from 1982-2004, and most recently at the Dubuque Greyhound Park as a Pari-Mutuel from 2005-2018. She went on oxygen 24/7 just after starting at the dog track. She always said that going to work gave her an incentive to "go till I drop". She credits all the help she received from her coworkers, Greyhound Association staff, Q Casino, Valet and Security for all their help in enabling her to continue working as a Pari-Mutuel. Pat enjoyed traveling, concerts, plays, shopping and especially time spent with her daughter and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her husband,
Lyle Ott, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter,
Tammy (Charlie) Hunt, Dubuque, IA;

her grandson,
Lyle (girlfriend Amy Bowden) Hunt, West Des Moines, IA;

her granddaughter,
Lianna Hunt, San Diego, CA;

her brothers,
John "Jack" McDermott, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Carol) McDermott, Cuba City, WI
and Michael (Jan) McDermott-Morton, Rockford, IL;

her sisters,
Rose Mary (Paul) Rupp, Dubuque, IA
and Susan (Dwayne) Murphy, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Manuel Echeagaray, San Lorenzo, CA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Shirley McDermott, Dubuque, IA
and Lois Ott-Tarnutzer, Peosta, IA.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Jesse and Loretta (Percival) Morris and Catherine and Dan McDermott; her mother and father-in-law, Milton and Bernita (Freiburger) Ott; her sisters, Dorothy Echeagaray and Joann Kegler; her brother, Jim McDermott; her nieces, Corena McDermott-Shaffer and Claudia McDermott; her nephews, David McDermott and Dan Rupp; her sister-in-law, Delores McDermott; her brothers-in-law, John Kegler and Donald Tarnutzer; and a special friend, Shirley Wasmund.

The family would like to give a very special thank you for all the GREAT doctors and staff who took such great care of her over the years: Dr. Mark Janes, who always went the extra mile for Miss Pat, Dr. Bruce Obbink, Dr. Christine Sinsky, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Medical Associates Oncology Department, Finley's Wendt Center and the retired Dr. John Patrick.

A special thanks also to her co-workers past and present who watched over her. Mom always said she had the best.

Thanks, Sue, for always looking out for mom.

Mom's favorite quote: "Always think positively, nothing is impossible. Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow." Mom had 75 years of tomorrows with no regrets.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Merlin R. Schwers


Merlin R. "Merle" Schwers, 79, of Luxemburg passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held after 2 pm Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire Department will gather at 6:30 pm and an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, April 5, 2019, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Merle was born Feb. 1, 1940, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of Herman and Marie (Foxen) Schwers.  He enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1959, and served 6 years until 1965.  He married Marie Klein on June 3, 1967, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Balltown. Together they began farming in the New Vienna area and eventually bought their own farm near Luxemburg.  Merle semi-retired from farming in 2002.  He and Marie have spent the last 14 winters in Florida and Merle has spent the summers helping on the farm.

Merle was active in the Luxemburg community, serving as a member of the NV/LUX Fire Board, Holy Trinity Parish Council and School Board, was a member of the Holy Trinity Choir and American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marie, children: Steve (Donna) and Marty (Jan), both of Luxemburg, Michelle (Chad) Koopmann of Epworth and Kevin (Amelia) of Ankeny; grandchildren: Libby, Spencer and Mitchell Schwers, Haiden, Owen and Levi Koopmann, and Kelen, and Araya Schwers; siblings: Germaine Theisen of Dyersville, Lillian Greiner of Independence, Eileen (Ambrose) Hellmann of Ryan, Caroline Nachtman of Manchester, Betty (Hal) Schultz of Cedar Rapids, Lawrence Schwers of Anamosa, Elmer Schwers of Dubuque, Charles (Donna) Schwers of Colorado Springs, CO and Jim Schwers of Tulsa, OK; in-laws: Arlene (Jack) Bahl of Balltown, Nancy (Joe) Banwarth, Sandy (Dave) Kauffmann, Madonna (Harold) Nauman, Lonnie (Dianne) Klein, Marleen Klein and Sandy Pierce, all of Sherrill, Loras (Marlene) Klein of Rickardsville, and Lenny (Judy) Klein of Belmont, WI, and Leon Klein of Balltown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws: Elmer Greiner, Merlin Theisen, Colleen Schwers, John Nachtman, Lyle Klein, Lester Klein, nephews, Mark Greiner and Randy Bahl, and a niece, Jennifer Schwers.

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

 

 



Frances Lamb


Frances "Fran" Lamb, 86, formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Wesley Chapel, Florida, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Khan.

A celebration of her life will be held at 12 P.M., Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:30 A.M. until service time. A Graveside Service and Burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at East Linn Cemetery, rural Redfield, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Frances Ann Altwegg was born on October 23, 1932, in Algona, Iowa to James and Irma (Windell) Altwegg. Her family moved to Redfield, IA, in 1943 and Frances graduated with the 18-member 1950 class of Redfield High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill D. Lamb, on April 15, 1951 in Redfield.

After Bill served in the Korean War, the couple settled near Redfield, living on the Lamb family farms until 1960 when the family moved to Nevada, Iowa, and eventually to Maquoketa in 1965. Frances was the quintessential stay-at-home Mom while her children were young. She then worked alongside her husband in their family business, Lamb Fertilizer and Crop Services, Inc., from 1971 until they sold the business in 1995. In retirement, Frances and Bill became "snowbirds" and spent their winters in Punta Gorda, FL where they had their second home. After Bill passed away in January 1999, Frances continued to migrate south and north each year, determined to never give up any new or old friends. Frances relocated to Florida permanently in 2013, where Susan and Mark lovingly cared for her the last five years of her life.

Frances was active in the Maquoketa United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of P.E.O. Chapter BX. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the P.E.O. book club and many other social activities with numerous friends and neighbors in Maquoketa and Punta Gorda. Frances took great pleasure in all forms of music, both as a member of her church choirs and a spectator at countless symphony concerts, musicals and shows. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed doing needlework. Travel was another of Frances' favorite activities and she traveled extensively throughout her life, keeping detailed travel journals that are a testament to the joy she found in each of her many journeys.

Frances was a truly loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Those left to honor her memory include her three daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Joel Bierig of Venice, FL, Carol and Mark Behrer of Urbandale, IA, and Susan and Mark Khan of Wesley Chapel, FL; four grandchildren, Rebecca (Joseph Cohen) Bierig of Plano, TX, Brian (Emily Shelkowitz) Bierig of Denver, CO, Jessica Behrer of West Des Moines, IA, and Linda Behrer of Johnston, IA; step-grandchildren Sara (Thomas Renn) Khan of Tampa, FL, and Matthew Khan of Clearwater, FL; her brother Gary Altwegg and his wife, Sharol, of Logan, IA; sister-in-law Pat Altwegg of West Des Moines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, James W. Altwegg.

The family would like to express much appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful caregivers, Katherine Van Dam and Ellen Brake, who were so dedicated and compassionate to Frances through her struggle with Alzheimer's in the last years of her life.

Memorials in Frances' memory may be made to the Maquoketa United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org). Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Roger John Callahan


Roger John "Jeep" Callahan, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Colfax, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Roger may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the funeral home.

Services for Roger will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2019 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill, Iowa. There will also be a Celebration of Life held in Roger's honor on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Colfax Historical Society building in Colfax, IA.

Roger was born June 30, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, son of Eugene and Mary Alice (Hosch) Callahan. He received his education in St. Martin's school in Cascade and went on to University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where he received his teaching certification. On August 18, 1956 he was united in marriage to Mary Margaret Supple at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He taught physical education and was a coach at Colfax and later at Southeast Polk School System for 30 years when they resided in Colfax.

He enjoyed sports and outdoor activities. He was a fan of the Detroit Tigers, Hawkeye football and wrestling. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

He is an Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Callahan of Maquoketa, IA; six children, Tim (Patricia) Callahan of Pella, IA, Mike (Laurie) Callahan of Kansas City, MO, John (Charlotte) Callahan of Doniphan, MO, Mark (LuAnn) Callahan of Prior Lake, MN, Sean (Jodi) Callahan of Mingo, IA, and Jennifer (Randall) Schoenherr of Canton, IA; 12 grandchildren, Johanna and Luke Callahan, J.R. and William Callahan, Ryean Callahan and Cayla Saragusa, Britnie and Stephanie Callahan, Trevor Callahan, Patrick and Nick Callahan and Brett Schoenherr; and 3 great grandchildren, Emma, Michael, and Max; his siblings, Eugene "Ronnie" (Joanne) of EWestern Springs, IL, Joyce Burke of Menominee Falls, WI, Judith Callahan, BVM of East Dubuque, IL, Lois Mast (Chuck) of Whitewater, WI, Warren "Jerry" (Bonnie) Callahan of Cascade, IA, Stanley (Karen) Callahan and Quentin Callahan both of Bernard, IA, Mary Lou Callahan of Dubuque, IA and a sister-in-law, Judy Callahan of Independence, IA; and sister and brother-in-laws, Loretta (Francis) Connor of Lisbon, IA, Alice (Kenny) Widel of Maquoketa, IA, and Donald (Judy) Supple of Onslow, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jim "Muttley" Callahan; brothers, Maurice "Red" Callahan, Philip Callahan, Claude Callahan and John "Jack" Supple and in-laws, Lorelei (Fox) Callahan and Thomas Burke.

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



Dr. Jerry F. Ziegenhorn


Dr. Jerry F. Ziegenhorn, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa died March 26, 2019. As per Jerry's request there will be no services. Burial will take place in Florida at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Rd. is assisting the family.

Jerry was born in Independence, Missouri on April 1, 1938 the son of Forrest and Mildred (Garland) Ziegenhorn. Jerry moved to Amarillo, Texas when he was in the 10th Grade and went on to graduate from Amarillo High School in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart Judy (Burnett) Ziegenhorn in 1955. Together Jerry and Judy moved to Odessa, Texas where Jerry went to Odessa College on a basketball scholarship. Jerry moved his family to Independence, Missouri so he could continue his education at the UMKC School of Dentistry. He had a long and happy career as an Oral Surgeon in Dubuque eventually retiring in 1990. In his retirement Jerry enjoyed traveling across the United States and abroad visiting and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Judy Ziegenhorn; two sons Gene (Pam) Ziegenhorn and Joel (Anne) Ziegenhorn; five grandchildren Melissa Peters, Tara Torres, Nick Ziegenhorn, Leah Ziegenhorn, Aiden Ziegenhorn; five great-grandchildren Ava Torres, Maya Torres, Ellie Torres, Emilea Peters, and Ethan Peters. Jerry is also surved by his brother Garland Ziegenhorn and his sister Genneil Curphey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Forrest and Mildred; a brother Howard Ziegenhorn; and a sister Ruth Ann Austin.

All memorials can be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Ronald Schope for their care of Jerry.



Christopher J. Young


Christopher John Young (Chris), 53, of Lone Tree, Colorado, formerly of Dubuque, passed away at Sky Ridge Medical Center surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 10.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 29th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Chris was born on July 19, 1965 in Dubuque, son of John and Janet (Hendricks) Young. He loved roaming the hills behind his house, fishing in the Mississippi River, playing golf, softball, baseball, sledding, and skiing on Snowmad Hill. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School where he was an outstanding wrestler and participated in the State Wrestling tournament. Later he moved to Colorado where he continued his love of the outdoors. Throughout his life he was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan but after living in Colorado he cheered for both the Packers and Denver Broncos. Chris and his friend Jeff Lukens worked together on opening a painting company, Tri-Plex Painting, where he worked for 23 years.

Chris loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, his extended family and many friends. He was a kind, loving and gentle man who always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Chris recovered from cancer five years ago but continued to battle numerous health issues with a determined spirit and an upbeat attitude.

Chris is survived by his parents; two daughters, Chelsea Young and Olivia (Cameron) Moss, both of Lone Tree, Colorado; two grandchildren Taelynn and Corbin; a step-daughter, Kearah Williams, Lone Tree, Colorado; three step-grandchildren, Keagan, Tavin and Jaxen. He is also survived by a brother, Kevin Young (fiance Laura Gassman), Dubuque; and a twin sister Kerry (Scott) Douglas, Dubuque; a nephew, Seth Godwin; and a niece, Maranda (Emily) Peterson; seven aunts, Sharon (Bob) Cate, Sheila (John) Walsh, Mary Jo (Jerry) Klinkhammer, Pat Link, Susan Young (Randy Theobald), Karen Scheckel and Valeria Roll; two uncles, Bob (Kathy) Hendricks and Jim Young; two godchildren, Maranda Peterson and Peyton Lukens.

Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Doloras (Crimmins) Hendricks and Roy and Thelma (Rank) Young; four uncles, Donald Hendricks, Terry Hendricks, Dale Mahoney, Leo Link; one aunt, Linda Young; three cousins, David Hendricks, Danielle Cate and Anna Weitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Anna Weitz Foundation or Dubuque Rescue Mission.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Chris was held on March 16th in Colorado.



Eva Merfeld


Eva Merfeld, 69, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL. Private family visitation only will be Saturday morning at the funeral home.

Eva was born on May 13, 1949 in Nogales, AZ, the daughter of Ricardo and Carmen (Mendivi) Espiriti.  She married Raymond L. Merfeld on March 2, 1968, at Sacred Heart Church, Nogales, AZ.

Eva was a learner at heart.  She attended and graduated from Capri Cosmetology and she took art classes at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA.

Eva sought out opportunities to teach others.  After graduating Capri she returned there as an instructor, she volunteered for the Girl Scouts and worked as the salon manager at JCPenney.  More recently, Eva taught several painting classes at the Creative Adventure Lab in Dubuque.

Eva was an exceptionally talented artist. She excelled in several creative disciplines, including painting, life drawing, interior design, and pottery. She shared these passions with her friends and family which was her gift to the world.

As a wife, mother and grandmother, Eva was loved by her family who regarded her as a joyful matriarch. After raising three sons, Eva continued as constant support to her grandchildren and their families. As a sister and daughter, Eva offered herself, home and love to her family. She remained connected to her family with regular visits to Nogales. Her family was one of her great life passions and her source of joy.

Most of all Eva was a lover of life. She was known for her bright smile and endless generosity. She made the lives she touched better with her spirit and grace. She impacted so many lives and each one made brighter because they knew her.

Eva is survived by her husband of 51 years, Raymond L. Merfeld of East Dubuque, IL, her three sons, Richard L. (JoAnn) Merfeld of Tucson, AZ, Robert R. Merfeld of Phoenix, AZ, and Daniel P. Merfeld (Elizabeth) of Madison, WI, her four grandchildren, Taylor J. Merfeld, Lauryn M. Merfeld, and Jenna L. Merfeld and Berkley A. Welsh; four great-grandchildren, Raymond M. Merfeld, Dawn M. Merfeld, Mary L. Merfeld and Lily E. Merfeld; her mother, Carmen Espiriti of Nogales, AZ; her brothers, Ricardo (Debbie) Espiriti of Tucson, AZ, and Hector (Robin) Espiriti of Phoenix, AZ, and her sister, Alva Espiriti of Tucson, AZ, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ricardo M. Espiriti.

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


Jillene Marie (Caven) Streets


Jillene Marie (Caven) Streets, 71, of Maquoketa was called home on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 6:30 a.m., following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was not ready to leave us, but her body gave her no choice. We find comfort in the strong faith she instilled in us, and the peace she knew awaited her in heaven. It was a blessing to have the assistance of Jackson County Hospice, to help us bring her home in her final days. In accordance to her wishes, Carson and Sons Funeral Home will handle cremation, and a private family memorial will take place at a later date.

Jillene was born on May 13th, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa to parents Sherman Eugene and Myrtle C. (Clark) Caven. She shared her birthday with an identical twin sister, Jacqueline. Growing up, the twins were a bit of a novelty as they were coined with the nickname, "Jack and Jill." They were as identical as twins could be, and to this day, we struggle to tell the them apart in old pictures.
Jill grew up on a farm outside of Miles, Iowa and attended grade school in Miles. Her mother, Myrtle passed away when Jill was 9 years old. Her father Sherman later remarried, and Jill lovingly accepted his wife Helen into her life. When the family moved to a farm between Baldwin and Monmouth, Iowa, Jill continued her education in Maquoketa and graduated with the Maquoketa High School class of 1965. Over the years, Jill told many stories of her parents, her siblings and growing up on the farm. We wish now that we had listened more intently and burned them into our memory.

Jill married Charles Schilberg in January of 1973. To this union her daughters Alicia (Lece) and Jessica were born, and she officially became "mom".

On April 26th, 1976 she married James H. Streets, Sr. in a private ceremony in Galena, IL. To this union, she expanded her exceptional role as "mom" to also become "ma", to Jimmy, Kevin, Terri (Sissy) and Tammy Streets. Next month, Jim and Jill would've celebrated 43 years of marriage. Although they faced many challenges over the years, their love and dedication for one another created a rock-solid foundation that will live for generations in the family they built together.

Jim and Jill resided in Andrew, Iowa until they moved to Maquoketa in 1993. Jill loved her years living in Andrew and the lifelong friendships she made there. She attended Salem Lutheran Church and was a longtime member of the Andrew Petal Pals and Garden Club. She took pride in her enormous garden, her flower beds and her berry patches. She enjoyed gardening, canning and making crafts. Jill loved animals and she raised her family to love them as well. Pets were always family . . . Sidecar Sally, her schnauzer, even made long motorcycle trips with her in the sidecar. Over the years, she faithfully fed her birds and squirrels- knowing them so well by their distinguished markings and dispositions, that they each were each given a name. Recently, a friend gave her a rabbit for the yard which she named after her Daddy, Sherman Eugene.
For many years, Jill worked for a local doctor's office. She later found her most rewarding work was done, as a personal in-home caregiver. She taught her children many things, but most notably- she taught them empathy, compassion and respect, by her example. She never met a stranger and she truly lived the words "thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself". She was a beautiful person, with a heart of gold and the most loving intentions.

Jim and Jill enjoyed fishing together, camping, mushrooming, and riding motorcycle. They enjoyed several years of retirement, "wintering" in McAllen, Texas and they had a circle of friends, that circled the United States. We are so grateful for all the wonderful moments they shared, the memories they made and the friends they hold dear.

Jill is survived by her loving husband, James H. Streets; her children- Alicia (Lece) (Tom) Wagner, Jessica King, Terri (Sissy) Streets, Jimmy Streets, and Tammy Streets, her grandchildren- Alexandria, Kaitlyn (Octavio), Olivia, Sophia, Shayna (Nathan), Michael (Monica), Mitch, Marc (Jesse), Michelle (Jordan), Mel, Dustin and Crystal. Her love and legacy will also live on in her great-grandchildren. Her face always lit up upon the arrival of her "Grands". They were her sunshine. Jill is survived by a sister - Sharon (Doug) Martensen; a brother-in-law, Sanford (Marilyn) Streets; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Weets, Heloise Caven, and Beth Caven; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents- Sherman, Myrtle and Helen Caven; mother and father-in-law, Grace and Posey Streets; brothers- Perry Caven and Gary Pat Caven; and her sisters- Vera Jean Everetts, Romaine (Laverne) Bartels, and Jacqueline Miller; and a brother-in-law, John Weets. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin.

Words could never express the gratitude and love in our hearts, for Sissy- who patiently, lovingly and unselfishly cared for Mom for the past year and a half. They had a bond that went beyond being mother and daughter. Sissy has been the rock of our family throughout this journey, and we would've been lost without her.

A few days ago, mom said "There, but for the grace of God, go I." No other words could more adequately describe the life she lived and the legacy she leaves with us, on earth. We were blessed beyond measure by her love, her faith and her guidance. We will do our best to continue to live as she taught us and to honor her in everything we do.

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



MaryLou Burns Hinderman


MaryLou Burns Hinderman was granted her angel wings on March 26, 2019 at 12:15am. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.

Memorial Service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a private graveside burial.

MaryLou was an inspiration to her family and friends; never once was she scared or negative about her diagnosis. She was truly a women of faith.

MaryLou and her husband, John J. Hinderman were longtime residents of Dubuque, Iowa. She was involved with her family and community, throughout her life.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Sawvel and her husband Jack Sawvel, her son Mark Hinderman and his wife Beverly Hinderman, her daughter-in-law Candy Hinderman, three granddaughters, Nicole Sawvel, Holly Fischer and her husband Brennan Fischer, Hannah Hinderman, two great grandchildren, Avery Pickel and Elliott Fischer, two sisters, Jeanne Needham and Ruth Schultea, two brothers, Don Burns and Ray Burns.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Hinderman, her parents, Leo and Florence Burns, two sons, Greg J. Hinderman and Gary Hinderman, one sister, Dort Collins and one brother, Bill Burns.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for the love and care they provided for MaryLou during her last days.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.



Edmund M. Green


Edmund M. "Ed" Green, 99, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Ed may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and a KC Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Edmund will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 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 May 18, 1919 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Anton and Veronica (Lukan) Green. He received his education in the rural Cascade and former St. Mary's school. On May 8, 1952 he was united in marriage to Lucy Ramm at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 21, 1994.

He farmed in the rural Cascade area and drove a livestock truck until 1952 when he was employed by the US Postal Service, where he worked for 28 years until his retirement. Ed was a World War II Army Veteran, having served in the 473rd infantry.

He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 for 64 years, a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council # 930, a member of the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573, a lifetime member of the Cascade Sportsman's Club and a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. He was an avid fisherman, he loved to hunt, and he was a Chicago Cubs baseball fan.

He is survived by one sister, Dolores Fagan of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Janne Green of Cascade, IA and Ruth Green of Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Urban, Larry, Mel and Herb Green; two sisters, Gertrude Hirtz and Erma Green in infancy and a sister-in-law, Catherine McNally.

Special thanks to Deb Rohr, the staff at Riverbend, and the team at MercyOne, Dubuque for their wonderful care.

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



Robert Harris


Robert "Bob" Harris, 66, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at home.

Memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be private. 

Bob was a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in 1971. Bob was born September 18, 1952 in Dubuque, IA, son of Joe and Eleinor (Hartman) Harris. He married Diane Wolfe July 28, 1979 at Grandview Methodist Church, Dubuque.

Bob was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and fixing anything that was broken. Bob was an avid Harley motorcycle rider, taking many road trips on his bikes with Diane. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and telling them his favorite tomato joke. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Diane of almost 40 years; two children, Kristin Bainbridge and Joe Harris, all of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Isabella Bainbridge, Hendrix Harris and Zeppelin Harris; his special grandchildren, Ryann and Renae and their mother Brianna, all of Dubuque; a brother Lyle (Dianne) Harris, of Epworth; a sister, Mary Ann (Ted) Kalb, of Peosta; and siblings in law, Charles Wolfe, Jay Wolfe, and Gina (Randy) Gadient, all of Cascade, Jill S. (Jeff Petersen) Wolfe, of Colorado, Janell (Larry Capesius) Klostermann, of Bernard, Colleen (Tim) Crew, of West Branch, IA; and Joan (Duane) Feltes of North Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Sam Harris in 2012; his parents in law, Cyril and Marilyn Wolfe; his brothers in law, James Wolfe and Will Klostermann and a sister in law, Anna Wolfe.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported Bob through his difficult journey with Parkinson's. A Bob Harris Memorial Fund has been established.

The family requests no flowers

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

 

 



Virginia M. Eudaley


Virginia M. "Ginny" (Lang) Eudaley, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:13 a.m., on Monday, March 26, at her granddaughter's home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ginny's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ginny was born on April 22, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arnold and Anne (Welter) Lang.

Ginny was united in marriage to the love of her life, Billie Eudaley, on June 25, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 2 children and 61 wonderful years together, before Billie was sadly called home ahead of her on June 20, 2010. Ginny was always a hard worker and would devote 21 years to Flexsteel as an inspector, until her well earned retirement in 1979. In their free time, Ginny and Billie loved to spend time outside, whether it be sitting around the campfire at Waupeton, or casting a line, each hoping to catch the biggest fish of the day. They were avid boaters and spent countless hours out on the river with the children, one of their favorite activities. Ginny was an outgoing woman who was lovingly known as the "Mayor of Milwaukee Street", always willing to go the extra mile to help her neighbors. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but are extremely grateful for all of the memories we have to hold on to and cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Ginny's memory include

her children,
Daryl (Teri) Eudaley, Peosta, IA
and Jill (Jim) Faulhaber, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Billie Lee Zenner,
Stacy (Clyde) Franzen,
Sarah Faulhaber,
Candace (Michael) Loebach,
Kristin (Cody) Weber,
Krystal Scholtes,
Maria (Sam) Weber
and Jacob Weber;

her great-grandchildren,
Kelly Martin, Abby Lane, Chloe James, DJ (Jessica), Kayla, Tanyor, Tayah, Anthony, Kailee (Brad), Chesnee (Paul), Kacee (Hunter), Laszol, Olana, John and Kensi;

her great great-grandchildren,
Jaxon, Skylar, Addison, Madison and Nicholas Clyde;

her brother,
Arnold "Skip" Lang, Dubuque, IA;

and her godson,
Steve Lang.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billie Eudaley; and her sisters, Rachel Fullbright, Betty Birch, Darlene Wise, June Silverberg and Donna Bradley.

Ginny's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Ginny and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Ronald George Pfeiler


Ronald George Pfeiler, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 12:30 P.M.

Ronald was born July 1, 1937, in Iowa and is the son of Leonard and Salome (Meyer) Pfeiler, the oldest of seven siblings. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in 1955. He married M. Peggy Hielscher in September of 1958. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2018.

He retired from Amoco Oil Company at the age of 55 and enjoyed being retired immensely. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved telling jokes. He could always be found helping someone, and would do anything for anyone. He was an avid Cubs fan all his life. He went hunting and fishing with his many friends and relatives, he loved to golf with his friend Kenny, as well as gardening, and cutting wood for the Balltown Lion's Club as well as family and friends.

He is the beloved husband of M. Peggy Pfeiler; loving father of Stacy (Pat) Sweeney, Dubuque, IA, Collin "Slim" (Leslie) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA, and Russ (Jane) Pfeiler of Sherrill, IA; grandfather of Jessica (Cory) Petitgout, Florida, Gabby and Marshall Pfeiler; step-grandfather of Amy (Dan) McGovern, Melissa (Todd) Krieger, and Justin (Shasta) Flynn. He is the step-great-grandfather of Kacey, Katelyn, Kael, Mason, Maxwell, Maggie, Griffin, and Lucee. Brother of Bob (Jan) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Jim) Robertson, Commanche, IA, Tom (Marlene) Pfeiler, Peosta, IA, Renee (Chuck) Fletcher of San Antonio, TX, and Steve (Sandy) Pfeiler of Madison, WI; brother-in-law, Ed Richard of Oak Harbor, WA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pfeiler was proceeded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Lawrence and Margaret Heilscher, his sister, Sandy Richard, and a grandson Thad Howes.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, The American Heart Association, or to the Balltown Lion's Club.



Sister M Jeroma Day, BVM


Sister M Jeroma Day, BVM, 80, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Natural burial Rite of Commital was Monday, March 25, 2019, with burial in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial service will be Thursday, March 28, 2019 in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by a memorial Mass.

Sister Jeroma was a librarian and resource assistant at Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa; and a pastoral minister at St. Mary, Guttenberg, Iowa. She also served as pastoral minister in Richland, Pleasant Plain and Chariton, Iowa; Hibbing and Winona, Minn.; Elroy, Wis.; Huntington, Tenn.; Rosedale, Miss.; and Casper and Douglas, Wyo. She ministered as an elementary teacher in Phoenix, Ariz., and Glendale, Calif., and as a media center coordinator in Chicago and Pine Ridge, S.D.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1938, in St. Paul, Minn., to John and Veronica Kennelly Day. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Michael Parish, Lake Elmo, Minn. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John, Jerome, Robert and Bernard. She is survived by a sister Margaret Schmidt, Lake Elmo, Minn.; a brother Richard (Pam), Stillwater, Minn.; a sister-in-law Joan Day, St. Paul, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 62 years.

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

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



Joel Gorun


Joel Gorun, 77, died Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Unity Point Finley following a short illness. His heart could no longer contain all the love that flowed in and out. His family and special friends surrounded him with love, prayers, and music as he became a child of the universe.

Joel was born in Chicago on Thanksgiving, November 27, 1941, to John and Eleanor Gorun and named John Robert. He entered the Christian Brothers after high school and took the name Brother Joel. He carried the name with him after leaving the Brothers. 

Joel was a life-long learner. His early education and all his higher education took place in Catholic institutions. He attained a BS in mathematics and a MA in religious education from St. Mary's College, Winona, MN; an MA in religious studies from Manhattan College, New York City; and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Mary's Seminary, Mundelein, IL. After retirement, Joel participated in classes on world decisions and cosmology at the Roberta Kuhn Center. His reading list was extensive and diverse.

On August 13, 1973, Joel married Marilyn Bowers, and they moved from teaching positions in Addison, IL, to Cedar Rapids, IA, where they taught together at LaSalle High School. Three years later, Joel took a position with the Dubuque Archdiocese Religious Education Office. During their ten years in Cedar Rapids, they welcomed into their family Sarah in 1974 and David in 1980. They also opened St. Francis Center to sell religious books and gifts, a labor of love.

In 1983, the family moved to Dubuque. By this time, the couple had written several religious education texts and teacher manuals. They were co-authors of New Creation, a Catholic sex education program. Other texts were written for the junior high and high school levels.

While living in Dubuque, Joel worked at the Archdiocesan Religious Education Office, Loras College, Wahlert High School, and NICC. He was also an adjunct professor for the LIMEX program at Loyola University in New Orleans. He initiated the LIMEX religious education/pastoral ministry masters program in the Dubuque Archdiocese.

Following family and passionate discussions, Joel's great love was music, especially singing. Joel had a beautiful, clear, tenor voice that rang out with joy. Over the years, Joel belonged to church choirs, the Dubuque Chorale, Taize, and the Music Men. This past year, Joel initiated the formation of Healing Harmonies, a chorus for Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers, which NISOM took on as their endeavor. 

Joel is survived by his wife Marilyn, his children Sarah (Christopher) MacCallum and David (Anna), his grandchildren Christian, Andrew, Emma, Raven, and Orion; exchange students/ "children" Rocío, Heiko, Jamie, and Thomas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ed Kuzas, Robert Bowers, Rita and Roger West, Ken and Diana Bowers, and Pat Moore; his Aunt Mel Smutney; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara Kuzas, and his mother-in-law Alice Barbera.

There will be visitation for Joel at St. Raphael Cathedral on Friday, March 29, beginning at 3:00 until a prayer service/sharing of memories at 7:00. The funeral Mass will be at the Cathedral on Saturday, March 30, at 10:30. Since Joel has sung with so many groups, anyone who is interested is invited to come to the Cathedral Center at 10:00 to practice and then to be a musical part of the magnificent, joyful celebration of Joel's life. To all who knew him, Joel was known as a great hugger. Let's follow his example as we gather to celebrate his beautiful life.

In lieu of flowers, Joel's family asks that donations be made to the Dubuque Food Pantry, the Rescue Mission, Shalom Spirituality Center, NISOM (Healing Harmonies), and the Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be shared with Joel's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Robert L. Stockham


Robert L. "Bob" Stockham, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on Thursday morning March 21, 2019 at his home.

A remembrance reception for family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A graveside service and burial with full military honors will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert Lyall Stockham was born on January 11, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa to George Lyall "Punch" and Anna "Ruth " (Peterson) Stockham. He was a 1941 graduate of Maquoketa High School where he played football, basketball and wrestled. He also enjoyed playing ice hockey on Horseshoe Pond in Maquoketa. In 1943 he entered the military where he served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Co C 4th Engr Combat Bn. He was wounded twice in action earning two Purple Hearts and numerous decorations and citations. After being discharged in 1945 he returned back to Maquoketa, Iowa to work for the family business founded in 1894 by his grandfather Lee; G. L. Stockham and Son Construction Company. He had been a part of the business in one capacity or another from 1945 to present.

On July 21, 1946 he married Miriam Jane "Mim" Jargo in Maquoketa. To this union two children were born; Lynne and Dave.

"Bob" was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and a lifetime member of the Timber City American Legion Post #75. He was a 32nd deg Masonic Mason. He served on the Board of Directors of US Bank Maquoketa, IA. He was also a founding member of Maquoketa's Timber City Development. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and both professional and college football. He also enjoyed playing golf and boating with his friends. Throughout the years he and Mim enjoyed camping and traveling via motor home across the United States.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Lynne (Olin) Quissell and Dave Stockham all of Maquoketa. Three grandchildren; Thad Stockham, Maquoketa; Dr. Abigail Stockham (Brandon Jacobson) of LaCrosse, WI and Ashley Stockham of Seattle, WA. And nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Miriam "Mim" on July 10, 2012 and his sister Blanche Stockham Nanini Freytag.

Bob's family extends heartfelt thank yous to his caregivers who became friends; Tiffany Scotton, Jaimaca Rayburn, Dale Felderman, Macie Mulvania, Paige and Missie Johnson and grandson Thad Stockham. Also to the family of Amy (Dave) Johnson Dec. 2018 friend, confidant and caregiver to both Bob and Mim since 2011.

In lieu of flowers, a Robert L. "Bob" Stockham memorial fund has been established or memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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



Thomas F. Kennedy


Thomas F. Kennedy, 58, of Dyersville died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at home after a two year battle with brain cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9-10 am Thursday prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born February 26, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Vernon and Joan (Ruden) Kennedy.  He graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 1979.  He married Vicky Elsbury on August 22, 1987, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed south of Dyersville and did custom chopping and bagging.

Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cruising in his classic car, playing softball and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.  He was a member of the Dyersville Rural Fire Board.

Tom is survived by his wife, Vicky, 3 children: Mitchell (special friend Kylee Munson) Kennedy of Omaha, NE and Bradley (special friend Abigail Hedley) Kennedy of Dyersville & Danielle (Craig) Manternach of Cascade, his mother, Joan Kennedy of Dyersville, a sister-in-law, Kris Gibson (special friend Jeff) of South Amana, a brother-in-law, Doug (Deb) Elsbury of Mt. Vernon and 4 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon in 2013, his parents-in-law, Leo and Janice (Vorwald) Elsbury.

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

 

 



John E. Spoden


John E. "Jack" Spoden, 93, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Jack may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion-Post #656.

Jack was born September 17, 1925 in Worthington, Iowa, son of John C. and Adeline (Lehnhoff) Spoden. He was a graduate of St. Paul's High School and also attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On June 10, 1952 he was united in marriage to Jane E. Losey at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. She preceded him in death in June 28, 2001.

Jack was a United States Army Veteran having served in World War II. He worked at the Credit Rating Bureau of Dubuque, operated the Farley Bowling Alley and a butcher at Greenwood's Grocery. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 25 years until his retirement 1984. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, softball, bowling and dancing.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA and served on the Parish Council. He was also a 60 year member of the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He is survived by five children, Joan (Wayne) Marxen of Epworth, IA, James Spoden of Cedar Rapids, IA, Joseph (Karen) Spoden of Robins, IA, Judy (Jerry) Connolly of Farley, IA, and Jerry (Margie) Spoden of Marion, IA; 8 grandchildren, Adam (Kristy) Marxen of Cedar Rapids, IA, Justin (Laura) Marxen of Hiawatha, IA, Rachel (Terry) Kramer of Bernard, IA, Angela (Dan) Meyers of Cedar Rapids, IA, Michelle (Will) Amerine, Jamie (Andy) Lollback both of Lakewood, CO, Amber (Lori McDermott) Connolly and Christopher Spoden both of Cedar Rapids, IA; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Jean Ann (John) Heiberger of Epworth, IA; and brother-in-law, Maurice Losey of Dubuque, IA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Karl (Florence) Spoden; a brother-in-law, Bill Beresford.

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



Mary K. Arens


Mary K. Arens, 91, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm.  Visitation will continue from 8:30 - 9:30 am Wednesday prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mary was born September 29, 1927, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Harter) Mormann.  She married Richard J. "Dick" Arens on October 20, 1948, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg.  Together they farmed west of Dyersville.

Mary is survived by her children, Donna (John Shaw) Sutton-Shaw of Manchester, Tom Arens and Mary Jo (Steve) Friedmann, both of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren: Corey (Stefani) DeMoss, Brian (Jenny Hermsen) Arens, Holly (Jim) Doyle, Jordan Bildstein, Brady, McKenzie, Sydney, Kennedy and Trent Arens, Nicholas, Rachel and Tony Friedmann, and great-grandchildren, Emma and Dylan DeMoss, Jack, Owen and Willa Doyle and Oliver Bildstein, and a sister-in-law, Vera Mormann of Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005, a son, Rick Arens, a son-in-law, Gregg Sutton, siblings: Julitta (Harlan) Friedmann and William Mormann, a brother-in-law, Baby Boy Arens in infancy, and sisters-in-law, Rosa Langel, Molly Hahn, Agnes Weber, Stasia Bonert and Leona Demmer.

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

 

 



Michael R. Clancy


Michael R. Clancy, 63, of Epworth, Iowa passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at his home in Epworth, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life and Private Burial for Michael will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born September 11, 1955 in Bremerhaven, Germany, son of Eugene and Amke (Kraeft) Clancy. He graduated in 1974 from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany. On June 28, 1980 he was united in marriage to Katherine Luensmann at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. He worked at AY McDonald Mfg. as a machinist for 22 years until his retirement in September 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Clancy of Epworth, IA; three children, Sean Clancy (Special Friend Angie Vanderplas) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Brittany Clancy and Ryan Clancy (Special Friend Carrie Smith) both of Epworth, IA; his parents, Eugene and Amke Clancy of Epworth; one sister, Angela (Bill) Theisen of Epworth, IA; brothers-in-law, Richard (Cindy) Luensmann of Dubuque, IA, Michael Luensmann of Epworth, IA and Ken (Deb) Luensmann of Holy Cross, IA; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Monica Urbain on January 9, 2014.

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

 



Donnabelle Kramer


Donnabelle Kramer, 82, of Dubuque passed away Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center, with her loving husband by her side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating.

Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, and after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 until time of service.

Donnabelle was born on Sept. 15, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herbert and Benita (Seger) Douglas. She married Robert J. Kramer on June 20, 1958 at Immanuel Congregational UCC Church. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Dubuque John Deere before her marriage. She later worked at Montgomery Ward and as a secretary at the University of Dubuque while raising her seven children. She was an active member of Immanuel Congregational UCC Church, teaching Sunday school and other volunteer roles to help out wherever she was needed.

In her younger years, she loved to go roller skating and later in life enjoyed dancing with Bob and camping with her family and friends. She loved baking and using her artistic skills for painting, scrapbooking and making cards for family and friends. Family lore has it that she had a keen eye and could hit a bottle cap hanging from a tree with her .22 Winchester. Her family was very important to her and she especially loved attending her grandchildren's many school and sports events.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 60 years, Robert, her seven children, Jolee (Kevin) Arensdorf of Montrose, CO, Robin (Ron) Bauerly of Macomb, IL, Paula (Roger Welsh) Kramer of Dubuque, ("baby") Lynne Kramer of Dubuque, Tracy (Jeff) Gallery of Stilwell, KS, Robert R (Lisa) Kramer of Mantorville, MN, and Chad Kramer of Dubuque, her 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, a sister Delores Hines, two sisters-in-law Barbara Douglas and Mary Douglas-Beck, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Karen, and five brothers, David, Jim, Gordon, Donald, and Eugene.

In lieu of flowers, a Donnabelle Kramer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Donnabelle and the caring support they provided to the family the last few weeks of her journey.

 



Joyce A. Kahle


Joyce A. Kahle, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center after a short illness, with family close by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday. Fr. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Joyce was born September 29, 1934 in Dubuque, the daughter of Willard and Amanda (Rafoth) Magson. She grew up on Greeley St. with her parents and sister Joanne, next to her Grandparents and other Rafoth aunts and uncles. Joyce made lifelong friends in the Broadway neighborhood, where she also met Robert "Bob" B. Kahle, whom she graduated with in the class of 1952 from Senior High School and later married on Feb. 5, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Joyce was a determined and intelligent woman who was good at all she put her mind to. In the early years before marriage, she worked in the Research & Development department at Carr Co. while attending the University of Dubuque.  Once married, Joyce and Bob worked very hard to build a good life for their family. In addition to working as a full time mother, Joyce always maintained her creativity, her stylishness, and sense of humor. Joyce and Bob enjoyed being active, taking the family camping every weekend in the summer and fall, and playing cards and games with family and friends.

Her hobbies included making ceramics and knitting (afghans, sweaters), much of which she gave away as gifts. Joyce also enjoyed singing in various choirs (like her mother), playing bridge, collecting, and especially acting as a nun in the play "Nunsense".  She enjoyed the Round Robin letters and the longtime friendships with the "girls" who participated in these letters. She always liked to be aware of current events and be a part of what was happening in her little part of the world. Joyce and Bob were fortunate to travel to many places in their lifetime. They lived most of their lives together in Dubuque, but also lived for a time in Cassville WI and Dickeyville, WI.

Surviving Joyce are her children, Michelle Stanisch of West Bend, WI, Lorna (Mike) Laugen of Orange, CA, Tim Kahle of Dubuque, Angie (Mike) Maas of Dubuque, and John (Jane) Kahle of Draper, UT; 12 grandchildren, Ben, Tony (Sara), Matt, Alex, Bianca (Adam), Natalie (Brian), Alicia (Bob), Taylor, Alexi, Ruby (Jordan), Simon, and Lilah; six great grandchildren;  sister in law, Sandy Kahle;  brother in law, Don (sister in law, Erm) Kahle MD; and brother in law, Larry Seiler; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert on June 11, 2015; a daughter, Lisa Ann; her parents; her sister Joanne; and several aunts and uncles, including Ruth and June who were so close to her heart.

A special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Konz and Dr. Whalen.

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

 

 

 



Myrna P. Wisely


Myrna P. Wisely, 72, of Calamus, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at her home in Calamus.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Myrna on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Myrna Pauline Thompson was born on February 25, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Samuel M. and Laverna R. (Christiansen) Thompson. She grew up in Clinton County and attended and graduated from Lost Nation High School. She married Reed Wisely on August 30, 1982 in Clinton, Iowa.

Myrna was a homemaker. She was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bulls. She enjoyed painting wildlife, horses, and spending time outdoors camping and fishing. She also was an animal lover of both stray and domesticated dogs and cats.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Reed Wisely of Calamus, IA; children, Kristin (Lance) Feuss of Baldwin, IA, Kelly Seastrand of the Quad Cities, and Aaron (Simona) Seastrand of Tucson, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Merlyn (Pat) Thompson of Davenport, IA; and sisters, Donna Lacey of Maquoketa, IA, and Carol (Roger) Heilig of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Roland Thompson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Myrna P. Wisely memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Grace A. Maiers


Grace Agatha (Heying) Maiers, 99, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on January 1, 1920, in New Vienna, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Loeffelholz) Heying. Grace was raised in New Vienna and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic High School. 

On November 7, 1939, Grace was united in marriage to Ralph Maiers at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Together they raised two children while farming in the Strawberry Point and Edgewood area. In 1961, the couple moved to Manchester.  

Grace was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. Gerards Study Club. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, especially tending her flowers, and simply being outside. She and Ralph liked to dance and travel. Grace loved spending time with her family. 

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Harder of Salinas, CA; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Maiers of Manchester; five grandchildren, Chris (Kevin) Taylor of Asheville, NC, Sherri (Shorty) Knoche of Dundee, Bob Maiers of HI, Kim Huber of Kennesaw, GA, and Mary (Dick) Seehase of Guttenberg; eight great-grandchildren, Zach Taylor, Karlee Hill, Allison Hemann, Chase Forkenbrock, Ryan Maiers, Abby Maiers, Megan Huber, and Nicole Kluesner; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Eldora Pins, Julie Ungs, and Pat Elliott; brother-in-law, Merl (Vern) Maiers; and many nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph in 2007; a son, Robert in 2011; her parents; her siblings, Kathrine Postler, Anna Mae Heying, Germaine O'Mara, Jeanette Lynch, Dorothy O'Brien, Floyd Heying, James Heying, and two sisters who died in infancy; brothers-in-law, Jerome Maiers, John Maiers, and Gerald Maiers; and sister-in-law, Verna Mae Lucas. 

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

Mass of Resurrection:11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating. 

Visitation:9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, where the rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at 10:30 a.m.

Interment:St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Mary Jane Moss


Mary Jane Moss, 80, of Dyersville, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Pending the recovery of her husband, Kenneth, funeral arrangements will be scheduled through Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

Mary Jane was born November 1, 1938, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of Bernard Joseph and Mary Catherine (McCarthy) Fitzgerald.  She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1956.  She married Kenneth L. Moss on September 6, 1958 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City.  She moved to Dyersville with her husband in June of 1961, from Iowa City where her husband graduated from the University of Iowa Law School.  She was family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a volunteer worker for the Mercy Health Center, St. Mary's Unit (now MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center) Auxiliary Gift Shop and the Dyersville Area Historical Society.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; four children: Diane Marie Moss of Dyersville, Patricia Lynn Moss (Jeff Johnson) of Crystal MN, Susan Michelle (William) Sharp of Des Moines, Brian Kenneth (Heather) Moss of Apple Valley, MN, a son-in-law, Patrick Lenane of Fort Dodge, IA; grandchildren: Briana Marie Moss, Jesse Tyler Sharp, Jade Alexandra Sharp, Nickolas Kenneth Lenane, Andrew Patrick Lenane, Soren Lee Moss-Johnson, Sophia Grace Moss and Isabella Rose Moss; a sister, Alice (Gary) Ebeling of Clear Lake, brothers-in-law: John (Wanda) Moss and Jerry (Mary) Moss, and sisters-in-law: Dixie Shimak, Marilyn Moss-Taylor, Patricia Moss-Farnan, and Kathy (Dan) Moorhead, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Colleen Kay Lenane, a brother, Bernard (Doris) Fitzgerald, sisters, Marguerite (William) Maxwell and Genevieve M (Harold) Witt, a brother-in-law, Ray Shimak, and one great nephew, Robert Francis Tenney.

 

 

 



Wayne M. Pregler


Wayne M. Pregler, age 71, of Dubuque, Elkader and Texas, was called home suddenly at 8:37 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Wayne's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Wayne's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Wayne was born on August 25, 1947, in Dubuque, son of Clifford and Janet (Kalloway) Pregler.

Wayne was a proud life-long Dubuquer, who worked for Flexsteel Industries as an upholsterer, devoting 37 years to the company before retiring. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith Mess, on February 24, 1968, and they were blessed with 2 children and 29 wonderful years together, before Judith preceded him in death on April 24, 1997. After a couple years had passed, Wayne was fortunate to once again find true love, and was united in marriage to Charlene Hanson on May 29, 1999, the two became inseparable, spending almost 20 fun filled years together. In his free time, Wayne enjoyed anything that allowed him to spend time in the great outdoors, but camping and playing golf were his favorite activities. He even joined the maintenance department at the Elkader Golf and Country Club, not only so he could make sure the course was always in tip top shape, but to give him extra time to perfect his golfing skills. Wayne was quite proud of the fact that he had made not only 1, but 3 holes-in-one throughout the years. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, and was very active on the local dirt track racing scene for 30 years, being involved with several championship winning teams. Wayne was also an avid bowler with the Flexsteel bowling team for 30 years. When Wayne finally officially retired from all of his jobs, he and Char became full time RVers, splitting their time between Iowa and Texas, loving every minute of it. Beyond a doubt, Wayne's family was his pride and joy, and he took advantage of every opportunity that came along for them to spend time together. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have made throughout the years and will treasure forever.

Those left to cherish Wayne's memory include

his loving wife, best friend and soulmate,
Charlene Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Tracy (Terry) Gavin, Bernard, IA,
Brian (Debbie) Pregler, Mechanicsville, IA,
Angie (Brian) Miller, Dubuque, IA,
Vicki (Adam) Dolan, East Dubuque, IL
and Tony (Angie) Cross, Dubuque, IA;

his 15 grandchildren;

and his great-granddaughter.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Judith Pregler.

 



Marjorie M. Montelius


Marjorie M. "Marge" Montelius, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Cristina Montelius, in East Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Marge was born on September 13, 1944 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Al and Rita (Fleege) Petitgout. 

She was a 1962 graduate of East Dubuque High School.  She later attended NITI College in Peosta and graduated in 1989. On July 9, 1972 she was united in marriage to Bill Montelius, Sr. in Galena, IL.

Marge was a former member of the Jo Daviess County Board. She was a Master Gardener who enjoyed nature and the Mississippi River. She and Bill have had a houseboat at Massey Marina since 1984. Marge loved to travel.  Her family and grandchildren were the most important part of her life.

Surviving is her husband Bill; two children, Cristina (David) Small of East Dubuque and Daniel Montelius of Dubuque; eight step-children, Bill (Cathy) Montelius, Jr. of Violet, LA, Janet (Paul) Adams and Darryl (Kathy) Montelius both of Lake Whales, FL, Randy (Liz) Montelius of Cedar Rapids, IA, Alan Montelius of Marion, IA, Laurie (Dave) Von Ah and Karen Weber of Dubuque, and Barb (Aaron) Baltz of Brookfield, WI; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a niece, Jessica (Lynn) Carter of Stoddard, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Rita; her brother, Dale, sister-in-law Ginny Lou Petitgout, and son-in-law Patrick Weber.

A Marge Montelius memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Raymond F. Dean


Raymond "Ray" F. Dean, 92 of Holy Cross, Iowa passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at his home.

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., March 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Hall prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., March 22, 2019, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Raymond was born February 9, 1927 in North Buena Vista, Iowa the son of William and Elizabeth (Freiburger) Dean. He married Nettie Harry on September 28, 1946 in North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Ray was employed by Dubuque Packing House for many years. He enjoyed spending time in the woods, hunting and trapping, or on the river, setting trout lines and turtle traps. Ray and family raised and butchered countless chickens each year. He most enjoyed visits with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include his son: Rick (Heidi) Dean of Holy Cross, grandchildren: Sarah (Steve) Schirmer of Dyersville, Nick (Catie) Dean of Guttenberg, and Stefanie Dean (special friend, Tony Ayers) of Dubuque, great grandchildren: Colin and Kyle Schirmer, Avery and Mallory Dean, siblings: Ann Gurioli and Betty Capone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nettie in 1996, siblings: Harriet, Marie, William, Florence, Rose, Loretta, Catherine, and Harry, in-laws: Dorothy Brandenberg, Mahala Dean, Geraldine Laufenberg, Carol Molitor, Merville, Lloyd and Russell Harry, John Harry, Betty Schumacher.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care. Also, a special thank you to Mary Schmidt and Angel Coyle for their time spent caring for Raymond.

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



Joseph W. Jacobsmeier


Joseph W. Jacobsmeier, 75, of Dubuque, Ia. passed away peacefully at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side.

To honor Joe's life, visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be held at 6:45p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Burial will be held at Linwood Cemetery.

Joe was born on July 12, 1943, in Amboy, Ill, the son of Greg and Mary (Eardman) Jacobsmeier. He grew up in Dyersville, IA and attended Dyersville Xavier Schools.

On August 28, 1965 Joe married the love of his life, Donna Brooks, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. They had 53 wonderful years together.

He worked at Ray's Amoco as a mechanic for 30 yrs. as well as Big A Auto and Thermo-King until retirement in 2003.

He had a passion for Dubuque History and belonged to the Dubuque postcard club as well as the Panera Bread Breakfast Club where he enjoyed his daily coffee with friends. He also enjoyed his time at home with his beloved dog Bindy.

Joe loved watching Nascar and was a fan of #4 Kevin Harvick. He was a Chevy man and very much enjoyed watching Toyota getting beat. Sometimes he would wager a cup of coffee on the race with friends! In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends.

He and his wife Donna were instrumental in fundraising efforts for the Veterans memorial Plaza located on Chaplain Schmitt Island.

Survivors include his son Ron Jacobsmeier, Daughter Dawn (Mark) Knockel; 5 grandchildren, Alyssa (Andrew) Schmidt, Emily (Christian) Jacobs, Linzy Knockel, Natalie Jacobsmeier & Amanda Knockel; 5 Great grandchildren, Hayden Jacobsmeier, Parker Schmidt, Remington Jacobs, Riley Schmidt & Eli Jacobs. Sister Agnes Nadermann, Dubuque; Brother John (Judy) Jacobsmeier, Cedar Falls; Sister Bernice Williamson, Dubuque & sister-in-law Janice Jacobsmeier, Monticello; Aunts, Uncles, Nieces & Nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Greg and Mary (Eardman) Jacobsmeier and brother Bernard Jacobsmeier.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Joe's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Amy M. Mehlhorn


Amy Marie Mehlhorn, 35, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on March 17th, 2019 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be open to family and friends from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral services will then proceed at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Suits officiating at the funeral home.

