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Norman L. Breiner


Norman L. "Norm" Breiner, age 91 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 7, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Norm's life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at Steeple Square, 101 East 15th Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001 with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating.  Family and friends of Norm's may gather to visit prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Steeple Square.  Burial will be in the Center Grove Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Norm's family.

Norm was born on January 18, 1928 in Dubuque, a son to Frank and Cleo (Topp) Breiner.  Norm was blessed to spend his entire earthly life on the family farm on Mud Lake Road.  He had purchased it from his father in his early years and was proud to witness it now continue on through the 4th generation of family with his grandson.  Norm has built the legacy which he leaves behind with his beautiful bride, Donna M. Kenniker, whom he had met on a blind date, faithfully by his side the entire time. The devoted (and sometimes intentionally agitating) couple were blessed with 4 wonderful children together, and 3 months ago celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary hand in hand. Norm had built the house he raised, nurtured and protected his family in for generations with his own hands. They humbly spend the first 12 years creating their lives together in the basement until they could afford to get the main floor built for the growing family.  Norm had earnestly worked the farm while also working full-time in factories over the years. He began at Farley and Loetcher and A.Y. McDonald's before finally investing over 32 years of his working career at John Deere Dubuque Works. Norm eventually retired in 1985, and was honestly conflicted about releasing his final grip on the radial drill in W Building, but he also knew and appreciated that there was another young man out there who could raise his family right behind him and he would now have more time to enjoy his family and farm which were waiting for him at home 

Now those who knew and loved Norm, also know that he was so much more than a loving family man and devoted employee. He gained such a wealth of wisdom throughout his life that anyone who was willing to listen could usually find a path to the right direction to head in any situation which arose in their own personal or professional lives. Cutting the grass at Melody Mill during the day was surely more rewarding in the end than the fun they'd regularly have there in the evening. Opening his home to 22 foster children over the years was a gift more precious to them than any pretty box with a bow could ever compare to. Spending time in an orphanage as a child developed an empathy for others which never faded. Almost losing the farm during some rough years early on would bring about a stronger than steel work ethic, an understanding that personal responsibility and honesty will always carry the day, paying your bills on time and avoiding credit will lead to real prosperity, everyone does not have to agree with you (although it's a lot easier if they just would), and always make amends whenever possible (and yes, paying your union dues in pennies one time can be neatly tucked into a grey area on that one).   

Norm was also a quiet man of faith, virtue and integrity throughout his life. He loved his Lord and Savior and had attended church at St. Matthew's for many years. He eventually found himself feeling closer to God in his daily life and began to live his faith as an example through his words, thoughts and actions and attempted to knowingly share the love he knew with all those around him. Norm raised his family to believe in the Holy Trinity, follow the 10 commandments as a common rule and always follow the golden rule; for he understood that when you set your life upon these three basic foundational principles, the world outside simply cannot shake your house any more than you allow it to. He sadly had become quite discouraged (grumpy may actually be the correct word there) with some of the directions the world has been moving in, but he also understood that some things must necessarily take their course and that allowing the Lord to have control is quite often the hardest battles we'll ever have to fight in this world. Norm was a simple man who gratefully lived his life with immense depth also. The sounds of the love and lessons his voice has carried tenderly, but authoritatively throughout his 91 years will continue to reign quietly in the minds of those he adored, respected and befriended. We will never be able to mend the tear in our hearts Norm has left behind today, but we also appreciate that our pain wouldn't exist as it does if he had never been in our lives, so our tears now flow with thankful honor for the one who makes them so. Thank you, Norm for playing your role so perfectly among us and we pray that you are now enjoying the greatest family reunion you've ever experienced with not a single care in the world to cause you any pain! 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Norm include,

 

his loving wife of 70 years,
Donna Breiner, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 2 adored daughters,
Pamela "Pam" (Frank) Schumacher, Cape Coral, Florida,
and Candace "Candy" (Bill) Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 10 grandchildren,
Jason (Tricia) Schumacher, Dubuque, Iowa,
Eric (Polly) Schumacher, New Virginia, Iowa,
Brian Schumacher, Des Moines, Iowa,
Sarah Schumacher, Indianola, Iowa,
Wil (Ashley) Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tiffiny Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
Darcy Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
Matt (Mandy Wallace) Kelly, Cedar Falls, Iowa,
Melody (Bobby) Coyle, Epworth, Iowa,
and Travis (Nikki Maiers) Breiner, Guttenberg, Iowa;

his 17 great-grandchildren,
Dylan (Kelsey) Schumacher, Abigail Schumacher, Jacob Schumacher, Kyla Schumacher, Ian Schumacher, Skyelynn Schumacher, Addison Schumacher, Everly Schumacher, Parker Wallis, Vanessa Kelly, Shaylynn Kelly, Owen Kelly, Mallory Siegert, Jayden Siegert, Carson Siegert, Kennedy Coyle and Devin Coyle;

his 4 great-great grandchildren,
Lydia Kelly, Echo Bown, Ellie Bown and Enzo Schumacher;

his adopted sister,
Sherrie Snook, California;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Norm "Butch" Briener, Jr. and Gary Breiner; his brother, Gerald Breiner; and his sisters, Millie (Bruce) Randall and Eunice (Robert) Bauer.

Norman's family would like to thank Dr. Cao, Dr. Whalen, and their nurses, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they have provided to Norm, and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Norm's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Robert C. Fitzgerald


Robert (Bob) C. Fitzgerald, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, at his home.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday 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. Tuesday July 9, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born September 6, 1931 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Cleo and Lucille (Nebel) Fitzgerald. He married Sylvia Gassmann on May 18, 1957 in Worthington, Iowa.

He was an active member of Legion Post #137, lifetime member of the New Vienna VFW Post #1683, the Dyersville Fire Department, and AOH for many years. He was past president and Grand Marshal for the AOH.

Survivors include his children: Judy (David) Kirsch of Dyersville, Jayne Fitzgerald of Edgewood, Jill Schneck of Ackley, Brad (Brenda) Fitzgerald of Dallas, TX, and Barry (Gena) Fitzgerald of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren: Kerri (Mike) Kramer, Brian Kirsch, Krista (John) Dow, Travis (Melanie) Fitzgerald, Jordan (Chris) Ruiz, Katy Fitzgerald, Lisa (Lucas) LaVelle and Katelyn (Skyler) Clark, Mikayla and Madisyn Fitzgerald; great grandchildren: Julien, Jude, and Sylvia Kramer, Eliza Dow, Emma Clark, and Laikynn LaVelle, Jessica Sain; siblings: Jim Fitzgerald of Oelwein, Carol (Leo) Klostermann of Dyersville, Mary Jane Banning of Vancouver, WA, Bev Sampson of Edgewood; in-laws: Betty Gotto of Bankston, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Mary Agnes (Jim) Schnier of Bellevue, Lyle Gassmann of Dubuque, Marge Gassmann of Dubuque, Bev Gassmann of St. Landry, LA, Jerry Gassmann of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sylvia in 2000; siblings: Dale Fitzgerald, Lois Fitzgerald, Ed (Karen) Fitzgerald, John (Gene) Fitzgerald; in-laws: Paul Knepper, Marvin (Pat) Gassmann, Betty Gassmann, John Gassmann, Marion "Cookie" Fitzgerald, Keith Banning, Rollie Sampson, Eileen (William) Besler, Connie (Merle) Lueck, Leroy Gassmann, Bob Gassmann, Ken Gassmann, Grace Gassmann.

The family would like to thank hospice nurses Edna and Ryan, and Home Instead Caregiver Tina for their compassionate care.

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



Richard L. Griebel


Richard Lee "Dick" Griebel, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 3, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday July 8th, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Martyn officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of service.

Dick was born on July 11, 1929 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Arthur and Cora (Hinke) Griebel. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He married Irene Oberfoell on November 13, 1954 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill.

He worked for Clinton Engines, Dubuque Packing Company, Carnations Artificial Breeding, and at the Ertl Company; lastly, he was a salesman for Moorman's Feed.

Dick was a great outdoors man and enjoyed fishing and Bow Hunting; he was an avid reader throughout his life. Dick was a very humble and decent man who had a great sense of humor and was devoted to his family.

He is survived by his children, John Griebel, Pamela (John) Renfro, and Rebecca (Michael "Moe" Miller) Griebel, all of Dubuque. One grandchild Jennifer Renfro along with nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Irene, brothers Glenn, Earl, and a sister Ellen Reed.

In lieu of flowers a Richard L. Griebel memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Dick.



Mary M. Blatz


Mary Margaret "Susie" Blatz, 89, of St. Catherine Rd, Dubuque, passed away in her home on the evening of July 3rd, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Susie was born September 23rd 1929, in Faribault, MN to Rosalie and Gentiel Vandendriessche. Her father Gentiel migrated from Belgium at the age of 27. In Faribault, she attended Kindergarten at Garfield School, 1st- 8th at Immaculate Conception and Graduated High School in 1947 from Bethlehem Academy where the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Mound taught her.

She married Alcuin Blatz from New Trier, MN on April 6th 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque. They were married 24 years when Al passed away of a heart attack on October 25, 1972. They were blessed with 10 kids. They lived in an apartment in Dubuque until 1952 when they moved to a basement home built by Al. Eventually Al built the home on top where Susie resided the remainder of her life.

Her first job was at Rice County Regent Clerk Office and Rice County Superintendent's Office of schools both in Faribault, MN. Then she worked for Fischer Company in Dubuque until her and Al started their family. Susie returned to work after Al passed away retiring from Valet Food Service after 25 years at the age of 71.

Susie was a faithful member of St. Catherine's Parish, St. Catherine's Rosary Society, Catholic Order of Foresters and St. Catherine's Renew and Prayer Group.

She made the best Pumpkin bread according to her grandchildren. She loved having her family around her especially when her grandchildren played 65 along with her friends Velma Hoppman and Evelyn Specht. She was always knitting pot-holders, gloves, socks and dishcloths.

She is survived by her children; Barb (Joe) Lyons, of Dubuque, Susan (Larry) Metcalf, of Dubuque, Joanne (Jim) Oberbroeckling, of Cascade, Larry (Sheila) Blatz, of Dubuque, Mike (Karen) Blatz, of Dubuque, Kathy (Tony) Reiss, of La Motte, Mark (Jean) Blatz of Dubuque, Tom (Sarah) Blatz, of Bellevue, and Mary (John) Giesemann, of La Motte; her daughter-in-law Angie Blatz-Malott, of Dubuque. Two sisters-in-law Maryann Blatz, of Sterling, IL, and Ferrell Blatz, of Stanchfield, MN. Her 34 surviving grandchildren: Paul, Molly, Chris, Michelle, Travis, Brenda, Nicole, Matt, Mike, Craig, Lindsay, Helen, Al, Ben, Tonya, Michael, Kimberly, Laura, Sara, Julie, Brian, Eric, Kelly, Brandi, Natalie, Jared, Madalyn, Anna, Amanda, Anthony, Adam, Andrew, Ryan, and Nicholas. Her 50 great grandchildren and one on the way, along with two great-great grandchildren.

Susie is preceded in death by her husband Alcuin; her parents Rosalie and Gentiel Vandendriessche; her son Joey; her grandchildren Tommy Lyons, Katie Lyons, Marty Lyons, and Rosalie Blatz. Her sister Helen Remold and brother Marcel Vandendriessche along with 13 brothers-in-law and 10 sisters-in-law.

A special Thank You to Mom's "11th child" Steve and Liz Staner for being such a great neighbor to our Mom. Also, a thank you to two of the world's greatest caregivers Phyllis Freiburger and Jeanette O'Brien. Finally thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy.



Donald P. Dupont


Donald P. Dupont, 89, of Dubuque, and formerly of Phoenix, Az. and Palatine, Ill., passed away in his home on Saturday, June 29 with family at his side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, Dubuque. Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah will officiate. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, in Dubuque. Interment will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Dubuque, where there will be a flag presentation by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was a Dubuque boy who travelled the world during his 38 years with the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., and he was one of nine Phoenix Civic Leaders who founded the Fiesta Bowl-now a host of the National College Football Championship Game-in 1971.

He began his four decades at Andersen as an auditor in the Small Business Division of the firm's Home Office in Chicago from 1953 to 1969, where he made Manager in 1959 and became a Partner in 1966.

Don was then promoted to Managing Partner of the firm's Phoenix office from 1969 to 1982, where he directed a massive business expansion that tripled the size of the office staff from 75 to 225 employees.

He finished his career at Andersen's World Headquarters in Chicago, where from 1982 until his retirement in 1990, he oversaw 85,000 world-wide employees as Managing Director of Personnel.

In that role, he attended global planning meetings in Zurich, Switzerland, participated in Far East business expansions in places like Thailand and Indonesia, and fought for upgraded daycare and eldercare programs to improve the retention rates of Andersen's female employees.

But it all began in Dubuque. Don was the eldest of four children (he had 3 sisters) born to Ralph and Margaret (Kintzle) Dupont on August 7, 1929.

Ralph was a woodworker who helped construct Eagle Point Park while with the WPA, He later ran a small grocery in the 1950's on what is now Pennsylvania Avenue, and then owned and operated the Y Motel on Highway 20 West with Marge for two decades.

Don attended Nativity grade school and then graduated from Loras Academy in 1947, where he was on the Honor Roll all four years. He was also Class President in his senior year, and he was Lt. Col. and Battalion Commander of the school's ROTC.

Don joined the boxing team at Loras-he wanted to wrestle, but the school had no team-and he became an undefeated Golden Gloves boxing champion who never lost a fight in three years at 112 pounds, as noted by the Encyclopedia Dubuque.

He lacked knockout power, but Don was such a fast and entertaining fighter that his Flyweight matches were often the Main Event during regional summertime exhibition fight cards in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

His life's biggest regret came in 1947 when Golden Gloves boxing returned to Iowa, and Don won the 112-pound title as a 17-year-old Senior at Loras. He was unable to compete in the National Golden Glove Championships in Chicago because the dates conflicted with his Senior Retreat, and Loras leaders convinced him he had to attend the retreat as Class President.

The fighter he defeated for the Iowa title-who was several years older-went to Chicago in his place and finished 2nd at Nationals.

Don's academic work at Loras Academy earned him the award of Highest Distinction-which his classmate Fr. John Friedell won as well-and Don was one of five Academy graduates to receive a tuition scholarship to Loras College.

He supplemented his scholarship money by working at Stampfer's Department Store during his high school and college years. Stampfer's was Dubuque's oldest department store, founded in 1855, and in 1908 it moved into a new four-story building at 800-847 Main, according to Encyclopedia Dubuque.

Don initially worked at Stampfer's produce farm before eventually moving into the main building as a 4th-floor stockboy.

He earned his accounting degree at Loras College in 1951, where he played intramural sports, ran the 2-mile, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was also one of 14 seniors chosen to represent Loras in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities."

During his college summers, Don played Town Ball in the Prairie League on the Asbury Phils, where he was one of three Loras students who served as ringers on the otherwise all-local team. He played catcher and shortstop for the Phils, and occasionally pitched in a pinch.

After college graduation, Don served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and he was stationed in Tokyo during the Korean Conflict. He continued to serve in the Reserve Corps on standby until 1960.

When he returned from the military, Don accepted an accounting job with Arthur Andersen in Chicago. His original plan was to work there two years, and then return to Dubuque to open up his own practice. But the opportunities were so great with Andersen that he never left.

The other thing Don did when he got back from Japan was tell all his friends that he would be married within a year, even though he didn't have the specific candidate lined up yet.

But he was as good as his word. In October 1954, he married Janet M. Bahl of Asbury, who was the sister of a teammate on the Asbury Phils, and whom he met at their Sunday games. Together, they had two boys and two girls, and were married for 40 years until Janet died of pancreatic cancer in 1995.

They started their life together in an Italian neighborhood of Chicago and bought their first home in the northwest suburb of Palatine in 1959. A decade later, Andersen transferred them to Phoenix.

While running Andersen's Phoenix office, Don threw himself into civic life. Andersen became a significant contributor and recruiter at Arizona State University's School of Accountancy. The school established a Don Dupont Faculty Excellence Award in his honor.

He was also the local President of Junior Achievement, which mentors high-school students in business-related projects, and he was Chairman of the Foundation for Senior Adult Living.

But Don's single biggest civic involvement-and the milestone that gave him the most satisfaction in his professional career-was his collaboration with eight other Phoenix business leaders to create the Fiesta Bowl in 1971.

That multi-year effort came at a time when there were just a handful of NCAA-approved Post-Season College Football Bowl Games, and only one-the Rose Bowl in California-played in the Western half of the country. And the NCAA had very little interest in starting a new one.

Phoenix hotelier Jack Stewart, whose Camelback Inn Resort was an Andersen client, invited Don to join the small group pursuing the Bowl when he learned of his interest in athletics. Don became Treasurer of the group, and his Andersen office got the Bowl its not-for-profit status and contributed all of the early accounting work.

Against all odds, and with the help of U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell and the philanthropic promise to plow Bowl profits into the fight against substance abuse, the Fiesta Bowl group finally won NCAA approval.

The rest is history. Coming up on its 50th Anniversary, the Fiesta Bowl is inarguably Arizona's most successful civic venture of the past half-century. It has hosted several National Championship Games, and, according to its website, the Fiesta Bowl has generated an estimated $2.75 billion for Arizona's economy over the past 12 years and it has contributed $12.5 million to charitable causes over the last 8 years.

Don was Fiesta Bowl President in 1979-1980, and he invited the University of Arizona to make their first appearance in the Bowl. It was also around that time he made his most important impact on what became The Little Bowl That Could.

The Fiesta Bowl was offered a multi-year contract to match the second-place teams from the Big Ten and Pac-10 Conferences in their annual game. It was a prestigious offer that guaranteed a huge television audience, but it would come at the sacrifice of the Bowl's independence to select its own teams.

Don cast the tie-breaking vote to turn down that contract. That decision to retain the Bowl's independence allowed the Fiesta Bowl to stage National Championship Games between Penn State and Miami in 1987 and Notre Dame and West Virginia in 1989. Those games cemented the Fiesta Bowl's national standing and reputation.

When Don was promoted to Andersen's World Headquarters in 1982, he and Janet returned to Palatine, settling into a century-old historic home near the old downtown. Their house was one of five homes featured in the Palatine Historical Society's House and Garden Tour in 1998.

When Don retired from Andersen in 1990, Janet encouraged him to become more active in Palatine civic affairs. She ran his campaign to get him elected to the Palatine Public Library Board, where his business acumen was essential for the site selection and construction of the new Main Library.

He was also the chairman of Vision in Progress, a civic organization that worked to place a new community center in Palatine's under-served north side.

In 2009, Don was one of four community volunteers added to the Palatine Park District's Honor Roll-the District's "highest honor," its executive director said-for years of contribution to the community. He was also specifically cited for "the vision, leadership, planning and hard work that led to the creation of what grew to become the Palatine Opportunity Center."

In 2012, Don moved back to Dubuque to be closer to his sister Shirley, Janet's surviving brothers and sisters, and his classmates from high school and college. But in another sense, he had never really been gone.

Throughout his years in Chicago and Phoenix, Don continued to maintain strong ties to Dubuque, especially to his alma mater. He was a member of the Loras College Board of Regents for 18 years, and Board Chairman from 1984 to 1987.

Don was also given the Loras College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990, he was designated a Loras "Regent Emeritus" in 1999, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2001.

In a letter to the Dupont family, Loras College President Jim Collins said, "Your Dad was very engaged with Loras. He and your Mom contributed annually since he graduated from Loras in 1951. They made a major gift to every campaign the College launched. His leadership allowed Loras to achieve much success in the following building projects: Alumni Campus Center, Byrne Oaks Apartment Complex, Keane Hall renovations, and Rock Bowl Stadium."

Collins also wrote, "Your father helped to hire a number of Loras graduates at Arthur Andersen, and he hosted numerous Loras Alumni gatherings in Arizona, Chicago and Dubuque. He attended almost every Alumni function Loras hosted, including many annual homecomings. Upon his advice, I created a President's Advisory Council, and he served as its founding Chair. Though he had to cancel out of the last couple of meetings, he was an active participant up to his passing."

Don was also closely connected with the Sisters of the Visitation, where he served as an Advisory Board Member and volunteer financial consultant. His ties to that group were based on his warm and enduring friendship with Sr. Bernadine Curoe.

Don is survived by his sister, Patricia Lange of Rockford, Ill.; his daughters, Anne Dupont of Centennial, Colo. and Jill Dupont of Duluth, Minn., and sons, Michael Dupont of Albuquerque, NM and Mark Dupont of Chicago, Ill.; his granddaughters, Kaitlin (Thomas) Boileau of San Jose, Cal. and Maureen Phenix of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and in-laws Betty Allen, Nita Betts, Mary O'Hea, Charles Bahl, Joseph (Susan) Bahl, Tom (Wendy) Bahl, and Verne Wilson, all of the Dubuque area, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janet and her parents, Joseph and Vi Bahl, and Joe's second wife, Marie; his parents, Ralph and Marge; his sisters Bette Dale and Shirley Bahl; his sister-in-law Susan (Bahl) Wilson; his brothers-in-law, Robert Allen, Robert Betts, Del O'Hea, Edward Lange, and Jack Dale; his nieces, Michelle Bahl, Karen Lange, and Jean (Bahl) Kliebenstein-Koren; and his nephews John Allen, Doug Bahl, and Gary Betts.

Don's family extends heartfelt thanks to Jean Ough and the other caregivers and staff of Home Instead, and nurse Shirley and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care they provided to Don.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Don's memory be made to the Loras Fund, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA 52001 or the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, 700 Locust Street Suite 195, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Charles L. Miller


Charles L. "Charlie" Miller, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 3rd, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Charlie was born on January 27, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Erwin and Margaret (Sullivan) Miller. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 in Korea. He married Jean Ann Bisanz on October 6, 1956 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2013.

He worked at Divine Word College as a chef for 30 years until his retirement. He enjoyed playing cards, was an avid Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Viking and Iowa Hawkeye Fan. He loved to cook for his family and friends; was a devoted husband and family man and was a wonderful care giver to his wife Jean for many years.

He is survived by his two children, Linda (Scott) Havertape, of Hazel Green, WI, and Paul Miller of Monroe, WI. Three grandchildren, Ashley (Jeff Bradley) Callahan, Sean (Meghan Ziffra) Callahan and Kayleigh Miller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jean, two brothers Dan and Jim and a sister Mary Schurb.

The family would like to thank the Medical Associates physicians and staff, Bethany Home staff and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Charlie.



Tracey Hartnett

A Memorial Gathering to Celebrate the Life Of Tracey Hartnett
July 4th, 1968 - June 20th, 2019

Beloved Daughter of JoAnn Combs
Sister of Jennifer Williams and Priscella Encalade
Loving Mother of Edan, Taran, Lucius, Jean Pierre and Enzo

Please join us on the Riverfront to celebrate the life of our dear Tracey Hartnett. We will be honoring her at the white gazebo on Sunday July 7th 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Let us remember her free-spirited character and cherish all of the memories she has blessed us with. Her boys have asked for everyone to bring a photo of your favorite memory with her along with a flower of your choosing to lay in her remembrance.

Tracey moved to Bellevue Iowa in 2012 with her five boys. She often attended the local farmers markets while she worked her way through massage school. She was a dedicated worker who always found the time to enjoy her family, massage, gardening, music, fashion and cooking. You could find her at Codfish Hollow providing healing massage services to the band members and dancing freely to life's songs or putting her green thumb to use in the garden growing a variety of vegetables and flowers.

She was a true and loyal friend and a loving mother. There is nothing she would not do for those she loved. Her contagious, positive and uplifting outlook on life, her deep conversations and her genuine, loving character will truly be missed.

Any memorials given in her honor will be directed towards her sons.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.



Mary Jo (Merfeld) Dalen


Mary Jo (Merfeld) Dalen, 57, danced her way up the top of the mountain with her family and friends ending her journey on July 2, 2019.

Mary Jo began her adventure at Xavier Hospital in 1961 when she was born to Orland and Mavis (Chadwick) Merfeld. She moved from Bernard to East Dubuque and attended all East Dubuque schools, graduating from high school January 13, 1979. She obtained her dental assistant degree from NITI and started working at West Third Oral Surgery. The practice grew and moved on to become Great River Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. For 38 years, Mary Jo was a part of this team.

Mary Jo, more affectionately referred to as MJ, Jo, Mama Jo Dalen, or Diva, could often be found on the dance floor shaking it to Brown Eyed Girl or whatever song happened to be playing. If she wasn't on the dance floor, you might find her at the casino, soaking up the sun, or taking a nap on the couch. She taught 9 years of CCD classes at the Nativity BVM in Menominiee. Every year for the last 20 or so years, Mary Jo helped with Lulu's Thanksgiving dinners at Seldom Scene.

She will be sorely missed and survived by her daughters Melissa (Dr. Robert) Morley and Kaila Dalen; her favorite grandson, Everett Morley; her mother, Mazie Merfeld; siblings David (Joyce) Merfeld, Marcie (Steve) High, Orland Merfeld Jr, Donnie (Joni) Merfeld, many nieces, nephews, aunts, and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Mark; father, Orland Sr.; brother-in-law, Lyle; grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

The family would like to give a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice as well as all family and friends for their support given during the past months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Croix Hospice or Menominee-Dunlieth Fire Department.

Mary Jo hoped to leave this world with a smoking hot body, so before going to see the great creator, she will be going to see the great cremater. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque where a short service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, IL.



Mary E. Dempsey


Mary Elizabeth Dempsey, 101 years of age, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Stephanie Schlimm will officiate. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Mary was the fourth child of Florian and Barbara Kasper, and was born in Trempleau, WI on April 30, 1918. She was born the year women got the right to vote, and she proudly voted in the 2016 presidential election. She was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church, which she enjoyed so much. A dear friend and fellow parishioner, Sue Hattel, visited her often and brightened her days.

Mary also enjoyed her friends at St. Mary's Apartments where she resided for 19 years, and her caregivers at Stonehill Care Center where she has lived since 2011.

She married Jack Dempsey in September of 1937, and they divorced in 1952. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake with seven minute icing for her family. She enjoyed gardening, and weeds were her enemies. She was an avid letter writer, and family members in California looked forward to her warm letters and newspaper clippings that she knew would interest them. She was a good friend to her neighbors on Washington Street where she raised her family.

Mary was employed her whole adult life at difficult jobs that paid well and supported her family. She was a hard-working and independent person, and a wonderful loving mother who will be missed very much.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Robert) Timmerman, of Dubuque and Jackie Dzieciolowski of Matteson, IL; one son, Gilbert Dempsey of Hammond, LA; her grandchildren, Sheree Spraglin, Michelle Falcon, Beth Peters, Tim Timmerman, Pamela Rogers, Lori Martinez Julia Lucas, Mark Dempsey, and Tonya Pillar; 21 great- grandchildren; two great- great- grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Barbara (Gerald) Roth; and two brothers, Florian (Georgette) Kasper and George (Esther) Kasper.

The family wishes to thank all her wonderful and devoted care givers at Stonehill Care Center, Unity Point Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, who were so kind to her over the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center, St. Luke's Methodist Church, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Dennis A. Wolf


Dennis A. Wolf, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Dennis may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa.

Memorial services for Dennis will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 5, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Dennis was born February 13, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles A. and Catherine L. (Fox) Wolf. As a child he was paralyzed due to Polio. He received his education from St. Joseph's High School in Farley, IA and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. He worked at Ertls in the Quality Control Department in Dyersville, IA until he retired due to his disability.

He loved living in is trailer in North Buena Vista, Iowa (Buenie), where he enjoyed boating, fishing and playing cards.

He is survived by Five siblings, Judy (Joe) Miller of Perrysville, OH, Daniel Wolf of Peosta, IA, Gerald Wolf of Colesburg, IA, David Wolf of Earlville, IA, Mary (David) Marin of Farley, IA; Nieces and Nephews, Laura Miller, Carrie & Ryan Frasher, Sarah Wolf, Brian Wolf, David Marin, Juan Marin, Judi Marin, Andrea Marin, Salomon Marin and Alisa Marin and many great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Larry Wolf on Nov. 1, 1975, Charles Wolf on Sept. 3, 2001 and James Wolf in infancy; one nephew, Aaron Miller.

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



Steven D. Niemann


Steven Douglas Niemann, 65, of Bellevue, Iowa, formerly of DeWitt, died Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2019.

Steve Niemann was born May 7, 1954, in Clinton to Roland and Elizabeth (Schnack) Niemann. He was a 1972 graduate of Central Community Schools in DeWitt and also attended Iowa State University. Steve married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Ann Hatch, on January 6, 1979, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt.

Steve's knowledge of farming was the culmination of both his father's mentoring and his own forward vision. Building on his father's hard work, he brought the farming operation to the successful state it is today. Steve's strong desire for working the land planted the seed for both sons and a nephew to follow.

Steve and Ann raised their two sons and a daughter on their family farm in rural DeWitt. Steve instilled in his children a "Work Hard and then Play Hard" mentality.

Steve was truly the jack-of-all-trades, always working on numerous projects at any given time. Those around him would often question his methods, but he was quick to show them that Steve Niemann's way was always the right way.

When Steve didn't have his feet on the ground, he enjoyed being in the peaceful blue skies by plane. Steve learned to fly in 1983. Since then, he's become known for giving many their maiden voyage in the sky. Steve was proud to share what he loved with those around him.

Scuba Steve, Social Steve, Captain Nemo, The PRO, and Papa were typical aliases he held.

Steve was a member of St. Joseph Church in Bellevue, Iowa. He was also a member of the aviation groups AOPA and EAA.

His passions remained in farming, flying, boating, friends, and especially family. In 2006 his wife, Ann, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Steve made it his new passion to care for her and fight the disease. He stayed by her side through sickness and in health.

Steve enjoyed the serenity of the Northwoods with his wife, sons, daughter, and their families up in Bemidji, MN. To avoid the winter weather, they'd head south to their Florida villa to enjoy the ocean and a relaxed life. Bellevue was where Steve called home, and a place where Steve and Ann could regularly be found watching the river flow south. Steve widely used the excuse of having 10 grandchildren, as to obtain many fun toys such as firetrucks, boats, and karaoke equipment. In the most recent years, Steve would organize spontaneous social gatherings with friends which always included music and singing. Steve strived each day to smile and bring smiles to all those around him.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Ann; a son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Lanna Niemann and their children, Cole, Alyssa, Callie and Levi, a second son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Erin Niemann and their children, Mae, William and Jacob and a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Jared Scheckel and their children, June, Josie and Brigham all of DeWitt; his parents, Roland and Elizabeth Niemann of DeWitt; a brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Patricia Niemann of DeWitt; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patrick Hatch, Jane Green and Katherine Hatch; numerous loving nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

Preceding Steve in death were his sister, Debra; his grandparents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Helen Hatch and a brother-in-law, Michael Hatch.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Buzzy's in Welton.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Steve's memory with a gift are invited to make a donation to St. Joseph School in DeWitt, where Steve's grandchildren attend.

Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.



Marcella M. Schmidt


Marcella M. Schmidt, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, July 5, 2019, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Marcella Mary Ruggeberg was born on June 1, 1929 in rural Elwood, Iowa, to Marvin and Lillian (Farmer) Ruggeberg. She was a 1945 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Darrel J. Schmidt on October 26, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Brenda and Robert.

Marcella was a homemaker and worked as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 40 years.

Marcella loved dogs and mostly all animals. She enjoyed watching basketball and sports on tv, and playing cards, especially Euchre. Her family was most important to her and she loved spending time with them and attending the grandchildren's events.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Brenda (Paul) Koob of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert "Bob" (Jeanne) Schmidt of Waterloo, IA; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer (Bob) Gavin of Maquoketa, IA, Joshua (Christa) Koob of Maquoketa, IA, Michael (Eileen) Schmidt of Hartford, WI, and Emily (John) Michel of Cedar Falls, IA; 8 great-grandchildren, Liz Gavin, Zac Gavin, Cael Koob, Cole Koob, Samantha Schmidt, Laura Schmidt, Charlotte Michel and Luke Michel; a sister, Evelyn Wachal of Davenport, IA; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Haven (Irma Jean) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law, Betty Eckeberg of Stevens Point, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Darrel in 1970.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marcella M. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank the staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa and the staff of Hospice of Jackson County."

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



Betty Jean Ansel


Betty Jean Ansel, 70, of Dubuque, was called home on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Brenda, surrounded by family.

Graveside memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. According to Betty's wishes, no visitation will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Betty was born November 2, 1948 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Alfred & Betty Jane (Fox) Cornwell. She married the love of her life Dennis W. "Denny" Ansel on February 4, 1967, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA. They spent 36 beautiful years together before his passing in 2003.

Betty and Denny were the owners of Ansel's Auto Service & Towing and Betty waitressed at Monte Carlo Restaurant, for many years.

