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Ronald T. Horan Sr.


Ronald T. Horan Sr., 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, September 5, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Ronald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. at the church on Tuesday.

Ronald Thomas Horan was born on January 23, 1939 in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Harry and Thelma Christina (Mangler) Horan. He was educated in Jackson County Country School #2 near Springbrook and attended Bellevue Marquette High School. He married Mary Ann Rockwell in 1963.

Ronald worked as a heavy equipment operator for Union Operating Engineers Local #234, and then owned and operated his own excavating business, Ron Horan Construction for over 50 years.

Ronald was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid stock car racing fan and participant, and recreational aviation enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, canoeing and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren. Additionally, he loved his horse, Ambush, and his dog, Shep.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife, Mary Horan of Maquoketa, IA; children, Ronald (Delores) Horan Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Brad) Barnes of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Jacob and Josie Horan, and Abigail and Austin Barnes; a sister Marcella "Sally" Rowan of Andrew, IA; 6 nephews and 8 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald T. Horan Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Marie E. Dupont


Marie E. (Naumann) Dupont, age 95, of Dubuque and formerly of Sherrill, was called home peacefully at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Sherrill, with Rev. Michael J. Mescher officiating and Deacon Loras Weber giving the homily. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. There will also be visitation at Ss. Peter and Paul Church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning before the funeral services. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on December 20, 1923, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Anna (Schueller) Naumann.

Marie was born and raised in the Sherrill area, where she would spend her entire life before moving to Dubuque in 2009. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Norbert Dupont, on November 26, 1947, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. They were blessed with 61 years and 8 children together before he was sadly called home ahead of her on October 24, 2009. Marie was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in caring for her home and family. Marie's Catholic faith was extremely important to her, she was a very active member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church and Rosary Society as well as the Catholic Order of Foresters. Marie was very generous in volunteering her time, devoting 42 years to the school in Sherrill, and later spending time visiting with the residents at Stonehill, for which she was happily rewarded with endless hugs. Marie was humbled and truly honored when she was awarded the Governor's Award for her efforts. In her free time, Marie enjoyed crocheting and doing embroidery work as well as creating beautiful quilts for family and friends. She also had a friendly, competitive side to her personality and enjoyed playing Bingo or engaging in a spirited game of Euchre. Marie had a green thumb and always planted an extensive vegetable garden, canning her bountiful harvest to have on hand for creating delicious meals throughout the year. Beyond a doubt Marie's family was her entire world, she loved spending time with Norbert and the children and was beyond thrilled when the grandchildren started coming along. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful woman and role model in our daily lives, but take comfort that she is now resting in peace.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her children,
Joanne (Pres) Dupont Sandoval, Truchas, NM,
Steve (Judy) Dupont, Dubuque, IA,
Donna (Jake) Cota, Dubuque, IA,
Tom (Lori) Dupont, Sherrill, IA,
Mark (Cathy) Dupont, Balltown, IA,
Leon (Julie) Dupont, Sherrill, IA,
Peter (Julie) Dupont, Balltown, IA
and Agnes (Jim) Esser, Dubuque, IA;

her 19 grandchildren;
Stacy, Sarah, Susan, Rob, Dave, Tim, Stephanie, Emily, Matt, Eric, Christopher, Josh, Joe, Randy, Brian, Katie, Amy, Michael and Jordan;

her 36 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Doris Ann (Nicky) Wolf, Dyersville, IA,
Harold (Madonna) Naumann, Sherrill, IA
and Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA;

her brother-in-law,
Lester Weber, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norbert Dupont; a grandson, Ted Cota; 2 great-grandchildren, Bailey Cota and Brecken Dupont; her siblings, Lorraine (Vernon) Weber, Rita (Earl) Kintzle, Ruth Weber and a brother in infancy; and her in-laws, Alfred (Marie) Dupont, Meralda (Leo) Steger, Ralph (Marge) Dupont, Maurine (Jim) Morgan, Bill (Alice) Dupont and Joe (Barb) Dupont.

Marie's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Marie's care givers at Stonehill and with Hospice of Dubuque, their compassion and professionalism was appreciated more than we can express.

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

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

 



Marvin H. Leslein


Marvin Henry Leslein, 92, of Hawkeye Care Center died Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Private funeral services will be held.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, is entrusted with arrangements.

Marvin was born to John and Angeline (Broessel) Leslein on May 29, 1927 in Dubuque County. He married Marilyn Kerth on January 4, 1947 at Immanuel Church in Dubuque, and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2015.

He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a Mechanic/Inspector for 38 years.  He was known to be a practical joker, always laughing with his many friends. He was an avid collector of old-time radios, and spent much time recording old shows on reel to reel tapes.  

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and researching his ancestry.  After retirement you would find him in his motorhome with Marilyn during which time they would go antiquing for cookie jars (for Marilyn) and radios (for his own collection).  

Marvin was the best husband, father, grandfather and brother that anyone could ask for and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are two of his children, Cynthia Leslein, of Dubuque, and Randall Leslein of Rice Lake, WI; his grandchildren, Brooke (Todd) Gassman and Justin Leslein; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Marvin was proceeded in death by his parents; his son, David Leslein; his twin brother Melvin (Carmen) Leslein; and his brother Eldon (Virginia) Leslein.

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

 

 

 



Clarence J. Klein


Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein, age 91, of Rickardsville, was called home peacefully at 1:48 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Luther Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Whitey's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, September 9, 2019, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, Iowa, with Rev. Michael J. Mescher officiating. To celebrate Whitey's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 5:00 p.m. There will not be visitation at the church in the morning before the funeral service. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Whitey was born on August 14, 1928, in Rickardsville, Iowa, son of Andrew and Barbara (Ruden) Klein. He received his education at St. Joseph School, Rickardsville, Holy Cross High School and graduated from Loras Academy in 1946. He also attended Loras College from 1946-1947. He married Rose Marie Hanson on August 19, 1952, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 18, 1978. He then married Delores M. "Dee" Snodgrass Taylor on May 11, 1979, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque, she also preceded him in death on February 3, 2018. Whitey farmed all his life in the Rickardsville area. He farmed until he was 80 and then retired for health reasons and to care for his wife, Dee. Clarence was an active member of St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville and served on the Finance Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Parish Council throughout his years. He was a Director of the Rickardsville Public School until the Western Dubuque School was formed and the Rickardsville School closed. Whitey also served on the Dubuque County Eminent Domain Board. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) for 50+years and served as Financial Secretary of St. Francis Court #774 in the 1940's and 1950's. Whitey was a humble farmer with a strong faith in God and love of family.

Those left to cherish Whitey's memory include

his children,
Michael (Sue) Klein, Epworth, IA,
Patrick Klein, Rickardsville, IA,
William (Mary) Klein, Peosta, IA,
Barbara (Ted) Maiers, Holy Cross, IA,
Beverly (Mark) Leibfried, Rickardsville, IA,
Gregory Klein, Rickardsville, IA,
Paul (Cyd) Klein, Rickardsville, IA,
Robert (Chris) Taylor, Sioux City, IA
and Gary Taylor, North Carolina;

his 21 grandchildren;

his 33 great-grandchildren;

his son-in-law,
Andy Thomas, Dubuque, IA;

his sisters-in-law,
Elaine Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Mary Jo (Tom) Townsend, Florida;

and a brother-in-law,
Jack (Shirley) Hanson, New Mexico.

Whitey was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Marcella Steger; his 1st wife, Rose M. Klein; his 2nd wife, Delores M. "Dee" Klein; his son, Thomas Klein; his daughter, Lynne Thomas; and 3 brothers, Frank (Rita) Klein, Emmett Klein and Harold (Ady) Klein.

Whitey's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, as well as the entire staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care of Whitey throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Darwin E. Bucher


Darwin E. "Butch" Bucher, 83, of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. No public services will be conducted. Local arrangements entrusted with Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Darwin was born October 10, 1935 in Northville Township, Illinois, the son of Ward and Dorothy (DeShazo) Bucher. He served in the US Marine Corp. Darwin married Patricia Shotwell on May 7, 1986. Darwin sold gun parts at many gun shows over the years. He could get along with anyone and always gave them time. Darwin had a heart of gold and was very generous. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight of his life, he loved to tease and joke with them all the time. Darwin enjoyed having 4th of July parties and always had "Bucher Boxes" for his grandchildren every Christmas filled with rememberable gifts.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; children, Ward (Shiho) Bucher of Bellevue, Michael Bucher of Japan, Emmett (Donna) Bucher of Bellevue, and Linda (Larry) Ambrosy of Bellevue; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dawn (Roland) Gillette.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Leona C. Niehaus


Leona C. Niehaus, 100, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at MercyOne, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Leona was born November 9, 1918 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Vitus and Josephine (Meyer) Langel. She married Eldrew B. Niehaus on May 1, 1941 in Dyersville, Iowa.

Leona worked at The Ertl Company for 21 years. Leona cared for her husband for many years as he suffered with Parkinson's disease. For years she went to Oak Crest Manor almost every day and fed him lunch and dinner.

She enjoyed playing BINGO and cards. She was an avid Cubs fan.

Survivors include her two sons: Dave "Moose" (Judy) Niehaus of Dyersville and Jim (Jane) Niehaus of Allen, TX; grandchildren: Bruce Niehaus, Brad (Susan) Niehaus, Brenda (Bryan) Gray, Teddy (Deanna) Glover, Travis Niehaus, Shelli Niehaus (partner, Steve Rudderham), Tony Niehaus, Shawn (Sairung) Niehaus, 15 great grandchildren: 13 great great grandchildren; siblings: Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Alma Loesche of Dyersville and sister-in-law, Arlene Langel of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eldrew who passed in 2008, siblings: Marcella Weber Steger (Alphonse Weber & Edmund Steger), Sylvester (Deloras) Langel, Ambrose Langel, Ray (Sally) Langel, Lucille Langel, Esther Klein Sullivan (Clete Klein & Roger Sullivan), Evey (John) Gaul, Mary (Lyle) Neuhaus; in-laws: Red Loesche, Roy Krogman, Valeria (Paul) Beckman; Jackie Niehaus, wife of grandson, Travis Niehaus.

The family would like to thank the staff at MercyOne Senior Care for their compassionate care.

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



Helen E. Oster


Helen E. Oster, 90, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home to Eternal Peace and Love on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Helen was born on January 30, 1929 in Bellevue, Iowa, the daughter of John and Eleanor (Davis) Hingtgen. She married Oswald "Ozzie" Oster on June 4, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2012.

She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in 1947.

Helen was a member of the Academy Alumni, a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society in East Dubuque.

She worked at the former General Dry Battery Factory, and the former Warehouse Market both in Dubuque.

Helen loved her travels to Mexico, England, Las Vegas, Texas, New England, and many trips to cabins on the lakes in Northern Wisconsin. She also enjoyed luncheons with life-long friends from I. C. Academy and the Mother's Club.

Family was of the utmost importance to Mom. She raised and was instrumental in her grandchildren's upbringing. Mom was always looking forward to the next family gathering, including the annual fall trips to the apple orchards at Gays Mills, WI.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Doris Quinlan) Oster of Shawano, WI, Terri (Oster) Hanson and Lee Weiss of Roanoke, IN, and John (Tracy Holdridge) Oster of East Dubuque; her daughter-in-law, Deb (Mihalakis) Oster of Hazel Green, WI; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whom she cherished and enjoyed being with.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eleanor, her husband Ozzie, a son Jim and her siblings, Mick, Vern, and Roger Hingtgen.

Helen's family would like to express our deep appreciation and sincere thank you to all of the people who cared for our Mom with patience and compassion. Thank you to Mom's neighbors, doctors, nurses and CNA's at Mercy One Dubuque, to all the people on the Skilled Nursing Floor at Stonehill Care Center, everyone at Assisi Village, nurses and CNA's and staff on the Hospice and Palliative Care Floor at Stonehill, to all those special people from Hospice of Dubuque. To our family of cousins for their support, thank you. To Fr. Peter of St. Mary's, East Dubuque for his help and compassion.

Our mom's everlasting words to us are: "Remember, material things don't mean much, the most important thing is to be kind and good to each other."

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

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



Jeffrey J. Hinzmann

Jeffrey James Hinzmann, Stotts City, MO son of Ronald and Clara (Podnar) Hinzmann, was born August 13, 1958 in Dubuque, IA and departed this life on September 2, 2019 at the age of 61.

Jeffrey was an over-the-road trucker until his health started to decline. He enjoyed taking care of his home and yard and sitting on his porch and visiting with family and friends.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by one brother, Kenny Hinzmann and one sister, Kimberly Babin.

Survivors include: his parents, Ronald and Clara Hinzmann of Kimberling City, MO; two daughters, Amy Hinzmann of Kansas and Emily Hinzmann of Kansas; two brothers, Jimmy Hinzmann and friend, Kari of Cuba City, WI and Jerry Hinzmann of Kimberling City, MO; three grandsons and one granddaughter and a host of other family and friends.

No service is planned at this time. Cremation was under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.



Richard P. Schuster


Richard P. "Dick" Schuster, 82, of Darlington, Wisconsin, died Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City.

Dick was born on April 23, 1937, in Bernard, Iowa, the son of William and Clara (Schneider) Schuster. He married Geraldine Butlett on October 5, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, IA. She preceded him in death on December 6, 2011.

Dick farmed in the Cuba City area for years. He enjoyed gambling, playing cards and going for rides.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy (Denny) Ritter, Darlington, and Barbara (Tom Ferrin) Schuster, Hazel Green; four sons, Richard Schuster, Timothy (Lisa) Schuster, and Kenneth Schuster, all of Cuba City, and James (Ronda) Schuster, Bloomington; three brothers, Joseph Schuster, Kansas City, MO, and Loras Schuster and Bill (Lorraine) Schuster, both of Dubuque, IA; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren with one on the way.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Tommy Ferrin; three sisters, Veronica Wickman, Carol Lynch and Mary Scheckel; and three brothers, Henry, Gerald and Ray Schuster.

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



Daisy A. Stabenow


Daisy Ann Stabenow, age 101, of Luther Manor, formerly of Largo, Florida, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, September 2, 2019.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 9th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Frank Dunn officiating.

She was born September 8, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Russell Wright and Mary (Svejcar) Wright. Daisy married Lee Delmar Stabenow of McConnell, Illinois on May 31, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri.

She was employed in various positions prior to attending college. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1968 and taught sixth grade math in the Kansas public schools for many years thereafter.

She was a world traveler having visited many countries and every continent first with her husband and, after his death, with her daughter. Her favorite destination was the game parks of East Africa. She had one special trip to Ireland with her daughter and son and daughter-in-law which was a wonderful family vacation.

Daisy is survived by a son, Dr. David (Eva) Stabenow, of Dubuque, Iowa and a daughter, Patricia Cone, of Dacula, Georgia. She is also survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Lee, her husband; a brother Russell Wright, Jr.; and two sisters Mary Jane Blank and Annabell Goldstone.

In lieu of flowers memorials should be given to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wants to thank Luther Manor for the wonderful care they gave to our mother over the years she was with them and to thank Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care they gave at the end of her life.



Donald K. Brooks


Donald K. Brooks, 60, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A Donnie Brooks Benefit is planned for Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at Bill's Place in Maquoketa. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

Donald Keith Brooks was born on March 1, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald A. Brooks and Rosemary (Clark) Feltes. He was educated in Maquoketa schools and was part of the first MAC program class taught by Deb Carson. Following high school, he worked various construction and carpenter jobs. He then worked for Clinton Engines as a machinist, Generac as a machinist, Precision Metal Works as a painter and lastly for Hollander in Maquoketa.

He met Mary Wallroff on March 1, 1980 and they were married on April 15, 1995 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Don was an avid football fan of the Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes. He also enjoyed playing pool and talking about the weather. He was a family-oriented man who loved spending time with his grandson Kairyn. He enjoyed telling stories of his family and friends growing up.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his wife, Mary L. Brooks of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Chanel Brooks of Maquoketa, IA; a grandson Kairyn; sisters Sherri (Shawn) Hulke of Oxford Junction, IA, and Dawn Bodenhofer of MN; a brother John (Mary) Brooks of Oxford Junction, IA; and his step-dad John Feltes of Oxford Junction, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lisa Snodgrass, and sons Damien Wallroff and Donald N. Brooks.

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

 



Dana F. Widel


Dana F. Widel, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 6, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Dana Frank Widel was born on April 19, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Lyle Ford and Rebecca Emma (Bruns) Widel. He attended elementary and junior high school in Maquoketa, and was a 1958 graduate of Elwood High School. He later attended NIC in Peosta earning a Tax Accounting Degree.

Dana was well known for owning and operating Widel Tax and Accounting Services from 1987 to 2013. Prior to that, he had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa from graduation until 1980, and General Thermo from 1980 to 1982. He was a handyman, and a landlord who owned several rental properties, as well as being actively involved in the Maquoketa softball program during the 1980's.

Dana had been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed watching sports, NASCAR, and spending time outside, especially walking.

Those left to honor his memory include a brother-in-law, Art Wheatley of Marion, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Menzo, Robert and Lyle, and sisters Nola Hinz, Glatha Wheatley, Waive Bailey, Neda Wagoner and 2 infants.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Dana F. Widel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eldon J. Budden


Eldon Joseph Budden, 94, of Menominee, IL, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/prayer service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. There will also be a visitation from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Church, where the Nativity BVM Holy Name Society will recite the rosary at 9:45 a.m.

Eldon was born on January 2, 1925 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Joseph and Irene (Hilby) Budden. Eldon farmed for many years in Menominee Twp.

He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus of Galena, Council # 696, a member of the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Menominee Village Board.

Eldon was an avid euchre player and played in many euchre tournaments. He was an avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals fan. Eldon was also the first road commissioner for the Village of Menominee.

Eldon enjoyed his hunting trips to South Dakota, and his fishing trips to Canada with his family and friends.

Surviving is his sister, Wilma Budden of Menominee; a brother-in-law, Ed Handfelt of Waunakee, WI, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews, and great, great, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene, his siblings, Alverna (Leo) Ramaker, Evelyn Handfelt, Eloyse (Dick) Runde, Donald (Irene) Budden, and nephews, David Ramaker, Dave Girton, Mike Uthe, Andy Runde, and Joey Westhoff.

"Live like you're going to die tomorrow, and farm like you're going to live forever."

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

Eldon's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the special kindness shown to Eldon.



Alfred A. Schmitt


Alfred August Schmitt, 93, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Friday, September 6, 2019, at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a Wake Service at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial for Al will be 10:30 AM Saturday, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Key West.

Al was born September 28, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Alfred J. and Hilda (Koester) Schmitt. He grew up as a child of the Great Depression. He never complained about how difficult life was growing up but did what was needed to help his family survive day to day. He was strong willed, hard-working, loving and smart, both street and intellectually. As a young man he grew up quickly with a sense of responsibility to his mother and siblings.

He then met Virginia Hirsch, the love of his life, and they married November 8, 1947 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. and started a family. He approached family life as he did with his early life, with love, a fierce sense of responsibility and a need for a bit of adventure.

He was employed as a pattern maker at John Deere Dubuque Works for 37 years. He retired in 1983.

His family fondly remembers the many Western trips with his wife, children, and in-laws in tow, always ending in San Francisco to visit his mother and brothers. He also loved salmon fishing, playing cards with his friends, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, the Pattern Makers League of NA, and the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children, Janet (Patrick) Melloy, Thomas Schmitt, Susan (Mike Gruber) Lang, all of Dubuque, Christine (Richard) Schneider, of Lancaster, WI, and Amy (Mark) Hemmer, of Andrew, IA; grandchildren, Ryan (Irene) Melloy and Erin (Jeremiah) DeHeck, Karin Betsinger, Kevin (Sophia) Schmitt, Meggan (Josh Stowers) Gaines, Jessica, Melissa and Justen Lang, Jared, and Amanda Hemmer and Morgan Schneider; two step-grandchildren, Holly Schneider and Megan Almberg; 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, Carl (Kathleen) Schmitt, of Texas, and a sister, May Lou Kennedy of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Georgia Betsinger, one brother, George Schmitt and a brother-in-law Jack Kennedy.

A memorial has been established for Hospice of Dubuque and the American Heart Association

The family would like to give a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, St. Croix Hospice and the Hospice of Dubuque especially Paul his nurse, for their loving care and support of Al.



Evelyn Blosch-Poulsen


Evelyn Blosch-Poulsen, 90, died on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Longhouse Adult Living Center in Spencer, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home. Lunch will be served at noon for family and friends at the Moracco. Interment will be at 3 p.m.at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, IA.  

Evelyn was born on August 12th, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of Conrad W. and Mary M. (Timmerman) Blosch.

She married Harvey Schroeder in 1948 and was divorced in 1957. After her divorce she worked at the Clinton Engines plant in Maquoketa, Iowa, and later worked for the John Deere plant as a pastry chef for many years.

She and her second husband, Curt Poulsen, moved to Fostoria, Iowa, where they owned and operated a locker plant and grocery store.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Roger (Lois) Schroeder, of Mechanicsville, VA, Kenneth (Dee) Schroeder of Spencer, IA, Jim Meyer, her longtime companion of Spencer, IA; her brothers Carmen (Anna Mae) Blosch of Cuba City, WI, and  Carvel Blosch of Dubuque, IA; and 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sons, LaVerne and Verle Schroeder; and sisters Dorothy Bradley and Della Hoerner.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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



Viola A. Roeder


Viola A. "Vi" (Hingtgen) Roeder, 100, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Family will greet friends 9:00 am until service time also on Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Vi was born December 24, 1918 in Jackson County, the daughter of Nicholas and Katherine (Heiar) Hingtgen. She married Floyd P. Roeder on June 27, 1939 at St. John's Catholic Church in Andrew, he passed on January 4, 2014. Vi was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. She was a hard worker, working sunup to sundown, she made her daughter's clothing, always putting her family first and was well respected by all. Vi and Floyd enjoyed going to dances every weekend. Vi was devoted to the Rosary and said it many times each day.

Survivors include her children, Barb Roeder, Bob (Rose) Roeder, Diane Berlage, Cheri Griebel, Gary (Katy) Roeder, Rick (Donna) Roeder, and Mary (Aron) Thielen; 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; a sister, Delores Eggers; and a sister in-law, Janet Hingtgen.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Al (Elnora) Hingtgen, Vern Hingtgen, Loretta (Ray) Clasen, and Donna (Eldon) Oster; a brother in-law, Richard Eggers; and 3 sons in-law, Van Rolling, Glenn Griebel, and Dennis Berlage.

The family would like to thank Clover Ridge for their special care of our mother.

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

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

 



George A. Sharkey


George A. Sharkey, Sr. 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 28, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper, Wyoming. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

George was born on February 22, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Margaret (Allen) Sharkey. He served in the United States Army from October of 1961 to August of 1962 in Ft. Polk, Louisiana. He married Mary Faulhaber on November 26, 1960 at Sacred Heart in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2018. He worked for John Deere for 38 years until retirement. He also worked at Sharkey building and Wrecking with his brothers. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

George loved being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren along with being outdoors and playing cards. He loved to work and take care of his family.

George is survived by his son George (Julie) Sharkey, Jr. of Casper, Wyoming, and daughter Michelle Tigges, of Dubuque. Five grandchildren Jessica, Shawn, Jamie, Cory and Candi. Four great grandchildren, Jaylinn, Jasmine, Brooklyn and Wiley. His brothers Dennis Sharkey, Gary Sharkey, and Greg Sharkey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, brothers Mick, Tom, Tim and Chuck.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Mary Ann Hermsen


Mary Ann Hermsen, 86 of New Vienna passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 pm and the NV/Luxemburg Fire Department will gather at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday from 11 am - 1 pm at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery.  Fr. Jim Goerend will officiate.

Mary Ann was born October 15, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa the daughter of Felix and Rose (Meyers) Oberbroeckling.  She attended Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg, however left school early after the death of her mother (which was the day after Mary Ann's 16th Birthday) to help raise her younger siblings.

Mary Ann married Virgil Hermsen on September 22, 1954, in Luxemburg.  After marriage she worked at Roshek's Cafeteria in Dubuque and The National Tea Grocery Store in Dyersville.  But for most of her life Mary was a stay at home mother until the early 1960's when Virgil purchased The New Vienna Feed Mill where she helped when needed.  They also owned and operated Virgil's Woodshop after the sale of the Feed Mill.  For many years they attended auctions and set up Flea Markets in Illinois and Minnesota. You could also find her helping out at Breitbach's Country Dining in the kitchen or bar area until her health started to fail.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil, (they would have been married 65 years this September 22); children: Robert (Teresa) Hermsen of Belle Plaine, Debra (Gary) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Patrick (Kim) Hermsen and Susan (Joe) Kluesner, both of New Vienna, Mike (Tiffany) Hermsen of Kansas City, MO, and Sara (Gary) Goedken of Worthington; 20 grandchildren: Anne (Graham Critch) Hermsen, Katie (Kyle) Grosz, Andrew Hermsen, Chris (Rochelle Hunter) Hermsen, Chad (Kris) Osterhaus, Kurt (Christy) Osterhaus, Lara (Shawn) Summer, Luke Hermsen, Lindsey Hermsen, Kevin Kluesner, Molly Kluesner, Mary (Kirby Kendrick) Kluesner, Daniel (Holly Offerman) Kluesner, Mariah (Jacob Ross) Hermsen, Hannah Hermsen, Sierra Hermsen, Tyler (Megan) Goedken, Elizabeth (Mario) Ibarra; 10 great grandchildren: Ellyn, Kinnick, Garrett, Kilee, Dalton, Josalyn, Valen, Elyse, Myles and Emilio; 2 step great grandchildren: Daniel and Adam; siblings: Dennis (Barb) Oberbroeckling of Cedar Rapids and Patricia (Joe) Wulfekuhle of Petersburg; in-laws: Doris Lake of Dyersville, Fred (Barb) Hermsen of Peosta, Daniel (Jean) Hermsen of Dyersville and Jean (Marvin) Kramer of Farley.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Sylvia (Thillen) Hermsen; grandchildren: Greg and Abby Osterhaus; siblings: Gregor (in infancy), Henry (Jeanne), Albert (Gladys), Leonard Oberbroeckling, Elizabeth (Louis) Loeffelholz, Lucille (LeRoy) Loeffelholz and Theresa (Herman) Mueller; a brother-in-law, Lavern "Doc" Lake.

A Mary Ann Hermsen Memorial Fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 



Ralph Kunkel


Ralph Kunkel, 86, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 104, Cuba City. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Ralph was born on April 17, 1933, in Kieler, Wisconsin, the son of Kilian and Angeline (Roth) Kunkel. Ralph graduated with distinction in 1951 from Loras Academy, Dubuque, Iowa. While at the Academy, Ralph participated in their Reserve Officer Training Corps and was promoted to the rank of Cadet Master/Sergeant. Following graduation, he entered the military. After completing six months of Signal School, Ralph served as section sergeant for the 3rd Signal Battalion.

He married Darlene Brant of Dickeyville, WI, on October 30, 1956. She preceded him in death on December 1, 2016. Ralph worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works and sold insurance.

Ralph loved to hunt deer and bear in Northern Wisconsin and took many extended fishing trips to Canada. He enjoyed bowling and traveling. Ralph was a member of American Legion Post 104 and Wings over Wisconsin.

Ralph and Darlene were blessed with two children, Terry Kunkel, Warner Robins, GA, and Vicki Kunkel, Aurora, IL. Ralph is also survived by two grandchildren, Kim and Monique; seven great-grandchildren, Kali, Emma, Nicoles, Kyley, Michael, James, and Amelia Rose; two brothers, John (Patricia) Kunkel and Floyd (Darlene) Kunkel; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kunkel and Rose Ann Kunkel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; twin infant children in gestation; three brothers, Kenneth (Marie), Donald and Gerald; and two sisters, Rita (Eugene) Hornbeck and Marian (Gilbert) Vaassen.

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



Murilla A. Gehl


Murilla A. Gehl, 82, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, surrounded by her family, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Murilla may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the funeral home in Cascade. Services for Murilla will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Murilla was born July 25, 1937 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Dan and Mary (Stanton) Martin. She graduated from the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 22, 1959 she was united in marriage to Richard F. Gehl at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in South Garryowen, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 4, 1995. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Murilla was a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother; who truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by six children, Margie (Jeff) Frank of Bellevue, IA, Kevin (Vicki) Gehl of Cascade, IA, Colleen (Larry) McMahon of Cedar Rapids, IA, Craig (Kathy) Gehl of Cascade, IA, Renee Lyons of Dubuque, IA, Brad (Abby) Gehl of Maquoketa, IA; twelve grandchildren, Megan, Cody, Ashley, Nicole, Mitchell, Chad, Mikaela, Michael, Madeline, Carsyn, Tyler and Trent; one great grandchildren, Keeley; one sister, Marie Kivlahan.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Martin Gehl; two brothers, John W. "Billy" (Rita) Martin and Joe (Katie) Martin; one sister, Madonna (Gene) Redmond; a brother-in-law Bill Kivlahan.