Amy was born on October 31st, 1983 in Derby, Connecticut. Amy graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2002 as valedictorian. She then attended the University of Sothern California and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Cinema-Television Production.

For over 8 years, Amy was a loyal worker of AY McDonald in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing scattergories and working on her ancestry tree. Amy was also an active member of Dubuque's local film club. From a very young age, she was an amazing and talented visual artist.

She is survived by her mother Carol Cook, step-father Steven Cook, sister Brenda Mehlhorn, brother Timothy Mehlhorn, and her grandmother Sharon Mehlhorn, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Amy was preceded in death by her father Daniel Mehlhorn, and grandmother June Thompson, along with many other family members.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their great care and compassion, all of their supportive friends and family, and a special thank you to Amy's new friend, Anna.



Elmeretta Koon


Elmeretta "Etta" Koon, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, March 18, 2019, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Etta's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 23, 2019, Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 A.M. until 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Elmeretta Bowman was born on April 27, 1922 on a farm west of Maquoketa to Elmer and Nora (Edson) Bowman. She attended Maquoketa schools graduating in 1940. She attended Bussell's Beauty School of Cosmetology in Davenport and returned to Maquoketa where she worked in her sister Lola Goodall's beauty shop.

She married Dale L. Koon on February 3, 1943 at the Methodist Church in Davenport, Iowa. When Dale went to the Army, she followed him and worked in several beauty shops in Texas and Kentucky. After the war, she returned to Maquoketa and opened her own beauty shop until 1956. She later worked at the Sears Catalog Store in Maquoketa.

Etta had been a member of the Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school and then became a member of the United Church of Christ where she served on several boards. She had also volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels in Maquoketa for over 20 years.

Etta loved traveling. She and Dale went on trips to numerous states and spent many years going camping with a group of special friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family for every holiday, especially Christmas. She also enjoyed sending cards to church members, family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her two sons, Michael D. Koon and his wife, Diana of Sarasota, FL, and David L. Koon and his wife, Judy of Maquoketa, IA; two grandsons, David Jr. of Des Moines, and Jeffery and his wife, Annmarie and their two daughters, Julia and Marissa of Livonia, MI; and two step grandsons, Shawn Payment and his wife Susan of Johns Island, SC, and Stephen Payment and his wife Brandi and her son Christan of Orlando, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale on July 9, 2010, a grandson Jeremy Koon on January 17, 2013, sisters Beaulah Bowman Schenk and husband Edwin and Lola Bowman Goodall and husband Ray, brothers Kenneth and wife Laura and Edelman and wife Zelda.

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

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

 



James C. Miller


James C. Miller, 81, of Delhi, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 17th, 2019 at MercyOne Medical.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the presentation of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21st. 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:30 p.m.
Jim was born on June 26, 1937 the son of Theodore and Genevieve (Carroll) Miller. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. He married Laura Welter. Together they shared 56 years of a loving marriage.

Jim worked for the Dubuque Fire Department from 1962 to 1999 retiring as Assistant Chief; and was a member of the Retired Dubuque Firefighters Association.

He was a devoted family man, who loved spending time with his family and friends at Lake Delhi. He enjoyed playing cards, dominos, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan.

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who was proud of his entire family.

He is survived by his wife Laura; children Dan (Jill) Miller, Mark (Patti) Miller, Chris (Amy) Miller, Michele (Kevin Lynn) Pitts, all of Dubuque. Grandchildren Codi (Brian) Putman, Tye (Kristen) Miller, Sam Miller; Mitchell and Maddie Miller; Joshua (Carrie) Pitts, Tom Pitts, Genavieve Pitts; 9 great grandchildren. Brother William (Charlyn) Miller, of Dubuque. Sisters and Brother-in-law, Jean (Mike) Vance, David (Dawn) Welter, and Rita Osterberger, all of Dubuque; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law Tom Pitts; two sisters Joyce and Pat.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals especially MercyOne in Dubuque and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim and his family.



Robert T. Baker


Robert T. "Bob" Baker 81, of Dubuque, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Bob was born on July 16, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Milton and Margaret (Higgins) Baker. He married Colleen Donovan on May 2, 1959 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2003.

Bob lived in Dubuque all his life. He attended Nativity and St. Joseph grade schools and graduated from Loras Academy, Class of 1955. He was a member of Nativity Parish and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 355.

He worked at Dubuque Packing Co., Bob Biedler Mobil and John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years. He was a member of the UAW Local 94, served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Bob enjoyed playing golf and pool, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, New York Yankees, NASCAR and spending time with family, friends and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Ann (Dan) Flynn of Newburgh, IN, Cathy (Roy) Snyder of Rochelle, IL, Mike (Connie) Baker of Dubuque, IA, Susan (Tom) Crimmins of North Liberty, IA, Patti (Tom) Finnegan of Eldridge, IA and John Baker of Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Bill and Donald Baker and his sister-in-law Gwen Baker.

A Robert J. Baker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Medical Associates, Dr. Christopher Stille, Dr. Eltibi Rami, Dr. Dolehide, Dr. Janes, Julie Ehlinger ARNP, Dr. Boyle, his heart nurses at Mercy Medical Center (Kelly and Lacee) and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

 



D. Kent Wielage


D. Kent Wielage, 73, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 17, 2019 surrounded by his family.

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 prayer service at 6:30 p.m.  

Kent was born June 29, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska, son of Donald R. and Esther J. (Manion) Wielage. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1967 and on December 23, 1967, he married Laura Menard at St. Joseph Church, Bellevue, Iowa.

Kent served his country in the Viet Nam War as a member of the US Army.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a supply management specialist, retiring in 2001.

Kent was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved traveling and taking his kids and grandkids on vacation. He was also an avid reader and fan of NASCAR.

He is survived his wife, Laura Wielage, a son, Chad Wielage, two daughters, Karen (William Jr.) Freiburger and Susan (Drew) Waller and five grandchildren, Alex and Emma Freiburger and Samuel, Maxwell and Vivian Waller, all of Dubuque.

He is also survived by three siblings, Michael Wielage of Goshen, Virginia, Jill Dinnes of Davenport, Iowa and Paul (Therese) Wielage of Des Moines, Iowa, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother in law, Ralph Dinnes.



Rose Mary Heinze-Haskell


Rose Mary Heinze-Haskell, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 16th, 2019 at home.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Rose was born on November 1, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Adeline (Waters) Birch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. In 1952 she married Frank C. Heinze and he preceded her in death. She later married Richard C. Haskell in 1978 and he preceded her in death.

She worked for Dubuque Stamping Company, John Deere and Answer Iowa. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Youth Bowling League, United States Bowling Congress and was inducted into the DWBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rose enjoyed travelling, spending time on the river and singing karaoke with her friends. She was also on many bowling leagues throughout her life.

Rose is survived by her children, Frank (Annie) Heinze, of Dubuque, Deborah (Richard) Smith, of Cedar Falls, John (Jeannie) Heinze, of Dubuque, Trish Julson, of Dubuque, Rick (Sharon) Haskell, of Dubuque, Patti (Joe Weber) Sarazin, of Dubuque and her sister Shirley Stecklein, of Platteville, WI. Rose has 18 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren and also leaves behind her beloved dog "Eddie Haskell"

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter in infancy, and a brother Tom Birch.



Carol Anna Averkamp

Carol Anna Averkamp, 86, of Benton, WI passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be 11 AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Benton. A family visitation will be held prior from 9 AM until 10:15 AM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born March 13, 1933, in Buncombe the daughter of Thomas Earl and Lorena Ann (Leglar) Furlong. Carol graduated from Hazel Green High School. She was united in marriage to Bernard A. Averkamp on August 1, 1953, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Hazel Green, WI and he preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

Carol was a homemaker along with helping her husband on their farm. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and going on car rides. Carol was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Benton.

She is survived by three sons, Kevin (Kathy) Averkamp of Dubuque, Tony Averkamp of Benton, Roger Averkamp of Leadmine, WI, a daughter, Vicki (Mark) Richardson of Benton, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, three brothers, Carl (Dolly) Furlong, Claire (Sandy) Furlong and David (Diane) Furlong, one sister, Inez Piquette and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter-in-law, Sherry Averkamp, two granddaughters, Melinda Mae Averkamp and Diana Carol Richardson, six brothers, Robert, John "Percy", Gerald, Daryl, James "Digger" and Earl "Nick", five sisters, Mary in infancy, Elaine, Helen, Twila and Lila.

"We will never forget how our Mother's positive attitude, kindness, and smile has gotten her through some good times and some bad times. Her strength has taught us all how to make the toughest times easier and for that, we will be forever grateful."

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Charles J. Edmonds


Charles "Chuck" J. Edmonds, 58, of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly March 13, 2019 in Rockford, IL from a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena. Friends may call from 1 to 4 PM, Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel.

He was born July 8, 1960 in Hazel Green, WI the son of Charles C. and Anna Mae (Kieffer) Edmonds. He graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1978. Chuck was united in marriage to Diane Bussan on September 30, 1989 in Galena and she survives. He was currently employed at East Dubuque Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant.

Chuck loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed watching westerns, hunting, fishing and farming. He is survived by his wife, Diane, two step-sons, Jeremy and Brian Einsweiler, his mother, Anna Mae Edmonds, his siblings, Dave Edmonds, Dennis (Joyce) Edmonds, Dick Edmonds, Greg (Clarene) Edmonds, Mark Edmonds, Tim Edmonds, Becky (Tom) Ruchti, Scott (Laura) Edmonds and Jeff Edmonds, his mother in-law, Nadane Bussan, four brothers in-law, Jim (Nancy), Mark, Roy and Todd (special friend Tracy Houston) Bussan, a sister in-law, Julie (Mark) Fryer, and his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and his father in law, LeRoy Bussan. The family requests no flowers.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Julie A. Pickel


Julie A. Pickel, 58, of Pahrump, Nevada, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott, Rev. Randy Timmerman and Deacon Larry Tranel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Julie was born on June 25, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Kenneth J. "Kenny" and Berneice (Langmeier) Pickel.

Once she graduated high school, Julie expressed an interest in joining the U.S. Military and serving in the Army. She retired from the Army in June of 1998 after receiving full retirement benefits. During her military tenure she spent a significant amount of time in Germany where she was able to experience the chaos and excitement that came with the infamous, "Fall of the Berlin Wall". She then returned to Madison to work at UW Hospital and Clinics as an operating room technician where she aided surgeons by giving them the necessary operating tools during procedures. In her time in Madison she always made a point to make the hour and a half drive to Kieler, Wisconsin, to visit her parents and her family. While her youngest brother was not based in the Wisconsin area, she always would contact him and his family at least once a week as well as her adopted army family. Julie's immediate kin consisted of several pairs of dogs throughout the years, some of the most notable being Fluff and Rambo, and the current Tucker and Buddy. Besides her love for her K-9 pets, which she called "The Boys", she had a fierce and undying love for her four nieces and two nephews. At least once a year she would gather all six of them together and host the long anticipated "Niece and Nephew Night". "Niece and Nephew Night" entailed a wide variety of activities with all the kids and Julie together that ranged from going bowling, skating, seeing movies, and playing long hours of cards, and other party games. She hosted a very similar event with her cousins on Christmas Eve where all of them would get together and have dinner. After her time in Madison she fled the cold weather, calling herself a snowbird (one who retires away from snow), and moved to Pahrump Nevada, a place less than an hour away from Las Vegas. During retirement Julie made many friends with neighbors and engaged in activities such as water aerobics and annual card meetings. In January she sadly learned that she had pancreatic cancer. She swiftly made the journey back home to Wisconsin and began treatment. After moves from the U.S.A. to Germany and back, then from Wisconsin to Nevada, and back as well, Julie's final move, occurred on March 16, where she entered the gates of Heaven.

Survivors include her parents, Kenny and Berneice Pickel, of Kieler; her siblings, Jim (Jane) Pickel, of Kieler, Joe (Lori) Pickel, of Arlington, Virginia, and Jenny (John) Brosius, of Kieler; her nieces and nephews, Jessica, Blake, Erica, Gabrielle, Lexi, Gage, and her one and only godson, Joey; a good friend, Alice Lubers, of Pahrump, Nevada; and her dogs, also known as the boys, Tucker and Buddy.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

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



Mark Becker


 

Mark Becker, 66, of Englewood, Florida, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 in Florida. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. More information at www.hskfh.com

 

 



Mark J. Urbain


Mark J. "E.J." Urbain, 60, of rural Farley, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Mark requested that family and friends wear casual wear to his services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Phillip Kruse presiding and Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D concelebrating. Private burial will be held at a later date.
He was born December 27, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Gertrude (Klostermann) Urbain. He was a 1978 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On May 29, 1982 he was united in marriage to Julie McDermott at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He drove truck for Tschiggfriee in Dubuque for many years. He later went on to work as a carpenter for Portzen Construction until his retirement.

Mark took pride in his land. You could usually find him mowing grass, entertaining in the Man Cave, watching his Hawkeyes, or taking Ranger rides. He loved his grandkids, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Urbain of Farley, IA; two children Abby (Dan) Ankenbauer of Clear Lake, IA and Ben (Dallas) Urbain of Onslow, IA; 5 grandchildren, Lily, Colten, Nate and Caden Urbain and Kinzly Ankenbauer; eight siblings, Sue Ann (Gilbert) Beringer of Dyersville, IA; Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain both of Farley, IA, Judy Koppes of Monmouth, IA; Nancy (John) Kramer of Worthington, IA, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain of Peosta, IA, Wanda (Dave) Roberts of Omaha, NE and Sarah (Tim) Ells of Davenport, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Patricia) McDermott of Morrison, CO, Gerald (Jolene) McDermott of Castle Rock, CO and Jodi (Mark) Naig of Waterloo, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Dave Koppes; sister-in-law, Joni McDermott; his father and mother-in-law, Michael A. and Lois J. McDermott and his best friend, Melvin Ernzen.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Engleman, his nurses Sarah and Danielle, and all his Chemo nurses Medical Associates.

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



Maurice P. Kauffmann


Maurice P. "Hap" Kauffmann, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:05 a.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side. To honor Hap's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Hap's life, family and friends may visit from 2:30 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Hap was born on August 2, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Clara (Kutsch) Kauffmann.

Hap proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Alaska. He was never one to brag about his service, but did enjoy telling stories about his experiences driving the Generals around base in the jeep. Hap was born and raised in Dubuque and worked on the farm for his whole life, until his well deserved "retirement" in 1994. Hap was united in marriage to the love of his life, Bernette Knabel, on June 21, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two have been blessed with 58 years and 5 children together. When Bernette began to have some health issues, Hap stepped right in and took over all of the cooking, cleaning and laundry, as well as taking wonderful care of Bernette, making sure she always had whatever she needed. Hap's faith was also an important aspect of his life, leading to his long time membership with Holy Ghost Church. Farming, however, was truly his passion in life, he continued helping long after his son had taken over the day to day operations. As any good farmer knows, the ability to fix things is absolutely necessary, and Hap loved to put his knowledge to good use tinkering with things out in the garage on a regular basis. Hap also had a bit of a competitive side, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards. We are truly grateful for the 86 years we have been blessed to have Hap here with us, caring for us and teaching us countless life lessons and skills. The kids always loved to tease that there were 3 ways to do things, "the right way", "the wrong way", and "Dad's way". Hap truly represented the generation of men that defined hard work and love of family, and we will miss him more than words can say.

Those left to cherish Hap's memory include

his loving wife,
Bernette Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Thomas (Pam) Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Donald Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Sharon (Tom) Kramer, Dubuque, IA,
William (Kelly) Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA
and James (Amy) Kauffmann, Epworth, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;

his 4 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Roger Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Margaret Kauffmann, Denver, CO.

Hap was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Linda Kauffmann; his siblings, Mary (Wilford) Bradshaw, Phillip (Delores) Kauffmann, Bert Kauffmann, Robert (Pearl) Kauffmann and Joyce (Don) Nemmers; and his brother-in-law, Merlin (Ginny) Knabel.

Hap's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to long time caregivers, Susan and Melissa, and to the nurses and staff of Luther Homecare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of our parents. Also a special thanks to Jim and Hilda Dupont for all of their years of friendship and support.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Daniel J. Leary


Daniel J.  Leary, 87, of Cedar Rapids, currently of Dubuque, Iowa, died March 13, 2019 at Bethany Home in Dubuque. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha.  Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.   Rev. Mark Ressler will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military honors accorded. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Dan was born November 16, 1931 in Fairfax, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (McGowan) Leary. He married Lola Zabokrtsky on November 20, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fairfax, IA. She preceded him in death on September 4, 2004. He then married Mary Hanzelka on August 30, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. 

Dan served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a Medic. He co- owned /operated Zeb's Oil Company/Dan's Sinclair in Walford, IA for over 40 years. He was an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy, and a volunteer for Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids. Dan was a loyal Hawkeye fan, and an avid reader.  He also loved to golf and was a lifelong music lover. He taught all the grandchildren to swim in his backyard pool, where the family enjoyed spending time with him. After retirement, he worked at Econofoods in Cedar Rapids in the Produce Department, and always said that while he enjoyed the vegetables, the best part of the job was talking to the customers. 

Dan is survived by his wife, Mary of Dubuque; three children, Dave (Mary) Leary of Dubuque, Sue (Mike) Malloy of Omaha, NE, Lisa (Pete) Lueninghoener of O'Neill, NE; his grandchildren, Rob (Jeriann), and  Bridget Leary, Ben, Daniel (Jessica), and Patrick Malloy, Ian (Cate), Laura, and Shea Lueninghoener; his great grandchildren, Xavier, Luke, Nick, Grant, and Caroline; and his brothers in law, Terry Zabokrtsky and Val Hanzelka and sisters in law Jane Hanzelka and Jane Foley as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson Colin Malloy; his siblings John (Harriet) Leary, Theresa (Dale) Berryhill, and Patricia (Frank) Schlict.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of Mercy, Cedar Rapids, or Bethany Home, Dubuque. 

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

 

 



Rita M. Loch


Rita M. (Weidemann) Loch, 89, of Asbury, formerly of Balltown, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, surrounded by her family at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Balltown.

Rita was born on December 3, 1929 in Five Points, Iowa, daughter of John and Susan (Lex) Weidemann.

She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque. In 1948, Rita married Matthias J. Loch at St. Joseph's Church, Rickardsville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1986.

Rita and Matt raised their six children on their farm on Haberkorn Road in Balltown. She was an active member of the St. Francis Rosary Society in Balltown. Rita accepted the Century Farm Award in 1988, an honor bestowed on the Loch family for owning their land for 100 years. Eight years after Matt passed, Rita moved to Asbury. She became a dedicated volunteer at Finley Hospital. Rita cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Culver's opened in Asbury, she was one of the restaurant's first employees. Rita cheerfully delivered trays of food and made countless friends over the 16 years she was employed. She retired from Culver's at age 84. She was known for her determination, loyalty, fortitude and grit. A go-getter throughout her life, she was most proud of the strong work ethic that she instilled in her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her six children, Kathy Loch Klein of Asbury, Connie (George) Leibfried of Dubuque, Bob Loch of Bettendorf and Balltown, Bill (Deb) Loch of Otter Creek, Mary (Bill) Klein of Peosta and Ron (Kathy) Loch of Cary, Ill.; her 13 grandchildren, Brian Klein, Mark (Kristy Woodard) Klein, Scott (Laura) Leibfried, Matt (Sara) Leibfried, Tracy (Jayme) Kiernan, Sarah (Dan) Lachapell, Jason (Lori) Loch, Tony (Angie) Loch, Angie (Mike) FitzPatrick, Emily (Tom) Shedek, Tim (Dana) Klein, Madeline Loch and Adam Loch; her 17 great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Lucille Helbing.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Matthias, a sister, Magdalen (Elmer) Wagner; four brothers, John (Irene) Weidemann, Herbert (Martha) Weidemann, Gilbert (Florence) Weidemann, Merlyn (Patricia) Weidemann; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie (Harold) Parker, Irene (Allan Cain, Michael McMahon) McMahon and Bert Helbing.

The family requests no flowers or memento gifts. Donations may be given to your favorite charity.

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor Grand Meadows for guiding them through this journey and for all the kindness and care shown to Rita.

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

 

 



Delphine Dolter


Delphine Dolter, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Luther Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m.  Monday, March 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Paul Attah-Nsiah will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, from 3 p.m.  to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. 

Delphine was born November 8, 1924 in Balltown, the daughter of Herbert and Ernestine (Haberkorn) Klein. She met Richard A. Dolter at Melody Mill dance hall, and she married him on February 10, 1945 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 14, 2008. 

Delphine was a longtime member of Catholic Daughters. She was a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) for 50 years, serving as President, and rarely missing a meeting. Delphine was a devoted mother to her seven children, who will remember what an excellent cook and baker she was. Once her children were in school, she worked at several local retail stores and school kitchens. Delphine was very talented at sewing, knitting (even teaching knitting at NICC and Washington School), crafting,  and crocheting. Win or lose, Delphine was an avid Cubs fan for over 40 years.  Going out to eat with friends was another favorite activity.

Delphine is survived by her children, Dick D. Dolter of Dubuque, Lynette (Tom) Howe of Dubuque, Suzanne (Michael) Muir of Durango, Daniel (Cheryl) Dolter of Dubuque, Mark (Jackie) Dolter of Cedar Rapids, Paula (Tom) Giese of Dubuque, and Andy (Terrie) Dolter of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sister Roseanne (Floyd) Hammel of Sherrill; her brother Norbert A. Klein of Westminster, CO; and her sisters in law Darlene Klein of Sherrill, Judy Dolter of Dubuque, and Betty Dolter of Dubuque.  

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers George, Don (Ann), and Richard (in infancy) Klein. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their loving care of Delphine.  

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

 

 



Grace M. Mueller


Grace Marie Mueller, 94, formerly of Key West, Iowa died peacefully at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Luther Manor.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street.

Grace was born February 8, 1925, daughter of Thomas and Katie (Burns) Lyons of Key West. She married Raymond "Whitey" Mueller September 4, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2007. They lived on his family farm in LaMotte, Iowa for 27 years. She was a stay-at-home mom caring for their seven children.

In January 1970, they moved to the new home they built in Key West. They turned the 65 acres near their home into Twin Ridge Subdivision where more than 100 families live today. In partnership with their son, Dan, they developed another 47 acres near the intersection of Highway 151/61 and 52 into commercial business lots which became Dubuque Southgate Development Ltd.
They donated a parcel of property to the Key West Fire Department in 2005 for the construction of a new fire station, parking lot and recreation area.

Grace, from very young age played piano and loved to entertain anyone who would listen. She was an organist at St. Joseph's for many years, playing for weddings, funerals and other events. She also played at the Moracco Supper Club, The Chateau Supper Club, the Swiss Valley Chalet and the Grand Tap in Dubuque, as well as the Log Cabin in Galena, IL, over the years, plus several local nursing homes.
At the age of 43, she went back to school to become a nurse, a career she enjoyed for 23 years until her retirement in 1993 at the age of 68.

She was a member of the Dubuque County Board of Health for more than 20 years. She was vice chair of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee and was named "Mother of the Year" in May of 2003 by the Dubuque County Farm Bureau.
She and her husband were active volunteers with the Dubuque County Fair Board.

Surviving are seven children, Mary Ann Gassman, Daniel (Sondra) Mueller and Tim (Lisa) Mueller, all of Dubuque, Thomas Mueller, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Janelle (Stan) Booth, of Verona, Wis., Jeanine (Larry) Lochner, of Peosta, Ia., and Cindy (Roger) Reiser, of Grimes, Ia.; 13 grandchildren, Julianne (Kevin Bowen) Gassman, of Cedar Falls, Ia., Lisa (Norm) Pottebaum, of Dyersville, Ia., Douglas (Malinda) Mueller, of Pacific Grove, Calif., Chris (Kim) Mueller, of Lafayette, Colo., Jenny (Sal) Giunta, of Windsor, Colo., Scott (Kesha) Booth, of Muskego, Wis., Brad (Pam) Booth, of Phoenix, Ariz., Tina Booth, of Sun Prairie, Wis., Thomas (Jill) Lochner, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Daniel Lochner, of New York, N.Y., Jared Reiser, of Lake Forest, Calif., Jake (Reba) Reiser, of Winterset, Ia., and David Mueller, of Cambridge, Mass.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the kind staff at Luther Manor for all their loving care, and also Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Tom N. Sarvis


Tom N. Sarvis, 77, of Dubuque died Monday, March 11, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd with the funeral service following at 11:15 a.m. Military rites will be accorded at the church immediately following the service.

Tom was born October 13, 1941 in Delta, Iowa, son of Lloyd and Elma (Ulin) Sarvis. He attended Tri-County Schools in What Cheer, Iowa, and Iowa Weslyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where he studied mechanical engineering. He moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a small hotel desk clerk before taking a "jack-of-all-trades" job at the Los Angeles Teachers' Credit Union.
In 1966, his credit union career was interrupted by the Viet Nam War. Tom returned to Iowa and enlisted in the Army. He served as a medivac helicopter pilot during Tet Offensive, and was deployed until 1967.

After the war, he resumed his passion of working for members of credit unions. He started as an examiner, and then joined Alcoa Employees Credit Union in Bettendorf. In 1984, he became CEO of DuTrac Credit union, guiding it as it grew for 23 years until his retirement in 2007.

Tom married Darleen Pankratz, November 1, 1969 in Deep River, Iowa, and treasured her for nearly 50 years.

Tom enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and cruising with Darleen to far-away places. He always made time for family, friends, and coworkers, spinning many a yarn, all of which had just enough truth to be believed. He was a volunteer for many organizations, including St. Peter Lutheran Church as a Stephen minister, AARP as a tax aide, S.C.O.R.E. as a small-business adviser, Hills and Dales as a member of the board of directors, and the Boy Scouts of America as a father and mentor to many.

He is mourned and remembered by many, but especially by Darleen, his two sons, Brian (Angela) Sarvis of Indianola, Iowa and their children, Emily and Ben and Jonathan (Amy) Sarvis and their children, Carson and Aaron. He is also cherished by his Texas family, Loyd (Mary Ann) Pankratz of Boerne, Jean (Martin) Mohr of Fredericksburg, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

He was with us for the passing of his parents and his sister, Carol Rodriquez.

In lieu of flowers, a Tom Sarvis memorial fund has been established.

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

The entire family is most grateful the kind, patient, compassionate, and excellent care of Dr. John Whalen, and all the staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center.



Rita M. (Bauman) Singh Roth


Rita M. (Bauman) Singh Roth, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:35 a.m., on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Rita was born on September 7, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Helen "Pat" (Edwards) Bauman.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1958. After graduation, Rita traveled to California, where she would meet her future husband at a dance at Coconut Grove. She was united in marriage to Mastan Singh, on October 10, 1959, in Watsonville, California, and they were blessed with 38 wonderful years, and 3 adored daughters together, before he was called home ahead of her on August 3, 1998. Luckily, Rita would once again find love with Keith L. Roth, and they would marry on September 3, 2005, at the Church of the Resurrection. Rita and Keith would seamlessly blend their families together, and go on to be blessed with 14 lovely years together. Rita was always a dedicated worker, and was employed with Mastercraft for several years, then began driving bus for the Dubuque Community Schools, she worked for Haun's Butcher Shop and lastly was a security guard at the Greyhound Park kennels and later at the casino. In her free time, Rita enjoyed entertaining family and friends, getting everyone together and making traditional meals for them to share was one of her favorite activities. Rita was also known to spend an afternoon engaging in a little retail therapy, always on the look out for a great buy. She was a creative woman, who took joy in sitting quietly working on her next beautiful crochet project, always happy to share her creations with family. Rita and Keith also liked to spend a night out on the town, heading out to dinner and a movie, or catching a concert, attending 16-17 concerts over the past few years. Keith spoiled Rita over their entire 14 years relationship, and she loved every minute of it. We are deeply saddened at losing our dear, sweet Rita, and will miss her more than words can convey, but take comfort in the fact that we will all be reunited one day for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her husband,
Keith L. Roth, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Cindy (Brooks) Easton, Prairie Village, KS,
Tammy (Jeff) Flynn, Dubuque, IA,
Kim DeMuth, Dubuque, IA,
John (Sue) Roth, Cincinnati, OH,
Stacy (Dave) Slattery, East Dubuque, IL,
Steve (Sue) Roth, Glen Carbon, IL,
Amy (Jim) McKernan, Cedar Falls, IA,
Alan Roth, East Dubuque, IL
and Julie (Dirk) Baughman, Lincoln, NE;

her grandchildren,
Acacia Byerley, Halle Flynn, Terra (Dan) Pfeiler, Heather Reed, Melissa Merchant, Nicole (Jon) Johnson, Katie McKernan, Daniel McKernan, John (Jackie) Roth, Jeff (Elizabeth) Roth, Mitch Baughman, Mark Baughman, Nick Roth, Nate Roth, Amanda (Shea) Chase and Josh (Kat) Easton;

her great-grandchildren,
Millie, Alec, Averi, Asah, Frankie, Russell, Corrina, Jack, Nora, Margot, Molly, Dylan, Beckett, Boston, Maya, Lana and Adalyn;

her sister,
Ruby (Gary) Berg, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Daisy Bauman, East Dubuque, IL;

numerous nieces and nephews;

and her fur-baby,
Raji.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mastan Singh; a son, Terry Roth; a son-in-law, Mike DeMuth; and a brother, Ralph Bauman.

Rita's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary nursing staff at Finley Hospital, especially Nancy and Jackie, for all of the wonderful care and support they have shown Rita, and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



Dennis W. Schlung


Dennis W. Schlung, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 15, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Dennis Wayne Schlung was born on September 19, 1960 in Wisconsin to Victor James and Norma Pauline (Sills) Schlung Sr. He grew up in Iowa and Texas and earned his GED. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army. He married Cathy Ann Fultner on August 23, 1980 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Two daughters were born to this union, Elizabeth and Rachel.

Dennis was an over the road truck driver, first working for Campbell Trucking in Preston and then for Green Truckline in Cascade, Iowa until he retired due to ill health.

Dennis was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Maquoketa and the NRA. He enjoyed fishing, doing locksmith work and shooting at the gun range.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cathy Schlung of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) DeYoung of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Rachel (Jerrod) Dotson of Miles, IA; 6 grandchildren, Zachary, Dallas, Caitlin, Michael, Ethan and Gabriel; his mother Norma Kaping of OR; and siblings, Vickie Howard of OR, Henry Schlung of OR, Peggy (Chuck) Williams of OR, Janie (Sonny) Lengele of OR, Opal Denton of AR, Victor (Robyn) Schlung Jr. of WA, Lynn (Loretta) Schlung of Lewis, TX, Teri (James) Munson of TX, and Nancy (Roy) Taylor of TX.

He was preceded in death by his father Victor and step-mother Lavon, and an infant brother Danny Schlung.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dennis W. Schlung memorial fund has been established.

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



Darleen V. Simmons


Darleen V. Simmons, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Darleen's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Darleen Galloway was born on June 15, 1927 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Harold and Wava (Hamilton) Galloway. She graduated from Elwood High School, and on August 14, 1946 she married Kenneth W. Simmons in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1991.

Darleen had first worked at Northwestern Bell in Maquoketa as a telephone operator. Upon her marriage to Kenneth, together they managed Town & Country Lanes, Maquoketa Country Club and the Key Motel. She also worked as a waitress at FlapJack's Restaurant in Maquoketa from when they opened until her retirement.

Darleen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Rachel Circle. She had also been a 50-year member of the Elwood Card Club. She enjoyed her co-workers and customers at FlapJack's but her family was her life.

Those left to honor Darleen's memory include her children, Kristi (David) Hovey of Maquoketa, IA, Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction, IA, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa, IA; daughter-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel of Wheatland, IA; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, IA, Jerry (Barb) Wirth of Lost Nation, IA, Larry (Pat) Galloway, Roger (Linda) Galloway, Barb (Ken) Schroeder, Al (Pam) Galloway, Jim (Bev) Galloway, Marcia (Ronnie) Barten, and Linda Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sons Craig and Keith, grandsons Doug Simmons, Tom Simmons and Zach Campbell, great-grandson Dreyton Eby, sister and brother-in-law Rhea and Merwyn Hasenmiller, an infant sister, and brothers Donald, Dwain, Geff and Russell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darleen V. Simmons memorial fund has been established.

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



Nancy A. Reuter


Nancy A. Reuter, age 72, of Peosta, completed her earthly journey on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. 

To celebrate Nancy's life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nancy's family.

Nancy was born on July 23, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa a daughter to Robert "Bob" and Rita (Kane) Knockel.  Upon completing high school, Nancy began her career at Mercy Hospital in the Data Processing Department. She would faithfully devote over 30 years there before finally retiring. Nancy did find a little spare time to work outside of her full-time responsibilities at Mercy as a bartender at both The American Legion Hall, Post #6 and at the Rainbow Lounge. She made many friends at all 3 places and her contagiously joyful spirit was always on display.  Nancy was also blessed in her love life at home and spent many wonderful years being united in marriage to her true love, Dale Reuter. The couple continually displayed what real commitment looked like and their devotion to one another will carry on as a fine example for future generations to follow.

Nancy was a uniquely driven woman who never passed up an opportunity to have a little excitement when the moments presented themselves. She always enjoyed an evening out bowling with family and friends, but if the sky was clear and the winds were light, you could easily catch her out on her Harley getting in a relaxing ride. Possibly, one of her favorite memories though was the day she was able to race a 1957 Chevy at Cordova Raceway. She would carry the excitement of that day with her the rest of her life and no one would ever have to doubt if Nancy truly understood the real-life principal that we only live once.

When her work and playtime was done is where Nancy managed to discover absolute contentment in life.  Relaxing and visiting with those she loved is what she lived for. Work was necessary, excitement was fun, but the downtime to simply decompress away the stress of the day was where Nancy thrived. If you held a special place in her heart, she made sure you always knew it. If you needed a friend to share with, she could be there, and if you wanted to find a brighter light in your day, she would definitely be it. Nancy lived life on some very simple terms: live for today, laugh for tomorrow, love forever, and whenever possible let them hear a determined "Yoo-Hoo" just to let them know you care.

We will miss you Nancy, we will embrace the memories you leave behind, and we will wait patiently for the day we will finally get to see your beautiful smile again!  Thank you for being you Nancy and may the Lord give you peace from your earthly struggles and labors dear.    

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Nancy include

her loving husband,

Dale Reuter, Peosta, Iowa;

her children,

Liberty "Libby" Tupper, Nevada, Iowa,

Dana Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Troy (Cathy Quade) Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren,

Abby Tupper, Gillian Tupper, Morgan Tupper, Drew Fulks, Gabrielle Fulks, Fallon Opperman, Jamie (Adi) Opperman, Alyssa (Jake Salwolke) Giancola, Samuel (Megan Jones) Debes-Reuter, Aislinn Reuter and Danielle Reuter;

her great-grandchildren,

Landon Opperman and Lana Opperman;

her siblings,

Gary (Joanie) Knockel, Gurnee, Illinois,

and Bev Knockel, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Andrew Fulks; her daughter, Carol in infancy; and her brothers, Bucky Knockel and Jake Knockel.

A Nancy A. Reuter memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among some of Nancy's favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, especially her 3rd floor comfort nurse, for all of the wonderful, professional and compassionate care they provided to Nancy, and her family. They would also like to thank her Super Special Friends, Julee (Bill) Miller-Smith, Judy and Betty for all of the unconditional love, time and attention you have given so abundantly. May God bless all of you for your kindnesses!

Online condolences may be shared with Nancy's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Eileen R. Klein


Eileen R. Klein, 95, of Balltown, Iowa, died Monday, March 11, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Balltown. Burial will take place at the St. Francis church cemetery.

Eileen was born on August 22, 1923 in Bankston, IA the daughter of Ben and Rose (Nickl) Schmitt. She married Ralph Klein on November 18, 1942 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2005.

Eileen attended St. Clement High School in Bankston where she played on the 1941 Archdiocese championship women's basketball team. She was a lifetime member of the St. Francis Rosary Society.

Eileen was a fantastic cook and spent her Friday nights cooking at the Barn in Sherrill. She also volunteered her time working with the Dubuque Women's Food Service at the county fair for over 35 years. Eileen received the State of Iowa Award for Volunteerism in 1988 from former Gov. Terry Branstad. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and doing crossword puzzles. Eileen loved spending time with her family and visiting and hearing about what they have been up to.

She is survived by her children Judy (Jack) Gansemer of Balltown, IA and Thomas (Linda) Klein of Dubuque, IA; five grandchildren Ann (Dan) Topf of Ames, IA, Steve(Gina) Gansemer of Balltown, IA, Cathy (Paul) Hannan of Rochester, MN, Tara (Larry) Goedert of Dubuque, IA, and Justin (Jackie) Klein of Lafayette, CO; ten great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters Geraldine Sanner of Hattiesburg, MS, and Rita Kueter of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Rose Schmitt and her brother Melvin Schmitt.

The family requests no flowers.

An Eileen R. Klein memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley, Amy D. and Amy McD.



Sister Gertrude Ann Sullivan, BVM


Sister Gertrude Ann Sullivan, BVM, 89, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

In Dubuque, Sister Gertrude Ann was an associate education professor, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Clarke University and a teacher at St. Anthony ES. She served as administrator, curriculum director and/or teacher in West Hempstead, N.Y.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. She was a diocesan curriculum director and a national curriculum consultant in San Diego, Calif.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Milwaukee, to William & Gertrude Byrne Sullivan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Robert Parish, Milwaukee. She professed first vows March 19, 1951 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is in charge of arrangements.



Loren Gary Larson


Loren Gary Larson, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, March 14 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri State Vietnam Veterans. A visitation will be held from 4-8 pm, Wednesday, March 13 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 9:30-10:15 am, Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Loren was born on August 6, 1946 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the son of L. Dale and Doris Lucille (Iverson) Larson. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1964 and went on to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating in 1969. Loren enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1973.

He moved to Dubuque in 1973 and began his career as Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial. He was passionate about his profession and cherished all of the people he worked with and friends he made during his career.

On November 28, 1987 he married the love of his life, Kimberly Ann Crockett in Clinton, Iowa. Together they traveled the world and raised two children, Alex and Libby. Kim and Loren walked together through many extremely difficult situations and various illnesses. In 2009 he retired to have more time with Kim and his family.

Loren enjoyed hunting, fishing, working and collecting. He was a member of 660 Shooting Club and St. Peter Lutheran Church. Loren was dedicated to his family and loved ones, and the countless people he provided counsel to throughout his career.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Alexander Larson and Elizabeth Larson; brothers, Lonnie (Cindy) Larson and Larry (Mary) Larson; brother-in-law, David (Jeannine) Crockett; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Susan Larson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Loren's family would like to extend a special thank you to Home Instead Senior Care, Hospice of Dubuque and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., for their compassionate care.



Shirley Ann Deutmeyer


Shirley Ann Deutmeyer, 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by her family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16 at Church of the Resurrection, with visitation from 9:00 to 10:45 prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on May 30, 1930, the daughter of Elmer and Agnes (Schadle) Fink. She married the love of her life, Duane D. Deutmeyer, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They celebrated 66 loving and joyous years of marriage together.

Shirley was employed at Woolworths for 20 years and supported her husband with his various business ventures. Her greatest joy was being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother.

She also enjoyed square dancing and camping with Duane, and loved living in the country on their thirty acres of land. She cherished time spent with her family.

She is survived by her children, Duey (Jill) Deutmeyer of Long Grove, IA, Dawn (Joe) Hancock of Dubuque, Dan (Janet) Deutmeyer of Ilwaso, WA, Drew (Sherilyn) Deutmeyer of Littleton, CO, Daria Fleege of Dubuque, Darrell (Kelley) Deutmeyer of Dubuque, IA, Dina (Mike) Kettmann of Bellevue, IA, and Dirk (Rhonda) Deutmeyer of Epworth, IA; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; sister, Mary (Jack) Parkin, of Dubuque; brother, Elmer "Finky" (Sherry) Fink, of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law, DiAnn Ahearn, Darlene Ferrie and Katie Deutmeyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane; and granddaughter, Robin Deutmeyer.

We will miss you!

A Shirley Deutmeyer Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, the staff in the Memory Care Unit, and Whitney and Vanessa at Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care of Shirley.



Lori A. Story


Lori A. Story, age 60 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Lori's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Steeple Square, 105 East 15th Street, Dubuque. To honor Lori's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Steeple Square, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lori's family.

Lori was born on March 3, 1959, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, a daughter to Francis "Pete" and Mary (Kisting) Splinter. Lori did her part in making the world a better place while taking care of others and her years in the working world would concurrently reflect her passion as such. She faithfully spent many years as a phlebotomist at both the United Clinical Laboratories and Dubuque Internal Medicine until she eventually had to retire due to health issues. She was known well by her patients. She had also invested a few years working in other locations, but at the end of the day her work in the lab was where she truly felt she was making a positive impact for others. Lori wasn't just all about work though. She treasured her homelife with family, visitors and was beyond grateful to have found true love with her adoring husband, Timothy "Timmy" Story. The two have been inseparable since they met and married in 1995.  These last months of fighting that Lori had to endure were made much easier for her, knowing that her unwavering partner and best friend was always by her side along with her fur "babies" Bella, Riley and Tilly.

Lori also had a natural affinity for all of God's 4-legged creatures. Making a difference took shape in many forms for her.  If she was capable of making any situation better for another living creature, you could bet she'd be right there. Lori's commitment to the Dubuque Humane Society and the ASPCA were always on display for those who knew her. Lori also enjoyed a little downtime to relax with family and friends whenever possible. In years past, she would love to sit around the campfire, or even try her luck at bingo, faithfully every Thursday night. These were definite possibilities when she was still feeling well enough. A little serene solitude could also find its way into Lori's days from time to time and an evening of working the crochet needle back and forth or getting lost in a novel were a couple of her favorite ways to unwind. Of course, she had "her shows" that she faithfully followed also.

What truly drove Lori's joyful spirit in this life was her deep and dear relationships with family and friends.  She was always there when someone needed to talk and never missed an opportunity to simply bond.  She was relentless about making sure the people who held a special place in her heart never had to wonder about it. She was loyal to a fault, honest as they come and forever committed to those she cared about. To say that Lori was a kind and generous soul may be an understatement, but we'll have to embrace them for now until more accurate words can be invented. We will miss her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her never-surrender attitude. Thank you, Lori for so effortlessly being a role-model on how to get the most out of this journey for those of us left behind. May the Lord give you peace and keep you safe in the palm of His hands until we see you again! We know you've always had many angels watching over you and now you can be with them. You will be a most beautiful angel.    

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lori include,

her loving husband,
Timothy R. "Tim" Story, Dubuque, Iowa;

her daughter,
Shelbie L. (Jeremy) Engler, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren,
Alec J. Specht, David F. Specht and Caleb M. Engler;

her great-granddaughter,
Noella A. Engler;

her siblings,
Shari Splinter, Bloomington, Wisconsin,
Amy (Thomas) Bergeron, Dubuque, Iowa,
Terry (Stephanie) Schmitt, Raleigh, North Carolina,
Heidi (Bobby) McDonald, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Theresa (George) Dittmar, Dubuque, Iowa;

her fur babies,
Riley, Bella and Tilly;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Mary (Robert) Schmitt and Francis "Pete" (Kay) Splinter; her son, Douglas Engler in infancy; her grandson, Austin Specht in infancy; and her brothers, George Schmitt and Timothy Schmitt.

In lieu of flowers, a Lori A. Story memorial fund has been established which will benefit some of Lori's favorite causes.

Lori's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ron Schope and Laurie at GRMG, and all the nursing staff at Finley Hospital for the kind, compassionate and wonderful care they provided to Lori.

Online condolences may be shared with Lori's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Delbert M. Patzner


Delbert M. Patzner, 93, of Monticello and formerly of Guttenberg, IA and Rochelle, IL died Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, March 15, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Guttenberg where military honors will be accorded by the Iowa Army Honors Detail.

Del was born July 20, 1925, the son of Martin and Mabel (Schiffman) Patzner and grew up in Guttenberg. Their family delivered milk in the area. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII as the helmsman of the LST 390 at Iwo Jima.

After an honorable discharge, he worked for the Standard Oil pipeline for many years. He moved to Rochelle, IL where he purchased a beachside hotel and operated it for several years. He then became a Real Estate Broker establishing Starr Realty in Rochelle. He served as President of the Illinois Real Estate Board. Del held a US Patent on railroad repair.

He married Marian Elizabeth "Mariann" Hamlet and had two sons and two daughters. They later divorced and he met Verna White, who became his loving companion.

He loved flying his Cessna and would take anyone who wanted a ride. His biggest joy was watching his two grandchildren, Kyle and Cody, play sports. He enjoyed going to Iowa Basketball games, golfing, skiing and being on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Del is survived by his partner of 35 years, Verna White of Monticello, two daughters: Valerie L. Smith and Brenda M. Carter, both of Illinois; stepchildren: Lloyd (Mary) White, Jr. of Dubuque, Melissa (Bruce) Menster of Monticello; special grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Menster, and several other grandchildren and 1 brother, Joe (Jean) Patzner of Sigourney, IA.

Del is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons, Martin H. and Martin A. Patzner, a sister, Jeanette Junk, and 3 brothers, Verdus, Danny and Mark Patzner.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Charles J. Ronek


Charles J. Ronek, 72, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Charles may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a Prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa with Rev. Ralph Davis presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in Peosta, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born March 27, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, son of James and Loretta (Johnson) Ronek. He attended Oak Grove school House #6 in rural Bernard, Iowa. He was a Marine Corp. veteran.

On January 12, 1991 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Sheber in Guttenberg, Iowa.

He was employed for over 38 years in the maintenance department of Georgia Pacific in Dubuque. Farming was his passion, he farmed in the Bernard, Holy Cross and Buena Vista areas. He loved to read western novels and was a Louie L'amour fan, he was a coin collector and always enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Ronek of Dyersville, IA; a son, Brian Lemm of Jersey City, New Jersey; a daughter-in-law, Christine Lemm of New York and Christine and Joe's children, Ryan and Brooke; his 3 step-children, Joe Sheber of Dyersville, IA and his children, Eddie & Kaylee; Jamie (Renae) Sheber of New Hampton, IA and their children, Sheree, Krisha, Katrina and Ty; and Michelle Sheber of Farley, IA and her son, Spencer; his siblings, Leonard (Holly) Ronek of Brooklyn, WI, Agnes Gregorich of Dubuque, IA, Margaret (Steve) Willenbring of Dyersville, IA, Grace (Dan) Pfeiler of Eldridge, IA, Joyce (Dave) Link of Springtown, TX, David (Diane) Ronek of Cascade, IA, Terri (John) Coffey of Peosta, IA, Linda (Joe) Pfeiler of Delano, MN and Leona (Dean) Lehman of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Lemm; and 2 brothers, Wilfred and Steve Ronek.

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



Marian L. Furst


Marian L. Furst, 64, of Dubuque, died at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 08, 2019, after a sixteen-month fight against pancreatic cancer. Marian was a loving and adventurous wife; encouraging mother, aunt and grandma; supportive big sister and friend; energetic teacher; engaged member of the Dubuque and Resurrection communities; and "practically perfect in every way." She loved supporting her former students, quilting, playing music, biking and swimming, spending time with her friends and family, and eating chocolate. Marian lived a full and blessed life and was so incredibly grateful for all of you. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 amTuesday at the Church of the Resurrection with lunch following at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. 

Marian, known as "Mimi" to her many nieces & nephews, was born April 9, 1954, in Dodge City, Kansas, daughter of Alvin and Catherine (Banks) Pfannenstiel.  She received a BS degree in education from Northwest Missouri State, an MA in education from Ball State University, and a graduate certification in music performance from Clarke University.  

On May 23, 1976, she married Kenneth Furst, her great love. They moved to Dubuque in 1983 and Marian found a community to call home. For the last 36 years, Marian has impacted many people through a variety of organizations, from teaching music at Resurrection for 16 years, to serving as a member of Resurrection Church, President of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, the Dubuque Chorale Board, Julian Dubuque Film Festival, GBGF Book Club, and Swim Moms, and volunteering at various schools. She also continued to support her former students by attending performances and encouraging their pursuits. 

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Furst of Dubuque; three children, Amanda (Scott Johnson) Furst of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Bjorn) Hill of Dubuque and Zachary (Dr. Hanna Zembrzuska) Furst of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Jensen and Anders Hill, Duncan Johnson, and William Furst. 

She is also survived by four siblings, Marguerite (Chris) Hughes of Red Oak, IA, Teresa (Steve) Bryant of Lee's Summit, MO, Steven (Amy) Pfannenstiel of Shawnee, KS, and Ellen (Wes) Gates of Leewood, KS, and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Paul.

To celebrate Marian, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Education & Outreach Fund or Hospice of Dubuque. We would also like to thank the many caregivers that helped Marian, especially Dr. Mark Hermann, Paula, Marguerite, and Teresa. 

 

 

 



Burdette C. Schenke


Burdette "Bud" Carl Schenke, 98, of Edgewood, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on January 17, 1921, in Earlville, the son of Benjamin and Florence (Kurrelmeyer) Schenke.

On March 21, 1947, Bud was united in marriage to LaVera E. Williams at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. The family owned and operated a dairy farm near Colesburg.

Bud valued hard work and had a strong connection to his family and the land. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, card playing, and anything to do with grandchildren and the dairy farm. In his later years, he enjoyed road tripping on country roads with his wife. 

Bud is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, LaVera; his three children, Marilee Pityer of Manchester, Gene (Patti) Schenke of Colesburg, and Bruce (Doris) Schenke of Colesburg; eight grandchildren, Johnathan (Larissa) Pityer, Tarilee (Jeffery) Deutmeyer, Daren (Jackie) Pityer, Emily (Shawn) Matt, Amy (Matt) Sitzmann, Andrew Schenke, Cory (Casey) Schenke, and Jason (Jessica) Schenke; three step-grandchildren, Brian (Nadine) Olmstead, Eric (Virginia) Olmstead, and Nathan Olmstead; 15 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janet Brockmeyer of Mason City and Wilma Lincoln of Edgewood; a sister-in-law, Hope Schenke; and many nieces and nephews. 

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Florence; a brother, Robert Schenke; three sisters, Marie Schenke, Donna Reynolds and Ruth (Walter) Lanning; and brothers-in-law, Virgil Brockmeyer and Robert Lincoln.

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

Funeral Service:10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Pastor Roger White officiating. 

Visitation: 9:00 to 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the United Methodist Church, Colesburg, Iowa. 

Interment:Zion Cemetery - Colesburg, Iowa

 

 



Rachel S. Hoffman


Rachel Sue Hoffman, 53, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on March 7, 2019 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rachel was born on July 4, 1965, in Bellevue, IA to James (Rita) Reuss of Bellevue, IA and Muriel (Nelson) Reuss of Maquoketa, IA. She was a 1984 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. Rachel married Keith Hoffman on July 25, 1992 at the United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, IA. Rachel loved her Friday night date nights with Keith. She enjoyed going out to eat, playing BINGO, and going to the casino with him. Keith and Rachel re-lived their honeymoon for their 25th wedding anniversary, as they went to Las Vegas in August 2017. She was employed at Walmart for several years, and currently employed as the assistant manager at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Rachel is survived by her husband, Keith, and her three loving sons: Jacob (Tiffany) Hoffman, Adam (Amy) Hoffman, and Tyler (Kayla) Hoffman all of Maquoketa, IA. She loved spending as much time as possible with her seven grandchildren: Noah, Averie, Madilynn, Grayson, Dallas, Evelynn, and Elaina. Rachel is also survived by her parents and mother-in-law, Delores Hoffman of Springbrook, IA, three siblings: Paul (Mary) Reuss of Lost Nation, IA, Rebecca Hoffman of Dubuque, IA, and Julie Harford of Denver, CO, and five brothers and sisters-in-law: Karen (Jeff) Wells of Maquoketa, IA, Kathy (Steve) Tebbe of Bellevue, IA, Kevin (Nina) Hoffman of Charlotte, IA, Karla (Kicker) Kilburg of Springbrook, IA and Kurt Hoffman of Dubuque, IA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a great uncle. Rachel was preceded in death by her father-in-law Verdis Hoffman and a brother John Reuss.

Rachel will be remembered as a kind, loving, and gracious wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Her laugh will never be forgotten, and her smile could light up a room. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday at Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

The Hoffman family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff with Maquoketa Fire and Rescue and Jackson County Regional Health Center Ambulance Service and Emergency Room staff.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rachel S. Hoffman memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Thomas W. Carr


Thomas W. "Tom" Carr, 77, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 11th, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10th, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

Tom was born on August 9th, 1941 to Thomas "T.J." and Lucille (McDonald) Carr of Bernard, Iowa. In 1958 he graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Bernard, Iowa. Tom married Sandy (McCabe) Carr on September 25th, 1965. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in 2018.