Betty enjoyed country music, racing and most of all family. Up until Denny's passing in 2003, she could be found holding down the fort at the garage and on the weekends sitting in the grandstands at the local dirt tracks, surrounded by family and friends, wearing her Ansel 80 racing gear. After Denny's passing you never seen Betty without her daughters, grandkids or great-grandkids nearby. She enjoyed her trips to Florida, The Dells, camping and her iced-cold Busch Lights, where everyone was welcomed.

Betty is survived by Peggy (Doug) Ohmert, La Motte, IA, Brenda (Mark C.) Sullivan, Kathy (Edward) Clancy, both of Key West, IA, Lori (Greg) Merfeld, Peosta, IA. Grandchildren Brandi Sue "the favorite" (Adam) Johnston, Krista Sullivan, Allan Ohmert, Steve Miller, Bubba (fiancé Abi), Thomas (Ariel) Ohmert, Morgan Miller, Dennelle and Jaime Clancy, Lucy, Joe and Maxine Merfeld; 6 great children, sisters Mary Lou (George) Flanagan, Phyllis Lang, and special family friends Richard & Judy Schmitt.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, brothers Don, Ron & Butch Cornwell; sisters Margaret "Peggy" Cornwell and Patricia "Pat" McAtee.

Peggy and her sister's would like to give a very special thank you to her co-workers at Hospice of Dubuque for their help and support. A special thank you to Schmitty for "Beer Thirty's" you spent with mom thru the years. She looked forward to her Saturday night visits with her drinking buddy.



Norman C. Steil


Norman Carl "Norm" Steil, 78, of Dubuque, IA went to join friends and loved ones in Heaven on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 after a long and hard-fought battle with stupid cancer.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Burial of Norm and Minnie will immediately follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with the presentation of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Norm was born in Asbury IA to Clem & Mathilda (Behnke) Steil on October 4, 1940. Norm spent early childhood with his 8 siblings on the farm until moving to the Carter Rd. area. He attended Dbq. Senior High. He served in the US Army National Guard. He then returned to Dubuque to create his legacy.

Norm married Mary Ann "Minnie" Dolter on January 22, 1966 at Holy Trinity Church and they spent nearly 50 years together raising 3 daughters and living life. Minnie sadly left us in 2014 and it was up to the girls after that to take care of Dad until his passing.

He joined the Dubuque Fire Department in 1966 and never looked back. He knew a good thing. He retired after 31 years of service to the City of Dubuque in 1997.

How do we describe our dad: hard worker, inspirational, inventive, genius, mentor, honest, perfectionist, bullheaded & stubborn, demanding of respect, strong willed, calling a spade a spade, anal with a touch of OCD, talented beyond belief, jack of all trades and master of many, "Stormin' Norman" and of course " our Dad, Grandpa and friend".

The fire departments schedule offered the luxury of time, a schedule allowing him to do all sorts of side jobs. He was able to help at his sister & brother in laws farm, drive school bus and put his love of carpentry and construction to work. He and fellow fire fighter & friend Jim Weitz spent years doing odd jobs. Later in life he worked with his brother, Jim Steil, together they were a highly sought-after team. Together, they created a local reputation for doing meticulous carpentry work, often incorporating innovative ideas to show off their level of expertise.

Norm was always improving his home, helping others with odd jobs and was the one SO many went to for advice on projects. He could fix damn near anything...he may have had to do some head scratching, but loved a challenge and rarely did a problem present itself that he couldn't solve and fix. Dad was the master of ideas & inventions that made things just plain better. A staunch and vocal critic of anything designed in a "piss poor" manner. Something he would groom his girls to be able to identify late on in life....because being off 1/16th of an inch matters! His girls would come up with crazy ideas of stuff we wanted built or fixed and after much grumbling (no seriously, a lot of grumbling) and saying it couldn't be done, he would create what we thought we wanted, except he would make it better than what we had envisioned. He would point out the initial design flaws in our idea and then show us how he fixed them. Spending time with Norm was always a learning experience. He just had that knack for knowing a lot about a lot. Never arrogant but knowing the right way it should be done and wasn't shy of calling you out when your ideas were not up to his standards!

Norm valued family. Minnie & Norm raised 3 daughters, and no one can dispute they provided love, stability and common sense values to each of them. He was an amazing teacher and mentor to his grandson Kyle and his son in law Jeff, 30+ years of being their go to person when they needed advice, guidance or a friend to just hang with.

He enjoyed so many great times throughout his life with great friends (typically involving cold beer). The stories he told...insert smiley face. The boys from the Durango area who he spent his teens with, raising hell, taking chances & living it up. The Jansen clan in the Sherrill area, cousins & partners in crime. The hunting trips are epic tales to remember. Fishing up in Danbury, Canada and down south. Guys he hung with at the taverns, worked with at the fire station, and fellow tradesman. Road trips with Stomp. Seeing Sequoia's in Yosemite with Sandy. Wonderful neighbors whom he valued as fantastic friends & the weekly West Dubuque breakfast with Jim Hirsch & the ladies.

Norm is survived by daughters, who will miss him the most: Sheila (Jeff) Vandermillen, Lisa (Tim) Mueller of Dubuque and Sandy Steil of Iowa City, IA. His grandson and pride & joy Kyle Chase (Cassie Cannon); siblings Jerry (Gloria) Steil, Jim (Jean) Steil, Vern (Elaine) Steil, Alvina Murphy, Mary Ann Derouin (Twirp) & sister in law Jude Steil. Sister in laws Donna (Jim) Hirsch, Carol Karlin, Ruth (Roger) Konrardy and brother in law Dick (Barb) Dolter, step grandson David Mueller & many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his awesome wife, our mom "Minnie", his parents, mother & father in law Leo & Leona (Schroeder) Dolter, brother Lenny Steil, sisters Elanor Lombardi & Evie Beecher, brother in laws Virgil Murphy, Don Derouin, Buck Beecher & Don Lombardi.

"That just about does it, don't it" Vern Gosdin (the Voice)



Charles Klocker


Charles Klocker, 97, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road and on Monday, July 1st from 9 to 10 a.m. at Church of the Nativity.

Charles was born November 12, 1921, in Dyersville, IA, son of John and Katherine (Claus) Klocker. He married Betty Weimerskirch July 30, 1953 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death in March, 2015.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on his birthday in 1942. He served with the 104th (Timber Wolf) Infantry Division in Europe from September 1944 thru June 1945. After his military service he was employed as a body and paint man at Runkles Car Dealership in Dyersville. He later went on to John Deere as a machinist and then welder, and worked in various departments.

He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi river, family gatherings, gardening and woodworking. He enjoyed both model and real steam trains. He built a model railroad in the basement of their house. It was modeled after the Colorado Rocky Mountain, where he had taken numerous vacation trips.

He was a longtime member of Nativity parish.

Surviving is a son Keith (Sharon) Klocker, of Dubuque and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, three brothers, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Rayse (Weidenbacher) Weimerskirsch.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas and the staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for their care shown to Charles.

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



Harold J. Weber


Harold J. Weber, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. Entombment and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow the service at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Harold was born on May 29, 1924 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the son of Roy and Sadie (Strief) Weber. He attended high school in Wisconsin Dells and was a part of the State Champion Basketball Team in his junior year. He was granted an early diploma in his senior year to allow him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

He served in the Marine Corps during WW II in the Pacific Theater, "Island Hopping" during many hard-fought battles. He returned home, and on December 14, 1948 he married Jocille Honerbaum in Lancaster. He owned and operated DISCO Building Improvement Co. for many years until his retirement.

Harold was a real people person. He loved to visit, and that quality made him a great salesperson. In his later years he enjoyed getting out for rides, and even made the trip to Washington DC with the Honor Flight program.

He is survived by his three children Sandra Gavin, Cindy Stecher and Randy Weber all of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; his sister Dorothy (Bob) Wick of Wisconsin Dells, and nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and eight siblings.

In lieu of flowers a Harold Weber memorial fund will be established.

 



Grace Elizabeth Carling-Kelly


A beautiful and gracious lady, Grace Elizabeth Carling-Kelly, residing in Dubuque, Iowa passed away at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa during the night on Wednesday June 26, 2019.

Please join us, as we gather to remember Grace and to celebrate a life well lived, at The Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St. Dubuque, Iowa on June 30th, 2019 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com/notices/Grace-Carling-Kelly

Grace was born in Salem, New Jersey on March 13th, 1963 to Arlene and John Rieger. Shortly thereafter the family relocated to Ohio where Grace grew up New Philadelphia, Ohio before moving to Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and later became a self-employed currency trader.

Grace met Terry Carling-Kelly in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998 and they were married on December 31st, 2006 in Key West, FL. Living and working with Terry led to many moves, from Cleveland to Kansas City, Chicago, Mexico, MO before finally locating in Dubuque, Iowa.

Grace very much enjoyed spending time in the Florida Keys, gardening, traveling, sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and just living life to the fullest.

Grace Carling-Kelly is survived by her spouse Terry Carling-Kelly and her sister Merry Jill Wilson and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace's name to the Dubuque Museum of Arts are encouraged. http://dbqart.com/donate/

A little Poem for Gracie
Love, to me is stumbling around in the dark trying to find the right words to describe the feelings I get when she smiles while she sleeps.

(aticus)



Alberta M. Briner


Alberta M. "Dolly" Briner, 82, of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, June 28, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, family will greet friends 9:30 am until service time on Friday at Church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Dolly was born July 15, 1936 in Chicago, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Olson) Kniffin. She married Dillard Briner on March 7, 1975 in Warrenville, Illinois. They spent many summers on their houseboat at Spruce Creek in Bellevue before settling in Bellevue in 1992 after retiring. Dolly and Dillard also spent many winters in Oklahoma.

Dolly worked for Automatic Electric which later became Verizon for 26 years and then worked for Jel-Sert (Freeze Pops) before retiring. Dolly and Dillard enjoyed country music dancing, going to garage sales, going to auctions, traveling, and spending time together.

Survivors include her husband, Dillard; children, Jackie (Allen) Christy, Lynn Kennedy, Lee (Roberta) Briner, and Monna (Donald Grow) Henry; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bobbi Harbecke.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter and her husband Tammy and Mike Jones; a brother, Jimmy; and a sister, Margie.

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

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



Wesley F. Hammerand


Wesley F. Hammerand, age 73, passed away at his home in Dubuque, IA on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Friends may call at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 7 PM. A memorial service will be offered at the Sherrill United Methodist Church on Friday, June 28, at 10 AM. Pastor Emily Blue will be presiding.

Wes was born on October 24, 1945 to his parents, Clarence and Hulda Hartbecke Hammerand. Wes married the love of his life, Marlene A. Polsean on May 18, 1971; she preceded him in death on July 7, 2005.

Wesley worked for John Deere Dubuque Works as a senior designer as well as being a self-employed electrician, and helping on the family farm. Wes always helped his friends and family whenever he could.

He was an active member of the Dubuque Rifle and Pistol Club even serving as their Vice President. He enjoyed woodworking, loved traveling, where he visited 49 states. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with his friends and neighbors. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Temple and a 10 year member of the Elks Club #297. He was a lifelong member of the Sherrill United Methodist Church.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Jill (Clint) Auderer of Holy Cross, IA and Phillip (Dianne) Hammerand of Davenport, IA; his grandchildren, Ashley, Vaughn, Chloe, Trent, Ellie Auderer, Ziva, and Ori Hammerand; his brother, Lester (Nancy) Hammerand of Dubuque; his significant other, Joanne Haywood, Dubuque, IA.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Orville and Louis Hammerand.

The family wants to thank all of the wonderful friends and neighbors who Wes enjoyed spending a lot of time with.
A memorial for the Sherrill United Methodist Church has been established.

Online condolences may be made at www.hskfh.com



Mina F. Davison Hinrichsen


Mina F. Davison Hinrichsen, 100, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away quietly on Sunday evening, June 23, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mina's life will be held at 1:15 P.M., Friday, June 28, 2019, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mina was born on August 30, 1918. Her parents were Marco and Edna (Dunn) Walker of Maquoketa, Iowa. She attended the Buckhorn School. She married Glenn Davison in March of 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1979. She later married Carl Hinrichsen in 1989 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Mina worked at various jobs over the years. She farmed with her husband on their crop and livestock farm north of Maquoketa, was a salesperson at Max Ray's Jewelry Store and Gambles Department Store in Maquoketa and owned and operated Mina's Gifts in Bellevue. She loved helping others find just the right piece of jewelry or gift for that special occasion.

Mina had been a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church where she was the church organist for many years. Additionally, she was a member of the Andrew Petal Pals, and a Sewing and Quilting Circle. She was a longtime volunteer at the Maquoketa Senior Center, where she earned the distinguished Iowa Governor's Award for volunteerism. She stayed active well into her nineties by riding the local RTA bus to attend and socialize at the center.

She enjoyed flower gardening, playing the organ, making quilts, crocheting, cooking, baking, ceramic dolls, and entertaining and hosting. She loved spending time with her family, especially when her son Chuck made breakfast for everyone, and she was more than happy to share all her pie and bread baking secrets with him.

Those left to honor Mina's memory include her children, Chuck (Barb) Davison of Maquoketa, IA, and Virginia Munson of Eagle Rock, MO; 7 grandchildren, Harley (Stephanie) Davison of Baldwin, IA, Carrie (Teagan) Rouse of Bettendorf, IA, Adam (Brittni) Davison of LaMotte, IA, Lisa (Bob) Hilbert of DeWitt, IA, Eric (Stacy) Travis of DeWitt, IA, Ron Munson of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Rich (Roxanna) Munson of Raleigh, NC; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn and her husband Carl, infant daughter Barbara, a daughter Sheila Songer, a brother Phillip Walker, and a grandson Don Munson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mina F. Davison Hinrichsen memorial fund has been established.

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



Vernon Thomas


Vernon "Vern" Thomas, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away June 24th, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Visitation will held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial and Military Honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born on September 3, 1931 to Carl and Mary (Hanson) Thomas in Dubuque County. He married Dorothy Kremer on February 7, 1953 in Dubuque, IA, and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2003.

Vern served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked primarily in construction and truck driving until 1960, at which time he began work at John Deere Dubuque Works.

He and Dorothy lived in Dubuque until 1963, moving at that time to St. Donatus, IA. Following the incorporation of St. Donatus in 1965, Vernon served as the town's first mayor. In 1970 he left John Deere Works, and he and Dottie commenced farming in Tete Des Morts Twp, Jackson Co. In 1976 they quit farming and Vern returned to the trucking industry as a self-employed owner/operator.

In January 1991 he and Dottie purchased a restaurant that for many years operated under the name "Travelers Cafe". The business was appropriately later renamed "Dottie's Cafe". Vern remained active in the trucking business until 1993 at which time he officially retired. Both Vern and Dottie then got involved in crafts with Vern being in charge of forming, firing and painting/glazing of ceramics. Vern spent many winter months in his home in Leesburg, Florida.

Surviving are his 11 children; Sandy (John) Bechen, Dubuque, Sharon ( George) Abresch, Clear Lake IA., Steve (Julie) Thomas, Louisburg, WI., Sheila White, Dubuque, Stanley (Carla) Thomas, Peosta, IA., Sally (Rick) Lang, Dubuque, Sharlene ( Mick) Cornwell, Manchester, IA., Scott (Alesia) Thomas, Dubuque, Shawn (Peggy) Thomas, Dubuque, Stacey (Jim) LaPage, Sherrill, IA., Suzanne (Randy) Ristau, Cascade, IA. He has 41 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dottie, his parents; 5 grandchildren; John Jr. Bechen, James Brom, Michelle LaPage, Michael Ristau, Josh Kirkpatrick. Sisters Lou (Steuer)Hess and Marie Thomas.

The family would like to make a special THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



George W. Lyons


George W. "Cork" Lyons, age 75, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor George, a Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Riverfront Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. Family and friends of George may visit from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving George's family.

George was born on July 11, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, to George F. "Buster" and Leona V. (Meggenberg) Lyons. He was truly happy to be able to spend his entire life here in Dubuque, surrounded by family and friends. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961, George was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sandy Rapp. They were blessed with 53 years together, along with two wonderful children and four grandchildren. His devotion and commitment to his family was a definite driving force in his life.

He spent over 40 years as an electrician at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL, Farmland, and Smithfield. George remained working at the Pack building to prepare for its demolition and was the last person to turn out the lights. He carried his strong work ethic and attention to detail into work with him every day. After retirement, George enjoyed spending time with his family, doing home improvement projects with his son, listening to old time radio stories, and taking rides with his faithful golden retriever, Luna.

We love George more than words could say and know he will live on through us by the way he touched our lives. Thank you, George, for every ounce of energy you spent being an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Happy trails to you George, until we meet again on the other side.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of George include

his loving wife,
Sandy (Rapp) Lyons, Dubuque, Iowa;

his two children,
Chris (Wendy) Lyons, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kelly (David Svejda) Lyons, Milwaukee, Wisconsin;

his four grandchildren,
Quinn Lyons, George "Jake" Lyons, Sophia Lyons and Ryan Svejda;

his sister,
Lavina Kay Rokusek, Seattle, Washington;

along with numerous extended family members and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a George W. "Cork" Lyons memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

George's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they have provided for him, and his family.

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



Donna T. Kruse


Donna T. Kruse, 84, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday 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. Friday, June 28, 2019, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Donna was born July 14, 1934, in Colesburg, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Marie (Lansing) Weber. She married John "Jake" Kruse on June 14, 1955, in Colesburg. Together they farmed and raised their family near the Petersburg area on the Kruse family farm.

Donna was a most dedicated daughter of our Heavenly Father who modeled kindness to all she met. She was a mother who made every sacrifice for her husband, children and grandchildren. She taught all how to live gracefully and enjoyed each moment "one day at a time." She had a true passion and love for the land and managing the family farm. She was a fervent learner and had a commitment to inspire her children to pursue lifelong educational opportunities, always assuring us that no matter the path, one must always be humble and kind.

Survivors include her children: Barbara (Martin) Pape of Olathe, KS, Sharon (Kerry) Ungs of Dunedin, FL, Phyllis (Dave) Blech of Bellevue, IA, Ellen (Neil) Kramer of New Vienna, IA, Amy Mescher-McAllister (Jeffrey Huffman) of Waterloo, IA, Jill (Paul) Manternach of Clear Lake, IA, Lisa (Mike) Krapfl of Dubuque and Rob (Karla) Kruse of Petersburg; 29 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and expecting another in August; siblings: Catherine Westhoff, Joan (Ray) Nurre, Connie Weber, Jim (Mary) Weber and John (Deb) Weber; in-laws: Ken (Mona) Kruse, Betty Weber and Dick Haupert

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2010, grandson, John Kramer in 2010; siblings: Alice (Charlie) Nurre, Joe Weber and Angeline Haupert; in-laws: Roland Westhoff, Arnold Kruse and Armella (Gilbert) Ries.

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



Robert J. Troy


Robert J. "Bob" Troy, age 60, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 5:16 a.m., on Monday, June 24, 2019, at MercyOne Dubuque. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Tony Keppler officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Bob was born on October 28, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo M. and Marlene (Ward) Troy Sr.

Bob was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1977. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Susan Willging, on April 4, 1989, at E.B. Lyons in Dubuque. The two have been blessed with 30 wonderful years together and 3 adored children. He was always a hard worker, and has been employed with Andersen Window for the last 16 years as a quality control technician. He was an extremely talented woodworker, and in his free time Bob created beautiful cabinets and pieces for family and friends. Bob liked spending time outside helping Susan tend to the gardens and building her two greenhouses, which she loved and he was very proud of. He was always on the move, though at his own pace. Some of his favorite activities were kayaking, fishing, and brewing his own craft beer. Bob was a talented musician, playing the drums with several local bands throughout the years in the tri-state area. Bob had a kind soul, and was well known for his generosity with his time, often volunteering to help family, friends and neighbors with projects around their homes. No task was ever too big or too small. Bob was especially helpful to his mom and to Susan's parents. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and brother, and wish we would have more than just the 60 years we were blessed to have him here with us. We do however find some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues he has faced so bravely these past months. Bob was truly the foundation and rock for many members of his family. We will love you and miss you forever!

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his wife,
Susan Troy, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Noah (April) Francois, Dubuque, IA,
Eric (Sofia Castellanos) Troy, Dubuque, IA
and Anna Troy, Chicago, IL;

his 3 grandchildren,
Noah Jr., Cody and Summer Francois, all of Dubuque, IA;

his adopted "grandson",
Trenten Avenarius, Pensacola, FL;

his mother,
Marlene Troy, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Charlie (Linda) Troy, Dubuque, IA,
Leo (Joanne) Troy, Dubuque, IA,
Denny (Julie DeMaio) Troy, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Troy, Las Vegas, NV,
Tracey (Aaron) Troy-Glass, Pace, FL,
Dave (Carolyn) Troy, Las Vegas, NV
and Kathy Troy-Cottrell, Dubuque, IA;

and his best friends,
Tom Colson,
Ed Marenko
and Tim Lange, all of Dubuque, IA.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Leo M. Troy Sr.; and his dear friend, Lisa Hammer.

Bob's generosity continued even after he passed away with his donation to the Iowa Donor Network as part of their eye donor program.

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



Homer R. Fritz

Homer R. Fritz, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.., Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 4:30 p.m.

Homer was born November 13, 1924 in Benton, Wis., the son of LeRoy and Berniece Murray Fritz. On June 27, 1946 he married Mary M. Heavey at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death July 1, 2011.

He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Patricia Peterson of Mesa, AZ; three grandchildren, Kristin (Jim) Tate of Chandler, AZ, Robin (Brodie) Soare of Phoenix, AZ, and Erin (Mark) Lehman of Wichita, KS; 8 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Betty) Fritz of Dubuque and Tony (Carole) Fritz of Galena and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Dan, two brothers, and four sisters.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, his nieces in California, especially Mary Ann Galassi.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque

Online condolences can be sent to www.hskfh.com



Ida Mae Matthiessen


Ida Mae Matthiessen, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There are no public visitation or services planned at this time.

Ida Mae Chorpening was born on July 20, 1944 in Muscatine, Iowa, to Melvin and Edna (Webb) Chorpening. She attended Letts, Iowa School. She married Kevin Matthiessen on March 28, 1987 in Muscatine, Iowa.

Ida had worked at Pizza Hut and Snackers in Muscatine. She most notably had delivered The Shopper in Maquoketa for 16 years.

Ida enjoyed bowling, visiting with friends, crocheting, collecting angels and camping.

Those left to honor Ida's memory include her husband, Kevin Matthiessen of Maquoketa, IA; children, Sherrie Lett of Muscatine, IA, Marcia Colvin of Iowa City, IA, Paul (Wanita) Brewer of Grandview, IA, Lyle (Joy) Brewer of Divide, CO, Scott (Joanne) Brewer of Tucson, AZ, and Arnold (Robi) Brewer of Maquoketa, IA; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister Carol Meeker Hayes of Wapello, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ida Mae Matthiessen 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.



Thomas L. Collum


Thomas L. Collum, 76, of Scotch Grove passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Brooklyn, Iowa where military honors will be accorded.

Tom was born July 22, 1942, in Grinnell, Iowa the son of Joseph and Mary (Snook) Collum. He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1960 and served in the Army from 1964 - 1966. He married Terry Moore on Sept. 30, 1967, in Grinnell, Iowa.

He began selling feed in the Brooklyn area, and became a division manager in the Fairfield area for Walnut Grove Feed. In 1989, he took over Bob's Feed in Monticello and changed the name to TC Feed Service, retiring in 2005.

He enjoyed being outdoors, coaching his children and watching his grandchildren in their activities.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Terry, four children: Angela (Victor) Fritz of Brighton, IA, Brian (Rachel) Collum of Roxas City, Phillipines, Christopher (Jill) Collum of Minneapolis, MN, Darin (Angela) Collum of Manchester, IA; eleven grandchildren: Brianna, Susan, Thomas, Mary, John, and Hanna Fritz, Allison (Zachary) Davis; Aaron Collum; James, Elizabeth and David Collum; siblings: Mary Ann Plants, Robert (Marilyn) Collum and David (Mary Jo) Collum, all of Brooklyn, Joyce (George) Watson of Marengo and Jim Collum of Grinnell; In-laws: Don Brau of Guernsey, Donna Collum of DeWitt and Marvin LaCaeyse of Montezuma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: John Paul Collum, Joseph Collum, Delores LaCaeyse and Patricia Brau, and a brother-in-law: Jim Plants.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Marie A. Kunau


Marie A. Kunau, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 19, 2019, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Marie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, July 1, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time at First Lutheran church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marie Amelia Eyer was born on May 12, 1923 in Crawford County, Iowa, to Samuel and Minnie (Bruhn) Eyer. She attended a country school and high school and later took classes at Clinton Community College. She married Gustav "Gus" Kunau in 1942 in Preston, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1997.

Marie was a homemaker and farmed with her husband. She had large vegetable and flower gardens, and taught Sunday school at St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston for many years.

Marie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and the Maquoketa Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed golfing, being outdoors, tending to her flowers, and playing bridge.

Those left to honor her memory include a son, Norman Kunau; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Ray Kunau, and brothers Gerald, LaVern and Alvin Eyer.

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



Merlin E. Meyer


Merlin E. Meyer, 90, of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Merlin may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a family rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Merlin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Burial will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Merlin was born March 3, 1929 in rural New Vienna, Iowa son of Leo and Alvina (Bries) Meyer. He is a 1948 graduate of St. Boniface School in New Vienna, Iowa. On October 13, 1956 he was united in marriage to Kathleen G. Welling at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinery repairman until his retirement in 1987.

Merlin was a loving, selfless and faith filled man. He loved his time enjoying the outdoors either gardening or just sitting soaking up the warmth of the sun. He had a terrific sense of humor that he shared often. He loved spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Boniface Parish in New Vienna, a member of the bowler's league and the Teamsters Union.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Meyer of New Vienna, IA; seven children, Jean (Jim) Ward of Kempner, TX, Joan (Todd) Miller of Luther, OK, Daniel Meyer of Decatur, Marion (Rick) Kloser of Dyersville, Julie (Paul) Hunter of Hopkinton, Bill (Mary Kay) Meyer of Dubuque, and Kathy (Doug) Proctor of Dyersville; 19 grandchildren, Crystal (Bobby) Evans, Jimmy (Fallon) Ward, Stephanie (Alex) Graf, Moriah (Trevor) Winfrey, Jourdan and Ariel Miller, Cara (Nate) Burkum, Eric (Vanessa) Kloser, Morgan Kloser, Andrew Birt (& friend, Dani), Allen (Korri) Birt, Daniel Hunter, Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye Meyer, Paul (Krystan) Proctor, Jonathan and Thomas Proctor; and 15 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Heinrichs Dyersville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter (Judy) Welling of New Vienna and Maribel Welling of Beetown, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Alvin (Dorothy) Meyer and Leo (Ginger) Meyer; a sister, Darlene (Frank) O'Connor; his father and mother-in-law, Hugo and Mathilda Welling; a sister-in-law, Ilo Malik and a brother-in-law, Alois Welling.

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

The family of Merlin would like to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Merlin.



Thomas L. Ryan


Thomas Leo "Tommy" Ryan, 60, of Manchester, formerly of Ryan, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on October 14, 1958, in Manchester, the son of William F. and Avis M. (Ruemmele) Ryan.

Tommy received his education at Lincoln School in Manchester, graduating in 1980. Following graduation, he attended Delaware County Vocational Services and then Unlimited Services for the past few years. He lived at the Howard House in Manchester and spent weekends at the home of his sister and her husband, Linda and Tom.

Tommy enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs as well as going to parties. He liked to write at his desk and attend 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. He loved to see his family. Tommy brought joy to everyone around him.

Tommy is survived by six siblings, Beverly (Mick) Burke of Walker, Rae Ellen Lyness of Ryan, Sandra (Al) Miller of Clarence, Linda (Tom) Scherbring of Manchester, Patricia Lyness of Ryan, and Jean (John) Avis of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dennis Ryan in 2007; and three brothers-in-law, Lester Lyness, Gerald Lyness, and Daniel Avis.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - rural Ryan, Iowa



Juanita Guns


Juanita Guns passed away on June 20th, 2019 in Des Moines, IA. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Mass of Christian Burial we be held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Monday, June 24th.

Juanita was born in Dubuque, Iowa on August 9th, 1931 to Mildred and Howard Becker. She attended Dubuque Senior High School where she met her future husband Charlie Guns. Juanita and Charlie were married on May 24, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They were married for 59 years before Charlie's passing on November 15, 2010. Together they raised five children - Pam, Steve, Cathy, Bob and Lisa.

Juanita loved to have fun, whether it was a formal dance, bowling, or golfing with friends. She enjoyed camping with her family and dear friends of the Dubuque Camper Club. Summers routinely included fishing in Minnesota or northern Wisconsin. Juanita and Charlie spent many winters in Casa Grande, AZ making new friends along the way. Her favorite times were holidays, where the whole family would descend on her house. Family gatherings were loud and chaotic with a lot of laughter - just the way she liked them.

Juanita's children will tell you that they learned one thing from her - love. Each day she modeled consistent and deepening love for her life-long husband, unconditional love for each of her children, steady love for lifetime friends and relatives, and an unshakable love of God. Her life demonstrated this love every day, through which she taught her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by her example. Our lives are better for having known and loved her, and she will be greatly missed.

Juanita is survived by her children - Pam Guns (John Nowlin) of Scottsdale, AZ, Steve (RaeAnn) Guns of Des Moines, IA, Cathy (Chris) Hough of Ooltewah, TN, Bob (Kelly) Guns of Northbrook, IL and Lisa (Scott) Rohlwing of Mechanicsville, VA, nine grandchildren - Elizabeth (Jason) VanGundy, Alex and Olivia Guns, Morgan, Charlie, and Sam Guns, Sydney and Kennedy Rohlwing and Lauren Hough, and two great grandchildren - Charlotte and Jillian VanGundy.



Nancy L. Dayton


Nancy Lee (Anger) Dayton, 68, of Menominee, IL, passed away surrounded by family and love on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Crossroads Community Church, 900 Galena Square Drive in Galena, with Pastor Bill Longmore officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.
Nancy was born September 12, 1950 in Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Robert E. and Dorothy (Fowler) Anger, Sr. She grew up in Galena, attending Galena High School, where she graduated in 1968.

On September 3, 1977, she married the love of her life, Durrell Dayton, at the Galena United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on August 17, 2008.

Nancy's many career choices took her down lots of different paths. Bartender, waitress, cook, semi-driver, school bus driver and even mail carrier. But her love for the food service industry was always close to her heart. In 1990 Nancy and her husband built a food truck, "The Lunch Mobile". They, along with their two daughters, would travel to fairs, auctions and festivals serving their tasty treats.

In 1996 they decided to establish more permanent roots and opened Moonlight Reflections located between Galena and East Dubuque. They offered a full service bar/restaurant and in 2004 they expanded opening an event center with seating for 350 people. Nancy and her family ran the day to day operations of the Moonlight until the business was sold in 2008.

After selling the family business, Nancy went to work at Wal-Mart until her retirement in 2017.

Nancy enjoyed many things in life, like playing euchre, spending time with friends/family and camping. But the one thing that brought her the most joy was spending time with her grandchildren. From going to movies, swimming or roller skating, there wasn't much she wouldn't do for her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Renee (Frank) Reddington of Scales Mound, and Catherine "Katie" Nesteby of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Samantha Dayton, Hanna and Jonathan Reddington, and Skylar and Tucker Nesteby; two brothers, Robert Anger, Jr. of Staten Island, N.Y. and Ronald (Judy) Anger of East Dubuque; a sister-in-law Sharon (Jim) Stodden of Galena, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Durrell, a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Anger and her mother-in-law Annella Dayton.

The family wishes to thank Medical Associates Oncology Dept. and Hospice of Dubuque. A special "big" thank you is extended to the Staff at Ennoble Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation of Dubuque. Your care and compassion through this most difficult of times is greatly appreciated.

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

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



Robert E. Frasher, Jr.


Robert E. "Bob" Frasher Jr., 72, of Epworth, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Friends and relatives of Bob may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday June 23rd at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends may also call 9 to 10 a.m. Monday June 24th the funeral Home.

Funeral services for Bob will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24th at Crossroads Church/Peosta Community Centre with Pastor Pete McCloud presiding. Burial will follow at the Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa, with full Military Honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650.

Bob was born May 25th, 1947, the oldest child of the late Robert & Viola (Dehner) Frasher of Worthington, Iowa. He was a proud Western Dubuque Bobcat grad and went on to serve in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966-1968. On September 6th,1969, Bob married his love Sally McAndrew at St. John's church in Peosta, Iowa. He spent his entire 42-year career at John Deere Dubuque Works, utilizing his many skills in the foundry, as a welder, and later as a pipe-fitter. Bob was a member of Crossroads Church and the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650.

Bob's outgoing personality and caring nature made him a friend to many and a neighbor to everyone. He impacted the lives of countless kids with his passion for coaching youth baseball and his playful spirit, regularly engaging in water fights with generations of neighborhood youth.