The family of Murilla would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, River Bend Retirement Community and Rev. Douglas Loecke for all the care and support they gave to Murilla. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 



Joseph J. McPoland


Joseph James McPoland, 87, of Sherrill, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Luther Manor surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 30th at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5131 Sherrill Rd. Sherrill with Rev. Father Noah Diehm as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 29th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Joe was born March 19, 1932, in Fillmore, IA, he was the son of William and Mary (McCabe) McPoland. He married Janann Meyer September 28, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1997.

He was employed in his earlier years as an independent milk hauler and later as a truck driver for Alter Scrap Metal Company.

He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul parish in Sherrill, the Dubuque Boat Club and a member of the Epworth and Sherrill Fire Department for a total of 50 years.

Joe loved life. In his younger years he spent much time at the Melody Mill with the "Bankston Gang". You could always find him with a fishing pole in one hand and a cold beer in the other. He loved feeding and watching his birds, and playing cards with those at family events and the Boat Club. Brewing up a barrel of his homemade wine to drink and share with everyone, was something he treasured. He was proud of the 50 years of service volunteering with the Epworth and Sherrill Fire Departments. But the most important thing he loved was his family.

Surviving are his children Cathy Robertson, Benton, WI, Deblyn (John) Russell, of Cedar Falls, IA, Steve (Debbie) McPoland, of Dubuque, Carol Beil, of Cherry Valley, IL, Dan McPoland and Dave McPoland, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Jim Robertson Jr., Shannon Hamm, Steffane Harjehausen, Melissa Briggs, Bekka Sobolewski, and C.J. Beil; ten great-grandchildren and another one due in October; one brother, Don McPoland, of Glendale, CA; and a sister, Nancy Then, of Dyersville, IA; and one sister-in-law, Betty McPoland of Dubuque.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two son-in-laws, Jim Robertson and Jeff Beil; a grandchild, Jolene Steinhilber; one great grandson, Braydon Robertson, and a brother-in-law, Joe Then, and one brother, John "Jack" McPoland.

The family appreciates all of the love, care, and support given to Joe by the Luther Manor staff and residents

A memorial has been established for the Sherrill Fire Department.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcares.com

 



Gary L. Pfeiler


Gary L. Pfeiler, age 74, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:10 p.m., on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Gary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday.

Gary was born on March 8, 1945, in Peosta, Iowa, son of Roy J. and Viola "Shorty" (Klein) Pfeiler.

Gary was born on the family farm in Peosta, Iowa, and after the family moved to Dubuque he attended grade school at Holy Ghost School and then went on to Dubuque Senior High School. He was a hard worker and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company from age 16 until they closed the plant in Dubuque. He then relocated to Wichita, Kansas, to finish out his working career before his well earned retirement 40+ years later. Gary was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union, the 700 Bowling Club, and Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to Dixie Carnicle in 1967, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 2 children. Later in life he would once again find love with Karen Tomter, they would marry in 1975, and he would adopt her 3 children into his family. In his free time, Gary enjoyed sitting down to watch a Chicago Cubs or Bears game. He was excellent in the kitchen and was a wiz when it came to firing up the grill creating something delicious. Gary was an avid bowler, affectionately known as "Coach" to those he helped improve their game. He was also an accomplished fisherman who loved fast cars, big trucks, and a good game of Euchre. Beyond a doubt Gary's greatest joy came from spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and his special little buddy, Lucky Dog. We are deeply saddened at losing the patriarch of our family, but are thankful for all of the wonderful photos and memories we have to cherish.

Those left to cherish Gary's memory include

his 2 children,
Rick (Jennifer) Pfeiler, Bernard, IA
Tammy (Ron) Kaesbauer, Dubuque, IA,

his 3 adopted children,
Lisa (Cable) Gray, Iowa City, IA,
Lori (Joe) Kimura, Iowa City, IA
and Michael (Erin) Pfeiler, Severance, CO;

his 12 grandchildren;

his 13 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Kenneth A. (Darlene) Pfeiler, Asbury, IA,
Darlene A. (Robert) Mauer, Dubuque, IA,
Roger F. (Donna) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA
and Randy J. (Diane) Pfeiler, Cedar Rapids, IA;

and his former wife,
Karen Pfeiler, Iowa City, IA.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandsons, Aaron and Dean Schramm; and a sister-in-law, Janis Pfeiler;

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

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

 



Donna M. Rutenbeck


Donna M. Rutenbeck, 87, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 28, 2019, at her home.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donna Mae Buck was born on August 30, 1931 at the family farm near Monmouth, Iowa, to Albert Otto and Esther Ida (Bock) Buck. She was a 1948 graduate of Monmouth High School and then attended AIC Business School in Davenport, Iowa.

She married Alan Pangborn Rutenbeck on June 9, 1950 in Iowa City, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Jeanne, Joan, Lynne and Lee.

Donna worked various jobs in her lifetime, but her true calling was being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of various card clubs and the Baldwin/Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking; wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, and cookies were some of her specialties. She also enjoyed sewing and was an accomplished seamstress. She was proud of her family and loved attending their sporting and music events. Additionally, she loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and all Maquoketa Cardinal sports.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Alan Rutenbeck of Baldwin, IA; children, Jeanne (Rob) Christensen of Marshalltown, IA, Joan (Dave) Etringer of Beloit, WI, Lynne (Bill) Edleman of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Lee Rutenbeck of Maquoketa, IA; numerous grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and three nieces, Sue Broderson, Joy Eichhorn and Jan Bahnsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Reed.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the Baldwin/Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church.

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



Galen J. Kremer


On August 27, 2019, an Angel driving an 18-Wheeler came and took our beloved Galen, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, to Heaven.

He left behind his wife Susan "Sue" of 46 years; daughter Heidi of 44 years. Galen will stay in our hearts forever and be sadly missed by all he knew and all who knew him.

Family and friends may gather for a graveside service and burial with military rites at 10 A.M., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. Cremation has taken place.

Heidi and Susan would like to thank family, friends and Hospice of Jackson County for the last 10 days of Galen's life.

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



Kenneth Carl Nauman


Kenneth Carl Nauman, 74, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, August 30, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, IA, where a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, August 31, 2019, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Monsignor Thomas Toale as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post 6 and the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans.

Born November 4, 1944 in Dubuque, he was the son of Albert and LaVera (Freihoefer) Nauman. On July 10, 1971, he married Marilyn Hansen in Dubuque at St. Raphael Cathedral.

He was a 1962 graduate of Wahlert High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a medic in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

Ken worked at Dubuque Packing Company and later worked at the U.S. Postal Office as a postal clerk for 25 years.

He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus Council #510, Tri-State Vietnam Veterans, Amvets, and American Legion Post #6.

He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and an Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball fan. He was a strong supporter of all his children and grandchildren's activities. He loved country and polka music, playing euchre, gardening, and the great outdoors. He was always there with a "dad" joke. Dad will be remembered for his infectious smile, kind heart, and willingness to help others.

Survivors include Marilyn; his five children, Deana Kueter of Kansas City, MO, Allen (Crystal) Nauman of Dubuque, Steven Nauman of Lawrence, KS, Sara Nauman of Kansas City, MO, and Gina (Chad) Wilming of Cedar Falls; three grandchildren, Noah Kueter, Chase Nauman, and Brodie Wilming; one brother, Eugene (Carole) Nauman of Dubuque; three sisters, Dianne (Gene) Finzel of Bellevue, Marlene (Ken) TeKippe of Key West, and Janice (Terry) Smith of Rio Rancho, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Carla.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Luther Manor and Clarke Physical Therapy for their loving care of our dad.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent at www.hskfhcares.com.



Patricia L Gabrielson


Patricia L Gabrielson left this earth to be with her Lord on August 21, 2019.

She requested her body be donated to the University of Iowa for medical research. A Celebration of Life will be held by her 4 children September 15, 2019, at Bethany Home, Dubuque, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Pat was born February 3, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, daughter of Margaret Wick and Walter A. Dotseth. After high school she moved to New York and graduated from NYACK New York College (Missionary Training Institute) as an LPN. Pat also received a BA in social work from the University of Dubuque.

She moved to Lumberton, North Carolina as a lay missionary for the cotton mills, and then moved to Whitesville, West Virginia in the coal mining area. Pat served in churches in both Illinois and Iowa. Pat moved to Dubuque in 1971 to work at Bethany Home. She served there for 26 years, first as Assistant Administrator and then as the Administrator.

Pat was a deacon and an elder at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. She was a member of American Business Women and PEO Chapter HL.

Pat is survived by her 4 children, Mark (Doris) Gabrielson, Kathleen Fox, Ellen (Jamie) Koster, and Janice Gabrielson, 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, as well as her 2 sisters Diana Sornborger and Norine Martin.

She was preceded in death by her grandson Matthew Gabrielson and brother Walter Dotseth.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethany Home.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Burton J. Hubanks


Burton J. "Burt" Hubanks, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 27th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley hospital.

Private family burial in Linwood Cemetery with military honors will be accorded. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Burt was born on April 7, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Delmer Hubanks and Mae Hill. He attended Dubuque area schools and served in the US Navy from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War.

He married Nancy Weiland in Ratoon, New Mexico and worked for the Dubuque Packing company for 38 years.

Burt was a motorcycle enthusiast, he loved gardening, morel hunting, and searching for watercress and wild asparagus. He also enjoyed woodworking and crafts; his "Uncle Sam" carvings were coveted by many. Burt was a kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his sons, Mike Hubanks and daughter-in-law Sandy Hubanks, of Colorado and Steve Hubanks. Granddaughter Nancy and grandson Jason; son-in-law John Winger, of Dubuque; the family of Frieda Luther: Dave and Kathy Baker, Tina and Kenny Womack, Debbie Pierce and their children and grandchildren (Burt was "Grandpa); sister-in-law Marion Hubanks; nephews, Gary Hubanks, Larry Hubanks, Rhonda McMahon and Ann Williams.

Burt was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Nancy in 1986; daughters Linda Winger and Kris Hubanks; brother Harlo Hubanks; step-father Jim Markham, and long-time companion Frieda (Schurman) Luther.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank the staff at Finley Hospital (S North), Father Tom McDermott, John Winger and a special thank you to Dave and Debbie Baker and family for always treating Burt as family.



Joseph P. Burns


Joseph Peter Burns, 67, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Basking Ridge, NJ, passed away at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at home following a prolonged illness, with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Joe was born on July 22, 1952 in Phillipsburg, NJ, the son of Joseph P. and Elinor Mae (Wolfe) Burns.  He was a graduate of Gill St. Bernard's Prep School, Gladstone, NJ, and Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Joe was a member of the Army Reserves Special Forces Airborne.

He was united in marriage to Maria Droessler, formerly of Kieler, WI, on November 18, 1989 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Joe was employed at Hormel Foods in Dubuque, and was a member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque.

Surviving is his wife Maria; their daughter, Fiona Burns, of Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Timothy (Diane) Burns of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Susan (Todd) Craig of Houston, TX, and Brigid (Ron) Rizzo of Long Valley, NJ; his in-laws, William (Sharon) Droessler of McFarland, WI, Sally Jo (Randal) Halford of Georgetown, TX, Terrence (Sue) Droessler of Columbus, WI, and twelve nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Joe's family wishes to thank the staff at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care given to Joe, their beloved husband and father.

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

 

 



Kenneth Jess


Kenneth "Kenny" Jess, 88, of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Court Yard Estates in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Friday, August 30, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Graveside services with Military Honors Conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at First Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.

Kenny was born June 20, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Louis and Minnie (Moltman) Jess. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1949. Kenny served his country in the US Air Force 1949-1952, he then married Charlotte McMillion on May 29, 1953. Kenny as a young boy growing up in Bellevue, enjoyed sledding, ridding bikes, and swimming, as a teenager he worked for a farmer outside of Sabula during the summers and dearly loved working at the farm during those times. He returned to Bellevue after serving his country and worked at Clinton Engines, Savannah Army Depot, and finally starting in 1956 at John Deere Dubuque Works until retiring in 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; their children, Nancy (Kevin) Metz of Des Moines and Thane (Pam) Jess of West Des Moines; granddaughters, Alexis Laslo of Clive, Olivia Laslo of Des Moines; a great-grandson, Malone Slothhower; a sisters in-law, Joan Jess of Bellevue, Nancy Eckrich of Mt. Airy, Maryland, Betty Marshik of Rockville, Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Bernard, Joseph, Howard, Clyde, Louis, Donald, Robert, Grace, Norma, and Jeanette; a granddaughter, Claire Ann Laslo; and numerous sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews.

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

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

 



Margaret B. Kretschmer Schmitz


Margaret Bennett Kretschmer Schmitz, daughter, wife, sister, mother, nana, nana-great, and friend, led a life filled with gratitude. The daughter of Charles G. and Mary Agnes (Lavery) Kretschmer, she was born in Dubuque, Iowa on March 9, 1930 and died peacefully on August 20, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Josef Voller-Konig officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 30th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where a rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret was a graduate of Visitation Academy in 1948 and Clarke College in 1952. Margaret met James Peter Schmitz at morning mass at the Church of the Nativity in 1948. They married on June 14, 1952 and together they raised eleven children. They were blessed with forty-four years of marriage.

Margaret's legacy of grace and love lives through her children Ann (Kevin) O'Connor, Marc (Joyce) Schmitz, Peter James (Maria) Schmitz, Thomas (Deirdre Egan) Schmitz, Laura (Bruce) Anderson, John (Deb) Schmitz, Mary Margaret (Steve) Wraneschetz, Sara (Mark) Burns, Kathleen (Eric) Schmitz Lynn, and Martha (Chris) Schmitz Paar; twenty-five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and dear friends whom she treasured.

Margaret believed she was greatly blessed from the moment she was born until the day she died. She was preceded in death by her husband James Peter, her son Peter Charles, grandson Kevin Charles O'Connor, daughter-in-law Joyce Pollack Schmitz, and brothers Charles G. and Frederick L. Kretschmer.

She is also survived by her sister Mary Agnes Meyer; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Kretschmer and Jean Schmitz Moore, and a brother-in-law Phil Schmitz.

Memorials may be sent to Our Lady of Mississippi Abbey, 8400 Abbey Hill Lane, Dubuque, Iowa 52003; the chapel at Carondelet Village, 525 Fairview Avenue South, St. Paul, Minnesota 55116; or St. Therese at St. Odilia Hospice, 3500 Vivian Avenue, Shoreview, Minnesota 55126.



Gwen E. Healey


Gwen E. Healey, age 80, of Dubuque, died peacefully in the company of family on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Internment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Proceeding the rosary at 2:30 pm, a visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29t?h ?from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at St. Joseph the Worker church.

Gwen was born on February 10, 1939 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Naber) Gaul. She grew up in Dyersville, Iowa, where she met and married her beloved husband of 57 years, Carl Healey, on November 26, 1959.

The couple moved to Dubuque that same year and Gwen began her career as a Nurse. She was employed with Xavier Hospital until its closing and then with Mercy Health Center, retiring in 2001, when her new favorite phrase became, "I can do that, I'm off tomorrow."

Gwen was a charter member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and involved in virtually every aspect of the parish. She was a member of Mother's Club, Birthright and many other organizations, as well as Catholic Daughters, where she was serving as President. She loved attending her grandchildren's programs and activities, shopping, golf cart rides, going out to lunch, and fussing over her two cats Silky and Chrissy.

Gwen is survived by her children, Cathy (Steve) Schlueter, Steve (Rhonda) Healey both of Dubuque, IA and Mike (Penny) Healey of Tampa, FL; her grandchildren Jessica Healey, Lindsy (Marty) Hurm, Jenny (Jack) Flanigan, Katie (Tyler) Thomas and Christy Healey; 4 great grandsons; her siblings Les (Debbie) Gaul of Ethel, MO, Karl Gaul of Worthington, IA, and his close friend Joan, Cyril (Paula) Gaul of Schaumburg, IA, Mark (Mary) Gaul of Worthington, IA, Mary Lou (Ivan) Meyers of Bellevue, IA, Ruth (Darel) Hilkin of Dubuque, IA and Julie (Clark) Bradley of Marion, IA; her sister-in-law Cheryl Gaul of Worthington, IA and her dear friend Rita Reicher of Dubuque, IA.

Gwen was preceded in death by her husband Carl on February, 6, 2017; her parents; two brothers Bernard and Leon and two sisters Rose and Peggy; and five in-laws.

A Gwen Healey memorial fund has been established.

The Healey family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the first responders and the ER personnel at Mercy Health Center and to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. who are taking care of arrangements.



Barbara M. Bray McFarlane Kruse


Barbara M. Bray McFarlane Kruse, 91, passed away on August 23, 2019, and was blessed with a remarkable and long life.

Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2019, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

She wanted all to know that her parents and all four grandparents were born in Dubuque. That progeny, plus her birthdate of April 29, 1928, make her an "Olde Dubuquer!" Although her passing is a terrible loss to the Dubuque community, she was truly an inspiration to her dear friends and generations of family members. Her memory continues in those she interacted with through her nursing, teaching, volunteering, and social activities.

Barb's six children were born to her and her first husband, Dr Donald J McFarlane: Kevin (Connie) McFarlane of Dubuque, formerly of Anchorage Alaska, Kathleen (Edward) Zwirko of Tucson, Arizona, Stephen (Sheila) McFarlane of Scottsdale, Arizona, Peter (Jane) McFarlane of Fredericksburg, Texas, Molly (Dr. Michael) Dalton of Dubuque and their children, Dr. Stephanie, Jenny, and Sarah; and Dr. Jeffrey (Beth) McFarlane of Shawano, Wisconsin and their children, Erin, Lindsey, and Colleen. She is also survived by her sister Marianne (Carl) Haupert; two sisters-in-law, Gwenn Bray of Waukon, Iowa; and Elizabeth Bray of Dubuque.

In 1981 she was joined in marriage to William G. "Bill" Kruse. He preceded her in death in 2012.

She also joins in Heaven those family members who have patiently awaited their reunion; her infant son Michael; her parents Louis and Dorothy Bray; and two brothers, Louis and John Bray.

Barb attended grade school at Nativity and high school at the Visitation Academy, Dubuque, Iowa, graduating in 1946. After one year at Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, she entered nurse's training at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with an RN degree in 1950. She furthered her education by graduating from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois with a BSN degree in 1951.

Professionally, she worked as an RN at Mercy Hospital from 1950 to 1951; in OR at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio from 1951 to 1952; and then returned to the OR at Mercy from 1974 to 1984.

Her personal interests included lifelong sports-related activities: swimming, snow skiing, tennis, boating, water skiing, biking, and hiking. She also enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing bridge, and she was a ferocious euchre player.

She devoted her time to many area professional and charity organizations. She was a past member of the American Operating Room Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and the Iowa Nurses Association. She was a member of the St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church of Dubuque and its Alter & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Arch Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. For her civic activities she was a member of the Dubuque Chapter of the American Red Cross and its Volunteer Program, teaching swimming classes for special needs people for 45 years. She was a past president of the American Red Cross Water Safety committee. She held offices in the Visitation Alumnae Association and the Rosary College Alumnae Association. She served on the Heritage Trail Executive Committee, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Senior Board, the Visiting Nurse Association Board of directors, and the Key Home Care Board of Directors. She is a lifelong member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club and the Sunshine Circle of Finley Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, a Barbara M. Kruse Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy One for their loving care.

"A life that touches others goes on forever."



Francis J. Bechen


Francis J. Bechen, 84, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Church of the Nativity with burial at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery immediately following.

Francis was born March 9, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank and Crescentia (Wathier) Bechen.

He was a beloved school teacher for the DCSD for 30 years, teaching Spanish at both Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High Schools and then retiring in 1998.

Francis was a six-time Iowa Golden Gloves boxing champion and six-time Ringside World Masters Champion. He was also a boxing judge and referee for over 40 years. He was recently inducted into the National Golden Gloves Officials Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Judge Award.

Outside of the boxing world, he enjoyed watching football, bowling, skydiving, fitness and traveled extensively.

He was also a loving and supportive father and grandfather, pilot and member of the EAA, former member of Optimist Club and devoted member of the Church of the Nativity.

Francis is survived by five children, Dan Bechen of Aurora, Illinois, Darci (Austin) Bechen Terry of Missouri City, Texas, Scott (Stephanie) Bechen of Dubuque, Jeremy (Kate) Bechen of Dubuque and Todd (Leslie) Bechen of Des Moines; and nine grandchildren.

He is also survived by four siblings, Richard Bechen of Dubuque, Robert Bechen of Dubuque, Zita (Larry) Elgin of Dubuque and Pauline (Harlow) Meyer of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Olin Bechen, a sister, Ruth Becker and a nephew, Greg Becker.

The family would like to send their special thanks to the boxing community, all his former students and dear friends who have brightened his life.



Mary V. Hesselman


Mary Virginia Hesselman, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 24th, 2019 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Andrew Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 28, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dewell and Mildred (Brennan) Anderson. In 1941 Mary graduated from the Visitation Academy. She married Donald J. Hesselman Sr. on September 26, 1944 and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2018.

Mary was a lifelong member of Nativity Parish; was a loving mother to 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Don (Gwen) Hesselman, Steve (Becky) Hesselman, Mary Gereau, Mark Hesselman, Mike (Terri) Hesselman, Elizabeth Hesselman, Tony (Jill) Hesselman, Ann (Dave Heller) Volkert, Julie (Dave) Naumann, and Jane Scarlino; 27 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; a brother Robert D. "Hunk" Anderson, and sister-in-law Mary Jo Anderson.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Virginia Hesselman memorial fund will be established. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque.



Joyce J. Parker


Joyce Jayne Parker, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 25, 2019 at home. Funeral service will be at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Joyce was born on May 4th, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence and Marie (Sullivan) Allen. She attended Marshall Elementary School, Jefferson Jr. High and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married William Roger Parker Sr. On May 22, 1948 in Maquoketa. She worked for Flexsteel and the Battery Factory; and was a member of AKC Kennel Club. She loved and adored her animals.

She is survived by her husband William; children, Tammy Parker, Larry Parker, William Parker Jr., Kristine Beckman, Ronald Parker Sr. and Ronald Parker Jr.; nineteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to her husband William Parker. The family would like to thank her lifelong friends Bernice and Rita for all their care, kindness and friendship.



Sister Jeanne F. Fielding, BVM (Chabanel)


Sister Jeanne F. Fielding, BVM (Chabanel), 97, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Jeanne was an elementary teacher in Emmetsburg, Iowa; Chicago; Maywood, Ill.; and Hempstead, N.Y. She worked as a salesperson and an office clerk in Hempstead, N.Y., and as a secretary in Chicago.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1921, in Milwaukee to Frank and Estelle Fielding Sheeran. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Clare Parish, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

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



Robert F. Pfeiler


Robert F. "Bob" Pfeiler, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 24, 2019, after living with Parkinson's Disease for many years. There will be a celebration to honor Bob's life at a date to be determined in the future. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on May 29, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard and Salome (Meyer) Pfeiler.

Bob was united in marriage to the love of his life, Janice K. Hartman, on August 26th, 1961, at Sacred Heart Church. They were an extremely close and loving couple, who were just two days shy of celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. Bob was a welder at the John Deere Dubuque works from 1960 to 1996, with the exception of his 2-year Duty with the US Army from 1962 to 1964. Bob loved fishing and hunting and cherished the time spent with his family and friends. After his retirement, he spent most of his free time working on odd jobs and projects at Lake Hancock Resort, Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Bob had several Hobbies. He was an avid stock car racing fan and attended races whenever possible. He loved woodworking, racing his greyhounds, and coached the Copper Kettle girls softball team for many years. His greatest joy was truly found in spending time with his family and Bob always made sure that every celebration included a game of Euchre. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and brother, and our lives will never be the same without him. We are however very grateful for the 80 years that Bob was here with us, and will cherish the countless memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his loving wife,
Janice Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Randy (Patty Trowbridge) Pfeiler,
Cindie Zeromski,
Tina (Dan Pfeiffer)Pfeiler,
Dan (Jean) Pfeiler
and Kim (Jason) Meyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Robert and Jesse Zeromski, Nathan and Nicole Pfeiffer, Meggan and Amanda Pfeiler and Hanna and Ellie Meyer;

his siblings,
Marlene (Jim) Robertson, Camanche, IA,
Tom (Marlene) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA,
Renee (Chuck) Fletcher, San Antonio, TX
and Steve (Sandy Evans) Pfeiler, Sun Prairie, WI;

his sister-in-law,
Peggy Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA;

and his brother-in-law,
Eddy Richard, Oak Harbor, WA.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Ronnie Pfeiler and Sandy Richard.

Bob's family would like thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care, especially the physical therapy department, for all of their kind and professional care. Also a special thanks to all of the family members, especially Bob's grandson Jesse, for all of the care they provided allowing Bob to stay in his home and remain comfortable. Also a heartfelt thanks to Bob's long time friend and partner in crime, Tom Wunder, for all of his friendship and camaraderie throughout the years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Bob's favorite charities.

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

 



LeRoy J. Pancratz


LeRoy J. Pancratz, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Zwingle passed away on August 24th, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

LeRoy was born on December 12th, 1926 in Zwingle, Iowa the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Boyer) Pancratz. He married Inez Donahue on September 28, 1949 at Assumption Church, Sylvia Switch in Zwingle. He was very devoted to Inez for over 70 years as a husband and caregiver. LeRoy started farming at the age of 16 when his father died. He was very proud of his registered Golden Guernsey milking cows and he continued farming until his retirement. LeRoy was a humble and extremely hard-working man and had a great work ethic that he instilled in his family along with a strong faith. He also worked as an independent milk hauler, and at the foundry's of A.Y. McDonald and East Dubuque. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus La Motte/Key West Council. He was also the leader and long-time member of the 4-H Washington Senators and was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Inez; six children: Mary Jo (Wayne Beecher) Pancratz, Joyce (Richard) Veach, Tim (Mary Kay) Pancratz, Judy (Craig) Wurdinger, and Peggy (Dennis) Denlinger. Seventeen grandchildren: Amberai, Luke, Tyler, Melanie, Wes, Danny, Elizabeth, Molly, Arianne, Brett, Anna, Kelly, Ben, Jenna, Becca, Rachel, and Sam. Thirteen great grandchildren; and his sister Lillian Kies along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Leo; two brothers, Kenneth (Monica) Pancratz, and Charles (Dorothy) Pancratz; four sisters, Bernice (Henry) Schuster, Elizabeth (Sylvester) Ambrosy, Vivian (John) Hingtgen, Theresa (Clarence) Thole and a brother-in-law Karl Kies.

A LeRoy Pancratz memorial fund will be established. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Rosemary Cahill


Rosemary "Rosie" Cahill 81 of Dubuque passed away Friday August 23, 2019 at The University of Iowa Hospital's and Clinics. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. David Schatz officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation for Rosie will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale where a parish wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Rosie was born in Potosi, Wisconsin on February 2, 1938 the daughter of Edward and Ina (Reed) Stohlmeyer. She married Gene Cahill on April 8th, 1961 at the Church of the Nativity, and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2008.

She worked at the Tasty Cafe in Dubuque as a waitress. She enjoyed playing cards especially Poker and taking trips to the casino; Rosie always loved a good time.

She is survived by her in-laws, Barbara & Dick Molony, of Bernard, Maurice & Margo Cahill of Traverse City, MI, Lyle & Geri Cahill of Phoenix, AZ, Rita Cahill, of LA, and Thelma Schlueter, of Dubuque, along with many nieces and nephews.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene, four sisters Charlotte Jotham, Patricia McCartney, Dolores Vosberg, and Catherine "Topsy" Arling. Sister-in-law Mary Cahill Kells, and nephews Paul Fetzek, Craig Hoskins and Mike Jothan.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church or Divine Word.

 



Paul F. Holz


Paul F. Holz, 71, of Dubuque passed away Friday, August 23, 2019, after a brief illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, August 27 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday August 28 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born February 25, 1948 in Dubuque, son of Louis M. and Kathryn M. (Zahina) Holz.  He attended St. Columbkille's grade school and Dubuque Senior High School.  He was employed at the Hoffmann Industrial Development Center for over 30 years.

Paul enjoyed watching old black and white movies & shows; his favorites being the Charlie Chan, Lone Ranger and "The Shadow" mysteries.  He also liked taking the Jule bus to Hy-Vee and the Kennedy mall, and walking to Eagle Point and AY McDonald Park.  He loved the fireworks shows on the Fourth of July making it to 3 or 4 of them each year as well as taking vacations to Tennessee to visit nieces & nephews. In his spare time, he also liked to read paperback novels and had a large collection of them, some of which he re-read a number of times. He listened to music from his record collection which included Lawrence Welk & the Oak Ridge Boys.