Tom spent 24 years working at the Dubuque Pack. He then went on to own and operate the Corner Tap and Club Esquire. He spent his later years as an extremely talented and successful salesman with Orkin Pest Control earning Top Sales awards for six straight years. Tom retired from Molo Companies in 2005 after 9 years of service in sales.

He served in the Iowa National Guard from 1963 until 1969; and was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tom spent his childhood on the family farm working hard and having fun. Tom, like any good Irishmen, was known for his cheerful smile, "Honest Stories" and an occasional prank or two while enjoying time away from work with his friends and family. Tom grew up playing baseball in Bernard and always enjoyed taking his family to a Cubby's game each summer, and a good old backyard game of catch with his kids. Tom also enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, the Hawkeyes, the Bears, and Euchre with his friends and family.

Tom was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and friend who made the best out of any situation by sharing his incredible smile and laughter. He taught us all the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to get through life's challenges and obstacles. He displayed these qualities and courage for 14 years after his initial stroke, continuing to battle right up to the end, never giving up. Tom will be greatly missed by all his many friends, and most of all, his family. His smile and memories will continue to shine on, providing us with laughter and happiness forever.

He is survived by his loving wife Sandy; daughters Tracy (Carr) Dolliff, and Lisa Carr; his son Todd (Michelle) Carr; grandchildren Owen and Callum Carr, Madison and Meghan Dolliff, and Yonni Zelinskas. Siblings Mary Lou McMahon and Carol (Bob) Hutchins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in law Cletus and Virginia McCabe. Brother in law D.J. McMahon and a nephew Dave McMahon.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas W. Carr memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Mark Moore, the staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque.

We will always love and miss you, "Pa Pa".



Lisa A. Kloft


Lisa A. Kloft, age 53, of Sherrill, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 9, 2019 after a tragic fire at her home. 

To celebrate Lisa's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa. To honor Lisa's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lisa's family.

Lisa was born on October 17, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, a daughter to Ivan and Betty (Arensdorf) Kloft. Sadly, Lisa's father was called home when she was only a little girl, but thankfully Betty and the family were truly blessed when James Rauscher walked into their lives and committed himself to loving them all as his own. Lisa always enjoyed having a little fun in the summer when some downtime presented itself, and on one of those relaxing days with friends on the river, she met her true love, John Joseph Oglesby. The two became inseparable from that point on and continued to spend the next 34 years together. They were blessed with one son, John James Oglesby along the way and Lisa always knew she had found the love which would last a lifetime with her 2 boys by her side.

After Lisa had graduated from high school, she attended Capri College in Dubuque and shortly after began her career in cosmetology. She enjoyed the 7 years she was able to work with her friends and clients at City Looks in Kennedy Mall, but she also thoroughly enjoyed the time she'd get to catch up with her friends and family members at home while keeping them all trimmed up and looking good right in the comfort of her own kitchen. Lisa eventually decided it was time for a change in her professional career and took on her new challenge at Flexsteel Industries. She invested over 14 years there before putting a few more years in at Eagle Window and Door, and finally faithfully spent the last 4 years at Casey's Convenience Store in Key West, where she may have actually spent quite a bit more time visiting with friends and co-workers than she would readily and openly admit.

Lisa took pride in everything she did and her appearance was no exception. She was a natural beauty (so it didn't take much work on her part) and she never walked out the door without putting on her best. Lisa absolutely adored her family each and every day, especially the 3rd and 4th loves of her life, Jesse and James, her Doberman Pinschers, who religiously kept her company for 14 years until they passed last year. Lisa learned early in life that a little personal time had its place in the day too. She was generally a gentle, kind and quiet soul, but when she sat down to watch Ellen, or Dr. Phil you could occasionally hear her laugh, cry, or even voice an opinion or two if the TV audience wasn't correctly hearing what she had heard.  Lisa walked softly throughout her much to short 53 years with us. Her love was sincere, and her patience ran deep, but one thing is for certain when it comes to her impact on the world; Lisa touched more lives than you could count and thankfully every one of them possesses a wonderful memory of her which will hopefully help mend the many broken hearts she leaves behind today. Thank you, Lisa, for allowing your light to shimmer ever so softly and we pray that you find true peace while laying poolside in your new Heavenly Estate until we see you again. 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lisa include,

her husband,

John Oglesby, Sherrill, Iowa;

her son,

John Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,

Kelly (Rock) Munsee, South Carolina,

Ivan (Jeanette) Kloft, Colorado,

Aimee (Guy) Wiegert, New Mexico,

Carl (Janine) Rauscher, Maryland,

and Dawn (Scott) Savary, Dubuque, Iowa;

her brother-in-law,

Ken (Kelley Hall) Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,

Luann Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents.

Lisa's family would like to sincerely thank the Sherrill Fire Department, the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department, Mercy Hospital, the University of Iowa, along with all of the generous people and businesses in the community who have been very kind in the giving of their time, talents and treasure to help her family through these very difficult days. May God bless you all for your efforts!

Online condolences may be left for Lisa's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Donna J. (Moore) Duve


Donna J. (Moore) Duve, age 84, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:14 p.m., on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 11, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson, Wisconsin.

Donna was born on December 16, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Beulah (McNamer) Moore and loving step-father Vince Loeffelholz.

Donna was united in marriage to the love of her life, David "Bud" Duve, in 1949, and the cute couple were blessed with 61 years, and 18 adored children together, before Bud was sadly called home ahead of her on February 6, 2010. Donna was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker, who with 18 children, always had plenty to keep her busy and on her toes. When she was able to get a little time to herself, Donna enjoyed heading out to the Knights of Columbus bingo hall to spend time with friends and try her luck, hoping to bring home a big windfall. She also enjoyed spending time outside fishing with the family, and going on the occasional shopping trip, always keeping an eye out for a great bargain. There was never any denying that the one thing that brought the most joy into Donna's days was spending time with her abundant family, especially the grandchildren, it never mattered to her what they were doing, just that they were all together. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our beautiful, sweet, loving mom, grandma, great-grandma, great great-grandma and sister, but know that she is now happily reunited with her beloved husband, sons and grandson, free of the health issues she's battled these past few months.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her children,
David (Pearl) Duve, Dubuque,
John (Lynn) Duve, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Mark (Goldie) Duve, Russellville, AL,
Russell (Karen) Duve, Dubuque,
Beatrice (Brice) Nagelmaker, Dubuque,
Luke (Sheila) Duve, Dubuque,
Paul Duve, Dubuque,
Beulah (Joe Lanser) Duve, Dubuque,
Victoria (Don) Ruefer, Dubuque,
Chris (Kim) Duve, Dubuque,
Terry Duve, Reedsport, OR,
Kelly (Ron) Garman, Monticello, IA,
Michael (Holly) Duve, Sr., Dubuque
and Rhonda (Jay) Brady, Seattle, WA;

her 52 grandchildren;

her 70 great-grandchildren;

her 6 great great-grandchildren;

and her brothers,
Earl Moore, Sherrill, IA,
Glen Loeffelholz, Arizona
and Chuck (Mickey) Loeffelholz, Milwaukee, WI.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, John and Beulah; her step-father, Vince Loeffelholz; her husband, David "Bud" Duve; 4 sons, Daniel Clay, Leo Joseph, Charles Michael and Timothy John Duve; a grandson, Donald Jay Barry; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Sue Duve; a son-in-law, Craig D. Hoskins; and a brother, Don Moore.

Donna's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Johnson and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, for all of their kind, compassionate and attentive care of Donna and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



Marvin H. Kennicker


Marvin H. "Marv" Kennicker, age 81, of Cuba City (Georgetown), Wisconsin, peacefully passed away at Mercy ICU in Dubuque, Monday, March 4, 2019, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Father Dave Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. The family will receive friends at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City on Thursday from 3-8 p.m., where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday before the service at the church.

Marvin was born on February 26, 1938, one of seven siblings, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Arthur A. & Irene M. (Pierret) Kennicker. On June 6, 1959, he married Mary (Franz) Kennicker at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1970 Mary and Marv purchased the family farm in Georgetown which was his present home.

Marv worked twenty-seven years, full-time at the Dubuque Packing Co., until its closure. His main interest was his enjoyment of working on the family farm with his friends and family.

Marv always looked forward to visiting with company coming and going from their farm, including the farm help that he guided and raised through the years.  He enjoyed the holiday time and celebrations, including the 4th of July fireworks, the kids' wild game feed, and cocktails with friends that visited. When he could find some time to slip away from work, he found enjoyment squirrel and deer hunting on his property. Marv took pride in the farm, especially keeping the machinery clean. Even after his stroke, Marv kept an eye on the farm, never missing the opportunity to supervise and teach the farm help.

Marvin was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City.

He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family.

Marvin is survived by sons, James, John, Joey (Amy Baus), Jeffery (Sue Steinhoff); son-in-law, Patrick Mulligan; granddaughters, Jamie (Chet) Lee, Abbey (Jakob Stein) Baus, Shannon Mulligan and Maddey Kennicker; and great-grandsons, Brett and Alex Lee. 

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; daughter, Marilyn; parents, Arthur and Irene Kennicker; four brothers, Richard (Ruth) Kennicker, Robert Kennicker, Arnold (Betty) Kennicker and Pauly Kennicker; two sisters, Laura Kennicker and Ann (Bob "Nubbins") Bechen (his favorite brother-in-law).

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mercy ICU nurses and all the people who helped him stay at home the last nine years, your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

The family prefers contributions be made to the Marvin Kennicker Memorial Fund.

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



Hargovindbhai Bhikhabhai Patel


Hargovindbhai Bhikhabhai "H.B." Patel, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, at his home in Maquoketa.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Hargovindbhai Bhikhabhai Patel was born on October 27, 1933 in Surat, India to Bhikhabhai and Laxmiben (Patel) Patel. He grew up in India and received an engineering degree from India Engineering College and later furthered his education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

While attending college in America, H.B. worked as a dishwasher for 5 cents an hour. Upon graduation, he moved to Maquoketa and worked at Clinton Engines. He then worked for DuPont in Clinton and retired after a long and distinguished career as a U.S Army civilian employee with the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. As the engineering manager for the Integrated Logistics Support Center of TACOM Life Cycle Management Command he oversaw 10 individual Product Support Integration Directorates in locations across the country.

In 2005, he received the individual Value Engineering Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. He accepted the award during a ceremony at the Pentagon. The honor acknowledged exemplary achievement in improvement of in-house and contractor productivity.

H.B. was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, the Maquoketa Lions Club, and was a SAE International lifetime member. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. He had been a resident of Maquoketa since the early 1960's. He loved living in a small town and considered Maquoketa his home.

Those left to honor his memory include his brother, Maganbhai (Maniben) Patel of Los Angeles, CA; sisters, Urmilaben (Chandrakantbhai) Patel of Nashville, TN, and Champaben (Dhansukbhai) Patel of Elkhart, IN; 9 nieces and nephews; and 18 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Kaiden Chamberlain Bass


Kaiden Chamberlain Bass, 18, left this world and went straight to Heaven on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

A celebration of his life will be from 2 to 8 pm, Saturday, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a sharing of love and memories throughout.

Kaiden was born on July 16, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. He had fuzzy blond hair, chubby little cheeks, gorgeous blue eyes, and a little dimple in his chin. The nurses commented on his perfect little looks and said his name "sounded like royalty", something his mother never forgot.

When he was little, as soon as he could walk, he loved to play with his uncle's tools, sometimes "fixing" things he probably shouldn't have (scratching his uncle's motorcycle and the family's cars). He loved his red three-wheeler tricycle, which he rode for many years, even making it into the newspaper once riding his red trike thru a puddle. He loved the dogs he grew up with and going on hikes with them and walks by the river with his "Dia". Dia is his maternal grandma. When he was learning to talk, he would say "Dia" instead of Grandma and to this day she is known to all by that nickname.

He started riding a razor scooter when he was just 4 years old. He went thru store bought one after store bought one and when the cheap ones from the local stores no longer kept up with his ever evolving tricks and ramps, he began ordering professional parts, piece-by-piece online. We lost track of how many times he customized the parts, took his scooter apart, and put them back together with the new ones. We also lost track of how much money we must have spent. He and his little brother spent hours building their own ramps and rails. His little brother Kam (his "Bud") was his very best friend, he always included him and all their hobbies were done together. Their bond is unbreakable.

He aspired to be a Police Officer until Junior High or so and even mentioned wanting to be a Psychologist in High School. He never made fun of anyone or bullied anyone because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, or beliefs. Kaiden was kind hearted and accepted people for who they are. He was soft spoken and genuinely sweet natured. He recently purchased a professional BMX bike that he was excited to get into when the weather warmed up. He liked playing games on his Xbox and PC with his friends.

Kaiden was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque, where he was loved and cared for by his wonderful teachers to whom we are forever grateful.

Kaiden loved his family more than anything else. He never asked anyone for anything. He was polite and caring. He was grateful and selfless. He was noble and too good for this world.

He is survived by his mother and father, Jordan (Josh Jansen) Bass and Bert (Barbara Cervantes) Carner; his siblings, Kameron, Danika, Gage, Logan, Alexis, Vanessa, Aryana and Dylan; his very special maternal Grandmother "Dia" Dana Bass and his Paternal Grandparents Joseph (Myleen) Bass and Julie and Rick Carner. His sweet and beloved Aunt Stacy Birch whom he cherished. He is also survived by his uncles, Brandon and Griffin Bass; his aunts Shannon (Ben) Averkamp, Tanya Carner, and Nora Mulgrew, all of Dubuque; his special Aunt and Uncle Margaret (Henkels) and Kyle Johnson; his nieces, Kalia and Ayla, many cousins; and finally, his beloved American Bulldog, Daisy.

We would like to thank the kindest and sweetest police officer we have ever met, Chief of Police, Mr. Tom Henneberry.

The very best for last, thank you, Kaiden. Thank you for everything you taught us about love and how to love. We are forever grateful for every second we had with you. We are honored and humbled by all the gifts you gave us.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you slow down, take more time to remind all of those that are precious to you how much they mean to you, give them a hug, make them laugh, and tell them how much you love them every chance you get.



Pastor Larry R. Stark


Pastor Larry R. Stark, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, went to Heaven on Monday, March 4, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His death was the result of rare complications of shingles he contracted in December.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at Bible Baptist Church, 940 Walker Street, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Bible Baptist Church. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service. On Tuesday, March 12th, his body will be laid to rest in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery, Conway, AR, with a brief service at 11:00 a.m.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA, is assisting the family.

Pastor Stark was the oldest child of the late R.O. and Doris Stark of Conway, AR. He is survived by his sweetheart of 57 years, Paula Bell Stark; four daughters, LaVonna (Joel) Butler, of Gaylord, MI; LaNita (Dirk) Margheim of Alexandria, LA; Lisa (Scott) Griffin, of Dubuque, IA; and Laura (Bobby) Buchanan of Midland, TX; three sisters, Wanda (Fred) Landers of Conway, AR; Betty Jones of Richmond, KY; and Donna Hall of Conway, AR; sixteen grandchildren, four of whom are married; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was a Baptist preacher for 57 years, pastoring churches in AR, MO, LA, ND, and IA. The loving people of Bible Baptist Church, Dubuque, IA, his present pastorate of 22 years, deeply mourn his untimely death along with his family.

Pastor Stark loved God's Word, spending hours daily reading, praying, and preparing sermons. Over the years he taught many valuable truths, including the relationship between thanksgiving and grace, speaking life, gifts to the King, and faithfulness to church. Sermons were sprinkled with personal illustrations that became as familiar to his congregation as to himself. He often said, "God reserves His best for those who give Him their best."

He had a brilliant mind and never stopped learning. He enjoyed helping his granddaughters and church youngsters with math or crossword puzzles, and loved attending local high school basketball games. A favorite topic was food, and his family joked that he spent one meal planning the next. Pastor Stark had a delightful sense of humor and a great laugh. He and his precious Paula Sue did everything together. They loved road trips, especially to a grandchild's graduation or wedding. He would have been so grateful for the outpouring of love and care shown by so many to Paula the last 2 1/2 months. One of the most humble, unselfish men you will ever meet, he will be dearly missed until we meet again in Heaven.



Doris E. Goedken


Doris E. Goedken, 87, of Dyersville, formerly of Petersburg, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 pm Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, March 11 from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 11, 2019, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Doris was born July 27, 1931, in New Vienna the daughter of Edmund and Anastasia (Hermsen) Vaske. She married Floyd B. Goedken on September 18, 1956, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Together they raised their family on their century farm north of Petersburg.

Doris was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Choir and enjoyed playing the pipe organ for over 30 years. She also enjoyed playing cards, quilting and bowling in the Knights of Columbus Bowling League.

Survivors include 5 sons: Wayne (Dawn) of Ankeny, Loras (Tammy) of Swisher, Al (Carol) of Madison, WI, Patrick (Jacinda) of Mason City and Phil Goedken of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren: Ben, Sarah, Nick, Alex, Chelsy (Derek) Sparrow, Lindsay (Casey) Kidwell, Molly (special friend Ben Shrago), Jeremy (Mary) Goedken, Amanda (fiancé Bryce Baker), Danielle, Marco and Isabelle; great grandchildren: Mila and Calvin Kidwell; siblings: Virgene Bockenstedt (friend Roger Bries) of Dyersville and Charles (Donna) Vaske of New Vienna; in-laws: Mary Vaske of Dyersville, Pat Vaske of Garnavillo, Joan Pasker of Dyersville, Dale Goedken of Dyersville, Donald Burkle and Delaine (Paul) Knipper, both of Dyersville, Lisa Goedken of Conception Junction, MO, Delores (Terry) O'Brien of Cascade, Sr. Rita Goedken of Dubuque, Dennis (Ann) Goedken of Cottage Grove, WI, and Charles (Patrice) Goedken of Harrisburg, PA;

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Floyd in 2013, a grandson, Joseph Goedken; siblings: Ralph Vaske, Marvin Vaske; in-laws: Martin Bockenstedt, Sr. Angela Goedken, Lois Burkle, Deacon Martin Goedken, David Goedken in infancy and Urban Pasker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

We would like to thank the staffs of Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and kindness.

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



Kimberly R. Mackay


Kimberly R. Mackey, 34, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Stockton, IL, passed away on Sunday afternoon at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Charles Layton officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, IL.

Kimberly was born on December 19, 1984 at Freeport, IL, the daughter of Guy and Deborah (Beeth) Mackey. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School and attended Loras College.

Surviving is a son Dane Mackey at home; her mother, Debby Mackey; and maternal grandmother, Barb Beeth, both of Dubuque; uncles, Mike (Theresa) Beeth of Oshkosh, WI, and Perry Mackey of Illinois; a number of cousins including Charity Beeth, Heather Maltry and R. J. Maltry.

She was preceded in death by her father, Guy, maternal grandfather, Wayne Beeth, and paternal grandparents, George Mackey and Donna Webster.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Ennoble Manor Care Center, Tim from Hospice of Dubuque, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the O'Connor & Thomas Law Firm of Dubuque.

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

 



Darlene Kay Streets


Darlene Kay Streets, 80, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019, at her home in rural Monmouth, Iowa.

A celebration of Kay's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, March 8, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Darlene Kay Clark was born on October 22, 1938 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ezra and Louise (Durkop) Clark. She grew up in Monmouth and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1956. She married Charles Russell "Chuck" Streets on June 29, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 20, 2008.

Darlene was a housewife and farmed with her husband in the Monmouth area for many years. She had also worked at a couple factories in Clinton and sold Avon and Blair part-time on the side.

Kay enjoyed going to events at Ohnward Fine Arts Center, gardening, playing bingo and cards, crocheting, traveling, and listening to country music. She especially enjoyed spending time with family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Deb (Vurt) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, Becky (Randy) Owen of Abingdon, IL, and Russell "Chuck" (Linda) Streets of Monmouth, IA; brothers, Glen (Micky) Clark of MO, and Dave (Loretta) Clark of TX; 11 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughters Brenda and Donna, a sister Melva, brothers Henry, George, Leonard and Jim, numerous half-brothers and half-sisters, and a grandchild Maci Chavez.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darlene Kay Streets memorial fund has been established.

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



Rita R. (Pogeman) Winter


Rita R. (Pogeman) Winter, 90, of Galena, IL, formerly of Guilford Township and Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Friday evening, March 1, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. David Flanagan and Fr. Stanislaw Kos concelebrating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church. The parish and CDA rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Rita was born on December 20, 1928 in Council Hill Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of William and Viola (Hasken) Pogeman. She was united in marriage to Clarence (C. H.) Winter on June 9, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2018.

Rita graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1968.  She was a retired teacher, having taught at Pleasant Ridge, St. Michael's in Galena, St. Mary's in East Dubuque and retired from the Galena Primary School in 1994.

She was a devout Catholic, had unconditional love and dedication to her family; faith and family were the absolute most important. She enjoyed golf, would never turn down a game of cards, and Tuesday's were for bridge playing. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish and its Rosary Society, a former member of Holy Trinity Parish and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Court Isabella # 572.

Surviving are four daughters, Rosemary (Ron) Hendrickson and Beverly Feldermann both of Galena, Patti (John) Clark of Mequon, WI. and Joan (friend Patrick Garrity) Duran of Kansas City, MO, a son, Donnie Winter of Scales Mound; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Viola; her husband, Clarence; son-in-law, Gary Feldermann, and her siblings, Regina Pogeman, Wilbur Pogeman, Clifford Pogeman and Esther Boldt.

Rita's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Beth Gullone, the nurses and staff at Midwest Medical Center, and to her caregivers, Bill and Jackie Houy, for the loving care given to our mother and grandmother.

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

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



Rosemary Welter


Rosemary Welter, 87, of Monticello, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 3, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm.  Visitation will continue at Sacred Heart Church Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  

Rosemary was born to Raymond and Margaret (Egan) Supple of Castle Grove Township on August 28, 1931, a middle sister to 2 beloved brothers.  She was educated in Hopkinton.  After she graduated, she worked at Wilsons in Cedar Rapids, and then at Linn County Abstract office. Rosemary was united in marriage to Roman Welter on April 5, 1952, at Saint Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton. She was a devoted mother of 7 children.  At the age of 50, she completed a medical assistant program at Kirkwood and worked in the Monticello Hospital. She was an active volunteer for both St. Luke and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches, Legion Auxiliary, Camp Fire, and Cub Scouts.  She especially enjoyed her volunteer work at the Jones Regional Medical Center.

As a couple, Rosemary and Roman generously gifted 40 acres of their land to the Monticello School Foundation perpetual fund. In addition they established an educational endowment fund at Jones Regional Medical Center.  In her spare time she enjoyed golf, travel, shopping, playing cards, bowling, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Rosemary is survived by her husband Roman, and 7 children: Michael (Donna) Welter of Coralville, Maureen (Carroll Smith) Welter of Hillsboro, OR, Marcia (Chuck) Gheldof of Commerce Township, MI, Melinda (Randy) Pyde, Itasca, IL, Mary Welter of Indianapolis, IN, Martin (Michelle) Welter of Goodyear, AZ, and Melissa McLaughlin of St. Paul, MN; 7 grandchildren: Ross and Kimberly Welter, Jolene (Phil), Lechowicz, Margaret (Shayne) Shupe, Robert and Elizabeth Pyde and Neil McLaughlin, and 1 great-grandchild, Louis Lechowicz.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Marcus Supple and Clair "Whitey" Supple.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jones Regional Medical Center educational endowment fund, Monticello School Foundation, or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

To share a thought, memory, or condolence with the family, please visit www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Margaret M. Mettille


Margaret Mary Mettille, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 1, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 4th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of funeral mass.

Margaret was born on July 6, 1928 in Monti, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marguerite (Woods) Sheeley. She graduated from Saint John's High School in Independence Iowa and attended Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque.

She married Donald Mettille on September 16, 1950 at the Church of the Nativity. Margaret belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America and the YWCA for exercise and activities. Margaret and Don shared over 68 years of marriage. Margaret never tired of enjoying her children and grand/great-children and some ballroom dancing including post-festivities!

Prior to marriage and 8 years thereafter Margaret held various jobs in the healthcare field spending the most time at the former Xavier Hospital. After raising her children, she went back to work for a number of years at Mount Saint Francis. In retirement she loved to travel and enjoyed stopping off at a garage sale and the casinos and never missed watching the HAWKEYES!

She is survived by her husband Donald and her eight children. Deb and Jim Frick of Davenport and their children Abby and Brad Snyder of Minneapolis, Brian Frick and Brad Frick of West Des Moines. Joe and Sue Mettille of Dubuque and their children Matt Mettille of San Francisco, Jeff Mettille of Washington DC, and Nate and Rachel Mettille and their children Lucy and Emmy of Eagan MN. Mike Mettille of Dubuque and his daughter Ashley Mettille of Los Angeles. Pat and Jeff Britt of Riverside, IA. Dave and Felisa Mettille and their children Sophia, Chloe and Mia, of Doylestown, PA, EmmaLee of Raleigh NC, Amanda of New York City. Mary Jo Mettille of Dubuque, Ann Mettille of Iowa City, and Jacque Mettille of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rose Ann Malone and her husband Robert Malone along with her brother-in-law Ralph Mettille.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque Humane Society.

The family wishes to thank all of the healthcare practitioners and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Medical Associates, Grand River Medical, Mercy Hospital and Home Instead Senior Care.

 



Nicholas Schmitt


Nicholas "Blackie" Schmitt, 79, of Balltown, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Fr. Bernie Rott will officiate. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 1:45pm

Nicholas was born January 27, 1940 in Balltown, the son of Clifford and Rosella (Gasper) Schmitt. He married Carol Ann Gansemer on September 10, 1960 at St. Philomena Church, Belmont, WI. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2006. 

Nick was employed with Trausch Bakery, Art Pape Transfer, and John Deere Dubuque Works, and went on to continue his career as a truck driver, owning and operating Nick Schmitt Trucking from 1981 until his retirement in 2016.  He enjoyed playing cards and feeding the birds. Nick was an avid Nascar fan, especially "awesome Bill from Dawsonville". Road trips to Louisville, KY to attend tractor pulls with his friends was a 40 year tradition. His family was the love of his life, and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren, asking the little ones "Whatchu doin'?" and going to the boys baseball games. 

Nick is survived by his children and grandchildren, Lori (Tom) Dupont, and their children, Stephanie (Matt) Kutsch, Emily (Andy) Kutsch and Matthew (Angela) Dupont, Dan (Amy) Schmitt, and his girls, Chasity (Ben) Hartman, Chantel and Cheyanne Schmitt, Bob (Nancy) Schmitt, and their children, Donald (Lindsey Keller), Nicholas and Josie Schmitt, Nicole (Jim) Breitbach, and their children, Brady (Riley), Belle (Mo), and Becca Breitbach, Lynn (Mark) Kutsch, and their children, Nickolas, Katalina, Dylan, and Aidan Kutsch, and Elina Rossi, of Finland; his great grandchildren, Will, Logan, Sophie, Lila, Molly, Macy, Maggie, Dane, and Carter; his siblings, Dolly Schmerbach, Helen Heiderscheit, Patsy (Gary) Hefel, and Cliff (Becky) Schmitt; his in laws, Mary Rupp, Donita Clendenen, Joyce (Ken) Schmitt, Bob (Bonnie) Gansemer, and Jerry Adams; and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Velma (Werner) Bleile; his in laws, Bob Schmerbach, Daniel Heiderscheit, Dorothy (Robert) Schrobilgen, Dale Rupp, Lloyd Clendenen, Ann Adams, and Vince Wernimont; and his father and mother in law, George and Christina Gansemer. 

Nick's family would like to thank the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center for their care and love they showed our father. A special thank you to Aidan, his little puppy, for the extra special happiness, love and laughter that you and grandpa shared. An extra special Thank you to our sister Lynn for taking such great care of him for the last 13 years.

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

 

 

 



James W. Kramer


James W. Kramer, 83 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Key West, with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion Post #6.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the funeral home.

Jim was born September 11, 1935 in Epworth, Iowa, son of Fred and Josephine (Stelken) Kramer. He received his education in the Epworth schools. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 36 years until his retirement in 1992.

Jim was an Army veteran having served from 1958-1960 in Germany with Elvis Presley. In 2012, he had the privilege of going on the honor flight with his brothers Fred and Vince. He was a member of the Dubuque Moose Lodge #355 and was well known for his liver and onion feed for the past 30 years. In 2014, he received The Pilgrim Degree, the highest degree of the Loyal Order of Moose. He was also a member of the St. Joseph's Parish in Key West, Iowa.

Jim married Velma Herrig and with her, they had five children. He later married Nancy Murdock. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2017.

He is survived by five children, Steve (Jessica) of Oahu, HI, Brenda (Gary) Rolwes of Epworth, IA, Paul (Kim) Kramer and Gary (Kelly) Kramer, both of Dubuque, IA, and Carolyn (Joey) Grubbs, of Monticello, FL; a stepdaughter Kim (David) Timmerman; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way; sister-in-laws, Mary Lou Kramer of Epworth, IA and June (David) Marston of West Branch, MI.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Josephine (Stelken) Kramer; three sisters, Francis "Fran" (Ray) Schmitt, Mary (Orland) McDermott and Anita (James) McDermott; five brothers, Bernard (Bernice) Kramer, Herb (Irene) Kramer, Ed (Dola) Kramer, Fred A. Kramer, Vince (Connie) Kramer, and stepdaughter, Karen Murdock.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Herman for all of the wonderful care they gave to Jim and his family. Also, a special thank you to all of the health care professionals who helped take care of Jim over the years.



Kelly J. Lucy


Kelly Jon Lucy, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went home to be with his Creator and Savior on February 27, 2019.

A gathering of family and friends and celebration of Kelly's life will be held from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Eagles Club, 1102 East Platt Street, Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Kelly Jon Lucy was born on July 31, 1967 in Rochelle, Illinois to James and Linda Lucille (Gottlieaber) Lucy. He had worked as a laborer in various factories in Dubuque and Maquoketa.

Kelly enjoyed finding antiques, tinkering with cars, camping, and being with family and friends. He was a quiet man with a big smile and a big heart. He was always willing to help others.

Survivors include his father, James and Linda Lucy Sr. of Maquoketa, IA, and his mother Linda Lucille and Patrick Gegenheimer of Oxford, IA; daughters, Zoie Parker of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jenna Lynn Lucy of Elwood, IA; brothers, Neil Larson of Dubuque, IA, Shane Larson of Coralville, IA, James (Misty) Lucy Jr. of Iowa City, IA, Shawn (Reberta) Lucy of Maquoketa, IA, Bobby (Cassandra) Lucy of Clinton, IA, Alex Gegenheimer of Oxford, IA, Austin Gegenheimer of Oxford, IA, and Anthony Gegenheimer of Oxford, IA; sisters, Shannon (Karl) Butterbaugh of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Brandi Marie Lucy of Maquoketa, IA; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Michael Lucy and his grandparents.

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

 



Thomas A. Hanson


Thomas A. Hanson, age 77 of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey suddenly on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  To celebrate Tom's life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom's family.

Tom was born on September 8, 1941, in Dubuque, a son to Albert and Mary (Schreiber) Hanson.  Growing up in Dubuque, Tom quickly learned the value of family, friendship and a strong work ethic.  After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Tom signed up to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Army.  Upon completing his service, Tom was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Judy Heming in 1966 and they spent 38 wonderful years together until she was sadly called home ahead of Tom in 2004.  Tom had begun his working career with John Deere just before getting married and he faithfully devoted over 44 years of his time and talents there until he finally retired in 2004.

Tom was quiet and modest man throughout his entire life, but he always appreciated any opportunity to have a little fun and excitement in his day after his responsibilities had been met. Snowmobiling in the winter and riding his Harley in the summer would always bring Tom out of his shell.  A weekend at the cottage in Buenie was also a wonderful way for Tom and Judy to spend a little quality time together. More recently Tom enjoyed seeing how many miles he could put on his new Scooter each week and everyday he was able to ride was a day Tom found real satisfaction in. 

To say Tom was a generous and kind man simply doesn't define his true character.  Never one to spoil himself, Tom continually found great inner peace with his ability to bless countless others through his humble heart.  We are surely shocked at the sudden physical absence of Tom from our lives, but we know and trust that he is now being reuniting with all of his family who've been called home before him, and we are beyond grateful for all of the tangible memories this truly genuine man has left behind for us.  Thank you, Tom for all of the love, life and laughs you shared with us and may we discover peace in them all until we see you again.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tom include,

his sisters,

Char (Wayne) Pregler, Elkader, IA,
and Linda (Steve) Charley, Rock Hill, S.C.;

his brother-in-law,
Duke Eppler, Dickeyville, WI;

along with his 14 nieces and nephews.    

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Judy; his brothers, David Hanson and Richard (Pat) Hanson; and his sister, Patti Eppler.

Tom's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and Finley Hospital for all of their professional and sincere care of Tom, and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Tom's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Robert M. Mosby


Robert M. Mosby Sr., 95, passed away at his home on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am, on Tuesday, March 5 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment, with Military Honors will be held at Linwood Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be held from 9- 11 am, Tuesday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert was born on the family farm in Rensselaer, Indiana, the son of Arthur and Violet (Davisson) Mosby. There he learned the value of hard work and perseverance, which he carried with him throughout his life. Serving as Navy Pilot at the end of WWII and as an engineer at NL Industries, and later the Chicago - Dubuque Foundry. On February 25, 1961 he married Joan Morin in Chicago. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2012.  

He is survived by his son, Robert (Sheryl) Mosby Jr.; daughters, Noreen (Bill) Tyler and Karen (Mike) Cintron; sons-in-law, Bill Pugel and Joe Brucato; brother, Bill MacNider; his companion, Donna Herrig; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his daughters, Robin Pugel and Wrennie Brucato; and his brother, Don (Pat) Mosby.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate care.

 

 



Adrian R. Kelley


Adrian R. Kelley 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on February 26, 2019 at Bethany Home.  

Funeral services will be 10:30 am., Monday, March 4, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 pm., Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 am., Monday at the church.

Adrian was born on December 29, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa son of Claire Romeyn and Una Carrie (Waughop) Allman Kelley.

He married Nancy VonAh in 1954 and from that union they were blessed with three children, Stephen D. Kelley, Kim M. Kelley, and Deborah L. Kelley. He later married Mildred Kopps on November 11, 1995

Adrian was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, Iowa where he graduated from Dubuque Senior High school. He was a Marine and served in the Korean War, worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, Frommelt Industries, and the Dubuque Fire Dept. After retirement from he worked at Luther Manor.

Adrian loved spending time with his family, friends and especially grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Dad loved going to musicals at the Bell Tower and listening to the The Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. He loved the leaves in the fall, playing Euchre, and in his younger years, making wine.

Adrian is survived by his sister, Karen (Dennis) Paar; his children, Stephen Kelley, Kim (Steve "R.J.") Wetter, and Deborah (Al) Schroeder; step children, Gary (Carolyn) Kopps Vicki (Steve) Felsted, and Donna (Rod) Yarnish; grandchildren, Emmy Kringle, Keith Kelley, Kristina (Mike) Banwarth, Crystal (Bob) Crandall, Jessica Wetter, Emily (Austin) Pickup, Katelynn Schroeder, Adrianna Schroeder; and 6 great -grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred Aldeen Kelley; sisters, Joyce Kelley, Glyone Kelley; half-sisters, Nellavene Allman, Neola McGrath; half-brothers, Harry Allman, Junior Kelley and Roger Kelley

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Jen F, Jen and Suzanne, Eagle Pointe Place, Bethany Home, Pastor Kincaid and Pastor Cearlock, Cozy Corner and No Place Like Home for all of their outstanding care and support of Adrian and his family.

 

 

 



James N. Beebe


James N. "Jim" Beebe, 87, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away Thursday morning, February 28, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Scales Mound United Methodist Church, with Rev. Libby Rutherford officiating.  Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Jim was born on March 15, 1931 in Buncombe, WI, the son of Alvin and Mae (Hughes) Beebe. He graduated from Benton, WI. High School in 1950. On May 25, 1957 he was united in marriage to Lola Ann Berryman at the Scales Mound United Methodist Church.

Jim and Ann farmed near Scales Mound. A very important part of Jim's life was his family and his grandchildren. He loved farming, raising English Shepherd stock dogs andworking with many church and community projects. 

Jim enjoyed people. He served on the Jo Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation Board, Swiss Valley Farms advisory board, was a member of the United Methodist Church of Scales Mound, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was chairman for many years. He also served on the Church Administrative Board.

Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Lola Ann; his two sons, Terry J. (Jolene) Beebe of Platteville, WI, and Thomas G. (Jill) Beebe of Rockford, IL; four grandchildren, Tanner, Jared (Jesselyn), Taylor, and Jack; two sisters, Bernice Beyhl of East Moline, IL, and Elva Jean Sincock of Benton, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Mae, two grandsons, Max and Joel, a sister, Dorothy Cox, a brother, Glen A. Beebe, and brothers-in-law, Oran Cox, Stuart Sincock, Dean Beyhl, R. Glen Berryman, and in-laws, Loyd V. and Gladys (Hicks) Berryman.

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

 

 



Peter Paul Sedan


Peter Paul Sedan, 100, of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. The family will be having a private memorial service for Pete, at a later date. He will be cremated and laid to rest alongside his loving wife Jeannette in the shade of their favorite tree, to continue to watch over his family.

We would like to thank Tom Furlong and the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena who is assisting us through this sad process.

He was born November 30, 1918 in East Chicago, IN the son of John and Rafila Sedan. He was united in marriage to his wife of 69 years Jeannette German on June 9, 1946 at St. Nicholas Church, East Chicago and she preceded him in death on February 13, 2014. Pete retired from Inland Steel of East Chicago, IN, served in the military overseas during WW II, loved to travel with his wife, spend "Special Time" with his granddaughters, as well as golf in the local Galena Golf Club Senior League.

He is survived by his only child, John (Cindy) Sedan of Hazel Green, WI, his two loving granddaughters, Bonnie (Pam Ravenwood) Sedan of Sedona, AZ and Jennifer (Chad) Berning of Galena and his great-grandson, Colin Earl Berning.

The family wishes to thank everyone in Galena that touched Pete's life. He loved the area and the people. Special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Greg Vandigo, for his special caring and professionalism, as well as helping Pete to live a full and happy life, for over 100 years. Also, a thank you to the second floor staff at Midwest Medical Center, especially Courtney and Megan for their compassion to the end, and all the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, that made Pete always feel safe and secure.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Mabel M. Kronlage


Mabel M. Kronlage, 98 of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at Pennington Square Assisted Living Center, Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 4 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Paul Baldwin officiating.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.  

Mabel was born October 9, 1920, in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Katherine (Konzen) Ries.  She married Louis Kronlage on August 12, 1941, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.  Together they farmed in the Prairieburg area until retiring in 1983, when they moved to Monticello.  Mabel valued hard work and had a strong connection to family.  Mabel enjoyed gardening, cooking, crafting, watching Hawkeye basketball, and was always up for a game of cards.

Survivors include her children: Joyce (Lloyd) Welter of Monticello, Tom Kronlage of Coggon, IA, Janet (Roger) Fredericks of Salem, IL, Audrey (George) Bethell of Edgewood, WA; 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Verna Lee Kronlage and Art Kronlage, both of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis in 1999, a daughter-in-law, Jane Kronlage, a grandchild, Kathryn Kronlage in infancy , a great grandchild, Kyle Sauser; siblings: her twin, Elmer (Alice) Ries, Nettie (Paul) Pitz, Matt (Julia) Ries, Joe (Armella)  Ries and Donald (Esther) Ries; in-laws: Ray (Marie) Kronlage, Joseph Kronlage, Marie (Leo) Rahe, Leona Kronlage in infancy and Madalen (Bill) Schockemoehl, Richard Olberding and Adrian Wolfe.

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

 

 



Thomas J. Sweeney


Thomas J. Sweeney, 84, of the Galena Territory, a retired Chicago Police Officer, loving husband of the late Kathleen Francis Pritchard, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Rockford, IL.

Funeral mass will be 11 AM Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, where friends may gather after 10 AM until time of mass. Military honors will be accorded at the church following the mass, by the Galena VFW #2665 and American Legion Post #193. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Tom proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid where he saw action during the Lebanon Crisis. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1956. Tom received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University, Class of 1984. He served as the Assistant Director for the City of Chicago Office of Municipal Investigation.

Tom was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus and Notre Dame Alumni Association. He was an avid life-long Chicago White Sox fan.

Tom is survived by son, Brian (Griselda), Sgt. C.P.D., daughter Mary Beth (Dennis) Argudo and a granddaughter Nicole Argudo. He was the brother of the late Edward, Leo and Celeste (Ahern).

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Salvation Army.

Online condolence may be left www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Friend Lyle Trevallee, Jr.


Friend Lyle Trevallee, Jr., died February 26, 2019, at Bethany Home.

Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Loren Shellabarger will officiate.

He was born on September 23, 1926, in La Crosse, Wi., to Friend George Trevallee and Anna Fredrieka Stolle. After high school graduation he enlisted with the US Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theatre and the Aleutian Islands for the remainder of the war.

Friend moved to Dubuque in the late 40's to work at the newly opened John Deere facility and continued there until his retirement in 1984.

On June 29, 1949, he married L. Berniece Opland, Mindoro, WI., at First Presbyterian Church, Galesville, WI. They had three children: Friend Steven, Seattle, Daniel Pern, Ashland, OR., and Kay Marie (partner Kai Gabriel), Marion, IA. All survive him, along with numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as their "Uncle Junie", and sister-in-law Rosalie Naab Trevallee, Sun Prairie, WI.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, aged 87 and 100, respectively; his brother Charles, Sun Prairie, WI., 92, and sister Marie Louise Lokken, La Crosse, Wi., 82; brothers/sisters- in- law Eunice Opland Jones, West Salem, WI., Lyle and Doris Larson Opland, La Crosse, WI., Fred and Hazel Opland Larson, St. Paul, MN., and Pern and Rene Opland, Baraboo, WI.

Friend was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Oxus Grotto, volunteering his time in their worthwhile charitable endeavors.

The family wishes to thank the staff and hospice nurses at Bethany Home for their care and kindness; Friend's buddies at Central Ave. Auto Sales for their friendship and kindness; the neighborhood dogs who faithfully waited for their treats during dad's walks; and finally very special thanks to John and Teri Goodman for their devotion to our parent's safety and comfort.

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

 



Joseph J. Hess


Joseph J. "Joe" Hess, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:50 a.m., on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on his birthday, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born on March 2, 1926, in Holy Cross, Iowa, son of Joseph Peter and Bertha (Saylor) Hess. Joe was adopted by his father's sister, Theresa, and was raised by Joe and Theresa (Hess) Neumann.

Joe grew up on a farm located between Epworth and Bankston, where he learned early on the value of an honest days work. He would leave to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946, during WWII. When he returned home from overseas, Joe returned to working on the farm, where he would meet his sweetheart, Anna A. Oberfoell, who was literally the "girl next door" on the adjacent farm. They courted and would be married on May 29, 1956, in Peosta, Iowa, eventually moving to Dubuque, where they bought a home and started their family. Joe was fortunate to find a job with the Dubuque Packing Company where he would devote over 30 years until his well earned retirement. After his retirement, Joe and Anna spent much of their time at their northern retreat on Mitten Lake near Remer, Minnesota. Joe loved to fish off the dock and often provided meals of sunfish and crappies that Anna would fry up for him. He also cherished his garden and spent countless hours weeding and watering his vegetables. He looked forward to spending time with his kids and grandkids, as well as extended family members and was always the first one to suggest playing games. He loved all card games, but especially enjoyed playing Euchre with family and friends. He was a regular player with the Thursday Holy Trinity Card Club, and was well known as a tough guy to beat. He was also very devoted to his Catholic faith, and was a long time member of Holy Trinity Church, where he helped out by cutting the lumber used to create the beautiful crafts for the fall festival for over 20 years. Our hearts are truly broken today at the loss of such a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather, but we are thankful for all of the wonderful memories that we have made throughout the years and will treasure forever.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his loving wife,
Anna Hess, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Diana (Steve) Rokusek, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Bonnie) Hess, Inver Grove Heights, MN,
and Richard (Melanie) Hess, Coon Rapids, MN;

and his 5 grandchildren,
Matthew, Corianna, Jonathan, Kelsey and Stephanie Hess.

Joe was preceded in death by both his birth and adoptive parents; his sister, Susetta Garrison; his brother, Dwain "Bud" Hess; and a grandson, Joseph Richard Hess.

Joe's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Scott, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they have provided Joe and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Lillian A. Breitbach


Lillian Ann Breitbach, age 93, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 23, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

A Visitation will be held at the Hoffmann, Schneider, & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA on Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 5 PM, where a prayer service will be offered at 4:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Resurrection Church on Monday, March 4 at 10:30 AM. Fr. Phil Gibb will be presiding. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lillian was born on September 8, 1925 to her parents John and Ida Nauman. Lillian is the beloved wife of the late John J. Breitbach whom she married on May 29, 1948 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA; he preceded her in death on September 10, 1990. Lillian is the loving mother of Debbie Ginter, Dubuque, IA, Robert J. Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Sue (Dan) Bublitz, of Dubuque, IA, Maribeth (Robert)  Devereaux, of Elk Grove Village, IL, David J. Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Daniel (Nancy) Breitbach, of East Dubuque, IL, and Terry T. (Jenny) Breitbach of East Dubuque, IL. Cherished grandmother of Scott Bublitz, Lisa (Bublitz) Digman, Sarah (Egan) Collins, James Devereaux, Doug Egan, Bobby Devereaux, Katie (Devereaux) Melford, Matt Breitbach, Jake Breitbach, Jon Breitbach, and Charlie Breitbach; great-grandmother of eleven; sister of Dorothy Kisting, Mary Ann Burbach, Darlene (Bob) Murphy, and Pat Torgler, all of Dubuque, IA. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, Jeanette and Germaine Nauman, a grandson, Jeremy Breitbach, a great-granddaughter Scarlett Digman, her son-in-law, Ken Ginter, and her brothers-in-law Bill Kisting and Carl Burbach. She was the loving, primary caregiver of her late husband for ten years prior to his death. She was a longtime member of Resurrection Church and a former member of the 62 plus club, where she enjoyed playing cards and having lunch every Tuesday at Happy's as well as an avid volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Thank-you for the loving care shown to Lillian from Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 

 



Betty H. Duehr


Betty H. Duehr, 87, of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 28, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10 am, Tuesday, March 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Monday and from 9-10 am Tuesday at the funeral home.

Betty was born on May 14, 1931 in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Fred J. and Alvina (Tinkham) Schaumburg.

She married Benjamin G. Duehr on April 24, 1951. He preceded her in death on November 1, 1966, leaving her to raise their nine children.

Betty was employed at Caradco, John Deere and retired from food service at the Dubuque Community Schools after 19 years of service.

She was a strong and independent individual who loved shopping, baking bread and cookies, gambling, playing cards, crocheting, puzzles, listening to country music and spending long afternoons outside on her deck.

Betty was a loving and wonderful mother and grandmother who liked to travel and was always ready to go on her next trip. She enjoyed the annual family fishery, holidays and family gatherings.

She is survived by her children, Barb (Dale) Meier, Bev (Al) Hinderman, Bonnie (Wayne) Cook, Barney (Donna) Duehr, Bertha (Carl) Sarazin, Becky (Joe) Hohmann, Brenda (Duane) Kennicker, and Bruce (Debra) Duehr; daughter-in-law, Ann Duehr; grandchildren, Sally Duehr, Crissy Ritt, and Benjamin J. Duehr, Kevin Ament, Rick Mesch, Chad Mesch and Angie McDonnell, Jeremy Cook, Jenny Cook, Jarett Cook, Jeff Cook, and Jicole Cook, Kelli Splinter and Ashley Schmitt, Joe Sarazin, Christopher Sarazin and Danielle Post, Becky Jaeger, Abbey Richman and Amanda Hohmann, Tiffany Schmitt and Trista Kennicker, and Stephanie Duehr and Lucas Duehr; 49 great- grandchildren and three on the way; and 2 great- great- grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Fred (Cora) Schaumburg; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Schaumburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Benjamin C. Duehr; granddaughter, Stacey Ament; siblings, Pearl Dubler, Irene Sabers, and Donald Schaumburg; and several in-laws.

A Betty Duehr Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Compton, the staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.



Sharon R. Kostuch


Sharon R. Kostuch, age 80, of Mineral Point, WI, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family. 

To honor Sharon, services will be held on March 9th, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 403 High Street, Mineral Point, with Rev. Brian E. Backstrand officiating. To celebrate Sharon's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the church.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Sharon's family.

Sharon was born on May 8, 1938, to Stanley and Lois (Reynolds) Holland. Sharon graduated from Mineral Point High School in 1956 and continued her education at U-W Platteville earning a Wisconsin State Teachers Certification. Sharon's first teaching experience was in a one-room school house for several years until managing the Sears and Roebuck store in Darlington. Together with her husband Harold Johnson and several entrepreneurs, she ventured into renovating the Walker House in Mineral Point in the early 70's. Sharon then went on to her final career working in various positions at Lands' End. She committed over 37 years to the company until her retirement.

Sharon's interests included reading, Taekwondo and traveling. Her greatest passion was caring for her beautiful flower gardens. Sharon was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Sharon is survived by,

her daughter,

Tara (Kent) Genthe;

her sister,

Claire Holland;

and devoted companion,

Ken Richard, all of Mineral Point.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and son, Mark Johnson. 

We will miss Sharon more than she could ever know, but we are forever grateful for the positive lasting impression she has left on the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sharon's favorite organizations: The Mineral Point Historical Society or the Iowa County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be shared with Sharon's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Helen M. O’Neill-Friedler


Helen M. O'Neill-Friedler, 68, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Monday afternoon, February 25, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born on February 16, 1951 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Earl "Dede" O'Neill and Luella Banfield. She spent her early years in East Dubuque, where she graduated from St. Mary's Grade School, and Wahlert High School, class of 1969. She later graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago campus.

Helen lived and worked in Chicago, where she met her future husband Michael N. Friedler. They were united in marriage on February 14, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2007.

Helen will be remembered as a loving and caring person, who will be dearly missed by her family.

Surviving are her two step-children, Lane and Lisa Friedler both of Atlanta, GA; siblings, Peggy Burds of McClain, VA, Eileen O'Neill of East Dubuque, Mary (Gary) Kupferschmidt, and Lois O'Neill both of Dubuque, and Michael (Cathy) O'Neill of East Dubuque; nieces and nephews; her aunts, Erma Schneider and Mary "Bebe" McWilliams and uncles, Louis and Ed Banfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl "Dede" and Luella, husband, Michael, a son, Francis at birth, two brothers, James and Thomas O'Neill, and  brothers-in-law, David Burds and Jerry Stoeffler.

The O'Neill family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care and compassion shown to Helen.

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



Lois K. Scott


Lois K. Scott, 70, of Epworth, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at her home in Epworth, Iowa with family by her side, after a long battle with cancer.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. A Memorial Service for Lois will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Pastor Stephanie Schlimm presiding.

She was born February 7, 1949 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Clarence "Shorty" and Hazel (Behrends) Breitbach. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On October 23, 1967 she was united in marriage to Rick C. Scott in Asbury, Iowa.

Lois enjoyed time with her family and friends, especially playing cards with her siblings. Her true passion was playing Bingo. She was also a huge Yankees and Cubs baseball fan. Lois worked as a CNA at Heritage Manor in Asbury, Iowa for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband, Rick Scott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Dawn (Brad) Patterson of Asbury, IA, Valerie Lehmann of Epworth, IA; one son, David (Fiance, Julie) Scott of Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren, Beth (Chad) Harwick, Matt Brandenburg, Evan and Eli Scott, Devin Coyle and Ethan Yeager; 2 great grandchildren, Kylee and Carsyn Harwick; one brother, Gerald Breitbach of Cascade, IA; two sisters, Vickie (Stu Hetherington) Holub of Mesa, AZ and Sharon Meyer of East Dubuque, IL; two sisters-in-law, Tyris (Bob) Cummings of Basco, IL and Tonja (Tony) Inman of Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Shirley Keating; sister-in-law, Connie Breitbach; mother and father-in-law, Wayne "Rusty" and Jeanne Scott; two brothers-in-law, Ronald Scott and Raymond (Connie) Scott.

A huge thank you from the family goes out to Dr. Christine Holm and the Mercy Oncology Department. Also a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Jennie.

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



Thomas L. Frey


Thomas Louis Frey, age 87 of Dubuque, was called home on February 23, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.  To celebrate Tom's life, a private family service will be held in the spring of 2019.  Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom's family.