When he wasn't serving others, Bob enjoyed many outdoor hobbies including fishing, hunting, attending local stock-car races and the activities of his beloved grandchildren. They were the joy of his life. Bob was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, leaving no doubt that he genuinely loved and cared for everyone who was blessed to know him.

Bob is survived by his wife of 49 years Sally; three children, Jennifer Frasher of Epworth, Jeff (Tiersa) Frasher of Delhi and Mark (Shelby) Frasher of Epworth; seven grandchildren, Madeline Frasher of Epworth, Landin, Brendin & Aidin Frasher of Delhi, and Sean, Katie & Will Frasher of Epworth; five siblings, Phil (Darlene) Frasher of Worthington, Janine (Gary Trimble) Frasher of Polk City, Pat (Sue Ann) Frasher of Worthington, Joan (Jack) Drees of Greeley and Janet Frasher of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert & Viola Frasher, a brother Gary D. Frasher and in-laws Joe & Ethel McAndrew.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Mark Liaboe, and Nurse Trish, care takers at Hawkeye Care Center, and the wonderful Hospice of Dubuque Nurses for all the care and support they offered to Bob and his family.

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

 



Kristen R. McClain


Kristen Rose "Tootie" McClain, 71 passed away on June 19th, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 21st, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Kristen was born on January 8, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Eugene and Charlene (Blum) Frommelt. She married Dana R. McKinzie in 1966 and later married Jerry K. McClain.

She worked as a waitress at Rusty's Chinese Restaurant in Galena and also in Dubuque. She then worked at the Casino Bell when it came to Dubuque and retired from the Diamond Jo Casino.

Kristen enjoyed gardening, her pets, and collecting fairies and angels. She was a sweet lady who especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Heather L. Brothers; granddaughter Danielle L. (Deondre) Terry and their children Brielle, Hakiem and Amir. Her siblings. Karen H. Waller, Mark E. Frommelt, Wendy L. Renne and Gene P. Frommelt, she is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kristen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerry L. McClain; grandparents Helen and Herman Blum; and two brothers Craig S. Frommelt and Kent D. Frommelt.



Mary Lou (Haxmeier) Weis


Mary Lou (Haxmeier) Weis, 69, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Memorial Visitation will be 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Mary Lou was born May 23, 1950 the daughter of Donald J. and Marilyn C. (Heiar) Haxmeier. She married Donald N. Weis on April 12, 1975 in Bellevue.

Mary Lou loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, crocheting, and watching hummingbirds. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors included her husband, Donald; children, Cindy (Scott) Kilburg, Tina Kilburg, Katie (Jason) Manning, Kevin (Nicole) Weis, and Kurtis (Jessie) Weis; 17 grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Carol (Don) Bradley, Rita (David) Collison, Lorin (Lisa) Haxmeier; sisters in-law, Susie Haxmeier and Lois (Wayne) Kilburg; and a brother in-law, Tom Weis.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; son in-law, Douglas Kilburg; a brother, John Haxmeier; a sister, Kathy Haxmeier; a sister and brother in-law, Janice and Wayne Ploeger; and her mother and father in-law, Nick and Marie Weis.

A memorial fund has been established in Mary Lou's memory.

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



Mary Jo Eaton


Mary Jo Eaton, 77, of Thornton, Colorado and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, June 16, 2019, at the Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Denver, Colorado.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary Jo's life will be held at 12 P.M., Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary Jo Willey was born on August 21, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Oliver and Gwendola (Hute) Willey. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School where she was an honor student and cheerleader. She married Richard Eaton on January 31, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Rusty and Renee.

Mary Jo had worked as a daycare toddler teacher for 17 years. Prior to that she was a vice president at Jackson State Bank in Maquoketa and held office positions for several years in Denver.

Mary Jo enjoyed numerous outdoor activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and golf. Most important to her was her family time with kids and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Mary Jo's memory include her husband, Richard Eaton of Thornton, CO; children, Rusty Eaton of Green Bay, WI, and Renee Hanner of Parker, CO; 3 grandchildren, Baylee Hanner and Emily Hanner of Colorado Springs, CO, and JJ Hanner of Parker, CO; and a brother Dickie Willey of Ft. Myers, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Janet Nims.

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



Timothy P. Chaplin

Timothy P. Chaplin, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away peacefully at his home in Maquoketa.

Timothy Paul Chaplin was born on Dec. 10, 1961, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul C. and Donna L (Patten) Chaplin. He was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

He was an avid sports fan, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears and Cubs. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor his memory include his brother Michael J. Chaplin of Maquoketa, Iowa and his sister Janel R. (Thomas) Miller of Cobb, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Harry M. Chaplin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to T.C.'s Family in his honor.

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

A private service will be held.



Richard J. Klein


Richard J. "Dick" Klein, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Elk Grove Township. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish and Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on January 20, 1942, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Alfred and Catherine (Reichling) Klein. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1960 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He married Sarah J. Wedig on May 27, 1967, at St. Peter's Church, Elk Grove Township.

Dick retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works in October 1994 where he had worked for over 30 years. He served in the 389th Army Reserve Unit from 1959-1968. Dick and Sarah also farmed in the Cuba City area during the past 50 years.

Surviving are his wife, Sarah; two daughters, Suzanne (Jeffery) Bartels, Ham Lake, MN, and Pamela (Joe) Dregney, Reedsburg, WI; one son, Rick (Sue) Klein, Onalaska, WI; four sisters, Jean (Dennis) Albrecht, Hartford, WI, Joan (friend Nancy Wilsmann) Klein, Sun Prairie, WI, Gini (Rick) Nodolf, Madison, WI, and Ann (Jack) Meyer, Tiffin, IA; two brothers, Alan (Mary) Klein, Platteville, WI, and Ron Klein, Prescott Valley, AZ; a brother-in-law, Chuck Misky, Mt. Horeb, WI; and ten grandchildren: Abigail (Rasmus) Jorgensen, Elizabeth Bartels, Joshua Bartels, Caleb Bartels, Rachel Bartels, Tyler Dregney, Ryan Dregney, Jacob Dregney, Maxwell Klein, and Mara Klein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Pauline Misky; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Klein.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the doctors that took care of Dick.

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



Donald L. Sexton


Donald L. (Buzz) Sexton, 83 of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center surrounded by his loving family. He battled effects of stroke and dementia for the past 13 years.

Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2019, from 9 to 10:45 a.m., with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 a.m. Both held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street.

Buzz was born in Dyersville, Iowa, on February 14, 1936, the fourth of five children of Francis L. and Mabel S. (Seliger) Sexton. His older sister Donna's best attempt at saying "baby" sounded like "Buzz." The name stuck and seemed to match his high energy and outgoing personality.
His love of basketball channeled some of his energy as he proclaimed himself a "Gym Rat." The practice paid off as he excelled on the basketball court for Dyersville Xavier. He scored many points and played with a passion, occasionally fouling out of games. His love of sports also included the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bulls and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

After high school, Buzz worked for Dyersville concrete company that poured the cement for Dyersville's first pool where he became one of Dyersville's first lifeguards. In 1956, Buzz enlisted in the Air Force. He spent 4 years in California, Wyoming, Texas and England. In 1960 he began working for John Deere Dubuque Works as an electrician. Thirty-two years later, after working many hours of overtime, Buzz began his well-earned retirement. 

Buzz married Darlene Childers-Smith, the love of his life, on December 4, 1965, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. They were dancing partners for 53 years.

Boating and water were his passions. Summer vacations were always spent at cabins on lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin with his 4 daughters. Those were the heydays of fun, with sand between your toes, sunburns and bonfires.
Buzz and Darlene continued their love of boating into retirement on the Mississippi and traveling to Wisconsin. They wintered in Texas, where they enjoyed the Gulf of Mexico, along with traveling to Mexico.

His grandchildren meant a lot to him. He could often be seen attending many of their sporting events. He enjoyed grilling meals for his family on weekends and watching videos of their many activities. He was proud of his daughters and his grandchildren's many accomplishments.
In his later years, Buzz often could be heard saying, "I'm a nice guy!" He also won the lottery in the hair department, not only keeping all of it but, keeping a full head of natural dark brown hair.

He never forgot his Dyersville roots. Every summer, Buzz would make his annual trip back for a visit.

Those left to cherish Buzz's memory are his loving wife, Darlene of Asbury, his daughters Sandy (Tom) Ludescher, Cindy (Mike) Day, Nancy (William) Manning and Bonnie (Craig) Beecher. His grandchildren Lauren, Lindsey and Rob Ludescher, Grant, Brian and Andrew Day, Stefanie (Blake) Rogers and Natalie Manning and Kristin Gross, Brent Beecher and Trisha (Max) Huss. His great grandchildren Eli Gross, Claire, Nora and Baby Rogers due in September. His sisters Bev Fix of Madera, CA and Donna and Ed Harvey of Creston, IA. His brother Thomas Sexton of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

Buzz was preceded in death, by his parents, his in-laws F.W. and Rosella Childers, his brother John Sexton, brothers-in-law Leland Fix, Bill Wood, Wray and Earl Childers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, American Cancer Society and St. Anthony's Church.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Hillard Salas, "No Place Like Home" Senior In-Home Care and its special caregivers, along with staff at Finley Hospital, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Buzz.



Frederick R. Kramer


Frederick Raymond Kramer, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered the presence of his Savior on Monday, June 17, 2019, while at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Frederick's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, June 24, 2019 at Cedar Street Baptist Church in Tipton, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time at the church. A graveside service and burial will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, June 24, 2019, at Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Frederick Raymond Kramer was born on January 16, 1947 in Peoria, Illinois, to Raymond George and Josephine Kathleen (Hayes) Kramer. He grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Limestone High School. He then attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska and lastly Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He married Doris Ann Springer on May 24, 1969 in Gibson City, Illinois. Three children were born to this union, Teresa, Amy and Philip.

Frederick had been a pastor at various churches for many years. He then worked at Walmart in Maquoketa for 14 years in the Sporting Goods Department until retirement.

Frederick devoted himself to the reading and studying of the Bible. He took frequent walks with his family, enjoying his time in God's creation. One of his favorite pastimes was restoring barn lanterns.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Doris Kramer of Maquoketa, IA; children, Teresa (Darby) Davison of Maquoketa, IA, Amy Kramer of Ankeny, IA, and Pastor Philip (Kayla) Kramer of Norwoodville, IA; 2 grandchildren, Ezekiel and Evelyn Kramer; and a sister, Carol (Charles) Crocker.

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

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Frederick R. Kramer memorial fund has been established.

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



Eleanor M. Vize


Eleanor Mary Vize, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 pm Friday, June 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Friday, June 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Eleanor was born May 21, 1926, in Dubuque, the daughter of Victor Henry and Cathryn Mary (Shinstock) Hoerstmann. She married Joseph Edward Vize on April 3, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 26, 1988.

Eleanor was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She volunteered her time at the Dubuque Arboretum and Mercy Hospital.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Nancy (Bill) Schofield of Shelton, NE, Richard (Glenda Sue) Vize, Gerald "Jerry" (Eva) Vize, both of Dubuque, Sharon (Gary) Schack of Cantonment, FL, Jean (Marv) Junk of Marion, IA, Mary Ann "Bid" (Gary) Hubanks, of Dubuque, Joseph (fiancée Bonnie) Vize of Cedar Rapids, IA, Donald (Kari) Vize, Susann (Tony) Theisen, and James (Stacy) Vize, all of Dubuque, and; 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and her brother Norman (Mary Ann) Hoerstman of Hazel Green, WI.

Mom loved her family and all their "smiley faces", we were all her favorites. She had the ability to spoil all ten of us, and all of her many grandkids.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her son in infancy, Thomas; her daughter in law, Robin Vize; two brothers, Vernon and Marcellous; and her sister, Virginia (Robert) Vize.

Memorials may be given to Dubuque Arboretum and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank Luther Manor for all of their care and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Emergency Room and Neurology.

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



Michael D. Johnson


Michael D. Johnson, 69, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Dubuque, died Sunday, June 16, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from 4 pm until time of service.

Michael was born July 10, 1949 in Luanna, Iowa, son of Marland "Bud" and Lorraine (Berg) Johnson. He was a graduate of MFL High School.

On July 26, 1986 he married Linda Ford in Rock Island, IL.

The early years of his life were spent in Northeast Iowa working on the farm. He went on to own and run a construction company, wheel and deal in the car business, and manage properties in Florida. He was a man of many talents that included driving a school bus and bartending.

Michael enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing pool and euchre, and watching the Cubs and Bears. He spent time traveling, leaf looking, mushroom hunting, taking Sunday drives and most of all being with his kids and grandkids. Anyone that was lucky enough to know him, was blessed by his friendship and generosity. He left a lasting impression that many will never forget. His many sayings included "that dog don't hunt" and "hey muchacho". He always greeted everyone with a firm handshake or a heartfelt hug.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Johnson of Lakeland, FL; children, Pam (Tony) Grover of Iowa City, Brett Johnson of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Donny Hansen of Dubuque and Heather (John) Krow of Dubuque; grandchildren, Josh Krow of Stronghurst, IL, Janae (Connor Schmitt) Krow of Davenport, IA, Jared and Jack Krow, of Dubuque and Zachary Sedrel of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a great granddaughter, Emmy Sedrel, of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He is also survived by his siblings, John (Linda) Johnson, Eugene Johnson, Russ (Shelia) Johnson and Bonnie Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ride safe Big Dog Daddy Maka Waka Man, until we meet again!

A Michael Johnson Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Randal B. Schoenherr


Randal B. Schoenherr, 55, of Canton, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon June 15, 2019, at his home in Canton.

A celebration of Randal's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, June 21, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at St. Peter's Temple Hill Church Cemetery, rural Cascade, Iowa.

Randal Benedict Schoenherr was born on January 21, 1964 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Rollie and Patricia (Bliss) Schoenherr. He was a 1982 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. He married Jennifer Lynn Callahan on October 12, 1996 in Colfax, Iowa. To this union a son Brett Roger was born.

Randal had owned and operated the Longbranch in Canton, Iowa for over 28 years. He also was a lifelong cattle and crop farmer.

Randal was a member of the Jackson County Cattlemen. He enjoyed camping, mushroom hunting, visiting with friends and neighbors, and going on vacations and 4-wheeling trips. He especially loved his family and always enjoyed being around them.

Those left to honor Randal's memory include his wife, Jennifer Schoenherr of Canton, IA; a son Brett Schoenherr of Canton, IA; his mother and step-father, Patricia and Ron Shady of Cincinnati, IA; brothers Rodney (Becky Rasmussen) Schoenherr of Maxwell, IA, Oscar Schoenherr of Monmouth, IA, and Dwight (Kathy) Schoenherr of Cascade, IA; sisters, Lucreca (Dennis) Houston of Maquoketa, IA, Lucinda (Rick) Turnis of Cascade, IA, Loretta Schoenherr of Houma, LA, Tonya (Allan) Waller of Bernard, IA, Sheila (Reggie) Gillis of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Patricia (John Montgomery) Schoenherr of Mystic, IA; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Mary Callahan of Maquoketa, IA; and Rollie's special friend Jill Yousse. He was preceded in death by his father Rollie, two sisters Valerie and Lynn, a brother Rollie, and his father-in-law Roger Callahan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randal B. Schoenherr memorial fund has been established.

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



Melvin A. Schuster


Melvin Alfred Schuster, Our Dad or Papa Mel, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019 at home in Dubuque of Congestive Heart Failure at the age of 87.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church with Rev. David Schatz officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19th, at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Melvin was born at home, on the family farm, on September 30, 1931. He was the youngest child of John and Mary (Wendler) Schuster. He joined 9 other brothers and sisters. He arrived about 5 years after his closest sibling. He was the "Bonus" child. He was adored by his sisters who spoiled him rotten and always called him "Melvie". Mel grew up on a farm outside of New Vienna, IA. When he was 21, he was drafted and served in the Korean War from 1954-1956. He was part of the generation that was shaped forever by the Great Depression. Save your money. Use everything twice. Save your money.

Family always Comes first. End of discussion.

Save your money. Work hard. Save your money. Give your employer an honest days' work for an honest days' pay. Save your money. Don't be afraid to give to those less fortunate. It will come back to you tenfold.

After many nights of dancing at the Melody Mill, Melvin proposed to Rita Vonderhaar also of New Vienna, IA. They were joined in marriage on November 21, 1959 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, IA. Together they raised 4 children. He was employed by the William C. Brown Publishing company for 34 years. He retired in 1996. Dad always had the highest respect for Mr. Brown.

Mel loved to play baseball in his younger years. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. He went to many games with his children and grandchildren. He loved to play a good game of cards and was very sharp. He was a humble and kind man who would help anyone that truly needed it. All he ever wanted to do was be a husband, a father and a provider. We are all very blessed that he was a part of our life. We never had a doubt in our mind that we were loved. He showed us every day.

Melvin is survived by his children, Deb (Dave) Burkart, of Dubuque, Dan (Tamara) Schuster, of Sigourney, IA, Ann (Tony) Wolf, of Central City and Steve (Ann) Schuster, of Peosta. 16 grandchildren, 14 Great-grandchildren; sisters-in-Law Shirley Schuster and Margie Vonderhaar. Brothers-in-Law Francis (Elaine) Vonderhaar and John (Judy) Vonderhaar.

Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Rita and his parents. All his siblings proceeded him in death. Sisters, Florence (William) Kiernan, Leona (Mike) Koenig, Irene (Lee) Evers, Armella (Eddie) Kern, and Germaine (Butch) Friedman. Brothers, Elmer (Margret), Arnold (Germaine), Raymond and Wilfred (Norma).

This is how Mel summed up his life:
"I've lived a long and happy life, living the perfect idea of the American Dream. I can honestly say I am at my happiest watching a Baseball game or spending time with my family. I love nature and gazing out the window when the birds come to the feeder every morning. I've had a nice long life and loved every minute of it. I can't say that I've known anyone who has been blessed with a happier life than me."

Mel would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Karena Sauser and Ashley, for the kind care he received. Also, to Anne Link from Happy's Place for always making his day just a little bit better.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice of Dubuque. A special thank you to his hospice team Tammie, Julie and Nicole who were so very kind and helpful to all.



Frank J. Schneider


Frank J. Schneider, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home on June 14th, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.

Frank was born on March 29, 1933 the son of William L. and Mabel M. Schneider. He graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque and served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955.

Frank and his wife Eva rode horses for 25 years and his favorite horse was named Rocky. He was a member of the Tri-State Boot Scooters, All Stars Country Dancers and the Dubuque Country Saddle Club.

Frank is survived by two daughters Kathy Walker and Dianne Schneider; one grandson Bill Walker, two great grandchildren Brandon & Alec and his brother Richard Schneider.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eva; and his siblings.

The family wishes to thank Shade Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque especially Tammy M. for all the wonderful care they gave to Frank.

In lieu of flowers a Frank Schneider memorial fund will be established.



Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht


Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:53 p.m., on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Bernice's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bernice's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice was born on November 21, 1926, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of George A. and Mary M. (Nauman) Pape.

Bernice was united in marriage to the love of her life, Burton Albrecht, on June 22, 1948, and they were blessed with 6 wonderful children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her, much too soon, on December 29, 1968. She was a devoted wife and mother who also put her talents to work outside of her home as a nurse's assistant at Hempstead High School, and doing light assembly with Barnstead Thermolyne, until her well earned retirement in 1991. Bernice's faith was very important to her as evidenced by her long time membership with both Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, and Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. When she found herself with some free time, Bernice enjoyed going bowling with friends, working outside caring for her yard or playing ball with the kids, hitting them shag balls helping them to improve not only their baseball skills, but their math skills as well. She was also a die hard Cubs fan, and was thrilled to get to see them win the World Series in 2016. However, her favorite activity was spending time with her family, they truly were her pride and joy. She loved going to watch the children and grandchildren's sporting events and theater performances. We are deeply saddened at losing Bernice in our daily lives, but are grateful for all of the wonderful memories we have created throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Bernice's memory include

her children,
Dave (Sue) Albrecht, Sherrill, IA,
Marlys (Jim) Weaver, LaFeria, TX,
Bruce (Pam) Albrecht, Sherrill, IA,
Patti (Terry) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Erin) LaFoe, Dubuque, IA
and Bill (Lisa) Albrecht, Wooster, OH;

her 9 grandchildren,
Larry (Tara) Goedert, Juli (Craig) Spitzmiller, Jeremy Albrecht, Gynger Steele, Adam (Kristen) Shaffer, Nate (Paige) Albrecht, Max Albrecht, Jordan (Andrew) Redman and Will LaFoe;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Nick (Lindsay) Goedert, Andrea Goedert, Jake Goedert and Violet Shaffer;

her great-great-grandson,
Ryder Goedert;

her 2 brothers,
LaVern (Lou) Pape, Dubuque, IA
and Eldon Pape, Balltown, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Maureen Pape, Dubuque, IA.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burton Albrecht; a brother, Norbert Pape; a sister-in-law, Betty Pape; and a newphew, Curt Pape.

Bernice's family would like thank to the staff of Bethany Home, for all of their professional, kind and compassionate care of Bernice and her family.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, 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

 



Myles M. Conley


Myles Matthew Conley, 17, of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on June 9th, 2019.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Myles was born on October 4th, 2001 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Shane and Vickie (Bush) Conley. Myles recently finished his Junior year at Hempstead High School and would have been attending as a Senior this fall. He was a 17-year-old young man with his entire life ahead of him. He worked at Miracle Car Wash with future dreams of becoming a diesel mechanic.

He is survived by his parents Vickie and Shane Conley; siblings, Heaven, Angel and Shane Jr.; grandparents Debbie and Glenn Arensdorf and Don Bush; aunts and uncles Jamie Hess, Emily Bush, Kenny Hess, Jeremiah Thomas, Heidi Mitchell and Jennifer Berthel; along with many cousins.

Myles was preceded in death by his great grandparents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory; online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank their family, friends and Leonard Funeral Home for all their love, kindness and compassion during this difficult time.



Catherine A. Donovan


Catherine A. "Cathy" Donovan, 68, of Bernard, Iowa and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at Sacred Heart Fillmore Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until 11:00 a.m.

Cathy was born on June 22, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Arlene (Hesseling) Meisenburg. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968. 

On November 24, 1972 she was united in marriage to Patrick F. "Pat" Donovan at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a member of Sacred Heart Fillmore.

She worked various jobs in Dubuque and helped Pat on the family farm.

Cathy loved playing cards, reading, crocheting, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Pat Donovan, of Bernard, IA; children, Angie Donovan of Platteville, WI and her children, Sean, Connor, Logan, and Aidan; Kelly (Jeremy) Foht, of Dubuque, IA and their children Dustin, Derek, and Brittany; Kevin (Melissa) Donovan of Bernard, IA and their children Nathan, Kylie, and Kaiden; and Jeff (Linnea) Donovan, of Texas and their children Kaitlin, Nicholas, Noah, and Ethan. Siblings, Jack Meisenburg of New Hampshire, Linda (Dave) Kohn, Dennis Meisenburg, Robert Meisenburg, Jim Meisenburg, and Vicki (Jeff) Doyle, all of Dubuque, and Ron (Shelly) Meisenburg of Tennessee; brothers and sisters-in law, Janet (James) Hanks of Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Clifford and Lucille Donovan; grandson, Kevin Donovan, Jr; brother, Gary Meisenburg, sister-in-law, Nita Meienburg, sister-in-law Sharon (Larry) McDermott.

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

Online condolences can be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Mary Kellogg


Mary "Kathy" Kellogg, age 66 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Kathy's life, a private family service will be held at Bethany Home for her family and friends. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kathy's family.

Kathy was born on February 4, 1953 in Dubuque, one of nine children to Paul J. and Cleo C. (Schmitt) Durkin.  She was a gentle and fun-loving soul from her earliest years and these traits never seemed to fade until her health issues arose later in life.  Kathy valued family above all and when she was able to begin one of her own, she really began to shine.  A little time roller skating with her sons was always a welcome addition to her daily agenda and if they were able to complete the day with an evening at the drive-in movies together you could be sure that Kathy would mark that day in the books as a complete success.  She was also very social at work and her nearly 20 years as the "Cadillac of Waitresses" car hop at the Point Drive-In were some of the most rewarding working hours anyone would ever have been blessed to experience.  Liking your job, enjoying the people you work with, and finding continual satisfaction with the customers you are serving is a trifecta that most folks will never get to experience.  Kathy not only appreciated the opportunities she had been given, but also understood the value and rarity of all of them.

Kathy was well known for her free spirit and natural ability to make the most of everyday. Never one to be pinned down, you could quite often watch her standing in conversations with one knee on the chair and her eye on the door.  Life was something Kathy was full of and she wasn't going to relinquish her zeal for it without a fight.  Sadly, early onset Alzheimer's was the diagnosis she would have to face in time and this once vibrant and beautiful woman would now have to slowly face a new reality. The years would pass by and her inner light would slowly fade, but through it all you could still see that her tender heart would never surrender.  We are burdened with heavy hearts today knowing that her spark has finally flickered out, but we find peace in knowing that her earthly struggles have now ceased and that she may even have the chance to sing a duet with Elvis among the heavenly angels as her new perfect and eternal state of being begins. Thank you, Kathy for being you and may all of the memories, examples and love you've left behind bring us peace and comfort during our time apart. 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kathy include,

her 2 adored sons,
Jeffrey J. "Jeff" (Cyndi) Travis, Elgin, Illinois,
and Cody A. Kellogg, Chicago, Illinois;

her siblings,
JoAnn Francois, Dubuque, Iowa,
Kim Burdt, Dubuque, Iowa,
Michael (Stephanie) Durkin, Silver Springs, Maryland,
and Tim (Kathy) Durkin, Dyersville, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, William Plein, Marty (Sue) Durkin, Janie Feldman and Patrick Durkin in infancy.

Kathy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional and wonderful care and support they have provided to Kathy and her family.

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

 

 



Robert C. Takes


Robert C. "Bob" Takes, age 67 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Bob's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bob's family.

Bob was born on May 30, 1952, in Dubuque, one of eleven children to Lawrence and Betty (Stokes) Takes.  He spent his formative years growing up in Farley, Iowa before joining the U.S. Marine Corps right after graduation.  He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and even reupped to complete 2 tours before returning home to Dubuque to find the love of his life, Rita Weidenbacher.  He was united in marriage to his beautiful bride on May 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque and they were eventually blessed with 3 children, and 45 wonderful years together which Bob always took great pride in.  He loved his country, but he undeniably loved his family even more. His wife and kids never doubted for one second that they were his top priority in life and when the grandkids began to arrive, they quickly learned that Grandpa had a special place in his heart just for them also and that his gentleness would only grow larger just as they did.  

Bob provided for his family by investing over 28 years of his working career as a crane operator with ConAgra-Peavy in Dubuque.  Always giving his best was a character trait Bob embraced fully and his performance at work was no exception.  He ran the crane as if it were an extension of his own body and keeping the river traffic moving was never a concern when Bob was at the helm.  When the workday had ended you could quite often find Bob enjoying a little serenity right out his own backdoor tending to his yard, enjoying the wildlife in the timber he had planted years earlier, or even watching his German Shepherds run free.  He appreciated the opportunity to never have to leave the property for his yearly morel hunts, but would gladly venture out and about if a little time fishing on the water became a possibility, or if hunting season had opened and some fresh morning air with family and friends was a clear and obvious decision to be made. 

Bob's sudden physical absence from our lives has left a collection of broken hearts behind which may never fully mend.  His love was true, his words were honest, his heart was kind and his mission was grand. To create the best life he could for those he adored and to continually be true to himself.  The Lord has decided to call home one of the good ones much to quickly for our minds to comprehend or understand, but we know and trust that Bob is surely at peace now from his earthly confines at that he can now thankfully enjoy perfect peace in the presence of his Lord and Savior until we meet again.  We love you, we miss you, but most importantly Bob, we thank you for simply being you!  God Speed Good Sir, God Speed!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bob include,

his loving wife of 45 years,
Rita Takes, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 children,
Rita (special friend Michael) Schmitt, Dubuque, Iowa,
Larry "Tiger" (Tiffanie) Takes, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Robert "Bob" (Jenny) Takes, Sherrill, Iowa;

his 5 adored grandchildren,
Kolton Schmitt, Karter Schmitt, Brianna Takes, Nora Takes and Aiden McCombs;

his siblings,
Mark (Patty) Takes,
Helen McKeon,
Lois Zaph,
Shirley (Jim) Delancy,
Irene Ahlers,
Rita Takes,
Barb (Dan) Steffen,
and Martha (Dave) Timmer;

along with numerous family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; his brother, Gene Takes; his sister, Mary Lehman; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Jean Weidenbacher; and his brother-in-law, Tim Weidenbacher.

Bob's family would like to thank the Sherrill Fire Department, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and in the Mercy E.R. for all of their compassion, support and kindness.  We cannot thank you all enough for your professional and personal generosities.

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

 

 

 

 



Robert A. Besler


Robert A. Besler, 75, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Mercy One in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Robert may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be for held Robert at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Dennis Quint. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Robert was born February 26, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edwin and Armella (Recker) Besler. He received his education and graduated from St. Paul's High School, in Worthington, Iowa. On New Year's Eve, at the Worthington Hall Dance, he met the love of his life, Alice A. Boge. On September 17, 1966, they were united in marriage at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Farley, Iowa. Together, the couple farmed on the Besler Century Farm. Robert was a devoted farmer and was an avid fan of Oliver tractors. When he wasn't farming he loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren; joking around and making memories. Robert also enjoyed quiet evenings with his wife, watching movies and sharing popcorn.

He was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington, Iowa. Robert was a veteran, having served in the 389th Engineering Division in the Army Reserves, serving from 1964-1970.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice A. Besler of Worthington, IA; six children, Kathryn (Wayne) Decker of Holy Cross, IA, Robert J. (Jodee) Besler of Hopkinton, IA, Janet (Jason) Hoeger of Manchester, IA, Ronald (Courtney) Besler of Dyersville, IA, Alan (Jill) Besler of Worthington, IA and Steven Besler of Hopkinton, IA; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Taylor) Decker, Becky Decker, Danielle and Jacob Besler, Madelyn and Ellie Hoeger, Hanah Besler, Kaitlyn, Natalie, Addison and Caleb Besler; one sister, Norma Jean Rave of Manchester, IA: one brother, Louis (Janice) Besler of Worthington, IA; sisters-in-law, Monica Besler of Worthington, IA, LouAnn Kozicki and Marilyn (Harry) Bortel both of Green Bay, WI; brothers-in-law, Roger (Mary) Boge and Charles Kluesner, both of Farley, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karen Besler on January 10, 1969, two brothers, Donald Besler and Jerome Besler; one sister, Lila Mae (Joseph) Sperfslage; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Jeanette Boge; brothers-in-law, John Rave and Mike Kozicki; one sister-in-law, Arlene Kluesner.

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



Philip M. Dahlem


Philip M. Dahlem, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phil may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may call after 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Services for Phil will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 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 on December 6, 1940, in Cascade, Iowa son of Paul and Lorraine (Wiegand) Dahlem. He received his education from St. Mary's school in Cascade, IA and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie Du Chien, WI.

He went on to serve in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. Phil was united in marriage on January 6, 1968 to Elizabeth D. Green at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 19, 2000.

Phil owned and operated the Cascade Feed Company for many years. After selling the feed company he worked for CRST as a truck driver for many years until his retirement. He then went to work for the Western Dubuque School District as a bus driver. Phil loved to read and was an avid model car collector.

He was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Phil was also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He is survived by three children, Pam (Chuck) Nachtman of North Liberty, IA, Heather (Mike) Arnold of Waukee, IA and Phillip (Jill) Dahlem Jr. of Cascade, IA; 5 grandchildren, Brad and Brian Nachtman, Samantha Dahlem, Noah and Cole Arnold; one sister, Carol A. Neiers of Cascade, IA; sister-in-law, Carolyn Dahlem of Hiawatha, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Bruce and Mike Dahlem.

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

 



Patrick L. Conway


Patrick L. "Pat" Conway, age 85, of Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family, was called home peacefully at 2:40 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Luther Manor after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's Disease.

To honor Patrick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Monday June 17, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA, 52001. A visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Egelhof Siegert Casper Funeral Home 2659 John F Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002, where a prayer service will begin at 2 p.m.

Patrick was born on June 20, 1933 in Dodgeville WI, son of Thaddeus and Viola (Urfer) Conway. He attended classes in a one room schoolhouse and graduated from Lone Rock High School.

He worked on the family farm for two years before he married the love of his life, Betty Schweitzer, on April 26, 1958 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Plain, WI.

He and his wife moved to Dubuque where he started work at John Deere Dubuque Works. Patrick retired after 34 years at John Deere. After retirement, Patrick and Betty moved to Florida for 23 years and worked at various jobs. Patrick and Betty were blessed with 61 years together and four beautiful children.