He is survived by two brothers, Donald L. (Dianne) Holz and James V. Holz, both of Dubuque; six nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, four great-great nieces and nephews and a large number of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Frank and Josephine Zahina & Louis F. and Edna Holz.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates and Mercy Hospital, Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for Paul's care during his illness.

 

 



John H. Besler


John H. "Jake" Besler, 91, of Dubuque passed away at 10:30 PM at Stonehill Nursing Center Friday, August 23, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 11 AM until service time at 1 PM, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road with Reverend Jack Redmond officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on January 31, 1928 in Dubuque to his parents, Ignatius and Frances Hoffmann Besler. He married the love of his life, Geraldine V. "Geri" Pfeiffer on August 25, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as an assembler and a machinist for 28 years.

Survivors include three sons, Dale Besler of Dubuque, Steven (Vicki) Besler of Cortland, NY, and Craig (Karla) Besler of Dubuque; two daughters, Lois (Dan) Schultz of Robins, IA, and Vicki Besler of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; Shawn, Nicole, Josie and Mitchel Besler, Dan "DJ" Schultz, Keri Christensen, Jessica Rosato, Justin Besler, Cory Besler, and Shannon Schoenberger; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his son Ricky, five brothers, William "Bill", Joe, Louie, Frank, and Leo Besler; six sisters, Gladys Bemis, Lucy Warsek, Katherine "Kay" Polis, Mary Vaske, Matilda McEmeel, and Jean Besler.

A John H. "Jake" Besler memorial fund has been established.

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

A photo tribute video can be viewed and condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcares.com.

 



Thomas L. Davis


Thomas L. Davis 77, of Dubuque passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may call from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, August 26th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Military honors rendered by the American Legion Post 8 will be at 3:30 PM. Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service with Chaplain Jim Mehltretter officiating.

Thomas was born September 16, 1941, in Dubuque, son of Thomas R. and Gertrude Davis. He married NGOC "Ann" Thi Chau September 5, 1965 in Vietnam.

He was employed as a machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired in 2000.

Tom served in the U.S. Army for nine years of which five were in Vietnam.

He was a member of UAW Local 94 and the American Legion Post 6.

He is survived by his wife, NGOC "Ann" Thi Chau Davis, of Dubuque; children, Thomas "T.J." (Renee) Davis, of Dubuque, Mathew (Eglael) Davis, of Chandler, AZ, Travis Davis, of Waterloo, IA, Audrey (Kenny) Lang, of Dubuque, and Eric Davis of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Nick, Ben, Brian, Andrew, Krystal, Christopher, Erika, Brianna, Melyssa, Stephanie and Emily; five great-grandchildren, brothers, Larry (Karen) Davis, of Florida, Robert "Bob" (Connie) Davis, of Dubuque, Steven (Marilyn) Davis, of Dubuque and Gary (Amy) Davis, of Dubuque; and a sister, Karen Maury, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law, Catherine Davis, brothers-in-law, Dan Maury, Ha Chau, Tai Chau, and Cuong Ta, and one sister-in-law, Luong Chau.

The family would like to thank the Tri-State Dialysis staff, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Whalen, and Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and staff.

A photo tribute video can be viewed and condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcares.com.

 



Anthony L. Blatnik

Anthony L. "Tony" Blatnik, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Anthony's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony was born on July 27, 1930, in Cleveland, OH, son of Anton and Frances (Slak) Blatnik.

Anthony's honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, and was stationed in Germany. After he returned home, Anthony would meet the love of his life, Anna Ozbolt, and they would be united in marriage on July 3, 1954, in Cleveland. The two would be blessed with 3 adored children, and 61 wonderful years together, before Anna was sadly called home before him on May 6, 2016. Anthony was a dedicated employee who worked as a supervisor at Georgia Pacific for 35 years until his well earned retirement. When he wasn't working, Anthony enjoyed getting out on the golf course chasing after a coveted hole in one, or simply sitting in his favorite chair reading a good book. His faith was an important aspect of Anthony's life and he was a long time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful man and role model in our daily lives, but take some comfort in the knowledge that he is now free of all of the health challenges he faced here on Earth and is happily reunited for Eternity with his beloved wife, Anna.

Those left to cherish Anthony's memory include

his 3 children,
Thomas Blatnik,
Larry (Paula) Blatnik
and Mary Lou Blatnik, all of Dubuque;

his granddaughter,
Vanessa Blatnik, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister,
Elaine (Richard) Krych, Sagamore Hills, Ohio;

2 sisters-in-law,
Mary Ann Blatnik, Maple Heights, Ohio
and Eve Kisley, Macedonia, Ohio;

and several nieces and nephews.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Anna Blatnik; and his brother, Ronald Blatnik.

Anthony's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care of Anthony and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Anthony's favorite charities.

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

 



Harold E. Schuster


Harold Edward Schuster, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home peacefully at 7:55 AM on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Finley Hospital surrounded by his family. There will be a celebration to honor his life at a date to be determined in mid-September.  

Harold was born in Saint Catherine's, Iowa on August 13, 1929 and lived to celebrate his 90th birthday before passing one day shy of that milestone. He was the son of Edmund Schuster and Leona (Markus) Schuster who preceded him in death in 1935 and 1949, respectively.  

Harry spent most of his youth farming near Saint Catherine's and serving as a tour guide at Crystal Lake Cave in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Cave - still in existence today, was a family discovery and business on the property of his grandfather Bernard Markus.  

On September 10th, 1955 Harry married the love of his life Regina "Jean" (Duffy) Schuster, and together they spent the next 48 years raising their family. Sadly, Jean preceded him in death in July, 2003. 

Harry spent 39 years at John Deere Dubuque works beginning in 1948 and finished his career as an Inspector. In 1953 his work at Deere's was interrupted by a two year tour of duty in the US Army. He took early retirement in 1987 and spent his remaining years enjoying time with his family and friends.

Harry was an avid Cubs and Bears fan, enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music types, especially country and was a frequent visitor to the local music scene in Dubuque. He enjoyed cookouts, working in his backyard with his granddaughter Emma, dueling with the local wildlife over supremacy of his backyard and shoveling snow.  Many were the times when he "extolled" the virtues of having to rise early to clear a path to his morning paper. And of course, playing euchre. There were not many gatherings or family celebrations that didn't include Harry being sought out as a euchre partner. He was also an accomplished musician, having taken up the guitar at age 12. Throughout his life he frequently entertained his family with his guitar and harmonica playing.  

Those left to cherish his memory include his four children, Thomas Schuster of Dubuque, Rose (Craig) Hartzell of Dubuque, David Schuster of Dubuque, and John (Melanie) Schuster of Yorkville, Illinois, grandchildren Elizabeth Baker, Emma Ruff, Sarah (Brad) Mohwinkle, Sophia Schuster, Lucas Schuster, and Bridget Schuster, great-grandchildren Liliana Mohwinkle, Kyanna Mohwinkle, and Alana Mohwinkle, his brother Allan Schuster of Platteville, Wisconsin, brother in law Fritz Stelpflug of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, his loving girlfriend Jeanette Hochberger, and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean, and his sister Madonna Stelpflug.

Harry's family would like to thank the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his care during the past year, and the incredibly gifted and caring ER and fifth floor staff at Finley Hospital during his final days of life.

 



Thomas J. Kramer


Thomas J. "Tom" Kramer, age 67, of Dubuque, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, and Silvis, Illinois, was called home peacefully at 2:42 p.m., on Monday, August 19, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Donnie Key officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Tom was born on June 19, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Roy and Emogene (Fear) Kramer.

Tom attended school in Dubuque at Prescott Elementary and Dubuque Senior High School. He was united in marriage to Peggy Churchill on August 20, 1977. He was employed with Brach's Candy in Davenport until 1990, when he went to work for Tyson Foods in Joslin, Illinois until his well earned retirement in 2014. Tom warmed right up to being retired and embraced his new life as a full fledged homebody. He enjoyed watching movies and listening to classic rock, with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stevie Ray Vaughn being some of his favorite artists. Tom was never seen without his trusty notepad and would constantly be writing things down so he wouldn't forget them. While he cherished his privacy, Tom was also never one to turn down a friendly, but competitive, game of Euchre. However, more than anything else, Tom loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his daughter,
Melissa (Adam) Phillips, Maquoketa, IA;

his grandchildren,
Diane, Xoei and Logan Nusbaum and Chase and Ian Phillips;

his siblings,
Wanda Kramer-Schonhoff, Dubuque, IA
and Steven Kramer, Apple River, IL;

and his sisters-in-law,
Sandra Kramer, Dubuque, IA
and Mary Kramer, Davenport, IA.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy Kramer; and his siblings, Delores (James) Christensen, Richard Kramer and Robert Kramer.

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

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

 



Ralph A. Walton


Ralph A. Walton, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:54 p.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Ralph's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ralph's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ralph was born on July 15, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Bessie Mae (White) Walton.

Ralph was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, who was employed in the workshops at ARC and Sunnycrest. He loved giving the staff at Sunnycrest a "hard time", and they loved trying to win him over, they truly were his adopted family. The simple things in life made Ralph the happiest, he was always thrilled when he had a dollar bill given to him because it meant he could buy a Pepsi, his favorite drink. Ralph was definitely a unique individual who touched many lives, bringing joy, as well as playful frustration, to those around him, he will be deeply missed!

Those left to cherish Ralph's memory include

his brothers,
his twin brother Ronald Walton,
Thomas Walton
and Richard Walton, all of Dubuque, IA;

and his niece and nephews,
Emily Patterson, Jim Brinsky, Todd Brinsky and Rob Walton.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Janet Walton and Anna Brinsky; a brother, Robert (Andrea) Walton, and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Walton.

Ralph's family would like to extend a special thank you to Ralph's long time care givers at Sunnycrest Manor, his guardian, Jane Wagner, as well as the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving, patient and compassionate care they have provided to Ralph throughout years.

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

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

 



Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler


Monsignor Wayne A. Ressler, 80 of Dubuque, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque of heart related issues.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Monday, August 26 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish celebrated by Archbishop Michael Jackels and priests of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. A Vigil Service will be held at the church on Sunday, August 25 at 6:45 pm. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-6:45 pm at the church. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade following a luncheon at the Moracco Supper Club. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Monsignor Ressler is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Ressler and his brother, Fr. Mark Ressler, along with three nephews, three great nephews and three great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Florence Ressler.

Monsignor Ressler was born in Cascade, Iowa on July 9, 1939. He graduated from St. Martin High School, Loras College and Fordham University (MA in Religious Education). He did his seminary training in Rome, Italy where he was ordained a priest on December 16, 1964 in St. Peter Basilica.

He was an outstanding athlete in baseball and basketball as a youth and young adult. He tells the story that when he was a senior in high school he was recruited to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds but declined the offer because he believed God was calling him to the priesthood.

He spent the first half of his priesthood as a teacher and administrator at Wahlert High School in Dubuque and Newman High School in Mason City. The second half was spent as a pastor at Nativity parish and St. Raphael Cathedral, both in Dubuque. In early retirement he assisted at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Dubuque. His final ministry was that of "anointing priest" during his residency at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

He loved God, he loved his family, he loved all kinds of people. He loved to travel and play golf. He loved life! May he rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wahlert High School.

A photo tribute video can be viewed and condolences may be left by visiting Monsignor Ressler's obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.

 



Janet M. Staner


Janet M. Staner, 82 of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at her home in Cascade surrounded by her family. Friends and relatives of Janet may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, August 26th at the funeral home. Services for Janet will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Assisting Deacon will be Raymond Noonan. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Janet was born April 28, 1937 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of John "Jack" and Irene (Takes) Gadient. She is a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade and later received her L.P.N. training at Mercedian School of Nursing in Marshalltown.

Upon answering "Yes" when asked to dance, Janet found the love of her life. She was united in marriage to Paul Nicholas Staner on July 13, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sand Springs, Iowa.

Janet worked as a nurse for a brief time before her marriage. After her marriage, Paul and Janet moved to Bernard, Iowa. It was there, they established their roots in their love and the farm. Janet was a masterful gardener and cook. Her talents of her hands were secondary to the talents of her heart. Janet was often known to make food for funerals, help neighbors in need and volunteered at Finley Hospital and Shady Rest Care Center. Janet also shared her compassion as a Be-Friender through her parish, St. Matthias Catholic church in Cascade. Janet treasured the friends she made in her bowling league, square dancing, garden club and card clubs. Janet was a genuine soul and lived her life in the way of values. She cherished her upbringing and instilled the importance of these values to her family. As her family grew, Janet relished the family holidays, fall trips to the woods, celebrations, new grandchildren and events. To Janet, family was everything and to her family, Janet was the "buttons that held the family together". Janet's smile, kind heart, and nurturing ways will be missed. The traditions she created will live through the generations of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul Staner of Cascade; six children, Melvin (Julie) Staner, Loras (Connie) Staner, and Donnie (Kathy) Staner all of Cascade, Sharon (Mike) Smith of Eldridge, Margie (Tony) Hentges of Peosta, and Linda (Jon) Nedelcoff of Oregan, WI; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lavonne (John) Strang and Sharon (Gary) Aitchison both of Cascade; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Aschtgen of Cascade, IA; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe (Rosie) Staner of Cascade, IA.

She is reunited with her two infant angels, Greg Staner and Susan Staner. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, Wilfred and Martha Staner; a brother, Allen Gadient; sisters-in-law, Marie (Frank) Orr and Janice (Victor) Kraus.

Memorials may be given to Above and Beyond Hospice in Monticello or to Divine Word Seminary in Epworth, Iowa in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice, especially Jennifer and Meghan, the University of Wisconsin Hospital, and Dr Weber and Mary Beth Henry.

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



Richard L. Westhoff


Richard L. "Dick" Westhoff, 85 of Dubuque passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Steven Rosonke as the Celebrant. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019, St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in care of the arrangements.

Dick was born January 26, 1934, in New Vienna, IA, the son of Lawrence and Ceil (Kramer) Westhoff. He married Ann M. Gansemer on April 25, 1953 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, IA. She preceded him in death on August 7, 2011.

He was employed as a supervisor at the former Dubuque Packing Company and at FDL Foods, both in Dubuque.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Dick was a member of St. Anthony parish and the National Air Disaster Alliance.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Linda) Westhoff, of Prattville, Alabama and Richard "Rick" Westhoff, of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren, Stephanie, Brooke, Trista, Brianne, Jillian, Chris and Parker; four brothers, Dan (Mona) Westhoff, Fred Westhoff, Larry (Mary) Westhoff, all of New Vienna, IA, and Bob (Debbie) Westhoff, of Crete, IL; two sisters, LouAnn Wieneke, of Dubuque and Linda (Dennis) Vavricek, of Peosta.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Susan, a son-in-law, Dr. Ron Carpenter, a brother-in-law, Bob Wienke, and one brother, Bill Westhoff, one sister-in-law, Helen Westhoff.

The family would like to thank the Hawkeye Care Center for all of their kindness to Dad.

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



Eldon J. Hazer


Eldon J. Hazer, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on August 18, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center at the age of 91.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Eldon was born on June 1, 1928, in LaMotte, Iowa, to Elmer J. Hazer and Elizabeth (McCarthy) Hazer. He was a 1946 graduate of Maquoketa High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, as a PFC (T) in the Signal Corp. He married Vivian J. Parmer on September 27, 1955, in Otter Creek, Iowa, and was happily married to her for almost 64 years.

Eldon farmed and sold farm equipment and automobiles for various local companies until he became employed at Rasmussen Motors, which later became Brad Deery Motors, in Maquoketa. He retired from selling cars in 2008, but continued to help out part-time at the dealership until December of 2015. He was an award-winning salesman for both Rasmussen Motors and Brad Deery Motors. He also raised cattle on the Hazer family farms in Otter Creek with his brother-in-law, Gerard (Bud) Noonan, for many years.

Eldon was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 64 years. He also was a member of the Maquoketa Country Club, serving on its Board of Directors and as President of the Club. He greatly enjoyed playing golf and Euchre with his friends and working on the farms.

Eldon resided at the Maquoketa Care Center for the last three years of his life, and his family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff for his care.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Vivian Hazer of Maquoketa, Iowa; daughters, Delrose (Thomas) Koch of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Debra (Jerry) Reynaga of Malibu, California; 5 grandchildren, Gregory (Val) Koch, Nicholas (Keelin) Koch, Dr. Erica (Chris) Koch Hitchcock, Nicole Reynaga, and Jacqueline Reynaga; and his sister, Lola (Gerard) Noonan of Dubuque, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 



Pasquale Danna, Jr.


Pasquale "Pat" Danna, Jr., age 87 of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, completed his earthly journey on August 21, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, with his loving family by his side.  To honor Pat's life, a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002, with Rev. Thomas Heathershaw officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Pat's family.

Pat was born on November 21, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, 1 of 8 children to Pasquale and Gerlanda (Piro) Danna, Sr.  He would begin his full and abundant life being raised within a family who was continually driven to always be their best in their personal, professional and public lives.  Pat eventually found his soul-mate, Nancy Baiardo, and the two were blessed to spend 58 wonderful years together, as well as raise 2 perfectly adored children along the way.  Pat's first love was always at home and all of his successes throughout his life were directly attributed to his desire to provide a comfortable, secure and promising life for his family.  Pat was an electrical engineer by trade and devoted over 45 years of his working career to Western Electric in Chicago before retiring in 1996.  He gladly offered them a few more years after retirement when they asked him to help lead a project occurring in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing his final mission with the company, Pat and Nancy discovered the opportunity to build their dream home in the hills of Hiawassee, Georgia.  They enjoyed a decade of relaxing and enjoying life on their own terms and at their own speed, until health issues sadly brought them back to the mid-west to be closer to family.   

Pat was so much more than a loving husband, father and stellar employee though; he was also a man who was always on the move enjoying some of the more honest and simple pleasures in life.  Hunting and fishing were clearly top on the list as he made regular trips around Illinois, Wisconsin and up into Canada to do his part to help control the fish, deer, duck and pheasant populations in all 3.  When he wasn't out on the hunt, you could easily find him tinkering in the basement creating new fishing jigs, or reloading shells for the hunting club. He was also relentlessly devoted to the Knights of Columbus and obtaining his 4th degree was a badge of honor Pat always held true to in his daily life.  Also, being a perfectionist at heart, Pat's pride and joy was always on display for all to see in his yard and his meticulously kept landscaping.  Beware and fair warning to any weed which may mistakenly assume that Pat's keen eye wouldn't catch it upon its immediate emergence.  And finally, music.  Pat was a fan of all thing's opera, but even a little old country with Hank Williams, or his favorite Sunday album of military marches with bagpipers on parade could also fill the silent void in his day.  Pat was truly a self-driven and multi-layered man over his 87 years and the legacy he leaves behind is one of exceptional excellence in all that you do and say.  We will miss Pat deeply and dearly, but we are forever grateful that he and Nancy have discovered one another's company again and that he now has someone to share his potato chips with for all of eternity.  Thank you, Pat, for all of the productive puttering you found yourself enjoying while you were walking among us and may your rewards be true, sweet and beyond measure as you've clearly earned throughout your earthly journey.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Pat include,

his 2 children,
Anthony (Jodi) Danna,
and Susan (Scott) Nadeau;

his 4 grandchildren,
Jeffrey (Amy Alderman) Danna, 
Andrew Danna, 
Bradley (Amanda) Nadeau,
and Michael (Allison) Nadeau;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Fang Fang Alderman Danna,
and Ryan Michael Nadeau;

his 2 sisters,
Josephine Danna,
and Mary Danna;

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

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his beautiful bride, Nancy (Baiardo) Danna in 2015; his 2 brothers, Pasqualino Danna in infancy and Tony Danna; and his 3 sisters, Julia (Charles) Biardo, Jennie Danna and Rose Danna.

Pat's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of his friends and neighbors at Sunset Park Place who welcomed him with open arms, along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their comforting and compassionate care of Pat, and his family, throughout the last week.

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

 

 

 

 



Mary M. Hostert


Mary May Hostert, Age 91, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by love, with family near her, on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

"There is nothing in this life or in death that can separate us from the Love of God." Dearest Mother, Jesus has welcomed you into heaven with His loving arms around you, and we know you are filled with peace and joy. You are loved by so many who's lives you've touched and we will miss you profoundly.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 22 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Friday, August 23 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steven Rosonke as the Celebrant. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 1, 1928 in Dubuque, IA to her parents, Peter J. and Mary (Vitzthum) Schmitt. Mary and her husband, Karl Christopher Hostert were joined in marriage on April 18, 1953, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque, IA.

Mary grew up on the family farm, the youngest of seven children. She had a strong faith in God and loved her family. Mary love the outdoors. She was an accomplished horseback rider and raced at Silver Acres Race Track, which is now Flora Park. Growing up on the farm she learned the importance of a strong work ethic and doing things right. Mary was never one to be idle. Prior to getting married and having children, she worked at Hruska Kray Studios. Karl built Mary their home in 1956 where they raised son and daughter. While her children were growing up she spent a lot of time at the family farm helping her Mother with the farm and teaching her children, nieces, nephews, and the next generations of children to love the outdoors as she did. She was selfless and never hesitated to be there whenever anyone needed her. She was a natural caregiver. Up until 2 weeks before she died, she had babysat 3 generations of nieces and nephews, who adored her, thought of her more as their grandmother, and called her Aunt Mimi. Besides her love of horses, she loved Mickey Mouse, having been born the same year Mickey was created, and classic movies, "Gone with the Wind" being her favorite. She loved and had a strong faith in God, and she loved her family. The strength, courage and grace she showed in grief when she lost her beloved husband Karl on September 17, 1971, and faced raising 2 children on her own, was an inspiration to so many. She was a devoted and loving mother and she made sure her children had the best life she could create for them. She was creative, industrious, loyal, strong, independent, self-reliant, very classy and intelligent, able to discuss knowledgeably most any topic you could bring up. Mary was funny and had a great sense of humor. Even up until right before she died, she made family, friends and even strangers, laugh. Her beautiful blue eyes twinkling with laughter - she brightened their day, and that made her happy. Such was her courage and strength she was blessed with from her faith in God.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Deborah A. Merrill of Michigan City, Indiana, her grandson Zachary, (Malia) Merrill of Vancouver, Washington, and two great-grandchildren, Ada and Hannah - the youngest of whom we are thankful she was able to laugh with and hold for the first time a week before she died.

Besides her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son, Gregory Karl Hostert, her son-in-law, Dr. David A. Merrill, with whom she shared a special bond; three sisters, Armella "Bobbie" Kluck, Clara Hauber, and Evelyn Hillery; three brothers, George Schmitt, Bernard Schmitt, and her twin brother, Peter John Schmitt.

Mary was very close with nephews Michael Kluck, David Kluck, David's wife Carol, their children and grandchildren, and her niece Jann Roshek. They were there for the good times and the bad. We all enjoyed many happy times and laughter together through the years. God has truly blessed us.

A special thank you to Pam Guzzo. A lifelong friend, who is always there with love, and all the support she can give.

God Bless and keep you, Mom. Thank you for loving and inspiring us. We love you and hold you in our hearts until we are united again in heaven.

A memorial has been established in Mary's name, for Masses at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque IA.

A photo TributeVideo can be viewed and condolences can be made by visiting Mary's obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.



Albertus G. Weidenbacher


Albertus G. "Al" Weidenbacher, 90, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:04 PM Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday, August 23, 2019 at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 John F. Kennedy Rd, Dubuque with Pastor Jack Fish officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Born August 11, 1929, in Dubuque, he was the son of George and Rimela VanDermillen Weidenbacher. On March 27, 1952, he married Joyce Urban at St. Luke's Methodist Church in Dubuque.

Al worked at The Dubuque Packing Company in the boning and inedible departments and as a custodian at The University of Dubuque.

He loved nature, feeding the birds and squirrels, and his dogs. He also liked to hunt and fish. He was a quiet man and a great listener. Together, Al and Joyce loved music and dancing and enjoyed the jazz festivals held downtown.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; four daughters, Vickie (Jim) Metz of Dubuque, Rhonda (Kenny) Norpel of Dubuque, Linda (Tong) Chong of East Dubuque, and Pam Reding of Dubuque; four sons, Tom (Becky) Weidenbacher of Dubuque, Ronnie (Barb) Weidenbacher of Dubuque, Albert (Amy) Weidenbacher, and David (Dana) Weidenbacher of Cedar Falls; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Weidenbacher of Arizona; and one sister, Cheryl Sears of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rick, two brothers, Ralph Weidenbacher and Gary Waterman; two sisters-in-law, Eileen and Dorothy; a brother-in-law, Hubert Sears; a sister, Rose Motch; and two grandsons, Eric Metz and Collin Weidenbacher.

The family thanks Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Family Care for their special care for Al.



Dwight J. Miller


Dwight J. Miller, 68, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and after 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Dwight was born on June 2, 1951 in Dubuque, IA, the son of George W. and Lois J. (Meier) Miller. He was formerly employed at Anderson/Eagle Window and Door in Dubuque, retiring in 2017.

Dwight enjoyed time spent with his five grandchildren, watching the Chicago Bears and he loved going Salmon fishing.

Surviving is his fiancé, Becky Kieler of Dickeyville, WI; his mother, Lois J. Roth; a son, A. J. Miller both of East Dubuque, IL; his siblings, Valerie (David) Clancy and Kathy Roth, both of East Dubuque, Laurie (Ernest) Porche of Kenner, LA, Cindy (Brian) Yoerger of East Dubuque, Ron (Barbara) Roth of Wayland, IA, Brian (friend Jackie Loso) Roth, Jeff Roth and Brett "Gus" Roth all of East Dubuque; his sister-in-law, Glenda Miller; five grandchildren, Taylor, Ryleigha, Avery, Cameron and Sammie Jo; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Miller in 1951, his step-father, Louis Roth in 1996; a daughter, Jennifer L. Miller in 2019; and three brothers, George Miller in 1994, Bruce Miller and Darrell "Diz" Roth both in 2012.

Dwight's family expresses deep appreciation to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Dwight.

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



Thomas J. Welp


Thomas J. "Tom" Welp, 78, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, formerly of East Dubuque and Menominee, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 19, 2019 while working at the Grotto in Dickeyville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW Post # 6455 of Dickeyville. Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Tom was born on December 10, 1940 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Frank J. and Rita C. (Schauer) Welp. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1958, and a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Tom was united in marriage to Janice Scott on July 31, 1965 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Shullsburg, WI.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Co, John Deere Dubuque Works, helped in building bridges with Halvorson Construction Co, ran Welp Landscaping, later he started American Ceiling Co. and the 19th Hole in East Dubuque. Tom in later years was doing maintenance for Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville.

He loved working, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Surviving is his wife, Janice; four children, Brett (Rhonda) Welp, Dan (Ann) Welp, both of East Dubuque, Kevin Welp of Midland, Michigan, and Susan (Shannon) Hoppman of Green Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Brian Welp, Jenna Welp, Jaelyn Hoppman, Braylie Hoppman, and Layna Hoppman; his siblings, Pat (Jerry) Cullen, Platteville, WI, Joyce (Ed) Kuhle, Menominee, IL, Rita (Jim) Schlegel, Dubuque, IA, Glen (Philly) Welp, Cuba City, WI, Gail Welp, Dubuque, IA, Paul (Sara) Welp, Spring Green, WI, Greg (Diane) Welp of East Dubuque, IL, Bud (Esther) Welp of Albuquerque, NM, and Jim (Linda) Welp of Donahue, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Rita, his siblings, Arlene Smothers, Mary Merfeld, Marilyn Welp and Russell Welp.

The family requests everyone wear casual attire for Tom's visitation and funeral.

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



Marvin (Dick) R. Block


Marvin (Dick) R. Block was born to William and Stella (Brown) Block April 12, 1936 and is the oldest of 6 boys. He grew up in the Cascade and Temple Hill area.

He married Linda Cain at the Elwood Methodist Church on October 8, 1966. They became proud parents of Curtus, Roy, and Kathleen.

He served in the 101st airborne division of the US Army where he was a paratrooper and on the Army rifle team. He was honored to be included on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Dick owned and operated B-Cap aircraft painting business in Maquoketa where his passion was to paint and restore military war birds. The business was sold in 2000 when he and his wife traveled the United States for 10 years.

He was a licensed private pilot who loved flying and piloted many trips to remote Canadian fishing lodges to fish and bear hunt. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed deer hunting, turkey hunting, fishing and loved telling stories about hunts and the big fish that got away.

