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Nora D. Staack Artus


Nora Dorothea Staack Artus, 101, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 13at St. Peter Lutheran Church, where friends may call from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Nora Dorothea Staack Artus was born July 31, 1915, in Farmersburg, Iowa. Born to William and Hattie (Rieckhof) Staack, Nora grew up in Clayton Center, Iowa, and worked in her father's grocery store. Following the death of her father in 1937, Nora and her mother moved to Dubuque.

During World War 2, Nora worked as a riveter at Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in Buffalo, NY. After the war, Nora returned to Dubuque and worked at Iowa Egg Products Company and Caradco. She married Donald (Ducky) Artus and they enjoyed retirement years in Las Vegas, NV, until Don's death in 1975. After his death, she moved back to Dubuque.

Nora enjoyed sewing and needlework. She made countless afghans. dish cloths, and doilies for family and friends. Nora was a long-time volunteer at Finley Hospital and Luther Manor. She made and donated over 10,000 rattles used to help bond mothers-to-be with their unborn child.

Nora loved music and dancing. She was a member of the Dubuque song and dance group, the Flora Doras, for many years. Nora was a member of Dubuque Packer Pals.

Nora was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters- Marie Wilke and Wilma Hense, and two stepsons Loren & Wayne Artus, her brother-in-laws Eldon Wilke, Fran Hense and Merlin Artus. Nora is survived by her son Dwight Artus of Dubuque, one grandson, four step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Betty Artus and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Luther Manor.



Larrie W. Owczarek


Larrie W. Owczarek, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:20 p.m., on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Larrie's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Larrie was born on August 5, 1924, in Majaczewice, Poland.

Larrie unfortunately spent some time in Germany during World War II in a work camp. Thankfully, while there though, he met his destined true love and future bride to be, Maria. Eventually, after they were united in marriage, and the war ended, the couple came to the United States in 1951 with their first 2 children. They were generously sponsored by Dr. Johnston, and faithfully worked on his farm until finally receiving their United States Citizenship in 1957. Larrie was a very hard and diligent worker who devoted 35 years of his labors to the Kretschmeer-Tredway Company as a stainless steel welder. He also enjoyed putting his talents to use in the evenings repairing both watches and clocks. Larrie's faith was important to him and he was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. In his free time, Larrie enjoyed turning the wrenches on his vehicles and occasionally trying his luck at the casino. Larrie's 92 year journey has come to its conclusion and we are grieving from the loss of such a wonderful example of a real man from our world, but we also know that Larrie is surely happy to be reunited with his lovely wife, Maria, once again and that all the trials they faced here on earth are nothing more than memories for us to bear now. Well done Thy good and faithful servant and may God keep you both in the peace of His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Larrie's memory include

his 3 children,
Henrietta (Jim) Crumes, Vinton, IA,
Matthew Owczarek, Dubuque, IA
and Joseph Owczarek, East Dubuque, IL;

his 5 grandchildren,

his 4 great-grandchildren,

and his 3 great great-grandchildren.

Larrie was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Maria Owczarek.

A Larrie W. Owczarek memorial fund has been established.

Larrie's family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their compassionate and professional care.

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



Eunice F. Banwarth


Eunice F. Banwarth, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 9, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Eunice was born on November 12, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Fannie (Burkhardt) Sitterly. She married Charles Banwarth on December 30, 1942 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2010.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Eunice enjoyed listening to music. She was a homemaker and took great pride in caring for her family. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Her children share a deep love for the sweet gentle loving person she was.

She is survived by her children, Judy Hafeman, Jane Buti, Jim (Francine) Banwarth, all of Dubuque; Joan (Denny) Shields, of Monfort, WI, Mary (Jerry) Klimesh, of Cuba City, WI, and Dan (Toni) Banwarth, of Peosta. 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, grandson Michael Christopher Klimesh, great grandson Cole Thomas Shields, sons-in-law Roger Hafeman and Otto Buti; her sister Carol (Charles) Heeren, and brother Walter Sitterly.

In lieu of flowers a Eunice F. Banwarth memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Manor, Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Amy for all their care and kindness they gave to Eunice.



Margaret C. Halvorson


Margaret C. Halvorson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, July 9, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

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

Margaret was born on June 11, 1932 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to William J. and Anna L. Rielly. She married Harley McGranahan and they had seven children. She was later married to Ed Halvorson.

Margaret owned and operated Easy Ed's and enjoyed cooking for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Bob McGranahan of Darlington, WI, Anne (Joe) Veach of Spragueville, IA, Jerry (Peg) McGranahan of DeWitt, IA, Deanna (Jim) Lux of Peosta, IA, Lisa (Keith) Clausen of Preston, IA, Patty (Ben) Keating of Maquoketa, IA, and Mike (Marlene) McGranahan of Maquoketa, IA; 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen of Oxnard, CA, and Patty of Syracuse, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers Ed, Larry, Bill and Mike Rielly, and one granddaughter Sue Ellen Veach.

Memorials may be directed to the family in her honor.

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



Donald H. Wubben


Donald Henry Wubben, 82 of Dubuque, IA passed away at home on July 7, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Don was born December 2, 1934, the second oldest of 14 children in Galena, Ill., to Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1957 and was stationed in Korea.

He married Marilyn Hoff on July 9, 1960, at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue, IA.

Don retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1992 after 31 years of service. After his retirement he enjoyed helping people with home improvement projects.

Don was an avid Cub's fan and enjoyed passing the time with daily Suduko puzzles and a hobby of electronics.

Most importantly he loved spending time with his family, playing with grandchildren, ¬and socializing with friends over coffee. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh and smile.

In his lifetime he can say he has seen the Cubs win the World Series and a U.S. President named Donald.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three daughters Cheryl (Scott) Zimanek, Carla Collins, Denise (Grant) Stejskal; five grandchildren Stephanie, Christopher, and Lindsey Zimanek, Dana Collins, and David Stejskal; great grandchild Mason Lenninger; Siblings Darlene Scharpf, Ralph (Darlene) Wubben, Marian (Ardell) Hoff, Leota McQuaid, Elaine Semrow, Rosella Hying, Agnes (Larry) Ter Maat, John Wubben, Joeseph (Kris) Wubben, and Joann (Phil) Winn, sisters-in-law Lois Wubben, and Phyllis Borcherding, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben; siblings Ray Wubben, James Wubben and Eileen Jaeger; brothers-in-law Bill Scharpf, Ron Hying, Dale Semrow and Merlin Borcherding, nephews Michael McQuaid, and Frankie Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Donald H. Wubben Memorial Fund has been established.



Philip F. Schromen


Philip F. Schromen, age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 p.m., on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Philip's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Philip's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Philip was born on March 24, 1959, in Dubuque, son of Vincent R. and Ruth E. (Gaherty) Schromen.

Philip was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jeanine Egli, on June 24, 1988, and they were truly blessed with 29 wonderful years together, and 3 children. Philip diligently invested over 30 years of his working career with Prairie Farms, and was quite proud of the fact that he was able to discover retirement at the prime young age of 49. Philip has always treasured every opportunity to get out and ride his bike, but after retirement his love for the open road, or the most recent benefit run, were surely embraced with a newly found and invigorated passion. All who knew Philip personally would easily admit that he was a strong-willed man; but as much mischief as he would discover in his youth, he would completely override with his devotion to all he cared for along his journey. If you were a family member, or friend of Philip's, you could easily rest assured that he would definitely be there for you if the opportunity ever arose to prove his loyalty. Philip was an extremely fun loving soul who impacted the world around him in more ways than we can ever possibly count. Our hearts ache at their core today after the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. We will have one final toast to Philip at the Boat Club, while we both laugh and cry, as we cherish all the funny memories he leaves behind. Our tribe of 7 is now down to 6, and we are sad that God took the best home first, but we know we'll all be reunited again one day and the status of favorite will obviously be up for open debate once again.

Those left to cherish Philip's memory include

his loving wife,
Jeanine Schromen, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Andrew Schromen, Centralia, IA,
Justin "Bubba" Schromen, Asbury, IA
and Shelby Lynn (Wes Madden) Schromen, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his grandchildren,
Brayden Madden, and a beautiful baby girl on the way;

his siblings,
Aya (James) Brimeyer, Hazel Green, WI,
Julie Schromen, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Ron) Gulyash, Dubuque, IA,
Vincent "Bill" (Debbie) Schromen, Hazel Green, WI,
Joellen Schromen, Evansville, WI
and Caroline (Bruce) Bush, Dubuque, IA;

his mother-in-law,
Grace Egli, Washington, IA;

and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Michael (Pearl) Gaherty and William (Louisa) Schromen; and his father-in-law, John Egli.

In lieu of flowers, a Philip F. Schromen memorial fund has been established.

Philip's family would like to thank Chuck and Becky, not only for all of their friendship over the years, but for so easily helping to make Philip's heart smile one last time!

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

 



Sr. Tresa Klein

Sr. Tresa (Tresain) Klein, OSF 95 passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Clare House. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.
She was born February 28, 1922 in Granville, Iowa the daughter of Jacob and Cecelia (Goebel) Klein. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister was missioned in Dubuque at St. Mary's Home, St. Francis Home and Mount St. Francis; in Iowa at Pomeroy, Leeds and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, New Hampton, and Remsen. In her time at Mount St. Francis she was an Artist in Residence.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Evelyn and brothers-in-law Edward Penning and Julius Penning; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 71 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Agnes Klein, Ann Penning, Mary Ann Penning, and Sister Oda Klein, OSF; brothers Nick Klein, Henry Klein, Lawrence (Luella) Klein and Leo Klein.

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

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

Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St., Dubuque is in charge of the arrangements.



Arlene L. Warren


Arlene L. Warren, 94, of East Dubuque, IL, formerly of Dupo IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at home.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Mrs. Warren was born on April 19, 1923 at Columbia, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore and Matilda (Eckert) Eschmann.  She was united in marriage to Milan Warren on December 13, 1941.  He preceded her in death on February 22, 1989.

Arlene was formerly employed at Prince-Gardner Manufacturing Co., in St. Louis, MO, retiring in 1985.  She loved working crossword puzzles, gardening, her flowers, fishing and watching MSNBC.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane (Don) Kussmaul of East Dubuque and Donna (Ron) Juris of Bloomington, IL, a daughter-in-law, Carol (Cletus) Hermann of Springfield, MO; seven grandchildren, Scott, Kent, Sean, Laura, Seth, Brett and Ryan; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Drew, Maggie, Olivia, James, Cameron, Brooks, Emmalyn and Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Matilda; her husband, Milan; a son Dale Warren on Nov. 30, 1985; and numerous brothers and sisters.

An Arlene Warren memorial fund has been established for a charity of the family's choice.

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

 

 



Carlyle E. Said


Carlyle E. "Carl" Said, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at home, surrounded by his daughters.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity with Fr. Jim Miller officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bellevue, IA, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Carl was born June 16, 1929, in Maquoketa, son of Alva and Ethel (Schoemaker) Said.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948.  He married Dorothy Michel on January 23, 1951 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue.  She preceded him in death on January 7, 2005.

He entered the US Naval Reserves on April 3, 1954 and was honorably discharged as a Machinist Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class on April 2, 1958.

Carl was a tool and die maker for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. As a man with a drive to work, he then worked as a greenskeeper at Lacoma Golf Course for over 20 years.

He enjoyed tinkering around the house and yard, visiting and helping neighbors, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed Ashley's volleyball years. He also loved gardening, and baking his cakes and pecan pies.

Carl is survived by two daughters, Nancy (BG Robert (ret.)) Felderman and Jane (Mark) Smith, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Jacob (Martina) Felderman, Jamie (Scott) Borland, Ashley (Dallas Rolwes) Smith and B.J. Smith; and three great grandchildren, Alexander, Adeline, and Mirabel.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Carl Engel; brothers Louie Sade, Ed Said, sister Lee Krier, and step-brother, Bill Engel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, whom the family thanks for the compassionate care of Carl and support of the family.

Online condolences may be made at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 

 



Melvin M. Leibold


Melvin (Mel) M. "Chub" Leibold, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Nativity Church with Rev. James Miller officiating.  Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 656 of Farley.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:30.

Melvin was born on February 24, 1928 in Farley, Iowa, the son of John Thomas and Elizabeth (Pins) Leibold. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Farley High School in 1945. Melvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On June 3, 1953, he married Virginia "Ginny" Smith in Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2011. Melvin worked for Meadow Gold Dairy delivering to schools, restaurants, stores, and scout camps; and later was a route salesman for Kretschmer Tredway; enjoying the many people he met along his routes. He was a faithful and dedicated Catholic and a lifetime member of Nativity parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510 of Dubuque and the American Legion Post 656 of Farley, Iowa, for 60 plus years. 

Melvin was a kind, gentle and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to go dancing with his sweetheart Ginny, enjoyed the backyard patio cookouts, preparing waffles, attending many of the grandchildren events, relaxing at Leisure Lake, playing euchre, word search puzzles, and the many road trips he made with family and friends.  His favorite trip was to the ice cream shop!  He volunteered at Nativity Church and the Knights of Columbus for many years. In September 2011, Melvin was given the opportunity to be a part of the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, for his service and sacrifice for his country.

Surviving are his children Tom (Zelda) of Davenport, IA, Terry (Joan), Kathy "Kat" and Tim (Laurie) all of Dubuque, IA, Krista Beidler of Rockford, IL and Karla Durgin of San Angelo, TX; his grandchildren Brian (Tiffany), Keith (Samantha), Jeff (Tracy), Amy, Amanda (Eric) Canada and Andrew Healey; his great grandchildren, Gavin, Brady, Allyson, Carter, Stephanie, Madelynn, Olivia and Lane; and extended step-family members; his sisters-in-law Ruth Leibold, Veda Smith, Mitzi Hosch, Sally Coyle, Karen Smith and Kay Smith; his brothers-in-law Charlie Hoefer and Virgil Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ginny; his sons-in-law David Durgin and William Beidler; his brothers Emil (Betty) Leibold, Raymond (Mary) Leibold, Charles (Irene) Leibold, Donald Leibold, Loras Leibold and Leo Leibold; his sister Rosie (Les) White; his brothers-in-law Melvin Coyle, Dave Hosch and Jim Smith; his sisters-in-law Dorothy "Dutch" (Paul) Lehman, Mary Smith, LaVon Hoefer and Margie (Carl) Frank.

A Melvin Leibold memorial fund has been established.

The Leibold family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the care givers of Melvin throughout the years.



Janet K. Willenbring


Janet K. Willenbring, 67, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away after a short battle with lung cancer, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at St. Mary's Campus of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday, July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Janet was born August 21, 1949, the daughter of Donald and Eileen (Westemeier) Huberty.  Janet graduated with the first class at Beckman High School.  She married James Willenbring on January 16, 1971 in Dyersville, Iowa. 

Janet worked in the mental health profession for over 30 years.  She loved caring for her flowers and became a Master Gardener. Janet was an avid bowler, she bowled in Dyersville, Dubuque and Farley.  She was a past Vice President of the Farley Women's Association and previously on the Board of Director's for Dubuqueland Bowling Association.  She was a diehard Republican and spent many years on various boards in the city and county.  She loved her family's pets, as well as her own.   Janet's grandchildren meant the world to her, she will be missed dearly.     

Survivors include her husband, Jim, children: Julie (Doug) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, Judy Dean of Dyersville, Joe (Shana) Willenbring of Dyersville, Jill (Nathan) Black of Farley, grandchildren: Taurus Black and Allyssa Dean, in-laws: LeRoy "Sal" Willenbring of Earlville and Olga Willenbring of Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Hilda Willenbring, granddaughter, Isabelle Dean at birth, siblings: Jack Huberty, in-laws: Ervin Willenbring, Patricia Willenbring.

Janet's family would like to thank the ICU nurses at St. Mary's Campus for their care, compassion and support.

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

 

 



Harriette Bernice Meyer


Harriette Bernice (Borne) Meyer, 96 of St. Mary's Apartments Dubuque was called home by her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center.

According to her wishes a private family service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Harriette was born on November 12, 1920 in Decorah, Iowa the daughter of Fred and Stella (Anderson) Borne. She was previously married to Delbert Meyer in 1951.

She worked as a waitress and hostess for many years with much of her time employed by the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Harriette was known for walking long distances around Dubuque. She cherished her faith, her family and her independence.

She is survived by her son Steven (Rosemary) Meyer, her step-daughter, Jacquelyn Meyer; granddaughter Stephanie who was the light of her life along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Donald Borne and a sister Margaret (Cecil) Tomkins.

The family would like to thank all those that showed their support these last few months. A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially our special angel Allison, along with Carol Vaassen, Kathy Kluesner, Mickey Buechele (her special niece) and Pastor Kincaid and the Our Redeemer members.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church School.

 



Bernice M. Snyder


Bernice M Snyder, 86, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA, formerly of Hazel Green, WI, died Monday, July 3. 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center.

She was born on August 19, 1930, on the family farm in Bellevue, IA, daughter of Maynard and Ruth (Tucker) Hartung.  She married Alfred Snyder on June 2, 1954, at St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue, IA.  Together, they operated the Snyder Family Farm, and she was also formerly employed at St. Dominic Villa. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Kieler, WI.

Surviving are three children Sharon Snyder of Hazel Green, WI, Jean (Larry) Ginter of East Dubuque, IL, and Edward (Michelle) Snyder of Hazel Green, WI; 7 grandchildren Amanda (Douglas) Voss, Amy (Mike) Shireman, Angie (Kurt) Curtis, Andy (Melissa) Ginter, Ashley (Jonathan) Reuter, Brandon Snyder and Samantha Snyder; 13 great grandchildren; sister Mary (Earl) Fischer of Dubuque, IA; sister in law Bernadine Hartung of Preston IA; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Alfred Snyder, son Daniel Snyder, parents Maynard and Ruth Hartung, grandson Adam Ginter, siblings Lawrence (Rita) Hartung, Loras Hartung, Joseph Hartung, Kathleen (Leroy) Kilburg, and Madonna Kirk.

A Bernice M Snyder Memorial Fund has been established. 

A special thank you to the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care of Bernice.  

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

 

 



Herbert P. Craven, Sr.


Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., age 77, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Estate Cemetery, Elmhurst, PA.

Paul was born on January 31, 1940, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, son of Herbert J. and Annette M. (Bischoff) Craven.

Paul honorably served his country in the United States Marines Corps from 1957-1960, and all who knew and loved Paul can testify that the lessons, and pride, he gained during his service were absolutely instilled within the core of his being and became an integral part of his entire earthly journey. Upon his return to civilian life, Paul began his career with Union Hoermann Press and would loyally devote over 33 years of his time and talents with his company, co-workers and friends, until his well earned retirement had finally arrived. In his free time, Paul enjoyed sitting down to the weekly NASCAR races, or hitting the open road on his bike to feel the freedom of the wind in his hair. But, let's be sure to understand that family was always the most important aspect of Paul's life. Paul continually sacrificed for his loved ones in many forms; it could simply be some generous help with a current project, or the ever-present compassionate attendance during a health issue which was made much easier because of his strong hand by your side. Paul has left behind a firm example of how we care for those we love and his legacy of strength, courage and "stubbornness within the struggle" will be carried forward for generations to come. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our father, grandfather and friend, but we know that the last couple of years have been very difficult for Paul, and we are forever grateful that he is finally at peace and we'll surely see him again one day where he'll definitely be eager to get us caught up on all the new stories he's been waiting to share.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his 9 children,
Dan Davis, Burnsville, MN,
Kelly (Keith) Kettler, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Phil) Kellam, Virginia Beach, VA,
Nancy Hamill, New Orleans, LA,
Herb Craven Jr., Burnsville, MN,
Connie Craven, Eagan, MN,
Chris (Kristine) Craven, East Dubuque, IL,
Amanda Craven, East Dubuque, IL
and Jeffrey (fiancé Jody Pratt) Craven, East Dubuque, IL;

his 12 grandchildren;

his 3 great-grandsons;

and his beloved canine companion,
Vareck.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, David Davis.

A Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Paul's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, caring and professional care they provided for Paul and his family.

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

 



Linda S. Gonner


Linda S. Gonner, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, July 3, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Linda Sue Waite was born on April 20, 1956 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Wayne and Mary Lou (Meyer) Waite. She attended Spragueville country school and Preston High School. She married Douglas Joseph Gonner on September 10, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Linda first worked at National Lock in Sabula, Iowa. She then worked for ten years as a Tube Pusher at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa, the place where she met Doug. Lastly, she worked as a welder at Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa from 1994 until 2003.

Linda was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa where she served as a trustee. She enjoyed making crafts, her pets, camping and especially fishing. Her biggest joy was being Grandma.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include her husband, Douglas Gonner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tracy Boring of Bettendorf, IA, Brian Gonner of Maquoketa, IA, and Nick Gonner of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; a brother William "Bill" Waite of MN; sisters, Deborah (Ken) Drury of Miles, IA, Connie Waite of Anamosa, IA, and Julie (John) Mauro of Maquoketa, IA.

Linda was related for over 40 years to her mother-in law Betty Gonner of Bellevue, IA; sister-in laws, Joan (Rich) McKim of Monticello, IA, Mary (Mike) Petrek of Fairless Hills, PA; Lori (Todd) Byerly of Bettendorf, IA; Paula Villhauer of West Branch, IA; brother in laws Gary Gonner of Maquoketa, IA and James Gonner of Andrew, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Mary Lou, her father-in-law Milton Gonner and her grandson's mother, Amanda Bruns Gonner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Sue Gonner memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



John F. Hosier


John Frederick Hosier 91, of Dubquue, Iowa passed away on July 2nd, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 7th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass.
John was born on December 24, 1925 in Hopkinton, Iowa the son of Frederick and Ethel (Eigenberger) Hosier. He served the US Army during WWII and was a member of the 1255th Combat Engineer group.

He married Margaret "Marge" Horan on February 5, 1948. John retired from Dubuque Pack and FDL. After retirement, he worked in security for three years and then delivered flowers for 13 years for Unique Boutique.

He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the 700 Club and also a Poker Club member for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and sitting in the sun, but most importantly he loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Marge of 69 years; seven children, Jim (Donna) Hosier, Pat Hosier, Mike (Paula) Hosier, Tim (Marcia) Hosier, Kathy (Mark) Corcoran, Mary (Paul) Meus, and Diane (Aaron) Lincoln. 19 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two grandchildren Hailey Lincoln and Nathan Corcoran.

The family wishes to thank their neighbors Dave and Rosie Deluhery for all their help over the years; to Dr. Schultheis and the Oncology Department, Dr. Brian Sullivan and his staff, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Dubuque.



Jeanette K. Lemmer


Jeanette K. Lemmer, 76 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 1st, 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jeanette was born on June 4, 1941 in Dubque, Iowa the daughter of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and on September 13, 1988 she married Ralph Lemmer at Summit Church in Dubuque. Together they ran Hilltop Videos on University in Dubuque for 15 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, loved her cat and listening to country western music.

She is survived by her sister Sandy (Myron) Cole; her aunt Effie Schloz and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ralph; and two brothers William and Joe Korman.

The family wishes to thank Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Dr. Delbert O. Williams


 

Dr. Delbert O. Williams Jr., M.D. 88 of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. Private burial will be held in Stockton, Illinois. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Delbert was born on January 9, 1929 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Delbert Sr. and Cecil (Hermann) Williams. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Stockton high school in 1947. Delbert received his degree in pre-med from the University of Dubuque in 1951 and graduated from the University Of Illinois School Of Medicine in 1955. On August 8, 1952, he married Arlys "Jean" Kannegieter. Del served in the U.S. Air Force before moving back to Stockton where he and his partner, Dr. Lyle Rachuy practiced medicine for 25 years. Del then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where retired in 2000 after practicing another 25 years of family medicine. During his career as a physician, he and Jean volunteered on numerous medical mission trips to other countries providing aid to those people in need. Del and Jean have resided in Dubuque since 2006.

Surviving are his wife Jean of Dubuque; 2 sons, David (Karen) Williams of Des Moines, IA and Bob (Penny) Williams of Dyersville, IA; his grandchildren David (Amber) Williams Jr., Michael (Betsy) Williams, Sara (Avery) Williams and Bobbi Rowe; his great grandchildren Victoria and Reese Williams and Addysen and McKynlee Rowe; his sister Marlene (Merle Bardell) Hocraffer of Freeport, IL; his special cousin Dora "Dee" (Billy) Smith of California and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hocraffer.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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

 

 



David J. Breitbach


David J. Breitbach, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. 

Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 3 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque and from 11:30- 12:15 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. 

David was born on February 17, 1957 in Dubuque, the son of Frank and Arlene (Ley) Breitbach.

On June 20, 1981 he married the love of his life, Victoria FitzPatrick at Nativity Catholic Church. They recently celebrated 36 years of marriage.

He attended Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1982.

David was employed at a Dubuque based accounting firm until he joined Crossing Rivers Hospital, where he was currently CFO. For over 22 years he was active in implementing positive changes within the hospital. His co-workers became family, and he could not have reached his career goals without their support and friendship.

David was very involved in his community. He was currently serving as a Park Board Member for the City of McGregor. One of his favorite projects was creating what is now, Determination Park.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in McGregor. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf with his friends, being outdoors and riding his motorcycle. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Victoria; children, Elizabeth (Gary) Graeser, of Independence, IA., David (Holly Lynch) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Christine (Christopher) Wildrick, of Ankeny, IA., Frank (Katie Backes) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Taylor (Jasmine "Ali" Goforth) Breitbach, of Clover, S.C. and his "adopted son", Jeff Lenton, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Gabrielle Breitbach, Samuel and Nicole Graeser, Taylor Lily Breitbach, and Hailey, Paige and Megan Lynch; great- grandchild, Kai Rackers; siblings, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena both of Dubuque; Frank "Pedro" (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, NM; Richard (Judy) Link of Farley, IA; Sue Link of Dyersville, IA; Charlie Link of Buena Vista, IA; Bob (Mary) Link of Colesburg, IA; Barb Coghlan and Bev (Bob) Hodgson both of Dyersville, IA; Judy (Dennis) Ellerbach, of Holy Cross, IA; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, IA; and in laws John (Kathy) FitzPatrick of Dubuque, Mary (Lenny) Droessler of Balltown, Lorna (Mike) Duvinski of Schwenksville, PA, Kathy (Richard) Hoffmann of Peosta, IA, Jim FitzPatrick of Dubuque, IA, Frank (Anissa) FitzPatrick of Marion, IA, Robert (Laura) Fitzpatrick, Michael (Angie) FitzPatrick, Thomas (Megan) FitzPatrick and Marty (Rachel) FitzPatrick all of Dubuque, IA; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Arlene Breitbach- Link; step-father, Elmer Link; step- brother, Tommy Link; step-sister, Dianne Jaeger; sister-in-law, Joan Breitbach and brother-in-law, Ron Riekena.

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

In lieu of flowers a David Breitbach Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Crossing Rivers Hospital, Sam and Julia Nelson, and to all of Dave's many friends 



Calvin R. Folman


Calvin Richard Folman was born on May 28, 1977, in West Allis, Wis. He left us far too soon after his 40th birthday, on June 29, 2017.

Cal grew up in Dubuque and loved his "hometown." He had many friends and seemed to know everyone wherever he went. He worked for many years as a skilled carpenter and could design and build just about anything that could be envisioned.

He was an artist as well as accomplished musician, who organized and played in several bands over the past two decades. Wherever he was, his guitar was always close by.

Cal lived life on his own terms. Though he struggled with personal issues, he never gave up. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held for family and friends. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother and stepfather, Jody and Bob Iler, Dubuque; brother, Jon Clinton Folman, Iowa City; grandfather, Frank Hanson, Platteville, Wis.; uncle and aunt, John and Tracy Hanson, Danielsville, Penn.; uncle and aunt, Edward and Deborah Ryan, Simpsonville, S.C.; great aunt, Faye Folman, Lake Geneva, Wis.; cousins; many friends; and his dog, Milo.

Cal was welcomed into eternal life by his father, Frank W. Folman; grandfather, Frank R. Folman; grandmother, Elizabeth A. Hanson; great uncle, Richard Folman; and great-grandmother, Helen Folman.

Rest in peace, Cal. We love you.

Memorials for his family may be mailed to the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, who is assisting the family.

 

 



Walter D. Katuin


Walter D. Katuin, 83, of Asbury, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5 at the funeral home.

Walter was born October 21, 1933 in New Lisbon, WI, the son of Richard and Josephine (Harris) Katuin. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He married Mary Scheibe on October 6, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Walter owned and operated Katuin Brothers Trucking for many years. He was a member of Kiwanis International and the Iowa Motor Truck Association. Walter and Mary enjoyed ballroom and country dancing together, and were members of the All Star Country Dancers. He had a passion for music, especially the steel guitar. Walter played guitar with the Over the Hill Gang Band, with whom he entertained at many local nursing homes.

Walter is survived by his wife, Mary, of Asbury; three sons, Kevin (Cindy) Katuin of McKinney, TX, Ken Katuin of Denver, CO, and Kurt (Jill) Katuin of Cedar Falls, IA; three grandchildren, Allison and Madelynn Katuin, and Rachel Trahan; four great grandchildren, Stella Trahan, and Greyson, Gabriel, and Genevieve Villarreal; his brother, Allan (Iva) Katuin of Daytona Beach, FL; his sisters, Marcella (David) Hough of Reedsburg, WI, and Ada (Roger) Naylor of Heavener, OK; and his in-laws, Jean Hammel, Joan Schmitt, Judy (Dick) Hierstein, and Joyce (Dick) Leibfreid.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother in law, Tom Hammel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter D. Katuin Memorial Fund, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Grand Meadows; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay, Melissa, Amy, and Suzanne.

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

 



Teresa V. Ulbrich


Teresa V. Ulbrich, 94, of Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI, formerly of Tennyson, WI and Homosassa, FL, passed away Thursday evening, June 29, 2017 at Epione Pavilion.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Jim McHenry concelebrating.  Burial will be in Fountain Memorial Park, Homosassa, FL.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Teresa was born on June 19, 1923 at Detroit, MI, the daughter of George and Katie (Lindenmuth) Jacobs.  She was united in marriage to Marcellus Ulbrich on Sept. 9, 1944 at St. Bridget Church in Detroit.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2002.

She was a current member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.  Teresa was very active with the K. of C. Ladies Auxiliary both in Wisconsin and Florida.  She was an accomplished artist, and also enjoyed bingo, poker and working with her plants. Teresa was very devoted to her faith, was a former housekeeper for St. Andrew's Parish in Tennyson and a bookkeeper for Gene Droessler & Sons Construction Co.

She and Marcellus were very close to all of their nieces and nephews, hosting many family and friends who came to visit.

Surviving are her loving nieces and nephews, the Droesslers' (Maureen, Gene Jr. & "Loni", Mark & Sue, Bruce & Mary Jo, Eric & Terry, Luke & Suzanne, the Hartls' (Danny, Chuck & Kathy, Jane & Steve and Peggy & Jack, the Wagners' (Jane & Leo and Nick & Melody.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marcellus, in-laws, Lorraine (Ray) Hartl, Rita (Gene) Droessler, Sr., and Marion (Don) Wagner, (Floyd Faust), and nephews, Dale & Fr. Mike Hartl, Don Droessler and Carl Pickel, Jr.

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

Teresa's family wishes to thank the staff of Epione Pavilion, especially her Angels in the Reflections Unit for the wonderful care Teresa received and to Kim of Grant County Hospice for her kindness, guidance and care during this time.

 

 



Mary E. Walters


Mary E. Walters, 86, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Barn at Calkins Square in Wyoming, Iowa.  Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Eleanor Hansen was born on April 26, 1931, in Elwood, Iowa, to George P. and Adah (Martin) Hansen.  She graduated from Wyoming High School where she was an All-State basketball player.  She then attended AIC in Davenport where she was captain of the traveling basketball team.  They went on a six week goodwill tour that traveled through Mexico and all Central American Countries to Panama.  On July 26, 1952 she married Donald W. Dirks in Iowa City, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on July 31, 1978.  She married Rodney Walters on March 23, 1985 in Wyoming, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 2013.

Mary had worked as an accountant for Bill Helms, Inc. (Strieter Motors) in Davenport for several years and then moved and worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper   for over 41 years retiring in 2002. 

Mary was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as treasurer of the Mary Rebecca Circle.  She had also been a member of the Red Hat Society and the Clinton Engines Historical Society.

Mary enjoyed traveling, gambling, golfing, playing cards, riding motorcycles, dancing, and most of all attending all sporting events of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Debi (Joe) Hronik of Davenport, IA, Jeff Dirks of Center Junction, IA, Steven (Cindy) Dirks of Wyoming, IA, and Sharon (Mike) Holmes of Delmar, IA; step-children, Jeff (Donna) Walters of Lisbon, IA, and Debra (Thomas) Vaccaro of Williamsburg, VA; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and brothers, George (Herta) Hansen of Wyoming, IA, and John "Bill" (Lola) Hansen of Wyoming, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald and her husband Rodney, a son Daniel, brothers Rex and Dale, and sisters Maxine, Charlene, Doris, Ellen and Georgeann. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary E. Walters memorial fund has been established.

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



Shirley A. Noonan-Harry


Shirley Ann Noonan-Harry, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Private Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Shirley was born January 23, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Gladys (Sawvel) Menadue. She married William "Bill" Thomas Noonan on June 26, 1952 in Dubuque. Together, they battled the cancer that would take Bill away from her at the young age of 43. Together, they had four children, and with the first "Sailor" Bill's early passing, Shirley was both mother and father to Scott and Amy, the two youngest children still living at home. On September 7, 1991, Shirley married William "Bill" Harry: "Sailor" Bill #2. She loved Bill so much that at times she could not bear it when he was not with her. Shirley was employed as a housekeeper for Dubuque Schools, St. Anthony's School, and at Luther Manor, from which she retired after 20 years.

Shirley lived the simple life, never wanting or expecting anything, instead cherishing any and all of the simple blessings. But mostly, she cherished time with her husband, kids, and grandkids. Shirley was known for her big blue eyes that would light up a room, especially when her grandchildren visited. As much as she loved them, it cannot go without mention how much she loved and adored her two "Sailor" Bills.

She is survived by her husband Bill; her children, Candace (Charles) Jenaman, Sandra (Vinod) Sheth, Scott (Julie) Noonan, and Amy (Eric) Amberg, all of Dubuque; two step children, Michael (Nanae) Harry of Helinski, Finland, and Billy Harry of Dubuque; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; her siblings, Charles (Judy) and Thomas (Janet) Menadue, Jackie Entringer, Richard (Sherry) and James Menadue, Tricia Dix, Sharon (John) Hartig, and Vickey (Michael) Noonan; her in-laws, Pat Luedtke and Bonnie Harry; her dear friend, Maxine Menadue; and her beloved dog, Cash.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Raymond Joseph Jenaman; her step daughter, Catherine Ann Bednar; her special aunt, Ruth Elliott; and her in-laws, Carl Entringer, Sharon Menadue, Richard Dix, and Shirley King.

Memorials may be made to the Shirley Noonan-Harry Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank all the doctors at Medical Associates who have cared for her over the years; Hospice of Dubuque; and Dubuque Specialty Care.

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

 

 



Daniel Brown


Daniel "Spike" Brown, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Spike was born January 12, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of LeRoy and Louise (Kintzle) Brown. He married the love of is life Marilyn Schmal on January 27, 1962 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marilyn preceded him in death on August 14, 1993.

Spike was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Volkswagen, and Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing; Spike retired from the Stamp in 2006 after working there for 40 years.

Spike was a car enthusiast, and enjoyed using his encyclopedia of knowledge to work on cars. He loved sharing this knowledge and teaching others. Spike was an avid drag racer, racing in his beloved 1967 Mustang until he was 65 years old. Spike frequently attended Graffiti Nights, and chatted it up with his car buddies. Supporting the American worker was important to Spike, and he held a deep patriotism in his heart. He was a devoted family man who was proud of his family-especially his grandson. One of his favorite family activities was playing Playstation golf; Spike would of had trouble making it to the PGA Tour, but always had a fun time playing nonetheless.

Spike also enjoyed spending his evening playing his guitar.

Spike is survived by two children, Dean Brown of Dubuque, and DeAnna "Sis" (Ken) Dausener of New Vienna; his grandson, Joshua Dausener of New Vienna; a brother in law, Jerry (Lynn) Schmal of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Katie and Phyllis; and his brothers, Merlin, Donald, and LeRoy "Buzz". Brother-In-Law Charlie and Sister-In-Law Rita.

Memorials may be made to the Daniel "Spike" Brown Memorial Fund.

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



Gerald C. Theisen


Gerald C. Theisen Sr., age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:38 a.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gerald's life, funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Michael Hutchison officiating. To celebrate Gerald's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Gerald was born on January 19, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clement Peter and Mary Elizabeth (McClain) Theisen.

Gerald was a lifelong Dubuque resident and a proud graduate of Nativity School. He was a hard working man, who faithfully devoted 23 years of his working career to the Dubuque Community School District as a Utility Person, until his well deserved retirement in 2001. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Irene Kelly, on September 25, 1965, at St. Anthony's Church. They were blessed with 51 wonderful years together and one son. Gerald was loving husband, father and grandfather who continually provided a positive role model for the generations below to follow. We will surely miss our dear Gerald, but we know that our separation is temporary and that one day we will all be reunited again for our eternal family reunion.

Those left to cherish Gerald's memory include

his loving wife,
Irene Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Gerald (Jeanne) Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Jesse Theisen,
Deanna (John) Theisen-Peiffer
and Alec Theisen, all of Dubuque, IA;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Madelyn Peiffer,
Julia Peiffer
and Benjamin Peiffer, all of Dubuque, IA.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; and a younger brother, Kenneth Theisen.

A Gerald C. Theisen Sr., memorial fund has been established.

Gerald's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Gerald and his family.

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

 



Verna M. Klostermann


Verna M. Klostermann, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 3, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Verna was born September 1, 1926 the daughter of John and Anna (Willenbring) Schlichte.  She married Arthur L. Klostermann on February 12, 1946 in Dyersville.  Together they farmed northeast of Dyersville. Verna was a Saint on Earth. She was the mother of 12.

Verna taught her children the meaning of due diligence and follow-through as well as letting go and letting God.  Hence, the message of "Never surrender except to God."  She is the definition of Gracious and Giving. Verna will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her children, Dave (Pam) Klostermann of Davenport, Lois (Chuck Crone) Lenz of Waseca, MN, Mary Lou Hanish of East Lansing, MI, Steve (Elaine) Klostermann of LeRoy, MN, Joan (Denton) Ketels of Eldora, IA, Robert (Lois) Klostermann of Arvada, CO, Rick Klostermann, Theresa (Chris) Prier both of Dyersville, Jane (Michael Stell) Murillo of Waukee, IA, Marcia (Rob Butts) Klostermann of Smithville, MO, Sharon (David) Trenkle of Buena Vista, CO, 28 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, in-laws: Alma Willenborg, Mildred Schlichte, Ardella Schlichte, Lila Clemen, Vera Kroeger and Lorraine Klostermann.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arthur, daughter, Patricia Lahey, sons-in-law: Jim Lenz, Wayne Hanish, Rich Murillo, siblings: Clarence (Julia), Lorraine (Mark) Pins, Joe (Germaine), Elmer, Alvin, Bernard Schlichte, in-laws: Rita (Jim) Duetmeyer, Vince Clemen, Ruth (Joe) Lansing, Gary Kroeger, Alfred Klostermann.

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

 

 

 



Ruth H. Elliott


Ruth H. Elliott, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:40 p.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Ruth's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ruth was born on August 31, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leslie and Emma (Kemp) Sawvel.

Ruth was proud to be born, raised and live in Dubuque for her entire 94 year journey here on earth. She eventually crossed paths with the love of her life, Frank Elliott, and the couple was united in marriage on October 11, 1941, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 44 wonderful years together, and 2 children, before Frank was called home ahead of her on February 15, 1986. Not only did Ruth put her domestic talents to good use nurturing her family, but she also served others with the Dubuque Community Schools for 21 years, and even devoted another 8 years to Luther Manor before finally retiring. Ruth was a truly a faith filled woman and was quite content and fulfilled to be a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Ruth enjoyed a little "retail therapy", watching her favorite TV programs, and keeping up with the instant buzz about the community by listening to her scanner. Ruth's greatest joy, however, came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who undeniably meant the world to her. Ruth's departure from our immediate lives was more sudden than we were prepared for, but we are absolutely blessed with the memories, lessons and love she leaves behind and we are thankful that she is, once again, holding hands with her beloved Frank.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her 2 children,
Phyllis Behrens, Dubuque, IA
and Michael (Mary) Elliott, Round Lake Park, IL;

her 6 grandchildren,
Lisa (Dan) Nicks, Dean (Kelly) Behrens, Ryan (Lisa Ridgely) Elliott, Michelle Elliott, Matt (Lauren) Elliott and Mitchell (fiancé Erin McGhee) Elliott;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Carson Behrens, Kyle Behrens, Danielle (Ben) Landgraf, Sam Nicks, Malik Clarke and Marcus Marcado;

and her 2 great great-grandchildren,
Lily Landgraf and Caison Behrens.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Elliott; 3 sisters, Dorothy (Lester) Thoman, Gladys (Charles) Menadue and Mae (Joe) Tschiggfrie; and 2 brothers, Leslie (Ruth) Sawvel and Donald (Katherine) Sawvel.

A Ruth H. Elliott memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ruth's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their compassionate and loving care of Ruth and her family; especially Deb, who went above and beyond.

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



Carol Ann Langel Platz


Carol Ann Langel Platz, 66 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, in Dyersville Iowa, after a courageous battle with cancer with the family by her side.

Visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday July 3, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating.

Carol was born December 5, 1950 at home in Luxemburg, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Henrietta (Kluesner) Langel. She married Charles Platz on August 31st 2013 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Carol graduated from Leo High school in Holy Cross, she worked at Ertl Company for 29 years, and she then worked at Modern Fold for 12 years. She loved spending time at their cabin on Lake Dehli, and she spent countless hours tending to her yard and flowers. She was an avid Hawkeye fan and Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie, siblings: Wilfred Langel of Oelwein, Richard (Margie) Langel of Oelwein, Charles Langel of Waterloo, Robert Langel of Dubuque, Verna Mae White of Monticello, Patricia Vaske of Garnavillo, Eldora (Anthony) Koopmann of Dyersville, in-laws: Robert (Rosie) Platz, Dan (June) Platz both of Dyersville, Dale (Sue) Platz of Omaha, NE, Carol (Chuck) Wessels of Dubuque, Sandy (Dwight) Schoening of Glenwood, IA, Jane (Bill) Sullivan of Oakdale, MN, Susan (Brad) Helle of Cedar Rapids, sisters-in-law: Shirley Langel of Mt. Pleasant and Helen Langel of Luxemburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Henrietta Langel, sister, Kathy Kerper, brothers: Jerome and Bernard Langel, parents-in-law: Gib and Valeria Platz, sisters-in-law: Evey and Judy Langel and Darlene Hoffmann, brothers-in-law: Marvin Vaske and Jim Kerper, niece & nephews: Christopher White, Charlie Langel II and Mary Langel.

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



Kent David Frommelt


Kent David Frommelt, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Kent was born on November 19, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Charlene (Blum) Frommelt. He married Sharon Steffen on November 10, 1973 at St. Joseph the Worker in Dubuque.

He worked at Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque for 47 years. He enjoyed sitting on the picnic table in the back yard with friends and family. Kent Enjoyed working on cars, always loved VW's especially his VW bus.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Sharon; daughter Robin Uzel; son David (Ashley) Frommelt; grandchildren, Zachary and Christopher Uzel and Maddie and Mason Frommelt; his siblings, Kay Waller, Mark (Gert) Frommelt, Kris McKinze, Wendy Renne, and Gene Frommelt; his father-in-law Jerome Steffen Sr.; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Kay Oberhoffer, Jerome (Marge) Steffen, Jr., Charles (Nancy) Steffen and Nancy (Mike) Frlton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Craig Frommelt; brothers-in-law Don Waller and Mike Oberhoffer and mother-in-law Lorraine Steffen.

In lieu of flowers a Kent David Frommelt memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Tony Heiar at Dubuque Internal Medicine and their nursing staff, especially Sandy for all their wonderful care.



Ruth Ann Zimmerman


Ruth Ann Zimmerman, 87, of Maquoketa, IA passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family Saturday evening, June 24th, 2017.

Her life will be celebrated July 8, with visitation from 9:30 to 11:15 A.M. followed by an 11:30 service, at First United Methodist Church,1019 Wesley Street in Maquoketa, where Ruth Ann was a longtime active member. 

Ruth Ann was born December 19,1929, to Benjamin Flora and Grace Flora (Hedrick) in St. Louis, MO. She spent her childhood in nearby Brentwood, MO with her older siblings, William (who recently passed away) and Margaret. She graduated from Brentwood High School in June of 1947.
The popular cheerleader and prom queen met the love of her life, Dwight Zimmerman, while visiting her mother in Menahga, MN the following summer. Dwight was a 21 year old World War II veteran and Ruth Ann liked that he seemed older.

Ruth Ann returned to St. Louis in the fall and Dwight soon followed on a train for a visit. He showed up with a jar full of baby bullheads, a favorite of Ruth Ann's, and the intention of making her his wife. She returned to Menahga where they married in Dwight's parent's home December 19, 1947, Ruth Ann's 18th birthday.

Their marriage lasted 35 years until Dwight's passing in 1982. Their time together was filled with many adventures. Tragically they lost their first child, Steven Earl, two days after his birth. Soon after, Dwight left to serve in the Korean War. After returning, Dwight earned an education degree and their life began in earnest. They put down roots in Maquoketa but traveled often and spent summers in Menahga. Along the way, they welcomed sons Scott, Dana, Jeffrey and a daughter, Jill.

At 38, Ruth Ann returned to school and graduated in three years with a four year degree in Special Education from the University of Dubuque. She taught at Maquoketa High School for 23 years. She was also involved with the Maquoketa Education Association, Beta Sigma Phi, PEO International and was a lifelong member of the National Education Association of the United States.

Ruth Ann retired in 1994. She split time between homes in Maquoketa, Bradenton, FL and Menahga.

She loved swimming, walking, reading, fishing, spending time at the beach and traveling, including to celebrate any family event. She was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. She sought out a bridge game whenever possible and scheduled plans around Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She was a gifted conversationalist with a razor sharp wit and excellent memory. Those skills shined through especially when spending time with friends and, most of all, her family. She lived with a deep faith in Jesus Christ, read her Bible daily and belonged to churches in each state she resided. She looked forward to her eternal life and said she had a lot of people to see.

She will be remembered dearly and missed by many. They include her sister, Margaret Micka of Bradenton, FL; her children Philip Scott Zimmerman (Barbara Hohmann) of Maquoketa; Dana Keith Zimmerman (Mary) of Ames, IA; Jeffrey Dwight Zimmerman of Maquoketa; and Jill Louise Osterhaus (Dan Mortenson) of Eagan, MN; sister-in-law Carol Larsen (Al) of CO; as well as 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Memorials preferred in lieu of other expressions of sympathy and will support Ruth Ann's favorite charities.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.



Catherine A. Young


Catherine A. "Katie" Young, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home to the loving arms of her Lord, at 11:02 p.m., on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Katie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Katie's life, family and friends may visit from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on June 2, 1919, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges Sr.

Katie was a proud, lifelong resident of Dubuque. She grew up learning the value of having a strong work ethic, and would faithfully devote 8 years of her life to working at the Battery Factory, and another 27 years at the Dubuque Packing Company until her well deserved retirement. Katie's faith was very important to her, and she was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Church and their rosary society. In her younger days, when she found a little free time, Katie could be found "cutting a rug" at the local dance halls. As adulthood progressed, Katie eventually discovered her love for flowers and went on to take meticulous care of her lawn and gardens until her hands could no longer toil in her yard. Throughout her entire life though, family was always the most important priority in each and every day, and her greatest joy eventually became being a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Katie always made everyone feel special and adored, and we will greatly miss her presence in our daily lives. Her 98 year earthly journey is now complete, but we look forward to seeing her again in eternal perfection while residing within her heavenly mansion.

Those left to cherish Katie's memory include

her 3 children,
Janice Goetzinger, Marion, IA,
Richard Young, Dubuque, IA
and Karen (Bill) Walsh, Peosta, IA;

her 10 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Roger (Stella) Tigges, Dubuque, IA
and Joan Klaas, Cuba City, WI.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Jim Goetzinger; 3 sisters, Martha Tigges, Marlene (Gilbert) Nadermann and Elaine (Chuck) Kruser; 4 brothers, Oscar (Delores) Tigges, Jr., Arthur (Lee) Tigges, Wilfred (Arla Mae) Tigges and Jerry (Stella) Tigges; and a brother-in-law, John Klaas.

A Catherine A. "Katie" Young memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Katie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Finley Hospital for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Katie and her family.

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

 



Ruth A. Urbain


Ruth A. Urbain, 88, of Epworth, Iowa died Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:54 p.m. at Manorcare Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Ruth may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Ruth will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Rev. Eugene Kutsch will be concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Ruth was born December 26, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Ella (Berg) Kutsch. She is a graduate of the former IC Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. On April 11, 1964 she was united in marriage to Jerome Urbain at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for several years. She enjoyed helping to serve at Parish funeral dinners and attending the monthly dinners with her classmates. She enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren and playing bingo.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Urbain of Epworth, Iowa, 3 children, Joanne (John) Miller of Davenport, IA, and their children, Jamie, Jana and Jay Miller; John (Van) Urbain of Epworth, IA; and Joyce (Randy) Frasher of Cascade, IA and their children, Samantha and Josey Frasher; her sister-in-law, Margie Kutsch of Dubuque, IA and sister and brothers-in-law, Mary Katherine Lassance of Epworth, IA, Donna Flynn of Dubuque, IA, Elaine Decker of Fountain Hills, AZ, Jane Sweeney of Epworth, IA, Ellen and Don Lindauer of Cascade, IA, Nora (Bruce) Cottrell of Dubuque, IA, Joe O'Brien of Cascade, IA, and Bill (Karen) Adams of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Jeanette (Leo) Heitzman, Ethel (Joe) Spautz, a twin sister, Rose (Ryan) Keuter, brothers, George Kutsch, Robert Kutsch and Eldon Kutsch; sisters-in-law, Joanne Adams and Monica O'Brien and brothers-in-law, Dave Lassance, John Flynn, Bud Decker and Lloyd Sweeney.

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



Karen M. Chesterman


Karen M. Chesterman, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Karen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Karen's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery.

Karen was born on July 19, 1944, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred F. and Alice C. (Steines) Trute.

Karen graduated as Salutatorian from Marquette High School in Bellevue, with the class of 1962. Karen was a hard working woman who faithfully invested over 28 years of her time and talents with the City of Dubuque as the Deputy City Clerk. She was also very active socially and was a member of many different organizations including; Toastmasters Club #1337, where she was a past president, a Charter member of the Professional Women's Network, and the Dubuque Morning Optimists, where she was a past president and life member. Karen was also a faith filled woman who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church; where she sang in the choir, served as a lector, and was also a member of the Power of Prayer, CEW, Emmaus Communities, and was also proud of her accomplishments with the Downtown Ecumenical Brown Bag Bible Studies. Karen had a great appreciation for history which led her to write "Choices, Chances and Serendipity", a presentation she was eager to share with all who would listen. She also wrote two City Hall history brochures and recorded city history in over 25 books of meeting minutes. Karen was also the proud owner of an extensive collection of postcards from Dubuque, Bellevue and Union Park. She also thoroughly enjoyed traveling and was a past vice president of the Dubuque Friendship Force. When she had a few minutes of down time, Karen enjoyed reading, collecting books, photography and tending to her beautiful flower gardens. Her greatest joy however, was simply spending personal and precious time with her family, especially her grandchildren. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother, grandmother and friend, but discover subtle moments of comfort in knowing that she is now at home in heaven, free of the health issues that have plagued her these past months.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include

her 2 sons,
David (Coleen) Chesterman, Burke, VA
and John (Kari) Chesterman, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Stephen, Michael, Emma and Zachary Chesterman;

a sister-in-law,
Janeane Trute, Walkertown, NC;

a close cousin,
Sandra Johnson, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces and a nephew,
Lisa (Charlie) Peele, Pilot Mountain, NC,
Lori (Randle) Hernandez, Greensboro, NC
and Roger (Betty) Trute, Walkertown, NC.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Edwin Sprank; her brother, Wilfred "Bill" Trute; and her close friend, Harry Neustadt.

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

Karen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Karen and her family.

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

 



John G. Hinz


John G. "Jack" Hinz, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, June 23, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A funeral mass celebrating Jack's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:30 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

John Gilbert Hinz was born on September 22, 1924 in Charlotte, Iowa, to John H. and Meta (Weideman) Hinz. He grew up in Elwood and attended Elwood country school. He then worked as a farm hand prior to entering the military. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II receiving an honorable discharge. He married Agnes M. Smith on October 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Garryowen.

Jack worked at the Maquoketa Company and then Clinton Engines for 28 years as a maintenance foreman. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for ten years as a maintenance machine repairman, retiring in 1988.

Jack was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 55 year member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He also had been a member of the IAM Union while working at Clinton Engines, and the UAW while working at Caterpillar.

Jack enjoyed fishing, coaching baseball, and spending time with family attending his children and grandchildren's sporting and school activities. He could fix anything, spending countless hours in his garage repairing items. He was a Jack-of-all-trades.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife, Agnes M. Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; children, John (Twyla) Hinz of Morton, IL, Gil (Sherry) Hinz of Dubuque, IA, Tom (Karen) Hinz of Pontiac, IL, Steve (Alesha) Hinz of Odell, IL, and Diane (Ron) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Margie Smith of Bella Vista, AR; 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers Henry, Orval, Ed and Ernie, and 5 sisters, Lillian Swanton, Norma Shirley, Rose Collins, Alma Koontz and Caroline Streets.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, or any hospice of the donor's choice.

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

 



Sister Mary Supple, OP

Sister Mary Supple, OP (Marie Jarlath), age 89, of Saint Dominic Villa, was called home peacefully at 3:55 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Saint Dominic Villa, surrounded by her fellow loving Sisters and caretakers. To honor Sister Mary Supple's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse. To celebrate Sister Mary Supple's life, family and friends may visit after 5:15 p.m. at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Saint Clara Cemetery, Sinsinawa.

Sister Mary Supple was born on August 2, 1927, in Chicago, IL, daughter of John and Bridget (Henneberry) Supple.

Sister Mary was professed August 5, 1948. She joyfully taught music at Blessed Sacrament School, Sioux City, Iowa, for five years. She then began her mission in the intermediate grades; for eight years at Annunciation, Minneapolis; for one year at St. Luke, River Forest, IL.; and for six years at Immaculate Conception, Chicago. She next taught math for three years at St. Cajetan, Chicago, and then tutored, first at St. Richard, Omaha, and then at St. Sabina, Chicago, with another year of teaching at Sacred Heart, Rockwell, Iowa. For four years she taught math at Rosary School, Oklahoma City, before returning to St. Sabina as an upper grade teacher in math and computers for 20 years; from 1980 to 2000. After retiring, she served in various ministries in community life--at Trinity Convent, River Forest; Divine Providence Convent, Des Plaines; Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; and at St. Dominic Villa. Sister has faithfully devoted her time here on earth to the service of others and to her Lord, and now surely finds peace and comfort in the loving arms of her Savior while again enjoying fellowship with her family and Sister's who've been called home before her.

Those left to cherish Sister Mary Supple's memory include
her brother,
Francis Supple;

numerous nieces and nephews;

and her fellow Sisters in faith, the Dominican Sisters.

Sister Mary Supple was preceded in death by her parents.

The Dominican Sisters would like to thank Dr. Jeff White, his nurses and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and compassionate care and support of Sister Mary.

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

 



Marion C. Wagner Faust


Marion C. Wagner Faust, formerly of Sherrill and Key West Iowa, went to her Heavenly home on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

Funeral services will be at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa on Monday, June 26 at 10:30am. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Visitation also after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on November 17, 1925 in Potosi, Wisconsin. Marion graduated from High School in Tennyson, Wisconsin and went to nursing school at Mercy in Dubuque, Iowa. Graduating with an RN degree. Marion worked for many years as a nurse in Dubuque.

Marion married Don (Butch) A. Wagner on April 12, 1947. They were Dairy Farmers for many years in rural Sherrill. Don passed away on October 22, 1984. Marion later married Floyd Faust in 1992. Floyd passed away on April 20, 2011.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents - Cornelius and Francis Ulbrich, two sisters, Rita (Gene) Droessler, Lorraine (Raymond) Hartl, and one brother Mar Ulbrich.

Marion is survived by one sister in law, Teresa Ulbrich, one son, Nick (Melody) Wagner of Dubuque, one daughter, Jane (Leo) Becker of rural Waterloo; six grandchildren, Melissa, Emily, Tyler, Brittany, Cory and Tony; and nine great grandchildren; she is also survived by Floyd's family; Edwin (Linda) Faust, Dick (Betsy) Faust and Jack Faust.
Marion loved to dance, golf, bowl, play cards and spend time with her family and friends.

Marion was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who loved to spend time with her family and always had a smile on her face.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice or St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill.



Dennis E. Zimmer


Dennis E. Zimmer, 66, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, in Dubuque, Iowa after a courageous battle with Cancer.

Friends and relatives of Dennis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, June 26, 2017. Services for Dennis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Dennis was born April 17, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, WI, son of Edward and Thelma (Check) Zimmer. He graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, WI. On November 7, 2003 he was united in marriage to Marge Wilgenbusch at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Dubuque, IA. She preceded him in death on August 5, 2015.

Dennis worked for 24 years as a truck driver for Ag Trucking until his retirement in January 2017.

Dennis had a love for traveling; he especially enjoyed the local food and craft beers while on his trips. He also enjoyed afternoon drives and spending time with his family.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish.

He is survived by three children, Tori (Brian) Morrow of Muskego, WI, Cheri (Keith) Zenz of Potosi, WI, and Kim (Todd) Then of Cascade, IA; three step children, Rodney Hodgson of Shawano, WI, Kristi (Chris) Klein of Byron, MN, and Scott (Jen) Hodgson of Epworth, IA; 15 grandchildren; two sisters, Diane (Jerry) Klein of Dodgeville, WI, Darlene (Gary) Welch of Janesville, WI; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doris Wessels of Epworth, IA, Cheryl (Bob) Hird of Dubuque, IA, Tom (Lavonne) Wilgenbusch, Dan (Connie) Wilgenbusch both of Epworth, IA and Steve (Janet) Wilgenbusch of Antioch, TN; Kay Wilgenbusch of Epworth, IA, Ronnie Connolly of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one granddaughter.

The family would like to give special thanks to his medical team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA for the wonderful care and support they gave to Dennis.

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



Arlene K. Abbott Smith


Arlene K. Abbott Smith, 79, of Roswell, Georgia, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at the Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"™ in remembrance of Arlene on Friday, September 29, 2017, from Noon to 3 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Arlene Katherine Redeker was born on February 5, 1938 in Mason City, Iowa, to John William and Katherine Wilhelmina (Scheef) Redeker. She was a 1956 graduate of Mason City High School and then attended Drake School of Nursing. She married Robert Wesley Abbott on May 17, 1957 in Mason City, Iowa. To this union 4 children were born: Rhonda, Kaye, Robert and Wesley. Robert passed away on February 21, 1982. She later met and married Donald Ray Smith on November 27, 1998 in Audubon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. 

Arlene had worked as a secretary for Culligan Water, as a teller at Maquoketa State Bank, and lastly as a librarian at the Maquoketa Public Library.

Arlene had been active in her community throughout the years donating her time, talent and resources. A few of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Welcome Wagon as a hostess for six years, Meals on Wheels Board Member, Wa-Tan-Ye officer, BPW Member, Tuesday Club officer and member for 23 years, Order of the Eastern Star, the Rainbow Girls, and the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. While her children were growing up she had served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a 40 plus year member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she had been active in the United Methodist Women and the church choir for over 20 years.

Arlene enjoyed playing bridge, reading, biking (going on RAGBRAI twice), walking, hiking, music, movies, swimming and loving. She also enjoyed golfing and had been a member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Those left to honor Arlene's memory include her children, Rhonda (Gregg) Mohl of Clinton, IA, Kaye (Paul) Lynch of Audubon, IA, Robert (Jeannine) Abbott of Granville, OH, and Wesley (Denise) Abbott of Roswell, GA; sister, Wilma (Willie) Grove; 9 grandchildren, Megan and Courtney Mohl, Ryan and Brittney Lynch, Burke and Ellie Abbott, Piper and Charlie Tell, and Archer Abbott; and 1 great-grandchild, Madeline Lynch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jack Redeker, her husband Robert, and her husband Donald.

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

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



Richard E. Goedken


Richard E. Goedken, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Richard was born December 22, 1935 in Peosta, the son of Ludwig and Reinilda (Lehmann) Goedken. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Richard married Marlene Dean on June 2, 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years. After the Pack closed, he went on to earn his A.A.S. in Electronics from Hamilton Technical College. He then worked as a Computer Technician for Computers Plus until retirement.

Richard lived simply, gave generously and loved deeply. His life of unconditional love for his wife and family will always be remembered.

Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marlene; three sons, Daniel (Leslie) Goedken of Sugar Grove, IL and their children, Sarah (Terrance) Carter, Marcus (Amy) Goedken, and Jacob (Brittany) Goedken; David (Jolene) Goedken of St. Charles, MO; and Kenneth (Lora) Goedken of Asbury and their children, Amanda (Mike) Shoemaker and their daughter Chloe, Zachary Goedken, and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; his brother, Francis (Esther) Goedken of Zwingle; his sister, Janann (Jim) Vogt of Dubuque; three sisters in law, Carolyn Goedken, Bonnie Goedken Ready, and Edith Goedken; and a brother in law, Bob (Betty) Dean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter Jessica Goedken; his brothers, Duane (Marion) Goedken, Vernon Goedken, Herbert (Regina) Goedken, Melvin (Ann) Goedken, and John Goedken; his sister, Delores (Melvin) Miller; his parents in law, Alfred and Lillian (Pfohl) Dean; and his brother in law, Donald (Darlene) Dean.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, Ryan, and Amy C.; everyone at Applewood III for their kindness and support; and the staff at Stonehill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Goedken Memorial Fund.

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



Eileen R. Nauman


Eileen R. Nauman, 94, of Dubuque died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Eileen was born on May 22, 1923 in Brayton, Nebraska, the daughter of Frank and Bernadette (Hall) McPoland.

She married Henry J. Nauman on June 3, 1947 at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2010.

Eileen was a cafeteria cook for the Dubuque Community School District for 12 years, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She belonged to Holy Trinity Rosary Society and helped with their funeral dinners. Eileen was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing euchre.

Surviving are her children, Ronald L. Nauman and Gary M. (Toni) Nauman, both of Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Amy, Kim, Chris, Teresa, and Katie; 4 great- grandchildren, Tyler Benson, Hailey Reuter, Zach Bradford and Oliver Anderson; and 2 sisters, Virginia Schiel and Shirley (Clete) Maiers, both of Dubuque; 1 brother, Robert (JoAnn) McPoland, of Asbury, IA; brother-in-law, John Tillman, of Dubuque; and 3 step- grandchildren, Andrew "A.J." Anderson, Danielle Barton and Emily Anderson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 4 sisters, Theresa, in infancy, Mary Coffin, Betty Tillman and Lois Bublitz; 4 brothers-in-law, Don Anstoetter, Bill Bublitz, John Schiel, and George Coffin.

An Eileen Nauman Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Stonehill Care Center and the entire staff in the ICU at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.



JoAnne M. Driscoll


JoAnne M. Driscoll, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where friends may greet the family from 9:00 until the time of mass. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA., 52001 is in charge of arrangements.

Joanne Driscoll was born on October 9, 1939 to Eldon and Margaret (McArthur) Driscoll in Cascade, Iowa. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque in 1957.

She was employed by Aladdin Dry Cleaners for many years. She was a devoted Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick's Parish.

She is survived by 3 cousins; Donna (Ken) Kutsch, Ken (Bernadette) Dolphin and Jerry (Darlene) Koppes.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother Melvin and sister, Judy.

Many thanks for the care given to her by the Hospice nurses.

Online condolences can be left at www.hskfh.com.



Thomas E. Lightcap


Thomas E. Lightcap, 80, formerly of 301 E 22nd street, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 26 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Thomas was born on October 2, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Albert Wallace (Wally) and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.
He graduated from Loras Academy in 1955. He married Mary Catherine Huss in 1959 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Thomas was employed at Frommelt Industries, which later became Rite Hite, from 1968-1996.

He had a love for sweets, especially Mary's cookies and ice cream. He enjoyed watching old westerns on TV, doing word finds and spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughters.

Surviving are his children, Mike Lightcap of Aloha, OR, and Mark (Liz) Lightcap, of Dubuque; 7 grandchildren, Joshua (Tiffany Weipert), Jayson (Tara) and Kyle Wagner, Erik (April Kluthe), Scott, Amy (Nate Irish) and Audrey Lightcap; two great- granddaughters, Elle and Lucy; son-in-law, Dean Muenzenberger, of Black River Falls, WI; and brothers, Bill (Veva) Lightcap, of California, Ted (Pat) Lightcap, of Dubuque, Greg (Linda) Lightcap, Jack Lightcap, and Joel (Linda Robinson) Lightcap, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine in 2015; daughter, Debbie (Wagner) Muenzenberger in 2017, and brother, Gary, in infancy.

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

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the Doctors, Nurses and staff at the Finley Hospital.



Roger F. Hefel


Roger "Rog" F. Hefel, 66 of North Buena Vista, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He lived with Parkinson's for 15 years and never complained.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista conducted by Fr. Marvin Bries. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista with Military Honors conducted by Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Roger was born August 1, 1950 in North Buena Vista, the son of Edward and Rita (Ruden) Hefel. He graduated from Leo High School in 1968, then served in the US Army being stationed in South Korea. Roger married Janet Riniker on February 10, 1973 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa.

He worked for Flexsteel Industries retiring in 2007 after 37 years. Roger also was a hobby farmer on the family farm and he was proud to be an owner of a Century Farm. He enjoyed fishing on the pontoon for crappies, deer hunting, a good party, singing, making homemade wine, going for road trips, and playing euchre. Roger and Janet enjoyed all the friendships they shared as a couple, traveling to Lake Sugema with family and friends, and having people together for fish fries while sitting around the campfire. Roger enjoyed and appreciated life to the fullest, spending time with the family and all the grandkids. He liked driving his John Deere Gator with his dog Sheba, the only John Deere allowed on the farm, as he always said, "If it's not red, leave it in the shed." Roger never shied away from a good time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; children; Scott "Cowboy" (Billee Jo) Hefel of Guttenberg, Krystal (Ken) Wedewer of Dubuque, Kara (John) Beck of Osterdock, and Abby (Tony) Davidshofer of Petersburg; nine grandchildren, Jackson and Parker Hefel, Claire, Mya, and Sophie Wedewer, Ava and Lauren Beck, Ella and Abel Davidshofer; siblings, Mary Lynn (Dave) Breitbach, Mark "Fritz" (Sue) Hefel, Helen (Richard) Deutmeyer, Kay (Bill) Kreeb, and Carol (Gary) Wedewer; a brother in-law, Tim Hayes; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended relatives.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard and Jim Hefel; a sister, Ann Hayes; a nephew, Ed Breitbach; and his beloved dog, Sadie.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice, especially Cindy, Jen, and Talia for her music. As well as Julie and Melissa, who provided loving care during Rog's illness on his final journey, and the VA for all of their support and assistance.

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



Betty I. Davison


Betty I. Davison, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Betty Iola Mychalek was born on August 3, 1928 west of Andrew, Iowa, to Fred George and Mary Iola (Wentworth) Mychalek. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Harold Allen Davison on January 9, 1949 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Linda, Leanna and Lori.

Prior to her marriage Betty worked at Schultz Dime Store and the Fishing Tackle Company, both in Maquoketa. After her marriage, she farmed with her husband on the century family farm raising dairy, hogs, beef, sheep, goats and various poultry.

Betty was a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughters, Linda Bennett of Maquoketa, IA, and Leanna Holloway of Platteville, WI; a sister Joyce Moen of Newton, IA; 6 grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Shilliam, Aaron Coates, Angel (Craig) Larson, Brian Olson, Aric (Jenifer Wright) Olson and Michael (Carly) Browne; 10 great-grandchildren, Briar Shilliam, Tyler and Kendra Larson, Preston, J.D., and Mariah Browne, Tristin and Zach Lucas, Alex Wright and Devon Lee; and 6 great-great-grandchildren, Marley Erickson, Leightyn & Holdyn Rapp, Cayden Harris, Eli & Cameron Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Lori Davison Browne on September 10, 2002, and her husband Allen on November 22, 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty I. Davison memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol R. Henkel


Carol R. Henkel, age 74, of Dorchester, IA, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Carol was born on November 4, 1942, in Dubuque, daughter of Oliver, Sr. and Mary (Garrett) Merz.

Carol grew up in Dubuque, where she earnestly worked as a cashier at Walsh's until she eventually met, and fell in love with her one true soul-mate, James H. Henkel. The cute couple was united in marriage on September 10, 1962 at St. Patrick's Church, and were graciously blessed with over 56 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 deeply adored children. Carol quickly embraced the role of loving wife and mother and proudly nurtured her family through each and every day with a commitment that would never tire. She was a faithful, and long-time member of Sacred Heart Church, and joyfully volunteered many hours of her time in the Bingo Hall. In her free-time, Carol enjoyed searching for the newest recipes to add to her already grand collection of cookbooks, and was always up for a relaxing day under the sun with a freshly baited hook in hand. But, when it came to Carol's purest pleasures in life; nothing could compare to the precious time she would get to spend with her family. A day with the grandkids and great-grandkids were never taken for granted and she absolutely savored every second along the way. Sadly, today we find ourselves feverishly retaining all of the beautiful memories Carol leaves behind as our hearts ache at their foundation. Thankfully, we know and trust that we'll see our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend again one day; but until that day arrives, a primary piece of our mind, body and soul must temporarily remain fractured with a void which only treasured memories can fill.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include
her loving husband,
Jim Henkel, Dorchester, IA;

her 3 children,
Kathy M. (Sean) Hedges, Dubuque, IA,
Kenneth J. (Laura) Henkel, Davenport, IA
and Keith J. (Fiancé Tricia Witt) Henkel, Letts, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Ashley (Adam) Goodwin, Tyler Smith, Andre, Dylan, Jared and Baylee Henkel and Chris Witt;

her 4 great-granddaughters,
Raylee Henkel, Mackenzie Goodwin, Rosalie Smith and Adaley Goodwin to make her earthly arrival shortly;

her siblings,
Dian Bradberry, Dubuque, IA,
Donald Merz, Graf, IA,
Beverly "Bev" McDermott, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Dennis) Hermsen, Farley,IA,
Terry (Carol) Merz, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl "Sue" (Vince) Lopez, Dubuque, IA,
Janice (John) Peil, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her numerous nieces and nephews;

and she is also survived by many special friends in Dorchester including Pam, Darcy and too many others to mention.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Karen Sue Henkel; 2 sisters, Betty (Leo) Vogt and Gloria (Ralph) Cockrell; 3 brothers, Joseph Merz, Charles (Maxine) Kirkpatrick and Oliver (Rae) Merz, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Joan Merz; and 2 brothers-in-law, Calvin Bradberry, Sr. and Leo Vogt.

A Carol R. Henkel memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care and support of Carol and her family.

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



Starla Mae Schuster


Starla Mae Schuster, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Starla may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the Catholic Daughters of America St. Rose Court #350 rosary at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Services for Starla will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Starla was born in Dyersville on April 7, 1928, daughter of Frank D. Maiers and Barbara (Stronck) Maiers, both of whom belonged to a community of immigrants from the country of Luxembourg in Europe. Starla grew up on the family farm just north of Dyersville with her parents, sister and two brothers. She attended Xavier High School, where she was Class President and graduated as Salutatorian in 1946. After high school, she attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Starla married Harold W. Schuster on June 16, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville. Together they raised eight children, ran a family hardware business, proudly supported Catholic education at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and Beckman High School and thoroughly enjoyed summers with their children and many of their friends and neighbors at the cabin they built at Lake Delhi.