Tom was born January 27, 1932 in Guttenberg Iowa, a son to Thomas and Elsie (Hosler) Frey. Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1952 and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  After completing his service, he went back to school at the University of Dubuque.  Tom was eventually united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Marcella Linehan on May 2, 1964. They were blessed with 30 years together, and 4 children before she was sadly called home ahead of Tom on December 9,1994.

Tom spent the early years in his working career at two of the historic retail giants in town.  He spent a few years at Roshek's Department Store before moving forward as the manager at Stampfer's Department Store for many years. Tom next ventured to Oskaloosa with his family, where he managed Snyder's Department Store and The Sunflower before moving back to Dubuque, once again, as the manager of Stampfer's Department Store until its final closing.  Tom would complete his years in the working world as a manager at Theisen's, working in sales at KDTH and finally retiring from USA Furniture in 2016.

Tom was the treasurer of the Senior High School Alumni Class of '52.  He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially during the summer when his family would gather from all around. Tom also enjoyed listening to music and an evening at the symphony was always on his to do list. Tom loved life and bringing joy to everyone he met through the art of laughter was a continual goal in his life.  All who knew and loved Tom are both sad and grateful today for the abundance of wonderful memories he leaves behind, and the empty chair that now resides with his Tuesday morning breakfast group will forever resonate with the echo of the last genuine laugh Tom shared with his friends.  Thank you, Tom, for the kind and compassionate spirit you possessed, and may you now rest from your labors until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include,

his children, 
Kathy (Kevin) Mauk, Des Moines, IA, 
and Elaine Frey-Capacchione, Dubuque, IA; 

his grandchildren, 
Emily Mauk, 
Kaitlyn Mauk, 
Eden Frey-Capacchione,
Erica Frey, Evan Frey,
Elizabeth Capacchione,
and Thomas Lee Frey;

his great-grandchildren, 
Andrew, David III and Hallie; 

his sister, Betty Lierer, Hamilton, Ohio;

and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marcella; his sons, Thomas Louis Frey Jr. and Thomas Richard Frey; a brother, George (Alma) Frey; two sisters, Jennie (Wayne) Donaldson and Virginia (Bob) Stebor; a brother-in-law, Carl Lierer; a son-in-law, Vincent Capacchione; and a grandson, Steven Rhomberg.

Tom's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support during these very difficult days.

Online condolences may be shared with Tom's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Richard A. Huber


Richard A. "Rich" Huber, age 85, of Dubuque, died Saturday, February 23, 2019 at ManorCare, surrounded by his loving family. According to his wishes there will be no services. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Richard's family.

Rich was born on October 1, 1933 in Dubuque, a son to Ralph and Stella (Stecklein) Huber. Rich spent his early years learning the values of faith, family, friendship and fun. He was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Doris J. Guler on September 22, 1956. They were blessed with 62 wonderful years together, and a deeply loved son, Rick, who sadly passed away in 1999. Rich took his responsibility as husband, father and provider seriously and faithfully invested over 33 years of his time and talents at John Deere before retiring in 1992.

In his free-time, Rich was known to enjoy a little speed and excitement. Some of his favorite options included an afternoon on the motorcycle with Doris, a sunny day behind the boat on two skis, or an evening at the stock car races with Rick. Rich and his brother eventually built their own stock car which was assigned number 1/5 and is known to have raced it at least once (with little success) at the old Dubuque Speedway on Kerper Blvd. Rich also knew how to embrace serenity and an afternoon of hiking in Arizona could also bring him the same kind of satisfaction that an evening at the bowling alley with friends would. Speaking of bowling, Rich was an avid bowler, bowling in various Leagues in Dubuque for many years and earned numerous trophies, including ones for bowling 300 games.

Rich took great pride in knowing how to find balance between living, loving, working and playing. He was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and keenly held to the hope that soon the earth will return to the paradise that God has promised. He strived to make the world a better place by continually making a conscious effort to affect those around him in a positive manner. We will miss Rich dearly, and we are forever grateful for the 85 years he was with us. We know that he is sleeping and at peace now, awaiting the promised resurrection to perfect peace and happiness on earth. Thank you, Rich for the love, lessons and memories you leave behind; we will truly cherish them until we meet again!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Richard include,
his loving wife,
Doris Huber, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers and sister,
Maryelle Parades, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Trish) Huber, Davenport, IA,
and Randy (Jane) Huber, Houston, TX,

his sisters-in-law,
Mary Huber, Houston, TX,
Margie Huber, Dubuque, IA,
Bernice Beresford, Dubuque, IA,
Lucille Kachevas, Rock Island, IL,
and Ruth Guler, Dubuque, IA;

his brother-in-law,
Wayne Freisinger, Phoenix, AZ;

along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rick; his sister, Bonnie Dee; his brothers, Wayne Huber and Ronald Huber; his sister-in-law, Jeanette Freisinger; and his brothers-in-law, Donald Beresford, Peter Kachevas and Clarence Guler.

Richard's family would like to thank all their loving family, friends and the nurses and staff at ManorCare for all of their care and support through this very difficult time, especially Joe, John, and Margie. We also would like to thank Jeanette of Hospice of Dubuque for her kindness, compassion, and concern for Richard during his last days and Diane and all the staff at 'No Place Like Home' who cared for Rich while at home. Finally, a very, very special thank you to Clem Pline, a long-time dear friend of Richard who so willing offered himself, not only to assist Rich in times of need, but also for providing a never-ending stream of humor to cheer his days.

Online condolences may be shared with Richard's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Brian K Hall


Brian K Hall, 50, of Key West, IA passed away on February 23, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Brian was born on May 17, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of Billie and Patricia (Moore) Hall. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Maureen Sweeney on May 20, 1995 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works and was a member of the UAW Local 94.

Brian was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He loved his family, his friends, and his cats Bill and Ted.

He is survived by his wife Maureen, son Brandon, daughters Taylor and Sydney, brother Rich (Dawn) Hall, mother-in-law Jane Sweeney, brothers and sisters-in law Matt Sweeney, Tim (Kathy) Sweeney, Jeremey "Moose" (Katie) Stuart, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Bridget and Debbie Hall, father-in-law Lloyd Sweeney, and close friends Joe Sullivan and Andy Grant.

In lieu of flowers a Brian K Hall Memorial fund has been established.



Betty A Hermsen Gassmann


Betty A. Hermsen Gassmann, 87 of Dyersville passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9-10 am Thursday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb 28, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Betty was born September 7, 1931, in Dyersville the daughter of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle.  She married Jerome "Jerry" Hermsen on November 21, 1950, in Dyersville.  Together they farmed near Ryan for a few years and moved to Earlville where they continued farming.  Jerry preceded her in death in 1978.  She later married John Gassmann on December 26, 1980.  He also preceded her in death in 1989.  Betty moved to Dyersville in 1990.  She volunteered for 10 years with Dyersville Progress, Inc., and worked for the Xavier School Lunch Program for 15 years.  Betty thoroughly enjoyed playing cards, quilting and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include her children: Karen (Ron) Manthey of Davenport, Steve (Barbara) Hermsen of Bennett, Kathy (Mark) Salow of Monticello, Wayne Hermsen of Olin, and Scott (Deanne) Hermsen of Dyersville; step children: Lori Kuehl of Manchester and Karla Gassmann of Dubuque; 25 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; siblings: Harold (Gladys) Burkle, Gerald (Rose Ann) Burkle and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, all of Dyersville; in-laws: Lorraine Burkle and Verna Mae Burkle, both of Dyersville, Rosemary Rahe of Hopkins, MN, Francis (Inez) Hermsen of Manchester, Dennis (Nancy) Hermsen of Farley and Theresa Hermsen of Dyersville, Betty Gotto of Bankston, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Mary (Jim) Schnier of Bellevue, Bob Fitzgerald of Dyersville, Lyle Gassmann and Margaret Gassmann, both of Dubuque, Beverly Gassmann of Opelousas, LA, Jerry Gassmann of Davenport; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands; siblings: Charles (Luetta) Burkle, Leon (Theresa) Burkle, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, George (Thelma) Burkle, Bernard Burkle, Walter Burkle; in-laws: Elmer (Eileen) Hermsen, Clarence Hermsen, Tony Rahe, Charles and Theresa Hermsen in infancy, Paul Knepper, Sylvia Fitzgerald, Marvin (Patricia) Gassmann, William (Eileen) Besler, Sylvester "Butch" Gotto, Connie (Merl) Lueck, LeRoy Gassmann, Robert Gassmann, Ken Gassmann; and several nephews.

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

 

 



John H. Gavin


John H. "Jack" Gavin, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating "Jack's" life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. Friday at the church. A 6:45 P.M. Rosary will be recited on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

John Herman Gavin was born on May 4, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, to Leo and Florabel (Klinkner) Gavin. He grew up and attended school in in the Temple Hill area prior to entering the military. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Beatrice C. Bormann on May 30, 1964 in Springbrook, Iowa. Five children were born to this union, Marla, Susan, Robert, Joel and Jason.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, "Jack" moved to Maquoketa where he worked as a short order cook at the Tango Supper Club in Maquoketa for a couple of years. He retired after a 30-year career with Rotman Motor Company in Maquoketa where he worked as an autobody repairman. In retirement, he worked for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe in Maquoketa as a deliveryman.

"Jack" was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Maquoketa Cardinal fan, enjoyed visiting area casinos, latch hooking, and most importantly spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Beatrice Gavin of Maquoketa, IA; his children, Marla (Daniel "Boone") Naeve of Clinton, IA, Susan (Tim) Meier of Cuba City, WI, Bob (Jennifer) Gavin of Maquoketa, IA, Joel (and fiancé Renee) of West Burlington, IA, and Jason (Wendy) Gavin of North Liberty, IA; 9 grandchildren, Allyson Naeve, Isaac, Abe and Sami Meier, Liz and Zac Gavin, Jonathan and Joshua Gavin, and Corissa Gavin; a brother David (Lois) Gavin of Bernard, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Oscar, Justin and Thomas, and sisters LaVonne and Arlene.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John H. "Jack" Gavin memorial fund has been established.

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



Steven Clark Swanson


Steven Clark Swanson, 46, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Van Nuys, California.

He was born on January 27, 1973, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Clark and Candice (Short) Swanson. Steve grew up on Lake Delhi, Iowa, where he learned to swim and water ski. Later he attended Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Steve graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked as a chef for many years at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He then moved to Van Nuys, California, to continue his work as a chef.

Steve enjoyed a close relationship with his nieces and nephews. He loved music and was a self-taught guitarist.

Survivors include his mother, Candice (Oscar) Holdridge of Manchester, Iowa; half-siblings, Doug (Barb) Krause of Waverly, Iowa, Jennifer (Brad) Heath of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Susan Hughes, Julie Cutts, and Michael Swanson; stepsisters, Joy (Jon) Maples of Earlville, Iowa, and Leanne (Jon) Holdridge of Platteville, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Clark Swanson; his grandparents, Ray and Lou Short and Doris Tobin; and an aunt, Christine Short.

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

Private Family Services: Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Private Inurnment at a Later Date: Center Grove Cemetery - Dubuque, Iowa



Kathrine Ione O'Meara


Kathrine Ione O'Meara, 84 of Dubuque passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at home with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Thursday.

Kathrine was born on January 30, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Wade) Parkins. She married Donald "Ducky" O'Meara on October 30, 1954 at the Church of the Nativity. She started her working career at Interstate Power Co. and later worked for Bishops Buffet for 22 years.

Kathrine was all about her home and her family. She was "Mom" to many, and everyone was always welcome at her home. It did not matter if you needed a place to stay or a great home cooked meal you were always welcome especially at Christmas time.

She is survived by her husband Donald "Ducky" O'Meara, her two children Timothy (Janell) O'Meara and Tori O'Meara, and her two grandchildren Myranda and Shane O'Meara, along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Mary Jane Kubitz, and many O'Meara brothers and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Church of the Nativity.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the Staff at University of Iowa hospitals and Clinics for all the great care they gave to Kathrine.



Gilbert J. Mescher


Gilbert J. Mescher, 98, of Farley, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by loved ones.

Friends and relatives of Gilbert may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Parish Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m., the Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion services will be at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Assisting Deacon will be Dan O'Connell. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Gilbert was born November 27, 1920 in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Henry and Mathilda (Koopmann) Mescher. He received his education in the former St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, Iowa. He was a Veteran having served in the United States Army during World War II. Gilbert was united in marriage to Bernice White on February 12, 1946 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2019. Gilbert farmed for fifteen years and went on to work in the Western Dubuque Bus Garage as a Mechanic until his retirement in 1984.

Gilbert had a Passion for traveling and was an avid golfer and reader. He loved spending time with his family and truly enjoyed a good poker game, playing games with Bernice at night and splitting a cold beer.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa, the Knights of Columbus Council #2001 and the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Those left to cherish his memory are five children, Janet (Clifford) Splinter of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Tom) Weidemann of Dubuque, IA, Doris (Marty) LaPage of East Dubuque, IL, Larry (Vickie) Mescher of Peosta, IA and Vicky (Ron) Neumann of Independence, IA; 20 grandchildren, Chris (Jamie) Splinter, Eric Splinter, Abbi (Brian) LaPage, Dan (fiance, Christina) Weidemann, Ginger (friend, Brian) Weidemann, Valli (fiance, Robert) Weidemann, Peggi (friend, Mitch) Weidemann, T.J. Weidemann, Marty J. (Amanda) LaPage, Brandon LaPage, Trevor (fiance, Sara) LaPage, Nick (Lisa) Mescher, Kelli (Ted) Bergfeld, Kari Mescher, Alexis Mescher, Landon (Rebecca) Klostermann, Logan (friend, Stephany) Klostermann, Emily (Todd) Ostwinkle, Lily Neumann, and Joseph Neumann; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; four siblings, Armella Phillips of Fly Creek, NY, Alfred "Fritz" (Jeanette) Mescher and Dick (Jean) Mescher both of Dyersville, IA and Bob (Lou Ann) Mescher of Edgewood, IA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one great granddaughter, Hope LaPage; nine brothers and sisters, Marie (Clarence "Barney) Kramer, Harry (Marge) Mescher, CJ (Alvie) Mescher, Bill (Germaine) Mescher, Viola Mescher, Louie (Kay) Mescher, Alice (Syl) Althoff, Rosemary (LaVerne) Nelson and David (Janet) Mescher; two brothers-in-law, Hubert "Bud" Phillips and Ralph (Mildred) White.

The family would like to thank the Farley EMS, Mercy ER Physicians, Nurses and staff especially Nurse Trisha for their compassion and wonderful care they gave Gilbert and his family

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



Harlan J. Friedman


Harlan J. Friedman, 95 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home where a Service of Remembrance will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg. 

Harlan was born May 10, 1923 in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Leo and Leona (Zewen) Friedman.  He married Julitta Mormann on July 11, 1944 in Petersburg, Iowa.  Harlan worked on the family farm for 10 years and later worked for John Deere for 26 years before retiring in 1985.  He also considered it an honor to be Mayor of Luxemburg for 12 years and the city council for 2 years.  Harlan enjoyed his retirement through travel, music, dancing and spending time with family.  He especially liked his frequent visits with friends in his hometown.  As well, his daily breakfast visits in Dubuque.  Harlan was a proud father, grandpa, great grandpa and great-great grandpa.

Survivors include:

12 children: Carole Lamphier of Cedar Rapids, Joyce (Joe) Vavra of Ely, IA, Diane (Dave) Bradley of Cedar Rapids, Linda (Ike) LaSoya of Dubuque, Mary (Vern) Kleinschrodt of Farley, Gary (Kathy) Friedman of Colleyville, TX, Ron (Jan) Friedman of Dyersville, Sharon Summers of Campbell, CA, Dennis (Ellen) Friedman of Eagan, MN, Laurie (Guy) Knepper of Williamsburg, IA, Jan (Doug) Boone of Manchester, Paul (Traci) Friedman of Polk City, IA, 

28 grandchildren:Christopher Hoeger, Jeff Hoeger, Dawn Uhl,Leslie Harris,Amy Miner, Ed Vavra, Terry Kleinschrodt, Steve Kleinschrodt, Ryan Friedman, Paige Hopkins, Kyle Friedman, Jenn Russell, Mike Friedman, Rick Friedman, Ben Friedman, Claire Friedman, Andrew Friedman, Nathan Knepper, Emily Nadermann, Melanie Kluever, Chantal Rozmus, Trevor Knepper, Garrett Knepper, Dani Boone, Dylan Boone, McKenzie Friedman, Isabelle Friedman, Chase Friedman, 

43 great grandchildren: Kayla Hoeger, Heather Hoeger, Seth Hoeger, Kal Hoeger, Kody Hoeger, Shane Harris, Adian Harris, Gabrielle Armstrong, Sofia Miner, Dorien Miner, Joseph Vavra, Jakob Vavra, Tazlynn LaSoya, Deante' Paris LaSoya, Dylan Reittinger, Keely Kleinschrodt, Kelsey Kleinschrodt, Samuel Friedman, William Friedman, Gabreil Friedman, Lillian Hopkins, Calvin Russell, Nolan Russell, Ethan Horne, Damijan Horne, Alanna Riley Friedman, Layla Anne Friedman, Josephine Friedman, Henry Friedman, Wesley Friedman, Emmett Friedman, Eleanora Friedman, Alec Knepper, Reece Knepper, Canton Nadermann, Vaughn Nadermann, Briggs Nadermann, Merrisin Nadermann, Maelynn Kluever, Ivery Kluever, Vivia Kluever, Wrenna Kluever, Cutler Kluever, 

2 great-great grandchildren: Adalina Rae Kalpinski, Zelda Horne,

siblings: John (Carol) Friedman of Holy Cross, in-laws: Mary Arens of Dyersville, Vera Mormann of Petersburg and Phil Munsey of Punta Gorda, FL. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Julitta, daughter, Ruth Munsey, son-in-law, Mike Lamphier, 4 grandchildren: Jamie Vavra, Tara Vavra, Shane Lamphier and Kory LaSoya, siblings: Jeanette (Clete) Gassmann, Emmett (Germaine) Friedman, Marie (Allie) Boeckenstedt, and in laws: Richard Arens and William Mormann.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Hawkeye Care Center & Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care & support.

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

 



Phyllis Y. Simonin

Phyllis Y. Simonin, 81, of Cedar Rapids (formerly of Maquoketa) passed away on February 19, 2019 at the Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Phyllis' Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where a Catholic Daughters Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Maquoketa. Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service is caring for Phyllis and her family at this time.

Phyllis Yvonne was born on September 23, 1937 in Louisa County, Iowa to Omer and Ruth (Schultz) Wheeler. She earned her high school diploma from Limestone High School. On August 25, 1956 she was united in marriage to Joseph T. Simonin in Litchfield, Illinois. She worked as the Jackson County Clerk for over 26 years. Phyllis is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Also, she was a member of the Catholic Daughter's of America Court St Raphael #1156 and St. Anthony's Mother Club.

Those left to cherish her memories are her three children; Margaret (Steve) Schmitz of Cedar Rapids, Thomas Simonin of Placerville, California, Edmund (Susan Keil) Simonin of Maquoketa, four grandchildren; Seth Simonin, Forest Simonin, Kimberly Laughridge, Carolyn Jennings and four great-grandchildren; Justin Simonin, Rylin Simonin, Jaxon Laughridge and Finley Laughridge.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister Patsy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids or the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cottage Grove Place for their loving care of Phyllis, and thank the staff from Mercy Palliative Care and Mercy Hospice for all of their support.

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

 



Elwood J. Van Vleck


Elwood J. "Van" Van  Vleck, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by family. 

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, February 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.  

Elwood was born May 21, 1936 in Iowa City, the son of Earl B. and Delphine (Theisen) Van Vleck.  He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1964.  Van married Elaine C. Jacobs on May 25, 1968 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. 

Van served as a police officer in East Dubuque for several years, during which time he was also known as "Big Al". He then went to work for Dubuque Community School District as a custodian, eventually becoming a head custodian, and retiring after 29 years. Van was devoted to the Dubuque Community Schools, and loved being a part of the school community. He always made sure to take treats to the people he worked with at school.  Van worked at several schools in the district, but especially loved Hoover and made sure to keep up with all the news, even after retirement. In 2002, he retired and became a paraprofessional/security for Hoover, where he was proud to work with his son, a teacher, and his grandson, a student. He retired from his paraprofessional duties in 2017. 

Van could often be found driving his Monte Carlo around town, working on the house and yard, and train watching. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be sadly missed. 

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his son, Steven (Pamela) Van Vleck of Dubuque; his grandson Evan Van Vleck of Dubuque; his sister Joyce Sanders of Dubuque; his in-laws, Joseph Behnke, Robert (Annamarie) Jacobs, Ruth Ann Yarborough, and Sharon Kay Jacobs; many nieces and nephews; family friend Sharon Heiderscheit; and his former police partner and special friend, John Tuckett. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Joy Behnke; his brother Charles Van Vleck; his in-laws Willard Sanders, and Joseph and Dale Jacobs; and his parents in law, Joseph and Leona Jacobs. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jessica and Amy. 

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

 

 



Kathlene L. Hayes


Kathlene L. "Kathy" Hayes, 51, of Clinton, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 20, 2019, at her home in Clinton.

A celebration of Kathlene's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place, and a private burial will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Kathlene Lyn Hayes was born on October 14, 1967 in San Diego, California, to David and Darlene (Brady) Hayes. She attended Maquoketa schools and graduated in 1989. In 1990, she moved to Waiver Home in DeWitt and worked at Skyline Sheltered Workshop in Clinton, Iowa. She retired in 2014 and has attended Skyline Day Hab Services since that time.

Kathy kept busy with many activities including Special Olympics, "Truth Singers", Summer Camp, Able Trek Tours, PEP programs and lots of parties and dances. She enjoyed visiting her dogs on the farm, holidays, her birthday, music and dancing, potato chips and pop. She loved spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Kathy is survived by her parents, David and Darlene Hayes of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Andrea and her husband Tim Sheridan and their son Jack of Wausau, WI, Eric and his wife Bridgette Hayes and their children Christophe and Henrik of Kenilworth, IL, and Matt and his wife Alicia Hayes and their children Emma and Claire of Cedar Rapids, IA; and aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Marvin and Helen Brady, paternal grandparents Harold and Lola Hayes, and an infant sister.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Special Olympics of Iowa, or to Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherrill, Iowa.

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



Karla L. Rockwell


Karla L. Rockwell, 54, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Karla's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Karla Lynn Fuglsang was born on August 21, 1964 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Garan Lee and Lynn DaLea (Weber) Fuglsang. She was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Cecil Gene Rockwell on October 9, 1993 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

Karla had worked various jobs throughout the years including J.C. Penney Store, KJ's Convenience, FlapJack's Family Restaurant, Kwik Star, and the last several years at Maquoketa State Bank. She also was a part-time bookkeeper for Rockwell Cleanup in Maquoketa.

Karla loved her dog Twix, shopping, going for long walks, eating out and playing cards.

Those left to honor Karla's memory include her husband, Cecil Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Kevin Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, and Kent (Sally) Fuglsang of Baldwin, IA; sisters, Kim (Mark) Laingen of Normal, IL, and Kayleen (Vince) Aragon of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, her parents, and a sister-in-law Madge Fuglsang.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Karla Lynn Rockwell memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia M. O'Connell


Virginia M. "Ginny" (Reisch) O'Connell, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m., on Monday, February 18, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ginny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ginny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ginny was born on November 27, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert J. and Lucille (Herkes) Reisch.

Ginny was born, raised and a life-long resident of Dubuque, where she graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1958. She was united in marriage to Robert O'Connell, on January 25, 1964, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 3 adored children. Ginny was a hard worker and began her career with Roshek's "Packet" Room cafeteria, then started doing in home day care, as well as working at Mount St. Francis for 35 years, until her well earned retirement in 2017. Ginny was a long time member of Holy Trinity Church whose faith was extremely important to her, and helped her graciously deal with life's ups and downs. When she found some free time in her day, Ginny could be found sitting quietly knitting, crocheting or sewing her next beautiful creation. She had a soft spot for all animals, and her little dog, Lexi, was a faithful companion who always brought a smile to her face. Above all, family brought the greatest joy into Ginny's days, she loved any opportunity to spend time with the children and was especially excited when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born and she could spend quality time with them. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing she is once again reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her, and free from the health issues she has faced with such grace and dignity.

Those left to cherish Ginny's memory include

her children,
Bob (Deb) O'Connell, Dubuque, IA,
Deb (Pat) Kramer, Farley, IA
and Cris (Randy) Link, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Logan O'Connell, Sarah (Robby) Michels, Katie (Chris) Smock, Nick (Natalie Fischer) Kramer, Tonya (Danny Oberbroeckling) Link, Tiffany (Mitch) Liddle and Tara Link;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Hudson Michels, Kinleigh and Jaxson Smock, Mason and Maddox Liddle;

and her siblings,
Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, Dubuque, IA,
Carol Oglesby, Dubuque, IA
and John Reisch, Dubuque, IA.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Linda Reisch in infancy and Kay (Neil) Kelley; a brother, Billy Reisch in infancy; a sister-in-law, Darlene O'Connell; a brother-in-law, Gordy Oglesby; and a nephew, David Kelley.

Ginny's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates Internal Medicine, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their outstanding care and support of Ginny and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Roger A. Konrardy


Roger A. Konrardy, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans.

Visitation will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where a wake service will be held at 12:45 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born November 25, 1946, in LaMotte, Iowa, the son of Burnell and Mathilda (Arensdorf) Konrardy. He graduated high school from Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte, Iowa. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Vietnam era. After his service, he graduated from Indian Hills Community College. He was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Association in Dubuque, Iowa.

Roger owned and operated Konrardy Carpet Cleaning Service in Dubuque, Iowa for 32 years. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, collecting antiques, and designing and inventing personal projects. The joy of his life was spending time playing games, attending sporting events, and giving rides on the lawn tractor with his grandchildren, Ryan and Olivia.

He married Mary Conlan at St. Patrick's Garryowen on July 20, 1973, and they were happily married for 45 years. They shared many fun trips in the various cars that Roger restored.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Tony (Gretchen) Konrardy, of Dubuque, Matt Konrardy (Cassie) of Dubuque; and grandchildren Ryan and Olivia; siblings Gene (Doris) Konrardy, of LaMotte, Paul (JoAnn) Konrardy, of LaMotte, Donna (Lorin) Sieverding of Bellevue, Vern (Nancy) Konrardy, of LaMotte, Allan (Anita) Konrardy, of LaMotte, Kate (Jim) Michela, of Bellevue, Loren (MaryJo), Konrardy, of LaMotte.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Geraldine and her husband, Harry Osterkamp, and his nephew, Phil Konrardy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Association, Clarity Clinic or Dubuque County Right to Life.

The family wishes to thank the quick response of Dubuque Fire and EMS in their assistance with Roger. The family also extends their deepest appreciation to the staff of MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center Emergency Room and ICU departments, especially Dr. Kevin Zettek and Dr. Lane Noble. A special note of gratitude to Father Raphael and Chaplain Daniel Granger for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time.



David J. Rossman


David "Super Dave" Joseph Rossman, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away February 20, 2019 at home surrounded by family. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Resurrection Church, Dubuque. A gathering will be held from 4 to 8 PM, Friday, February 22, 2019 at Hoffman Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, Asbury, IA. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

David was born on September 25, 1958 the son of Robert and Patricia (Sanders) Rossman. He was united in marriage to Juliane Hasken in 1981. He attended Hempstead High School and graduated from Loras College in 1981. He worked for Trausch Baking (Bimbo) for thirty years until his retirement. During his retirement he drove a school bus for ABC Learning. Dave was a proud father and grandfather, delivering an infectious laugh, he enjoyed gatherings with friends and family. He loved to cook for his family and was a lifelong Cubs, Bears and Hawkeye fan. Along with lifelong friends, Dave enjoyed a successful career in the Dubuque softball scene, earning the nickname Super Dave. He was a member of BR Flynn when they won the Class A 1988 State Softball tournament. Dave enjoyed many sports such as golf and bowling (including an 800 series).

He is survived by his wife Juliane; four children, Nick (Sophie Banwarth), Amanda (Jeremy) Way, Megan (Zach) Hardy, and Abby; his grandchildren: Audri; Ruby; Rocco; and Oliver; brother, Mike (Mary) Rossman, sister, Julie (Tom) Furlong. Mother-in-law Doris Hasken, In-laws, Allen (Ria) Hasken; Janel (Dave) Celbulko; Lloyd (Faith) Hasken, Beth (Joe) Broderick, Glenn (Tina) Hasken, Martha (Kevin) Grossman and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Earl Hasken, God child Shane Broderick and nephew Joel Hasken.

The family requests no flowers. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the Doctors and Nurses at Unity Point Finley Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

 



James H. Henkel


James H. "Jim" Henkel, age 77, of Dorchester, Iowa, and originally from Dubuque, was peacefully called home to join his loving wife, Carol, and baby girl, Karen, at 5:17 p.m., on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, February 25, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jim was born on September 10, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Raymond R. and Lorraine (Spahn) Henkel.

Jim was a proud graduate of the Loras Academy, Class of 1959. After graduation he went to work with the H. Trenkle Company, until he was able to attain a position at the Dubuque John Deere Works in 1965, where he would remain a loyal employee until his retirement in 1996. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Merz, on September 10, 1962, at St. Patrick's Church, the happiest birthday celebration he could have ever asked for, and they were truly blessed with 56 years together and 4 adored children, before Carol was called home ahead of him on June 20, 2017. Jim was a true outdoorsman who looked forward to any opportunity that presented itself to be outside, whether it be tending to his garden, sitting quietly in the woods hunting, or casting a line along the shore waiting to catch the biggest fish of the day. Jim's love of fishing would even take them to live in Dorchester, Iowa, for a time so he could take full advantage of the trout streams there. However, there was no denying that Jim's whole world revolved around spending time with Carol and the children, and when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, his heart was overjoyed. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, but take some comfort in the fact that now his broken heart is happily reunited with his beloved bride, and their baby girl, in their Heavenly home for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his 3 children,
Kathy M. (Sean) Hedges, Dubuque, IA,
Kenneth J. (Laura) Henkel, Decorah, IA
and Keith J. (Tricia) Henkel, Letts, IA;

his 7 grandchildren,
Ashley (Adam) Goodwin, Tyler Smith, Dylan, Andre, Jared and Baylee Henkel and Chris Witt;

and his 4 great-granddaughters,
Raylee Henkel, Mackenzie Goodwin, Rosalie Smith and Adaley Goodwin.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Carol Henkel; and a daughter, Karen Sue Henkel.

Jim's family would like to thank Dr. Liaboe and his nurse, Trish, and the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Scott, for all of the outstanding care and loving support of not only Jim, but his entire family.

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

 



Richard E. Goebel


Richard Ernest (George) Goebel, who was known and loved as Ernie, passed away Sunday February 17, 2019 on the Goebel Century Family Farm at the age of 75. 

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the American Legion Post #6 and the VFW Post #9663 will conduct a Past Commander Ceremony at 4 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery and military honors will be accorded by VFW Post 9663 and American Legion Post 6.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate with Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating.

Ernie was born July 4, 1943 in New Vienna, Iowa to Gene and Helen (Klaus) Goebel.  After a previous marriage to Ruth Koelker, he married Georgia Sudmeier of New Vienna on September 4, 1992.

When his two sons were growing up, Ernie helped start the Asbury Little League and enjoyed working with his boys and their Boy Scout Troop 91 of Resurrection Church.  He loved snowmobiling and participated in many cross-country races during the 1970's.  Ernie also enjoyed hunting, flying airplanes, and driving his John Deere tractors across Iowa with his brothers. He later earned his bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Dubuque in 1987. He always looked forward to time spent with friends and family, loved being on the farm, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Above all, Ernie believed in God, service to his Country, and all things Iowa. 

Ernie retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1994, and retired as a Sgt. Major from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1995.  Ernie dedicated 35 years of his life to his career as a combat engineer. His military experience included: Desert Storm in Iraq, November 1990 to May 1991, service in Mogadishu, Somalia, and nine tours to South Korea. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion, and American Vets.  He was the Commander of American Legion Post #6 in Dubuque from 2001-02, and was currently serving as the Commander of VFW Post #9663 in Dubuque. He was a member of Iowa Veterans' Council for the past 25 year and was also Iowa VFW State Commander from 2006-07. Ernie was appointed by the Governor of Iowa and the past chairman of the commission to a third 4-year term to the Iowa Commission of Veterans' Affairs.  He was proud to have been a part of the committee that built the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Dubuque. 

Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Georgia (Smoky) Sudmeier Goebel; his brothers Bob of Cedar Rapids, Jack of Colesburg, and Joe of Luxemburg; his sons, Russell (Lisa) Goebel of San Antonio, TX and Brad (Margaret) Goebel of Houston, TX, and his 3 stepchildren, Lori (Dave) Henning of Iowa City, Mike (Michelle) Sack of Minneapolis, MN, and Lisa Scott of Bellingham, WA. Ernie and Georgia were blessed with the love of 22 grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Kayvon (Erik Klunder) Jafarpour, Megan (Mark Elliff) Henning, Halie Henning, Regan Sack, Evan Sack, Matt (Jackie) Ruppel, Sam Ruppel, Rob Ruppel, Clara Scott, Tully Scott, Noah Goebel, Grayson Goebel, Natalie Goebel, Julia Goebel, Jackson Goebel, Olivia Pruin, Julia Pruin, Tito Resto, Isabel Resto; greatgrandchildren: Jordyn Nikkel, Paisleigh Goebel, and Lawson Goebel.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, contributions in memory of Richard E. Goebel may be made to the New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire Dept. or VFW Post #9663 of Dubuque of which he was Commander. 

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

 

 



Veronica K. Puccio


Veronica K. (Webb) Puccio, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 12:19 a.m., on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Veronica's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Veronica's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.
Veronica was born on March 30, 1940, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Frank J. and Marcella (Adams) Webb.

Veronica was united in marriage to the love of her life, Thomas Puccio Sr., on April 23, 1960, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 46 wonderful years together and 7 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her in 2006. She was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker, but also shared her time and talents outside of her home as a custodian with the Dubuque Community Schools for 10 years. In her free time, Veronica enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors tending to her flower gardens, fishing down by the river or sitting around the campfire telling stories with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards or spending the night out with the girls at the Bingo hall in hopes that one of them would win the big jackpot. The most important aspect of Veronica's life was beyond a doubt her family. She loved any opportunity to gather everyone together and share a meal or celebrate birthdays and holidays. Our hearts are truly broken at the sudden and unexpected loss of our sweet Veronica, but we are thankful for the countless memories she has helped us to create throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Veronica's memory include

her children,
Michelle Chapman, Dubuque, IA,
Dawn Marie (Gene) Hansel, Colesburg, IA,
Thomas "Buck" Puccio, Dubuque, IA,
Eric (Misty) Puccio, Dubuque, IA
and Kenneth Puccio, Indianapolis, IN;

her 11 grandchildren;

her 8 great grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Pamela (Larry) Hillius, McCarley, MS,
Lorie (Gary) Lindenberg, Belvidere, IL,
Colleen Johnson, Rockford, IL,
Geraldine (Joseph) Gonzalez, Beloit, WI,
Kim (Craig) West, Rockford, IL,
Frank Webb, Jr., Galesburg, IL,
James Webb, Dubuque, IA,
Terry Webb, Rockford, IL,
Robert Webb, Rockford, IL
and Greg Webb, Florida.

Veronica was called to her Heavenly Home to be with her parents; her husband, Thomas Puccio Sr.; 2 sons, Jeffery and Brian Puccio; a grandson, Aaron Puccio; a great-grandson, Tosh Puccio; her sister, Frances Molitor; a brother, James Webb; a son-in-law, Gary Chapman; and 2 sisters-in-law, Norma Webb and Linda Webb.

Veronica's family would like to thank Dr. Viner and his staff for all of the care they provided Veronica throughout the years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Sr. Marguerite Yezek


Sister Marguerite Yezek, BVM (Valerian), 97, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of

Memories will be at 1:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Marguerite was an elementary teacher in Davenport and Iowa City, Iowa, and Rock Island, Ill. She ministered as a secondary teacher in Davenport and in Mundelein, Ill.; Saint Paul, Minn.; and Memphis, Tenn. She volunteered for elderly programs in Skokie, Ill.

She was born on March 15, 1921, in Manly, Iowa, to Albie & Elsie Chalupnik Yezek. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1938, from Holy Family Parish, Mason City, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Florence (Neil) Brown and Sharon (Darrold) Haag. She is survived by a brother Ronald (Charlotte) Yezek, Manly, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 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 https://www.bvmcong.org/support_donate.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Larry H. Fangmann


Larry Hillar (Joseph) Fangmann, age 69 of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Mercy One of a sudden illness.

Services for Larry will be held at Noon, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. Following the burial, a celebration of Life will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cascade from 1:30 TO 4:30.
He was born August 23, 1949 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Louis H. and Jeanette R. (Smith) Fangmann. He is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in 1968. On February 1, 1969 he was united in marriage to Vicki Callahan at St. Martin's. He was employed as a guard at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. He also worked as a carpenter, farmer, and D.H.I.A. milk tester.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by Vicki Fangmann his wife of 50 years of Cascade, IA; and their children, Tina (Larry Winter) Boesenberg and their children, Chelsea (Jeremy) Jacobs, Dakota Boesenberg, Estee Winter, and Ellie Winter of Center Point, IA; Jodi Fangmann and Larry "Sonny" Fangmann Jr. both of Cascade, IA; Melissa (Craig) Bierman and their children, Nicholas Spriggs, Ben Spriggs, Carter Bierman of Potosi, WI; Wendy (Doug) Verge and their children, Austin Verge, Logan Verge, and Cameron Verge of Marion, IA; his siblings, Karen (Carl) Kelchen of Cascade, IA, Thomas (Linda) Fangmann of Arizona City, AZ, Carol Jean (James) Triplett of Springville, MO, Mary Jo (Joseph) Wagner of Anamosa, IA, Lee Fangmann of Cascade, IA and Joannie Knapp of Dubuque, IA; his sister and brother-in-laws, Peggy (Bob) Woerdehoff of Marion, IA, Kathy (Tom) McDonnell of Cascade, IA, Robert (Lou) Callahan of Dubuque, IA and Timothy Callahan of Key West, FL.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his oldest son, Shane Fangmann; his brother, James Fangmann; his mother and father-in-law, William "Billy" and Agnes "Bobby" Callahan; a sister-in-law, Doris Callahan.

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



Salvatore F. Lembo


Salvatore F. "Sal" Lembo, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday afternoon, February 18, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Sal" on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 4 to 6 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date.

Salvatore Francis Lembo on April 5, 1955 in Revere, Massachusetts to John and Janet (Snow) Lembo. He grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from high school in Revere. Following high school graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Marines Corps earning an honorable discharge. He then attended Northeastern College in Boston and later Loras College in Dubuque. He married Kimberly Elizabeth Koontz Carter on February 28, 2009 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Sal" had worked various jobs throughout the years. Early on he was a prison guard and raced Greyhounds all over the United States. Upon graduating from Loras College, he worked as a special needs teacher, and also at Hillcrest in Dubuque. He then moved to Maquoketa where he worked at Community Care in Charlotte and at Prairie House in Maquoketa. For the past five years he has worked at Walmart in Maquoketa as a night stocker.

"Sal" was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed traveling and taking cruises, cooking and spending time with the grandchildren. He was an avid fan of Boston sports, including the Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kimberly Lembo of Maquoketa, IA; children, Karen (Todd) Tuecke, Kimberly (Cory) Gates, Steven (Chelsey) Mattison, Katherine (Andrew) Gates, Mark Lembo, Michael Lembo, and Jennifer Gott; step-children, Tiffany Parker, Melissa Parker, Ethan (Karey) Gott, Jarrod (Ashley) Gott, James (Bonnie) Carter, and Terry (Abby) Carter; his mother and step-father, Janet and Robert Colburn of MA; brothers, Paul (Mary Ellen) Lembo, Allen Newton, and Randy (Marilyn) Lembo; a sister, Marie (Woody) Myers; and 22 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother William "Billy" Lembo, and a daughter Kristen Hunt.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/salvatore-f-sal-lembo

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



Mary R. Huff


Mary R. Huff, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at home.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a sharing of memories at 7:30 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 JFK Road.

Mary was born on April 29, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Cecil & Sally (Topel) Williams. She married Vic Huff on September 11, 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. Mary graduated with honors from Loras College in 1994 with a degree in Social Work.

After graduation she worked as a social worker for 25 years at Hillcrest Family Services. Mary proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as well as the Navy Reserves and was Honorably Discharged.

Mary loved spoiling her grandchildren and her three sons, she would shop for Christmas gifts year-round in search for a good bargain.

She is survived by her husband Vic Huff of Dubuque; three sons Eric (Emily) Huff of Denver, IA, Nick (Sarah) Huff and Scott Huff both of Dubuque; grandchildren Eddie, Charlie and Ella Huff; two brothers Richard and Bob Williams of Columbus, Ohio; cousins Kathy Phillips and Sandy Liston of Columbus, Ohio; and her aunt Rose (Jerry) Butts of Columbus, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Sally Williams; and two brothers Mike and David Williams.

A Mary R. Huff Memorial Fund has been established.



Carole A. Huseman


Carole A. Huseman, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 18th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Carole was born on January 31, 1939 and grew up in Monona, Iowa with her grandparents Sarah and Dell Rose. She married Randall Huseman on July 22, 1961 in Dubuque and he preceded her in death on November 5, 2012.
She worked for Dubuque John Deere, K-Mart and Welu Printing. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed doing crafts.

Carole is survived by her three grandchildren, Molly (Dan) Hesselman, Matt (Courtney) Mihalakis, and Nicholas Nauman. Six great-grandchildren, Bailey and Nolan Hesselman, Miranda, Maximus, Mackenzie and Maverick Mihalakis. Brothers and sister-in-laws Mike and Ruth Huseman, Carol and Dave Davis, Marty and Debbie Huseman and Fred and Sue Huseman.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter Julie on August 3, 2006 along with many siblings.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital; along with Pat and Roger Gross, Mike and Ruth Huseman and Fred and Sue Huseman for all the great care they gave to Carole.

"My grandmother showed me the definition of unconditional love and what it meant to be truly selfless. Anyone who knew her will tell you she had a heart of gold and the perfect sense of humor. She was the perfect person all around. We love you and will miss you dearly grandma." Love Matt



Douglas A. Kapp


Douglas A. Kapp 66, of Dubuque, died Sunday, February 17, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Karla Wildberger officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Doug was born on December 29, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Milton L. and LouAnn (Hovden) Kapp Jr. and has lived in Dubuque since 1968. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1972 and a year later, on November 23rd, married the love of his life, Jean Sprengelmeyer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Doug was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years, retiring in 2003 and then went to worked at Bird Chevrolet. He was a very active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and volunteer work with the "Mended Heart" program at Mercy Hospital, the Iowa Literacy Council and Finley Hospital. Doug enjoyed watching movies and all kinds of cars. He especially loved detailing them out and going on long driving trips.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Dubuque, IA; his children Jeremy (Alicia) Kapp of Dubuque, IA and Melissa (Brent) Culbertson of East Dubuque, IL; his mother Lou Ann Meyer of Dubuque, IA; his brothers Kevin (Betty Lee) Kapp Dubuque, IA and Neal (Sally) Kapp of Anaheim, CA; 6 grandchildren, Samuel and Aaron Culbertson, Blair, MaryEllen, Kiefer and Kierin Kapp; also surviving are many close in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his father Milton; his grandparents Milton and Mellicent Kapp Sr. and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Fred and Rosella Sprengelmeyer.

Memorials may be given to the Douglas A. Kapp memorial fund to establish a literacy scholarship fund.

The Kapp family wishes to extend a special thank you to Drs. Hillard Salas, Ronald Sims and Ramanujam Ramabadran, their nurses and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for the wonderful care and support given to Doug.



Joannel M. McDermott


Joannel M. McDermott, 86, of Epworth, Iowa passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at her home in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joannel may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Services for Joannel will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Thomas McDermott presiding. Burial will be held in St. John Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

She was born August 23, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Earl and Grace (Callahan) O'Brien. She graduated from St. Columbkille Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa. She worked at Montgomery Ward until her marriage to Irwin McDermott on July 25, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

Joannel and Irwin worked and raised their family on their farm in Placid, Iowa, until moving to Epworth, Iowa in 1997.

Joannel was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and a long time sacristan at St. John, Placid. She also served in the Befriender Ministry and instructed children in the St. John RCIA program.

Joannel was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was devoted to her family, her Catholic faith and her Lord.

She is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Irwin McDermott; seven children, Mary Ellen (Merlin) Dietzel of Dubuque, IA, Molly (Tom) Brehm of Epworth, IA, Meg (Mike) Muir of Dubuque, IA, Rev. Tom McDermott of Dubuque, IA, Steve McDermott of Epworth, IA, Karen (Doug) Koopmann of Peosta, IA and Sheila (Frank) Ward of Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Mike (Joyce) O'Brien, Joe O'Brien and Eugene (Delores) O'Brien all of Cascade, IA; her sisters, Kay (Rex) Gogerty of Hubbard, IA, Lois Schlegel of Fairfield, CT, Deb (Bob) Green of Cascade, IA; and sisters-in-law, Rita McDermott of Epworth, IA, Mary Ann O'Brien of Waunakee, WI, Maurna O'Brien of Cascade, IA, Ann O'Brien of Dubuque, IA and Nikki Manternach of Cascade, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son , Phil McDermott in 1978, father and mother-in-law, Tommie and Katie McDermott; five brothers, Earl, Ralph, George, Pat and Steve O'Brien; sisters-in-law, Elaine and Monie O'Brien, Marie, Honora and Sr. Madeleve McDermott,O.S.F and brothers-in-law, Rich Schlegel, John, Pat, Francis, Thomas, Leo, and Rev. Philip, McDermott.

A special thanks to the caregivers at Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home.

In lieu of flowers, etc. please direct memorials to Seton Catholic School or St. John Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa

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



Richard L. Young


Richard Lee "Dick" Young, age 75 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Dick's life, a private family service is being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Dick's family.

Memorials in Dick's name may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002.

Dick's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque's East Campus for all of their professional care and support.  His family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude to all of Dick's family, friends and neighbors who have lovingly and generously shared their time visiting, calling, baking and just simply being there when we needed you. May God bless you all for your kindnesses! 

Online condolences may be shared with Dick's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Mary L. Huseman


Mary L. Huseman, age 74 of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Mary's life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mary's family.

Mary was born on June 14, 1944, in Dubuque, a daughter to Roger and Betty (Bresee) Sear.  Sadly, her father was called home when Mary was just a young girl, but thankfully her grandmother, Luella Sear lovingly stepped in to help raise the children.  Mary met her soul-mate, Edward "Ed" Huseman when the couple was just in their early teens and the two have not been separated since. They were united in marriage on March 30, 1963 at St. Columbkille's Church and were blessed with 55 wonderful years together, and 2 children. 

Mary always had a natural knack for fashion and she eventually found a way to allow her God given talents to shine through for the benefit of others. She sold Mary Kay for over 20 years and also spent over 16 years working at Younker's in the accessory department. Mary always took great pride in looking her best and whether she was headed over to Donut Boy, or out for an evening of dancing with Ed, you could be sure that she would always be the best dressed one in the room.  

Mary was so much more than just an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, or a beautiful woman drawing attention in a room though; she was also a very spiritual woman who took her relationship with her Lord and Savior very seriously.  She always understood that was the one decision in this life which really mattered, and she consistently lived her faith through all of her words, thoughts and actions.  We will miss Mary's gentle soul and generous personality, but we also know and trust that she is now safe in her eternal home resting within the redeeming presence of Jesus and her family, awaiting our eventual arrival.  We thank you Mary for all of the love you shared, the positive attitude you role-modeled and the countless lessons you have taught us; your legacy will surely live on in all of the lives you have touched throughout your 74 years among us.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mary include,

her loving husband,
Ed Huseman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Paula Barton, Dubuque, IA,
and Dean (Michelle) Huseman, Bernard, IA;

her grandchildren,
Portia Barton, Stormie Huseman, Skye Huseman, Renn Howell, Kayleen (David) LaShelle, Bobby (Niclole) Ware and Tanner Carey;

her great-grandchildren,
Blake Barton, Audrey LaShelle and Madden Ware;

her sister,
Susie Kieffer, Oregon;

her sister-in-law,
Carla Sear, Garber, Iowa;

along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents and her brother, Roger Sear.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, along with their dear family friend, Tanya Miller, for all of their professional help, sincere compassion and unwavering support over these last couple of months.

Online condolences may be shared with Mary's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Madonna C. Faber


Madonna C. "Donna" Faber, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 6:50 a.m. at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Donna may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends also called after 9:00 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home in Cascade.
Services for Donna will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born June 28, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Ida (Manternach) Faber. She received her education from Western Dubuque Schools. Donna had a bubbly personality and loved to dance and joke around with others. She also enjoyed coloring and painting.

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

She is survived by four sisters, Eileen (Ed) Ries of Hopkinton, IA, Marie (Ray) Steinlage of Worthington, IA, Joan (Wayne) Demmer of Epworth, IA and Theresa (Gary) Hoffmann of Worthington, IA; two brothers, Loras (Sandy) Faber of Monticello, IA and Bob (Karen) Faber of Delhi, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Faber in infancy; brother-in-law, John Greiner.

In lieu of flowers a Madonna C. Faber memorial fund has been established.

The family of Madonna would like to thank the entire staff of Sunnycrest Manor for all the wonderful care given to her over the years.

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



Betty A. Schueller


Betty Ann Schueller, 78, of Menominee, IL, passed away Thursday evening, February 14, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.  There will also be a visitation from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Betty was born on April 12, 1940 near Guttenberg, IA, the daughter of Harold and Louise (Dryer) Blume.  She was united in marriage to John A. Schueller, Sr. on February 11, 1961 at St. John the Baptist Church, Peosta, IA. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2016.

Betty was a homemaker whose main job was raising her family.  She was a terrific cook and was known for her delicious apple pies. Betty enjoyed playing euchre, gambling, baking, and was a very strong faith filled woman. She was a member of Nativity BVM Parish.

Surviving are nine children, Mary Lou (Dan) Fitzgibbons, Connie (Bob Wemett) Schueller, both of East Dubuque, John Schueller, Jr., of Dyersville, IA, Mark (Debbie) Schueller, of East Dubuque, Joyce (fiancé Mark Sarazin) Schueller of Hazel Green, WI, Daryl (Lois) Schueller, of East Dubuque, Diane (Chris) Kennedy of North Dakota, Bob (Missy) Schueller, of Cuba City, WI, and Richard (Cindy) Schueller of Platteville, WI.; 14 grandchildren, Alex, Stuart (Becky), Carson, Carter, Kaylee, Nate, Dakota, Hunter, Megan, Ricky Jr. (Bry), Tim, Hanna, Lainey and Aidan; two great grandchildren, Landon and McKenzie; and one sister, Shirley Schueller of Epworth, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Louise Blume, her husband John, and her sister, Kathleen Gordon.

Betty's family wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Mohr and staff, Dr. Khan, the nurses and staff at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and her special caregivers, Mary Jane, Diann, Jean, Lori, and Barb, for all of their care and attention given to their mother and grandmother.©

 

 



Eugene H. Chappell


Eugene "Gene" Harold Chappell, 92, of Dubuque joined his heavenly family Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Mercy Health Center, with loving family in attendance. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where Masonic services will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St, Dubuque IA.

Gene was born November 12, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George H. and Stella D. (Jecklin) Chappell. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944, he joined and served in the US Navy, as a Pharmacists Mate 3 Class. He was also a member of the U.S. Navy Choir. He studied at University of Dubuque for a short time after.

He married Gerda Hanselmann on May 7, 1950 at St. John's Lutheran Church. The couple met during a combined choir between St. Marks and St. John's and they were married for 68 years. He was also a member of the original capital campaign committee, for the building of Luther Manor, Hillcrest. Eugene was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and volunteered as a money counter, for many years.

He was employed and was a member of the Dubuque Typographical Union #22 for 40 years, working primarily in the composing room of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

Gene was a committeeman for the Boy Scouts of America troop 48, where he was bestowed the prestigious honor of membership in the Order of the Arrow.

He was a member of the Great River Amateur Radio Club, WB0QMA, and enjoyed talking to Ham Radio friends locally and around the world.

He loved bike riding with family and friends, and he frequented trails in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Besides biking, seldom was a day missed of walking with his usual friends, at the Mall.

Very dear to his heart was his Masonic involvement. He was a thirty second degree Mason and was active in the Shrine, Grotto, Knight Templar, High Twelve, Yorkrite, and Scottish Rite.

Beloved to Gene was his cottage get away in St. Donatus Iowa, where family and friends met for generations together, to fish the Tete De Morte creek, or sit and chat by the fire.