He was proud of the family farm where he lived and enjoyed the ponds and wildlife. He hosted the Iowa Governor's Pheasant Hunt and was an advocate of Pheasants Forever. The Blocks were honored by Pheasants Forever of Clinton County and state of Iowa for Outstanding Member in 1999. He advocated for Iowa's trumpeter swan restoration project and cared for a pair of adult swans that hatched the first babies in Clinton County in over 100 years. He loved talking and joking with friends and customers.

Survived by his wife of 53 years Linda; children Curtus (Lisa) Block of Ankeny, Roy Block (Amanda Ryan) of New Windsor, Il and Kathleen (Scott) Roberts of Union, MO; grand-children Hunter, Erica, Spencer, Remington, River Pearl, Alexis, Addison, Olivia and Amelia; Brothers Chuck (Darlene) and Eugene (Dianna); brother-in-law Darrell (Lola) Cain and sisters-in-law Carol Cain, Anne Block, Sue Block, and Joan Block as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by parents; brothers William, Lloyd, and Gary; niece Kelleen, brother-in-law Don Cain and granddaughter Ryder.

All are invited to join Dick's family at the Block Pond on Saturday, August 24th at 2:30pm. A military memorial service will be begin at 3:00pm.

Memorial donations, in lieu of other expressions, can be made to Honor Flight Quad Cities. https://honorflightqc.org/donations/make-gift/



Donald L. Manderfield


Donald L Manderfield, 70, of Rickardsville, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at his home in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Noah Diehm Presiding.

Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Don was born July 27, 1949 in Decorah, Iowa, son of Julius and Marie (Schnaeberger) Manderfield. He received his education in the Arlington area schools. He was employed at Walmart in Dubuque, Iowa. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa.

He is survived by his two brother, his twin, Ronald Lee (Mary) Manderfield of Rickardsville, IA and Jerome Manderfield of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marcella Manderfield.

Online condolences may be sent to the Reiff Funeral Home at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Virginia M. Williams


Virginia M. Williams, 84, of Iowa City, formerly of Dubuque passed away at her home in Iowa City on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Visitation will be at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Saturday, August 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Interment of her cremated remains will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, IA

Virginia was born on a July 26, 1935 to Lynas Zachmeyer and Ernestine Engel. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1954. She married Harold L Williams on August 31, 1974.

She worked as an aide at Clausen's Nursing Home. Then worked on the production line at Owens Brush for 10 years. Then Virginia got her CNA certification and went to work for the Visiting Nurses of Dubuque.

Virginia was always a very active member of her church community. Most recently in Iowa City, she joined the Church of the Nazarene, reconnecting with old friends. In Dubuque she became an officer for the Salvation Army. There she fulfilled many roles: as a Sunday school teacher, singer, preacher, bible study leader, a bell ringer, women's home league member and called bingo for many years. Virginia also enjoyed volunteering her time by giving rides to people in need of assistance or taking them to the grocery store or doctor appointments.

She easily made many new close friends when she moved to her new apartment in Iowa City and she treasured her time around the mailbox with her Regency Heights neighbors. Virginia most treasured the time spent with her family, visiting, sharing a meal and telling stories.

Virginia is survived by 4 daughters: Deborah (Brad) Gilpin, of Iowa City, Coleen (Mike) Scherrer, of Riverside, IA, Brenda (Ray) Gibson, of Heathrow, Florida, Kim Schmitt, of Dubuque and one son, Ray Steege, of West Union, IA. One sister, Jeannine Yakle, of Cape Coral, Florida, one sister-in-law, Jo Lowe, of Burlington, IA, several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her son Carl, her daughter Joni, one brother, one sister, one brother-in-law and her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Iowa City Hospice or Dubuque Salvation Army.

A special thank-you to the staff and care workers from Iowa City Hospice and Dr. Scott Larson of UIHC.



Venita M. Knapp


Venita M. Knapp, 90, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa formerly of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, in Savanna, Illinois, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Venita may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial for Venita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with her grandson, Rev. Ross Epping presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born May 28, 1929 in Placid, Iowa, daughter of James and Alberta (Mahan) Casey. She received her education from Brown's Country School, St. Martin's High School, and the Dubuque Academy. She went on to become a Teacher at Brown's Country School in rural Cascade area.

On June 15, 1950 she was united in marriage to John N. "Jack" Knapp at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area until retiring in 1985. She also worked at the Cascade State Bank, Bishop's Restaurant, and Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Jude's Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She is survived by seven children, Maureen Ries (Dave McCabe) of Galena, IL, Debra (Bill) Schmelling of Cedar Rapids, IA; Gary "Morgan" (Sheila) Knapp of Cascade, Juli (Don) Vrotsos of Dubuque, Jacki Knapp (Bruce Woolfolk) of Cedar Rapids, Peggy (Ed) Epping of Atkins, IA, and Kelly Knapp of Marion; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two sisters, Gerene O'Brien of Monticello, IA and Cherri Wessels of Dyersville, IA,; four brothers, Dell (Bev) Casey of Brentwood, CA, John Casey of Des Moines, Pat (Sharon) Casey and Chuck (Donna) Casey both of Cascade.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John N. "Jack" Knapp on July 4, 2018; a son, Bob Knapp; two sisters, Krista and Kayla Casey in infancy; two brothers, Glen Casey and Duane Casey; three sons-in-law, John Burds, Ken Ries and Mike Maddigan.

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



Herman Henry Gansemer


Herman Henry Gansemer, 88, of Sherrill, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday August 23, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Br. Stephen Markham will officiate. Interment will be at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Herman was born August 21, 1930 in Sherrill, the son of Henry and Theresa (Butlett) Gansemer. He married Marie Osterkamp on January 8, 1952, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on April 23, 1997.

Herman farmed for many years on the family dairy farm in Sherrill. Along with Marie, he enjoyed dancing, including Polka, and was a member of the Gold Rush square dancing group.

In 2006, Herman met Lelah Peet, whose companionship he enjoyed until her passing in January of 2019. Herman and Lelah enjoyed vacationing in Mission, TX during winters. Herman was an avid recycler, and was devoted to cleaning up the beach at Finley's Landing.

Herman is survived by three children, Kathy (Del) Winter of Marion, Joan (John) Lux of Dubuque, and Ron (Delores) Gansemer of Sherrill; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Henry (Mary Jane) Gansemer, Darlene (Emil) Weber, Clarence (Darlene) Gansemer, and Sally (Cletus) Bleile.

In addition to his wife, Herman was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Viola (Mick) Hefel; and two brothers, Lawrence Gansemer, and LaVerne in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family for later donation to Herman's favorite charities.
Herman's family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Ruth M. Coble


Ruth M. Coble, 101, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 18, 2019 at home.

Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Compentine Cemetery, Wapello County, Iowa

Ruth was born on February 26, 1918, in Rosehill, Iowa the daughter of Ira and Myrtle (Kinkaid) Hollingsworth; she was the 9th of 10 children. She married Walter E. Coble in 1936 and he preceded her in death.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, bird watching and family gatherings.

Ruth is survived by her children, JoAnn (Kenny) David, Dick (Margaret) Coble, Dan (Lola) Coble, Sue (Rick) Huseman, and Sheila (Pat) Brehm; her daughters-in-law Alice Coble and Patty Coble; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter; three sons Larry, Roger and Jerry Coble; grandchildren Ronnie and Rebecca Davis and great granddaughter Glenda Kirkman.



Sister Anne Marie Kollasch


Sister Anne Marie Kollasch, PBVM, 100, died on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7:00 pm.

Sister Anne Marie, daughter of Charles and Anne (Laubenthal) Kollasch, was born Margaret Barbara Kollasch on March 4, 1919, in Whittemore IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation from Whittemore IA on September 8, 1940 and professed her perpetual vows on June 10, 1946.

Sister received a Bachelor of Arts from Loras College, Dubuque IA. Her ministry of teaching grades 4-8 took her to Mason City, St. Columbkille of Dubuque, Key West, Waukon, Charles City and Algona, all in Iowa.

Sister Anne Marie was the oldest member of the Dubuque Presentation community at the time of her death and is the longest-lived Kollasch on record as of her birthday in March of 2019. After her retirement in 1993 she volunteered at the Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, sharing her gifts in service of the gospel for many years. In 2015, she celebrated her 75h Jubilee. She devoted her days to prayer and the enjoyment of art, history, politics, needle work, culinary arts and connecting with family and friends. She enjoyed time spent with her Presentation Sisters and conversing with staff who were part of the rich texture of her daily life.

Earlier this spring, Sister Anne Marie noted that while the process of aging is challenging, it gave her time to reflect on her experiences. She was grateful for a life that was not only long but also deeply meaningful. She wrote in her autobiography, A Kollasch Collage, "I am ever aware of the 'hundredfold' that is mine as God's beloved," adding that she is always thankful for the support of family, friends and religious community throughout her life.

Surviving are her sisters, Delores Kollasch, Sister Joann Kollasch, OSB, Irene Bormann (Harold deceased) and sister-in-law Betty Ann (Louis deceased) Kollasch; nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 79 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Caroline (Clarence) Bormann and her brothers Reverend Eugene Kollasch, SJ, Arnold (Lorene), Louis and Clement (Mary Helen).

The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.



Lloyd C. Manternach


Lloyd C. Manternach, 78, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Lloyd may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Services for Lloyd will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Neil Manternach presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born July 30, 1941 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Clem and Mary (Gudenkauf) Manternach. He received his education in the former St. Mary's School in Cascade. On November 19, 1960 he was united in marriage to Lois A. Trumm, daughter of John and Elizabeth Trumm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works from 1964 until retiring in 1992. He then owned and operated Lloyd's small engine repair in Worthington. He later worked at Victory Ford in Dyersville until recently.

He and Lois enjoyed spending time with their family, camping, attending polka festivals, and took great pride in their children and grandchildren and loved attending their events.

He was a member of the Army National Guard from Aug. 1959-May 1967. He served on the Worthington City Council for 2 terms and as Mayor for 2 terms. He was a member of St. Paul's Parish for which he also served on the Parish council and the school board.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Manternach of Worthington; seven children, Lisa (Alan) Umbenhower of Chariton and their children, Jonathan (Lindsey) Weber, Kevin Weber, Dana Weber (fiance, Robbie Clark), Troy and Christina Umbenhower; Todd (Sue) Manternach of Cedar Rapids and their children, Cole (Hannah) Manternach, Ashlyn Manternach (fiance, Breon Hawthorne), Darby Manternach, and Reese Manternach; Roger (Susanne) Manternach of Brownsburg, IN and their children Abbie (Ryan) McNew, Curtis (Megan) Manternach, Mary (Logan) Finney; Janet (Steve) Turnis of Monticello and their children, Ben (Emily) Turnis, Laura (Cody) Zumbach and Brian Turnis; Paul (Jill) Manternach of Clear Lake and their children, Olivia, Michael, Thomas and Marie Manternach; Sarah (Tony) Donovan of Worthington and their children, Emma and Grace Willenborg; Carol (Dan) Wetlaufer of Cedar Falls and their children, Anna and Sean Wetlaufer; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way; six siblings, Dolores (Pat) McQuillen and Phil (Nikki) Manternach both of Cascade, Urban (Linda) Manternach of Dubuque, Madonna Riesberg of Dyersville, Marilyn (Steve) Skahill of East Dubuque, IL, Carol (Pete) Dolan of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Knepper of Cascade, Dorothy Yanda of Anamosa, Betty Trumm and Ida Trumm both of Cascade.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, a son-in-law, Jerry Weber; a brother-in-law, Donald Riesberg; a sister-in-law, Ellen Manternach; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Fred (Mary) Reiter, Alma Knepper, Lawrence Yanda, Leroy (Mary Clara) Trumm, Rosene Trumm, Millie (Eddie) Trumm, Robert Trumm and John Trumm; and a nephew, Nick Trumm.

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



Jean M. Mausser


Jean M. Mausser,, 88, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at her home in Epworth, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Funeral Home in Farley.

Services for Jean will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born January 22, 1931 at St. Joseph's Prairie in rural Dubuque, daughter of John and Stella (Molony) Friederick. She received her education in the St. Columbkille's school in Dubuque, Iowa. On September 18, 1951 she was united in marriage to Clement Mausser at St. Joseph's Prairie Church. He preceded her in death on November 2, 2011.

The couple farmed in rural Epworth, Iowa, she was a hard working farm wife, and avid gardener. Jean loved to go ballroom dancing, she had a passion for sewing, but especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by five children, Paul (Mary) Mausser, Phil (Phyllis) Mausser and Carol (Fritz) Brehm all of Epworth, IA, Diane (Tim) Hoover of Edgewood, IA, Luann Mausser of Epworth, IA; a son-in-law, James Leick (Paula) of Durango, IA; 23 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; as daughter, Joan Leick on June 29, 2009; a grandson, David Mausser on July 25, 1978 and a granddaughter, Lisa Miller on June 2, 2015.

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

 



Lois M. Smith


Lois Marie Smith, 82, of Epworth, Iowa passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in rural Epworth from injuries sustained in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a rosary will be held at 3:00 p.m.. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, August 20th at the Funeral Home, due to the storm damage done to the Epworth funeral home.

Services for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Lois was born September 17, 1936 in Placid, Iowa, daughter of Cyril M. and Viola (Delaney) McDermott. She received her education in the Placid and Epworth schools. She also attended the Mercy School of Nursing. On October 15, 1960 she was united in marriage to John Smith at St. John's in Placid, Iowa. The couple farmed in rural Epworth, IA.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA and was instrumental in implementing the Liturgical committee and Eucharistic Adoration. She was also very involved in the Epworth food pantry. She loved taking walks, watching sunsets, picking flowers, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren. Lois was well known for her delicious homemade breads and her famous oatmeal raisin filled cookies.

She is survived by her husband, John Smith of Epworth, IA; five children, Michael (Susan) Smith of St. Charles, MN, Sara (Mike) Brehm of Peosta, IA, Marty (Lori) Smith of Epworth, IA and Peter (Rebecca) Smith of Cascade, IA, Jenny Sandeen of Rochester, MN; 33 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; four siblings, Dorrance (Verna) McDermott and Neal (Katie) McDermott both of Epworth, IA, Phyllis (Darris) Goerdt of North Liberty, IA and Julie Casey of Placid, IA; Her brother and sister-in-laws, Pat (Donna) Smith of Dubuque, IA, Ray (Chere) Smith of Plainfield, IN, Phyllis (Gary) Astgen of East Dubuque, IL, Kathy (Wally) Link of Dyersville, IA, Rita Benter of Dubuque, IA, Darlene Sexton of Dubuque, IA and Bill Brown of Bettendorf, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dennis McDermott; a sister, Mary Catherine McDermott in infancy; a brother-in-law, Donald Casey; brothers and sister-in-law, Eugene Smith, Ann Brown, Dennis Smith and Dick Smith.

A Lois M. Smith memorial fund for masses has been established in lieu of flowers.

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



David T. Becwar


David T. Becwar, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 8th, 2019 at his home, due to a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2019, at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale United Methodist Church with full military honors by Iowa Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Dave was born on June 6th, 1934 in the family farm in Glen Haven, WI the son of Thomas and Lucille (Ryan) Becwar. In 1953 he graduated from Bloomington High School. As a young man, David had different jobs, but he always talked about working at the Blue Haven Night Club in Prairie de Chien. In 1956 he moved to Dubuque and began working at Montgomery Wards and eventually managed their first camera department where his love of photography started. He later managed the camera department at Sears.

David served with the Iowa Army National Guard Company A 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry from 1956 to 1962. In 1970 David began working fulltime with the Iowa National Guard Company A and retired in 1994. He also ran Becwar Photography for 34 years out of his home.

On September 5th, 1960 David married Sharon "Judy" Waller at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and together they had three children, Scott, Lori and Shawn.
David loved life and enjoyed everything, especially a good meal. He loved cars and working on them; he enjoyed going to the flea market and antiquing with Judy and they loved traveling to see relatives and friends.

David is survived by his wife Sharon "Judy"; his children, Scott (Michelle) Becwar, Lori (Kevin) McNaney, both of Dubuque, and Shawn Becwar, of Lake Mary, Florida. Four grandchildren, Rachael (Erik) Dukeman, Brandon (Jackie) Pape, Morgan Becwar, and Paige Becwar. Two great granddaughters Lorelai and Mila. Two brothers Gary (Sandy) Becwar, Michael (Joyce) Becwar; two sisters Barbara Everly and Mary Louise Brunkhorst; sister-in-law Gail Dame along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Karen (Benny) Tigges; his mother and father-in-law Walter and Daisy Waller; daughter-in-law Lydia Becwar, sister-in-law Patricia (Bill) Kohler; brothers-in-law Jim (Kay) Waller and Robert Dame.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chis Stille and all the nurses and staff along with Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sara for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph The Worker, The Veteran's Freedom Center, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Alzheimer's Association.
"You were right Marge, He was a great guy."



Alvin H. Miller


Alvin Harold Miller, 86, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at his home. He was born on September 22, 1932, in Manchester, the son of Harold J. and Helen E. (Bergren) Miller and later, Beth Miller. 

Al graduated with the class of 1950 from Manchester High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 through 1955, when he was honorably discharged. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959 with a B.S. in civil engineering and in 1960 with an M.S. in sanitary engineering. In 1964, Al founded Tri-State Engineers, which he owned and operated until 2002. 

On October 15, 1981, Al married Jan Mead on Maui, Hawaii. Al was active in many community affairs. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and wrote beautiful poetry to his Lady. Al is loved deeply by his family. 

Al is survived by his wife, Jan of Manchester; his children, Jessica (David) Massey of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mattson (Nancy) Miller of Humboldt, Denise Mead of San Diego, California, Craig Mead of North Liberty, and Dana (Eric) Smith of Iowa City; nine grandchildren, Dara Mead, Avery and Ella Smith, Carly Mead, Alexandria (Adam) Prucolli, Joshua Massey, Kandi Armstead, Justin Armstead, and Dawson Miller; seven great-grandchildren, Riley Massey, Isabella Prucolli, Alivia and Paisley Miller, and Madison, Kayden, and Bradlee Armstead; and his siblings, Marilyn Ortberg of Columbus Junction, Gale Westemeier of Manchester, Dan (Carolyn) Hallenbeck of Greensboro, Georgia, and Ted (Linda) Hallenbeck of Palm Desert, California.  

Al was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bonnie Sullivan; and brothers-in-law, Bob Sullivan, Dave Westemeier, and Ralph Ortberg.

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

Memorial Service with Military Rites: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Community Congregational Church in Manchester, with Reverend David Grandon officiating. 

Visitation: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends can also call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. 

 

 



Gertrude E. Ruden


Gertrude E. "Gert" Ruden, age 103, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:50 p.m., on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Gert's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Holy Cross Church, 875 Church Street, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Gert's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture services held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Gert was born on May 4, 1916, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Neumann) Ruden.

Gert was born and raised on the farm, where she learned the value of hard work early on in life. She was very dedicated to her work and she co-owned Giesel Springs Tavern and later Frank's Place on John Deere Road, with her brother Frank, for several years. She was quite talented and created several beautiful quilts and crocheted items throughout her lifetime. Gert was also a talented seamstress and enjoyed making outfits for all of her nieces and nephews. Gert's Catholic faith was extremely important to her, and she was a shining example of her faith to all of her family and friends. Everyone always knew that if they needed help, Gert was always willing to drop everything and lend a hand. We have been very blessed to have Gert here with us for the past 103 years, and know that she is now resting peacefully with all of her family members that have been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Gert's memory include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Gert was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Catherine (Fritz) Krug, Marie (Clarence) Schmal, Barbara "Babe" (Leonard) Backes, Stella (Pete) Krug, Rosella (Donald) Jasper and Frank Ruden.

Gert's family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Gert these past years.

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

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

 



Shirley M. Lietz


Shirley M. Lietz, 77, of Monticello and formerly of Scotch Grove, Iowa passed away Friday, August 16, 2019, at Unity Point St. Luke Hospice in Cedar Rapids. 

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, August 22, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Monticello with burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Dale Glawatz will officiate.

Shirley was born July 10, 1942, in Center Junction, Iowa the daughter of Arthur and Dorthea (Antons) Rickels.  Shirley had some wonderful relationships and through them she had five beautiful children.  Shirley was a Nurses Aid at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center for many years. She loved gardening and spending time outdoors with her flowers and animals.  She loved family get-togethers as frequently as possible, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.  Shirley was a very social person who touched many lives.

Survivors include her children: Kim (Dennis) Kidd of Maquoketa, Gary (Christina) Lietz of Hanover, IL, Paul Lietz of Maquoketa, Keno Lietz of Scotch Grove and Holly (Matt) Kluesner of Hopkinton; grandchildren: Timothy, Joshua and Heather Kidd, Melinda and Hunter Lietz, Jacqueline and Arthur Lietz, and Jacey and Dane Thomas, 10 great grandchildren; siblings: Marvin (Daisy) Rickels of Monticello, Susan Wright of Scotch Grove and Eugene (Kay) Rickels of Hopkinton ; a sister-in-law, Dixie Rickels of Anamosa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 grandchildren, Adam and Daniel Kidd, and siblings: Larry (Paula) Rickels, Ervin Rickels, and a stillborn sister.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Alex C. Heiderscheit


Alex C. Heiderscheit, 32, of Petersburg, IA passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with Very Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque. Visitation will also be held after 9:00 a.m. at the church on Wednesday until time of service.

Alex was born on December 25, 1986 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clarence and Edelberta (Ondangan) Heiderscheit. In 2005 he graduated from Wahlert High School, after graduation he attended NICC.

He married Gina Francois on April 27th, 2019 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, IA.

Alex was currently employed at Ay McDonald Manufacturing and was previously employed with Weber Metals in Cascade and EIMCO in Farley as a Machinist.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Eagle Scout of Troup 69. Alex was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors, but he especially loved spending time with family and friends.

Alex is survived by his loving wife Gina Heiderscheit; his father Clarence Heiderscheit; brother, Michael (Shawn) Heiderscheit; nieces Clara and Anora and his nephew Nicholas Heiderscheit. Father and mother-in-law Dan & Sally Francois; sister-in-law Colleen (Kevin) Klein and their children Chloe and Brynlee Klein along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Oncology Unit; Dr. Monga and nurses, especially Amanda, along with Hospice of Dubuque for all their care, kindness and compassion they gave to Alex and his family.

In lieu of flowers a Alex C. Heiderscheit memorial fund will be established.

 



Ruth A. Hainstock


Ruth Ann (Gockel) Hainstock, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2019.

Ruth was born on May 28, 1933, the daughter of Celestine and Theresa (Adams) Gockel in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Ruth was united in marriage to William Scott Hainstock on August 12, 1953 at Saint Columbkilles Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Ruth and Bill farmed together and raised four children Bill, Deb, Rich, and Barb.

Ruth graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and went to a two year college to become a school teacher. She then began her teaching career at Rockdale Country School when she was 18 years old. After marriage, earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marycrest College, and beginning a family, she returned to teaching at Delwood Schools in Delmar, Iowa; where she retired after 29 years. Ruth was very devoted to her career and had a positive impact on many of her students, families, and coworkers. She is a member of Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Raphael #1156.

Ruth enjoyed traveling and playing cards with her friends and family. She spent many hours in retirement volunteering for local organizations including Hospital Auxiliary, Maquoketa Community Cupboard, Hurstville Interpretive Center, and Meals On Wheels. Ruth took great pride in her family and enjoyed following their careers and activities.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children William (Wendy) Hainstock of Maquoketa, Debra (Gary) Pontenberg of Florida, Richard (Mary Jo) Hainstock of Vinton, and Barbara (Shannon) Elmore of Montana, also five grandchildren Michael (Lisa) Hainstock, Tara (Tom) Atkinson, Matthew (Dani) Hainstock, Kimberlee and Barbara Rose Elmore, two step-grandchildren Adam and Ashley Pontenberg, and four great grandchildren Isabel and Will Atkinson and Ivy and Rex Hainstock. Siblings include Dan (Elaine) Gockel, Dave (Joanne) Gockel, and Tom Gockel, her sisters-in-law Phyllis Campbell and Charlotte Gockel and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband William S. (Bill); an infant son Lee Scott; her parents; sister & brother-in-law Patricia & Bud Strane; two brothers, Joseph and Bill; and in-laws Patricia Gockel, Lois and Mel Laschansky and John Campbell.

A funeral mass celebrating Ruth's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, August 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Robert J. Burlage


Robert J. Burlage, 81, of Monticello passed away Friday, August 16, 2019, at Monticello Nursing & Rehab Center.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.

Visitation will continue Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Robert was born January 12, 1938, in Monticello the son of Lawrence and Frances (Kurt) Burlage. He graduated from St. Mary High School in Cascade with the Class of 1955, and enlisted in the Army, having served in a missile defense battery in Taiwan. He married Marilyn Rahe on November 27, 1965, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed east of Monticello until retirement and moved to town in 2002.

Survivors include 4 children: Peg (Frank) Mere and Marty (Stacey) Burlage, both of Monticello, Jane (John) Smith of Lafayette, IN, and Tim (Rubi) Burlage of Florham Park, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; siblings: Grace Tallman of Davenport, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Edmond, OK, and Donald (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN; in-laws: Doris Burlage of Monticello, Karen Funke and Ken (Shirley) Rahe, both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marilyn in 2016, parents-in-law, Gerald and Agnes (Tauke) Rahe; siblings: Bill (Jeanne) Burlage and John Burlage; and in-laws: Richard Tallman, Floyd Hignite and Leon Funke.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Charles C. Kurt


Charles Clarence Kurt, 90, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Thursday August 15, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Charles may call from 2 to 8 p.m., on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial for Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at St. Patrick Church in Garryowen with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald presiding. . Burial will follow the funeral service at St. Patrick Cemetery with full Military Honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Charles was the fourth of 12 children born to John G. and Ella (Moorman) Kurt in Bernard, Iowa on January 31, 1929. He married Elizabeth (Kit) Dunne on April 8, 1958 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, IA. Charles was a farmer in the Bernard area prior to moving to Cascade in 2002. He served as a trustee for St. Patrick Church, board member for the Bernard Fire Department and the Bernard Telephone Company and a ASCS county board members. After moving to Cascade, he was a Telegraph Herald newspaper delivery person.

Charles was an Army veteran who served his country during the Korean War, was privileged to go on an Honor Flight in September 2012, and received a Quilt of Valor in November 2015. He was a member of the Cascade American Legion-Post #528.

He is survived by his siblings-Tom(Rita)Kurt of Bernard, IA and Pete(Mary Jane) Kurt of Peosta, IA; Lois Donovan, Earl(Louetta) Kurt of Cascade, IA; and Sr. Mary Kurt of Cedar Rapids IA

He was also preceded in death by his wife-Elizabeth on July 12, 2019; his son-Jerry on January 26, 1995; his parents; and his siblings-Germaine Bechen, Henry Kurt, Dorrance Kurt, Sr. Bernice Kurt, Rita Martin, and Jane Ann Steffen.

A Charles Kurt Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Above and Beyond for all of their care to Charles.

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

 



Anne Feeney


Anne Feeney, 99, of Bernard, Iowa died on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

To celebrate Anne's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where a prayer service to conclude the visitation at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Hutchins, SVD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Patrick's Garryowen Church, Bernard, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Rev. Michael Hutchins, SVD concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Anne Rosalia Molony was born in Bernard, Iowa on November 27, 1919, daughter of Michael and Grace (Cannon) Molony. She was a member of the first graduating class from St. Patrick's Garryowen High School and received an RN degree from St Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque. She worked as a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa and at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

On May 29, 1948, Anne married Gerald W. Feeney at St Patrick's Garryowen. Anne and Gerald lived and worked in Sioux City, Iowa for a few years before returning to live in Bernard, Iowa. Anne was a member of St Patrick's Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters Mothers Club and Mercy School of Nursing Alumni Association.

Anne was well known for baking sinful cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, and pies. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, embroidering countless pillowcases that she freely gave away, and going on adventures to the casino with her good friend, Carmie. She loved living in a small town and enjoyed hearing "the news," but she never lost interest in the broader world. She could coax tropical orchids and African violets to bloom during Iowa's coldest winters and her flower garden was beloved by bees, stray cats and all who passed by. She had pockets filled with hard candies, Certs mints, steely grey hair pins and scratch offs. She always had time for the smallest members of her family, and she was never too tired to fix a hair bow or find one more warm cookie for a giddy little boy. Although her hands conquered endless mountains of dishes and peeled tons of potatoes, they never lost their softness or their gentle touch.