She was actively involved in the community and enjoyed many activities while raising her children. She devoted over 30 years of service to the following organizations: Catholic Daughters of America St. Rose Court #350, Beckman Endowment Fund (Treasurer), Girl Scouts of America (Troop Leader) and Democratic Caucus (Leader and Election Poll Supervisor). She also worked at First National Bank in her early years and as a Home Certified Nurse Aide later in life. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Beckman Trailblazer fan, Scrabble champion and displayed an amazing talent for nurturing beautiful plants and flowers.

She is survived by seven children: Barbara (James) Maiers, of Dubuque, Jeffrey Schuster, of Jinhua, China, Joan (David) Elenz, of Dyersville, Susan (Dr. Christopher) Okechukwu, of Paramus, NJ, John (Jen) Schuster, of San Francisco, CA, Joseph (Jeanette) Schuster of Chesterfield, MO, and Ann (Christopher) Hollins, of Westfield, NJ; 18 grandchildren: Dr. Kelli (Michael) Petronis, Dr. Timothy (Heather) Maiers, Dr. Kerri (Dr. Andrew) Nowell, Dr. Michael (Christy) Maiers, Darin Oeter, Chelsea Mathis, Sharon Okechukwu, Laura Okechukwu, Alan Okechukwu, Anna Ruiz, Hannah Schuster, Emily Schuster, Owen Schuster; Jacob Schuster, Samantha Schuster; Ava Hollins, Gabriella Hollins and Noah Hollins; 16 great-grandchildren: Brody, Brooke and Ashley Petronis; Trever, Trent and Hailey Maiers; Benjamin and Zachary Nowell; Madison and Michael Maiers, Jr.; Hendrix, Ernest Jr., and Tristan Mathis; Bear Geller, Paisley and Heidi Ruiz; and one sister-in-law, Margaret (Schuster) Hornsby, of Fort Washington, MD; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her parents-in-law: George N. and Susanna Schuster; one daughter, Aimee Oeter; a son-in-law, William Oeter; two sisters, Dorothy Tauke and Modesta Maiers (in infancy); two brothers, Lawrence and Elmer Maiers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis Tauke, Marie Maiers, Mary Jane "Janie" Maiers, Mildred and Charles Cate, Sr., Walter and Mary Jane "Dolly" Schuster, Brother George Schuster, S.M., Brother Louis Schuster, S.M., Rosemary and Charles Schumacher, and William Hornsby; nieces and nephews: Jeannie Hornsby, Elizabeth Cate, Tom Lukan, David Hess, Dale Tauke, Thomas Tauke, Hazel Offerman, and Mary Barbara Maiers (in infancy).

The family acknowledges and greatly appreciates the compassionate care provided by the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be given to Beckman High School, Stonehill Care Center or St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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



Jenner Jo Johnson

Jenner Jo Johnson, infant daughter of Chad and Billie (Bowling) Johnson of Andrew, Iowa, received her angel wings on Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017.

Private Family Graveside Services and Burial were held on Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017, from the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jenner Jo is survived by her parents, Chad and Billie Johnson of Andrew, IA; siblings, Jentry and Jensyn, both at home; maternal grandparents, Bill and Deb Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents, Lee and Marlene Johnson of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandmother, Madonna Varner of Maquoketa, IA; paternal great-grandmothers, Charlene Johnson of Maquoketa, IA, and Marielda Klemme of Preston, IA; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Evelyn Bowling and Donald Varner, and paternal great-grandfathers, Leroy Johnson and Robert Klemme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jenner Jo Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Myrna J. Larkey


Myrna J. Larkey, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. A celebration of Myrna's life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Myrna Joann Gohlmann was born on June 9, 1942 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Durward E. and Irene C. (Gombert) Gohlmann. She was a graduate of Lost Nation High School and had attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She married Robert Frank Larkey on July 11, 1969 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They were proud parents of four children: Troy, Rick, Scarlet and Robin.

Myrna was a homemaker for many years raising her four children. She also owned and operated Maquoketa Livestock Sales with her husband where she served a vital role of helping run the business as well as the family farming operations.

Myrna was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Fulton Community Church in Fulton, Iowa and the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She served Meals On Wheels and was a dedicated volunteer working at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. Her unwavering faith in the Lord was evident in the many years of service to her community. Years of donating her time, talent and resources were appreciated by the many she served unselfishly.

Myrna loved traveling, gardening, coffee, and a glass of wine while visiting with friends. She also loved spending many hours with grandchildren and family, and exemplifying patriotism throughout her life. Myrna always believed in others and always had encouraging words. She also enjoyed many hours at her "Arizona Home" (1865 stone house in Maquoketa that she had restored). Words cannot describe how much she will be missed by so many!

Those left to honor Myrna's memory include her husband Robert "Bob" Larkey of Maquoketa, IA; children, Troy (Shonna) Larkey of Great Falls, MT, Rick Larkey of New Hampton, IA, Scarlet (Craig) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA, and Robin (Paul) Krogman of Elvira, IA; 8 grandchildren, Alyssa Larkey, Levi Larkey, Danielle (Dietz) Riley, Brandi (Larkey) Tomasich, Amanda Larkey, Morgan Dietz, Montanna Krogman, and Ciera Krogman; 1 great-grandchild, Ruger Larkey; sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, IA, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; and sisters-in-law, LuJean (Lud) Gocek of Nazareth, PA and Karen (Florian) Steffen of Bellevue, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandchild Brogan Dietz, and brothers J.C. and Merlyn Gohlmann.

Memorials may be made directed to the Family of Myrna Larkey who will be establishing a scholarship fund for the medical field in her name.

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



Norma L. Peacock


Norma L. Peacock, 81, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home, where members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Norma was born on February 9, 1936 near Runnells, IA, the daughter of Alvin and Ellen (Anderson) Ford. She was united in marriage to John T. "Jack" Peacock on April 16, 1955 in Dubuque, IA.

She was previously employed at Mulgrew's Tavern & Liquor Store in East Dubuque and also worked for FBG Cleaning Co. Norma enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching the TV show Wheel of Fortune and her trips to the Diamond Jo Casino.

Surviving is her husband John T. "Jack" Peacock, six children, John, Jr. (Cindy) Peacock, Tony Peacock, Lisa (Dealson) Sweet, Shawn Oglesby, Gina (Paul Montes) Peacock and Michelle (Chris) Lonergan; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Mildred Fedderson, Dorothy Callahan, Inez (Bill) Vondran and Jim Ford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Ellen; two brothers, Willard and Ralph Ford; and two grandchildren, John T. Peacock, III and Daylin Wehrspann.

A Norma L. Peacock memorial fund has been established.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.



Sandra L. Coffey


Sandra L. Coffey, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:47 a.m., on Monday, June 19, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Sandra's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Sandra was born on May 20, 1949, in Blue Island, Illinois, daughter of Wilbur "Bud" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Phillips) Coffey.

Sandra was always willing to embrace each day to it's fullest. Work was a necessity, but living life was surely a requirement. Sandra could generally be found with a naturally beautiful smile on her face; whether she was spending time with her dearly adored family and friends, hanging out at the casino, or even reminiscing about all of the relaxing rides she shared with her favorite horse, Shari. Sandra has spent many quality weekend evenings socializing with friends at the Town Clock, or the nearest venue to catch a little live music whenever possible. Sadly, today we discover a new reality where Sandra's electric smile will only remain as a sweet memory for those who knew and loved her. Her illness progressed much quicker than we ever imagined over these past few weeks, but we know that the memories of the wind blowing through her hair on a perfect convertible ride day will hold us through until we are all reunited with Sandra once again.

Those left to cherish Sandra's memory include

her 2 children,
Nichole Watt, Cedar Falls, IA
and James Bailey III, Manhattan, IL;

her granddaughter,
Rylee Pierce;

her siblings,
John (Teresa) Coffey, Peosta, IA,
Kevin (Pam) Coffey, North Judson, IN,
Jim Coffey, Chicago, IL,
Diane Chicoine, Worth, IL
and Pat (Janet) Coffey, Chicago, IL;

and also many dear friends she has lovingly welcomed into her life over the years.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents.

A Sandra L. Coffey memorial fund has been established.

Sandra's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful and compassionate care of Sandra and her family.

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



Sister Harriet Holles, BVM

Sister Harriet Holles, BVM, 84, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sr. Holles' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a scripture prayer service which will be held at 11 a.m. To honor Sr. Holle's life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Harriet was a math and religious studies teacher, campus minister, spiritual resource person, department chair at Clarke University and was a math teacher at Loras College, both in Dubuque, where she also ministered as a self-employed spiritual director. She was a college math teacher in Chicago and Conception, Mo., where she also served in spiritual formation. She was also director of religious education in Springfield, Mo. In her early ministry, Harriet taught elementary school in Seattle and Clinton, Iowa; and ninth grade in Glendale, Calif.

She was born in Ladysmith, Wis., on March 23, 1933, daughter of Harry and Agnes Fandel Holles. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1953, from St. Walter Parish, Roselle, Ill. She professed her first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 sisters, Alice Laura Holles and Geraldine Helen Holles.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared her earthly life for 63 years.

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

Online condolences may be left at behrfuneralhome.com.



Louis J. Leibold


Louis J. Leibold, 86, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:24 a.m. at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., the Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

Services for Louis will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA, with Full Military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Louis was born May 6, 1931 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Mayme (Kurt) Leibold. He received his education from the rural country schools and St. Mary's High School. Louis served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On October 19, 1957 he was united in marriage to Betty McGovern at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He was a farmer at heart having worked on several farms. He made butter and worked at the Cascade Municipal Plant. He worked for the Cascade Telephone Company for 33 years; he came out of retirement to work for Bernard Telephone Company part-time for 2 years. Louis also served as the financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus for many years. He met many beautiful catholic people that helped make him the man that he was. Louis was thankful for all the people God had given him to be a part of his life.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade America Legion Post #528, and Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Leibold of Cascade, IA; 7 children, Lynn (Jim) Hostert of Cascade, IA, Lois (Scott) Swantz of Mount Vernon, IA, Leann (Dennis) Wagner of Anamosa, IA, Karen (Ken) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Joseph (Jill) Leibold of Waterloo, IA, Robert (Gwen) Leibold of Madison, WI, Kay (Dennis) Forke of Fairfax, IA; 17 grandchildren, Brianna and Brett Hostert, Austin, Collin and Kara Swantz, Mallory and Abby Wagner, Megan and Justin McDermott, Rachel, Emily and Benjamin Leibold, Ellen, Cooper and Addyson Leibold, Jackson and Lizzie Forke; two siblings, James Leibold of Clearwater, KS and Leona (Bob) Buckley of Cascade, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Alex Wagner and Brandon Swantz, three siblings, Grace (Urban) Hageman, Vincent Leibold and Marion (Fred) Manternach; one sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Leibold.

In lieu of flowers a Louis J. Leibold memorial fund has been established to be distributed among charities of his choice.

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



Robert W. Chesterman


Robert W. (Bob) Chesterman, 73, of Dubuque, IA, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home in his beloved recliner after battling a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa.

Bob was born February 25, 1944, at The Finley Hospital, Dubuque, son of William R. and Harriett (Herron) Chesterman. He married Anne Byrnes, October 24, 1970, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon, Iowa.
He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. Bob then earned a degree from the accounting program at Gates College in Waterloo and a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Dubuque.

Bob began working at age 12 as a busboy at Kerrigan's Restaurant; he later worked his way through high school and first year of college as their night fry cook. Bob went on to work for Farm Services in Vinton and Fairfield for a couple of years. He later returned to Dubuque to join William C. Brown Company Publishers for a 25-year career as Corporate Sr. V.P. and Chief Financial Officer. Following the sale of the wcb companies, he joined its successors, Times Mirror and McGraw-Hill, until he retired in 1997.

During his career, he thrived on his daily jog on the Dubuque flood wall. He also liked to golf, bike, and swim. The family enjoyed 36 summers at their cottage, near St. Donatus, Iowa, and canoeing the adjacent Tete des Morts Creek. After retirement, Bob and Anne traveled the world vacationing in Australia, India, Italy, England (where he especially liked a visit to Chester on the River Dee because it reminded him of Dubuque), Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and the continental U.S.

Survivors include his wife, Anne; three daughters, Barb (Kevin) Kehl of Dubuque, Jane Chesterman (Vikram Chinchankar) of Milan, Italy, and Houston, Texas, and Beth Chesterman (Will Sands IV) of Arlington, Virginia. He was delighted with the time spent with his grandchildren: Andrew Robert Kehl, Susan Lynn Kehl, William Chesterman Chinchankar, Evelyn Chesterman Chinchankar, and Stella Catherine Chesterman Sands.

Bob is also survived by his siblings (all of Dubuque) Jerry Hinman, Herron Hinman, Melanie Hinman, and Eleanor (Scott) Wallace, their children Lynn (Jesse) Nelson [Mila and Noah], Tyler Wallace, and Hannah Wallace. Bob is also survived by his aunts, Patt Egelhof of Dubuque and Charlene Mills of Denver, CO. Further survivors include Anne's siblings; Rita (Paul) Durham, Marj (Ben) Gonzalas, John (Sue) Byrnes, Joe (Patsy) Byrnes, Bob (Brenda) Byrnes and Dan (Traci) Byrnes.

He was preceded in death by his father who was killed in Battle of St. Lo, France, during the invasion of Normandy in 1944; his mother and stepfather, Harriett and Lynn Hinman; and Anne's parents, Leo and Mary (Walsh) Byrnes. Bob was also preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Lola (Bradley) Chesterman, his step-grandmother Ruby Chesterman. He was further preceded by his maternal grandparents Frank and Kathryn Herron, with whom he lived for many of his childhood years.

During his career and into retirement Bob served on and held leadership positions in many organizations. Civic and professional involvement included Area VP of the Mississippi Valley Financial Executives Institute, National Association of Accountants, Board of Directors of the Finley Hospital, President and member of the Hillcrest Board of Directors, United Way Board, secretary and mentor for the Dubuque SCORE organization, Board of Directors of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and Dubuque United Way. He was a member of Center Grove United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations should be made to Hillcrest Family Services or the charity of your choice.



Tonio M. Bertolini


Tonio Mario Bertolini, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away, surrounded by loved ones, at 12:41 a.m., on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Mario's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Mario's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

It's hard to imagine that the larger than life man who greeted the patrons of Mario's Italian Restaurant with a look in the eye, a warm handshake, a kiss on the cheek, and if they were lucky, a bone crushing bear hug is gone.

Tonio Mario Bertolini was born to Antonio and Carmela Bertolini on April 1, 1944, in Pescara, Italy. He had a humble upbringing in a close knit family in that small, farming community in rural Italy, and knew he wanted more out of life. He dreamed big. Mario left home at age 14 to spend several years apprenticing at a resort in San Serrano, Italy, where he perfected his culinary skills and refined his legendary charm. Later he joined the Alpini, the elite mountain military corps of the Italian Army. Mario wed his best friend, Angelina Tucci, in their hometown in 1969. With this beautiful, fun and formidable woman by his side, he knew he could pursue the American Dream, and weeks after marrying, they moved to New York to do just that.

In 1977, Mario and Angelina began their adventure in Dubuque, opening Mario's Italian Restaurant on Main Street. The restaurant was the epicenter of their family life. Their children, Lidia and Dina, worked alongside them through the years. Mario was so proud of his family, especially his girls, and taught them that every meal should create a memory. His amazing mother instilled in him a belief that family is golden and its worth is priceless. Mario's Italian Restaurant was a gift to the community in that it soon became THE place to celebrate family and love and life. So many memories have been created there, that if the restaurant walls could speak, they would SING!

Mario lit up a room with his charismatic smile. He was a man who valued family and connection. Mario had a way of making every stranger he encountered feel like a lifelong friend. His passion for life was unsurpassable. Mario believed in redemption and the ability for an individual to change, and generously provided people with second and third chances. His heart's capacity for compassion was boundless. With Mario, there was always a place at his table; figuratively and literally. He was an optimist, and his outlook on life can best be summed up in the lyrics of his favorite song, O Sole Mio...What a wonderful thing, a sunny day!

His last day was sunny and filled with merry memory making. He was the happy Nonno, spending the day by the pool, watching his beloved grandchildren, Gianna, Massimo, Chiara and Magnus, play. He shared his grandson's favorite meal, Poor Man's Soup, for lunch, before heading to the restaurant. He spent the evening on his favorite stool at the bar, greeting Mario's patrons with a look in the eye, a shake of the hand, a kiss on the cheek, and if they were very lucky, a big hug. It's hard to believe he's gone.

"O sole, o sole mio, Sta ‘nfronte a te"

Those left to cherish Mario's memory include

his loving wife,
Angelina (Tucci) Bertolini;

his daughters,
Lidia Bertolini
and Dina (Ryan) Robinson;

his 4 grandchildren,
Gianna, Massimo, Magnus and Chiara;

and his siblings,
Gabriel (Luciana) Bertolini,
Elio (Dora) Bertolini,
Gemma D'Annuzio,
Elsila (Vincienco) Gargano;

and many nephews and nieces.

Mario was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Carmela Bertolini; and his parents-in-law, Fioravante and Lidia Tucci.

A Tonio M. "Mario" Bertolini memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Mario's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, Dr. Markham, Dr. Liaboe, John and Trish, for their kind, compassion and professional care of Mario and his family.

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

 



Kathryn A. “Kate” Dean


Kathryn A. "Kate" Dean, 86, of 1765 Bennett Street died Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Dubuque IA, where a visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathryn was born May 29, 1931 daughter of Charles M. and Adelaide M. (Johnson) Spielman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High school in 1950. She worked in 2 different banks in Dubuque (about 15 years) and then cared for people in their homes.

She married John L. Dean in Dubuque, Iowa on June 16, 1956. After their son, John H. Dean, was born, Kate stayed home as mother and wife. Their son passed away, November 23, 1985 at the age of 27. Her husband passed away Oct 19, 2005. She is also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Robert, William and Charles.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Kathryn.



Virginia R. McVay


Virginia Rose McVay, 97, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, June 10, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Virginia's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 2 P.M. Cremation has taken place and a private burial was held at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Virginia Rose Wilson was born on December 5, 1919 in Irving, Iowa, the fifth of ten children to George and Rose (Staelens) Wilson. She married Ernest Gorsch on November 30, 1937 in Marengo, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Leon and Patricia. She later married Donald McVay and they were married for 22 years.

Virginia was a homemaker and had also worked in the home healthcare field for several years. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and working with flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Patricia (Dennis) Hasenbank of Maquoketa, IA, and Leon (Louise) Gorsch of Davis, IL; 8 grandchildren, Calvin (Heidi) Willson, Crystal (Scott) Burmeister, Terry Hasenbank, Teresa (Kevin) Skinner, Dennis Hasenbank Jr., Denise (Wesley) Abbott, Lon (Rebecca) Gorsch and Larry (Michelle Sayset) Gorsch; 20 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister Elnora Schwab of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Charles Wilson, and sisters Edna Kouba, Bernice Papesh, Arilla Prichard, Josephine Arens, Arlene Vileta, and Dorothy Walton.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Virginia Rose McVay memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ilo Mae Starry


Ilo Mae Starry, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Ilo Mae's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 1 to 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Ilo Mae Simons was born on February 12, 1937 near Latimer, Iowa, to Carl Hunt and Lillian Pearl (Bullis) Simons. She was a graduate of Hampton High School. She married Richard Starry on December 23, 1956. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 2006, she met Albert Carter and they were together until his passing in December of 2016.

Ilo Mae had worked various jobs throughout the years including as a day care provider, house cleaning, food service at several places including Garner High School, and as an office technician for a denist in Garner.

Ilo Mae enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, gardening, sewing, making blankets, cooking, baking and canning.

Those left to honor Ilo Mae's memory include her children, Barbara (Bob) Roe of Maquoketa, IA, and Shawn (Hope) Starry of Freeport, IL; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Pat Simons of Iowa Falls and Lois Simons of Tennessee; and the extended family of Albert Carter. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, a daughter Nancy Starry Lewis, a granddaughter Carla Fadale, brothers Charles Simons and Carl "Alvin" Simons, and her longtime partner Albert Carter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Elke Steahr


Elke Steahr, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elke's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, June 19, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3 P.M. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa.

Elke Ilsa Marie Neumann was born on April 26, 1940 in Stutgaard, Germany to Willi and Liseseaotte Neumann. She grew up in Germany and received her high school education there. She married Carl A. Steahr on February 19, 1963 in South Carolina. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1996.

Elke had worked various jobs throughout the years most notably working for Pacific Coast Feather Company and Wady's in Maquoketa.

Elke was a member of the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She loved both vegetable and flower gardening, baking, fishing and animals.

Those left to honor Elke's memory include her children, Werner Neumann of Maquoketa, IA, and Clytha (Butch) Wakefield of Leavenworth, KS; step-children, Jenna Bunch and Marty Allen Brown; a sister Lori Lochinger of Heidelberg, Germany; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, and a brother-in-law, Werner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Elke Steahr memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sandra Reilly


Sandra Reilly, 70, passed away, June 8, 2017 at the home of her daughter Tracy Schrier after a strong battle against pancreatic cancer.  

She was born in Dubuque, Iowa, February 10, 1947, daughter of her late parents Eileen (Sabin) Schrunk and Leo Schrunk.  Upon her move to California during high school and after, she had the loving guidance of Beulah McDaniel (Aunt Bea), also deceased.  Sandy married Mike Reilly, November 14, 1965 in Hawthorne, CA and shared 51 adventurous years together.

Schooling for Sandy included Fulton, Jefferson and Dubuque Senior High School.  However high school graduation was from Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA in 1965.  Sandy also attended El Camino Junior College.

Sandy was employed in real estate and property management for many years. Her last position was a sales associate for Time Warner. During her spare time, she was an avid student of writing; taking classes to constantly improve this craft.  This led to her having created her first book this past winter as a gift to her wonderfully loving husband.  Sandy was an active volunteer at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles.  She and her daughter Tracy walked and cared for the dogs awaiting adoption.

Sandy's passion was her family.  Her joy was tending to her grandchildren during their growing years.  She and Mike have two loving daughters, Tracy (Danny) Schrier, of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and their children Tawny and Reed; and Joni (Jason) Owens, of Torrance, CA and their children, Reilly and Ruby.  

Other immediate family members include:  brother Roger (Marilyn) Schrunk of Lake Forest, CA, with their children, Nick (Melanie) Schrunk and their children Tyler and Marley;  Stephanie (Douglas) Fala and their children, Benjamin and Dillon.  Brother Dave (Susan) Schrunk of Round Lake Beach, IL with their children Brian (Louise) and children:  Abigail, Nate, John Peter and Addison; Christopher (Sasha) Schrunk; Samantha Robison (Mike) and her daughter Vienna plus step children: Riley and Charlie; and Elizabeth Steele (Trent.)

For all family gatherings Sandy was the creative planner making sure a theme was in place.  Countless trips and visits to and from family in Iowa included the towns of:  Colesburg, Earlville, Guttenberg, Maquoketa, Edgewood.   Trips also included her not missing Dubuque Senior High class of '65 reunions and her many longtime friends lovingly greeted her.

Per Sandy's wishes, there will be no funeral service and she asked her ashes be strewn into the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Long Beach.  Her family intends to have a Celebration of Life at a future date.

 

 



Donald J. Kubitz


Donald J. Kubitz, 90, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Funeral Service 10:30 am, Friday, June 16, 2017 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2855 JKF Rd. conducted by Rev. Ms. Karen Candee. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Burial with Military Honors will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Don was born June 17, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of George and Minnie (Brenner) Kubitz. Don married Mary Jane Parkins on August 21, 1948; she passed on December 31, 2000.

He served in the US Army during WW II. Don played fast pitch softball for many years in Dubuque and was inducted into the Dubuque fast pitch softball Hall of Fame in 1995. He was an avid bowler, liked collecting antiques, and was a faithful Chicago Cubs fan.

Don was a salesman for Zephyr Aluminum Products until his retirement.

Survivors include his children, Kim Robinson and Jim (Cindy Jewell) Kubitz of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Matthew (Samantha Francois) Robinson and Allison Robinson; and siblings Shirley Regan and Bonnie Mulholland.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings Henry, Arlen, and David Kubitz.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Paramount Ambulance for your care during this time.

The family requests no flowers; a memorial fund has been established in Don's memory.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Evelyn “Eve” Hickey


Evelyn "Eve" Hickey (Truitt), of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully in her home on June 12, 2017.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd is in charge of the arrangements.

Born March 31, 1929 in Independence, IA, Eve graduated from Independence High School in 1947 and from St. Francis Nurses College in 1951, serving as a nurse in the Dubuque area for many years. She married David L. Hickey on August 10, 1953.

Eve was a devoted wife to David L. Hickey and loving mother of six children: Mike (Sue) Hickey, Dubuque, IA; Mary (Tim) Biedermann, Sherrill, IA; Cathy (Bob) Sand, Seattle, WA; Barb (Dave) Lechnir, East Dubuque, IL; Pat Hickey, Dubuque, IA; and Tom (Barb) Hickey, Dubuque, IA. She was a most loving grandparent to 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Eve is survived by her sister, Shirley Towne, of South Carolina.

Eve was also a proud member of Breast of Friends, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, making trips with her children to Gays Mills every fall, and gracing family and friends with her homemade recipes.

In lieu of flowers an Evelyn Hickey Memorial Fund has been established.

All that we are, all that we will become, all that we will ever be. Thank you, Mom.

A special thanks to all those who helped us through this difficult time.



Harold W. Custer


Harold W. Custer, 97, of Beaver Dam, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home.

To celebrate Harold's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, WI. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 16, 2017, with Pastor Bruce McMurray officiating. Military honors to be conducted by the Beaver Dam American Legion Post #146.

To celebrate Harold's life, visitation will also take place from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will follow at the Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born to Garrie and Nellie (Hall) Custer in Altoona, Iowa on July 18, 1919.

Harold graduated and played football at Bondurant High School, in Iowa. Harold entered the US Army during WWII and served in the 753rd Tank Battalion, where he saw action in France, Germany, Sicily, and Africa. He received 6 bronze stars, a combat medal, and ribbon with bronze arrowhead, among others. After the war he settled in Dubuque, where he was united in marriage with Rita Mae Menadue on April 12, 1947, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Harold was a hard worker, and was employed with John Deere for 30 years before his retirement in 1981. He was also very dedicated to the AMVETS, and was a lifelong member. Harold was an avid sports enthusiast, especially the Big 10. He was up on the news, and always knew the weather forecast and the price of gas. But most of all, Harold enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

Harold is survived by

his wife of 70 years,
Rita Mae;

his children,
Gary (Lynn) Custer of Fuquay-Varina, NC,
Kathy (Mike) Pusateri of Dubuque, IA
and Sandy (Tom) Heiar of Beaver Dam, WI;

his sister,
Vera Rogers of Waterloo, IA;

his grandchildren;
Caleb (Diana) Custer, Luke Custer, Kristen (Ryan Fralish) Pusateri, Jarrod (Allison) Pusateri, Andrew (Kara Walen) Pusateri, Emily (James) Worth, Matthew (La Tara) Heiar, Blake (Brittney Schmidt) Heiar and Cody (Brittany Vossekuil) Heiar;

3 great-grandchildren,
Brynlee, Stella, and Maddox;

and several other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dale "Glen" Custer.

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



Delaine Ann Vogt


Delaine Ann Vogt, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 16th, 2017 with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

She was born on March 10, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Minnie (Jonas) Avenarius.
She married John Jurisic; they later divorced. In 1968, she married Emil Vogt, and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Delaine is survived by her three sons, John Jurisic, Dennis (Peggy) Jurisic and Rick (Tracy) Jurisic, all of Dubuque. Three daughters, Donna (Ken) Hartung, of Shullsburg, WI, Janice (Stan) Mahe, of Dubuque, and Sherry (Ron) Schmitt, of East Dubuque, IL. Seventeen grandchildren, Chad, Shannon, Amy, Tim, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Adam, Damian, Jen, Matt, Tracy, John, Eric, Ashley, Jeff, Shawn, and Tyler; along with many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Two sisters Nettie Fortner and Nina "Boots" Jurisic and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband John Jurisic; her brothers Milton, Eldon, Gerald, and Norman; one sister Mona "Sis"; her great grandchildren Adrian Jurisic Williams Jr. and twins Tyler and Ethan Walker; one great great grandchild Evelyn Birch.

In lieu of flowers a Delaine Vogt memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center especially the ICU unit for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Bonnie Sue Ehlers


Bonnie Sue Ehlers, 76, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, at the Clarence Senior Living Center in Clarence, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Bonnie from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and a private graveside service and burial will be held from the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa, at a later date.

Bonnie Sue Haney was born on November 23, 1940 in Pontoosuc, Illinois to Donald and Georgene (Henning) Haney. She grew up in Pontoosuc and received her early education there. She married Ronald G. "Butch" Ehlers on October 8, 1965 in Junction City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2003.

Bonnie had worked for several years at Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa and most recently at WalMart for eight years. She enjoyed reading and playing bingo.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children, Tina (Steve) Burda of Oxford Junction, IA, Bill (Jody) Farris of Mason City, IA, and Brian Drinkwater of WI; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and brothers Don Haney of KS, and Tom Haney of Davenport, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son Bruce Farris.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie Sue Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

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



Jean V. River


Jean V. River, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, June 8, 2017, at the Bettendorf Healthcare Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 9:45 A.M. at the church. A private burial will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jean Vivian River was born on August 3, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ross and Vivian River. She was a 1971 graduate of Maquoketa High School and had attended both Iowa and Iowa State University. She married Lee Buchner on July 11, 1989. To this union one child was born, Benjamin.

Prior to her marriage Jean had lived in Seattle, Washington where she got into horticulture, and worked in a nursery for the couple of years that followed. She then returned home where she worked for her dad, and worked at various other jobs in the community. Following her marriage, she served as the church pianist at the Methodist Church in Clinton, First Baptist Church in Maquoketa, and the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Most recently she had worked for River Service Company.

Jean was a member of Jackson County Master Gardeners for a number of years. She enjoyed playing the piano as well as gardening, horticulture, and her pet dogs and cats.

Those left to honor Jean's memory include a son, Ben Buchner of Maquoketa, IA; her parents, Ross and Vivian River of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Sue River of Madison, WI; and brothers Dave (Paula) River of Maquoketa, IA, and Bruce "B.R." (Chris) River of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, and a sister Kay.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jean V. River memorial fund has been established.

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



Nancy L. Williams


Nancy L. Williams, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:10 p.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nancy was born on October 5, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alvin and Velma (Schmitt) Kuehn.

Nancy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she attended Dubuque Senior High School. After earning her GED in 1973, she then went on to culinary school, becoming a "culinary student at heart" for life. Nancy was an excellent chef and baker who always provided delicious dishes for family and friends. She was also a very hard worker, and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and Dog and Suds. Nancy was united in marriage to Karl V. "Bud" Williams on March 25, 1958, at Immanuel Congregational Church in Dubuque. She became a full time mother after her husband was called home ahead of her in 1971, going back into the work force at the Ramada Inn. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Nancy's life, and she especially looked forward to celebrating Christmas with them every year. In her younger days, Nancy was very athletic and was an accomplished gymnast. In more recent years, she enjoyed playing Bingo and became quite the garage sale enthusiast, always on the hunt for a great bargain. Nancy was a faith filled woman, a devout Catholic and member of St. Patrick's Church. We are deeply saddened by Nancy's passing, but take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her loved ones gone home ahead of her, free from the health issues that have challenged her these past few years.

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include

her children,
Steven (Jacqueline) Williams, Rockford, IL,
Brian Williams, Freeport, IL
and Diana (Brian) Tedrow, Bennington, NE;

her 12 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Tom (Elda) Kuehn, Dubuque, IA
Rhonda (James) Heim, Dubuque, IA
and Larry (Luiza) Kuehn, La Quinta, CA.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Joshua James Williams; a sister, Ruth Long; a brother Ronald (Doris "Cookie") Kuehn; a nephew, Ronald Kuehn Jr.; a sister-in-law, JoDee Kuehn; and her former husband, Karl V. "Bud" Williams.

Donations in Nancy's memory may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque Specialty Care.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Nancy and her entire family.

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

 



Bruce T. Oeschger


Bruce T. Oeschger 78 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center. Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, June 12, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bruce was born June 13, 1938 in Dubuque the son of Thomas and Margaret (Sherry) Oeschger. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956 and then went to bowling instructor school in Boulder, Colorado. Bruce then worked for the family business, Babes Confectionary and then moved to Tampa, Florida to work in a bowling alley. He returned to Dubuque and worked for Creslanes Bowling and the 4th Street Elevator until his retirement. Bruce was inducted into the Dubuque Bowling Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Bruce is survived by many special friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Jacquelyne M. "Jaci" Short

Jacquelyne M. "Jaci" Short, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on June 7, 2017. She peacefully crossed over to the other side in the residence she shared with her brother Darrell D. Brauer and their fathful dog, Patches. She passed surrounded by her loving brother and compassionate caretaker of 15 years, Darrell Brauer and Patches who put a patch on both Darrell and Jaci's heart after they lost their two boys, Bandit and Buddy.

Jaci chose Maquoketa as her permanent abode in 2002 sharing residence with Darrell who was her constant companion and caretaker up until the time she was called to her permanent home.

She was preceded in death by her son Joe Robert, brothers Dennis and Donald, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

She is survived by her mother Dorothy; brothers Danny and Darrell; sisters Diane and Debbie; numerous nephews and nieces along with great nephews and great nieces.

Jaci was a strong advocate for education especially after receiving her Associate's Degree from Scott Community College in Davenport in 1999 and her Bachelor's Degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport in 2003. She majored in Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was also an honored Golden Key Society Member and was on the International Honor Roll.

Jaci's passions included children and animals especially preventing and stopping child abuse and cruelty to animals. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and crocheting, traveling and numerous other activities.

No formal visitation or services are planned. A private burial will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Darrell D. Brauer or the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

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



Helen Streed Watts


Helen Streed Watts, 100, of Bethany Home, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Interment will be in Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Iowa. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Helen and a twin brother, Howard, were born on December 19, 1916 at Fairfield, Iowa, to Grace (Howard) Streed and August W. Streed. She attended elementary school in Fairfield and Middletown, Iowa, graduating from the Burlington, Iowa High School in 1935 and Junior College in 1937. Helen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls in 1941 and a Masters Degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from the University of Iowa in 1955.

Helen married William J. Watts from Brooklyn N.Y., in 1944 at Norfolk, Va.

In her 42 years of teaching, she taught at all levels from kindergarten to college, beginning her career in a rural school (Concordia), in Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1937. Securing her college degree she taught in high school at Montezuma, Iowa until WWII in which she served as a WAVE. After the war she was employed as a high school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. for a year, and then in 1949 became principal teacher at the Middletown, Iowa elementary school.

Because her husband served in the Navy, she continued as a teacher and as a principal in the Department of Defense schools in Trinidad, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain and Sidi Yahia, Morocco. When the family moved to Dubuque in 1957 she taught briefly at the University of Dubuque. Returning to Dubuque in 1964 she taught at Irving Elementary school. In 1965, she was employed by the University of Dubuque as an Assistant Professor of Education, retiring in 1982.

Helen was a member of several educational organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma and a Life Member of the Iowa State Teachers Association and the NEA. She also was a member of the Dubuque Chapter of the AAUW and the IP chapter of the P.E.O. Helen was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Women and as an Elder for several terms. She represented the church on several committees in the John Knox Presbytery.

Her special interest was in Camp Courageous of Iowa where she served on the Board for 21 years.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband and parents and twin brother.

She is survived by a daughter, Nora Lynn Whittemore of Sammamish, Washington and by a son, John (Carol Werner) Watts of Madelia, Minnesota and four grandchildren, Adrienne, (Darryl) Schulz and Frank (Mary) Whittemore of Kirkland, Washington and Kristine (John Hoyer) Whittemore and Cory Watts of Lexington, Kentucky. She has four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers all memorials may be given to Camp Courageous of Iowa, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the University of Dubuque.



Allison N. Cress


Allison N. Cress 18 of Asbury passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Memorial visitation will be 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Friday, June 9, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 pm.

Allison was born September 26, 1998 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of David and Holly (Bealer) Cress. She recently graduated from Hempstead High School Class of 2017. Allison was "her own person - she did Allison", enjoyed drawing, reading, outdoors, hiking, and playing video games. She loved Zelda, Harry Potter, and RPGing with friends. Allison brought a smile to your face and always kept a positive attitude during her fight with cancer. She was able to have a "Make A Wish" trip to Paris and London and her favorite parts of the trip was to Universal Studios: The Making of Harry Potter in London and Claude Monet's home and gardens in Paris. Allison also enjoyed Halloween and loved animals, especially her new puppy "Bruce." She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her parents, Holly (Rafic) Sinno, David (Heather) Cress; maternal grandparents, Robin Bealer and Linda and Jim Boyd; paternal grandparents, Gary and Barb Cress and Abdul and Melissa Sinno; siblings, Emily Adkins, Ashley Cress, Ameena Sinno, and Zakariya Sinno; great grandparents, Wayne Batten and Kurt Bealer, Sr.; and numerous aunts and uncles; and cousins; and a special friend, Jared Beacom.

Allison was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Kurt Bealer, Jr.

The families would like to thank the Hempstead and University of Dubuque communities, Dance Marathon; and Make A Wish Foundation for your support during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to a scholarship fund at Hempstead High School and University of Dubuque in Allison's memory.

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



Leon F. Pasker


Leon F. Pasker, 78, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after an eight-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Leon was born January 26, 1939, near New Vienna on the Pasker farm that has been in the Pasker name since 1883.  He was the son of Albert and Alvina (Wiskus) Pasker.  He married Grace Oberbroeckling on May 30, 1959, in Luxemburg.  Together they raised their family and farmed with Case tractors, Dodge vehicles, and Guernsey dairy cows.

Leon was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and a supporter of the local college sports teams.  He loved coaching Little League for the New Vienna Twins and Junior League Softball as well as playing on Vessie's slow pitch softball team.  He also had a passion to play and teach the game of golf to his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Grace, 7 children: Karl (Carol) Pasker of Carol Stream, IL, Russ (Cerise Giddings) Pasker of Arlington, IA, Tom (Joyce) Pasker and Carmen (Mike) Kluesner, both of New Vienna, John (Michelle) Pasker of Earlville, Paul (Alicia) Pasker of Bettendorf and Nichole Johnson of New Hampton; 22 grandchildren: Betsy & Andrew Pasker, Steve (Abby) & Tracey (Josh) Tupy, Brad Pasker, Celina & Lane Giddings, Brooke, Rachel, Logan & Troy Pasker, Matt (Holly Thomas) Kluesner, Angie (Matt) White, Joshua, Jacob & Noah Pasker, Kelsey Pasker, Jadin, Cohen & Noah Knudson, Ashley & Emily Jackson; 8 great grandchildren: Erika & Marek Pasker, Bryce, Chase & Claire Tupy, Jacey & Dane Thomas and Bailey White; siblings: Urban (Joan) Pasker of New Vienna, Verna Westmark Theiman of Cincinnatti, James (Marie) Pasker of Colesburg; and in-laws: Elmer Oberbroeckling of Luxemburg, Eunice Prier of Manchester and LaVonne Clemen of Holy Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws: John Westmark, Don Theiman, Carolyn Oberbroeckling, Marvin Prier, and Leon Clemen.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

Special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for taking such great care of our husband and father.

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

 

 



Robert L. Cherrier

Robert L Cherrier, 65, of Earlville, IA passed away on June 6th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Robert was born on July 23, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Robert W. Cherrier and Ila Mae (DuCharme) Cherrier. He graduated from High School in Prairie du Chien WI. Robert loved being on the water fishing and in the woods hunting.
He is survived by his two daughters Tracy Lynn Cherrier and Kimberly Cherrier. Grandsons, Tyler Zehner and Jordan Zehner; granddaughter Lynley Cherrier; great granddaughter Harley Zehner; sister Dale Cherrier-Crubel; brother Mark Cherrier; sister-in-law Linda (Don) Cherrier, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donald Cherrier and sister Janet Klinkenberg.

In lieu of flowers a Robert Cherrier memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Mark A. Dunnuck


Mark A. Dunnuck, 62, of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

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

Mark Alan Dunnuck was born on June 27, 1954 in Oklahoma to John Alan and Mary Rose Dunnuck. He graduated high school and attended one year of college. He then began a lifelong career as a dog man. He worked as a trainer/assistant trainer all of his life. He had lived in Mobile, Alabama and then St. Petersburg, Florida. For the past seven years he lived in the Dubuque Iowa area working for Dave and Jake Ungs at Copper Kettle Kennels. They were family to Mark.

In addition to racing and training Greyhounds, Mark loved the Chicago Cubs, Racing Cars and the State of Iowa. In his words, "Iowa is God's country." Two infamous quotes he commonly used were: "I am a man who has lived a charmed life" and "lucky as the day is long". He will be dearly missed.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include a daughter, Lizabeth Noel Dunnuck of St. Petersburg, FL; his family at Copper Kettle Kennels including Dave and Sheila Ungs, Jake Ungs and Jennifer Hamilton; and his beloved dog, Dexter. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Lynn Marie.

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

 



Dorothy E. Brothers


Dorothy E. Brothers, age 97, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:15 p.m., on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy was born on November 16, 1919, in Berlin, ND, to John and Minnie (Cathman) Johll. Her mother died when Dorothy was two, and then her father relocated the family to Glen Haven, WI. Dorothy's sister, Mary, helped raise Dorothy and her eight siblings, with Dorothy being the last surviving Johll sibling.

She was united in marriage to Freeman "Red" Brothers in Dubuque in 1948. He preceded her in death, July 14, 1981, after 32 years. Dorothy was a hard worker and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years. Dorothy's faith and family were foremost in her life. She lived every day in prayer saying the rosary numerous times and attended mass whenever possible. Dorothy loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. with Sandy and Stacey. She was a competitive Euchre player and enjoyed Bingo. Dorothy loved to cook in her early years. Her fudge, barbeque and Italian Beef recipes are prized possessions for many of her granddaughters. She loved bright colored clothing, especially pink, and jewelry. You would never see Dorothy without jewelry, especially pins, rings, bracelets and painted nails.

Stonehill was home to her and she was loved by staff, aides and nurses. She loved visitors, and always wanted her Stonehill friends to meet them, especially bragging on her grandchildren and "greats." Dorothy always had stuffed animals for any of her grandkids' visits (they were her Bingo winnings). She was always in charge of handing out Bingo cards and setting the table for lunch in her dining area. Dorothy never missed any Popcorn Day, Elvis Show or music event. Bird and squirrel watching was her favorite pastime, as her many feeders and birdbaths attest to outside her window.

She loved the Cubs and her angel collection. Dorothy was a social butterfly, who was extremely active with several organizations throughout the years. She enjoyed phone calls with her friends and especially her daily calls from daughter Sandy and her nightly calls from Gail. She also loved her visits from her son, Orv, as he usually brought flowers, bird feed or ice cream.

We have been truly blessed to have Dorothy with us for 97 years on her earthly journey. She continually strived to make the world a better place, and while we will miss her deeply, we take comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with all of her loved ones that have gone home ahead her. "Well done Thy good and faithful servant."

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory include

her children,
Sandy Johll,
Orville "Orv" (Jody) Brothers,
Bill (Linda) Johll
and Ron (Cindy) Armstrong;

a special granddaughter,
Stacey Johll-Kircher;

special great-grandchildren,
Andy and Lainey Kircher;

2 daughters-in-law,
Shirley Johll
and Rita Brothers;

her stepdaughters,
Glenna Boullear
and Eleanor Jeans-Peasel;

and over 40 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Freeman Brothers; her children, Florence (Charles "Van") VanBlarcum, Charlie (Shirley "Pete") Brothers, Delbert Brothers and David Johll; and her 9 siblings, George (Marcella) Johll, Carl (Viola) Johll, Art (Margaret) Johll, Alfred (Jean) Johll, Ralph (Ann) Johll, Edward (Mary) Johll, Mary (Pete) Fischler, Letha (Lloyd) Krantz and Richard (Anne) Ackerman.

A Dorothy E. Brothers memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dorothy's family would like to extend sincerest thanks to Stonehill Care Center for their compassion and care of Dorothy the last several years, as well as Hospice of Dubuque and Paramount Ambulance.

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

 



Thomas J. McDermott


Thomas J. McDermott, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family Monday, June 5, 2017, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Council #2001 rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the funeral home. Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

He was born October 11, 1927 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Frances V. and Margaret (Clancy) McDermott. He received his education from St. Joseph's schools in Farley, IA and Loras College in Dubuque, IA. On August 13, 1966 he was united in marriage to Jean Boyle at St. Aloysuis Catholic Church in South Garryowen, IA.

Tom was an Army Veteran having served during the Korean War.

He loved sports and enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

He was a member of St. Raphael's Parish in Dubuque, IA, and the Farley American Legion Post #656, Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001. He served on Farley Development and St. Joseph's Parish boards and was on the Board of Directors for Grinnell Mutual Insurance and Farm Credit Service.

He is survived by his wife, Jean McDermott of Dubuque, IA; one son, Mike (Jessalyn) McDermott of Farley, IA; four grandchildren, Sydney, Amelia, Eleanor and Evelyn; five siblings, Elaine Brown of Farley, IA, Sr. Jeanette McDermott SDMM of Philadelphia, PA, Ramona Thomas of Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Dan) Reid of St. Paul, MN, and Gail Dolphin of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom "Slim" (Mary Jane) Boyle of Cascade, IA, Rosanne (John) Schmitt of St. Louis, MO and Judy Boyle of Cascade, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Francis P. McDermott Jr.; one sister, Margie (Robert) McAllister; brothers-in-law, Richard Dolphin, Bob McAllister, Loras Brown and Jack Boyle; one sister-in-law, Kathleen Boyle.

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



Christine Kerasotes Yiannias


Christine Kerasotes Yiannias of Dubuque fell asleep in the Lord June 5, 2017.

Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, followed by a Trisagion service at 7:00 pm. There will be a private interment. 

She was born in Springfield, Illinois to Georgia (Spirakes) and Louis Kerasotes Sept. 22, 1924. She attended Springfield Junior College and the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Christine worked for her father's company, Kerasotes Theaters, until her marriage to Nick Yiannias. After Nick's discharge from active service in the Korean War, the couple lived in Coronado, CA, eventually returning to Dubuque to raise their family.

Christine was a lover of music, especially opera, the visual arts, contemporary architecture, nature, world travel, archeology and history. She was a gifted and enthusiastic seamstress, creating many stylish designs. She imparted these loves to her three best friends, her daughters Stephanie, Georgie and Connie.

In addition to volunteering for numerous charities, Christine served as a director of the Dubuque Symphony Auxiliary Board from 1977-1986, and was a member of several Orthodox Christian Church organizations, both national and local.

Christine was a kind, generous, cultured, intelligent and fun person. The world is a better place for her presence in it and she was cherished by many.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Nickas James Yiannias, daughters Stephanie, Georgie (David Luger), Connie (Randall Thompson) Antoniou; grandchildren Alexander Luger M.D. (Elizabeth Loft M.D.), Marina Luger, Rena, Tony and Nickas Antoniou, step-grandchildren Elijah and Danielle Thompson, and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank our beloved friend and Christine's caregiver Inna Strebkova; the caring staff at Bethany Home; Sandy Sebek; Home Instead; and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials to St. Elias Orthodox Christian Church building fund or the charity of your choice.

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



Lloyd G. Herman, Jr.


Lloyd G. Herman, Jr. 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 4th, 2017 at Manor Care.

Private burial with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be in Linwood Cemetery. No public visitation or services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is serving the family.

Lloyd was born on July 9, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd and Rose (Beitzel) Herman, Sr. He married Mary Flury and shared 53 years of marriage.

He is a US Navy Veteran and worked for Dubuque John Deere Dubuque Works until retirement.

Lloyd enjoyed fishing and hunting; and his mornings at Eichman's, but mostly Lloyd enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Lloyd (Laura) Herman, III, Carol (Doug) Paul, Steven (Donna) Haferbecker, Michael Haferbecker, and Laura Haferbecker. His grandchildren, Laney, Charmane, Steven, Summer, Amber, Ashley, and Victoria along with many great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they provided to Lloyd.



Evelyn Rose Birch

Evelyn Rose Birch, infant daughter of Alyssa Reddick and William Birch, was born into Heaven on June 2, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Her life was taken far too soon but she was love at first sight for her mom and dad.

Private family services and burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Eve is survived by her parents, Alyssa and William; her sisters Khloey, Emma, Abigail and her brother Quentin. Her grandparents, Nancy Birch and Shawn and Tracy Reddick; great grandparents, Janice and Stanley Mahe; uncle Alex Reddick and aunt Barby Birch, along with many great aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great great grandparents Bill and Minnie Davis and great great grandmother Bernice Mahe. Her aunt Amanda Birch; uncle Andy Birch and great aunt Aud Schmitt.

An Evelyn Rose Birch memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially, Deb Foust; also to the staff at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory; and to all the family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.



Darin J. Jarding


Darin J. Jarding, 48, of Anamosa, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, as the results of injuries sustained in a tractor accident.

Friends and relatives of Darin may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the funeral home. Services for Darin will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born September 10, 1968 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul and Mary (Ritt) Jarding. He is a 1986 graduate of Cascade High School in Cascade, Iowa and a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Platteville, WI where he received a degree in Technology Management. He was employed at Iowa Prison Industries as a Senior Tech in Anamosa, Iowa.

Darin was an outstanding human being. He was a very loving and devoted father, son and brother.

He is survived by his children, Avery (Ramona) Jarding, Anna (Special Friend, Eric) Jarding, Amaya Jarding all of Madison, WI and Austin (Andrea) Allen of Atlanta, GA; one grandson, Zachariah Allen; mother of his children, Bethany Jarding-Allen of Madison, WI; special friend, Robin Sunny of Dubuque, IA; his father and step-mother Paul (Deb) Jarding of Farley, IA; three siblings, Laura (Brian) Kennedy of Epworth, IA, Brian (Kim) Jarding of Carmel, IN and Andy Jarding of Farley, IA; nieces and nephews, Nolan, Becca, Caitlin and Brianna Kennedy, Adrian, Sarah and Jacob Jarding, Evey Jarding; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jarding on September 28, 1994.

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



Ernest Burger


Ernest Burger, 87, of rural Cascade died Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 10 am - 2 pm Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a memorial service will commence at 2 pm. Interment will be at St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington. Pastor Dennis Schmitt will officiate and the Marine Corps League of Dubuque and Cascade American Legion Post 528 will accord Military Honors.

Ernie was born Oct. 18, 1929, in rural Worthington the son of Herman and Lavina (Stoll) Burger and married Anne Lasche of Cascade in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He worked on the first version of the Nike Surface to Air Missile which was used during the Cold War. Following his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to Worthington where he and Ann operated Burger's Garage for the next 25 years. In 1977 they moved to their farm in rural Cascade, just one mile south of the home where Ernie was born.

In earlier years Ernie enjoyed playing semi-pro baseball for the Worthington Cardinals where he was known as a power hitting shortstop. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Survivors include daughters Vicki (Dean) Kramer of Sand Springs, Julie (Dennis) Schilling of Dubuque, Lolly Burger of Dubuque, one son Ernie (Adela) Burger of Vina Del Mar, Chile, one brother Gerald (Ruth) Burger of Dubuque, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife Anne, a daughter Lori Miller, a brother Alvin (Mildred) Burger, and sister Verla (Olan) Tegeler.

Memorials are preferred and may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Ernie.

The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to the staff of Seventh Heaven Elder Group Home in Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Betty J. White


Betty J. White, 80, of Cascade, Iowa formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:42 a.m., at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

Services for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding, con-celebrating Rev. Tony Kruse, and assisting Deacon Steve Strange. Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was born August 17, 1936 in Independence, Iowa, daughter of Edgar E. and Louise (Kelchen) Vaske. She received her education from St. Francis Xavier High School and Mercy School of Nursing. She was united in marriage on June 6, 1959 to Thomas H. White at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Rosary Society.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas White of Cascade, IA; six children, Philip White of Dubuque, IA, Tom White of Seeley, CA, Kathy (Ken) Anthony of Dubuque, IA, Jeff White (Special Friend Carol Coyle), Nick (Theresa) White, Mike (Kris) White all of Bernard, IA; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Milder of Davenport, IA and Karen (Frank) O'Hara of Omaha, NE.
She is also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers-in-law, Maurice Milder, Pat Kruse and Ralph Oberbroeckling.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy ER, University of Iowa Hospital, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

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



Archbishop Emeritus Daniel W. Kucera


Archbishop Emeritus Daniel W. Kucera, OSB, died May 30, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa. He was 94 years old. He is survived by two brothers, Father Edward Kucera, OSB of Lisle, IL and Henry Kucera, of New York.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, officiating and Msgr. Thomas Toale as homilist. Interment will be in the cemetery of St. Procopius Abbey, in Lisle, IL.?

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 5th at the Cathedral, and also after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church. On Monday, the rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m., led by the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre; rosary by the Knights of Columbus at 6:00 p.m.; and at 7:00 p.m. a vigil service will be held with Rev. John Haugen presiding.

Archbishop Kucera was born May 7, 1923, to Joseph and Lillian (Petrzelka) Kucera of Chicago. He attended St. Procopius College in Lisle, IL and was professed a Benedictine monk on June 16, 1944. He completed his theological training at St. Procopius Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1949. He earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and held several positions in addition to teaching at St. Procopius College. In 1959, at the age of 36, he was named the youngest president of St. Procopius College, Lisle, IL.??He was elected abbot of St. Procopius Abbey in 1964, and in 1971, was called again to be president of the college, now renamed Illinois Benedictine College. He remained in that position until 1976. In 1977, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Joliet, IL. He was named bishop of Salina, KS, in March of 1980 and served there until 1984, when he was appointed archbishop of Dubuque. He welcomed Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus, OSB, as coadjutor in August of 1994 and retired in October of 1995.??

His episcopacy in Dubuque is marked, in part, by expansion in services for youth formation, communications, Hispanic ministry and advocacy for public policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person. Additionally, he established an educational development fund for promoting Catholic education and faith formation, which later bore his name. ?

Archbishop Kucera also served on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and was elected treasurer of the Conference from 1987-1990 and 1992-1993. From 1992 - 1996 he was the Grand Prior of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.?

Memorials may be given to the Archbishop Kucera Educational Development Fund in care of the Archdiocese.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

 



Chris M. Gantenbein


Chris M. Gantenbein 62, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Chris was born on August 28, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Russell and Cecelia (Engling) Gantenbein. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and Loras College. Chris worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company to pay for college and then started a career as a life insurance agent. On November 7, 1975, he married Judy Kirk at the Church of The Nativity. The most important thing in life for Chris was FAMILY. His children were the love of his life and now his grandchildren were his new love and he never ever missed any swim meets, baseball games, or basketball games. He was a fun-lover. Chris was an excellent woodworker and loved working in his yard. He was an avid reader and instilled the love of reading to his children and grandchildren. He was a huge Iowa Hawkeye, St. Louis Cardinal, and (ex) Steeler fan and loved going to games with family. Chris enjoyed his workouts at Farrell's but most importantly the friendships that were formed. Chris was a member of St. Columbkille parish.

Surviving are his wife, Judy of Dubuque; his children, Abby (Marty) Kluesner of Farley, IA, and Jacob (Angela) Gantenbein of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Benjamin, Ryan, Colin and Olivia Kluesner; his sisters, Carol Gantenbein of LeClaire, IA, Sandy (Jim) Burns of Plano, TX, Geri (Ernie) Gerlach of Hattiesburg, MS, and Nancy (Chip) Bliss of Dubuque, IA; his sister-in-law, Melody Gantenbein of Keller, TX; his brothers- and sister-in-laws, Jim (Chris) Kirk of LaCrosse, WI, John (Christy) Kirk of Dubuque, IA, and Kathy (Bob) Kieffer of St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews and his very special "grand doggie" Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Gantenbein; his father- and mother-in-law, Gordon and Joyce Kirk, and a brother-in-law, Kevin Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Dubuque Humane Society.



Daniel G. Holland


Daniel G. Holland, 66, of Durango passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017. Memorial Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Time of Sharing at 3:00 pm.

Daniel was born June 28, 1950 in Kewanee, Illinois the son of Daniel "Bud" and Beatrice (Campbell) Holland. He attended Divine Word Seminary at East Troy Wisconsin, Divine Word Seminary at Epworth, IA and graduated from Western College in Illinois.

Daniel played in the band Celebration and later played in a hobby band Jablues. He met his wife, Shelly Hennings while playing in his band and they were married on June 4, 1977 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Daniel worked on a blacktop crew, hauled salt, worked for the T.V. station transferring football highlights to Chicago on Sundays, and finally working the last 42 years for ARC and also had a crew and worked at NICC in Peosta. He put family first, loved to play music and sing, eat, talk to people, horses and animals, and reading constantly.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Holland; his mother, Beatrice Holland (Campbell); siblings, Steven (Carol), June, Brian (Carrie), Anne, John (Janet) Holland, and Suzie (Scott) Steinheiser; mother in-law, Jeneene Hennings (Hines); in-laws, C.J. (Debbie), Kevin (Lynne), Jack (Yolanda) and Bill (Mary) Hennings; and numerous nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Daniel "Bud"; father in-law, Wayne Hennings; grandparents, Lydia and Ruben Campbell; Cecil and Ila Hines; grandparents in-law, Rita and Melvin (Pie) Hennings.

The family would like to thank the first responders for their help during this difficult time.

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

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



Debra M. Kaiser


Debra M. "Deb" Kaiser, 57, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 10-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Deb was born on September 20, 1959, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of John "Jack" and Eula (Brandt) Droessler. She married James M. "Jim" Kaiser on November 21, 1998, in Hazel Green. Deb cleaned homes and worked at Advance Transformer and St. Dominic Villa.

Deb loved to babysit her grandchildren often and enjoyed visiting with family and friends and doing cross stitch. She taught religious education for two years and was a member of St. Francis de Sales Council of Catholic Women serving as president for two years. Deb was always there to help people and went above and beyond to do so.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; a son, Jason, at home; two stepdaughters, Brittney (Dan) Collins and their children, Abbey and Wyatt, of Hazel Green, Kadie (Tony) Donovan and their children, Shawn and Mitchell Donovan and Logan Berry, of Hazel Green; a stepson, Josh (Lynn) Kaiser, of Hazel Green; her father, John "Jack" (Pauline) Droessler, of Lancaster; a brother, Kim Droessler, of Rockton, Illinois; and her mother-in-law, Bernita Kaiser, of Hazel Green. She is also survived by her in-laws, Jerry (Tammy) Kaiser, of Benton; Joe (Carla) Kaiser, Tom (Julie) Kaiser, and Mary Jo (Tim) Genthe, all of Cuba City, Alan Kaiser, of Hazel Green, Deb (Bill) Sargent, of Earlville, Iowa, Chuck (Sherry) Kaiser, of Epworth, Iowa, and Todd Kaiser, of Madison; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eula; a brother, Glenn; a sister-in-law, Mary Beth Droessler; and her father-in-law, Merlin Kaiser.

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



Keighan J. Shanahan


Keighan John Shanahan, 21, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 24th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center the result of a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 7:00 p.m.
Keighan was born on June 20, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Kevin Shanahan and Angela Fuller. He was a spelling bee champ and worked in construction for Always on Time Construction. He also helped his dad do stone work since he was 10 years old.

He enjoyed cars, but especially enjoyed time with his son Brycen.

He is survived by his son Brycen Shanahan, his girlfriend and Brycen's mother, Layla Vondal; his father Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan; his mother Angela Fuller; grandmothers Mary Kay Shanahan and Suzie Revelle; his uncle Fuzzy Fuller; two aunts Kathy Shanahan and Krista (Mike) Torrey; his special cousins Mercedes Fuller and Nicholas Torrey.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Loras Shanahan, Sonny Revelle and Tim fuller.



Roselin C. Splinter


Roselin C. Splinter, 92, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call 8:45-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home before the service.

Roselin was born on August 25, 1924, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Ida (Montag) Jansen. She married LaVern J. Splinter on October 17, 1944, in Kieler. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2009.

Roselin was a hard working farm wife, mother and homemaker. She did all the cooking, baking and sewing for the family. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She had a very religious orientation with a special devotion to Mary. Together Roselin and LaVern raised eight children. She lived for her family and sacrificed much for her family.

Roselin is survived by five daughters and three sons, Carol Weland, of Dubuque, Jane and Mary Splinter, of Platteville, Rita (Gary) Hingtgen, of Kieler, Donna (Tom) Covert, of Platteville, LaVern Splinter Jr., of Platteville, David (Diane) Splinter, of Dickeyville, and Ken (Cathy) Splinter, of Platteville. She is also survived by a brother, Paul F. (Alice Charpentier) Jansen, of Lewiston, Idaho; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marie (Walter) Hinderman and Leora (Ed) Helbing; a brother, Eldon (Marge) Jansen; her in-laws, Irenus and Caroline (Kruser) Splinter; a son-in-law, Robert Weland; a grandson, Jesse Splinter; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to say a special Thank You to the staff of Epione Pavilion in Cuba City and especially the Reflections Unit and Willow Hall for all the wonderful care they gave to our Mom. Also thank you to the Medical Associates doctors who cared for both our parents.

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



Ethel M. Jacque


Ethel M. Jacque, 86 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ethel was born April 25, 1931, in Dyersville the daughter of Bernard and Leona (Kirsch) White.  She married Richard L. Jacque on June 22, 1954, in Dyersville.  Together they owned & operated Jacque's Home Fashions in Dyersville until selling to their children in 1985.  She took great pride in keeping an impeccable house and yard.  Her family was her greatest joy and devotion.

Survivors include her children: Jeff (Donna) Jacque, Brian (Joleen) Jacque, Lisa (Pat) Burkle all of Dyersville, a daughter-in-law, Cindy Jacque of Dyersville; grandchildren: Becky (Steve) Newcomer, Laura (Marty) Kolinski, Danielle (Daragh) Watson, and Bryanna Jacque, Jessica (Marty) Milbert, Tara (Chris) Kolker, Kevin (fiancé Brianna Neyen) Jacque, Dustin Jacque, Lucas Jacque, and Maci Jacque, Kelsey (Aaron) Strong, Mason Ling; step grandchildren: Carter and Lauren Shaull, Brittany (Brandon) Knipper and Blake Burkle; 14 great grandchildren; a brother, Allen (Dee) White of Guttenberg, and a sister, Gloria Marolf of Farley, a sister-in-law, Mary Lou White of Kearney, NE, and a brother-in-law, Donald Jacque of Dunkerton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dick in 2002, one son, Jayme Jacque in 2013, a brother, Vernon White, brothers-in-law, Ralph Marolf, Paul (Delores) Jacque, Bob (Bert) Jacque, LeRoy Jacque, and sisters-in-law, Joan (Tony) DeSousa and Charlene Jacque.

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

We wish to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care.

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

 

 



Karolyn K. Clemen


Karolyn K. Clemen 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday May 25, 2017 at home.

Family and friends may visit from 10:00am to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Karolyn was born on August 3, 1942 in Manchester, Iowa, The daughter of Earl and Grace (Rainbird) Hansen. She graduated from Manchester High School and married Roger C. Clemen, on April 5th, 1960, in Manchester. They shared 57 years together until Roger's death on May 3rd, 2017. Over the years she worked at the Holiday Inn, Saint Columbkilles, US Bank and Finley Hospital, along with being a full time wife and mother. She enjoyed going to garage sales, baking and playing the penny slots and mostly spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Kim) Clemen, Rod (Donna) Clemen, Greg (Karen) Clemen, Steve (Candy) Clemen, Darla (Dave) Goedert and Earl Clemen, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, A brother Arlo (Sharon) Hansen, a brother-in-law Earl Clemen and a sister-in-law Eileen Frey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roger, a brother Vincent "Bink", and 4 sisters Joann, Norma, Dorothy and Patty.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim Saunders and to Sunshine Home Care and their team for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Rev. Keith L. Birch


Rev. Keith L. Birch, age 71, of Marion, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:22 a.m., on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Mercy-Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, IA, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Fr. Keith's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels officiating. To celebrate Fr. Keith's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Fr. Birch was born on June 16, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Leona (Adams) Birch.

Fr Birch began his early education at Holy Ghost School, Dubuque, next he went on to Wahlert High School, Dubuque, then Loras College, Dubuque, followed by Mt. St. Bernard Seminary, Dubuque and finally completed his formal education at St Mary Seminary, Baltimore, MD. He was ordained as a priest on May 27, 1971, by Archbishop James J. Byrne. His first assignment in service to the Lord was at St. Joseph, Farley as Associate Pastor and educator. He also faithfully served on the faculty of Beckman High School for a year. Following that, he served as an associate pastor at Holy Ghost Parish, Dubuque; St. Joseph, Marion, and St. Matthew, Cedar Rapids. He became pastor of Ackley/Geneva in 1988. Fr. Keith also served as pastor in parishes including the Tama/Garwin/Belle Plaine/Chelsea Parish, the Blairstown/Newhall/Norway/Van Horne/Watkins Parish, with his final pastorate at Sacred Heart Parish, Monticello.

More recently he was resident chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids and chaplain for the Sisters of Mercy, Sacred Heart Convent, Cedar Rapids. He fully retired from his mission field on July 12, 2016, with a content heart after devoting 46 years of his earthly journey to the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Fr. Keith was well known for his personalized sermons and especially for his very special children's sermon which he joyfully delivered every Christmas Eve while sitting on the floor among the children.

Fr. Birch is survived by

his long and loving friend,
Lois Verdow, Marion, IA;

4 nieces & nephews,
Jennifer (Josh) Vize, Dubuque, IA,
John (Angie) Brashaw, Dubuque, IA,
Ann Brashaw, Arvada, CO
and Andrew (Jenni) Brashaw, Dubuque, IA;

along with many fellow priests, friends and servants.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Kathy (Paul) Brashaw.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in the name of Rev. Keith L. Birch.

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

 



William H. Cusick


William H. "Doc" Cusick, 83, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at home surrounded by his family in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. and an American Legion Post #137 military service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #137. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Doc was born on September 11, 1933, on a farm NE of Winthrop, in Buchanan County, the son of Harold and Hazel (Hickman) Cusick. He attended Upper Iowa University for one year before being drafted during the Korean Campaign from 1953 - 1955. He entered ISU Veterinary College in 1955 and graduated in 1960 with a DVM. He taught for 1 year and obtained a Masters of Veterinary Obstetrics in 1961.

Doc married Betty Lammers on September 5, 1960 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop. They had four children together. Doc's favorite pastimes were fishing and hunting. He really enjoyed his veterinary practice especially working with large animals, and the many wonderful clients he had, and finally being a Laird of a small acreage in Scotland. Doc went on his Honor Flight to Washington DC and enjoyed it very much.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, children: Wayne (Sherry) Cusick of New Vienna, Sheryl Cusick of Ames, Lee (Kori) Cusick of North Liberty and David (Shannon Murphy) Cusick of Iowa City, grandchildren: Jamie (Justin) Henning, Jason Cusick, Zach, Ben and Will Cusick, great grandchildren: Kase Henning, in-laws: Les (Janet) Lammers of Estherville, Hank (Connie) Lammers of Winthrop, Charlie (Ellen) Lammers of Manchester and Carol Cusick of Winthrop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Al and Marcella (Reisburg) Lammers, grandson, Joey Cusick, siblings: Barbara (Dean) Gritton, Dick Cusick, in-laws: Dorie (Glen) Ryan, Verna (Bill) Alden, Leroy Lammers.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, No Place Like Home Senior Care, and the Resurrection Choir especially Ann Tegeler.

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



Madonna M. Leib


Madonna M. Leib, 89, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Madonna may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 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. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the funeral home.

Services for Madonna will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born June 6, 1927 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of George and Loretta (Hardiman) Coyle. She received her education in the rural country schools. On September 29, 1947 she was united in marriage to Dennis D. Leib at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2009.

She is survived by a daughter, Lori (Jason) Hug of LaPorte City, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jesse Hug and Michaela Hug; two siblings, John "Bud" Coyle of Monticello, IA, and Joe (Marie) Coyle of Hopkinton, IA; two sisters-in-law, Florence Coyle of Anamosa, IA and Sally Coyle of Cascade, Iowa.

She is also preceded in death by two sons, Randy Leib on June 13, 1965 and Robert Leib on July 14, 2012; four brothers, Wilmer, Francis, Melvin and Donald Coyle; and three sisters, Georgene Klostermann, Darlene Knepper and Betty Jean Coyle in infancy..

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



Dwayne M. Noggle


Dwayne M. "Butch" Noggle 81 of Dubuque passed away Friday May 26, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Don Bakewell officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday May 31, 2017 at the funeral home.

Butch was born on June 13, 1936 in Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Clifford and Calista (Walters) Noggle. He married Shirley Buck and together they shared 62 wonderful years.
He worked for John Deere Dubuque for 34 years until retirement and was a member of the UAW Local #94.

He loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and riding his bike. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, The Harley Owners Group and the Potosi Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children Debra (Michael "Mick" Carroll) Phillips, of Colorado, Robert Noggle, of Casper, WY, and Lori (Timothy) Mellon of Dubuque, three grandchildren Brandy (Shawn) Phillips, Christopher (Amy) Phillips, and Kaylee Mellon, five great grandchildren Ashlee, Gage, Trevor, Skyler, Michael, and Logan, a great great grandchild, Natalie and two sisters Dolores Stillmunkes, and Lorraine Shaffer.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law Bill Phillips, a daughter-in-law Sara Noggle two brothers Michael and Clifford, Jr. and a sister Darlene Weber.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley for all the care they gave to Butch.

 



Carla M. Ries


Carla Mae Ries, 63, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. 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. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at St Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Carl Ries will concelebrate.

Carla was born May 7, 1954 and is the daughter of LaVerne "Bud" and Ellen (Hogan) Domeyer. She grew up in Petersburg, Iowa, where she married her high school sweetheart Elmer M. Ries on June 7, 1973. Together they raised their four daughters on the family farm outside of New Vienna. Carla was blessed with 10 grandsons and 4 granddaughters, who kept her busy watching ball games. She will be greatly missed by her family and all the lives she has touched.

Survivors include her husband Elmer, children: Shilo (Leroy) Westhoff of Cedar Falls, Shelly (Adam) Jelinek of Marion, Natalie (Jerry) Montgomery of Green Bay, WI, Ashley (Kory) Manternach of Dyersville, 14 grandchildren: Parker, Dallas, Major and Jacody Westhoff; McKade, Ally and Drew Jelinek; Jayden, Tevyn, Jace and Talayla Montgomery; Leigha, Miley and Johnny Manternach, father, LaVerne "Bud" Domeyer of Petersburg, siblings: Dave (Diane) Domeyer of Colesburg, Mary (Dave) Stevens of Dyersville, in-laws: Jayne (Wayne) Meyer of Dyersville, Francis (Pam) Ries of Dubuque, Sharon (Bob) Demmer of Dundee, Elaine (Carl) Burkle and Eldie (Patti) Ries both of Dyersville, and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen, one brother, Pat "Petey" Domeyer, father-in-law, Elmer A. Ries and mother-in-law, Alice (Dick) Olberding,
nephews: Jeff and Ryan Ries.


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



Patrick P. Weber

Patrick P. Weber 49, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 25th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, after a brave battle with esophageal cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the funeral home.

Pat was born on August 29, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Richard "Beezy" and Norma (Koltes) Weber. He married Karen Montelius on September 7, 1990 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Pat worked in his family business, Weber Portrait Design, for many years before joining Decker Precision Machining as a machinist. Family was the center of Pat's life. He also enjoyed photography, sports, especially wrestling, all styles of music and following the K.C. Chiefs. Drag racing, however, was his favorite passion. Pat raced his 1971 Dodge Charger and became an 8-time champion at the Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa. Pat was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will surely be missed by many.