Patrick loved music and enjoyed going to dances. He also loved to do volunteer work and help anyone in need. Patrick was outgoing and friendly; he would strike up conversations with anyone he met. He would meet a stranger on the street, and they would be friends forever.

Patrick's family always came first. We are deeply saddened at losing our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother. We will cherish all the memories we have made together.

Those left to cherish Patrick's memory are his loving wife Betty of Dubuque, his children Mary Conway of Rochester MN, Gregory (Regina) Conway of Dubuque, Michael (Michelle Williams) Conway of Houston TX, Patrick II (Mona) Conway of Palm Harbor FL, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, his sister Catherine (Ronald) Marjama of Brookfield WI, sister-in-law Joy Conway of Spring Green WI, and 4 nieces and nephews.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents Thaddeus and Viola (Urfer) Conway, brother Hugh Conway, and sister and brother-in-law Margaret (Carl) Baier.

Patrick's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Luther Manor. In addition, a heartfelt thank you is extended to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sara, Jeanette, Amy, Jenny, Suzanne, and Ryan. Special thanks to good friends Francis and Darlene McDonald, and Hospice volunteers Ann Gebhardt and Bev Rech.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque IA, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

"...the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2nd Timothy 4:6-7



Lucille A. (Ernst) Keil


Lucille Anne (Ernst) Keil, 96 of Bellevue, passed away on, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Thursday morning from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Lucille was born February 26, 1923 in the Spruce Creek area of Bellevue, the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mueller) Ernst. She attended country school in Bellevue #1 and #7. Lucille married Ken Keil and one son was born of this union, Ken Keil, Jr. M.D. Ken Jr. passed in 1998. Lucille worked at Dr. Henske's office, Fred Harvey Restaurant and Union Station in Chicago. She also worked in the Savanna Ordnance Depot until retiring. Lucille worked part-time in her retirement at the Young Museum in Bellevue to enjoy her interest in local history and genealogy.

Survivors include her 2 grandchildren, Kenny (Rowena) Keil III of California and Sara Waller of Georgia; 3 great-grandchildren; her daughter in-law, Kathy Keil of Georgia; and 2 nieces, Roxie (Steve) Hachmann and Cleta Deppe.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dr. Kenny Keil, Jr.; siblings, Florence (Cletus) Deppe, Hilda ( Ray ) Bennett, and Clarence Ernst; and a niece, Sue Deppe.

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

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

 



Robert L. McCauley


Robert L. "Bob" McCauley, age 93, of Cuba City, Benton, and New Diggings, Wisconsin, joined his beloved Virginia in heaven on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Bob was born on November 7, 1925, in Huron, South Dakota, the son of Austin E. and Lucile A. (Abel) McCauley. He lived his young life in Waterloo, Iowa, before moving to New Diggings in 1930. Bob later graduated from New Diggings High School, joined the Navy and was aboard his ship by age 17. He served on the USS Rudderow (DE-224), the lead ship of her class of destroyer escorts. Bob was honorably discharged in October 1945 as a Rank 2nd class Petty Officer forward fire room, after he became completely deaf.

Bob returned home to New Diggings and worked as a Postmaster and general store operator (1945-1947), and then went on to work for the area mining companies (1947 - 1954). Finally, Bob joined Interstate Power and Light in Dubuque, Iowa, as a shop meterman. He worked there from 1954 until he retired in 1986, at the age of 62.

Bob met and later married Virginia Roberts on November 22, 1950, in Lancaster. They had six children and resided in New Diggings before moving to Benton. Bob was elected to the Benton School Board in 1962 and proudly served for 21 years before retiring from his seat in 1983.

Of course, Bob was a crazed Cubs fan, until they finally won the pennant. He also loved to travel and enjoyed beating everyone at cribbage. Bob was a fan of people who enjoyed conversation.

He will be dearly missed by his family, Michael (Anne) McCauley, John (Jo) McCauley, James McCauley, Sharan Miller, Gary (Patricia) McCauley, and Kay (Kevin Orth) Brink. Bob was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Marie (Dan) Kramer, Michael (Candi) McCauley, Thomas (Cassie Ossmann) McCauley, Ryan Miller, Allan (Lindsay) Miller, Staci (Jason) Plowman, Megan (Justin) Birch, Curtis (Samantha Kaiser) McCauley, Rebecca (Brandon Keen) McCauley, Dayna (Rick Jordan) McCauley, Ali (Nate) Moris, Steven (Ivory) Brink and Stephanie (Ryan) Kern, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Bob was proceeded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia; his parents, Lucille and Austin McCauley; and his siblings, William A. McCauley and Wenda Crews.

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



Margaret P. (Dietzel) Bies


Margaret P. (Dietzel) Bies, 92, of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque surrounded by her family.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, Monday, June 17, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Monday morning from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Margaret was born February 27, 1927 in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Leonard and Regina (Ames) Dietzel. She married Melvin Bies on November 10, 1948 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, he passed on June 6, 1984.

Margaret enjoyed quilting, being on the farm, walking, playing cards, gardening, and going out to lunch. She always had cookies and brownies ready for her children and grandchildren when they stopped at the house.

Margaret was a hard worker and was very particular about her yard. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Roger (Barb) Bies, Larry (Deb) Bies, Jerome (Carolyn) Bies, and Janet (David) Casper; son in-law, Garry Dalsing; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Edmund (Melinda) Dietzel, and Rosella Casper; a sister in-law, Marie Dietzel.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Donna Dalsing, siblings, Joseph (Rose Marie) Dietzel, Arnold Dietzel, Hildegard (Cyril) Monner; and a brother in-law, John Casper.

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

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



Janice M. Ehlers


Janice Mae Ehlers, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 12, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Janice Mae Busch was born on December 25, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa, to Arnold H.D. and Loretta J. (Niemann) Busch. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School then attended a business trade school where she received secretarial and administrative training. She married Harvey Joel Ehlers on June 11, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Terri and Tony.

Janice first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then became a housewife and sold Avon on the side. She then worked part-time for the Maquoketa Police Department as a dispatcher for ten years, and lastly for the Regional Transit Authority as the Head Start driver and dispatcher until retirement.

Janice was a social person and enjoyed talking on the phone, traveling with good friends to casinos, playing bingo and slot machines.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Terri (Reese) Bakeoven of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tony (Theresa) Ehlers of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Anika Ehlers, Travis Smith, Jordan Ehlers, Kyle Ehlers and Devin Ehlers; and a sister, Nancy (Lonny) Gilmore of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Harvey on March 8, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janice Mae Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

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



Lucille L. Stoffel Brimeyer


Lucille L. (Cummer) Stoffel Brimeyer, age 89, of Dubuque, IA passed away at Luther Manor on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. 

Friends may call on Friday, June 14 from 3 to 7 PM at the Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA. Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Spirit Pastorate, Holy Ghost Church on Saturday June 15 at 10 AM. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will be officiating. 

Lucille was born on September 22, 1929 to her parents, Louis and Barbara (Link) Cummer. Lucille married Glen Stoffel on April 29, 1947; he preceded her in death on December 18, 1994. She married Robert Brimeyer on June 16, 2001, who preceded her in death on February 10, 2013. Lucille liked to play cards, play bingo, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. 

Lucille leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Dave (Kay) Stoffel of Sherrill, IA, Pat (Tom) Ellwanger, of Dubuque, IA, Joe Stoffel of Rickardsville, IA, Deb (Ken) Kipper, of Dubuque, IA, and Jodee (Jack) Theisen, of Holy Cross, IA, and her son-in-law, Gary Krause of Rickardsville, IA; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; her brother, Bill (Marge) Cummer, of Dubuque, IA; sister, Evelyn Specht, of Sherrill, IA; brothers-in-law, Vic Leibfried, of Dubuque, IA, and Ralph (Evelyn) Brimeyer of Bettendorf, IA;. sisters-in-law, Marge Huber and Jane Brimeyer, both of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Krause  on March 14, 2018, her eight siblings, and numerous brothers and sisters-in law.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association or to Hospice of Dubuque

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place for all of their love and care during Lucille's life.

 

 



Joann Sigrah

Joann Sigrah, 6 months, of Dubuque, Iowa died June 05, 2019. Friends may greet the family after 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque. Services will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Ronald J. Busch


Ronald J. Busch, 75, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the church 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. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Ron was born on October 11, 1943, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Clarence and Florence (Alt) Busch. He married Karen L. Udell on February 8, 1969, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Ron served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict in the helicopter squadron. After serving in the Navy he worked as a bartender and really enjoyed the people he waited on. Ron began working as an apprentice at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, later becoming an electrician in the experimental department. During this time he was a member of UAW Local 94 and served as a union steward.

Ron and Karen resided in Cuba City where they raised five daughters. He was active in St. Rose of Lima Parish, serving as CCD coordinator and assisting with a variety of parish activities including the annual Turkey Supper. Ron was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #765, serving as Grand Knight of the organization. He belonged to American Legion Henry Pinch Post #105 where he served in several offices and participated in parades and military honors ceremonies for fellow veterans. Ron was also a member of the Cuba City Volunteer Fire Department. A very devoted husband and father, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and working on cars.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; five daughters, Ronda (Mike) Rindy, Strum, WI, Robin Hoffman, Cuba City, WI, Rebecca (Jason) Runde, Hazel Green, WI, Renee (Kirk) Myers, Greenwood, WI, and Rachele Richard, Cuba City, WI; a sister, Betty Jean Troia, Madison, WI; two brothers, Ken (Rosalie) Busch, Orangeville, IL, and Michael (Katie) Busch, Plymouth, MN; seventeen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A special thank you to the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Eldon C. Wilwert


Eldon C. "LD" Wilwert, 80 of North Buena Vista, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on June 11th, 2019 at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday June 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A motorcycle procession will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15th, at the funeral home to Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista where funeral mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Eldon was born on April 25, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Mathew and Alma (Theisen) Wilwert.

Eldie's first love was motorcycles. He loved to fly through the streets of Dubuque before he was 16. He met the second love of his life when he was 17, Dorothy Martelle. They married on December 28, 1958.

They opened their first Harley-Davidson dealership out of a small garage in Key West, Iowa; later moving to Bluff and Dodge Street. They then moved the dealership to 19th & Jackson and stayed there until April 1989, when they moved to Nightengale Lane. They retired in 1998 and spent their winters in Leesburg, FL.

During Eldie's life, he enjoyed racing Harley-Davidson motorcycles on the flat track circuit, and racing Arctic Cat snowmobiles, receiving championships for both, many times.

Eldie enjoyed fishing and would spend time over the years in Brainerd, MN and Bass Camp; along with snowmobiling in Eagle River/St Germaine, WI with friends and family. He also enjoyed his hunting trips with friends. He loved to gamble and play cards.

Eldon belonged to the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club, working the rider gate at the Dickeyville Hillclimb, the 660 Club, the Dubuque Men's Association and the Dubuque Men's Bowling Association.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 60 years; sons Clay (Janelle), Todd (Jena), Dane (Lynette) and daughter Wendy. Grandchildren: Tristan (Shayne), Tiara (Ryan) Steffen, Chad (Carrie), Dustin (Emily), Jacob (Sydney Feller), Tyler and Addison. Step-Grandchildren: Brandon (Kristen) Dirksen and Jeremy (Kerry) Bickett. Great-Grandchildren: Anika, Colby, Silas, Dason, Corbyn and Paxton Wilwert, Remington and Lilian Steffen. Step-Great-Grandchildren: Mia and Max Dirksen. In-laws: Joe Sutter, Genevieve Dement, LaVern (Marge) Martelle, Jeanne (Don) Schonhoff, Chuck (Barb) Martelle and Susie Martelle, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Alma Wilwert, great-grandchildren: Ashton and Cooper Wilwert, in-laws: Cliff (Gilda) Martelle, Eileen Sutter, Ira Dement, Marlene (Frank) Miller, Raymond Martelle.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals that cared for Eldie over the years; especially the Leesburg Regional Memorial Hospital in Florida, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, the Guttenberg Care Center and St. Croix Hospice.



Joan K. Williams


Joan K. "Hanni" Williams, 97, of the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Tuesday morning, June 11, 2019 at the care center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dennis Cahill officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Joan was born on July 17, 1921 in Duisburg, Germany, the daughter of Karl and Christine (Goetz) Eichel.  She was united in marriage to Paul H. Williams on August 2, 1947 at Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on November 9, 2002.

Joan was the first W. W. # 2 bride in LaCrosse County, Wisconsin. She was formerly employed at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, for approximately 30 years, until her retirement. Joan loved gardening and working in her yard.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald Williams of Big Lake, Alaska, Karl "Chuck" (Joyce) Williams and John (Kathy) Williams, both of East Dubuque; 8-grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Williams of Sheboygan, WI, and sister-in-law Maria Williams of Massachusetts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, a great grandson, Kyle, and four sisters.

Joan's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to our mother and grandmother.

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

 

 



Ross L. Noah


Ross L. Noah, age 69 of Cuba City, Wisconsin completed his earthly journey on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Ross' life, a Celebration of Life will be held at Doolittle's Pub and Eatery, 112 South Main Street, Cuba City, Wisconsin, 53807.  Family and friends of Ross' may gather, visit and share memories together on Friday, June 14, 2019 after 5:00 p.m.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ross' family.

Ross was born on March 29, 1950 in California, one of four sons to Roscoe and Lida Noah-Shriver. He grew up enjoying the California sun daily and savored every opportunity which came his way to embrace it fully.  Ross was a machinist by trade and spent over 28 years with the B. Pecks Corporation, before investing another 8 years with John Deere after moving to Wisconsin. Ross had a strong work ethic, but it was definitely when his free hours arrived in the day that Ross truly lived joyfully.  He had an incurable affinity for sports cars, classic rock-n-roll, skydiving and socializing in any situation he found himself, but we'd be remiss not to disclose that his greatest moments were likely when he was out on the water skiing with his friends.  He was the proud founding member of the Blue Balls Convention Ski Club of California and as the group grew with each passing year, so did Ross' admiration for his creation. 

Ross was surely a man who enjoyed a little fun in his days, but he also knew how to embrace a little downtime therapy in his woodshop as well.  His talent was immeasurable and so many of his unique projects will surely be blessing countless homes for years to come. Ross was a bright light in the world throughout his 69 years and his strength was quite evident as he was forced to battle cancer on three different fronts over the last ten years. This final battle sadly has taken all the Ross had left to give, but never once did he complain about the hand he was holding. A true gentleman till the end and all who knew and loved him now pray for peace and understanding as he is finally done facing his earthly struggles. Thank you for the abundance of memories you've left behind Ross which will definitely help to mend the many broken hearts around you and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.  

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ross include,

his loving daughter,
Danielle Sherman, Sacramento, California;

his granddaughter,
Brooke Beckham, Sacramento, California;

his 4 sisters-in-law,
Barbara Noah-Whitcher, Santa Rosa, California,
Linda Noah, Santa Rosa, California,
Della Noah, Janesville, California,
and Tina Noah, Fairplay, California;

his good friend and cousin,
Marshall (Dee) Peyton, Galena, Illinois;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Meldon Noah, Phillip Noah and Paul Noah.

Ross' family would like to thank all of the doctors who have helped him to fight his cancers so courageously over the last decade. To the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their professional care and gentle support. And a very special thank you to all of Ross' friends and neighbors who have cared for him just like a member of their own families. You have all made such a beautiful statement about humanity through your outpouring of time and please know that Ross, and we, appreciate absolutely everything you've done. May God bless you all for your kindnesses!

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

 

 



Patricia J. Schumacher


Patricia J. (Jochum) Schumacher, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 9th, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Patricia was born on July 21, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa; the daughter of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum. She attended St. Mary's Grade School and Immaculate Conception Academy. On July 24, 1954, she married David A. Schumacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She was a member of the Women's Recreation Association Volleyball League, Senior Mixed Bowling League, and a long-time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She worked as an in-home day care provider, but most importantly she was a loving homemaker. She enjoyed going to her kids and grandkids activities. She loved reading, crocheting, doing puzzles, and especially enjoyed playing cards and games with her family and friends. She was a caring, faith filled, loving woman who welcomed all into her home.

Patricia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her sons Peter Schumacher and Dan Schumacher both of Dubuque, Paul (Kelly Mayne) Schumacher, of Peosta; daughters, Sharon (Lance) Hoefflin, of Austin, MN, and Beth (Tom) Potts, of Peoria, IL. Grandchildren Daniel (Heather) Schumacher, Jason Schumacher, Sara Schumacher, Hope Schumacher, Jenna (Jeff) Gobin, Troy (Rachelle) Hoefflin, Luke Hoefflin, Gabriel Schumacher, Brandon Potts, and Morgan Potts; great grandchildren, Alex, Ashley, Alyssa, Wyatt, Aleahia, Addlynn, Aria, Aason, Connor, Caleb and Hudson. Also surviving are her sister Carole Thul, brother Gary (Donna) Jochum, sister-in-law DeLee Jochum, brother-in-law Francis (Ethel) Schumacher and many nieces and nephews.

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband and her daughter-in-law, Mary Beth; her parents; brothers, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely, Robert (Lynn), Wayne, and Donald Jochum as an infant; sisters, Mary (Bill) Fransen, Jeanne (Jerry) Meyer, Dorothy (Lyle) Reed, Leone (George) Reed, and Joan Wagner; brothers-in-law David Thul, Walter (Catherine) Schumacher, Erwin (Micky) Schumacher, Joseph (Vera) Schumacher, Charles (Bernice) Schumacher and Louis Schumacher at birth. Sisters-in-law Sally (Nick) Pauly, Marian (Bob) Frederick, Doris (Frank) Hanten, and Sr. Mary Irma Schumacher, OSF, along with several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette, Jenny and Heather, for their kindness and all the wonderful care they gave to Pat.

 

 



Rosemary R. Meyer


Rosemary R. (Frommelt) Meyer, 97, of Bethany Home, formerly of 3579 Lisa Ct. Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019 at Bethany Home.  

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church-Holy Spirit Parish, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 until 10:15.  Fr. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., is entrusted with arrangements.      

Rosemary was born on August 22, 1921, in Dubuque, daughter of Alois and Anna (Vogt) Frommelt.  She married Robert J. Meyer on October 21, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque; he preceded her in death on October 20, 2012.  Her daughter, Laura A. (Meyer) Nilles also preceded her in death on April 16, 2014.

Rosemary worked at KDTH before being employed by Loras College where she worked in the Business Office for 30 years.

Rosemary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Holy Trinity Catholic Church where she was active in the Choir and other Church organizations. She and her husband enjoyed traveling, particularly with the local travel clubs.

Surviving is her son-in-law, Keith Nilles of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Erika (Jeff) Nilles-Plumlee, Kirkwood, MO., and Kirstin (Steve) Kunkel, Perrysburg, OH.; and five great-grandchildren; Isaac and Nathan Plumlee, and Chase, Marin and Ty Kunkel. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Gertrude Frommelt; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Ralph Weitz, Agnes and Donald Piersch, Marie and Walter Lewis, Elizabeth and Merlin Vanderah, and Agatha and Charles Leute.                 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Home, Holy Trinity Church-Holy Spirit Parish, or Hospice of Dubuque.

Thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the love, compassion and care shown to Rosemary.

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

 



Elizabeth L. Lendt


Elizabeth Lucille "Betty" Lendt, 70, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, at her home. She was born on June 26, 1948, in Manchester, the daughter of Matthias and Alberta (Holtz) Ronnebaum. Betty was raised in the Earlville area and was a 1966 graduate of Xavier High School in Dyersville. 

On November 1, 1974, Betty was united in marriage to Darrell Lendt. She worked for more than 29 years at the Shopping News in Dyersville.  

Betty was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed traveling to Arizona each year for their spring training. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, having coffee with her friends, and attending her grandchildren's sporting events. Betty especially enjoyed following her husband's music career over the years. She always cherished spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 44 years, Darrell Lendt of Manchester; her five children, Brian (Sue Alvis) Knipper of Earlville, Jeffrey (Jamie) Knipper of Clinton, Karmen (Craig) Johannes of Manchester, Kelly Kiernan of Marion, and Danielle (Dan) Goebel of Masonville; ten grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren; four siblings, Dianne (Bill) Oberbroeckling of Manchester, Karen (Dave) Mensen of Delhi, Marilyn (Gary) Althoff of Earlville, and Donna Poehnelt of Manchester; sisters-in-law, Kim (Kyle) Downs of Hiawatha and Deb (Dick) Schmitt and Diane Bosler of Manchester; a brother-in-law, David Lendt of Sergeant Bluff; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Matthias and Alberta Ronnebaum; her parent-in-laws, Elmer and Illeen Lendt; one son-in-law, Troy Kiernan; two brothers, Leon and Robert Ronnebaum; and two brothers-in-law, Larry Reth and Dan Kaiser.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church on Friday.

Interment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



James K. Powers


James "Jim" K. Powers,88, of Dubuque entered into his eternal home on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Manor Care Health Services, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13 at Resurrection Catholic Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim "Red" was born on August 21, 1930 in McGregor, Iowa the son of William and Lucille Powers. He proudly served on the front lines in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1953. Upon returning to the states he married Anna Mae (Reiter) in 1955 in Omaha, NE. Together they made their path through life sharing 61 years of the peaks and valleys of marriage and lived in the same home throughout their married life. Jim and Anna Mae were long time members of Resurrection Church and Jim was blessed one year to be the lucky winner of a vehicle at the Annual Resurrection Parish Festival.

Jim entered the work force first working at the former Caradco before becoming employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired from John Deere in 1986 after 30 years of loyal service. After retirement he enjoyed driving for RTA and drove the route to Iowa City and immensely enjoyed all the people he met while driving back and forth from Dubuque.

In the early years of their marriage they owned a cabin on the island in Guttenberg and spent many enjoyable years with their children on weekends and vacations. As a family, they enjoyed camping and that was where they could be found if not at their home. He progressed from their truck camper to their motor home, a luxury he never thought he would enjoy as much as they did. They traveled to many states and enjoyed visiting many state parks across the nation.

Jim was a hard- working, blue collar individual with a laugh that was difficult not to distinguish if he was in the vicinity. He spoke often how little they once had and yet how little it took to create happiness for them at a time when he was fortunate to be comfortable. In his later years, his faith was reignited and it was his faith that guided him through experiencing the loss of sight and the difficulties of breathing. He was grateful to be a member of his church.

He is survived by his sons, William L. (Bonnie) Powers, James K. Powers, and daughter, Lori Tillman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dr. Lisa London, of Chicago, IL, Billy (Kristle) Powers of Dubuque, Jacey (Brian Shea) of Belmont, WI, Paige (Eric) Powers, of Chilton, WI, Michael (Keri) Tillman and Tracy (Steve Weiler) of Dubuque, step- grandson, Thom (Sheri) Wasmund, of Lena, IL; 7 great- grandchildren; brother-in-law, LaVern (Gayle) Reiter and sisters-in-law, Virginia Lyons, of Dubuque and Carol Godwin, of Galena IL; numerous nieces and nephews; and Karen Smith, a special Goddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae; parents; brothers, Robert (Jo) Powers and Larry (Carmen) Powers; sister, Rosemary (Lloyd) Valley; nieces, Michelle Powers, Susan Lyons and Linda Lyons; mother and father-in-law, Leo (Esther) Reiter; brothers and sisters-in-law, LeRoy Reiter in infancy, Merlin (Janaan) Reiter, LeRoy Lyons, Francis Callahan, Lacy Godwin, Bob Brotheridge, Homer (Marion) Jewell, Orvetta Reiter and Jeanette Reiter.A James K. Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and staff at Unity Point Health- Finley Hospital, Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, Mary Schmidt of Resurrection who faithfully brought Dad Communion, and to the EMT and first responders for their exceptional care and compassion.



Jane C. Breitsprecker


Jane Christine Breitsprecker, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 7th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with service immediately following. Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Jane was born on June 19, 1966 at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, Iowa the daughter of John and Karis (Ketelsen) Kozak. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1984 and attaneded Kirkwood Community College. She married Mark William Breitsprecker on April 20, 2002 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

Jane worked as a Certified Nursing Aide and was a Manager at Fashion Crossroads in her earlier years in Maquoketa. She also was a Physical Therapy Technician at Bruce Pauls, Maquoketa Iowa and Medical Associates, Dubuque Iowa. She also worked part-time at Junction 21 in Peosta.

Jane loved her family and friends deeply. She sent numerous cards to everyone, never forgetting anyone's birthday, anniversary or special occasion. She loved the outdoors enjoying camping, fishing and traveling to new places to explore. She loved to go antiquing and enjoyed NASCAR. She also enjoyed playing cards, doing crafts, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. She cherished the time spent with her family especially at the cabin in Bellevue, Iowa. She also hosted many gatherings and opened her home to everyone. Jane was the glue that kept her graduating class of 1984 close. She organized numerous class luncheons and reunions. She spent a lot of her life helping and caring for others, visiting friends and family in the nursing home.

She is survived by her husband Mark; her mother Karis (Ketelsen) Dietz and step-father Charles Dietz of Maquoketa; her sister Anne Kozak of Claremore, OK; step-brothers, Craig (Scarlet) Dietz, of Maquoketa and Cory (Cheryl) Dietz, of Colorado Springs, CO; uncles and aunts, David and Carol Ketelsen, of Maquoketa, Iowa; and Lane Ketelsen, of Chicago, IL; mother-in-law Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Judith Breitsprecker, John and Heidi Breitsprecker, Doug and Lisa Breitsprecker, Deborah and Barry Ruden, Cindy and Randy Schrobilgen, Cathleen Breitsprecker, Laura and Jerry Heiderscheit and Dianne Hohman. Jane also had many nieces, nephews, and cousins that she loved deeply, including her fur-babies Charlie and Tate.

She was preceded in death by her father John Kozak; her Aunt Joan Kozak Hunt: grandparents, Charles and Marcella Kozak, Kelon and Evelyne Ketelsen, and her father-in-law Gerald Breitsprecker.

 



Daniel R. Olds


Daniel Richard "Dan" Olds of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, surrounded by his family.

Friends and family may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque where there will be a parish wake service at 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 60 S Algona, Dubuque. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Hazel Green.

Dan was born on January 3, 1943, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, the son of Richard C. and Agnes L (Ferring) Olds. Dan was a life-long resident of Dubuque and loved his city.

He married his teenage sweetheart, Phyllis E. (Curtis) Olds on July 13, 1963 and showered her with love and attention throughout their 56 years together. They were blessed with two children, Kathy and Roy.

Dan always had a project in progress and met each day with vitality and a plan. He enjoyed a career working with metal and was employed at the Adams Company for over 30 years, initially as a machinist, and later, where he found his perfect niche as a tool maker. He took great pride in his work and, given a chunk of metal, could create about anything that could be turned on a lathe, drilled, or milled.

He had a penchant for automobiles, driving them, fixing them, and disassembling and rebuilding their bodies and motors, especially Oldsmobiles. He generously shared those talents, helping numerous friends, neighbors, and family members with car purchases and maintenance. Dan also enjoyed riding his motorcycles, especially his BMW R90S, and toured with his wife and friends throughout the U.S., Canada, and Nova Scotia.

A classic-car enthusiast, he could be found every Thursday evening at Gary's Graffiti Night and every Saturday morning at Tommy Thompson's A&W station for coffee and car-talk with friends. He was an active member of the Tri-State Automobile Club, participating in club initiatives, breakfasts, dinners, tours and formal social events. He was also a member of the Oldsmobile Club of America, plus the Illinois Valley and the ‘57 Oldsmobile clubs.
Dan was a kind and compassionate person and was sought out by many for his innate capability to listen. If he could help someone out, he always did.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Phyllis; his daughter, Kathy (Barry) Adams, of Overland Park KS; his son, Roy Olds of Dubuque; six grandchildren: LeighAnn (Andrew) Duve, Erica Olds, Rachel (Nick) Nurre, Ryan Olds, and Ben and Emily Adams; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Lynda (Don) Vickerman of Dewitt and his brother, Dave (Donna) Schmitt of Dickeyville; his former daughter-in-law, Angie Olds; his sister-in-law, Eleanor Hamilton, and brother-in-law, Don Curtis; his step-mother, Dolores Olds of Monona, and his six half-siblings: Janet, Ardy, Rick, Tom, Jane, and David Olds; plus many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Judy (Buck) Loeffelholz, Jackie (Ed) Jansen, and Diane (Phil) Karberg; and his father and mother-in-law, Oswald and Beryle Curtis.



Joanne P. (Carr) Plein


Joanne P. (Carr) Plein, age 73, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:30 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Joanne's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Joanne's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joanne was born on June 2, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and LaVerne (O'Brien) Carr.

Joanne was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who worked at the Walgreen's Deli before getting married. She was united in marriage to John Plein on November 7, 1975, in Galena, Illinois. Joanne was a devoted full time wife and mom who enjoyed caring for her home and family. In her free time, Joanne liked spending time with her friends and going for walks at Eagle Point Park. Family, however, was truly her greatest joy in life, she loved getting together for the holidays, especially when the grandchildren came along. Joanne also enjoyed playing Bingo with her friends at ManorCare and had quite the collection of stuffed animals to showcase her winnings. She had a phenomenal memory for faces, names and phone numbers, a trait which many of us wish we had been blessed with. We are saddened at losing our sweet Joanne, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now free of the health issues she has faced with such grace these past few years.

Those left to cherish Joanne's memory include

her husband,
John Plein, Vinton, IA;

her children,
Amy Plein, Platteville, WI;

her 2 granddaughters,
Crystal Berning and Jessica "Jessi" Turtscher, both in Platteville, WI;

and her siblings,
Michael (Patti) Carr, Dubuque, IA,
Cathy Saddoris, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Rich Carr, Waterloo, IA,
Don (Dianne) Carr, Wauwatosa, WI
and Jerry (Terri) Carr, Epworth, IA.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; and 3 brothers, Thomas, Philip and Patrick Carr.

Joanne's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind and caring support of Joanne 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



Roy J. Gabrenja


Roy Joseph Gabrenja, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Rickardsville and Sunset Park Place in Dubuque passed away June 7th, 2019 at Manor Care with his loving family by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 11th, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah officiating. Visitation be after 9:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church . Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville, IA.

Roy was born on October 22, 1924 in Dubuque the son of John Gabrenja and Anna (Pizem) Gabrenja. Roy married Dorothy Schrobilgen on April 12th 1948. Together they had three children and shared 71 beautiful years together.

Roy farmed in the 5 points area of Dubuque Co. and he worked at John Deere Dubuque works for 25 years retiring in 1985.

Roy enjoyed playing cards, especially rummy and solitaire, and loved trips the casino before his health and eyesight failed him. He fought a long hard battle against numerous cancers over 14 years. His family and faith mattered most to him.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his family: Daughter, Diane (Bob) Meyer and their children, Kris (J.D.) Neal, their children, Tristan and Griffin; Keri (Jon) Griswold and their children, Owen and Olyvia; Grace Coleman and her daughter Lillith Frisa. Daughter Sandy (Steve) Zalaznik and their children, Eric (Paige Ortiz) and their children, Ava, Julia, Clara Zalaznik and Jake and Jimmy Ortiz; Jason (Stephanie) Zalaznik and their children Jaylynne, Josie, Judson, Elsie, and Millie; Ryan (Madde) Zalaznik and their children Zayda Zalaznik and Jack Mulgrew. A son John Gabrenja. In-laws Pat Hough, Thelma Roberts, and Irma Schrobligen. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Anna (Art) Heiderscheit; a younger brother; a great-granddaughter Lauryn Griswold; mother and father-in-law Joseph and Margaret (Lex) Schrobilgen; In-laws Melvin Schrobilgen, Robert (Dorothy) Schrobilgen, Germaine (Aloysius) Schmitt, and Harlan Roberts.

Roy's family would like to extend a huge thank you to all his many caregivers over the years. He had his favorites and you know who you are!

Family would like guests to dress casual and comfortable for services.

The family requests no flowers, instead memorials will be directed to the Hope Lodge in Iowa City to help house those fighting cancer. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

 



Julia M. Gourley


Julia Marie Gourley, 54, of Dubuque left this world and went straight to heaven on June 7, 2019, peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Julia was born September 27, 1964, in Dubuque, daughter of Allen and Nancy (Jungk) Gourley. She attended Nativity School, Washington Junior High and Dubuque Senior High School, graduating in 1983. She was a delightful child, had lots of friends, and was an avid swimmer on the YMCA team for about 8 years. After high school, she clerked at A.J. August. Later she attended NICC majoring in Marketing and Business while working at Burger King. She went to Chicago and attended Burger King Managerial School and worked in the Chicago area for several years. Her life had a lot of ups and downs. After returning home she worked as a nurse's aide. She tried to befriend Bill W., but was not successful. She volunteered at numerous places including Project Concern. In recent years, she waitressed mostly at Maid-Rite where patrons there really enjoyed her and looked forward to seeing and joking with her. The last year and a half she battled lung cancer, but kept her sense of humor, joking and chatting with everyone. At the Wendt Center, they even suggested that she come and greet others as she had such a way with people.