Anne is survived by three daughters: Grace (Dan) Mozena of Silver Spring, MD, Sheila Viel of Oconomowoc, WI, Mary (Michael) Wilfer of Monticello, IA and four sons Pat (LoLa) Feeney of Shawnee, KS, Tom (Sandi) Feeney of Colorado Springs, CO, Mike Feeney of Bernard, IA, and Jerry (Janet) Feeney of Dubuque, IA. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren Anne (Tyler Craig) Mozena and Mark Mozena, Erik (Jana), Brian (Shira) and Colleen Viel, Michelle and Matthew (Alaina) Wilfer, Katherine and Jennifer Feeney, Dr. Ben (Jen) Feeney and Dr. Meghan (Matt) Feeney Kloppenburg, and Mallory and Rachel Feeney. Anne loved babies and was overjoyed to have six great-grandchildren join the family Mira Craig, Quinn and Hutch Viel, Isaac Viel, Sloane and Isla Feeney. She looked forward to welcoming many more.

Anne was one of ten children of whom two brothers survive: Dick (Barb) Molony of Bernard and Pat (Elaine) Molony of Peosta. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Bob Feeney of Dubuque and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, who died on November 1, 1989 and son, John, who died July 9, 2012. Other family members who predeceased her were her parents, her sisters Fran Anglin, Sister Mary Sheila RSM, Rita Della Valle, Martha Hutchins and her brothers Mike Molony, John Molony, Jimmy Molony and many beloved sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, Anne asked that you designate any memorials to Dubuque Rescue Mission, Sisters of Mercy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa or Divine Word Seminary.

Anne's family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest and River Bend for their tireless care. They treated her with dignity and grace and the family will always be grateful for their compassion. The family would also like to thank Father Loecke for his spiritual guidance, endless patience and especially for the love he showed Anne during her final weeks. His faith and kindness was such a comfort to Anne and all who loved her.



Lucille M. Sutter


Lucille M. Sutter, 100, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Manor Care Health Services, Dubuque.

At Lucille's request private interment services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.

Lucille, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Jaeger) Mai, was born on November 1, 1918. She married LaVerne Fischer and they raised three children on their family farm at Five Points.

Several years after their divorce she married Tom Sutter, who owned and operated Sutter's Bakery in Dubuque. Lucille worked beside Tom at the bakery every day until they retired.

She enjoyed keeping her house clean (she was lovingly called "Mrs. Clean" by friends and neighbors), cooking and baking, playing cards with family and friends, and going to Bingo with her mother. She and Tom enjoyed going to Minnesota on annual fishing trips with her parents and sometimes taking grandchildren. She was a wonderful, loving person and will be missed.

She is survived by her daughter Janet (Richard Tonnesen), son Dale (Marcy), numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special thanks to her granddaughter, Shelly and husband Bob Berger who visited her every Sunday and looked after her needs.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, brother Melvin Mai and his wife Bernice, LaVerne Fischer, their son Donald, and Tom Sutter. 

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque or to a charity of your choice. Her family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and to Manor Care staff for their loving care.  

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



Joan M. Crawford


Joan M. Crawford, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 13, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Joan Myatt was born on February 2, 1926 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph and Estella (Campbell) Myatt. She was a 1943 graduate of Maquoketa High School where she was crowned its first Homecoming Queen in 1942. She married Glen Thomas Crawford on January 26, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 25, 2018.

After graduation, Joan installed radios in planes during the World War II effort. She then worked for Maquoketa Credit Bureau, and later for the Jackson County Superintendent of Schools. She retired after a 30 plus year career as secretary for the ASCS Office in Maquoketa.

Joan was a former "Den Mother" for the Boy Scouts and at one time had been very active with the United Church of Christ (formerly Congregational Church) in Maquoketa. She enjoyed all flowers with Roses being her favorite, spending time with her family, and birds especially Cardinals.

Those left to honor her memory include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Pamela Crawford of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Kelli (Roy) Lines, Kristi (Kent) Bennis, Ryan (Jennifer) Tracy, Angela Quick-Iverson (Erik), and Karma Quick-Panwala (Asit); 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister Rosemary Francois of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Ralph and John "Jack" Myatt, a sister Evelyn Gump, and a daughter Nan Ellen Tracy on July 3, 2018.

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

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



Mary E. Nelson


Mary E. Nelson, 71, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 14, 2019, at her home in Delmar, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Saturday, from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary Elizabeth Heister was born on September 17, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Iliff and Edna (Wallroff) Heister. She was educated at Otter Creek Country School. Through the years she had worked various jobs including at Kwikway in Marion and the Decker House Hotel and Restaurant in Maquoketa. From 1986 to 2001 she had owned and operated Mary's Kitchen in Delmar, Iowa.

Mary enjoyed gardening, and cooking and baking. She enjoyed making Sunday dinners for friends and always enjoyed their company. She was known for making the best pies that tasted out of this world!

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Patrick (Diane) McGovern of Anamosa, IA, and John (Denise) McGovern of Central City, IA; 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Bill (Martha) Heister, Morgan Heister, Roger Heister, Alberta Waller, Shirley Gartman and Maree Klein; special friend Jim McNamee with his girls and their families; and special friend Shirley "Granny" Weirup.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Hubert and Dick, and a daughter Brenda Heister.

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

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



Anne M. Wernimont


Anne M. (Burchette) Wernimont, age 49, of Farley, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 10:32 a.m., on Friday, August 9, 2019, at MercyOne. To honor Anne's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 19, 2019, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Anne's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Anne was born on March 22, 1970, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ronald and Carol (Brimeyer) Burchette.

Anne was born and raised in Dubuque where she attended Sacred Heart Grade School and went on to high school at Wahlert High School and Dubuque Senior High School. Anne truly enjoyed working, she helped her parents at Beanies Café, and would take over running the restaurant from 1995-2009. She went back to school later in life and graduated from NICC with her LPN degree, and has been happily working at Bethany Home for the last 10 years, her true calling in life. When she did find some free time in her days, Anne was known to indulge in a little retail therapy, or spend some time in the kitchen creating fantastic meals and desserts, her cherry cheesecake was a family favorite. She was never one to just sit in silence, she loved hustle and bustle, and always had a radio on in the background. Anne was united in marriage to Thomas Wernimont in August of 1994, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were together for 22 years, and raised 6 wonderful children. Anne's family was always her top priority, she took great pride in each and every one of her children and when the grandchildren started coming along, her heart was filled with more joy than she ever imagined possible. She always looked forward to the holidays, and Christmas was by far her favorite, decorating every inch of the house. We are deeply saddened, and our hearts are broken, with the sudden and unexpected loss of Anne in our daily lives. We love her, and will miss her every day, but are extremely thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Anne's memory include

her children,
T.J. (Nicole) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA,
Jason (Kay) Wernimont, Marl, Germany,
Josh (Karissa) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA,
Amanda (Joshua) Jotham, Dubuque, IA,
Travis (Felicity) Wernimont, Ashburton, New Zealand
and Tyler (fiancé Brandy Hansen) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA;

her 17 grandchildren,
Dakota, Dylan, Drew, Caleb, Connor, Layne, Charlie, Annabelle, Nolan, Lucy, Porsha, Harley, Gena, Jenna, Brianna, Jamie, Jocelyn and one more on the way courtesy of Amanda and Josh;

her mother,
Carol Burchette, Dubuque, IA;

her significant other,
Terry Tafolla, Farley, IA;

Terry's children,
Lisa (Scott) Willenbring, Dyersville, IA,
Trenton (Dawn) Tafolla, Clarkesville, TN,
Michelle Brandenburg, Dubuque, IA
and Samantha (Steffen) Waid, Cascade, IA;

Terry's 9 grandchildren;

her siblings,
Amy Espinoza, Chicago, IL,
Ronda Dies, Eldridge, IA,
Ron (Jodi) Burchette, Eldridge, IA,
Scott (Melissa) Burchette, St. Charles, MO
and Brad (Emily) Burchette, Dubuque, IA;

and her special grandpuppy,
Buster, aka "Beaster".

Anne was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Burchette.

Anne's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Farley 1st Responders, the ER staff at Mercy Hospital, and Anne's family at Bethany Home, especially Sue, for all of their professional care and loving support in caring for Anne and her entire family.

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

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

 



Sister Romaine Pickart


Sister Romaine (Pearl) Pickart, OSF, 92, of the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Clare House.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on January 20, 1927 in Norway, IA the daughter of Oscar and Mary (Boddicker) Pickart

Entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister received her master's degree in education and administration at Loyola University, Chicago, IL. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dyersville, Stacyville, St. Joseph-Earlville, Sacred Heart-Maquoketa, Briar Cliff College-Sioux City, and Dubuque at Holy Ghost and Sacred Heart; in Illinois at Midlothian and Melrose Park; and in Oregon at Eugene. She was also missioned at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA and in Parish Ministry at Sacred Heart in Maquoketa, IA.

Sister is survived by her sisters-in-law, Helen and Mary Pickart; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Clyde (Edith & Elsie) Pickart, Milton (Faith & Ruth Marie) Pickart, Joseph Pickart, Lyle (Allene) Pickart, and Deacon Glenn Pickart; and her sisters, Hazel (Charles) Dvorak and Ruth (Marlin) Jacobs.

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.

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Kathryn D. Kennicker


Kathryn D. (Ludovissy) Kennicker, age 78, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at her home. To honor Kathryn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 218 North Main Street, North Buena Vista, Iowa, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating, where family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., in the church hall. To celebrate Kathryn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Iowa, at a later date.

Kathryn was born on January 21, 1941, in Turkey River, Iowa, daughter of Joseph P. and Lillian (Coonfare) Ludovissy.

Kathryn was united in marriage to Frank Kennicker on April 30, 1960, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. They were blessed with 53 wonderful years together and 6 adored children, before Frank was called home ahead of her on July 5, 2013. Kathryn took great pride in being a full time wife and stay at home mom, raising the children and caring for their home. She was well known for her hospitality and home-cooked meals on the farm, especially her homemade pies and potato salad. Kathryn enjoyed gardening, visiting with friends and relatives, and sitting on her porch swing in the front yard listening to the sounds of nature at the end of spring and fall evenings on the farm. Her Catholic faith was an important aspect of Kathryn's life and she was a long time member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church and their Rosary Society. Most of all, she was proud of raising her children with her husband, Frank, and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. We are heartbroken at the sudden and unexpected loss of our mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend, words cannot describe how much we will miss you until we are all reunited one day for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Kathryn's memory include

her children,
Duane (Brenda) Kennicker, Sherrill, IA,
Nancy (Tom) Fischer, Sherrill, IA,
Allen (Robin) Kennicker, Balltown, IA
and Lisa Cummer, Garber, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Carol Ludovissy;

her 15 grandchildren;

her 7 great-grandchildren;

her brother,
Robert Ludovissy Sr., North Buena Vista, IA;

her 3 brothers-in-law,
Gerald (Karen) Kennicker, Guttenberg, IA,
Clarence (Florence) Kennicker, Holy Cross
and LeRoy (Dorothy) Kennicker, Holy Cross;

and 3 sisters-in-law,
Mary (Melvin) Barth, Durango, IA,
Dorothy Crews, Dubuque, IA
and Eileen Merfeld, Dubuque, IA.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Frank; a son, Steven Ludovissy; a daughter, Judy Gaul; 8 brothers-in-law, Edward Kennicker, Raymond Kennicker, Lawrence Kennicker, Leon Kennicker, Robert Hefel, Joseph Bertjens, Samuel Etter and Leonard Merfeld; 6 sisters-in-law, Eunice Kennicker, Irma Kennicker, Stella Bertjens, Marita Etter, Lucille “Lulu” Ludovissy and Teresa Hefel; her father-in-law, Alfred Kennicker; and her mother-in-law, Bernadette (Riniker) Kennicker.

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

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

 



Mary Jo Beauchamp


Mary Jo "Jody" Beauchamp, age 77 of Dubuque, Iowa completed her earthly journey on August 9, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, with her loving husband of 58 years by her side. To celebrate Jody's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jody's family.

Jody was born on October 6, 1941 in Muscatine, Iowa a daughter to Ralph and Dorothy (Danner) TeStrake. She was raised to appreciate the value of family from a very young age and her entire 77 years among us were spent perfecting that mission. Jody had spent a few of her early years working with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and American States Insurance, but once it was time for her family of her own to begin, she began the greatest career achievement of her life; wife and mother. She eventually met her true-love, Lynn Beauchamp, and the two courted for 4 years while they worked on building their future lives together. They were united in marriage on June 11, 1961 and have never looked back since. They built a wonderful home together in Dubuque where they would raise their 2 boys and continually nurture them to put others before themselves. Jody continually found great pride in being the best wife, mother and grandmother she could offer to those she loved.

Jody enjoyed the outdoors and any opportunity to get the bike out, jump in the boat for the afternoon, or even lace up her favorite walking shoes and head out towards the hiking trails was naturally considered to be a good day. In the fall, she was always found in front of the TV during any Viking football game, cheering on her favorite team. She was also a very talented seamstress who could create anything with a supply of fabric, a little thread and a sewing machine at her fingertips. But mostly what Jody waited patiently for was the time she would get to spend with her friends in their John Deere Card Club. Over the years they would spend a little less time playing cards and a little more time visiting, traveling and bonding over some of the simple pleasures in life. Jody had a fun-loving spirit and was always up for a good laugh. The world is a little darker place today without her bright light shining among us, but we know and trust that the Lord will keep her safe in His loving arms until we see her smiling face once again. Thank you, Jody, for all of the beautiful memories you have left us to help heal the broken hearts we must carry forward today and thank you for simply being you.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jody include,
her husband,
Lynn Beauchamp, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 2 sons,
Brad (Vanessa) Beauchamp, Scottsdale, Arizona,
and Randy (Deb) Beauchamp, Laveen, Arizona;

her 6 grandchildren,
Tyler, Sierra, Soraka, Brianna, R.J. and Kenny;

her brother,
Mark (Julie) Bice, Phoenix, Arizona;

her sister-in-law,
Phyllis TeStrake, Grafton, Wisconsin;

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

Jody was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph (Vi) TeStrake and Dorothy (Elbert) Bice; and her brother, John TeStrake.

Jody's family would like to thank Dr. Cynthia Konz, along with nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional, compassionate and sincere care of Jody, and her family.

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



Dean J. Kress


Dean J. Kress, age 52, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:25 p.m., on Monday, August 12, 2019, at home, with his loving parents by his side. To honor Dean's life, there will be a private family visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend Dean's funeral mass which will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Dean was born on August 22, 1966, in Dubuque, son of Leo and Betty (Meyer) Kress.

Dean was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who enjoyed his work in the ARC Vocational shop. He was never one to let his health challenges keep him down and loved listening to music and going to concerts. Dean loved interacting with his family, whether it be getting big bear hugs, tickling sessions, going out to eat or heading out boot scooting. He had a kind, sweet, yet sometimes comically mischievous, disposition and will be greatly missed by his family as well as his ARC family.

Those left to cherish Dean's memory include

his parents,
Leo and Betty Kress, Sherrill, IA;

his siblings,
Teri (Tom) Keleher, Monticello, IA,
Brenda Kress, Eden Prairie, MN,
Dale (fiancé Lori Wilson) Kress, Dubuque, IA
and Jeff (Kim) Kress, Balltown, IA;

and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dean was preceded in death by his grandparents, Art and Henrietta Kress and Clarence and Bernice Meyer.

Dean's family would like to thank all of his care givers from ARC, as well as the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed between ARC, 3355 Kennedy Circle, Dubuque, IA, 52002 and Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002.

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

 



Carl F. Hoffmann


Carl F. Hoffmann, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 13 in his home surrounded by family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 15, 2019 and again Friday morning 9-10 am at Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bellevue with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

Carl was born September 6, 1934 in Spruce Creek, the son of John S. (Jack) and Isadore (Sieverding) Hoffmann. Carl graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, Iowa. He served in the US Army from 1957-59.

He married Marilyn Myers of Waucoma, Iowa on May 15, 1965, and they lived in Bellevue where they raised their family.

Carl's passion was his church, family, carpentry/woodworking and hunting. Carl worked in construction first in the Galena area where he built many homes and businesses. He later partnered with the late Art Stuart operating a construction company in Bellevue until he operated Carl Hoffmann Construction from 1972 until into his late 70s.

He was a father to three children, including daughter Julie, and sons Leo and Patrick who worked in construction with him for numerous years. He enjoyed hunting, hiking, traveling and spending time with his family. In his retirement, he was an avid woodworker, building furniture, jewelry boxes, picture frames and decorative items that would often be donated to St. Joseph's Church Fall Festival auctions, Pheasants Forever and many family and friends.

He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. He was also a longtime member of Pheasants Forever. For many years, he and Marilyn were members of the Double DJ Twirlers Square Dancers. He had a heart for serving others and could always be counted on as a volunteer by the church, friends, neighbors and Pheasants Forever.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, his children, Leo (Jenny) Hoffmann of Brighton, Colorado, Julie (David) Shepherd of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and Patrick (Gwen) Hoffmann of Gilbert, South Carolina; 8 grandchildren, Nathan, Michelle and Chanise, Jessica, Rex, Justin, Tyler & Christian, and 4 great-grandchildren, Remy, Jaina, Ember & Quinn.

Additional survivors include his brother Eugene (Shirley) Hoffmann of Cascade and scores of in-laws, nieces and nephews. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and sister Rita.

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

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

 



Lisa L. Seymour


Lisa L. Seymour, 54, of Bankston, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her home in rural Bankston, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Lisa may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Lisa will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. Clements Cemetery in Bankston.

Lisa was born November 6, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a 1983 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. She then attended NICC where she received her Dental Assistant degree. In June 28, 1986 she was united in marriage to James Seymour at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. She was employed at the Rockdale Dental Center in Dubuque for 13 years before becoming a stay at home mom. In 1990 they had a daughter Samantha and in 1996 they had a 2nd daughter, McKayla. In 2014 Lisa finally got her boy in the form of a son-in-law, Pat Ryan. The joy of her life were her two grandchildren Scarlett and James.

In 2012 Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer, she has fought a very long and courageous battle.

She is survived by her husband, James Seymour of Bankston, IA; two daughters, Samantha (Pat) Ryan of Bernard, IA and McKayla of Des Moines, IA; two grandchildren, Scarlett and James Ryan; a sister Beth (Brian) Bries of Farley, IA and a brother Bryan (Cheryl) Thurm of Platteville, WI; and the whole Seymour Family.

The family would like to thank anyone that helped them in any way through this journey in Lisa's life-God grant her serenity now.

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



Gerald L.G. Wirth


Gerald Leon Galloway Wirth, 85, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Gerald was born on December 4, 1933 in Elwood, Iowa, to Harold and Wava (Hamilton) Galloway. At the age of 16 he was adopted by Raymond and Florence (Galloway) Wirth. He was a 1952 graduate of Elwood High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy earning an honorable discharge.

He married Barbara L. Margeson on November 11, 1956 in Elwood, Iowa and to this union five children were born, Brenda, Jill, Joy, Teresa and Timothy.

Upon returning home from serving his country, Gerald farmed the family farm for 39 years, and worked as a truck driver for Stanton, Amhof, Grant and Hainstock Long Haul Trucking companies receiving three safe driving awards for driving two plus million miles.

Gerald was a 60-year member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Lost Nation/Elwood Telephone Board member for over 35 years, Lost Nation School Board member serving two terms and a Farm Bureau Board member.

Gerald enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, gardening, woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, baking chocolate chip cookies, and all kinds of music. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and liked watching birds especially Cardinals. Most importantly, he loved spending time at family gatherings and with the grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Barbara Wirth of Lost Nation, IA; children, Brenda Smith of Lost Nation, IA, Jill (Brian) Bonney of Lost Nation, IA, Joy (Bob) Beuthien of Hartsburg, MO, Teresa (Tom) Hovar of Belton, MO, and Timothy Wirth of DeWitt, IA; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson; and siblings, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway, Larry (Pat) Galloway, Al (Pam) Galloway, and Jim (Bev) Galloway; and sisters, Barb (Ken) Schroeder, Marcia (Ron) Barten, Linda Miller, Phyllis Goldensoph, and Gladyce (Ken) Butt.

He was preceded in death by his biological and adopted parents, six brothers Floyd Wirth, Roger, Don, Dwain, Jeff and Russell Galloway, four sisters Maxine Kolb, Rhea Hasenmiller, Darlene Simmons and one in infancy, a grandchild Bridgette Beuthien, and a son-in-law Robert Lynn Smith on July 29, 2019.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald Leon Galloway Wirth memorial fund has been established.

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



Lee R. Feltes


Lee Ray Feltes, 50, of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 9, 2019 at his home.

A funeral mass celebrating Lee's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 16, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa.

Lee Ray Feltes was born on October 17, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Raymond and Karen Mae (Nieland) Feltes, Jr. He was a 1987 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School, and a 1991 graduate of Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. He never married.

Lee had worked for the Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwonago first as a camp counselor and later as the Activity Director for several years. He then began a long career with Kohl's Department Store as a sales associate.

Lee was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed reading books, cooking, playing board games and traveling with friends.

Those left to honor Lee's memory include his mother, Karen Feltes of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Tim Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, Brian Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Jennifer (Damon) Mesecher of Tuscaloosa, AL; and 6 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Feltes Jr., on June 16, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lee R. Feltes memorial fund has been established.

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



James P. Rice


James P. Rice, Age 93, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. 

Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 14, 2019 until the service time at 12 noon at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road. Pastor Kristian Kincaid will be officiating. Interment will be held at the Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Military Honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post, #6.

James was born on March 22, 1926 in Platteville, WI to his parents, Harry and Ina Rice. He married the love of his life, Margaret E. (Avenarius) on April 8, 1944, she preceded him in death on June 8, 2016. James worked as a repairman for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his retirement in 1980. James was a US Army veteran who served in WWII. 

James is survived by his daughter Bonnie R. (Lyle) Connolly of Davenport, IA; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Rice, of Epworth, IA; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Besides his wife, James is preceded by his parents, one son, James P. Rice, Jr., and a grandson Scott T. Slattery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Dubuque or to the American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all of their care and support shown to James.

 



Rita Mae Leifker


Rita Mae (Weber) Leifker, 64, of Cuba City, WI passed away peacefully into eternal life on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, August 14, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Hazel Green, WI, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, August 13, at the church, where the parish wake service will be at 3:30 p.m.  Burial will be in the Nativity B.V.M. Cemetery, Menominee, IL. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Rita was born October 1, 1954 in Hazel Green,WI, to Herman and Leonetta (Pfohl) Weber. She was the youngest of 10 children. She married Bob Leifker on December 8, 1973 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, IL.

Rita grew up in Galena and graduated from Galena High School in 1972. Soon after, she started working at John Deere Dubuque Works. After marrying Bob, she moved to Cuba City where they raised their 4 sons and continued to work at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 2014 after 42 years of service.  

Rita loved to travel. Shortly after retirement, she traveled to Italy with her sisters and cousins. She had so much fun there, that she followed with a trip to San Francisco, Seattle and a Caribbean Cruise. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She loved her grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed their visits. She enjoyed cooking and was best known for her caramels at Christmas time which she shared with many. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. 

She is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Danny (Shelby), Bobby (Denise), Jeremy (Erin) and Jamie; grandchildren, Emersyn, Ellisyn Mae, Lily Mae, Miles, Will, Maggie, Jack, Jonah and Max; siblings, Rose (Ira) Kunkel, Jim (Carol) Weber, Jean Redman, Joe (Cindy) Weber, Mary (John) Trannel, Nancy Miller (Jim Imbus) and her in-laws, Wendell Comer, Merle (Pat) Leifker, Carol Leifker, Jeanne (John) Frantzen, Mary Kay Leifker & Marlene Derby, and very close family friends Scott (Nila) Derby and Brenda McKinney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene (Don) Budden & Janis Comer; her brother, John; her in-laws, Andy Redman, Mike Miller, and Jim Leifker.

The following are Rita's words: "Special thanks to Bob for all the kind and loving care; to Danny & Shelby for being there when I needed them and for the many trips to bring the girls to brighten my day; to my siblings, Jim & Carol Weber, John & Mary Trannel, Nancy Miller, Merle & Pat Leifker for the many trips to Iowa City. Also, many thanks to my sons, Jeremy, Bobby & Danny for their constant care during the last few weeks."

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice of Platteville, WI for their loving and compassionate care over her last two weeks.

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

 

 



Randall F. Brehm

Randall Francis Brehm, 40, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 7, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Robert Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Randy was born on April 30th, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Shirley (Schreiber) Brehm. He worked at Haynes Kennels and Dubuque Greyhound Park.

Randy was an avid Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye Fan. He followed his favorite teams to all major events including bowl games.

He is survived by his father Joseph Brehm; brother Wayne (Vanessa) Brehm; sister Karen (Maurice) Dunne; nephews Ian and Ethan Brehm and his niece Anna Brehm.

He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley and a brother William "Billy" Brehm.

In lieu of flowers a Randall F. Brehm memorial fund will be established.

 



Timothy G. Thrailkill


Timothy Glen Thrailkill, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 4th, 2019.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 16th at the funeral home.

Tim was born on January 5th, 1969 in Georgia the son of Bruce Thrailkill and Judy Keene. He met Tammy Beversdorf on March 28, 1995 and they married on October 11, 2003 in Dubuque, together they shared 24 years.

He worked for Tschiggfrie Excavating in Dubuque and was a member of the Bird Dog Club.

Not a day goes by that we are not thinking of you. We know how you enjoyed talking to your family on the phone. Your brought so much love to everyone who came into passing. You were such a fun-loving husband, father and son. Until we meet again, we all love you and miss you so much. My love for you will never die, you are in my heart and soul till the day I walk by your side again, love you wife.

Tim is survived by his wife Tammy; Children, Timothy G. Thrailkill Jr., Brittni (Will) Crusa, Michael Thrailkill, and Daisy Thrailkill; step-children, John (Elizabeth) Whitney, Jesse Whitney, Amanda Whitney, and Shawn (Kayla) Whitney. His mother Judy Vaughan; siblings Shane (April) Thrailkill, Brian (Crystal) Thrailkill, Angel Trailkill, and Tanya Yearwood; his father-in-law Paul Beversdorf, his surrogate father Don Key; seventeen grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and his faithful companions "Koda" & "Dolly".

He was preceded in death by his father Bruce; Nannie Doris, Papa Thrailkill, Papa Keene, Mama Thrailkill and Nana Keever.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Timothy's name and directed to his wife Tammy.



Isabelle A. Stillmunkes


Isabelle A. "Isy" Stillmunkes, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 8th, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 12th, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bellevue. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Isy was born on July 8th, 1932 in Bellevue, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Steichen) Roling. She graduated from Bellevue High School and on July 11, 1951, she married Raymond "Ray" Stillmunkes. She and Ray farmed in Bellevue, IA and together raised seven children, Linda, Carol, Sharon, Lois, Mark, Leta and Randy.

A loving wife for twenty-three years until Ray's passing, Isy spent the next forty-five years dedicated to her family. Isy had a busy life; while working hard on the farm, she always made time for others, spreading love and joy.

Her hobbies include baking, playing euchre, sewing, quilting, and sharing time with others. She was a housewife, homemaker, and self-employed seamstress.

Isy is survived by her children Linda (Merl) Heitkamp, Carol (Bill) Ihrig, Sharon (Gary) Hoffmann, Lois Stillmunkes, Mark Stillmunkes (significant other, Karla), Leta (Phil) Wallace and daughter-in-law Renee Stillmunkes, twenty-one grandchildren, and twenty-eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, son Randy, and twelve siblings.

In lieu of flowers, an Isabelle Stillmunkes memorial fund will be established.

Thank you to Mercy Hospital, Luther Manor (Grand Meadows), and Hospice of Dubuque staff who provided loving care in her final days.

 



Charles J. Althoff


Charles J. Althoff, 86, of Cascade, died Thursday, August 8, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Fr Greg Bahl officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 12 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 4 pm.

He was born on May 10, 1933, in Cascade, the son of Frank and Vivian (Laban) Althoff. He married Geraldine (Casel) on August 24, 1957 at St Lawrence Church, Otter Creek, Iowa.

Charles worked at John Deere in Dubuque repairing tractors and also farmed. He was an Army veteran, serving our country during the Korean Conflict. Charles was a member of the American Legion 528, and the Farm Bureau.

Charles enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren He enjoyed traveling with his wife Geri, watching westerns on TV, antique tractors, going to the Amana's for lunch, and Christmas with his family (he was always the first one ready to open presents). Charles was a kind, considerate, and generous man who maintained a positive attitude throughout his life. His smile and his strength will continue to be an influence on all of us.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Geraldine; three children: Steve Althoff, Theresa (Dennis) Balk, and Mike (Kathy) Althoff; five grandchildren: Matthew (Morgan) Balk, Courtney Althoff, Rachel Balk, Caitlyn (Nick) Miller, and Abigail Balk; two great-grandchildren: Forrest Charles Balk and Charlie Marie Miller; his two sisters Geraldine (Frank) Kintzle and Kathy (Jack) Graham; brother-in laws Robert Kirsch and Ronald Dzaboff; and sister-in-law Marge Althoff.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Julie Ann Althoff (1959); his siblings Virginia Dzaboff, Elaine Kirsch, Edwin Althoff, Clarence Althoff; sister-in-law MaryAnn Althoff; and nephew Ted Althoff.