Surviving are his wife, Karen; his children Matthew and Amanda; his parents Richard "Beezy" and Norma Weber and his brother Michael (Suzette) Weber all of Dubuque; his father-in-law William Montelius (Marge) of East Dubuque, IL; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy (Liz) Montelius and Alan Montelius both of Cedar Rapids, IA, Laurie (Dave) Vonah of Dubuque, Barbie (Dr. Aaron) Baltz of Brookfield, WI; and Cris (Dave) Small of East Dubuque, also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Simon and Mary Weber, Herbert and Marcella Koltes, a sister Kristine Weber and mother-in-law Shirley Montelius.

In lieu of flowers, a Patrick P. Weber memorial fund has been established.

The Weber family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the Decker family and Pat's co-workers and the doctors and nurses in the oncology departments at
Medical Associates and University of Wisconsin, Madison for their support and care.

 



Sr. Joanne Streck

Sister Joanne (Mildred Ann) Streck, OSF, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:25 a.m., on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Clare House. To honor Sister's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Francis Chapel. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue, where a funeral vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister was born on April 3, 1937, in Sioux City, IA, daughter of Leonard and Mildred (Blinn) Streck.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1955, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1961. Sister was a teacher and later worked in various secretarial positions. She served at St. Edward's in Waterloo, IA; Immaculate Conception School in North Buena Vista, IA; and in Dubuque, IA, at Xavier Hospital, Sacred Heart School, Mount St. Francis, Hills and Dales, and Stonehill Franciscan Services. For a time she worked at Garrigan High School in Algona, IA, and St. Joseph's School in Jefferson, IA.

Sister is survived by her sisters, Mary Frances (James) Gustafson and Marge Wysong; her brother, James Streck, and a sister-in-law, Joan Streck; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 60 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Shirley Kay Streck; a brother, Jerome Streck; a sister-in-law, Kathy Streck; and brother-in-law, Robert Wysong.

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.

 



John M. “Johnny” Maiers


John M. "Johnny" Maiers, 87, of Dyersville and formerly of Peosta and Holy Cross, Iowa, passed away, Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m., and a VFW Service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa. Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. John's the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the New Vienna VFW Post #7736.

John was born January 3, 1930 in Luxemburg, Iowa, son of Matt G. and Bertha M. (Oberbroeckling) Maiers. He received his education in the Luxemburg area schools and was a graduate of the former New Vienna High School. On November 6, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Frances "Fran" Wilwert at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 22, 2007.

The couple farmed in the Holy Cross area until retiring in 2005. John was an Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. He had a welcoming smile and loved to play tricks on everyone. He had a funny snicker that made us laugh. He loved listening to music, watching baseball and dancing. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of St. John's the Baptist Parish in Peosta, he was on the Board of Directors for the Holy Cross Athletic Department for 9 years, he served on the Board of Directors for the Cattleman's Association, charter member of the Balltown Lion's Club, member of the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #930, Security seed District Representative, member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau, President and member of the Dubuque County Pork Producer's, a lifetime member of the New Vienna VFW Post #7736.

He is survived by nine children, Connie Hamilton (special friend, Sam Raymond) of Manitou Springs, CO, Stan Maiers of Dubuque, IA, Larry (Bev) Maiers of Holy Cross, IA, Gary (Dee) Maiers of Wellington, CO, Lori (Tom) Ingles of Peosta, IA, Lonie (Steve) Moneypenny of Hiawatha, IA, Dave (Sherry) Maiers of New Vienna, IA, Kim Maiers (and special friend, Patrick Murphy) of Peosta, IA, Naomi (Steve) Hoeger of Dyersville, IA; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Eldora Pins of Manchester, IA, Verna Mae Lucas of Cedar Rapids, IA, Julie Ungs of Luxemberg, IA and Patricia Elliott of Madison, WI; one brother, Merlin (Verna) Maiers of Madison, WI; sisters-in-laws, Alice Wilwert-Oeth of Epworth, IA, Dorothy Link of Key West, IA, and Grace Maiers of Manchester, IA; a brother in-law, Paul Hoppmann of Dubuque, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph Maiers, Jerome Maiers, and Gerald Maiers; ten brothers-in-law, Ray Lucas, Lavern Link, Ralph Wilwert, Paul Pins, Shim Elliott, Matthew Pfeiler, Gilbert Wilwert, Herman Wilwert, Fay Steger and Ed Ungs; sisters-in-law, Norma Maiers, Calista Hoppmann, Benny Maiers and Elaine Wilwert.

The family of John would like to thank the staff of Oakcrest Manor and the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the kindness and care given to John.

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



Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith


Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, May 25, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Douglas Gail Kleinsmith was born on October 10, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa, to Gail Norman and Irene Florence (Frandsen) Kleinsmith. He grew up in Maquoketa and loved playing baseball until he injured his arm. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1965 where he played high school football. He then attended Clinton Community College and graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology in 1968.

Doug started working for Stickley Electric in Maquoketa following graduation and worked there as an electrician for over 43 years, retiring in 2012.

Doug was an avid bowler and had bowled in several leagues for many years. He enjoyed camping, playing cards and spending time with his many friends. In later years, he loved to spend time with all the daycare kids at Linda's. Each day the little ones would watch for Doug to get home from work and even if they were sleeping Doug would wake them up to spoil them with treats. They were all Doug's kids and they brought so much joy into his life.

Those left to honor Doug's memory include sisters, Gayle Hargrafen of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Kevin) Oetken of Monmouth, IA; 3 nephews, Matthew (Dabney) Hargrafen, Mark (Kate) Hargrafen, and Aaron Oetken; 1 niece, Ellen Oetken; 3 great-nieces, Finley, Hadley and Livvy Hargrafen; 2 great-nephews, Barron and Rocco Hargrafen; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith memorial fund has been established.

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



Reza Ehtessabian, M.D.


Reza Ehtessabian, M.D. passed away on May 24, 2017 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his immediate family.

He was born to Mohamad Ali Ehtessabian and Shamsi M. Tabari in Tehran, Iran on June 16, 1942. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and his children, Roxana (and husband Tom), Jon, Jason (and wife Morgan), Jared, and Piroz (his nephew, whom he cared for as his own). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ariana, Siena, Brooks, Matthew, and Quinn, his siblings, Farhad, Shirin, Shifteh (and their families). He was a dedicated and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, physician, and friend to many.

Reza was a supreme family man, lovingly married to his wife, Arlene, for 45 years. He was a devoted father, dedicated to providing opportunities for his children to pursue their greatest potential. He was a stable pillar of support and was always eager to offer his wisdom and guidance. He enjoyed spending time with his family most in life, and maintained constant involvement in the lives of his children, grandchildren and extended family. He had an easy-going way enjoying life's leisure time with family and friends. His quirky sense of humor was uniquely epic, and the way he would squint his eyes and throw his head back with his gentle smile and laugh could warm any room. He enjoyed soccer, golf, pickle ball, woodcarving, reading, and intellectual discussion groups.

Professionally, Reza was a brilliant man - incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable, and wise. He could understand virtually any human concept. He was particularly interested in studying complex science and medicine, and would light up at the opportunity to discuss innovation with other bright minds. His command for detail, coupled with his truly caring personality, made him an ideal medical doctor. His dedication to helping heal people's ailments was at the core of his persona, and he took great pride in applying his knowledge for the benefit of others. He did truly commendable work as a doctor, always going the extra mile for his patients' well-being.

With respect to community, Reza's philosophy was to surround himself with good people aimed toward spreading good in the world. He would say it was a privilege to wisely select our chosen communities in life -- Reza chose Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL. He served his communities by becoming Dubuque's first board certified allergist, treating countless individuals at Medical Associates Clinic for almost 35 years with great passion. In addition to his profession, he contributed actively through the Rotary Club, an organization dedicated to "service above self," and annually managed Dubuque's Salvation Army Christmas Bell-ringing drive.

In his final days, Reza's devotion to his community was returned to him lovingly in kind. His family specially thanks Hospice of Dubuque (Megan, Melanie, and Julie), long-time friend, James Schilling, the physicians and staff at the Medical Associates and Mayo Clinics, and James Schneider and his staff at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home for their special care and personal touches. Reza was honored to be part of the Dubuque and Galena communities.

Reza Ehtessabian was an exemplary human being, true to his hopes and desires. Days before he let go of his body, he told his family he lived his life to the fullest and without regret. He was also dedicated to helping others achieve healthy, fulfilling, and balanced lives. He repeatedly gifted copies of his favorite book, The Alchemist, to family members and friends, as encouragement to keep efforts aligned in pursuit of hopes and dreams, but remaining present in the journey.
To Reza, just as important as prioritizing energy towards his hopes and desires, was the way he conducted himself in pursuit. Reza Ehtessabian embodied generosity, humility, and service to humanity. When it came to human interactions, his father taught him to listen intently, put forth best efforts to understand others' perspectives, and then treat others how he would like to be treated in their shoes.

He lived by his father's words, and resonated a gentle, yet confident kindness. He will be dearly missed, and his legacy will be carried on by the many lives he touched. Reza Ehtessabian's liberated soul now sings, climbs, and dances beyond our earthly understanding.

"The secret of death is found in the heart of life. For life and death are one, just as the river and sea are one. In the depth of our hopes and desires lies our silent knowledge of the beyond. Like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, our hearts dreams of spring. Trust these dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. For, only when we drink from the river of silence shall we indeed sing. And when we have reached the mountain top, then shall we begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim our limbs, then shall we truly dance." - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

A memorial visitation is being held on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rotary Club of Dubuque.

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



Carol Ann (Krogman) Tibbetts


Carol Ann (Krogman) Tibbetts, 75, of Mesquite, Nevada and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away, Tuesday May 23, 3012 at 11:30 a.m. at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Carol may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral Home. Services for Carol will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Jeffery Doll Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

She was born August 12, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. She received her education at St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville. On May 19, 1959, she was united in marriage to Vern Trumm, the couple later divorced. On November 19, 1990 she was united in marriage to Harold Tibbetts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was employed in Assembly operations at Rockwell Collins, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 35 years, until retiring in September 1996. Upon retiring she and Harold spent summers in Dyersville and winters in Mesquite, until eventually moving to Mesquite permanently. Carol loved to spend time gardening and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Tibbetts, of Mesquite, NV; one son, Rick (Jackie) Trumm of Elgin, IA; one daughter, Shelly (Ray) Osten of Cedar Rapids, IA; two step sons, Ed (Lisa) Tibbbetts of Davenport, IA, Chuck (Lori) Tibbetts of Copperas Cove, TX, and one step daughter, Linda (Reggie) Wolfe of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Megan (Josh) Vranish, Shonda (Luke) Jeffrey, and Madeline Trumm; four great grandchildren, Jonathan, Samuel, Jackson and Catherine; her siblings, Rose Greenwood, Of Farley, IA, Verla Turnis of Worthington, IA, Vernon Krogman of Dyersville, IA, James (Bev) Krogman of Worthington, IA, Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, IA and Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman, Mary (George) Sorenson, Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, Bonita Krogman, and Kathy Foxen; and in-laws, Harold Greenwood, Richard Turnis and Raynette Krogman.

A special thanks to Sharon Powers, Carol's niece, for traveling to Utah to be with Carol during her final days.

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



Bette A. Brimmer


Bette Ann Brimmer, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rockdale Road with Rev. Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the funeral home.

Bette was born on October 29, 1934 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, the daughter of Robert Crapp and Genevieve Fawcett. She married Darrell Jorgenson and together they had 3 sons; she later married Delos Mullikin and they had one daughter. On May 2, 1969 she married Terrance Brimmer and together they had two sons. Terrance preceded her in death in 1982.

She worked at Area Residential Care in Dubuque for over 25 years. Bette's residents became her family, she was devoted to caring for all of them.

She loved to embroider, crochet, reading and puzzles, attending field trials, stock car races, camping and family functions where she always "had" to bring her famous noodles. She was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan and Wisconsin Badgers fan.

Bette, a free spirit, unconditionally loved her family; she was a woman with a quick tongue, who was not afraid to share her "wisdom" with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Sherri) Jorgenson, of Mineral Point, WI, Jeff (Carolyn) Jorgenson, of Linden, WI, Greg (Mary) Jorgenson, of Dubuque, Chris Meyer, of Peosta, Terry (Hope) Brimmer, of Maquoketa, Iowa, Tracy (Holly Thomas) Brimmer, of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. One sister Diana (Dick) Glanville, of Linden, WI, sister-in-law, Gloria and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, two brothers Bob Crapp and Jim (Joyce) Crapp, and a sister Nancy (Doug) Pilling. Her mother and father-in-law, Alfred and Pauline Brimmer, and her faithful dog Petey.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Area Residential Care.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Mark Moore and the staff at Luther Manor for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bette.



John E. Eastman


John E. Eastman, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of John on Saturday, July 8, 2017, beginning at noon at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for an informal celebration of life reception. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

John Earnest Eastman was born on December 29, 1933 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Earnest and Mildred (Current) Eastman. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Shirley Techau in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union a daughter was born, Susan. After a short time, he and Shirley divorced and he later married Mona Kay McPherson on February 18, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union a son was born, Richard.

John first worked as a plumber for Taylor Plumbing for several years. He then began a 30-plus year career with the Highway Commission. He first worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission for eight years, and lastly retired from the Clinton County Highway Commission working as an operations manager related to civil engineering.

John was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor John's memory include his children, Susan Ann Lorey of Rockwall, TX, and Richard Owen (Suzanne) Eastman of Phoenix, AZ; and 4 grandchildren, James, John, Paige and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Edmund, and his wife Mona on September 28, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



James C. Wolf


James C. Wolf, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Jim was born September 13, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Alphonse and Genevieve (Zemanek) Wolf. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. Jim married Alice Lindauer on September 29, 1962 at St. Mary Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Jim went to work briefly for Morrison Brothers, and then started his career at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1990.

After his retirement, Jim enjoyed working as a ranger at Eagle Ridge Resort and as a bank courier at Per Mar Security. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the UAW Local 94, and the American Legion Post #6. Jim enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing billiards in league and for pleasure with many longtime friends. He was an accomplished bowler, and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in May of 2005. Jim was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Bears. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and lounging around watching T.V.

Jim is survived by his wife, Alice; four daughters, Sherri Wolf, Jolene Wolf, Deanne (Jeffrey) Johll, and Nicole (Bill) Wolf-Murphy, all of Dubuque; a daughter in law, Melissa Wolf of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Madelynn, Alexander, Nicholas, Andrew, and Elizabeth Johll, and Devin Wolf, all of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Jaxen Johll-Clayton and Vanessa Uptegraph-Johll; his brother, Robert (Lavonne) Wolf of Dubuque; and his siblings in law, Isabel Lindauer, Helen (Roger) Sherman, Don (Ellen) Lindauer, Mary Green, and Blondi Lindauer.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas; his siblings, Arlene (Don) Brewer, Marilyn (Robert) Kaesbauer, and David Wolf; and his siblings in law, Ed (Marie), Bob, and Jane Lindauer.

Jim's family would like to thank all his doctors and nurses, the staff at Finley Hospital and UW Madison Hospital; Hospice of Dubuque; and the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their wonderful care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James C. Wolf Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Jeannette E. Knuth


Jeannette E. Knuth, 83, of Cascade, Iowa she passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Jeannette may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral Home.

Services for Jeannette will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Jeannette was born January 5, 1934 in Lowden, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Grace (Osgood) Waters. She received her education in the Lost Nation High School. On August 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Cecil Knuth at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was also a 4H Leader in Jones County for many years. Jeanette was an avid bowler and was very crafty; she loved sewing and making wicker baskets with Friends.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil Knuth of Cascade, Iowa; one daughter, Mary (Paul) Thompson of Sherrill, IA; one son, Mark (Cathy) Knuth of Cascade, IA; 7 grandchildren, Aaron Thompson, Jeannette Christensen, Laura Thompson, Amanda Schlemme, Ryan Knuth, Kayla Thompson, and Eric Knuth; 13 great grandchildren; four sisters, Wanita (Mic) Sheldon of Lost Nation, IA, Dorothy Eggert of Wyoming, IA, Irma Neiber of Elwood, IA and Connie Nissen of Bernard, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles "Chic" Waters and Eddie Waters; two sisters, Dona Stender and Sandra McCombs.

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



Averle J. Wilson


Averle J. Wilson, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, May 19, 2017 at home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, Maquoketa, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Averle was born August 3, 1925 in Andrew, Iowa, daughter of William and Clara (Deppe) Hager. She attended the Maquoketa schools and graduated in 1943. She was employed that summer by the Davenport Newspapers as correspondent and circulation manager for the Jackson County Area.

In the early 1960's she opened a party shop and printing business in Maquoketa. In 1972 she started the advertising paper, The Shopper Stopper, now called The Shopper. Also among her business ventures, she owned the Eastern Iowa Service Bureau Collection Agency and H & R Block Income Tax Service.

Selling her businesses in 1980, she took many trips visiting her son Gary in California and Greg in Australia. In 1993 she was hired as Administrative Assistant at the Dubuque Water Plant and worked until she was 78 years old. Since then, she has enjoyed traveling, social events with her friends, her home in Dubuque, and was an avid shopper with her best friend, Thelma.

Surviving are her son, Greg of Isle of Capri, Australia; sister, Dolores (Dick) Dominetta of Los Angeles; nieces and nephews, Pat (Greg) Lane of Stillwater, MN., Karen (Steve} Gray, Carla (Steve) Schilling of Muscatine; Bill (Beth) Hager of Glenview, IL, Deb (Kevin) Ritenour of Preston, Laura Jensen of Pahrump, NV; Brock Hager of Des Moines; Bruce Hager of Davenport, Amy and Linda Dominetta of Los Angeles; Carol (David) Mazzatta of Bainbridge Island, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her son Gary, who died of cancer at the age 50; a grandson, Sean Michael Wilson; her parents; brother, Larry: brother and sister in law, Bill and Doris Hager; sister, Vera and brother in law, Wayne Sissel of Mustanine.

Memorials may be made to Averle Wilson Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and her Friends and family for their help and care.



David J. Tauke


David J. Tauke, 85, of Dyersville passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017, 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 Friday morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will conduct military honors.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dave was born December 22, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Greg and Elizabeth (Osterhaus) Tauke.  After graduating from Xavier High School he served in the Navy with the Seabees for four years.  He married Joan Moorman on December 26, 1953, in Greeley, Iowa.  Together they had seven children.  She preceded him in death on December 31, 1973.  He later married Alice Konzen on July 4, 1975.

Upon his return from the service he began working for his father at Greg J. Tauke & Sons Implement Dealership.  In 1971 he purchased what is now Tauke Motors in Dyersville.

He enjoyed family and friends, fishing, grilling, golfing, and traveling with Alice to all of the United States and Canadian Provinces.  He was an active life member of American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include his wife, Alice, 6 children: Doug (Kathy) Tauke, Dan (Sue) Tauke both of Dyersville, Deb (John) Ketchen of Vinton, Diane (Craig) Reid of Marion, Sue (Dr. Larry) Ellingson of Iowa City and Sandy (Rick) Isenhart of Littleton, CO; a son-in-law, Dennis (Shari) Overman of Dyersville; 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Torrance of Dyersville, a brother, Marvin (Leona) Tauke of Dyersville;  many in-laws from the Moorman and Konzen families, and his faithful companion, Gerti.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan, one daughter, Beth "Bunny" Overman, siblings: Donna (Robert) McGuire, James (Arlene) Tauke, brother-in-law, Tom Torrance, and several in-laws from the Moorman and Konzen families.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or Camp Courageous of Iowa

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

 

 



Hugh J. McCarron


While at home on the evening of May 19, 2017, Hugh J. McCarron, age 76, was born to eternal life.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Hugh's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Hugh was born in Dubuque on April 30, 1941, the son of the late Robert A. McCarron and Julia (Wolfe) McCarron. He attended St. Columbkille's High School and was a member of its final graduating class in 1959. He began studies at Loras College that fall. In October 1960, he started his career at John Deere, where he would remain an employee in the experimental planning department as a senior engineering processor for 41 years. Between 1965 to 1966 he served in the U.S. Navy and was in the reserves for 4 years.

Hugh married Dorothy Ann Schmitt on May 11, 1968 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. They had six children Kelly, Amy, Scott, Kate, Mollie, and Megan, all of whom feel blessed to have had him as their father.

Hugh had an inquisitive mind. He loved to tinker with things, whether it was the old cars he worked on or taking something new apart so he could satisfy his curiosity of how it worked. He was a resourceful educator and a person to go to if you needed to diagnose or fix a problem; he often found creative solutions by "rigging something up." The house that he built in 1970 and where he raised his family is filled with examples of Hugh's ingenuity, creativity, and craftsmanship.

When he was not working on a project or solving problems, he enjoyed watching stock car racing, whether it was from the couch or in person, especially the NASCAR races at the Daytona 500 or Kansas City Speedway. At a slower pace, Hugh liked to go on drives and road trips with Dorothy Ann to see different parts of the U.S. Ultimately what Hugh loved most was his family. He looked forward to holidays when everyone would reunite at home. His grandchildren eagerly anticipated his breakfasts, whether he was serving up his French toast or delivering dozens of doughnuts.

Hugh's family and friends will cherish his memory and forever be guided by the example he set and the way he lived his life.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann McCarron of Dubuque; children, Kelly (Chuck) Braak of Omaha, NE, Amy (Dan Jones) McCarron of Dallas Center, IA, Scott (Bonnie) McCarron of Aurora, IL, Kate (Chris) McCarron-Cotton of Kansas City, MO, Mollie (Jason Christopherson) McCarron of Clive, IA, Megan (Cory Brown) McCarron of Des Moines, IA; his grandchildren, Abbey, Gretchen, Katya Braak; Madeline, Mallory, Brianna McCarron; Grace, Olivia, Hadley, Chloe, Addison Cotton; and Finn, Natalie, Gabe Christopherson. He is also survived by siblings; Connie Kelly of Dubuque, Therese Lampe of Bettendorf, IA, Michael, Bob, and Dan McCarron of Dubuque, and Kevin McCarron of Marion, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Patrick.

On behalf of Hugh, the McCarron family would like to express a sincere thank-you to Sandy at Dr. Hermann's office and to Ron and Sharon Juergens for their love and support.



Richard H. Shaffer


Richard H. "Dick" Shaffer, age 76, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:40 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home.

Dick was born on November 2, 1940, in Dubuque, IA, son of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer.

Dick was united in marriage to Patricia Tracy on June 11, 1960, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with almost 57 years together, and 5 children. Dick was a very talented auto body technician who would invest his first 10 years with Wilson Brothers before eventually moving to Dan Kruse Pontiac, where he would devote another 34 years to his trade before finally retiring in 2004. Dick was a loyal man, who was not only proud to be a union member over the years, but also made no apologies for always putting his family first. In his free time, one of Dick's favorite pastimes was watching his beloved Cubbies, and their World Series win on his birthday last year was one of the greatest gifts Dick could have ever asked for. Our hearts ache with the loss of our husband, father and grandfather, but we are grateful for all of the memories he leaves behind and the countless lessons in the importance of delivery when it comes to some good old fashion sarcasm in your day.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Patricia "Pat" Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 sons,
Greg (Joy) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Maryann) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Jeff Shaffer, Dubuque, IA
and Eric (Kristi) Shaffer, Robins, IA;

his 13 grandchildren,
Holly (Flaco) Santoyo, Kayla (Anjison) DePaepe, Hayley Shaffer, Brandon Shaffer, Hunter Shaffer, Jared Shaffer, Chandler Shaffer, Cassandra Shaffer, Asia Shaffer, Payzlee Shaffer, Jovi, Kinzi and Addi; 

his 6 great-grandchildren;

and his 5 siblings,
Shirley (Pete Schwartz) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA,
William "Bill" Shaffer, Northwood, IA,
Clarence Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Rose) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA
and Harold (Sue) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gail Mussehl; and 8 siblings, Irvin (Ilene) Shaffer, Jack (Sue) Shaffer, Donnie (Judy) Shaffer, Alice Voels, Rita (Tony) Pfab, Lorraine (Eldon) Dimitroff, Leonard (Diane "Dede" Meyer) Shaffer and Mary Breitbach.

A Richard H. "Dick" Shaffer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for their kind, attentive and professional care of Dick and his family.

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

 



Margaret A. Peter


Margaret A. Peter, 89, of Dubuque died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm 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.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born February 2, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cecil and Helen (Grant) Cripe. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. On May 10, 1950 she married Donald J. Peter at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1999.

She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church where she was involved with its Rosary Society, St. Peter's Circle and Prayer Line. She was also a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed bird watching, Bingo, nature and writing poetry.

She is survived by six children, Lee (Rick Merkle) Peterson of Urbandale, IA, Mark (Shirley) Peter of Oregon, WI, Laurie (Tim) Leibold of Asbury, Lynn (Mike O'Shea) Schroeder of Dubuque, Tony Peter and John Peter; 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with one on the way, and a great-great grandchild on the way.

She was also preceded in death by a son in law, Steve Peterson; three brothers, Lawrence, James and Grant Cripe; one sister, Grace Thomas, and one grandson, Kelly John Peter and a great grandson, Eric Kerkenbush.

A Margaret Peter Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.

 

 



Louis Miller


Louis "Louie" Miller, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully with his family surrounded around him on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mara (Tom) Garner of Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be 2:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Louie was born on July 15, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Julius and Gertrude (Gross) Miller. He was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" Story on April 10, 1963 in Chicago, IL.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Louie owned the Cabaret in East Dubuque, and bartended at many establishments in the area over the years. He also owned the 2nd Hand Rose Store for 30-years, which he just recently closed.

Everybody knew Louie and his convertible. He had so many friends, and everyone who knew him loved him. You could always count on a smile at the 3-Mile House, where he spent time with his closest friends.

He lost the love of his life on January 8, 2008 after 45-years of marriage. He enjoyed watching sports and daily lunch at Mario's. He loved going to Mexico and Mississippi with Pat! Millerfest at Mara's with the entire family was the highlight of his summer and he absolutely loved Christmas Eve at the Midway with the traditional "leg lamp" in his room's window.

Surviving are his children, Mark Miller of Dubuque, and his children, Ryan, Marisa, Lacey, Sarina and Angelina, Mike Miller of Dubuque, Molly Miller of East Dubuque and children, Britini (Omar) Issac and Josh, Mara (Tom) Garner of Dubuque and their children, Mykenna, Jaidyn and Layne; 12 great grandchildren, Payton, Ayden, Gavyn, Kinsley, Alivia, Bianca, Gracie, Jack, Abraham, Anaya, Avanni, and Omar; his siblings, Izzy Miller, Roger (Pat) Gross, Donnie Gross, Janet Brehm, and brother-in-law, Michael (Lynn) Story.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Gertrude; his wife Pat; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Mollie Story.

In lieu of flowers, a Louie Miller Memorial Fund has been established.

Louie's family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison for their kind and compassionate care.



Dennis L. Stange


Dennis L. "Denny" Stange, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Denny's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Dennis Lee Stange was born on May 10, 1940 near Clarence, Iowa, to Raymond H. and Berniece I. (Toerber) Stange. He was a 1958 graduate of Clarence High School and received training with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. He married Janet Marilyn Walker on October 14, 1962 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Laurie, Lisa, Jeff, Dianne and Brenda.

Denny retired from Northwestern Bell after 30 years, and was a part-time farmer. He was a past board member of the Jackson County Conservation Board, and was a long-time member of the East Iron Hill Community Church where he had formerly served as a board member and was currently serving as the vice president of the cemetery association.

Denny loved anything outdoors including farming, gardening and fishing. He and Janet enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with their camper. He was an award winning bowler for team "Dad and the Boys" and wouldn't miss a day of coffee with his buddies. His absolute love was his family and he was happy to tell anyone who would listen about his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Denny's memory include his wife, Janet Stange of Maquoketa, IA; children, Laurie (Charles Jennissen) Stange of Shueyville, IA, Lisa (Jon Davidson) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Jeff (Kathleen Till Stange) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Dianne (Ian) Gutterman of Elmhurst, IL, and Brenda (James) Van Keuren of Mt. Airy, MD; a brother, Ronnie (Karen) Stange of Anamosa, IA; a sister, Carma Jean (Fred) Clark of Jacksonville, FL; a sister-in-law, Rita Stange of Walcott, IA; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; and 12 grandchildren, Jeremy, Lydia, Yuewan, Anna, Elizabeth, Nick, Olivia, Sam, John, Julia, Jay and Emily. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Marlyn Stange.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made directed to the Jackson County Conservation, East Iron Hill Community Church, or the Hope Lodge, 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246.

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

 



Duane A. Dean


Duane A. Dean, age 52, of Milwaukee, WI, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Duane's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Duane's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Duane was born on April 3, 1965, in Dubuque, son of Raymond and Phyllis (Nee-Scannell) Dean.

Duane was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of ‘84, and would go on to further his education with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Duane also made time to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1984-1987. During this time, he was united in marriage to his highschool sweetheart, Pamela J. Lape, on September 6, 1986, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Duane would invest his working years as an aircraft mechanic with the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Duane had a strong love for the Lord and would joyfully devote years of his faith life to the St. Rita Catholic Church in Milwaukee. When it came to free-time, Duane was always up to watching his Packer's or Brewer's hit the field, or even just a relaxing day casting his line into the water while soaking in the beauty of God's creation. But, it should be clearly stated that Duane's favorite, and most treasured times, were when his family and friends were gathered close by. His love for God, family, friends and country were continually on display for all to embrace and emulate. We are beyond saddened by the earthly departure of our dear Duane; but we discover peace in knowing that he's now free from his lengthy health battles, once again reunited with his dad and siblings, and that thankfully we will all join them in time for a most joyous and glorious of family reunions within our heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Duane's memory include

his loving wife,
Pam Dean;

his daughters,
Kelly Dean,
and Sondra Dean;

his mother,
Phyllis Dean;

his brother,
Darin (Tina) Dean;

his sister,
Darcy Ries;

his sisters-in-law,
Lori Bahl
and Tina (Jason) Knockel;

numerous nieces and nephews, along with several other relatives and many dear friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dean; 2 brothers, Kenneth Dean and David Dean; and 1 sister, Darla Dean.

A Duane A. Dean memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Donald C. Wood


Donald C. Wood, 69, of Dubuque died Friday, May 19, 2017.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be sharing of memories at 7 pm.

Donald was born June 10, 1947 in Honolulu, HI, son of Charles and Vivian (Vogel) Wood.  He received degrees from University of Northern Iowa and Clarke College.  On July 6, 1974, he married Mary Kay Burd in Dubuque.

Prior to his retirement in 2009, Donald worked as an accountant, most recently at AY McDonald Manufacturing.  He was a very kind person; a truly loving husband, father and grandfather. 

Donald had a passion for restoring old cars, especially classic Mustangs, woodworking and working in his Hosta garden.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Wood of Dubuque; children, Steven (Kelly) Wood of Salt Lake City, Brian (Kelly) Wood of Coralville, and Nicole (Troy) Smith of North Liberty; grandchildren, Farren, Olivia and Ethan Wood; Deegan and Kylin Wood; and Owen Smith.

He is also survived by his brother, Alfred Wood of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Donald Wood Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



Darlene E. Clemen


Darlene E. Clemen, 81, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, surrounded by her family.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Balltown. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Darlene was born April 2, 1936 in Balltown, the daughter of John F. and Veronica (Hansen) Habel. She married Loras Clemen on August 23, 1958 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Balltown.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi in Balltown and Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque.
Darlene was a hard working farm wife, who helped her husband with many chores, including milking. She loved tending her vegetable garden. Darlene also spent time mushroom hunting and picking berries, even though she always came home with poison ivy. She was employed as a bartender at Breitbach's Country Dining for over 20 years. Darlene was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing euchre, refinishing antique furniture, and trying her luck at the casino.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Loras, of Dubuque; four children, Clark (Sheri Anderson) Clemen of Frost, MN, Lynn (Gene) Langel of New Vienna, IA, Kevin (Mary) Clemen of Worthington, IA, and Dawn (Dallas) Tully of Sherrill; her grandchildren, Veronica Langel, Annie Knepper, Tony Langel, John Langel, Kaitlyn Clemen, Mitchel Clemen, Michael Tully, and Autumn Tully; her sister, Stella McDermott of Benton, WI; her brothers in law and sister in law, Jerome (Patsy) Clemen, Janice (Willis) Wagner, Francis "Fritz" (Linda) Clemen, Cathy (Don) Keppler, Dale (Carol) Clemen, and Marvin Gaul; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in law, Alphonse and Armella Clemen; her siblings, Rose Habel, Benny (Kay) Habel, and Cyril (Florence) Habel; her brother in law, Bert McDermott; and her sister in law, Germaine Gaul.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Memorials may be made to the Darlene Clemen Memorial Fund.

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



JoAnn Marie Moeller


JoAnn Marie Moeller, 63, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held Sunday May 21, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday May 22, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

JoAnn was born February 6, 1954 in Manchester, Iowa the daughter of Wilbert "Pete" and Norma Jean (Hullermann) Moeller.

JoAnn enjoyed spending time with and spoiling her many great nieces and nephews any way possible. She could always be found with a Pepsi in her hand or a stash of candy nearby. Her sense of humor and witty come backs will be greatly missed and cherished by all.

Survivors include her mother, Norma Jean Moeller of Dyersville, siblings: Cathy (Gene) Sickels of Masonville, IA, Donna (Jerry Smith) Stock of New Vienna, Pattie (Chris) Willenborg of Dyersville, Sharon (Richard Galligan) Moeller of Cedar Rapids, Kim (April) Kruser of Dubuque, Bill (Stacy Martin) Moeller of Dyersville, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbert "Pete", siblings: Justin "Dusty" Moeller, Lori Moeller, Dale Moeller niece & nephew: Christopher Stock and Darci Jo Stock, and maternal grandparents Leo and Hilda Hullermann, paternal grandparents William and Ella Moeller.

JoAnn's family wishes to thank the home care nurses from Finley, and the doctors, nurses and aids at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and Dyersville.

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



Richard A. Kohl


Richard "Dick" A. Kohl, 55, of Dubuque, passed away May 18, 2017, with his family gathered around him!

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Dick was born December 26, 1961, the son of James P. & Janet E. (Beresford) Kohl in Dubuque, the 6th child in a family of 8.

He was a Contracted Mail Route driver for years until he became his Dad's right hand man at The Grand Tap, headquarters of "The Leaky Lodge".

Dick has always looked to his brothers & his only sister for advice on some of his "things he had to get done list" & for some reason, he would always like the way we did it better than him! Imagine that!

Dick loved everybody & everybody loved him! He really loved his nieces & nephews & that love has now been extended to his great nieces & nephews & even to his great nephew who hasn't arrived yet by telling us, "make sure you tell him about Uncle Dick." I'm sure that won't be a problem Dick! He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend, & customer friendly bartender to all of the faithful "Leakey Lodge Members", customers, & friends he has met & has kept over the years.

Hey Brother, you sure showed that hated, rotten, disease how tough you really are! We love you brother and now you are safely home by Mom, Dad, Ronnie, Pete, and everyone who will be there to see you again! Thank You for all of the great memories brother & you will never be forgotten!

We love you!

He is survived by his siblings, Jim (Jane) Kohl, Dale Kohl, Robert (Chris) Kohl, Ken (Donna) Kohl, Kelly Kohl, and David Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews, Jessica (Bill) Lanz, Dublin, OH, Jennifer (Travis) Shaffer, Coralville, IA, Jillian (Tim) Castro, Mt. Horeb, WI, J.J. Kohl, North Liberty, IA, Casey (Leslie Schumacher) Kohl, Travis (Nicki) Kohl, Tiffany (Jake) Roling, Jordan (Sidney) Kohl, Tyler (Kaitlin) Kohl, Kyle Kohl, Brandon Kohl, Keith (Katie) Kohl, Amber (Jeremy Torchia) Kohl, Heath (Jenny) Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; great nieces and nephews, Weston and Scarlett Lanz, Colsen and Chloe Shaffer, Jamie Castro, Brady Kohl, Carsyn Roling, Cooper Roling, Kollins Kohl, Sierrah Torchia, Luca Kohl, and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronald.



Kenneth E. Klinkner


Kenneth E. Klinkner, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on May 17th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his family.

Private family services and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ken was born on November 2, 1934 in Temple Hill, Iowa the son of Charles and Mary (Grant) Klinkner. He married Margaret E. Coleman on May 14, 1955. He attended Loras Academy and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years. Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing with Brian and Sam; was an avid bowler and always enjoyed a good car ride.

He is survived by his wife Margaret "Marge"; daughters Lynn (John) Klostermann, Cindy (Jim) Riedl, Kari (Randy) Schueller, and son Brian (Tracy) Klinkner. Seven grandchildren, Nate (Aimee) Klostermann, Kati (Chris) Averkamp, A.J. (Nikki) Riedl, C.J. Riedl, Allison Schueller, Linzi Schueller, and Sam Klinkner. Six great grandchildren, Emma Klostermann, Ava, Evalie and Jase Riedl and Ella and Nora Averkamp. His brother Herman (Shirley) Klinkner, two sisters Jean Waterman, and Trish Robison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his half brother Gary.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and the wonderful staff at Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison for her extra loving care.



Calista A. (Wilwert-Steger) Hoppman


On May 17, 2017, Calista A. (Wilwert-Steger) Hoppman, 90, of Dubuque died quietly at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, May 22, 2017 at Church of the Nativity conducted by Msgr. James Miller Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Calista was born October 18th, 1926. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances (Ellerbach) Wilwert; brothers Gilbert, Herman, and Ralph Wilwert; and one sister, Mary Frances Maiers. She is survived by one sister: Dorothy Link, Dubuque.

She married Fay Thomas Steger on August 4, 1951, who preceded her in death October 10th, 1972. Calista served as real life partner in assisting Fay and her Father in Law Herb Steger in building Steger sub-division and founding Steger Construction. She is survived by her children Sue Krukonis (Herb) Hanson, Bonita Springs, FL; John (Barb) Steger, Duluth, MN; and Mary Beth (Tim) Wood, Dubuque; and her grandchildren Nicci (Mike) O'Connor, Dubuque; Jay (Tina) Brestrup, Dubuque; and Brandon (Abby) Wood, Colorado Springs, CO. Great grandchildren: Chaz, Anna, Ruby, and Nate.

Calista lived a life devoted to Faith and family. She was an avid member of the Nativity parish for 22 years, and of St. Joseph the Worker, where she epitomized the worker for 45 years. She was involved in Women's CEW and Catholic Daughters. She was a longtime leader in the Community of the Living Word under which she coordinated and facilitated a far-reaching prayer chain culminating in weekly prayer group meetings. She guided people in their personal relationships with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Family and friends feel, to know Calista is to know Jesus. Calista's gift was welcoming everyone interested in prayer. People felt warmly welcomed in her presence.

On November 19, 1993, Calista married Paul Hoppman, at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa. They, that day, blended a family that makes the Brady Bunch look like a bunch of amateurs. The original has blossomed to nine children, sixteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

Survivors include: Children: Lisa Hoppman Mullen (Dick); Leslie Hoppman Weddell , Linda Hoppman Anderson (Roger); Luana Hoppman Stoltenberg; Larry Hoppman (Cindy); Lynette Hoppman Heims. Grandchildren: Elise Mullen, Jeremy Mullen, Rachel Mullen, Nathan Anderson (Lindsey); Yenae Anderson, Zachary Stoltenberg; Stacie Hoppman; Simon Hoppman (Rachel); Shannon Hoppman. Great grandchildren: Emilee; Caleb, Elleyna, Annika, Carter, Chase; Rylee; Brady, and Josiah.

True to form, Calista made every one of us feel like her favorite, like she had all the time in the world for each one of us. She enjoyed games with family and friends, was a wicked good Euchre player, gracefully winning more often than not.

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

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

 



Paul Obi Okeke


Paul Obi Okeke, native of New City, New York and resident of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 10th, 2017 at the age of 22. 
  
Paul was born on February 16, 1995 in White Plains, New York. He is the son of Angelus and Lisa (Steffen) Okeke. A student at Loras College, he had dreams of becoming a teacher and was working at Young-Uns Day Care, where he was adored and loved by everyone.
 
Paul had an amazing smile that lit up a room. HIs quirky little laugh and giggle had the capacity to infect others with laughter and joy. Whether you were his best friend or a stranger, he treated everyone with an innate warmth and charm that can only be described as special.

He also spoke very proudly of his siblings and their achievements, as he lived vicariously through their endeavors. Paul was an amazing person, a fiercely loyal friend, and will be dearly missed by all those who had the privilege to meet him. 

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at Christ The King Chapel at Loras College. The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Fr. William Joensen officiating. 
 
He is survived by his parents Angelus and Lisa Okeke of New York; siblings Laurence, Edward and Mary; grandparents Loras and Mary Ann Steffen, and Mary Okeke; aunts Laura, Beatrice, Antonia, Veronica, Ann, Nkechi, and Uche; and uncle Fred; along with numerous cousins in Nigeria. 
 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Edward Okeke. 
 
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Louis C. Wessels


Louis C. Wessels (92) of New Vienna died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2017.

Visitation will be held 3 - 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm and Edward W. Lake VFW Post 7736 will hold a service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Louis was born November 21, 1924, the son of William and Mary (Oberbroecking) Wessels. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Kay) Freking on September 25, 1950. Louis served in the Army in World War II stationed in the Philippine Islands. He was a lifetime member of New Vienna Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Louis and Kay enjoyed 66 years of marriage and farmed the Freking Century Farm where they raised their four children. After retiring from farming, they moved to New Vienna where Louis became a Director of the New Vienna Mutual Insurance Company, a position he held for 20 years.

Louis was a member of St. Boniface Parish where he served a number of years on the School Board. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and the New Vienna Area Historical Society.

Louis and Kay loved to travel, enjoying trips to Europe and Hawaii as well as many other states in the USA. Louis also enjoyed wood working, trout fishing, and family get-togethers. In their younger years Louis and Kay loved to dance and play cards at parties with friends. Louis especially enjoyed feeding the birds in his backyard and taming robins with raisins every spring.

Louis is survived by his wife Kay of 66 years, daughters Sandra (Leo) Hogan of Worthington, and Mary Beth (Dr. Mark) Odell of Muscatine; sons Bill (Betty) Wessels of Dyersville, and Jeff (Kris) Wessels of Magnolia, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren; his brother Leon (Eileen) Wessels of Dyersville; sisters-in-law Ruth Wessels of New Vienna, Lillian Wessels of Farley, and Jan (Len) Wiest of Littleton, CO; and brother-in-law James Freking of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kay's parents, and brothers Earl, James, Fred (Mary Ann) Wessels; and in-laws: Juliana (Anthony) Boeckestedt, Bernard Freking and Rita Freking.

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



Shirley A. (Wiederholt) Ricke


Shirley A. (Wiederholt) Ricke, 79, of Menominee, IL passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Nativity BVM Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Shirley was born on November 17, 1937 to Mike and Alice (Pluym) Wiederholt on their family's home farm, near Hazel Green, WI. She was a graduate of St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI. Shirley was united in marriage to Leonard H. Ricke on September 25, 1956. They felt blessed to have celebrated 60 years of marriage in the fall of 2016. Together they had 6 children, so Shirley kept busy as a homemaker and in her younger years liked to cook and bake.

Shirley was an avid card player; especially euchre and poker. She also enjoyed gambling, watching the Cubs and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year she looked forward to working the family apple booth at the Galena Country Fair.

Surviving are her husband Leonard, children, Linda Kern of Woodland Park, CO, Dan (Laura) Ricke, Ron Ricke, Darryl (Janet) Ricke, all of Menominee, IL, Mark Fluhr of East Dubuque, IL and Dennis (Roseanne) Ricke of Lisbon, IA; her grandchildren Josh (Stacy) Kern, Mandy (Dennis) McWilliams, Scottie Murphy, Jason Ricke, Jessica (Nate) Lange, Cory Ricke, Cali Ricke, Megan (Todd) Placke, Michael Ricke, Sam Fluhr, Austin Fluhr, Nathan, Christopher and Adalyn Ricke; her great-grandchildren Kennedy and Jase McWilliams, Camdyn Placke and Gavin Lange; siblings Donald (Anna Mae) Wiederholt, Ardelle "Toots" Leibold, Kenny (Doris) Wiederholt, Phyllis (Everett) Runde, Judy (Carl) Timmerman and in-laws Eunice (Karl) Burroughs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Carol Ann Fluhr on May 6, 2013, her in-laws Victor and Mary Ricke, her siblings Eileen "Beaner" Wiederholt, Donna (Bob) Tippett, brother in law Pete Leibold; nephews Randy Wiederholt and Dale Wiederholt and niece Kristine Timmerman.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital for the excellent care given to Shirley in her final days.

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



Steven C. Meyer


Steven C. Meyer, 50, of Dubuque, went to the loving arms of his mother on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Dunleith Cemetery, East Dubuque, IL. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque.

Steven was born in Dubuque, IA on September 22, 1966, the son of Cletus and Ann Lee (Voliva) Meyer. He graduated with honors in 1985 from East Dubuque High School. He went on to graduate with honors in 1991 from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD with a degree in Pharmacy Practice.

For 27 years, Steven practiced pharmacy in Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and lastly in Chicago IL, where he worked for StatScript Pharmacy. During his time with StatScript, he served as honorary manager for 10 years. He did many speaking engagements on behalf of StatScript throughout the communities in which he lived regarding treatment options.

In his spare time, he loved to play with his beloved shelties, McKenzie and Baily. They gave Steve many years of enjoyment. He loved finding a great bargain. Steven often refurbished furniture and other antique items, breathing new life into the treasures he restored. He also loved art from the Art Deco era.

Steven is survived by his father, Cletus J. Meyer of Dubuque; his siblings, Deborah (Richard) Roth, and their children, Crystal (Al) Nauman and Nicholas (Kaitlin) Roth (godson); Karla (Peter) Schoen, and their children, Courtney (Cody) Sand, Brandon Schoen, and Brooke Schoen; Billy C. (Janine) Meyer, and their children, Madeline Meyer (goddaughter) and Zachary Meyer; a great niece; and several great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Diana Lynn Meyer; his brother, Michael Todd Meyer; and his mother, Ann Lee Meyer.

A Steven Meyer Memorial Fund has been established. The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the doctors and nurses at Stroger Cook County Hospital and University of Iowa for their care; to the staff and friends at Mount Pleasant Home; and also to the staff at the Visiting Nurses Association.

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



LeRoy Stampe


LeRoy Stampe, 104, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 9:30 A.M. until service time. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

LeRoy Stampe was born on a farm in Clinton County, Iowa, on November 25, 1912 to Peter Johannas and Fredericka Sophia (Hanssen) Stampe. He was a graduate of Preston High School and had attended business college in Clinton. He married Helen A. Christiansen on December 10, 1939 in Preston, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2015.

LeRoy first had a grocery store in Preston and then in DeWitt until selling it in 1946. He then farmed in the Elvira area for one year and moved back to DeWitt where he sold farm equipment for Charlie Rasmussen until moving to a farm west of Bliedorn in 1948. He then went to Grand Mound where he purchased a grocery store in 1949. From 1950 to 1954 he operated a farm north of Calamus and then farmed in the Elwood area until 1958. He then moved to Welton where he farmed and worked as a district sales manager for Trojan Seed Company until moving to Maquoketa in 1973. He continued selling seed corn until retirement in 1980. He moved to Clover Ridge Place in 2011.

LeRoy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the Toastmaster's in DeWitt and was a Mason.

Those left to honor LeRoy's memory include his children, Alan (Carolyn) Stampe of Wallace, NC, and Jane (Susan Cremer) Stampe of Edwards, CO; a son-in-law, David Hoeppner of Houston, TX; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 6 brothers Herbert, Adolph, Fred, Peter, Virtus and Marvin, 2 sisters Louise Black and Gladys Martin, and a daughter Sandra Hoeppner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LeRoy Stampe memorial fund has been established.

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



Mathias O. Hansen


Mathias O. "Mo" Hansen, 83, of Asbury, Iowa died Friday, December 23, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20 at Summit Congregational UCC, where a visitation will be held after 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Mathias was born on September 13, 1933 the son of Hans and Grace (Gordon) Hansen.

He married Shirley Offenheiser on May 24, 1953 in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Mathias served our country in the United States Army. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1959. Mathias was a Licensed Land Surveyor and County Engineer. He was County Engineer for 8 years in Marion County and 32 years in Poweshiek County. He served as Past President of the Iowa County Engineers Association.

Music was his passion. Later in life he joined the Music Men of Dubuque where he was a member for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Elizabeth Hansen, of Worcester, MA., Greg (Lisa) Hansen, of Dubuque and Catherine (Stephen) Hansen Shires, of Waterbury Center, VT; grandchildren, Sarah Shires, Alaina Shires, Nathaniel Shires, Jacob Hansen, and Kaitlin "Katie" Hansen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Hans C. Hansen Jr. and John Hansen; and his sister, Meta Parker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Summit Congregational UCC or the Music Men of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Summit Congregational UCC and Music Men of Dubuque.

 



Rose E. Heim


Rose E. Heim, 94, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rose may call from 3:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Services for Rose will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 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.

Rose was born August 25, 1922 in Galena, IL, daughter of John F. and Ellen E. (Birkbeck) Wolford. She graduated from Galena High School. On December 17, 1942, she was united in marriage to Frank W. Heim at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 19, 2011. Frank was the love of Rose's life, they met on Valentine's Day and were sweethearts ever since. They started out farming in Galena, IL, later Cuba City, WI and finally in 1949 settled in the Temple Hill, IA area. They were pillars of the Temple Hill parish; Rose was the oldest member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. They raised 12 children together. No mother loved or was prouder of her children than Rose. She loved to share her family stories and her "accordion" of family photos that she always carried in her purse with anyone who had time to look and listen. She never met a stranger and always saw the good in everyone. Everyone was welcome in her home and there was always a place at her table for one more. Rose was an amazing home maker and cook, famous for her beef and noodle soup, sewing and canning skills. After retirement, Rose and Frank spent time traveling the United States visiting family, including a trip to Alaska.

Rose's family was close and never ran out of occasions for family gatherings. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was a caring, devoted, loving wife and mother. She will be missed by many but they will be comforted knowing she is reunited with Frank once again.

She is survived by twelve children, Francis (Donna) Heim of Dunkerton, IA, Jim (Barbara) Heim of San Antonio, TX, Dave (Marvel) Heim of Cascade, IA, Bob (Phyllis) Heim of Poplar Grove, IL, Tom (Soila) Heim of Garden Prairie, IL, Mary (Ben) Beard of Monmouth, OR, Darlene (Roger) Ritt of Bankston, IA, Marlene (Rick) Jones of Dubuque, IA, Paul (Cindy) Heim of Onslow, IA, Bill (Laura) Heim of Camden, TN, Kenny (Itza) Heim of Cascade, IA, Beth (Randy) Wedewer of Epworth, IA; 41 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Viola Roling of Benton, WI; one brother-in-law, Al Halweg of Mercer, WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Hazel Wolford; one brother, Lloyd Wolford; and many sisters and brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Rose E. Heim memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support that they gave Rose.

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

 



Geraldine J. Hayes


Geraldine J. (Werner) Hayes, 75, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 with her beloved daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Geraldine was born November 22, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Gerald and Jeanne (Weiters) Werner. She married Allan C. Hayes on October 6, 1962 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2008.

Geraldine was a florist at Ellen's Floral Gallery for many years and worked at Diamond Jo Casino in guest services until she retired.

She was a devoted mother, housewife, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting and was very artistic and meticulous about was she did.

She will be sadly missed by her pride and joy, her daughter Jeanne Elizabeth Vondal, and her beloved son-in-law John Vondal of Dubuque; grandchildren, to whom she devoted much of her time, Gregory (Janessa Thill) Klauer and Austin (Hailey Mceowen) Camp, Crystal (Brooke) Vondal, Jeremy (Sabrina) Vondal, Josh (Stephanie) Vondal, Brandi (Kevin) Muchow, and Meagan Arthofter; 10 great grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Werner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two granddaughters, Kayla and Alyssa Vondal; and a brother, Gary Werner.

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

A special thank you to Dr. Steven Haas for many years if caring, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristin and Peggy. Also thanks to a special friend, Joannie.

To Dr. Steven Haas, my boundless gratitude for years of care and caring and encouragement. There are no words of thanks, and also to the dear people who were your associates as well. To Dr. David Field who didn't give up on fixing me and it always worked. Most of all to God for the amazing people he put in my life for me to love and to love me. A piece of work and every one of you will remain in my heart and prayers for eternity, if I can. God Bless and keep you all.

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



Sister Carmelina Meyers

Sister Carmelina Meyers, BVM, 91, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Marian Hall.Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories at 10:15 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Carmelina taught elementary school in Hempstead and Bellerose, N.Y.; and in Maywood and Grayslake, Ill. In Chicago, she taught elementary and secondary school and served in high school campus/youth ministry.

She was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 29, 1926, to James Peter and Catherine Johanna Wiltgen Meyers. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1942, from St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1944, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Beatrice L. Kalmes, and brother James F. Meyers.

She is survived by a sister Patricia J. Krase, Northbrook, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 years.

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

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



Sharon E. Riesselman


Sharon E. Riesselman, 55, of Dubuque, beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend, passed peacefully from this life the evening of May 10, 2017 after a short, but valiant fight with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Sharon was born Dec. 9, 1961, daughter of Harold and Darlene Riesselman. She graduated from Hempstead H.S. and would go on to work at Mount St. Francis, Kay Jewelers, and Molo Big 10 Mart.

She loved the Chicago Cubs, animals, the color purple, but most of all she adored her daughter Emily, who was the light of her life. Sharon never missed a practice or basketball game if Emily was playing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sharon is survived by her daughter Emily, her mother Darlene Wieseler, her brothers, Donald (Tina) Riesselman, Jeff (Barb) Riesselman , and Sister Kristy (Jason) Berry. Nieces Tara Riesselman and Nicole (John) Montgomery and Nephews; Matthew Riesselman, Alex Berry, and Gavin Berry. As well as Randy Mott (Emily's Dad), Paula Riesselman (Sister-In-Law), and her best friend Leslie Sweeney.

She was preceded in death by her father Harold Riesselman and her step-father Kenneth Wieseler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kristy Berry 10488 Emberwood Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001.

A special thank you to Dubuque Senior RAM FAM for all their love and support. Carol Copeland, Linda Neumann, Executive Management, Sisters of the Visitation, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Hermann and Dr. Heiar, Steve Bartmann, Dan Zenner, Mark Miller, The guys of Molo Big 10 Coffee Club, as well as the numerous individuals who showed their concern and support through Sharon's gofundme page.



Leslie M. Shaw II


Leslie Mortier Shaw II of 16605 Carmen Oaks Drive, Durango, Iowa passed away Friday May 5th at Hawkeye Care Center.

Leslie was born June 17th, 1940 in Marshalltown, Iowa where he attended grade school. After his family moved to a farm near Melbourne, he transferred to Melbourne High School, and later graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. He received a BA degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a major in music theory and a minor in organ.

He went to Boston for two years, before living part time with his mother back in Marshalltown for much of his life. He passed many summers in Denver, Colorado, and eventually resided there, as well as in San Francisco, and something over a year in Fort Lauderdale. He traveled widely throughout this country, and spent six years in Europe.

Leslie leaves behind more than 100 "regular length" compositions in addition to some 150 chorales. He wrote music for piano, organ, and voice; string quartets, sonatas for flute and other solo instruments, divertimentos for two clarinets and bassoon. Many of such compositions bear the titles of communities or sights therein which inspired them. Shaw played the organ for Marshalltown churches in his youth. Several books and numerous original recipes further enlarge his creative output.

Leslie was the son of Leslie Mortier Shaw originally from Irene, South Dakota, and of Margaret Edna Estel, whose Father, William Frederick, founded the Estel Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Mr. Estel built up a landed estate which Leslie did much to expand. Among his contributions stands out a union of six scenic and productive parcels totaling a mile square called Campidoglio Farm (after one of the seven sacred hills of Rome) - with its various parts named after Shaw's preferred composers.

All family proceeded the deceased in Death.

A celebration of life will take place at Blades Chapel on University of Dubuque Campus, 2000 University Avenue, on Tuesday May 23rd at 5pm followed by dinner at 6:15.

Leonard Funeral Home & crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.



Martin W. Hammerand


Martin W. "Marty" Hammerand, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at home, after a sudden illness. To honor Marty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Marty's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 15, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marty was born on March 12, 1937, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of John and Velma (Hartbecke) Hammerand.

Marty was united in marriage to Norma Jean Oberfoell on February 2, 1963, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. They were blessed with 51 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before she was called home ahead of him on June 5, 2014. Marty was a lifelong dairy farmer who earnestly worked his family farm in the Mud Lake area. Marty truly loved caring for his piece of God's creation, but when he wasn't out in the fields, or tending to the livestock, he could easily be found at the waters edge relaxing on his favorite bench and visiting with all the passer by's. He also found great joy in every opportunity to gather with family and continually found contentment and happiness whether it was a simple visit out in the yard, a friendly game of cards with friends, a little time to hang out with the grandkids, or even the especially treasured memories created on the annual family camp-out. He was also a man of strong character and faith who was quite proud to be a longtime member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. We are deeply shocked and saddened by Marty's sudden passing from this life to the next, but we definitely take comfort in knowing that he and Norma Jean are once again reunited and now preparing their heavenly home for future family gatherings while Marty is surely refining his legendary sense of humor to accommodate nothing but clean jokes from now on.

Those left to cherish Marty's memory include

his 4 children,
Tim (Lynne) Hammerand, Dubuque, IA,
Douglas (Christine) Hammerand, Carlisle, IA,
Victoria (Brian) Hein, Durant, IA
and Amy (JR) Gregoire, North Liberty, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Elizabeth (Tommy) Schmitt, Jennifer Hammerand, Derek Hammerand, Brittan, Trey, Garrett and Noah Gregoire, Grant and Elise Hein;

3 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand;

and his siblings,
David (Carol) Hammerand, Sherrill, IA,
JoAnn (Raymond "Blackie") Waller, Key West, IA,
Arlan (Midge) Hammerand, Sherrill, IA,
Walter (Dorothy) Hammerand, Fennimore, WI,
Gloria (Doug) Lenhart, Zwingle, IA
and Alice (Don) Welter, Bankston, IA.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Norma Jean Hammerand.

A Martin W. "Marty" Hammerand memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Richard T. “Dick” Rubie


Richard T. "Dick" Rubie, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dick was born on November 28, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Marie (Gronau) Rubie.

Dick was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Jean Miller, on July 16, 1977, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Together they would raise their family on the farm just south of town and embrace the true joy of country living. Dick understood the value of hard work and he would also go and invest another 41 years of his time and talents with A.Y. McDonald's. When Dick found a little free time in his days you could find him working on his next perfect 300 game at the bowling alley, heading out into the timber on his next hunt for bragging rites on the biggest rack, or even just sitting down in his favorite chair at home watching a favorite western like it was the 1st time he'd ever seen it. Many memories of Dick remain today and we will always treasure his unique words of wisdom and continually laugh at his humorous admiration of both the real and imagined "squirrels". Sadly, Dick has spent his last evening around the campfire and now most of the stories will thankfully be about the wonderful legacy he leaves behind. We will miss Dick with all of our hearts, but thankfully find peace in our minds with the faith that we will all see him again in time.

Those left to cherish Richard's memory include

his loving wife,
Jean Rubie, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Laura (Mike) Kapparos, Hazel Green, WI,
Paula (Jake) Rios, Dubuque, IA
and Joshua Rubie, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Alexandria, Aven, Justin, Victoria, Juliet and Catherine;

his 2 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Irene Jecklin,
Arthur (Helen) Rubie,
Lois (Dave) Hartman
and Fred (Doty) Rubie, all of Dubuque, IA.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Rubie; 2 sisters, Eleanor (Don) Palmer and Helen (Frank) Augustine; and a brother-in-law, George Jecklin.

A Richard T. "Dick" Rubie memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Richard's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care of Richard and his family.

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



Matthew J. Gaul


Matthew J. Gaul, 30 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Worthington, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at his home in Cedar Rapids due to natural causes.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Matt was born July 4, 1986, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Patrick and Nancy (Kelly) Gaul.  He was diagnosed at a very young age with Autism, but attended the Early Childhood Development Center in Epworth and earned his High School Diploma from Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg.  Some of the things that gave Matt great joy were taking rides in the van, going for walks and having a good meal.

Survivors include his parents, Pat and Nancy of Worthington, two sisters: Melissa (Mike) Salow of Minneapolis, MN, and Elizabeth Gaul of Worthington; aunts & uncles: Cathy (Kraig) Leuthard of Eden Prairie, MN, Paul (Connie) Kelly of Brentwood, CA, Julie (Bruce) Berstler of East Dubuque, IL, Brian (Julie) Kelly of Phoeniz, AZ, Nancy (Jim) Stock and Tom (Kate) Gaul, both of Dubuque, Dave (Leanne) Gaul of Monticello, IA, Dan Gaul of Covington, LA; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Faith Kelly, paternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Gaul, and an aunt, Jane Marie Gaul.

We would like to thank Matt's caregivers, Tammy Kayokela and Ann Sopousek, and the rest of the staff at REM Services.

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

 



David Gerard Knipper


David Gerard Knipper, 56, of Marion, and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from complications of Angiosarcoma of the liver diagnosed December 2016.

Visitation will be held from 2:00p.m to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dan Knipper (Dave's Uncle) will officiate. Per Dave's request, casual dress is appropriate.

When Dave was diagnosed with cancer he didn't let that cancer rule him. He ruled it. Dave's ‘herd was formed' and helped him work through his bucket list, and supported him through his journey.

Dave, the son of Larry and Katie (Hosch) Knipper, married Victoria Thiede on August 4th, 2001 in Dyersville. 

He worked up until the day he died, letting nothing stop him. Along with this, he continued to cheer on Andrew and the Hawkeyes, and usually was the loudest fan in the stands.

Euchre was his favorite card game, and he never liked to lose.

Dave was very proud of the work he did to ensure the success of the dairy and beef farmers that he helped throughout the years as a salesman for Prairie State/ Select Sires. He was very proud of his four-legged wives.

Dave was someone who always put others first, willing to help out when needed, and was a strong religious man. He did not inherit his father's handy man skills, and was lovingly called "The bolt breaker" by his family. He was many times seen as a human jungle gym to all of his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife, son, Andrew Harrison, siblings: John (Deb) Knipper of Clear Lake, IA, Michele (David) Kucharczyk of Onalaska, WI, Jude (Stacy) Knipper of Elk Horn, NE, sisters in-law: Shirley (Mark) Singsank of Dyersville, Audrey Spangenberg of Dallas TX, and Barbara (David) Michel of Preston IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Peter.

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

In lieu of flowers or momentos of remembrance, Dave's wish is that a memorial fund would be established in his name, and/or for the future education of Andrew.



Mary Lou Kruse


Mary Lou Kruse, 65, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate.

Mary was born July 15, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clement and Leona (Arens) Demmer. She graduated from Beckman Catholic High School with the Class of 1969, and began working at American Trust Bank in Dyersville.

She married Ronald L. Kruse on Nov. 13, 1971, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed and milked cows near New Vienna and Dyersville while they raised their family. She later worked for Beckman High School and went on to work for TOMY for 14 years until retiring in 2013, to spend more time with her family and especially grandchildren.

Mary and Ron were a St. Francis Xavier General Chair Couple and a Marriage Sponsor Couple. They were also members of the Beckman Booster Club Board, and Mary was a youth league softball coach. She enjoyed biking, gardening, dancing, golfing, Monday Night Volleyball, other sports and especially being a mom and grandma. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family to keep the "treat drawer" full.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Ron; children: Michelle (Troy) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Craig (Heather) Kruse of Phoenix, AZ, Kim (Ben) Page of Des Moines, IA, Ted (Terese) Kruse of Dyersville, Tony (Melissa) Kruse of Johnston, IA; 12 grandchildren: Shawn Deutmeyer, Olivia and Lila Kruse, Sophie and Bryce Page, Maria, Luke, Theo and Micah Kruse, Grady, Beckett and Maddox Kruse, siblings: Donald (Nancy) Demmer of Dyersville, David (Betty) Demmer of Farley and Merlin (Becky) of Dyersville, Robert (Sharon) Demmer of Dundee, Doris Weber (friend Bruce Johnson) of Sun City, AZ; in-laws: Henry (Doris) Kruse of New Vienna and Rose Mary Kruse of Bankston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Marvin Demmer, and in-laws: Daniel, Robert, Richard, David Kruse.

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

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



Donald L. Hildebrand


Donald L. Hildebrand, age 76, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:05 a.m., on Monday, May 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born on September 25, 1940, in Dyersville, son of Clement and Lorraine (Kramer) Hildebrand.

Don grew up in the Dyersville and Dubuque area and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1958. He would immediately join the U.S. Marine Corps at the spry young age of 17 and honorably devoted 3 years of his early adult life to the Corps before finally returning home to begin his 31 year tour with John Deere Dubuque Works. He enjoyed his time, and companionship with friends, in the Tool Shop at Deere's until his eagerly anticipated retirement became a reality in 1998. Don would eventually meet his beautiful bride, Carolyn Theis, and they would be united in marriage on February 2, 2002. They were blessed with 15 wonderful years together, and a combined family of 5 children and 10 grandchildren, before Don was called to his eternal home this morning. Don loved his family, friends, country and Corps and would continually display his admiration for all on a daily basis. Don also diligently invested years of his life to the Dubuque Detachment Marine Corps League and was not only a very active and willing volunteer on the funeral detail, but also held the distinction of Commandant during his service. Sadly, Don has solemnly saluted his last fellow veteran while standing at their graveside. This week a final salute will be raised in Don's honor as we say a temporary goodbye to our loving husband, father, friend and hero. We thank you Don for all of the sacrifices you've made during your 76 years here on earth and we pray that the Lord keeps you safe and comfortable in His arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife, Carolyn Hildebrand, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Christopher (Julie) Hildebrand, Madison, WI,
Mary Lynn (Allen) Hitz, Prior Lake, MN
and Matthew (Katie) Hildebrand, Barrington, IL;

his 2 step-children,
Dave (Julie) Theis, Dubuque, IA
and Deb (Scott Smith) Theis, Dubuque, IA;

his 10 grandchildren,
Jacob and Claire Hitz, Anna and John Hildebrand, Aiden, Ella and Gavin Hildebrand, Chris and Katey Theis and Kelly (Nicole Launspach) Hoffmann.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

A Donald L. Hildebrand memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Don's family would like to thank all of Don's friends, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the support, kindness and compassionate care of Don, and his family, these past few weeks.

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

 



Nancy Ann Schneider


Nancy Ann Schneider, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:45 a.m., on Monday, May 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Nancy was born on January 27, 1942, in Dubuque, daughter of Theodore and Delores (Eichenburg) Olds.

Nancy was born and raised in Dubuque and would spend many years working at the Mitten Factory, Hotel Julien, Loras College, Mercy and Finley Hospitals and finally at McDonald's. Nancy was strong in her faith and would definitely walk her spiritual path with a confidence and a hope for a better tomorrow and a perfect eternity. She has sadly played her last Euchre hand with her loved ones today and is now resting safely and securely in her Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include

her husband,
Richard Schneider, Dubuque, IA;

her 2 children,
Larry Latham, Wisconsin
and Lora (Daniel) Latham-Tracy, Sherrill, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Molly (Tony) Summer, Matthew Timmerman, Michael Timmerman, Loni Latham, Heather Latham and Rebecca Latham;

and her sister,
Eva (Frank) Schneider, Dubuque, IA.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents.

A Nancy Ann Schneider memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Holly from Hospice, for all of their wonderful care of Nancy and her family

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



Gloria A. Morris


Gloria A. Morris of Dubuque, 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.

Gloria was born on November 27, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George T and Lillian A (Schmidt) Geisler. She married Thomas H. Morris on August 3, 1946 in Milwaukee, a marriage that truly stood the test of time, as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last August.

During World War II, while Tom was at sea with the Coast Guard, Gloria aided the war effort by working as a radio technician at Wright Air Force Base. After the war, she took time to raise her young children. Then in the 1960s she and her husband started, owned and operated Tom Morris, Inc., an advertising agency on the outskirts of Chicago. Not only was Gloria then a full-time mother, she was also vice president and accountant for the company.

Tom and Gloria had three daughters. When asked to describe their mother, each states, without hesitation, "she was self-less." Gloria truly lived the principle of ‘loving your neighbor as yourself.' Besides working for their family business, you would always find Gloria giving of herself to others. Whether it be sewing clothes for her daughters; baking for friends and neighbors; nurturing their garden; singing for the church choir; or simply comforting those around her as they walk through a trial; she truly exemplified a lifestyle of giving. To those who knew her, her example will be a lasting legacy.

Surviving her is her husband, Tom; their children Judy (Kirk) Leoni of Weare, NH, Susan (Steve) Mill of Yarmouth Port, MA, and Jill (Steve) Carter of Mesa, AZ; and grandchildren Ben and Meredith Leoni, Meghan Mill (Drew Cameron), Lindsey (Daniel) Khamir, and Heather (Ivan) Valenzuela; and great-granddaughter, Emersyn Khamir.

Private family services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Rosemary C. Kremer


Rosemary Catherine Kremer, 88, of LaMotte, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her daughter's home. She peacefully entered heaven while surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, Iowa, with Fr. Jerry Kopacek and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the mass. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. The prayer service will be at 2:45 p.m.

On June 19, 1928, Rosemary's story began. Since Rosemary was born in the same year as Mickey Mouse, it was only destiny that she fell in love with this Walt Disney character.

Rosemary was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Pribyl) Rhomberg. Her family moved to a farm in LaMotte at the age of 10. As a young adult she worked at the Dubuque Licorice Factory and Flexsteel.

She married Lawrence Kremer on September 16, 1948. Rosemary and Lawrence started their life together in LaMotte on the family farm where Lawrence was raised. Lawrence preceded her in death on February 15, 1989. In 2006, the family's farm was honored as a Century Farm by the State of Iowa. Rosemary remained on the farm until the age of 88.

Rosemary truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: cheering on the Chicago Bulls, working in her garden, mending clothing, completing puzzles, smiling at anything purple, and spoiling her beloved dog Mickey.
Her wit and personality made her loved by many. Family was everything to Rosemary. She was so proud to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up and loved having them visit the farm. Her extraordinary work ethic was truly inspiring. Her influence will remain forever in the lives of those who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include her children: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer of LaMotte, Jean (Ted) Huseman of North Aurora, Illinois, Jim (Jan) Kremer of LaMotte, Jane (Paul) Vetter of Lakeville, Minnesota, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer of LaMotte, and Mary (Chuck) Michel of Bellevue, Iowa; grandchildren: Stephanie Valentine, Matt Kremer, Tricia Carty, Laura Duncan, Rachel Kremer, Nick, Eric, and Curt Schiesl, Jessica Willimack, Jena Petersen, Derek, and Jared Hueneke, Staci, Brad, and Jillian Huseman, Jamie and Jackie Kremer, Christi, Brianna, and Skylar Vetter, Tyler, Holly, Megan, and Amber Kremer, Taylor, Jack, Sam, and Kendall Kremer, and Tori and Jonathan Michel, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Genevieve Theis, Veronica Rhomberg, and Mary Lou Rhomberg.

Rosemary was also preceded in death by her parents, her sons Alvin and Melvin Kremer, daughter-in-law Sharon Kremer, grandson Nicholas Michel and brothers Ray, Alfred, and Leonard Rhomberg.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Christopher Stille, the Mercy Medical Center staff, Jackson County Hospice for their compassionate care, and Deacon Loras Weber for his guidance throughout this journey.



David H. Lorenz


David H. Lorenz, 70, of Mission Texas, formally of Dubuque, Iowa died March 22, 2017 at Alfredo Gonzales Texas State Veterans Home.

Visitation will be held at Linwood Cemetery chapel from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

David was born September 23,1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Harry and Rosemary. He married Nancy Goin on June 27, 1998. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam. David was employed by Adams Pet Hospital as a pet groomer. He was a member of the American Legion and Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Association.