Surviving are her twins, Benjamin Gourley and Brianna Gourley; her mother, Nancy Gourley; her sister, Kathy Meyer; her brothers, Arthur (Kenda) Gourley, William (Bonnie) Gourley, Timothy (Ann) Gourley; and her former brother-in-law, Steve Meyer, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Julie was preceded in death by her father, Allen Gourley; her brother, Leonard Gourley; her uncle, Thomas Jungk; and her aunt, Alice Smith-Weigman.

Julia's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Health, Medical Associates, the Wendt Center, Hillcrest IHH and Hospice of Dubuque. She had wonderful care and became close to a number of her caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the aforementioned agencies or to the Gourley Family Endowment Scholarship Fund at NICC.

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



Philip J. Ruff


Philip J. Ruff, 90, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 7, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St.  Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military rites will be accorded.  Friends and family may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 1 p.m.

Philip was born May 2, 1929, in Dubuque, son of Charles H. and Alma K. (Stecklein) Ruff.  He was the sixth child of eleven children. Phil attended Sacred Heart grade school and graduated from Loras Academy. Phil served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. Thirteen months in Korea and for 10 of those months he was in combat. 

After marrying Shirley Waldbillig on July 16, 1955 they would be blessed with nine children. Phil attended Barber College and graduated in April 1959. Phil's family always came first, working long hours to provide for them. Phil would barber for 45 years while also working at Flexsteel for 18 years. Phil enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports; whether it was his kids, grandchildren or even on T.V. He loved a good game.  Phil loved to travel with his family; visiting places he thought he would never see.  Phil was blessed with the gift of gab, and people loved to hear his stories. He enjoyed a good conversation with family, friends and his customers. Phil's faith was very important to him, always making it a priority to go to daily Mass, and spending many hours at the Power of Prayer. In his later years, he loved to watch Eternal Word on television.  Phil was a long time member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #6. 

Surviving is his wife Shirley, his children, Thomas Ruff, Maria (Kevin J.) Kruser, Terrence Ruff (Jill Fondell), and Michael Ruff, all of Dubuque, Rhonda (Steve) Balk, of Clive, IA, Deborah Dolezal, of West Bend, WI, Julie (Brian) Trentz, of Bettendorf, IA, Eric (Stacey) Ruff, of Bettendorf, IA, and Christopher (Deb) Ruff, of Marion, IA;  15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; siblings Elaine Rapp of Dubuque, Wilma (Jack) Derks of Mesa, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two granddaughters; a grandson; and his siblings, Harold, Carl "Whitey", Virginia, Jeanette, Chester "Chet", Donald, Alma Mae, and Wayne. 

Memorials may be given to Saint Patrick's Church or Power of Prayer.

We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. John Whalen for his care to Phil throughout the years.

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

 

 

 

 



Thomas P. Urban


Thomas P. "Tom" Urban, age 69 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at MercyOne Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family after a sudden illness.  To celebrate Tom's life, a private family service is being held at a later date. Burial will be in the Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom's family.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tom include,

his loving wife,
Helen Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 adored daughters,
Sheila Gardner, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Tracy (Chad) Kreimeyer, Asbury, Iowa,
and Emily (Brad) Burchette, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 7 grandchildren,
Alexa (Jeff) Holm, Mitchell Gardner, Alex (Marina) Kreimeyer, Morgan Kreimeyer, Maddie Kreimeyer, Bella Burchette and Brylee Burchette;

his 3 great-grandchildren,
Charlie Holm, Seaver Holm and Ella Kreimeyer;

his siblings,
Diane (Phil) Elliott, Des Moines, Iowa,
Amy (Paul) Ledlow, Cascade, Iowa,
Shirley (Steve) Dolphin, Cascade, Iowa,
Jane Nieland, Ankeny, Iowa,
and Matt (Laurie) Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister-in-law,
Verna Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Julie Scott; his brother, Mark Urban; and his brother-in-law, Mike Nieland.

Tom's family would like to sincerely thank Captain Matt and Captain Emily Phelps at the Salvation Army for all of their love and support during these most difficult days, along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and the Mercy Hospital ICU and Comfort Care Team for all of their professional and genuine care of Tom and his family.  

In lieu of flowers, Tom's family request any donations go to the Dubuque Salvation Army in his memory.

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

 

 



Michael P. Snyder


Michael Paul Snyder, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Manor Care.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 10th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Wayne Whittenbaugh officiating. Military honors will follow by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. Monday until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Mike was born on October 3, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Everett Snyder and Mary Jane Bennett. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965 and served in the Marines for 3 years. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing company for over 30 years until retirement.

On august 15, 1987 he married Ann Marie Snyder in Dubuque. Michael loved the outdoors and his pride and joy were his six grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his daughter Kay Ann (Delton) DeBuhr, of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren, Lydia, Olivia, Ava, Layla, Hailey, and William. His brother Richard Snyder, of Dubuque; his sister Judy Delgado, of Lincoln, Nebraska along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Tom Snyder; sister-in-law Mary Snyder and brother David Snyder.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Delbert W. Brehm


Delbert W. "Del" Brehm, age 69, of Potosi, was called home peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Edenbrook Platteville, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Del's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Del's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Del was born on July 6, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Alma (Engelken) Brehm.

Del graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1969. After school, Del joined the Army National Guard and went to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri for his training. In 1977, he started farming on his brother's farm in Durango, before moving to Potosi and buying his own farm in 1980. He would work the farm full time until 1996, but continued to hobby farm. In 1996, he went to work for Lactalis for 16 years, until his well earned retirement. Del truly valued the simple things in life, and cherished spending quiet time alone with his thoughts.

Those left to cherish Del's memory include

his children,
Dana (William) VanDyke, Appleton, WI
and Derrick (Nicole) Brehm, Potosi, WI;

his grandchildren,
Garrett and Brittney Brehm;

and his siblings,
David (Sherry) Brehm, Durango, IA,
Allan (Debra) Brehm, Durango, IA,
Daniel Brehm, Dubuque,
Carol (Curtis) Dahlke, Earlville, IA
Gary (Karla) Brehm, Farley, IA,
Richard Brehm, Dubuque, IA
and Roger (Lois) Brehm, Earlville, IA.

Del was preceded in death by his parents.

Del's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Dubuque, Hospice of Grant County and Edenbrook Platteville for all of the care and support they provided Del 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

 



Michael S. Mattan


Michael S. "Mike" Mattan, age 51 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque. To honor Mike's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in the Greenview Cemetery, 1201 Avenue of the Cities/Colona Road, East Moline, Illinois, 61244.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mike's family.

Mike was born on October 12, 1967, in Moline, Illinois, the youngest son of Robert and Donna (Pilcher) Mattan.  Mike truly enjoyed his early years among family and friends, and it didn't take him long to discover the value of being a gentle soul in this life.  He also realized at a young age that he had a natural affinity for sports; whether it be playing, coaching or enjoying a little time as a spectator.  Baseball was among his favorites and coaching the kids little league teams when they were living in Lawrence, Kansas were some of his fondest memories of the game. When the kids grew and his coaching days had ended, Mike moved quite comfortably into his new role as the #1 J-Hawks fan.  It wasn't that the Royals and Chiefs weren't holding tight in his 2nd and 3rd positions, but simply that he had a soft spot which never wavered in that big heart of his for his J-Hawks.

Mike had spent many years working with Papa Murphy's in Lawrence before he decided it was time to venture out to New Jersey to explore a new chapter in his life.  He eventually returned back to the Dubuque area to be close to family and friends about 10 years ago.  Sadly, health issues found their way into Mike's life shortly afterwards and the earlier decision to move back became a blessing. The last few years have been very difficult for Mike and his kind and loving light which once shown so brightly in the world around him was slowly finding itself dimmer and dimmer with each passing year he would have to fight.  Mike has touched many lives during his 51 years and the pain those left behind must face today is heart-breaking, but we know and trust that Mike knew his Lord and Savior and that his earthly struggles are now only a memory of his mortal past.  We love you Mike, we will miss you more than you'll ever know and we can only hope that you are enjoying your new perfect peace found in His grace and love until we meet again.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mike include,

his parents,
Robert (Donna) Mattan, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Tyler Mattan, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
and Morgan (Luke) Whitaker, Lawrence, Kansas;

his siblings,
Michelle Fitzgibbons, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kevin (Cathy) Mattan, Tampa, Florida;

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

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert (Mary) Mattan and Gail (Hollice) Pilcher-Bogart; and his uncle, William "Bill" Mattan.

Mike's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all of their wonderful care and support of Michael and his family.

In lieu of flowers, a Michael S. Mattan memorial fund has been established which will be donated among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be shared with Mike's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 



Gary J. Krogman


Gary J. Krogman, 71, of Dyersville passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Monday, June 10, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 11 from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 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.

Gary was born April 29, 1948 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. He attended Xavier Grade School and High School. Gary married Linda Klostermann on November 23, 1967. He was a PFC (Private First Class) in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 - 1971. Gary was a member of the American Legion Post 137 in Dyersville.

Gary worked for Trus-Joist Company in Dubuque and then worked for the City of Dyersville for 28 years until retiring in 2008.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, camping, fishing at this brothers' pond, NASCAR and assembling puzzels.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, two daughters: Karie (Lee) Ostwinkle and Stephanie (Scot) Mescher all of Dyersville; one son, Patrick (Karla) Krogman of Davenport; five grandchildren: Allison (Sierra) Ackman, Aaron Ostwinkle, Nathan, Benjamin and Isabella Krogman; two brothers: James Krogman of Worthington, Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque; two sisters: Rose Greenwood of Farley, Verla Turnis of Worthington; in-laws: Helen Krogman Tegeler of Dubuque, Dennis Foxen of Dyersville, Harold Tibbets of Mesquite, NV, Keith (Donna) Klostermann of Hiawatha and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Bonnie Krogman, Kathy Foxen, Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Mary (George) Sorensen, Carol Tibbets, Vernon (Raynette) Krogman; in-laws: Harold Greenwood, Vernon Trumm, Bev Krogman, Richard Turnis and Father and Mother-in-law, Elmer "Lefty" and Norma Klostermann.

The family would like to thank Bi-County Ambulance, Mercy One and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy C, Allison, Edna and Ryan for their care and compassion.

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



Suzanne M. Gassman


Suzanne "Sue" Marie Gassman, 52, of Platteville, WI, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones.

To celebrate her memorable life, a visitation will be held for friends and family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Sue was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 8, 1967 to her loving parents, Arthur "Buzz" and Helen (Hamilton) Rubie. She attended Dubuque Senior High School, University of Dubuque and Des Moines University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Sue married her soulmate and devoted husband, Stephen "Steve", on October 5, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was happiest when she was with her family. Her two children, Brook and Cooper, were the light of her life.

Sue had a passion for nature, birds and trees. She also cherished her family vacations, which included her parents, and were often spent doing outdoor activities across the world.

Sue cared about her friends and family before herself and helped anyone who needed her. She wanted everyone to know they should spend their time on the important stuff, to remember to live life to the fullest, and to love unconditionally. One of her favorite quotes was, "I'm not here to be average, I'm here to be awesome!"

Sue was an in-home physical therapist at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for the past 15 years. She especially enjoyed caring for patients in their homes and touched the lives of every patient and family member she met.

Sue was elected into the Dubuque Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame due to her skills in basketball, softball, track, and her hardworking spirit. It was something she was very proud of. She continued to give back by becoming a member of the Dubuque Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, where she helped choose the next potential members.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, Steve, children, Brook and Cooper, father, Arthur, siblings, Mike (Bonnie), Diane (Dale), and Pat (Laurie), 11 nieces and nephews, many in-laws (and a few outlaws), and other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen "Mom-o", who passed away last year. She was also preceded by her beloved dogs Ellie, Buddy, Lady, Sundance and Snoopy.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Meriter Hospital (Madison, WI) especially Dr. Hei, Dr. Stammer and Dr. Peles, and the staff of Agrace Hospice, for their care and compassion. Special thanks to her loving and devoted nurses, Kat and David at Meriter, and Rylie at Agrace, who made the last few weeks of her life beautiful and comfortable. Thanks also to her extended family and many friends who loved and supported her. The moments of laughter were truly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to the Grant County Cancer Coalition, who helped Sue and her family during her short battle with cancer.



Calvin J. Buss


Calvin James Buss, age 63, passed into the arms of his Savior following a fatal cardiac event Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff St, Dubuque from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 1:00 pm.

Cal was born September 21, 1955 to Carl and Charlene (Patzner) Buss. A lifelong Dubuquer, Cal will forever be remembered as a beloved, hardworking man and as a business owner who grew Vallet Food Service to a successful regional food company and retail operation. For the past eight years he took great pride in his work for Cottingham & Butler, where his co-workers became his extended family.

Cal will never be forgotten by those who had the privilege of knowing this fun, big-hearted man who brought laughter wherever he went. His humor was infectious, and his love was deep and genuine. He was quick-witted and a practical joker who added joy to all situations. He was easy to love and lived every day to the fullest as a faithful follower of Jesus.

Cal was a longtime member of the Dubuque Optimist Club and St. Anthony's Church. He relished time with his wife Ellie, children, grandchildren, friends and family. Cal will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and as a caregiver and best friend to his parents. He was a generous host, and loved the Cubs and Packers, taking care of his beautiful Bellevue cottage with his wife, playing games, fishing, grilling and bartending for others. He also enjoyed going to stock car races with family and a good game of euchre.

Surviving are his beloved wife Ellie (Fuerste) Buss, children Jamie (John Swenson) Davis, Brian Buss, and Heather (Casey) O'Mara, stepsons William (Emma Lazore) Miller and Alex (Nicole) Miller, grandchildren Carson O'Mara, Sophia Buss, Weston Miller, and William and Charlotte Miller. Cal was a funny, favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews and a cherished godfather as well.

As the eldest and true patriarch of the Buss family, he left a beautiful legacy and a hole in the hearts of his six siblings: Chris (Betty) Buss, Carla (Tom) Kemp, Connie (Alan) Seeba, Cindy (Tom) McCann, Chuck (Kylie Reiter) Buss, and Clark (Anna) Buss. 

Cal was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Calvin Buss Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Fire and Rescue and the Emergency Room staff at Mercy One Dubuque for their care.

 

 



Robert J. Hughes


Robert J. "Bob" Hughes, 84, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 4, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, with military honors. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Joseph Hughes was born on March 22, 1935 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to Leo and Madeline (LaFayette) Hughes. He was a 1953 graduate of Elwood High School and then entered the U.S. Navy where he honorably served his country being stationed on the USS Destroyer Dashiell. He married Barbara Ellen Wilcox on November 26, 1955 in Delmar, Iowa. Together they had three children: Mark, Cindy and Brian.

"Bob" was a lifelong farmer. He grew up on the family farm in rural Elwood, then moved to Fall River, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara while in the Navy, and upon receiving an honorable discharge, then returned back to the family farm where he lived the remainder of his life.

"Bob" was a member of the Delmar Lions Club, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Menzo Widle American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation, and in earlier years the Naval Reserve Unit.

"Bob" enjoyed playing cards, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, celebrating his Irish heritage, and traveling with his wife Barbara with a favorite trip being a cruise through the Panama Canal. He always had a joke or story to tell and made new friends wherever he went. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Barbara Hughes of Delmar, IA; children, Mark (Michelle) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy Hughes (Alan) Chittick of Waunakee, WI, and Brian (Wanda) Hughes of Delmar, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Cailey), Levi, and Bobbie Hughes, Emily and Jesse Chittick; 4 great-grandchildren, Aida, Haiden, and Colt Hughes, and Kaia Chittick; brothers, Paul (Denyse) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Dr. Thomas (Mary) Hughes of Geneseo, IL and Dennis (Debbie) Hughes of Park View, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donald Hughes, and 2 grandchildren, Molly and Elizabeth Hughes.

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

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



Robert D. McKernan


Robert D. "Rob" McKernan, 40, of Dubuque, IA ran through the gates of Heaven after a long battle with declining health on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019. Rob and his boys were blessed with the gift of one final farewell, which they will cherish forever.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 7th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Rick Hunt officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. Private family burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rob was born in Dubuque, IA on June 16th, 1978, the son of Patrick McKernan and Diane Frank. He attended Valley High School, Valley, NE. and Wahlert High School in Dubuque.

On September 18th, 2004, he married Wendy Howard, the love of his life in Dubuque.

Over the years he worked for The Glass Gallery, River City Painting, and most recently, he owned and operated C & C Photo Booths which he proudly named after his boys.

Rob enjoyed fishing, poker and music; he was also very creative and artistic. He had a great sense of humor and wit that had no filter, which some loved and others not so much. But irregardless, that was his love language.

Rob had a huge heart; he was the toughest and softest man. He was a loyal friend. His wife and two boys were his life. Watching superhero movies was their favorite thing to do together, and Rob was certainly their favorite superhero.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy; sons, Carter and Cooper; his mother, Diane (Brian) Drozda; his father, Patrick (Mary) McKernan; brothers, Mike (Maryann) McKernan, Phil (Jenni) McKernan, Matt Fredrickson, Joey (Olivia) McKernan; and a sister, Maggie McKernan; his grandmother, Edna Schiel; his mother-in-law, Peggy Howard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Heather (Bobby) Jungblut, Katie (Eric) Mottet, Lisa Wallace, Scott (Tessa) Howard; grandmother-in-law, Doris O'Neill; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is Preceded in death by Robert Frank, Danny and Ruth McKernan, Eldon Schiel, Bob and Marilyn Drozda, Leo O'Neill, and Steve "Papa" Howard.

The family would like to thank Dr. Whalen and staff, Hospice of Dubuque especially Tammie and Jennie, The Friedman Group, and RiverStone Church for all the care and support they provided for Rob and his family.



Dolores M. Klostermann


Dolores M. "Lori" Klostermann, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa died Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements. 

She was born September 5, 1923 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Eleanor (Schlichte) Hoeger. She attended school at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. On February 4, 1946 she married LeVerne C. Klostermann at St Francis Xavier Basilica Dyersville, Iowa.  He preceded her in death August 20, 1976.  She married Valentine Beyke on April 21, 1979 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  He died November 2, 1987.

In her younger years Lori worked at H.B. Glover Company in Dyersville, Iowa making military uniforms to support the war effort.  She also worked at Wahlert High School and the Dubuque Community School District until her retirement. 

She was a loving wife, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a long- time member of Sacred Heart Parish in Dubuque and the American Legion Auxiliary in Dubuque. She loved spending her time cooking, baking and dancing.

She is survived by her son John (Lynn) Klostermann, and her daughter-in -law, Lonna Klostermann, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren Nathan (Aimee) Klostermann, Kati (Chris) Averkamp, and Jamie Klostermann; her great- granddaughters Emma Klostermann,  Ella and Nora Averkamp;  and one sister-in-law, Clara Mae Hoeger of Dyersville. 

She was preceded in death by her sons Merlin and Wayne Klostermann, her  parents, her siblings and their spouses, Bernard (Katie) Hoeger,  Alfred (Dorothy) Hoeger, Vera (Paul) Curtis, Tony (Gladys) Hoeger, Betty (Roy) Jasper, Joe (Lois) Hoeger , and Frank Hoeger.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters -in-laws, Bernice (Glen) Merrick, Ervin (Millie) Klostermann, Harold (Millie) Klostermann, Roy (Verna) Klostermann, Elmer(Norma) Klostermann, Erma (Jerry) Olberding, Edna(Elmer) Tegeler and Betty(Ted) Mock.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Brian Moran for their excellent care.

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

 



Phyllis J. Speaker


Phyllis JoAnn (Hocking) Speaker, 77, of Menominee, IL passed away on Tuesday June 4th, 2019 peacefully at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center, in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dennis Cahill officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Phyllis was born on April 19th, 1942 in New Diggings, WI to James and Anastacia Hocking. She graduated from Benton High School in 1959, and attended Freeport Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated with her degree in 1963.  She started her nursing career at Galena-Stauss Hospital.  She then spent over 30 years at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, where she then retired.  She also taught for the Galena Volunteer EMT program until her retirement.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, James and Anastacia Hocking, her siblings, Shirley (Hocking) Harris of New Diggins, WI, Darlene (Hocking) Bergeron of Roscoe, IL, James Wesley Hocking of Hazel Green, WI, Jane (Hocking) Alderson of Benton, WI, Alice (Hocking) Smith of Freeport, IL and step-daughter, Angela (Speaker) DeWilfond of Moline, IL.

She is survived by her husband Robert Speaker, who she married on May 18th, 1990, her daughter , Sheri (Linda) Anger of Galena, IL, her son, Daniel (Theresa) Anger of Rochester, MN, her stepson, Jeff (Renee) Speaker of Menominee IL, step-daughter, Laurie (James) Rohner of Bettendorf IA, brother William Hocking of Galena, IL.  Phyllis is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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

 

 



Sister Marilyn Thomas, BVM


Sister Marilyn Thomas, BVM, 103, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 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 Marilyn was a music and French instructor at Clarke University and an elementary teacher at Visitation School, both in Dubuque, Iowa. She served as secretary to two congregational presidents and a Clarke University president. She was treasurer, secretary, and organist at the Mount Carmel complex in Dubuque. She taught music at Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport.

She was born on April 11, 1916, in Davenport, Iowa, to Ablert J. and Florence Mullane Thomas. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1945, from St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1947, and made final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters June Thomas and Dorothy Gardner, and brother Albert J.II. She is survived by nephews Patrick and Paul Gardner, David and Albert Thomas, niece Teri Stineman, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.



Mary Esther Rooney


Mary Esther Rooney, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Catholic Daughters Rosary will start at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Mary Esther, born on Oct. 3, 1926, was the daughter of Jack and Esther Bemrich. She attended school in Pioneer, Iowa, and graduated from Mallard, then attended Mankato Business College.

Mary Esther married Thomas "Bud" Rooney in May of 1947. They owned and operated grocery stores in Whittemore, and Storm Lake, Iowa prior to moving to Dyersville and opening a grocery store in 1955. In 1984, a year after Bud's passing, Mary Esther opened a new grocery store and ran the store until she retired at age 76.

She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica and the Catholic Daughters of America. Mary Esther enjoyed playing Bridge and traveling. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Mary Esther is survived by her six children: Colleen (Jerry) Renk of Great Bend, KS; Pat Rooney of Logan, Ohio; Maureen (Mike) Miller of Camanche, Iowa; Kate (Keith) Knipper of Dyersville; Mike Rooney of Delhi; and Molly (Mark) Thede of Chandler, AZ. She has 19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, her parents, an infant daughter Rebecca, a daughter-in-law Leslie Rooney and her brother Dale (Ruth) Bemrich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Nursing Home in Cascade, as well as Hospice, for providing love and care to Mary Esther.

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



Alex E. Billmeyer


Alex E. Billmeyer, age 29, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. To honor Alex's life, a celebration will be held by his family on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue.

Alex was born on July 26, 1989, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Kevin and Carmen (Pline) Billmeyer.

Alex attended school in Dubuque, and was most recently employed with Wendy's. He was a kind person with a huge heart and everyone knew they could count on him if they needed help, no matter the time of day or night. Alex enjoyed many hobbies in his free time including fishing whenever he could, playing basketball, and most importantly spending time with his sons. He had a great appreciation of music, especially rap music. Alex was well known for his love of making his friends and family laugh any chance he could, and for his complete honesty, a character trait they will all deeply miss. We will miss you Alex, but are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Alex's memory include

his wife,
Brianna Billmeyer, Postville, IA;

his 2 sons,
Xavier Green, Postville, IA
and Tristan Billmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Carmen and Kevin Billmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Steve Pline,
Alan Julson,
Kevin James Billmeyer,
Rachel (Jamie) Brown,
Kevin (Felon) Pline
and Samantha Billmeyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

and his paternal grandfather,
Alvin Billmeyer, Colesburg, IA.

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

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



Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman


Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman, age 78, of Alabama, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at North Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Greg E. Bahl officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 6, 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. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 30, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edwin N. and Mary Helen (Schmal) Hipschen.

Mary attended grade school at St. Mary's Grade School, then went to the Academy of the Visitation before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, and going on to attend Clarke College for 2 years. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Wayne Sherman, on April 18, 1963, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, and they were blessed to have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year. Mary was a wiz with numbers and she put those talents to use with Dubuque Bank and Trust for 23 years as a financial counselor with the Key West Branch until her retirement in 2001. Mary's faith was a very important part of her daily life, she was a long time member of St. Patrick's Church, where she sang in the choir and served as the treasurer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She also enjoyed volunteering her time and talents with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, and she worked with the Dubuque Police Explorer Scout program for 14 years. When she found some free time in her days she enjoyed sitting at her sewing machine creating her next beautiful outfit, curling up with a good book, or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, as she was an excellent chef and baker. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our dear, sweet Mary, but find some comfort in the fact that she is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues that she has faced the past few months.

Those left to cherish Mary’s memory include

her loving husband,
Wayne Sherman, Mobile, AL;

her children,
Miki (Donald) Sears, Andalusia, AL,
Susan (Edward “Vinny”) Salter, Mobile, AL,
Patrick (Darcy) Sherman, LeClaire, IA
and Daniel (Dawn) Sherman, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Dylan and Hanna Sears, Kyle Salter, Zachary, Blake and Grace Sherman;

her sisters-in-law,
June Hipschen, Redwood City, CA,
and Joann Dalsing, Dubuque, IA;

a special cousin,
Judy (Bill) Torian, Paducah, KY;

and 2 nephews,
Adam and Austin Hipschen.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 brothers, Paul Hipschen and John Hipschen.

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 M. Frank


Marvin M. "Mike" Frank, 64, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, formerly of Galena, Illinois, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 3-5:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.

Mike was born on October 31, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Marvin A. and DelciaLee "Tiny" (Greene) Frank. He married Patricia K."Pat" Stluka on September 21, 1974, in Galena, Illinois.

Mike loved spending time working around the garage and had a knack for being able to fix anything. He enjoyed watching westerns, car shows, swap meets, cruising in his convertible, and especially enjoyed working on anything that needed fixing. Spending time with his family and entertaining his grandchildren were important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; a son, Chad (Tracy) Frank; Galena, IL; a daughter Kandi (Dustin) Nicol, Belleville, WI; four grandchildren, Emily and Megan Frank, and Brynn and Brock Nicol; his father, Marvin Frank, Galena, IL; a sister, Vicky (Tim) Molitor, Galena, IL; two brothers, David (Jackie) Frank and Neil (Diane) Frank, both of Galena; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tiny Frank; two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Alt and Robin Stluka; and a sister in law, Bonnie Stluka.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Jennifer and Julie.

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



Minnie E. (Davis) Ward


Minnie E. "Suki" (Davis) Ward, age 93, of Dubuque, and formerly of Mud Lake, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m., on Monday, June 3, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Minnie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Minnie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Minnie was born on October 9, 1925, in Colesburg, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Lillian (Cole) Davis.

Minnie was united in marriage to Donald Ward on June 13, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, and they were blessed with 55 wonderful years of marriage and 13 adored children, before Don was called home ahead of her on November 7, 1998. Minnie was a hard worker and was employed with The Battery Factory and Loras College, before marrying and embracing her role as a full time wife and stay at home mom. Minnie took great pride in caring for her home and family, no small task with 13 children, but she never complained and loved every minute of it. When she was able to find a little free time for herself, Minnie enjoyed heading out to the Bingo hall to give her luck a try and spend time with her friends. She was a kind, sweet and caring woman, and we will miss her greatly. We are thankful for all of the 93 years Minnie graced this Earth with her presence, and look forward to the day when we are all reunited in our Heavenly home for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Minnie's memory include

her 6 children,
Gloria Kramer,
Phyllis (Loras) Arensdorf,
Gail (Chris) Huston,
Cletus (Venita) Ward,
Ronald (Sandy Frederick) Ward
and Raymond (Beverly) Ward, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 32 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren;

a son-in-law,
Emil Otting, Dubuque, IA,

her 2 daughters-in-law,
Eleanor Ward
and Lucy Ward, both of Dubuque, IA;

her 2 sisters-in-law,
Mildred Davis
and Marlene Troy, both of Dubuque, IA;

and her special friend,
Tom "Bones" Clayton.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Ward; 2 daughters, Rosemary Ward and Ruby Otting; 5 sons, James Ward, Gary Ward, Donald Ward, Richard Ward and John Ward; a granddaughter, Stacey Lynn Ward; a grandson, Brian Otting; 3 sisters, Fannie (Howard “Coke”) Wardle, Mary (Pete) Ostrander and Virginia (Walter) Donath; 4 brothers, Roy Davis, Cletus Davis, Clarence Davis and James Davis.  

Minnie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley and Stonehill, for all of their compassionate and attentive care of Minnie and her family. Also a heartfelt thank you to Bones, for always being such a dedicated friend and neighbor to Minnie.

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

 



Gayle Monahan


Gayle (Edmonds) Monahan, 96, of Galena passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Prairie Ridge in Galena.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019, with Rev. Patricia Allen-Stewart officiating.  Burial will be Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena.

Gayle was born on September 21, 1922 in Galena, the daughter of Byron and Rebecca (Virtue) Edmonds. She married Howard H. Monahan on July 16, 1942 in Galena. She graduated from Galena High School in 1942 and worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Galena for over 15 years, volunteered with the Galena Stauss Nursing Home in Galena doing hair and loved to travel west, spending many winters in Arizona.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law Celia (Lewis) Monahan of East Dubuque, four grandchildren, Kelly (Steve) Funke of Peoria, IL; Mark (Julie) Monahan of East Dubuque; Jay (Pam) Monahan of Metamora, OH; Pat (Cheri) Monahan of Hiawatha, IA; and 12 great-grandchildren; Megan and Sarah Funke; Ryan, Tyler, Alec and Carlie Monahan; Taylor and Bailey Monahan; Erin and Kyle Monahan and Allie and Hannah Cahill.  

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her son Terry, her parents, 6 brothers, and 6 sisters.

Gayle was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She will be missed by all.

Gayle's family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Hospital, Prairie Ridge of Galena and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Gayle.

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

 

 



Ioma L. Anderson


Ioma Lee Anderson, 83, of Dubuque and formerly of Viroqua, WI passed away on May 28th, 2019 at Manor Care.

Private family visitation will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Liberty Pole Cemetery in Viroqua, WI.

Ioma was born on April 20th, 1936 in Slocomb, Alabama the daughter of Linon and Buna (Paulk) Merritt. She married Verlyn "Andy-Jack" Anderson on March 22, 1961 in Dothan, Alabama. Ioma was a homemaker and also worked as a CNA for 25 years at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, WI.

She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Ole Torger Community Club.

Our mother had a smile that could light up a room. Open arms for anyone who wanted or needed a hug and hands that would make you something to eat at any time.

She is survived by her four daughters, Cindy (Rod) Carr, of Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Dave) Thoreson, of Viroqua, WI, Tracey Anderson of Slocomb, AL, and Marcie (Adam) Marx, of Soldiers Grove, WI. Grandchildren, Jason (Ann) Stanton, of Arvada, CO, Stephanie Stanton, of Dubuque, Amber Stanton, of Eugene, OR, Jill (Paco) Rondeau, of Viroqua, WI, Eric Kamprud, of West Salem, WI, Alissa (Henry) Franzen, of West Salem, WI, Rachel (Shane) Thoreson, of Westby, WI, Logan (Robert) Everson-Kowalewski, of Sparta, WI, Raina Everson, of Ft. Collins, CO, Libberty (Ben) Hines, of Marion, IA, and Casey (Ellen) Carr, of Dubuque. Numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her sisters Delores Still-Bell, of Dothan, AL, Marty Lay of Daleville, AL and her in-laws Bill and Sandra Anderson, of Viroqua, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister Barbara Benefield; brother Larry Merritt; mother and father-in-law Hazel & Vic Anderson and her favorite uncle Doyle Paulk.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Manor Care for all the friendship, loving care and compassion given to Ioma. Also, to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness. A special thank you to special friends Carol Buda "mom's little angel" and Dawn Dobson, and Joyce Leubka.



Garry J. Adams


Garry James Adams, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 2, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Katrina Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of service. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Garry was born on April 15, 1932 in Blue River, Wisconsin; the son of Paul and Jessie (Bartels) Adams. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954.

He married Illa Klett on March 26, 1988 at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ and they shared 31 years together.

After returning from the service he attended Telegraphy School and later worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and Soo Line Railroad. He was a member of the Transportation Communications Union, 1st Congregational United Church of Christ and the Railroad Retirees.

Garry enjoyed being outdoors and doing yard work. He was an avid baseball player, playing for many leagues throughout his life until his was in his 50's.

Garry is survived by his wife Illa; three children Christine Adams, Michelle Donath and Michael Adams. Four grandchildren, Aryelle (Cody) Decker, Brandon Adams, Carson Donath and Micaela McIntosh; one great grandchild Silas Decker with one on the way; and his sister Irma Fricke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Jeff Sear; siblings Theron Adams, Ivan Adams and Joy Dyer.