Charles's family would like to extend a special thank you to the Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, Dr. Jennifer Schope, and the nurses and staff at St. Luke's Hospital for their loving, compassionate and professional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Everlyn D. Mathews


Evelyn D. Mathews, 83, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on August 5, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade with family at her side.

Per Evelyn's request there will be no public visitation or service. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Leonard Funeral home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements. The family request no flowers.

Evelyn was born on August 14, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas the daughter of Bernice and Harold Parkinson. She married Philip Mathews in September of 1972. This September they would have been married 47 years. Evelyn sold Avon for 30 years and enjoyed visiting with her customers. She bowled in a league well into her 70s and never could pass up a word search puzzle. Her favorite thing was to go somewhere with Phil.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Phil; five children: Beverlie (Mark) Ernzen, Gwendolyn (Mark) Griswold, Dennis (Julie) Enloe, Theresa (Cary) Brock and Johanna (Dan) Creger. Her grandchildren left to cherish her memory are: Candice (Scott) Chaloupka, Tracie (Ken) Fonck, Phillip (April) Kelley, Tabitha (Larry) Scott, Tiffani (Trevor) McArthur, Brittany Kress, Cody (Hannah) Whardle, Nissa Enloe, Karissa (Nick) Enloe, and Tala, Angie (Aaron) Schwenker, Andrina (Chris) Timmons, Chuck (Alicia) Brock, and Carl (Sara) Brock. Evelyn was also blessed with many wonderful great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Shady Rest Care Center for the love and care they gave to the "Sassy One". The stories they shared at the end will never be forgotten. Thank you, as well, to Hospice of Dubuque. They helped Evelyn die with dignity and comfort.

 



Marcella I. Hannig


Marcella I. "Peg" Hannig, 85, of Peosta, Iowa passed away peacefully on August 6th, 2019.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 12th at Holy Family Catholic Church New Melleray with Fr. Rodney Allers presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may visit from 3 to 6 PM on Sunday, August 11th at Leonard Funeral Home 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West where there will be a wake service at 3:00 PM. Friends may also gather Monday August 12th at the church stating at 9:00 AM until the funeral service.

Peg the daughter of Cornelius and Emma (Bergfeld) Koch was born on December 13th, 1933 in their farm home near Bernard Iowa.

In May of 1955 Peg married Robert Hannig of Dubuque, Iowa. Together they built their house, a family with three sons and close lifelong friends over their marriage of 57 years.

Peg became a full-time homemaker and the matriarch of an otherwise all-guy household. She could often be found working with her hands creating craft items or working in their flower or vegetable gardens. She enjoyed spending time outdoors picnicking, camping and fishing with the family.

Woven through all these activities was her devotion to faith, family and friends.

She is survived by her sister Elaine Forest, of Clearwater FL; her three sons: Richard Hannig, of Dubuque, Ronald Hannig, of Stillwater, MN and Robert (Sandi) Hannig, of Garland TX; three grandchildren: Colin, Ryan and Sophia Hannig all of Stillwater, MN, along with many nieces and nephews.

Peg was preceded in death her parents Cornelius and Emma, husband Robert sisters: Ardella (Stainer), Ann (Lampe), Kaye (Kane) and Helen (McClain).

The family wishes to thank the staff of Finley Hospital, Grand River Medical, Dubuque Orthopedic Surgeons, Luther Manner - Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and kindness.

 



Sister Patricia Robinson


Sister Patricia Robinson, BVM, (Danella), 87, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Pat was an elementary teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; and Butte, Mont.; a secondary teacher in Mundelein, Ill; and Lincoln, Nebr.; and a substitute teacher in South Bend, Ind.

She was a teaching and research assistant at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; and a sociology professor at St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind.

She was born on April 5, 1932, in Chicago, to Daniel and Mary A. Burg Robinson. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1950, from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1953, and final vows on July 16, 1958.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Ellen Quinn and Jean (Richard) Payne; sisters-in-law Barbara Robinson and Glenda Robinson; and brother-in-law Roland Schuck. She is survived by sisters Elizabeth Schuck and Grace (Joseph) Barney, all of Illinois; a brother Daniel Robinson of Indiana, a brother-in-law Robert Quinn; nieces; nephew(s) 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 https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Thomas E. Devaney

Thomas E. Devaney, 64, of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo.

Private family services will be held on Sunday, August 11th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born January 31, 1955 in Dubuque. He was the son of Richard and Patricia (Manahl) Devaney.

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



Delores H. Fleege


Delores H. "Lorie" (Gatena) Fleege, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:48 p.m., on August 5, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Lorie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue. To celebrate Lorie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lorie was born on June 30, 1932, in Dubuque, daughter of Alfred and Eleanor (Hense) Gatena.

Lorie was always a dedicated worker and was employed with several places before settling in at the Dubuque Packing Company, where she would meet a handsome young man named Donald Fleege. They fell in love immediately, and eventually married, on August 23, 1952, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The two would be blessed with 56 years and 8 children together, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on July 11, 2009. After they married, Lorie happily settled into her role as a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker. She was a kind hearted person whose faith was extremely important to her, as evidenced by her long time memberships with St. Mary's Church and then with Holy Trinity Church, as well as her mission volunteer work. She enjoyed making rosaries that would be sent out on the mission trips to churches all over the country and world. Beyond a doubt, Lorie's family was always her main priority and pride and joy. She enjoyed playing games with the kids and grandkids, or spending the day outside fishing. She had a great love of wild birds and was affectionately, known as a "bird whisperer" to her family. Throughout the years Lorie helped rescue countless baby birds, caring for them and feeding them until they were strong enough to go off on their own. She also had a great appreciation of all kinds of music, from Hawaiian music to Patsy Cline, and had the stacks of LPs to prove it. We are deeply saddened at losing Lorie from our daily lives, we will miss her more than words can say and cherish all of the memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Lorie's memory include

her 6 children,
Donald (Sue) Fleege, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Darlene (Mike) Rogers, Waxahachie, TX,
Dennis (Diane) Fleege, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Dan (Vicki) Fleege, Dubuque, IA,
Debbie (Gene) Gillies, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn (Todd) Herring, Dubuque, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 40 great-grandchildren;

and her 3 siblings,
Bud (Judy) Gatena,
Bob Gatena
and Jim (Jeanie) Gatena, all of Dubuque, IA.

Lorie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Donald; 2 children in infancy, Diane and Donna Fleege; and a granddaughter in infancy, Trisha Rogers.

Lorie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, especially the 5th floor, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Lorie and her family.

Memorials will be accepted in Lorie's honor to be distributed at the family's discretion.

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

 



Barbara K. (Davison) Bruse


It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Kay (Davison) Bruse announces her passing on Monday morning, July 29, 2019, at the age of 78 years. Barbara passed peacefully with her family by her side and with the loving care of her Bickford family in Iowa City, Iowa. She bravely and courageously battled, laughed and danced in the face of her diagnosis - Corticobasal Syndrome. Her humor and class never wavered.

Interment services where Barbara will be laid to rest alongside her parents at Mt Hope cemetery will be private. A gathering of family and friends celebrating Barbara's life will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Palmer House Stable, 200 East Main Street, Solon, Iowa 52333. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Barbara Kay Davison was born on November 17, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dale Matthews and Mildred Bernice (Hodges) Davison. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, starting early because she refused to leave her older sisters' sides. She then attended Maquoketa schools where she sang in the Glee Club, participated in the Drama Club, tooted her french horn in Concert Band and was a member of the Future Homemakers of America. She graduated MHS class of ‘57 at the age of 16. She later attended and graduated from the University of Iowa.

Barbara worked at the University of Iowa for 25 years. She retired in 2012 as an Account Specialist with the Tippie College of Business.

Barbara lived a full life. She was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind beautiful memories. She grew up on a farm and fondly recalled following her dad around when he walked the fences and shared his love of horses. She liked to travel. The highlights of her travels were a cruise on the transatlantic ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth 2, vacations to Europe, the Bahamas and Belize. She also traveled to Santa Clara, CA and Seattle, WA to help care for her new grandbabies. She enjoyed reading, quilting, calligraphy, tap dancing, piano lessons, gardening, antiquing, and spending time walking with her beloved dog Maxx.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Christine Kay Bruse of Iowa City, IA and her daughters Erin and Megan, Telly Renea Bruse Presho and her husband Scott of Seattle, WA and their children Russell and Zoe, and Larry Corey Bruse and his wife Yoko Noguchi of Solon, IA; and a sister, Janean Cook of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Bonnie McDonald.

The family extends special thanks to Bickford Cottage and Care Initiatives Hospice for their loving care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to your local animal shelter or charity of choice in Barbara's memory is requested.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com



Jeannette B. Plowman


Jeanette B. Plowman, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Jeanette on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 5 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation, and burial will be at the Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, at a later date.

Jeanette Bertha Smothers was born on December 2, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Oscar and Elsie (Miller) Smothers. She grew up in Dubuque. She married Clyde M. Plowman on December 1, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jeanette had worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners, Loras and Clarke College in the housekeeping department, and for the Mount Caramel Convent in Dubuque, Iowa.

She enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Debbie (Steve) Bodkin of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Esther (Joe) Hunt of TX; 2 grandchildren, Albert (Charlotte) Martin Jr. of Dubuque, IA, and Daniel (Crystal) Martin of Maquoketa, IA; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Marie Ludovissy and a grandchild Amy Martin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeanette B. Plowman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary P. (Lemmer) Lux


Mary P. "Pat" (Lemmer) Lux, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:52 a.m., on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 9, 2019, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, Key West, Iowa, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 9, 2019, at St. Joseph Church, Key West. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Pat was born on July 19, 1930, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Rosella (Conter) Lemmer.

Pat was united in marriage to the love of her life, William "Bill" Lux, on December 31, 1951, in Maquoketa, and they were blessed with 40 years and 4 children together before he was sadly called home ahead of her on August 14, 1992. Pat fully embraced her full time role as a wife, mother and homemaker, she took great pride in caring for her home and family. She was a phenomenal cook and her fried chicken was always a favorite with everyone. When she found a little down time in her days, Pat enjoyed working on her next crafting or quilting project or playing cards with family and friends. She also liked spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be trying her luck at her favorite fishing hole, strolling around the neighborhood and bird watching. Pat loved everything about birds and had an extensive collection of clocks, statues and trinkets in her home. She was also a savant when it came to the names of all the presidents and state capitals. Pat's faith was extremely important to her, she was a long time member of St. Joseph Church in Key West, always arriving early to "claim her seat" in the back, and was also active with their Rosary Society. We are saddened at losing our sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but are able to find some comfort in the knowledge that she is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues that she has faced with such grace these past weeks.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her 4 children,
Dean (Peg) Lux, Aurora, CO,
Ann (Bill) Mayne, Key West, IA,
Carl Lux, Key West, IA
and Betty Lux, Key West, IA;

her 8 grandchildren;

her 17 great-grandchildren;

her 7 siblings,
Dorothy Aschtgen, Cascade, IA,
Betty (Dick) Johnson, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Rose (Dean) Mason, Carson, IA,
Monica Chapman, Manchester, IA,
Robert (Madonna) Lemmer, Monticello, IA,
Jim Lemmer, Monticello, IA
and Mike (Laurie) Lemmer, Cascade, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Janet Lemmer, Cedar Falls, IA.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William "Bill" Lux; her siblings, Mary Ann Lemmer, Theresa (LaVerl) Chapman, Donald Lemmer, Richard Lemmer and Herman Lemmer; and 2 brothers-in-law, Elmer Aschtgen and Glen Chapman.

Pat's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Pat and her entire family.

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

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



Helen M. Singsank


Helen M. "Mazie" Singsank, 88 of Dubuque, and formerly of Luxemburg passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 pm Friday, August 9, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8 - 9 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Helen was born December 12, 1930, in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of John and Clara (Merkes) Klein. She married Gerald A. Singsank on October 15, 1952, in Rickardsville. Together they farmed on the Singsank home farm near Luxemburg until moving to town and opening Singsank Upholstery.

Helen was a "Jane of all trades" decorating cakes, driving a school bus, serving on the Ertl Credit Union Board and the Dubuque County Fair Board for 22 years. In her free time she enjoyed knitting & crocheting items which she sold at the Farmers Market for many years. Helen also worked as an inspector at the Ertl Toy Co. from 1975 - 1996.

Survivors include 3 children: Janet Singsank of New Vienna, Lori Connolly of Marion and Pat Singsank of Burlington; grandchildren: Rachel Besch, Melissa Kauder, Matt (Kristi), Logan (Courtney) and Quinton Hoefler, and Carrie (Doug) Jackson; 7 great grandchildren: Lauren, Ava and Erica Jackson, Declan and Kaliope Kauder, Liam and Emma Hoefler, Aden Besch-Finn, Blake Pergande and Waylon Lumley; a brother, Theodore (Norma) Klein of Clinton, NJ, and in-laws: Marina Klein of Dubuque, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville and Jane Singsank of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gerald in 2018, a son, Joe Singsank, a grandson, Eric Connolly; siblings: John Klein, Marcellus Klein, Dolores (Werner) Sigwarth, Eldon (Clara & Betty) Klein and Aloysius (Joanie) Klein; in-laws: Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Dr. Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Marce (Harry) Steffen, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank, and Mae (Alphonse) Pasker and Alver Dingbaum.

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



Vivian C. Waechter


Vivian C. Waechter, 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019, at The Waterford At Wilderness Hills in Lincoln, NE, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer.

Friends and relatives of Vivian may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 9th at the funeral home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Vivian will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Philip Kruse presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born October 17, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Regina (Schueller) Heim. She received her education at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Carl Waechter on May 7, 1955 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. From this union seven children were born. He preceded her in death on March 29, 2013.

Vivian was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent most of her life raising her family which were the happiest days of her life. After raising her children she worked as a cook at Head Start, a teacher's assistant at St. Patrick's Catholic School and a cook at Divine Word College in Epworth.

Vivian enjoyed having family gatherings, making sure everyone was well fed and welcome. In her spare time she liked to cook for her family, embroider, visit with friends and neighbors and attend church services.

She is survived by her children, Paula Waechter of Lincoln, NE, Carolyn Waechter of Dubuque, IA, Henry (Tami) Waechter of Grand Island, NE, Kevin (Geri) Waechter of Lincoln, NE, Steven Waechter of Hartley, IA, Douglas (Jody) Waechter of Cuba City, WI, and Karla (Troy) Walker of Sun Prairie, WI; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three siblings, Robert Heim of East Dubuque, IL, Diane Weis and Danny Heim both of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six brothers, Clarence, Kenny, Eddie, Dick, John and Timmy Heim; one sister, Betty Jewett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Vivian C. Waechter may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society and St. Croix Hospice in Nebraska.

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



Cody R. Watson


Cody R. Watson, 29, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Sunday evening, August 4, 2019 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, following a courageous 5 year battle with cancer.

Private family visitation and services will be held on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery at Hazel Green, WI. on Friday.

Cody was born on February 18, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Missy Vanderah and Richard Watson.

He was a 2008 graduate of East Dubuque High School. He owned and operated Final Touch Auto Detailing at Custom Auto Repair and Sales in East Dubuque.

Cody loved snowmobiling, ice fishing, being on the river and anything dealing with cars.

Surviving are his parents, Missy (John) Yineman of Dubuque, Richard Watson of Louisburg, WI, and Dave Smith of East Dubuque; his siblings, Jacob (Josie) Smith, Alyson Watson, MaKenna Smith and Brennan Smith; his grandparents, Bob (Patti) Vanderah of East Dubuque, David Smith and Mary of Dubuque, IA; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cody is now at rest with his best friend and cousin, Nick McCaughey-Freiburger.

Cody's family wishes to thank the East Dubuque Area Ambulance crew, Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. personnel, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for the wonderful care given to Cody. Also to Bill Hoefler for being a great friend to Cody. 

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

 



Sister Dolores Grasse


Sister Dolores (Theodosius) Grasse, OP, died Friday, August 2, 2019, at St. Dominic Villa. Her funeral Mass will be at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019. The remembering service will be there at 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 9.

Sister Dolores taught in several high schools in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Iowa. She served as registrar and in other administrative positions at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis. (1970-1998). She was appointed secretary of the congregation (1998-2001) and served in other offices at the Motherhouse before joining the community at St. Dominic Villa in 2013.

In 1933, Dolores was born in Sheboygan, Wis., to Theodore and Lucile (Pangier) Grasse.

She is survived by a sister, nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

Behr Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Kathryn Wördehoff


Kathryn "Kay" Wordehoff, 98, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Sunset Park Place. 

Friends may greet the family from 12 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, August 7, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

Kathryn was born April 29, 1921 on the family farm in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Ursula (Gottschalk) Jecklin. She was educated at Riverside School, a one-room schoolhouse, and went on to graduate from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1939. During her senior year, she met Merle Wordehoff in Business English Class, and they later married on June 8, 1943 at Immanuel Church of Christ. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2004. 

Kathryn was employed over the years at Farley & Loetscher, Caradco, Stampfer's, and Roshek's.  She was a fantastic bowler and golfer, who always stayed active, mowing the lawn into her late 70's. Fishing, camping, and vacationing at lakes in Wisconsin and Minnesota were special times for her. She loved the White Sox, and hated the Cubs. Kathryn also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and playing euchre. She loved to bake and cook-including wild game! She loved babysitting the grandkids, and was known to spoil them just a little. 

Kathryn is survived by two sons, David (Carol) Wordehoff of Guttenberg and Steve (JoAnn) Wordehoff of Asbury; three grandchildren, Laurie (Jeremy) Hansel of Waverly, IA, Joe Wordehoff of Dubuque, and Pamela (Dr. Nick) Hartl of Kearney, NE. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Charlotte DeArco and Vi (Robert) Cooper; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. 

Memorials may be made to the Kathryn Wordehoff Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff at Sunset Park Place for their care of Kathryn. 

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

 



Mildred A. Conzett


Mildred "Milly" Ann Conzett, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista on Saturday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m. Msgr. James Miller will officiate along with Milly's Godson, Deacon Mike Conzett from Omaha, NE. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Milly, born October 29, 1927 in Dyersville, IA, was the daughter of Gerhard and Alma (Heming) Tegeler. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in 1945. She married Dale C. Conzett on November 26, 1949 in Dyersville. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1993. Milly attended Bayless Business College and was employed by Dr. Anthony Pfohl during her early career. She later worked as a teller and trained new tellers for American Trust & Savings Bank for twenty years before retiring in 1990. She was a long-time member of the Church of the Nativity. In addition to raising six children and caring for her mother in her later years, Milly enjoyed traveling, the arts, volunteering at church, singing in the church and bank choirs, involvement in Mothers' Club, and volunteering at Four Mounds. Milly and Dale were recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Award in 1992 for their service with the Iowa Department of Human Services in Dubuque.

Milly is survived by her children Julie (Jerry Chase) Woodyard of Dubuque, Lynn (Jim) Wacker of Bellevue, Nancy (Ron) Muecke of Ankeny, Jonathan (Julie) Conzett of West Des Moines, and Amy (John) Carpenter of Cody, WY; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Ethel Mc Creedy of Cedar Rapids, two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Tegeler of Dubuque, and Bernadette Tegeler of Onalaska, WI; and her brother- and sister-in-law Harold and Darlene Conzett of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, Milly was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Kathleen Ross; three sisters, Marie Tegeler, Clara Wall, and Catherine Tegeler; and three brothers, Joe, Ralph and Leo Tegeler.

Her family will especially miss Milly's quick wit and playful teasing, hospitality, generosity, deep abiding faith, and her great sense of style!

Milly's family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to the Mercy 3W staff, Grand Meadow's Dubuque and Butler House staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional and compassionate care. Memorials can be directed to DuRide, Hospice of Dubuque or the Dubuque Arts Council.

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

 



Paul E. O’Meara


Paul E. O'Meara, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:25 a.m., on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Placid, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born on May 20, 1926, in Farley, Iowa, the third child of Martin E. and Mary M. (Tench) O'Meara.

Paul moved to Dubuque when he was 8 years old and has been a resident ever since, spending the last 29 years at Eccumenical Towers. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army for 5 years during the Korean War. Paul had an excellent work ethic and was employed with Western Auto before going into the service and after he returned home he went to work in the shipping department at Stampfer's Department Store for 23 years. After the store closed he then went to work for Rural Insurance Company until his retirement. He was a faith filled man, a loyal member of St. Patrick's Church for over 60 years, and was also a member of the Dubuque County Right to Life. In his free time, Paul enjoyed listening to the local news and Hawkeye football on the radio and watching golf on tv.

Paul is survived by several cousins.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and a brother in infancy.

Paul's family would like to thank the wonderful drivers from Meals on Wheels for their kindness and the help they provided for Paul. Also thanks to the nurses and staff members of Mercy Hospital and Ennoble Manor, we truly appreciate all you have done for Paul.

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

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



Gerald F. Burds


Gerald F. "Jerry" Burds, 73, of 3032 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dubuque, died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade. following a courageous battle with leukemia.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.  Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.  

Jerry was born on June 29, 1946, in Cascade, son of Mary (Carroll) Burds and John "Jay" Burds, Sr.  He graduated from Aquin High School, Cascade, in 1965.  

He married Patricia A. "Pat" McAleer on June 21, 1969, in Monticello.  Pat and Jerry enjoyed forty wonderful years of marriage prior to Pat's death in 2009.

Jerry worked for Northwestern Bell and US West for 31 years, retiring in 1999.  During his retirement, he was a courtesy driver for Anderson-Weber Toyota Lincoln.  

He was a member at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  

Jerry enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and NASCAR.  During his retirement, he restored a 1952 John Deere Model A tractor similar to the one used on his childhood farm.  He enjoyed driving his tractor each summer in the WMT Tractorcade.  He also took annual fishing trips to Canada with friends from the Telephone Company. Jerry loved driving his Mustang to Ankeny to visit his grandchildren for their birthdays and holidays.  He and Pat will be remembered for their hospitality and making their home a welcoming place for friends and family to relax and have fun.  

Surviving are his two sons, Stephen (Colin) Burds, of Ankeny, and Kevin Burds, of Sandpoint, Idaho; four grandchildren, Annika, Maya, Calleigh, and Nicholas Burds, all of Ankeny; three siblings, Joan (Phil) Weber, Colleen Bertinetti, and Will (Kathy) Burds; and in-laws Janice Curoe, Jan McAleer, Joe (Shelly) McAleer, Steve (Marlene) McAleer, Dan (Sally) McAleer, Mary Jo Roller, and Kathy (Dan) Reyner.   

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his parents, Jay and Mary Burds; his oldest brother, Jack Burds; a sister-in-law, Joyce Curoe; and brother-in-laws, Bob Curoe, John Curoe, and Tom McAleer.  

A Gerald Burds Memorial Fund has been established.  

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

 



Helen K. Laban


Helen Kathryn (Otting) Laban, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away at 8 pm on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Helen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Paul Otting. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Helen was born on December 20, 1919 to Joseph and Kathryn (Ressler) Otting and was the second youngest of 13 children. She attended St. Patrick's school, Garryowen and at age 19 married Andy Laban on September 26, 1939 at St. Patrick's Church. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1986.

Helen was raised on a farm just west of Bernard and after their marriage, she and Andy raised their family of seven children on a farm near St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen, where they were lifetime members. Over the years they milked Brown Swiss cows, raised Shorthorn cattle, hogs, chickens, geese and crops for their livestock. Throughout her long life, she loved gardening and growing flowers of all different varieties. Spring was her favorite season when she could hunt mushrooms, and fish for bullheads in their pond. She was also a voracious reader. She loved to bake breads and cookies, especially for her family whom she loved most of all. She was a 4-H leader for all of her children over the years and always looked forward to the Jackson County Fair. After Andy's passing in 1986, she remained on the homeplace until she was 95.

She spent the last four years at Shady Rest Care Center where she was well cared for and was known and loved by all for her quick wit, sense of humor, and sweet demeanor. Helen lived a full and wonderful life, full of family and friends who will forever feel the impact of her love, wisdom, and devotion.

Helen is survived by her children, Shirley (Linus) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Joe (Linda) Laban and Bob (Mary Lee) Laban both of Bernard, IA, Kathy (Gary) Wosoba of Monmouth, IA, Micki (Steve) Roe of LeMars, IA, Bill (Janet) Laban of Dubuque, IA and Julie (Greg) Leytem of Swisher, IA. She has 34 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy, infant daughter, Mary Katherine, great-grand daughter Amy Gavin, and great-grandson Ryder Mendelke, and five brothers and seven sisters.

Thank you to Sherry Kelchen and the staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their wonderful care over the past 4 years. Also, thank you to Fr. Doug Loecke for his many visits.

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

 



Eleanor E. Boll


Eleanor E. "Ellie" Boll, 74, of Epworth, Iowa formerly of Centralia, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at her home in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eleanor may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa.

Services for Eleanor will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, IA.

Eleanor was born June 12, 1945 in Beloit, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Bernice (Lovell) Baker. She was raised and educated in West Salem, WI. She was the youngest of ten children. On November 9, 1979 she was united in marriage to Richard Boll in Dubuque, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Richard "Dick" Boll of Epworth, IA; three sons, David (Donna) Digman of Richland, MO, Joseph (Kristie) Boll of Bettendorf, IA and William (Katherine) Boll of Joliet, IL; a daughter, Denise Moon of Albuquerque, NM; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; one brother, Phillip Baker of Nebraska; a brother-in-law, Donald Schwartzhoff of Waukon, IA ; three sisters-in-law, Debbie (Roger) Wernimont of Peosta, IA, Donna Augustin (Tom Riniker) and Penny (Dave Hayes) Koehler both of Dubuque, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, four sisters, and a brother-in-law.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Edna, and Julie for taking good care of Ellie in her final days. Also thank you to Bonnie Hancock, who retired from Hospice, for her help during this process.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Evelyn C. Kloft

Evelyn C. (Ernst) Kloft, 85 of Bellevue, most recently of Louisville, KY, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Forest Springs Health Campus in Louisville, KY.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on August 8th, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8th at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue prior to the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Evelyn was born November 21, 1933, the daughter of John R. and Hilda S. (Hoxmeier) Ernst. She worked at Ensign (Bellevue) and John Deere Works 1976-1996 (Dubuque). Evelyn enjoyed painting with oil and acrylics, ceramics, crocheting, and collecting glass ware.

Survivors include her children, Leonard (Kathleen) , Loren (Jenny), and Lyle (Peg) Kloft; four grandchildren (Elizabeth, Heather, Alex, and Megan); and three great-grandchildren (Cayleigh, Orion, and Fionn). Evelyn's surviving siblings are Ken (Judie) Ernst and Loras (LaDonna) Ernst.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents.

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

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



Jerry J. Stecklein


Jerry "Jed" J. Stecklein, age 63, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born on July 1st, 1956 in Dubuque, son of Leonard and Louise Stecklein. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1974.  Jerry married June Maneman on April 23, 1977.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking, and watching the Atlanta Braves, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Chicago Bears. He was a dedicated youth and high school basketball referee that thoroughly enjoyed every second on the court.      

Jerry is survived by his wife of 42 years, June.  His Children, Erin (Mark) Hefel of Dubuque , Amy (Kyle) Phillips of St Louis, MO , Adam (Catherine) Stecklein  of Peoria, IL and Allie Stecklein  of Davenport, IA. His grandchildren Bailey, Ben and Annie Hefel, Sam and Max Phillips, Finley and Owen Stecklein.   His siblings, Theresa Houselog, of Milwaukee WI, Kathy (Morrie) Klocker of Dubuque, Betty (Norm) Zimmer of Dubuque, Mary (Jim) Smith of Columbia MO, Lenny (Diane) Stecklein of Milwaukee, WI, Denny (Nancy) Stecklein of Dubuque, Luann (Dan) Hillary of Dubuque.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Louise Stecklein. His father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Bernice Maneman. His brother-in-law Wayne Houselog.  

 



Harry D. Saunders


Harry D. "Pops" Saunders, 72, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 surrounded by his family. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Harry was born December 17, 1946 in Brunswick, Missouri, son of Harry Lee and Ann C. (Jordan) Saunders. 

He enjoyed fishing, and playing cards and dominos. Harry loved enjoying time with his kids, grandkids, and neighbors. 

He is survived by four children, Marsha Saunders, Curt (Sherry) Saunders, Laura (Jay) Reding and Tyrell Saunders, all of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by seven siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest son, William Saunders; and 13 siblings.