David enjoyed reading, camping, walking "buddie", and sitting on the porch visiting with friends. His sense of humor was with him to the end. He is so greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife Nancy, step-daughter Brenda Henkel, 2 brothers, Carl (Cindy) and James (Kyle); 1 niece and 3 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sandra and Mary, and brother Michael.

The family requests no flowers; a David Lorenz memorial fund will be established in care of his wife Nancy.



Theodore J. Manternach

Theodore James Manternach, infant son of Isaac & Lauren Manternach was born on May 5, 2017 and passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.

Theodores loved ones include his parents, Isaac and Lauren Manternach of Worthington, Paternal grandparents: Brent and Ruth Manternach of Worthington, maternal grandparent, Carla Gibbons of Dubuque.

Theodore was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Gibbons.

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

 

 



Dorrance J. Dean


Dorrance J. Dean, 69, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

Services will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Private family burial will be in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Kieler. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dorrance was born on September 12, 1947, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Irma (Burbach) Dean. He married Sherry L. Liddle on June 11, 1966. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2010.

Dorrance worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 37 years and was also a semi truck driver for eleven years. He served as a Boy Scout Master for eleven years.

Survivors include his son, David (Stacy) Dean, of Cuba City; a daughter, Deborah Darosh, of Washington; a sister, Mary Bleile, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Larry Liddle, of Dubuque; three sisters-in-law, Barb Dean and Beverly Oestrich, both of Dubuque, and Linda (Terry) Slater, of Platteville; five grandchildren, Brody and Kenleigh Dean, and Jenny, Matt and Courtney Hefel; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Delvin and Leonard Dean; a sister, Donna Bobo; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Bleile.

A Dorrance J. Dean Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care and Southwest Health Center for their care.

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



A. Bernice Frank


A. Bernice Frank, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 5, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bernice's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Agnes Bernice Widel was born on September 15, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Jerry M. and Hilda (Atzen) Widel. She went to Jackson County country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Jim Frank on June 12, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2009.

Bernice had worked for Bill Frey at the Maquoketa Music Store and then owned and operated it after Bill passed away under the name B & F Music Store. She then worked for Ross River Feed, Swiss Valley as a milk tester, and lastly was a homemaker.

Bernice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed counted cross stitching, walking, had an extensive Santa Clause collection, and enjoyed a good glass of wine.

Those left to honor Bernice's memory include a daughter, Sandra Valbert Rockwell of Des Moines, IA; 2 grandsons, Scott (John Carstensen) Valbert of Des Moines, IA, and Philip (Samantha) Valbert of Bend, OR; 2 great-granddaughters, Anna and Madison Valbert; a brother, Kenneth (Alice) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Frances Willey of Maquoketa, IA, and Janice (Jerry) Edwards of Camanche, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters Helen Meyer and Maxine Anderson, and brothers Frederick, Paul and James Widel.

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

 



Mary R. Besler


Mary Rosella Besler, 81, of Farley, Iowa, died at 10:57 p.m. on Thursday,, May 4, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.

Mary was born June 1, 1935 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Helen (Bakey) McLaughlin. She received her education for Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On November 12, 1955 she was united in marriage to Donald I. Besler at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2014.

Mary raised six children and helped her husband on their 120 acre hog farm north of Farley. They both took great pride in the beautiful Quarter Horses that they showed weekly. Mom had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to have fun! She was known to start water fights in the house, play Mario Bros into the wee hours of the night, and take extravagant shopping sprees with her grandchildren to Theisens and Sindt Motor. She purchased ponies by the trailer load, boxes of baby chicks, and puppies by the litter. Mom hosted neighborhood ball games, adored her nephew Mark Healy, and valued time spent with family. She was unabashedly biased toward her grandchildren and was glad to steal your ear and tell you all about their activities and accomplishments. She had a sweet tooth that would make Shirley Temple blush. She was an Irish firecracker, and if you were lucky enough to be loved by her, she was ferociously loyal. Losing her son Paul was the heartbreak of her life, and our family takes great comfort in knowing they are finally reunited.

She was a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by five daughters; Jodie Sheeley of Dyersville, IA, Jayne (Joe) Houselog of Dyersville, IA, Jean (Bob) Hingtgen of Peosta, IA, Jill (Paul) Brown of Farley, IA, and Janel (Dr. Todd) Kluesner of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren; Paul, John and Lauren Sheeley, Nic Houselog, Hannah, Heidi, and Ben Hingtgen, Joe, Jim, Jon and Jenna Brown, Caroline, Anna, and Jack Kluesner; one sister-in-law, Venita McLaughlin of Dubuque, IA; six sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Jean (Mike) Knepper of Dyersville, IA, Shirley (Jim) Manternach of Monticello, IA, Verla (Pat) Horsfield of Epworth, IA, Norma (Jim) Butcher of Farley, IA, Helen (Dick) Schnier of Dyersville, IA and Theresa (Steve) Gulyash of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son; Paul Besler on May 21, 1976; one grandson in infancy, Anthony M. Wolf; one sister, Patricia (Ed) Healy; one brother, TJ McLaughlin; and one nephew, Mark Healy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Memory Care Unit at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Mary's family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Shady Rest Memory Care, and the numerous in home caregivers who provided comfort and care in very rough waters, especially angels Karla Garrett and Malleri Goerdt. We are eternally grateful.

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

 



Father Louis Trzil


Father Louis Trzil, 91, died on May 3, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids, with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale as homilist. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Father Trzil was born April 10, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, the eldest son of Louis and Georgianna (Nejdl) Trzil's four children. He received his early education at Catholic schools in Cedar Rapids. He attended St. Procopius College, Lisle, Illinois, and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1946. He studied theology at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained on May 27, 1950, by Archbishop Leo Binz in Dubuque.

His first assignment was as associate pastor at Holy Trinity in Protivin and Holy Cross in Schley (1950-55). He then served at St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids (1955-60).
Father Trzil served as pastor of the following parishes; Assumption of the BVM in Little Turkey, 1960-62; St. Joseph in Prairieburg, 1962-68; St. Wenceslaus in Spillville, 1968-77; St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids, 1977-83; Holy Trinity in Protivin, 1983-88; Holy Cross in Schley, 1985-88; St. Patrick in Buffalo Center and Sacred Heart in Woden, 1988-90; Immaculate Conception in Wexford and St. Ann-St. Joseph in Harpers Ferry from 1991-2010 and St. Pius V Parish in Cherry Mound from 1999-2010.

He was well known for his concern for people in need, volunteering and assisting at the following: Pine Ridge Native American Reservation, South Dakota, the Appalachian region in Kentucky, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Association for Retarded Children (ARC) in Iowa, and Luster Heights Minimum Security.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jerome.

He is survived by his sisters Mary Reu (Cedar Rapids) and Rose Ann Trzil, S.S.S.F (Milwaukee); nieces and nephews Lisa and Mark, Steve and Pam, Janice and Jody, Joe; and seven great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be given to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation.



Louise M. Jones


Louise M. Jones, 67, of Dubuque Specialty Care, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Private family services will be held at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Louise was born on April 6, 1950 at Ionia, Iowa, the daughter of John and Olivia (Huegel) Orthaus.  She was a 1968 graduate of Don Bosco High School at Gilbertville, Iowa.  Louise was united in marriage to David R. "Bob" Jones on October 6, 1972 at Epworth, IA.

She was office manager for Sitco in Dubuque until her retirement in 2014. Louise loved to cook and enjoyed watching television and movies.

Surviving is her husband, David R. "Bob" Jones of Dubuque, three children, Bob Jones and Michelle (Jason) Madison both of Dubuque and John (Kelli) Jones of East Dubuque; two grandchildren, Erik and Calista and twin Jones babies on the way; her siblings, Richard (Phyllis) Orthaus of New Hampton, IA, Sister Kathleen Orthaus, OSF, of Mt. St. Francis Convent in Dubuque, Joanne (Richard) Gleason of Gilbertville, William (Therese) Orthaus of Ionia, Thomas (Marilyn) Orthaus of Central City, John (Eileen) Orthaus of Urbandale and Linda (Bill) Noehl of New Hampton; a sister-in-law Wilma Orthaus of Rochester, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Gerald Orthaus.

In lieu of flowers a Louise M. Jones memorial fund has been established.

Louise's family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care provided to their wife and mother.

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

 

 



Ernest J. Davidson


Ernest J. "Ernie" Davidson, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Ernest's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ernest Jeffery Davidson was born on July 28, 1964 in the Quad Cities to Ernest Roger and Becky Jill (Hawotte) Davidson. He was a graduate of Andrew Community High School and attended St. Ambrose University. He married Linda Rorah Mendel on January 15, 1999 in Andrew, Iowa.

Ernie had worked for his family at the Sand Prairie Quail Farm in Maquoketa for many years. He had also worked at Iowa Concrete Products in Maquoketa for several years, and from 2014 to 2017 for Devenish Nutrition in Maquoketa.
Ernie had attended Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed shooting guns, playing chess, fishing, cooking, and mushroom hunting.

Those left to honor Ernest's memory include his wife, Linda Davidson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tanner Bowling of Ames, IA, Carrie Mendel of Lost Nation, IA, Hannah and Alexis; 1 grandchild, Paeton Miller; his father and step-mother, Ernest and Diane Davidson of Moline, IL; his mother and step-father, Becky and Dale Davidson of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Julie (Rod) Blake of Grand Mound, IA, Rebecca Davidson of Bettendorf, IA, Jennifer Davidson (Dan) Devens, and Lana Justice of NM; brothers, Eric (Sara) Davidson of Davenport, IA, Joel (Erica Barker) Davidson of Maquoketa, IA, and Scott Davidson; and a special joy, Millie Jean. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, a son Joshua Mendel, and a nephew Mitch McConnell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/ernest-j-ernie-davidson-2

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

 



Rendy I. Capelle


Rendy I. Capelle, 40, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Rendy's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, May 13, 2017, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rendy Ipraim Capelle was born on May 13, 1976 in Pingelap, Micronesia to Ipraim and Nora (Charley) Capelle. He attended the Pingelap Elementary School, Pohnpei Island Central High School, and later the Hawaii Job Corps. He married Yulihner Ioanis on September 30, 2006 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rendy had worked as a forklift operator at Family Dollar in Maquoketa for over ten years. He was a member of the Maquoketa Island Church and enjoyed visiting family and friends.

Those left to honor Rendy's memory include his wife Yulihner Capelle of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Miora Renselihna Capelle of Maquoketa, IA; his father Ipraim Capelle of PNI; siblings, Rosalihna (Sosiro) Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Clanry (Marlinda) Capelle of PNI, Enselihna (John) Ezekiel of PNI and Dexter (Etrihse) Capelle of Andrew, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Nora Capelle.

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



Brandon M. Fischer


Brandon M. Fischer, 23, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, April 27th.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a celebration of life and time of remembrance service will be held at 7 p.m.

Brandon was born on September 8th, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cathie Seippel and Tom Fischer.

After being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of 11 in 2005, Brandon fought long and hard to come out on top, officially being done with treatments in 2010, and being given the free and clear, cancer-free thumbs up in 2015.

During those years, Brandon idolized the United States Marine Corp. and all things military. His dream was to enlist in the Marine Corp when cured. His free time was spent with the Dubuque Military Explorers program, a basic training camp for kids interested in enlisting someday. He was awarded the Cadet of the Year award in 2008 in recognition for his diligence and selfless determination and a relentless dedication to excellence - sounds like the stubborn, bull-headed Brandon we all knew.

Brandon had a smile that lit up the room, which would make you take a second look because he was always filthy and covered in mud from head to toe. He loved playing in the dirt with his job and his big uncle Steve at InfraSource as a pipe liner. He also enjoyed taking whichever truck was up and running for the week mudding. He was a true cowboy and redneck, all rolled into one hell of a gentleman who would give you the shirt off of his back, probably with cut-off sleeves, and then invite you to a bonfire where you would be handed a PBR or bottle of Jack.

He loved the outdoors and just being in nature. Brandon also loved to travel, having recently visited Las Vegas, work in North Carolina, Washington, and having moved to Arizona to be with family.

Family always came first for Brandon and it was never about blood relation. It was about the circle of family and friends together, being surrounded by good humans and great memories.

Those left to celebrate Brandon and his amazing life are his mother, AKA mama-san, Cathie Seippel, Dubuque, IA; his two annoying but loveable siblings Samantha Seippel (David Johnson), Dubuque, IA and Nick Fischer (Kerry Cooper), Dubuque IA; his father, Tom Fischer (Sarina), West Virginia; his grandfather Peter Seippel (Cathy), his mentor and hero uncle Steve Seippel (Sara), an aunt and uncle in Colorado, Chris Ortiz (Bill) and John O'Brien (Krista), and many more adoring great-aunts and uncles, cousins, and the best friends anyone could ask for.

He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandmother, Patricia; paternal grandmother, Carol; great aunts, Darlene and Gertie; great uncles Bob, Joe, and Kenny.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brandon Memorial through Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory.



Mary Belle Binns


Mary Belle Binns, 98, of Maquoketa passed away Monday evening, May 1, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Mary Belle's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mary Belle Freeman was born October 13, 1918 in McGregor, Iowa to Rob Roy and Clare (Curran) Freeman. At age two her Mother passed away and she was sent to live with an Aunt in Caledonia, Minnesota. Several years later her father married Anna Entringer and the family was reunited. Her Father moved his family from McGregor to Cascade, Iowa where the Narrow Gauge Railroad ended in which he was the conductor. Mary Belle grew up in Cascade and graduated in 1936 from East Cascade High School. She married Fred Binns October 1936 in Marion, Iowa. Fred passed away in 1978. He was a farmer in the Iron Hill area. She enjoyed being a farm wife, doing her share of caring for the animals and the daily chores. They had a son, Gary Franklin and an infant son dying at infancy. She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Emeline, Iowa and later became an active member of the East Iron Hill Community Church where she enjoyed the Sunday sermons and fellowship with other members. She belonged to the Ladies Aide. She was a housekeeper and helped in many homes in Maquoketa. She was a cook working at Crestridge Nursing Home, Michel's Truck Stop, Lake Hurst Supper Club and Decker House. She loved to cook and prepare delicious meals for special occasions. She founded the Rake and Hoe Garden Club. She loved her family, enjoyed reading; she was also an artist who could "paint on anything". She made quilts and was a member of Lola's Quilting Class where they made many quilts for the Lions Club.

Those left to honor Mary Belle's memory includes her four granddaughters, Michelle Hager (Kevin), Trisha Jaehrling (David), Kathleen Resendiz (Alex), and Mara'Lee Nickell (friend -Mike), Daughter in law, Mary Jane Binns, 11 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, her son Gary, infant son, her parents, 2 sisters Marguerite Winger and Lola Hardin, two brothers Robert and Merle, one half sister and one half brother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Belle Binns memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to give special thanks to the entire Diesing family and Kay Tracy for all they have done over the years for Mary Belle.

 



Roseann M. McComish


Roseann M. McComish, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Roseann's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Roseann's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Roseann was born on June 15, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Pansy (Savary) Mullen.

Roseann was united in marriage to Robert McComish on October 28, 1960, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 33 years, and 4 children, before he was called home ahead of her on July 9, 1994. Roseann was a devoted wife and mother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. Family was always the most important aspect of Roseann's life, but she also had a great love for nature and the great outdoors. She could often be found out walking, enjoying a family picnic at the park, or even just sitting and watching the birds. Roseann also enjoyed curling up with a good book and embracing a nice little escape for a few hours. We are deeply saddened with the lose of our sweet mother, but thankfully take comfort in knowing she is reunited with the love of her life, Robert, and all of her loved ones who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Roseann's memory include

her children,
Suzanne Fox, Alice, TX,
Diane McComish, San Antonio, TX,
Jerry (Karen) Dress, Camarillo, CA
and Greg (Mary) McComish, San Antonio, TX;

her 4 grandchildren;

her 6 great-grandchildren;

and 1 sister-in-law,
Mary Mullen, Dubuque.

Roseann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert McComish; a sister, Frances (LeRoy) Stahl; and 3 brothers, Clement (Jeanann) Mullen, John "Abe" Mullen and Donald Mullen.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate, and professional care of Roseann, and her family, these past few years.

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



Judith F. Daniels


Judith F. Daniels, 77, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Judy's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Judith Faye Keil was born on January 15, 1940 in Bellevue, Iowa, to George and Esther (Paulsen) Keil. She attended Bellevue schools and married Delbert L. Daniels on May 6, 1956 in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Steve, Mark, Barb and Lura. 

Judy had first worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue for several years and then at the Savanna Army Depot. She lastly worked at the Baldwin Locker from 1974 to 1981. She then became a stay-at-home mom and grandma. 

Judy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Merry Knitters Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, bird watching, cooking and listening to KMAQ Radio. She especially enjoyed her morning coffee with her neighbors.

Those left to honor Judy's memory include her children, Steve (Cindy) Daniels of Maquoketa, IA, Mark Daniels of Maquoketa, IA and Lura (Mike Duhme) Daniels of Zwingle, IA; 7 grandchildren, Brenda Huffman, Missie (John) Vaughn, Katie Daniels, Joshua (Sierra) Daniels, Will Baker, Zach Baker and Taylin Baker; and 5 great-grandchildren, Reighan Huffman, Alexa Huffman, Isabella McNamee, Alayna Daniels and Eli McNamee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Delbert on April 20, 1994, a daughter Barb on October 4, 1981, brothers Norbert and Darrell, and a sister Alice Downey. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Judith F. Daniels memorial fund has been established.

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



William P. Schiel


William P. "Billy" Schiel, age 57, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Billy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Billy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Billy was born on June 27, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John "Honus" and Margaret "Ginny" (McPoland) Schiel.

Billy was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1977. He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who eagerly invested his work life with FDL, Chi-Chi's, and finally with the Mystique Casino since its beginning over 21 years ago. He was known as the "friendly bartender" who may not have always known your name, but definitely remembered your favorite drink. Billy was a loyal family man who thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to bond with his family. Billy faithfully managed the family's vacation fund and looked forward to their regular excursions together where the worries of work could be left behind and the joys of family could be embraced. Billy was also a fun loving man who happily anticipated his well earned trips with friends to both Las Vegas and Mexico. In his free time, Billy was always up for a friendly hand of cards, or generously helping out anyone who needed a hand. Billy was well known, within his inner circles, for his tenacious ability at practicing the art of "patience" on the golf course and also on repair projects around the house. Sadly, our time here on earth with Billy has been far too short, and our hearts ache with the pain of loss which only faith and time can heal. But we thankfully find subtle amounts of peace and comfort in trusting that Billy is once again reunited with his Dad and that they'll both be in good company until we see them again.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include

his adoring mother,
Margaret "Ginny" Schiel, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 siblings,
Bruce Schiel, Fort Myers, FL,
Robert "Bo" (Ronda) Schiel, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Ana) Schiel, Winston-Salem, NC,
Diane (Richard "Byrd") Hoffman, Dubuque, IA,
Janet (Ronald "Woody") Stumpf, Dubuque, IA
and Nancy (Dan) Biechler, Marion, Iowa;

14 nieces and nephews;

and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his father, John Schiel; and a brother-in-law, Stephen Stumpf.

A William P. "Billy" Schiel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Steffen, Dr. Eric Engelman, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bill and his family.

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

 



Norma J. Treanor


Norma J. Treanor, 84, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, at Resurrection Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 7:00 p.m.

 She was born on December 19, 1932, in St. Olaf, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Stella (Johnson) Peterson.  She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1951.  She married the love of her life, Clifford Treanor, on January 24, 1953.  He preceded her in death on September 22, 2006.

She worked as an administrative secretary at Dubuque Hempstead High School, retiring in 1991.

Norma loved spending time with her family.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her so much joy.  She was an avid golfer, card player and bowler.   She also loved to shop and travel.  She was a member of Lacoma Golf Course, Bunker Hill Golf Course and The Moose Lodge.  She was a volunteer for Finley RSVP, The Grand Opera House, The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and The Mississippi River Museum. 

Surviving are four children, Ron (Nancy) Treanor, of Bettendorf, Gary (Ann) Treanor, of Cedar Rapids, and Rick (Sherri) Treanor and Jodi (Jim) Nemmers, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Brian) Pins and Sheena (Brett) Mahan, Peter (Claire), Nick and Jacob Nemmers;  five great-grandsons, Brayden, Tyler, Keegan, Luke and Benjamin; one brother, Larry (Alice) Peterson of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Lela Peterson, of Freeborn, MN; many nieces and nephews, and a very special friend, Mary McDermott.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cliff, two brothers, Peter and Fred Peterson; a sister, Bernice (Stan) Robey;  father and mother-in-law, Peter and Amanda Treanor;  brothers-in-law, Dean (Marge) Treanor, Karl (Pat) Treanor, Don "Mud" (Gloria) Treanor, Versal "Curly" Treanor;  two sisters-in-law; Opal (Whitey) Wiezorek and Myrl Treanor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.  Norma's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their gentle guidance and support during this difficult time; especially Tammie, Heather and Jennie.

 

 



Anna Marie Schmitt


Anna Marie Schmitt, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Rickardsville, Iowa passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 9 - 11:30 am Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon Thursday, May 4, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and Rev. John Chrzan will be the homilist and concelebrant.

Anna Marie Arlen was born in Farley, Iowa, on September 27, 1918, daughter of John and Anna Julia (Kofmehl) Arlen. She married Raymond J. Schmitt on June 22, 1938, at Annunciation Church in Lattnerville, Iowa. Marie and Raymond lived in Graf until 1943, when they purchased a farm in Rickardsville, Iowa, which became their home where they raised seven children. Raymond passed away on June 15, 1992. Anna Marie continued living on the farm until December 2014.

Marie, as friends and family knew her, lovingly cared for her husband, family, friends, farm, and garden. She could be spotted wearing the big straw hat while spending much of the warm weather tending to her garden and other fruit bushes and trees. She spent countless hours raising poultry for the family use and to sell at the Dubuque Farmer's Market, and delivering to individual homes.

Marie milked the farm's dairy cows, fed animals or helped with field work, especially during harvest season. After spending many hours helping with the outside chores, she would have the table laden with special homemade dishes for dinner and supper. Family and friends raved about her baked goods, especially her caramel rolls and fruit pies, as well as her fried chicken, which was a reunion's favorite dish. She spent many hours in the kitchen of her choice, often the small kitchen next to the milk house, before family reunions and silo filling crews. Marie always had food and room for one or more at a meal, in her home, and in her heart.

In her later years, Marie volunteered many years at Albrecht Acres. She worked in the kitchen and added her special touches for the campers. She enjoyed relaxing with daytime soaps between working in her garden, mowing the lawn, and working around the farm. The multi colored buildings and yellow smiley face on the garage door gave her a sense of pride in her farm. Attending her children's and grandchildren's activities gave her much joy. She enjoyed traveling by car, but especially taking plane trips. She loved taking photographs and often had several cameras at her disposal to capture the moment.
Her family and faith were very important to her.

Survivors include her children: Donald R. Schmitt of Holy Cross, Sr. Donna Schmitt, OSF, of Grayslake, IL, Diana Schmitt of Palmetto, FL, Ann (Mike) Bergen of Cooper City, FL, Dr. Mary Ann (Kent) Sander of Platteville, WI, Michael (Michele) Schmitt of Rickardsville, 9 grandchildren: Charles, Lisa, Paul and Diana Bergen, Christopher (Morgan), Nicholas, Ryan, Zachary (fiancé Blair) and Alex Schmitt, 2 great grandchildren: Beau and Rae Schmitt; in-laws: Jean Schmitt of Durango, Clem Schmitt of Graff, and Leta Wagner of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, one son, Ronald Schmitt, her siblings: Charles Arlen, Clarence Arlen, Rita Breitbach and Eda Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Albrecht Acres or Stonehill Care Center in Marie's name.

The family is deeply grateful to Stonehill Care Center for the care and concern given to Marie over the past two years, to hospice for its support, to Dr. Kirkendall and nurse Kate, and all the family and friends who spent time with Marie over the last few years.

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



Andrew "Andy" Frommelt


Former Iowa State Senator Andrew "Andy" Frommelt, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, after a brief illness.

To celebrate Andy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services which begin at 12:00 p.m., on Monday the 1st of May at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be at a later date.

To honor Andy's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Andy was born on October 18, 1921, in Dubuque, IA, son of Andrew J. and Pauline (Hemmi) Frommelt.

Andy was united in marriage to Bernice Kranich on April 24, 1948 in Dubuque. Together they would own and operate the Andy Frommelt & Associates Insurance Agency. Andy was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives from 1953-1959 where he was initally one of only three Democratic members. They famously caucused in a phone booth. There he quickly rose to become Minority Leader.

He then served in the Iowa State Senate from 1959-1971 as Majority leader. As Senator he held the position of Majority Leader. During his time there among his many impressive legislative accomplishments he wrote the law repealing Capital Punishment in Iowa, and was instrumental in legalizing Liquor By The Drink. Andy was a powerful voice for liberal values within the Democratic party for many years and a strong leader in the fight for labor rights and civil rights through a tumultuous time in our history.

His loss leaves a gap in our lives that will never be filled.

Those left to cherish Andy's memory include

his wife,
Bernice Frommelt, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Alan Frommelt, Dubuque, IA
and Gayle Guilliams, Louisville, TN;

his 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren;

and a sister-in-law,
Bernice Frommelt, Dubuque, IA.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents; and his 5 brothers, Clarence
(Ruth) Frommelt, Anthony (Virginia) Frommelt, John (Dolores) Frommelt, Karl
Frommelt and Bill Frommelt.

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



Dorothy J. Tigges


Dorothy J. Tigges 82, passed away Tuesday April 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Hilary Aidoo officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Dorothy was born on May 27, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Marie (Simon) Merfeld. She graduated from St. Anthony School in 1949. She married Martin Tigges on September 6, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2006.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Most important to her was being a lifelong homemaker and always being there to care for and support her family's needs. Dorothy waitressed at various restaurants in Dubuque. She was a seamstress, enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning and playing cards and bingo.

Surviving are her children Randy (Ann) Tigges of Maquoketa, IA, Joan (Terry) Leibold of Dubuque, IA, Patty (Jim) Even of Cascade, IA and Steve (Teri) Tigges of Port Byron, IL; her grandchildren Gwenn Snook, Matthew (Shana) Tigges, Brian (Tiffany) Leibold, Keith (Samantha) Leibold, Jeffrey (Tracy) Leibold, Tina (Steve) Clemmons, Brenda (Jaime) Phelps, Eric (Jenny) Even, Alisha (Cody) Kauffman, Jessica (Brad) Meier and Trevor Tigges; her great grandchildren Caleb, Denver and Emmi Snook, Gavin, Olivia, Brady, Madelynn, Allyson, Carter and Stephanie Leibold, Broderick and Sullivan Clemmons, Aidan and Malin Phelps, Tucker and Baby Meier (due in July), Mason Kauffman, Braxton and Aubrey Tigges. She is also survived by siblings Millie (Randy) Dolter, Bill (Pat) Merfeld, Eldon (Connie) Merfeld, Shirley Smith, Diane (Don) Schemmel, Carol Miller, David (Sheila) Merfeld, sister in law Adele Merfeld and brother in law Jerome Tigges.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Martin; her son Duane; infant granddaughter Rachel Tigges, brothers Bernard Merfeld, Merlin (Mary) Merfeld, Larry Merfeld, and brothers and sisters in law Sue Merfeld, Bill Smith, Francis and Bernard (Karen) Tigges, Sister Mary Rita Tigges OSF, and Hazel Tigges.

In lieu of flowers a Dorothy J. Tigges Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to family and friends for their love and support, and the doctors and nursing staffs at Tri-State Dialysis and the 3rd floor nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

 



James M. Schueller


James M. Schueller, age 88, of Peosta, was called home peacefully at 10:25 a.m., on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Jim was born on November 2, 1928, in Dubuque, son of Robert and Helen (Kunlow) Schueller.

Jim was born and raised in the country and would eventually devote his entire life to the mission of caring for his family's personal piece of God's creation. Year after year would slowly, yet swiftly come and go; the livestock continued to flourish and thrive, the crops were carefully planted for a fruitful fall harvest and Jim's place is this great big world was one of contentment and complete satisfaction. Never finding true love along his earthly journey, Jim would gladly embrace life on the farm as his bride. Jim did leave his post temporarily though during the Korean War, as he went off to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army. Jim would also serve his local community as a longtime member of the Centralia Volunteer Fire Department and a faithful member of St. John's the Baptist Church. When Jim wasn't taking care of the land, his gardens, or those around him, he could be found watching his Hawkeyes or Cubs working on their next win, heading out for an exciting coon hunt with friends, or even sitting around the card table with the boys. Jim has surely left his mark on the world he leaves behind, and the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him are definitely feeling quite heavy today. We trust that in time our sorrow will become much more tolerable, but for today, we simply find peace in knowing that Jim has finally arrived at his eternal home and is resting from his labors and recently declining health issues.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his 3 sisters,
Marian (Francis) Koetz, Centralia, IA,
Darlene (Francis) McDonald, Dubuque, IA
and Ruth Leibold, Peosta, IA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Betty Schueller, Menominee, IL
and Shirley Schueller, Epworth, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia (Harold) Banwarth; 2 brothers, Jack Schueller and Wayne "Bud" Schueller; and a brother-in-law, Donald Leibold.

A James M. Schueller memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere and compassionate care of Jim and his family.

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

 



Allen N. "Al" Denlinger


Allen N. "Al" Denlinger, 86, of Marion, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Al's life will be held at 4 P.M., Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Allen Nicholas Denlinger was born on July 12, 1930 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Clarence and Ruth (Hoerner) Denlinger. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Marilyn Joan Satchell on September 24, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Linda, Robert "Bob", Susan and Cindy.

Al had worked as a truck driver for Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He then worked for the City of Maquoketa as a Meter Reader for ten years, retiring in 1992.

Al enjoyed baseball, golfing and hunting. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor Allen's memory include his wife, Marilyn Denlinger of Marion, IA; daughters, Linda (Frank) Gertcher of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Cindy Hardman of Marion, IA; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Martin and Bob, sisters Phyllis Johnson and Lorraine Cueno, a daughter Susan Giles in 1992, and a son Robert "Bob" in 2000.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Allen N. "Al" Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard T. “Dick” Schmid


Richard T. "Dick" Schmid, 65, of Dubuque, IA, owner of Crescent Electric Supply Company, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. Fr. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral Mass. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Dick was born on January 7, 1952 in Dubuque, IA. Dick was the oldest son of Thomas "Tom" B. and Elizabeth "Libby" (Thompson) Schmid. Dick was proud of being the first born in his family and would often point out his position within the family by describing himself as "the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest son, the first born of the first born of the first born." Dick took his birth order seriously and led by example. He looked to the other "firstborns" that came before him, his father Tom and his grandfather Titus, and carried on their traditions of putting family first, achieving and maintaining success in business through ethical means and being civic minded in their philanthropy.

While Dick was born and raised in Dubuque, he was educated in various schools throughout the upper Midwest. He attended public and private school as a young child in Dubuque. He attended 7th and 8th grade at Sacred Heart Military Academy in Watertown, WI, high school at St. John's Preparatory in Collegeville, MN, and college at St. Norbert's in West De Pere, WI. Although having spent his formative years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he never became a fan...to put it mildly.

After graduating from college in 1975, Dick entered the Financial Management Program with General Electric in Salem, VA and in 1976 moved to Atlanta, GA and entered General Electric's Technical Marketing Program.

On April 4, 1977, Dick went to work for his family's business, Crescent Electric Supply Company where he remained for 40 years. Dick held various positions within the company during his tenure. He began in sales in the Chicago area and was eventually promoted to branch manager of various locations in and around the Chicago area. While in sales, Dick was number one in the company for a few years running. When asked what he loved best about sales, Dick said, "Interacting with people." In 1989, his uncle Jim Schmid, CEO and President at the time, asked that Dick return home to Dubuque to work at the corporate offices of Crescent Electric Supply Company in East Dubuque, IL. Dick liked to tell the story of his return to Dubuque as him coming back home, "kicking and screaming." As a young single man, he had grown to love his life in Chicago and his beloved team, the Chicago Bears.

While working for Crescent Electric's corporate offices, Dick would eventually lead the sales and marketing efforts for the entire company. As Crescent grew, Dick's focus became strictly marketing. Under Dick's leadership several memorable successful marketing programs were implemented with trips and gifts as rewards. Dick's many friendships with folks from across the United States in the electrical distribution industry were created, renewed, and cemented through trips taken to places all over the world. It was in these venues and entertaining in the home where Dick enjoyed himself the most. He was able to get to know and "interact" with his customers, employees, and vendors in intimate and celebratory settings.

While Dick's career with Crescent Electric was successful and eventually led to a position as Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, Crescent Electric also experienced success. In 2014, Crescent Electric celebrated its 95th year in business as a privately held company and is one of the most respected and successful electrical wholesalers in the United States.

Dick always considered his employees part of his extended family. He understood the importance of taking care of his employees. They were not just individuals whose efforts contributed to the bottom line, but people with families to provide for. The most distressing thing for Dick was the decision to lay off employees during the Great Recession of 2007-08. Dick took it upon himself to pen holiday missives for the employees of Crescent Electric and called them personally on their anniversaries to recognize their dedication and thank them for their years of service.

Dick was always concerned with doing the right thing and in the right way which was not often easy. Whether in the workplace or at home, the path of least resistance was not Dick's path. Much like his beloved Jack Russell Terriers, Fritz, Sassy, and Midge, Dick was creative, intelligent, and tenacious. Dick was a considered, critical thinker with high, exacting standards. Those were his strong suits. Patience, not so much. It was well known that Dick did not suffer fools and fools did not suffer Dick, but if you were lucky enough to know him, love him, and call him friend, you became a better person as a result.

Dick was patriotic. He understood the importance of the sacrifices that men and women of the armed forces make every day for the protection of our freedoms. Dick was a true Capitalist. He loved America and the free market system. His father's and grandfathers' legacies of the American Dream were passed on to and carried on through Dick.

Dick's personal life was also one of success and reward. When Dick moved back to his hometown of Dubuque in 1989, he was a "relatively young" single man and having just moved from Chicago would frequent the coolest bar Dubuque had to offer. It was at The Lounge on Locust Street where he met his wife of 23 years, Carrie. She was the bartender at the time, and after Dick hired her away to work at Crescent Electric in Inside Sales, the relationship grew and they were married in 1994. Overnight, Dick became a husband and father to Carrie's sons, Mike and Chris. Dick was blessed to have 3 grandchildren in his life, Mason, Hailey, and Emma. The highlight for the grandkids were summers spent together at Grandpa Dick's for some cousin camaraderie and corn on the cob, with Grandpa Dick manning the grill and leading the lessons on table manners. "Family First" was Dick's motto and he lived it. Dick was a mentor and symbol of strength for Carrie and her sons and grandchildren, and his counsel and love will be sorely missed.

Creative, intelligent, and considered are words that not only describe Dick's personal and professional life, but his philanthropy as well. Dick's financial support and guidance in the creation of The Crescent Community Health Center, The Schmid Innovation Center, and the Schmid Philanthropic Initiative offers citizens of Dubuque opportunities to dream big, stay well, and enjoy a better quality of life. Dick's thoughtfulness as a philanthropist led him and his wife, Carrie, to create their guiding principles of philanthropy: 1) Dubuque is a great place to live and work. 2) Celebrate our heritage while looking to the future. 3) Collaboration is key. 4) A hand up, versus a handout.

Dick saw involvement in civic affairs as a natural, sensible extension of his business knowledge and success. He came from a long line of successful, civic minded men and women. Dick's father was quoted as saying, not only is "involvement in civic affairs...an obligation...for any young man making a career in a city...one never finishes one's civic responsibility." This philosophy informed Dick as a child and helped him become the man he was. He was a Junior Achievement Volunteer, served on G.E.'s Lamp Market Advisory Council, and represented Crescent Electric as a member of NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors), and ELECTRI International. Locally, Dick was a member of the Innovation Consortium for the Sustainable Committee of Dubuque. Dick felt fortunate to have achieved the success necessary to give back at a time when Dubuque was experiencing an economic revival. Dick was grateful for the input from Envision 2010 and for all of the associations and friendships gained along the way through his philanthropy. Now it's up to the city officials and other civic and like-minded leaders, whom with his passing, have been entrusted to carry on with his blessing, and support the spirit of innovation already begun in our community.

Immediate family members left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carrie; his sons, Mike Sorensen and Chris (Jenna Van Cleve) Sorensen; his grandchildren, Mason Sorensen, Hailey Van Cleve, and Emma Sorensen, all of Dubuque; and a sister, Susie Schmid of Minneapolis, MN. Extended family members include many in-laws, out-laws, cousins, aunts (including his favorites, Janet Rhomberg and Mary Schmid), uncles, nieces, nephews; and a wonderful mother-in-law, Angie Wemmer.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarah; a brother, Frederic "Fritz" Schmid; a brother-in-law, Billy Foley; his father-in-law, Roy Wemmer Jr.; a sister-in-law Christine Wemmer; and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on behalf of the Crescent Community Health Center.

Over the past several years, Dick has received wonderful care from many people, and his family would like to thank the staff of Finley Hospital, especially 5th floor Med/Surg, his buddy, Travis Klinefelter, and the home health aides; all the physicians at Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. Hillard Salas and Dr. Josef Kahn for their care, and Dr. David Oppert for his honesty at a time when it was needed; the staff at Manor Care and Stonehill Care Center; Dubuque EMTs and Fire Department, Paramount Ambulance, Hartig Pharmacy staff; his friends at The Jule; and the staff at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home. 

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



James E. Ralston, Jr.


James E. Ralston, Jr., 54, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, April 21, 2017, in Onslow, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Monmouth, Iowa Community Center. Burial will be at a later date in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

James Ernest Ralston Jr. was born on August 7, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Ernest Sr. and Linda (Manning) Ralston. After receiving his basic military training James returned home to Iowa where he was self-employed and did odd jobs. He later moved to Oklahoma for a short time and then moved back home to Iowa where he remained self-employed.

Those left to honor his memory include his longtime special friend, Chenoa DeNolf of Onslow, IA; children Christopher Filloon of Sioux City, IA, Cheyenne Ralston of Onslow, IA, Sierra Ralston of Onslow, IA, and Noah DeNolf of Onslow, IA; a step-son Dakota DeNolf of Onslow, IA; his mother Linda Ralston of Monmouth, IA; a brother John (Jamaica) Ralston of Monmouth, IA; sisters Lynda Young of Lost Nation, IA, and Jolene Leperovest of OK; and 4 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James E. "Ernie" Ralston Sr., on February 6, 2001.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/james-e-ralston-jr.

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



Sharon R. Miller


Sharon R. Miller, age 71, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:20 a.m., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sharon's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sharon's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Friday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sharon was born on June 3, 1945, in Dubuque, daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth (Mergan) Fleckenstein.

Sharon was a loving wife and mother who was united in marriage to her soul-mate, James G. Miller, on August 20, 1975, in Asbury, IA. The couple was blessed with 25 years of marriage before he was called home ahead of her on January 3, 2000. Sharon invested over 29 years of her working career at Mercy Hospital and joyfully welcomed her well earned retirement in 2009. Her faith life membership was devoted to St. Mary's Church and her free-time to the Moose Lodge #355. But Sharon knew there was more to life than just work, church and home. She could regularly be seen dancing to her favorite 50's and 60's tunes, sitting on the shoreline with a freshly baited hook in hand, or even simply enjoying a pleasant ride on the river to capture the beauty of the fall leaves. She also found great joy in traveling and was always excited when the opportunity to spend the evening at the Circus 21 Dinner Theater arose. Sadly, today Sharon's 71 year earthly journey has come to its conclusion and her craft table sits quietly empty as our hearts fill with sorrow. We were not prepared to lose our dear mother and grandmother so soon, but we pray for peace and are thankful that she's surely dancing with James once again.

Those left to cherish Sharon's memory include

her daughter,
Connie Jo Miller, Dubuque, IA;

2 step-daughters;

her 9 grandchildren,
Carissa Daniel, Ashley Jacoby, Nikeya Lawlor, Alyssa Lawlor, Reilly Gilbert, Brenna Harris, Michael (Victoria) Gallucci, Anthony Gallucci and Dominic Gallucci;

and her 9 great-grandchildren.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James.

A Sharon R. Miller memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and compassion.

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



Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier


Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 24, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial mass celebrating Jackie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for a memorial visitation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jacqueline Mae Basten was born on October 20, 1926 in Oelwein, Iowa, to Matthew and Clara (Steffen) Basten. She grew up in Oelwein and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Oelwein, Iowa. She married Andrew J. "Andy" Bellendier on August 30, 1949 in Oelwein, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Michael, John, Lynne, Marcia and Ann.

Jackie was a homemaker who raised a family and had also worked in the sales and advertising department at the Maquoketa Sentinel Press for over ten years.

Jackie was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Jacqueline's memory include her children, Michael (Jean) Bellendier of Davenport, IA, John (Connie) Bellendier of Davenport, IA, Lynne (Patrick) Frank of Davenport, IA, Marcia Bellendier of Iowa City, IA, and Ann (Steve) Ambrozi of Bettendorf, IA; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 8 sisters, a grandson David in 1988, and her husband Andy on January 26, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Bellendier memorial fund has been established.

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



Ethel M. Zenner Munz


Ethel M. Zenner Munz, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:38 p.m., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Ethel's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Ethel's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ethel was born on August 31, 1922, in Dubuque, daughter of Bernard and Christina (Terfruchte) Osterhoff.

Ethel received her education at the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1940, and would remain a proud member of the Alumni throughout her life. She would discover love for the first time with Henry M. Zenner, and the couple would be united in marriage on October 14, 1945, at St. Patrick's Church in Wisconsin Rapids. They would be blessed with only 13 years together, and 2 beautiful children, before Henry was called home much to early on February 18, 1959. Ethel would find her second opportunity for loving companionship with Arthur W. Munz. They would be united in marriage on February 2, 1985, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Ethel and Arthur would enjoy over 22 years together before he was also called home ahead of her December 5, 2007. Ethel was truly a woman of faith who joyfully devoted years along her earthly journey to St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Rosary Society, the Auxiliary Legion of Mary and St. Patrick's Church. Ethel was also a woman of business who was not only a loyal member of the American Business Women's Association for years, but also diligently invested over 15 years of her time and talents, first with Spensley and Gallogly Insurance, and finally with Bisanz, Drozda and Evitts Insurance Company, before eventually retiring in 1987. But let's also remember the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend who strived to make the world around her a better place each and every day. Whether sitting down to watch her Cubbies hit the field, playing a friendly game of cards with the ladies, or simply some valuable family time with loved ones; Ethel never missed an opportunity to brighten the day. Ethel was surely blessed with the gift of 94 years to spread her love among those who knew and loved her and we are forever grateful for the abundance of beautiful memories she leaves behind. May God continue to bless you Ethel until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Ethel's memory include

her 2 adoring children,
Ann (Richard) Thill, Nowalk, IA
and John Zenner, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 loving grandchildren,
Jennifer (Troy) Taylor, Norwalk, IA,
Steven (Azure) Thill, Geneva, IL,
Nicole (T.J.) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA
and Rachel (Matthew) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 precious great-grandchildren,
Alex and Lucas Taylor, Hannah Thill, Dakota, Dylan and Drew Wernimont and Evan and Ava Dougherty;

and a few nieces and nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Henry W. Zenner; her 2nd husband, Arthur W. Munz; her brothers, Arnold (Rita) Osterhoff, Aloysius Osterhoff and Joseph (Louise) Osterhoff; and her twin sister, Evelyn Osterhoff, who was called home shortly after birth.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Muir, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere and compassionate care of Ethel and her family.

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

 



Paul W. Clasen


Paul Wilfred Clasen, 64, of LaMotte, Iowa passed away on April 23, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Paul was born on March 1, 1953 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Vincent and Alverda (Bonifas) Clasen. He graduated from Marquette High School and also completed EMS Training.

He married Lois Hutchcroft on June 8, 1974 at Holy Rosary Church.

Paul worked for Edwards Concrete Contractors (ECCI) in Dubuque from 1972 until retirement in 2015.

He was a member of the Bellevue Golf Course, Volunteer and EMS Director for LaMotte Fire Department, City Council Member for LaMotte and a member of St. Joseph Church in Key West.

Paul was an avid outdoorsmen, he enjoyed gardening, golfing, camping and hunting. He also enjoyed woodworking projects, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois, Three children, Chad Clasen, Keith (Inna) Clasen, Kayla (Justin Hanson) Clasen. Two grandchildren Aiden and Mila Clasen. His siblings, Rosey (Ray) Stephan, Chris (Connie) Clasen, Alice (Dave) Schwager, Doris (Mark) Denniston, William (Connie) Clasen, Dorothy (Gary) Snyder, Mary (Marv) Budde, and Sandy (Jerry) Christensen. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation for all the family and friends who helped support us through this difficult journey.



Bridget M. Manternach


Bridget M. Manternach, 72, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bridget may call after 9 am on Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Bridget will be held at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Cascade, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade. Following committal services the family is inviting everyone to a celebration of life at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cascade.

Bridget was born July 6, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Zita (Zwack) Sutton. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On October 5, 1963, she was united in marriage to Ronald Manternach at St. Columbkille's in Dubuque. After high school she worked as a secretary for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and later as a legal secretary.

She had a very friendly personality and great sense of humor. She enjoyed taking day trips and fine art. She had a special fondness for her dog, Charlie.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Manternach of Cascade, IA; two daughters, Paula Manternach (& her partner Jennifer McHenry) of Iowa City, IA, and Tracey Manternach of Des Moines, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim Collins of Richfield, MN, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan Hoffmann, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach and Lois Manternach all of Cascade and Clarence Quint of Manchester, IA; a step-sister-in-law, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother-in-law, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Juanita Collins and one brother, Tim Sutton in infancy; her in-laws, Florence (Harry) Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina (Robert) Greif, Eva Mae (Elmer) Klocke, Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, Veronica (Herman) Welter, Larry Manternach and Harry Rockzein; step-brothers-in-law, Donald (Mary) Manders and Jack Callahan.

In lieu of flowers memorials maybe given to the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.Com



Eugene F. Hasken


Eugene F. "Gene" Hasken, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Stephanie Malin officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Gene was born on February 22, 1935, in Galena, Illinois, the son of Francis and Mary (McCabe) Hasken. He married Norma J. Roesch on April 12, 1958. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2016. Gene worked as a driver for 7-UP Bottling and for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years retiring in 1995. He served in the Army National Guard.

Gene was a meticulous person who took pride in detailing his vehicles and taking care of his yard and garden. He enjoyed playing euchre and loved sweets, particularly good desserts. Family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was very important to him.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Schroeder, of Kieler and Judy (Craig Seeley) Downs, of Dickeyville; a son, Bob (Amy Westemeier) of Dickeyville; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Lange, Craig (Maria) Schroeder, Raymond (Alisa Brown) Downs, Michael (Andrea Hanger) Downs, Kaitlin (Mike) Harty, Megan and Justin Hasken, Julianne Cunningham, and Mackenzie (Morgan Steger) Cunningham; and eight great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Clark and Vida Roesch; a son-in-law, Ken Downs; a daughter-in-law, Julie Hasken; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Donald Plear; and a nephew, Tim Plear.

An Eugene F. "Gene" Hasken Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Sentinel Home Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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



Mildred L. Stuart


Mildred L. Stuart, age 95, of Monticello, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade. To honor Mildred's life, memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred was born on May 23, 1921, in Joplin, Missouri, daughter of Carl and Lillian (Henson) Davis.

Mildred spent her early years growing up in Joplin before eventually meeting her husband to be, Howard Stuart. They would be united in marriage on October 6, 1945, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Their union was blessed with 56 wonderful years together, and one adored son, before Howard was called home ahead of her on February 20, 2002. Mildred was a proud and loving wife and mother who earnestly devoted herself to caring for her family. She did find some time to work outside of her home with a few different companies over the years, but at the end of the day, Mildred's heart was always at home with her family. Mildred and Howard shared a strong faith in unity and were longtime members of St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque. They also enjoyed traveling together, and besides their well embraced status as Winter Texans, they would also spend their free-time venturing around the U.S. capturing all of the most desired sites firsthand. Mildred has spent 95 years making the most of her earthly journey and has surely left a legacy of love behind for those who knew and loved her to share. Sadly, she has created her final family quilt and placed her knitting needles down for now, but we know and trust that she has been reunited with her eternal family, once again, and that we will all have our new angel dutifully watching over us until we arrive.

Those left to cherish Mildred's memory include

her son,
Donald (Ellen) Covert, Platteville, WI;

her 3 grandchildren,
Robert (Rebecca) Covert, Murfreesboro, TN,
Linda (Sherrie Strand) Covert, Pardeeville, WI
and Thomas (Donna) Covert, Platteville, WI;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
James (Crystal) Covert,
Alysha (Fiancé Patrick Stambras) Mayo,
Danielle (Wade) Wilson
and Casey Beasley;

her 2 great-great grandchildren,
Faith Covert
and Serenity Covert;

her sister,
Betty Howard, Cartharge, MO;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mildren was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; her sister, Leona Givens; and 2 brothers, Robert Davis and Donald Davis in infancy.

A Mildred L. Stuart memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mildred's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest, and Above and Beyond Hospice, for all of their care and support.

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

 



Frederick H. Schilling


Frederick H. "Fred" Schilling 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m

Fred was born on September 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Fred and Florence (Winters) Schilling. He married Shirley Ann Oberhoffer on January 23, 1951 and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past January. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years and was a member of the Meat Packing Union.

Together Fred and Shirley built their loving home, he was a loving husband and father to their seven children. Fred enjoyed to play, horseshoes, hunt with his sons and friends, family bonfires, traveling, and read. He also enjoyed to garden and was famous for his asparagus and rhubarb.

Those left to cherish his memory are, his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley; children, Terry (Dee) Schilling, of La Motte, Iowa, Lynn Buchholz, of Chanhassen, MN, Gary (Sharon Koltes) Schilling, of La Motte, Cindy (Edwin) Braude, of Independence, Ohio, Susan (fiancé Robert Hurley) Schilling of Townsend, Montana, Barb (Randy) Schoop, of Dubuque, and Larry (Carey) Schilling, of Epworth, Iowa. Grandchildren, Lisa, Jason, Stacy, Jessica, Kara, Gina, Myles, Trenton, Alaina, Miranda, Amber, Corey, Jacob, and Hailey. Great grandchildren, Tyler, Bella, Julieann, Connor, Kate, Ryder, Maddox, Lyla, Jaxon and Ava. His sisters, Darlene Berzle of Dubuque, Rita McFadden, of Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt, of Peosta, Iowa and Jean (Virgil) Hansen, of Dubuque. One brother John (Vicky) Schilling, of Rickardsville; sister-in-law, Madelyn Schilling, of Peosta and Dorothy Schilling, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Wilma Schilling and Mary (Matt) Maas; three brothers James Schilling, David (Joyce) Schilling and Robert Schilling; brothers-in-law Pete McFadden, George Schmitt and Joe Berzle.

In lieu of flowers a Fred Schilling memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Ennoble Manor for their wonderful compassionate care. Also to our supportive family and friends, thank you! He was an amazing man who gave love and kindness freely and he will be greatly missed.



Harold L. Williams


Harold L. Williams, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 1:55 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque on Friday, April 21, 2017 surrounded by his loving family after bravely fighting a long battle with lymphoma.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Major Tom Mason and Major Kay Mason officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by American Legions Post #6 will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service.
Harold attended school at City High in Iowa City. He enlisted with the US Navy from 1957-1961 and served on the USS Bennington.

He married Virginia Zachmeyer, in Iowa City on August 31, 1974.

Harold was a truck driver for over 30 years and drove for Swiss Valley until retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters 421 and American Legion Post 6.

Harold loved being outside in nature doing all kinds of activities. He especially loved feeding the birds. He was a great handyman, loved to help his family with projects.

Harold was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of 42 years, daughters, Deborah (Brad) Gilpin, of Iowa City, Coleen (Mike) Scherrer, of Riverside, Kim Schmit, of Dubuque, Brenda Lee (Ray) Gibson, of Heathrow, FL and one son, Ray Steege, of West Union, IA. His brother Rolland Williams, of Elberon, IA and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and a daughter, Joni Williams.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society & The Salvation Army.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Christian Schultheis and his nursing staff at Medical Associates East in Dubuque.



Lawrence M. Decker


Lawrence "Larry" Michael Decker, 62, of Bernard, Iowa went home to Jesus on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa, following a heart attack.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday, April 25th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26th at Leonard Funeral Home with the burial following at St. Patrick's, Garryowen Cemetery and a lunch with family and friends after.

Larry was born on September 29th, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Earl and Rose Mary (Feldman) Decker. He married the light of his life, Lynn Marie (Sewell) on May 31st, 1975.

Larry was a farmer first and foremost, and for the past 22 years he engraved thousands of rocks for his customers at Big River Specialty Company, his true passion. He graduated from Area One (NICC) and worked for many years in Dubuque as an auto mechanic, a profession he carried with him for the rest of his life. His creative spirit led him to many projects for the local community and his family. He was a true entrepreneur in everything he did.

He was passionate about living his life to the fullest, was an avid puzzler and an accomplished woodworker. He especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and all the animals and pets on his hobby farm, particularly his dogs Pebbles and Lola. If you were lucky enough to know Larry, then you knew that he was a gentle spirit who adored his family, enjoyed helping others, and had a love of the land with a passion for conservation.

He was an active board member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau, a proud member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and of the Iowa Chapter of the Walnut Council.

Larry is survived by his wife, Lynn, and three children, Matt (Katie) Decker of Bernard, Emily (Conrad) Utley of Bettendorf, and Suzy Decker of Cedar Falls; his two grandchildren, Charles and Elnora Utley; his step-mother, Carmie (McDonnell) Decker; his five siblings, Bonnie (Gary) Hancock, Debi O'Brien, Jay (Marlene) Decker, Pearl (Dave) Shanahan, and Margie (Zip Gassman) Bradley; and sixteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother David, his beloved brother-in-law Steve Bradley, and his niece and nephews Rachel Decker, Gabe Glasman, and Scotty Hall.

The family would like to thank the Jones County EMS and the Jones Regional Medical Center staff for their tremendous care and assistance.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the Larry Decker Memorial Fund can be found on the Leonard Funeral Home Website, www.leonardfuneralhome.com

He was our "Rock".



Lester V. Miller


Lester "Buddy" V. Miller Jr., 72, of Dubuque died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church.

Lester was born November 22, 1944 in Dubuque, son of Lester and Marion (Burnett) Miller Sr. He married Sonja "Sonnie" Ahlers on January 2, 1965 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 8, 1999. He married Carol Boge on August 3, of 2004 in Dubuque.

Lester worked most of his career as a truck driver for Art Pape Transfer. After retiring, he owned and operated Miller Window and Screening.

He enjoyed being outside, either working in his garage, fishing, camping or golfing. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, playing (ripping them up) cards with family and friends, and being with his beloved dog, Lexi.

Lester is survived by his wife, Carol of Dubuque; four children, Michael (Lisa) Miller of Lancaster, WI., Mark Miller of Davenport, Rod (Sara Thilmany) Miller of Dubuque and Jody (Bob Mabe) Miller of Concord, OH.; three step-children, John (Jen Haile) Boge of Dubuque, Jeff (Tonya Ahlers) Boge of Dubuque and Renee (Raven Hohmann) Campbell of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Cory, Heather, Devon, Brooke and Kaity Miller; and three step grandchildren, Devyn, Austin and DJ Campbell; and Sophie Beecher.

He is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Fluhr, Loretta "Cookie" Lesch, Lois (Tom) Becker and Donna Miller.
Lester was preceded in death by his grandson, Kyle Miller; sister, Eileen Hefel; and two brother in laws, Gene Fluhr and Jim Lesch.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lester Miller Jr. Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their help.

 

 



John R. Casper


John Robert "Bob" Casper passed away Thursday at home in Dubuque after a 2-year struggle with ALS. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday April 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church where funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery.

He was born November 27, 1935 to Jack and Alta (Watson) Casper in Shullsburg, WI. As a child, he recalled spending summers with his favorite Aunt Florence Watson at the Watson General Store (now Anton's) in New Diggings, running around in the woods and the creek in back. In high school Bob was active in sports and was the pitcher for the tiny Shullsburg team when they incredibly made it to state one year.

Bob then attended the University of Dubuque on a music scholarship with singing skills honed at the Shullsburg Primitive Methodist Church and, as legend goes, a few of the local watering holes as a youngster when his dad would prop him up on a barstool.

Through Bob's younger sister Suzie he met Zoe Ann Egelhof and the two were married at the University of Dubuque Chapel on an extremely hot August 10, 1958 with Bob in a spiffy wool suit. Life soon became very busy for the two students as son Steven and daughter Liza came along as they continued to finish their education. During this time, Bob also worked nights at John Deere as a tool specialist.

After the pair graduated from UD, they packed up the family and moved to Milwaukee where Bob and Zoe attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. Soon after they returned to Dubuque where Bob joined his father-in-law Chuck Egelhof and Zoe's uncle David Egelhof at the Egelhof Funeral Home on Locust Street. The funeral business became Bob's lifelong profession, and by all accounts it was a perfect fit for his personality and business skills.

In addition to his work at the funeral home, Bob continued to sing at church, weddings, funerals and many public gatherings for the rest of his life. One of the favorites of the family was when he sang Let There Be Peace during the Memorial Day services at Linwood for the veterans. In addition, Bob utilized his singing skills in several local musicals just for fun.

Spurred on by his father-in-law Chuck, Bob got the racing bug in the mid-'60s, first running hydroplane boats and then racing karts in the summer and on the ice at Frentress Lake in the winter. He loved to tinker with the engines and was always searching for the latest hot parts to get the edge on the competition. Next it was drag racing followed by stock car racing in his #30 electric blue Buick V-6. In later years Bob loved attending the Legends Night at Farley where his name resides on the Wall of Fame.

Nearly all his life Bob was an exercise fanatic and pursued lots of sports that gave him a good workout and were fun at the same time. Racquetball, weight-lifting and swimming at YMCA, tennis, running, bicycling, SCUBA diving and snow skiing. Perhaps his favorite was water skiing on the Mississippi and entering the water ski marathons which were a big deal back in the '70s. He won several of the competitions and one year went for nearly seven hours on one ski without stopping!

Bob helped with many charity drives over the years and was a member of several service organizations and, his favorites being Rotary and High Twelve. His other treasured club was 990 at the Shooting Park, which had nothing to do with service or charity, but rather good food, great friends, card games, and tall tales.

Bob loved to go on trips and he and Zoe were fortunate to have the opportunity to zig-zag across the country for many decades, visiting family and friends. Vero Beach in Florida has been a favorite winter destination for almost 15 years, driving down in the Crown Vic. They also enjoyed a lot of motorcycle touring with many good friends over the years.

More recently Bob enjoyed meeting with the Thursday Night Galena Walking group, the Saturday morning breakfast gang, and his Wednesday lunch group. Whoever might be up for an afternoon boat ride on the Mississippi was another joy of Bob's.

What struck most people who knew Bob was his zest for living life to the fullest, while at the same time being a good, loyal friend to so many. In fact when ALS began to strike him down, the outpouring of everything he had given to so many throughout his life, appeared to come back tenfold, making these last two years very meaningful to all involved.

Bob is survived by his wife Zoe Ann, son Steven, daughter Liza (Kit) Clark, granddaughters Natalie (Rodrigo) Clark Nieto, Madeleine Clark, Penelope and Paulina Casper and great-granddaughter Vida Magnolia Nieto. He is also survived by his sister Sue (Terry) Harris, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church or ALS Association, 3636 Westown Pkwy, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison and Stacey, who were such a big help in giving Bob the best quality of life possible during this past year.



Scott “Scooter” David Hammel


Scott "Scooter" David Hammel, 40, of Dubuque Iowa passed away Sunday April 16th, 2017.

Scott was born May 11th, 1976, in Dubuque, the son of David and Kathryn Hammel. Scott attended Dubuque schools and graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1995. Scott worked various construction jobs, most recently for Downs Home Improvement.

As a lifelong resident of Dubuque, Scott had a wide circle of close friends and family that he loved spending time with. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, hiking and being with his friends. Known for his generous big hugs, goofiness, kind heart & gentle soul - Scott will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Loved by many, Scott was the friend you knew you could always count on.

Scott is survived by his parents, Dave and Kathy Hammel; his brother Chris (Aimee) and nephews Colin and Ryan of Clinton, IA. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins and many many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Helen Morey & Clem and Esther Hammel.

To honor Scott's wishes, a social gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview funeral home is assisting the family.

Online condolences and memories can be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Kay Ann Shankland


Kay Ann Shankland, 79, of Anamosa, Iowa died Saturday April, 15 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may gather at 10 am Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Anamosa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held after mass at the Lawrence Center in Anamosa. Burial will be held in Castle Grove Cemetery at a later date. Officiating will be Rev. Scott Boone.

Kay was born on December 24, 1937 at home in Cascade Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Marie (Welter) Hosch. She married Lyle Shankland on September 12, 1959, in Castle Grove, Iowa. Kay attended Sacred Heart schools in Monticello. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Morley Women's Club and Paint N Pallet. She was an avid cook; painter; bird watcher; gardener; and thrift store shopper.

Survivors include her children: Cynthia (fiancé Don Clark) Rutan, Catherine Brown, and Chris (Lois) Shankland; grandchildren: Alan (Heather) Rutan, Michael (Rachael) Rutan, Kevin Rutan, Kasey (Sarah) Brown, Jesse Brown, Danaisa Brown, Brooke Shankland, Chelsea Shankland, Michael Rutan Jr.; siblings: Connie (Lance) Booth, Terry (Diane) Hosch), Sheila (Chuck) McGuire, Kenneth (Ethel) Hosch; and brother in law, Alvin (Marge) Shankland.

Kay's children would like to leave a special thank you to their Mom and Dad.

Thank you to our Mom and Dad, for being the best Parents Ever! You will be missed

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lyle Shankland.

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



Vincent John “Vince” Elliott


Vincent John "Vince" Elliott, 69, of Dubuque passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday April 20, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Michael Elliott officiating. Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Vince was born on January 20, 1948, in Dubuque the son of Vincent Gerald Elliott and JoAnn (McLennen) Klimeck. He married Shirley M. Keating on July 3, 1971 at Center Grove United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Vince was a self-employed contractor for many years and later worked for Eagle Window and Door until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the AMVETS and enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, playing darts, and many family events.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; three children, John Elliott, Carrie (Matthew) Maas, and James (Holly) Elliott; five grandchildren, Hannah, Macy, Carter, Mavrick, and Tristin; seven siblings, Patricia (Fred) Kitelinger, Sharon (Justin) Wolbers, Barbara (Ray) Miller, Rick (Jolaine) Elliott, Mike (JoAnn) Elliott, Kenny (Becky) Elliott, Carol (Rick) Renslow along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Joan Elliott in infancy and a sister Juanita.

The family wishes to thank their wonderful family, all of the great doctors and nurses, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and kindness they gave to Vince these last weeks.



Billie Ruth Miller


Billie Ruth Miller, 95, of Dubuque, formerly of Fond du Lac, WI passed on to a better world Saturday April 15, 2017.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Russell.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.

Billie Ruth was born March 9, 1922 in Wiggins, MS daughter of Ernest and Alice (Lott) Jenkins. Billie's family soon moved to Gulfport, MS, where she and her sister grew up and spent many hours swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. She met the love of her life, Russell Miller, during World War II while he was stationed at Biloxi and Gulfport Fields in Mississippi. He and Billie Ruth were united in marriage on August 5, 1944 in Appleton, WI. After Russell returned from a tour in occupied Japan they resided in several Wisconsin cities before settling in Fond du Lac, WI for 61 years.

Billie Ruth relished her role as homemaker and mother. She never forgot her southern roots with the family making frequent trips to Mississippi and Texas. Billie's southern drawl would thicken noticeably whenever she was on the telephone with her dear sister. 

As Billie's sons grew older and moved away, she embarked on a long career at the Fond du Lac Ben Franklin Store where many good friendships began.

Billie was a member of Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a long time member of the church's Martha/Ruth Circle. Their cards and notes of love continued even after she moved away and were much appreciated. 

Billie Ruth and Russell moved to Dubuque in 2013 to be closer to family. They made many friends at Luther Manor and joined First Congregational United Church of Christ. Russell and Billie Ruth were married for over 70 years.

Billie Ruth is survived by sons, William (Ann) Miller, Dubuque, and Robert (Rae Ann) Miller, Mauston, WI; grandchildren David (Sara) Miller, Epworth, IA and Emily (Todd Olmstead) Miller-Olmstead, Brooklyn, NY; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Russell, James, Elizabeth, William and George Miller, Epworth, IA.

Billie Ruth was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, her husband, sister and parents. 

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church of Fond du Lac, First Congregational UCC of Dubuque or Hospice of Dubuque. 

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

The family extends special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor who provided Billie with love and comfort in her final days.



Linda Kay Horan


Linda Kay Horan, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, due to cancer.

A funeral mass celebrating Linda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sugar Creek. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Linda Kay Horan was born on November 25, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James and Marie (Schreiber) Horan. She was a 1974 graduate of Northeast High School in Goose Lake, Iowa.

Linda worked at various printing companies in the Quad Cities for over 25 years. She lastly worked for Welu Printing in Dubuque where she quickly became friends and considered the best job she had in 40 years. Unfortunately, after one year she had to stop working due to her cancer.

Linda also had worked as a custodian for many years at Clinton Community College, Maquoketa Campus. She was a firm believer in working for what you need with having several part time jobs plus a full time job.

Linda enjoyed doing construction around the house, fixing things, going to casinos and visiting with her family and friends. She had done sewing and made quilts as a business for many years.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include brothers Robert (Sharon) Horan of Shorewood, IL, Dale (Cheryl) Horan of Bellevue, IA, and Gary (Jean) Horan of Charlotte, IA; sisters, Betty (Bob) Kirst of Thomson, IL, and Mary (James) Burken of Preston, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her two cats, Rick and Rachael. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Donald and Francis, a niece Diane Holman, nephews Terry Burken, Ryan Horan and Bryce Murry, and a sister-in-law Jeanette Horan.

"Linda wanted to whole-heartedly thank everyone who has been so kind and helpful during her illness. Words cannot express how much she appreciated it. Thank you everyone."

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Kay Horan memorial fund has been established.

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



Audrey C. (Pfohl) Oberfoell


Audrey C. (Pfohl) Oberfoell, 85, of Sherrill, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Luther Manor Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial in Ss Peter and Paul Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Audrey was born December 4, 1931, daughter of Roy and Viola (Kintzle) Pfohl. She married Melvin A. "Bucky" Oberfoell on Sept. 20, 1948, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He passed away on January 24, 1999.

She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, and the Rosary Society. Audrey farmed with her husband until 1977 when they moved into Sherrill, and in 2012 she moved into Dubuque. She worked for over 25 years at Leiser's/Sweeney's Resturant. Audrey enjoyed her grandchildren, music, a good card game, and an occasional trip to the casino. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Janice (Ken "Butch") Hammill, of Benton, Wis., Sandy Klein-Pierce (friend Clair) of Sherrill, Randy (Debbie) Oberfoell, of Dubuque, Connie (Dave) Kress, of Epworth, and Nancy (John) Brimeyer, of Davenport, IA.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Anthony; a brother, Harlan (Janet) Pfohl; a sister-in-law, Pat (Dave) Hefel; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred Scharf, Lillian (Don) Huff, Marty Hammerand, Diane (Bill) Kreiman, Shirley Oberfoell, Karen Oberfoell, Lillian Oberfoell, Jerome (Ruby) Oberfoell, Katie Oberfoell, Richard Griebel, Joan Oberfoell, and Albert Oberfoell.

Audrey was also preceded in death by her, parents; a brother, Robert Pfohl; sons-in-law, Lyle Klein and Robert Pierce; brothers-in-law, Merlin Anthony, Wayne Scharf, Paul Oberfoell, Delbert Oberfoell, James Oberfoell, John Oberfoell, and Peter Oberfoell; and sisters-in-law, Irene Griebel, Effie (Don) Smith, Alice Mooney, and Norma Jean Hammerand.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of our mother and grandmother.

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



Paul Stephen Gorrell


Paul Stephen Gorrell, 64, of Dubuque was taken too soon from his family on Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Eugene Kutsch officiating. Burial will take place in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Paul was born on August 24, 1952, in Sac City, Iowa the son of Richard and Rosemary Gorrell. They moved to Maquoketa in 1953. Paul graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1970 and West Mar College in 1974. He wrestled throughout high school and college with his dad being his greatest fan.

He met the love of his life in High School Biology Class, Bonnie Slattery. They were married in 1974; Paul always said "I married my best friend."

Paul was a teacher after college and then worked for Coca Cola for 35 years retiring at the age of 55. He then worked for Radio Dubuque for several years and most recently at Grand River Medical Group. He also returned to his first career and became a substitute teacher. He loved teaching the younger students and his favorite assignments were at his grandchildren's schools.

Paul was a volunteer with a huge heart. Paul donated countless years to the Iowa Special Olympics. He was the person primarily responsible for the growth of the Iowa Special Olympics Winter Games. The first year 8 athletes participated. At the time of his retirement 25 years later over 300 athletes participated. He was a member of the state board and served as president of the board for several years. Who can forget the site of Paul doing the Polar Plunge?

After Special Olympics, he moved to the board of Albrecht Acres, where he continued his efforts for those with special needs. Paul was a member of the Dubuque Senior High Booster Club during his sons' high school years and again was president of the board for several years.

Through their growing years, he coached his sons in baseball and basketball. Paul was known for his "calm and even tempered" interactions with umpires and referees.
He was a member of the Kiwanians for many years, devoting many volunteer hours for fund raising especially the booth at the Dubuque County Fair.

Paul is survived by his brokenhearted wife Bonnie; his two beloved sons, Christopher (Meggan) Gorrell and Adam "A.J." (Jennifer) Gorrell; and the center of his world, his grandchildren, Sam, Aidan, Joe and Molly. In addition he is survived by two brothers, Dean (Amy) Gorrell and Lee (Denise) Gorrell; several nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces; along with three brothers-in-law and additional two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rosemary Gorrell; a sister, Carol Schwarz; and his mother- and father-in-law, James and Imelda Slattery.

Paul's passing will leave a gaping hole in our lives that we will never be able to fill. He touched countless lives thru the years and the world will be a duller place without Paul in it. My darling, I love you more than words can say and I give thanks every day for the gift of you.



Phyllis R. Muhlhausen Carmichael


Phyllis R. Muhlhausen Carmichael, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Saturday afternoon, April 15, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 4 P.M. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Phyllis Ann Muhlhausen was born on August 11, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Carl and Lisette (Wenzel) Muhlhausen. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1946. Phyllis worked as a telephone operator and later as a dental assistant. She moved to Washington, D.C., then to Fort Carson, Colorado where she began a civil service job. Later, she was transferred to Germany to work as a dental assistant. During this time, she met Major David Roe. They wed in Switzerland in 1957. Phyllis and David lived in Germany and traveled Europe together before moving back to the United States. In 1959, David drowned saving a family member in Lake Coeur D'Alene in Idaho. After David's death, Phyllis returned home where she spent time with family. In 1961, she moved back to Colorado where she met Bob Carmichael. They were married, and then moved to Alaska where she was the vocalist with the Stardust Orchestra, Air Force Band of the Far North. They moved to Ohio, England and then back to Colorado. Phyllis and Bob divorced in 1985. Phyllis remained in Colorado until November 2015. Phyllis enjoyed traveling as well as spending time with family and friends. She was very active in the Colorado Springs area where she started the women's A.A. program. Phyllis was a mentor and role model to countless men and women.