He is survived by his wife, Gerda Chappell of Dubuque; three children, Miriam J. Hoffman of Dubuque, Joan K. (David) Soltwisch of Minooka, IL, and Timothy G. (Darla) Chappell of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Ben and Adam (Jessica) Hoffman; Rochelle (Mark) Quiner, Juliene Soltwisch; and Kurtis (Rachael) Chappell; nine great grandchildren, Madlin, Colin, Nathan, Audrey, Kolton, Cora, Liam, Annette, Juliet; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, George, Carlton and Joyce (Chappell) Van Drie.

Memorials can be sent to Swiss Valley Nature Center, Camp Klaus, or the Dubuque Shriners.

Special Thank You to all who helped Gene stay at home, especially Nurse Heidi, his neighbors, and friends Wayne, Russ and Fred.

 



Shirley A. Spahn


Shirley A. (Hines) Spahn, 84, of Hanover, IL, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dennis Morrissy officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is from 3 - 7 p.m. on Monday and from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Shirley was born on July 19, 1934 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Andrew and Susie (Hamsmith) Hines. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Shirley was united in marriage to Joseph F. Spahn on July 11, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 20, 2006.

She formerly worked for Regency Thermographers, McDonald's in Galena, IL and Stampfer's Dinette in Dubuque. Shirley enjoyed crocheting, knitting, decorating for the holidays, and spending time with family. Shirley was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hanover.

Surviving are six children, Suzanne Burke of Freeport, Sharon Stratton of Dubuque, Mike (Liz) Spahn of Longmont, CO, Sheila Spahn of Dubuque, Jolene Bastian of Hanover, and Warren Spahn of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, Angella and Adam Burke, Chad, Todd (Louanne) Stratton, Tyler (Sophea) Winter, Mallory(Kyle) Gross, Devin ( Katie) Spahn, MacKenzie (Sarah) Jolly, Sam Spahn-Hines, Casey Bastian, Christopher (Brittany) Bastian, Brittany (Nicholas) Drake, Ryan (significant other Peggy) Bastian, and Nicholas (fiance Hailey) Bastian; 23 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Susie, her husband Joseph, a grandson Andy, a brother, Hank, and son-in-law, Bob Bastian.

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



Harold D. Engles


Harold D. Engles, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa rode his last train to Heaven on rails of solid gold on February 15, 2019. Private family burial will be held at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Harold was born on September 3, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Ralph and Freda (Hahn) Engles. In 1938 he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Edna Mae Hill on March 7th, 1944 and she preceded him in death.

For 47 years he worked on the railroad for Great Western - Northwestern Rail and was a member of Knight Templar. After retirement he and Edna moved to Hawaii to enjoy sun and fun for 20 years.

One of Harold's greatest joys was giving his daughter rides on the engine of the Great Western & Northwestern Rail Roads. On his last day he let her ride and switch box cars as long as she blew the whistle the correct way. They also enjoyed being backstage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., where he had many conversations with the late Charlie Walker and the late Ernst Tubb.

He is survived by his daughter Sher Ree Engles Kenneally, of Dubuque.

Those left before him now waiting at the rail station are his wife Edna; son-in-law Mike Keneally; brother-in-law Rodney Hill; sister-in-law Kay Hill; nephew Randy Hill and his very special companion "Butchie" his dog.

"May Mr. Roy Acuff's Great Speckled Bird be guiding you. Keep your hand on the throttle and eyes on the rail." One great Railroad man!!

 



Lloyd Evans


Lloyd "Red" Evans, 75, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, February 14, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Red" on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 6 to 8 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, at a later date.
Lloyd Evans was born on April 12, 1943 in Clinton, Iowa, to Chester and Mildred Evans. He was raised by the Willey family. He married Carolyn Kay Clark and they were together 25 years. They had four children, Donald, Mike, Pam and Timothy.

"Red" had worked at Oscar Meyer in Davenport on the meat processing cut line for many years. He then did small engine repair with Coast to Coast in Marion, Iowa. Lastly, he retired from WADY Industries in Maquoketa after ten years.

"Red" was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, mushrooming and preparing his own food from the land. He also loved his coon hunting dogs and planting and grinding his own horseradish.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Donald (Denise) Evans of Nashville, IA, Mike (Carol) Evans of Maquoketa, IA, Pam (John) Schmidt of Monmouth, IA, and Timothy (Becky) Evans of Maquoketa, IA; 16 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Linda Arnold of Baldwin, IA; and Linda's children, Jacob, Brian and Robert Arnold. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild Julia Jean Evans.

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

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

 



Raymond W. Weber


Raymond W. Weber, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Raymond may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Monday, February 18, 2019 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial for Raymond will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was born January 22, 1933 in Bernard, Iowa, son of Ben "C.J." and Anna (Erdmann) Weber. He received his education in the Placid area schools. On November 14, 1956 he was united in marriage to Doris A. Puff at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 10, 2015. The couple farmed in the rural Bernard area.

He was a Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He was a member of the Bernard Telephone Company Board of Directors for over 25 years, a lifetime member of the National Farmers Organization "NFO"; he was instrumental in organizing the NFO in Dubuque County. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa.

He is survived by special friends, Ted and Deb Mausser and their children who adopted Ray and Doris as their special grandparents, Kristen Miles, Melinda McDermott, Noah Mausser and Hayley Leppert; a brother, Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth, IA; two sisters-in-law , Alice Weber of Dyersville, IA and Norma Weber of Bernard, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leo Weber and Elmer (Mary) Weber and Clarence Weber; and a sister Helen (Albert) Gansemer.

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

Raymond's family would like to thank the entire staff of Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade for all the wonderful care he has received for the past two and a half years.



M. Virginia Hoefler


M. Virginia Hoefer, 90, a lifelong resident of Farley, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Virginia may call from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Monday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial for Virginia will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2019 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 January 22, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph E. and Rose Marie (Carden) Scherrman. She is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. She also attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, Iowa. On October 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to John Hoefer in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 20, 2013. The couple farmed in the rural Farley area.

Mom affectionately called a "City girl" by her father-in-law, was not afraid to get her hands dirty. She helped wherever Dad needed her on the farm whether that was plowing the fields, baling hay, milking cows, or running lunch out to the field to save Dad time. On top of this, she kept the house spotless, the kids in clean clothes and huge evening meals on the table. She was also the main caregiver to the annual flock of 300 or so chickens that would end up in the freezer by summer's end. In her downtime, she enjoyed cross stitching, reading and spending time at the Cabin on Lake Delhi. Friday mornings were reserved for catching up with her friends at the beauty shop. She was a lifelong basketball and football fan especially her beloved Hawkeyes.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and a member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau.

She is survived by three children, Ron(Virginia) Hoefer of Dubuque, IA, Mary Jo (Todd) McDermott of Dubuque, IA, and Joanie (Dave) Neyens of Anamosa, IA; two daughters-in-law, Nancy (Rick ) Heim of Farley, IA and Christy (Scott) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond (Pearl) Scherrman of Farley, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Funke of Worthington, IA, Charles Hoefer of Epworth, IA, Bill (Anna Mae) Hoefer of Marion, IA and Earl Haberman of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Thomas Hoefer and Edward Hoefer; a daughter Ann Marie Hoefer in infancy and her sister, Ann (Len) Siegert; sisters-in-law Clara (Gene) Kuehn, Genevieve (Ray) Regan Helen Haberman and Clarice "Lavon" Hoefer; two brothers-in-law, Maurice (Norine) Hoefer and Donald Funke.

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

 



Delrose M. O'Meara


Delrose Mary O'Meara, 77 passed away on February 13, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 15th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Delrose was born on August 1, 1941 in Dubuque the daughter of Anthony and Ida (Kramer) Schemmel. She grew up in Durango and was one of 13 children in one of the most fun-loving families you could ever meet. The stunts they all pulled would keep you laughing for hours and Delrose loved to laugh.

In 1961 she married John "Pete" O'Meara who was truly her other half. The two of them could actually finish each other's sentences and were the sparkle in each other's eyes until Pete passed away in 2003. They were a couple that were not only best friends but made others feel good by being around them.

Delrose was a homemaker and raised two great sons in John and Joe, they were her pride and joy. There was no better sound than listening to the three of them tell you about their lives, the Volkswagen Bug she drove, the donkey they had, the "camping" trip they took in their pickup, or just simply everyday things that they experienced with each other. She also had a son James who she lost at birth. Delrose is holding him now and telling him stories of all of his brother's experiences.

Some people called Delrose "Bear", which fit her, she was a round cuddly package, but she had a strong-willed side and she did what she wanted to do in life. Playing cards, or her horse game, playing bingo or watching her new 50-inch tv were things that just made her day.
Delrose's legacy will live on in her grandchildren, and she loved to hear about their latest adventures and watch them grow. She always asked about them and what they were up to.

Those left behind to smile about the memories that she created are her sons, John (Ronda) O'Meara and Joe (Dawne) O'Meara; her grandchildren, Shannan (Andy) Noonan, Steve (Ashley) OMeara, Josh (Alice) Habel and Monica (Bart) Sitarski; her great grandchildren, Emma, Kale, Macy, & Drew Noonan, Shae & Zoey OMeara, Charlie & Edith Habel, and Sophia & Lukas Sitarski. Her brothers and sisters, Elsie Payton, Don "Pops" (Diane) Schemmel, CoraLee (Fred) Schaumburg, Chuck (Sharon) Schemmel, Tony (Laura) Schemmel, Joe (Diane) Schemmel, Joyce Ann Tigges (Don Jaeger), Bob (Cindy) Schemmel; sisters-in-law Marge Schemmel and Millie Schemmel. And a whole gang of nieces and nephews that entertained her every time she got together with them, she truly loved her families.

She was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Ida Schemmel; her son James in infancy; her sister Lois Gruel and her husband Bob; Her brothers Wayne, Jim & Rick "Huck' and his wife Carol Schemmel. Her brother-in-law Bob O'Meara and his wife Joyce and Jim Payton. Her father and mother in law John and Marie O'Meara and Leonard Shaw.

We will miss you Mom but are so happy that you and Dad are back together again-watch over us until we see you again.



William D. Fluor Sr.


William Donald Fluor Sr., 87,of Escondido, CA, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on February 4, 2019. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.

Bill was born in Dubuque, son of William and Caroline (Peil) Fluor. He married Marlene Strampp on December 15, 1952. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, attended Kimball Music Conservatory, Chicago, and graduated from San Diego State University. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Bill was employed by General Dynamics, Solar, and SD Gas and Electric, San Diego, and Pepsi Cola, Dubuque. He was a musician, painter, and piano teacher. Our dad was a wonderful provider and sacrificed much for his family.

He enjoyed gathering with family and friends, playing piano, cooking, gardening, interior decorating (especially during holidays), creating art, and family outings after church. We are especially thankful for our Christian upbringing and know we will be reunited in Heaven.

Bill is survived by his children, Roseanne Prytherch, of San Bernardino, CA, Elizabeth Green, of Crescent City, CA, and William Fluor Jr., of Lakeside, CA; his grandchildren, Nicholas Prytherch, Chistopher Prytherch, and Chelsea Prytherch, Brian Green, Lauren Green Cho, Kirsten Green, and Jessica Fluor; his great-grandchildren, Jordan and Charlotte Prytherch, Daniel, Samuel, Sophia Green, and Hudson Pierik.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Marlene Fluor and his parents William and Caroline Fluor.

Memorials may be sent to Emmanuel Faith Community Church, (EFCC) Veterans Ministry, 639 E. 17th Ave., Escondido, CA 92025.

 



Elaine Margaret Zimmerman


Elaine Margaret Zimmerman, 92, of Dubuque, passed away late February 13, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Monday, February 18, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Friends may call from1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m..

Elaine was born March 13, 1926 in Dubuque, daughter of Alphonse and Loretta (Coleman) Hillard. She married Eugene R. Zimmerman on October 15, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2005.

She was a member of Resurrection parish, formerly a long time member of St. Mary's parish.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a self-taught seamstress and baker. She volunteered for St. Mary's Bingo and served St. Mary's school meals for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Rosary Society.

Surviving are one son, David Zimmerman and 8 daughters, Susan (John) O'Meara, , Patricia Mundschenk, Kathleen (Earl) Brimeyer, Carol (Tim) Dolson, Cindy (Gary) Pancratz and Juli (Dennis) Roth, all of Dubuque, Diane Zimmerman and Lori Zimmerman, both of Fla.; 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eugene (Zuke) and a sister, Geraldine Rebman.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Skilled Nursing and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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



Chester E. Fasenmyer


Chester E. "Chet" Fasenmyer, age 69, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:44 a.m., on Monday, February 11, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Chet's life, private family services will be held at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Chet was born on August 14, 1949, in Loma Linda, California, son of Frances (Jackson) Fasenmyer.

Chet was raised in Reno, Nevada, where he attended high school, before going on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Marines for 9 ½ years. He was united in marriage to Susanna Fairchild in 1986, in Reno, Nevada, and the two were blessed with 32 wonderful years together. Chet was a "jack of all trades", and was employed with several different companies throughout the years, but his favorite "job" was being a stay at home dad raising his family. In his free time, Chet enjoyed tinkering with computers, he was completely self taught, a skill which many of us wish we could master. He also enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, camera in hand, taking beautiful photographs of landscapes and animals. Chet was well known as a gifted conversationalist who enjoyed spending hours sitting and sharing stories with family and friends, or catching up over the phone with his sister in Reno. We are heartbroken at the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and brother, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now at peace, free of the health challenges he has faced so bravely these past months.

Those left to cherish Chet's memory include

his wife,
Susanna Fasenmyer, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
April Zozaya, Peosta, IA,
Ronald (Susan) Zozaya, Fairfax, IA,
Michael (Andrea) Zozaya, Dubuque, IA
and Angelia (Jerrell) Henslee, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 grandchildren,
Logan, Bradley, Mariah, Michael, Maria, Isabelle, Maci, Lincoln, Everley, Elliott and Kinlee;

and 3 sisters,
Betty,
Glenda
and Karen.

Chet was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Keith Fasenmyer.

Chet's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Chet and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Gary A. Ricke


Gary A. Ricke, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Thursday morning, February 14, 2019 at home, after spending the evening surrounded by family and singing his favorite Country and Western songs (as he called them). Dad believed in life, as in death, like Frank Sinatra said "I did it my way".

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at the church by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Burial will follow at the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.  An additional visitation will be held from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Gary was born on April 23, 1940 at home in East Dubuque, the son of Alfred and Rosella (Hoftender) Ricke. He graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1958, and attended Loras College. He served briefly in the Armed Forces.

Gary loved a cold beer, time spent with his family, a well-worn flannel shirt, Johnny Cash and Roger Miller music, fish frys, pontoon boat rides, and tinkering around the house. Nothing was broken until he said so! He loved watching all the local sports, especially the Warriors, cheering on his favorite players - his grandkids.

Gary was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1992. He was a former member of the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps.

Surviving in life by his wife Mary; their six children, Julie (Scott) Heinricy, Steve (Melanie) Ricke, Stacey (Brian) Duster, Jason (Natasha) Ricke, Sara (Steve) Feyen, and Jamie (Toby) Culbertson; 20 grandchildren, Ashley (Michael) Frank, Tanner Heinricy, Emily, Kasey, Jacob & Carson Ricke, Keagan, Payton, Jaylen & Rylin Duster, Cameron, Carter & Katie Ricke, Madison, Cassidy, & Dawson Feyen, and Skylar, Trey, Brody & Brynn Culbertson; two great grandchildren, Avery and Alyssa Frank; his sister Gladys Cogan, and his best buddy, Roger Shaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Rosella, and a brother, Roger Ricke.

The family would like to send a very sincere thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and Kristen, Peggy with Hospice of Dubuque for the continued support, compassion, advice and care they all gave to Dad and our family. We would also like to thank the East Dubuque Fire Dept. and EMTs especially Mollie Jo Varnadore for their quick response and assistance.

In lieu of flowers, a Gary A. Ricke memorial fund has been established.

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



Louise Turner


Louise Turner, 96, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on February 13th, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Memorial services will be at 11 am., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where a visitation will be held from 10 am., until the time of services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Louise was born January 18, 1923 to Ed and Nell Vesperman on the family farm located outside of Ellenboro, WI. Shortly after WWII, she married Elvin (Gus) Turner on March 9, 1946 in Lancaster, WI, moved to Dubuque, IA in 1948 and began raising their family. She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1940, earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 1962.

Louise became a dedicated kindergarten teacher in the Dubuque Community School District, which was the joy of her life. Many of her former students would often say how they remembered their time in kindergarten and especially the fond memories of their teacher, Mrs. Turner.

Louise spent her summer weekends in Bagley, Wi at the family cottage. She loved fishing for bluegills, playing euchre, bridge and socializing with family and friends. She also loved camping, canoeing, road trips with her family, the Green Bay Packers, and being a loyal friend.

She was a loving and devoted mother of son Judd (Shawn) Turner, daughter, Jan (Turner) Atkinson, Grandmother to Katie (Brent) Widman, Dawn (Tom) Ramerth, Nelli (Austin) Williams and Ashley (Tyler) Hegawald and seven great grandchildren.

Louise is survived by her eldest sister, Bernice Judd.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin (Gus) Turner, her grandson, Luke Turner (infant son of Shawn and Judd), and her brothers and sisters, Vera (Leo) Muldoon, Corinne (Elmer) Wilkins, Carson (Viola) Vesperman, and Louis (Dorothy) Vesperman.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home and Dubuque Hospice for their excellent care and support of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Louise can be made to the family.



Donald Stephen Berthel


Donald Stephen Berthel, 91, La Motte, Iowa, passed away on February 12, 2019 at Mercy One in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Philip Mensah officiating and military honors to follow by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Key West. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Donald was born August 26,1927 the son of Alexander and Bernice (Pollock) Berthel. He graduated from LaMotte Holy Rosary High School in 1946. He served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952 in the Korean War.

After returning from the Korean War he married Patricia Monner on October 26, 1954 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa.

He was a member of the Bellevue American Legion post 273, La Motte/Key West Knights of Columbus, and an officer of the LaMotte Fire board.

Donald enjoyed farming, taking pride in raising black Angus cattle, fishing, hunting, playing horseshoes, gardening, and woodworking. But most of all, Donald cherished his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren; he was a stranger to no one.

Donald is survived by Patricia, his devoted wife of 64 years; his daughters, Diana (Mike) Bonifas, Linda Schuster (Mike Gehl), Marion (Robert) Theisen, and Marcia (Kevin) Ambrosy, one son Leonard (Jennifer) Berthel; son-in-law Ric Nemmers; two siblings Mary Lou Mottet and Algean Nemmers; Seventeen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Denise Nemmers; his parents Alexander and Bernice Berthel; his sister Lyda Herrig; brothers-in-law, Merlin Herrig, George Mottet, and Virgil Nemmers; former son-in-law Fred Schuster.

The family wishes to thank the La Motte Fire and Rescue Department and Mercy One Emergency Room for all their care and compassion.



Elaine M. Flagel

Elaine M. Flagel, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, February 12, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Elaine's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, February 18, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Elaine Marie Hayward was born on November 17, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, to George and Darien (Scharff) Hayward. She started out at country school in Hurstville and then attended Maquoketa schools. She married Larry Allen Flagel on April 18, 1964 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2002.

Elaine had worked at Teledyne Metal in Maquoketa as a machinist for ten years, and later retired from Imagine The Possibilities as a direct support specialist.

Elaine was a great cook who liked working on puzzles, watching QVC and soap operas with "Days Of Our Lives" being her favorite. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Elaine's memory include her daughters, Shannon (Nathan) Reid of Marquette, KS, and Sheri (Joey) Trivette of Maquoketa, IA; her mother, Darien Hayward of Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren, Cherity (Nathan) Indorf, Mercedes (Logan) Lucas, Branden Weis, Shelby Hardison, Alexis Hardison, Dakota Hardison; 4 great-grandchildren, Camry Lucas, Ryot Indorf, Audi Schwenn and Sawyer Lucas; brothers, Wade (Kathy) Hayward of Dubuque, IA, and Larry Hayward of Bolivar, MO; a sister, Karla Schramm of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law, Janice Hayward of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her father, her husband, a brother Louis and a sister Susan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elaine M. Flagel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bonita J. Roussel


Bonita "Bonnie" J. Roussel, 81, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 p.m., Friday, February 15 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 am - 12:45 pm., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of the arrangements.

Bonnie was born on August 27, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herbert and Lorraine (Cushing) Becker.

She married Gerald "Jerry" Roussel on December 29, 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Bonnie proudly worked at Vallet Foods for 25 years. She enjoyed lunches with her sisters and cousins, and suppers at Marco's. She also enjoyed her monthly lunches with her classmates and her annual ICA class alumni day.

She enjoyed playing cards with her card club for over 50 years, keeping active with her many friends at TOPS Club, and dancing and singing at the Roussel Jams.

Bonnie cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She attended many of their sporting events, plays and activities.

Bonnie enjoyed the little things in life. Her positivity and loving nature will be missed by many.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Julie (Bill) Reichle, Bill (Rose) Roussel, Linda (Rick) Rogers, Joe (Deanne) Roussel, and Jane Roussel; son-in-law, Scott McElmeel; 12 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren and one on the way; one great- great- grandchild; sister, Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau; sisters-in-law, Babe Becker and Barbara Becker; and brothers-in-law, Ray Roussel, Marion Weist and Al "Whitey" Nauman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia "Patsy" McElmeel; siblings, Jack Becker, Donny Becker, Bob (Anne) Becker, Pat (Tom) Schee, Lynn (Bob) Jochum; brothers and sisters-in-law, Millie (Bill) Bruck, Mary Lou "Red" Roussel, Bob (Rita) Roussel, Dorothy (Buster) Welty, Mary Nauman, and Geraldine "Dean" Weist.

A Bonita Roussel Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank her granddaughter, Maria, for giving Bonnie extra special care, and to the nursing staff at Mercy Hospital.

 



Patricia A. Jerrett


Patricia A. "Pat" Jerrett, 76, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Friends may call from 3-7 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 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Pat was born on August 21, 1942, in Kieler, Wisconsin, the daughter of Andrew and Ivyl (Thor) Brand. She married Darryl Jerrett Jr. on April 4, 1961. She worked at Loudspeaker Component in Lancaster and the Dickeyville Grotto.

Pat was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kieler and since 1971 a member of Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville. She was very interested in genealogy and was a member of the Grant County Genealogy Society. Pat loved traveling. Family vacations were very important to her. Family and church were her loves.

Survivors include her husband, Darryl, Dickeyville; a daughter, Michelle (Scott) McClory, Elkhorn, WI; Angela (Joe) Van Ostrand, Metamora, OH; a son, Bryan Jerrett, Dickeyville, WI; three sisters, Mary Ann (William) Troy, Kieler, WI, Connie Dyer, Davenport, IA, and Sharon (John) Wagner, Lafayette, IN; a brother, Gary (Sue) Brand, Davenport, IA; a sister-in-law, Mary Rita Brand, Dickeyville, WI; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren (with another on the way).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Ivyl; an infant son, Jeremiah, in 1971; and a brother, James Brand.

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



Catherine E. Engelken

Catherine E. Engelken, 88 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019, peacefully at home.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019, 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 Saturday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate with Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating.

Catherine was born November 26, 1930 in Dyersville, the daughter of Lawrence and Amanda (Gaul) Lansing.  She married Hugo Engelken on April 29, 1953 in Dyersville.  

Catherine was a devoted mother and wife.  Catherine worked at Butt's florist and then Piekenbrock Sewing Factory for 14 years as well as cleaning the Petersburg church.  She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, crocheting and spending time with her family.  Catherine was often referred to as a saint by those who knew her.  She offered daily prayers and rosaries for her family and those in need.

Survivors include her husband, Hugo, children: Robert (Carol) Engelken of Center Point, Richard (Rhonda) Engelken of Greensburg, KS, Roger Engelken of Dyersville, Rose (Herb) Greider of Dauphin, PA, Gerri Schlotfeldt of Marion, Mary Sleichter of Iowa City, Susan (Eric) Peterson of Lake City, IA, Joan (Vince) Castle of Visalia, CA, Shirley (Kent) Wilson of Marion, Paul (Susan) Engelken of Woodward, IA, Carl (Debbie) Engelken of Warrens, WI, 20 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, siblings: Jerome (Mary Margaret) Lansing and John (Rita) Lansing all of Dyersville, Verna Rose (LeRoy) Bries of Guttenberg, William (Joan) Lansing of Worthington, in-laws: Bernice Lansing of Dyersville, Leon (Betty) Mullis of LaPorte City, Rita Engelken of Cedar Falls, Dan (Dee) Engelken of Seminole, FL, Marty (Joyce) Engelken of Orange City, FL and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-laws, Randy Schlotfeldt, Randy Sleichter, grandson, BJ Engelken, siblings: Wilma Mullis, Joe (Ruth) Lansing, Art Lansing, Fr. Augustine Dreiling OSB, in-laws: Elva Engelken, Arlene (Ed) Baker

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

 

 



Florence E. Reding


Florence E. (Graham) Reding, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:35 a.m., on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Florence's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Florence's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Florence was born on March 4, 1936, in Lancaster, WI, daughter of Clement and Freda (Taylor) Graham.

Florence was a proud life long resident of Dubuque, where she would meet and marry the love of her life, Robert J. "Bob" Reding, on June 23, 1956. The two would be blessed with 62 wonderful years and 4 adored children together. Florence loved to dance, and was a dance instructor at NICC for 10 years, as well as a member of the Tri-State Boot Scooters Dance Club. Florence also had a great love of horses, she was an accomplished rider and member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club, and was well known as the "Horse Lady" at Y-Camp. Florence was a very generous woman who spent countless hours volunteering her time and talents at the Life Time Center and the Salvation Army Senior Center. Above all, was Florence's love for her family, she loved spending time with Bob and the children, and was truly overjoyed when the grandchildren started coming along and she could spend time with them. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet, loving, outgoing and charismatic wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, but look forward to the day when we are reunited for all Eternity. We will miss you Florence, and will cherish all of the wonderful memories we have created together throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Florence's memory include

her loving husband,
Robert J. "Bob" Reding Sr., Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Bob (Mary Jo) Reding Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Chrysanne) Reding, Dubuque, IA,
Laure (Rick) Ward, Dubuque, IA
and Sue (Don) Dietz, Dubuque, IA;

her 9 grandchildren;
Amy (John) Venema, Aaron (Rebecca) Reding, James (Laura) Ward, Eric Ward, Angela (Tony) Miller, Adam (Angie) Hagensten, Amanda (Chris) Thill, Samantha (Brian) Brunat and Victoria Dietz;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Judy Genz, Dubuque, IA
and Jack Graham, Dubuque, IA.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; and a great-granddaughter, Sophia.

Florence's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospital, especially Lisa, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Florence and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Gerald A. Lange


Gerald "Jerry" Allen Lange, Age 72, passed away at the University of Iowa Medical Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Visitation will be held at Hoffmann, Schneider, & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 11 AM to 3 PM, where a funeral service will be held starting at 3:30 PM. Pastor Nelson Jenkins will be presiding. Inurnment will be at Center Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Gerald, known to most as Jerry, was born on June 10, 1946 in Garner, Iowa to his parents, Glenn Albert and Lois (Pringnitz) Lange. It was here, his love for gardening, 50's & 60's music, and tinkering began.  Jerry married Sandra (Thomson) Lange on June 13, 1970. During their marriage they had a daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Nathan.  Jerry worked for the 45 years in the corporate sector of Mercy Hospital in their Clinical Biomedical Department, which later became Trinity Health Services.  Jerry earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Clinical Engineering from the University of Dubuque. Jerry married Donna (Bradley) Lange on April 18, 1998 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, IL. Jerry was a member of the IARC, the HS Iowa Antique Radio Club, and the Historical Society. He was an avid gardener, pet lover, a 4-H leader, lover of Buddy Holly and classic rock 'n' roll, record collecting, classic cars, wine making, and was best known for his love of restoring vintage radios. Jerry was also a tissue donor.

Jerry is the beloved husband of Donna L. Lange, of Dubuque, IA; loving father of Jennifer Hackathorn, of Iowa City, IA, and son, Nathaniel Lange, of Dubuque, IA; cherished grandfather of Ella and Lars Hackathorn; brother of David Lange, of Klemme, IA, and Janet (Robert) Abele, of Garner, IA. Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Larry Lange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Diabetes Foundation, 4111 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601. 

 

 



Marie M. Boldt-Rubbert


Marie M. Boldt-Rubbert, 86, of Platteville, Wisconsin, formerly of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 11, 2019, at Southwest Health in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Marie was born on March 26, 1932, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Percilla (Reuter) Schollmeyer. On June 4, 1959 she married Delvin C. Boldt who proceeded her in death in 2005. She later married Armin Rubbert on August 2, 2008. Marie graduated from UW-Platteville with a teaching degree and worked with mentally challenged children.

Marie enjoyed volunteering for hospice, parent teacher association "PTA", and as a school volunteer. She started Friends of Hospice in Sawyer County. She served many terms as the treasurer for the PTA, her snowmobile club, and other not for profits. Marie loved playing cards, spending time at the senior center and traveling. Trips with her family always held a special place in her heart. Marie cherished times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her second husband, Armin Rubbert; a daughter, Janice Szula, Chicago, IL; a son, Allen (Kathleen) Boldt, Beecher, IL; six grandchildren, Samantha (Jonnie) Lussier, Mathew (Nichole) Szula, Devin (Miriam) Boldt, Amanda (Aaron) Corns, Danielle Boldt, and Nicole (Steve) Debis; and four great-grandchildren, Lillian Corns, Zoe Szula, Ari Boldt, and Ezra Lussier.

She was proceeded in death by her first husband, Delvin Boldt; her parents, Charles and Percilla Schollmeyer; a daughter, Katherine Cady; two sisters, Dolores and Marie Elizabeth Schollmeyer; and four brothers, Aelred, Merlin, Lyle, and Joseph Schollmeyer,

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

 



Sister Patricia O'Rourke, BVM


Sister Patricia O'Rourke, BVM, 90, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Patricia was an elementary principal and teacher at St. Patrick in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and St. Irenaeus in Clinton, Iowa. She also ministered as an elementary and adult education teacher in Chicago.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1928, in Chicago to William James and Agnes Bradley O'Rourke. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1950, from St. Eulalia Parish, Maywood, Ill. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers William, James, and Charles; and sisters Agnes Atherton and Margaret Rose O'Rourke.

She is survived by nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Sandra Ann Hingtgen


Sandra Ann Hingtgen walked, ran, jumped and danced her way into heaven on Saturday night, February 9, most likely in heels.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 14 from 8:30 am to 10:45 am at Resurrection Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am.

Sandra was born in Dubuque on October 13, 1960, to Jean and Mickey Hingtgen. She grew up in East Dubuque and attended St. Mary's grade school. There she made life-long friends and she discovered her enjoyment of gatherings and parties. Fortunately, she had 5 siblings, which ensured her a group of comrades at all hours. (Pam Jochum, Deb (Lon) Link, Dan (Regina) Hingtgen, Amy (Jonathan) Asbury and John (Rita) Hingtgen.)

Sandra graduated from Wahlert High School and went to Kirkwood Community College, where she received a degree in computer programing. Extroverted and loving celebrations, Sandra quicky traded computer programming for event planning and became a catering director at the nearest Holiday Inn. This started her career in hospitality; she "retired" 20 years later as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for RFS hotels where she managed 11 hotel chains throughout the South. She lived in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina before returning to Dubuque in 2006. Her circle of friends and acquaintances grew with each stop and her warmth and smile touched people in her good and in her challenging days; and challenging days she had.

Sandra was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis at the age of 36. It didn't take long for the disease to take away the use of her legs. She continued to work and travel until she was falling literally, on her face. Her pat answer when asked by friend or stranger after a fall, "Are you hurt?" was always, "Only my pride." When her working life was no longer an option, she became a volunteer at hospitals and organizations, often visiting and cheering people far less handicapped than she.

Fiercely independent, Sandra lived in her own home, in Dubuque for the last 14-years. Upon returning to Dubuque, she met Brian Noel, and it gave her great joy to have movie dates and Brian's companionship. Sandra maintained her own condo and took care of her beloved cat Sox for as long as she could. Behind the scenes was her devoted sister Deb, directing her care and advocating for Sandra, who would have never asked for help or for "more" from anybody.

Sandra had amazing and giving caregivers, volunteers, helpers and family who all have stories of how she smiled, engaged and chose to be "better not bitter." She lived her life with grace and dignity.

Sandra is survived by her mother Jean (Noel) Hingtgen, 5 siblings, 7 nephews and 7 nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Eugene "Mickey" Hingtgen, and two nieces, Sarah Jochum and Jean Hingtgen.

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

Sandra's family extends sincere appreciation to the amazing nurses, CNA's, and home healthcare workers that were loving and caring to Sandra over the years. Thank you to those at Mercy Hospital, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque



Carrie A. Koob


Carrie A. Koob, 49, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at her home in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives may call from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa. Burial will be held at a later date.

She was born May 19, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Connie Wallroff and Thomas Christofforson. On April 22, 2006 she was united in marriage to Philip J. Koob in Monticello, IA. She was employed with the Human Services Department of Four Oaks in Independence, Monticello, Iowa City and Dubuque for 10 years.
Carrie was a lifelong devoted CUBS fan, she enjoyed cooking for her family, driving her camaro and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, and her loving dog, Newt.

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

She is survived by her husband, Philip Koob of Cascade, IA; two children, Codie (April) Weets of Manchester, IA and Kyle Weets of Dubuque, IA; two grandchildren, Lucas and Emma; and a brother, Dale Michels Jr. of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Connie Glaser; and her father and mother-in-law, Joe and Cecelia Koob.

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



LeRoy C. Kern


LeRoy C. Kern, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12 Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm, a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 5:30 pm, and an American Legion service will be held at 7. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post will accord military honors.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

LeRoy was born October 25, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Ben and Barbara (Ploesl) Kern. He graduated from Xavier High School with the Class of 1949, and served in the Army. He married Mary Ann Russ on February 13, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sand Springs. He began working with his father at Kern Locker, a business he eventually purchased and operated until selling it on January 1, 1980. After retiring from the Locker, he purchased hogs for NFO for a few years and then started a Spring Green franchise in Dyersville.

LeRoy was a member of American Legion Post 137 and the Knights of Columbus Council 1734

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, 2 children, Bernie and Carol Kern, both of Dyersville, and a brother-in-law, Tony (Alice) Russ of Hopkinton, and a sister-in-law, Rita Russ of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Nick Russ.

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



Richard S. Manning

Richard S. Manning, 63, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, February 8, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, February 15, 2019, at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Richard from 12:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Richard Sanford Manning was born on April 10, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Charles "Chuck" and Jane (Edwards) Manning. He had first worked as a logger, and then began a long career in road construction with Gannon and then Denco Highway Construction until retiring in 2000.

Richard enjoyed sitting around the campfire, fishing and spending time at his campground in Fulton, cookouts with his kids and grandkids, and making dinners for his children.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Amy (Colin Impens) Manning of Lost Nation, IA, and Kelli (Richard) Wilslef of Lost Nation, IA; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Steve (Cheryl) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Larry (April) Albertson of Maquoketa, IA, and Mickey Manning of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Bonnie (James) Stevenson of Williamsburg, IA, Diana Travette of Preston, IA, Sherri Kay McElroy of KY, Joan Ellen Malloy of Oskaloosa, IA, and Nancy Jo Culver of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren Justin Clark and Jordan Clark, and sisters Tina Manning and Cindy Houschild.

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

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

 



Thomas H. Robson


Thomas H. "Jack" Robson, 94, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Southwest Health in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Calvin Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family would appreciate if you wore your favorite sports team apparel for both the visitation and service.

Jack was born on December 2, 1924, the youngest of eight children, to Templeton and Jessie (Wright) Robson. At the age of eight his father died leaving his mother to raise the family during the depression. Jack always looked up to his older brother, Bill, as a father figure. Jack was a great athlete growing up. In September 1942 at the age of 17, Donald Birkett, Clifford Steinhoff and he left school and walked to Platteville and enlisted in the war effort. He laughed about having to walk both ways. Jack was awarded his diploma some 60 years later. On his 18th birthday he found himself in a fox hole half way around the world on the South Pacific Island of Paleliu. He said the farthest he ever traveled from home was Madison one time. After the war he came back to Cuba City and married the love of his life, Patsy Birkett. They were married 63 years before her death in 2009. He went to work for John Deere Tractor Works. His first job there was roofing one of the original buildings and he stayed on for 37 years. Jack loved to hunt and fish. He played fast pitch softball on several local teams. Jack met his second true love when they opened Cole Acres Golf Course. He could be seen as the first one on in the spring and the last one off in the fall. He had six holes in one and at least four more that he didn't count. He was a true blooded Cuban Fan. If he was poked he would have bled gold. Pat and he could be seen at all sporting events, home and away. The weather didn't stop them. After Pat's health failed, he still attended all of the home events. The last few years he got to follow his great-grandchildren's sporting events. This made him young again. Jack had a special place in his heart for his two cats, Duke and Kitt. Jack was a member of the American Legion Henry Pinch Post #104, Cuba City VFW Post #8318, the Cuba City Fire Department, U.A.W. Local 94 and a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club. To Jack family always came first. He said you are a rich man if you have a good family.

Left to cherish his life are a son, Tom (Mary) Robson, Hazel Green; a daughter, Susan (Tom) Straub, McFarland; grandchildren, John (Renee) Robson, Rodney (Lynee) Robson, Hillary (Eric) McAuliffe, Scott (Lori) Straub, Spencer (Angie) Straub and Andy (Marcie) Robson; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kelli, Katelyn and Thomas Robson, Blake, Drew, and Shayne Robson, Nick Leathy, Macie, Cody and Brooklyn McAuliffe, Julian Straub, Karolyn Straub, and Josie Robson; a brother-in-law, Paul Birkett; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Birkett.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; parents, Templeton and Jessie; a special grandson, Sam Straub; sisters, Virginia Hieser, Edna (Guerdon) Snider, Isabelle (Joe) Bowman, June (Robert) Fox, brothers, Clifford, William "Bill" (Helen), Templeton, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Homer and Lois Birkett; a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Birkett; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Birkett.

Jack had a saying, "Life is like the game of golf. The Good Lord will let you borrow it, but he won't let you keep it."

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



Gladys J. Noack


Gladys J. (Ruh) Noack, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:40 a.m., on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gladys' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Gladys' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gladys was born on October 29, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph C. and Malinda (Abresch) Ruh.

As a young girl, Gladys attended school in a one room school house in Dubuque. After graduating, she went to work helping her family tend to their gardens and take the produce they grew to into Farmer’s Market every week. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Vincent Noack, in 1957, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa, and they were blessed with a lovely daughter. Together Gladys and Vince ran a tavern in Sageville for 10 years together, until he was sadly called home ahead of her, much too early in life, on February 28, 1966. After Vince passed away, Gladys became a full time mother and after Sue graduated and was and out on her own, Gladys would reenter the workforce with Luther Manor and St. Dominic’s Villa, until finally retiring in 1990. In her free time, Gladys enjoyed sitting quietly crocheting or heading out to play Bingo with her friends. She had a kind and gentle heart and her pets were always spoiled and well taken care of. Above all, family meant the world to Gladys and she looked forward to helping out with the grandchildren, any chance she had, and also enjoyed taking short day trips spending quality time together. Gladys has certainly been a positive influence to those around her for 93 wonderful years, and we look forward to continuing to honor her memory with acts of kindness for years to come. 

Those left to cherish Gladys memory include

her daughter,
Sue (Timothy) Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA,
Christina Freisinger, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, East Dubuque, IL
and Thomas Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

her great-granddaughter,
Dalilla Freisinger, East Dubuque, IL;

and her "sister",
Nettie Abresch, Dubuque, IA.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent Noack; 2 sisters, Erma Ruh and Virginia (Francis) Bird; and 2 brothers, Raymond Ruh and Joseph Ruh.

Gladys' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill for their kind and compassionate care of not only Gladys, but her entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Gordon Glasgow


Gordon (Prune) Glasgow, 85 of Scales Mound IL passed away on February 8, 2019 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February, 13, 2019, at the United Methodist Church, in Scales Mound with Rev. Libby Rutherford officiating.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Township Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. 

  Gordy was born July 31, 1933 on a farm in Apple River Il. The son of Foster Sr. and Alberta (Cook) Glasgow. He attended school in Scales Mound.  In 1956 Gordy was drafted to the U.S Army, stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland as a Military Police.  Which later in life was said to be one of the best things he had done. 

On June 23, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church in Scales Mound he married the Love of his life.. "His..Little Sweetheart" Bev White. Happily married for 55 years they had two children.  Julie Ann Glasgow-VanRaalte and Jody LaVern Glasgow. They farmed hand in hand on the family farm better known as "The Poor Farm" and together built Glasgow Trucking. Gordy was a daily regular at the coffee shops in Scales Mound, Shullsburg & Elizabeth where cards were played, the BS was spread and jokes were told.  He enjoyed life and said you have to have a good laugh. 

Gordy was a past member of the JoDaviess County Radio Patrol, Scales Mound Fire Department and a founding member of the High Point Cruisers Car Club. His old cars and antique tractors were his passion. 

He loved spending time with his family and friends.  His quick wit and jokes will be missed by many.

Surviving are his daughter Julie (Stewart) VanRaalte, his son Jody ( Tammy) Glasgow both of Scales Mound; Five Grandchildren, Chet (Tina) VanRaalte, Quenten-Lee (Sarah) VanRaalte, Scales Mound. Ashlee (Adam) Miller Peosta IA.  Gavin (Fiancé Aleah Bauer Glasgow and Chase Glasgow, Scales Mound,.

Six great grandchildren, Chelsey, Laney & Mitchell VanRaalte, Grace, Sam Miller and Gretta VanRaalte. And his four legged buddy, Ali Lou. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bev, his parents, brothers Meredith and Foster (Jr) Glasgow, sister Lorraine Gaude', Great Grandson Grayson Miller, niece Debbie Glasgow-Redfern, and his in-laws Delmar and Lauretta White.

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

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

 

 



Juneva F. Sagers


Juneva F. "Jenny" Sagers, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, February 8, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Juneva's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 P.M., Monday, February 11, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Juneva Frances Ernst was born on August 29, 1941 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Orville and Marie (Till) Ernst. She was a 1959 graduate of Bellevue Marquette High School. She married LeRoy "Lee" Reese, and later married Larrie Sagers of Maquoketa. Both are deceased.

Juneva worked at various places throughout her life including Bluff Lake in Maquoketa on weekends, Hardees, Ace Hardware and Gasser's True Value in Maquoketa. She retired in 2012.

Juneva was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor her memory include her sisters, Cleo Manning of Maquoketa, IA, and Anaclete (Julius) Nims of Maquoketa, IA; sister-in-law, Bonnie Ernst of E. Dubuque, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Ralph, a brother-in-law Jerry Manning, and a niece Kristie Hosch.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Juneva F. Sagers memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Charleene M. Crall


Charleene Mary "Char" Crall, 90, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Linden Acres , Lake Delhi passed thru Heaven's Gates on February 7th, 2019 in Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Gregory Bahl officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Garryowen Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Charleene was born on June 5th, 1928 in Cascade Iowa the daughter of James and Mildred (Kennedy) McMahon. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Chicago Art Institute. In 1951 she married the love of her life Thomas Crall. They lived and traveled to several states and countries with Tom's job. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2003.

She loved her God, the ocean, Lake Delhi, doll making, ceramics, painting, garage and estate sales, her animals and playing games. She also enjoyed time with her Delhi Ladies Club and the Red Hats Club; and was very proud of her Irish Heritage.

She is survived by her son Christopher; two grandchildren; special niece and Godchild Deb (Joe) Cotter with whom she wintered in Florida. Niece Tammy (Gary) Parton; nephews Bill (Kathy) Purvis, Michael Purvis. Jerry (Deb) Jacob, and Dan Jacob; her aunt and best friend Virgie Menge ; special cousins Penny (Dave) Schmerbach, Jill (Kenny) Lewis and Carla Menge, along with several great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Patricia Purvis and Donna Jacob; niece Lori Jacob; nephew Jimmy (Teri) Jacob; several aunts and uncles; and a cousin Kenny (Carla) Menge.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be made to hospice in Char's name.

 



Ray E. Crowl


Ray E. Crowl, 92, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Cape Coral, FL. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jerry Chase and Parson John Emery officiating.

Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:15 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Tuesday. 

Ray was born December 16, 1926 in Goldfield, IA, the son of Herbert and Lenore (DeBord)Crowl.

He married Ruby (Warden) Crowl, the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. (Zachery) Warden of Polk City, IA, on May 19, 1945, in Madison, WI, where Ray was stationed while attending the US Navy radio operator's school.

In addition to Ray's Navy service, he spent 45 years serving as Choir Director at Wesley United Methodist Church, and enjoyed singing in the Sweetwater Gospel Quartet and the Barbershop Quartet for many years. Ray was also a member of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque. He spent 30 years as a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central Railroad.

It would be easy, though accurate, to say that Ray was loved and adored by his family. The truth is that his impact was felt far beyond just us lucky few. From his Church family to his closer-than-neighbors to his friends at the Village Inn in Dubuque, Ray brightened the lives of everyone he met. 

It was in his bright, easy, constant smile. His love of music, and of God. His adoration for his family, especially his pride for his great-grandkids. His care for the bluebirds and orioles he watched over at his many birdfeeders. His devotion, most of all, to his wife of 69 years, Ruby, who passed away on February 18, 2015. With her he built a life of happiness together with their two children, five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. With her he spent nearly every waking moment, on their many dates at the Olive Garden, walks around Kennedy Mall, and afternoons spent cheering on their grandkids and great-grandkids at innumerable sporting events, choir concerts, school plays, and "grandparent's days." 

Ray will be missed for everything he brought to those of us on Earth, but we're glad for him to be joining Ruby in Heaven. We are so lucky to have known and loved this gentle, generous, patient man. 

Ray is survived by two (2) children, Joyce (Dan) Busch of Dickeyville, WI, and Greg (Andrea) Crowl of Cape Coral, FL; as well as five (5) grandchildren, Tina Mowery, Terry Busch, Tracy Cushman, Christian Fisher, Erik Fisher; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, threesiblings, and his wife Ruby. 

Ray's family would like to thank the Ken Lange family for all they have done for Ray and Ruby.

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

 



William Edward Lux


William Edward Lux, 93, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Hopkinton and Manchester, died at his home on Friday, February 8, 2019, after a 2-year battle with cancer of the prostate.

Funeral Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Rev. Phil Rogers officiating. Visitation is 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment with Military Funeral Honors will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Iowa.

He was born on October 17, 1925, in Hopkinton, the son of Russell Ellsworth and Jean Jewell (Kirkwood) Lux. Bill was baptized at the Methodist Church in Hopkinton.  In 1943 he graduated from Hopkinton High School and then enrolled at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. 

In December 1943, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Navy and inducted into active service in March 1944. Bill met his future wife, Rosemary, at a USO dance in South Bend, Indiana, while attending Officer Training School at Notre Dame. The USS Battleship California was sunk at Pearl Harbor, then raised and re-entered service. It was then that Bill served on the USS California in the Pacific Fleet, assigned to Okinawa, and was mustered out in June of 1946. He then returned to Cornell College.

On June 15, 1947, William Edward Lux and Rosemary Andrea Craven were married at South Bend, Indiana. To this union were born four children: James, David, Jonathan "Scott," and Julia. Bill attended Iowa State University, completing his bachelor's degree in poultry husbandry. Bill and Rosemary moved back to Hopkinton in 1949. There, Bill and his brother Robert owned and operated Lux Leghorn Land Farms, a poultry breeding farm, chick hatchery, and feed mill, continuing the business established by their parents in the 1920's. After 62 years of marriage, Rosemary died in 2010. On June 16, 2012, Bill was united in marriage to Marcheta Roberta (Furman) Cooey. The couple made their home in Delhi.

Bill was a member of the Hopkinton United Methodist Church and the Manchester United Methodist Church. He served on the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and traveled throughout Africa providing mission oversight. He also served on UMCOR, traveling to the Philippines. Bill served on the Iowa Ecumenical Affairs Committee and was elected to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1984 to 2004. He was eager to devote 40 years of work and support for many Christian missions, one of which was the Heifer Project, which seeded livestock to individuals to improve their food and economic sources. Bill enjoyed sharing his faith and mission projects of the church, speaking to many congregations throughout Iowa and beyond.

Bill served as president of the Hopkinton School Board and of the Maquoketa Valley School Board. He served on the bank board of Citizens State Bank and as treasurer of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and was active in numerous other civic and volunteer organizations.

Bill loved sports. He played football and basketball for Cornell College, baseball for the Hopkinton team, and followed Iowa wrestling and football. He was an avid tennis player well into his 80's. He loved classical music, folk music, a great band, and singing hymns. He loved the farm fields and woodlands of Iowa and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and six continents. Bill especially loved and was proud of his children and grandchildren. His goal was to live the life of a godly man; a godly husband; a godly father; and a godly grandfather. Bill will be remembered most for his smile, his congenial spirit, his love of God, and his desire for you to know that God loves you.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcheta Cooey Lux of Delhi; one brother, Robert Kirkwood (Gloria) Lux of Scottsdale, Arizona; two sons, James William (Annette Andrews-Lux) Lux of Clinton, Washington, and David Andrew (Cindy) Lux of Cedar Falls; his daughter, Julia Kay (Craig) Thompson of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in-law, Patrice Lux of Louisville, Kentucky; one stepson, Ralph (Donna) Cooey of Longmont, Colorado; one stepdaughter, Deborah (Tracy) Knake of Delhi; a step-daughter-in-law, Barb Cooey (Danny) Shaffer of Potosi, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren, Chris Lux, Christina Lux, Joshua (Trisha) Lux, Matthew (Claire) Thompson, Jared (Leah) Thompson, Mark (Carrie) Thompson, Anna (Sam) Danforth, Jonathan Thompson, Caleb (Susan) Lux, Christian Thompson, Nathan Lux, Shannon Lux, and Ashlyn Lux; 10 step-grandchildren, Jim (Linda) Pingel, Jody Cooey, Ryan (Monica) Cooey, Justin (Cali) Thole, Kamin Loney, Candace (Dave) Meredith, Tyler (Katie) Cooey, Breana (Carson) Ray, Miranda (Adam) Kracke, and Austin (Kathleen Galloway) Knake.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosemary; his son, Scott; one brother, Russell "Buster" Lux; and a stepson, William Cooey.

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



Sister Marise Barry, OP

Sister Marise Barry, OP, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Her funeral Mass will be Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service will be Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Sister Marise ministered in the midwest as kindergarten teacher for 19 years and as principal for five years at Corpus Christi, New York City. She was in social service at Sacred Heart Parish, Washington, D.C.; at DePorres Health Center, Marks, Miss.; and a clinical therapist at Sinnissippi Mental Health Center, Dixon, Ill. In 1992, she was elected Eastern Province Provincial. She later served as school counselor for Catholic Social Services in Fall River, Mass. She came to St. Dominic Villa in 2018.
Sister Marise was born in Chicago, May 25, 1931, to Willard and Catherine (Garrity).

She is survived by nephews and her Dominican sisters.

Behr Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Dwaine Russell Persels

Dwaine Russell Persels, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa passed away on February 6, 2019 at the Anamosa Care Center.

To honor Dwaine's life a visitation will be held at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Oxford Junction on Saturday February 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Military Honors. A burial will be held at the Mayflower Cemetery following.

Dwaine was born on April 16, 1931, in Osceola, Iowa, to Floyd and Vivian (Farr) Persels. After high school he continued his education and received a Bachelor's Degree from Simpson College and a Master's and Specialist Degrees in Education from Drake University.

He served faithfully and honorably in the United States Army, and during the Korean War he spent one and a half years in Japan.

On September 9 in 1952 Dwaine was united in marriage to Hazel Higbee at Simpson Methodist Church in Des Moines.

Dwaine's career as an educator included positions as a teacher, a coach, and an administrator. He served as superintendent of Oxford Junction Consolidated Schools for 25 years.

Dwaine enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, and counting ribs. He also cheered for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

He is survived by his children; Jo Ellen (Steven) Benn of Rapid City, SD, Sally (Len) Clapp of Anamosa, Michael (Lisa) Persels of Tiffin, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hazel, his two brothers Dwight and Darrell, and his granddaughter Rachel.

Memorials may be directed to The American Legion Wapsi Post #473 in his honor.

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



Dorothy E. Schilling


Dorothy E. Schilling, age 78, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9 AM until Mass time at 12 noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Schueller will be presiding. Interment will be offered at St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, IA. 