The family would like to thank Dr.s Hermann, Kumor and Powers and their staffs, as well as his nurse, Travis, Racheal Bartle and the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and St. Croix Hospice for all of their care.

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

 

 



Carolyn A. Visser


Carolyn A. Visser, age 74 of Dubuque, Iowa completed her earthly journey suddenly on August 1, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital Dubuque, with her dear friend, Linda, by her side.  To celebrate Carolyn's life, her Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hadley Chapel, Hillcrest Family Services Campus, 2005 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Diane Christopher officiating. Family and friends of Carolyn may gather to visit prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. in Hadley Chapel. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Carolyn's family.

 

Carolyn was born on November 21, 1944 in Albia, Iowa, a daughter to Reanus and Opal (Hartness) Visser. Carolyn was raised to appreciate the gift of giving of herself for the good of others.  This positive character trait developed quickly at a very early age and she soon became committed to spending her life in the classroom as one of the teachers her students would remember long into their adult lives. She had worked diligently towards her goal and in 1966 she finally earned her degree and headed full steam ahead into the Dubuque Community School District.  She lovingly invested over 40 years of her time and talents at Franklin School, Lincoln School, Table Mound School and eventually completed her career at Sageville School before retiring in 2007.  Carolyn enjoyed every opportunity she had to work with her children and thankfully there have been many 1st and 2nd graders throughout the years who were truly blessed to be as cared for in their classroom during the day, as they were at home in the evening, when Ms. Visser was at the desk.

Carolyn was a kind and gentle soul who continually put others before herself.  Her creative spirit was always on display and her zest for life came in 2nd only to her love and respect for family and friends. We will miss Carolyn more than mere words could accurately depict, but we also accept that we are absolutely blessed to have been given so many wonderful years to build lasting memories with her during Carolyn's time with us.  We thank you, Carolyn, for all of the generosity and love you gave so freely, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Carolyn include,

her friend and caretaker,
Linda Schneider, Dubuque, Iowa, 
and their 3 fur babies, Snickers, Muffin and Lulu;

her sister,
Sally Hanson, Seattle, Washington;

her sister-in-law,
Sharon Visser, Traer, Iowa;

along with many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Phyllis (Larry) Smith; her brother, Lee Visser; and her brother-in-law, Dr. Don Hanson.

Carolyn's family and friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital ICU for all of their professional care and compassionate support; above all Dr. Whalen, Carolyn's faithful doctor for 36 years.  In addition, we would like to acknowledge the mini-bus drivers who treated Carolyn with such kindness when transporting her to dialysis, along with all of the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis who gave her such loving support.  

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

 



Elizabeth L. Donahue


Elizabeth L. "Betty" (Arthofer) Donahue, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at home, with her loving husband and son by her side. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on February 7, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Charlotte (Finzel) Arthofer.

Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joseph Donahue, on January 28, 1956, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. She was always a hard worker, and was employed with Brown Publishing for 28 years, until health issues led to her retirement in 1996. Betty was a homemaker at heart and loved caring for her family and keeping her home neat and orderly. Talking to her sister-in-law, Joyce, on the phone was something she looked forward to daily. Betty also enjoyed spending her Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR, rooting on her favorite drivers, Jeff Gordon and after his retirement Joey Logano. Beyond a doubt, Betty's greatest joy was found in time spent with Joe, the boys and especially the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at losing Betty so suddenly, but take some comfort in the knowledge that she is now resting peacefully, free of the health challenges she has faced so bravely these past years.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her husband of 63 years,
Joseph "Joe" Donahue, Dubuque, IA;

her son,
Roger Donahue, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter-in-law,
Debbie Freking, Dyersville, IA;

her grandchildren,
Trevor Donahue, Tanner Donahue, Mike McDonald and Jennifer Donahue;

her great-grandchildren,
Jordan Donahue and Jayden Donahue;

her siblings,
Chuck Arthofer,
Jim (Judy) Arthofer
and Mike (Maize) Arthofer, all of Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Richard Burns, Des Moines, IA;

and a goddaughter,
Tina Burns, Des Moines, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Jim Donahue and Mike Donahue; her siblings, Rosie (Ben) Greenwood, Elsie Burns and Boniface "Bunny" Arthofer; and her sister-in-law, Joyce Arthofer.

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

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

 



Celestine A. Sigwarth


Celestine A. "Cele" Sigwarth, age 91, of Holy Cross, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m. on July 30, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Cele's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Cele's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m., and a prayer service by the Farley American Legion Post 656 at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Farley American Legion Post 656. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Cele was born on October 16, 1927, near Balltown, Iowa, on the farm of his parents, John and Anna (Leick) Sigwarth.

Cele married Eleanor E. Heiberger on May 4, 1954, in Bankston. On the farm where Cele spent his childhood, he and Eleanor would farm for 59 years. Cele was also an Insurance Agent with Farley/Grinnell Mutual. He was a veteran who served from 1951-1953, as a PFC (Private First Class) - Acting Corporal with the U.S. Army at the 112th Infantry Regiment Headquarters - Intelligence Section in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Cele was a proud member of the Farley American Legion Post 656 for 60+ years and was recognized for the same.

Those left to cherish Cele's memory include

his 3 children,
Joanie (Ron) Heitzman, Dubuque, IA,
Jeanie Sigwarth, Holy Cross, IA
and Jerry (Angie) Sigwarth Sr., Holy Cross, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Dr. Nicky Fox, Columbia, MD;

8 grandchildren,
Justin (fiancé Nicole Trompeter) Heitzman, Seattle, WA,
Karl (Erica) Sigwarth, North Liberty, IA,
Valerie (fiancé Jesse Pullen) Heitzman, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry "J.P." (Meggan) Sigwarth Jr., Holy Cross, IA,
Stacey (friend Mitch Bryson) Sigwarth, Dubuque, IA,
James Sigwarth, Columbia MD,
Darcy Sigwarth, Columbia, MD
and Tim Ruden Jr., Holy Cross, IA;

3 great-grandsons;

and his siblings,
Alice Link,
Marina Klein
and Lucilla Link, all of Dubuque, IA
and Louis Sigwarth, Balltown, IA.

Cele was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Eleanor; a son, John Sigwarth; and his siblings, Fr. Reynold Sigwarth, Armella Banwarth, Dorothy Klein and Werner Sigwarth.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff of Dr. Jared Freiburger's Medical Associates Office and of the Dubuque VA Office. Special gratitude and shout out to Hospice of Dubuque and staff, especially Tim, Tammie, Nichole and Ryan. With your support, Cele's dream to remain at home was easily achieved.

 



Mary Anne Weidemann


Mary Anne (Erhart) Weidemann, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:25 p.m., on Monday, July 29, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a 12 year battle with cancer. To honor Mary Anne's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Mary Anne's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Anne was born on June 25, 1942, in San Diego, California, daughter of Vincent Leroy and Lela Winifred (Ledbetter) Erhart.

Mary Anne was a member of the first graduating class of Wahlert High School in 1960. After school, Mary Anne was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 5 years before meeting and marrying the love of her life. She was united in marriage to Wilfred J. "Bill" Weidemann on August 14, 1965, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque, and would happily embrace her new role as a wife, mother and homemaker. When the children were grown, Mary Anne would reenter the workforce with the Church of the Nativity, until health issues led to her retirement. When she found some free time in her days, Mary Anne loved reading, listening to classical music or her beloved Beatles, especially Paul McCartney, or playing Scrabble and Canasta with family and friends. She also enjoyed attending plays and going to Music in the Park at Eagle Point Park and the Dubuque Arboretum. Mary Anne loved to sing and was an active member of the choirs at both the Church of the Nativity and Holy Ghost Church. Mary Anne's faith was very important to her and she was an active participant of the prayer group with the Franciscan Associates. Family was above all the most important aspect of Mary Anne's life, she loved taking family trips every year and especially looked forward to any opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren. We will miss our sweet wife, mom, grandma and sister more than words can say, and are extremely grateful for all of the wonderful memories we have created and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Mary Anne's memory include

her loving husband of 53 years,
Wilfred "Bill" Weidemann, Dubuque, IA;

her 3 children,
Joe (Sarah Jane) Weidemann, Dubuque, IA,
Beth (Marty) Nay, Kansas City, MO
and Sarah Lela (Mason) Walton, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Erica and Michael Weidemann,
Nicholas Springer and Zachary, Samantha and Abby Nay
and Stephanie and Andrew Walton;

her 8 siblings,
Jack (Pat) Erhart, Kirksville, MO,
Jim (Maureen) Erhart, Hawaii,
Ging (Ron) Hoefer, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Toni) Erhart, Keokuk, IA,
Terry (Rick) Kern, Minneapolis, MN,
Peg (Tom) Klun, Lakeland, MN,
Carol (Zulkiffili) Erhart-Abu, Chicago, IL
and Donna Erhart, Minneapolis, MN;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Anne was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, William "Bill" Erhart.

Mary Anne's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Julie, for all of their loving care and support of Mary Anne and her entire family.

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

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

 



Raymond C. DeNeve


Raymond Charles DeNeve, 84, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester after a 7-month-long battle with lung cancer. He was born on June 14, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Rene and Helen (Yesalis) DeNeve. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he excelled as a varsity basketball player.  Ray went on to graduate from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, and taught in Missoula before accepting a fellowship at the University of Iowa where he earned a Masters in Special Education Administration. He then taught at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, before joining the Keystone Area Education Agency where he supervised the delivery of support services to special needs children.

On July 14, 1973, Ray was united in marriage to Jane Phillips at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Ray was an active participant in life. In his younger days he skied, was a certified PADI scuba diver, kayaker, practiced Taekwondo, did RAGBRAI fourteen times, hunted in Montana, and ran marathons. He enjoyed spending winters with Jane and family on South Padre Island, Texas. Ray was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Masonic Lodge 165, and the American Legion Post 45, where he had served as commander.

Ray is survived by Jane, his wife of 46 years; his sister, Irene Grams of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; a half-brother, Joseph (Dawn) DeNeve; a nephew, Donal Armstrong and wife, Patricia, and their sons, Joseph (Alexandra) and Samuel (Grace); nieces and nephew, Linda (Mike Siekierski) Grams, Carol Walker, Cathy Robinson, Debi (John) Goggins, Joseph Sausman, and Lori Brown; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Madge and William Meese, and many great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Catherine (Joe) Sausman and Helen (Joe) Armstrong; a brother-in-law, John Grams; nieces, Irene Grams Maag and Melanie Meese Sims; and great-nephew, Kyle William Stewart.

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

Mass of Christian Burial with Military Rites: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. 

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

 



Charles L. Wilson


Charles L. "Chuck" Wilson, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 30, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, August 5, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Charles Leslie Wilson was born on June 7, 1946 in Fulton, Iowa, to Harlen and H. Pauline (Fenton) Wilson. He was a 1964 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years before being drafted to the Army. He served his country during the Vietnam War earning an honorable discharge. He married Patricia L. "Pati" Luskey on June 12, 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Chuck had worked for Swiss Valley Farms/Land O'Lakes/Farmland Foods in Maquoketa for over 40 years and retired as the plant manager.

He was a member of the Maquoketa Country Club. He loved golfing, hunting, fishing, gardening and caring for his lawn. A wrestler himself, he loved the sport and founded the Maquoketa Little Cards Wrestling Club. More than anything, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and all eight of his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Pati Wilson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Chad (Corie) Wilson of North Richland Hills, TX, Jennifer (Troy McNabb) Wilson of Maquoketa, IA, Wade (Melissa) Wilson of Maquoketa, IA, and Cale (Trisha) Wilson of Olathe, KS; 8 grandchildren, Bryanna, Braiden, Logan, Skyler, Levi, Brady, Paityn and Mason; sisters, Paula (Tom) Marcus of Andrew, IA, and Carolyn (Jack) Remke of Vero Beach, FL: a brother Richard Wilson of Stanfield, AZ; and an uncle Max "Pod" Wilson of Bettendorf, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles L. "Chuck" Wilson memorial fund has been established.

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



Robert L. Smith


Robert Lynn Smith, 67, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, July 29, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 2, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Robert Lynn Smith was born on July 20, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas to Henry and Dorothy (Autry) Smith Sr. He grew up in Texas where he met his future wife, Brenda Wirth. They were married on September 5, 1979 in Springtown, Texas. They moved to Iowa shortly thereafter and he drove truck for Hoffman Eggs and worked for Stickley Electric for a short time. He then became a mailman working for the Maquoketa Post Office for over 31 years, retiring on May 2, 2008. In retirement, he worked for River Valley Co-Op in Lost Nation as a truck driver.

He was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation where he had served as a Deacon, Trustee and was on the session, Menzo Widle American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation, and a current Lost Nation City Councilman. He had been a longtime member of the Lost Nation Volunteer Fire Department, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed camping, the outdoors and spending time with children and grandchildren. He was known by many throughout eastern Iowa as the "VW" guy as he collected and worked on Volkswagen's for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Brenda Smith of Lost Nation, IA; children, Holly (Doug) Johanson of Martinsdale, IA, Adam (Stephanie) Weirup of Dubuque, IA, and Stephanie Westercamp of Lost Nation, IA; 8 grandchildren; a brother Norman (Billie) Smith of Azle, TX; sisters, Janet (Jimmy) Eisenman of Saginaw, TX, Wanda (Woody) Woods of Saginaw, TX, and Elaine (Rusty) Watts of Burleson, TX; and a sister-in-law, Cindy Smith of Alvarado, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Henry Smith Sr. and a sister Jane Smith.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert Lynn Smith memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elizabeth J. Shifflett


Elizabeth "Betsey" Jane Shifflett, 92, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.


A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on August 3 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Burial will be in  Linwood Cemetery.

Betsey was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Sidney and Bertha (Witchall) Creswick. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Dubuque in 1947. On October 28, 1951 she married John Sterling Shifflett at the University of Dubuque chapel. They spent 42 happy years together and were blessed with four children before John passed on January 27, 1993. Betsey was a social worker for four years before getting married. She obtained a teaching certificate in 1972 and taught mostly third grade for 18 years, including one year at Hoover Elementary School and 17 years at Lincoln Elementary School, the same place that she went to grade school.

Betsey was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a longtime member of the choir. She also served as a Deacon and a Stephen Minister. She served on the board at Mt. Pleasant Home, volunteered at Finley Hospital, and was an active member of the National T.T.T. Society and P.E.O. International.

Betsey was the recipient of the Governor's Award for teaching English to students from other countries at N.I.C.C. She and her husband sponsored a family from Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Betsey was an avid Cubs fan. She played piano and was a talented artist. All of her children have her art hanging on their walls, and one of her paintings was used for the cover of the book "Homespun Iowa." She always enjoyed socializing with her many friends, particularly her "potluck group".

She loved going on vacation with her family, whether it was a road trip to Maryland, Nebraska, Texas or California to visit relatives, going to museums in Chicago, camping at Yellowstone, or traveling to the family cottage at Moose Lake, Wisconsin.

Betsey lived in Dubuque IA for 87 years altogether, including 20 years after the death of her beloved husband. In 2013 she moved to Missouri to live near son James and daughter-in-law Rose, and in 2016 she moved to Arizona to live in the home of son Peter and daughter-in-law Diane. She  will be greatly missed by her family, friends, relatives, co-workers and students, in all the places she has lived.

Betsey is preceded in death by her parents; her husband John; her son John; brothers Robert and Kenneth Creswick. She is survived by three sons: Peter (Diane) of Tucson, AZ; James (Rose) of St. Peters, MO; Andrew (Audrey) of Columbia, SC; and daughter-in-law Bethany Shifflett of San Jose, CA; granddaughters Elizabeth and Victoria; grandsons John and James; sisters-in-law Gayle Creswick and Esther Johnson.

Memorials may be given to the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque. 

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

 

 



Dee Skyles Elmer


Dee Skyles Elmer, 49, passed away in Grundy Center Iowa July 2019.

No services will be held. Surviving are four children...Bradlee (Destiny), Tayler, Tanner, Angelina. Both parents, Jack (Eleanor), Sharyn. One sister, Shawn. Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Jodie Elmer and her daughter, Bryonna Elmer.

She was born Dawn Dee Skyles in LaGrande Oregon, February 5, 1970. She weighed Two lbs 13 oz. 

Later changed her name to Dee Skyles. She went on to have five children whom she dearly loved and talked about all the time. One of her children, Bryonna, didn't make it in this world, and she never forgot to tell those she trusted, about ALL of her children. Dee was immensely proud of her children and all they are to this world. There was never a doubt, if you saw them together, that she was loved right back.

Dee was kindhearted, thoughtful and compassionate. She also had the best laugh that could be heard from far away. Dee required ice to be in every drink she had in her hand. She was hospitable and would take in any stray animal that needed a home. Animals were part of her soul, they connected with her like nothing you have ever seen. Dee had many pets over the years and always stuck by them until the end of their years. She was known for her amazing Snickerdoodles, her cheesecake and her peanut butter cookies, and her famous Filipino Adobo, among other dishes she was great at. We will miss you Dee, until we see you again.....



Glen F. Bormann


Glen F. Bormann, 83, of LaMotte, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, after a short illness.

A celebration of Glen's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Glen was born on August 17, 1935 to Viola and William J. Bormann in Spragueville, Iowa. He attended Richland Township School in LaMotte, IA and then Andrew High School in Andrew, IA.

On May 4, 1957 Glen married the Love of his Life, Norma J. Clark at St. John's Lutheran church in Bellevue, Iowa. Together they built their life on their dairy farm in LaMotte, Iowa. Glen and Norma were named Farmer's Home Administration Farm Family of the Year in 1973 for Jackson and Dubuque Counties.

Glen was a member of Salem Lutheran church of Andrew, Iowa. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved the farm and he worked hard every day. Family gatherings and family sports were always a priority.

Glen is survived by his wife, Norma and their children Lisa (Tom) Harmon of Zwingle, IA, Steve (Donna) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, and Jan (Brian) Gill of Dubuque, IA. They were blessed with 7 grandchildren, Ryan (Amanda) Busch, Nathan (Tricia) Busch, Alyssa Busch & Josh, Andrea (Jon) Koos, Lucas (Ashley) Bormann, Mitch Gill & Clare, and Josh Gill. Seven great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and 6 step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Lois Ann (Jim) Bradley of LaMotte, IA, Donna (Eldon) Busch of Dubuque, IA, and Verla Beck of Maquoketa, IA; and his sisters-in-law, Norla Bormann of Zwingle, IA, and Wanda Bormann of LaMotte, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers William Bormann and Vernon Bormann, and son-in-law, Allen Busch.

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



Robert C. Lehnhardt


Robert C. "Chuck" Lehnhardt, Sr., age 76 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 25, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Bob's life, family and friends are invited to "Bob's party" to be held on August 11th.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bob's family.

Bob was born on February 24, 1943 in Seattle, Washington, a son to Kenneth and Iola (Stuart) Lehnhardt.  He was blessed to meet and marry his true love, Carol Willcox, in 1963 and the loving couple has spent the last 55 wonderful years together, along with their 2 sons. Bob was an honest man of integrity who strived to lead, nurture and provide for his family through each passing day.  He invested over 35 years working as a Graphic Designer with Crescent Electric before eventually retiring in 2005.  Bob was also a very strong advocate for the handicapped and worked tirelessly with Access Dubuque for decades in order to achieve greater accessibility in countless locations in the area.  His efforts have had a lasting and positive impact on the daily lives of so many in our community and his devotion was continually evident to everyone he worked with.  Bob was an inspiration to all and a hero to many!    

In his free-time, Bob always enjoyed any time he would get to spend woodworking or tuning up and testing his remote-control cars and airplanes.  He fully embraced each day as an opportunity to make the world a little better place, and we can honestly say that mission has been completed successfully. We will miss Bob, his smile and wit, but most of all his kind and gentle soul.  Our hearts and minds cannot even bear the thought of having to move forward without him by our sides, but we trust that he is now at peace and that we will once again get to see his joyful face enjoying life in eternal perfection. Thank you, Bob, for all of the love you've left us to embrace and may you finally find peace from all of the earthly struggles you have faced so bravely. 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bob include,
his loving wife,
Carol Lehnhardt, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sons,
Robert Lehnhardt II, Hazel Green, Wisconsin,
and Steven Lehnhardt, Hazel Green, Wisconsin;

his 3 grandchildren,
Shannon Lehnhardt, Dubuque, Iowa,
Robert Lehnhardt III, Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and Brittany (James) Gaylord, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 4 great-grandchildren,
AudRihanna Thomas, Tripp, Charles and Murdoc Gaylord;

his siblings,
Barb (Barney) Bishop, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Richard Lehnhardt, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sisters-in-laws,
Sissy (Smitty) Schmitt, Bad Axe, Michigan,
and Tammy (Dan) Felderman, Dubuque, Iowa;

and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, friends and neighbors.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Mina and Charlie Willcox, his step-father, Judd Slattery and his brother-in-law, Louis Willcox.

Robert's family would like to thank his family and friends, along with Dr. Viner and his nurse, Ann, Dr. Cao, the Finley Homecare nurses, Sammi and Erica and the nurses and staff at St. Croix Hospice for all of their love, support and kindness.

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



Jerome J. Steffen


Jerome J. Steffen Sr., 95, of Peosta, IA died Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Luther Manor Communities - Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at Holy Family Church, Peosta. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 2:45 p.m.

Jerome worked at Farley & Loescher Co, Caradco, and lastly Flexsteel Industries retiring after 20+ years of service. He was a proud member of Local 1861 Steel Works Union.

He was born on June 11, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA, the son of Clem and Catherine (Greiner) Steffen. He married Lorraine Brummer on June 16, 1948 at Holy Family Church, Peosta. They celebrated 56 years of marriage. She preceded him in death. He was a member of Holy Family Church, Peosta.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who to pride in his family members. He enjoyed traveling, cheering for the Hawkeye's and watching the Cubs. His hobbies were fishing and playing euchre with his brothers and friends.

Surviving are his daughters, Kay Oberhoffer, Sharon Frommelt, both of Dubuque, and Nancy (Mike) Felton, of Monticello; sons, Jerry (Marge) Steffen Jr. and Charles (Nancy) Steffen, both of Dubuque; grandchildren, Matthew (Beth) Oberhoffer, Michelle (Paul) Munya, David (Ashley) Frommelt, Robin Uzel, Mike (Samantha) Felton, Erica (Anthony) Reiss, Dawson and Ellyn Felton, Dan, Nick and Tony Steffen, David (Jessica) Steffen and Michael (Jessica) Steffen; and 20 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine Steffen; sons-in-law Kent Frommelt and Michael Oberhoffer; sister Lorraine and Marce Heisler; brothers and sisters-in-law Edward, Sylvester and Marie, Reynold and Frances, Francis, Gerald and Viola, and Andrew and Eileen Steffen.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to the staff of Luther Manor Community and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender loving care of Jerome.



George F. Willging


George F. Willging, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 5:55 a.m., on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at home, with his loving wife by his side. To honor George's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating. To celebrate George's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

George was born on May 20, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Anna (Kregle) Willging.

George was a proud graduate of Loras Academy and went on to school at Loras College, where he earned his teaching degree. He would devote his time and talents teaching math at Loras Academy and Wahlert High School, before going to work with United Electric Company and eventually settling into his role at the John Deere Dubuque Works, until his well earned retirement at age 59. George was united in marriage to his sweetheart, Frances "Fran" Savary, on January 29, 1955, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The two were blessed with 64 wonderful years and 8 adored children together. In his free time George was a master fisherman. His happiest place was on the Mississippi River with his former fishing partner, Jimmy O, or his sons and grandchildren, Zach and Brian. He knew the entire landscape of the river from Guttenberg to Bellevue, and tracked daily river stages for over 60 years. George was also an accomplished musician, having sung and traveled with the Dubuque Chorale for 25 years. He was extremely proud of the fact that he sang with them at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He played the violin in the Dubuque Community String Orchestra and continued to practice for 30 minutes, twice a day, up to his current age of 86. When he moved to Oak Park Place, he and his wife, Fran, started the Oak Park Singers. We are deeply saddened at the sudden and unexpected loss of our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and will miss George more than words can ever truly express.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his loving wife,
Frances "Fran" Willging, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 children,
Steve (Kathy) Willging, Minneapolis, MN,
Cathy (Fred) Peters, Atlanta, GA,
Susan Troy, Dubuque, IA,
Andy (Linda) Willging, Sherrill, IA,
Joan Willging, Minneapolis, MN,
Joe (Dawn) Willging, Iowa City, IA
and Paul (Dianne) Willging, Camanche, IA;

his grandchildren,
Kurt, Ryan, Allyson, Eric, Anna, Justin, Zach, Brian, Alexandria, James, Jeff, Jake and Abby;

his great-grandchildren,
Naomi, Ella and Parker;

a brother,
Tom (Pat) Willging, Freeport, IL;

and a sister-in-law,
Joy Willging, St. Joe, MI.

George was preceded in death by his parents; a son in infancy, David Willging; a great-grandson in infancy, Carson Willging; a sister, Pat Hebert; 2 brothers, Clarence Willging and Ronald Willging; a son-in-law, Robert "Bob" Troy; and his best friend, Jimmy "Jimmy O" Oberfoell.

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

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

 



Henry A. Ollendick


Henry A. "Hank" Ollendick, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 25, 2019 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Holy Ghost Church, 305 West Main Street, Dickeyville, Wisconsin with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow in the Holy Ghost Church Cemetery.

Hank was born on May 20, 1930 in Elgin, Nebraska to Bernard and Elizabeth (Baechler) Ollendick. He grew up farming in Elgin, Nebraska and Cresco, Iowa Hank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. After his service, he worked on the family's various farms and was later a carpenter and handyman for several companies.

Hank was an avid pheasant and deer hunter but loved hunting morels most of all. He enjoyed fishing and liked to spend his free time tending to his flowers but was always willing to lend anyone a helping hand whenever he could. Hank enjoyed spending time with his family, sharing family history with his nieces and nephews, and talking about his time in the military.

Hank is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Salber of Marathon, Wisconsin, Francie Salber of Browerville, Minnesota, and Bernadine (Dave) Sloan of Scottsdale, Arizona; his sister-in-law, Kay Ollendick of Dickeyville, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Marie (Lawrence) Hayes, Clara (Walter) Dorn, Theresa (August) Moser, Alfred "Fritz" (Ivy) Ollendick, Theodore "Ted" (Hilda) Ollendick, Louise "Butch" (Tom) Smith, Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Al) Kalvelage, Charles "Chuck" (Jean) Ollendick and Don Ollendick; and brothers-in-law, Joseph "Joe" Salber and Jerome "Shorty" Salber.

Hank's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care and support over the last few weeks.

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



Louis E. Kartman


Louis E. "Louie" Kartman, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Manor Care.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury with Pastor Paul Amlin officiating. Following the service there will be a procession to the Veteran's Memorial Plaza with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and other Dubuque Veterans Groups. Private family burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury and also after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Louie was born on November 14, 1931 in Grant county Wisconsin the son of Gerald and Lela (Rech) Kartman. He served with the United State Marine Corps during the Korean War and on October 10th, 1953 he married Ramona J. Meredith in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked as a truck driver for various Dubuque Companies and was an independent operator-owner for 40 years. He was a member of the VFW, Marine Corps League, American Legion and Men's Breakfast at Lord of Life.

Louie was the founder of the Veterans Memorial Plaza; founding member with his wife Ramona of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury, IA; on behalf of their church they did mission trips to Texas and Mexico. Louie also enjoyed fishing and telling stories.

He is survived by his wife Ramona Kartman; children, Scott Kartman, Lori (David) Burrows, both of Dubuque, LouAnn DeMoske, of Jacksonville, FL, and Kari (Jim) Hamilton, of Madison, WI. Grandchildren Curt (Pam), Kalee (Trown), Matthew, Ryan (Kara), Christopher (Holly), Natalie and Emily; along with 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews including his new nephew Dale, who spent the last year listening to Louie's stories of family and the Korean war.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-in-law; two brothers Bob and Howard; two sisters Eunice Brooks and Erma Jean Jobe.

The family would like to thank Pastor Paul, Manor Care nurses and staff and Edna from Hospice of Dubuque for all their care, kindness and compassion.



Michael H. Hess


Michael H. Hess, 65, of Worthington passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque after a brave battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mike was born on September 21, 1953 to Henry and Clara (Weber) Hess. He grew up on a farm in Worthington with his three siblings. He continued farming in Worthington with his brother Pat while raising his family.