Those left to honor her memory include brothers Carl (and the late JoAnn) Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA, and John (Carol) Muhlhausen of Bettendorf, IA; and many nieces and nephews who loved and adored her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, and sister-in-law, JoAnn Muhlhausen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Ernest H. Wulfekuhle


Ernest H. Wulfekuhle, 80, of Dyersville, formerly of Petersburg, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, 750 12th Ave. SW. A continued visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday from 9 until 10 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ernie was born June 2, 1936 in Earlville, the son of Gregory and Cecelia (Bonert) Wulfekuhle. He married the love of his life, JoAnn Cavagna, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Portland, OR on August 6, 1966. Ernest and JoAnn moved to their family farm north of Petersburg after their marriage and remained there until his retirement in 2006.

Ernie's life centered around his love of farming, but most importantly, family. He cherished time spent with his friends, wife, kids, and grandkids. Ernie's generosity was evident in his involvement in his church parish and Beckman Catholic High School.

Survivors include his wife JoAnn; 3 children: Kim Baumler (fiancé Vern Isaac) of Dyersville, Craig (Karen) Wulfekuhle of Petersburg, and Kari (Korey) Stillman of Marion; daughter-in-law Lila Wulfekuhle of Dubuque; grandchildren: Danielle and Cody Baumler of Dyersville, Amie Conrad, Emily, Charley and Zachary Wulfekuhle of Petersburg, Addison and Malorie Stillman of Marion; brother Joe (Pat) Wulfekuhle of Petersburg; sisters: JoAnn (Eddie) Loeffelholz of Dyersville, and Darlene (Joe) Szymusik of Rescue, CA; and mother-in-law Amalia Pienovi of Milwaukie, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Scott P. Wulfekuhle; father-in-law Joe Cavagna; brother-in-law John Cavagna; and step-fathers-in-law David Williams and John Pienovi.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman Catholic School.

Special thank you to all the nurses and Dr.s from Medical Associates, Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and University of Iowa Hospital that took such good care of Ernie with love & compassion.

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



Veronica M. Voss


Veronica M. Voss, age 88, of Tiffin, IA, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Veronica's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Edmund Dunn officiating. To celebrate Veronica's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Veronica was born on February 8, 1929, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Arion and Mary (Heiar) Lampe.

After Veronica graduated from high school, she went on to proudly attend the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She would eventually develop her skills and open her own salon, Stylistic Beauty Shop, where she would happily serve her committed clientele for over 35 years. Even after retirement, Veronica would continue to assist some of her favorite friends she'd made over the years right in their own homes. Veronica was united in marriage to her true sweetheart, Richard Voss, on July 10, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Veronica and Richard would not only enjoy all the quality time they would be blessed with together within the confines of their own home, but they would also spend many years traveling around the world seeing all the wonders of God's creation while hand in hand. Although she and Richard never had children of their own, Veronica absolutely loved children, and any opportunity to get in some quality babysitting time for family members was always a joy she fully embraced. Veronica was also naturally talented in the kitchen, and many fond memories will remain of the delicious meals, and hours of friendly fellowship, which occurred so frequently around Veronica's table. Sadly, Veronica has played her last spirited game of cards, and tended to her final flower and vegetable gardens here on earth; but thankfully we'll cherish all of the beautiful memories she leaves behind until we are all reunited once again.

Those left to cherish Veronica's memory include

her loving husband of 45 years,
Richard Voss, Tiffin, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Marcella Lampe, Key West, IA,
Jane Lampe, Dubuque, IA
and Katie Lampe, Bettendorf, IA;

her nephew and special Godchild,
Tom Lampe, Jr., Iowa City, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Veronica was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers, Herbert Lampe, Cy (Kay) Lampe, Thomas Lampe, Dr. A.E. Lampe and Alfred (Bernice) Lampe.

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

Veronica's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Veronica and her family.

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



Aileen M. Althoff


Aileen M. Althoff, 95, of Otter Creek, passed away on April 15, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Maquoketa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Aileen was born on December 25, 1921 in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Frances (Dehner) Hemmer.
She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cascade. She married Al Althoff on February 18, 1941 at St. Mary's in Cascade. Together they farmed in Temple Hill and Cascade, and in 1952 they moved to Otter Creek and farmed until their retirement. Al preceded her in death on September 20th, 1994.

She enjoyed cooking and sewing, was talented but humble, but most of all was a very loving homemaker. Aileen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her eight children, JoAnn (Dave) Delaney-Howe, of Key West, Iowa, Carole (Dick) Kleis, of Zwingle, Donna (Don) Klostermann, of Farley, Ron (Carol) Althoff, of La Motte, Ken (Mary Lou) Althoff, of Maquoketa, Jan (Dave) Till, of Eldridge, Iowa, Joyce (Wayne) Bockenstedt, of Luxemburg, Iowa, Wayne (Alice) Althoff, of La Motte; 34 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, with 2 on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; siblings Catherine Kearney, Edna Althoff, Joe Hemmer, and Betty McDermott; her grandchildren Sherri and Tommy Klostermann, Shelley and Tara Althoff, and Scott Althoff; great-grandchildren Addison and Emma Destival; and her son-in-law, Loras Delaney.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and all the Health Care Professionals who cared for Aileen.



Doris V. Donovan


Doris V. Donovan, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:48 p.m., on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will pray the rosary prior to the services at the church. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris Donovan had reached the age of 98 with a life filled with faith and love. In Flandreau, Moody County, South Dakota, where Iowa and South Dakota meet, Doris was born on October 4, 1918, to Nick and Emma (Dunne) Bechen. The mustard seed of her youth began when drought and the edge of the Dustbowl drained the life out of the land and her father was forced to sell everything and move to Iowa in 1928. The mustard tree continued to grow when she met Gerald Donovan, the love of her life, and started a family of 12 children. The most appropriate word to describe our mother would be "home". The branches of her life gave her children a place to return from the sometimes turbulence of youth. Her children knew she was always there for them. They knew on Sunday there would be baked chicken and baked potatoes when they returned from Mass. They knew her faith in the Blessed Mother carried her through the myriad of problems raising 12 children. They knew birthdays, graduations and especially liturgical events would be celebrated. Like the mustard tree of the scriptures, her branches provided shade and rest for her family. She made a house a home. Recently she was asked what it was like to raise such a huge family and her face glowed. She said, "I loved it".

Those left to cherish Doris memory include

her 11 children,
David (Ann) Donovan, Dubuque, IA,
Jan Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Becky) Donovan, Rock Hill, SC,
Mary Jo Weiland, Dubuque, IA,
Judy Hoffmann, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (A.J.) Becker, East Dubuque, IL,
Chris (Pat) Murphy, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis Donovan, Dubuque, IA,
Deb (Ted) Beaves, Dubuque, IA,
Kevin (Missy) Donovan, Dubuque, IA
and Kelly (Jerry) Lazore, Galena, IL;

33 grandchildren;

56 great-grandchildren;

7 great great-grandchildren;

a sister,
Dotty McWhorter, Alexandria, LA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Kathleen Kane, Dubuque, IA
and Jean Bechen, Melbourne, FL;

and a daughter-in-law,
Sonnie (Bob) Karr, Zanesville, OH.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald Donovan; a son, James Donovan; a great-granddaugher, Hailie Weiland; 3 sons-in-law, Herbert Hoffmann, Ron Smith and Jim Weiland; 2 sisters, Delight Pederson and Darlene (Sandy) Sanderson; and 4 brothers, Sam, Delbert, Tuffy and Darrell Bechen.

A Doris V. Donovan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Doris' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their exceptional, kind, and loving care of Doris and her family.

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

 



James C. Weiland


James C. Weiland 69, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with the Rev. James Miller officiating. Committal services will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity.

Jim was born on March 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Vincent "Vince" and Martha (Tigges) Weiland. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Wahlert High School, class of 1966 and Loras College until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1968. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

Jim married the love of his life, Mary Jo (Donovan) Weiland on May 23, 1970. Having two children Eric (Sara) Weiland and Carrie (Tom) Culbertson.

Jim worked for Trus Joist as a Technical Representative until retiring in 2009 after a 37 year career. Recently, he was able to fulfill his life long passion of landscaping, caring for the flower beds at The Meadows Golf Course.

Jim loved his family and friends. Time with his wife was priceless. He treasured any opportunity to hang out with his kids. He cheered on his grandkids at all events. Time with his friends was always memorable. He worked hard making sure his family, flowers, and garden flourished. He made sure to stop and smell his perfectly planted flowers with a cold beer in hand. Jim never missed a Packer game, consistently cheered on the Hawkeyes, and was a Cub fan long before they were champs. He loved his time on the golf course either with his best friend Murph, son Eric, or grandson Brandt. He took care of so many people, supported everyone, was always there for anyone, and was kind to all. He will be sadly missed by all who had the honor to know him.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo of Dubuque; his son, Eric (Sara) Weiland of Schaumburg, IL and daughter, Carrie (Tom) Culbertson of Dubuque. Grandchildren Brandt, Lauren, Ellana, and Luccia Culbertson of Dubuque, Reese Weiland and Morgan Gold of Schaumburg. Brother Jerry (Sherry), sisters Sandi (Ulo) Ant, Jeanne Burke, and Cathy Hacking. Sisters-in-law Jan Smith, Judy Hoffmann, Kim (AJ) Becker, Chris (Pat) Murphy, Deb (Ted) Beaves, Kelly (Jerry) Lazore. Brothers-in-law Dave (Ann) Donovan, Mike (Becky) Donovan, Dennis Donovan, Kevin (Missy) Donovan. Goddaughter Molly (Murphy) Fecht along with several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vince and Martha Weiland. Granddaughter Hailie Coe Weiland, and nephew Brian Weiland, and four brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, a James C. Weiland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James R. Fondell


James R. Fondell, 82, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday April 19, 2017 with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jim was born on March 9, 1935 in Dubuque the son of Andrew and Mary (May) Fondell. He married Patricia Larsen and she preceded him in death in 1980. He later married Judy Friedlein and she preceded him in death in 2005.

Jim loved his family and frequently enjoyed a good meal followed by a good cigar, and always had a friendly smile.

He is survived by his 4 children Pam (Peter) Jones, of Geneva, IL, Joann (Michael) Pregler, of Dubuque, Mary Jane (Edward) Larson, of Dubuque, and James A. (Mary) Fondell, of Ft. Meyers, FL; his 11 grandchildren, Michael, Allan, Carey, David, Dawn, Joshua, Joseph, Autumn, Logan, Magen and Nicole, and 10 great grandchildren, Dylan, Tarver, Lucy, Clara, Jacob, Leah, Scarlett, Briar, Carter and Leo; 3 step children Scott, Kris and Michelle Belding; a brother Dave (Deb) Fondell, of Dubuque; and two nephews who he loved as sons Tom (Jean) Fondell and Mark (Sarah) Fondell.

He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Mary, wives Patricia and Judy and a son Allan in 2015. He was also preceded in death by a brother Joseph his wife Rita and their 4 daughters Faye, Karen, Jeanne, and Dawn in an accident in 1966.

The family request no flowers a memorial fund will be established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care, to Dr. Runde and Dr. Herman, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassion and loving care they gave to Jim.



Mary L. Ruroden


Mary L. Ruroden, 94, of Galena Stauss Senior Care, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in East Clermont Lutheran Cemetery, Clermont, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on January 4, 1923 in Gregory's Landing, Missouri. She grew up in Alexandria, Missouri. During WWII Mary was a driver for the Ordnance Plant in Burlington, Iowa. In 1950 she moved to Dubuque where she was employed at Kroger's. When Kroger's closed she worked at Kraft Foods.

She married Leslie L. Ruroden on January 12, 1966 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on August 17, 1999.

Mary was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her nieces, Emma Bussan, Nadine Barrows, Gail (Dick) Meyers and Marilyn (Rod) Cooper; and nephews, Ryland (Sheri) Eddleman, Neil (LaDonna) Hand, and Steve (Nancy) Hand, and Kevin Hull.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Doris Lee; 3 brothers, James, Robert and Kenneth Hand; and her faithful companions, Chico and Annie.

Memorials may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Special thank you to Dr. Gregory Vandigo, the nurses, CNA's and caretakers at Galena Stauss Senior Care for your wonderful care and to Pastor Kincaid for all of the time you spent with Mary.



Marc E. Karrmann


Marc E. Karrmann, 80, of Dubuque died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where there will also be a visitation Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.

Marc was born November 13, 1936 in Platteville, Wisc., son of Elton and Blanche (Johnsen) Karrmann.  He graduated from Shattuck High School in Faribault, MN and received his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

On April 9, 1960, he married Sharon Grunewald at St. John Lutheran Church, Prairie du Sac, WI.  They lived in Port Huron, Mich. for several years, before moving to Dubuque in 1976.

Marc worked at KDTH as a broadcast engineer for 23 years before his retirement.  He was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and Kiwanis International.

He was an avid hockey fan and was a Dubuque Fighting Saints season ticket holder. He enjoyed camping, traveling and loved taking his grandchildren to Disney World.  He and Sharon visited all 50 states, 46 of them in their RV.

Marc is survived by his wife, Sharon Karrmann of Dubuque; four children, Jim (Nancy) Karrmann of Madison, Cheryl (Duane) Beckman of West Burlington, John (JoDee) Karrmann of West Des Moines, Iowa and Marc W. Karrmann of Cannon Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff), Ashley, Derek (Lis), Blake, Andrew (Jordyn), Megan, Kayla (Chris), Allison, Jessica and Natalie; and three great grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, Phil (Barbara) Karrmann of Platteville; sister-in-law, Kay Bailey of Sun Prairie, WI, brothers-in-law, Dan (Patricia) Grunewald of Prairie du Sac, WI and Bill (Kim Diehl) Grunewald of Sauk City, WI; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law.

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

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

 



David L. Bassler


David L. Bassler, 53, died on Thursday April 13th, after a brave, seven year battle with cancer. He always fought hard, never gave up or complained. Dave lived his life in full speed up until the last several months. Dave had many joys in life; his family, playing volleyball and tinkering with anything that needed fixed.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm-8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Dave was born on August 25, 1963. His parents were Eugene and Genevieve Bassler of rural Jackson County. Dave was the 11th child of 12. He attended school in Otter Creek and Andrew Iowa. He was always known for being very athletic and full of energy. Over the years Dave had several nick names, including, Super Dave, Baz and Giselle Boy. Many people knew Dave because of his involvement in volleyball; he had a vertical leap that others envied and he covered a lot of ground.

Dave started his own construction business, Super Dave Construction, in the mid-90s. You may have seen his superman logo on his truck or trailer. Everything he learned was self-taught and he was self-motivated to learn every aspect of construction. He was always willing to lend a hand and help a fellow neighbor or friend with their projects.

Dave met Teresa in 2004 and they soon realized they were the one for each other. They married in 2007 and their two families became one. Teresa was a friend, companion and a guiding light for Dave.

He was always known for his great sense of humor. Whether it be the funny shirts he would wear, funny jokes he would say or the funny faces that he would make. No matter the situation, Dave could always make anyone laugh. Even while fighting this battle, he found a way to make the doctors and nurses laugh. His favorite phrase, "Gotta leave 'em laughing".

Those left to honor and celebrate his life include his wife, Teresa Bassler, daughter, Brianne (Adam) Fagan, step-daughter, Michelle (Bruce) Brokus, step-son, Justin (Brandi) Durant, mother-in-law Marilyn Peckenschneider, and father-in-law Dennis (Bonnie) Peckenschneider. Dave and Teresa's grandchildren: Katelyn, Addilyn, Aidyn, Stella, Kinnick and Baby Boy Fagan expected on "Papa's Birthday". Dave's 11 siblings, Denise (Bob) McCarthy, Donna (Rocky) Andracchio, Louis (Mindy) Bassler, Bruce (Julie) Bassler, Mary Jean (Steve) Bock, Tim (Lori) Bassler, Bob (Ellen) Bassler, Becky (Rick) Brame, Tina Hansen, Steve (Tammy) Bassler, Paul Bassler, brother-in-laws, Mark (Karen) Peckenschneider and Dean (Mechelle) Dittmer. His faithful companions, Little Buddy and Gigi. In addition to his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Eugene and Genevieve Bassler, as well as two brother-in-law's Jerry Laufenberg and Doug Hansen.

A special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse Tim, for all their support.

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

 



Janet E. Kohl


Janet E. Kohl, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 17th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.
Janet was born on August 6, 1933 in Epworth, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Elsie (Gronau) Beresford.

She married the love of her life, James P. "Buzzy" Kohl on February 14, 1953, and they were blessed with 62 more wonderful Valentine's Days together. He preceded her in death on October 30th, 2015.

Janet was a loving homemaker, she cared for her seven sons and one daughter with so much care. In her later years, she worked for Casey's General Store in Key West.
She was a member of the Leaky Lodge at the Grand Tap.
Janet enjoyed time at the casino, spending time with her family and friends and playing euchre especially with Carrot, Mary and Patty.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Jane) Kohl, Dale Kohl, Robert (Chris) Kohl, Ken (Donna) Kohl, Richard Kohl, Kelly Kohl, David Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; her 14 grandchildren, Jessica (Bill) Lanz, Dublin, OH, Jennifer (Travis) Shaffer, Coralville, IA, Jillian (Tim) Castro, Mt. Horeb, WI, J.J. Kohl, North Liberty, IA, Casey (Leslie Schumacher) Kohl, Travis (Nicki) Kohl, Tiffany (Jake) Roling, Jordan (Sidney) Kohl, Tyler (Kaitlin) Kohl, Kyle Kohl, Brandon Kohl, Keith (Katie) Kohl, Amber (Jeremy Torchia) Kohl, Heath (Jenny) Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; her 9 great-grandchildren, Weston and Scarlett Lanz, Colsen and Chloe Shaffer, Jamie Castro, Brady Kohl, Carsyn Roling, Cooper Roling, Kollins Kohl, Sierrah Torchia, Luca Kohl, and one on the way. Her siblings, Bonnie (Joe) Smith, Carol (Chuck) Miehe; sister-in-law Bernice Beresford, along with several nieces and nephews and a lifelong friend Karen Digman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James; a son Ronald; brothers, Dale (Kay) Beresford, Donald Beresford, Ken Beresford and Wayne Beresford.

In lieu of flowers a Janet Kohl memorial fund will be established.

Thank you Mom, We Love You!!



Dorothy J. Avenarius


Dorothy J. Avenarius, 92, of 15560 NW 136th St., Platte City, MO died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at her home.
Services will be at 9:00 am Saturday, April 22nd at the Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial will be at Mt Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy worked at the Battery Factory in Dubuque and later worked for JC Penney's Catalog Dept. for many years, and as a seamstress in her spare time. She was born on March 18, 1925, in Dubuque, daughter of William "Van" and Frances (Albert) Schmitt. She was born and raised in Dubuque, then later moved to Buffalo Grove, IL.

Dorothy loved spending time with her boys, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. She enjoyed sewing and traveling back to Dubuque to visit her family.

Surviving are her children, Scott (Nancy) Avenarius of Cary, IL and Richard "Rick" Avenarius of Cape Coral Florida, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by 12 sisters, Irene Lute, Mable Schmitt, Florence Cole, Gladys Henry, Mabel Carew, Agnes Gans, Mary Bushman, Velma Kuehn, Adeline Wagner, Leora Gaston, Coletta (Cleo) Zaszczurynski, and Helen Dougherty; 5 brothers Ivan, Leland, Warren, John "Joe", Robert "Bob" Schmitt and her parents. Dorothy was the last of 18 children.

A Dorothy J. Avenarius Memorial Fund has been established.

The Avenarius family would like to extend a special thank you to Kansas City Hospice and her nurse Robin, Father Terrel and her family and friends that was with her. The family would also like to express a special thank you to Jerry and Darlene for the wonderful treatment they gave her throughout her stay and illness. Dorothy was so loved by so many and will be deeply missed.



Eldora C. Ploessl


Eldora C. Ploessl, 82, of Guttenberg, formerly of Holy Cross, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque after her courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A continued visitation will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to funeral services Tuesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Eldora was born August 5, 1934, in Holy Cross, the daughter of Ervin and Clara (Pottebaum) Henkels. She married Francis J. Ploessl on January 17, 1970 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Together they farmed northwest of Holy Cross.

Eldora enjoyed crocheting, quilting and a good card game. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and volunteered at Oakcrest Manor for many years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her 2 children: Charles (Heidi) Ploessl of Holy Cross and Christine (John) Selchert of Dubuque; 3 granddaughters: Lindsey Ploessl of Dubuque, and Chloe and Grace Ploessl of Holy Cross; 2 step-grandsons: Andrew (Christina) Selchert of Kansas City, MO, and Nickolas (Ashley Quick) Selchert of Dodgeville, WI; 2 step-great-grandchildren: Carson and Averie Selchert of Kansas City, MO; 2 brothers: Joe (Jeanette) Henkels of Dubuque and Erv (Mary) Henkels of Hiawatha\; sister Anna Marie (Joe) Wille of Garnavillo; in-laws: Andrew Jr. Ploessl of Dubuque, Jim Paisley of Balltown, Marvin (Linda) Brimeyer of Sherrill, Lorene Ploessl of Dubuque, Rosemary Ploessl of Holy Cross, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank on April 26, 2002; an infant son; brothers: Raymond and Emmet Henkels; in-laws: Edwin (Margaret), LaVern (Rita), Alvin, James, John, and Donald Ploessl, Pearl (Jim) Klein, Mary Brimeyer, Joan Paisley and Mary Ploessl.

Eldora's family would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Kukla, the nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their kind and compassionate care.

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



Orville S. Ludwig


Orville S. Ludwig, 85, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta, with Military Honors. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 17th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m.

Orville was born May 23, 1931 in Rewey, WI, son of Irven and Margaret (Kramer) Ludwig. He married Marguerite ‘Maggie' Stoffel May 1, 1956 in Holy Family Church, Peosta. She preceded him in death February 23, 2002.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed as an experimental mechanic at John Deere Dubuque retiring in 1987.

He was a member of Holy Ghost parish and the Knights of Columbus #5513.

Surviving are four sons, William F. Ludwig, of Millersburg, IA , John G. Ludwig, Tim F. (Jodi) Ludwig, and Thomas I. Ludwig; a daughter, Susan M.(Michael) Brothers, all of Dubuque; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister, Joyce (Don) Ahman, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Pete Exstein, of Mount Horub, WI.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James J. and Peter P. Ludwig; a brother in infancy, Earl Ludwig, and three sisters, Helen Boldt, Lenice Alan and June Exstein.

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



Charlotte V. Shollenberger


Charlotte V. Shollenberger, 95, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Kahl Home in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Charlotte on Friday, April 14, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Charlotte Viola Conery was born on March 13, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Benjamin Franklin and Florence Luella (Rollf) Conery. She was a 1940 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then immediately went to work for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator until 1946. She notably was on duty on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. On March 19, 1946 she married George Arthur Shollenberger in Bedford, Ohio.

Following her marriage, Charlotte became a housewife and raised a family. She was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church, UMW, and the New Century Women's Club in Delmar. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and her flower garden.

Those left to honor Charlotte's memory include her children, Leslie (Susie) Shollenberger of Davenport, IA, and Renne (Rusty) Lietz of Delmar, IA; 3 grandsons, Jason (Stacey) Lietz of Solon, IA, Jeff (Heather) Lietz of Colfax, IA, and Tyler Shollenberger of Davenport, IA; and 4 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Kassidy and Kobi Lietz of Solon, IA, and Jacob Lietz of Colfax, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on January 14, 1999, 2 brothers Verney and Marion, and 4 sisters Opal, Obeata, Beverly and Camilla.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charlotte V. Shollenberger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Victor Howell

Victor Howell, age 80, of Sterling, IL, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Hope Howell of Sterling, IL; one son, Victor Howell of Machesney Park, IL; one daughter, Vonnie Howell of South Elgin, IL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Logan Hawkins of Geneva, IL, a special young man who shared Victor's birthday.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and four sisters.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, IL. Funeral services will be Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Porter of Abiding Word Church officiating.

An alternate visitation will be Monday, April 17, 2017, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa with funeral services at 2:00 PM with Chaplain Colleen Petaros officiating. Burial will be at Bridgeport Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com or www.carsonandson.com.

 



Donald L. Powlistha


Donald L. Powlistha, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 10, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 14, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donald Lee Powlistha was born on Janauary 29, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Louis and Ruth (Fisher) Powlistha. He was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Mary Jo Garrity in Maquoketa, Iowa, and to this union three children were born: Richard, Michael and Donna. He later married Linda Woods Battles on May 16, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 19, 2014.

Donald had a long career working for the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Road Maintenance Department. His career began while in high school, continued after the military, and totaled over 44 years, retiring on his 62nd birthday.

Donald was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He had been active in many community organizations including serving as a coach and past president of the Maquoketa Youth Baseball program for many years. He also was a volunteer at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa where he was instrumental in the building of it. Other organizations he was involved in were the Jackson County Tourism Council and Friends of the Maquoketa Caves.

Donald enjoyed playing cards, making fudge at Christmas time for his kids, woodworking, going to all the shows at Ohnward, and traveling. He was family oriented and especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his children, Richard (Jerrie) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Michael (Becky) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Donna (Jerry) Gilbert of Antioch, IL and Lisa Battles Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kristy Powlistha, Thomas James Gilbert, Matt Gilbert, Jacob Powlistha and Wyatt Hinz; 1 great-grandchild, Jeremiah James Gilbert; 2 step-grandchildren, Travis Sumpter and Zach Sumpter; and a brother-in-law, Willard "Bill" Woods of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Doris, brothers Robert, Charles and Gerald, a son Larry Lynn Battles, and his wife Linda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com



Martha A. Etscheidt


Martha A. Etscheidt, 86, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Martha may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watkins, Iowa.

Services for Martha will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watkins, Iowa with Rev. Craig E. Steimel presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watkins, Iowa.
She was born August 10, 1929 in Luzerne, Iowa, daughter of John and Blanche (Dvorak) Lagos. She is a graduate of Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On June 10, 1947 she was united in marriage to Lloyd G. Etscheidt at St. Patrick's Church in Watkins, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 7, 2011.

She was employed as a bookkeeper for J.C. Penney's in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa, a former member of the Dyersville American Legion Auxiliary, and a volunteer driver for RTA.
She is survived by five children, Steven Etscheidt of Dyersville, IA, Randolph (Susan) Etscheidt and Elizabeth (Tom) Przybylski both of Cedar Falls, IA, Dr. Mark (Susan) Etscheidt of Lexington, KY, and Patricia (Robert) Holmes of Millington, IL; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dennis John Etscheidt in 1948; two daughters-in-law, Monika M. Etscheidt and Sherry Etscheidt.

A Martha A. Etscheidt memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Jane (Conaway) Anderson


Jane (Conaway) Anderson, 78, a woman of great faith, was called home on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Dubuque, where friends may gather to celebrate her life and greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Jane was born March 15, 1939 in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Teddy and Florence (Dolan) Conaway. In 1957, Jane graduated from Craig High School in Janesville, and on May 11, 1957, Jane married Thomas P. Anderson at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Janesville. He preceded her in death on September 30, 2002.

After her retirement from J.C. Penney, Jane volunteered at Finley Hospital for several years where she served as volunteer coordinator for tray favors.

Mom had boundless compassion, which she demonstrated by providing foster care for babies awaiting adoption, and toward animals of all kinds, especially Pippi and Cuddles, her favorite dogs. Jane enjoyed gardening, sewing, and was an avid reader. Our Mom loved to sing, and was a talented cake decorator who made all her children's wedding cakes.

Mom's memory will be cherished by her children, Deborah J. (Merlin) Leick, Linda L. (Joe) Budden, Cynthia K. (Mike) Thill, and Michael T. (Beverly L. Johnson) Anderson; her grandchildren, Steven (Marie) Leick, Sarah (A.J.) Fitzsimmons, Mark Budden, Tracy (Joshua) Weddle, Nick (Sarah) Budden, Joshua, Ryan, Seth, and Luke Thill, and Colten (Miranda), Brandon, Dalton, and Jaden Anderson; her great-grandchildren, Riley F., Aidan M., and Connor W. Leick, and Vivienne and Aurora Weddle; and her sister, Juliette (Don) Wentz Monroe.

In addition to her husband, Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Nicole K. Thill; her brother, Donald (Phyllis) Conaway; her brother-in-law, Howard Wentz; and her sister-in-law, Nancy (Terry) Lee.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque; or to Our Lady of the Sioux, Oglala, SD.

Jane's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin; Unity Health Home Care, especially Jen; and Finley Hospital.

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



Charles F. Risden


Charles F. "Chuck" Risden, Jr., 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 9, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Chuck's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 14, 2017, from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Charles Franklin Risden Jr. was born on May 31, 1964 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Charles Franklin Sr. and Bonnie Mae (Sutton) Risden. He was educated in Maquoketa and later Monticello schools. He married Shirley Ann Manning in 1992 in Jackson County, Iowa. They later divorced.

Chuck had worked various jobs throughout the years including working at Sitco in LaMotte, ADM in Clinton, Mike's Tree Service and most recently for Howell Logging. He had also drove a semi and was a handyman who could fix anything.

Chuck enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing on rivers and creeks, and being outdoors. He was a practical jokester who always had a smile and was the life of the party.

Those left to honor Chuck's memory include his children, Valerie Hute of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Lonnie) Howell of Bernard, IA, and Charles (Carrie) Risden III of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Bonnie Mae (Larry Sawyer) Osterkamp of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Wendy (Ken) Thomas of Georgiana, AL, Charlene (Michael) French of Onslow, IA, Sue (Phil) Gibson of Des Moines, IA, and Heidi (Bobby) Krum of Amber, IA; 8 grandchildren, Victoria, Emily, Sara, Alexis, Shawn, Shane, Little CJ, and Ethan; and was a father figure to Elijah, Cameron, Jaden and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles F. Risden Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Monica B. Hoerner


Monica B. Hoerner, 85, of Zwingle, Iowa died April 9th, 2017 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Monica may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Today, April 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A family rosary will be said at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of mass. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch, rural Zwingle.

Monica was born January 12, 1932 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of John Sr. and Kathyrine (McCarthy) Regan. She was a graduate of Holy Rosary School in La Motte. On February 17th, 1953 she was united in marriage to John Carson "J.C." Hoerner at the Holy Rosary Church in LaMotte. Monica worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years as a clerk and then a Postmaster. She was a member of St. Lawrence Otter Creek Church, the Sylvia Switch Rosary Society and the Zwingle Recreation Association.

Monica loved to dance when given the opportunity, she was a classy lady who loved to wear her hats. She also enjoyed being outside and mowing with her John Deere riding lawn mower. She had a soft spot for all the birds that came to feed on her acreage and fed them so much she thought she should be able to write them off on her taxes! Surprisingly, Monica continued to wash throughout the years with her Maytag ringer washer. She collected used Maytags like Jimmy D. collects classic cars!

Monica is survived by her ten children: Deb (David) Hanson of Parkview, Jim (LouAnn) Hoerner of Zwingle, John (Cindy) Hoerner of Dubuque, Joe (Pam) Hoerner of Davenport, Jerry (Sheila) Hoerner of Davenport, Jeff Hoerner of Moline, Lisa (Steve) Hoerner Hanson of Davenport, Jason (Cim) Hoerner of Eldridge, Angie (Shawn) Fluhr of La Motte, Sue (Shane) Veach of Eldridge. Monica has l3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters-in-law, Natalie (Jack) Regan of Grand Mound, Shirley (Jukes) Regan of Dubuque, Joyce (Fred) Regan of Zwingle and Della (Eldon) Hoerner of Epworth; a brother-in-law, Gene (Margaret) Stillmunkes of Zwingle.

Monica is preceded in death by her parents John C. Regan and Kathyrine; her husband, J.C. Hoerner on November 26, 1991; her father and mother-in-law, John C. Hoerner and Neva; her siblings, Rita Regan, Kate (Ray) Kemerer, Amelia (Neil) Bruck, John "Jack" (Mary) Regan, Agnese (Joe) Hayes, Fred Regan, Margaret Stillmunkes, Pauline (Harold) Takes, Julian "Jukes" Regan, James "Worm" Regan, J.C. Ripple, Eldon Hoerner, Paul "'Winkie" (Bernadine) Hoerner and Edith (Bob) Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Monica Hoerner memorial fund.

The family of Monica would like to thank Dr. Eric S Engelman and his nurse Sarah, the staff of Clarissa C. Cook Hospice of Bettendorf, Hospice of Dubuque, Lisa Flannigan of By Your Side Care and Rose Veach. Also, thank you to all family and friends who supported us with their prayers.



Kathy J. Walters


Kathy J. Walters, age 64, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:16 p.m., on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, after a long and courageous battle with dementia. To honor Kathy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Kathy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kathy was born on July 2, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Iris "Buck" and Georgia (Petrakis) Walters.

Kathy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1970. After school, she would begin her working career in the clerical field and put her talents to use with several different firms around town. Kathy had a naturally kind and caring nature about her, and would graciously become a compassionate caregiver for her parents in their later years. She also had a friendly, outgoing personality which definitely drew people into her world. A conversation with a complete stranger was a very common occurrence in Kathy's day; and if there was a kiddo or a dog in the mix, the opportunity to make a new friend was a guarantee. Kathy also loved spending time with family, and a sisters shopping trip would always bring a joy to her heart which could never be undone. Kathy was a delightfully wonderful daughter, sweet sister and loving friend, and we are truly saddened by her passing from this world to the next. We do, however, take comfort in knowing that she is no longer plagued by her earthly ailments, which she faced quite bravely here, and that she is joyfully reunited with her parents once again.

Those left to cherish Kathy's memory include

her sister,
Dianne (James) Hoppman, Dubuque, IA;

2 aunts,
Rita Sullivan, Dubuque, IA
and Barb Walters, Des Moines, IA;

and several cousins.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and several aunts and uncles.

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

Kathy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her cousin, Julie Houselog, and her other caregivers, JoAnne Jack and Marilyn Gilloon, for all of the loving care they have provided Kathy. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, Hospice of Dubuque, and No Place Like Home, especially Diane, for all of the kind, professional, and compassionate care they provided to Kathy and her family.

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

 



Sydney T. Datisman


Sydney Thomas Datisman, 94, of Durango, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday April 13, 2017 at Sherrill United Methodist Church, with a Memorial Service to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery following the service.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Sydney was born November 29, 1922 in Durango, the son of John Leo and Hannah (Hinde) Datisman. He married Dorothy Pugh on April 23, 1948 in Riverside, California. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1999.

Sydney farmed in Durango, and also owned and operated Datisman Heating for many years. He enjoyed farming, being outdoors, and woodworking. He was a regular jack-of-all trades who could figure out how to do anything. He played steel guitar, bass, and guitar in many bands, including the Durango Doodlers. Sydney loved spending summers in Wyoming with his daughters. He served as President of the Jefferson Township School Board for over 20 years. He was a member of Sherrill United Methodist Church, where he served on several church boards over the years.

Sydney is survived by his children, Marjorie Henkels of Durango, Jane Datisman of Rozet, WY, John (Lori) Datisman of Durango, and Cheri Siegert of Gillette, WY; his grandchildren, Mike (Jamie) Siegert, Toby Siegert, Jeremy (Brooke) Kaune, Jessica (Sam) Weiland, Dawn (Tom) March, and John Datisman; his great grandchildren, Naomi, Bailey, and Kassie Kaune, Emma and Lloyd Weiland, Sophia Siegert, and Hayden and Mason March; one great-great granddaughter due on April 26; his nephew, Dwight (Joyce) Henson; and his niece, Holly (Greg) Judge.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Cari Lea Siegert; and two sisters, Mabel Datisman and Ruth Henson Thatcher.

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

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



Connie J. Yarolem


Connie J. Yarolem, 69, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at her home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Connie on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Connie Jean Currie was born on May 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James and Shirley (Burback) Currie. She grew up in Baldwin, attended Baldwin schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Robert Yarolem on December 18, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1996.

Connie had worked in the housekeeping department, first at Maquoketa Care Center and lastly at Wheatland Manor, for a combined twenty years.

Connie enjoyed taking care of her animals, plants, gardening and being outside with nature. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her children, Randy Yarolem of Baldwin, IA, Rusty (Cherie) Yarolem of Stilesville, IN, and Cheri (Ron) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Jamie on March 2, 2014, and a daughter-in-law, Lisa Yarolem on September 7, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Connie Jean Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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



Judith D. Wilhelm


Judith Dorothy (March) Wilhelm, 74, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 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 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Judy was born October 22, 1942, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Germaine (Lammers) March. She grew up in Worthington, Iowa, graduating in 1960 from the former St. Paul's School. She was united in marriage to Henry J. Wilhelm on April 28, 1962, at St. Paul's Parish in Worthington, Iowa. Together they raised their family in Dyersville. For over fifty years, Judy worked as a childcare provider, and was fondly known to many as "Grandma Judy." She has blessed many with her handmade gifts, especially her hand knitted Christmas stockings. Judy especially enjoyed researching her family's heritage and genealogy, as well as putting puzzles together. Judy was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by her husband, Henry of 54 years of marriage; six children: Ann (Paul) Rechterman of Coggon, IA, Debbie (Carl) Vorwald of New Vienna, IA, Donald "Donnie" (Kathleen) Wilhelm of Epworth, IA, Tammy (James) Clemen of Dyersville, IA, Tina (Gerald) Trowbridge of Urbandale, IA, and John (Bridget) Wilhelm of Peosta, IA; 16 grandchildren: Doug (Danielle) Fortmann, Jessica (Collin) Mack, Brian, Tim, Kristina, and Matthew Vorwald; Nichole, Rebecca, Kaitlyn, and Joseph Clemen; Dominic, B'Elanna, and Remy Trowbridge; and Lucy, Henry, and Patrick Wilhelm; 4 great grandchildren, with another 2 expected in May; siblings: Rosemary (Robert) Lahr of Manchester, IA, William "Bill" (Mary Lou) March, of Hopkinton, IA, Jean Harbaugh of Tucson, AZ, Joan (William) Lansing of Worthington, IA, Joyce (Ronald) Dudley, of Anchorage, AK, John "Jack" (Mary Pat) March of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Dean March, of Dubuque, IA, David (Claudia) March of Balltown, IA, Donald (Carol) March of Dubuque, IA, Walter (Dianne) March of Worthington, IA, and Pam Pasker of Tucson, AZ; In-laws: James (Norma) Wilhelm, Tom (Judy) Wilhelm, Mary Ann Nachtmann, and Charles (Donna) Wilhelm, all of Dyersville, IA, and Jean (Gerald) Conrad of Epworth, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law: Norbert Nachtmann, William Willenbring, and Lyle Harbaugh, and sister-in-law, Betty March.

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

 

 



Joseph F. Runde


Joseph Francis Runde, 97, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away Sunday morning, April 9, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of Dubuque American Legion Post # 6.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.  Family & friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church.

Joe was born on February 8, 1920 near Sinsinawa, WI, the son of Lawrence and Frances (Fleege) Runde.  He was united in marriage to Marie E. Hall on November 27, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on December 3, 2003.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish at Sinsinawa and American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque.

Joe was a W.W. II veteran serving with the U. S. Army.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and participated in the European and North African campaigns, serving under Gen. George Patton, until his discharge in September of 1945.

He farmed, was self-employed and owned Runde's Feed & Farm Supply in Hazel Green.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Rita) Runde, of Leesburg, VA, Mary (John) Kuncaitis, of Rochester, MN, Mark A. Runde and Steven M. (JoAnn) Runde both of Hazel Green, WI; four grandchildren, Christopher Runde, Amy Brantis, Sara Kuncaitis-Wall and John D. Kuncaitis; seven great grandchildren; and his siblings, Mary Lou Tressel and Tony Runde both of Hazel Green, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence & Frances, wife Marie, a brother Ralph Runde and two sisters, Dorothy Burbach and Helen Meyer.

Joe's family wishes to express "special thanks" to Hospice of Dubuque and the girls on 2nd floor at Stonehill for the excellent care provided to their father.

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

 

 



Richard A. Weber


Richard A. "Dick" Weber, 72, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Saturday, April 8, 2017, at home after battling cancer for a year and a half. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on August 20, 1944, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Anton "Ed" and Anna Loretta (Johnson) Weber. Dick was in the seminary and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. He met Mary C. Otting at the race track in Darlington during stock car races. Later they were married on August 28, 1965, in Dubuque. Dick worked at Celetex, Farmland, FDL-Dubuque, Hypro, Weber's and retired from Badger Machine. He also filled his time at Hazel Green Auto Sales as a mechanic.

Dick was a big NASCAR fan and raced cars for three years in Dubuque and Farley. He stayed involved for several years helping other racers. Dick was an inventor, tinker and handyman. He enjoyed building things from scratch like go-carts for his grandchildren and his little two-wheeler that he drove in parades. Dick was a member of the American Legion, Hazel Green Fire Department and a Boy Scout Leader. A favorite past time was hanging with his grandchildren and his best friends, Steve Symons, Don Loeffelholz and Gary Lowing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Sheila (Kent) Kitelinger, of Dodgeville and Jodie (David) Rukamp, of Germantown; two sons, Jeff (Michelle) Weber, of Platteville, and Scott Weber, of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Karissa (Austin) Henze, Jessica Kitelinger, Tyler and Derek Rukamp, Brittney and Brianna Smith, Jesse and Sydney Weber, and Danielle (Jon) Tiedt; six sisters, Alvina (Pat) Runde, of Madison, Betty Wedig, Agnes Weber and Dorothy Tranel, all of Cuba City, Sandra (Michael) Alt, of Marion, Iowa, and Carolyn (Roger) Fries, of Cuba City; and four brothers, Vernon (Myrt) Weber, Verdon (Linda) Weber, Homer Weber and Joe Weber, all of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Lawrence "Buddy"; a brother-in-law, Art Wedig; and three sisters-in-law, Jane, Denise and Jan.

A Richard A. "Dick" Weber Memorial Fund has been established.

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



George W. Beaves


George W. Beaves, 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Very Reverend Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

George was born December, 24, 1929 in Dubuque to George I. and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He attended Loras Academy and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. He was stationed at Empire Air Force Base in Empire, Michigan, where he met his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, in nearby Traverse City. George and Dorothy (Zakoscielny) were married on October 22, 1955, at Visitation Church in Detroit, Michigan.

George worked in the plumbing and pipefitting trade and was a member of UA Local 66, for which he has held the positions of secretary and president. He was also enshrined in the Dubuque Labor Hall of Fame in 2016. He started his long career working for his father at Beaves Plumbing & Heating. He went on to work for others such as Braconier Plumbing & Heating and Dubuque Plumbing & Heating, as well as for contractors during the construction of the Byron nuclear power generating station in Byron, IL. After his retirement from the trade in 1987, George worked for the City of Dubuque Parking Department.

George has been a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish and has served in many capacities, including as a member of the School Board for more than 12 years. He was also elected to the Dubuque Community School Board, and served for 15 years.

Bowling and the brewing of beer, wine, and soda were among his interests, and he was also an avid reader and popcorn aficionado. He was a member of Trees for Dubuque, and enjoyed living in the great outdoors with his sons as members and Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts Troop 12. George was one of the original owners of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and was also instrumental in organizing the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association. After his retirement, George met regularly with friends at the Fisher Building Café and later at the Locust St HyVee for coffee and conversation. It was at these "meetings" where the gang would solve all of the world's problems.

George is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons George I. of Rockford, IL, David (Beth) of Asbury, IA, Gregory (Sara) of Houston, TX, Mark (Tracey) of The Villages, OK, and his "favorite daughter" Mary Kay (Dennis) Weber of Peosta, IA, as well as 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Peter (Margaret) Beaves, sisters-in-law Eileen Beaves and Betty Church, and many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, sisters Mary Ellen (James) Kadra and Charlotte (Bill) Hanley, brothers Richard (Gerry) and Theodore, very close cousin Jack (Veronica) Murphy, sister in law Ann (Joe) Jackowski, and brother in law, Joseph Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for later donation to George's favorite charities.

George's family extends their sincerest gratitude to the doctors, especially Drs. Whalen and Kirkendall, the nurses and the entire staffs at Grand River Medical Group, Finley Hospital, Oak Park Place, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all their kind, compassionate and professional care.

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



Darlene J. Potter


Darlene J. Potter, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:42 p.m., on Friday, April 7, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Zwingle, IA.

Darlene was born on March 22, 1929, in West Point, IA, daughter of Casper and Helen (Langhorst) Dieter.

Darlene was born in West Point and learned very early on, not only the responsibility and rewards of hard work, but also the joys and valuable life lessons which can only come from growing up on the family farm. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Frank Potter, and they would be united in marriage on September 22, 1948, at St. Mary's Church in Vinton, Iowa. Their union was blessed with 68 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children. Darlene spent her early years in the working world as a receptionist for Dr. Frey, but she would soon discover her true purpose in life and completely devote her energies to being the best wife, mother and grandmother the world has ever seen. The family would move to Dubuque where she would continually love and support her husband, instill copious amounts of love and guidance into her children, and in time develop her skills as the gentlest of grandmother's who would leave no doubt in the hearts and minds of those whom she loved that they were beyond precious to her. In her free time, Darlene had many joyful interests which would include everything from baiting a hook on the waters edge, to effortlessly twisting her crocheting needle, to creating magic at her sewing machine, and of course, a delightfully competitive game of cards with family and friends. Darlene has diligently, and purposely, left a legacy of love behind for those who knew and loved her to treasure for years and generations to come. Sadly, our hearts ache today with an unquenchable sorrow, but we know that Darlene's 88 years here were abundantly full, and that gratefully we will see her again one day, along with the rest of our family who've been called home already.

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her loving husband,
Frank Potter, Dubuque, IA;

3 daughters,
Peggy (Dave) Schuster, Zwingle, IA,
Kathy (Ron) Arensdorf, Dubuque, IA
and Tracy (Dan) Laughlin, Andrew, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Carrie (Randy) Gelh, Jennifer (Bill) Hellman, Dan (Stacy) Schuster, Brenda Burkart, Stacy Shares, Sean (Ashley Frederick) Laughlin, Cohl Laughlin, Brianna Laughlin, Josh (Dawn) Potter, Jay Potter and Matt Vogt;

and 14 great grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary Ann Potter; a son, James Potter; 2 granddaughters, Melissa Schuster and Kristen Vogt; 2 grandsons, Scott Arensdorf and Jared Potter; a sister, Delores (George) Shultz; and a brother, Don (Colleen) Dieter.

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

Darlene's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Eagle Pointe Place, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the compassionate and loving care they provided to Darlene and her family.

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

 



Sr. Therese J. Jacobs

Sister Therese J. Jacobs, BVM (Therese Carmelle), age 87, of Marian Hall, Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sister Therese's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, 1050 Carmel Drive, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Therese's life, a funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Therese was born on May 9, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa, the beloved daughter of Harry Franklin and Mary Josephine (Mullahey) Jacobs. She joyfully entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Mary Parish, Clinton, Iowa; professed her first vows on March 19, 1950, and her final vows on August 15, 1955, before faithfully devoting her life in service to the Lord.

Sister Therese taught seventh grade, eighth grade and music at St. Martin ES in Cascade, Iowa, and served as the formation director at Mount Carmel in Dubuque. She taught music in elementary and secondary schools in Davenport, Iowa; Kauai, Hawaii; Chicago, Illinois; Mundelein, Illinois; and St. Paul, Minnesota. She also faithfully served as BVM regional in Davenport, Iowa and also ministered on the college faculty and formation staff in Los Gatos, California. She served in pastoral ministry in Des Moines, Iowa; Jackson, Mississippi; and Kumasi, Ghana.

Those who remain to cherish Sister Therese's memory include

her brother,
Francis J. Jacobs, St. Paul, MN;

a brother-in-law,
Stewart Iliff, Warrenton, MO,;

a sister-in-law,
Marion Jacobs, Cedar Rapids, IA;

many nieces and nephews;

and her fellow Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared 69 years of her earthly journey.

Sister Therese was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Richard, Edwin, Bernard, Donald, Earl and John Paul; and her sisters Mary Ellen Clark and Bernice Ann Iliff.

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

 



Neil F. “Schnitz” Hirtz


Neil F. "Schnitz" Hirtz, 67, of Litchfield, New Hampshire passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:20 am, in Manchester, New Hampshire after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 am Friday, April 14, 2017, at the St. Francis Cemetery Chapel in Dyersville. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Friends and relatives may gather at 9 am at the chapel. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Neil was born in Anamosa, Iowa on July 24, 1949, the son of Paul and Grace (Schockemoel) Hirtz. He was raised in Temple Hill, Iowa before moving to Dyersville during his junior year in high school. He finished his senior year at Beckman Catholic High School with the Class of 1967.

He was a man of few words but had a very kind heart and loved to make people laugh. His passion was going to car races. He worked as a trucker and mechanic. As a mechanic he enjoyed taking cars and motorcycles apart, only to put them right back together again. He enjoyed playing countless games of gin rummy with family and friends.

Survivors include his companion, Mona Zaker, of Litchfield, NH; his daughter, Lisa (Joe) Ward of Pelham, NH; a grandson, Cameron Ward of Pelham, NH; Mona's daughter, Donna (Brian) Henderson of Peterborough, NH; Donna's son, Joshua Zaker of Virginia Beach, VA; siblings: Carol (LeRoy) Ruden of Dyersville, Gary (Kathy) Hirtz of Durango, Greg Hirtz of Dyersville, Doug Hirtz of LaMirada, CA, stepsiblings: John (Pam) Hinrichs and Kathleen (Jim) Hall, both of Cedar Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Jeff Hirtz and Julie Wemmer.

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



Lorraine Weber


Lorraine Weber, 91, of St. Donatus, IA, passed away Wednesday evening, April 5th, 2017, surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Donatus Catholic Church, in St. Donatus, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may call from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Donatus Catholic Church. A prayer service will precede the visitation at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Lorraine was born on February 1, 1926, in rural Sherrill, to Edward and Anna (Schueller) Naumann. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill through 8th grade. She worked on the family farm and at the Battery Factory in Dubuque until marriage.

After meeting Vernon Weber at Melody Mill, they wed on August 31, 1948, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. She and Vernon farmed east of St. Donatus until moving to town in 1988. She was a longtime member of St. Donatus Catholic Church and held many positions serving the parish and the Marquette school board.

Lorraine enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading, quilting, sewing, and was an avid baker, particularly known for her cinnamon rolls and homemade wheat bread. Her German potato salad was a family favorite. She liked dancing and playing euchre and was a member of a card club for 40+ years. Many individuals over the years were recipients of cards (often containing a crocheted cross or heart) and vases of flowers, often for no reason at all. Lorraine insisted on doing laundry with a wringer washer until the age of 90.

She is survived by children: Peggy Weber of Dubuque, Kathy Weber of Dubuque, Pat (Ron) Ries of Bellevue, Len (Jane) Weber of Bellevue, Liz (Steve) Staner of St. Catherine, Loras (Carolyn) Weber of Bellevue, Larry Weber of St. Donatus, Clete (Theresa) Weber of Bellevue, Joan Weber of Dubuque, Nancy (Pat) Hanson of North Liberty, Cindy (Gerry) Kluesner of Luxemburg, Joe (Ann) Weber of Fenton, MO, and daughter-in-law Angela (Craig) Weber-Burken of Bellevue; grandchildren: Ronda (Kirk) Sherwood, Rochelle Ries, Shawn (Tara) Staner, Ryan (Megan) Staner, Brad Staner, Ben Staner, Jason (Heather) Weber, Missy (Pat) Gregorich, Kari Pataska, Troy (Liz) Weber, Cody (Kristin) Weber, Jessalyn Weber (special friend Justin Bader), Tom Weber, Shane Weber, Mike (Mitzi) Hanson, Katie Hanson, Rob Hanson, Emily Weber, Nick Weber, Matt Kluesner, and Dakota Weber; great-grandchildren: Madison, MaKenna, Brayden, Brody, Landon, Canden, Benson, Maxin, Wyatt, Brynna, Jacklyn, Caeleigh, and John; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; siblings: Marie Dupont, Ruth (Lester) Weber, Doris Ann (Nicky) Wolf, Harold (Madonna) Nauman, and Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich; in-laws: Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Vernon (on March 11, 2017); her parents; twin daughter Joyce (in 1960); son Paul "Dickie" (in 2010); grandson-in-law Travis Pataska (in 2010); and siblings/in-laws: Rita (Earl) Kintzle, Norbert Dupont, Ray (Mary) Weber, Delores (Lawrence) Maro, and Neil (Rose) Weber.

She was a mother to many and had a strong faith in God. She and Vernon participated in many Marriage Encounters and CEWs and were active in Right to Life. She especially loved spending time with her grand- and great-grandchildren. Every year she lovingly made Christmas ornaments for each grand- and great-grandchild.

The family requests no flowers. A Lorraine Weber memorial fund has been created which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Lorraine's family would like to extend a special thank you to her home health care aides, Phyllis, Kathy, and Leslie for providing exceptional care during her final journey, and to Hospice of Jackson County, who enriched Lorraine's life while caring for Vernon during his last days.



David Joseph Schlueter


David Joseph Schlueter left our world on April 6, 2017 after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

David was born to John and Patricia (Hogan) Schlueter on May 7, 1958. He was the fourth of seven children and attended Sacred Heart and then St. Anthony schools in Dubuque. Growing up he was called "Bluie" because of his large, blue eyes, and designated "PickleButt" by his Uncle Bernie. Later in life, he sported a tattoo bearing both names.

David graduated from Wahlert High School in 1976 and attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on a wrestling scholarship. While there he wrestled at 112 and 119 and represented Wartburg College with distinction both on and off the mat. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980, he moved to Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy. He graduated with his degree in pharmacy in 1983.

It was while he attended the University of Iowa that he was introduced to the sport of rugby, and he remained a passionate champion of the sport for the rest of his life. David was instrumental in recruiting players and organizing the Dubuque Dogs Rugby Team, which was later changed to The Gentleman of Dubuque Rugby Club. He served as president for many years, and even when he no longer played, you could still find him on the pitch, in his kilt, helping out as a touch judge at most of the matches. He remained an avid rugby fan to the end, making lifelong friendships with men and women of all ages who either already shared or caught the fever for the sport from him.

David worked as a pharmacist in Dubuque for his entire professional career. He only stopped when he felt his cancer prevented him from being able to properly care for his patients. Not being able to work with the co-workers, whom he had come to know as truly wonderful friends, was counted by David as one of his greatest losses.

David was extremely active throughout his unfairly short life, packing more adventure and action into his 58 years than many of us could ever hope to achieve. He rarely said no to an opportunity or an adventure. He enjoyed numerous snow skiing trips and rugby trips with friends, sky-diving, walking his dogs, wake-boarding on the Mississippi with his brother Jack, swimming regularly, weight-lifting, bicycling, visiting his siblings, and traveling the world, including trips to Ireland, South Africa, Italy, and Qatar.

David excelled in many things, not the least of which was making friends and making people laugh. He liked being out with friends and family, sharing jokes, and simply enjoying life. His passing creates a void that no ordinary human being could ever hope to fill. David was a short man with a large presence, and he will be greatly missed by numbers far too large to ever count.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved daughter, Lauren Ann Schlueter.

He leaves behind his two brothers,  Jack (Sharon Meloy) Schlueter and Richard (Lisa Mescher) Schlueter; his four sisters,  Jean (Hiram Melendez) Schlueter, Jane (William Flanagan) Hogan, Constance (Richard Nesseler) Schlueter, and Kathleen (Steven Dierks) Schlueter; and nine nieces and nephews: Zachary, Connor, and Haley Dierks, Emily, Calvin, and Peyton Schleuter, Rich, Robert, and James Nesseler, and Justina Flanagan Hafley.

In honor of David's wishes, there will be no memorial service. Please do not make any monetary donations to the family. If you wish to make a donation in honor of David's memory, his preference would be that you donate to the Lauren Schlueter Memorial Fund online at youcaring.com.

The family would like to thank Home Instead, Hospice, and the staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kind and competent care of our brother. Special thanks also to the many close friends who helped our brother in many ways, by watching his animals for him, by driving him places when he could no longer drive himself, and by visiting him constantly to share a laugh and companionship. Your love is real.

Brother our meeting is over,
Brother, we must part,
And if I never see you anymore,
I'll love you in my heart.
And we'll land on the shore
And we'll land on the shore,
And we'll land on the shore,
And be safe for evermore.



Patricia E. Mullin


Patricia "Pat" E. Mullin, 90, of Dubuque, formerly of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am Monday, April 10, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, conducted by Msgr. Jim Miller, Msgr. Wayne Ressler, and Fr. Mark Ressler. Family will greet friends from 9:00 am until Mass time on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Patricia was born on Aug.13, 1926, the daughter of Cornelius and Isabelle (Healey) Mullin. Pat graduated from Nativity Grade School and the Academy of the Visitation High School. She received her BA with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Education, and Philosophy from Clarke College, Dubuque. Pat then went to Leila Hospital in Battle Creek, MI and completed her internship in Medical Technology. She returned to Dubuque where she was the first technician for the newly formed Dubuque Blood Bank Association located in the Fischer Building. After a few years she set her sights on a Degree in Law. She accepted fulltime employment at St. Anne's Hospital in Chicago as the head of the blood bank, while earning her Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University.

Pat was working at St. Anne's Hospital when a fire broke out at Our Lady of Angels Elementary School on December 1, 1958. St. Anne's received 96 of the young fire victims. It was one of the worst fires in US history and Pat said she would never forget the horror of that day and the months that followed.

Upon receiving her law degree she went to work for the John D. MacArthur Company, principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company in Chicago, IL. She began her career in the Claim Legal Department. After 18 months she was transferred to the Corporate Legal Department. She completed the necessary requirements to receive her C.L.U. Degree (Chartered Life Underwriter), F.L.M.I. (Fellowship in Life Insurance with a specialty in Pension Planning) and Ch.F.C. (Chartered Financial Consultant). She became the Vice President of the Corporate Legal Department, Corporate Secretary of Bankers Life.

She was a member of the Iowa Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois where she was elected President from 1970-1971, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois Foundation beginning in 1963 and where she served as Director from 1963-2012, and licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Pat was the only woman to sit for the Iowa Bar Exam in June 1960, and it was such an anomaly that the results were announced on the radio statewide as "99 men and 1 woman, Patricia E. Mullin of Dubuque, Iowa had been admitted to the Iowa Bar". She sat for the Illinois Bar Exam in September 1960 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 1960.

Patricia enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career. She was appointed Chairman of the Committee to Select the Outstanding Supervisory Employee of 1971 for the Chicago Federal Executive Board. Her committee members were Marshall Filed JR and Clair Rodderick, Superintendent of Chicago Schools. She served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court - Character and Fitness Committee, which reviewed the files of all admittees to the Bar to determine that they were proper individuals to be admitted to practice in the State of Illinois. She was elected as the first woman Chairman of the Equal Employment Advisory Council, Washington D.C 1986 - 1987.

After retiring from Bankers in March of '94, Pat became an arbitrator which she did from 1994 until 2013. She did three final arbitrations on Friday April 19th and retired to Dubuque on Tuesday April 23, 2013.

In her free time Patricia enjoyed traveling and toured Ireland, England, France, Italy Poland and many other countries. She loved playing Bridge and once defended against Omar Sharif at the Ambassador West in Chicago. She enjoyed and was a dedicated supporter of the Arts. She was very generous to those in need.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Many weekends were spent cooking out and watching the dogs play in the yard. We will always have good memories of the times we spent together and the many stories we shared.

Those left to cherish her memory are 3 nephews, Joseph (Rita) of Glen Ellyn, IL, Robert (Danette) and John of Schaumburg, IL; 2 nieces, Julie (Mike) McCann and Pam Mullin (Pam) of Dubuque; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her 2 brothers, Harold of Schaumburg and Cornelius, and her 2 sisters, Mary and Dorothy, all of Dubuque.

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

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



Lyle J. Kelchen


Lyle J. Kelchen, 49, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at home surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lyle was born on July 8, 1967 in Manchester, Iowa the son of LeRoy and Roselyn (Boge) Kelchen. He married Lori McDermott on May 16, 1992 at the Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa.

He worked as a Supervisor at Eagle Window and Door in Dubuque for 29 years.

Although Lyle was a man a few words, it was clear what was important to him. He always put his family first and enjoyed going on family vacations. He even looked forward to heated debates with his sidekick Jack.
In addition, Lyle was a hard worker who took great pride in everything he did. He found great joy in woodworking, cutting wood, splitting wood, four-wheeling, dominating in euchre and camping, especially with the "Final Four Camping Group".

Lyle was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will surely be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Lori; four children, Shelby, Cody, Lucas and Anthony all at home. His parents, LeRoy and Roselyn Kelchen, of Dyersville, Iowa; brothers, Bruce (Marcia) Kelchen, of New Viena, Iowa, Bryan (Shelley) Kelchen, of Dyersville, Iowa, Kyle (Mary Jo) Kelchen, of Epworth, Iowa, Mitch (Tina) Kelchen, of Bellevue, Iowa; one sister, Laura Kelchen, of Marion, Iowa. His father-in-law Jack McDermott, of Dubuque, Iowa; Brothers-in-law, Rick (Paula) McDermott, of Benton, WI, Randy McDermott, of Dubuque, Jim (Kelly) McDermott, of Dubuque; sister-in-law, Jodi (Randy) Butlett, of Dubuque; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles and Emily Boge and Peter and Florence Kelchen, one sister Loretta; mother-in-law Delores McDermott and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers a Lyle Kelchen memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank their family and friends for all their love and support, especially Michelle Osterhaus for all the care she had given Lyle these past few months.



James L. Shaffer


James L. "Jim" Shaffer, 83, a nationally recognized photographer, formerly of 2015 Lombard St., Dubuque, died of complications from dementia on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center.
Family and Friends are invited to join the family at a wake from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 10th, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Jim was born Oct. 19, 1933, to Helen Regina (Berry) Shaffer and Harold Louis Shaffer. As a child, he developed a great love for going to the movies, and spent much of his remaining free time at the Boys Club. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, where he was an accomplished tennis player, and briefly attended Loras College.

In 1955, he married Donna Mae McElmeel in Dyersville, Iowa. They would be married for 44 years, parted only by her death in 1999.

Jim began his photographic career as a darkroom assistant for the Telegraph-Herald, but in 1955, shortly after marrying Donna, he was drafted. He switched places with the man ahead of him in line at the draft office so he could join the U.S. Navy, like his older brother, Bob. He served 20 months aboard the U.S.S. Carter Hall, based in Long Beach, California, before being discharged early, along with thousands of other draftees, in a cost-cutting move.

Jim returned to the Telegraph Herald, and soon was promoted to photographer, sometime feature writer and, eventually, editor Jim Geladas' right-hand man. In 1969, he struck out on his own as a freelance photographer. He often sold photos and stories to the Telegraph-Herald, but for the rest of his working life, he operated out of a darkroom and office in the basement of the family home. To put his kids through college, Jim and Donna created a stock photography business, shooting and selling pictures to textbook book publishers around the country.

Over a 60-plus-year career, Jim captured hundreds of thousands of images of the people, places and events in and around Dubuque. His subjects included at least seven U.S. presidents and countless other politicians; the 1965 flood that inundated parts of downtown; visiting celebrities such as Louis Armstrong, George Burns, Bob Hope and Jay Leno; news events ranging from fires and accidents to protest marches and political rallies; plus an untold number of weddings, family reunions, corporate events and neighborhood parties.
Jim brought more than a camera to all those occasions. He brought a unique eye, a way of seeing the best picture, the best way to tell the story with a single shot. He also came with his sense of humor and a willingness to be larger than life for a while, if only to corral his subjects so he could grab that perfect photo.
He shot aerial photos of most of Dubuque that span at least 50 years, creating an important record of the city's development. He also became a collector of old photos of Dubuque, many of them captured on glass negatives.

Jim won numerous awards over the years, including recognition from the Iowa Press Photographers Association, the Inland Daily Press Association, and the National Press Photographers Association. In 1994, the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society gave him the Elisha Darlin Arts Award. He cared deeply about Dubuque and its future, which is why he was so proud to play an important part in persuading and helping Mac Marshall to donate his land to the city in 1975. That land became home to Marshall Park and the Dubuque Arboretum.

In his spare hours, he loved playing golf at Thunder Hills Country Club, fleecing his friends at hearts, hosting dinner parties throughout the year, and serving as master of ceremonies at the annual Shaffer Fourth of July Backyard Picnic. He goes to his rest with the three of clubs in his vest pocket.

His real passion, though, was his family. His own childhood was sometimes difficult, and he always credited Donna with saving his life and teaching him that "family is everything."

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary (Hannan) Shaffer; they married under the birch trees of the family home on Lombard Street in 2008. Jim also is survived by his four children: son David J. (Angela L. Knight) Shaffer, and their sons, Alexander D. and Eric A. Shaffer; daughter Ann E. Shaffer (Dean P. Robbins) and their son, Joseph J. Shaffer; daughter Amy M. (Jerry) Grahs and their children, Megan K., William L. and Mae T. Grahs; and daughter Mary Pat Shaffer (Robert Leff) and their daughters, Hannah S. and Emma S. Leff. He also is survived by Mary's family, including: son Michael Hannan, and his daughter Carrie Hannan, son Cody Hannan, and daughter Caitlin Hannan; son Thomas Hannan, and daughter Hayley Hannan and son Connor Hannan; daughter Sue Lent (Dennis Greenwood), and her daughter Molly (Kurt) Urbain and son Matt (Mary) Lent; son William Hannan, and his daughter Sonja (James Dye) Hannan; son John (Jeanne) Hannan, and their sons John Hannan and Jesse Hannan; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Mae (McElmeel) Shaffer, his brothers, Robert C. Shaffer and Thomas H. Shaffer; his sister Helen Appel; and his infant sisters Janet and Lois.

A memorial fund will be established with memorials being given to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque, where he spent much of his free time and later worked while in high school.

 



Rita M. (Wagner) Barry


Rita M. (Wagner) Barry, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be at noon Saturday, April 8, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Deacon Bill Biver will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service.

Rita was born May 19, 1923 in Harpers Ferry, IA, the daughter of Joe and Mae (Whalen) Wagner. She married Allan Barry on April 16, 1947 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 1, 2010.

Rita was employed at the Bag Factory, the Button Factory and the Battery Factory, and also as a waitress at Woolworth's.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Rita enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband and bowling. She also enjoyed picnicking with family and friends.

Rita is survived by her children, Pat (Liz) Barry of Bellevue, IA, Pam (Brett) Arensdorf, Vicki (Randy Church) Hill, Mariann (Dennis) Groom, and Bob (Stacy) Barry, all of Dubuque, Kevin Barry of Burlington, IA, and Tim Barry of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Dr. Maj. Katie Barry, Kelli (SSgt. John) Lugo, SRA Patrick J. Barry, Shannon (Chris) Sproston, Mike (Melissa) Astgen, Laurie (Kelly) Walsh, Bob Astgen, Stephanie (Rod) Balk, Jeremy (Nikki) Astgen, Malissa (Steve) Foster, Jim Hill, Dennis (Amy) Groom, Dana (Jason) McCann, Megan (Brad) Rupp, Alesha (Brian) Veach, Kyle (Megan Slight) Barry, and Troy Barry; and 35 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, Nathan Groom and Billy Astgen; a son-in-law, Jim Hill; a brother, Nick Wagner; and four sisters, Ann Callahan, Mary Hammel, Helen Peters, and Margueritte in childhood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Rita's family would like to thank the staff at Finley Hospital 5th floor, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, nurse Erica from Finley Home Care, and Dr. Kirkendall for their care of Rita; and Rita Beck and Jane Davis for their lifelong friendship with Rita.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Betty J. Richardson


Betty J. Richardson of Galena, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with Fr. David Reese officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday at St. Michael's Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

She was born on December 29th in rural Galena, daughter of Joseph and Edna (Petitgout) Turner and was raised in Rice Twp. She attended Green Valley School, and later earned her high school diploma (GED). Betty married Don Richardson on October 27, 1943 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1994. They lived in Hazel Green and moved to Galena in 1955.

Betty was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She worked at the Log Cabin, Pete's Steakburger and was Activity Director at the Galena Nursing Home for 19 years – a job she thoroughly loved. She enjoyed reading, doing hand embroidering and volunteering for the Nursing Home/Sr. Care Auxiliary cart. She was a Bulls fan and an extremely avid Cubs fan. Betty was a snappy dresser and always looked nice. She was excited to recently pass her driving test for her driver's license.

She is survived by 4 daughters: Carolyn (Jack) Creighton, Hazel Green, WI, Nancy (Bill) Leitzinger and Connie (Tom) Wienen, of Galena and Marsha (Drew) Potthoff, Woodstock, IL. She is also survived by 16-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters-in-law, Dorrene (Ray) Coates, Jean Richardson and Shirley Richardson, plus many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son Dennis at birth; her parents; a sister, Sis (Florian) Korte; two brothers, Chuck (Helen) and Tom (Marie) Turner; in-laws Len & Em Richardson; and 3 brothers-in-law, Frank (Anne), Junie and Charles Richardson.

The family would like to thank the following for their kindness and compassion: The staff at Assisted Living in Galena, the staff at Mercy and Midwest Medical Center, Dr. Allen Crist, Dr. Tom Johnson, and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Cindy).

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary, 1 Medical Center Dr., Galena or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd. Dubuque, IA 52002.

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



Margaret M. (Runde) Leibfried


Margaret M. (Runde) Leibfried, 88, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Margaret was born on November 27, 1928 in Jamestown Twp. of Grant County, WI, the daughter of Arnold and Evelyn (Wiegman) Runde. She was united in marriage to Bernard C. "Tiny" Leibfried on October 10, 1953 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa. He preceded her in death on February 29, 2004.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, and American Legion Post # 104 Auxiliary of Cuba City. She and Tiny formerly farmed prior to their retirement. Margaret was an excellent seamstress and cook. She loved playing cards and bingo and was formerly employed in the Cafeteria of St. Joseph's School.

Surviving are seven children, Steven (Roxann) Leibfried, Ken (Lois) Leibfried, Peggy (Alex) Rutherford, and Francis (Kimberly) Leibfried all of Cuba City, Charles (Kelly) Leibfried of Ft. Atkinson, WI, Daniel Liebfried of Hazel Green and Mary Reeves of Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Sjobakken and Jean VanWagonen, and a brother Francis Runde.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Evelyn; her husband Bernard' three brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret M. Leibfried memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Grant County Hospice, especially Tracy, and her granddaughter Jenny for the special care provided to Margaret.

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



Marie A. Barth


Marie A. Barth, 95, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services celebrating her full life will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West, Iowa with Father Rodney Ehlers officiating. Visitation will take place Saturday after 9:00 am at the church, until time of services. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marie was born July 1, 1921 on the family farm in St. Donatus, Iowa. She was the second child of 12 to Joseph and Frances Thoma. Marie married the love of her life, Alfred E. Barth, on September 22, 1943 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, Iowa. In 1945, they moved to Dubuque, Iowa where they shared 70 years of marriage. The two of them were inseparable until Alfred predeceased her on February 9, 2014.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Marie loved the holidays and family get-togethers; spending time with her family was important to her. Her house was always a home where she shared her wisdom, creating lasting heartfelt memories and traditions. Interests included family, gardening, baking, sewing, crafting and cooking. She and Alfred never missed sharing lunch and dinner together.

Her final days were spent surrounded by the company of close family members whose lives she had touched in cherished ways.

Those left to treasure her memory are three children, Darlene (Sidney) Blum, of East Dubuque, IL, Janice (Oliver) Kringle, of Dubuque, IA, and James (Rusty) Barth, of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren Timothy (Julie) Fetzer, of Dubuque, IA, Kimberly (Gerald) Johnson, of Adel, IA, Steven (Brandie) Seay, of Dubuque, IA, Katherine (Bobby) Giers, of Dubuque, IA, Riley Barth (Fiancé Jake Cody) of Cedar Rapids, IA and Drew Barth, of Iowa City, IA; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, and Lauren Fetzer, Cameron and Nathan Johnson, and Justin and Kyle Seay; siblings; Bernice Pottebaum, Patricia (Edwin) Klaas, Francis (Mary) Thoma, Ernest Thoma, Richard (Ethel) Thoma, Lawrence Thoma, and Donald (Bertha) Thoma; sisters-in-law Betsey Thoma and Mary Kay Barth; and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Thoma; siblings William (Edna) Thoma, Arnold (Phyllis) Thoma, Victor (Viola) Thoma, and Joseph Jr. Thoma; brother-in-law Louis Pottebaum and sister-in-law Alice Thoma.