Memorials may be given to 1st Congregational United Church of Christ or Key West Fire & EMS Department.

The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Garry.



Viola M. Klostermann


Viola Mary Klostermann, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 2:30 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Intermentwill be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

She was born on June 11, 1930, in Petersburg, the daughter of Francis "Frank" and Eleanore (Fangmann) Thole. Viola was raised in the Petersburg area and traveled by horse and buggy to attend St. Peter and Paul School.

On September 30, 1953, Viola was united in marriage to Erwin R. Klostermann in Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. The couple purchased a farm near Manchester in the spring of 1956, owning and operating it until retiring to Manchester in the spring of 1984.

Viola was a farmer's wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She tended the animals, had large gardens, grew lots of flowers, and baked the best angel food cakes and pies. Viola enjoyed sewing clothes, quilting, crocheting afghans and doilies, cross-stitching, painting pictures, drawing, and reading. She also liked to play cards and board games. She was grounded in her faith and devoted to the Virgin Mary. Above all else, Viola loved and cherished her family.

Survivors include her seven children, Larry Klostermann of Dubuque, Jane (Donald) Menke of New Vienna, JoAnn Klostermann of Dubuque, Loras (Janet) Klostermann of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Elaine) Klostermann of Manchester, Mary Kay (Mike) Rolfes of Manchester, and Karen (Jim) Armstrong of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren, Cassandra Klostermann of Ames, Steven Klostermann of Dubuque, Kevin Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian Menke of New Vienna, Jenn (Bob) Kanne of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony Klostermann of Swisher, Beth (Clint) Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, Kathy Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Ben Klostermann of Manchester, Megan (JJ) Pick of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew (Katy) Rolfes of North Liberty, and Mitchell Rolfes of Earlville; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita Feldmann of Edgewood; three sisters-in-law, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, Pat Klostermann of New Vienna, and Mary Klostermann of Worthington; and many nieces and nephews.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Klostermann in 2018; her parents, Frank and Eleanore Thole; her parents-in-law, Alois and Clara Klostermann; a daughter-in-law, Karen Sue Klostermann; two grandchildren, Lauren J. Klostermann and Jason C. Menke; her siblings, Linus (Bernadine) Thole, Charles Thole, Alfred (Clarinda) Thole, Lawrence Thole, and Francis Thole, Alice (Elmer Ries/Richard) Olberding, Mary Ann (Fred Jos.) Wessels; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Klostermann, Roger Klostermann, Cletus Feldmann, and Floyd Feldmann.

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



Arlene M. Pickel


Arlene M. Pickel, 69, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with health issues. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 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 where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9-10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Arlene was born on September 23, 1949, in Cassville, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Pauline (Fishnick) Tobin. She married Bernell C. "Pete" Pickel on September 25, 1971, at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. She worked as a secretary at Jamestown Mutual Insurance and UW-Platteville.

Arlene enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with Pete, shopping with her girls, visits from her group of girlfriends, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Pete; two daughters, Stacey (Casey) Kaiser, Hazel Green, and Nicole (Kevin) Runde, Kieler; five grandchildren, Tanner, Mya, Briggs, Brady and Ava; her sisters, Carol (Bill) Terfruchte, Kieler, and Jackie (Rusty) Schaefer and Colleen (Brad) Leibfried, both of Potosi; a brother, Dan (Jean) Tobin, Fennimore; a sister-in-law, Lavon Heinricy, Kieler; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Berneice) Pickel, Kieler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Marcella Pickel; a son-in-law, Mark Curwen; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Schroeder and Dolores Pickel; three brothers-in-law, Orville Pickel, Paul Schroeder and Ron Heinricy; and a niece, Julie Pickel. 

A huge thank you to the staff at Epione Pavilion for making the most of her years spent with you and Grant County Hospice for your care.

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

 

 

 



Frank J. Winders


Frank J. Winders, age 102, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born on August 4, 1916, in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Rose (Nutt) Winders.

Frank was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Elizabeth M. "Betty" Peters, on July 2, 1937, in Dubuque and they celebrated 65+ years together before she was sadly called home on June 10, 2003. Frank was an active and long time member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, as well as a former member of the Eagles Club. He was a huge sports fan who enjoyed bowling in his younger days, as well as watching basketball and his beloved Chicago Cubs every chance he could. He also enjoyed sitting down around the card table for a spirited game of Euchre with friends and family. Above all Frank loved spending time with his family and traveling the country seeing the sights with Betty was one of his favorite activities. We are extremely grateful for the 102 years we have been blessed to have Frank here with us on this Earth, the changes he has seen in his lifetime are truly astonishing and we hope to all be as fortunate as he was. We will miss him dearly, but know that he is now happily reunited with all of his loved ones in Heaven, where he is free of the health issues that he has faced these past few months.

Those left to cherish Frank's memory include

his only son,
John F. (Tina) Winders, East Dubuque, IL;

his grandchildren,
Kelli Peters, Scottsdale, AZ,
Angela (Dan) Maro, St. Donatus, IA
and Craig (Rachel) Winders, Avondale, AZ;

and his great-grandchildren,
Holli, Ashley, Hayden and Emily.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Winders; 2 sisters, Helen (Delbert) Pfohl and Gertrude (Ray) Schmerbach; 2 brothers, Raymond (Dorothy) Winders and Charles (Sylvia) Winders; and his special friend, Val Carew.

Frank's family would like to thank the wonderful staff members of The Rose, Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Frank these past few years.

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

 



Anthony A. Sieverding


Anthony A. "Tony" Sieverding, 87, formerly of Cascade and La Motte, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows in Asbury. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. Visitation will be 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 also at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, additional visitation will be one hour prior to mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in La Motte with Military Honors.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Tony was born January 6, 1932 in Bellevue, the son of Tony A. and Josephine C. (Roling) Sieverding. Tony graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, Iowa. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict as an artillery survey specialist, stationed in Germany.

He married Elizabeth "Betty" Myers at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma, Iowa on October 29, 1955. She passed away September 7, 1989. He married Gertrude Sadler at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade on January 2, 1993.

Tony worked for many years as a powerhouse operator at Chemplex Plastics in Clinton, Iowa and at John Deere Dubuque Works. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in La Motte, then St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. He was a member of Jackson County Farm Bureau, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, served on the Jackson County 4-H Extension Council, was a past member of the La Motte Knights of Columbus Council #4236, a member of the Double DJ Twirlers Square Dancers, a member of the Cascade American Legion, and a member of the Cascade Senior Citizens where he served as Treasurer. He enjoyed delivering meals to area seniors along with Gertrude.

Tony farmed his entire life. He loved his farm in La Motte and never stopped talking about it. His favorite days were any day on his tractor putting in or taking out a crop, and family gatherings.

He loved playing cards, traveling, and talking about the good old days of farming with family and working hard. He also loved to watch sports, especially Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude of Cascade; his children, Ann (Stanley) Scheiding of Cedar Rapids, Mary (Steve) Foust of Otter Creek, Sandra (Tom) Brus of Walcott, Laura (Bill) Grams and Carol (Dave) Dunne of Cedar Rapids; Luke (Linda) Sieverding of La Motte and Loras (Mary) Sieverding of Bellevue; a daughter in-law, Josie Sieverding of Uniontown, OH; 17 grandchildren, Heather Sawo, Adam and Steven Sieverding, David Scheiding, Stephanie Hartz, Scott and Cody Foust, Lisa and Michelle Brus, Erin and Sarah Grams, Jacob, Nick and Seth Dunne, Samantha, Molly and Amelia Sieverding; 4 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Abas, Quinn, Jackson, Kade, Hayden, and Aiden; 3 step-great grandchildren; also surviving, 9 step-children Dave Sadler, Janet (Craig) Dufel, Joyce (Dennis) Refer, Joann (Dave) Beran, Don (Marcia) Sadler, Dennis (Tammy Schmolze) Sadler, Diane (Rick) Leibold, Donna (Jason) Willenbring, and Duane (Jennifer) Sadler; 23 step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great grandchildren.

Additional survivors include in-laws, Esther Myers, Magdelan Wieling, Dorothy Cotant, Sr. Dee Myers, Marilyn (Carl) Hoffmann, Elaine Hill, and Paul Kress.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; son, Mark, a great-granddaughter, Quartney Flanagan, brothers, Edward and Robert; a sister, Leona; sisters-in-law, Alice Sieverding, Mary DeSloover, Frances Kress, and Marlene Myers; brothers-in-law, Bernard DeSloover, Leonard Myers, Albert Myers, Jim Cotant, Ralph Wieling; and mother-in-law and father in-law, William and Bertha Myers.

Tony's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor-Grand Meadows for their loving care, kindness and patience given to Tony, and Dr. Mark Runde.

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

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

 



Jenelle R. Berning


Jenelle Rose Berning, 78, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday June 5, 2019 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.  Friends may also call from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church.

Jenelle was born on August 30, 1940 to Aloysius and Emma (Wiederholt) Berning near Sinsinawa.  She graduated from St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, in 1958.  She was employed at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque for 15 years until her onset of health issues.

Jenelle is survived by three sisters: Bernadette (Douglas) Hilby of Dubuque, Mary Ann (Eugene) Wessling, Omaha, NE, and Joyce (Ronald) Lansing, Luxemburg,, IA, five brothers, Richard (Mary), rural Cuba City, Gerald (Marilyn), Cuba City, Lloyd (Janet), rural Hazel Green, John (Ellen), Menominee, IL, and Mark (Jane), Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Clarence, and sister-in-law Judy.

The family is grateful for the excellent care received from the staff at Ennoble Manor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, Sinsinawa.

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

 

 



Harold E. Beinborn


Harold E. "Ham" Beinborn, 97, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 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 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Ham was born on May 15, 1922, in Hickory Grove Township, Wisconsin, the son of Herman J. and Anna L. (Elliott) Beinborn. He married Dorothy M. Randall on December 9, 1948, in Decorah, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2015.

Ham lived his life filled with faith, love, laughter, kindness and pride for serving his country. His faith in God never waivered. His love of family was incredible. Everyone in his family was loved like they were his favorite. He was proud of all of his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Ham was just fun. Everyone he met became his friend or another family member. During World War II he served his county honorably. A sports fan, his favorite teams were the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and whatever team one of his kids or grandkids played for. His passion was golf and he was out on the course nine days before he passed. Ham was a hard worker and owned his own business in Cuba City (Ben Franklin Store) for 15 years. After closing the store, he worked at the Cuba City Apartments for 32 years, retiring from there the week after he turned 95 years old. Ham moved into the Cuba City Apartments in the summer of 2017, which was also a godsend, where he was surrounded by so many loving and caring people. Ham will always be that shining light that has touched and inspired so many people. He was loved by many and he will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughters, Pam (Larry "Stretch") Freymiller and Kay (Dan) McWilliams, both of Cuba City, WI; his sons, Ed (Barb) Beinborn, Barneveld, WI, and Denny (Melissa) Beinborn, Tampa Bay, Florida; a son-in-law, Roger Welbes, Cuba City, WI; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Peggy Welbes; a daughter-in-law, Paula Beinborn; a sister, Gertrude St. Vincent; and his brothers, Charles, Fred, Vern, Bill, Herman "Punk", Lewis and an infant brother, Robert.

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



Nikolai M. Stielow


Nikolai "Niko" Michael Stielow, 21 of Oxford, Iowa, passed away suddenly on May 25, 2019. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, June 7th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue. Additional visitation will be 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Friday prior to mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Niko was born October 9, 1997 in the Leningrad Region of Russia and soon thereafter was taken in by an orphanage. At the age of 3 he was adopted by his parents Mick and Roxanne (Manders) Stielow. Despite being dealt a very difficult hand at birth, Niko found the strength and courage to overcome many obstacles throughout of his life.

Music always brought him great joy. He was a self-taught DJ mix master known as "DJ Blackhorn", occasionally performing at a dance club in Cedar Rapids. He loved the outdoors and had a natural affinity for animals, especially the family dogs Louis, Otis and Rudy. He developed an appreciation for art, photography, poetry and high fashion in the neo-goth style. Niko collected books, films, video games and all types of digital devices. He loved going to Adventureland and was particularly fond of the roller coasters. He especially enjoyed vacationing with his family, shopping trips with Mom, hiking weekends with Dad and wreaking all sorts of havoc with his little sister. Christmastime and Independence Day celebrations in Bellevue with Grandma Darlene, Grandpa Leonard, along with all the aunts, uncles and cousins were his happiest times. He was quite fond of Halloween as well, loved haunted houses and celebrated his birthday throughout the entire month of October.

It was often said that Niko cut a wide path where ever he went. He was loved by many and made a lasting impression on everyone that came to know him. Niko's parents would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to the countless family members, friends, teachers and care givers who were able see past his shortcomings, and meet him where he was at. Those that showed him patience, respect and gained his trust were rewarded many times over by his unique brand of humor and devoted friendship. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.

Survivors include his parents, Mick and Roxanne Stielow; a sister, Tori Stielow; his maternal grandfather, Leonard Manders; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Niko was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Darlene Manders; and his paternal grandparents, Dean and Jerrie Stielow and his uncle Ted Stielow.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Ann E. Husemann


Ann E. (Gilbertson) Husemann, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:09 p.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ann's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Michael Leitz officiating. To celebrate Ann's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ann was born on March 27, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Merlin and Annabelle (Duve) Gilbertson.

Ann was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Husemann, on May 30, 1975, at Ft. Stuart, Georgia. They were blessed with almost 28 years together before he was called home ahead of her on May 8, 2003. Ann was a kind hearted woman who enjoyed caring for others, a trait which she was able to put to use in her work as a CNA at Bethany Home for 5 years. She was always on the hunt for a good bargain and enjoyed looking for treasures with her sisters regularly at auctions and estate sales. Ann also liked to spend a night out on the town, popcorn in hand, watching the latest movies on the big screen. Beyond a doubt, it was spending time with her family that brought the most joy into Ann's life. She loved spending time with the children and grandchildren and looked forward to traveling to visit everyone. We are deeply saddened at losing Ann in our daily lives, but know that she is now happily reunited in heaven, with her beloved husband John, on what would have been their 44th wedding anniversary.

Those left to cherish Ann's memory include

her children,
Jeannie Hannan, Dubuque, IA,
Rochelle Swinton, Dubuque, IA,
Tonya (Juan) Hernandez, Marshalltown, IA,
Bethellen (Art) Petit, Rockford, IL
and Eric Husemann, New Diggins, WI;

her 19 grandchildren;

her many great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Joe (Becky) Gilbertson, Kieler, WI,
Linda Lottes, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Bill) Trowbridge, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie (Eric) Timmerman, Durango, IA;

her nieces and nephews,
Jennifer (Mark) Less,
Chris (Dick) Braver,
Natasha Trowbridge-Nebel,
Taylor (Ashley) Trowbridge,
Jacob Manders,
Leah Timmerman,
Joey Gilbertson
and Dana Gilbertson-Weidenbacher;

and several great nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Husemann; a son, David Husemann; a great-grandson, John Henry Husemann Hernandez II; and a brother-in-law, Bob Lottes.

Ann's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, for their kind and compassionate care of Ann 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

 



Judy L. King-Callahan


Judy L. (Baty) King-Callahan, 65, of Epworth, Iowa, formerly of Montgomery, New York passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Mercy One in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Judy may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral Services for Judy will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Bill Shea S.V.D. presiding. Burial will follow at Highview Cemetery.

Judy was born on July 10, 1953, in Middletown, New York, daughter of Allen Lee and Melba Marleah (Broas) Baty. She graduated from Clarke College and University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa with her Masters in Special Education. She worked as a Special Needs Teacher for the Cascade Jr. & Sr. High School in Cascade, Iowa for 36 years until her retirement. During this time she was the head of the Special Education Department for 36 years, served on several school committees and was a liaison for Keystone AEA. She received the Gold Star Teacher of Excellence Award. Judy was the first teacher to arrive to school in the morning and the last one to leave.

On August 4, 1973, she was united in marriage to Randall W. "Randy" King at Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 26, 1992. On June 6, 1994, she was united in marriage to James P. "Kites" Callahan. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2018.

Judy was a member of the Epworth Garden Club, Epworth Town and Country Community, Cub Scout leader, Highview Cemetery secretary and Epworth rural cemetery keeper. She volunteer as "JuJu" the clown for many years and did a lot of mentoring and summer tutoring. She also was chaperone for the Western Dubuque "Western Trip." Judy enjoyed the casino and the garden, especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchild.

Judy leaves behind her children, Karen (Mike) Schieltz of New Vienna, Matt (Melissa) King of Bernard, Jon (Jennifer) King of Bernard, Jackie (Robbie) Gutierrez of Brazil, Melissa Callahan of Bloomington, MN, and Mick Callahan of Chicago, IL. Her ten grandchildren, Austin, Lillian, and Ryan Schieltz, Chase and Gavin King, Alicia, Lydia, and Luca Gutierrez, William and Jillian King and Judy's great granddaughter, Quinn Schieltz; her nine siblings, Allen Jr. (Cher) Baty of Montgomery, NY, Roger (Terry) Baty of Colorado Springs, CO, Lee (Roxanne) Baty of Montgomery, NY, Donna Silker of Peosta, IA, Raymond Baty of Greenfield Park, NY, Kim (Frank) Kosteczko Gardiner, NY, Gigi (Charlie) Bauer of Montgomery, NY, Diann (John) Riker of Montgomery, NY and Robin (Brian) Kaufmann of Wallkill, NY.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Sharon) King of FL, Doris McClun of Farley, IA, Marilyn (Manuel) Palato of Willington, NC, Carolyn Kearney of Hazel Green, WI, Jani Horner of Davenport, IA, Mary (Dick) Bries of Farley, IA, Terry (Dianne) Callahan of Epworth, IA and Julie (Bo) Northup of Packwood, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a sister, Suzann Baty in infancy in 1963, a brother Dale James Baty in 1973, and three brothers-in-law, Phil Silker, Donnie Schainker and Jerry McClun.

Judy was the number one advocate for all children.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Epworth Garden Club, Epworth American Legion and the Epworth Fire Department in memory of Judy Callahan.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Doris A. Hayward


Doris Ann Hayward, 76, of Preston, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 31, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Doris on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering, and a private burial will be held at the Preston, Iowa Cemetery, at a later date.

Doris Ann Johnson was born on January 29, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William Theodore and Venieta Louise (Peoples) Johnson. She was a 1961 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Ronald Allen Hayward on June 2, 1963 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.

Doris had first worked at the Green Mill Café in Maquoketa. She then worked for Meinerz Creamery in Preston for 21 years, Beatrice Cheese in Preston, and lastly for Web Printing in Maquoketa.

Doris had attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston but through the years also had ties to the Episcopal Church. She was an avid collector of both, Isabel Blooms with 273 of them, and cookbooks with 4,053 of them.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Ronald Hayward of Preston, IA; children, Douglas Hayward of Rock Island, IL, Beth Ann Hayward of Preston, IA, and Crystal (Shawn) Gaskins of Rock Island, IL; and 2 grandchildren, Nicole Gaskins and Christian Gaskins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Allan William Hayward, a brother Ronald Johnson, and a grandchild Avery Gaskins.

"The family would like to especially thank Steve and Donna Simmons of Preston, Randy Moore of Preston and Betty and Tom Streets of Scotch Grove."

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris Ann Hayward memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marjorie A. Blitgen


Marjorie Ann (Bierman) Blitgen, 86, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 30, 2019. She was surrounded by family and held in love. A funeral Service for Marjorie will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 - 11:00, also at the church, and burial of cremains will take place in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery following the service.

Marjorie was born September 6, 1932 in rural Cassville, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Cecilia (Bruer) Bierman. On April 30, 1955, She married her sweetheart, Richard Laverne Blitgen, at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Rich and Marge remained happily married for 63 years. Marge loved to show her affection through food, and many Bellevue residents will remember Marge fondly from her time serving children in the Public School cafeteria. Marge worked for Bellevue Community Schools for nearly 40 years. Marge loved seeing the children every day, and even after immobility forced her to retire, she still enjoyed watching from her home as the children played on the playground.

Marjorie will be deeply missed by her children; two sons, Michael (Elaine), and Jim (Theresa) Blitgen; their daughter Kathy (Jace) Ohlert; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Alisha, Jacob, Melissa, David, Isaac, and Joshua; four great-grandchildren, Addyson, Aliyah, Thomas, and Mabel; siblings, Carol Michels, Pat Koppes, Clarence (Carolyn) Bierman, Sharon (Thomas) Richter, Karen Sommers, and Beverly (Thomas) Pitz. Marjorie is also survived by her father's sister, Agatha Breuer (107) of Prarie Du Chien.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard, and will be put to rest by his side.

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



Mark A. Hermsen


Mark A. Hermsen, 61, of Dubuque and formerly of Dyersville passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Dubuque after a brief illness.  

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. prior to funeral services.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mark was born October 30, 1957, in  Dubuque, the son of Donald and Grace (Olberding) Hermsen. He married Lois D. Prier on April 30, 1983, in New Vienna. She preceded him in death in 2002. He later married Cindy Dolphin Hightower on April 26, 2008 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Together they made their home in Dubuque where they were members of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He worked at Schmitt Implement in Holy Cross as a Field Diesel Technician for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, 3 children: Scott of Dubuque, Adam and Cynthia (Philip) Ungs, both of Luxemburg; his parents, Donald and Grace Hermsen of Luxemburg; step-children: Lee (Courtney) and Ashly (Kirby Carpenter) Hightower, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Madison Anderson, Adalynn, Gracie and Peter Ungs, Ellamae and Rayland Hightower; his father-in-law, Eugene Prier of Dyersville and mother-in-law, Gayle Dolphin of Cascade; siblings: Joseph (Lynn) Hermsen of Farley, Gary Hermsen of Luxemburg, Alan (Debra) Hermsen of Manchester, Mary (Howard) Zuckerman of Livonia, MI, Ann (Pat) Dunkel of Dyersville, Lisa (David) Sweeney of Tipton, Jane (Brian) Bockenstedt of Center Point, Jenny Dolphin of Des Moines, Jeff (Jodi) Dolphin of Cascade and Linda (Brian) Mosher of Davenport, and Randy (Lisa) Dolphin of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: David Prier of Marina, CA, Carl (Julie) Prier, Wayne (Beverly) Prier and Donald (Christine) Prier of Dyersville, Dale (Sandy) Prier of Hopkinton, Allen (Joyce) Prier of Elkader, Mark (Annette) Prier of Dubuque, Daniel (Kim) Prier of New Vienna, Elaine (Cletus) Urbain of Dyersville, and Janice (Wayne L.) Steffen of Luxemburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, his mother-in-law, Lucille Prier, his father-in-law, Donald Dolphin, and a sister-in-law, Patricia (Dale) Demmer.

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

 

 



Penny J. Carter


Penny J. Carter, 44, of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, family will greet friends 12:00 pm until service time also Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

Penny was born February 19, 1975 in Maquoketa, the daughter of John Carter and Kathryn Rieckens. She graduated from Bellevue Community High School. Penny worked as a bartender at a variety of places, and most recently at Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

She loved animals and her Lab dogs, spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Penny enjoyed spending time with her fiancé, Lonnie Feltes, and riding 4-wheelers with him.

Survivors include her fiancé, Lonnie Feltes; her mother, Kathy Johnson; siblings, Dave (Heather) Carter, Steve (Mandy) Carter, and Sara Johnson; also surviving, many special nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Penny was preceded in death by her father, John Carter; her stepfather, Ron Johnson; and her maternal grandparents, John and Wilhelmena Rieckens.

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



Tyler A. Hallahan


Tyler Andrew Hallahan, 25, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019. 

A visitation and celebration of his life will be offered at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque Iowa on Friday, May 31st from 3 to 8 PM and also on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM. Service to begin at 11 AM. 

Tyler was born on July 25, 1993 to his parents, Bruce Hallahan and Suzan Martin-Hallahan. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and attended Loras College for a short time. Tyler was a caring and compassionate person almost to a fault who will be missed greatly by all that ever knew him. He possessed the largest smile that would warm your heart. 

Tyler loved the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking in the mountains of Glacier National Park. When Tyler lived in Gunnison, Colorado he enjoyed snowboarding in the mountains. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop #11 completing his service project at Mines of Spain. He loved playing the piano, skateboarding and could solve a Rubix cube with amazing skill.

Tyler leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, brother Casey, sister Sarah, and half-brother Kris (Jessie) Koeneke; his grandparents, Sandy (Charles) Nauman, John B. Martin (Joanne Georgulis); Uncle Chris Martin (Melissa Murphy); his niece and nephews, Adrian, Elijah, Kai, and Evelyn Koeneke; his great-uncles, Tom (Rhonda Hudgins) Martin and George (Charlotte) Martin; his great-aunts Kathy Kurt, Mary Martin (Mitchell Eyres)and Tara Beau. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Bertha Hallahan, great grandparents, Mary E. Pins, Mary Margaret Martin & Ralph Martin, great-uncle Peter Beau, and cousin Nick Martin.

A Tyler A. Hallahan Memorial Fund has been established at Dupaco Credit Union.

 

 



Margaret A. Nelson

Margaret A. "Maggie" Nelson, 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away Wednesday morning, May 29, 2019 at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center, with her family by her side.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Fr. Thomas Srenn officiating. Burial will be in Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Margaret was born on June 8, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Peter and Theresa (Gansemer) Kiebel. She was united in marriage to Roland F. Nelson on February 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1998.

She and Roland purchased and operated a bakery in Tama, IA, later moving to Galena where they operated Nelson Bakery until Margaret's retirement in 2003. Prior to operating Nelson Bakery, they worked in various bakery departments in the area.

Margaret always looked forward to their yearly trips to Hawaii. She was a 1944 graduate of the Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque, and was a collector of lunch boxes and cookie jars.

Surviving is her daughter, Susan (Eldon) Koerperich of Farley, IA; a grandson, James (Denise) Kruser of Dubuque; and two great-grandchildren, Leah and James Matthew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Theresa, her husband, Roland, and siblings, Mary Sweeney, Joseph, Melvin and John Kiebel.

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



Margaret M. Hingtgen


Margaret "Peg" M. Hingtgen, 86, of Dubuque passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at The Blake in Pensacola, FL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller as celebrant. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2nd at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. There will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Peg was born June 3, 1932, in Lansing, Iowa, daughter of John and Ellen (Donahue) Manning. She married Lavern Hingtgen April 23, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2016.

Peg spent 40 years as a successful real estate broker/realtor retiring as an associate with Brissy Realty in 2015. She had many professional awards for having million dollar sales years. She was a member of several Real Estate Associations. She was known to assist clients by waiving her fees on occasion and going the extra mile, to help someone.

She was a long time member of Nativity Parish.

She is survived by a son Craig (Jan) Hingtgen, of Dubuque; a daughter, Lisa (Ron) Brownell, of Pensacola, FL; four grandchildren, Trevor and Nick Hingtgen and Alyssa and Craig Brownell; and two great grandchildren, Mikayla and Harley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings and in-laws.

Memorials may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice of Pensacola, FL.

The family wishes to thank their close friend Iggy for her support and companionship after Lavern's death. Also, thanks to Jan for helping Peg with Dad in his last year.

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



Carol Ann Krapfl


Carol Ann (Sellner) Krapfl, 74, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Ryan, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was born on October 20, 1944, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Dorothy (Kelchen) Sellner. 

On August 28, 1965, Carol was united in marriage to Merlin Krapfl in Earlville. Four children were born to this union. In 1965, Carol and her husband purchased and moved onto their farm in Ryan where they resided until December 2018 when they retired to their home in Manchester.  On the farm, Carol enjoyed gardening, sewing and helping with farm duties. In 2011, Carol was fortunate to receive a lung transplant after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, which gave her additional years to enjoy with her family, friends, and grandchildren. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 53 years, Merlin; daughters Kim (John) Britt of Ryan; Karen (Gary) Eischen of Pella; Kathy Krapfl (friend Paul Anderson) of Cedar Rapids; and Karla (Corey) Thompson of Delhi; granddaughters, Macy and Madison Thompson; siblings, Germaine Goedken, Donna Sellner, Bonnie Steege, Ann Sellner, Delores Burkle, Carlyn Sellner, and David (Carol) Sellner; and many nieces and nephews. 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy (Kelchen) and Andrew Sellner; a sister, Mildred and husband Ray Geistkemper; four brothers, Irvin, Don, John, and Jim; and brothers-in-law, Gib Goedken and Jim Burkle.  

Memorials will be directed to health care facilities that have assisted Carol over the years.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. 

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. onSunday, June 2, 2019, atSt. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour before mass on Monday at the church. 

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - rural Ryan, Iowa

 

 



Emil H. Herting


Emil H. Herting, age 90, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill, was called home suddenly at 10:41 a.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at home of natural causes, with his loving wife at his side. To honor Emil's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Emil's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 31, 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.

Emil was born on May 22, 1929, in Delaware County, Iowa, son of Michael and Leona (Roling) Herting.

Emil was raised in Delaware County before moving to Dubuque when he was 9 years old, then to Sherrill in 1965, eventually returning to Dubuque. He honorably served his country with the National Guard for 10 years during the Korean Conflict. Emil was raised with a strong work ethic, and would put his talents to good use with the Dubuque Packing Company, until his well earned retirement in 1981. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Darlene Cole, on January 4, 1961, in Stockton, Illinois, and they have been blessed with 58 years and 8 wonderful children between the two of them. His faith was an integral part of Emil's daily life, as evidenced by his long time membership with Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, and was also an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. When he wasn't working and found some free time in his days, Emil could be found doing odd jobs around the house, and with his Home Handyman Service, tending to his garden, or spending some time at the campground with Darlene and the children. There was no doubt that family meant the world to Emil, and he was very pleased to have just gotten together with the entire family to celebrate his 90th birthday. Our hearts are broken at the sudden and unexpected loss of Emil in our daily lives, but we know that he is now happily reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him and awaiting our eventual arrival for the biggest family reunion imaginable.

Those left to cherish Emil's memory include

his loving wife of 58 years,
Darlene Herting, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 children,
Mary (Guy Kennicker) Miller, Key West, IA,
Michael (Karen) Herting, Cary, IL,
Lisa (Don) Howes, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy (Ron) Seay, Grimes, IA,
Lee (Michelle) Herting, Nevada, IA,
Lori (Jeff) Davis, Dubuque, IA,
Kendy (Bob) Fauska, Des Moines, IA
and Eric Herting, Nevada, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;

his 10 great-grandchildren;

a great great-granddaughter;

his siblings,
Nancy Steffens, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Duschen, Dubuque, IA,
Judy Herting, Dubuque, IA
and Linda (David) Mizaur, Sherrad, IL;

a brother-in-law,
John "Jack" Neyens, Marion, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Carol Herting, Florida
and Clare Herting, Maquoketa, IA.

Emil was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Carl Miller; his siblings, Luetta Herting, James Herting, Earl Herting, Norma (Walter) Krug, Anita (John) Gills, Janet Neyens, Vernon Herting and Loras Herting; and his brothers-in-law, Ken Steffens, Buzz Duschen.

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

 



Sister Joan Stoffel


Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 31, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister was born on June 29, 1933 in LeMars, IA, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Neubrand) Stoffel.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1951, and made final profession of vows August 10, 1957. Sister received master's degrees from Loras and Clarke College, both in Dubuque. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dubuque-Sacred Heart, Ionia, Meyer, Webster City, Garnavillo, Jesup, Wesley, Cherokee, Arcadia, and Sioux City-Briar Cliff College; in Illinois at Niles; and in Minnesota at St. Mary's College, Winona. She also served as Superintendent of schools and Director of Curriculum for the Sioux City Diocese.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Mary (Richard) Roder and Margaret (George) Landgraf; her brothers: Earl (Lucy) Stoffel and Robert (Sharon) Stoffel; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 66 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lois Stoffel; and her brother-in-law Lloyd Roeder.

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

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



William L. Rippon


William LeRoy Rippon, 69, of Manchester, Iowa,passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on August 25, 1949, in Manchester, the son of John and Margaret (Schutt) Rippon. Bill graduated from West Delaware High School in 1968. 

Bill enjoyed boxing in his younger years and won the Iowa Golden Gloves championship in 1967 at the 119-lb weight class. Following graduation, he detailed cars for Baxter/Dvorak in Manchester. Bill joined the United States Marines in 1969 and was medically discharged after a few months. He then worked as a surveying laborer for Tri-State Engineering in Manchester and later as a power pole digger for Osmose Utilities Services and for Ameri-Pole.  

Bill enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He loved a cold Old Milwaukee beer and, once in a while, a stiff shot of Seagram's 7. 