Dorothy was born August 22, 1940 in Graf, IA to her parents, Matthew and Mildred (Cole) Maas. She married the love of her life, Robert "Ace" Schilling, on April 4, 1959 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Robert preceded her in death on June 8, 2014. Dorothy was best known for taking care of others. She always had a caring heart and put other peoples' needs before her own. Many life lessons were learned from Dorothy. She taught others what it meant to be loving, giving, hardworking, humble, and kind.She enjoyed going to church, camping, gardening, her fish pond, cooking, playing euchre, "Coffee Clutch", stock car races and spending time with family (especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.) Holidays were a big deal at her house. Grandchildren have many fond memories of her extravagant Halloween parties.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Bob (Laura) Schilling, Graf, IA, Judy (Randy) Kroeger, of Dubuque, IA, Ron (Nancy) Schilling, Bernard, IA, Julie (Jamie) Brown, Asbury, IA, Jayne (Kevin) O'Brien, Asbury, IA, and June (Terry) Jahn, of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Jim (Courtney),  Jeffrey Schilling, Stacy, Brian (Dana) Mess, Ryan (Kaitlyn) Schilling, Nicole (Dylan) Schilling Ford, Jason (Keri), Jared, Jessica Brown, Kaitlyn, Scott (Danielle Vargas) O'Brien, Matt (Hannah), Jacob (Kayla Gaber) and Elizabeth Jahn; great-grandmother of twelve; sister of Arlene (Leo) Dietz, Asbury, IA, Donna (James) Weydert, Peosta, IA; sister-in-law, Madelyn Schilling, Peosta, IA; her in-laws, Darlene Berzle, Peosta, IA, Rita McFadden, Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt, Peosta, IA, Jean (Virgil) Hansen, Dubuque, IA, Shirley, Schilling, Dubuque, IA, and John (Vicky) Schilling, Rickardsville, IA. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two brothers, Matthew (Mary) Maas, Earl Maas; three sisters, Patricia Maas, Helen (Ed) Burds, Marian (Tom) Glockner,  brothers-in-law, Fred, Jimmy, and David (Joyce) Schilling, Joe Berzle, John (Pete) McFadden, George Schmitt, and a sister-in-law, Wilma Schilling. 

A Dorothy E. Schilling Memorial has been established.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque team.

 

 



John W. Perkins


John W. Perkins, 77 of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia.  John battled long enough to celebrate his 51st Wedding Anniversary to his loving wife, Jean M. Perkins.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 11:45 AM on Saturday, February 9, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by the funeral service at Noon.  

John was born September 30, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa to Clarence "Cy" and Ruth (Miller) Perkins.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959.  On February 3, 1968, he married his loving wife, Jean M. Gantenbein at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa.  John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  John had a passion for all things family.  John enjoyed attending his children's sporting events, music concerts, and competitions.  After welcoming grandchildren to the family, John started the cycle again, finding joy in attending his grandchildren's sporting events, music concerts, and music competitions.  Dad / Grandpa gave up many personal interests for his family. 

He retired from John Deere in 2011 after 46 years.  He worked various positions while at John Deere, retiring as an assembler in the Small Crawler Division.  He was so proud of his service to John Deere, staying loyal to the company until the day he passed. 

John enjoyed volunteering to set up Reflections in the Park at Murphy Park for Hillcrest Family Services.  He also enjoyed golfing with friends, exploring different golf courses surrounding the Dubuque area.  In retirement, John reconnected with a great group of buddies from John Deere, having coffee on a regular basis and traveling around Iowa to various minor league baseball parks.  It wasn't as much about the baseball as it was about fellowship with friends.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, Atlanta Braves fan (starting with their time in Milwaukee), and Iowa Hawkeye fan.   

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean, his two children: Tina (Brent) Davis, Tim (Sarah) Perkins, and his six grandchildren: Abigail Davis, Makenna Davis, Daniel Davis, Norah Perkins, Lanis Perkins and Annah Perkins; sister in-law Barbara Gantenbein, and nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ruth and Clarence Perkins, his father and mother in-law; John and Selma Gantenbein, brother in-law David Gantenbein, brother in-law Carl (Tony) Gantenbein, sister in-law Carol Gantenbein, and niece Becky Gantenbein.  

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  Please direct memorial fund contributions to Hillcrest Family Service, Reflections in the Park.  

Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital doctors and nurses; with special recognition to Dr. Carlos E. Vigil Gonzales for his compassionate and loving care, Dr. Vigil's nurse Abby, and all the nursing staff located at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit, and Palliative Care Unit. 

 



Barbara Tabor


Barbara Tabor, 88, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 6, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 11, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Barbara Dwigans was born on July 7, 1930 in Carroll, Iowa, to Merritt Joseph and Ada Pearl (Long) Dwigans. She was a 1948 graduate of Manly High School and attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon for one year and then the University of Iowa from 1949 to 1951. She married Dennison Clifford Tabor on February 10, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 18, 2012.

Dennison and Barbara returned home from Iowa City on March 6, 1951 to the family farm where she became a homemaker and volunteer extraordinaire.

Barbara was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa, the United Methodist Women, GFWC and the PEO. She enjoyed cooking, reading, being with family, and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

Barbara is survived by her children, Kay Dee (Bruce) Ingham of Davenport, IA, Brian (Deanna) Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Dave (Durene) Tabor of Monticello, IA, and Phil (Nancy) Tabor of Maquoketa, IA; "other son Brian" Brian Marceau; a sister, Nancy Lasell of Indianola, IA; 13 grandchildren, Wyatt Tabor of Iowa City, IA, Adam (Angela) Tabor of Hickory Hills, IL, Andy Ingham of Minneapolis, MN, Abby (Paul) Fischer of Baldwin, IA, Alex Ingham of Minneapolis, MN, Jessica (Tobi) Luetkemeier of Monticello, IA, Megan Tabor of Davenport, IA, Michael (Melissa Osman) Tabor of Kirkland, WA, Kathleen Tabor of Newport, VT, Elizabeth Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Molly (Eric) Coddington of Ames, IA, Jacqueline Tabor of Ames, IA, and Sarah Tabor of Iowa City, IA; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dennison, a son Robert D. "Bob" Tabor, and a brother Merritt Joseph Dwigans Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Heifer International.

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

 



John Larry Fitz


John Larry Fitz, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2019 at Ennoble Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Jack Redmon officiating and military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

John was born on June 6, 1944 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Frank and Anna (Thompson) Fitz. He was a United States Marine during the Vietnam War, serving from November 7, 1961 to August 26, 1972.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Divinity, Summa Cum Lade, and Master's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Dubuque.

He married Betty Elaine Bateman on August 26, 1972 at Faith United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

John was self-employed. He owned and operated a roofing and siding company, did small home improvements, recovered and refinished furniture, small engine repair and lawn care.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and the American Red Cross.

He loved boating, camping, and fishing, as well as sharing the vast knowledge he had gained over the years. He ruled his home with an iron fist, yet he had a strong sense of humor and was always trying to embarrass you.

He is survived by his wife Betty; Daughters Tammy (Jeff) Benson, Ardeth (Jason) Steffen, Nicole (Josh) Hocking and there 6 children; eight grandchildren, Tasha, Jessica, Jake, Sierra, Drake, Kaden, Skyla, Treyton; 6 great grandchildren; Brothers Gene (Shirley) Fitz, Ron (Janet) Fitz, Harold (Anna) Fitz; Sisters Patti Shinneman, Jodeen Fitz, Barbara Welsh, Shirley (Larry) Davis, Marsha Schulz, Rhonda ( Chuck) Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; Father and Mother-in-law Gerald and Elnora Bateman; son Carlton Fitz; Grandson David; Granddaughter Alonna; Brothers Russel, Frankie; and his special dog Gemini.

The family wishes to extend very special thank you to the Theresa Schoenfeld, Hospice of Dubuque, Jen Fondell, and the Rockstar treatment from Ennoble Nursing and Rehab.



Lee L. Kirkpatrick


Lee L. "Rusty" Kirkpatrick, 86, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at home.

A visitation will be held from 10am-12pm., Friday, February 8 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Committal services will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where Military Rites will be accorded.

Lee was born on January 23, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Ruth (Foley) Kirkpatrick.

He married Barbara A. Kelly on September 7, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2008.

Lee served our country in the United States Marine Corps League during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Flexsteel for many years. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and spending winters in South Padre, Texas.

He is survived by his children, Mary Jo (Gary) Anderson, Karen (John) Rogan, and Mike (Carolyn) Kirkpatrick, all of Dubuque, and Kathy (Bruce) Neyens, of Lewisville, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; siblings, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Janet (Tom) Conry; and a brother-in-law, John E. Kelly (Karen Caldwell).

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his son, James Kirkpatrick.

Memorial may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Bonita F. Fettkether


Bonita F. "Bonnie" Fettkether, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa. 

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12 Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where the American Legion Auxiliary will gather at 4 p.m. for their service. Private family funeral service and burial at St. Francis Cemetery.

Bonnie was born April 8, 1934, in Marengo, Iowa the daughter of Willard and Marie (Rauch) Mumby. She married Donald L. Fettkether October 5, 1950 in Marengo, Iowa. Together they owned and operated Fett's Meadow Gold Dairy in Dyersville.

She was known as the "Avon Lady" for 25 years. Bonnie enjoyed crocheting, garage sales, playing cards & games, traveling (which included all 50 states and many tropical islands) and was an avid reader. She also loved a good Elvis show at the Casino. She was a loving and devoted, mom, gram, and great-gram. The pride and focus of her life was her family.

Bonnie is survived by her children: Charles Fettkether of Iowa City, Linda (George) LeMay of Worthington, Kathy (Randy) Harter of New Vienna, grandchildren: Matthew (Bre) Fettkether, Jesse (Stephanie) Fettkether, Joshua (Kelley) Fettkether, Brenda LeMay (special friend, Brad Wynn), Jeffrey (Emily) LeMay, Brian (Fiancé, Michelle Haberkorn) Steger, great grandchildren: Kylee and Madison Fettkether, Nathan and Nicholas Stelken, Blair Woodward, Carter and Layla Steger, Brandon Kipper, in-laws: Dr. Kenneth (Lois) Fettkether of Marengo, Mary Alice Fettkether of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Don in 2006, sons: Robert, David, and James Fettkether and brother in-law, Howard Fettkether.

The family would like to thank Dr. Snyder and the Dyersville Mercy Medical nursing staff for their compassionate care. Also a thank you to the St. Francis Xavier Clergy.

Memorials can be made to Mercy Autism Center of Dubuque.

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



Ariel Shakura Davis


Ariel Shakura Davis, 8-year-old daughter of Sheila Turner and Reginald Davis, passed away surrounded by her family and in the arms of her mother on January 31st, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday February 8th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Ariel aspired to be a princess fairy, so we request that all who attend wear pink and white in honor or Ariel.

Ariel was born on September 6, 2010 at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, IL. She was a 2nd grader at Audubon Elementary School in Dubuque.

Ariel was a girly girl, she loved her tiaras and tutus. She had her way of impacting the lives of every person she came in contact with because of her bold but kind and sweet personality.

Ariel was always creative and once put together an entire play, acted it out and narrated at the same time. She loved to play dress up, acting out a character she made up or dressing like her favorite frozen princess, Elsa. She would jump on the bed and act out the Let It Go scene in the movie word for word, move for move. Ariel is a little angel that will always be loved, never forgotten and forever missed.

Ariel is survived by her parents, Sheila Turner and Reginald Davis; her sister Shalieria and brother Orion. Her aunt Erica and uncle Bernard; her grandmother Jeanette; great grandmother Secless; great aunts Alene, Ida, Sheila, and LaSharon. Great uncles Larry, Darnell, Darryl, Sheroy and Stanley along with several cousins.

Ariel was preceded in death by her grandmother Velma Davis and a brother Reginald Davis Jr.

Memorials in Ariel's name may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

No words can describe how much you meant to me, every moment we shared I will cherish for eternity, you came into our life and filled it with joy. From the time you were born, it was a special day. You came out fighting the doctors and I knew then this world would never stand in your way. As you grew so did your light, and now that your gone you are my angel that helps me sleep throughout the night. You left your mark on everyone you met, with the energy of a star no one will ever forget. This is one of the hardest things I have ever faced in my life and the love that you brought was priceless. So, it will always leave me with the question, WHY??
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL



William C. Wilmarth


William C. Wilmarth, age 82, of Galena, IL, passed away on February 4, 2019 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February, 11, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Galena with Rev. Catiana McKay officiating. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the church. Cremation rites have been afforded. Burial of the cremated remains will be immediately following the service at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

Bill was born June 13, l936 in Galena, IL son of C.K. "Jim" and Evelyn (Hansing) Wilmarth.

He attended school in Galena and Robinsdale, MN and graduated from Galena High School in 1954. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He was stationed in Okinawa, Kume Jima and Texas. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force he began his studies at Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology -Platteville, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. In 1972 he completed his MA degree from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.

He married Donna Pope on June 6, 1970 at the United Methodist Church in Galena,

Bill was a teacher in the Galena School System for 34 years, retiring in 1996. Prior to retirement he worked as a grounds keeper at Le Fevre Inn in Galena and after retiring Bill worked part time at Veterinary Associates in Galena.

Surviving is his wife Donna; his son, David (Heidi) Wilmarth of Galena and his beloved grandson, Benjamin Wilmarth. He is also survived by two sisters Duane "Daney" Fitzpatrick, Freeport, Phyllis  Lininger of Hot Springs National Park, AK, a sister in law JoAnn (Keith) Hesselbacher, 7 nieces and nephews,  16 great nieces and nephews and  numerous  great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Joseph and Marieta Pope, 2 brother in laws, Franklin "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, and Tom Lininger, a great niece Carrie Clark, and a great-great nephew, Cline Becker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Autism Speaks, Galena School Foundation, The Galena Foundation or the Galena United Methodist Church.

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

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



Ethel Jean Kuchel

Ethel Jean Kuchel, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial will be held from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place.

Ethel Jean Flenker was born on March 26, 1931 in Scott County, Iowa, to John and Katherina (Schmidt) Flenker. She was a graduate of Bennett High School. She married Virgil L. Kuchel on November 20, 1954 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2004.

Ethel Jean had worked as a bank teller for many years.

She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Toronto and the Oxford Junction American Legion Post#473 Ladies Auxiliary. She had previously served on the Oxford Junction Board of Housing and had volunteered at the Oxford Junction Senior Center.

She enjoyed birdwatching and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ethel Jean's memory include her children, Sheryl Kuchel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ann Hootman of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Keith (Kim) Kuchel of Lost Nation, IA; a brother, Harlan Flenker of Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren, Jack who is part of the Honor Guard in VA, Jake who is serving his country in the U.S. Army in Korea, Sadie, Shane, Kelvin and Nova; and 4 great-grandchildren, Bryer, Macale, Emersyn and Rhianna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Melvin and Glen, sisters Janice Flenker, Elaine Kolwey and LaVerne Fogg, and a son Kevin.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Darlene K. Ahlers


Darlene K. Ahlers, 73, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away at her home Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She made a valiant attempt at fighting her cancer.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa is assisting the family.
Darlene Kay (Tobin) Ahlers was born on June 7, 1945 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On April 4, 1964 she was united in marriage to Carey Ahlers of Farley, they were married at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa.

She had a great love for euchre and would say "I'm here to play." Darlene enjoyed the casino's, scratch offs and bingo, but most of all her family. Her personality was greater than life and her smile would light up a room. She worked at Ertl's most of her life and created a special group of friends that played cards and dice. She also enjoyed spending time "junking" with her son Carey Ahlers Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Carey Ahlers of Worthington, IA, five children, Carey (Deana) Ahlers Jr. of Worthington, Curt (Angie) Ahlers and Crystal (Rick) Thompson both of Marion, Carmen (& friend, Rod Friedlein) of Dyersville and Cher (Craig) Brimeyer of Farley; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Dean, Josh, Jesse, Nicole, Tiffany, Tyler, Alivia, Brandon, Brooke and Ellie; 10 great grandchildren, Ariah, Bentley, Oliver, Selena, Mia, Jackson, Kennedy, Jaylinn, Rayne, and Ivy Rose. There are 2 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving sister, Margie Althoff of Manchester and her special friend and step sister, Jayne Ostwinkle, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger, DelRose (Ernie) Ostwinkle and Shirley (Gilbert) Rave; brothers, Sylvester and Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; sister-in-law, Marcille (Laverne) Pins and Janice Geers; her brother-in-law, Clarence Althoff, Lawrence (Mary) Ahlers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and visiting nurses and everyone for their prayers, food, cards and a special thank you to Julie Ostwinkle for her loving care and support that she has given to our family.

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



Norma Jean Roloff


Norma Jean Roloff died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 1, 2019, following a courageous journey with cancer.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, and from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with burial following at Memorial Gardens.

Norma Jean was born on March 2, 1933 in Ossian, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Marie Ehler.

She attended several country schools while growing up, and at the age of 16, she bravely left the family farm and headed to Dubuque on her own. She would tell us stories of pulling in to Dubuque for the first time, driving down Central Avenue and being in awe of all the lights and stores.

Norma Jean was an extremely hard worker. When she arrived in Dubuque, she began working at Mercy Hospital. She later worked at Sweetheart Bakery for 26 years until her retirement in 1988.

Norma Jean dedicated her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was blessed with two daughters, Barb and Marlene through her marriage with John Wall. In 1962, she met the love of her life, Lawrence Roloff, at St. John Lutheran Church. He was bound and determined to marry her, even sitting outside on her front porch until she said "yes". They were married in 1964, and she was blessed with another daughter, Amy. They went on to share many happy years together with their blended family of 7 children. She and Larry shared a wonderful life together for forty-four years until his passing on April 12, 2009.

She instilled a strong work ethic, her love for cooking, appreciation of music, and the importance of being together as a family. Norma Jean also stressed the importance of faith in God, the power of prayer, and value of attending church. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and appreciated her church family.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her three daughters and sons-in-law. Barbara (Pat) Shepherd, of Peosta, IA, Marlene (Dan) Frye, of Asbury, IA, Amy (Ryan) Poyner, of Davenport, IA. Her grandchildren - Dawn Shepherd, John (Tanya) Shepherd, Megan (Tim) Michel, Emily (Tad) Schoeny and Emma and Nathan Poyner. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren - Adrianna, Alivia and Abigail Jean Shepherd, Lily, Maggie and Owen Michel, and Nora, Stella and Lyla Schoeny. She is also survived by four step-children - Diane (Don) Riedl of Sherrill, IA, Pam (Dan) Wiederholt of Long Grove, IA, Steve Roloff of Lancaster, WI, and Sheila (Charlie) Dimke of Galena, IL, as well as four step-grandchildren - Jessica (Donovan) Moser, Kevin (Emily) Riedl, Carrie (Robbie) Aristodemo and Jenny (Kevin) Hulson. She has 6 step great-grandchildren, and one more on the way.

She is survived by one brother, Donald Ehler and three sisters, Bea Johnson, Dorothy Hageman and Bernice Johnson.

Norma Jean was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Linus and Cletus Ehler, sister Joan Halvorson, and brothers-in-law Carl Johnson, Alex Hageman, Harold Henry, Calvin Johnson, Glen Hammerand, and sister-in-laws Mary Ehler and Mary Anna Hammerand.

Memorials to honor her life will be shared with Norma Jean's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his amazing nurse, Kate, for their professional care, thoughtfulness and patience. We were blessed to have Allison, Betsy, Jennie and Jan from Hospice of Dubuque provide Norma Jean and our family so much kindness and compassion during this journey.

 

 



Dr. Fredrick R. May


Dr. Fredrick R. "Fred" May, 83, of Louisburg WI, was called home peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and the community may pay their respects from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 3685 County HHH, Kieler, Wisconsin, where the parish prayer/scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday February 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, with visitation an hour preceding the service. Presiding over the service are Reverend Bernard Rott, Reverend Jack Paisley, and Deacon Larry Tranel. Following mass he will be laid to rest at the Louisburg Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was born on April 6, 1935 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Elmer and Melita (Carney) May. He married the love of his life, Mary Jo Leibold, on November 28, 1957.

Fred attended Saint Patrick's School, Loras Academy and Loras College. He earned his degree in Dentistry from Marquette University and went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He played basketball at Loras, leading all Division III colleges in free throw percentage his junior year.

Fred was a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and Dubuque District Dental Society from 1963 to 1997. Loved by his patients and staff alike, he was awarded the Dubuque District Dental Association sponsored event "Boss of the Year" in 1975. He was an accomplished dentist for 35 years and his practice was continued by his son Dr. William F. May and granddaughters Dr. Lindsey Eddy and Dr. Emily McGuire. They continue to incorporate Fred's firm belief in their practice which is, "People don't care how much you know, but they know how much you care."

Following his retirement from dentistry he was able to dedicate the remainder of his days to the love of the land with the love of his life, Mary Jo. He spent many winter months in Corpus Christi, TX. He enjoyed attending children/grandchildren sports and recreational activities, golfing, country dancing, harvesting on the farm, and was an ongoing fixture at Farmers Market.

Fred was a big believer in leaving everything better than when he found it. He was a master arborist and a good steward of the land. He planted over 70,000 trees, contour stripped the land and converted to organic farming. He rarely left a card game of "Solo" or "Euchre" without some coins in his pocket.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Mary Jo, brother, Dr. Elmer C. (Sandy) May.  Children, Dr. William (Karen) May, Robert (Crystal) May, Terence May, Douglas (Michele) May, Brian (Amy) May, and Gregory (Ann) May. Grandchildren, Dr. Lindsey (Kelen) Eddy, Dr. Emily (Scott) McGuire, Stephanie (Jeff) Ludovissy, Dr. Meghan (Jacob) Wendland, Eric (Emily) May, Jacob May, Morgan (Jared) McGovern, Derek May, Mackenzie May, Victoria May, Elizabeth May, Caroline May, Patrick May, Grace May, Christian May, Dominic May, Alex Breen, Emily May, and Cameron May.  Great Grand Children, Jackson, Brooklyn, Franny and Grace McGuire, Jordyn, Taylor, and Brady Ludovissy.

Fred was preceded in death by parents Elmer and Melita (Carney) May, Sisters, Mary Patterson, Melita Kunnert, and Alberta Taylor.

We would like to thank Dr. Brian Sullivan and the medical staff at Mercy Hospital for their compassion and professional comfort care. We would also like to thank the families and caregivers that provided unlimited support to Fred and Mary Jo through the years.

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

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



Sister Deanna Randall, BVM (Mariel)


Sister Deanna Randall, BVM (Mariel), 81, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Deanna was an elementary teacher in Grayslake, Ill.; Chicago; and Bellerose, N.Y. She was an administrator, director and/or teacher at Montessori schools in Oak Park, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; and Jackson and Clarksdale, Miss.

She was born on July 6, 1937, in Denver, Colo., to Lesley and Margery Pavela Randall. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Oklahoma City, Okla. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister Juanita (Ray) Johnson, Pine, Colo.; a niece; a nephew; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 62 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Eunice C. Woosley


Eunice C. "Lois" Woosley, age 87 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, while in the loving care of her family.  To celebrate Eunice's life, private family services are being held in California.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Eunice's family.

Eunice was born on February 25, 1931, in San Antonio, Texas, a daughter to Glenn and Dorothy (Kinze) Tillinghast.  She eventually started a family of her own, being blessed with 4 children from her first marriage to Richard Thomas Nuttall, Sr.  She did finally meet the love of her life, Louis Woosley and they spent 37 wonderful years together before he was sadly called home in 2011.  Her children were her life and they would continually and gladly run down the batteries on their ear pieces just to allow Eunice to share a few more stories which she felt needed to be told.  She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren, and continually strived to leave behind a positive example of love which will now thankfully carry on in the generations to follow. 

After graduating from high school, Eunice decided she wanted to see the rest of the world out there and gain as many experiences as she could in this life.  She was a model in her younger years before she began her career in the insurance industry.  She owned her own insurance company for many years in California before moving to the Seattle area.  She spent some time as a court reporter, a clerk of court and even hosted her own Christian Talk Show in Bowling Green, Kentucky before eventually retiring and moving up to Dubuque to be close to her daughter.  Eunice quickly found comfort among her new friends and neighbors in Dubuque and her final stop on the tour of life experiences was now complete.  She decided to work at Fazoli's to pass some of the spare hours in her day, but her real passion was truly found in the hours of socializing she would fill her time with.  Her hobbies of bowling, snow skiing and softball had long been relinquished, but her drive to simply visit and share her wealth of knowledge with anyone who would listen had never diminished.  

Eunice was a proud, beautiful, vibrant, strong and tender-hearted woman who only wanted to make the world a better place around her.  She will be deeply missed more than words can say, but we also know that the heart breaks of losing her daughter and husband were never going to be mended while she was still here with us.  Now, Eunice is able to enjoy a most glorious family reunion and no doubt embracing the opportunity to bend their ears a little until we meet again.  Thank you, Eunice for sharing your bright and wonderful spirit with us for 87 years and may we find comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead in the abundance of memories you've left behind.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Eunice include,

her children,
Kathy (Jerry Fassbinder) Winner, Asbury, IA,
Deborah (Randy) Richardson, Lucerne Valley, CA,
and Richard Thomas Nuttall, San Francisco, CA;

her grandchildren,
Brian (Tara) Astgen, Glendale, AZ,
Jeff Astgen, Newport Beach, CA,
and Michelle Journeay, Hesperia, CA;

her great-grandchildren,
Kinsley and Kierlyn Astgen and Tyler and Haley Kavanagh;

her sister,
Elaine Schuenemann, Texas;

her dear friends and family through love,
Jill (Jeff) Reimer, Dubuque, IA;

along with several nieces and nephews.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Woosley; her daughter, Caron Nuttall; and her brother-in-law, Otto Schuenemann.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's in Eunice's name.

Eunice's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional, kind and sincere care of Eunice and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Eunice's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Peter R. Beau


Peter R. Beau, 71, of South Wayne, WI and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at home. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Sharing of memories will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. 

Peter was born May 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Roy and Rosemary (Strief) Beau. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, where at 6'6 he was a valuable member of the basketball team. He continued his education at the University of Dubuque, earning his B.S. He married Tara Martin on August 14, 1970 in Key West, IA.  Peter was employed at Dubuque Golf & Country Club, and as a beloved teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) in Germany, retiring after 20 years. He was a member of the Conservation Club of Gratiot, WI. Peter loved to garden, planting all kinds of vegetables and fruit trees. He loved to collect and shell walnuts from his many walnut trees. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband to his wife, Tara, who learned to never say she liked something unless she meant it, because Peter would make sure to go back and buy it for her.  

Peter is survived by his wife, Tara of South Wayne, WI; two daughters, Melissa Beau-Powell of Rockford, IL, and Tava  (Jerry) Frazier of Memphis, TN; four grandchildren, Alec, Peyton, and Carson Powell, and Maya Frazier; his siblings RoseAnn Lightle of Kansas City, MO, Sharon (Ronnie) Juergens of Maquoketa, Roger (Barb) Beau of Vinton, IA, and Jerry (Nan) Beau of Maquoketa; his siblings in law, John (Joanne Georgulis) Martin of Dubuque, Tom (Rhonda Hudgins) Martin of Dubuque, George (Charlotte) Martin of East Dubuque, IL, and Mary (Mitch Eyres) Martin of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin granddaughters, Karlee and Kayla Powell; a grandson Jacob Beau; and a brother in law Rex Lightle. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the ALS Association. 

The family would like to thank Hospice of Monroe, WI. 

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

 

 



Steven E. Pasco


Steven Eugene "Steve" Pascoe, 66 years young (formerly of DeWitt, IA) passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on February 1, 2019 at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Josh Martyn officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Steve was born to Melvin and Lois (Dietzman) on July 19, in Hazel Green, WI. Steve was raised on a farm in Elk Grove, WI, later moving to Cuba City, graduating from Cuba City High School in 1970. In 1974, he married Deb Arnold in Dubuque, IA and together they raised two strong willed daughters.

Steve retired from John Deere Davenport Works after more than 25 years. He also worked at Coradco Windows, mowed the grass at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and worked in a butcher shop. Steve enjoyed outdoor cooking, hunting, fishing, working on cars, woodworking and loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deb; daughters Sara (Scott) of Oshkosh, WI and Beth (Justin) Kannas of Willmar, MN; beloved grandchildren Chas (soccer fanatic), Gus (Papa's facetime buddy), Madelyn (social butterfly), and twins - Sophia (Papas Packer's Fan) and Ella (Vikings Fanatic against Papa's wishes); sisters Carolyn Mills, Spring Valley, CA and Cindy (Jim) Farrell of Marshfield, WI; stepfather Guerdon (Roselyn) Voigts of Belmont, WI; step-siblings Harry (Mary) Voigts, Darilyn Gorton, Nancy (Roger) McCarville, Sally (Paul) LaChance; an aunt Ellen Wiegl; sister-in-law Annette Arnold; brother-in-law Mark Arnold; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother, brothers in law Brian Arnold & Brad Mills, and cousin Phillip Robbins.

The family would like to thank the Beaver Dam EMS, amazing staff at BDCH, especially Drs. McCormick, Mrani and DeAngelo; andthe Lifestar team.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation.



Sarah J. Wolfe


Sarah Jean (Pfab) Wolfe, 49, of Peosta died at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 1 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 2 to 6pm followed by the memorial service at 6pm at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Hills and Dales.

Sarah was born on February 26, 1969, in Dubuque, the daughter of Ernest and Ann (Kramer) Pfab. On November 22, 1997, she was united in marriage to Scott Ray Wolfe at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Garryowen.

Sarah spent her life devoted to serving others. She was an occupational therapist assistant for several years before she became a stay-at-home mom where she always put her children first. When Sarah moved back to this area, she worked at Hills and Dales for eight years where she went above and beyond for her clients. She loved Harry Potter, Supernatural, Bones, and Deadpool. Sarah had great taste in music and the best dance moves. Jack and Envy were her favorite furry friends.

She had a truly kind, generous, and selfless soul. Sarah was dedicated to family and her clients. She always had a smile and contagious laughter. Wherever she went, she made everyone feel welcome. Sarah truly touched so many lives in her short life. 

She is survived by her husband, Scott Wolfe, of Peosta; three children: Brenna (fiancé Josh Dausener) Wolfe, Becca Wolfe, and Tyler Wolfe; her mother: Ann Pfab, of Peosta; five siblings: Dennis (Julie) Pfab of West St. Paul, MN, Dean (Kris) Pfab of Bernard, Luke Pfab of Ankeny, Ellen (Tim) Halloran, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jude Pfab of Peosta; her mother-in-law, Sandy Wolfe of York, NE, a brother-in-law, Kelly (Dareda) Wolfe of York, NE, several cousins and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer and Sylveria Kramer and Henry and Regina Pfab, father, Ernie Pfab, father-in-law, Larry Wolfe, and her cousins, Michael and Karla Schneider and Christopher Goedken.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Centralia/Peosta EMTs and Mercy Hospital emergency room staff for taking great care of Mom.

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

 

 

 



Herbert G. Heims


Herbert G. Heims, 78, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Herbert may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at the funeral home.

Services for Herbert will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was born on April 9, 1940, in Bankston, Iowa, son of Frank and Marie (Evers) Heims. He received his education from the Ryan area schools. On September 21, 1961 he was united in marriage Mary Pierce at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, IA. The Couple farmed for 25 years in the rural Monticello and Worthington areas. He was also employed with Plumbing and Heating contractors in the area.

He was a member of the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, IA.

He is survived by his wife Mary Heims of Dyersville, IA; four children, Berna (Lyle) McNamara of Prairieburg, IA, Brian (Mary) Heims of Monticello, IA, Brad Heims of Worthington, IA and Brenda (Brian) Edmonds of Peosta, IA; 11 grandchildren, Dennis and Kyle McNamara, Jesse Heims and Kellie (Brian) Crowley, Kara, Michael and Ashley Edmonds, Elleyna, Annika, Emilee and Caleb Heims; 3 great grandchildren, two siblings, Jean Ann Pasker and Steve (Beth) Heims both of Manchester, IA; and a sister-in-law, Rita Heims of Coggan, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer Heims and a brother-in-law, Jerry Pasker.

A Herbert G. Heims memorial fund has been established.

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



Patricia D. Schmitt


Patricia Diann (Loso) Schmitt, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St., Dubuque, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK is assisting the family.

Patricia was born on July 6, 1943, daughter of Delores (Hamann) Loso and Herman Loso. She graduated from Senior High School in 1961.

Patricia married Richard G. Schmitt on February 3, 1962 and was a homemaker who raised their three children.

Patricia has been a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Gambling was her favorite pasttime; the Q Casino was her home away from home. She also enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas with her family. Patricia loved shopping and was an expert at finding the best deal. She was an amazing cook who always made everyone's favorites during the holidays which resulted in having way too much food. Her turkey and dressing will be missed the most. Ca, as she was referred to by her grandchildren, was their biggest supporter and was known to "fix everything." Patricia was the most kind, generous, and loving person and will be missed by many.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Richard G. Schmitt; her daughter Misti (Larry Flogel), and their children, Hunter, Dylan, and Triclyn; her son Brook (Kimberly) Schmitt and their children, Chandler and Lauren; her daughter Laci (Steven) Ernst and their children, Carter, Melanie, Kylie, and Brecker, and brothers and sisters in law, Kenneth Ranson, Kathy (Gary) Sisler, Marc (Dee) Schmitt, and June (Pat) Hancock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a loving grandmother, Alma Hamann who helped to raise her; her brother, Robert L. Loso, and her sister, Sandra J. Ranson.



Timothy J. Hoffman Sr.


Timothy J. "Tim" Hoffman Sr., 51, of Andrew, IA, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 4, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Tim was born August 4, 1967 in Dubuque, the son of Harold P. and Ruth H. (Budde) Hoffman. He graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1985, and was an altar server at Sacred Heart Catholic Church throughout his younger years. He married Bridgetta O'Meara on August 2, 1997. Tim was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Nascar fan. He loved to camp and grill out. Tim had a big heart and cared about everyone. He had a beautiful smile, and was deeply proud of his wife and his four boys.

Tim is survived by his wife, Bridgetta of Andrew; four sons, Thomas James (Katie) Hoffman and their son Thomas James Dolan, of Rochester, MN, Timothy "Timmy" (Paige) Hoffman Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Tyler Hoffman, and Trevor Hoffman, both of Andrew; his siblings Ronald (Beth) Hoffman, Sharon (Dick) Feller, Patti (Bill) Dix, and Martin (Karen) Hoffman, all of Dubuque; his sister in law, Maggie Hoffman of Dubuque; his mother in law, Eunice O'Meara of Maquoketa; his siblings in law Katrina O'Meara of Maquoketa, Heather (Adam) Bauer of Dubuque, Amanda (Mike) Bicknese of Oxford Junction, Lynn Adams of MS, Jim (Cheryl) O'Meara of Topeka, KS, Tonisha Christina O'Meara, and Bo Dean John O'Meara, both of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother David H. Hoffman; his nephew Ronnie Hoffman II; his father in law Dean J. O'Meara; and his brother in law Frank O'Meara.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Timothy J. Hoffman Sr. Memorial Fund .

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



Richard E. Wortley


Richard E. "Dick" Wortley, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 1, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 4th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Kevin Goodrich officiating and military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 4:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Dick was born on February 27, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Dorothy (Jones) Wortley, Sr. He is a United States Army Veteran serving two tours in Germany from 1964 to 1973 and completed his service at Camp David.

He married Nancy Kettering on December 5, 1992 in Dubuque.

Dick worked as a carpenter most of his life, he was self-employed in South Carolina and also in Dubuque. In 1985 he took a position at Dubuque Greyhound Park as Assistance Maintenance Director. He was lastly employed with Quad Graphics retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed all sports, he was an avid golfer, bowler and was a great pool shot.

Dick found humor in every situation, he was very devoted to his family and will be miss by all who knew and loved him

He is survived by his wife Nancy; one son Richard (Stephanie) Wortley Jr., of Nashville, TN, five grandchildren, Dallas, Taylor, Brayden, Nolan, and Allison. Two great grandchildren Alexander and Olivia. One sister Jean (Melvin) Key, of Dubuque. Father and mother-in-law Theron and Alice Nothaft; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve (Colleen) Kettering, of Dubuque, Pam (Norm) Thompson, of Marion, IA, Michael Kettering, of Dubuque, and Dave (Jenny) Kettering, of East Dubuque, IL, and Thelma Wortley of Dubuque along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, George Wortley Jr, Jack Wortley, Patricia "Pat" (Bob) Edminster, Bill Wortley, Jim Wortley, and Robert Wortley in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Richard E. Wortley memorial fund was established.

The family wishes to extend very special thank you to the entire staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially the ICU and 5th Floor nursing staff along with Dr. Ronald Schope for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Dick and his family.



Arline H. Dieterich


Arline Helen Dieterich, 100, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on January 27, 2019.  Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 9:30 and followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Arline was born November 25, 1918, in Dubuque, theonly child of Gilbert Julius Dieterich and Bessie Frances (Young) Dieterich.

Arline was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque attending IrvingElementaryWashington JuniorHigh and graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937.

While a student at the University of Dubuqueshe also attended The Dubuque Academy of Music.  She graduated from the University of Dubuque, class of 1941. 

After graduation, Arline taught in Janesville, Iowa for a year.  

She worked for the DCSD as a "traveling teacher". She was an elementary music teacher from1944-1984at Fulton, Jackson, Bryant and Sageville Elementary Schools, retiring on June 1, 1984.

Arline wished to be remembered as a"lady of principles". Home was important to her, where her heart was, and where she wanted to live out her lifeamong the rolling hills of beautiful, what was then called Woodlawn Park addition, where countless hours of peace and quiet were a source of enjoyment.

Faith was also very important to Arline; and she stayed young at heart as she cared for her parents and grandparents as they aged, and during her retirement, volunteered for 19 years at Finley Hospital.

Arline was a 71 year member of the Lamda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators.  She served in various capacities, including President, Vice-President and Parliamentarian. She was also a 74 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Julien Chapter 125, where she also served in various positions, including Chaplain, Marshal, and Treasurer.   

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

She was preceded in death by her parents, maternal grandmother Mary Elizabeth Patterson Young; paternal grandparents H.O. and Anna Dieterich; aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends, neighbors, and former students who through the years were like extended family. 

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Finley Hospital, St Luke's United Methodist Church or DCSD Education Foundation.

 

 



Jordan R. Kunde


Jordan R. Kunde, 34, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday, February 4, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jordan Robert Kunde was born on July 19, 1984 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Harold and Anne (Spaete) Kunde. He was a 2003 graduate of Midland High School and then attended Iowa State University in Ames. He married Abby Shillingford on August 23, 2018 in Tipton, Iowa.

Jordan had worked for Rochester Motor Cars as a car sales manager for several years. He currently was working as a performance consultant for Cox Automotive.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, stock car racing, and hanging with family and friends. He had a love of farming and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Those left to honor Jordan's memory include his wife, Abby Kunde of Baldwin, IA; a son, Samuel August Kunde of Baldwin, IA; a step-daughter, Olivia Skogerbo of Kasson, MN; his mother and step-father, Anne and Dave Coffman of Muscatine, IA; his father and step-mother, Richard and Susan Kunde of Baldwin, IA; brothers, Andy Kunde of Coggin, IA, and Spencer Kunde of Williamsburg, IA; step-sister, Chelsea (Mike) Van Blaricom of Davenport, IA; step-brother, Andrew (Erin) Coffman of Severance, CO; paternal grandmother, Lois Kunde of Maquoketa, IA; maternal step-grandfather, John Coffman of Davenport, IA; a nephew Keenan Hall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Harold Kunde, maternal grandparents Robert and Dolores Spaete, paternal step-grandparents Sylvia and Cecil Costello, and maternal step-grandmother Roberta Coffman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to Ohnward Bank and Trust in Baldwin under the account Kunde Strong.

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

 



Delbert J. Kaiser


Delbert J. "Delby" Kaiser, 85, of Darlington, Wisconsin, formerly Kieler and Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Delby was born on July 16, 1933, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the son of John C. and Margaret (Gerhard) Kaiser. He married Alice J. Riesselman on June 6, 1959, in East Dubuque, Illinois. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2017. Delby served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked as a carpenter for many tri-state area carpenters.

Delby was a member of AA, celebrating 34 years of sobriety. He was also a member Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus, Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, the Sandy Hook Tug-of-War Team for many years, and an assistant Webelo Leader for the Boy Scouts. Delby enjoyed hunting, camping and watching the Packers. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four daughters, Theresa (James) Davis, Montfort, WI, Mickey (Mike Fields) Kaiser, Darlington, WI, Cathy Demuth, Waterloo, IA, and Lori (Greg) Goodman, Oakdale, MN; a son, Dave (Noreen) Kaiser, Kieler; a sister, Annette Miller, Dubuque, IA; three brothers, Richard Kaiser, Galena, IL, Robert (Judy) Kaiser, Kieler, WI, and Harold Kaiser, Haltom City, TX; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Willard P. "Willy" Kaiser on January 19, 2004, a son-in-law, David W. Demuth on February 6, 2007; an infant twin granddaughter (Erica's twin), Erin Kaiser, on January 17, 1987; a brother, Merlin; two sisters-in-law, Bernita and Shirley Kaiser; and a brother-in-law, Richard Miller.

An Delbert J. Kaiser Memorial Fund has been established.

Delbert's family would like to thank the staffs of Darlington Memorial Hospital and Lafayette Manor.

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



Frances M. Klaren


Frances M. Klaren, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue at the funeral home Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Frances was born March 11, 1927, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Drees) Stelken. Frances attended St. Joseph school in Farley graduating in 1944. She continued her education, obtaining her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. Frances taught in a one room school house. She married Urban J. Klaren on June 7, 1951 in Farley.

Frances was a farm wife for many years and worked side by side with her husband. She was a CNA at Shady Rest until her retirement. Frances was an excellent baker, her rhubarb pie was unmatched. Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren, and she spoiled them with all her love, affection and homemade goodies. She was a proud grandmother, she enjoyed watching them excel in their academic endeavors as well as athletics and band. Her love for teaching never waned as she volunteered as a teacher's helper in her daughter-in-law's classroom. Her faith was very strong and meant a lot to her, supporting her parish was a priority. Her grandmotherly touch was felt throughout her community, as she profoundly affected the lives of many people.

Frances is survived by her son: Tom (Kay) Klaren of Dyersville, daughter-in-law, Joan Klaren of Dyersville, grandchildren: Nicholas Klaren of Cedar Rapids, Dr. William Klaren of Racine, WI, Brian (Samantha) Klaren of North Liberty, Dr. Rachel (Brandon) Bollaert of Milwaukee, WI, great grandson: Jackson Thomas Klaren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Urban in 1972, one son, Daniel Klaren in 2011, siblings: Lucille (Ambrose) Arnold, Anita Stelken in infancy, in-laws: Nick (Armella) Klaren, Les (Delores) Klaren, Veronica (Earl) Cole, Lucille (Donald) Cole, and Dorothy (Ben) Dueschner.

The Klaren family would like to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Dyersville and Dubuque for their excellent care and compassion. A special thanks to Edna Scherbring with Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier School and Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Donald G. Wernke


Donald G. "Don" Wernke, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:20 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Don was born on September 8, 1938, in Edgewood, Iowa, son of Henry and Ida (Digman) Wernke.

Don attended Holy Ghost School and went on to graduate from Dubuque Senior High School. He was a hard worker who put his knowledge and skills to good use in the maintenance department with Klauer Manufacturing for 35 years, until his well earned retirement. Don was united in marriage to Linda Koenig, on May 13, 1961, and they were blessed with 3 children, before they would eventually go their separate ways. He was later united in marriage to Barbara Johnson, on May 6, 1972, and they were blessed with 31 wonderful years and 3 children together, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on August 28, 2003. Fortunately, Don would go on to find love once again and would be united in marriage to Helen Vondran Maas, on August 24, 2012, in Dubuque. Don had an outgoing personality and enjoyed spending time hanging out at the Boat Club with his friends swapping stories, and in his younger days was quite the boxer. He was well known for always being ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, no matter the time of day or night. In his free time, Don also enjoyed watching any sport the Iowa Hawkeyes were playing, or heading out with his rod and reel in hand, to spend the day on the river in hopes of catching "the big one". He was also quite proud of his domestic skills when it came to sewing on buttons or grilling out for family gatherings. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our husband, dad, grandpa and brother, but are grateful for the multitude of wonderful memories he leaves with us to cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his wife,
Helen Wernke, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Andrew (Sara) Wernke, Columbus, GA,
Donald Joseph Wernke, Tucson, AZ,
Jeffery Wernke, Flagstaff, AZ,
Jennifer (Roger Bartell) Wernke, Galena, IL,
Brenda (Dennis) Brehm, Dubuque, IA
and Jason (Melissa) Wernke, Dubuque, IA;

his 10 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren;

several great great-grandchildren;

his step-children,
Debra Kotz, Dubuque, IA,
Clayton Bailey, Dubuque, IA,
William Bailey, Dubuque, IA,
Carl (fiancé Jill) Bailey, Nevada,
Donald (Carol) Maas, Dubuque, IA
and Leilani Maas, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Fred "Fritz" (Barbara) Wernke, Solana Beach, CA
and Diane "DeeDee" Hasken, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Wernke, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Wernke; a sister, Mary Root; 2 brothers, John "Stretch" (Mary) Wernke and Hank Wernke; a brother-in-law, Dave Hasken; and a step-son, Robert Bailey.

Don's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Stonehill for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Don and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Ronald L. Vosberg


Ronald L. Vosberg, 81, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Meriter Hospital in Madison surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Ron was born on September 28, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of George A. and Marie M. (Wedig) Vosberg.  He married Marilyn M. Gerlach on June 20, 1964.  She preceded him in death on July 20, 2001.  Ron farmed and worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.  He served in the US Navy and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Tin Can Sailors.

Ron enjoyed fishing, traveling in his motor home, John Deere 2-cylinder tractors, playing cards, water fights with his grandchildren, getting up early and a good cup of coffee. He was a person who loved visiting with others.

Survivors include his daughters, Renee (Don) Rider, Rewey, WI, and Janet (Ric) Hottenstein, Platteville, WI; his sons, Troy Vosberg and Scott (Wendy) Vosberg, both of Cuba City; a special friend, Margaret Murray, Cuba City, WI; a sister, Jean Puchalski, of Milwaukee, WI; a brother, David (Mary Jo) Vosberg, Valparaiso, IN; and fourteen grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Marie; a daughter, Terri Ann; two sisters, Pauline Gratz and Mary "Joyce" Hoppenjan; and three brothers-in-law, Dick Hoppenjan, Bill Gratz and Eugene Puchalski.

A Ronald L. Vosberg Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Thomas E. Graham


Thomas Edward Graham, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Monday, January 28th. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2nd at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. 

Tom was born July 30, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa to Joseph G. and M. Harriet Graham. Tom received his education from St. Columbkille grade school, Loras Academy and Loras College. He served in the ROTC at Loras Academy, and went on to service with the U.S. Army. He married Mary Jo Birkett on January 7, 1961 at Nativity Church.

Tom was an industrious, hardworking man, a true visionary, a teacher and leader and passed on these values. He began his career at Sears & Roebuck as manager of the electrical department. He then began selling real estate throughout the west end, with his uncle Jack Schiltz, until he became co-owner of Graham's Style Store for Men. This is when his community involvement escalated. His passion was ensuring downtown Dubuque and the community, flourished. Part of the revitalization included buying Stampfer's Department store, along with starting several other downtown businesses. He had a hand, or say, in nearly everything related to the revitalization of the downtown area. A few of his accomplishments include: two-time President of the Dubuque Merchants Association, President of the Main Street Association, Committee to save the Town Clock and have it moved to its current location, "Sertoman of the year" honors and helping establish a second Knights of Columbus court and being the charter Grand Knight. He also served on the following boards: Dubuque Racing Association, Sertoma, Mercy Hospital, Clarke College and Dubuque Men's Association. And he was a member of the following: Rotary, Squires, 6:60, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Merchants Association.

When he retired from the clothing store he began his second career with Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home arranging pre-needs. Tom was not a man to let grass grow under his feet. This career allowed him to use his compassion and caring nature to help others deal with the final phase of their lives.

Tom was a very faith-filled man. He was a 57 year active member of St. Anthony's parish: chair of the fall festival committee for several years, parish council member, co-chair of the fundraiser for religious retirement, Eucharistic minister, and many other activities for the church.  He also participated in Emmaus and CEW weekends.  

One of Tom's strongest beliefs was no one should ever be alone in this world, which is why there were always extra place settings at the family dinners and holiday celebrations. Tom was a mentor and teacher to everyone without even knowing it.

Tom's family and friends meant everything to him. His motto in life was "work hard, play hard". He always made time to attend kids' functions. He was an avid outdoorsman, golfer and everything water related. He could often be found taking time off work to teach these activities to kids and grandkids. He founded the Graham Open golf tournament in 2000, as an excuse to bring family and friends together. He was the life of the party with his entertaining sense of humor, quick wit, inviting and friendly smile and addictive personality. He was a loving, caring man that would drop anything for a family member or friend. Everyone he met became a family member - he never met a stranger.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo, children Ed & Anne Graham, Ann Graham & Jerry Breiby, Bob & Brenda Graham and Don & Lori Graham, grandchildren Jessie Graham, Eric & Amberlyn Graham, Nick Graham & Stephanie Christianson, Ellie & Logan Koenig, Calli & Casey VanCleve, Tammy & Craig Kirch, Wendy Breiby, and Melanie Boehnen, great grandchildren Breana & Connor Stevens, Ahanu Mackey and Jeremiah Kirch and great, great grandchildren Finnley & Rosie Stevens; Brothers Jim & Jane Graham, Joe Graham and John & Sharon Graham, Brothers and sisters in law Eileen Birkett, John & Jan Birkett, Rose & Al Main, Ruth Frantzen, Beth Splinter, Tom & Thalia Birkett and Kay & John Peters, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Jim Schneider and his staff. 

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

 

 



Velene K. Ruff


Velene K. Ruff, 79, of Lost Nation, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa passed away on Tuesday morning, January 29, 2019, at her home.

A celebration of Velene's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Velene was born on July 25, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph and Velma (Kintzle) Gertenbach. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married Clarence Ruff on May 26, 1956 at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. Nothdurft. To that union four children were born.

Throughout Velene's life she worked as a waitress at the Nickel Nook, Custard Bowl, The Spot Café, and the Green Mill Café. She co-owned and kept books for Ruff's Auto. She also held jobs at Pacific Coast Feather Company, Maquoketa Senior Center and DAC, Inc.

Velene enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, completing jig-saw puzzles, counted cross-stitch, crafting, gardening, and collecting Santa Clauses. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Velene is survived by her children Bill (Nancy) Ruff of St. Peters, MO, John (Diane) Ruff of Preston, IA, and Deanna (Dante) Merrick of Lost Nation, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Bridget (Matt), Lindsay (Bob), Amanda, Jackie (Emily), Kristin (DJ), Clarence (Alexa), Velene (Clifton), and Marianne; 16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol Honigmann of Lost Nation, IA, and Joyce Rohrbaugh of WV. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her parents, sister Sharon, son David, and grandson Butch.

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

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



Evelyn Beversdorf


Evelyn Beversdorf 72, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31st. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Evelyn was born October 20, 1946 in Dubuque, daughter of Peter and Margaret (Kruse) Johnson. She married Thomas Beversdorf, August 9, 1970 in Durango.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Mr. Terry's University of Beauty. She owned and operated Evie's Beauty Cellar for 45 years retiring in 2014.

Evelyn enjoyed special time with her grandson. She had a fine collection of dolls, and loved to shop. She also enjoyed reading and embroidering. She was very generous to many local charities. She was always looking out for her family and friends.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas Beversdorf; son Shawn Beversdorf; grandson, Joseph Beversdorf, all of Dubuque; her mother, Margaret Johnson, of Durango; a sister, Margaret Schemmel, of Durango; two brothers, Irvin Johnson and Kevin Johnson, both of Durango; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Peter; her mother and father-in-law, Jenny and Sylvester Beversdorf; and a brother-in-law, James Schemmel.

A Evelyn Beversdorf Memorial has been established.

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



James P. Furlong


James P. Furlong, 73, of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 6.

Jim was born November 2, 1945 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Dorothy (Herrman) Furlong. He served his country with the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He retired from Clarke College.

Jim was an avid Cubs fan and also loved the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He was a history buff and reading was one of his favorite pastimes.

Jim is survived by two children, Kerry Hammel (Bill Doebler), of Grand Rapids, MI and Cory (Chrissy) Furlong, of Dubuque; two brothers, Alan Furlong, of Dubuque and Thomas Furlong, of Iowa City, IA; a sister-in-law, Joan Furlong, of Dubuque; and his former wife, Maxine Pruse, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Arthur Furlong; and his sister, Carole Meyer.

Thank you to the staff at Bethany Home for their excellent care.