The family would like to extend a sincere Thank You to Dr. Andrea Ries, Hospice of Dubuque, and the special nurses and staff at Luther Manor for caring for Marie in her final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie A. Barth memorial fund has been established.

Our hearts are filled with memories which we gathered through the years. All the happy times we shared are treasured souvenirs.



Loras “Butch” Lahr


Loras "Butch" Lahr, 62, of Dyersville, Iowa, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Princeville, IL.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Butch was born on February 26, 1955, the son of Clarence and Adella (Willenbring) Lahr. He married Julie Ann Thompson on June 25, 1983 and later divorced. Butch worked as a truck driver all of his life and loved the open road. He got engaged to Kathleen Jones on his 60th birthday and was to be married August 20, 2017.

Butch passed away watching his favorite Western, "Red River". He also appreciated watching Big Bang Theory, which was what brought him and Kate together. Butch enjoyed bringing "junk" home from auctions. He loved his kids so much and coached them in baseball & soccer, but one of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a grandfather and taking on the name "Papa Butch".

Survivors include 5 children: Jesse (Samantha) Lahr of Dyersville, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr of Epworth, Travis (Sidney) Lahr of Dubuque, Aaron Lahr of Dyersville, and Shannon (fiancé Dustin Smiers) of Pasadena, TX; 6 grandchildren: Taylor, Skylor, Haylee, Henry, Tytus, and Tuck; father, Clarence Lahr of Dyersville; 2 sisters, Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; and fiancé Kathleen Jones of Princeville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adella Lahr, on September 1, 2016.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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



Anthony J. Gotto


Anthony J. "Tony" Gotto, 64, of Urbandale, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home in Urbandale, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tony may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Tony will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Jeffery Dole Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
Tony was born October October 11, 1952 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Kluesner) Gotto. He is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa and a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a BS in Psychology.

On October 9, 1976 he was united in marriage to Pat Rave at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Greeley, Iowa. Anthony was employed as a Human Resource Director, first at the Sara Lee Corp. in New Hampton and Chicago, then at R.R. Donnelley and then with TSA with Homeland Securities until his retirement in 2015. He was a CUBS and Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed golf, and taking his classic car to shows. He was a devoted husband and father and especially liked to spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Gotto of Urbandale, IA; one daughter, Sarah (Kory) Brady of Johnston, IA; 3 grandchildren, Maximus, Maple and Mayer Brady; 3 siblings, Kay Gansemer of Dyersville, Janet (Ronald) Luehrsmann of Marion and Helen (Dave) Wegmann of Farley; his mother-in-law, Norma Rave of Manchester; 8 brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken (Kris), Bill (Darla), Jerry (Mary), Jim (Anne), John (Carol) and Tom (Amy) Rave, Mary (Greg) Steffen and Barb (Dan) Hogan all from the immediate area.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Jo Gotto and his father-in-law, John Rave.

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



Louise J. Miller


Louise J. Miller, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Louise's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 7, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Louise Jeanette Beaton was born on August 9, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Roy Grover and Blanche Irene (Petersen) Beaton. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Paul "Jack" Schwenker on March 3, 1945 and to this union three children were born: James Gregory, Bill and Jon. In 1969 she and "Jack" divorced and on November 2, 1973 she married Howard John Miller in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1982.

After her high school graduation, Louise worked as a telephone operator for three years. Upon her marriage to "Jack" she worked as a switchboard operator at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio during World War II for two years. After returning home, she worked at the Jackson County Auditor's Office for three years and later volunteered at the Jackson County Public Hospital and delivered Meals-On-Wheels.

Louise was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, The Tuesday Club, Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the WOCT (Women of the Old United Church).

Louise enjoyed playing cards, going for coffee with her sisters and friends, going for car rides, taking trips, going to the casino, watching the Hawkeyes and Cubs on television, and traveling with her husband Howard. Additionally, she liked flowers and being outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor Louise's memory include her children, James Gregory (Josie) Schwenker of Davenport, IA, Bill (Bonnie) Schwenker of Maquoketa, IA, and Jon (Arden) Schwenker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Nancy (Bill) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Aaron (Angie), Mark and Dillon; 3 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Nola and Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, and sisters Evelyn Reynolds and Janis Luett.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Compassus Hospice.

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



Paul S. Brashaw


Paul S. Brashaw, 68, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, after a long, tough fight with cancer. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Keith Birch officiating. Family and friends also may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born on December 27, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Eleanor (Cashman) Brashaw.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1968, and furthered his education at the United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Upon graduation from MSOE in 1973, Paul went to work for his father at Iowa Engineering Co., where he would dedicate the next three decades to the family business. After retiring from the shop, Paul worked another 10 years in Plant Engineering at Mercy Hospital, capping a career spent entirely in the refrigeration and air conditioning field.

Paul married the love of his life, Kathryn "Kathy" Birch, at Holy Ghost Church, on November 24, 1973. They shared 31 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on August 23, 2005. Paul and Kathy were an active, inseparable couple, and their love for one another was evident to everyone who saw them. They loved playing darts together, and they shared their passion for the game with others. They were instrumental in founding some of Dubuque's first dart leagues, and organized countless tournaments throughout the city over the years, while taking home more than their share of trophies along the way. Paul was a gifted athlete as a young man, and he carried with him a competitive spirit throughout his life. He was a strong, talented wrestler in high school, and seemed to excel in everything he tried his hand at. Whether it was darts, volleyball, table tennis, golf, or a game of cards with family, Paul always strived to be the best he could be.
Paul was a skilled craftsman with a brilliant mind for all things technical. His handcrafted knives were unique works of art, and his wide-ranging expertise made him a fountain of wisdom whenever friends or family needed help. Though he never applied for a single patent, Paul's inventions and innovations brought joy and comfort into the lives of those around him. He was particularly proud of the tennis ball cannon he built to amuse his grandchildren; and "The Colder," a device he conceived and constructed that doesn't just keep beer cold, but makes it even colder. Paul appreciated a cold beer on a hot day...or on a cold day...or a seasonably temperate day.

Paul saw the value in any endeavor that challenges the mind. He was a devout Jeopardy! viewer, and liked to complete the day's Sudoku puzzle in his head before writing any of the numbers down. He could quote Tennyson and Ptolemy in the same breath as Vince Lombardi and Groucho Marx, and he loved sharing knowledge just as much as he loved acquiring it.

Above all though, was Paul's love and devotion for his family and friends; they meant the world to him and he always took the time to let them know they were not only important, but also appreciated for the role they played in his life. A great, yet humble man has completed his 68-year earthly journey, and we will miss him deeply and dearly. Thankfully, Paul has left us with an excellent example of how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend; and we take some comfort in knowing that he is dancing happily with his beloved Kathy in Heaven, where we will one day join them in the most glorious of family reunions.

Those left to honor and cherish Paul's memory include

his 5 children,
David (Shelly) McElligott, of Johnston, IA,
Jennie (Josh) Vize, of Dubuque,
John (Angie) Brashaw, of Dubuque,
Ann (Jason Stanton) Brashaw, of Arvada, CO
and Andrew (Jenni) Brashaw, of Dubuque;

10 grandchildren,
Elyse, Nolan and Liam McElligott, Brandon and Ryan Vize, Cristin, Emily, Thomas and Matthew Brashaw, and George Brashaw;

4 great-grandchildren,
Maya, Summer, Avery and Brian;

his siblings,
Maurice "Maury" (Bette) Brashaw, of Sun City West, AZ,
John (Sara) Brashaw, of Racine, WI,
Jeanne (Jim) Dalesandro, of Oak Brook, IL
and Jude Brashaw, of Dubuque;

his brother-in-law,
Rev. Keith Birch;

many nieces and nephews;
and his friend,
Julie Konzen, of Dubuque.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; his beloved wife, Kathy Brashaw; a brother, Carl Brashaw; and a nephew, Jimmy Dalesandro.

In lieu of flowers, a Paul S. Brashaw memorial fund has been established.

Paul's family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care, which provided so much comfort to Paul and his family these past few months.

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

 



Dale C. Meier


Dale C. Meier, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017 at 4:43 a.m. at his home.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Dale will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dale was born April 28, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward and Evadeen (Horsfield) Meier. He loved his Chocolate Cake and anything sweet. Dale enjoyed doing puzzles, reading magazines and stealing hats off of everyone's head. He always made people smile and laugh and when you think of Dale may you have a tear in your eye and a smile on your face. Dale worked through Area Residental Care sorting nuts and bolts.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Evadeen (Meier) and Alan Strang of Cascade, IA, eight siblings, John "Jack" (Marylou) Meier of Thayer, MO, Alan "Bounce" (Lou Ann) Meier of Bellevue, IA, Joseph (Karen) Meier of Cascade, IA, Terry (Dawn) Meier of New Hampton, Kevin (Rhonda) Meier of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lorrie) Meier of Cascade, Carol (Steve "Herman") Recker of Bernard, IA, and William "Bill" (Andrea) Meier of Peosta, IA, four step-brothers, Terry Strang of Liscomb,IA, Tim (Laura) Strang of Madison, WI, Dave (Heidi) Strang of South Carolina, Dan (Rhonda) Strang of Madison, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward N. Meier; two brothers, William Joseph and Gerard Joseph Meier both in infancy; grandparents, Joseph and Grace Horsfield and Lillian Koenig.

Memorials for Dale C. Meier may be given to Area Residential Care of Dubuque in his name.

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



Samantha J. Link


Samantha J. "Sammie" Link, age 21, of Peosta, Iowa, was called home tragically at 2:32 a.m., on Friday, March 31, 2017. To honor Sammie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sammie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sammie was born on August 15, 1995, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Neal (Kim) Link and Jacquelyne Nelson.

Sammie was a proud graduate of West Dubuque High School and would earn a reputation as not only a great soccer player, but also a kind and gentle soul who graciously possessed a natural love and respect for those with special needs. Sammie was a truly motivated soccer player and would gradually develop her skills in AYSO, before eventually sharing her talents on many open fields with her favorite club traveling teams, most especially the Dubuque Sting and the Dubuque Soccer Club. Sammie would go on to receive her CNA and immediately begin serving others as a career after highschool. She worked primarily with TLC and enjoyed assisted families with in home nursing care, as well as making friends along the way. She definitely had a soft spot for animals, and anyone who knew Sammie well will surely remember fondly her devotion to Winnie, Bear, Stewie and Duke. Sadly, Sammie's earthly journey has been much to short for those whom love and adore her. 21 years will never feel like it was enough time for her light to shine, but we know that she's definitely left a positive impact on the world around her and that one day we'll all be reunited with our caring, generous and beautiful Sammie. May God bless you and keep you until we meet again our dear sweet Sammie!

Those left to cherish Sammie's memory include

her father,
Neal (Kim) Link, Peosta, IA;

her mother,
Jacquelyne Nelson;

a sister,
Cassaundra (Josh Driscoll) Nelson;

her brothers,
Jason, Joshua, Michael, Matthew and Donald;

her grandmothers,
Karen Johnson, Dubuque, IA,
and Beverly Miller, Dubuque, IA;

her grandfathers,
Jim (Linda) Link, Dubuque, IA
and Steve Simon, Dubuque, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Tim Simon,
Kelly (fiancé Larry Mathis) Simon,
Jim Simon
and Robert (Melissa) Powell,

a nephew,
Kai Driscoll;

and her cousins,
Ashley, Olivia, Indie, River, Hailey and Lexi.

Sammie was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert Johnson Jr., and Ivan Miller; her grandmother, Deb Simon; and her uncle, Jeffrey Link.

In lieu of flowers, a Samantha J. "Sammie" Link memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dolores M. Turnmeyer


Dolores M. Turnmeyer, 100, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque with Pastor Lillian Daniel presiding. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit prior to the service on Monday, April 3 from 9 - 11a.m. at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Dolores was born on May 18, 1916 to Ida (Gottschalk) and Leo Hedrick. She married Myron "Turny" Turnmeyer on September 19, 1953 in Dubuque. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband on August 28, 2012. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Lucile Hedrick.

Dolores received her education in accounting at Bayless Business College. She was one of the first employees of DuTrac Credit Union. She proudly retired from John Deere in 1979 after 33 years of service.

Dolores had a passion for doing. She saw no reason a person should be bored. She volunteered for many years at Finley Hospital in the Business Office. She loved pouring, firing, and painting ceramic pieces. She took great pride in creating a hand crafted treasure. She was also active in the Dubuque Plant Club as well as her church.

Although Dolores had no children, she was a mother to many and a friend to all. Her gracious ways will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden to honor Dolores's love of flowers.

Dolores's special friends (Terry and Nancy Kremer, Mary Boeckenstedt, and Mike Marty) want to thank the nursing staff at Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Bethany Home for the compassionate care they provided to Dolores.

Dolores made every moment of her life count and she left with a smile on her face.



Robert E. Sisler


Robert E. Sisler, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date in Galena, Illinois. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2nd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m.

Robert was born July 23, 1951 in Dubuque, son of Elmer and Helen (Eisbach) Sisler.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1969, and was employed by the State of Iowa as a Trades Leader and an Electrician, retiring in 2014.

Robert enjoyed lending a helping hand to family and friends. He enjoyed baking, cooking, grilling, and was an excellent craftsman. His pride and joy was his family, especially his grandchildren in recent years.

He was a member of Nativity parish.

Surviving are his children, Emily (Eric) Blair, of Muscatine, IA, Nate (Amber) Sisler, of Dubuque, Ann (Brad) Benjamin, of Montgomery, IL, Matt Sisler, of Dubuque and their mother Irene Sisler of Dubuque; his significant other of 20 years, Coni Stephenson, of Dubuque and her children, Nicole Beau, Abby (Jared) Tharp, both of Dubuque, and Jesse Stephenson, of New Orleans, LA; ten grandchildren; a brother, Mike (Sheila) Sisler, of Dubuque; five sisters, Susan (Dr. William) Dall, of Dubuque, Jane Feltes, of Huntley, IL, Janet Sisler, of Chicago, IL, Mary (Mark) Bernhard, of Davenport, IA, and Sara (Wayne) Jenner, of Lake Bluff, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, John Feltes.

The family wishes to recognize George and Jane Schrunk for all the special care and friendship they extended Bob through the years and throughout his illness, the fourth floor nursing staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Hillard Salas.

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



Roger E. Ryan


Roger E. Ryan, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 3th, 2017 at the funeral home where sharing time will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Roger was born on May 31, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edmund and Eunice (Walters) Ryan and he attended Loras Academy in Dubuque.

He served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1962. He worked at Central Iowa Power Co-Op until his retirement.

Roger was an avid Chicago Bear and Cubs fan, enjoyed to play Euchre and watch NASCAR. He was a member of the YMCA for many years and enjoyed to water-walk.
Roger was very proud of his sobriety, he was actively involved in Dubuque Intergroup AA for almost 40 years.
He was a simple man with a generous heart, quick witted, and a great sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family, they meant the world to him. His loving presence will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory are three daughters, Kathy (Paul) Haverland, Cindy (Roger) Curler and Brenda Voight; three grandchildren, Hope (Charlie) Freund, Dustin Ryan-Roepsch, Ryan (Jade) Voight; one great granddaughter, Gracelyn Voight. Siblings, James (Pat) Ryan, Maurna (Jim) Gerhards, Judy (Don) Saefkow, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson Derrick Haverland; siblings, Margaret (Leo) Fah, Susan Clough, and Sheila (Ron) Puccio.

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

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all their care and kindness they gave; and a special thank you to Dan Schmitt for being such a good friend to Roger.



Joan Tallman


Joan Tallman, age 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Dubuque as a result of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) malignant brain cancer.

There will be no public services. Cremation arrangements are being handled by the Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home. Interment will take place later in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Joan Marie Kammer was born August 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of John "Doc" and Grace (Yaeger) Kammer.

Joan graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in 1965.

She married Leo A. Tallman on April 25, 1966 in Dyersville, Iowa.

While her children attended school, Joan started the hobby of Genealogy, tracing her father's line in Switzerland back to 1506. She also researched her husband's family extensively. The close friendships she formed with those who shared a love of genealogy still exist today.

Her Visitation classmates were lovingly supportive of Joan and her family through their many prayers and acts of kindness during her illness.

In recent years, she felt honored to help the Sisters of the Visitation in writing the history of their order, published in December 2013 with the title, "The Bond of Love, Visitation Yesterday and Today." It was a labor of love that brought her much enjoyment. The Sisters were, and continued to be, very close, dear friends who supported Joan and her family while they dealt with her brain cancer.

She is survived by her family whom she adored: her loving husband of over 50 years, Leo; a cherished son, Brian (Karen) Tallman of Des Moines, IA; and a treasured granddaughter, Jade Tallman, of Apple River, IL.
She is also survived by her sister, Rita Gruetzmacher of Janesville, WI; a sister-in-law and her husband, Janet and Bill Rang of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Francis "Bud" Tallman of Searcy, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Wayne Anthony Tallman; two brothers, Charles and Phillip; a sister and her husband, Jane and Orville Olson; a brother-in-law, John Gruetzmacher; a sister-in-law and her husbands, Jeanine and Dick Buscher and Dick Foreman; and a sister-in-law, Joan Marie Tallman, in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse, Betsy. Loving thanks to the Barden family: Jill, Michael, Wil, Ben and Nick.



Donald B. Meyer


Donald B. ("The Admiral") Meyer, 74, of Dubuque Iowa passed away at home Wednesday, March 29, 2017, following a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home followed by a burial at the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by members of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Sunday April 2nd at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque Illinois. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. Donnie was born on September 5, 1942 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, son of Bernard and Virginia (Zimpel) Meyer.

He was a graduate of Boscobel High school class of 1960. He joined the Navy shortly thereafter, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1963. Donnie learned the tavern business from his father at the family's bar in Boscobel, Wisconsin. He bought his first tavern in 1970, The Hof Brau Haus, and his second in 1972, The Hi-Hat Lounge, both in East Dubuque.  In September 1986, Donnie opened Admiral's Hi-Hat West on Main Street in Dubuque. By 2003, he had sold each of his businesses, and for the past eight years Admiral had been doing some leisurely bartending at his daughter's bar, The Kat's Meow Tavern, in East Dubuque. Donnie looked forward to deer season each year and spending the week with his good friends from Boscobel. Many stories were told as these friends reminisced year after year throughout the week -"always being sure to take care of the snow snakes with a bit of black berry brandy"  along the way. Donnie also enjoyed doing a bit of gambling-mainly keno and slots, and looked forward to his trips to Las Vegas. Admiral would proudly state that after that many years, "he made a respectable investment in the hotel/casino business!"  Nonetheless he truly enjoyed his visits and met many good friends along way.

Surviving to remember Donnie's stories and laughter are his longtime treasured best friend and companion, Lois L. (Loie) Leytem, two brothers, Pat and Ron Meyer both of East Dubuque, Illinois, a sister Diane (John) Sullivan of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, his daughter Tammy (Andy) Forman, and grandson Ray, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, many nieces and nephews, his extended Leytem family, as well as many dear friends, and his beloved four-legged sidekick, Jake.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Meyer, his mother, Virginia Meyer and a brother, Dean Meyer.

Donnie and his loved ones would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital for the compassionate care he was given over these past four months, and also much gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for their support throughout the final days.

In lieu of flowers, a Donald (Admiral) Meyer Memorial Fund has been established. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Ruth J. Staiger


Ruth Johanna Staiger, 99, was called home peacefully at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque , where she had resided the past 10 years.

In honor of Ruth's life, a Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd .where friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. prior to the service. Committal Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Mueller Chapel at Linwood Cemetery , 2735 Windsor Av.

Ruth was born July 3, 1917, in Lowell , Wisconsin the daughter of Theodore and Anna (Boettger) Staiger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. After graduation she worked as a cashier at Roshek's Department Store for many years. Later, she left her employment to care for her ailing father in his declining years. Ruth enjoyed music, flowers and spending time in the court yard at Manor Care.

Survivors include special friends, especially longtime care giver Sondra Bennett. Ruth was preceded in death by her parent, a brother, John G, Staiger and a sister, Lillian H. Staiger.

Memorials may be given to the flower/alter fund at Grand View United Methodist Church, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens or a charity of your choice in Ruth's name.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

Special thanks is extended to the staff of Manor Care Health Services Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay and Suzanne for their special care.



Kevin K. Kemen


Kevin Karl "Kowboy" Kemen, 47 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away during the early hours of March 28, 2017. (All those late night, questionable, convenient store roller dogs finally caught up with him). Memorial visitation will be 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Saturday, April 1, 2017 (no joke) at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a Celebration of Life and Sharing to begin at 5:00 pm. Kevin was born in Fort Ord, California, June 24, 1969, to Ken and Ann (Bahrke) Kemen. (and only 2.5x shorter than his mother).

Unfortunately, after graduating from Dubuque Hempstead High in 1987, Kevin failed to find a career to utilize his vast amount of unique knowledge. Therefore, he settled on becoming a milk man for Prairie Farms. Prior to being the milk man in Dubuque, he was a milk man in the Chicago area, and prior yet, a salesman for Lake Shore Harley Davidson. Passion and employment had an encounter when Kevin was employed at Buell in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Kevin, was a friend to all. He was a, knees in the breeze, duct tape wielding, movie reciting, give the shirt off his back, easy going kind of guy with a contagious smile. A Collector of: all things shiny (or potentially shiny), things that went fast (or looked fast), and things that had "character".

Left behind to cherish Kevin's memory are his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Pearsall; his parents, Ken and Ann Kemen; his daughter Calsey (Tyler) Bradley and their children, Julia and Rhett; his son Mason (Theresa Thoma) Kemen; and his soon to be bride, Kristy (Curran) and her son, Taylor Porter; and numerous close friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Erv Bahrke; paternal grandparents, Vincent and Dorothy Kemen; an aunt, Kaylene Lezdins; and a cousin, Michael Struzynski.

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

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

"Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe it."



Edna Mozena


Edna Mozena, 95, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family.
To celebrate Edna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, Asbury Road.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at First Congregational Church, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque.

Private interment will be at Sherrill Methodist Cemetery.
As Edna wished, you may designate any memorials to Albrecht Acres or Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, in lieu of flowers.

Edna Charlotte Gottschalk was born in Dubuque on April 27, 1921, daughter of William and Charlotte (Jecklin) Gottschalk. She is a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1938. On October 9, 1940, Edna married Kenneth Eugene Mozena in Dubuque.

During World War II, Edna worked at Farley and Loetscher Manufacturing Co. After marriage, she was a farmer, a partner in Tri-State Auction and Realty Service, and a faithful employee at The Gentry. Edna was an honoree in Albrecht Acres' Hall of Fame, Secretary of Dubuque County Women's Food Service, Vice-President of Sherrill Methodist Women's Society, member of the Women's Christian Group, and "star" in her beloved bowling league.

The recent newsletter Ground Cover from the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden featured a letter by Edna, quoting a line from the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer: "...but only God can make a tree." Our family has just lost its mighty and oldest tree. Although not cut down or struck by lightning, she slowly and gracefully bent in the winds of time over nine decades, always reaching to the sky with prayer and providing spiritual guidance to all. Over the years precious limbs were lost: her beloved daughter Kris Ann, age 23, and Ken, her husband of sixty years. These losses did not destroy her core, but scarred over to give further refuge to those who sought or needed her canopy of love and care. A tree has a root system as large as the tree itself. Edna's life was deeply rooted in her connection with and love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She has left a forest of strong trees and emerging saplings, still being nourished by her kind spirit.

Edna is survived by her sons: Dr. Darryl (Terry) Mozena of Dubuque, Ambassador Dan (Grace) Mozena of Silver Spring, Maryland, Jeffrey (Janet) Mozena of Dubuque, and Terry (Angela) Mozena of Dubuque, and son-in-law Marty McNamer of Dubuque, husband of deceased daughter Kris Ann.

She is also survived by her twenty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Christopher (Katie) Mozena of St. Louis Park, Minnesota and parents of Manuel and Micah; Dr. Jonathan (Anna Mitsis) Mozena of Fredericksburg, Virginia and parents of Harrison, Zoe, and Jack; Andrew (Amy) Mozena of Dubuque and parents of Sophia, Hannah, and Charlotte; Benjamin (Emily) Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa and parents of Maya and Eleanor; Anne (SSG Tyler Craig) Mozena of Saratoga Springs, Utah and parents of Mira; Dr. Mark Mozena of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Alanna Mozena of Seattle, Washington; Nicholas Mozena of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Gabriel Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa; Noah Mozena of Bozeman, Montana; and Jacob Mozena of Bozeman, Montana.

In addition to Ken, her husband of 60 years, Edna was preceded in death by her daughter Kris Ann Mozena McNamer, her parents, and her two brothers, Melvin and Paul Gottschalk.

A special thanks to Dr. Angela Kelley and Dr. Ron Iverson, the staff of Bethany Home, and the nursing staff of Finley Hospital.



Gregg W. Marolf


Gregg W. Marolf, 64, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University of Iowa.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 8 pm.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, all in Dubuque.

Gregg was born November 22, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa, son of Waldo and JoAnne (Huss) Marolf.  He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1971.  He received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Iowa, where he met his wife, Micki, in the marching band.  He and Micki were married on May 21, 1977 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Music was his passion and profession. He was the band director for Drexler Middle School's 5th and 6th grade bands, for 34 years.  He also served as band director and general music teacher for Beckman High School, grades 5-8, for a short time.  Gregg started hundreds of budding musicians during his time as a teacher, passing along his passion for music. He played in the Dubuque, Clinton, and Muscatine Symphonies, the Guy Lombardo Band, DSO Brass Quintet, Clarke University Band, Quad City Wind Ensemble, in the pit orchestra for many shows at the Grand Opera House, numerous other community bands and brass groups in the area; was a charter member of the Tri-State Wind Symphony, Julien Chamber Winds, and the Big Band Express.  After Gregg suffered from a stroke, Micki helped him re-learn the tuba and he played several concerts with the New Horizons band.  He also created a vast number of music arrangements for the many groups he participated in, and taught private lessons.

He is survived by his wife, Micki Marolf of Dubuque; children, Sara (Richard) Flannery of Green Bay, WI, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson of Chicago, IL, and Tyler (Jessica) Marolf of Davenport and three grandchildren, Jocelyn Christine Flannery, Liliana Hope Gunderson, and Lila Grace Marolf and granddaughter due in September.

He is also survived by his twin brother, Dane (Lynn) Marolf; brother in law, Dana (Patty) Christiansen; father in law, David Naber; and Micki's siblings, Angel Naber of Marion, Julie (Bob) Axtell of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Naber of Marion; and nieces and nephews.

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

A special thanks to Dr. Ryan Stille and his staff for their kind and compassionate care and to his many friends for their visits, calls, and support.  The family would also like to thank many area musicians for their kindness, support and for their gifts of music in our life.

A Gregg Marolf Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 

 



Emilie C. Swenson


Emilie "Emmie" C. Swenson, 74, of Dubuque died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emmie was born April 1, 1942 in Rockford, IL, daughter of Arthur and Margery (Cannell) Fischer.  She graduated from Rockford West High School in 1960.  She married Jack Swenson on January 26, 1963 in Rockford, IL, and they were happily married for over 50 years.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Emmie cared for others as a nursing aid at Our Lady of Lourdes Convalescent Home.  She readily donated her time as a volunteer in the community.  Emmie was Vice President of Ja-Mar Pattern, working tirelessly for 38 years alongside her husband until retirement several years ago.  After retirement, she enjoyed camping with friends and travelling the country to visit family in her "home on wheels".

Emmie was an avid bowler and instilled that joy in hundreds of children through her many years of coaching.  She enjoyed other sports and was a lifelong Nascar racing fan, attended several races throughout the country, and always cheering Jeff Gordon #24 to victory lane.  She was also a longtime Cubs fan, finally cheering them onto a championship.

Emmie was a voracious reader and instilled that love of reading in her daughters and granddaughters.  She enjoyed listening to "classic" country music, sometimes to the chagrin of her family. 

Emmie loved all animals, but particularly the dogs that accompanied her through life, Kuri, Sam, Brandy, Zach, Tyler, Shelby, and Lucy.  She loved them all.

Emmie was many things to many people; wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, but no matter who you were, she always had a friendly smile and a kind word to offer.  She will be greatly missed by those whose lives are better through having known her. 

Emmie is survived by her husband, Jack Swenson of Dubuque; two daughters, Dana Swenson (Steven Fogarty) of Wichita, KS, and Jennifer Swenson (Paul Shoytush) of Clarkston, MI.; two granddaughters, Elise and Erin Shoytush of Clarkston, MI; two sisters, Jinny (Dick) Bridgeland of Palmview, TX and Juliann (Larry) Benedict of Mason City, IL; and a special cousin, Georgi (Chuck) Tussing of Rockford, IL.

Emmie is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Tri-State Independent Blind Society, 3333 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 or The Dubuque Humane Society, 4242 Chavenelle Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

Special thanks to Dianne Stecklein and her caring staff.

May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life - Irish Blessing

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

 

 

 



Earl J. Hasken


Earl J. Hasken, 82, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 10:27 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Church, and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Church.  Friends may also call from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Earl was born January 27, 1935 in Vinegar Hill Township, IL, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Ricke) Hasken. He married his true love Doris Tranel on June 7, 1958 at Nativity BVM in Menominee.

Earl attended St Mary's School and East Dubuque High School. Upon graduation, Earl followed his dreams of protecting his country by joining the Army to serve in Japan in 1954.

Upon returning to the states, Earl was employed in 1956 at John Deere Dubuque Works for 41 years until his retirement. Throughout the years of raising his family Earl also worked at Sears as a mechanic. Upon retirement his hard work ethic and love for the John Deere community led him to working at Runde Custom Upholstery and taking many bus trips with John Deere retirees.

Earl was drawn to continue protecting his community by joining the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department in 1962. He generously donated 55 years of service to this department as a volunteer firefighter, paramedic and the department treasurer.

Earl was known by all that loved him as a very faith filled man. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque, a member of the Holy Name Society and a Dominican Associate. He also made it a practice to attend St. Anthony's weekly school mass when his grandchildren were attending there. His selfless giving continued as he was a member of the American Legion, school board, One Hundred Club of Jo Daviess, and participant of the Honor Flight.

Earl's true generosity was seen in the endless farmer's markets he volunteered every Saturday morning selling cinnamon bread for the Sinsinawa Mound, the countless hours he dedicated to creating and overseeing the before & after school care program at St. Mary's School, and the hundreds of Bingo game nights he volunteered at. His happiest moments were those spent with his family, whether traveling to camp across this great nation, taking groups of the grandkids on trips to see the spots he took their parents years earlier, or sitting in the stands supporting and cheering his grandkids in their activities of choice. Grandpa Earl loved his bleacher chair and was often seen hustling in and out of events so as not to miss anything. He rarely missed an event. Life was a gift to him and he intended to enjoy it with those whom he loved dearly. As if the time spent with Grandpa Earl wasn't enough, he spent countless hours restoring furniture for family, sewing bags & floor pillows for the grandkids, and laboring over roasters of homemade soup made from the heart.

Surviving are his wife, Doris; seven children, Juliane (David) Rossman of Dubuque, Allen (Ria) Hasken of Miamisburg, OH, Janel (David) Cebulko of Bartlett, IL, Lloyd (Faith) Hasken of Elgin, IL, Beth (Joe) Broderick of Dubuque, Glenn (Tina) Hasken of Dubuque, and Martha (Kevin) Grossman of Brooklyn Park, MN; twenty-four grandchildren Nick (Sophie), Amanda, Megan (fiancée Zach Hardy) & Abby Rossman, Brian, Adam & Alysha Hasken (fiancée Brian Kroeger), Alison (Jonathan) Schueman, Hilary (Brandon) Lakes, Heather Cebulko & Sarah (Jimmy) Patlyek, Nathan & Grace Hasken, Molly (Chris) Connoly, Marty, Danny & Clare Broderick, Danielle, Riley & Bailey Hasken, and Maggie, Ellie, Sophie and Henry Grossman; seven great grandchildren; his siblings Donald Hasken and Roseann (Harlan) Nauman; his in-laws Merla Carl, Sharon Tranel, Arletta (Joseph) Franson, Lavonne (Cletus) Kaiser, Lou Mae Hasken & Roger Gartner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Elmer & Lorena, a brother Vincent, a sister Darlene Gartner, brother in-laws Cletus Tranel and Glen Carl, sister in-law Betty Hasken, grandsons Allen Hasken, Jr., Joel Hasken & Shane Broderick

The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital 5th Floor staff, Finley Emergency Room Staff, Dr. Patel, Luther Manor Staff and Finley Home Care.

The family requests no flowers. An Earl Hasken Memorial has been established.

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

 

 



Gloria J. Ede


Gloria J. Ede, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:20 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin their service at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on June 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Conrad and Margaret (Calk) Meyer.

Gloria was very proud to have been born and raised in Dubuque, surrounded by loving family and caring friends each and every day. She was united in marriage to her destined soul-mate, Edwin Ede, on October 25, 1952, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Their union was blessed with 31 years, and 5 adored children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 25, 1984. Gloria was gifted with a strong work ethic and would never shy away from a hard days work. She generously applied her time and talents at St. Dominic's Villa for 12 years, as well as investing another 12 years at Sears. Gloria was a faithfully devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. She was also fond of a little downtime, and when the opportunity presented itself you could find Gloria curled up with a good book in hand. Gloria also enjoyed being socially active as well; she and Edwin loved to tear up the dance floor in their younger days, and in her later years Gloria graciously volunteered her time with numerous organization around town. Gloria was definitely a faith filled woman who was quite happy to call Church of the Nativity her home for countless years. Our hearts are heavy, and deeply saddened, today with the loss of our wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we take comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited with our dearly sweet Gloria one day, and that thankfully she will be dancing with Edwin once again and catching up with her beloved son, Douglas.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

her children,
Steven (Kris) Ede,
David (Tammy) Ede,
Joseph Ede
and Carolyn (Mike) Kirkpatrick, all of Dubuque, IA;

11 grandchildren;

6 great-grandchildren;

a sister-in-law,
Bonita LaBee, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Allen (MaryJo Trentz) Ede, Dubuque, IA.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin Ede; a son, Douglas Ede; and 5 brothers, Frances, Arthur, Charles, Conrad and Leo Meyer.

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

Gloria's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Gloria and her family.

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

 



Marie D. Fay


Marie D. Fay, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of West Union, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on December 25, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry Alphonse and Clara (Shirmer) Begley.

Marie was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, Class of 1942. After gradation, she would meet and marry Oliver Fay, on June 22, 1946, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Marie and Oliver were blessed with 66 years, and 7 wonderful children, together before he was called home ahead of her on December 3, 2012. Their work would take them to several different cities throughout the years; including Fort Madison, Waukon, and most notably West Union, but they eventually returned home to Dubuque after retirement. Marie was always a tenacious and hard worker who gladly put her talents to work as a bookkeeper at H&W, before finally helping Oliver with his business ventures. Marie was also an incredibly talented seamstress who especially loved to make dresses for her family. In her free time, she enjoyed the challenge of working puzzles to completion, and was also known to be quite the green thumb who's beautiful violets were continually on display for all to enjoy. Marie's greatest joy in life though was spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren. Whether an outing to Village Inn for a slice of pie, a quick trip to Wal-Mart to visit with friends, or simply one of her several trips out of town with family, Marie was content just to know they were together. Our hearts are broken, and weigh heavy, with the loss of our dear sweet Marie. But we discover peace in knowing that she's had a full 92 years to bless our lives and that now she is joyfully visiting with all of her family who've been waiting patiently for her Heavenly arrival over these past few days.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 6 children,
Dianne (Ben) Andersen, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Sherry) Fay, Amhurst, WI,
Debbi (Bill Christiansen) Fay, Mesa, AZ,
Douglas (Dana) Fay, Overland Park, KS,
Doreen (Tom) Weston, Cambridge, IL
and Donna (Dan) Walling, Dubuque, IA;

15 grandchildren,
Mark (Jenny) Bodenseiner, Michael (Monica) Bodensteiner, Elizabeth Andersen, Erin (Brian) King, Joel (Lori) Taylor, Stacie (Steve) Russ, Steven (Kallie) Sneed, Katie (Mike) Nuncio, Ilana Fay, Phillip (Yael) Fay, Nathan (Miryam) Fay, Heather Weston, Kiah Weston, Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger and Nicholas Walling;

and 20 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver Fay; a son in infancy, Daniel Fay; 2 grandsons, Daniel Fay and Austin Walling; and a sister, Cecelia (Joe) Frey.

In lieu of flowers, Marie's family request that you sit down to a pleasant meal with someone you love and thoroughly embrace the moment together.

Marie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and especially our dear friend Kim Meyer, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Marie and the family. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love these past few weeks.

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

 



Joan R. Ibraimi


Joan R. Ibraimi, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in celebration and remembrance of Joan on Friday, March 31, 2017, from Noon to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Joan R. Moravec was born on June 6, 1945 in Cicero, Illinois to Erwin and Elizabeth "Edith" (Herazin) Moravec. She was a graduate of Morton High School in Cecero, Illinois. She married Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi on April 19, 1994 in Sycamore, Illinois.

Joan had first worked for General Electric and then traveled to Germany where she worked for one and a half years. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for over 25 years as a waitress at various restaurants including the Country Charm, Fisherman's Inn and the Mill Race Inn. She retired to Maquoketa and has lived here for over 20 years.

Joan enjoyed volunteering at the Jackson County Humane Society. She liked animals, riding horses in her younger years, and loved painting. She was a wonderful artist who could make anything. She enjoyed making items and giving them as gifts such as stuffed animals, clothing, ornaments and paintings.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi of Maquoketa, IA; children, Monica Quigley of Goreville, IL and Chad (Julie) Krawczyk of Buncombe, IL; 5 grandchildren; a brother Jim Moravec of Eagle, River, WI; and a sister Gladys Owens of Wheaton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Jocille E. Weber


Jocille E. Weber, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Jocille was born on August 22, 1931, in Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Schulte) Honerbaum. She married Harold J. Weber on December 14, 1948. 

After high school Jocille attended cosmetology school in Dubuque. She was a business owner in Dubuque and owned Hair Designs by Jocille and Jocille's Fashion Corner for many years.

She is survived by her husband Harold, three children Sandra Gavin, Cindy Stecher and Randy Weber. Nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.



Dale F. Schmidt


Dale Francis Schmidt, 51, of Key West passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017at Saint Joseph Key West with Fr. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating.

Dale was born on June 22, 1965, in Dubuque the son of Louis and Lorraine (Freiburger) Schmidt. He married Robin Lynn Roidl, on May 29, 1993 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Dale worked as a truck driver for many years and was lastly working for Prairie Farms since 2005. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local #120. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and was an avid bowler who also loved to spend time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Robin; three daughters Allison Haley Schmidt, Macy Catrice Schmidt, and Shanice Renee Schmidt; his mother Lorraine Schmidt; three sisters, Judy Asay, of Olathe, KS, Joyce (Mike) Leverence, of AZ, and Marlene (Rick) Von Fumetti, of Dubuque; two brothers, Ken Schmidt, and Dennis (Lois) Schmidt, both of Dubuque; his father-in-law Raymond Roidl; sisters-in-law Jeanne Roldl, Kim Presley, and June Newbold; brothers-in-law Rich Meyer, Jeff Roidl, and Tony Roidl; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis, a sister Debbie Meyer, his mother-in-law Mary Roidl, brother-in-law Timothy Roidl, Sister-in-law Patricia Schmidt and a nephew
Jason Michael Schmidt.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Patrick Loehrer and the oncology department at Medical Associates along with the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Dale.



Colette M. Baal


Colette Mae Baal, age 89, of Garden Grove, California, and formerly of Sherrill, Iowa, died Monday, March 20, 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Sherrill United Church of Christ, 4995 Sherrill Road.

Burial will be in the Sherrill United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, March 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Colette was born May 21, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herman and Gertrude Ann (Freihoefer) Brockman. She married Clarence "Bud" Baal on August 28, 1948 at the University of Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 19, 2007. They were married for 59 years, and spent most of their married life in California. Colette was employed as a medical secretary for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California. Prior to her retirement in the late 1980's, she was an intake coordinator for Hospice.

Along with her husband, Bud, she was instrumental in developing and supporting the Sherrill Fire Department. While in California, Colette was actively involved with the Orange County Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and was also a member of the Garden Grove Women's Club and the Orange County Officers Wives Club.

Colette loved to write and send letters to everyone she knew. She was a loving mom and grandma, not only to her own family, but to many who "adopted" her over the years.

Colette is survived by her son, David (Patricia) Baal of Evans, GA; her daughter, Suzanne (Gerry) Mayer of Cypress, CA; three grandchildren, Craig (Brooke) Baal of Evans, GA, Alex (Bylle) Baal, of Henderson, NV, and Lindsey Mayer,  of Cypress, CA; 2 great grandchildren, Miles Wesley Baal and Sawyer Charles Baal; and her brother-in-law, James (Mary Lou) Baal Sr. of Sherrill.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Carl (Helen)(Wilma) Brockman, Mary Jean (Max) Downs, Ralph (Elizabeth) Brockman, and a brother Joseph, in infancy; brother in law, Eugene (Clara) and Robert  Baal.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Jovi Corona and Amalia Smith for their care of Colette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colette Baal Memorial Fund.

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

 

 



Delores A. Lammers


Delores A. Lammers, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died March 25, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville with vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services on Wednesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Delores was born on September 4, 1927 in Petersburg, Iowa daughter of Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Petersburg. She married Paul Lammers on June 17, 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa. She worked with Paul at Lammers Hatchery. On February 1, 1966 she and Paul opened Paul's Country Farm Store and Lammers Insurance Agency in Dyersville. In 1975 they purchased White Front Feed & Seed in Dubuque & Cascade, Iowa. She and Paul along with their 3 sons operated the businesses together until they retired.

As a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Delores was a very devout Catholic. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 137 Auxiliary.

Delores enjoyed going on many trips with Doughboy Feed, going to Arizona during the winter for 20+ years, an occasional trip to the Casino, and spending time with her family, friends and camping group. She made many new friends during her time at Hawkeye Care Center and loved the visits from her family and her special grand-dog Willa.

She is survived by 3 sons & their families: Rod (Kathy) Lammers of Dyersville, Bruce (Mary) Lammers and Brian (fiancé Tammy Waid - Link) all of Dubuque, Grandchildren: Christina (Joe) Ludwig and John (Dawn) Lammers all of Dyersville, Teresa (Chad) Coons of Anamosa, and Jake (Amy) Lammers of Dubuque; Step - Grandchildren: Matt (Cara) Moore and Josh (Rasy) Moore; Great - Grandchildren: Brandon Ludwig and Ashley (Wade) Cosselman, Alexia and Blake Lammers, Austin and Beau Coons, and Stella and Reed Lammers; Step Great - Grandchildren: Aiva, Jayden, and Jasmine Moore, and Kael and Emma Moore; Brother & Sister-n-law: Sylvester "Red" (Alma) Loesche of Dyersville, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Husband of 63 years, Paul on October 9, 2011, parents Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche, in-laws Herman and Anna (Billmeyer) Lammers; Siblings: Laurine (Clarence) Kruse, Lawrence (Maxine) Loesche, Andy (Melaine) Loesche, Bernice (Harry) Gassman; Brother & Sister-n-laws: William (Marie) Lammers, Delores (Charlie) Milbach, Arthur (Frances) Lammers, Herbert (Armella) Lammers, Germaine (Earl) March, and James (Dorothy) Lammers.

The family would like to thank Hawkeye Care Center and their staff for the wonderful care they showed their mother Delores. Also thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.

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



Jeanette M. Murphy


Jeanette M. Murphy, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Hutchison will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, 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.

Jeanette was born February 23, 1934 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ed and Mary (Fitzgerald) Cherrier. She married John "Jack" Francis Murphy on June 10, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1999.

Jeanette was a long time sales associate at Kmart in Dubuque until her retirement. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, where she was also a member of the Widow's Club. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing and roller skating with her husband. She loved to shop and walk at the mall. Jeanette also enjoyed sewing, drawing, and going out to eat.

Jeanette is survived by two daughters, Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, both of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Matt Milligan, Sheila Motsch, and Mitch (Nicole) Milligan; her great grandchildren, Ayden Milligan, Ryleigh Haas, Haley Motsch, Trystin Ruble, and Taiya Ruble; her sisters, Shirley Regan of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Susan Murphy; her son Dan Murphy; two grandsons, Joshua and Jason Motsch; and a brother, Bill (Jean) Cherrier.

Memorials may be made to the Jeanette Murphy Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Jeanette.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hskfh.com



Dorraine M. Frick

Dorraine M. Frick, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Mesa, Arizona, was called home peacefully at 6:08 p.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Dorraine's life, graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorraine was born on May 28, 1928, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louisa (Lochner) Schmitt.

Dorraine was born and raised in the Sherrill area and would have many of life's most important values instilled within the fabric of her being at a very young age. She would eventually meet her true love, Leo Frick, and they would be united in marriage in the June of 1949, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 21 wonderful years of marriage, and 5 deeply adored children, before he was called home suddenly ahead of her. Dorraine was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in her responsibilities of nurturing those the Lord entrusted to her care. She was a faithful and generous woman through each and every day, with a strong desire to make the world around her a sanctuary of love and respect for all whom were fortunate enough to share in her contagious joy. In her free time, Dorraine found time to occasionally throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, or even to just simply sit and invest a little social interaction time with her friends at the Eagles, Moose and Dubuque Boat Club. Dorriane has lived an abundantly full life since her years on the farm, through her 25 years staying close to family in Mesa, and upon her return home to Dubuque to be close to her friends and dearly missed Leo. We mourn her absence today, but we watched first hand how Dorraine has earnestly spent 88 years in the interest of her eternal souls condition and destination, and that now she is finally witnessing Heaven first hand and is surely standing hand in hand with Leo, once again, as he gives her the grand tour of her new estate.

Those left to cherish Dorraine's memory include

her 5 children,
Thomas (Carol) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Mark (Barbara) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Sandra (Carl) Peterson, Mesa, AZ,
Jeanne Frick, Mesa, AZ
and Greg (Brenda) Frick, Chandler, AZ;

her 4 grandchildren,
Andrea Martin, Kelly (Troy) Gibson, Jacob (Lara) Frick and Kimberly (Chad) Gillespie;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Addison Gibson, Avery Gibson, Leo Frick and Nora Frick;

and a brother,
Donald Schmitt, Sherrill, IA.

Dorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Frick; her siblings, Louella (Ralph) Roth, Marie (Harold) Heitzman, Rita (Paul) Kane, Norman Schmitt, Gerald (Mary) Schmitt and Melvin ("Trixie") Schmitt; and a sister-in-law, Janet Schmitt.

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

 



Allen A. Lochner


Allen A. Lochner, 70, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta, where there will be a visitation from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia where military honors will be accorded.

Allen was born on January 4, 1947 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Norbert and Geraldine (Huilman) Lochner. He served in the Vietnam era from 1966-68 as a heavy equipment operator in the United States Army. On May 25, 1968, he married Janice (Jan) Finzel at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.

Allen began his work career at age 16 as truck driver and cheesemaker for Holy Cross Dairy. After returning from the Army, he went back into farming until his death. He retired from Prairie Farms in the fall of 2013. He most recently was employed at McClain Excavating. His life's work, however, was as a dairy farmer. That was his pride and joy.

He was a member of the Iowa, Midwest Clubs, and National Ayrshire Breeders Association, Dubuque County Dairy Promotion, and Tri-County Sheep Producers.  

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving is his wife Jan; their children Christa Knapp of Dubuque, Martina (Chris) Willey of Allerton, IA, Jenifer (Bill) Lewis of Onslow, IA, and Jay Michael (significant other Steph Heinsius) Lochner of Olin, IA; grandchildren Clay, Sam, Grace, Carlen, Riley, and Riana; four step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; siblings Janice (Dick) Markus, Ruth (Mike) Hubbard, and Doris (David) Hoffmann; and mother in law Mildred Finzel.

He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents; and father in law Norbert Finzel.

The family requests no flowers.

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

To leave online condolences please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Allen's family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Engelman and his nurse Sarah, The Oncology nurses and Hospice of Dubuque along with their nurse Melissa, Heather and Amy.  Thank you also to a couple for their care and help the last few months.

 

 

 



Richard L. Osterberger


Richard L. "Dick" Osterberger, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28th at the Church of the Nativity where a rosary will be recited before mass. Rev. Msgr. James Miller, officiating, Rev. John O'Connor, homilist, along with concelebrating priest of the Archdiocese. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Dick was born on January 15, 1946 the son of Jake and Millie (Ward) Osterberger. He married Rita Welter, December 30th, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He attended Nativity grade school, graduated from Wahlert High School, and received his Master's Degree from Loras College in School Administration.

He began his teaching career at Holy Ghost Catholic Grade School and later at Wahlert High School, where he was Vice Principal, Dean of Students, coached football and track. In his later years, he worked in sales and as a relator for American Realty.

He was a lifelong member at the Church of the Nativity, where he was an altar server and served on the parish council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510, and volunteered many hours at Albrecht Acres. He enjoyed spending time with his Squires Club Buddies.

Dick loved family gatherings and would usually be found by the grill. He was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren and loved attending their events.

He is survived by his wife Rita; three children Steve (Lisa) Osterberger, Jeff (Amy) Osterberger, both of Dubuque, Julie (Chris) Bracey, of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren; Alli, Bryce, Kaylee and Ellie Osterberger; Ava, Niyah, and Nathan Bracey. His siblings, Dave (Karen) Osterberger, Jim Osterberger and Ann (Steve) Seamer, all of Dubuque; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean (Mike) Vance, Laura (Jim) Miller, David (Dawn) Welter, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Marguerite and Herbert Welter and a special aunt Nan.

In lieu of flowers a memorial scholarship will be established for a student attending Wahlert Catholic High School.



Calvin G. Koecke


Calvin G. Koecke, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa peacefully passed into the loving care of Jesus at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque on Monday, March 20, 2017, due to dementia-related pneumonia.  Calvin Gustav, the son of Caleb R. and Violet (Bohringer) Koecke, was born May 7, 1927 in the Village of Wyalusing, Wisconsin. The family later relocated to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. At the age of nineteen, Calvin was inducted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He served from 1945 until 1946, with the majority of his service being spent in Japan as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces.

After his discharge from the Army, Calvin returned to Prairie du Chien and soon began working at the National Decorated Metal Company. While working at "The Dec", he met Frances Burr, the younger sister of his coworker, Bill Burr. Calvin and Frances were married on June 21, 1952 in the residence of Pastor Terry Sellers in Prairie du Chien.

After National Decorated Metal Company closed in 1965, Calvin began working as a painter at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. The work was demanding, but he was happy to be a UAW member and proud to produce quality work for John Deere. Through the years he submitted suggestions for which he was rewarded with generous bonuses when the Company implemented them.  Calvin retired in 1993 and continued to pay his union dues for the rest of his life.

Calvin enjoyed reading tremendously, particularly books about the Old West, World War II, firearms, and science. Nature was of great interest to him as well; he often spent hours contentedly noting various species of birds visiting the homemade feeder outside his living room window.  Walking through the outdoors observing and listening to nature was one of his favorite pastimes.  He particularly enjoyed several family vacations to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, and the Grand Canyon. In addition, Calvin was very fond of music; he enjoyed listening to old time country artists such as the Carter Family and Grandpa Jones, and, he spent many happy hours playing music on his accordion and organ. He was especially passionate about airplanes and flying, having purchased his own PT-19 after receiving his pilot's license through the GI Bill.

Calvin is survived by his daughter, Kathy Koecke of Dubuque; his sister, Dollie Trayer of Lancaster, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Beverly Koecke of Dubuque; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and his beloved cat, Mandu.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2002; a stillborn daughter, Lori Ann, in 1965; and a premature son, Jeffrey Lee, in 1967. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Rosella; brother, Harry; sister, Mercedes; brother, Paul; brother-in-law, John Trayer; and sister-in-law, Helen "Jeannie" (Rinehart) Koecke.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Hillard Salas, Dr. Roger Schafer, and the exceptional ER, therapeutic, and nursing staff of Unity Point Health-Finley Hosital in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Internment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with the arrangements.



Carol M. Pins


Carol M. Pins, age 76, of Dubuque Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carol was born on June 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert E. and Helen M. (Thielen) Wright.

Carol was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, who would earnestly devote 28 years of her working career as a dispatcher at Flexsteel Industries. Carol eventually met the love of her life, Gerald Pins, and the couple was united in marriage on September 10,1983. Their union would be blessed with 33 wonderful years together. She was a very social woman who devoted countless hours to several of her favorite organizations; including St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Union Local #1861 and the Eagles Club. She also found great joy in the simple things in life; such as preparing a delicious meal over the stove, crocheting and knitting her latest beautiful creations to share with family and friends, or even keeping her talented fingers moving in rhythm to the hum of her sewing machine. But, as much joy as these activities manifested in Carol, none could compare to the complete satisfaction she would discover in the valuable time she would get to spend with her family. Whether caring for her home, an honest heart to heart talk with a child, or an afternoon watching her grandchildren embrace the day; Carol knew that the most precious moments in life were truly found with her loved ones by her side. Sadly, Carol's earthly journey has come to its conclusion today, but thankfully, her love, lessons and memories will surely continue to thrive in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. And as our faith generously comforts us, we find peace in knowing that her physical struggles have finally ceased and she in now enjoying her state of eternal perfection as she is once again reunited with her family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include

her loving husband,
Gerald Pins, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Tammy (Kevin) Davis, Zwingle, IA
and Diane (Hipolito) Sanchez Jr., Lancaster, MO;

her grandchildren,
Hipolito (Jennifer) Sanchez III, John (Maria) Sanchez, Mike (April) Sanchez, Willie (Angela) Sanchez, Laticia (Samy) Bobongi, Jackie Sanchez, Christopher (Michelle) Davis, Alysa Davis, Eric Davis and Andrew Haidar;

12 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Gerald (Bertha) Wright, Green Bay, WI
and Michelle (Matt) Knopp, Miami, OK.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lynne Haidar; a son, Albert "Butch" Miller Jr.; and a sister, Janet Carrier.

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

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

 



Charles I. McDermott


Charles I. "Chuck" McDermott, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Bernard passed away on March 23, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 8:30 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #6.

Chuck was born on July 31, 1925 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Alberic & Mary (McDonald) McDermott. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He married Irene Lyons on November 8, 1952 at St. Joseph Church, Key West.

He was a longtime Allis Chalmers Implement Dealer and owned and operated Tri State Implement for many years. His favorite pastime was tractor pulling and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Irene (Lyons) McDermott, his children, sons Steven (Kathy) McDermott and Mark (Beth) McDermott. Two grandchildren Alexandria and Keith. Sisters Marge Sweeney and Patricia "Pat" Larkin and sister-in-law Dorothy McDermott.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mabel Sweeney, Dorothy Murray, Bernice Faley; brothers Louis, Bernard, Emmett and Clem.



Timothy J. Kelly


Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, North Campus, in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Timothy's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be at 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Timothy James Kelly was born on February 13, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Michael "Mike" and Catherine Wilma (Hougham) Kelly. His family moved to Maquoketa when he was a baby and he graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. He married Jane Ann Jerome on December 24, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Michael and Jason.

Tim was involved in the automobile industry and worked as an automobile mechanic for many years. He first worked at his dad's DX station in Maquoketa. In 1966 he worked for Rasmussen Motor Company in Maquoketa until 1975. He then owned and operated Kelly's Auto Repair until 1982 when he again worked for Rasmussen Motor Company and Brad Deery Motors, retiring in 2007.

Tim had been a Boy Scout Leader for a number of years. He was an avid piano player, giving many private lessons through the years as well as accompanying students for the Maquoketa Middle School and the Maquoketa Community High School solo contests. He loved taking fishing trips to Minnesota.

Those left to honor Timothy's memory include his wife, Jane Kelly of Maquoketa, IA; sons Michael (and fiancé Shawn Blake) Kelly of Maquoketa, and Jason (and girlfriend Jennifer Ritter) Kelly of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3 grandchildren, Tim, Michaela and Logan Kelly, all of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-grandson, Sam Kelly of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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



Doris Jean Wallace


Doris Jean Wallace, 89, passed away quietly from this life on March 20, 2017 at the Hospice Unit at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

DJ was born on July 28, 1927, the second daughter of Rev. William Hiram and Jessie Ella (Barber) Hill.  During her childhood and youth, DJ could be found at the Congregational churches where her father was minister, assisting with numerous activities.  After graduation from Dubuque Senior High in 1945, DJ continued her studies at Iowa State Teacher's College and graduated in 1949. She taught for a few years until she met and married Gerald (Jerry) Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1991. Together they raised three children, all of whom survive their parents - Dave (Cedar Rapids), Ann (James) O'Malley, and Marsha Paige Wallace (Kerstan Williams).

DJ, as she preferred to be known, will be best remembered for her extraordinarily strong volunteer spirit. After her retirement from teaching in 1989, DJ continued to provide assistance with bulletin boards and displays - but her most outstanding performances were as Dubuque's Story Lady, dressing in costumes ranging from Pilgrims to Santa's sister, and reading to generations of children.  In addition to story telling, DJ volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and at The Finley Hospital, and served in various positions for the DI Chapter of the National T.T.T. Society, Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for Women Educators, a member of the Dubuque Education Association, the Dubuque's Retired Teachers Association and Chapter OI of P.E.O.  

Outgoing and friendly, DJ was always ready with a kind word, an entertaining story, or a spare piece of paper and scissors which she wielded to great effect, producing intricate snow flakes and other silhouettes for the children she encountered. A member of Immanuel Congregational UCC for many years, she most recently had been a member of the First Congregational Church, where she loved playing in the bell choir, and will be remembered for the numerous poems written by DJ which were published in weekly bulletins even after failing health prompted her to move closer to family.

In addition to her children, she is also survived by a granddaughter, Gretchen Wallace; her elder sister Lorna Putnam; and nephews Lonnie (Judy) Putnam, Devaney 'Dee' (Catherine) Putnam, and Thomas (Susan) Putnam all of the North Carolina/Georgia area.



Paula Ann Felderman

Paula Ann Felderman, 59, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 20, 2017, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Paula's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, March 24, 2017, from the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Paula Ann Felderman was born on December 3, 1957 in Albany, Indiana, to Loren Alvin and Ethel (Sims) Felderman. She moved to Iowa in the early 1960's and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Paula had done some babysitting in her younger years, worked at Happy Joe's for a short time and lastly at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa and had transferred to the East Iron Hill Community Church in recent years.

Paula enjoyed being outside and doing chores such as mowing the lawn. She loved helping her best friend Phyllis who was handicapped.

Those left to honor Paula's memory include a brother, Leon Felderman of LaMotte, IA; sisters Lori Felderman of Oklahoma, Leah Felderman of Oklahoma, and Linda Ellithorpe of Preston, IA; and her best friend with whom she lived, Phyllis (Richard) Hovey of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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



Warren J. McAllister


Warren J. McAllister, age 65, of Key West, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:07 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Warren's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Warren's life, graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Warren was born on April 23, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Theresa "Louise" (Ronek) McAllister.

Warren was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who would learn the value of family and friends at a young age. Warren was a hard worker at heart who earnestly devoted many years of his working career to the Dubuque Pack. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with, Kellie Hoftender, and they would be blessed with 15 wonderful years of devoted companionship. In his free time, Warren enjoyed the challenge of completing his daily crossword, keeping the end of his bingo dauber moist while chasing the next four corners, watching his favorite wrestlers grapple for the pin, or even sitting around the card table in a friendly game of cards with family and friends. Warren was also a generous, loyal, kind-hearted and faith filled man whose gentle nature was always on display. Unfortunately, all that remains of Warren today are the memories he leaves behind and the love he was willing to share. Thankfully, we'll continue to carry both of these into the days, weeks and months ahead as our hearts begin to mend and our minds strive to heal. Warren, we sincerely pray that God will bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Warren's memory include

his significant other of 15 years,
Kellie Hoftender, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL
and Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Tim McAllister.

A Warren J. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Merlin J. Thies


Merlin J. Thies, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:49 p.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Merlin's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Merlin was born on September 16, 1934, in LaMotte, Iowa, son of Michael and Marcella (Clasen) Thies.

Merlin proudly served his county in the U.S. Army and would see much of Europe during his time after WWII. Merlin was united in marriage to his true love, Elizabeth Haupert, on September 22, 1962, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 54 wonderful years together and countless memories of a truly loving and committed couple. Merlin spent his working years with Union Oil in Michigan and would eventually move back to the Dubuque area after retirement. In his free time, Merlin definitely enjoyed traveling and discovering new sights with his beautiful bride, Elizabeth, by his side. Merlin spent his 82 years here on earth continually displaying the values of an honorable husband, an honest man and a caring friend. His desire to leave a positive mark on the world he leaves behind is abundantly clear for all to witness. Sadly, Merlin has been called home suddenly, and the hearts of those who knew and loved him are feeling quite heavy today. But we know, and trust, that in time we'll all see him again and once more recapture that feeling of being in the presence of such a likeable and good man.

Those left to cherish Merlin's memory include

his loving wife,
Elizabeth "Liz" Thies, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Bob Thies, Clinton, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mary Beck.

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

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

 



Dale Launspach


I. Dale Launspach, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, followed by a burial service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a family service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This generous, kind and loving man leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Mary Kay, whom he married on October 17, 1953 at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque.

As a loving husband and father, he was actively involved in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of them left with unforgettable memories of their time with this unique man. Dale was happiest when laughing with his grandchildren on the way to the candy store in his antique fire truck, cheering them on at their sporting events, or teaching them life lessons while he worked with them in his shop. With his ever-positive attitude, Dale sought to instill in his children a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends and an attitude of service. He was especially proud of his five beautiful adopted Indian granddaughters. He was also an enthusiastic woodworker and loved his shop.

Born December 20, 1932 in Dubuque, Dale was the son of Carl C. and Estelle Mae (Kuntz) Launspach. He served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955.
With his life-long business partner and brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig, he owned and operated Aladdin dry-cleaning and linen supply company for 47 years; they grew the company into a successful business in the Tri-State area, and throughout Iowa.

Dale enjoyed sports and was active in tennis, racquetball and swimming. He was also a dedicated distance runner throughout his life. Completing the Chicago marathon was one of the highlights of his life. He was Senior High School's Men's Tennis Doubles State Runner- Up two years in a row. Dale was also the first recipient of a tennis scholarship from the University of Dubuque and he played on their tennis team for two years.

Dale was an usher at St. Anthony's Church for many years and later became a member of the Resurrection Church after the family's move to "the barn" on Hales Mill Road in Asbury. He was also former President of the Dubuque Jaycees.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Kay; children, Mary (Warren) White, of Cassville, WI., Steve (Tracy) Launspach, of Peosta, IA., Gerianne Launspach, of Dubuque, Dick (Lori) Launspach, of Dubuque, IA., Teri (Brian) Schulz, of Dubuque, and Maureen (Jeffrey) Bortscheller, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Barbara Ludwig; a close cousin, June "Butz" Mickel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Martin Dale; his parents; his sister, Darlene Johnstone; and his brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig.

For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Cards may be sent to Mary Kay Launspach at 2700 Matthew John Drive. Dubuque, IA 52002, Apt 161.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Launspach Memorial Fund has been established where donations will be given to his favorite charities. Special thank you to his friends who supported him throughout his illness and to Hospice of Dubuque; especially Cindy and Sara who kindly cared for and guided Dale and his family through his last days.



Betty J. Fox


Betty J. Fox, 90 of Oak Park Place, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Unity - Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Betty has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. Memorial services will be held at a later day at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Betty was born on July 30, 1926 in Peoria, Illinois the daughter of Reed and Viola (Holler) Hollandsworth. She married John T. Fox on February 12, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her death in November 2008.
Betty was a librarian at various libraries in Peoria, Davenport, and Dubuque. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Harold) Hermes, of Evanston, IL, and their children, Kate Hermes and Nickolas Hermes and James (Cathy) Fox, and their daughter, Elizabeth (Ryan) Ahlers; and one great- granddaughter, River Ahlers.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

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

The family requests that those inclined to send memorials give donations to The Red Cross or the Dubuque Botanical Garden.

Our heartfelt thank you to Molly Manders for your kindness and exceptional care.



Vernon E. Quint

Vernon E. Quint, 83, of Ryan died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan.  Friends may continue to call after 9 am Wednesday, March 22, at the Church prior to the funeral Mass at 10:30 am.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery south of Ryan.

Vernon was born July 5, 1933, in Worthington, Iowa the son of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint.  They moved to Ryan in 1938, and he graduated from St. John's High School in 1951.  He married Catherine Mulvehill at Immaculate Conception, Masonville on August 24, 1955.  He was a farmer and then worked for the MoorMan Feed Manufacturing Company.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and St. Patrick Catholic Church.  He enjoyed gardening, reading, playing cards, winters in Arizona and trees.

Surviving are his children: Karen of Cedar Rapids, Don (Lisa) of Manchester, Dick (Jane) of Ryan and Fr. Dennis of Dyersville; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Quint of Manchester, and a sister, Catherine McQuillen of Marion; in-laws: Marie Broghammer of Manchester, Don Mulvehill of Pleasant Hill and Eileen Brunow of Cedar Rapids.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Lawrence Quint, Loretta Vaske, Mary Vaske and Ves Quint; a sister-in-law, Peg Mulvehill.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Cedric Dilsizian


Cedric "Rick" Dilsizian, 70, of Peosta, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 21 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post # 6 at 7 pm.

Rick was born on December 6, 1946 in New York City, NY to Apkar and Nona (Kurdian) Dilsizian. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force for 15 years. He then taught as a professor of math and computer science at Westchester New York Community College before retiring in Peosta.

Survivors include his significant other, Wanda Wallace of Peosta; sister Elizabeth Lawson of Falls Church, VA; nephew Steve (Corrine) Lawson; and niece Jennifer (Travis) Scarborough and their children Ian and Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother in law George Lawson.

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

In lieu of flowers a Rick Dilsizian Memorial Fund has been established.



Lester F. Pautsch


Lester F. Pautsch, 93, of Dubuque, passed away March 15, 2017 at Luther Manor. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with burial at Linwood Cemetary. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Lester Ferdinand Pautsch was born April 25, 1923 on a farm in Willow Township, Crawford County, Iowa, to Ferdinand and Elsie (Jacobs) Pautsch. He became a child of God through Baptism on May 20, 1923. He attended country school, then St. John Lutheran School in Charter Oak, where he was confirmed his Baptismal vows on April 5, 1932. Les moved to Omaha after graduating from Charter Oak High School in 1940, studied business at Commercial Extension School, and worked as a billing clerk for Carr, Adams and Collier, a Dubuque millwork firm branch. When World War II broke out, Les volunteered for the Enlisted Reserve Corp. He was called to active duty in 1943, trained in the Signal Corps, and served overseas in Hollandia, New Guinea. After Les was discharged on St. Patrick's Day in 1946, he returned to his former employer in Omaha, as a bookkeeper. On June 18, 1949, Les married Arlene Josephson at First Lutheran Church in Omaha. They had two children, Richard and Laurel. Les transferred from Omaha to Caradco in Dubuque in 1958, then to Rantoul, Illinois in 1976. He retired as Accounting Manager in 1988, after 47 years with the same company. Les and Arlene were charter members of Our Redeemer in Dubuque in 1960, and served the church in many roles until late in life. Les loved to garden, and wherever they lived, he had extra land for his hobby. In retirement, he grew a profusion of gladiolas which he sold at the Farmers' Market. Les achieved Master Gardener status, and continued gardening until age 91, even in his apartment courtyard. Les enjoyed a Veterans' Honor Flight tour to Washington, D.C. when he was 89. He also liked square dancing, musical performances, pinochle, dominoes, making desserts, wine, and sauerkraut in his apartment, accompanying his son on the backroads of Iowa, floating on the Mississippi with his daughter and her husband, and seeing his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Arlene in 2007, his parents, his sisters Irene, Lavina, Orpha and Marion, and brother Lloyd.

He is survived by his brother Russ (Mary) of Sac City, IA, sisters-in-law Jennie Pautsch, Ila Agler, Nola Josephson, and Delores Christianson; his children Richard (Nancy) of Boulder, CO, and Laurel (Jim) of Elkader, IA; grandchildren Jesse (Miranda) Klosterboer, Sara (Brian Brandsmeier) Klosterboer, Catherine (Keith Hengen) Pautsch; Annie (Adam) Wolff-Pautsch; Maia (Kent) Miley; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Enjoy the heavenly choirs, Les!


In lieu of flowers, Memorials may include Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or School, and Luther Manor.

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

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



Marcella L. Dorsey


Marcella L. Dorsey, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

A celebration of Marcella's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Monday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebraton of Life Center. Burial will be in the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Marcella Louise Morehead was born on October 22, 1928 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Theodore Walter and Myrl Marie (Miller) Morehead. She was educated in country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1946.

She married David F. Cormack on March 21, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Kathleen Joanne. Marcella and David later divorced and on August 15, 1966 in Elko, Nevada she married J. Willard Dague. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1988. Marcella later married Robert Dorsey of Maquoketa on August 17, 2002 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

After high school, Marcella had worked in Cedar Rapids as a bookkeeper for a short time and then at the Emeline General Store for five years. She then became a housewife and mother raising a family.

Marcella had attended the East Iron Hill Community Church where she was active in the church Ladies Aid. She was an excellent cook and host of family gatherings, and an excellent seamstress who sewed many of her own clothes and Kathy's clothes when she was younger. She loved vegetable and flower gardening and in her earlier years enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. In retirement, she loved traveling and camping with Bob in their motor home and had spent winters in Arizona since 1998.

Those left to honor Marcella's memory include her husband, Robert "Bob" Dorsey of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter, Kathleen Joanne (Larry) Schooley of Cedar Rapids, IA; step-children Margaret Ann Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, John Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy (Jerry) Schau of Monmouth, IA, Karen (William) Mize of Fairmont, OK, Tom (Sue) Dorsey of Hannibal, MO, Pam (Bill) Thompson of Iowa City, IA, and James (Denise) Dorsey of San Marcos, TX; sisters Mildred Wilcox of Maquoketa, IA, Lorraine Makeever of Monmouth, IA, and Joyce Clark of Delmar, IA; a brother, Ronald (Linda) Miller of Moline, IL; 2 grandchildren, Brian Schooley and Bradley Schooley; 6 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren and 26 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willard, a great-grandson, Brenden Schooley; and a step-great-grandson, Brody Bellinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marcella L. Dorsey memorial fund has been established. 

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



Marcella M. Koltes


Marcella M. Koltes, 96, of Dubuque passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Marcella was born October 10, 1920 in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Paul and Veronica (Neises) Schmitt. She married Herbert Koltes at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He preceded her in death March 13, 1981.

She was a member of St. Patrick parish and their Legion of Mary. Marcella was an excellent cook, and enjoyed euchre and quilting. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Surviving is a daughter, Norma (Richard) Weber; a son, Robert (Eloise) Koltes, both of Dubuque; grandchildren Steve (Sandy) Koltes, Sharon (Gary Schilling) Koltes, Sandy (John Kieffer) Barth, Michael (Suzette) Weber, and Patrick (Karen) Weber; step-grandchildren Nicole Kenyen, Danielle (friend, Chuck Ripri) Jaksik; great-grandchildren Kyle Koltes, Jason Kutsch, Melissa Kutsch, Alex Boettner, Madeline Boettner, Matthew Weber, Amanda Weber, Kati Weber, and Sara Weber; step-great-grandchildren Jeremy Christensen, Dillon Kenyen, Cloe Kenyen, and Sarah Kenyen; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and her special god-child, Gary Koltes.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Koltes; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Kristine Weber; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Weber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marcella Koltes Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Alberta M. Edwards


Alberta Mae Edwards went to be with her Savior on March 14, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 92.