Survivors include Bill's half-brother, John Hansel of Parkersburg; two nephews; and his good friends, JoAnn Besler of Manchester; Mandy, Shannon, Macy, Alden, and Easton Davis of Hopkinton; and Nick, Neveah, Selena, Dominick, and Brielle Besler of Cedar Rapids. 

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret, in 2003; his father, John; a brother, Ronald Rippon in 2001; and a half-brother, Doug Hansel. 

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

Memorial Service:10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. 

Visitation:Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to service time on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. 

Inurnment:Fairview Cemetery - Earlville, Iowa

 



Margaret E. Walker McCarthy


Margaret Ellen Walker McCarthy, 77, a devoted wife, sister, aunt and dear friend to all, passed away on May 26.

Visitation is planned for Thursday, May 30, from 3 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 12:30 P.M. on Friday at the church. The Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 31 at 1:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Margaret had a great zest for life and did not let the pancreatic cancer diagnosis slow her down. She fought a courageous battle with great support from her family and so many friends each and every day.

Born in a farm house North of Iron Hill, she was the youngest child of Eulaine (Flagel) and David Walker. Her siblings are Joyce Berggren of Maquoketa; Mary Rote of Dickeyville, WI and Dick (Denise) Walker of Bettendorf, IA.

Margaret attended Maquoketa High School and was Homecoming Queen 1959. She began working at Jackson State Bank in 1963. She was always the friendliest person in the bank greeting everyone by name. A loyal employee, Margaret worked for "the bank" through its many name changes for 42 years, retiring in 2005.

She married the love of her life, Joe McCarthy, 53 years ago, on Aug. 28, 1965. As an avid hunter and fisher herself, Margaret and Joe, together with their close friends, enjoyed many outdoor adventures. She also found time for her vegetable and flower gardens and was a member of the Maquoketa Garden Club.

Generous with her time and support of Maquoketa, Margaret also served on the Jackson County Fair Board and Executive Board of the Maquoketa Country Club for several years. She volunteered at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and she thoroughly enjoyed the "Y" and all her friends and the activities they shared in while there. Margaret was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish serving in many volunteer roles there, and as the volunteer school librarian for several years after she retired from the bank.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Florence and Gerald McCarthy, and her brother-in-law, Tommy Berggren.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Joe McCarthy and her cherished siblings.

Margaret, aka Spook, was the favorite Aunt of her MANY nieces and nephews, to include great, great--nieces and nephews! She was fun-loving, humorous, and compassionate. She loved hosting and entertaining family and friends. The best stories were shared at Margaret and Joe's home. Her countless number of friends with whom she enjoyed hunting, fishing, card playing, tap dancing, bicycling and so much more will remember her spirit and carry it with them for years to come.

We would like to thank Dr. Daniel Berg, Diane Van Ersvelde, PA, Sharon Baumler and the healthcare team who assisted Margaret at the University of Iowa Hospitals, as well as the staff at Family Clinic in Maquoketa. Additionally, heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the nurturing staff of Jackson County Hospice for their excellent care and support for Margaret in her last days.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Margaret E. McCarthy memorial fund has been established.

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



Patricia A. Koehler


Patricia A. "Patty" Koehler, age 80 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patty's life, a Celebration of Life for her and Dave is being scheduled for a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Patty's family.

Patty was born on January 5, 1939 in Dubuque, the only daughter of Joseph and Imelda (Pelzer) Shannon. Patty was always proud to be able to say that she spent her entire 80 years of life right here in Dubuque.  She made many friends along the way, eagerly participated in the creation of countless wonderful memories for others to treasure and was most importantly blessed with her own family to love and adore. She met her soul-mate, Dave Koehler at the spry age of 13 and the two were eventually united in marriage on April 27, 1957.  Sadly, Dave was called home in 2015, but we know and trust that they have now begun their 62nd Anniversary together once again in their Heavenly Home. 

Patty always enjoyed working behind the bar, most notably at the Golden Pheasant, the Double J and the Copper Kettle over her working years. Her work ethic was second to none, and thankfully her outgoing nature, big kind heart and delightfully witty sense of humor came right along with the package. She could brighten any day, change the outlook of any situation and even tackle the impossible by simply listening with sincerity. When the workday was over, you could quite often find this River Rat right where she felt at home, or if the weather wasn't cooperating, a few good hands of Euchre and Pinochle with friends would just as easily fill the day. 

Patty would readily admit that work and play were continually in her top 3 priorities in life, but that nothing could ever compare to her #1 goal in life; Her Family. She loved her husband and daughters dearly, but once her grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, her heart blossomed even more. She never missed an opportunity to spend quality time with any of them and always savored any interaction where she could truly get caught up on their lives. Patty was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother who has steadfastly built a legacy which will be carried forward in the minds of all who knew and loved her. We will miss Patty more than words could ever truly depict, but we are also beyond grateful for all of the time the Lord gave us with her and we will always remember to do our best to actively live out in our personal lives all of the positive traits she leaves behind.  

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Patty include,

her daughters,
Kim (John) Rogers,
Kelley (Mike) Vondal,
and Kerry Koehler, all of Dubuque, Iowa;

her 8 grandchildren,
Harley (Brandy) Harry, Joseph (Stacy) Harry, Alicia Vondal, Lyndsey (Seth Steinlage) Vondal, Alex (Tasha Scheffert) Vondal, Layla (Sam Houselog) Vondal, Alea (fiancé Kyle Cashman) Vondal, Katelin Wright and Craig (Dwight) Wright;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Jacob, Hailey, Thomas III, Wyatt, Gavin, Korra, Logan, Brycen, Nevaeh and Kiley Jo;

her brother,
Terry (Doris) Shannon, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert (June) Shannon.

Patty's family would like to thank Dr. Gordon, along with the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the professional, compassionate and gentle care they provided to Patty, and her family.

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

"When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. The angel said my place was ready in Heaven far above and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But, when I walked through Heaven's Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down and smiled and said, "Welcome Home Patty".  So, when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart."



Jim A. Parker


Jim A. Parker, 50, of Bellevue, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at U of I Hospital & Clinics from the results of an automobile accident.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Jim was born December 1, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of James Bauer and Elizabeth Parker. He married Misty Mathisen on December 23, 2000 in Dubuque. Jim was a self-made man, who loved spending time with family and friends. He was in the insurance industry, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and telling stories. Jim was a passionate Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. He was an amazing husband, father, funny and the life of the party. Jim will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Misty; their children, Walter (Shalene Hagerty) Link, Austin Riedl, Matthew Parker, Lizzy Parker, and Ty Parker; his father, James Bauer; a brother, Blake Bauer; aunt and uncle, Rose and Steve Husemann; and his extended siblings, Kristie (Travis) Pfiffner, Louie (Pauline) Husemann, Jody (Ron) Kenneally, and Lindsey Schreiber; and his mother and father in-law, Barb (Eli) Dicklich and Tom (Judi) Mathisen.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Parker.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at Bellevue State Bank in Jim's memory.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

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

 



Paulette M. Taylor


Paulette M. "Paula" Taylor, age 72 of Asbury, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury with her husband by her side after a 5 year battle with dementia. To celebrate Paula's life, a private family service is being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paula's family.

Paula was born on July 22, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter to Paul and Norma Dedick. She was united in marriage on October 5, 1968 in Chicago to Rick Taylor and the two would go on to be blessed with one deeply adored son, Paul and 50 years together. Paula spent over 25 years working at NDX Oral Arts Iowa Dental Laboratory with Rick. When they weren't at work, the couple enjoyed hunting and fishing together and even working on crafts in their woodshop when time allowed. Paula was a wonderful cook in the kitchen and also enjoyed a little personal time with her sewing machine. Paula was a spunky little lady with a huge heart and not a day went by that wasn't brighter because of her inner beauty. We will miss Paula more than words can say, but we know she's at peace now and her battle with dementia is finally over. Thank you Paula for all of the love and light you shared with the world and those around you!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Paula include,

her loving husband,
Rick Taylor, Asbury, Iowa;

her son,
Paul (Sue Sandahl) Taylor, Johnston, Iowa;

her grandson,
Edward Taylor, Johnston, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,
Karen (John) Coffey, Inglewood, Florida;

and her dear friend,
Cynthia Leslein, Asbury, Iowa.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents, and her in-law's, Clarence and Dorothy (McLaughlin) Taylor.

Paula's family would like to thank Dr. Cao, and the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for all of the professional and compassionate care they provided to Paula.

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



Diane L. Peil


Diane L. Peil, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home with loving family on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. To honor her wishes services will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

She was born May 9, 1946, in Dubuque, the daughter of John M. and Clara M. (Wolter) McLaughlin, Sr. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On October 3, 1964 she was united in marriage to George F. "Sonny" Peil Sr. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque.

Diane was an avid genealogist and was happy to find any needed information. She enjoyed being with family and was glad to talk and spend time with anyone. Christmas was a favorite time of hers. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She was proud of their sons and their families. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and sister-in-law.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years George F. "Sonny" Peil; four sons, George F. (Dawn Ede) Peil, of Dubuque, Paul L. (Jolene) Peil, of Austin, Minnesota, Jason J. (Sara Breitbach) Peil, of Dubuque, and Todd M. (Jason Coffman) Peil, of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Victoria (Eric) Johnson, Troy (Leslie) Peil, Jessica (Jaiden Bastyr) Peil, Emily (Mitch Gross) Peil, and Marissa Peil; three great-granddaughters, Brinley and Emmalynn Johnson, and Margaret (Greta) Peil; a sister, Sharon (Tom) Spiegelhalter, of Peosta, Iowa; a brother, Danny (Dawn) McLaughlin, of Eldridge, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Viola McLaughlin, of Dubuque; and many other relatives and friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Gage Peil, and a brother, John M. McLaughlin,
Jr.

Her family would like to thank all healthcare professionals who treated her.



Phyllis M. Hutter


Phyllis M. Hutter, 78, of Dubuque died Friday, May 24, 2019 at Manor Care.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Phyllis was born October 25, 1940 in Key West, Iowa, daughter of Earl and Sylvia (Frantzen) Berendes Sr.  

On May 27, 1972 she married the love of her life, Dave Hutter, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue.  He preceded her in death on February 7, 2012.

Phyllis worked in environmental services at Mercy Medical Center for 35 years, retiring in 2004.

Phyllis had a very special relationship with her nieces and nephews, treating them as if they were her own children.

She is survived by a brother, Mel (Marilyn) Berendes of Dubuque; a sister, Anita (Eldon) Rowan of 

Coeur D' Alene, Idaho; and many nephews and nieces.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister in law, Earl and Ruth Berendes; brother, Loras Berendes; nephew, Bill Berendes and niece, Kristi Berendes.

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

A Phyllis Hutter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care for their many years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Steve Engstrom


Steve "Engo," Engstrom, age 55, of Dubuque, IA formerly of the Des Moines area passed away on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Schmitt officiating.

Steve was born on September 25, 1963 in Des Moines, IA, the son of Keith Engstrom & Nancy (Adcock) Engstrom. He graduated from Johnston High School in 1982, "Brew Crew of 82,"

He married Kathy Engstrom, on March 20, 1999 in Urbandale, IA.

Steve worked several years at R&D Plastics in Earlham, IA and worked at John Deere Dubuque Works in Assembly since 2014.

Steve loved the outdoors-hunting, fishing, golfing, and yard work. NASCAR racing was a passion, the Earnhardts filled his weekends. Love to Jamie Schirm #56 in Stuart, IA.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; his son Daniel (Megan) Engstrom of Des Moines, IA; stepson Joshua Blasen of Dubuque; and stepdaughter April (Casey) Buol of Dubuque. Four amazing grandchildren: Carter Kronfeldt, Nathan Blasen, Joey Blasen, and Aubrina Buol. His father, Keith Engstrom of Grimes and mother, Nancy Engstrom of Des Moines. His siblings Scott Engstrom of Des Moines, Cheri (Shawn) Sutton of Grimes, Cindi (Scott) Culbertson of Des Moines, Justin Engstrom of Des Moines, half-sister Shannon Miller of Cedar Rapids, half-sister Becky (Jesse) Gearhart of Cedar Rapids, and half-brother Rodney (Crystal) Miller of Cedar Rapids. Many nephews and nieces who each held a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by Don Miller, his biological father.

Thank you to the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the great support from Ennoble skilled nursing and Rehab and to the Wendt Regional Cancer Society for all of their care.



Dennis D. Wolter


Dennis D. Wolter, age 78, of Asbury, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:35 p.m., on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at MercyOne, with his loving family at his side. To honor Dennis' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street. To celebrate Dennis' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis was born on February 14, 1941, in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Harold and Barbara (Junk)Wolter.

Dennis attended Cathedral Grade School and went on to graduate from Loras Academy, Class of 1959, before honorably serving his country with the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Karen Palm, and the two have been blessed with 8 wonderful children together. Dennis was a dedicated worker and was employed with Martin Oil and Gas Station on 3rd and Locust Street, before moving on to manage and own Martin Oil and Gas Station at 22nd and Central, for several years, until his well earned retirement at age 64. His faith was a very important to Dennis, and he was proud to have been a life long member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. In his free time, Dennis loved being in the great outdoors, whether it was coon or squirrel hunting or simply spending the day at his favorite fishing hole. He was quite the card player, with Euchre and Texas Hold Em' being his games of choice. He also enjoyed regularly getting out and playing Shuffleboard with his brothers. Family, was beyond a doubt, the most important part of Dennis' life, he treated Karen like a queen, and looked forward to any chance that presented itself to get all of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren together for a family gathering. We are deeply saddened at suddenly losing such a great man and role model in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Dennis' memory include

his loving wife,
Karen Wolter, Asbury, IA;

his 8 children,
Tamara (Hugh) Graham, Dubuque, IA,
Tina (Wayne) Pothoff, Dubuque, IA,
Donna (Daniel) Vondran, Springdale, AR,
James (Laura) Wolter, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca (Darrell) Houselog, Dubuque, IA,
Dione (Craig) Miller, Asbury, IA,
Tod (Amy) Wolter, Wyoming, IA
and Don (Susan Gwiasda) Wolter, Ames, IA;  

his 24 grandchildren,
Matthew, Dalton, Samantha, Vanessa, Nicole, Nathan, Noah, Nicholas, Nina, Nolan, Eric, Sarah, Preston, Kailyn, Ryan, Olivia, Nikki, Rachel, Katie, Kara, Erin, Leah, Natalie and Emma;

his 18 great-grandchildren;

his 6 siblings,
Alois (Olive "Buzz") Wolter,
Loren (Rosemary) Wolter,
Duane (Barbara) Wolter,
Harold (Sharon) Wolter,
Ruthann (Gerald) Burger
and Barbara (Thomas) Tuthill;

a sister-in-law,
Janet Wolter;

and his in-laws,
Marolyn (Don) Donath,
Kathy (Dan) Schmit,
Darlene Trilk,
Jolene Boever
and Kenny (Connie) Palm Jr.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Benjamin Rollings; a brother, LaVern Wolter; a sister, Rosemary (Earl) Fagan; and 2 brothers-in-law, Minor Maas and Bob Trilk.

Dennis' family would like to thank the Asbury Police and Fire Departments, and the staff at Mercy for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dennis and 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

 



Kristopher E. M. Taylor


Kristopher E. M. "Kris" Taylor, age 34, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Monday, May 20, 2019, at home of natural causes. To honor Kris' life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jonathan T. Crawford officiating. To celebrate Kris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Kris was born on January 8, 1985, in Muskegon, MI, son of Kendra (Taylor) Doty.

Kris was born and raised in Muskegon where he graduated from high school in 2003. He was always an amazing athlete and was recruited right out of high school to play football for the University of Dubuque. After moving to Dubuque, Kris would meet the love of his life, Megan Schickel, and they have been together for 10 wonderful years. He was a hard worker, and was employed at several places including Diamond Jo Casino, Champps Americana, RIE Coatings and Texas Roadhouse for many years. Kris was an extremely loving dad and spending time with his family meant the world to him. In his free time, he enjoyed playing video games and spending time outside caring for his lawn, which was his pride and joy. Kris had a kind and loving nature and was a "life coach" for several kids throughout his short time here on Earth. Kris was also well known for his "shoe fetish", he had a special pair for every occasion, and his family loved to tease him about it. He was an avid motorcycle rider and was part of the NuBreed group of stunt riders in Dubuque. Our hearts are truly broken today with the sudden loss of Kris in our daily lives. We will miss him more than words can ever express and will cherish all of the memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Kris' memory include

his fiancé,
Megan Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Jaxson Taylor, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Mackenzie Taylor, Dyersville, IA;

his mother,
Kendra Doty, Muskegon, MI;

his step-father,
Charles Doty Sr., Muskegon, MI;

his siblings,
Michael Williams, Muskegon, MI,
Kristian Taylor, Indianapolis, IN,
Kristina (Liam) Goodwin, Duncan, SC,
Kristal Taylor,
and Charles Doty Jr., both of Muskegon, MI;

his fiancé's parents,
Wendy and Ray Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

and his fiancé's brother,
Nick Schickel, Cambridge, MA.

Kris was preceded in death by his father, Michael Williams, and by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Lucy Taylor.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to care for his children's future expenses and help pay for Kris' final expenses. A GoFundMe page has been established in their name, Kris Taylor & Family, for those wishing to help.

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

 



Mary Lea Gudenkauf


Mary Lea Gudenkauf, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary Lea may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.
Services for Mary Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 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 on July 11, 1940, in Earlville, Iowa daughter of Leo and Marie (Melchert) Recker. She received her education from St. Patrick's School in Ryan, Iowa. She was united in marriage on June 19, 1962 to Loras Gudenkauf at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2018. The couple farmed in the Cascade area.
She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by; two children, Richard Gudenkauf of Cascade, IA and Rhonda Andrew Toms & Husband Shane Toms of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Loras (Gloria) Recker of Ryan, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf, Bernadette (Robert) Staner of Cascade, IA, Joyce (Tony) Feldman of Earlville, IA, James Rollinger of Cascade, IA and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper of Hopkinton, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Gudenkauf in infancy in 1964; one brother, Kenneth Recker; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Rollinger, Sandy Rollinger; her, father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lucille Gudenkauf.

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



Robert R. Gerken


Robert R. Gerken, age 84 of Dubuque IA passed away on May 23rd, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Happy, TX, on July 1st, 1934, to Oscar and Martha (Wernke) Gerken. He married Darlene Nieland on June 18th, 1960.

Bob is survived by his wife; sons William (Anne) Gerken of Covington, WA, and Robert (Shelley) Gerken of Colorado Springs, CO; his daughter, Mary Gerken of Covington, WA; five grandchildren, Clara, Luke, Elizabeth, Jacob and Robert; and his sister, Mary Del (Don) Stouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Gerken, and sisters, Carol (Laverne) Kleitsch, and Dorothy (Don) Tiller.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29th at St. Columbkille's Church, Dubuque, IA. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until Mass

Committal prayers and military honors will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Guttenberg, IA. Military honors presented by Guttenberg American Legion Post #373. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

 



Dennis J. Stierman


Dennis J. Stierman, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a celebration of Dennis's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

He was born October 15, 1957 in Dubuque to Jerold "Huck" Stierman and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
He married Callista Behnke on January 18, 1991 and had four beautiful children.

He loved spending time with his family and loading up his grandchildren with sugar. He was passionate about music and loved the outdoors. He was always there for others and would help anyone.

He is survived by his son Shawn (Marissa Kast) Stierman; his daughters Cheyanna (Charlie Saul) Stierman and Jasmine Stierman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Cameron Saul and Kayden Jasper; his sisters Pam Willey and Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman, both of La Motte; his brothers Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, Fla, and Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque; a brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, along with many nieces and nephews who loved their uncle Din-Din.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jeremy; two sisters Jody Welsh and Wendy Stierman; and brother-in-law Rick Willey.

A Dennis J. Stierman memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.



Doris Michaelson


Doris Michaelson died May 20, 2019 at age 88. Doris was originally from Bellevue, Iowa and was under the care of Hospice at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center, Dubuque.

Doris was born on February 1, 1931 to parents John and Florabel Holdefer in Humboldt, Iowa. She was the older sister to one sibling, John. Doris and her future husband were high school classmates and were also confirmed together in 1943 at First Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Iowa. After attending Iowa State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education, she married Manly Michaelson on June 15, 1952. Doris taught Home Economics in Lytton, Iowa while her husband, Dr. Manly Michaelson, completed a one year of practice in Lytton, Iowa and then was recruited to practice medicine in Bellevue, Iowa where Doris had many relatives. In 1958, Doris and Manly had a small office directly across from the American Legion in Bellevue and then moved to the most recent location with a beautiful view of the Mississippi river. Doris and Manly worked together in the office from 1958 until 1987. While Dr. Michaelson made himself available for house calls and emergency care at all hours even delivering babies at the Bellevue Public Hospital, Doris raised five children.

A working mother, Doris was involved in the community of Bellevue. She served on the Bellevue Community School board for nine years and was President for several years. Doris was an active member of the Republican Women's Club and the Tri-State Home Economics organization. She and Manly were both private pilots and Doris had the distinction of being the first female float plane pilot in the state of Iowa. Doris enjoyed flying members of the community to see breathtaking Bellevue. Doris and Manly both also utilized their private plane to transport multiple patients to Iowa City for additional care. Doris was also an avid gardener and a faithful follower of the Master Gardener program on WMT radio. Doris and her son Robert also enjoyed a placing trot lines in the Mississippi River. She was also an enthusiatic supporter Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Doris loved the sound of Sousa marches and also had the opportunity to play under the guest conductor/famed composer Karl King while playing sousaphone in the band while at Iowa State.

Doris had such a wide array of interests but without question, her biggest passion was being a leader for the Weight Watchers. She attended her first meeting in Chicago with her husband and was so impressed that she drove 74 miles a week to attend Weight Watchers in Moline, IL. After losing 52 lbs and reaching goal in the early ‘70's, Doris sought to become a leader for approximately fifteen years. At one time she had 13 classes per week covering Dewitt, Hanover, Bellevue, Maquoketa, Dubuque and even an "At Work" meeting in the Galena Territories. Her background in nutrition and her love of helping people made her an inspiring leader. Doris retired from Weight Watchers in 1998. In later years, she served as a substitute teacher for Bellevue Public schools and also volunteered for five years as a "Greeter" at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Doris loved this position as she told visitors about "Beautiful Busy Bellevue".

Doris was an amazing, accomplished woman and will be missed greatly by her family and long-term members of the Bellevue community.

Doris Lee Michaelson is survived by her brother John (Rosemary) of Monument, CO. Her children Dr. Robert Michaelson (Debbie) of Champaign, IL, James (Vivian) of Tomball, TX, Charles (Becky) Michaelson of Dubuque, Ruth Michaelson of Dubuque and CDR Martha Michaelson, a dentist on active duty in the US Navy stationed at Great Lakes, IL and fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer of Dubuque, Ingrid (Kindred) Priest of Bettendorf, Nikki living in France, Manly (Christine) Whitehouse, TX, Peter (Mallory) of Red Oak, TX, Seth (Tesca) of Temple, TX , Josiah of Conroe, TX, Hannah, Naomi, Eunice, Esther, Talitha and Abigail all of Tomball, TX and 3 step-grandsons, Marc Porter of Ft Worth, TX, Josh (Adriana) of Overland Park, Kansas and Ryan of Champaign,IL, Dara (Travis) Leick of Dubuque, Jacey of Dubuque and great grandchildren: Ella and Amelia Priest, Jimmy and Clark Michaelson, Ezekial Michaelson and Ethan, Jaymes, Andrew, David and Jordan Michaelson-Leick.

Services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, IA with visitation from 11:00-1:00 and funeral service at 1:00 with lunch to follow at the church. At 2:45, Doris will be laid to rest at St John's Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. John's Lutheran church of Bellevue and the Bellevue Ambulance service.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 



Donald D. Dede


Donald Dean Dede, 80, of rural Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on August 19, 1938, in Boone, the son of Fred and Ruth (Hannum) Dede. Following graduation from Boone High School, Don attended mechanic school in Kansas City. 

On April 3, 1960, Don was united in marriage to Janice Schmidt. Two sons were born to this union. After 22 years of service, Don was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1977. Janice died in 1979. Don married Patricia Schmidt on June 9, 1984, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He worked as a mechanic at 1st Avenue Chrysler-Plymouth in Cedar Rapids until his retirement in 2000. 

Don was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. Don also loved relaxing at their cabin on Lake Delhi. The Iowa Donor Network recognized Don as an eye donor. 

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son, Darwin (Tracy) Dede of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Reneé Dede of Marion; two grandchildren, Spencer and Skylar Dede; one sister, Carol (George) VanDee of Cedar Rapids; and his dog, Mollie. 

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janice; a son, Kenneth in 2018; and a sister, Marilyn Larson. 

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. 

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. 

Interment with Military Rites: Peace Lutheran Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 

 

 



Margerie M. Kreassig


Margerie M. Kreassig, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. Burial will follow the service in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Mueller Chapel until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Margerie was born on July 9, 1920 the daughter of Joseph Gottschalk and Edith Avenarius. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

She worked for Dubuque County Nursing Home in Dubuque for many years. Margerie was a very good cook and enjoyed having family over for meals. She was also a very good seamstress and was a hard worker. She loved her family and will be missed very much.

Margerie is survived by her children Dick (Ellie) Kreassig, of Virginia Beach, VA, LaVonne (John) Timm, of Waterloo, IA, Melvin Kreassig, of Dubuque and Ron (Cindy) Kreassig, of Marion. Eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and her sister Joan Furlong.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons Michael Kreassig and Eric Kreassig and her sister Marcella Bleymeyer.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care for all theircare, kindness and compassion they gave to Margerie.



Carol Sue Wild


Carol Sue Wild, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Sue's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at First Lutheran church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Sue Gerischer was born on November 16, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Paul Gerischer and Dorothy (Ralston) Gerischer. She was a 1964 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard "Dick" Wild on June 6, 1965 at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.

Carol Sue had worked at Operation New View in Maquoketa for 16 years, had also driven for the RTA, and worked at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa. Additionally, she and her husband had run a food pantry from their home in Andrew for several years.

Carol Sue was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was very active with her time and volunteered for several area organizations. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and baking cakes on special occasions for people.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard "Dick" Wild of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jim (Marla) Wild of St. Louis, MO, Steve (Rosa) Wild of Algonquin, IL, Brian (Michelle) Wild of Ames, IA, and Mark (Amy ) Wild of Boonville, MO; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Rick (Diane) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Gail Guckenburger of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Nancy (Dale) Kilburg of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, brothers Bill Gerischer and David Gerischer, and a sister Joan Gerischer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carol Sue Wild memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl H. Engling


Carl H. Engling, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:40 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Road, with Rev. Kristian Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carl was born on November 3, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling.

Carl was born and raised in North Buena Vista before moving to Dubuque and then to Sioux City, Iowa in September of 1983 for work. He was united in marriage to Virginia Francois on June 17, 1950, in Dubuque, and together they were blessed with 11 children. Carl was a hard worker and devoted his time and talents to many places beginning with the The Shoe Factory during WWII, then on to General Dry Battery and State Brand Creamery, before becoming part owner of The Hollywood Grill in the 1960's. He would then go on to work at Old Timer's, The Circle, Timmerman's, Dubuque Packing Company, PSSI and finally with Iowa Pork Producers, until his well earned retirement at age 75. Family was always Carl's main priority in life, and he cared for his son, Allen, who suffers with Cerebral Palsy, for several years. When he did manage to find some free time in his days, Carl loved to go fishing, always filling his bucket to the brim, or spending the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up something delicious for Virginia and the kids. His soups were famous and always a hit with everyone! Carl was quite the Euchre player, you never wanted to be on the opposing team, and was an accomplished bowler in his younger days. He was a jokester who loved teasing everyone in good jest, and could keep you captivated for hours with his entertaining stories. Carl also occasionally enjoyed trying his luck picking the winning dog at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and uncle, but know that he is now reunited with all of our family members that have already been called home.

Those left to cherish Carl's memory include

his children,
Carlyn Root, Tolleson, AZ,
Diane (Robert) Cook, Dubuque, IA,
Denise (Randal) Parsons Sr., Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Tracy) Engling, Moline, IL,
Carl (Dianne) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Helen DeAnda, Sioux City, IA,
Kevin Engling, Sioux City, IA,
David Engling, Sioux City, IA,
Vincent (Thao) Engling, Columbia, SC
and Allen Engling, Sioux City, IA;

his 24 grandchildren;

numerous great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Marcella Travis, Dubuque, IA,
Helen (Archie) Molzof, Dubuque, IA,
Leon (Kathy) Engling, Bettendorf, IA,
Donald (Alice) Engling, Whitewater, WI
and Cindy Ohnesorge, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Mary Engling, Freeport, IL,
Shirley Engling, Freeport, IL
and Mary Engling, East Dubuque, IL.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Virginia Engling, a son, Michael Engling; a son-in-law, Felimon DeAnda; his siblings, Gerald (Jenny) Engling, Louisa (Harold) Kirby, Irene (Carl) Ruff, Theresa (Theodore "T.J.") Huekels, Ray Engling, Alfred Engling Sr., Joyce (Karl) Miller and David Engling; and a brother-in-law, Jim Travis.

Carl's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Carl and his entire family.

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

 



Maynard H. Meier


Maynard H. Meier, 92, of Preston, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Friday morning from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Maynard was born January 30, 1927 in rural Jackson County, the son of Edward and Frances (Fens) Meier. He attended a one room rural school in Washington Township, where he described himself as the fastest runner in the school. Maynard served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1950-1952 in combat on the front line as a forward observer in a heavy mortar company of the 24th Infantry Division. Maynard felt considerable pride in his service, and in 2013 flew in an Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities. He married Yvonne Greve on November 26, 1955 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Maynard was a lifelong farmer on a Century Farm, member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Bellevue American Legion Post #273. He found enjoyment attending his children and grandchildren's events, woodworking, and spending time with his family. One of his favorite pastimes was dancing with Yvonne. Even after retirement from active farming, he continued to raise chickens and cared for the farm cats.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; children, Randy (Chris) Meier, Ken (Sandy) Meier, Thomas (Kathy) Meier, Ann (Mark) Bormann, and Lisa (Paul) Hammond; grandchildren, Ellen (David Celichowski) Meier, Katherine (Johnny Dedrick)Meier, Emily Meier, Derek Meier, Elizabeth (Colin Larson) Meier, Lance Meier, Kelcie Bormann, Colton Bormann, Nicole (Dan Kuhl) Hammond, Erika Hammond, and Sean Hammond; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marilyn Meier, Jeanette Gruhn, Visetta Leonard, Les (Shirley) Greve, Donna (Don) Galusha, and Will (Glorianne) Greve.

Maynard was preceded death by his parents and siblings, Robert and Leo (Mavis) Meier.

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

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



Anthony J. Runde


Anthony (Tony) J. Runde, age 85, of Hazel Green WI, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City WI, surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.   Visitation will be 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 24th, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 8:45 to 9:45 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Tony was born on October 10, 1933 in Hazel Green WI, son of Lawrence and Frances (Fleege) Runde.

He married Mary Ann Ploessl on November 7, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven WI. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2016.   Tony and Mary Ann farmed in rural Cuba City for over 50 years and he operated Runde Insurance for 54 years.   He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Hazel Green Township Board, Grant County Board of Supervisors (Orchard Manor, County Farm and Law Enforcement Committees) and Jamestown Mutual Insurance Board.

Tony was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We could always count on dad to drop everything when anyone in the family needed him. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always up for a good game of six-handed euchre.  Farming was an important part of dad's life and he was proud that 2019 marks the Centennial year of the family farm.  

He is survived by his children, Greg (Kay) of Cuba City, Linda (Dan) Nelson of La Crosse, Dennis (Jan Leiser) of Hazel Green, Diane (Dave) Pluym of Hazel Green and Deb (Roger) Hoppenjan of Cuba City. Grandchildren: Brett (Laurie) Runde, Amanda (Jamie) Vaassen, Hannah (Jeremy) Brant, Nathan (Kelsey) Runde, TJ (Courtney) Runde, Garrett (fiance' Ilina Datkhaeva), Evan (fiance' Kym Fritz) and Connor (friend April Frickson) Pluym, Cody (fiance' Molly Wubben), Jenna (friend Dakota Lovell) and Ryan Hoppenjan, 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way and a sister, Mary Lou Tressel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a granddaughter, Courtney Runde; a great grandson, Carter Runde, his brothers, Joseph and Ralph and his sisters, Helen Meyer and Dorothy Burbach.

In lieu of flowers, an Anthony (Tony) Runde memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Tony's family would like to thank Dr. Sullivan, Dr. White and the staff at Medical Associates, his caretakers, Mary Kay, Sara, Maddy and Ashley, the staff at Epione Pavilion and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

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

 

 



Richard J. Hoell


Richard J. "Cookie" Hoell, Jr, 55, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Richard was born on October 7, 1963 in Dubuque, the son of Richard J. and Joan (Knobbe) Hoell, Sr.