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



Lisa A. Kloft


Lisa A. Kloft, age 53 of Sherrill, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 9, 2019 after a tragic fire at her home. To celebrate Lisa's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Service times will be announced after her loving husband, John who was also injured in the housefire, has had more time to heal. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque in early summer. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lisa's family.

Lisa was born on October 17, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, a daughter to Ivan and Betty (Arensdorf) Kloft. Sadly, Lisa's father was called home when she was only a little girl, but thankfully Betty and the family were truly blessed when James Rauscher walked into their lives and committed himself to loving them all as his own. Lisa always enjoyed having a little fun in the summer when some downtime presented itself, and on one of those relaxing days with friends on the river, she met her true love, John Joseph Oglesby. The two became inseparable from that point on and continued to spend the next 34 years together. They were blessed with one son, John James Oglesby along the way and Lisa always knew she had found the love which would last a lifetime with her 2 boys by her side.

After Lisa had graduated from high school, she attended Capri College in Dubuque and shortly after began her career in cosmetology. She enjoyed the 7 years she was able to work with her friends and clients at City Looks in Kennedy Mall, but she also thoroughly enjoyed the time she'd get to catch up with her friends and family members at home while keeping them all trimmed up and looking good right in the comfort of her own kitchen. Lisa eventually decided it was time for a change in her professional career and took on her new challenge at Flexsteel Industries. She invested over 14 years there before putting a few more years in at Eagle Window and Door, and finally faithfully spent the last 4 years at Casey's Convenience Store in Key West; where she may have actually spent quite a bit more time visiting with friends and co-workers than she would readily and openly admit.

Lisa took pride in everything she did and her appearance was no exception. She was a natural beauty (so it didn't take much work on her part) and she never walked out the door without putting on her best. Lisa absolutely adored her family each and every day, especially the 3rd and 4th loves of her life, Jesse and James, her Doberman Pinshers who religiously kept her company for 14 years until they passed last year. Lisa learned early in life that a little personal time had its place in the day too. She was generally a gentle, kind and quiet soul, but when she sat down to watch Ellen, or Dr. Phil you could occasionally hear her laugh, cry, or even voice an opinion or two if the TV audience wasn't correctly hearing what she had heard. Lisa walked softly throughout her much to short 53 years with us. Her love was sincere, and her patience ran deep, but one thing is for certain when it comes to her impact on the world; Lisa touched more lives than you could count and thankfully every one of them possesses a wonderful memory of her which will hopefully help mend the many broken hearts she leaves behind today. Thank you, Lisa, for allowing your light to shimmer ever so softly and we pray that you find true peace while laying poolside in your new Heavenly Estate until we see you again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lisa include,

her husband,
John Oglesby, Sherrill, Iowa;

her son,
John Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,
Kelly (Rock) Munsee, South Carolina,
Ivan (Jeanette) Kloft, Colorado,
Aimee (Guy) Wiegert, New Mexico,
Carl (Janine) Rauscher, Maryland,
and Dawn (Scott) Savary, Dubuque, Iowa;

her brother-in-law,
Ken (Kelley Hall) Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,
Luann Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents.

Lisa's family would like to sincerely thank the Sherrill Fire Department, the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department, Mercy Hospital, the University of Iowa, along with all of the generous people and businesses in the community who have been very kind in the giving of their time, talents and treasure to help her family through these very difficult days. May God bless you all for your efforts!

Online condolences may be left for Lisa's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Oakley Bandy


Oakley "Oakie" Bandy, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31st, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury, Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial following at Linwood Cemetery.

Oakie was born on March 12, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Iona Bandy. He married Donna (Daughetee) Bandy on June 22, 1957. They were happily married for 61 years. Together they have 3 children, Oakley, Kevin and Kelly.

Oakie was very mechanically inclined whether it was tinkering on projects or back in the day with his       # 10 stock car that led him to many wins and great memories.  Oakie proudly retired with over 30+ years as a maintenance mechanic from John Deere.  He also had a strong passion for music and could be found playing and singing along side of his family and friends. He also enjoyed entertaining residents at nursing homes, shoppers at the local farmers market and other events in the community.

Oakie treasured the time he spent traveling to different destinations especially Florida with his devoted wife Donna, family, and friends and creating lasting memories. 

Oakie and Donna loved spending time together and loved their Sunday drives and their walks in Eagle Point Park.  

He was a good neighbor and friend and could be found putzing around the neighborhood on his tractor alongside his brother Dan. 

His family, siblings, and friends is one of the biggest blessings he was so grateful for, he always showed overflowing love, kindness, patience, respect and he treasured the memories they made together. He very much enjoyed watching his family participate in activities and events, along with his wife you could say they were the proudest grandparents in the crowd.  He was always there to support in good times and in bad with his positive outlook giving wise advice, teaching and challenging people to learn new things and always encouraging them to be their best selves. 

Oakie had a unique ability to connect with every person he met and with his genuine personality and smile leaving a lasting impression and would end in turning strangers into friends.  His gentle strength, sincerity, and genuine nature were one of a kind and a treasure to every life he touched.

Oakie left behind to carry on his legacy to his  children, Oakley (Cindy) Bandy Jr., Kevin (Brenda) Bandy, and Kelly (Eugene) Hingtgen; 13 grandchildren, Shelley, Carrie, Alisha, Betsy, Abbey, Justin, Brittany, Oakley, Tyler, Cassie, Emily, Alaytra, and Evan; 21 great grandchildren.  His sibling, Dan (Sue) Bandy, in-laws - Larry Daughetee, Ruthie (Dave) Jarrard, in-laws -, and Grace Daughetee.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Donna Bandy,  parents  Donald and Iona Bandy, siblings and their spouses Sue (Larry) Hurst, Don (Connie) Bandy, father and mother in law Lyle & Ruth (Sear) Daughetee, in-laws and their spouses - Luella (LaVern) Pickel; Mickey (Vince) Troy; Joey (Elmer) Pickel, Lyle Daughetee and Jane Daughetee ; great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Angel.

Memorials may be made to the Oakie Bandy Memorial Fund.  The family would like to thank all the caregivers and friends over the years. 

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



Catherine M. Burns Mueller


Catherine M. "Katie" Burns Mueller, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 27th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday February 2nd, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on July 20, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Walter "Wally" Mentz and LaVerna (Bakey) Cox. She married Joseph Burns on October 26, 1968, he preceded her in death on December 24th, 1987. She then was united in marriage to Nick Mueller on May 18, 1996.

Katie worked many years at numerous places some which include A & W Drive-in and 35 years at Regency Thermographers. She enjoyed camping, watching Jimmy Johnson NASCAR Racing and listening to old country music.

She is survived by her husband Nick; two children Tina (Rich) Burns and Joe Burns, both of Dubuque. Two grandchildren Joey and Mollina Burns. Her siblings, Dave (Bea) Raab, of Dubuque, Ken (Barb) Karwoski, of Viroqua, WI, Nora (David) Karshbaum, of Drummond, WI, Dennis Karwoski, of Superior, WI, Sue (Stan) Bonnet, of East Dubuque, IL, Larry (Brenda) Cox, of Bellevue, IA, Robin (Pete) Muenster, of Dubuque, and Peggy (Denny) Lehman, of Cedar Rapids, IA. Five step-children, Diane Mueller, of Dubuque, Mike (Lanora) Mueller, of Tampa, FL, Mark Mueller, of Dubuque, Joe (Joan) Mueller, Bradenton, FL, and John (Chris Shaw) Mueller, of Dubuque; ten step grandchildren and her lifelong best friend Ruth "Goofy" Dimmer and family.

Katie was preceded in death by her mother LaVerna Cox, her father Wally Mentz, her adoptive father John Karwoski, and her step-father Otis Cox, her husband Joseph Burns; brother Edward Karwoski and nephew Tyler Bonnet.

In lieu of flowers a Kate Mueller memorial fund will be established. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family wishes to thank Jenny Schueller of Unity Point at Home Care for the above and beyond care over the years to Katie; also, to St. Croix Hospice for all their care.



Rita M. Davis


Rita M. Davis 93, of Dubuque entered into heaven Saturday January 26, 2019 surrounded by her family at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday January 31, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road, in Dubuque. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Rita was born on October 21, 1925 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herbert & Francis (Martin) Goedert. Rita attended grade school at St. Anthony's and graduated from Senior High School in 1944. That very same year Rita married Walter Davis at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, after 58 great years of marriage he preceded her in death on March 8, 2002. Rita was a homemaker and a fantastic cook. She loved playing bingo, bowling, or playing cards. Rita also enjoyed going to the Q Casino, as well as out of town casinos. She was also a massive cubs fan and was so happy she got to see the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

She is survived by her children Wally (Cookie) Davis, Sue (Ralph) Kieffer, John (Lorna) Davis, Bonnie (Ron) Hume, Terry (Cherie) Davis; daughter-in-law Cindy Davis; 40 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 sister-in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her son Jim Davis; three brothers Bob, Harold, Vince Goedert; and a sister Mary Lou Flammang; she was also preceded in death by two grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Rita Davis Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Finley Hospital especially the ICU, ER. We would also like to thank Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish, Dr. Mark Hermann, Dr. Arnz, Tony N. Heiar, ARNP, and Chaplain James Mehltretter. A very special thank you also to Rita's daughter Bonnie for her excellent care of mom over the past 16 years.

 



Shirley R. Nilles


Shirley R. Nilles, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa died January 25, 2019. Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 with the funeral mass immediately following at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Shirley was born on April 4, 1929, the daughter of Rachel (Germain) and Emil Lyons. She attended St. Columbkille grade school and high school and graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque. She married Dale Nilles on October 21, 1950; he preceded her in death.

Shirley enjoyed cooking for her family, especially her peanut butter cookies. Along with cooking, she enjoyed knitting, reading and especially enjoyed murder mystery books. In her free time, Shirley enjoyed doing volunteer work around Dubuque.

She is survived by her three sons: Kim Nilles of Cedar Rapids, IA; Kurt Nilles of Dubuque, IA and Doug Nilles of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren Angela Nilles, LaResa Nilles, Cody Nilles, Josh Nilles and Jordan Adams. She is also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Charles Lyons; her son Kevin; her daughters-in-law Michelle Nilles and Kathy Nilles and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in Shirley's name.

The family would like to thank Eagle Pointe Place, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Salas and Shirley's many other caregivers for their compassionate care for Shirley and for our family.

 



Dorothy A. Callahan


Dorothy A. Callahan, 85, of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 26, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque. Visitation will be held Wednesday January 30, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Rd where a parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m., Thursday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dorothy was born May 29, 1933 the daughter of Ellen (Anderson) & Alvah Ford. Dorothy married Raymond J. Callahan at St. Columbkille Catholic Church on April 4, 1959, he preceded her in death on March 22 1975. Dorothy is originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa but attended Senior High School in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo with her friends at Sunnycrest Manor, she especially loved Euchre. Dorothy was a homemaker for most of her life and was a great cook known for her famous glazed ham and mashed potatoes. More than anything Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends at Sunnycrest, she will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her children Bruce Callahan of Tujunga, California, Mona (Kevin) Dunwoody of Dubuque, IA, and Brian (Kathy) Callahan of Ft. Myers, FL; Daughter-in-laws Linda (Scott) Callahan of Dubuque, IA, and Jill (Michael) Pankow of Dubuque, IA; Grandchildren Daniel (wendy) Callahan, Sean Callahan, Ashley Callahan, and Samantha Callahan; three step grandchildren Jamie, Krista, and Jonathan Dean; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters Mildred Feddersen of Dubuque, IA, Inez (Bill) Vondran of Dubuque, IA; brother and sister in laws Jeanette Callahan, Marilyn Callahan and Barb Callahan, Jack Peacock Tony (Betty) Callahan, Dennis (Shirley) Donovan, Mary Ann Dalsing, and Pat Voight. Dorothy is also survived by her special friends Sheryl and Don Cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond J. Callahan; Two sons Dennis and Steve Callahan; three brothers Ralph, Willard, and Jim Ford; and one sister Norma Peacock; In-laws Florence Callahan-Martin, Jack, Don, Chuck Callahan, and Nilus Dalsing.

Memorials can be directed to Sunnycrest Manor.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Caceres for their care of Dorothy over the years.

 



Alice C. Muenster


Alice C. Muenster, 78, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Alice enjoyed many activities including playing bingo, going to casinos, playing cards with her family. Alice loved making quilts and tending to her garden, where she had many different flowers. Alice worked for over 40 years for the Thermolyne Company.

Visitation will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 3 to 7 PM. A prayer service will be at 6:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM. Interment St. Theresa Cemetery, LaMotte, IA.  Fr. Dwayne Thoman will be presiding.

Beloved sister of Margaret "Marge" L. Massey, Dubuque, IA, Grace M. Knockel, of East, Dubuque, IL, Dorothy S. (George) Roepsch, of Dubuque, IA, Anna P. (Louis) Roepsch, of East Dubuque, IL, and Clarence P. (Judy) Muenster, of Dubuque, IA. Preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ida Muenster, a brother, Francis J. Muenster, and a brother-in-law, James J. Knockel.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Dubuque and all of the nurses at Stonehill Nursing Center for all of the care that was given to Alice in her final days. 

 



Elaine Ann Barwick


Elaine Ann Barwick, 91, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Wednesday, January 30 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10- 11:45 a.m., Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elaine was born on March 2, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Clara (Ginter) Kramer. She married Harry Russow (deceased) and later William "Bill" Barwick (deceased).

Elaine was founder and executive director of Hills and Dales until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Imhof, Ocala, FL; Jeanne (John) Klauer, Dubuque, IA; JoAnn (Dave) Hendrickson, Dubuque, IA; and Julie (Bill) Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA. Grandchildren, Eric (Tammy) Imhof, Dubuque, IA; Jason (Sara) Imhof, Cary, NC; Ann (Nate) Courtney, Dubuque, IA; David Klauer, Bellevue, IA; Emily Klauer, Dubuque, IA; Craig (Kia) Hendrickson, Cuba City, WI; Lee Ann Hendrickson, Dubuque, IA; Ian (Stephanie) Woodhouse, Colo, IA; Allison (Jason) Paterno, Avondale, AZ; Hilary Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA; and Quinn (Tina) Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA; 25 great- grandchildren and nieces and nephew, Mary Jo (Don) Vogt, Tom (Sue) Kramer and Kathy (Bob) Brosius all in Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Jamie Barwick; grandson Nick Klauer; son-in-law, Mike Imhof; parents; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Leah Kramer.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Jamie Barwick Hills & Dales Foundation.

Special thank you to Luther Manor/ Grand Meadows for their compassionate care.



Lucille R. Overman


Lucille R. "Lu" Overman, 94, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2019, surrounded by her family at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 5 pm Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lucille was born on December 12, 1924, on the family farm near Earlville the daughter of Gregor and Mathilda (Billmeyer) Tegeler.  She married Irvin Overman on November 5, 1946, who preceded her in death in 2008.  She was a wonderful wife and loving mother fully dedicated to her family.  She was a great example of a traditional, hard-working and caring farm wife who loved working along-side her husband.  Her baking abilities were treasured by her family, especially her rolls, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.  She took pride in all she did.  She was proud to sing with the Resurrection Choir and a volunteer at church.

She and Irv loved to play cards and bingo, golf, dance, and travel, including visiting family and friends.  She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Lu had such a big, caring heart and a smile for everyone.

Survivors include her children: Don (Diane) Overman of Dyersville, Jim Overman of Lisbon, Wayne (Linda) Overman of Murfreesboro, TN, Dennis (Shari) Overman of Earlville, and Lori (Gary) Wessels of Dyersville, a special nephew, Larry (Sue) Bonert; 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Holub of Prairieburg, a step-brother, Herb Tegeler of Dyersville, a step-sister, Mary Jean "Toots" (Henry "Hank") Westhoff of New Vienna and in-laws: Bev Tegeler of Bellevue, Bob Fischel of Edgewood and Gladys Overman of Dyersville.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Delores Deutmeyer, her husbandIrvin, a daughter, Janice (in infancy), 2 grandchildren: John David and Mark Overman, 2 daughters-in-law, Suzanne and Beth "Bunny" Overman: siblings: Reynold (Irene), Gilbert (Sedella), Anthony (Dorothy), Elmer (Edna) Tegeler, Don (Patricia) Tegeler, Lucille (at birth), Helen (Wilfred) Kramer, Norma Platz Deppe (Herb Platz and Lawrence Deppe), Marcella (Fritz) Bries and Leona (August) Gudenkauf; in-laws: Doris Tegeler, Earl Holub, Emma (Lawrence) Bonert, Vincent (Julia), Aloysius, Edmund (Modesta) and Alfred Overman.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Oak Crest Manor for their loving and great care of Mom.  Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their comfort and support.

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

 

 



Karl H. Burroughs


Karl H. Burroughs, 90, of East Dubuque, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Friday.  There will also be a visitation from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Church.

Karl was born on January 19, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Richard and Lucille (Ricke) Burroughs.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1947. He was united in marriage to Eunice Ricke, his life partner, on June 23, 1956 at Nativity BVM Church. They were happily married for 62 years. 

Karl was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was a very caring person and heavilyinvolved in the East Dubuque Community, acting as one of the organizers of the East Dubuque Kids Zone. Karl's family was his pride and joy. Karl was an avid card player enjoying numerous card games, especially Euchre and Solo. He and Eunice enjoyed traveling to visit family.

Karl spent his career working a number of different jobs, from retail management, to handyman, and property owner. His most prized role was that of loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, Knights of Columbus Council # 7527 and Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4th Degree, and American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque and V. F. W. Post # 2665 of Galena.

Surviving is his wife Eunice; 4-children, Alan (Barbara) Burroughs of Hazel Green, WI, David (Dolores) Burroughs of Elburn, IL, Pam Straka of Dubuque and Vicky (Michael) Schoen of DePere, WI; 14-grandchildren, Beth, Alex, Ben, Joe, Andrew, Wendy, Shawn, April, Miranda, Rachael, Christopher, Kim, Connor and Kaylee; 12-great grandchildren; his sister, Sandy Conzett of Cassville, WI; brother-in-law, Leonard Ricke of East Dubuque and sister-in-law, Barb Burroughs of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lucille; a brother, Bill (Margie) Burroughs, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Mary Ricke, sister-in-law, Shirley Ricke, son-in-law, Don Straka, and a grandson, Luke Schuller.

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

 

 

 



Charles D. McCormick


Charles D. "Charlie" McCormick, 88, of Dubuque died Friday, January 25, 2019, at home after an eight year fight with Alzheimer's disease.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday, January 29 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church 1245 Rush Street, where the American Legion Auxiliary 656 Farley will gather at 4 pm and where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  An additional visitation will be held Wednesday, January 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm Wednesday at St. Columbkille's with military rites immediately following at the church.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charlie was born April 2, 1930 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, son of James and Helen (Kelly) McCormick.  He graduated from Waukon High School in 1948 and Loras College in 1952. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957.
Upon returning from military service, Charlie began his 39 ½ year career at Loras College.  He worked in the business office at Loras from 1957 to 1968.  Then in 1968 he became the first Director of Financial Aid in Loras College history, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.  In 2010 he was awarded a distinguished Alumni Award for his service.  In his role at Loras College, he was instrumental in helping thousands of students finance their college education. He then watched as they graduated and went on to lead happy and successful lives. Charlie considers this - the students that he helped - as his legacy. 

After his retirement, Charlie also worked as a chase driver for Truck Country from Oct 1996 until 2006.

Charlie married Edna Hargrafen on October 18, 1958, at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on July 11, 1974.  On August 2, 1979, he married Lela (Sweeney) Dunn at St. Columbkille's.

Charlie really enjoyed his life.  He grew up on a farm, and that gave him an appreciation of all of God's creation. He liked being outdoors. He deliberately tried to love and laugh every day.  He prayed daily and trusted in God.  He felt so thankful because he had a career that he loved and a life that he loved surrounded by people that he loved...and a whisky Manhattan every night.  Living to him was joy.  He wouldn't want people to feel any sorrow at his passing.

Those who knew Charlie knew of his unique passion for fun and shenanigans.  Let's honor his memory by following his example and strive to create more love and laughter in this world. Charlie was proud to be from Harpers Ferry Iowa. He grew to love Dubuque and was a member of the Serra Club, American Legion Post 6, and past member of St Columbkille's school board. 

Charlie was challenged with Alzheimer's the last eight years of his life.  It slowly robbed him of his vitality, but it did not dim his spirit. He marched on bravely and steadfastly, living each day to the fullest extent that he could.

Charlie's quality of life was greatly enhanced by availing himself to the resources offered in this community, as he needed them.

Over time, the assembled team of care givers served him well.  Dr. Mark Runde and his staff at Medical Associates were key in this journey. Also helpful were the caring and compassionate staffs at Mercy Medical Center, Manor Care, Paramount Transfer Service, Cozy Corner Adult Daycare, the entire Medical Associates Campuses; and then recently, Hospice of Dubuque.
Perhaps the most critical component of Charlie's well-being was a cadre of care givers from Luther Manor Services.  They took care of him on a daily basis, with the utmost compassion and dignity.  We will be forever indebted to Julia, Linda, Kay, Marsha, Annie, Karen, Patty, Alex, and Wendy and others throughout the years; without you, Charlie's life would not have been so active and enriched.  The patience and care shown by these professionals in the face of this often- frustrating disease was truly awe inspiring. We, the McCormick family, salute you all, and thank you all.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Lela McCormick of Dubuque; six children, Dave (Lynn) McCormick of West Des Moines, Joe McCormick, Ruth McCormick, Mary (Leon) Jensen and  Helen (John "Fritz") Gile, all of Dubuque and Kevin (Deb) McCormick of Pewaukee, WI; eight step-children, Mike (Julie) Dunn of Dubuque, Marcia Dunn of LaCrosse, WI, Mary (Mark) Goldsher of Lake Oswego, OR, Moreen (Dave) Fitzgerald of Kearney, MO, Michele (Pat) Colbert of Dubuque, Melissa (Chris) McCarville of Springdale, AR, Mark Dunn of Asheville NC, and Molly (Jody) Steinke of Quincy, IL; 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by several In laws, Dorothy McCormick of Harpers Ferry, IA, Patty McCormick of Johnston, IA, Corrine Hargrafen of Columbus Junction, IA, Ruth Hargrafen of Delhi, IA, Arlene (Fred) Kaefering of Tipton, IA, Doris Funke of Edgewood, IA, Mary (Merle) Wagner and Paul Kane of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Tim, in infancy; a grandson, Tim Kusterer; four brothers, twins James and John in  infancy, Emmett and Gene McCormick; and a sister, Evelyn Welper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James and Helen McCormick Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

 

 



Sara J. Dalsing


Sara J. (McGovern) Dalsing, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:20 p.m., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sara's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sara's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Sara was born on July 16, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Jane (Bierie) McGovern.

Sara was a proud life-long resident of Dubuque who graduated from the Visitation Academy, Class of 1959, and went on to attend the University of Mexico for 2 years in Mexico City, and later Clarke College. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edward Dalsing, in November of 1968, at the Church of the Nativity, and they were blessed with 31 years and 2 adored children together, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on October 18, 1999. Sara was a devoted wife and mother, who also put her many talents to use with American Realty as a realtor for 8 years, and then went on to work for several years at Clarke College, NICC, and lastly as a paraprofessional at Lincoln School, until her well earned retirement. In her free time Sara enjoyed spending time outside tending to her beautiful gardens and going for long walks. She was also very excited to do some traveling whenever the opportunity arose, and has visited many interesting places throughout the years. Without a doubt the greatest joy in Sara's life was her family, she loved spending time with Ed and the kids and when the grandchildren were born they brought immeasurable happiness into her days. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma and sister today, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now at peace and free of the health challenges she has faced these past years. The world is definitely a better place for Sara being in it for the past 77 years, and we will do our best to continue to honor her legacy of spreading kindness and love to those around her.

Those left to cherish Sara's memory include

her children,
Todd (Candace) Dalsing
and Megan (Paul) Horstman, both of Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Austin and Morgan Dalsing and Asher and Rowan Horstman;

and her siblings,
Bill (Dixie) McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Joe McGovern, Waterloo, IA
and Jim (Jane) McGovern, Baraboo, WI.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Dalsing; and a sister, Ann Sanchez-Philip.

Sara's family would like to thank the outstanding nurses and staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Sara and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Robert P. Sadler


Robert P. "Bob" Sadler, 81, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Bob may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Bob will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 1, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Very Rev. Mark Ressler Presiding. Msgr. Wayne Ressler and Rev. Loras Otting will be concelebrating. 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 April 23, 1937 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John Joseph and Laurene C. (Koob) Sadler. He was a graduate of the former St. Mary's School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 19, 1965 he was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2018.
Bob enjoyed working on vehicles in the garage, a good card game, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Bob was employed as a Chevrolet mechanic at Cascade Motor Sales for 29 years. He later was employed at Webber Metals in Cascade until his retirement in 2002. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran having served as an Airman 1st class from 1959-1964.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 for which he served as Past Commander in 1974.

He is survived by four children, Michael (Amanda) Sadler of Frisco, TX, William (Jill) Sadler of Durand, IL, Terence Sadler of Warroad, MN and Kathy (Joe) Bargo of Iowa City, IA; 7 grandchildren, Robbie Sadler, Emily Sadler, Abby Sadler, Ryann Sadler, Katelyn Bargo, Lauren Bargo and Megan Bargo; 3 siblings, Charles (Jeanne) Sadler of Cascade, IA, Clifford (Judy) Sadler of Rose Creek, MN and Carol (Chuck) McGowan of Hiawatha, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Sadler.

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



William J. Simons


William J. "Wil" Simons, 38, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Wil" on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 4 to 6 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

William John Simons was born on April 23, 1980 in Davenport, Iowa, to Dennis and Joan (Kinnemann) Simons. He grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa Community High School.

"Wil" had worked construction for different contractors in the Quad Cities area for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time in the outdoors.

Those left to honor his memory include his mother, Joan Bagwell of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Wesley Simons of Andrew, IA; a sister, Becki Cooper of Maquoketa, IA; a niece Kiah Gipson; a nephew Carter Cooper; aunts and uncles, Nina and Roy Buff, Deb and Dean Tillis, Teresa Simons, Karen and Gary Shapley, Marc and Mary Pat Kinnemann, and Jack and Cynthia Kinnemann; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his father Dennis Simons, and his uncle Terry Simons.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/william-j-wil-simons

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

 

 



Albert W. Trenkamp


Albert W. Trenkamp, age 92, died suddenly January 25th at his century farm home in Dyersville. He was born on February 1, 1926, son of August & Rosa C. (Steffen) Trenkamp at his family farm, where he lived for nearly 93 years.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Monday, January 28, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion/VFW Service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 9-10 am Tuesday, January 29th at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 and VFW Post 7736 will accord military Honors. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1734, Dyersville American Legion Post 137, Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736, and St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Albert was a veteran of the Korean War from January 1951 - October 1952, where he served on the front lines. He was on the honor flight on September 9, 2012, with Joyce as chaperone.

He served as a board member at the Farmers Shipping Association for 51 years, 35 of those years as president. He also served on the board of directors of Dyersville National Bank.

He married Kathleen (Clemen) Wedewer on August 9, 1974. He "hit the jackpot" that day when he began his family with seven kids. In his many years of farming he took pride in Brown Swiss milk cows, Boar Power hogs, Pioneer seed corn, and John Deere tractors. He spent time with his Trenkamp nephews restoring tractors. He enjoyed traveling with his family, chaperoning WDHS band trips, playing black jack at the casino, attending his grandchildren's ballgames, family bus trips to Cubs games in Milwaukee, and campfires in the woods.

In his later years, he enjoyed his daily visits with friends at Farmers Shipping Association. He appreciated his family's gentle care and said often, "you will be rewarded for that some day!" His greatest pleasure was time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kathleen (Clemen Wedewer), children Donnie Wedewer of Earlville, Janet (Marty) Berger, Randy (Beth) Wedewer, Joyce (Dan "Jigger") McDermott, Karen (Dave) Koss, Connie (Larry "Rocky") Connolly, and Lisa (Tony) Kramer, all of Epworth, 19 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren; in-laws: Sally Trenkamp of Dyersville, Francis (Janet) Fangman of Dubuque, Eddie Clemen of New Vienna, Roger (Jane) Clemen, LaVonne Clemen, Virginia Juran, all of Holy Cross, Madonna (John) Weimerskirch of St. Catherine, Mary Clemen of Suffolk, VA and Grace Clemen of Dubuque.

Deceased are his parents, August and Rosa C. Trenkamp, father-in-law and mother-in-law Leonard and Frances Clemen, siblings: Frank, Eddie, Elmer in infancy, Ralph, Hilda (Ray) Vorwald, Mary Trenkamp, Emma Trenkamp and Esther Fangman; in-laws: Leon Clemen, Ambrose Clemen, Cletus Clemen, Bill Juran and Rosie Clemen.

Thank you to Bi-County ambulance service and MercyOne Dyersville emergency staff.



Edward L. Colbert


Edward L. "Coach Eddie" Colbert, 91, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm, Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Ed was born on September 1, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of John J. and Delphine (Rummelhart) Colbert. He was 5th in a family of six boys and three girls.
His love of basketball started at an early age when he and his brothers played the game with an old Folgers coffee can tacked to the side of the house, using a tennis ball instead of a basketball.

After high school he served in the United States Army during WWII. He attended the University of Iowa on a baseball and basketball scholarship, majoring in history and minoring in physical education. He played basketball all four years and lettered his senior year.

On October 27, 1951 he married Darlene "Dolly" Gogg at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

In 1959 he started the men's basketball team and helped build and coach the men's baseball team at the newly constructed Wahlert High School. He coached, and taught history for 21 years. Throughout his career the Eagles basketball team made 10 state tournament appearances. In his final season Wahlert won their first Iowa State basketball championship.

When we wasn't on the basketball court he enjoyed playing softball on the State Farm team. After retiring from Wahlert High School he was the Athletic Director and basketball coach at Clarke University.

Coach Eddie achieved numerous awards and gained much respect and recognition all over the state of Iowa. He was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame, the Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, and the Basketball Coaching Hall of Fame.

During retirement he and Dolly enjoyed spending winters in Palm Springs. He loved being with his grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include his seven children, Shawn (Judd) Turner of Waconia, Minnesota, Debra Rondeau of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Paula (Nick) Ruden, of Dubuque, David (JP Van Laere) Colbert, MD of New York City, Lisa (Todd) Hallowell of Pacific Palisades, California, Dan (Eriece) Colbert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mark Colbert of New York City; grandchildren, Laura Udelhofen, Nate Ruden, Dan Ruden, Zach Ruden, Katie Widman, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Kyle Hallowell, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert and Devon Colbert; great-grandchildren, Megan Gower, Griffin Ramerth, Ryan Udelhofen, Bennett Ruden, and Ryder Ruden; and four siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolly; grandchild, Luke Turner; and four siblings.

In lieu of flowers an Edward Colbert Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bethany Home, Cozy Corner, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Finley ER and 5th floor.



Sister Antonita (Modesta) Soppe, OSF

Sister Antonita (Modesta) Soppe, OSF, age 104, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on January 24, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.To celebrate Sister Antonita's life, visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Antonita was born on March 28, 1914, in Worthington, IA, daughter of Anton B. and Caroline (Lehmann) Soppe.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 17, 1933 and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1939. Sister received her master's degree in education administration at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Danbury, Stacyville, Waterloo- Columbus High School, Des Moines-St. Pius X, Pomeroy, and Dubuque-Holy Ghost. In Illinois, Sister served at Chicago-Corpus Christi, Melrose Park, and Hazel Crest.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Rita Soppe, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 84 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Leonette (Ambrose) Scheller, Veralda (Chester) Beireis, Monica (Bernard) Ferguson, Melita (Orland) McCarthy, Mercedes (Peter) Berryhill, and Sister Agnetis Soppe, OSF; her brothers Reynold (Albertha), Jerome, Florian (Helen), Alvin, Valerian (Patricia), Eugene, Leon (Betty), and Clerus.

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

Behr's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Alice M. Wilwert-Oeth


Alice M. Wilwert-Oeth, 93, of Hawkeye Care Center, formerly of Dubuque and Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Alice may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Alice will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Kevin Wilwert presiding and Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born in December 4, 1925 Epworth, Iowa, first child and daughter of George and Mary (Reinsbach) Streif. She attended Millville School, St. Clement's Bankston, and the University of Dubuque. She taught in one room rural schools for several years and later worked as a Teacher Associate at Western Dubuque High School for 27 years.

On August 23, 1948 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Wilwert at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1982. She married Bernard Oeth on March 4, 1998. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2009.

Her garden was a source of much food for freezing and canning. Her flowers gave her much satisfaction. In early years she sewed most of her children's and her clothes, repaired and mended for many others. She made baby quilts for each grandchild and a comforter for each graduating senior to take along to college. She was a foster parent for many years and a member of the Dominic's. She enjoyed the Elderhostel programs for 10 years and liked her bingo games. She spent many hours with Bernard while he was a resident at Ennoble Manor.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by seven children, John (Ellen) Wilwert of Allen, TX, James Wilwert of Ankeny, IA, Joel (Lynda) Wilwert of Spokane, WA, Dr. Jason (Tracy) Wilwert of Sequim, WA, Jane Tucker of Sumner, IA, Jean (Bob) Krueger of West Des Moines, IA, Julie (Mark) Kuehnle of Cedar Rapids, IA; one daughter-in-law, Peg Wilwert of Iowa Falls, IA; 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; 5 step-children; 15 step-grandchildren; 27 step great grandchildren; four siblings, Sr. Mildred Streif of Dubuque, IA, Darrel Streif of Dyersville, IA, Laura Streif of Stockton, IL and Donna Streif of Dubuque, IA; brother-in-law, Eddie Breitbach of Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law, Dorothy Link of Dubuque, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dr. Jeff Wilwert; grandson, James Kuehnle; son-in-law, Donald Tucker; one brother, Edward Streif, two sisters, Marion (Wayne) Kirmse and Arlene Breitbach; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Streif; 3 brothers-in-law, Herman Wilwert, Ralph (Elaine) Wilwert and Laverne Link; 2 sisters-in-law, Calista (first husband, Fay Steger) (Paul) Hoppman and Mary Frances (John) Meier.

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

 



Cynthia L. Eudaley


Cynthia "Cindy" L. Eudaley, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 peacefully at home after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. 

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Private burial will be at Linwood Cemetery at a later date.

Cindy was born September 16, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Maus) Schweikert. She was a cosmetologist for 32 years, and owned and operated Cindy's Head Shed in Dyersville. She also worked at Floor Show in Dubuque for many years. Cindy poured her heart and soul in to everything she did. She was a loyal friend to many, and loved by all who knew her.

A loving mother and grandmother, her daughters and grandchildren were the center of her world. She rarely missed a sporting event, concert, or any other social event her grandkids were involved with. She especially loved listening to Maddy sing, watching Brittni play volleyball, and Cole and Conner playing baseball. She was a huge fan of Beckman Baseball and the Dyersville Whitehawks.  Cindy was always the life of the party, she had an exceptional sense of humor and her laugh was infectious.  There wasn't a dance floor she didn't love.    

Cindy is survived by two daughters, Jodi (Doug) Klostermann of Dyersville and Wendy (Brent) Wright of Cedar Falls; her grandchildren Cole and  Conner (friend Lauren Faust) Klostermann, and Brittni and Madison Wright; former spouse Rick Eudaley of Ft. Myers, FL, her sister, Sonja (Martin) Arensdorf of Dubuque; her brother Tom (Jan) Schweikert of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews, Tami Hill, Amy (Jerry) Turner, Brett (Pam) Arensdorf, Drew Arensdorf, Brad Schweikert, and Jennifer (Tony) White.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

We would like to thank Hospice, especially Edna, Jenny, and Julie for their kindness and support. Our mother's passing was one of love and peace and we thank you for making this last memory of her one of dignity and grace.

We also wish to thank the Doctors and staff at Grand River Oncology, especially Dr. Herman and Dr. Heiar.

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



Milton E. Kyarsgaard


Milton E. "Milt" Kyarsgaard, 89, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 23, 2019, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Milt's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, January 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Milton Eugene Kyarsgaard was born on July 22, 1929 in Sabula, Iowa, to John and Alice (Everson) Kyarsgaard. He grew up in Sabula, Miles and Welton and attended Elwood High School. He married Mavis Joan Easton on March 27, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 3, 2007.

"Milt" first farmed and then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. From 1962 to 1985 he worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy doing work standards and time study. He retired after 23 years of service.

"Milt" was a member of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, camping, snowmobiling, bowling and taking yearly trips with Mavis to Florida.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons, Dennis (LaVerle) Kyarsgaard of Sterling, IL, and Jeff (Debbie) Kyarsgaard of Delmar, IA; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and 3 brothers Ronald, Victor and Dean.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Milton E. "Milt" Kyarsgaard memorial fund has been established.

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



Joan F. Donovan


Joan Frances Donovan, 86, passed away January 23, 2019. Daniel O'Donnell and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost their biggest fan. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Private Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Joan was born December 26, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Melloy) Dougherty. She married Gerald "Buzzy" Donovan on September 10, 1955 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2001. 

Joan and Buzzy farmed in Rickardsville, and she also worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years, retiring in 1981. After retiring from the Pack, Joan and Buzzy purchased Dillon's Kountry Aire Resort in Branson, MO, which they owned and operated for 20 years. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Branson, and ran the gift shop for over 20 years. Joan spent many days embroidering quilts for her kids and grandkids. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Joan is survived by three children, Dave (Trena) Donovan of Forsyth, MO, Dennis (Julie) Donovan of Dubuque, and Mary Kay Dencklau of Norwalk, IA; her grandchildren Holly (Clara Altman) Donovan of Washington D.C., Danny Donovan of Bellingham, WA, Amy (A.J.) Munier of Forsyth, MO, Cindy (Skylar Ayers) Donovan-Ayers of Forsyth, MO, and Naomi Donovan-Ward of Branson, MO; her great grandkids, Frances Altman-Donovan, Arthur Jess Munier V, Harper Sunny Ayers, and Augusta Marie Munier; and her sister in law Lois Houselog of Dubuque. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest son, Daniel Donovan; her son in law, Scott Dencklau; and her siblings, Cecelia (Diz) Henkes, Paul (Helen) Dougherty, Marita "Dubby" (Fran) Mootz, and Kathleen (LeRoy) Holz. 

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

 

 



Mary L. Davis


Mary L. Davis, age 63 of Galena and formerly of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, with her loving husband by her side. 

To celebrate Mary's life, a private family service is being held in June. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mary's family.

Mary was born on May 31, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter to Frederick H. and Helen M. (Phau) Wade. She graduated from high school in 1973 and shortly after began her life as an adult by beginning a family of her own. She was blessed with 4 beautiful children and would have the privilege of living in multiple cities around the U.S. before finally landing in Dubuque.

Her years in the Dubuque area where definitely good to Mary and she not only had the opportunity to share her positive attitude with those around her, but she was also fortunate enough to find her true love, Eric Davis. The couple was united in marriage on November 8, 2010 in Dubuque and spent the last 8 years adoring one another daily. 

Mary did enjoy working outside of the house in her later years and always treasured the time she was able to spend with her friends in the kitchen at Mt. Carmel, and at the Ice Cream Shop, until she eventually retired in 2013. 

Mary was a kind woman with a gentle soul. Solitude could be her friend at times, but if she let you in, her friendship was true till the end. We will miss Mary more than words can possibly say, but we are forever grateful for the abundance of love and memories she leaves behind for us to find comfort in until we see her again.     

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mary include:

her husband,

Eric Davis, Galena, IL;

her children,

Chris Prasil, Grand Marais, MN,

Jon Prasil, Grand Marais, MN,

Ashlee Burke, Dubuque, IA,

and Alex Prasil, Mesa, AZ;

her siblings,

Richard Wade, FL,

Ken Wade, AZ,

and Melody Ann Ellis, FL;

Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support.

Online condolences may be shared with Mary's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



James Durham


James "Jim" Durham, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 4 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. 

Jim was born October 23, 1956 in Decatur, IL, the son of Paul Eugene and Mary Irene (Gross) Durham. He grew up in Lisle, IL, and found his home in Dubuque, where he lived for many years. 

Jim graduated high school in 1974, and served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War, and also in the U.S. Navy Reserves. 

Jim was a huge sports fan, and was lucky enough to live to see all of his favorite teams win championships. His family would like to thank the Blackhawks of Jim's youth, the 90's Chicago Bulls, the 1985 Bears, and especially the 2016 Cubs for the joy and excitement they brought to Jim! He also enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts. Family was very important to Jim, and he loved family dinner game nights and spending time with his grandkids. 

Jim is survived by three children, Michelle (Shawn) Breitbach of Peosta, Amanda (fiancé Matt Hubanks) Durham, and Thomas Durham, both of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Lucas, Ella, and Erin Breitbach; his step-mother, Janet Durham; three sisters, Linda (Terry) Bloome, Susan (Philip) Paradiso, and Nancy (Terry) Fisher; and two step-siblings, Julie (James) Jones Hackbarth and Linda (Jeff) Jones Booth. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers in infancy, Thomas and Patrick. 

The family would like to thank Bruce Dean for being a true friend for life, and to all the friends and family who have offered their tremendous support. Thank you also to the staff at Grand Meadow Luther Manor for their care of Jim. 

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

 

 



Sister Mary Crimmin


Sister Mary Crimmin, BVM (Agnes), 83, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Natural burial Rite of Commitment was Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, with burial in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial service will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by a memorial Mass.

Sister Mary served the congregation as regional representative, assistant administrator of the Motherhouse, and BVM life facilitator for the Mount Carmel Retirement Community, all in Dubuque, Iowa. She served in parish ministry in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; and Crystal, Minn., and in Hispanic ministry in Kankakee, Ill. She was an elementary teacher in Casper, Wyo.; Grayslake, Ill.; and Chicago where she also worked as an adult education teacher.

She was born on May 12, 1935, in Chicago to Bernard and Frances O'Connor Crimmin. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Patrick, brother-in-laws Steve Morgan and Bob Wermes . She is survived by sisters Marcella Morgan, Elgin, IL; Loretta Wermes, Shorewood, IL; and Frances (Frank) Lyne, Wheaton, IL; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 65 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Michael L. Conklin


Michael L. Conklin, age 60 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  To celebrate Michael's life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Michael's family.

Michael was born on July 10, 1958, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, a son to Robert C. and Shirley G. (Conant) Conklin.  He developed his sometimes witty, but almost always sarcastic sense of humor at a very early age.  He would perfect it throughout his 60 years to a point that he would even make himself laugh from time to time.  Michael was quite a humble man in the more public forums, but he would definitely let you know what he thought about any given topic when he was feeling comfortable within the confines of his close relationships with family and friends. And, if the subject happened to contain some of his favorite Science Fiction, movies or games you could be sure that you were going to be correctly informed in only mere moments; and possibly with an excellent impression or two and always with absolute authority! 

Michael devoted many years of his working life to both the Diamond Jo Casino and Wal-Mart.  He made many friends along the way and will always be remembered for both his consistency in performance and courteous demeanor.  But Michael's real passion in life was when he was hanging out with his family. Never having any children of his own, Michael had developed an uncanny knack for adopting Nieces and Nephews without any effort at all.  If Michael had decided that you were going to be allowed into his inner most circle, you could always be sure that you were there to stay.  We will miss Michael moving forward and it's almost impossible to bear the pain of not hearing what the problems with the world are one more time, but we know Michael fought hard against his cancer over the years and now we pray he is able to rest from his labors and do a little catching up with his parents and his nephew, Keith.  Thank you Michael for leaving us an abundance of memories to hang on to until we meet again!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Michael include,

his siblings,

Don (Nichole) Conklin, Eau Claire, WI,
Phillip Conklin, Milwaukee, WI,
and Pat Schoonover, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephew,
Teresa (Stephen) Green, Dubuque, IA,
John (Stacey) Hudson, Lake Geneva, WI,
and Amanda (Jacob) Winders, Dubuque, IA;

and his great-nieces and nephews who will lovingly remember Michael as "Uncle Monkey".

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Keith Brian.

Michael's family would like to thank the Dr's, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support of Michael, and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Michael's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Timothy Hammerand


Timothy "Tim" Hammerand, Age 55, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at his home in Dubuque, IA. He was doing what he loved working on the farm.

Friends may call at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, IA on Friday, January 25 from 2 PM to 8 PM, where a Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow In the Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Father Noah Diehm will be officiating. Services are entrusted to Hoffmann-Schneider, and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Tim was born on August 7, 1963 in Dubuque, IA to Martin and Norma Jean (Oberfoell) Hammerand. He married Lynne Schultz on July 9, 1983. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982 and has worked with his father on the family's dairy farm since his early childhood. Tim now works on the farm with his son Derek, who will carry on the legacy of what is Riverview Holstein Farms. Tim shared his love of the Chicago Cubs with his mother and was thrilled to see them win the World Series. He is also an avid sports fan with his love extending to the Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tim enjoyed playing cards especially his bi-monthly poker games with his friends. He enjoyed playing darts, which he did for over 20 years. He was an avid fisherman and camper, where he always enjoyed the annual Hammerand campout where Tim enjoyed not showering for days at a time.

Tim was a devoted family man and loved to play jokes and pull pranks on anyone he cared about. His grandchildren were his heart and soul and he loved to do things on the farm with them any chance he got. Tim was an avid softball player in his younger years where he would slide into the base to keep things interesting. In Tim's memory the family requests everyone to go and have a Holstein Highball.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife Lynne, his children, Beth (Tommy) Schmitt of Dubuque, Jennifer Hammerand, and Derek Hammerand, also of Dubuque. Cherished grandfather of Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand. Brother of Doug (Chris) Hammerand of Carlisle, IA, Vickie (Brian) Hein of Durant, IA, and Amy Gregoire of North Liberty, IA. Also survived by his mother-in-law Sharon Schultz of Dubuque and his brother-in-law Rick (Kelli) Schutz of Sherrill, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters-in law, Laura Schmitt and Chrissy Schultz, his paternal grandparents, John and Velma Hammerand, and his maternal grandparents, Paul and Ida Oberfoell.



Anna Mae Gisch


Anna Mae (Runde) Gisch, 91, formerly of Dubuque passed away on January 20th, 2019 in Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Mae was born on July 9, 1927 in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of Albert and Rosa (Brant) Runde. In May of 1945 she graduated from Hazel Green High School and in September of 1948 graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque. She was a Registered Nurse and worked for Mercy Hospital and Holy Family Hall, Mount St. Francis both in Dubuque.

Mrs. Gisch was married to Paul Gisch on September 8, 1951 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 6th, 2018.

She enjoyed golf, tennis and playing bridge. She was a great mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Anna Mae is survived by her children, Mary (Rick) Marinelli, of Kansas City, MO, Joseph (Kate) Gisch, of Irvine, CA, Jill (William) Wilberding, of Edwardsville, IL, and Mark Gisch, of West Des Moines. Five grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul, her grandson Danny Wilberding, and her siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph The Worker Church or Children's Tumor Foundation.

 



Jane E. Davis


Jane E. Davis, 86, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

Jane was born in Dubuque, Iowa to Wilmer and Mildred (Arthofer) Atkinson on June 7, 1932. She attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1950. Jane was united in marriage to Joseph Davis and together they raised 6 children. She concluded her working career retiring from Target in 1998.

She enjoyed attending music events, a game of cards with friends and PBS Masterpiece Theatre. She loved all things history from her beloved Point Neighborhood to her ancestors of England, stating many times she was "More English than the Queen of England".

She was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Jane is survived by her children, Stanley (Julie) Davis, of Huxley, IA, Catherine Davis-Quade, of Dubuque, Ann (Dennis) Banks, of Houston, TX, Paul (Teresa) Davis, of Dubuque, Margaret (Jim) Kessler, of Dubuque, and Patricia (Keith) Elphick, of Rochester, NY; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ardith Peterson and Mary Severson; and two brothers, Wilmer Atkinson and Jonathan Atkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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



Don L. McDonald


Don L. McDonald, age 89 (two weeks shy of his 90th birthday), passed away on January 19, 2019, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Don L. McDonald was born on February 2, 1929 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Scott LeRoy and Vivienne Estelle (Berkley) McDonald. He was a 1946 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Navy earning an honorable discharge. He married Constance C. "Connie" Neal on June 28, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Don first taught math and coached football, basketball and baseball at Maquoketa High School from 1954 to 1956. He then worked as a safety engineer with Hawkeye Security Insurance Company until June of 1958. On July 1, 1958 he began an extensive career with Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He served in many capacities including Assistant Manager of Sales in 1962, Account Executive - Head of Export Division in 1964 spending 6 ½ weeks abroad. In 1967 he became Vice President in Charge of Sales. Throughout his career he was instrumental in helping Clinton Engines earn recognitions and service awards as well as several large contracts. After Clinton Engines, he sold sporting goods for Alliance International out of Vancouver, B.C., and later owned "The Outdoorsman" sporting goods store in Maquoketa. Until retiring in 2011, he headed up Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in association with Maquoketa State Bank.

Don was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. He was a former member of the Maquoketa Rotary Club, Maquoketa Optimist Club and the Izaak Walton League. As a member of the Izaak Walton League it was his brainstorm that became known as the Annual Mesquakie Indian River Trail Canoe Race beginning in 1973.

Don cherished spending time with family and friends and attending his grandsons' activities including plays and baseball games. He loved dogs and always had them throughout his life. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, grilling, and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Connie McDonald of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jane (Russ) Long of Maquoketa, IA, and Don Jay McDonald of Santa Barbara, CA; 2 grandsons, Andrew Long of Maquoketa, IA and Lucas Long of Marion, IA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clark Neal and Paula Handrup of Goodyear, AZ; 1 niece Kimberly Church; and 2 nephews, Jason Neal and Shawn Neal. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Lynne D. McDonald, and a brother Teddy McDonald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Don L. McDonald memorial fund has been established.

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



Janann Riley


Janann Riley, 90, of Dubuque passed away Friday January 11, 2019 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Monday January 28, 2019 with the funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road.

Janann "Nan" Riley was born January 8, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Julius & Lorraine (Cox) Bonz. She married James P. Riley on May 8, 1948; he preceded her in death.

She spent time and was raised with her family at the Dubuque Shooting Park. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque as well. Before leaving high school Janaan was already a secretary at Jaeger's Hardware and then Farley & Loetscher.

It didn't take Roshek's long to hire her and they kept her for 8 years as they trained her to be a retail buyer. Nan went on to work at Zuckies and Stevens where she stayed for 34 years until her retirement. She became the vice president and helped open five women's clothing stores.

Upon retirement she purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona where she wintered. Janann would come back during the summers to stay with her sister Elaine. She also enjoyed spending vacations in the Caribbean. Nan was a great dancer and singing was one of her favorite hobbies. She loved her family especially her nieces and nephews. Janann also loved her pets as she considered them part of her family.

She is survived by her sister Elaine Mozena of Peosta; Her nieces and nephews Rodney (Diann) Mozena, Kathy (James) Bender, Joel (Linda) Mozena, David (Tracy) Mozena, Lisa Beatty, Katie Riley and Jim Riley; Great nieces and nephews Michelle (Kelly) Mudge, Tammy (Tim) Stueck, Nathan (Shalet Middleton) Mozena, Nichole (Eric) Lambert, Leah Bender (Kent Howieson), Josh (Sarah) Mozena, Todd (Kendra) Mozena, Elize Mozena, Tara Mozena. She is also survived by her brother-in-law John (Ann) Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lorraine and Julius Bonz, and her brother in law Merlin Mozena.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be directed to Hospice of Dubuque, the Alzheimers Association, or Luther Manor.

The family would like to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care of Janann.



Richard W. Hebert

Richard W. "Dick" Hebert, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Luther Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, at St. Raphael Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Military honors will be accorded. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Surviving Dick is his son, Christopher (Lois) Hebert and their son Richard, of Manteca, CA; his god-daughter Molly (Jim) Kolf of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father Armand Hebert, his mother Laura Klein Hebert; brothers Phillip Hebert, Patrick Hebert, and Armand Lee Hebert; and his sister Rose Bebert Kane. 

Dick served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II and also in Korea as a Medic. When he returned he went on to study and graduate from Loras, and then followed with a Master's Degree.

He spent the rest of his life in education and when he retired he held the position of Dean of Students at Minneapolis Community College. He loved his life's work and he kept in touch with a lot of his former students, and helped them in any way he could. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor, and if you spent time with him, you would always walk away from him with a smile on your face and some bit of new information. 

The family would like to thank all his friends at Sunset Park, where he lived for the past 10 years, his friend Cindy Kohlman, the staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque. The family requests no flowers. Donations will be distributed among Dick's favorite charities. 