A celebration of Alberta's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Alberta Mae Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 18, 1924 to Albert and Mertie (Eastman) Smith. Upon the death of their mother in 1928, Alberta and her two sisters were raised in Fulton, Iowa by their maternal grandparents, Isaac and Mae Eastman. She received her education there in a one room school house. She married Vernon L. Edwards on April 5, 1941.

Alberta was a person who loved and served the Lord and her family. She was employed briefly at both Jackson County Regional Medical Center and Clinton Engines, but her real work was devotedly caring for her husband and children and helping in whatever way she was needed by her extended family, friends and church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa for over fifty years.

Alberta is survived by a son, Richard (Terrie) Edwards, of Hermiston, OR; a daughter, Bonnie (Steve) Vehrs, of Maquoketa; ten grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Bonnie Stoll, of Cedar Rapids, IA; one nephew, and four nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant grandson, her parents, her maternal grandparents, a sister and a brother-in-law, Lilliath and Ross Hovey, and her brother-in-law, Carrol J. Stoll.

Alberta's family is so grateful to Maquoketa Care Center for their kindness and care during the final months of her life.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Sister Therese Mary Waughon, BVM

Sister Therese Mary Waughon, BVM (John Francine), 86, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Caritas Center.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. A sharing of memories and memorial Mass will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Therese Mary taught elementary school in Maywood, Round Lake, Chicago and Cicero, Ill.; Fort Dodge and Jesup, Iowa; and Bellerose, N.Y. She also volunteered at a hospital in Chicago.

She was born in Chicago on March 7, 1931 , to John and Frances Smith Waughon. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Cicero, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Francis. She is survived by a cousin and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Elizabeth A. Steffen


Elizabeth A. "Betty" Steffen, 92, of Farley, Iowa passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.
She was born September 1, 1924 in Dyersville, Iowa, Daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Beckmann) Esch. She received her education from Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On April 6, 1948 she was united in marriage to Vincent John Steffen at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1981.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society. She worked at ERTL Toy Company for twenty-two years until her retirement in 1990. Betty loved the color blue, working outside in her garden and singing.

She is survived by two sons, Steve (Agnes) Steffen of Peosta, IA, Lee (Amy) Steffen of Farley, IA and Ann (Don) Pfundstein of Camdenton, MO; 8 grandchildren, Michael (Angie) Steffen, Sara (Brad) Steffen - Hjalmerson, Philip and Rachel Pfundstein, Christy, Carmen, Caitlin and Craig Steffen; one sister, Dorothy Wagner of Bloomington, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan Esch of Dyersville, IA, Herb (Norma) Steffen of Farley, IA, Roger (Katie) Steffen) of Luxemburg, IA and Mary Ann Feltes of Anamosa, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brothers, Arthur (Dorothy Esch - Pfeiler) Esch, George (Ramona) Esch and James Esch, a sister, Helen (Ed) Ramler; brothers-in-law, Bill Wagner, Harry (Marce) Steffen and Don Feltes.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Sunset Park, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

A memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Carl A. Gantenbein


Carl A. "Tony" Gantenbein, 77, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, IA.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Rockdale United Methodist Church in Dubuque with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Thursday, at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post#6. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque, is assisting the family.

Tony was born on November 15, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Selma (Haar) Gantenbein.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was proud to serve four years in the United States Air Force. Upon returning to Dubuque, he worked as a diesel mechanic for 38 years for Flynn Ready Mix.

He married Barbara Ann Waller on September 10, 1966.
Tony was a devout member of Rockdale United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with Barb, driving his Corvette, working outside, restoring old tractors, collecting guns, watching the local weather forecastors and reading the Bible. His favorite thing to do was to share Jesus with others.

He is survived by his wife Barb and three children: Brian (Linda) Gantenbein, Brenda (Randy) Jansen and Brent (Rachel) Gantenbein; Four grandchildren: Gail, Nathan, Nicholas, Caden; and one sister: Jean Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin sister Carol two brothers Dave and John Jr., and niece Becky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Rockdale United Methodist Church.



Dorrance R. Herzog


Dorrance R. Herzog, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on March 9, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV. To honor Dorrance's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Little Grant Cemetery, Bloomington, WI. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorrance was born on November 25, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Kathryn (Walsh) Herzog.

Dorrance was born and raised in the Dubuque area; receiving his primary education at the St. Joseph's on the Prairie one room school house, in concurrence with his work ethic on the family farm in the Key West area. He would eventually complete his studies at Loras College and begin his working career as an accountant. After a few years, Dorrance would discover his next calling and begin working in the computer programming field as the industry was just beginning to develop. This combination would lead to a successful lifetime of not only owning his own business, but also making many friends out of clients along the way. When an afternoon off would appear on his schedule, Dorrance could easily be found chasing a little white ball around Thunder Hills Country Club, where he was proud to be one of the original members, as well as a founding board member. Dorrance would also find a little time for relaxation in his days with a patiently strategic challenge of wits on the chess board, or even a peaceful evening in his favorite recliner catching up with his latest suspense novel. Dorrance refused to allow his age to slow him down and he could frequently be sighted on a nice day putting miles on his scooter as he ventured over to the library for his weekly harvest of knowledge and entertainment, or even sometimes in the drive thru lane at DB&T as it just seemed easier than going inside when the fresh air was all around him and no doors would need to be navigated. Now, today we must accept that these, and many more wonderful memories, are all that remain of Dorrance's abundantly full 87 years among us. But, we are truly thankful for the positive impact he's had on all of the lives around him, and we know that he's quite content to have met an entirely new heavenly audience to reminisce with and possibly even take a few rare moments to aggravate the most angelic of cats in between stories.

Those left to cherish Dorrance's memory include

his loving wife,
Ramona Heiring, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Michael (Abby) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN,
Joseph (Jennifer) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN,
Raymond (Sandy) Herzog, Dubuque, IA
and Mark (Kay) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN;

7 grandchildren;

2 brothers,
Fr. John Herzog, Des Moines, IA
and Justin (Sue) Herzog, Minneapolis, MN;

and his extended 2nd loving family who joyfully welcomed Dorrance into Ramona's circle of loved ones.

Dorrance was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Carol Herzog; and his brother, William Herzog.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorrance R. Herzog memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Charlene E. Kingsley


Charlene E. "Cheri" Kingsley 79, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at her home in Bernard, Iowa.

A celebration of Cheri's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 4209 Locust Street, in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 10 A.M. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Charlene Elizabeth Newsom was born on August 30, 1937 in Gilmer, Texas, to William A. and Govie E. (Harrison) Newsom. She was a 1956 graduate of the Blytheville High School in Blytheville, Arkansas. She later attended business school in Blytheville, Arkansas. She married Daniel D. Kingsley on February 24, 1967 in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Cheri had worked as a sales associate/model, a social worker, a cashier at a car dealership, and most of her career was as a Sales and Donation Administrator at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Illinois.

Cheri enjoyed fishing, playing slot machines, and visiting with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Cheri's memory include her husband, Daniel of Bernard, Iowa; children- Tammy Mirfield of New Albany, Mississippi, Timothy (Ruth) Kingsley of Maquoketa, Iowa, Anthony (Carollyn Gehrke) Kingsley of Davenport, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Patricia) Newsom of Mason, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one great-grandson-Caleb, and 2 brothers and one sister.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Lincoln L. Usher


Lincoln L. "Linc" Usher 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017 at the Crestridge Nursing Home, Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lincoln's life will be held at 3 P.M., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2-3 P.M. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Lincoln L. Usher was born on February 28, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph L. and Edna M. (Redinger) Usher. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. He married Beverly June McCutcheon on December 24, 1973 in Long Grove, Iowa.

Lincoln was employed at Caterpillar in Davenport, Iowa in the machine repair department.

Lincoln enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and woodworking. He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.

Those left to honor Lincoln's memory include his wife, Beverly of Maquoketa, IA; children, Wanda (Richard) Tracy of Monmouth, IA, Ron (Wendy) Usher of Menahga, MN, Terrill (Shirley) Saunders of Spragueville, IA, Galen (Janet) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Holly) Saunders of French Camp, CA, Susan (Dan) Healey of Spokane, WA, and Zoe (Jim) White of Crete, NE; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Usher of Oxford Junction, IA; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel of Pulma, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gary Usher, two grandsons Luke Saunders and Kenny Hart, two brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lincoln L. "Linc" Usher memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma M. Wolfe


Wilma M. Wolfe, 62, of Worthington died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her residence of natural causes.

Relatives and friends may gather after 9:30 am Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Burial of her cremated remains will be at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington. Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wilma was born September 25, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Marcella (Drees-Burger) Wolfe. She worked at Swiss Colony in Peosta.

She is survived by her siblings: Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, and Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, all of Worthington, IA; a sister-in-law, Marian Burger of New Vienna, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, John Burger, a sister, Darlene (Bud) Smock.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Vernon H. Weber


Vernon H. "Vern" Weber, 92, of St. Donatus, IA, passed away Saturday, March 11th, 2017, at home surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at St. Donatus Catholic Church, in St. Donatus, with Rev. Jerry Kopacek and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may call from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Donatus Catholic Church. A prayer service will precede the visitation at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full Military Honors accorded by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

Vern was born on August 1, 1924, in rural LaMotte, the son of Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber. He attended St. Donatus Catholic School through 8th grade. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 - 1946. Vern took part in an Honor Flight in 2010 and for the first time began to speak about his wartime naval experiences.
After meeting Lorraine Naumann at Melody Mill, they wed on August 1, 1948, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. He worked at the Adams Company in Dubuque, IA, after the war until he started farming in 1950. He and Lorraine farmed east of St. Donatus until Vern officially retired at the age of 91. He was a lifelong member of St. Donatus Catholic Church and held many positions serving the parish. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and Bellevue American Legion Post #273, and was a Tete des Morts Township Trustee for many years.
Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping (including skunks), as well as dancing and playing euchre. He was a member of a card club for 40+ years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine, and children: Peggy Weber of Dubuque, Kathy Weber of Dubuque, Pat (Ron) Ries of Bellevue, Len (Jane) Weber of Bellevue, Liz (Steve) Staner of St. Catherine, Loras (Carolyn) Weber of Bellevue, Larry Weber of St. Donatus, Clete (Theresa) Weber of Bellevue, Joan Weber of Dubuque, Nancy (Pat) Hanson of North Liberty, Cindy (Gerry) Kluesner of Luxemburg, Joe (Ann) Weber of Fenton, MO, and daughter-in-law Angela (Craig) Weber Burken of Bellevue; grandchildren: Ronda (Kirk) Sherwood, Rochelle Ries, Shawn (Tara) Staner, Ryan (Megan) Staner, Brad Staner, Ben Staner, Jason (Heather) Weber, Missy (Pat) Gregorich, Kari Pataska, Troy (Liz) Weber, Cody (Kristin) Weber, Jessalyn Weber (special friend Justin Bader), Tom Weber, Shane Weber, Mike (Mitzi) Hanson, Katie Hanson, Rob Hanson, Emily Weber, Nick Weber, Matt Kluesner, and Dakota Weber; great-grandchildren: Madison, MaKenna, Brayden, Brody, Landon, Canden, Benson, Maxin, Wyatt, Brynna, Jacklyn, Caeleigh, and John; and many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; siblings: Lester (Ruth) Weber, Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber; in-laws: Marie Dupont, Doris Ann (Nicky) Wolf, Harold (Madonna) Nauman, and Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Joyce (in 1960), son, Paul "Dickie" (in 2010), grandson-in-law, Travis Pataska, and siblings/in-laws: Ray (Mary) Weber, Delores (Lawrence) Maro, Neil (Rose) Weber, Norbert Dupont, and Rita (Earl) Kintzle.

Vern met many challenges throughout his life including not letting a bull or breast cancer slow him down. He had a sweet tooth that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He loved his family very much and was proud of his military service.

The family requests no flowers. A Vernon H. Weber memorial fund has been created which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Vern's family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County, his doctors and nurses, and his home health care aides, Phyllis, Kathy, and Leslie for providing exceptional care during his final journey.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.



William J. Gorjup


William John Gorjup, 92, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church where mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6.

William was born on August 15, 1924 in Dubuque, son of John and Christine (Vorman) Gorjup.

He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 and attended Loras College for one year and then graduated from the former Bayless Business College.

He served in the U.S. Navy 1944-1946 in Japan during the Korean War. He was able to be part of the Dubuque Honor Flight in 2015.

He was employed at Flexsteel Industries and retired from Loras College as purchaser for the food service.

William was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart parish, where he served as head usher and a Eucharistic Minister, where he served mass at many funerals. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and over 40 years at St. Vincent de Paul where he served as President.

He is survived by his sister, Virginia Gorjup; cousins; and good friends, Howard Riedel and Joe and Ann Kirk.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center and to Dr. Thomas Sinsky and his nurses, for all their care.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church.

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

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



Marie M. Lindauer


Marie M. (Coohey) Lindauer 84 of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 3:00 pm Rosary and a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marie was born September 14, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Francis Joseph and Mary Bernadine (Rea) Coohey. She married Edwin "Ed" L. Lindauer on August 10, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore; he passed on April 10, 2001. Marie earned her two year teaching degree from Clarke College and began teaching in a one room schoolhouse near the Monastery. After her marriage she became a stay at home mother. She returned to teaching at St. Mary's and St. Mary's/St. Patrick's later earning her B.A. in Psychology from Clarke College. She retired in June of 1994 after 31 years of teaching. She enjoyed reading, square dancing, sewing, genealogy, camping, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Michele Lindauer, Maurna Stover, Mark (Peg) Lindauer, Michael (Donna) Lindauer, and Margee (Scott) Woywood; eight (8) grandchildren, James, Matt and Tom Lindauer, Rory (fiancé Lauren) and Bryan Stover, Will, Kate and Sam Woywood as well as one (1) great-grandchild Leah Lindauer; siblings, Bob Coohey, Jim (Betty) Coohey, Ellie (Dennis) Charipar, Kathy (Bob) Sherman, Phyllis (Elmer) Steffen, and Yvonne Coohey; and numerous other relatives, nieces, and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother Joseph in infancy; and a sister in-law, Mary Coohey.

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

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



Michelle M. McBride


Michelle M. McBride, 57 of Des Moines, Iowa formerly of Iowa Falls and Luxemburg, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:10 p.m. at the Kavanagh Hospice House in Des Moines.

Friends and relatives of Michelle may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa and also after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Michelle will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Michelle was born January 5, 1960 in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Harry V. and Madonna (White) McBride. She is a graduate of Beckman High School in Dyersville, she attended Kirkwood Community College and Iowa State University where she received her degree in accounting. She was united in marriage to John Kluesner and on February 15, 2007 she was united in marriage to Allen Lambertz. She was employed as an accountant.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Lambertz of Des Moines, IA, one son, Luke Kluesner of Des Moines,, IA; a step son, Derrick Lambertz of Des Moines, IA, and a step-daughter, Erica (Justin) Sand of Earlham, IA; two grandchildren, Kaylee and Logan; her father, Harry V. McBride (and Nadine Brady) of Anamosa, IA; brothers and sisters, Michael J. (Julie) McBride of Delray Beach, FL, Margaret "Peggy" (John) Smith of Kingman, AZ, Patricia J. Link of Des Moines, IA, and Lynne (Steve) Dekowski of Austin, TX, Lynne who donated her kidney to Michelle.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Madonna McBride in 1972; and a sister, Laura Dykstra in 1998.

Memorials may be given in Michelle's name to Donate Life of America.

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



Cecilia E. Schueller


Cecilia E. Schueller, age 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:05 a.m., on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Sunset Park Place. To honor Cecilia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Cecilia's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cecilia was born on August 29, 1923, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Gotto) Meyer.

Cecilia was born, raised and lived in the Holy Cross area for 34 years before eventually moving to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Loren Schueller on April 12, 1958, in Holy Cross, Iowa. They were blessed with 36 years together, and 2 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 5, 1995. Cecilia was a faith filled woman who was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society. She took great pride in being a full-time wife, mother and grandmother, as well as caring for her home in meticulous fashion. Family was always the most important aspect of Cecilia's life, and some of her fondest memories were created while on vacations all across the county during John Deere summer shutdown. Cecilia enjoyed socializing with friends as well, and religiously attending the John Deere dinners was one of her favorite activities in her later years. Cecilia was also a talented seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful quilts and intricate crochet projects when she had a little free time and a concern for idle hands. She was also an outstanding cook and baker whose speciality was her famous homemade from scratch apple pie. Teaching her granddaughter how to carry on her recipes, and family tradition, was definitely a proud priority for Cecilia. Sadly, today we are truly heartbroken that only the memories remain of our dear sweet mother, grandmother and friend. Thankfully, she's had a full and abundant 93 years with us, and we possess comfort in our trust that the Lord will keep her safe and secure in His loving arms until we can all be reunited again in time.

Those left to cherish Cecilia's memory include

her children,
Sandra (Robert "Rob") McLaughlin, Peosta, IA
and Gary (Teresa) Schueller, Dunlap, IL;

her grandchildren,
Anna McLaughlin, Matthew Schueller, Drew Thornton and Ryan (Jenn) Thornton.

Cecilia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loren Schueller; and her siblings, Bernita (Ollie) Wagner, Leona (John) Cook, Anna (Tony) Errthum and Cletus (Marie) Meyer.

A Cecilia E. Schueller memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Richard R. Elliott Sr.


Richard R. "Dick" Elliott Sr., 82, went to his eternal home with his Savior, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 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 St. Paul Lutheran 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 American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Dick was born December 7, 1934 in Dubuque, son of Kenneth and Lucille (Dress) Elliott. He graduated from Earlville High School in 1953 and served in the US Navy from November 1953 through October 1957.

Dick worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years, retiring in 1986. After retiring, he then worked for Super 8 Hotel and Mainstay Inn and Suites as the handyman.

His passion was volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader for over 50 years. During that time he was acknowledged with the Lamb Award (LCMS) and the Silver Beaver Award. He was devoted to his faith and was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He often said that his three loves were family, faith, and Troop 48.

Dick is survived by his wife, Arlene (Hentges) Elliott of Dubuque; three children, Cindy (Steve) Derby of Dubuque, Carol (Jeff) Tracy of Platteville, WI., and Rick (Rita) Elliott of Loves Park, IL.; ten grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Simon, Cassy Pickel, Lindsey (fiancé Tyler Kaczmarek) Derby, Jacey (Bryan) Shea, Paige Powers, and Chase (Aijah), Madison, Tanner and Ian Elliott; seven great grandchildren, Kalysa Fischer-Jepsen; Zackary, Joshua, and Alyssa Simon; Fisher Bahr; and Owen and Alivia Shea.

Dick is also survived by his siblings, Phillip (Diane) Elliott of Des Moines, Jeneen (Fred) Pierce of Bristol, VA, Max (Karol) Elliott of Epworth and David (Jeanette Frederick) Elliott of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Lyle Elliott; a sister, Lois Smith and a grandson, Jeremy Fischer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, The Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Iowa Council, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Mercy Medical Center ICU/CVU, Medical Associates Doctors and staff and to his special friend and scouting buddy Jim Vosberg.

 



James L. Nelson


James L. "Jim" Nelson, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Downers Grove, IL, was called home suddenly at 6:10 a.m., on Friday, March 10, 2017, at home. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held in Downers Grove, Illinois. Burial will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on February 12, 1936, in Chicago, IL, son of Robert and Dorothy (Muehe) Nelson.

Jim proudly served his country as an Army Ranger during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he would spend his early working years in the construction fields and also as a loyal volunteer Firefighter and EMT with the Lombard Illinois Fire Department. Jim was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Susan Holland, on May 2, 1987, in Westmont, Illinois, and they were blessed with 29 years and 2 wonderful daughters. Jim would invest over 20 years of his primary working career with the U.S. Postal Service before finally retiring in 1998. When Jim wasn't working to provide for his family, you could easily find him working on his next home improvement project, spending an afternoon hoping to catch a few fresh fish on his line, or even dreaming and planning out his next skiing or hunting trip. But Jim's primary focus in life was definitely his family. Whether it was providing for them, nurturing them, or even just spending a little quality time together, Jim was always feeling fulfilled when some family time had made its way into his day. Sadly, Jim has been called home after putting up a good fight with some health issues over the past few years. Thankfully, he leaves us with a wealth of memories, and lessons, to carry us all through until we eventually see him again in his new and perfect Heavenly state. Jim will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him!

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Susan Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his daughters,
Hillary (Dustin) Baker, Dubuque, IA
and Kaitlynn Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
James Nelson, IL;

his grandson,
Quinton Baker, Dubuque, IA;

and his brother,
Robert (Judaline) Nelson, Downers Grove, IL.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Bill Nelson.

A James L. "Jim" Nelson memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Rosella C. Heims White


Rosella C. Heims White, 91, formerly of Worthington passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:40 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Rosella may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Monday, March 13, 2017, at the funeral home.

Services for Rosella will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2017, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint, officiating. Burial will be held in the St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

She was born on July 30, 1925, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Mary Langel. She received her education at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg.

On September 23, 1947, she was united in marriage to Edmund Heims. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1968. She later married Gerald White, on February 9, 1973, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. He preceded her in death on January 14, 1993. They retired from farming and moved to Dyersville in August 1987. They traveled extensively in the U.S. until Gerry's death.
She was a member of the Resurrection Choir and Order of Marthas for many years, helped keep the House of God clean at the Basilica. She also enjoyed bowling for many years, genealogy, playing cards, dominos, crocheting and spending time with family.

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

She is survived by her four sons, Ronald (Connie), Alan (Debra) and Leonard (Joyce) of Dyersville, Dennis (Jane) of Worthington, and one daughter, Edna McLaughlin of Rockford, Illinois; a sister, Barbara Frazen of California and 3 sisters-in-law, Alice Langel of Dyersville, Germaine Langel of Guttenberg and Ruth Welch of Nevada; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 2 stepdaughters, Colleen (Terry) Boffeli of Farley, and Geri (Bill) Wagner of Dyersville; 6 step-sons, Bob (Nancy), Randy (Shirley) of Dyersville, Don (Melanie) of Sherrill, Dennis I(Debbie) of Browntown, MN, Phil (Delia) of Waverly, IL; 24 step grandchildren; 36 step great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph (Marilyn), John and Francis and 2 sisters, Marie (Pete) Berns and Agnes (Lawrence) Heims; a stepson, Ronnie N. White; a step-grandson, Jason White.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



James Dardis


James Dardis, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

James was born November 6, 1935, the son of Harold and Mary Eileen (Breitbach) Dardis. He served his country with the U.S. Army. James was employed at the Post Office as a mail carrier for many years. After his retirement, he was also employed delivering prescription medication for Ruegnitz Drug.

James enjoyed bowling, and was an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed going to the dog track and casino, where he would always play his home address numbers.

James is survived by many Dardis and Breitbach cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Herman Nauman


Herman "Boots" Nauman, 82, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Luther Manor-Hillcrest. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 6:00 pm Scripture Service. Military Honors will be conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps. League.

Herman was born July 12, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Herman J. and Mary Susan (Jungblut) Nauman. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1952. After meeting the love of his life at Melody Mill, Herman married Marjorie Schuster on July 10, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Key West. He served his country in the Naval Reserve, and retired after 32 years as a COW 4th Class Warrant Officer from the Ninth Naval District. Herman worked at the Dubuque Packing Company until it closed and then drove bus for Keyline in Dubuque. He was a life-long member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, served 25 years on the board of Holy Ghost Credit Union, called BINGO at Holy Ghost & Wahlert, was a driver for DAV to escort veterans to the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City, and coordinated the volunteer AARP tax preparers at St. Matthew's for 22 years. A longtime and dedicated Chicago Cubs Fan, he celebrated their World Series victory in 2016. His favorite past-time was meeting the "boys" at Lacoma each morning to solve the world's problems.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; children, Terry (Linda) Nauman of Macomb, IL, Pat (Scott) Cawiezell of Long Grove, IA, Connie Kennedy (friend Terry) of Altoona, IA, Jeff (Melissa) Nauman of Janesville, WI, David (Lucy) Nauman of Belchertown, MA, Randy (Kris) Nauman of Dubuque, Tom (Heidi) Nauman of Chanhassen, MN, and Jenny (Andy) Daughetee of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; siblings John (Ann) Nauman, Lavonne Hoffman, Germaine Freiburger, Teresa Kroll, Agnes (Robert) O'Neill, Adele Peters, Marguerite (Ken) Ziegenfuss, in-laws Eilene Nauman, Jeanne (Dick) Stierman, Ruth Schuster, Merlin "Nick" (Norma) Schuster, and Lois (John "Whitey") Leytem.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Mildred Wirzbach, Henry Nauman, Gregory Nauman, Norbert Nauman, sister-in-law Leora Nauman, brothers-in-law Robert Hoffman, Loras Freiburger, Gene Kroll, George Peters, Bob Wirzbach and Clete Schuster, stepbrother Eldon Nauman, stepsisters Sister Eleanor Nauman, Lucille Beau, Marian Bales and Clara Spoden.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their compassionate care during this time.

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

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

 



Sharon M. Aldrich


Sharon M. Aldrich, 54, of Wentzville, MO, formerly of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Cascade, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Friends and relatives of Sharon may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, 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 Saturday, March 11th at the funeral Home. Services for Sharon will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

She was born November 15, 1962, in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Francis P. "Bud" and Jacqueline L. (McGovern) Trumm. She received her education from Aquin Elementary and is a 1981 graduate of Cascade High School. She is also a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a Major in Communications/Public relations. She was employed at Busey Bank in St. Louis, MO. On November 25, 1988, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade she was united in marriage to Mark Aldrich.

She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She always enjoyed attending her sons' activities, including baseball and ice hockey. She loved being a wife and mother, and enjoyed life to the fullest. When she was your friend, she was your friend for life. She will truly be missed by many family members and friends.

She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in New Melle, MO.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Aldrich of Wentzville, MO; three sons, Tyler Francis Aldrich of Sterling Heights, MI, Austin Mark Aldrich of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, and Logan James Aldrich of Columbus, OH; her mother, Jacqueline L. Trumm of Cascade, IA; two brothers, Terry (Linda) Trumm of Oakland, MI and Jim (Patti) Trumm of Cascade, IA; three sisters, Jane Roggensack of Mason City, IA, Ann (Tony) Voss of Hudson, IA and Mariellen (Chuck) Youngdahl of Marion, IA; mother-in-law Wilma Aldrich of Des Moines, IA; sisters-in-law Beth (Bruce) Rydberg of Des Moines, IA, Janice (Wayne) Booth of Saratoga, CA, and Jeanette (Jeff) Morris of Radcliffe, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis P. "Bud" Trumm on April 18, 1990; her father-in-law, Larry Aldrich on December 14, 2010; and sister-in-law Kelly Trumm on April 17, 1983.

A Sharon M. Aldrich memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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



Frank H. Kamp


Frank H. Kamp, 78, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and family of Frank may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where services will be held at 4:00 p.m., with Deacon Roger Riesberg presiding. A private family burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth at a later date.

He was born on March 25, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Delores (Schmitt) Kamp. He received his education in the rural country school house in Bankston, Iowa. On February 17, 1966 he was united in marriage to Kaye O'Dell.

He was employed for 40 years at the Ertl Company in Dyersville, Iowa making toys. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was very proud of how his children turned out. He was always teasing the grandchildren to get a rise out of them.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye of Worthington, IA; three children, Kelly (Brett) Fagan and daughter Sydney of Dubuque, Nicholas (Mindy) Kamp and sons Hunter and Joseph of Worthington, and Angela (Jason) Schwendinger and children Trevor, Adyson and Emerson of Anamosa; two brothers, James (Sharon) Kamp of Jesup, IA and Anthony Kamp of Peosta; two sisters, Margaret Thein of Raymond and Alice (Dave) McGhee of Asbury; brothers- and sisters-in-law Otto (Sam) O'Dell Jr. of Dubuque, Joan (James) Walters of Guttenberg, David (Judy) O'Dell of Bernard, Barbara (Eldon) Jaeger of Worthington, Norene (Glen) Dole and Elaine O'Dell both of Dubuque, Robert (Shirley) O'Dell and Brian (Dee) O'Dell both of Epworth, Cheryl Trenkamp of Monticello, James Beau of Key West, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Paul Kamp in infancy; father- and mother-in-law Otto and Mary (Shaw) O'Dell; three brothers-in-law, Allan O'Dell, Clarence O'Dell and Laverne Thein; and a sister-in-law, Karen (O'Dell) Beau.

The family of Frank would like to thank the Reiff Funeral Home of Dyersville, Above and Beyond Hospice and Shady Rest Care Center for all of their care and support.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Daniel J. Wolfe


Daniel J. Wolfe, age 85, of Bellevue, Iowa and formerly of Green Island, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Daniel's life, private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Daniel's life family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Daniel was born on October 4, 1931, in Prairieburg, Iowa, son of Clarence and Martha (McNally) Wolfe.

Daniel treasured his childhood and the opportunity to grow up right here in God's country during some of the most honest, hard-working and honorable days in our nation's history. He would proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return home, Daniel would meet, and eventually marry the love of his life, Margaret Wells, on May 29, 1958, at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. They were truly blessed with 58 wonderful years, and 3 boys, together. Daniel was a farmer at heart and would earnestly devote over 40 years of his life to working the land, tending to the livestock and producing many years of bountiful harvest after investing countless hours of determination, knowledge and sweat. He would also give 10 years of his time to the Energy Company in Monticello, and another 29 years to John Deere Dubuque Works, before finally retiring in 1987. Daniel clearly understood the value of work, but he also appreciated balance in life and would willingly embrace recreational downtime as well. Generally content to be in the outdoors, Daniel would patiently sit in his tree stand, routinely cast his baited line in hopes the fish were biting that day, or even spend the afternoon watching the dust getting kicked up at a horse show. He also thoroughly enjoyed traveling to capture new sights and experiences, or a weekend relaxing with family and friends around the camp site. Let it be known that Daniel was an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, as well as a convenient fan of the day against any football team his boys were rooting for; affectionately earning him the nickname "Grumpy". But at the end of the day, Daniel's family was absolutely his pride and joy and he unwaveringly carried his torch high through his shining example of what a good husband, father and grandfather should be. We will miss Daniel deeply, but thankfully we have the memories of a good and decent man to carry us through until we see him again in his eternally comfortable baseball cap and a continually perfectly chilled Pepsi in hand. We love you Daniel and we thank you for the wonderful legacy you leave behind. God Bless You Our Dear Daniel!

Those left to cherish Daniel's memory include

his loving wife,
Margaret Wolfe, Bellevue, IA;

3 sons,
Howard (JoDee) Wolfe, Bellevue, IA,
Todd (Janette) Wolfe, West Point, IA
and John (CJ) Wolfe, Round Up, MT;

his 8 grandchildren,
Jessica (Vamsi) Manda, Ryan (Gina) Cochran, Andrew Cochran, KayDee (Tony) Sells, Kellie (Sklar) Orth, Kayla (Matt) Bitting, Madison (Josh) Wolfe and Jake Wolfe;

his 11 great-grandchildren,
Theron and Liberty Reiter, Blair Cochran, Daniel Sells, LynDee Sells, Bentley Bitting, Adelyn Bitting, Broderick Robertson, Haraleigh Robertson, J.T. Robertson and Zander Robertson;

and his brother,
James (Diane) Wolfe.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Patricia (Leslie Avery) Riggs.

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

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



Merlin J. Johnson


Merlin J. Johnson, 80, of Sherrill, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Finley Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 29, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, where there will be a prayer service at 1:30 p.m.

Merlin was born February 2, 1936 in Cascade, the son of Hans and Agnes (Then) Johnson. He was educated at Sacred Heart in Fillmore and St. Martin's in Cascade.

Merlin married Ann Pins on June 22, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. Together, Merlin and Ann farmed for many years in the rural Cascade, Peosta, and Sherrill areas, until their retirement in 2000.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and took many trips to Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He taught his children to love the river through many local fishing trips on the Mississippi. Playing euchre was another favorite pastime, and Merlin and Ann were 30 year members of the Peosta gang card club.

After his retirement, Merlin enjoyed restoring Allis-Chalmers tractors. He was always willing to help out other farmers and was in high demand at fieldwork time. Merlin also enjoyed spending time at Skip Breitbach Feeds in Balltown. Merlin was devoted to his Catholic faith. His deepest love was for his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Ann Johnson of Sherrill; four daughters, Sue (Mark) Culbertson of Dubuque, Dianne (Brian) Hefel of Sherrill, Donna (Mike) Herring of Lisbon, IA, and Sandra (Jody) Kolker of Mount Vernon, IA; his grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Schmitt, Amanda (Jason) Laufenberg, Mitch Hefel, Lani (Jay) Craig, Kayla Hefel, Garrett Herring, and Alexandra, Gabby, and Zach Kolker; his great-grandchildren, Lauren, Landen, and Jillian Schmitt, and Kelsey and Luke Laufenberg; two step-great-grandchildren, Mckinley and Bryton Craig; two brothers, Fred Johnson of Arlington, TX and Donald (Pat) Johnson of Cascade; his sisters-in-law, Helen Johnson and Mary Jane Kluesner; his brothers-in-law, Jerry (Eileen) Pins, Ambrose (Duanne) Pins, and Clement (Betty) Pins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kay Wagner and Joseph Edward Wagner; his brother, Joseph and his wife Millie Johnson; and his brother, Jim and his wife JoAnn Johnson; his sister-in-law Merce Johnson; his parents-in-law, Emil and Kathryn Pins; and his brother-in-law, Sylvester and his wife Rosemary Pins; and brother-in-law Francis Kluesner.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar ARNP, Dr. John Hartman, Dr. Alex Horchak, and the nurses at Finley Hospital for their excellent care; and Rev. Noah Diehm and Msgr. Jim Miller for their many visits and prayers in his final days.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Bert Peter “Pete” Kalb


Bert Peter "Pete" Kalb, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 8:41 a.m., on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at home. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. John J. O'Connor officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, March 10, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on October 10, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dr. A.J. and Millie (Elliott) Kalb, the second oldest of 12 children. He married his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Ferris, on September 15, 1978. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years and 3 beautiful children. After graduating from Wahlert High school in 1971, he began working as a mechanic at John Deere Dubuque Works. He worked for over 40 years, before retiring in 2015. He was a "jack of all trades" and often helped family and friends with their projects. A hard worker, Pete enjoyed staying busy and helping others. His expertise and knowledge were far beyond anything found in a textbook. Pete was a dedicated family man. He loved his wife and they truly enjoyed being together. They shared a love of sports, travel and socializing with their many friends. Pete and Kathy recently returned from their annual trip to Florida, which included the Daytona 500. Pete was most proud of his children and was always there for them. He traveled around the county supporting their athletic endeavors and could be heard cheering on the sidelines. As they grew older, he was often called on for advice and guidance. His children admired him greatly and Pete's influence continued with his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his silly voices and sayings, playing countless games of Uno, and attending many of their school and sporting activities. Pampo Pete always had his six grandchildren smiling; his love for them was evident and they adored him in return. Peter held a special place in his heart for his mom. He visited her almost daily and cherished the time they spent together. Pete also had a strong bond with his 11 brothers and sisters; he would do anything for them. Pete was a friend to all who knew him. He was an avid Nascar fan who spent many years at the tracks with the racing crew. He played poker with buddies on Sunday afternoons and loved a good game of euchre. His free time was spent having a cold one with his fellow Leaky Lodge members, at the Grand Tap, or at Choppers. Pete was a loving husband, the best dad and grandpa, a favorite son and brother, and a dear friend to many. He will be remembered for the sound of his voice, his loyalty to family and friends, and his humble ways. Pete will truly be missed.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include

his loving wife,
Kathy Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Pewaukee, WI,
Katie Kalb, Marion, IA
and Luke Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Hannah, Aubrey, Alannah, Blake and Lauren Padilla, and Kael Moore;

his mother,
Millie Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 siblings,
Dr. Tony (Susan) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Cheri) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
David Kalb, Brisbane, CA,
Ann Marie (Peter) Arrigo, Denver, CO,
Mimi Kalb, Bloomington, MN,
Martha Thomas, Onalaska, WI,
Laura Rivisto, (David Braun) Prior Lake, MN,
Patrick (Pam) Kalb, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Paul (Myra Jo) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Andy (Becky Conlon) Kalb, Dubuque, IA
and Karla (Tom) Weber, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers-in-law and sisters in-law,
Mike (Ann) Ferris, Dubuque, IA,
Pat (Pam) Ferris, Appleton, WI,
Marie (Bill) Becker, Ft. Meyers, FL,
Tom (Ruth) Ferris, St. Louis, MO,
Jim Ferris, San Diego, CA,
Joe (Elizabeth) Ferris, Carlsbad, CA
and Liz Ferris Roling, Tustin, CA;

and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pete was preceded in death by his father.

A Peter Kalb memorial fund has been established. Which will be distributed to a charity close to his heart, The Firbolamellar Cancer Foundation.

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



Lauren A. Schlueter


Lauren Anne Schlueter, 30, beloved daughter of Mary & Chip Nicol, Dave Schlueter, and Deb & Steve Lagen, passed away on February 25, 2017, in Doha, Qatar.

A celebration of Lauren's life will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 1-5 pm at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 US-52, Dubuque, Iowa, with sharing of memories at 4 pm;  all of Lauren's family and friends are invited to come and share memories and hugs in honor of Lauren.

Lauren was born 6 1/2 weeks premature on November 13, 1986 weighing only 3 lbs. 12 ounces. She came into this world a fighter and continued to live that way her entire life. In her younger years Lauren was active in Courtmasters volleyball and played several years of softball, but she mostly just liked to hang out with her friends. She was a leader and not a follower.  Although the "goofy one" in the group, she also was the one to have your back if you needed her and would stand up to bullying and teasing.

When Lauren was 15 she took her first international trip with her father Dave to South Africa. That began her love affair with world travel.  auren was very intelligent and graduated as a Junior from Hempstead High School in 2004. She went on a 3-week tour of Europe when she was 18, much to her parents' chagrin. She attended college at the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in History in 2009. She then attended graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago and graduated with her Masters Degree in History in 2012.

Her passion in history was Cuba. In 2012 she took a trip to Cuba with her graduate class, which she always called the trip of a lifetime. She never stopped traveling after that. She moved to Doha, Qatar in 2014 where she was a history teacher at the Doha Academy for Boys. She was a wonderful, caring teacher and made a difference in many of her students' lives. While living in Doha she also became a certified Yoga Instructor and she loved practicing and teaching yoga.

Her years in the Middle East were filled with travel. Her goal was to see 30 countries in 30 years. She exceeded that goal by 2. Her claim to fame was that she walked on 5 of the 7 continents!

Lauren had a great sense of humor and LOVED to have a "good time." Her laugh was infectious! She also liked quiet times and always had her head in a book. She was passionate about world issues and was never afraid to voice her passion.

Lauren was an animal lover and had two "best friends" Lennon and Roosevelt. Lauren was brave, intelligent, funny, and caring of all creatures, whether it be her family and friends, a stranger on the street, or a lost dog. She prided herself in being unique. She had a charitable heart and a desire to leave the world better than she found it. Lauren was loved and will be missed by so many friends and family!!!

She is survived by 6 siblings Ariel Schmit, Nicholas Lagen, Kristi (Ty) Kleiner, Dustin (Kandi) Nicol, Casey (Thomas) Downs, and Susan (Matt) Schmidt, 11 nieces and nephews, Sawyer, Charlie, Grace, Evelyn, Brynn, Brock, Isaiah, Natalie, Finley, Jude, and Harper, grandparents Helen Thielen, Larry & Darla Hingtgen, and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her very much.

Lauren was preceded in death by grandparents Mary Jane Beitzel, John & Pat Schlueter, and Colletta & John Lagen.

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

In lieu of flowers a Lauren Schlueter Memorial Fund has been established at Dupaco Community Credit Union.

 

 



Roy J. Schlickman


Roy J. Schlickman, 96, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Franciscan Health Care Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisc.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 4 p.m.
Roy was born January 10, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Frank and Louise (Recker) Schlickman. He married Mildred M. Digman on March 2, 1946 and she preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2009.

He was a delivery man for Tydee Dydee Diaper Service. He liked fishing, woodworking, camping, and playing cards with Card Club members of 30 plus years.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater and drove gasoline trucks for Patton's Red Ball Express.

Roy was a member of St. Columbkille parish, a former church usher, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society and past member of American Legion Post # 6.

Surviving are two sons, Doug (Kathy) Schlickman, of Dubuque and Greg (Deb) Schlickman, of DeForest, Wisc.; three daughters, Diane (Mike) Stone, of East Dubuque, IL, Kathy (Nick) Nicks, of LaCrosse, Wisc., and Barbara Trifone, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leander, Floyd and Don; and five sisters, Erm Travis, Cordel Scharf, Sally Butler, Carm Wehlage, and Val Carew.

Special thanks to Kathy and Nick for their wonderful care of Dad these past few months.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Roy's memory.

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



Matthew L. McDermott


Matthew L. McDermott, 54, of Farley, Iowa, passed suddenly on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Friends and relatives of Matthew may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Matt will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

He was born February 9, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Calvin and Marien (Bruggeman) McDermott. He was a 1981 graduate of the Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. He farmed for many years on the family farm then he worked for Flynn Concrete in Epworth and most recently with Bard Concrete in Dyersville, Iowa.

Matt was an avid outdoorsman. He loved coyote hunting, picking walnuts in the fall, mushroom hunting in the spring, and cutting firewood throughout the year with his kids, grandkids, and anyone that was around to help. He also enjoyed spending time in his garage with family and friends or inventing something new to make life easier and his latest was a walnut cracker. He was always eager to try his sisters' pies and banana nut bread; never saying who's was the best. Matt always had time to take his grandkids for a dirt bike ride which he enjoyed as much as they did.

He was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, Iowa.

He is survived by a four children, Rachel (Marty) Kinsella of Epworth, IA, Brenda (Andy "Whitey") White of Cascade, IA, Josh (Jackie) McDermott of Dyersville, IA and Emily McDermott at home; his grandchildren, the sparkles in his eye, Dylan, Justin, Spencer, Calvin, Jenavieve, Jack, and one on the way and Jonathan and Jamison; six siblings, Gerald (Anita) McDemott of Dyersville, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Soppe of Bankston, IA, Alan "Alphonse" (Eileen) McDermott, Mark "Burrhead" (Mary) McDermott, Laura Bergfeld, Bill "Willard" McDermott and Mamie (Bill) Weber all of Epworth, IA, a sister-in-law, Cindy McDermott of Peosta, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward McDermott and Joseph McDermott.

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



Stella A. Schueller-Backes


Stella A. Schueller-Backes, age 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Stella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Stella's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Stella was born on May 25, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Anna (Neyens) Kintzle.

Stella was a proud lifelong resident of the Sherrill/Dubuque area for almost a century, and would definitely leave the world around her in better condition with an abundance of love and beautiful memories to cherish. Stella was united in marriage to Joseph Schueller on April 10, 1939, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, IA. They would be blessed with 39 wonderful years, and 7 precious children, together before he was called home ahead of her on November 6, 1978. Stella would later discover loving companionship once again and be united in marriage to Leonard Backes on November 13, 1992, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Unfortunately their union would only last 11 months as Leonard was also called home ahead of Stella on October 19, 1993. Stella was definitely a nurturing housewife at heart, but she would also devote her time and talents at the Eska Co. for 28 years before fully retiring. She was a gentle woman, of great faith, who would hold dear her long-time membership at Holy Ghost Church. When Stella wasn't taking care of her family, and her home, you could easily find her practicing her throws at the bowling alley, working on a blackout at the bingo hall, or even gathered around the kitchen table with family and friends for an exciting evening of euchre. Stella would also find joy in a relaxing afternoon of baiting her hook on the water's edge, weeding her garden with visions of a bountiful harvest, or a pleasant summer evening below the stars sitting around the weekend campfire. Stella has lived a full and prosperous life, but it will always be the moments and memories where family were involved that she treasured most. Our hearts weigh heavy today with the loss of our sweet Stella, but we gracefully accept the reality that all of our lives have been positively impacted throughout her 98 year earthly journey, and we find peace and comfort in knowing that she is once again reunited with all of her loving family members who've been called home already.

Those left to cherish Stella's memory include

her children,
Diane Boge, Dubuque, IA,
Dorothy Crews, Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Doris) Schueller, Austin, TX,
Donna (Duane) Heiderscheit, Holy Cross, IA,
Joseph Schueller, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie (Joe) Garner, Dubuque, IA;

16 grandchildren;

31 great-grandchildren;

1 great great-granddaughter;

her sister,
Anna Reinsbach, Janesville, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Irma Kintzle, Dubuque, IA.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Joseph Schueller; her 2nd husband, Leonard Backes; a son, Gene Schueller; 3 grandchildren, Heather Schueller, Jessie Ingle and Robert Boge; 5 sisters, Jeanette (Don) Jaeger, Irene (Tony) Schueller, Viola (Roy) Pfohl, Clara (Whitey) Richman and Margaret (Ralph) Dupont; 4 brothers, Nicholas Kintzle, Gerald (Marlene) Kintzle, Elmer Kintzle, and Earl (Rita) Kintzle; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Schueller; and 3 sons-in-law, Ron Boge, Leon Kennicker and Francis Crews.

A Stella A. Schueller-Backes memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Stella's family would like to extend a sincere heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, professional and attentive care of Stella and her family.

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



Edward J. Barud


Edward J. Barud, 87, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9 at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Edward was born on January 21, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Stanley and Mary Ann (Kenar) Barud. He married Lois Clarkin on August 8, 1953 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.

Edward served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was employed by the municipal utility for the city of Lamar, Colorado followed by a long and satisfying career at Interstate Power Company from 1964 to 1994.

He enjoyed collecting model trains, traveling, bowling, golfing, and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 6, Dubuque Noon Lions Club, and Alliant Energy Retirees Iowa Group. He was a board member of Alliant Credit Union and active in Junior Achievement.

Surviving are his children, Edward (Kathy) Barud, John (Judy) Barud, Joan (Dan) Shannon, Kathrynne Barud and Janet (James) Gastineau; grandchildren Lisa Tucker, Stephanie Hunziker, Patrick and Benjamin Barud, David Barud, Jennifer McGuire, Kathleen Wopat, Molly Johnson, Patrick, John, Mara, and Liam Shannon, Andrew and Sarah Gastineau; great-grandchildren Daniel and Gabriel Gonzales, Noah Hunziker, Ellia, Maxum, and Lorel Barud, Emilie and Jacob Gensch, Jacob and Henry Barud, and Jonas and Stellan Wopat; and his sister, Joan Mas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Barud; grandson Stephen Shannon and granddaughter Laura Gastineau.

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

An Edward Barud Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque. 



Veronica M. Wubben


Veronica M. (Leifker) Wubben, 94, of Scales Mound, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away Friday morning, March 3, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee, with Msgr. John McClean officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Isabella # 572 will have a prayer service at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.  Visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee.

Veronica was born on November 19, 1922 in Vinegar Hill Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of George and Sophia (Timpe) Leifker.  She was united in marriage to Urban Wubben on February 15, 1944.  He preceded her in death on February 21, 1995.

Veronica was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, its St. Ann's Society, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Court Isabella # 572 of Galena for over 73 years.  She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.  Veronica will be remembered as a kind and gentle person.

Surviving are her children, Merla (Merlin) Bussan of Beloit, WI, Harold (Rose) Wubben of Menominee, IL, William (Terry) Wubben of Scales Mound, IL, Ann (Jerry) Heller of Galena, IL and Marjorie (Jeff) Biddick of Eldridge, IA; 12-grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George & Sophia, her husband, Urban, a brother Ray Leifker, and a great-granddaughter Skyler Trebian.

In lieu of flowers, a Veronica M. Wubben memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Deborah Simon


Deborah (Travis) Simon, 65, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 3, 2017 with her husband by her side.

Funeral Service will at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 6th, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home.. A committal service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa.

Deborah was born June 8, 1951 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of James F. and Marcella (Engling) Travis. She married Stephen Simon July 21, 1971.

Deborah was a wonderful homemaker and mother to all. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved camping, getting her nails done, spending time on the computer, and staying in contact with friends. She enjoyed cooking, smoking meat and she mastered her mother-in-law's German Style Potato salad's recipe.

She is survived by her husband Stephen; her children, Jim Simon, Kim (Neal) Link, Tim Simon, and Kelly (Larry Mathis) Simon; 5 grandchildren, Samantha, Ashley, Olivia, River and Indie; her mother, Marcella Travis; brothers, Steve (Angela) Travis, and David Travis; sisters, Chris Travis, Vicki (Mike) Sawvell, and Pam (David) Krieg; and her in-laws, Dan Simon, Nancy Wernimont, Becky (Mike) Donovan, Mickey (Cathy Cooper) Simon, Heidi (Rick) Dean, Teddy (Cheri) Simon, Randy (Cindi) Simon, Penny Simon and Tami Simon.

She is preceded in death by her father, James F. Travis; a brother, James Travis and a sister, Linda McMurray; her mother and father-in-law, Raymond and Rita Simon; and in-laws, James Simon, Judy Healy and Victoria Simon.

A special thank you to the Paramedics and First Responders.

A Deborah (Travis) Simon Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Edwin N. Schielt


Edwin N. "Ed" Schieltz, 94, of Luxemburg, Iowa passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ed was born on the family farm on June 17, 1922, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Friedman) Schieltz. He was educated at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg. Ed married Alice Mae Lake on November 16, 1948, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa. Together they raised seven children on their farm north of Luxemburg. Ed spent his entire life in Luxemburg and was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Parish.

Ed spent his early years as a carpenter, but his life-long passion was farming. He farmed until his later years and remained involved with his sons' and grandsons' farms. Ed was active with the Clayton County Farm Bureau, Clayton County Extension Office, Holy Trinity Parish Council, RHCL and Leo High School Boards. He was very proud to be a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Trinity parish and was a long-time member of the church choir. Ed loved spending his early mornings "up town" at the 4-Way having orange juice and conversation, watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, cheering for Iowa sport teams and spending time with family and friends, especially the wonderful memories with his card club group. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Alice, seven children: Judy (Stuart) Frenkel of Centreville, VA, Dave (Elaine) Schieltz, Allan "Chub" (Elaine) Schieltz and Mark Schieltz all of Luxemburg, Jan (Bob) Ehrlich of Davenport, IA, Joan (Bob) Gritman of Rochester, MN, and Joyce (Lee) Tenold of Overland Park, KS, 15 grandchildren: Emily (Greg) Bauer, David Frenkel, Allison Frenkel, Mike (Karen) Schieltz, Marcia (Rich) Petsche, Jeff (Jane) Schieltz, Sara (Eric) Zichterman, Tanya (Matt) Bagge, Travis (Katie) Schieltz, Tyler (Kristy) Schieltz, Sam Ehrlich, Noelle Gritman, Lauren Tenold, Nicole Tenold, Jessica Tenold, 19 great grandchildren: Renée and Cecilia Bauer, Austin, Lillian, Ryan Schieltz, Connor, Madalyn, Ethan Petsche, Clare and Gwen Schieltz, Reid and Allie Zichterman, Aiden and Alec Bagge, McClain, Rohan and Campbell Schieltz, Owen and Brynn Schieltz, one brother, Elmer Schieltz of Luxemburg, sisters and brother in law: Grace Schieltz of Luxemburg, Joann Besler of Hopkinton, Esther Klostermann of Dyersville, Bob and Gladys Elgin of Peosta, Wilma Lake of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Nicholas and Elizabeth Schieltz, father and mother in law: Edward and Agatha Lake, one brother, Jerry Schieltz, in laws: James Lake, Edward Lake, Bill Besler, Floyd Klostermann and Germaine Schieltz.

Memorials are preferred and may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center of Dyersville and Dubuque.

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



Duane C. “Dewey” Theisen


Duane C. "Dewey" Theisen, age 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:03 p.m., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dewey's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 6, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dewey's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dewey was born on September 20, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cletus and Eileen (Hefel) Theisen.

Dewey was proud to be a lifelong resident of Dubuque who was a graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1964. He was raised with a strong work ethic and would diligently put his time and talents to work at John Deere Dubuque Works, the Diamond Jo Casino, and Windstar. Dewey was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jan (Imhof) Farber, on June 10, 1994, in Dubuque. Their union would bring together a combined family of 12 children, and the 22 years they were blessed with were truly years of abundant joy. Dewey was undeniably a "people person" and if you weren't friends with him, it's most likely because you've never crossed his path. When he wasn't conversing with his countless friends, you could find him savoring a little time in the great outdoors. Whether he was out spending the day with a fishing pole in hand, dreaming of his next motorcycle ride, gathered around the cribbage board, spending quality time with his amazing granddaughter, Abby, or simply sitting around the campfire with family, you could be sure that Dewey was experiencing a perfect moment in time. So Dewey's sudden absence from our lives is definitely more than our hearts were prepared for. We will continue to smile at the memories of Dewey with a cold 1919 Rootbeer, and a bowl of New York Vanilla ice cream in hand, but we also find peace in knowing that he has now been given Heaven's secret recipe for BBQ Ribs and that he'll have a bountiful platter ready for each of us when we finally arrive to see him again.

Those left to cherish Dewey's memory include

his beautiful wife,
Jan Theisen, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 children,
James (Iva) Theisen, Bernard, IA,
Paul Theisen, Dubuque, IA,
Annette (Tim) Boelk, Farley, IA,
Marie (Blair) Heiar, Dubuque, IA,
Timothy Theisen, Decorah, IA,
John (Heather) Theisen, Dubuque, IA,
Heather (Richard) Farber-Lau, Woodbury, MN,
Christopher (Lisa) Farber, East Dubuque, IL,
Carolyn (Pippin) Pickering, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Joe (Katie) Farber, Minneapolis, MN,
Sarah Farber, St. Paul, MN
and Kathryn (Sam) Sein, Aurora, CO;

his 19 grandchildren,
Olivia, Rachel, Adam, Moriah, Cooper, Carlie, Joshua, Kalie, Benjamin, Abby, Wesley, Lucy, Rose, Lily, Lucia, Lucas, Bodhi, Temperance and Jacob;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Benjamin and Bennett;

his sisters,
Janet (Delbert) Klein, Onalaska, WI,
Carol (Gary) Cooper, Manchester, IA,
Norma (Thomas) Gibbons, Sunrise Beach, MO;

and a brother-in-law,
Richard (Maribeth) Kuhn, Barrington, IL.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joan Kuhn; 2 nieces, Amy Klein and Kari Cooper; and his former wife, Ruth Theisen.

A Duane C. "Dewey" Theisen memorial fund has been established.

Dewey's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, caring and attentive care of Dewey and his family.

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



Paul J. Frommelt


Paul J. Frommelt, 83, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, March 4 at 10 am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Archbishop Jerome Hanus will officiate. Friends may greet the family on Friday, March 3 from 3pm to 8pm at the church, where a prayer service will be held at 7 pm.

Paul was born on August 2, 1933 in Dubuque, the second child of Julia (Lowe) and Cyril Frommelt. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1952 and attended Loras College. He served in the Army from 1953-1955. Paul married Betty Breitbach on November 24, 1955. They were blessed with and are the proud parents of eight children.

After returning from the Armed Forces, Paul worked in the family business, Frommelt Industries, until his retirement in 1992.

Paul cherished his Catholic faith and attended daily mass. He volunteered his time as Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He helped raise a significant amount of money for Catholic education and the Retired Priest Fund. He was past president of the Board of Regents at Loras College. He was a member of Dubuque County Right to Life and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Paul was also past president of Nativity parish council, a mentor in the jail and prison ministry, and, along with Betty, served as a member of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Pre-Cana team for seventeen years. Paul loved the Dubuque community and served on numerous boards including the Dubuque Recreation Commission, the Airport Commission and the Dock Commission. He served as the president of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and was also past president of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He was a former board member of American Trust and Savings Bank and a Wahlert High School Board of Education trustee. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Mary (Tony) Burbach of Dubuque and Katie (Matt) McClish of Cincinnati, Ohio; six sons, Paul (Geri) of Fairfax, Virginia, Peter (Michele) of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Steve of Orlando, Florida, Chris (Nancy) of North Reading, Massachusetts, Mark (Susan) of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and James (Julie) of Edina, Minnesota; 25 much loved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Wendt of Appleton, Wisconsin; Nick (Toni) Frommelt and sister-in-law Nancy Frommelt of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Cyril Frommelt; brother John Frommelt; brother-in-law Jim Wendt; and his in-laws, Claretta and Leon Breitbach.

Paul was an avid golfer and a diehard fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wahlert Golden Eagles. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools or the Paul and Elizabeth Frommelt Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

Special thanks to all of Paul's caregivers during the past year.



Calita Jean Breitsprecker


Calita Jean Breitsprecker, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 27th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Calita was born on May 9th, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Eliza (Scott) Hoag. She married Harold Breitsprecker on November 6, 1951, in Dubuque.

After her passing Calita's memory will carry on through her donation to the Iowa Donor Network.

She enjoyed fishing, spending time with children and grandchildren – her grandchildren were her world.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Sr.; two children, Harold (Diane) Breitsprecker Jr., and Eliza (Leroy) Sweeney; 4 grandchildren, Chad (Angie) Breitsprecker, Nathan (Lisa) Breitsprecker, Douglas (Jennifer) Sweeney, and Stacey (Fiancé Justin Wieseler) Sweeney; 9 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Thank you to Dr. Martin, Dr. Cao and staff at UPH Finley Hospital for their wonderful Care these last few weeks.



David W. Sutter


David W. Sutter, 68, of Dubuque and Apache Junction, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Mountain Vista Hospital in Apache Junction.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 10:00am at Church of the Resurrection (4300 Asbury Road). Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 following the funeral mass. Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at the Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service (3860 Asbury Road). Interment will be scheduled at a later date.

David was born June 11, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of William Joseph and Ardale Agnes (Whittle) Sutter. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966. David then served his country in the US Navy from 1968-1972 during the Vietnam War, based in Norfolk, Virginia. He married Beverly Busch on September 26, 1970 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin.

David volunteered with the Asbury fire department for thirteen years. David worked as a fire and safety director for the chemical plant in East Dubuque, IL retiring in 2012. He was well known for his square dance calling, being recognized as the inaugural inductee to the Iowa Callers and Cuers Hall of Fame as well as receiving the International CALLER LAB half-century certificate. He enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes, euchre, pickleball, and had a thirst for knowledge of the Civil War and other American historical events. He spent his whole life cheering on the Hawkeyes and rooting the Cubs to a World Series Championship, which finally happened in 2016.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; children John (Heidi) Sutter of Dubuque, Jim (Monica) Sutter of Urbandale, Jolene (Dave) Buchheit of Cedar Rapids, and Dr. Jill (Brian) Powers of Dubuque; eight grandchildren who will miss him dearly: Sam, Sophie, Mason, Logan, Bridget, Will, Kyle, and Ruth; siblings Judith (Gary) Conrad of Dubuque, Ken (Janette) Sutter of Long Grove, Iowa, Bill (Paula) Sutter of Appleton, Wisconsin, Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, Steve Sutter of Humble, Texas, Tom (Fermina) Sutter of Sugar Land, Texas, Richard Sutter of Anchorage, Alaska, Sharon (Mike) Goedken of Dubuque, Jeff Sutter of Mountain Village, Alaska, Linda Walsh of Dubuque, Louis Sutter of Dubuque and Mary (Lance Taylor) Sutter of Petersburg, Iowa. Also, grieving David's loss are Bev's siblings, JoAnn Vetter of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Loraine Andrews of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ed (Sharon) Busch of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Gloria Busch of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melody (Terry) Dillon of Platteville, Wisconsin and all of his nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, William & Ardale Sutter; a brother, John Joseph Sutter; brother-in-law Paul Freiburger and sister-in-law Linda Sutter; also by his father- and mother in-law, Joe and Darlene Busch.

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

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



Jason M. Ehlers


Jason M. Ehlers, 34, of Dubuque died Saturday, February 25, 2017. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a service of remembrance will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Jason was born September 14, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Ellen (Jurisic) Ehlers. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High and NICC.? Jason worked at Houlihan's for 10 years, and most recently was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. 

He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes, Cubs and 49ers. He excelled in sports such as softball, wrestling, and football. Jason enjoyed going target shooting with his Dad. He was also a fitness fanatic. He loved going on hikes and walks with his dog, Sky. "Uncle Jason" loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. Jason was a true, loyal friend to many, and his friendships will never be forgotten, but rather cherished for eternity.

He is survived by his father, Charles Ehlers; his step-mother, Irene Ehlers; and girlfriend, Mallory Macciomei, all of Dubuque; siblings Jamie (RaeAnn) Ehlers of Epworth and Jennifer Ehlers, Brandy (Timothy) Ruden and Stacey (fiancé Creighton Cooper) Ehlers, all of Dubuque; nieces and nephews Lyric, Lucy and Zander Ehlers, Rylie and Noah Ruden and Asher Ehlers; aunts and uncles John, Dave (Margaret), and Terry Ehlers, Betty (Robert) Schroeder, Ronald (Dori) Cutter, Jeanne (Kenny) O'Meara, Shirley (Terry) Oltmanns, and Marlene Larson; and many cousins, especially Mike Oltmanns, who was like a brother to him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Ehlers; aunts and uncles Mary Ann  (Ernie) Fiedler, Lloyd (Grace) Ehlers, and Joey and Jim Jurisic; and his grandparents, John and Lorraine Ehlers and Marion Hefel.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Jason Ehlers Memorial Fund has been established.



Prudence L. “Pat” McGeeney


Prudence Laura "Pat" McGeeney, 91, of Dubuque died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm.

Pat was born on September 9th, 1925 to Anthony and Dorothy (Lilly) DeMaio of Dubuque, IA.  She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy where she played basketball and often quipped, "was a star." 

Pat married James J. McGeeney of Charles City, IA on May 30, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. They met on a tennis court, and if you happened to be at Murphy Park on a Sunday after church you would find them enjoying the sport with their family. He preceded her in death on December 13, 2000.

Pat was a bookkeeper at her father's shoe store and was later employed at Jocille's Fashion Corner where she celebrated her passion for people, friendship and fashion.

But it was the blessing of a close knit Italian family that was the center of Pat's life: holiday and impromptu weekend meals with our extended family were an indelible part of life. At the nucleus were "The Sisters": Bea, Pat, Kay & Letty, who found their passion for life in the love, drama & comedy of our family. A vibrant group of women who shaped the lives of the nieces, nephews and grandchildren who love them. 

A devoted member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, a member of Theresian International and a Stonehill Auxiliary volunteer, Pat embraced life with grace, courage, kindness, prayer... and that smile.

She is survived by her children, Jayne (Jeff) Anglin of Dubuque, Robert McGeeney of Dubuque and James (Mary) McGeeney of San Diego, Calif; grandchildren Ryan (Anne) Anglin of Chicago, Ill, Kristen (Kory) Ross of Midland, Mich., Erin McGeeney of San Diego, Calif., Brendan McGeeney of San Diego, Calif., and Ashley Roth of Madison, Wisc.; great-grandchildren Brennan and Owen Anglin of Chicago, Ill., Clayton and Bennett Ross of Midland, Mich., and Ashari Roth of Madison, Wisc.; and two sisters, Kay (Richard) Manternach of Dubuque and Letty (Joseph) Brown of Surprise, Ariz.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Carl DeMaio; a sister, Beatrice Goodmann; two brothers-in-law, Robert McGeeney and Daniel Goodmann; and a sister-in-law Ruth McPartland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center, and especially the staff in her household who never let a day pass without letting Mom know how special she was. Also to Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and professional care.



Mary C. Clark


Mary C. Clark, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m., on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 11, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Mary (Altman) Bresee.

Mary was united in marriage to Lewis Clark on May 17, 1952, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 46 years together, and 8 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 17, 1999. Mary worked at the Tollbridge Inn for many years, but her main priority in life was truly nurturing her family. She loved being a mom and spending quality time with those she loved and adored was always a daily goal for Mary. Mary has sadly made her last trip to the casino and all who knew and loved her have arrived to a new reality with broken hearts today. But we find comfort in knowing that Mary is now reunited with all of her family who've gone home before her and that she'll be waiting comfortably in eternal bliss for us all to be together again in time.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Sherry (Randy) Woolf, Pensacola, FL,
Lewis Clark,
Rosalie (Dennis) Kohl,
Rita (David) Freiburger,
Timothy Clark,
and Mary (Paul) Bosveld, all of Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;

and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Clark; 2 sons Francis and Ernest Clark; a grandson, Dean Wooldridge; and 6 sisters and 2 brothers.

A Mary C. Clark memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, professional and compassionate care of Mary and her family.

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

 



William J. Jungblut


William John "Bill" Jungblut, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully and was reunited with his wife Kathleen on February 25th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of mass with the rosary being recited before mass.

Bill was born on October 1, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles E. and Helen M. (Lambert) Jungblut. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary in Dubuque, St. Joseph Franciscan Preparatory Seminary in West Mont IL, and Loras Academy.

Bill was a US Navy Veteran serving from 1944 to 1945 and was a member of the American Legion. After serving in the Navy he attended Loras College.

He met Mary Kathleen Milks at General Timber and on September 30th, 1950 they were united in marriage at St. Columbkilles. Mary preceded Bill in death on February 6th, 2017.

Bill worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, and AY McDonald in the pump division. He retired from the City of Dubuque Water Works as a Grade 4 Licensed Operating Engineer.

He enjoyed bowling, playing basketball, softball and hockey, working on computers and playing cards. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

He is survived by his children, Susan M. (Robert) Isenhart, Patricia H. Taylor, Thomas F. (Lyn) Jungblut, James R. Jungblut, and Lawrence C. (Marsha) Jungblut. Nine grandchildren, Aaron (Danelle) Isenhart, Anna Isenhart, Ellie Isenhart, Alicia Taylor, Megan (Clay) Schewe, Sean Jungblut, Kara (Tim) Dobbs, Andrew Jungblut and Austin Jungblut; two great grandchildren, Kristin and Kellen Isenhart; and his sister Madonna Goodsell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son John J. Jungblut, son-in-law Richard Strepka; siblings, Joseph Jungblut, Mary Jane Johannsen, Helen Kraft and Margaret Wallig.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Lucille Schumann Neal


Lucille Caroline Dorothy Schumann Neal, 105, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Lucille's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, immediately following the service.

Lucille Caroline Dorothy Schumann was born on January 7, 1912 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Hansen) Schumann. She married Wilbur Neal on June 1, 1936 in Maquoketa. He passed away on September 26, 1967.

Prior to her marriage, Lucille taught for six years at Myatt School in rural Jackson County. During World War II, Lucille and Wilbur lived in Nebraska, South Dakota, and parts of Iowa. After returning to Maquoketa, they farmed for many years in both Delmar and Maquoketa.

Lucille was a member of the Maquoketa Federated Women's Club, joining in 1945. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for over 60 years and was a past Worthy Matron. She was a longtime member of the Maquoketa Country Club and St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and euchre and belonged to many card clubs. She was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Lucille also was a great cook and hosted many family dinners until she was in her mid-nineties. She was known as "Grandma Lou" and the "cookie grandma". Traveling was another of her favorite things to do. Lucile and her friends went on innumerable bus trips throughout the United States.

Those left to honor Lucille's memory include a daughter Connie (Don) McDonald of Maquoketa, IA, and a son Clark (Paula) Neal of Goodyear, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Jane (Russ) Long of Maquoketa, IA, Don Jay McDonald of Mantua, OH, Kimberly (Chris) Church of Cedar Park , TX, Jason (Tiffany) Neal of Magnolia, TX, and Shawn Neal of Allen TX; and 7 great-grandchildren, Andrew Long, Lucas Long, Rebecca Church, David Church, Taylor Neal, Jaden Neal, and Brady Neal.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Lynne D. McDonald.

Family was very important to Lucille. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of them and their achievements. The family would like to thank the staff at Maquoketa Care Center for their compassionate care of our loved one.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made in Lucille's honor to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or the Jackson County Humane Society.

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



Freda M. Reynolds


Freda Marie (Kirts) Reynolds, 93, of 1905 Alta Vista, passed away on February 26th, 2017 at home.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 4th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Freda was born on June 8, 1923, near Ste. Marie, IL, eldest daughter of Henry J and Lillian Catherine (Yager) Kirts. Starting her life-long teaching career on an emergency teaching certificate in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in southern Illinois, Freda was the first in her family to earn a college degree, a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois State College in 1950, which she bested immediately thereafter by earning her Masters degree in 1952.

Freda leveraged her skills at teaching to travel to Japan, where she met her future husband, Rex, while instructing children on a US Army base there. After their return to the USA, she married Rex V .E. Reynolds on August 16, 1958 in Hollywood, CA. She continued teaching in California and Iowa while raising four children. She is well remembered by her students in the Dubuque Community Schools system - primarily at Bryant Elementary and Hoover Elementary schools from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
Freda and Rex travelled extensively together, circumnavigating the globe. She had an audience with Pope Paul VI, rode an elephant in Thailand, accompanied Rex on a teaching assignment in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, and went on a photography safari in South Africa, among many other adventures.

Freda is survived by her sons Richard, Robert and Ron; her grandchildren Amanda and Jordan Reynolds, Caitlin and Christopher Remakel; her great-grandchildren Aiden and Amelia Hoffman; family members Jeanne Reynolds, Brian Remakel and Doug Couto, her brothers Fred Kirts and George Kirts and family, as well as many, many extended family members and friends.

Freda is preceded in death by her husband Rex, her daughter Cathy, wife of Brian Remakel, her granddaughter Kelly Reynolds, daughter of Richard and Jeanne Reynolds, as well as her sister, Ruth (Kirts) Allen.

They family welcome donations in memory of Freda Reynolds, in lieu of flowers or gifts, to St Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.



Dorothy Frode


Dorothy "Dotty" Frode, 74, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Ennoble Manor. Graveside committal services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dotty was born on October 10, 1942, in Hattiesburg, MS, the daughter of Walter Warren Peffers and Frances Garrick, Frances later married Nicholas Merola. She grew up with her 7 siblings in Bridgeport, CT and graduated from Bassick High School in 1960. She married Gary D. Reel on June 17, 1961, and from this union came her two beloved children; Deanna and David. Dotty would devote the rest of her life to loving and caring for them and their families.

Dotty worked hard to provide a wonderful childhood for her children. She was a telephone operator, Certified Nursing Assistant, a unit secretary at Mercy in cardiac medical and the owner and operator of the Aragon Tap. She had three marriages to some wonderful men in her later years; Clair Shaffer in 1978, Roy Mangeno in 1984 and George Frode in 1998 who she called the love of her life.

Dotty went back to college at the age of 69 and earned her Associates Degree in Social Work from NICC. Despite her health problems she graduated with honors and received a standing ovation at her graduation ceremonies.

Dotty was generous, unselfish and kind. She embraced all who crossed her path with her welcoming nature and willingness to help. "Red" as she was dubbed by her granddaughter Danielle, was the anchor of her family and a once in a lifetime soul. She would make a stranger into a friend in mere minutes. Her passing has left a hole in all our hearts. She will never be forgotten.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Deanna (Roger) Allan, her son David (Jennifer) Reel, her beloved grandchildren, Danielle (Michael) Neyens, Zachary Allan, Dalton Allan, Morgan Mae Allan, Madeline Reel, Hannah Reel, and her awaited great grandson Hudson Neyens; her siblings Lanette Henthorn, Walter Peffers, Mary Frances (Freddy) Buzzel, Angie Besse, Michael Merola, George Merola, Lori Bellacchio and her special companion Vinnie who will be a spoiled dog for the rest of his days.

She was preceded in death by her loving mother Frances "Nana" Merola, and husbands Roy Mangeno and George Frode.

Special thanks to all those who helped make her journey easier; Dr. John Whalen, Dr. McIntosh, Dr. Shaw, the palliative care staff at the University of Iowa, Hospice of Dubuque, Tri-State Dialysis, and Dotty's guardian angels at Ennoble Manor.



June V. Hollenback


June V. Hollenback, 88, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Farley, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. at her daughter's home in Blue Grass, Iowa.