Surviving are two children, Kali Hoell and Trevor Hoell both of Galena; his mother Joan Schroeder of Dubuque; and two sisters, Laura (Glenn) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV, and Deborah Smith of Burlington, NC.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, John & Eleanor Hoell, and Harry & Viola Knobbe, and step-father, Richard Schroeder, Sr.

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



Robert W. Ridgeway


Robert W. Ridgeway, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at UnityPoint Finley in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Dyersville where military honors will be accorded by Legion Post 137.

Robert was born February 6, 1944, in Pascagoula, Mississippi the son of Wallace and Gladys (Faust) Ridgeway. He served in the Navy 1962-1964. He married Sheila Curtis Little on December 10, 1980, in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was a mechanic on the heavy equipment used by road and bridge construction crews and he ran the Dyersville Super 8 Hotel for five years. His favorite hobby was building model trucks, including working RC pulling tractors.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sheila, his children Jackie Jay of Holt, FL, Carol (Mark) Cooper of Sevierville, TN, Norma Jean (Casey) Muntz of Guttenberg, IA, and Rob (Mary) Ridgeway, Jr. of Dubuque, IA, and step sons Jeff (Tracy) Little of Dubuque, and Jody (Nicki) Little of Las Vegas, NV, 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and in-laws: Gene (Julie) Curtis of Marion, IA, Diane Courtney, Alan (Mary Kay) Curtis and Yvonne Younes, all of Dubuque.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Karl (Maggie) Hoffman, his parents-in-law, Paul and Vera Curtis, and a sister-in-law, Barbara (Ed) Kirner.

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



Lois Ellwanger


Lois Dick Ellwanger of 3175 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, IA, formerly of 2184 Bennett St. died Sunday morning May 19th at Luther Manor surrounded by family.  

A visitation will be held Tuesday May 21st from 4-8 pm at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 am on Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Services will be Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran at 10:30 am, 3200 Asbury Rd. Burial will be held following the service at Linwood Cemetery.

The former Lois Marie Dick was born on July 29, 1923 in Dubuque to Carl Moritz Dick and Viola Hocking Dick. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. She married Milton Ellwanger on April 26, 1951 at St. Mark Lutheran Church. On that day Lois took into her heart his two small daughters. Their union produced two additional children.

She was employed in various banking positions for many years until her marriage. After her marriage she stayed home to help raise the children. In later years she worked as a receptionist in an architectural firm.  

For most of her life she was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School there for over 30 years. She remained a member until the church closed in the late 1980's. She was also an active member of the Luther Manor Auxiliary for 35 years, a volunteer at Finley hospital for 27 years and joined the Lois Club at its inception in the late 1980's.

At the time of her high school class 20th year of graduation, she formed a committee which kept the addresses of the 306 class members and planned and executed a large reunion every 5 years for 45 years.  

Survivors include her four children -Milton's two daughters Virginia Sheets of Dixon, IL, Arline Oliver of Omaha NE, her son Tom (Pat) Ellwanger of Dubuque and Wendy (Dudley) Nelson of Michigan, her sister Marjorie Schultz of Dubuque, her sister-in-law Mary Dick of Edina, MN. She also has 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren (soon to be 11), and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton, a brother Richard Dick, a grandson Aaron Michael Strong, 2 sons in law, Gerald Oliver and Donald Sheets and 3 sisters in law, Jane Kaune, Bette Weidenbacher and Lorraine Davis.  

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the St. Mark Community Center, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Luther Manor, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank to Dr. Randall Lengeling, Dr. John Whalen and Dr. Todd Spurling for their care of Lois over many years.

 

 



Rose E. Hall


Rose E. Hall, age 93 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Luther Manor Community in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Rose's life, private family services are being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Rose's family.

Rose was born on October 11, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, a daughter to David Lusk "Luck" and Gladys Delyte (Enabnit) Wilkie. She had discovered very early in life that teaching children was the goal she desired to work towards.  After graduating from high school, Rose proceeded onto college and successfully completed her teaching certification. Rose joyfully spent the next 42 years of her life working in the Dubuque Community School District where not only were her career dreams fulfilled, but without realizing it her imprint and impact on countless children throughout the community would continue to carry her legacy forward for generations to come.  

She enjoyed almost every day she was in the classroom, but Rose also understood the value of her free-time outside of work. Socializing with her friends during a friendly game of Bridge was always a welcomed event, but relaxing in solitude at the sewing machine, or even getting comfortable on her couch with a knitting needle or a good book were also some of her favorite ways to pass the time.  The absolute favorite hours she would ever indulge in though were the opportunities she was able to simply sit and catch-up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose's eyes lit up every time her grandkids were near, and thankfully her heart was replenished with an abundance of love by time they left her side again. Rose was a relentlessly gentle soul who embraced all that was good in the world.  She generously shared her kindnesses without ever expecting anything in return and in turn set a beautiful example for all who knew and loved her.  Our hearts are broken at the mere thought that we will not see Rose again in this life, but we know and trust that the memories she leaves behind will carry us through until we do finally get to see her again. Thank you for being an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend Rose and may the Lord bless you for all of the positive light you spread so freely upon the world around you!      

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Rose include,

her children,
Bruce (Jenny) Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Cindy (Lee) Scovanner, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Debra "Deb" Finn, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kimberly (Doug) Stickney, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 12 grandchildren,
Austin (Tina) Hall, Amelia Hall, Anna Hall, Cassandra (Mark) Bloom, Johnathan Scovanner, Melissa Scovanner, Chad Finn, Brian Finn, Anthony (Lori) Finn, Gregory Finn, Caitlin (Nic) Mortelliti and Christopher Stickney;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Connor Finn, Avery Finn, Olivia Mortelliti and Baby Bloom who will be joining us in early June;

along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and 2 siblings, David (Opal) Wilkie and Delores ("Salt") Alderson.

Memorial donations may be made in Rose's name, to be applied to the Ryan Scovell XXYY Research Fund, through the XXYY Foundation at www.genetic.org/donatenow/donate  

Rose's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Rose, and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Rose's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Marianne Hurlburt


Marianne (Klein) Hurlburt 82 of Dubuque passed away at 4:25 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on August 30, 1936 in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Irene (Ritt) Klein and attended school in Rickardsville. She married John "Jack" Hurlburt on June 29, 1955 at Saint Joseph Church in Rickardsville. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

She began her working career teaching pre-school in Dubuque and later owned and operated Plants by Marianne in Sherrill. Many knew her as the "Flower Lady" and could often be found at the Farmers Market displaying her plants and flowers.
After living in the Balltown & Sherrill area for 21 years they moved to Guttenberg for 9 years and then Key West for 14 years until finally moving to Applewood 3 in Dubuque.

They also spent 13 retirement years in Mission Texas where she served as Secretary of the Pleasant Valley Park.
Marianne never had a bad word to say about anybody. She enjoyed animals and nature especially being outdoors, camping, fishing, and gardening. Cooking and baking were some of her favorite things to do. For 25 years she looked forward to her "sister trips" where many great memories were created. She also had a special relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She is survived by her husband John "Jack" Hurlburt; three sons Timothy Hurlburt, of East Dubuque, Scott (Shellie) Hurlburt, of Schapville, IL, Kent (Kim) Hurlburt, of Waterloo; a daughter Dr. Holly (Mike) McLain of Kansas City KS; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; sisters Betty (James) Coohey, and Carol (Don) Bluml, of Dubuque and Elaine (Ron) Foht, of Milan, IL; a sister-in-law Rosie (Dan) Klein, of Luxembourg, IA and 22 nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents Herman & Irene Klein; her in-laws Art & Marie Hurlburt; a brother Danny Klein and two sisters, Alice (Vince) Brimeyer, and Nancy Klein.

In lieu of flowers a Marianne Hurlburt memorial fund has been established.

Marianne wishes to express a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses, aides, and technicians that helped her through this ordeal. Especially to Dr. Eric Engelman and staff, and Dr. Jerod Freiburger at Medical Associates; the University of Iowa Hospital; the Wendt Regional Cancer Center; and Amy and Angie with Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion.



Gerald I. Link


Gerald "Jerry" Irvin Link, 74 of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Thursday, May 16th at ManorCare in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6.

He was born in Dubuque, IA and served in the US Army as an airplane mechanic, repairing helicopters, from 1965 to 1967. He married in 1969 and had 3 children. Jerry never wanted anyone to make a fuss over him and considered others first before his own needs. During his younger years, his greatest memory was building and racing his sand dune buggy. He enjoyed repairing motors and having good times with close friends and family. He also enjoyed hauling freight and golf carts as a semi-truck driver for many years.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include: his wife of 50 years, Phyllis Link, of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Patty Berrier, of North English, IA and Cathy Copic, of Des Moines, IA; his son, Eric Link, of Ankeny, IA; his brothers, James Link, of Dubuque, IA, David Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Greg Link, of Dubuque, IA; his sisters, Joy Behnke, of Dubuque, IA, Carol Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Jean Kohn, of Dubuque, IA; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, & close friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Esther and Marion Link.



Donald J. Stecher


Donald J. Stecher, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 15th, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 20th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating and brother Rev. John Stecher concelebrating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service and rosary will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Don was born on June 9th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Servina (Pfohl) Stecher. He served in the United States Army as Sergeant First Class and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. He was active in the Army Reserves where he taught classes in terrain analysis.
Don worked for Dubuque Insulation and Siding Co. and was a lifelong farmer. He started at the age of seven helping on the family farm. Don loved what he did and worked until he was forced to retire due to illness at the age of 74.

Don married Marilyn Brune on October 14, 1978 at St. Joseph The Worker. They have five children and eleven grandchildren. Don's grandchildren will miss Papa's hugs when they come in the door and playing Old Maid with him. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; three sons John (Lindsay) Stecher, of Jersey City, NJ, Jim (Beth) Stecher, of Dubuque, IA and Mike (Anna) Stecher, of Bettendorf, IA; two daughters Michelle (John) Hamilton, of Dubuque, IA, and Jenny Stecher, of Chicago, IL. Eleven grandchildren, Jack and Gemma Stecher, Olivia, Hannah, AJ and Henry Stecher, Isla and Marin Stecher, Tyler, Isabel and Tanner Hamilton. Sisters Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque, IA, and Carol Wagner, of Washington, MO and his brother Fr. John Stecher, of Davenport, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents John and Servina Stecher.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman and the oncology nurses, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Scott, Ryan and Suzanne; and to all the health care professionals, family and friends who helped care for Don.



Ronald L. Hanson


Ronald L. (Ron) Hanson, age 66 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. To honor Ron's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ron's family.

Ron was born on December 25, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Harold and Lois (Walsh) Hanson.  Growing up in Dubuque, Ron attended Hempstead High School followed by the University of Dubuque. Ron worked in a variety of management and sales positions throughout his career.

Ron was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan and rarely missed a televised football or basketball game. Ron also enjoyed a love of baseball and had dual loyalty to both the Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs. Ron played softball for nearly 40 years and enjoyed spending time outdoors including hunting both for deer and morel mushrooms and summers fishing on the Mississippi River. Ron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque, for the compassion and caring support they provided to Ron.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ron include,
his mother, 
Lois (Walsh) Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his ex-wife,
Rosie Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his three children,
Keri (Kent Eiler) Hanson, New York, NY,
Cory (Sara) Hanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and Kyle Hanson of Mankato, Minnesota;

Ron will also be remembered by his three brothers,
Randy (Karen) Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa,
Dan (Beth) Hanson of Brentwood, Tennessee,
and Jim Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold Hanson, Ron's father, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences can be shared with Ron's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



John M. McDonald, III


John Manderson "Honest John" McDonald, III, 88, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of A. Y. McDonald Industries, Dubuque, IA and President of Brock-McVey Co., Lexington, widower of Barbara Burnham McDonald, his wife of 36 years, died at his residence Monday after a long illness. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Born in Dubuque, he was the son of the late John Manderson and Eleanor Wood McDonald, Jr. 

He was a graduate of Phillips Academy and Yale University before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1952, becoming a 1st Lt. while serving as a Jet Fighter Pilot for five years. In 1957 He joined the A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. in Dubuque where he spent his career. In 1964 he moved to Lexington to also serve as President of Brock-McVey Co. 

John served on numerous boards in both Dubuque and Lexington. In Dubuque he served on the board of First National Bank, Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dubuque United Fund where he was Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board, Finley Hospital, YMCA where he was chairman of the Fund drive for three years, The Dubuque Summer Festival where he served as co-chairman, the Dubuque Boy's Club, Clark College Advisory Board, Clarke College Development Council where he served as Co-Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive, Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque Shooting Society where he served as secretary, Plantation Development Corporation, Public Utilities Company and Uniflow Gas Co.

Before moving to Kentucky, he was a member of his family's church, First Congregational UCC.

John was a member of Lexington Rotary Club, Keeneland Club, Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington Club and had been an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman.

He is survived by his son, John Manderson (Julie) McDonald, IV; two daughters, Mary McDonald Gray (David) and Martha McDonald Coyle (and friend Donnie Anderson); seven grandchildren, Christopher Scott McDonald, Hollie Wood Coyle, Anna Catherine McDonald, Grace Elizabeth McDonald and John Manderson "Quint" McDonald, V, all of Lexington and Barbara Ellen McDonald and Amanda McDonald Scales-Conklin (Dalton), both of Lawrenceburg, his former daughter-in-law, Amy McDonald Ruble and a special and devoted friend, Becky Planck, Lexington.

He was preceded in death by two children, Scott Andrew McDonald and Heather Young McDonald and his sister, Margaret McDonald Humphrey.

Memorials to Blue Grass Community Foundation, 499 E. High St., Ste. 112, Lex. 40507, Lex. Rotary Endowment Fund, 401 W. Main, Suite 305, Lex. 40507 or YMCA, 239 E. High St. Lex., 40507.

 

 



Gilbert F. Beringer


Gilbert "Gib" F. Beringer, 75, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gib may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Ralph E. Davis presiding. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gib was born on June 7, 1943 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Bernice (Schlarman) Beringer. He received his education in the rural country schools. On May 4, 1968 he was united in marriage to Sue Ann Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

Gib was a Veteran having served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He drove milk truck for several years and owned and operated the Dyersville Redemption Center where he earned the nickname "The Can Man" for 10 years. He also was a RTA Bus driver for 12 years.

Gib was a simple family man. His biggest loves were his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He was a strong, proud, hardworking man with a very soft heart. Gib was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. He loved to play cards with anyone and was known for his sense of humor.

He was a member of Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, IA. Gib was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and the Dyersville Knights of Columbus Council #1734.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Ann Beringer of Dyersville, IA; four daughters, Janelle (Eric) Spellerberg of Newton, IA, Angela (Norman) Millman, Melissa Beringer (Special Friend, Kevin Campbell) both of Dubuque, IA and Amanda (Doug) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 8 grandchildren, Nathan and Nicholas Spellerberg, Hunter and Tanner Millman, Courtney and Charlotte Beringer, Gabbi and Grace Funke; his mother, Bernice Beringer of Dyersville, IA; two sisters, Kate (Ron) Leifker of Greenville, Tx, Bonnie (Steve) Brimeyer of Farley, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Celester Rausch of Epworth, IA, Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain, Judy M. Koppes, Julie Urbain, Nancy (John) Kramer, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain, Wanda (Dave) Roberts, Sarah (Tim) Ells; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Joyce Beringer in infancy and Betty Rausch; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Gertrude Urbain, brothers-in-law, Dave Koppes and Mark Urbain; goddaughter, Kathy Ann Rausch.

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



Gerald J. Schlarmann


Phoenix, Arizona - Gerald Joseph Schlarmann "Jerry", 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away March 2, 2019, at his son's home in Phoenix surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born on July 16, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, oldest son of Louis Bernard and Mary (Jurisic) Schlarmann.

Jerry could fix nearly anything from plumbing and home repair to welding and woodworking. He built fantastic furniture from oak, walnut and cherry and enjoyed helping others with their projects.

Jerry attended Sacred Heart School. After school and up to age 18 he worked for Dr. Shortell and considered dentistry at one time. In 1958 he started work at the Dubuque Pack and worked there nearly 44 years until the plant was closed. He was happy to say he did almost every job at the plant and often told stories about cooking food on the steam pipes for dinner.

On Oct 30, 1965 he married Vicki Lee Remy at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Vicki made sure he completed his education and Jerry got his GED in 1983 and an advanced welding certification in 1985. Jerry also worked part-time in law enforcement for the cities of Worthington, Epworth and Farley until his retirement. During retirement he built lots of furniture and every winter he drove from Dubuque to Phoenix with his dogs Lilli and later Oscar to spend time with his granddaughter.

Surviving are his son, Tom (Tegan) of Phoenix, AZ; one granddaughter, Tori. Three sisters: Darlene, Mary Lee (Bill) Miller and Kay (Gary) Nauman, sister-in-law Debbie (Basten) Schlarman and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at Mt Calvary Chapel. Burial at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Vicki (Nov 2, 2003); his parents Mary (Jan 15, 1981) and Louis (Oct 1, 1981) and his brother, James Arthur (Nov 8, 2007).

His family wishes to thank the staff at Stone Hill Care Center, Chandler Regional Hospital and East Valley Hospice for their care and support. Special thanks to his sisters and cousin Pat for watching over Jerry in his later years.

 



Elizabeth L. Hingtgen


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hingtgen, 88, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Dickeyville, WI, passed away Thursday morning, May 16, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Betty was born on January 3, 1931 near Sherrill, IA, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller.  She was united in marriage to LaVerne Hingtgen on August 25, 1951 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Sherrill.  He preceded her in death on August 15, 1984.

Betty was formerly employed at Frommelt Industries. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish in Dubuque, and a former member of Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville and its Christian Mothers Sodality. She was active in her parish as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, also led the rosary before Mass, and worked in the Grotto Flower Gardens for many years.  She spent many hours in her own Spring Flower Gardens.

Surviving are six children, Susan (Mark) Bohlen of East Dubuque, Cathy (Ken) Splinter of Platteville, WI, Mary Lynn (Ron) Pickel of St. Paul, MN, Gary (Rita) Hingtgen of Kieler, WI, James (Kathy) Hingtgen of Urbandale, IA, and Dave (Jane) Hingtgen of Kieler; seven-grandchildren, Christopher, Bradley, Kyle, Kelly, Courtney, Keri Lynn, and Reid; four-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, and Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Regina; her husband, LaVerne; two grandsons, Jesse Splinter and Ryan Hingtgen; her siblings, Geraldine McDonough, Bernadette Wernke, Richard and Jerome Schueller.

Betty's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Marilyn, Brandi & Tina, and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, including Sara and Amy for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.

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

 



Gary L. McGinnis


Gary L. McGinnis, age 68 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services in Dubuque, IA. A private family service will be held to celebrate Gary's life.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary's family.

Gary was born on April 19, 1951, in Dubuque, a son to Lawrence "Snuffy" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Ring) McGinnis.  Gary always felt blessed to have been able to spend his entire life in the Dubuque area, enjoying the time spent with family and friends.  He married his bride Debra (Ben) McGinnis on June 23, 1990 with whom he spent much time shopping, camping, relaxing by a fire and the occasional catfish dinner (his favorite).  They also enjoyed trips with the family to Jellystone and Adventureland and checking out his favorite toys at car shows.  Gary was not a homebody, though, always eager to trek the outdoors.  Gary cherished his time spent in Strawberry Point hunting for a trophy buck, a big tom turkey and morels (another favorite). He also spent countless hours fishing for catfish and trout. Being a forever kind and generous soul was in Gary's nature. He made friends with all who crossed his path and so many of those friendships lasted a lifetime. 

Gary's professional life spanned operating as a CDL licensed semi-driver, 19 years at Georgia Pacific as an equipment operator and even into retirement as a driver of the local mini bus.  He drove both for the City of Dubuque and Luther Manor for 7 years until health difficulties compelled him to turn keys in for the last time.  Gary's love for people, the ability to share his wisdom, experiences and "goofy" sense of humor made a lasting impression on those around him, even while struggling with his declining health.  Gary's passion and good-nature was not relegated to his friends, but extended to his favorite pets as well.  He enjoyed a good walk as much as anyone, but if a good nap or a Packers game was finding its way into his day, you could be sure to find his puppies enjoying it alongside him.  

It's quite difficult to imagine living in a world without Gary. He had the natural ability to brighten everyone's day and his attitude toward life is that which we can only hope to emulate moving forward. Gary's physical absence will leave a marked void which even time will find challenging to fill and heal.  But we trust that the Lord will finally deliver the peace which Gary has been seeking and we are eternally grateful that any sufferings he may have endured have now ceased.  We will miss him, love him, laugh and cry for him, but most importantly, we will never forget him. We thank you Gary for all of the wonderful memories you've left behind for your family and friends to treasure. We will always remember to spread and share our love and devotion for others as you would have. God bless you Gary!   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gary include,

his loving wife,
Debra McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tera (Aaron) Turner, Marion, Iowa,
Laura McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Farmington, Minnesota;

his beautiful grandchildren,
Cody Sprecher, Cailee Sprecher, Alex Sprecher, Chloe Kaufmann, Jack Kaufmann, Logan Turner, Lucy Turner and Ellie Siegert;

his brothers,
Dave (Kim) McGinnis, Parrish, Florida,
and Ronnie (Kelley) McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his in-laws,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, Iowa,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, Iowa,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, Iowa,
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa;

his dearest friends,
Eldon (Sue) Fenton, Max (Jody) Fenton, Steve (Pam) Heinz and David Steines;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Lee McGinnis and Kathleen McGinnis; his brother, Timothy McGinnis; his father-in-law, Harry Ben; and a niece, Krista Ben.

Gary's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Deacon Mike, Dr. Whalen and Dr. Steffen, along the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Gary, and his family. 

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

 

 



Dennis W. Grant


Dennis W. "Denny" Grant, age 65, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:55 p.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Denny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Denny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Denny was born on March 15, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Immogene (Weber) Grant.

Denny married Diane Nadermann on May 5, 1984. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserve and National Guard, retiring in 1998, with the rank of E-6. He received his education with St. Anthony Catholic Grade School and went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1972. Denny also received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Dubuque in 1978, and finally earned his M.A. from Loras College in 1982. He felt a human services calling given the fact that he had a handicapped brother and a very compassionate mother. Denny started his mental health career at Hillcrest Family Services in 1979, going on to work for several places, including The Gannon Center, until his early retirement in 2014. Denny served on several mental health committees, as well as the NICC Human Services Advisory Board. He was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2011, and underwent various treatments over the past several years. Upon surviving 5 years, he wrote a book about his experiences called "5 Years and Beyond: Surviving Cancer", which was published in 2016. Denny always had an optimistic outlook and never complained about his illness. The book was intended to be a reflection on his own experiences and serve as an inspiration to others. Denny was known as a jokester who liked to laugh and get others to laugh right along with him. He was a very kind and giving person who always made time for others. He believed that keeping your word was very important and the most valued aspects of his life were his family, country and career. Denny was part of the The Four Horsemen, along with Pat, Ski and Dan, they were friends for 60 years. He had many other close friends and associates that he liked to visit with. Most of all he loved spending time with Diane and his sons, whom he was very proud of. Denny also had a soft spot for animals and had several pets throughout the years. Denny loved to golf, travel and play black jack at the casinos. He was also known as a trivia wizard on morning talk show trivia contests.

Those left to cherish Denny's memory include

his loving wife of 35 years,
Diane Grant, Dubuque;

his 2 sons,
David Grant, Dubuque, IA
and Daniel Grant, Washington D.C.;

his brothers,
Gary Grant, Plano, TX,
Rodney Grant, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Diane) Grant, Fort Worth, TX
and Bob (Amy) Grant, Worthington, IA;

3 brothers-in-law,
Dan (Connie) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA,
Don (Suzanne) Nadermann, Hot Springs, AR
and Paul (Maria Alcordo) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Judy (Steve) Bries, Sherrill, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Todd Grant; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Grant.

Denny's family would like to thank Dr. Engleman and the entire Oncology Department at Medical Associates, as well as the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa G., they were angels that came into his home, creating "Memories in the Making". We love you Denny, Rest in Peace!

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

 



Thelma A. Meier


Thelma Alice Meier, 103 a long-time resident of Bellevue, IA and Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA entered Heaven's gates on December 18, 2018.

Thelma was born April 27, 1915 in Bellevue, IA to Roy and Anna Cheney. After graduating from Bellevue High School in 1932, she earned her beauty license in Chicago, IL and then opened her own beauty shop in Bellevue. Later in life, she worked in Bellevue's Elementary School cafeteria for many years.

She was a long time and very active member of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.

Thelma was also a great "cooker" according to her grandkids. She loved to dance, golf, bowl, travel, and play cards.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was also a big Chicago Cubs fan. She loved to watch and root them on. Over the years, she indicated she wasn't going anywhere until the Cubs won a World Series. God answered that prayer allowing her to see them win the 2016 World Series at the age of 101.

Thelma was united in marriage to Urban N. Meier on September 2, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2001. They were married for 61 wonderful years. After retirement, they wintered in Mesa, AZ for many years.

Thelma's family include her oldest son Lynn (Mary) from East Dubuque, IL, her twin sons; Douglas (Debbie) from Casa Grande, AZ, and Dean from Mesa, AZ. Her family included nine loving grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, plus one on the way, and one sister, Lois Petesch from Hopkins, MN (formally from Hanover, IL).

Thelma was predeceased in death by her parents, Roy and Anna Cheney, loving husband; a brother, Roger Cheney; sisters, Jeanette Rathje, Dorothy Jess, and Vivian Williams. The sisters were inseparable and coined themselves..." The Cheney Chickens".

A memorial service to celebrate Thelma's life will be held on June 1, 2019 at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 503 Market Street, Bellevue, Iowa starting at 10:30 am. We welcome all those who want to attend a "Celebration of Life and Remembrance" gathering at 9:00 am. She will be laid to rest in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.

The family wants to thank her doctors, the many nurses, and staff members from Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque who cared for Thelma. It was their love and caring that made her life comfortable and enjoyable. We are so grateful!

In lieu of flowers, a "Thelma Meier Memorial Fund" has been established.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

 



Evelyn Callahan


Evelyn Callahan, age 109, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, formerly of 702 Caledonia Place passed away on March 27th, 2019 at Bethany Home. Evelyn was born in rural Clayton County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Lange) Ferris of Guttenberg, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. A semi-private service, for family and close friends will be held in the small chapel of Bethany Home. No Flowers, please. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Dubuque, Iowa.

In her youth, Evelyn taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Iowa. She then returned to school and attended Metropolitan Business College in Chicago and worked at United Insurance Company. Evelyn married Hugh Callahan of Dubuque, Iowa in 1932, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Evelyn lived a very active life. She was President of the Policeman's Auxiliary and the Loras Academy Mother's Club. She was also secretary of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered in the library. She was an avid and skilled bridge player. She was also an active democrat and worked the election polls for many years.

Evelyn is survived by her son Hugh (Sonia) Callahan, of Piedmont, California and his four children, David of Augora Hills, CA, Amy of Istanbul, Turkey, Carolyn and Anne, both of Piedmont, CA. Her son John Callahan (deceased) has five children. Michael, Susan, Tricia and Margie, all of Houston, Texas, and Christopher, of Birmingham, Alabama.

She has twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

 



David A. Huseman Jr.


David A. Huseman Jr. 42, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

Dave was born in Dubuque, IA on May 16, 1976, the son of David A. Huseman Sr. and Mary Lyons, (Donath). He attended Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a welder/custom fabricator. On October 8, 2011 he married Christine Roth and together they shared 11 wonderful years together.

Music was Dave's life, whether it was around a campfire, on stage, or simply in a basement. When a guitar was in his hand, he was at his happiest. Dave loved spending time with his family, friends and especially his many cousins, he was recently overjoyed to find out he was to become a first-time grandpa.

He enjoyed hanging out with his dad and working on various projects together. His ongoing project was rebuilding a "Burt Reynolds" Trans-Am "Bandit" for Chris. Dave had a great sense of humor and his presence was undeniable to so many throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Chelsey of Dubuque; a son, Tyler of Dubuque; two stepsons, Christopher and Gage; his father, David; his mother, Mary; a brother, Dan; and a sister, Mary (Eric) Avenarius and his Lil' Penny; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family members.

 



Cecelia M. Meloy


Cecelia M. "Cis" Meloy, 94, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Cis may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen.
Services for Cis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.
Cis was born September 30, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Mike D. and Marjorie (O'Brien) Noonan. She received her education in rural Jackson County schools and St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. She was a school teacher in Dubuque and Jackson County schools. She had a keen wit and was an avid euchre player for many years. She was proud of her Irish heritage and greatly enjoyed a trip to Ireland. She was always interested in the activities of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved hearing from them. She kept their photos nearby.

On September 17, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Meloy at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years near Bernard, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2002.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and the St. Patrick's Rosary Society in Garryowen, Iowa.

She is survived by three children, Peggy (Ron) McDermott of Coal Valley, IL, David (Ruthanne) Meloy of Muscatine, IA and Mark (Jeanne) Meloy of Dubuque, IA; 9 Grandchildren, Tanya, Erin, Brian, Lea, Liza, Rob, Marissa, Kevin and Shannon; and 22 Great-grandchildren; two brothers, Michael (Jeanne) Noonan of Peosta, IA and Patrick Noonan of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan of Cascade, IA and Shirley Noonan of Carmichael, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary Margaret Noonan and Frances T. Noonan; three brothers, Robert M. Noonan, John "Oz" Noonan and Daniel Noonan; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan and Nancy Noonan.
A Cecilia M. Meloy memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Venson L. O'Hara


Venson L. O'Hara, 70, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Venson from 1 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Eden Valley Camp Refuge, 1415 50th Avenue, Baldwin, Iowa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.
Venson Lee O'Hara was born on January 11, 1949 in Clarinda, Iowa, to Charles Robert and Beatrice (Tamerius) O'Hara. He grew up in Clarinda and after the 8th grade joined the carnival. He then entered the military serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning an honorable discharge. He married Mary Ann Scholtes on November 19, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Venson was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked as cook for several years, and then co-owned and operated their business called the "Dog House" where he worked as a self-employed mechanic.

Venson was an avid collector of coins and old beer cans.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Ann O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; a daughter, Jenny Lynn (and husband Joshua Shepherd) O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; 1 grandson, Isaac Lee Shepherd; and sisters Verna Lou of St. Louis, MO, and Viola of MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers Victor, Vernon and Virgil.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Venson Lee O'Hara memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William E. Gurske

William E. Gurske, 82, of Rickardsville, Iowa passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 while traveling with his wife and daughter in Minnesota.

Memorial services will be 11 am, Friday, May 17 at Summit Congregational Church, where a visitation will be held from 10 am -10:45 am. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

 



Ice Kay Horkheimer


Ice Kay Horkheimer, stillborn infant daughter, of Brittany Horkheimer and Antwoine Shealey, was called home on May 10, 2019. To celebrate Ice's memory, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 2:00 p.m., on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Those left to cherish Ice's memory include

her parents,
Brittany S. Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
and Antwoine D. Shealey, Chicago, IL;

a brother,
Lazarick "JoJo" Childs-Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA;

her grandparents,
Donna S. (Terry) Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Scott A. Morales, Davenport, IA;

her great-grandparents,
Judy (Paul) Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
Karen Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Joyce Bennett, Davenport, IA;

her aunt,
Brandy Phend-Bostic, Dubuque, IA;

her uncles,
Brandon Horkheimer,
Cameron Thompson
and Dakota Thompson, all of Dubuque, IA;

and many cousins.

Ice was preceded in death by her grandma, Claudia "Cookie" Shealey; her great-grandmothers, Alice Shealey and Katherine Kelly; her great-grandfathers, Gene Thompson and John Morales; and an uncle, Michael Thompson.

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

 



Raymond L. Potter


Raymond Lee Potter, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 10th, 2019 at Eagle Point Place.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born on May 6, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Byron and Myrtal (Wilkenson) Potter. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-1954.

Ray married Sandra Lee Bainbridge and together they had four children.

Ray worked for the Sinsinawa Mound and Mercy Hospital in Dyersville. He was a member of the American Legion and Party President for Dubuque Rugby Club.

He loved camping, the lake and woods, his Cabin and his Leisure Lake family. He enjoyed road trips and adventures, trap fishing, and he even tried a little biking with Doug. Hunting was a hobby he and Doug loved, but they were not very good at it, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. He never missed a Rugby game or football game Doug played in. He enjoyed a cold pint and good food. Building projects with his brothers-in-law and son were a labor of love and much to be proud of. What he loved most though, was his family, the time spent with them was his greatest joy.

He is survived by his children, Sherry (James) O'Toole, Kristie (Scott) Pier, Douglas (Barb) Potter, and Debbie Potter along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Dusty and Bud and two sisters Adele and Shirley.

The family would like to thank Eagle Point place for taking such good care of Ray. Special thank you to Brandy for always making him feel special and cared.

 



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.

#BAUMANCIRCLEOFLOVE

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