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

 

 



Sylvester A. Weires


Sylvester A. "Sonny" Weires, 78, of Dubuque and Floral City, Florida, passed away Tuesday, January, 15, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer's, at Vitas Healthcare, Lecanto, FL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January, 24, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

Sonny was born on June 26, 1940, in Waterloo, IA, son of Otto M. and Clara (Thimmisch) Weires.

Sonny graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. He married Donna M. Jentz on February 13, 1960, and they were inseparable until the end. Sonny worked at various jobs prior to starting at John Deere in 1963. He retired from John Deere in 1993. Sonny was an accomplished musician, taking up guitar in his 20's. He played lead guitar and sang in various country bands at many events and nightclubs. He dabbled with other instruments as well and inspired all of his children, several grandchildren and Donna to learn to play music too. He was an avid archer, deer hunter, and a long-time active member of the Dubuque Field Archers. He boated with family and friends for decades on the Mississippi. He taught many people to ski, pulling them with his well-known green Starcraft. He insisted anyone could learn. In his "free time" he was busy restoring and painting cars at the family home he built, with the help of friends and family at Mud Lake. He enjoyed classic car shows and was a member of the Dubuque Antique Car Club. Sonny was a life-long Christian and born-again at age 45. He lived his Christian faith, attending church weekly, studying the bible often and treating all with kindness.

He is survived by

his wife of 58 years,
Donna Weires;

his three sons,
Randy (Brenda Faris) Weires,
Rodney (Kimberly) Weires
and Rick (Karen) Weires;

his daughter,
Kim (Kevin) Discher;

11 grandchildren,
Russ, Roger, Jake, Julie, Natalie, Becca, Andrea, Jessica, Katie, Dylan and Brooke;

10 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Otto Weires;

his sisters,
Loretta Paar
and Betty (Leo) Stepflug;

his brother-in-law,
Kenny (Pat) Jentz;

and his sisters-in-law,
Helene (Jack) Bennett
and Darlene Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Delores Kester and Mary Grobstick; and his brothers-in-law, Ronny Jentz, Clarence Jentz, Roger Jentz, Dick Paar and Gary Chapman.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Sonny's favorite charities.

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



Orville V. Gerlach


Orville V. Gerlach, 80, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 18, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Orville's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 A.M. prior to the mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Andrew, Iowa.

Orville Vern Gerlach was born on October 8, 1938 on a farm east of Springbrook, Iowa, to Leo and Hilda (Homan) Gerlach. He received his education through the 8th grade at St. Peter & Paul in Springbrook. He later proudly received his GED from Andrew High School by attending evening classes. He married Karen Herrig on October 5, 1963 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Steve, Sherry, Shelly and Susan.

Orville was a lifelong farmer. His main passion was always farming, however throughout the years he also worked various jobs. Aside from farming, he was passionate about baseball and looked forward to April 1 each year - for both a new planting season and a new season of baseball. Additionally, he enjoyed woodworking, traveling and history. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. Orville was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Orville's memory include his wife, Karen Gerlach of Andrew, IA; children, Steve (Vivian) Gerlach of Geneseo, IL; Sherry (Mark) Meyer of Owatonna, MN; Shelly (Tod) Wiederholt of Green Bay, WI; and Susan Gerlach of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Banowetz of Maquoketa, IA; and Rita Lee of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law, Darlyn (Jim) Weis of Lake Havasu, AZ; Mary Jo (Jerry) Weis of Maquoketa, IA; Cindy (Steve) Helmle of Bellevue, IA; Phyllis (Joe) Wingert of Oelwein, IA; Audrey Conoly of TX; LaVonne Gerlach of Maquoketa, IA; Carol (Steve) Lucke of Andrew, IA; and Heather Gerlach of Papillion, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hilda; and five brothers, Donald, Arnold, Roger, Cletus and Richard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Orville V. Gerlach memorial fund has been established.

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



Bernadette M. Wernke


Bernadette M. "Bernie" Wernke, 75, of Worthington, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Bernie was born November 1, 1943, in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller. She married David Gregor Wernke on February 24, 1962 in Sherrill, Iowa. Bernie has joined the Angels and Saints in heaven and is free from her pain and suffering.

Bernie is survived by her husband of 56 years, David, children: Barry (Lisa) Wernke of Guttenberg, Thomas (friend, Shelly Weist) Wernke of Cedar Rapids, Beth (Kevin) Leliefeld of Guttenberg, John J. Wernke of Worthington, five grandchildren: Allison (Josh) Buckmann, Holly Wernke, Kerri (Brad Tracey) Leliefeld, Alex Leliefeld, Cody Wernke, two great grandchildren: Jackson Buckmann and Madison Tracy, sisters: Elizabeth Hingtgen of Asbury, Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, in-laws: Lou McDonough, Eileen Schueller both of Dubuque, Marian (Tom) Noblitt of Loretto, TN, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson, IA.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke, siblings: Jerome Schueller, Richard (Shirley) Schueller, Geraldine "Toots" McDonough, in-laws: LaVern Hintgen, Steve Schmitt, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, Robert (Janet) Wernke and Donald Klein.

Many thanks to Shady Rest Care Center, Dr. Angela Kelly and Dr. Darcy Putz.

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



Harold D. Koppes


Harold D. Koppes, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 18th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Harold was born on June 13, 1933 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Archie and Jennie (Brown) Koppes. He graduated 12th grade from Bellevue Community School. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Germany; and was a member of the 389th Army Engineers from 1951 to 1971.

He married Iona Rose Steines on May 18, 1957 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works from 1956 to 1986. After retirement he worked for Thunder Hills Pro Shop.

Harold enjoyed bowling and it consumed more than 50 years of his life. He was a member of the 700 Club, Hall of Fame and member and President of Junior Bowling.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Iona Rose; his daughter Kimberly (Eric Chew) Koppes; Grandson Shawn (Stacy) Stackis and granddaughter Kelly Stackis. Great grandchildren, Brianna (Tyler), Aleece, Kaylee, Ashleigh, McKenna, Rylie and Brynlee. His sister Joyce (Larry) Michels; along with nieces, nephews and many in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Donald Weyhgont, his maternal grandparents; a sister Lois Guenther; brother Ron; great granddaughter Maggie; nephew Bobbie and niece Connie.

The Koppes family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Khon, and the Unity Point Hospital staff for the care and compassion given to Harold. Also a special thank you to a great friend, D. James Edwards for always being there.



Eugene J. Lehman


Eugene J. "Gene" Lehman, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:20 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Ennoble Manor. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Paul Zimmerman officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Gene was born on January 23, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Moral M. and Loretta E. (Haas) Lehman.

Gene was a life long Dubuquer who from graduated high school and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class during WWII, in the Pacific area. He was united in his marriage to the love of his life, Mildred "Millie" Smith, on August 7, 1948, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with 50 wonderful years together, and 3 adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on July 28, 1998. He was devoted to protecting the public as a police officer with the Dubuque Police Department for 22 years, until his retirement in 1972. Never one to just sit still, after retiring Eugene would switch gears and go on to drive school bus for another 19 years. He was very proud of his years of service to his community and was a long time member of the Iowa State Police Association. In his free time, Gene and Millie loved jumping in the RV and touring the country, visiting parts of all 49 states as well as parts of Canada. After Millie passed away, Gene found a new traveling partner in Betty Dahlguard, and the two would spend many winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas around the McAllen and Mission areas. We are saddened at the loss of such a wonderful man, who was an outstanding example of service to others, but are extremely grateful for the 93 years that we were blessed to have him here on this Earth, making the lives of those around him a little bit better.

Those left to cherish Gene's memory include

his children,
Steven Lehman, Dubuque, IA,
Gregory (Shirley) Lehman, Mountain Home, AR
and Lynn Anderegg, Hustler, WI;

his grandson,
Jeremy (Donna) Lehman, Des Moines, IA;

his great-granddaughters,
Samantha and Rebecca Lehman, both of Des Moines, IA;

and his special friend,
Betty Dahlguard, Des Moines, IA.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Mildred Lehman.

Gene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Gene and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Mary C. Weber


Mary C. Weber, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at her home.  

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12thAve SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. prior to funeral services.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mary was born February 28, 1933, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood.  She married Elmer J. Weber on November 25, 1952 in Farley, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family near Bernard, Farley and Bankston area until they moved to Dyersville in 2004.  Mary was a Housewife and a Nurses Aid.  She retired from Mercy Medical Center in 1999.  She was a talented seamstress and loved to sew. 

Mary is survived by two daughters: Diane Weber of Iowa City and Lori Gingery of Boone; daughter-in-law, Mechelle Weber, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; Nicole (Eric) Rubner and their daughters Myia and Lena of Dyersville, Amanda (Steven) Randall and son, Carter Wachendorf of North Liberty, Melissa (Brett) Frasher of Dyersville, Ben (Rachel) Ward and their children Hazel and Harvey of Springville, Bob Ward of Council Bluffs, Stephanie (Nathan) Klocke of Waukee and Shannon (Ben) Marquez of Iowa City;

Sisters: Rita Heims of Coggon and Irene Engelken of Earlville, in-laws: Linda Greenwood, Verna Greenwood both of Farley, Alice Weber of Dyersville, Raymond Weber of Cascade, Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth and Norma Weber of Bernard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer in 2011, one son, Duane Weber in 2018, son-in-law: Steve Gingery in 2017, siblings: Eldon Greenwood, Raymond Greenwood, in-laws: Leo Weber, Elmer Heims, Julius Engelken, Helen Gansemer, Clarence Weber, Doris Weber, Albert Gansemer.

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

 

 



Harvey D. Breiner


Harvey D. Breiner, age 88 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Friday, January 18, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Harvey's life, a private family service will be held on Memorial Day Weekend with burial in the Asbury Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Harvey's family.

Harvey was born on July 18, 1930, in Peosta, IA, a son to Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner.  He learned very early in childhood the value of family and hard work and continued to faithfully role model them both throughout his entire life.  Harvey was a committed family man and eventually met his future bride, Mary Jane Morong.  The courtship didn't take long and on June 11, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, the two were married.  They went on to be blessed with a beautiful family of their own, and 45 years together, before Mary was sadly called home ahead of him on August 14, 2000.  He later married Lou Ann Jones, she survives.

In his early years, Harvey had proudly served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army before he returned home to begin his life in the working world at Hart Implement   After only a few years there, a new opportunity had presented itself and he eagerly began his next 30 years of work with John Deere.  In 1986 he decided it was time to retire and enjoy the remaining years of his life as he saw fit each day.  He was lucky enough to be retired longer than he worked.

Harvey always enjoyed restoring tractors in his free-time, and the John Deere "M" was so meticulously done that not a single bolt escaped his very particular eye.  He and his son-in-law, Del, also restored a 110 which is still being routinely checked over by his great-grandson, Isaac.  In the fall, Harvey would help his son-in-law harvest the crops.  Harvey also enjoyed his annual hunting trips out west with his friends (sometimes bringing home more Coors than venison) and he also found that a day on the water with a fishing pole in hand, or even a little time trying his luck at the Sizzling 7 machine, were all considered perfect ways to spend a little downtime. Many summer vacations were spent in Nisswa, MN that have ever-lasting memories. We will miss Harvey's gentle soul more than he could know, along with his uncompromising organizational skills, but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love, kindness and commitment he leaves behind, and they will surely bring us comfort until we see him again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Harvey include,

his daughters,

Patricia (Cliff) Green, Dubuque, IA,

and Kathy (Delmar) Kuntz, Asbury, IA;

 

his granddaughters,

Stephanie (Jade) Doyle, Dyersville, IA,

and Becky Green, Dubuque, IA;

 

his great-grandson,

Isaac Doyle, Dyersville, IA;

 

his brothers,

Robert (Leta) Breiner, Graf, IA,

and Thomas (Arlene) Breiner, Dubuque, IA;

 

his sister-in-law,

Rita (Swede) Pulver, Bloomington, IA;

 

along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary; and his brother, Donald (JoAnn) Breiner.

Harvey's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque (especially Jeanette, Jan and Amy) for all of their wonderful care and support of Harvey, and his family.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Harvey's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Virginia M. Ressler


Virginia M. "Ginny" Ressler, 75, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ginny may call from 3 to 8 p.m. , Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Services for Ginny will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born April 1, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Violet (Rahe) O'Shea. She is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, where she received her LPN Degree. She was employed as a LPN at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for several years. On November 14, 1964 she was united in marriage to John Ressler at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of TEAM HOPE.

She is survived by her husband, John Ressler of Cascade, IA; seven children, Tim (Melissa) Ressler of Solon, IA, Jacob (Jill) Ressler of Swisher, IA, Missy (Jose) Torres of Cedar Rapids, IA, Marty (Sarah) Ressler of Solon, IA, Chris Ressler of Ely, IA, Tony (Jen) Ressler of Independence, IA, and Andrea "Annie" (David) Lamont of Cedar Rapids, IA; 19 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and 3 sisters, Mary (Paul) Ehlinger, Carol Recker and Susie (Dave) Kraus all of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sr. Janet O'Shea; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Recker; one niece, Paula Ehlinger; and one nephew, Mike Recker.

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



William J. Fleming


William J. "Coach Bill" Fleming, 76, of Urbandale, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of Coach Fleming's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow the services and a private burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

William James Fleming was born on March 14, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Logan Martin and Grace Angela (Bowen) Fleming. He was a 1960 graduate of Traer, Iowa High School and then went to Iowa State University where he played baseball and earned his teaching degree. He married Kathy Dawn Cox on October 4, 2014 in Bellevue, Iowa.

At an early age, Coach Fleming wanted to be a basketball coach and following his college graduation from Iowa State University, he took a job as a teacher with Central Community of DeWitt High School where he was named the Head Baseball Coach and Head Sophomore Basketball Coach. In 1967, he took a math teaching position in Maquoketa and became the Head Maquoketa Boys Basketball Coach. In his 33 years at Maquoketa, Coach Fleming and his teams won over 500 games, earned 6 state tournament appearances, 17 conference titles and 11 second place conference finishes. In 1983 after Maquoketa finished 2nd in the state tournament he was named Class 2A Coach of the Year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and in the fall of 2018 was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame. Additionally, Coach Fleming was a member of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and had served as the Co-Director of the Iowa High School All-Star Basketball Game.

After Coach Fleming left Maquoketa, he continued his basketball coaching career at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas from 2001 to 2011 where he served as an Assistant Coach under one of his former Maquoketa players, Rocky Lamar. Together they won a national championship in 2007 and appeared in four straight NAIA Final Fours. Following his ten years at Mid-America Nazarene, he was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame in 2012.

Coach Fleming's love for teaching the game of basketball did not stop when the season ended. It was year-round as he was often holding clinics, basketball camps, coaching schools and pushing athletes to get better during the off season. A couple of the camps he would organize and lead each year were, "Boot Camp for Big's" (2002 to 2007) and "Point Guard Academy" (2001 to 2017) at Grandview University in Des Moines. While in Maquoketa he had also held the Maquoketa Basketball Fundamentals and Skills Camp for many years which produced over 175 All-State players.

Coach Fleming was a coach, teacher, advisor, mentor and friend to many. He helped influence over 150 kids to become coaches. He touched the lives of students not only through his gift of coaching and teaching but also through his everyday lessons of preparation, organization and hard work. He spent countless hours with the players preparing and developing each team for games and potential game situations. He also did many humanitarian efforts selflessly helping others but always wanted to best be remembered as a basketball coach.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kathy Fleming of Urbandale, IA; children Jefferson "Jeff" (and wife Katherine "Kit" Flanagan) Fleming of Houston, TX, James "Jim" Fleming of Fernandina Beach, FL, Jennifer "Jen" (Jeff Hines) Fleming of Colorado Springs, CO, and Daniel "Dan" (Caitlin) Fleming of Sarasota, FL; step-children, Valerie (Rick) Beck of Gillette, WY, and Angela (Mike) Clifton of Overland Park, KS; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Matt, Morgan, Cora, Gretchen, CJ, Ricky, David, Cole and Olivia; and a sister Mary Lou (Loren) Shultz of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother David Logan Fleming.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Fleming/Streets Scholarship Fund established for graduating seniors and managers of the Maquoketa High School Boys Basketball program.

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

 



Catherine A. Julson


Catherine "Cathy" A. Julson, 60, of Milan, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 after a courageous 14 month battle with cancer. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 22,  at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Cathy was born June 14, 1958 in Denver, CO, the daughter of Donald and Marilou (Gippert) Urquhart. She married Robert "Bob" Julson on September 12, 1992 at the Dubuque Botanical Gardens Arboretum. She was employed with Ross Medical Supply in Moline, IL. 

Cathy was an excellent bowler, was a member of the Dubuque 600 Bowling Club, attended nationals, and traveled all over the US. Through the bowling club, she made many close friendships that last even today. She loved going to the beach and watching old movies. 

Cathy is survived by her husband, Bob, of Milan, IL; two children, Christina (Chris) Winner and Robert Julson Jr.; her grandchildren, Hunter, Haley, Bentley, Griffin, and Baleigh; her father, Donald Urquhart; her siblings, Donald (Debbie Peurdun) Urquhart, Karen Grayson, and Benjamin (Hermie) Urquhart; her sister in law Kim Julson, her brother in law Glen (Noreen Dole) Julson; her nieces Elizabeth (Jordan) Sexton and Anna (Matt Conley) Urquhart; her great nephew Waylon Sexton; and her "Dubuque Sister" Debra Di Vall. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Marilou Urquhart; her parents in law Gerry Clancey and William Julson; and two brothers in law Kenny Grayson and Alan Julson. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice for their excellent care, especially Kara, Cherish, Tammy, and Victoria.

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

 

 

 



Jerome Tigges


Jerome "Romey" Tigges, 93, of Dubuque, was called home to be with his wife, parents, and infant son Daniel on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Luther Manor, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Jerome was born December 12, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Vincent and Agatha (Imhof) Tigges. He attended Sacred Heart, graduated from Loras Academy, and served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Jerome married Hazel Knoernschild on September 15, 1951, at Nativity Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2012.

Jerome retired after many years at the Dubuque Packing Company. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and the American Legion Post #6. He was an avid golfer into his golden years, with three holes-in-one, the last one coming at the age of 86. Jerome and Hazel could often be found ballroom dancing on Thursday nights.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Deb (Rich) Hoffman and Ron (Sue) Tigges, both of Dubuque, Cathy (Patrick) Kane of Mission Viejo, CA, Becky (Charlie) Bonifas of Burleson, TX, and Mike (Lynn) Tigges of Aurora, IL; 14 grandchildren, Stacy (Steve) Ryan, Sarah (Wes) Wilburn, Jason (Kelly) Kane, Heather (Trevar) Fracchiolla, Brad Tigges, Jill (Brent) O'Rourke, Jennifer (Aaron) Adler, Danielle (Jason) Horn, Samantha (Dustin) Goldman, Melissa (Andrew) Chansley, Matthew, Meggan, Melissa, and Michelle Tigges, 14 great grandchildren and one on the way;  his siblings-in-law, Margaret (Don) Lakin, Dorothy Omdalem, John (Janet), and Ken (Sandy) Knoernschild; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, parents, and infant son, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis, Bernard "Benny", and Martin; his sister Sr. Mary Rita Tigges OSF;  two sisters-in-law, Karen Tigges and Dorothy Tigges; and a brother-in-law Mike Omdalem.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection, Hospice of Dubuque, or Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Dad.

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



David Robert Chapman


David Robert Chapman, 53, of Mesa, AZ formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 30th, 2018 at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

David was born on October 13, 1965 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Marlene (Bemis) Chapman. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1984 where he excelled in wrestling and from Hamilton Tech in Davenport, la.

His life journey took him from being a Mental Health Tech at Mercy Hospital, a parts manager at American Marina in Dubuque, to co-owning Alpine Appliance Store in Avon, Colorado. He then owned Chappy's Concession Trailer while living in New Glarus, WI from which he traveled to various fairs in the community. While living in Arizona he was the parts manager for R. Christ RV Sales and Service in Mesa, Arizona.

David was a ten-year liver transplant survivor. He loved the outdoors from boating to fishing to hunting as well as always being accompanied by one of his dogs. He was a devoted NFL fan to the team in each of his locations. He was the ultimate friend to those close to him.

Dave is survived by his parents Robert and Marlene Chapman; of Dubuque, his three sisters Michelle (Rich) Stender, of Dubuque, Pamela (Jeff) Thill, of Warsaw, IL, and Connie Chapman, of Dubuque. Nieces Stephanie (Jason) Klein, of Marion, IA, Stacy (Chris) Kelley, of Denver, Co., Sarah (Matt) Weber, of Dubuque, Abigail (Marcus) McDaniel, of Kahoka, MO. Amy (Carlos) Pittman, of Dubuque and Jennifer Harjehausen. One nephew Tyler Thill, of Macomb, IL; 14 cousins who David loved greatly, two aunts Marjorie Hellmann and Doris Hingtgen of Dubuque and his Godparents William and Joyce Huss, of Dubuque.



Dolores Merfeld


Dolores "Dode" Merfeld, 89, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:25 a.m., at Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dode may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. and Cascade American Legion Auxiliary rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Services for Dode will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dode was born October 3, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Louie and Annie (Koppes) Leesekamp. She graduated from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 30, 1955, she was united in marriage to Joseph Merfeld at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, IA for many years. Dode enjoyed doing all things crafting especially crocheting and embroidering.

She was a member of St. Mathias Parish and the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Merfeld of Cascade, IA; one daughter, Lisa Manternach of Cascade, IA; three sons, Mark (Deb) Merfeld of Monticello, IA; Tim (Kim) Merfeld and Todd (Dana) Merfeld both of Cascade, IA; 14 grandchildren, Tanya Deutmeyer, Brooke Kite, Paula Moatz, Jake Manternach, Brandi Keenlance, Melissa Hanewicz, Tony Merfled, Kiel Merfeld, Mackenzi Copper, Jamie Copper, Allyson Merfeld, Isaac Merfeld, Natalie Merfeld and Eli Merfeld; 11 great grandchildren; One sister, Betty McMahon of Waterloo, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl Merfeld of Monticello, IA, Louis (Gladys) Merfeld of Dubuque, IA, Allan (Beverly) Merfeld of Rockford, IL, Gerri Merfeld of Benton Harbor, MI, Cheryl Merfeld of Garden Prairie, IL, Rose Marie Oswald of Monticello, IA, Annabelle Gudenkauf of Manchester, IA and Theresa Drew of Cascade, IA

She was preceded in death by her Parents; one son, Jeffery Merfeld in 1965; one daughter, Pamela Merfeld in 2003; one sister, Irene (Melvin) Peiffer; one great grandson, Matthew Keenlance; sisters-in-law, Mary (Lawrence) Ahlers, Peggy Merfeld and Judy Merfeld; brothers-in-law, Bob McMahon, Frances Merfeld, Robert Merfeld, Carl Merfeld, Earl Oswald, Gerald Gudenkauf and Ralph Drew.

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



Jacqueline Daykin


Jacqueline "Jackie" Daykin, 92, of Dubuque died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday. January 24, at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, where a visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Jackie was born September 17, 1926 in Dubuque, daughter of Arnold and Eva Ziegler.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944, and married John Robert "Bob" Daykin in 1949. She worked outside the home for several years at Job Service of Iowa and was a member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, P.E.O. International, and too many card clubs to be listed on one page. She loved playing cards (duh), golfing, socializing with friends and family, and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed travel, especially to Arizona in the winter, and watching sports (including a trip at age 90 to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team play in the NIT).

She is survived by three sons, Rob (Laurie), of Dundee Ore., Jeff (Donna) of Falcon Heights, Minn., and Tom (Karen) of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; a daughter in law, Kim of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, Arnie Ziegler of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tom Ziegler of Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert "Bob" Daykin; a son, Steve Daykin; and a sister, Virginia "Ginny" Beckett.

Memorials may be made to Summit Congregational United Church of Christ and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Hawkeye Care Center, Barb Ilten, and the Rev. Karen Candee of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ for their loving care.



Daniel J. Mootz


Daniel J. Mootz, 68, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City 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. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on April 14, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Glenn A. and Mildred A. (Pfeiler) Mootz. He married Tracy Klaas on November 8, 1974, in Dubuque. Dan, a meticulous master carpenter, was self employed.

Dan enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting, gardening, going to the lake in Winter, Wisconsin, going to the casino on Thursdays with Tracy, and watching the Packers. He enjoyed time spent in his shop. A treasure hunter, he liked finding antique tools and other treasures. Dan especially loved his grandchildren and time spent with them.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy; a daughter, Tana Mootz, Benton; a son, Jason (Pam) Mootz, Cuba City; five grandchildren, Devin Mootz, Kailie Mootz-Redfearn, Erika Mootz-Redfearn, and Krystal and Brayden Knox; his siblings, Ron (Kathy) Mootz, Dave (special friend, Carol) Mootz and Sue (Chris) Lovell; his in-laws, Gladys Klaas, Mary White, Nancy (Bud) Loeffelholz, Grace Brummer, Frank (Mary) Klaas, Mert (Skip) Banfield, Click (Bev) Klaas and Joan Klaas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Mootz, and Mildred and George Robbins; a brother, Tom Mootz; and his in-laws, John Klaas, Darlene Klaas, Marlene Klaas and Jim White.

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



Katherine H. (Reisch) Kelley


Katherine H. “Kay” (Reisch) Kelley, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:24 a.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family, 9 years to the day after her beloved husband Neil.  To honor Kay’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Kay’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kay was born on November 30, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Lucille (Herkes) Reisch.

Kay was a life long Dubuque resident, and a proud graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1950, and for more than 20 years she cherished getting together for luncheon Tuesday with her classmates. After school, Kay went to work at the Sunbeam Bakery, before marrying the love of her life, Neil Kelley, on February 28, 1952, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on January 15, 2010. Kay was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in caring for her children and home, and her love of helping children would lead her to take a job with Prodigy Child Development later in life, just to secretly be able to sit and rock the babies. Family was the most important aspect of Kay's life, and some of her fondest memories were of road trips with Neil and the children, which no doubt, always turned into an adventure and once even saw Kay getting left behind at a rest area. In her free time, Kay also enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting various treasures to be shared with family and friends. She had a kind, giving soul, and loved helping others, a trait she passed on to her family. She and Neil were excellent role models for the children, and were actively involved members with Handicapped Persons Inc. for 20 years. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet Miss Kay, and will miss her smile which lit up the room and brought joy to everyone around her, but take some comfort in knowing she is now in heaven with her beloved husband and son, and all of her deceased family members, awaiting our eventual arrival.

Those left to cherish Kay's memory include

her children,
Mike (Carol Ender) Kelley, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (David) Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Dennis (Karilee) Kelley, Potosi, WI,
Collin (Stephanie Friedman) Kelley, Dubuque, IA
and Bruce (Wendy) Kelley, Dubuque, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 23 great-grandchildren;

her 1 great great-grandson;

her siblings,
John Reisch,
Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, OSF,
Ginny O'Connell
and Carol Oglesby, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Naomi Reagan
and Mary Weis, both of Dubuque, IA.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Neil Kelley; her son, David Kelley; a grandson, Brian Kelley; a great-grandson, Layne Lawson; a sister Linda Reisch; and a brother Billie Reisch in infancy.

Miss Kay's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided Miss Kay and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



James Milton Barton


James Milton Barton, 82, died peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Hospice of Dubuque chaplain Rev. Dianne Grace will lead a service at 12:00 noon. Following the visitation, family and friends are invited to enjoy a meal together at Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown. Per Jim's wishes, his body was donated to The University of Iowa to further the education of medical students. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville at a future date.

The son of John and Blanche (Schirmer) Barton, Jim was born at home in Dubuque, on May 21, 1936. Due to the generosity of his maternal grandmother, Lydia Schirmer, Jim attended high school at Loras Academy and graduated in 1954. He married Barbara Welu the following year. Three daughters were born of this marriage: Tina, Lisa, and Andrea. Jim and Barbara later divorced. Jim was employed as a meat packer at Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years (1954-1998). In addition, Jim was self-employed as a house painter, wallpaper hanger, and furniture refinisher. In later years, he worked in apartment maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. In his seventies, he worked at The Family Mart. Like many Dubuquers of his generation, Jim maintained a strong work ethic throughout his life. From an early age, Jim enjoyed picking berries - blackberries and black raspberries were his favorites. With friends, Jim hunted pheasants and rabbits for many decades. He played baseball at Loras Academy and as an adult coached and umpired. He and his family were frequent spectators at local stock car races at the Sportsbowl dirt track. With friends, Jim enjoyed races at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Farley Speedway. Jim loved being a grandpa and treasured time with his grandson. He wholeheartedly supported Cael, encouraging him as a student and as an enthusiastic spectator at his many sporting events.

Jim is survived by

three daughters,
Tina Barton, Dubuque, IA,
Lisa Paulos & husband Rick, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Andrea Anderson & husband Chad, Oregon, WI;

his grandson,
Cael Anderson, Oregon, WI;

and his siblings,
Leo Barton, Dubuque, IA
and Betty Stierman, Arizona.

Jim joins his parents, Blanche & John, his sisters, Eileen & Phyllis, and his brothers, Ray, Paul & Louis, who passed before him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, or sent in care of the family to 3044 Lemon Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

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

Jim's family wishes to thank the staff members of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Donald Boal


Donald Boal, 88, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.

To celebrate Donald's life an open house will take place at the Moracco Supper Club from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Donald was born on November 19, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Elmer and Mary (Johns) Boal. Don graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque in 1949. He joined the Airforce and served in Europe. He met his beautiful wife, Dagmar Hafner in Frankfurt, Germany and they married on April 12, 1954.

Upon his return to the states, Don worked for John Deere for 30 years. He was an accomplished guitar player and played with The Country Kings and The Upper Main Street Jazz Band. He loved food, drink, family and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar; and his children: Jeff Boal of Dubuque; Susan Garrison of Des Moines; Julie Aslin of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Tina Woolley of Grand Lake, Colorado. He also had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Corrine Boal and Darlene Goffinet), and a son, Robert Jackson.

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



Charles G. Termont


Charles G. Termont, 91, of Dyersville, and formerly of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 14 2019, at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Charles was born August 6, 1927, in Moline, Illinois the son of Emil and Emma (Bultynck) Termont. He married Bernice Marie Vander Meersch August 28, 1948, in Sheffield, Illinois.

He served in the Marines from 1945 - 1946, and began his career at John Deere in Moline and Dubuque as a designer engineer. He held many patents on heavy industrial equipment, specifically on end loaders.

Charlie enjoyed spending time with family, volunteering at the Grand River Museum in Dubuque, playing cards and sharing stories of his days in the Marines and other travels throughout his career.

Survivors include three children: David C. (Donna) Termont of Lino Lakes, MN, Rita M. (Fred) Cubbage of Apex, NC, Steven C. (Pamela) Termont-Schenk of Beachmere, Queensland, Australia, son-in-law, Deacon Roger (Kathy) Riesberg of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Sarah Ledbetter, Michael Termont, Matthew, Joseph, Edward Riesberg, Daniel and Douglas Cubbage, Emmaleigh and Jamon Termont-Schenk; 22 great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernice, a daughter, Jean T. Riesberg, a sister, Shirley (Jim) Passini, and in-laws: Dorothy (Frank) Martens, Joseph Vander Meersch in infancy, and Robert (Rosie) Vander Meersch.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna and Jan, for the comforting care they provided during Charlie's latest years.

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



Randy L. McCutcheon


Randy L. McCutcheon, 64, was called and immediately left his earthly home on January 12, 2019 surrounded by music to forever be in service of his Lord Jesus.

Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery on the family plot next to his father Donald. The family can be seen on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A service will be held at 2:30 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center. Please join Randy's family and friends for a meal and of course music at Pearson Hall from 3:30 to 7 P.M. following the service.

Randy was born and raised in Maquoketa to Donald and Doris. Early in life he loved learning, doing, and helping others. Always looking forward to harvesting watermelons with his grandfather, Faye Kempter. He attended and graduated from the Maquoketa Community High School where he participated in football and wrestling.

After high school he enlisted into the Navy. He served and was honorably discharged in 1975 adding more to his lifelong friend pool and deep-rooted patriotism. A few years after returning home, he married the love of his life, Krista Wells.

His love for the band was fulfilling and motivated many avenues. He played alone and/or with numerous bands his whole life when called upon. He was honored to play for weddings, funerals, church, campfires, for one or for a crowd enjoying all music.

He worked for Mt. Hope Cemetery for 25 years. He was currently working at the Family Dollar Distribution Center for the past 17 years. His addictions only enhanced his passion to learn more and work harder towards bliss. So, so many people touched his life. He embraced every encounter. From early on his passion for riding motorcycles was ever-present. Family, friends, wind in his face, freedom, never to have met a stranger. His religious calling was sincere constant and ever learning. He was eager to encourage others sharing prayer fellowship and music at many local churches. He was rebaptized in 2009. Spreading joy of the birth of Jesus Christ led to him playing Santa Claus for 33 years. He was the "real" Santa Claus.

His strong arms will continue to support his wife Krista Wells McCutcheon; mother Doris Kempter McCutcheon Ehl; two children Kurtis (Heather Pierce) McCutcheon of Thompson IL, and Chaya (Josh) Knight of Maquoketa; 8 grandchildren Kenzi, Skarlett, Kaiden, and Zander McCutcheon, Amery Scheper, Braden (Kenzie), Dalton, and Tyson Knight; and siblings Larry (Romel) of Bellevue, Ron of Phoenix, AZ, Bob (Lori) of Larkspur, CO, Dennis (Renee Krause) of Clinton, Mark of Maquoketa, and Lisa of Maquoketa. His love also continues to extend to his nieces and nephews and all family. So many people profoundly touched him. Hoping all people felt his love and no list could ever be long enough.

"Please keep Rockin Randall in your hearts. Pray, embrace music, and ride. Peace be with you all. Ho, Ho, Ho, Hug your loved ones and say I love you, and say thank you." 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randy L. McCutcheon memorial fund has been established.

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



Morris Steve


Morris Steve, 87, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Morris was born on July 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Mike and Elsie (Burkart) Steve. He married JoAnn Mellon on June 18, 1955 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2006.

Morris started his own business, Steve Plumbing and Heating in 1968. For over 20 years he served the Dubuque area until he retired in 1991.

One of his favorite pasttimes was picking walnuts with his friend, Lavern. He enjoyed sharing them with his customers, friends and family.

Surviving are his sons, Mike (Kim) Steve and Mark (Sue) Steve; grandchildren, Amy Steve, Tony (Alysse) Steve, and Eric Steve; 4 great- grandchildren, Emily Steve, Lily Davis, Rochelle Steve and Ashland Ostendorf, all of Dubuque; sister, Dorothy Kass, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dave (Karen) Stillmunkes; and sister-in-law, Penny Bronk.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Russell, David, Al, Burt and Carl Steve; and two sisters, Lois Felderman and Mary Theisen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Teresa Shelter.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their compassionate care.



Gerald C. Meyer


Gerald C. Meyer, 86, of Dubuque died Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 3 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 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity, followed by burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gerald was born October 2, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Edmund and Barbara (Boyer) Meyer. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1950. 

He married Jeanne Anne Jochum on July 26, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death in June of 2007.

Gerald worked as a printer for 47 years retiring in 1997.  He worked for the Telegraph Herald and Regency Thermographers.

He was an Indianapolis Colts and Chicago White Sox fan and loved attending his grandkids' and great grandkids' sporting events.

He is survived by three children, Dennis (Kate) Meyer of Dubuque, Sue (Merle) Ries of Bernard and Tim (Louise) Meyer of Bondurant, IA; six grandchildren, Nikki Bechen of Dubuque, Iowa .Andy (Jonica) Ries of Lowden, IA, Shannon (Nic) Kremer of Cascade, IA, Audra (Aaron) Riddle of Clarinda, IA, Alysia (Garreth) Webster of Bondrant, IA and Cody Ries of Dubuque; and 12 great grandchildren, Skyler, Jaden and Luke Bechen; Kaycie and Mollie Ries; Ava, Isaac and Maddox Kremer; Matilda and Penny Webster; and Cooper and Cole Riddle. He is also survived by brother in law, William Frederick; sisters in law, Joan Wagner, Pat Schumacher, Carole Thul and Delee Jochum and brother in law, Gary (Donna) Jochum; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Edmund & Barbara Meyer, his in laws Francis & Leona Jochum, a sister Arlette Frederick and brother Leonard Frederick. He was also preceeded in death by in laws, Mary (William) Fransen, Robert (Lynn) Jochum, Dorothy (Lyle) Reed, Dave Schumacher, Leone (George) Reed, Dave Thul, Wayne Jochum, Donald Jochum and Kenneth (Caroline) Neely.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care center, especially Fran and Karen, for taking care of JerBear; and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice L. Lampe


Maurice L. Lampe, 96, of Dubuque, died of natural causes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. Friends may greet the family during a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

Maurie was born on March 19, 1922 in St. Donatus, Iowa. He married Dorothy Heinricy on September 1, 1947, at Holy Ghost Church, and they settled in Dubuque. Maurie served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II. Discharged in 1946, he started his career as a barber in 1948 and operated his barbershop for 48 years. After retirement he continued to volunteer his services as a barber at area nursing homes and other facilities. Maurie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dubourg General Assembly, Fourth Degree, and managed bingo at the Knights of Columbus for many years.

Maurie is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and four sons, David and Martin (Dubuque), James (Valparaiso, IN), and Robert (Ankeny, IA). He is also survived by his brothers Nester and Earl (Juan). He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Theresa (Herrig); sisters Johanna and Monica; brothers Roman (Ann Marie) and Robert (Irene); his sister-in-law Evelyn; and his beloved son John.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Ruth C. Anderson


Ruth C. Anderson, 89, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 11, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A private family graveside service and burial will be held from the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ruth Carol Kilgore was born on April 8, 1929 in Estherville, Iowa, to Lyle and Marie (Cayler) Kilgore. She was a 1949 graduate of Estherville High School and then graduated in 1950 from the AIB School of Business in Des Moines. She married Donald B. Anderson on October 11, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa.

Ruth first worked for the Emmett County Courthouse in the Auditor's Office. Upon moving to Maquoketa, she worked for the Jackson County Abstract Title Company, and lastly worked for the Schoenthaler Law Firm.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed knitting, baking and cooking, reading, golfing, gardening, and crafts. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ruth's memory include her children, Michael (Deanna) Anderson of Eldridge, IA, Mark Anderson of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mona (Craig) Moeller of Eldridge, IA; 8 grandchildren, Sara, Jake, Laura, Rachel, Jared (Leah), Jordan, Jade and Abby; 3 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Brandon and Rachel; a sister, Jane Kilgore of AL; and a special family friend, Sandy Brown of AL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on June 14, 2011, and a daughter Michele in 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ruth C. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Clarinda E. Thole


Clarinda Elizabeth Thole, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at her residence in Manchester. She was born on May 21, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. She attended Area Country School in Dodge Township.

On November 21, 1949, Clarinda was united in marriage to Alfred E. "Fritz" Thole in Dyersville. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Earlville for a short time until moving to their farm east of Manchester. Although Fritz died on April 16, 2004, Clarinda remained on the farm.

Clarinda was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed knitting and quilting. Clarinda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, James (Linda) Thole of Manchester, Diane (Jeff) Larsen of Manchester, Rick (Kris) Thole of Manchester, Joyce (Brian) Lambert of St. Cloud, Florida, David Thole of Manchester, and Allan Thole of Red Oak; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Frank) Kelm of Cedar Rapids; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Clarinda was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Thole; a great-grandson Philip Gaffney; her parents; and three brothers, Gerald, Erwin, and Roger Klostermann.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church, where there will be a CDA rosary recited prior to mass.

Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

Casket Bearers: (grandchildren) Stephanie Cobert, Ryan Thole, Kristy Stineman, Katie Gaffney, Patrick Lambert, Sarah Lambert, Emily Thole, Anna Thole, Aaron Thole, Clare Haight, Ben Haight



Karen J. Nevins


Karen J. Nevins, 66, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Karen was born on April 3, 1952, in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Helen L. (Dudley) Carson. She married Calvin K. "Cal" Nevins on June 7, 1986, in Silvis, Illinois, and they lived in Carbon Cliff, Illinois. In 2005 they moved to Cuba City.

Karen graduated from Moline High School in Moline, Illinois, in 1970. She worked as office manager at Serv-a-Lite Products in East Moline, Illinois, and was currently working as secretary for the Cuba City United Methodist Church. Church and faith were significant to her. Karen was a member of the church choir and enjoyed getting together with her Dorcas Circle members. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and spending time at the cabin in Barnes, Wisconsin.

Survivors include three daughters, Candi (Brandon) Buffington, of Seymour, TN, Mindi (Kyle) Smith, of Cuba City, WI, and Cori Anne (Warren Head) Nevins, of Dubuque, IA; a son, Jamie (Stephanie) Hudson, of Colona, IL; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Joyce Nevins, of East Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Larry (Cathy) Nevins, of Rock Island, IL; and twelve grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Jarred, Caitlin, Lindsay, Ty, Jordin, Xavier, Jeremy, Kodie, Cooper and Canon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, on September 29, 2018; her parents, Walter and Helen Carson; and her stepfather, Bill Eckhardt.

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

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



Kim Urban Donnan


Kim Urban Donnan, 60, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her family. Kim lived her life valiantly with Huntington's Disease.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Sharing of memories will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kim was born July 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Gary and Shelia (Johnston) Urban. She attended Wahlert High School, went on to attend Briar Cliff College, and finished her nursing degree at Kirkwood Community College. Kim was employed at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Kim enjoyed playing games, swimming, and watching soap operas. Music was a passion of Kim's, and she loved listening to her favorite artists and attending concerts. She loved children, and was a second mother to her nieces and nephews.

Kim is survived by two children, Lucas (Sadie) Donnan and Andie Donnan; her mother, Shelia Urban; her sisters, Elizabeth Urban, Wendy (Jim) McLaughlin, and Pearl Shaffer, all of Dubuque; her brothers, Gary (Sheri) Urban of La Porte City, IA, Jim (Jan) Urban of Kennewick, WA, and Clark Urban of Dubuque; and many very special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Urban.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chad Nachtman, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque; and all the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kim Donnan Memorial Fund.

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



Mary M. Root


Mary M. (Wernke) Root, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:54 p.m., on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on September 29, 1936, in Luxemberg, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Ida (Digman) Wernke.

Mary was born and raised in Luxemberg, before eventually moving to Dubuque, and making it her life long home. She was a dedicated employee, who put her time and talents to good use with several places including, The University of Dubuque, as a prep cook, Otten-Bowers Printing and Mailing Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and later as a desk clerk at the Canfield Inn, until her well earned retirement. Mary would be fortunate enough to find love twice in her life, and was first united in marriage to Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., in 1955, in Dubuque, and later to James Root, on June 28, 1968, in Galena, IL. She enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, and in her younger days was quite the volleyball player, as well as a member of one of the 1st Women's Fast-pitch softball teams in Dubuque. Mary also had a great appreciation of music, especially Elvis Presley, and enjoyed getting out on the dance floor, with her brother, Stretch, "cutting a rug" any chance that came their way. In later years, Mary remained active by meeting up with friends at the bowling alley and taking daily walks around town. She was playfully competitive, and always looked forward to playing Euchre and board games with family and friends, being quite proud to hold the title of Undeniable Scrabble Champion. Above all, family was the most important aspect of her life, and Mary had a way about her that always made everyone feel extremely comfortable and loved, and like they were the most important person in the room. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend, but know that she is now free of all of the health challenges she has battled these past months and is reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Daniel (Laura) Hennings,
Tammy Durham,
Robert "Bob" Hennings
and Rhonda (Tim) Baule, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Janae) Hennings, Michaela (Nate) Koch, Trace Durham, Ashley Hennings, Sarah Baule and T.J. (Sydney Tran) Baule;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Cassidy, Ayla and Grady Hennings;

her siblings,
Donald (Helen) Wernke, Dubuque, IA,
Fred "Fritz" (Barbara) Wernke, Solana Beach, CA
and Diane "DeeDee" Hasken, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Wernke, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a very special son-in-law, Joel Durham; 2 brothers John "Stretch" (Mary) Wernke and Hank Wernke; a sister-in-law, Barb Wernke; a brother-in-law, Dave Hasken; and her 2 former husbands, Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., and James Root.

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Sara Loetscher, as well as the outstanding nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate, and loving care of Mary and her entire family. Also a very special thanks to her son, Bob, for always being there and helping take care of mom allowing her to remain in her home.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Michael R. Acton


Michael R. Acton, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:00am, on Friday, January 11, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30am, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church, 602 Hager St. E, Grand Junction, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bruch officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 am, until 1:00pm, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

Major Michael R. Acton, US Army (Retired), was born on September 9, 1940, in Rippey, Iowa, son of Robert J. and Helen F. (Aspenall) Acton, the oldest of the family's seven children.
He graduated from Rippey (Iowa) High School in 1958 and joined the military the following year. Mike was commissioned through the Army's Officer Candidate Program and subsequently served as an infantry platoon leader during the Vietnam War. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam he served as an infantry company commander. Among his many awards are the Bronze Star For Valor, 3 Bronze Stars for Achievement in Combat, 3 Meritorious Service medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He completed his bachelor's degree in English Literature at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1972, and his Master's Degree in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981.

After his retirement from the Army, he was an Assistant Professor of Journalism and the Communication Department Chairman at Clarke College in Dubuque for 13 years. He followed his academic career as a project editor for Buckledown Publishing Company in Iowa City, from which he retired in 2011.

Mike is survived by

his sons,
Paul (Stephanie) Acton, of Gilbert, AZ,
Sean (Vikki) Acton, of Maquoketa, IA;

his six grandchildren,
Dalen, Todd, Raina, Anya, Maia and Eli.

His siblings,
Dan Acton, Rippey, IA,
Janice (Ken) Johnston, Chicago, IL,
Tim (Sandra) Acton, Phoenix, AZ,
Dave (Stephanie) Acton, Sun Prairie, WI,
Pat (April) Acton, Gladbrooke, IA;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Acton; and a sister-in-law, Fereleen Acton.

Mike's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Nichole, for all of the care and support given to Mike and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Leighton Hepker


Leighton Hepker, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa died on Friday, January 11, 2019 at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Leighton was born on January 4, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Oliver and Dawn (Mills) Hepker. He was raised in Linn County and graduated from Springville High School in 1972 and Kirkwood Community College in 1974. He then earned a degree from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Los Angeles in 1975. He began his long career at KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa in June of 1975 and became well-known in his early years for the many play-by-play sporting events he broadcast on KMAQ. It was also in Maquoketa that he met his future wife, Cindy Kudart. They were married on June 23, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa and to this union two children were born, Justin and Adam. In 1995, he received a news media award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. He also was an active high school basketball official for 25 years. He was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2017 as a "Friend of the Maquoketa Schools".

Leighton was involved in the Maquoketa community serving as past President of the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, Mayor of Maquoketa for five years, board member of the Community Foundation of Jackson County and the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board of Trustees. He was a charter member of the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club joining the organization when it was formed in 1989. He also was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa serving on various committees.

He had many passions in life. Among them were the St. Louis Cardinals and the Maquoketa Cardinals.

He has deeded his body to the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Iowa for medical research and education.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cindy Hepker of Maquoketa, IA; two sons, Dr. Justin Hepker and his wife Dr. Lauren Coyne of Iowa City, IA, and Adam Hepker and his wife Amy of Surprise, AZ; 2 granddaughters; 1 grandson; a sister Melody (Bob) Allen in TX; a half-sister, Sherryl (Doug) Hahl in OK; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Dawn Hepker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

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

 

 



Harry C. Dighton


Harry Clifton Dighton, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home. He was born on October 13, 1928, in rural Hopkinton, the son of Merle and Netta (Cooper) Dighton. As a young boy, Harry's family moved to Oneida, and he began his schooling there, graduating from Oneida High School in 1945. 

Harry farmed with his parents. He also drove truck and drove school bus for the Oneida and Maquoketa Valley schools. On June 10, 1949, Harry was united in marriage to Fern Cocking in rural Manchester. Three children were born to this union. 

The couple continued to farm and eventually bought the family farm from his parents. Fern passed away on November 30, 2001, and Harry continued farming until 2012, when his health no longer permitted it. While farming, Harry also kept busy working for FS in Earlville and doing a variety of other jobs. 

Harry loved hunting and being outdoors. He was a 50-plus-year blood donor and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He cherished time with his family. 

Survivors include his three children, Charles (Carol) Dighton, Kenneth (Mary) Dighton, and Nancy (Ronnie) Bachman, all of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jason (Kayla) Dighton, Brandi (Nick) Bettis, Tina (Jason) Richter, Todd (Kelly) Dighton, and Sandi (Jason) Cook; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and two brothers, Gladwin "Doc" Dighton and Arvin Cooper. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Good Neighbor Home. 

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

Celebration of Life:6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Kurt Pasko officiating. 

Visitation:3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Inurnment at a Later Date:Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Harriet M. Burbach


Harriet M. Burbach, 94, of Cuba City, formerly of Platteville, died on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Rev. Brenda Whitford will officiate. Burial will be at Big Patch Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville.

Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.

She is survived by her four children, Karen Niehaus, Janice (Bernard) Rupp, James (Terry) Burbach and Tom (Mona) Burbach; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Grace Lorscheter, Jim and Mary Hore, Josephine Faherty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son-in-law, Doug Niehaus, great-granddaughter, Mildred Niehaus, brothers and sisters-in-law, Matt Lorscheter, Gene and Lureen Hore, Jim Faherty.



Albert J. Decker


Albert J. Decker, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly at home on January 8th, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Albert was born on May 18, 1928 in Bernard, Iowa the son of John and Frances (Pfab) Decker. He attended Feeney School and St. Joseph's School in Key West. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Church, Key West.

He married Callista Tigges on May 25, 1954 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Albert farmed all his life to the point of doing chores on the day he passed. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved spending time with family and friends making many great memories to cherish. He was able to live a long, fulfilled life by following his strict diet of meat, potatoes, peanut butter and mostly chocolate. He will be deeply missed.

Albert is survived by his wife of 64 years Callista; children, Dale (Ann) Decker, of Key West, Ron (Bitzie) Decker and Jean Decker of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Decker, of Robins, IA. Grandchildren, Tammi (Bob) Schroeder, Matt (Teeney) Decker, McKenzie (Tim Davis) Decker, Dena (Travis) Voss, Laura (Zach) Hodge, Brian (Amy) Decker, Jason Decker, Katie (Drew) Simpson, Elana (Coby Clapp) Decker, Sirena (Sam) Stark. Great grandchildren, Evan, Holli, Jacob, Alexis, Morgan, Peyton, DJ, Calli, Cate, Parker, Oli, Avery, Maddy, Gwen, Gus, Cooper, Camille and Eben Albert who was just born on January 9th; his 19th great grandchildren is expected to arrive in June.
Albert is also survived by his siblings, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, of Zwingle, Hubert (Elizabeth) Decker, of Cascade, Monica (Cletus) Thielen, of Zwingle, Darlene Collins, of Peosta, John "JJ" (Erma) Decker of Dubuque, Louis (Darla) Decker, of Dubuque, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, of Maquoketa, Agnes "Fran" Decker, of Dubuque, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, of Dubuque, and Kenneth Decker, of Dubuque. Granddaughter-in-law Stephani Decker; sister-in-law Charlene Decker and brother-in-law Ray Tigges.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Arthur and Marcella Tigges; his son David J. Decker; grandson Timothy R. Decker; twin siblings in infancy William and Margaret in 1925; brothers William "Willie" (Mary) Decker, Raymond (Phyllis) Decker and Harvey Decker; brother-in-law James Collins and sister-in-law Rosie Tigges.

In lieu of flowers an Albert Decker memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Key West Fire & EMS, Dubuque County Sherriff Department, Fr. and Rod Allers for all their help and compassion that was given to us on Tuesday.



Rita A. Dura


Rita A. Dura, 89, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 10, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. 

Rita was born October 10, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph C. and Matilda (Weber) Becker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; and on July 13, 1961, she married Elmer J. Dura in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.

Rita worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1982.

She was an avid sewer, and enjoyed cross stitching, crossword puzzles, Jumble puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and collecting gnomes and elephants. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Jane) Becker and Gary (Mary) Dura, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Michelle (Charles) Tucker of Dubuque, Lisa (Kristopher) Mercer of Kings Bay, Ga., Jason Dura of Dubuque, Justin (Jennifer) Dura of Dubuque and Jarrod Dura (and friend, Rachel Woodward) of Dubuque; and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Elaina Tucker; Collin Mercer, Tyler Dura, Samantha Lange and Johnathin Tucker. She is also survived by a sister, Bernice Rickey, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Esther Huntington, Helen Maas, Rosemary Riley and Florence Lange; and a brother, Joseph Becker.

Memorials may be made to the Rita Dur