At the request of our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother there will be no public visitation or services. A private burial will be held at a later date. Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on June 9, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, Daughter of Leonard and Viola (Potter) Watters. She received her education at Maquoketa schools. On November 25, 1946 she was united in marriage to Andrew L. Hollenback in Maquoketa, IA. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2007. She was employed as one of the 1st women school bus drivers for the Western Dubuque School District. She drove for 30+ years. After her retirement, she and Andy enjoyed golfing and traveling to Elko, NV.
She loved spending time with many of her kids and grandchildren, playing dice or cards, or just sitting around a bonfire. She liked to crochet and her Sunday trips to Dairy Queen. She also loved to read.

She is survived by ten children, Andrew (Bonita Mausser) Hollenback of Epworth, IA, William "Bill" (Mary Beth) Hollenback of Farley, IA, Rick (JoAnn) Hollenback of Westminster, CO, Sandy (Rick) Gotto, Peggy Kruse and Joseph (Pam Null) Hollenback all of Farley, IA, Mark (Tammi) Hollenback of New Vienna, IA, Chris (Randy) Sindt of Dubuque, IA, Susie (Mike) Maahs of Dyersville, IA and Ann (Jeff) Reddin of Blue Grass, IA; 26 granchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Jack (Pat) Hollenback of Mooresville, NC and Dick (Donna) Hollenback of Fort Meyers, FL; one sister-in-law, Ava Ferlmann of Peoria, IL.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, her son, David Hollenback on June 11, 2012, one son-in-law, Jim"Hooker" Kruse, one grandson, Jacob Hollenback, eight brothers, Conrad, LeRoy, Robert, Melvin, Wesley, Delos, Charles and Allen; two brothers-in-law, Andrew's Twin Billy Boy Hollenback and Robert Hollenback; two sisters-in-law, June (Art) Beier and Virginia (Don) Herbst.

Many family members want to give a special thanks to Mike and Susie Maahs & Jeff and Ann Reddin for all that you have done for Mom. Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital SNICU staff especially, Nurse Karen and Hospice Compassus especially Marcy, Carlos, Don, Wendy and Beth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Eileen M. Meyer


Eileen M. Meyer, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 21st, 2017 at Luther Manor surrounded by family after a courageous fight with Alzheimer's Disease.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 27th, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Lippstock officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Eileen was born on April 13, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Doris (Ertel) O'Neill. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1972 and attended NICC in 1973. She married John J. Meyer on October 27th, 1984 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

She worked for JC Penney's in Dubuque for 22 years and 6 years for the Dubuque Community School District.

Eileen enjoyed walking with her husband on Heritage Trail, Mines of Spain and Swiss Valley Park. She loved to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden, especially tomatoes. She had a passion for arts and crafts, especially her holiday ceramics. Lastly, she enjoyed vacations with her family, which included Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming.

She is survived by her husband, John; three children, Jennifer Meyer and Sara Meyer, both of Dubuque, and Patrick Meyer, of North Liberty, Iowa; her mother, Doris O'Neill, of Dubuque; siblings Terry (Nancy) O'Neill of Denver, CO, Jane (David) Vilbrandt of Janesville, WI, Peggy Howard of Dubuque, Kevin (Kathy) O'Neill of Seattle, WA, Mary Kershner of Denver, CO, and Rick O'Neill of Dubuque; her sister-in-law, Julianne (Tom) Billman, of La Crosse, WI; brother-in-law David Meyer, of Boone, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo; mother- and father-in-law Jerome and Bernice Meyer; and brothers-in-law Stephen Howard and Bryan Kershner.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Runde and staff, Dr. Yasyn Lee and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, and Luther Manor staff for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Eileen.



Martha A. Laaker


Martha A Laaker, 94, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  All in Dubuque.

Martha was born on May 14, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Elsie Oakley. She graduated from Senior High School and as a young woman worked in the offices of the Adams Co. and the Butter Co. in Dubuque.

She married Clifford Laaker in September, 1947 in Dubuque. They farmed near Lamont and raised three children. In addition to being a farm wife, she worked as a bookkeeper for J.M. Jones Co. in Manchester and was a teacher's aide at Starmont High School in Strawberry Point. Cliff preceded her in death on May 19, 1984.

Martha was an active member and longtime treasure of Grace Methodist Church in Lamont. She helped make many banners for the church, which are still on display and enjoyed today. She was active in Eastern Star, Garden Club, Card Club, and Starmont Boosters. She was an avid Hawkeyes and Cubs fan.

She had a loving manner and made many friends. After Cliff's death she enjoyed traveling with her brother and sister-in-law, visiting England, The Holy Land, Alaska and the Panama Canal.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother and was happiest when her entire family was together, especially at holidays.

Those left to cherish her memory as her sons, Gerald (Arlene) of Dubuque, Kenneth (Dianna) of Sterling, Ill., and daughter, Susan (Bob) Rude of Minneapolis, Mn.; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Joel, Kelsey, Kyle and Grace; great- grandchildren, Jada, Vanessa, Alison, Emily, Jacob, Isla, Cullen, and Landon; brother, Roger (Betty) Oakley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty; and daughter-in-law, Jean.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunset Park Place, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Ivadell Brehm


Ivadell "Ivy" Brehm 78 formerly of 9919 Cottingham Road Peosta passed away at 2:45 am Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers Officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 24th, 2017 Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Ivadell "Ivy" Marie Brehm was born November 22, 1938, the daughter of Jerry and Adele (Schlosser) Burns. She grew up on a farm in the Bernard area. On September 9, 1958 she married William Brehm. Together they farmed and raised their six sons near Peosta.

Ivy was very active in the community, from participation with the Western Dubuque Bobcat Marching Band Bandparents to the Dubuque County Democrat Party, which honored her in 2013 by inducting her into their Hall of Fame. Ivy was very proud of the several years she served as the first woman on the Western Dubuque School Board.
Ivy is survived by sons, Merlin (Sharon) of Savanna, Illinois, Patrick (Sheila) of Dubuque, Philip (Kay) of Footville, Wisconsin, Cletus (Annette) of Zwingle, Lyle (Jenny) of Dysart, her 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her brother Terry (Pam) of Bernard.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her son Alvin, and her parents.



Lois I. Astgen


Lois I. Astgen 91, of Lake Ridge Dr., died Monday, February 20, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Lois was born October 12, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa , the daughter of John and Loretta (Varker) Launspach. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In that same year, on October 16th, Lois married Delmer "Sonny" Astgen. He preceded her in death on September 10, 1973. Lois was a drapery seamstress for many years at Kahle's Carpet and Floor Covering and enjoyed being with family and reading.

Surviving are her children, John (soulmate Karen) Astgen of Blaine, MN, Scott (Rita) Astgen of Blue Grass, IA, Rob (Mary) Astgen of Dubuque, IA and Molly (Lorne) Cullen of Peosta, IA; her sister Joan Jacob of Mesa, AZ and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Delmer "Sonny"; her daughter Sherry Slowik; and her sister Shirley Launspach.

The Astgen Family wishes to extend a special thanks to Lori and Linda of Alverno apartments for their wonderful care.
As per Lois's wishes, a private family graveside services will be held Wednesday at Highview Cemetery, Epworth, IA.



Austin J. Walling


Austin J. Walling, age 24, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly as the result of a motorcycle accident, on Saturday, February 18, 2017. To honor Austin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. William M. Joensen officiating. To celebrate Austin's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Austin was born on June 1, 1992, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Donna (Fay) Walling.

Austin was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School Class of 2010. After school he went to work for his father's business at The Locksmith Express, but he also eagerly invested many hours working at Fagan's Hobby Shop and handing out fresh cinnamon rolls at the yearly Hobby Shows. Austin was united in marriage to Taylor "Minnie" Avery on July 29, 2016, in Dubuque. Although their union has been much too short, they were truly blessed with one beautiful son, Patrick. Austin was a good man with a loveable and quirky personality who definitely desired to live life to its fullest. Many moments would bring Austin great joy throughout his 24 years here among us. He has faithfully attended air shows since the tender age of 4, he would work diligently to learn to play the sax, he would fly his RC airplane with friends in the Platteville Flyers, and he would find subtle moments of tranquility while creating his newest pen at his woodworking table. But Austin's most treasured moments though were undeniably the time he would spend with his family and friends. He took great pride in being a wonderful husband and father, but he never quite relinquished completely his role of son, brother and grandson as his new responsibilities emerged in life. He loved everyone equally and would always share his acts of kindness whenever an opportunity would arise. Unfortunately, Austin has been called home much too early along his earthly journey. He has sadly taken his last bike ride here and left a trail of broken hearts behind. We know that his light will continue to shine on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, but we can barely imagine the day where we don't feel a pain so deep and true that it literally takes our breath away. We love you Austin, we miss you more than words can express, and until we meet again; may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!

Those left to cherish Austin's memory include

his wife,
Taylor "Minnie" Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Patrick Oliver Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Dan and Donna Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger, Des Moines, IA
and Nicholas Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his nephew,
Noah Boosinger, Des Moines, IA;

his grandmothers,
Marie Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his mother in-law,
Marianne Avery, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Walling and Oliver Fay; his father-in-law, Bruce Avery; and a cousin, Dan Fay.

An Austin J. Walling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Vernon I. Brunsman


Vernon I. Brunsman, 89, of Dyersville, and formerly of New Vienna, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque peacefully with his family at his side.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm, and a VFW service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017, in St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Vernon was born February 14, 1928, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, spending most of his time in Germany.

After returning he met Norma Goedken at a dance in Petersburg. They were married Nov. 25, 1954, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they began farming near Farley, and then moved to their farm west of New Vienna, raising hogs and dairy cattle. They remained on the farm for fifty years until retiring and moving to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in 2011.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna and its Holy Name Society, the Swiss Valley Farms Dairy Cooperative, and the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736. He was proud to have been on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in September of 2013. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma; his children: Ron Brunsman of Hopkinton,Wayne (Denise) Brunsman of New Vienna, Phil (Betty) Brunsman of Farley, Janet Brunsman and Karen (Glen) Hahn, both of Dyersville, and Connie (Roger) Rivard of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Brunsman, Wade Brunsman, Brent (Joan) Brunsman, Ross (fiancé Liz Coyle) Brunsman, Maty (fiancé Adam McCarraher) Brunsman, Tracy (special friend Matt Kayser) Brunsman, Sara and Molly Hahn, Elizabeth, Regina, Jeremy, Angela and Therese Rivard; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie du Chien, WI; in-laws: Inez (Francis) Hermsen of Manchester, Valeria Bockenstedt of Manchester, Laverne (Patsy) Goedken of Luxemburg, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Asbury, John (Marilyn) Goedken of Petersburg, Germaine Goedken of Dubuque and Marv (Jan) Rolfes of Colesburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Benjamin Brunsman; siblings: Alma Brunsmann, Louis Brunsmann, Ray Brunsmann; in-laws: Vincent Hoeger, Gilbert Goedken, Helen (Emil) Wilgenbusch, Stella (Leo) Demmer, Mary Lou (Elmer) Engelken, Irvin Bockenstedt, Patricia Rolfes.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for their care, concern and friendship over the last five years, and the staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Lucille B. Kelchen


Lucille B. Kelchen, 92, of Farley, Iowa, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lucille may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.
Services for Lucille will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born February 29, 1924 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Lawrence and Emma (Krogman) Funke. She received her education from the rural country schools and St. Paul's School in Worthington. On April 10, 1945 she was united in marriage to Joseph E. Kelchen at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2007. Together they farmed and raised their family south of Farley.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family, and by her example, she instilled in her children the values of faith and a good work ethic.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by three sons, Larry (Carol) Kelchen and Dick (Norma) Kelchen, both of Farley, IA, and Steve Kelchen of Dubuque, IA; a daughter, Jayne (Mark) Hoeger of Farley, IA; 8 grandchildren; Julie (Mike) Massey, Dave (Jill) Kelchen, Molly (Dave) Hoefer, Sarah (Brian) Eiben, Craig (Jenny) Kelchen, Marty (Jessie) Kelchen, Michelle (Jeff) Geistkemper, and Matt (Amanda) Hoeger; 19 great-grandchildren and one baby Hoeger due in March; one brother, Marvin (Rose Lee) Funke of Dyersville, IA; one sister, Norma Link of Dyersville, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Kay Funke of Monticello, IA, Kathleen Funke of Worthington, IA and Mary Ostwinkle of Placid, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Deloras (Clarence) Sabers, Grace (Gib) Link, and Irma (Ray) Hess; four brothers, Gilbert (Mary) Funke, Donald Funke, LeVern L. "Bud" (Irene) Funke, and Eldon Funke; brothers- and sisters-in-law Lawrence Link, Colette (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Alvina Kelchen, Ray (Rachel) Kelchen, Edward Kelchen, Ella (John) Gross, and Bill Ostwinkle.

Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for their personal and loving care of our mother for the last eight years. Your home became her home because of you. You touched her life in a very special way just like she had done to yours. Also, thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support this past week.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert M. Houselog


Robert M. "Bob" "Smiles" Houselog, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Bob was born on September 24, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog, Sr. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, and received his Purple Heart medal.

He married Gertrude Trace on July 11, 1953 at St. Raphael Cathedral, where he was a parishioner his whole life.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years until retirement.

In his early years, Bob played ball with his brothers, he enjoyed to golf, gamble, play horseshoes, and go fishing and vacationing in Minnesota for 50 years. Bob mostly enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events and did not like to miss any. He was a thoughtful, generous, and kind man who will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife Gertrude; daughter Janet Hines; son Ken (Amy) Houselog; granddaughters Shannon (Jake) Veach, Stacey (Jon Kluck) Hines, Ashley (Mark) Thul, Courtney (Jon) DeShaw, along with six great-grandchildren and one on the way; and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, and Lois Houselog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Joseph (Helen) Houselog, Arthur "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, Ronnie Houselog, Merl (Jane) Houselog, Wayne Houselog, Jean Smith, and his son-in-law, Jeff Hines.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Ryan and Lindsey for all the care and kindness they provided.



Arla F. Edwards


Arla F. Edwards, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, February 18, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Arla's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 23, 2017, from the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Arla Faye Burmahl was born on February 9, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry and Alverda (Hinke) Burmahl. She was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later that same year married the love of her life, Robert Jerry "Bob" Edwards on July 5, 1959 in Maquoketa. To this union five children were born: Pam, Sherri, Doug, Robert and Arlan.

Arla had worked as a waitress at the Green Mille Cafe in Maquoketa, and then as a bartender, first at The Legion and most notably at Slip's Inn. Lastly, she worked as a CNA at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

Arla was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Harmony United Church of Christ in Zwingle. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, listening to country music, sitting outside in the sun and keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Arla's memory include her children, Pam (Mark) Neudorff of Iowa City, IA, Sherry (Kevin) Zeimet of Bellevue, IA, Doug (April) Edwards of Delmar, IA, Robert (Shaun) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Arlan (Carmen) Edwards of Coon Rapids, MN; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Judee) Burmahl of Wyoming, IA; and a sister, Bonnie Harms of Cedar Rapids, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert "Bob" on July 26, 1989; a sister, Margaret Davison; and a brother, George Burmahl.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arla F. Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Luke Thielen


Luke Thielen, age 34, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:00 p.m.

Luke was born on December 18th, 1982, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lenny and Kathy (Rubel) Thielen. He graduated from Hempstead High school in 2004.

Luke volunteered for many organizations, most recently with Kunkel & Associates, Inc.

Luke will be missed more than words could ever describe, but he will always be in the hearts of his loved ones and many other special friends.

Although his health may have slowed him up physically from time to time, his love for others only grew stronger. In the time he spent with us, he taught his family, friends and many others the true meaning of life. He taught us to love life, to cherish life and to live life to the fullest. Luke touched the hearts of everyone he met, he was truly a gift and a joy to all who knew him.

Luke will always be remembered for his love of sports. He had a winning spirit and his "team" always won. He could be found at many games wearing the jerseys from both teams, but the winning team's jersey would always prevail.
Luke had a love for music and dancing, he enjoyed every opportunity he could to "give concerts" to his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to many concerts and plays. Karaoke was another love of Luke's, whether on his own or at events, we will always remember his unique karaoke skills.

With his Grandpa Rubel, Grandpa and Grandma Thielen, uncles Lynn and Terry, and cousin Brody who proceeded him in death, he is now laughing, singing and watching over all of us.

Left to carry on his memory are his parents, Lenny and Kathy; his sister Erin (Rob) Sieverding; his brothers Cody (special friend Courtney), and Cory (special friend Christy); two very special nieces, Kylie and Jadya. His many aunts and uncles, who were all his "favorite". Many, many wonderful cousins and his very special friends who became part of his and our family.

In Lieu of flowers a Luke Thielen memorial has been established.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, Dr. Sullivan and his many great Doctors and Nurses throughout the years. Also, his family and friends for their support throughout Luke's life.

Rest in peace Luke, may your wings take you to the brightest star in the sky.



Donna M. DeMoss


Donna M. DeMoss, 78, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque after a long and courageous battle with ill health. When her family rallied around her in the hospital bed there was standing room only. As a testament to the outpouring of love the family had for Donna they managed to fit over 30 people in her hospital room to say a prayer.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Donna Mae was born on April 4, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Gary and Alice (Howard) Liston. Her dad died at an early age and her mom later remarried Frank Risden who adopted Donna and her siblings. She was educated in Maquoketa Schools and later earned her Certified Home Health Certificate. She married Joseph Franklin DeMoss on January 21, 1954 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death by on February 13, 2009.

Donna was a homemaker and mother who farmed with her husband for many years. She had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for six years and as a Home Health Aide for over 20 years.

Donna enjoyed watching her birds, playing Euchre, "Ladies Day" Mondays, Four Wheeling in the timber, going "up north" to the casinos, and hunting mushrooms and ginseng. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. No one was a stranger at Donna's house and she treated everyone who visited like family.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her children, Donald (Sylvia) DeMoss of Baldwin, IA, Doug (Pam) DeMoss of Monmouth, IA, Brenda (Tim) Groves of Baldwin, IA, and Steve (Susie) DeMoss of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law Kim DeMoss of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brothers Gerald (Kaye) Risden of Gilbert, IA, and Vincent (Sharon) Risden of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; and 3 granddogs, Molly, Bella and Herkie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Annabell, Martha, Barbara and Mary, her husband Joseph, infant daughters Cindy Lou and Sandy Sue, and a son Thomas F. DeMoss on September 5, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donna M. DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Norman J. Nelson


Norman J. Nelson, age 93, of Cedar Rapids, IA and formerly of Madison, WI, and Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:43 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Heritage Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Norman's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Norman's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services beginning at 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 10:45 a.m. at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Norman was born on August 4, 1923, Pleasant Springs, WI, son of Olaf and Jennie (Dahl) Nelson.

Norman would join the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and go on to honorably spend the next 3 years of his life fighting for freedom during WWII. Upon completing his active service, Norman's military experience would play a role throughout the remainder of his years and he would not only devote valuable time to the V.F.W., but also faithfully advocate and petition for the release of Prisoners of War. Norman was united in marriage to Maxine Upham on May 28, 1948, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. Their union would be blessed with 43 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters, before she was called home ahead of him on October 29, 1992. They had moved to Dubuque, IA., in 1963, where Norman ran the retread shop at Firestone Tire before retiring in 1985. But Norman wasn't finished working yet; he went on to work part-time at Turpin Dodge as a parts runner and would finally permanently retire at the fine young age of 92. Norman wasn't all about work though; if his Packers were on the field, the fish were biting, or the bowling lanes were wiped down and ready to go, you could be sure to find Norman participating in a little downtime. Norman was also a loyal and longtime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque and his faith life has now found it's final destination after his 93 year journey. We will miss him dearly, and remember him fondly, but we find peace because we know and trust that he's catching up with his loving wife, beautiful daughter and beloved family in a most glorious reunion and that we'll thankfully see him again one day.

Those left to cherish Norman's memory include

his daughters,
Norma Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Sharon Adams, Hazel Green, WI
and Sandy (Keith) Vogt, Cedar Rapids, IA;

10 grandchildren,
Lisa (Jeff) Vogel, Cathy (Dan) Richeson, Phillip Williams, Sheila (Chance Heath) Williams, Michelle Weber, Becky Adams, Sam (Megan) Adams, Charity (Jeremy) Frey, Caleb (Lindsey) Adams and Eva Vogt;

19 great-grandchildren;

2 great great-grandchildren;

and 2 sisters,
Jeanette Strassman
and Corrine Thomas, McFarland, WI.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Maxine; a daughter, Cindy Nelson; his siblings, Harold Nelson in infancy, Harold (Denise) Nelson, Pearl (Marv) Marks and Esther (Floyd) Richmond; a son-in-law, Eldon Adams; a former son-in-law, Phillip Williams; and 2 brothers-in-law, Del Strassman and Jack Thomas.

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

Norman's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Specialty Care and Care Initiatives Hospice for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Norman and his family.

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

 



Ronald B. Bedtka


Ronald B. Bedtka, age 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:33 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Ron was born on July 24, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Bernard and Caroline (Kahn) Bedtka.

Ron grew up in Dubuque and learned the value of faith and family from a very young age. He would invest his working years at Adams Company and John Deere Dubuque Works, but it was the end of the day which brought Ron true joy. His devotion to his Creator and Savior were continually on display. If Ron wasn't studying his bible, or listening to the most recent weekly sermon, you could be sure to find him spreading his faith, in both words and actions, and sharing the Good News with anybody who would listen. A merely mortal soul, as we all are, but a consummate Christian till the end. Ron would also discover that a very close 2nd to his walk with the Lord, was the time he would get to spend with his family and friends. Any opportunity to surround himself with those he loved and adored was always a moment to be treasured. Sadly, Ron has finished his earthly journey today and must leave us with only his memories and lessons to retain. But we have no doubt that he is resting peacefully in his Heavenly Estate, and we have all been given the chance to accept the grace necessary to see him again.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his children,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, LaMotte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque, IA,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL,
Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA
and Tim (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 grandchildren,
Austin Hoffman and Kaylee Bedtka,
Tyler and Lanie Bedtka,
Jackson, Hannah and Henry Weber,
Eli Bedtka,
Kailey, Ellah and Joseph Bedtka;

and his siblings,
Lucy (Ron) Britt, Cambridge, IL,
Dave (Jeanette) Bedtka, Oak Lawn, IL,
Diane (Don) Holz, Dubuque, IA,
Tom (Debra) Bedtka, Dodgeville, WI,
Linda Bedtka, Baldwin, IA,
Tammy Bedtka, Decorah, IA
and Laura (Mike) Frommelt, Baldwin, IA;

his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Brian Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Jodee Bedtka, Prairie du Chien, WI.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Abygail Bedtka; a grandson, Lukas Bedtka; and his siblings, Patricia Fay and Larry Bedtka.

A Ronald B. Bedtka memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ron's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and ManorCare, for all of their kind, caring and professional care of Ron and his family.

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

 



James A. Baird, III

James Albert Baird III, infant son of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully to the loving arms of his Lord and Savior at 12:04 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN, surrounded by his adoring family. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate James' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

James was born on February 7, 2017, in Rochester, MN, son of James and Elizabeth (Walsh) Baird II.

Although James would only get to spend 6 days with his family here on earth, he has undeniably left a permanent and positive imprint on all whom love him. His little hands and beautiful face will always hold a hallowed spot in our minds and although we will be physically separated for some time, we will continue to religiously nurture our spiritual and emotional bonds on a daily basis. The pain, confusion and sorrow are almost more than we can bear today, but we trust that our Lord has a plan in everything and we will patiently allow time and His mercy to slowly heal our broken hearts. James' arrival was early, and his stay was brief, but we all know that we have a most precious angel now watching over us until we too are called home and get to finally see James again in his full and perfect glory.

Those left to cherish James' memory include

his loving parents,
James and Elizabeth Baird II, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
James (Suzanne) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Donna Walsh, Dubuque, IA
and Robert Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

his great-grandparents;

his aunts and uncles,
Maxine (Michael) Hinkle, Spring Hill, FL,
David (fiancé Tianna Sunderland) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Eileen Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Jack Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Tommy Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Amber (Jason) Sike, Twinsburg, OH,
Evy Walsh, Spring Hill, FL,
Josephine Walsh (James' Godmother), Spring Hill, FL,
Hannah (Nicholas) Alaimo, Spring Hill, FL,
Marta Walsh, Spring Hill, FL
and Luke Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

and several great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

James has sadly been preceded in death by other Walsh Angel Aunts and Uncles who were surely waiting at the Heavenly Gates to welcome him home.

A James Albert Baird III memorial fund has been established.

James' family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary's Hospital for all of their kindness and compassionate understanding.

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

 



David A. Copeland


David A. Copeland, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born June 11, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Ross and Velma "Lavon" (Hillery) Copeland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1964 where he was class president and enjoyed playing many sports. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1969. He served in the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.

David worked at K-Mart for 41 years, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed camping, bird watching, sports, photography, and visits from his grandchildren. He is known for his kind and wonderful soul as well as being an admirable father.

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Garrett) Mess of Dubuque; two sons, David W. (Tiffany) Copeland of Des Moines and Shawn (Jennifer) Larson of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Keith (Jean) Copeland of South Beloit, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope for his exceptional and compassionate care. Thanks also to Hospice of Dubuque & staff at Ennoble Manor for their wonderful care.

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

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



Mary E. Clemen


Mary E. Clemen, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary was born October 10, 1925, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of John C. and Mary M. (Faulkner) Bluel.  She grew up in Rockwell, Iowa and later attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois. 

Mary was united in marriage to Cletus H. Clemen on June 15, 1946, at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwell. Together they raised their family on a farm near Ryan, Iowa. In 1978 they moved to Dyersville, Iowa. Mary broke ground as the first woman full-time field representative for the Catholic Order of Foresters Life Insurance Company from 1956 to 2010. She was the Catholic Order of Foresters first woman million dollar producer. With the Foresters she had many accomplishments including president of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors (NAFIC), Iowa Fraternal Congress, and the Iowa’s Association of FICs.

Mary was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Dyersville. She sang with the Resurrection Choir, was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of many prayer groups. She was also an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her three sons: Dr. Michael J. (Judith) Clemen of St. Augustine, FL., David A. (Vinh) Clemen of Mililani, Hawaii, and LTC (Ret) Gerald T. (Gabriele) Clemen of Oak Island, NC; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Josephine Schmitt of Ankeny, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cletus, in 1989; one son, William; a daughter, Mary Ann Watts; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Clemen; and siblings John Bluel and Margaret Vosberg.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for their wonderful care.



Anita L. Skahill


Anita L. Skahill, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 16th at Mercy Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be on Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Anita Lois Hingtgen was born on December 27, 1929 in Bellevue, IA, the daughter of Ted and Anna (Kramer) Hingtgen. She attended St. Mary's grade school in Dubuque and graduated in 1947 from Dubuque Senior High School.

Anita married her beloved husband of 61 years,
Robert L. Skahill, on May 30, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Anita worked in the office of JC Penney for eight years, then stayed home to care for their children. She was a volunteer at Holy Ghost School while her four children were in attendance there. She also worked for the Sisters of Charity, BVM Center at Mount Carmel for eight years.

Anita relished time with her children and grandchildren, especially when the family gathered for special occasions. Her children remember her as a loving, generous, and fun-loving Mother who provided all she could for her family, while encouraging them to live good lives and be
successful in the pursuit of their goals.

She loved reading, water walking, golf, and time spent with her many friends. She delighted everyone with her baked goods and spent endless hours playing cards and board games with each of her grandchildren. Attending the sporting events of her children and grandchildren was
a highlight of her life.

Anita is survived by her loving husband and four devoted children: Michael (Sandra) Skahill of Asbury, IA and their children Shaun (Amber) Skahill of Omaha, NE and Erin Skahill of Indianapolis, IN; Susanne (Tom) Henson of Marion, IA and their children Lauren (Jeff) Aleshire
of Mission Woods, KS and Luke Henson of Dillon, CO; Mark (Rebecca) Skahill of Dubuque, IA and their children Wesley Skahill of Menominee, MI, Madalyn (Ben) James of West Des Moines, IA, Owen and Cathryn Skahill of Dubuque, IA; and, Sara (Denis) Schaefer of Grimes, IA and their children Corey Schaefer of Chicago, IL and Joseph Schaefer of Grimes, IA. She is also survived
by her sister, Carol (Ken) Neuwohner, of Geneseo, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Anna Hingtgen; and three brothers, Harvey Hingtgen and his wife Geneva, Eugene Hingtgen and his wife Mary, and Don Hingtgen.



Loretta C. Bahl


Loretta Clara Bahl, 92, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Loretta was born November 1, 1924.  She was the daughter of Leo and Lorraine (Stillmunkes) Siegert.

Loretta graduated from Dubuque Senior High School "Class of 42". She was employed by Interstate Power Company and worked there until her marriage to Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl on November 23, 1944. They raised 3 sons Steven, Mark and Mike. Loretta and Bub operated a farm West of Dubuque. Loretta was very happy on their farm. She had a large garden to care for and special chores she did to help with the operation of the farm. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge and euchre. She was a member of several card clubs. She was an avid Cubs fan.

Loretta was a volunteer at Resurrection church. She worked in the mail room, was a money counter and with the help of several ladies organized the first funeral dinners at the parish. She also helped gather pictures and information for the St. Philomena section of the Parish Directory. She was member of the prayer chain and enjoyed praying for those people in need of prayers.

Loretta's greatest joy was her family. She loved all of those precious children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her beloved family; sons and daughters in law, Steven and Sandy Bahl, Mark and Michelle Bahl, Mike and Julie Bahl; her grandchildren, Brian and Rhonda Bahl, Teri (Bahl) and Kartik Athreya, Reverend Greg E. Bahl, Eric and Paula Bahl, Jason and Becca Bahl, Russell Bahl, Justin Bahl, and Kelly Bahl.  Her precious great-grandchildren Uma, Suryan and Skanda Athreya, Jacob and Regan Bahl, Logan, Kellan and Payton Bahl. She is also survived by her sister Marlene Brimeyer, her brother Robert Siegert, and sister-in-law Betty Tigges.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl, her parents Leo and Lorraine Siegert, her brothers and sister in law, Arnold and June Siegert and Al Siegert, her sisters and brothers in law LaVina and Bob Kleis and Sally and George Reavell, her sister-in-law, Virginia Siegert, her brother-in-law LaVerne Brimeyer and her in-laws George and Mary Bahl and all of their family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Christine Sinsky and Hospice or Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care. 

 

 



William F. Weber


William F. Weber, 93 died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kenned Rd where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9:30- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

William was born on October 30, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Nicholas and Mathilda (Freiburger) Weber.

He served our country in the United States Army during WWII from June 14, 1943 - October 13, 1945. While in combat he was wounded in France on August 7, 1944 and in Luxemborg on December 7, 1944. He fought in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. On December 16, 1944 he became a POW in Germany and was liberated on April 2, 1945. William received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

William met his future wife, Anne Duggan at the Melody Mill Dance Hall in Dubuque. They were married in 1952. Many weekends were spent dancing, which was their favorite pastime.

William was employed at Flexsteel Industries as an upholsterer for 35 years.

Surviving are his children, Patricia Glider, of Epworth, IA, Steven (Elly) Weber, of Dubuque and Amy (Weber) Ostrander, of New Vienna, OH; grandchildren, Josh Glider, Ryan (Suzanne) Weber, Braydn (Marta) Weber, Jordan Weber, Collin Weber, Corey Weiner, Brianna Ostrander (fiancé Mike Perry), and Amber Ostrander; a step- granddaughter, Kara (Todd) Trentz; great- grandchildren, Mackenzy Weiner, Jayden Murphy, Paisley Pinkerton, Makoa Weber, Huxley Weber, Bailey and Emily Trentz; sisters, Marcella Konzen and Ione Smith; brothers-in-law, Don Duggan, Gene Ahman, Bill (Jane) Duggan and Clem Schmitt; sister-in-law, Mae Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; parents; son-in-law, Steve Glider; brother, Nicholas Weber; sisters, Mathilda Beadle and Rosemary Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Dave Beadle, Louis Konzen, Tim Smith, Jack Duggan, and Don Elgin; sisters-in-law, Jeanie Duggan and Helen Ahman; and nephews, Dennis Beadle and Phillip Konzen.

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

A William Weber memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Salas, Dr. Muir, Hospice of Dubuque and the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

 



Elizabeth M. McClain


Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born on April 14, 1925, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Leytem) Honerbaum.

Betty was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Herbert H. McClain on July 31, 1946, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 years together, and 5 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 14, 1981. Betty was a dedicated employee who earnestly worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot, William T. Conery and J.C. Penney, before eventually retiring after 29 years of loyal service. Betty's faith was very important to her, and she was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, before joining Holy Spirit Parish after St. Mary's closed. She was a very social woman who was also a dedicated member of the Betty's Club of Dubuque, and the J.C. Penney's Retirees Club. Betty was a talented seamstress who very much enjoyed her craft and the hum of her sewing machine. She was also an excellent cook who has pleased many a palates over the years with her famous cookies. Thankfully, Betty was generously given the opportunity to spend 91 years along her earthly journey, and the love she shared and spread along the way will provide comfort for those she loved and adored until we see her again.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Joan (James) Reinsbach, Fennimore, WI,
Debra Krier, Dubuque, IA,
Willard McClain, Hazel Green, WI
and Dennis (Ann) McClain, Hazel Green, WI;

24 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

a half-brother,
Dale "Joe" (Carol) Honerbaum, Hanover, IL;

and her step-siblings,
David Kuntz, TX,
Carol Colon
and Linda (Lloyd) Bushell, AZ.

Betty was preceded in death by, her parents; her husband, Herbert H. McClain; a son, Bob H. McClain; 2 grandsons, Gary McClain and Joe McClain; a great-granddaughter, Maranda Nelson; 2 sisters, Bernadine (Bernard) Duffy and Connie Simon; and a brother, James (Marilyn) Honerbaum.

An Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the caring, compassionate and professional care they provided to Betty and her family.

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

 



Margaret A. Benda


Margaret Ann Benda, 86, formerly of South Grandview Ave, Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Msgr Thomas Zinkula will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 17, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where there will be a rosary and sharing service at 7 p.m.

Margaret was born June 23, 1930 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Charles and Margaret (Morgan) Connell. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1947. She attended the University of Iowa Nursing School, graduating in 1951. She married Dr. Thomas J. Benda on September 6, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church, Cedar Falls. They moved to Des Moines for Tom's internship in 1953 then back to Iowa City for his residency. She worked throughout that time in Des Moines then back at UI Hospitals, as a nurse and eventually as Head Nurse on the Medical Ward. In 1957, she and Tom moved to Dubuque and her professional career as a nurse went on hiatus. After her youngest started school, Margaret returned to school at the University of Dubuque, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980. Soon after she returned to work at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) as a visiting nurse, and sat on the VNA Board. Later she was actively involved as a volunteer for Hospice of Dubuque. In later years she volunteered at Stonehill Care Center, feeding the residents.

Mom and Dad raised 8 children. Mom loved to be surrounded by her family. She spent countless hours making the perfect meal to feed her family so they could gather around the table and talk and laugh. She made holidays and birthdays special for everyone. She was careful not to show favorites and her love was obvious to each of her 8 children and 18 grandchildren. Her wisdom will always be with us. She taught us to be kind, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all". She taught us humility. She was proud and praised our accomplishments, but if looking for accolades for doing our chores or homework we heard, "what do you want, a medal or a chest to pin it on?" Managing 8 kids is tough work, so she taught us self reliance; Q "What's for lunch?" A "Whatever you want to make", Q" Where's my _____?" A"I don't know where I left it the last time I wore it". This and much more has been passed on to the next generations.

Margaret loved to entertain. She and her good friends held terrific dinner parties for each other, and loved each other's company. Tom and Margie were active supporters of the Dubuque community, generous with their time and treasure. They always had somewhere to be on Saturday night, whether it was The Dubuque Symphony, a play, a fundraiser or a party. Margaret loved to travel, garden, knit, needle point, and read, but most of all she loved to watch or listen to the Cubs. Though she lived through it, the ravages of Alzheimer's kept her from appreciating her beloved Cubs big win.

She was a devoted and active member of the Catholic Church. Margaret and Tom walked to and from St. Columbkille 6:45 a.m. daily Mass for decades. They were active members of the Cursillo and CEW Retreat Programs. Margaret was very involved in Birthright of Dubuque, and would speak in the Dubuque High Schools about Right to Life issues. Mom was a team member on several TEC retreats. She was devoted to the Rosary. Margaret was on the St. Columbkille Parish Council and volunteered for numerous Parish functions. She held several roles in the Theresians. Margaret and Tom were active members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter in law Chris Benda and her children Sam, Chuck, and Natalie; her sons and daughters, John (Anne) Benda of St. Paul, and their children, Peter and Libby; Anne (Terry) Farrell of St. Paul, and their son Sean; Therese (Mitch) Moore of Rochester MN and their children, Ben, Mollie (Scott)
Wigen and Maddie; Dr Tom Jr. (Anne) Benda of Dubuque and their children, Lydia and Jack; Margaret "Peggy" (Livius) d'Uscio of Rochester MN, and their children Lucia and Sarah; Martha (Mike McCarthy) Benda of St. Paul, and their children Thomas, Audrey and Grace; and Jane (Jim) Clawson of Centennial CO, and their children Will and Kate; her sister Mary Davis; her brother Charles (Joanne) Connell Jr.; her sister in law Thelma Loes; and brother in law Jim Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dr. Thomas Benda Sr.; her son Dennis Benda, her brothers Philip (Isabel) Connell and Jim (Anne) Connell; her sister Jane (Richard) Nehlsen; and her brother in law, Grant Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center. The family would like to thank Mary Jo Chapman and Jean Kilby for their regular Wednesday afternoon visits and Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their excellent care.

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



Philip W. Cornelius


Philip Wayne Cornelius has been called to the Staff of the Supreme Commander. He joins his family: parents, Fred and Eva (Gurtner) Cornelius of East Dubuque; brothers, Eugene, Frederick, and John Cornelius, and sister, Ann Cornelius Brown; his wife of 42 years Esther Zelie; step-son Delbert Lassus, and step-daughter Jeanne Lassus Marden.

Phil was born and raised in East Dubuque, leaving before graduation from high school to join the Navy in 1940 and fight in the Pacific. He was very proud of his service onboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3), was an avid body-builder and a Navy boxing champ, and treasured the secret work he did as a cryptologic technician at the National Security Agency in Washington, DC. Phil retired as a Communications Technician Chief after 20 years of military service. He continued in the Fleet Reserves and his civil service career as a postal carrier for another 10 years in Napa, CA, before retiring to his Mt. Veeder home there with his wife Esther. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loving to drive his Land Rover far and wide. He was also an amateur ham radio operator, keeping in touch with his Navy buddies all over the world, W6KRY was always on the air.

After Esther passed away, Phil returned to Illinois and spent the next 17 years with his good friend from East Dubuque High School days, Marge Beadle, helping out on her farm in Galena. He was deeply saddened when his dear companion passed away in 2013.

Affectionately known as "Phil the Pill" at Bell Tower Retirement Community, he spent most of his last few years in the same building he went to high school in, surrounded by many new friends. Stationed at "his" chair in the hallway, he was a primary fixture, who filled the days with singing, great stories and much laughter. He loved to recount his days of delivering newspapers in his neighborhood, saving up his money to buy his cherished trumpet. During his high school days he was a member of the James Hillard Band, a 12-member big band group, out of Galena. He still polished that trumpet every week.

One of the major highlights of his life was being presented his honorary high school diploma in 2012 at a reunion of all East Dubuque High School graduation classes through 1975. He was very surprised and touched that they would think of him after all those years.  

Phil is survived by step-son George Lassus of Buckeye, AZ, and an assortment of step-grand and great-grandchildren.

Phil's family, especially his step-granddaughter Cherie Collins of Coronado, CA, wishes to express our deep appreciation to Allen Beadle and his family for taking such good care of Phil for so many years and to the staff and residents of Bell Tower, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness, caring and support. Our deepest love and gratitude goes out to Sharon Sweeney, a true friend and angel in Phil's life...thank you so much for being there for him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Mary's Church of East Dubuque, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Phil will be buried near his parents in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is coordinating the arrangements. 



Jean A. Graf

Jean A. Graf, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Jean's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. To celebrate Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jean was born on November 30, 1929, in Galena, IL, daughter of Raymond and Berniece (Ripperda) Houtakker.

Jean was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, Class of 1947, and then went on to proudly continue her education with the University of Minnesota. Most of her career was spent working as a secretary for various companies around town before finally retiring from Prudential Insurance. She was united in marriage to Thomas Graf in 1955, in Mason City, Iowa. Sadly, they would later divorce, but not before being blessed with 3 wonderful sons. Jean was a kind and loving woman who was a long time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. She also had a great appreciation for art and thoroughly enjoyed painting and creating her own masterpieces. Above all though, Jean loved to spend time with her family and friends. Any time spent with those she loved was treasured, but something as simple as a eating out would absolutely brighten her day. We are truly saddened by Jean's passing from this life to the next, but find real comfort in knowing she is once again reunited with her son, James, and that we will all be together again for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Jean's memory include

her 2 sons,
John Thomas Graf, South Wayne, WI
and Robert P. Graf, Hopkins, MN;

and her siblings,
Helene Byrne, Dubuque, IA
and Richard Houtakker, LasVegas, NV.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Graf; a sister, Richelle Houtakker; and a brother-in-law, William Byrne.

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

Jean's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their kind, compassionate and loving care of Jean these past years.

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

 



John H. Oberbroeckling


John H. "Jack" Oberbroeckling, 87, of Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque (Heritage Manor), and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Jack was born on September 25, 1929, to John F. and Emaline T. (Gerken) Oberbroeckling of New Vienna, Iowa. After graduation from St. Boniface Catholic High School, Jack started his career as a Supervisor at the former Carr Adams & Collier in Dubuque. He met Iva M. Dondlinger at the Melody Mill in Dubuque and, on June 8, 1957, they were married at the Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

Jack and Iva purchased the Oberbroeckling Homestead Farm near New Vienna from Jack's parents and spent their careers farming that ground and raising their three children, Steve, Joe, and Julie. After retiring from farming, Jack also worked for a time at Modernfold in Dyersville, Iowa.

Jack was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly. He gave a lifetime of service to the organization and held past positions as Grand Knight, State Deputy Director, and Assistant to the Master for the State of Iowa. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and held the past position of Chief Ranger for the organization. He also served as a New Wine Township Trustee for a number of years. Along with his wife, Jack sang in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Choir in New Vienna for many years.

Jack was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He spent many years playing baseball as well as fast and slow pitch softball. He coached New Vienna Babe Ruth and Junior Legion teams and was a player manager for the New Vienna Town Baseball Team, the Old Pros Fast Pitch Team, and the Vesse's Auction Service Slow Pitch Team. He also served as President of the New Vienna Athletic Association.

Jack is survived by his three children, Steve of Des Moines, Joe (Nancy) of Asbury, and Julie (Jim) Wilson of Urbandale; grandchildren Zach, Jake, and Hanna Oberbroeckling of Asbury, Emily Gibson (Kraig Pool) of Lake Park, IA, and Sarah (Bryce) Champlin of Leawood, KS; great-grandchildren Layla and Brady Champlin; sister Eileen Donovan of Dubuque; two brothers, Dan (Judy) Oberbroeckling of Asbury and Jim (Alice) Oberbroeckling of Coggon, Iowa; sisters-in-law Jean Smith of Sumner, Anna Mae Steffen of Maquoketa, Adelene Hefel of Dubuque, Julaine (Rich) Frank of Bellevue, and Lillian Dondlinger and Ailene Dondlinger of Springbrook.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva; two stillborn children, John and Ann; his parents, John and Emaline; and brothers-in-law Norbert Dondlinger, Eldred Dondlinger, Valentine Smith, Leon Steffen and Bernard Hefel.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred.

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



Raymond A. Ryan


Raymond A. "Ray" Ryan, 81, of East Dubuque passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12th at Mercy Medical Center, following a short illness surrounded by his adoring family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10.30 a.m. Friday at St Mary's Catholic Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, with Father Dean Smith officiating. Friends may visit from 3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, at Miller Funeral Home 1185 IL-35 N, East Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born January 11, 1936 to Joseph and Alice (Lynch) Ryan in rural Dubuque County. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953. Ray proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He grew up working on his and several other family farms forging the strong work ethic that would lead him through his 40 year career as a plumber, working as an Independent Contractor for the last 18 years until his retirement in 2000.

In early 1962 he met the love of his life, Gail (Theisen) Ryan and they were married on November 24 later that same year. Ray and Gail have three children, Renee (Rick) Golinvaux of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Joe Ryan of East Dubuque, and Ron (Lisa) Ryan also of East Dubuque. He has been blessed with two granddaughters, Kaylee and Lindsey Ryan of East Dubuque. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to all. 

He was a diehard Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye fan, and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, who savored every minute of their 2016 Championship run. Ray was also a NASCAR fan, cheering for anyone driving a Ford. He enjoyed dinner and cards with friends, watching his granddaughters play volleyball, and especially loved occasionally babysitting for the grand dogs and grand cats. His favorite routine was weekday breakfast with his friends and weekend breakfast with his sons. Ray was very active in the Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Adoration Chapel, and the East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Ray is survived by two sisters: Eileen Beaves and Kay Steuck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Geri Ryan, Andy Ryan, Wayne (Gerry) Theisen, Karen Michels, Debbie Theisen, and Mike (Donna) Theisen. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alice Ryan; parents-in-law Matt and Peg Theisen; brothers Paul and Bill Ryan; brothers-in-law Ted Beaves, Bob Steuck, and Elmer Michels; and niece Margaret Michels.

The family would like to thank the doctors and entire nursing staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.

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



Leonard J. “Red” Weis


Leonard J. "Red" Weis, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leonard's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Leonard's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard was born on June 10, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul P. and Marie K. (Kueper) Weis.

Leonard was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, who proudly served his country with the National Guard for 26 years. He was a loyal employee, devoting 36 years of his working career as a dock worker for H&W Trucking until his well earned retirement. Faith was a priority in Leonard's life and he was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Leonard was also a faithful member of the Teamsters Local #421, the M.O.T.H. Club and the Eagles Club. In his free time, Leonard could be found sitting in the woods quietly waiting for his prey to cross his path, or contently casting his line into the open water looking for a "keeper" to brag about to his friends. Leonard also enjoyed making home movies to document all of life's events; amassing an impressive collection of over 8000 VHS tapes to look back at in time and relive all of the treasured memories again and again. The most important aspect of Leonard's life, however, was his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who was always there for all he loved and cared for. Although our hearts are saddened by Leonard's passing into eternity ahead of us, we know that one day we will all be reunited again and begin to create an entire new library of perfect memories.

Those left to cherish Leonard's memory include

his 7 children,
Agnes Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Katherine Creamer, Dubuque, IA,
Martha (Khalid) Kousheh, Dubuque, IA,
Susan Herbst, Marion, IA,
Lynn (Jason) Watters, St. Catherine, IA,
Robert Weis, Billings, MT
and James Weis, Merritt Island, FL;

his 21 grandchildren;

4 great-grandchildren;

4 step-children;

9 step-grandchildren;

6 step-great-grandchildren;

1 step great great-granddaughter;

his sister,
Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

2 sisters-in-law,
Rose Weis
and Mary Ann Weis, both of Dubuque, IA;

and his former wife,
Diane D. (Heim) Weis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Sara K. (Sprague) Weis; a daughter, Mary Brigham; a granddaughter, Sydney Watters; 2 grandsons, Michael Kloepper and Samuel Creamer; and 4 brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis, Karl Weis and Arnold "Butch" Weis.

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

Leonard's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided Leonard and his family.

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



Sister Janita Curoe

Sister Janita Curoe, BVM, 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held Feb. 11, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with shared stories followed by liturgy. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Janita taught elementary school and was principal in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Memphis and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Clarksdale and Jackson, Miss. She served as county literacy coordinator and volunteer tutor in Canton, Miss.

She was born in Bernard, Iowa, on March 28, 1929, to William Edward and Marie Powers Curoe. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Curoe, BVM (St. Richard) and Catherine Pfab; and brothers: Robert, Richard and John. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Janice Curoe, Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Irvin Pfab, Iowa City, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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 www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA., 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel


Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel, 65, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Hiawatha Care Center surrounded by her children.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Duanne Lynn Ruen was born to Carlton and Beverly (Bruening) Ruen on September 13th, 1951. She attended St. Benedict's Grade School in Decorah, Iowa, and St. Francis DeSales High School in Ossian, Iowa. Duanne graduated with honors in French in 1973 from St. Teresa's College in Winona, Minnesota - including a year of study abroad at the Alliance Françoise in Paris.

She married Leroy Ott on December 29th, 1973, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Decorah. They opened Leroy's Pizza & Restaurant in Dyersville in 1978, where both Leroy and Duanne, along with their three children, worked and created lifelong memories together. They were mentors to their employees and those in the community. After Leroy's passing in 1999, Duanne independently owned and managed the business until 2004.

On November 9th, 2002, Duanne and John Thiel were married at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  They enjoyed living in Dyersville and traveling until Duanne moved into assisted living in 2012.

Dude was a spectacular grandmother, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to take them to the zoo, the Mississippi River Museum, and to read special books with them. She enjoyed traveling the world - especially to Virginia Beach to spend time with family. Duanne relished teaching water aerobics and Pilates, loved golfing (scoring two holes-in-one!), and spent many delightful hours at the card table playing bridge and other games. Duanne was truly an amazing mother, wonderful friend, and role model.

At the age of 53, Duanne began her battle with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. She promised to be the best Alzheimer's patient ever, and she absolutely was. Duanne's family - near and far - rallied around her, becoming strong advocates for Alzheimer's awareness and support. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for all who have supported the Alzheimer's Association in hopes of finding a cure.

Duanne is survived by her husband, John, and her loving children: Michael Lee Ott and fiancée Anne with sons Quincy and Ryan; Amanda Ott Pins and her husband Jared with daughters Avery, Adalyn, and Juliana; and Jessica Ott Novotny and husband Daniel with daughters Sophia and Olivia. She is also survived by her father.

She is missed by her siblings: David Ruen and wife, Susan, of Mason City, Iowa, along with their children Cameron, Brandon, Aaron, Devon (Matt), and Ellison; Kevin Ruen of Brainerd, Minnesota, with his children Rick, Erica, and Michael; Karla Koenig of Waunakee, Wisconsin, along with her children Kelly II (Abbey) and Karin; and Lea Daniels and husband Douglas of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their son Marshall. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tootie and Bill Otis of Rochester, Minnesota, and their children Jill, Jennie, and Matt; JoAnn Ott of Ossian and daughters Sheila and Michelle; Myron Ott of Ossian and daughters Chris, Caroline, and Debbie; and Leon and Lynne Ott of Webster City with their children Angie, Bryan and Jason.  She will also be missed by her dear aunts Loma Carlson of Decorah, Elaine Johnson of Akron, Ohio and Katherine Roach of St. Paul, MN.

Duanne was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy, as well as by her mother, Beverly, her step-father, Donald White, brother-in-law Kel Koenig, brother-in-law Darrell Ott, and sister-in-law Mamie Ott White.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Eastern Central Iowa. Checks may be mailed to Alzheimer's Association, c/o Duanne Ott Memorial, 317 Seventh Ave SE, Ste 402, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

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



Gary A. Heer


Gary Alan Heer, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 8, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family after a short illness.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM, officiating.

Gary was born on September 21, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Marie (Reuter) Heer.

He married Dawn DeMoss on June 17, 1983 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Gary worked for Robert's River Rides in Dubuque until their closing. He then worked at Sweeney's Super Club in Sageville, as a bartender, and Midwest Cash and Carry until their closing. He was currently working for Milprint in Lancaster, WI.

Gary was a generous man who was always willing to lend a helping hand and listen to others. He enjoyed to cook and grill for family gatherings, enjoyed spending time at home chatting with neighbors and friends in the driveway and tipping a few back. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Dawn; two children, Dan (fiance Heather) Heer, and Hannah Heer; grandchildren, Colton, Taylor, Payton, Easton and Sydney; his mother-in-law Judy Miller, all of Dubuque and her family.

He was preceded in death by parents; two sisters Rose Miller and Mary Morse; and his father-in-law Ron DeMoss,; and Dawn's grandparents Ray "Ball Ball" and Dorothy "Dot" Ziel.

The family request no flowers, a Gary Heer memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical team, especially Jenn at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Lilly at MICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Gary and his family.



Alvin N. Marcy


Alvin Newell Marcy, of Durango, Iowa passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, February 6th at the age of 81.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and loyal friend. Survived by his wife, Laura Erma Marcy, his children and their spouses; Laura and Ken Southworth, Steven and Susan Marcy, Grace Rishell, Jim and Angie Marcy; fifteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers, Leonard and Richmond Marcy; sister Marilyn Marcy, and many other family and good friends.

Alvin was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts on the 28th of  September 1935 to Herman and Pauline Marcy and graduated from Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Connecticut. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1958 and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon College in 1960. Alvin met Laura while attending college and married on June 14, 1958 in Herndon, Virginia. He owned and operated Star Construction and in retirement used his special skills for home improvement projects for family and friends.

Alvin had a strong faith and was an active member of Hope and Christ Church in Dubuque, Iowa since moving from Virginia in 2004. He loved to share his belief in Christ and sometimes led a weekly Bible Study/Prayer group. He was blessed by singing in the Dubuque Chorale and various community choirs.

Alvin was a prolific ultra-marathon distance runner having completed a 100 mile race in 24 hours, three JFK 50 mile races and over 30 marathons to include the Boston Marathon in 2:48 and US Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in 2:49. He continued to run into his late 70's and particularly enjoyed exploring the many trails in and around Dubuque.

He was passionate about caring for the needs of others, as well as, his pets. He openly shared his faith and his home, and generously gave to family, friends, and strangers alike. His family will always smile at his ability to befriend and care for stray kitties.

In his last days it was important for Alvin to share his message to all his grandchildren to never give up hope, faith, or courage, and to always fight the good fight even when it doesn't seem worth fighting.

The family will receive friends at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road, on Friday, February 10th from 3-7 PM. The funeral service will also be held at Hope Church on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30a.m. with Rev. Matt Collins and Rev. Chip Gatto officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend it heartfelt thanks to Hospice Care of Dubuque for all their care and assistance and to Leonard's Funeral Home & Crematorium.

Memorials may be directed to:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, in the name of Tim and Christiane Marcy
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ 07762



Gloria A. Streng


Gloria A. Streng, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:40 a.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on October 22, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Jacob and Augusta L. (Weickert) Weber.

Gloria was born and raised in Dubuque, eventually graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1942, and continuing on with determination to complete her education at Bayless Business College. She would meet and marry the love of her life, Lloyd A. Streng, on August 5, 1950, and their union would be blessed with over 66 wonderful years together, and 3 beautiful children. Gloria had a strong work ethic instilled from a young age and she promptly began her working life with the Savanna Ordinance Depot, followed by some time at the Rooster Feed Mill, and next on to Spahn and Rose, and finally a short stint at Manpower Temporary Services. She would thankfully find her true calling and begin devoting her time and talents to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She would start her venture as the Holy Trinity Catholic School secretary, and finally retire at the spry age of 79 after years of service in the Trinity Square Daycare Center. Gloria was always a loyal and faith filled woman who was truly devoted to her parish. She generously volunteered with numerous church festivals, breakfasts and funeral dinners over the years. In her younger years, Gloria was known to spend her free time on the tennis courts, or skating graciously around the ice rink; but as time passed she would discover the joys of sitting down at her sewing machine and creating beautiful works to share with her loved ones. Gloria has been blessed with 92 years here on earth, and thankfully her battles have only been a few and tenaciously overcome. But still, our hearts and minds ache today with our loss and the realization that we'll have to wait patiently to complete our next full family game of Pinochle in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

her husband,
Lloyd Streng, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
David Streng, Dubuque, IA,
Jody (Tom) Cies, Richardson, TX
and Terry Streng, St. Michael, MN;

her 5 grandchildren,
Andrew Cies, Rachel (Jason) Sangworn, Monique (Mark) Trujillo, Tiara Streng and Anthony Streng;

and her 3 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Dominick Trujillo and Luke Sangworn.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Alana Beth Cies ; 3 sisters, Lidwina, Leonilda and Imogene; and her brother, Burdette.

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

Gloria's family would like to thank Drs. Chris and Tom Sinsky, the nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, and Father Thoman for all of their kind, loving, professional and compassionate care of Gloria, her family and her friends.

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

 



Adam Lynn Birch


Adam Lynn Birch, 26, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Adam was born on March 15, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenny Birch and Deborah Ford. He attended Audubon Elementary, Washington Jr. High School, Dubuque Senior High School and graduated from the Clarinda Academy in Clarinda, Iowa.

He married Snjezana Masinovic in Dubuque and was previously working for Dubuque River Rides.

He enjoyed the outdoors, snowboarding, grilling, fishing and traveling. Most of all he loved spending time with his dogs Slim and Yoko.

He is survived by his parents, Kenny (Katey) Birch, Sr. and Debbie Ford-Birch; his son, Aiden Birch; wife Snjezana Birch; siblings Kenny (Samantha Billmeyer) Birch, Jr., Heidi (Corey) Woodyard, Scarlett Adams, Tiffany Birch, and Beau Birch; his grandmother, Louise Lorenz; uncles Steve Birch, Sam (Michelle Young) Birch, Kevin (Paula Welu) Birch; and aunts Mary (Glenn Howell) Birch, Lorie (Kenny) Wilson, and Lona (Jay) Britton; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo Birch, Imelda Birch, and Karen O'Meara; uncles Lynn Birch, Bill Birch, Sr., Dan Birch Sr., and Louie Birch.

Special thank you to Patrick Leonard and his staff.



Shane C. J. Broderick


Shane C. J. Broderick, 22, of Omaha, NE., formerly of Dubuque, IA, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. At 8 p.m. there will be a wake service with memories shared by Michael Heffernan, a friend from Creighton University; Anne Broderick, an aunt from Des Moines; and Amy Franson, a family friend from Dubuque. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta, IA.

Shane was born April 22, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joseph and Beth (Hasken) Broderick. 

He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2012 where he was the student body president. He was also a member of the State Championship Soccer and Cross Country teams, was captain of the wrestling team and competed at the state level; and he was named first team Academic All-State in both soccer and wrestling. He was a member of the Christian Leadership Committee and led retreats for his peers and younger students. His favorite memory at Wahlert was "going to class seven hours a day."

Shane graduated from Creighton with honors in 2016 earning a BSBA in Financial Analysis and Accounting. He was a Heider College of Business Dean's Fellow, and, in his final year, he was named the Decurion. He was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Fraternity and a four-year member of the Dean's Honor Roll for Social Responsibility. He was selected as a member of the Creighton University Business Executive Symposium Team; completed the Anna Tyler Waite Creighton Leadership Scholars Program; and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Following his graduation from Creighton, Shane traveled to Europe for a few months before beginning his work at KPMG as an international tax associate. 

Shane will be remembered fondly by family, friends and colleagues for his kindness and enthusiasm for life. His smile lit up a room and no one remained a stranger in Shane's presence.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Beth Broderick of Dubuque; four siblings, Molly (Christopher) Conley of Austin, MN., Martin Broderick of Omaha, Daniel Broderick of Omaha, and Clare Broderick of Dubuque; his maternal grandparents, Earl and Doris Hasken of East Dubuque; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Vivian Broderick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to start a Shane Broderick Memorial Scholarship.

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

The family would especially like to thank the educators of St. Anthony's, Mazzuchelli, Wahlert and Creighton and all of those who contributed to Shane's faith-filled journey.



James N. Majerus


James N. "Jim" Majerus, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Jim was born on January 4, 1928 in Dubuque the son of John and Elizabeth (Reise) Majerus. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1946 to 1952.
He retired from Washington Jr. High School as Head Custodian in 1989.

After retirement Jim enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking and just tinkering around. His pride was his family; he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.

He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Jeanann, of Dubuque; two sons; daughter Julie (Willie) Frye, of Dubuque; grandchildren Jim (Jessica), Rachel (Carter), Chris, Blake, Brandon (Alisha) Jeremy, Jennifer, and Jackson; great-grandchildren Bentley, Mason and Rogan; extended family Sue (Vern) Pedelty, of Mason City, Iowa; Jim and (Ann) of South Carolina, and Kathy of California and their families; and his faithful companion. Snickers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his faithful companions Hank, Barney and Lucky.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Nicole, Ryan, Jessica and Jan; Faith and Family, especially Molly, for all their wonderful care they gave.



Thomas N. Manning

Thomas N. "Tom" Manning, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 a.m., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born on August 26, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Delores (Hemmer) Manning.

Tom was a lifelong resident of Dubuque and a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for many years at the Eagle's Market on Elm and always enjoyed making friends with his co-workers and customers alike. Tom was united in marriage to his bride, Rita, for five years until she was sadly called home much to early over 33 years ago. Tom would go on to live the remainder of his days as a quiet, yet sometimes vocal, bachelor who could find the simple joys in sitting down to an old western, or even a trip to the casino to try his luck at the machines that day. Unfortunately, health issues have continued to plague Tom these last few years and his slow decline has been apparent to all who knew and loved him. We are saddened by his absence, but we know that he's finally made his last visit to the doctors office, and is once again holding the hand of his dear Rita, while sitting around the table with his folks catching up on all the new wonders.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his siblings,
Jo Ann (Marty) Gansemer, Dubuque, IA,
William "Bill" (Nancy) Manning, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Susan) Manning, Davenport, IA,
Linda Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Julie McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA
and Robert (Vickie) Manning, Kansas City, MO;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Rita Manning.

Tom's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Tri-State Dialysis, and The Rose, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided Tom.

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

 



Eileen J. Rauen


Eileen J. Rauen, 93, of Bankston entered into eternal life on February 6th 2017 at Oak Crest Nursing Home in Dyersville surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Eileen may call from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday February 8th at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 pm, the Farley American Legion will meet in a body at 7 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 pm. Friends may also call after 9 am Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Eileen J. Rauen will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston.

Eileen was born June 20, 1923 in Bancroft, IA, daughter of Matt & Eleanora (Beckman) Nadermann. On September 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Sylvester "Bud" Rauen at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dyersville. Together they farmed on the Rauen's Century Family Farm until their retirement.

Eileen was a member of St. Clement's Parish, Bankston. She was a member of the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's - Presentation Court #1460. One of Eileen's favorite pasttimes was ballroom dancing. She enjoyed volunteering with Bud on the Dubuque County Fair Board. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Eileen was a loving wife, proud mother of five sons, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Eileen enjoyed the simple things of life: gardening, canning, cooking, and baking. No one ever left her home hungry.

Those left to cherish her memories are her 5 sons Richard "Rick" (Mary) Rauen, Paul (Lois) Rauen, Dennis (Virginia "Corky") Rauen, Steve (Joanne) Rauen, all of Farley and David (Joyce) Rauen of Bankston; 17 grandchildren: Stacey Rauen, Dr. Aaron (Shelli) Rauen, Sara (Sean) Dardis, Matthew (Sara) Rauen, Peter (Becky) Rauen, Tammy (Nathan) Spiegel, Jason (Kelly) Rauen, Bill (Molly) Rauen, Tom (Amanda) Rauen, Tim (Jennifer) Rauen, Luke (Kaia) Rauen, Megan Rauen, Maria (Brad) Buelow, John, Olivia, Rebecca, Gloria Rauen; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Berniece Garretson of Waterloo, Germain Reed of Burbank, WA. Jim Nadermann and Tom (Helen) Nadermann of Dyersville; brother- and sisters-in-law Jenny Nadermann of Aurora, CO, Agnes Nadermann of Dubuque, Gerald Hess of Dyersville, and Bill Rauen of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 2009; parents; a granddaughter, Angela Rauen; a great-grandson, Lucas Spiegel; her brothers Laverne and Robert Nadermann, Elmer (Juanita) Nadermann, Leo (Dorothy) Nadermann; sister Millie (Fred) Smith; brothers- and sister-in-law Dean Garretson, Bob Reed and Connie Nadermann, Peter and Verna Rauen, Clifford and Myrene Lattner, Mark and Luella Beckman, Adrian and Teresa Milbert, Gabe and Ardella Even, Ray and Florence Callahan, Rita Hess, and Janice Rauen.

Eileen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Oak Crest Nursing home and Hospice of Dubuque for the their kind, compassionate, and loving care.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Agnes Arlene Tate


Agnes Arlene "Gee" Tate, 85, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on February 5th, 2017, in Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Arlene was born on February 27th, 1931 in Carthage, MO, the eldest of eight children to James and Elizabeth (Tanner) Owens.

She worked as a clerk for AAA Automobile.

She is survived by her son, Myron W. "Mickie" Tate Jr., and granddaughter, Kelly R. Tate, both of McKinney, Texas; along with Karl's family.

Agnes was preceded in death by her loved and loving companion, Karl Francis Fink, on January 9th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers the family request you make a donation to a cancer society of your choice.


Mary Kathleen Milks Jungblut


Mary Kathleen "Kay" Milks Jungblut, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 6, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade with her family by her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass, with the rosary being recited before mass.

Kathleen was born on July 3, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Mulligan) Milks. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School, in Dubuque. She met William J. Jungblut at General Timber and on September 30th, 1950 they were united in marriage at St. Columbkilles.

She worked in the office at K-mart in Dubuque for many years until retirement. She enjoyed dancing, reading, sewing, embroidery, baking, especially pies and bread. She was very proud of her Irish Heritage and her family was most important to her.

Kathleen was a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, and a devoted loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Susan M. (Robert) Isenhart, Patricia H. Taylor, Thomas F. (Lyn) Jungblut, James R. Jungblut, and Lawrence C. (Marsha) Jungblut; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Danelle) Isenhart, Anna Isenhart, Ellie Isenhart, Alicia Taylor, Megan Taylor, Sean Jungblut, Kara (Tim) Dobbs, Andrew Jungblut and Austin Jungblut; two great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kellen Isenhart; her sister Zita Funk and brother John (Marilyn) Milks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John J. Jungblut; son-in-law, Richard Strepka; sister Patricia Flogel and brother William Milks.

The family wishes to thank Dr. William Manzel of Medical Associates, the doctors, nurses and staff of Shady Rest Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Joseph G. Hagensten


Joseph G. Hagensten, 88, of Dubuque passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 13, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Joseph was born September 29, 1928 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Helen (Bradley) Hagensten. He married Dianne Kurtz in Holy Trinity Church, Dubuque.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Navy

Joe was employed as assembler and machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Tractor, retiring in 1987.

Surviving is a son, David Hagensten, of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Joanne Hagensten of Dubuque; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald Hagensten, of West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Dorothy Bradley.

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



Wanda L. Becker


Wanda L. Becker, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Wanda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Wanda Lea Reid was born at home on February 24, 1931, in Jones County, Iowa to Edwin E. and Frances M. (Post) Reid. She attended country school in Jones County through eighth grade and graduated from Onslow High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls in 1950.

She married Arthur Becker Jr. on June 1, 1951 at the Onslow Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Noel, Rick, and twin daughters Lisa and Linda.

Wanda was a farm wife who farmed with her husband in the Oxford Junction area for many years. She managed all of the day to day operations of the farm and the family. Prior to becoming a farm wife she had taught school for six years in Onslow, Monmouth and Lost Nation. In later years, she worked at Sherri's Tax Service.

Wanda was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. She enjoyed dancing, and many others enjoyed her cooking. She was a fun loving person who had a spunky, natural and easy sense of humor. Spending time and traveling with her family were Wanda's favorite things. She loved her grandpuppy "Sammy" dearly. She had a grace filled life and always thought of others first.

Those left to honor Wanda's memory include her children, Rick (Anna) Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Lisa (Bruce) Boldt of Fairfax, IA, and Linda Becker of Iowa City, IA; a daughter-in-law, Sandy (Mike) Becker Franzen of Monmouth, IA; a sister Mary (Pete) Doyle of Bella Vista, AR; 5 grandchildren, Nathan (Janna) Becker of Monmouth, IA, Beau Becker of Osaka, Japan, Keely Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Jessica Boldt of Chicago, IL and Ben Boldt of Cambridge, MA; and 1 great-grandchild Max Becker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur (1987), a son Noel (2004), a brother Ronald Reid (2010), and a grandson Nicholas Becker (2016).

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Union Presbyterian Church, Smithtown Cemetery Association or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would especially like to thank Prairie Hills Assisted Living and the Hiawatha Care Center for the wonderful care Wanda received.

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



Ronald Robert Freisinger


Ronald Robert Freisinger, 63, passed away on February 6, 2017 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Private Services will be conducted with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Local arrangements are with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ron was born February 15, 1953 to Darlene C. (Clemen) Freisinger and Paul H. Freisinger. He resided most of his life in Dubuque, Iowa. In his earlier years, Ron was very creative and artistic. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his siblings.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Kristi Mindrup of Silvis, Il; and 11 siblings: John (Deb) Freisinger of East Dubuque, IL; Barbara Duccini of Dubuque; Melvin (Sandy) Freisinger of Dubuque; Clarence (Joyce) Freisinger of Oak Grove, MN; Amy Richard of Dubuque; Joyce Freisinger of Verona, WI; Paul (Mary) Freisinger of Dubuque; Darlene Spangler (Rich Shockley) of East Dubuque, IL; Mary Freisinger of Dubuque; David Freisinger of Dubuque; Charles (Tammy) Freisinger of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother in 2008, his father in 2009. Also by his sister in-law, Karen Freisinger in 1997; his brother in-law, Terry Duccini in 2007, and his niece, Michelle in 2012.

A special thanks to the staff at Insight Partnership in Ottumwa for their care and support of Ron in the past year.

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



Richard K. Woolf


Richard K. "Dick" Woolf, age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor and celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on June 23, 1930, in Ellenboro, WI, of Edward and Hazel (Raine) Woolf.

Dick was born and raised in Ellenboro before eventually putting down permanent roots in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Jaeger, on August 2, 1968, in Galena, IL. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years, and raised 5 children together. Dick knew the value of an honest days work and would put in over 31 years as a butcher for the Dubuque Packing Company before finally retiring. Dick's primary goal in this life though was his family. He would devote many days to baiting and casting countless lines into the water with each and every child, he would regularly prepare spectacular meals which would have all calling back for the recipe, and Dick was also just as happy to simply sit around sharing his wealth of historical knowledge, or favorite story of the day, with anyone who would listen. Dick's family sadly arrives to a new world today with broken hearts, but we are grateful for the memories of a good and decent man who not only knew how to grow the best tomatoes, but also run an efficient quality control protocol on any questionable leftover still residing in the fridge.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Carol Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Vicky (Roger) Fielding, Spring Green, WI,
Douglas (Mary Jo) Woolf, Johnston, IA,
Michelle (Scott) Becwar, Dubuque, IA
and Christopher (Misty) Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
Ryan, Elissa, Lacey, Steven, Vanessa and Sawyer;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Summor, Olivia, Michael, Gabriella, Violet, Lilian and Landyn;

and his brother,
Terry (Dee) Woolf, Platteville, WI;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Woolf; a granddaughter, Jessica Woolf; a sister, Shirley (James) Burkholder; and 2 brothers, Jack Woolf and David (Angie)Woolf.

A Richard K. "Dick" Woolf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank Dr. Viner, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, for the professional, kind and compassionate care they provided Dick and his family.

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

 



Patricia R. Failmezger


Patricia Ruth "Pat" (Schaller) Failmezger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her son's residence with family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Pat was born on May 18, 1937, in Dubuque the daughter of Louis "Louie" and Ruth (Pauly) Schaller. She married Heinz Failmezger, in 1961. She worked for her father at Schaller Moving and Storage, before becoming a full-time Mom and Grandma. She loved to dance, golf, and play cards. Summers were filled with time at Lacoma Golf Course, and winters in Corpus Christie, Texas, and Myrtle Beach. Her travels also took her to Manheim Germany, to visit her in-laws and in 2012 a family trip to Montego Bay Jamaica.

She was passionate about sports especially local sports involving her grandchildren's baseball and softball games, where she could often be heard correcting the umpires. She also enjoyed watching the Packers, the Chicago Blackhawks, and had a special love for NASCAR, faithfully keeping track of ever