Mike enjoyed watching sports and getting together with friends and family playing card games. Later in life he enjoyed playing golf and looked forward to playing the many courses in the area. Being a grandpa was a big highlight in his life. Mike had an infectious smile and laid back attitude. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Survivors include his children; David Hess of Chandler, AZ, Casey (Becky) Hess of Earlville, Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg of Ely, grandchildren; Amber, Austin, Lexis, Easton, and Emmett, siblings; LuAnn (Pat) Putz of Dyersville, Kenneth Hess of Prairie du Chien, WI, sister-in-law; Dianne Hess of Dyersville, half-sister, Jane Pettinger and half-brother, Dick (Nancy) Hess.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clara Mae and Henry, step-father Richard Tobin, brother, Patrick, sister-in-law, Wendy Hess.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Nursing Home and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their support and kindness toward Mike through his illness. He always had good things to say about both places during his stay.



Betty L. Kuepers


Betty L. Kuepers, 91, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernie Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Betty was born on April 16, 1928, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Oscar and Florence (Bode) Slaats. She married Jerome Kuepers on June 1, 1949, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1999. Jerry and she ran Kuepers Bar for 50 years.

Betty was a devoted wife and mother. There was nothing more important than her family and she spent many hours babysitting her grandchildren. Betty was a member of Holy Ghost Parish for 70 years, Holy Ghost Council of Catholic Women and Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed Chicago Cubs games and traveling.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda (Gary) Leibfried and Laura (Mick) Meyer, both of Dickeyville; her sons, Luke (Kay) Kuepers, Dickeyville, Mark (Kathy) Kuepers, Hazel Green, and Matthew (Kim) Kuepers, Green Bay; her daughter-in-law, Chris (George) Kuepers, Dickeyville; a sister, Julitta Rokusek, Dubuque; two brothers, Merlin (Doris) Slaats and Roger (Mary) Slaats, both of Cuba City; 21 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, John; her brother, Guerdon (Donna) Slaats; and a brother-in-law, Jack Rokusek.

Thank you to the staff at Epione Pavilion and Hospice of Dubuque for their special and loving care of Betty.

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



John W. Goffinet


John William Goffinet, age 74, Asbury, IA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Tom Heathershaw officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
John was born April 12, 1945 in Shullsburg WI, the son of John Wilson and Margaret Hannah (McAuliffe) Goffinet. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1963 and attended vocational school in Madison, WI.

He married Joyce Lucas July 22, 1994, in Dubuque, IA.

John worked as a Quality Engineer at John Deere in Dubuque and worked from 1964 until his retirement in 2000.

He was active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles for over 37 years in both Dubuque and Monticello IA. In Dubuque he was club secretary for 16 years. In Monticello he was Chaplain 2006, President 2007, and has been the Auditor from 2009-present. He also was the State President in 2008-2009.

John was an avid golfer even after being struck by lightning, until MSA (Parkinson's disease) set in. He loved the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, ISU Cyclones and NASCAR. He enjoyed vacations and wintering in TX, AZ & FL. He had a soft spot for casinos and there is a certain slot machine that will get a lot less action.

He is survived by his children; Kelly (Mike) Dickson, Marco Island, FL, Mark (Marcia) Goffinet, Ankeny, IA, Master Sergeant David Goffinet USAF, Retired, Surprise, AZ, Tom (Sara) Goffinet, Dubuqu,e IA, Korrinna (Scott) Glass, Cherry Valley, IL. Special friends; Pat (Paul) Luna, Canton IL, honorary daughter Donna (Mihalakis) Moore, Dubuque. Step-daughters; Lisa (Robert) McGhee, and Dawn Clemens. Grandchildren; Allison (Mike) McGuire, Collin (Siobhan) Dickson, Mason and McKenna Goffinet, Janelle (Jake) Diehl, Jackson (Katelyn Fraley) Goffinet, William and Cole Glass. Great Grandchildren; Bradley and Alena Diehl, Finn and Graham McGuire. Step Grandchildren; Amanda and Emily Fudge, Robbie McGhee, Michael Tigges, and Tanner Clemens.

He is also survived by his siblings; a sister Patricia Fitzpatrick, brothers Ron (Jane) Goffinet, Mike (Sandy) Goffinet and Bob (Jill) Goffinet.

John was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, parents Wilson and Margaret, brothers Gerald and Don Goffinet, sister Emelda Strong, brother-in-laws Russ Fitzpatrick and Vern Strong and sister-in-law Ruth Goffinet.

Memorial contributions may be designated to the John W. Goffinet Memorial Fund and will be distributed to his favorite charities.

Thank you to Kim, Katherine and Amber for the excellent care given for his LSVTBIG therapy at Medical Associates. It gave him hope and he always looked forward to his sessions.



Jay A. Streinz


Jay A. Streinz, age 62, of Dubuque, was called home at 2:25 p.m., on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at home, following a long, hard-fought health battle that lasted many years. He fought a good battle and is now at peace. To honor Jay's life, private family services will be held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jay was born on December 30, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Andrew J. and Jeannette "Jan" (Selle) Streinz.

He was the sixth born child of the 10 Streinz children. Jay grew up in a large family and always found a way to stand apart from his siblings. He enjoyed the company of his family (most of the time). Jay always enjoyed a good game of euchre, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears... when they didn't stink.

Jay was a peaceful, private person who enjoyed his freedom and found happiness living a minimalist lifestyle. He lived life one day at a time with an easy-going attitude.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1975, and was a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1975 until 1979. Jay received his Rifle Marksmanship Badge and a Good Conduct Medal (No really, he did). He later attended NICC and Loras College.

Those left to remember his spirit and miss his mischievous smile include all nine of his siblings,

Jim “Corky” (Corliss) Streinz, Sarasota, FL,
John (Bonnie) Streinz, North Liberty, IA,
JoAnne Schack, Chicago, IL,
Joel (Stacy) Streinz, Nokomis, FL,
Judy (Paul) Beck,
Jerry (Kathy) Streinz,
Julie (Don Jecklin) Van Zile,
Janet Streinz
and Jeff (Libby) Streinz, all of Dubuque;

and his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Jeannette "Jan" Streinz on November 29, 1997, and Andrew J. Streinz on November 4, 2002.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Camp Albrecht Acres, 14837 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa 52073.

Jay's family would like to give a special thank you to his wonderful neighbors, Dave and Suzie Carner, for all of the kindness, friendship and support they have given Jay over the years.

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

 



Cornelius L. Donovan


Cornelius (Neal) L Donovan, 90, formerly of rural Bernard died Saturday July 20, 2019, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019, at St. Patrick's Garryowen, Bernard, Iowa with Fr. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a prayer service beginning at 2:00pm.

Neal was born in Jackson County, Iowa to Richard and LuLu "Blanche" (Johnson) Donovan on February 18, 1929. Neal attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Jackson County.

Neal married Ellen Dunne of Andrew, Iowa, at St. John's Catholic Church in Andrew on November 18, 1950. After several moves, they purchased and occupied the original homesteaded Donovan family farm where they raised their nine children, farmed and resided for over 50 years.

He is survived by his nine children: Richard (Mary Lou), of Bernard, Tom, of Zwingle, Connie, of Cedar Rapids, Pat (Marty) Ryan of Waterloo, Nora (Lee) of Ft. Worth, TX, Jim (Linda), of Austin, TX, Chris (Glen) Ehlinger, of Marion, Kathy (Chris) Frerichs, of Cedar Rapids and Susan of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Neal is also survived by one sister, Lois Houselog of Dubuque and a brother Frank Donovan of Santa Rosa, CA, brother-in law Bill (Mary Jean) Dunne of formerly of Bernard, sister's-in-laws Jean Dunne of Bellevue and Donna (Maury) Sturm of Dubuque in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his wife Ellen in 2013, Sister Donna Brenke, Brother Gerald (Buzzy) and his wife Joan, and brother-in-law Joe Dunne.

While Neal would describe himself first as a farmer, he was an accomplished auctioneer and real estate agent involving agriculture. The stories he would weave will forever be etched in many family and area residents' minds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Neal Donovan memorial fund. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Riverbend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness.

 



Mary E. Fischer-Keener


Mary E. Fischer-Keeney, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 24, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. There is no visitation. A private burial will take place at St. Patrick's at North Garryowen, rural Bernard, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Esther Fischer was born on June 2, 1949 in Cascade, Iowa, to Lawrence and Esther (Loeffelholz) Fischer. She was a 1968 graduate of Western Dubuque Epworth High School. She married Gerald Keeney on February 1, 1974 in Rock Island, Illinois. They later divorced.

Mary was a homemaker and had worked at DAC, Inc. for many years. She was of the Catholic faith. She loved to socialize with family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Virginia (Tom) Seawright of NC; 3 grandchildren, Kassandra (TJ) Johnson of AZ, Andreu Faulkner of Maquoketa, IA, and Christopher Faulkner of NC; sisters, Janet (Ron) Cook of Dubuque, IA, Bonnie (Bob) Molid of Dubuque, IA, Deb Watters of Maquoketa, IA, Joan Stewart of FL, Connie Carroll of NC, and Sheila (Dan) Heacock of Dubuque, IA; and brothers, Kenneth Fischer of Monticello, IA, Robert Fischer of North Liberty, IA, Ed (Linda) Fischer of Kalona, IA, and Paul Fischer of TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law of Jim Watters, nephew Kevin Arterberry, niece Liesel Fischer, and brothers Marvin and Wayne.

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

 



Gail A. Clary


Gail Ann Clary, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Gail Ann Burkey was born on September 29, 1949 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Galen Paul and Arlene Marie (Folkers) Burkey. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Phillip Clary in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Todd, Danny and Michael. Phillip preceded her in death. She later met her lifetime partner, Kevin Felten whom she's been with for 37 years.

Gail was a homemaker and had worked various jobs throughout the years including working for the Maquoketa Newspaper, Honey Bears Restaurant, S & H Fabricating, and Stickle's Feed in Anamosa. She also farmed with Kevin.

Gail enjoyed cookouts, caring for animals, horse riding, camping, fishing, traveling, baking, crocheting, looking at photo albums, taking walks, mushroom hunting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandkids and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her lifetime partner, Kevin Felten; children, Danny (Teresa) Clary of Monmouth, IA and Michael Clary of Dubuque, IA; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron Burkey of Anamosa, IA, Michael Burkey of Farley, IA, and Gary Burkey of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Eileen (Steve) Orcutt of Anamosa, IA, Brenda (Dan) Seeley of Anamosa, IA, and Angie (Bob) Kennedy of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phillip, brothers John, Thomas and Larry, and a son Todd.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gail Ann Clary memorial fund has been established.

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



Ann L. Smith


Ann L. Smith, age 66 of Peosta, IA completed her earthly journey on July 23, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Ann's life, family and friends may gather together from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for her Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta, IA.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ann's family

Ann was born on October 29, 1952 in Dubuque, to Lyle and Louise (Hanenberger) Marting.  She graduated for Dubuque Senior High School and eventually met and married her soulmate, Joe Smith.  They've been blessed with 47 years together, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. The couple has run the family business, Splendid Valley Nursery, together for many years.  Her keen eye for innovation, combined with her natural intellect for common sense solutions were definitely an asset to their success.

Ann was an avid runner and fan of physical fitness.  She was always content to spend a little time tending to her flower gardens.  Ann was a genuinely kind and gentle soul who shared her love and empathy for others in a truly generous fashion.  The world is a much better place because of the 66 years Ann walked among us.  We will miss her deeply and dearly and continue to embrace the beautiful legacy she leaves behind until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ann include,

her husband, 
Joe Smith, Peosta; 

her children, 
Peter (Sherry Russell) Smith, Portage, MI, 
Emily (Chris) Habel, Bankston,
and Kallie (Nick) Welter, Rickardsville; 

her 7 grandchildren,
Xavior, Audrey, Madelyn, Owen, Abigail, Ray and Vincent; 

her sisters-in-law, 
Carole Marting, Scottsdale, AZ, 
Cindy Booth, Kansas City, KS, 
Sue (Tom) Batell, La Crosse, WI, 
Ann (Kevin) Grogan, Cascade, 
and Martha Smith, Dubuque; 

her brother-in-law, Jack (Maria) Smith, Bankston; 

along with countless nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Allan Marting; her parents-in-law, Joe and Kay Smith; and her brother-in-law, Steve "Gomer" Smith.

Ann's family would like to extend a sincere thank all of their family and friends, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley and Julie, for all of the love and support they've provided to Ann, and her family.

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

 

 



Beatrice J. Kramer


Beatrice "Bea" J. Kramer, 89, of Dubuque passed over to be with loved ones and friends in heaven with Jesus on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at home with family at her side, from pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Saturday, July 27, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque with Rev. Steve Garner officiating. Friends may call from 9 AM until Mass time at Holy Ghost Church. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Bea was born on February 7, 1930 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, daughter of Perry and Erma (Smith) Jones. She was united in marriage to Eugene G. Kramer February 3, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1983 after 38 years of marriage. From this marriage came 3 children, Mary Ann, Richard and Dolores whom they raised in Dubuque.

In October 1966 Eugene and Bea purchased, owned, and operated the Knight Light Supper Club in Dyersville with their son, Richard Kramer. They operated and managed the business until 1980 when they retired and their son, Richard E. Kramer took over and operated with other family members until 2005 when it closed after 40 years.

Bea was a delightful, hardworking, kind, caring, witty, very generous, and a strong willed person. After her husband died she joined the Society of the Most Holy Trinity as a lay missionary for about 10 years. She worked with homeless at the Star of the Sea, substance abuse rehab in upstate New York, she worked in the mission in Kansas City, and the mission in Belin, New Mexico where she did all the cooking. She loved and enjoyed life and lived it to her fullest.

Bea is survived by her son, Richard E. Kramer, of Dubuque; daughter, Dolores Schulte, Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Karmen (Steve) Wilhem, of Hiawatha, Kourtney (Dan) Keough, of Urbandale, IA, Kurt Kramer, of Dubuque, Melissa Dutra (special friend, Al), of Earlville, IA, Mark (Angie) Dutra, of Monticello, IA, Diane (Chad) Deutmeyer, of Earlville, Lorenda (D.J.) Schulte VanWyke, of Panora, IA, Cheryl Schulte, of Auburn, IA, Jeff (Megan) Schulte, of Williamsburg, IA, Eric (Carrie) Schulte, of Independence, IA, and Emily (T.J.) Lynn, of Fort Dodge, IA; 14 great grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Robert Dutra, of Earlville and sister-in-law, Anna Marie Jones, of Kansas City, MO and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Mary Ann Dutra (2013); 7 brothers and sisters Dale (Beula) Jones, Harley (Becky) Jones, Mildred (Ed) McGill, Leo Jones, Genevieve (Richard) Collier, James Jones, infant twins, (John and Pat Jones unknown) and a special friend, Lavern Patterson.

Family would like to give a special thank-you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially the nurses, Jessica and Julie, Dr. Cao, and Dr. Hermann for all of their help and support they showed to Bea.

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



James C. Duster


James C. (Jim) Duster, 62, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2019, at his home, as a result of chronic kidney disease. Jim will be remembered for his love of life and the never-ending laughs he inspired.

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Fabian and Lucille Duster of Rickardsville, Iowa. He married Char Roby on January 9, 1982, at St. Mary's Church in Iowa City, Iowa. 

He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa, served in the United States Army in Germany, earned his BBA from the University of Iowa and his CPA - State of Iowa. He built a successful career as a key senior executive with experience in sales, operations, finance, purchasing, and IT systems in both large and small companies, including international expatriate assignments, most recently serving as Director of Sales Operations with Securonix. Every company he joined grew during his tenure. Early in his career, Jim's love of books led to his five-year ownership of Carrollton Bookcenter in Carrollton, Texas.

Jim & Char loved to travel and spend time visiting friends and relatives, including trips to their condo in Portugal. They were blessed to share a cruise on the Adriatic Sea in May, and to make the trip to Iowa for a Duster family reunion (and golfing with the brothers) in June.

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend, and we will keep him in our hearts forever.

Surviving are his wife, Char Roby of Austin; his son Nick Duster of Austin; and his daughter Maria Duster, currently studying in London, UK; his mother-in-law, Ilene Roby; his sister-in-law, Cindy (Steve) McLaughlin of Flower Mound, Texas; his brother-in-law, Chris (Lona) Roby of Mary Esther, Florida; his 11 siblings, Mary (Don) Parker of Kingsville, Texas, Jane (Steve) Jones of St. Joseph, Mo, Alice (Allan) Link of Balltown, Iowa, Mike (Heidi) Duster of Kempner, Texas, Bill (Sally) Duster of Ellicott City, Md, Barb (Scott) Friedhoff of Wooster, Ohio, Marilyn (Terry) Berthel of Wheaton, Ill, Paul (Marie) Duster of Dubuque, Iowa, Brenda (John) Mosher of Austin, Texas, Brian (Audra) Duster of Ames, Iowa, and Keith (Jen) Duster of Solon, Iowa; his Godmother, Aunt Olivia Ernst; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Carroll Roby; a nephew; and many aunts and uncles.

True to his ongoing wish to help others, Jim donated his body to science. No formal services are planned. The family encourages you to celebrate Jim's life in ways that bring you the most comfort. 

If you'd like, you can honor Jim through donating to Hospice Austin. They cared for him in his last weeks of life and the family is so grateful for their help. Donation information may be found at: https://www.hospiceaustin.org/get-involved-2/donate/



Bonnie D. Smith


Bonnie D. Smith of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on July 23, 2019, at home with family by her side.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa. To honor Bonnie's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Karla Wildberger officiating. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Bonnie was born on January 2, 1929 in Rockford, Illinois, the eldest daughter of Arnold and Elsie (Gronau) Beresford. She lived most of her life in Dubuque and attended Senior High School. She was proud to have received her GED later in life, at the age of 53. 

Bonnie held several jobs in her lifetime, including Stanley Home Products, Mercy Medical Center, and Betty Jane Candies. Her favorite "job" was singing with the band on weekends alongside of a red-headed guitar player with the smooth voice. 

She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joe "Red" Smith on March 17, 1962, and they were blessed with 55 wonderful years together before he preceded her in death on December 4, 2017. 

She was a devoted wife, loving mother and adoring grandmother. She loved her family fiercely and worked hard all her life to provide for them. She enjoyed music, fishing, playing cards, watching baseball and basketball games, baking (especially banana cream pie), playing the slot machines, and of course...shopping. She never missed a garage sale sign or a great deal!

Those left to cherish Bonnie's memory include her three children, Joe Smith of Nashville, TN, Karen (Roy) Mullins of Smyrna, TN and Randy (Lisa) Smith of Dubuque; her three grandchildren, Randi (Kalen) Bales, Joey (Kali Martinez) Smith, Matthew Mullins; two step-grandchildren, Leah Tam-Mullins and Clifford Mullins; her seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, Owen, Hatten, Eowyn, Violet and Kamden; her sister, Carol (Charles) Miehe of Belmont, WI, along with many nieces and nephews, and a very special long time "bestie", MaryAnne Klein. 

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Red; brothers, Dale Beresford, Donald Beresford, Kenneth Beresford, Wayne Beresford, and sister, Janet Kohl.  

The family would like to extend appreciation to Hospice of Dubuque for their love, care and support of Bonnie in her final days. 

 

 



Yvette A. Durham


Yvette A. "Prin" Durham, 58, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019, at her home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 3860 Asbury Road. The funeral service for Prin will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Born June 1, 1961 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Alfred and Patricia Pape Sawvell.

Prin worked for Unity Point Health for over 30 years in various departments, including the kitchen, coordinator of volunteer services, and recently in the cardiology department.

She was a 1979 graduate of Hempstead High School.

She enjoyed anything outdoorsy and loved to fish. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed baking, playing Euchre, dancing, and cherished spending time with her grandkids. She liked to stay busy and was a selfless person who would do anything for anybody.

Survivors include one son, Tom (Ashley Runde) Durham of Dubuque; two daughters, Michelle (Shawn) Breitbach of Peosta, and Amanda (Matt Hubanks) Durham of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Luke, Ella, and Erin; two brothers, Robert Sawvell of Detriot, and Kenny (Kenda) Sawvell of Prairie du Chien; three sisters, Peggy (Robert) Lee, Carol (Mike Kelly) Easler, and LaVonne (Jeff Rokusek) Sawvell, all of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; her stepfather, Robert Gatena; and two best friends, Mary Konzen and Dawn Takes.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Lynn Easler.

A special thank you for the outpouring of love and support from her Unity Point Family.

A TributeVideo can be viewed and condolences can be left for the family by visiting Prin's obituary at www.hskfh.com.

 



Killian A. Rucker


Killian Archer Rucker, 7-month-old son of Andrew Rucker and Angelina Lambson of Coggon, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on December 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. 

Killian loved being held and to have his dad play the guitar for him. His eyes lit up when his brothers came to visit. He also loved being snuggled by his mom with his Binkeez blanket while watching the movie Moana.

Killian is survived by his parents, Andrew Rucker and Angelina Lambson of Coggon; three siblings, Ethan Glick, Jameson Rucker, and Declan Rucker, all of Coggon; his paternal grandparents, Mike (Judith) Rucker of Greeley; his maternal grandparents, Linda Moretti of Atlantic and Daniel Lambson; numerous aunts and uncles; and a large and loving extended family.  

Killian was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, Theodore and Theresa Heukels and Lloyd and Ramona Rucker; his maternal great-grandparents, Bill and Josephine Stoops and Joy Lambson; Angela Rucker (aunt); Daunté Baker (cousin) and Sommer Lambson (cousin). 

The family is especially grateful for the loving care of Killian's doctors and nurses at the PICU at the Stead Family Children's Hospital, including Amber, Mike, Molly, Kristen, and Kim and Dr. Gupta. They also extend a special thanks to the Peyton Hayes Foundation and Help-A-Heart Foundation. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. 

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

Funeral Service:11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Pastor Matt Tison officiating. 

Visitation:4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Saturday at the funeral home. 

 

 

 



Ethel M. Thoma


Ethel M. Thoma, 79, of Dubuque, passed away at 8:15 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM Wednesday, July 24, 2019 until a Wake Service at 7:00 PM at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. The Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steve Garner as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Born October 16, 1939 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Fred and Thelma Bahl Ehrlich. On May 14, 1960, she married Richard Thoma, the love of her life, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was lovingly devoted to him during their 59 years of marriage.

Ethel was a homemaker and also worked at Mount St. Francis and Vendors. She was a graduate of I.C. Academy.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, and quilting and sewing clubs. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, making doll clothes, especially for her granddaughters, and homemade candy at Christmastime with her family. She always looked forward to family reunions. She just enjoyed life and had a smile for everyone.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; one son, Rich (Lynn) Thoma of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Gina Weber, and Jordan (Melissa) Weber; three great-grandchildren, BreeLyn, Olivia, and Griffin Weber; siblings, Mark (Lois) Ehrlrich, Linda Ehrlich, Paul (Bernice) Ehrlich, Barbara Gaul, Norbert (Nancy) Ehrlich, Dolores (Cletus) Ambrosy, Marilyn (Richard) Borgerding, and Vince Ehrlich; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom (Rosie) Ehrlich, Robert (Ina) Hohmann, Carl (Frances) Pfeiler, Ernie Ehrlich, Dianne Ehrlich, Fritz Ehrlich, and Daniel Gaul.

A memorial has been established.

The family would like to thank the University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for their care.
Online condolences can be left by visiting Ethel's obituary at www.hskfh.com.



Judith A. Braun


Judith Anne "Judy" Braun, 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:15 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.

A Rosary Service led by Sr. Kathy Braun, SSND will be held at 3:45 PM Tuesday, July 23, and will be followed by visitation from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. The Mass of Christian Burial for Judy will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steven Rosonke as Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Judy was born to Gordon and Lavina Dickmann Parent on August 7, 1943 in Dayton, OH. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1965 from Marquette University. After graduating, Judy was the co-editor of the Catholic Herald Citizen in Milwaukee, WI for five years before marrying the love of her life, James Braun.
Judy and Jim were married on June 27, 1970 at St. Jude's Church in Wauwatosa, WI. She devoted her life to her family and volunteer work, including volunteering at St. Anthony's learning center, serving as den mother for the Boy Scouts and leader of the Girl Scouts. In later years, she and a group of friends met weekly to dust books at Carnegie Stout Library and go out to eat. She was active in her parish adult choir and funeral choir and often did the lead cantering.

Judy had a love of communication and people. She made an effort to learn the names of everyone she met and never missed the opportunity to tell a story. She mastered the art of letter writing to stay in touch with family and friends throughout the world. She had a love of life and wanted to share that love with everyone around her. She was known for never forgetting to send a card for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions.

Judy is survived by her husband, Jim; four children, David (Michelle) Braun of Oviedo, FL, Thomas (Lesley Schwartz) Braun of Seattle, WA, Lisa (Bret) Patterson of Dubuque, and Kevin (Maria) Braun of Peosta. She loved to talk about her nine grandchildren: Ben, Jacob, and Sarah Braun, Bryant, and Corey Patterson, and Paula, Teresa, Jeremy, and Timothy Braun. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two special aunts, Genevieve Dickmann and Bernadette Dickmann.

She will be lovingly remembered by her family and all who knew her. Memorial donations can be made in Judy's honor to St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque.

Judy's family would like to thank Melanie, Julie, Stephanie, and Sarah from Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support they provided.

A TributeVideo for Judy can be viewed and condolences can be left by visiting www.hskfh.com.



James M. Connolly


James M. Connolly, 61, of Delhi, Iowa and formerly of Guttenberg and Cascade, Iowa, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Delhi, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of James may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

Services for James will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Jim was born November 24, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John L. and Therese L (Sweeney) Connolly. He is a 1976 graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa. He farmed and worked in construction. He also drove truck for Green Trucking.

Jim liked to work hard and play hard, and would always greet you with a smile. He loved hunting and was always after that 12 point buck. He enjoyed his many stock car competitions and demolition derby entries. He also enjoyed horse shoes, shooting pool, boating and riding his Harley.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Neiland of Delhi, IA; one daughter, Carrie (Doug) Jackson of Marion, IA, one step-son, Zach LeGrand of Guttenberg, IA; three grandchildren, Lauren, Ava and Erica Jackson; four siblings, Mark (Mary Kay) Connolly of Provitan, IA, Ellen (Mark) Hosch of Eldridge, IA, Joyce (Jim) Rogers of Iowa City, IA and Jill Connolly (Ron Rooney) of Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eric Connolly on December 22, 2006.

In lieu of flowers a James M. Connolly memorial has been established.

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



Alice E. Lingel


Alice E. Lingel, 107, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Alice E. Green was born on March 22, 1912 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Henry and Agnes (Ralston) Green. She married Harry Wylie on March 4, 1932 in Sterling, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1974. She later married Andrew John Lingel on April 5, 1947 in Sterling, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Alice had worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot in her younger years. Upon her marriage, she became a homemaker. She enjoyed artwork painting, and walking.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter-in-law, Beverly Wylie of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jim, Doug, Howard, Cindy and Terry; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry and her husband Andrew, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, sons Harvey and Robert, and a grandson Joel.

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



Jason J. Steger


Jason John "Jay" Steger, 38, of Greeley, Iowa, was a father, life partner, son, sibling, coworker, and friend to all. On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Jay was working outdoors doing what he loved when he passed away from injuries sustained in a logging accident.

Jay was born on March 24, 1981, in Dubuque, to Keith and Judy Steger. Jay was raised in the Edgewood area and graduated from Ed-Co High School in 2000. Since he was 16, Jay worked his summers at Kendrick Forest Products, and after graduation, he joined the team full time. Jay's eagerness to learn, his work ethic, and his positive attitude helped him advance to many positions in the milling operation before becoming a full-time logger for the company.

Jay found complete happiness in life with his three children who will miss him dearly; Reghan Steger (15), Truex Steger (13), and David Steger (1). Jay lived in Greeley with his girlfriend and David's mother, Shanny Girot.

Jay was always on the move helping out family and friends and living life to the fullest. His love for horses, demolition derbys, racing, helping on the farm, and visiting the purchasing garage were filled with moments those around him will remember forever. With his contagious smile and heart of gold, he was the one friends and family called when they needed help and when they wanted to tip a few back. Jay was sharp, driven, mechanically minded, and always full-speed ahead, which was why he loved his time spent at Echo Valley in West Union participating in the 2-man cruiser races. Jay was a guy who loved to make people smile. He loved his family and friends, and he loved living life.

Along with his parents, Keith and Judy Steger; girlfriend, Shanny Girot; and children, Reghan, Truex, and David Steger, Jay is survived by his siblings, Jeremy (Becky) Steger of Edgewood, Jessica (Todd) Bildstein of Dyersville, Kristina (Jeremy) Hillers of Colesburg, Joshua (Amy) Steger of Manchester, Karie (Nick) Miller of Edgewood, and Kraig Steger of Dyersville; paternal grandparents, Robert and Lillian Steger of Dyersville; and 11 nieces and nephews. 

Preceding Jay in death were his maternal grandparents, Don and Gladys Steger; an aunt, Lori Meyer; and an uncle, Mark Steger.

As we begin to experience a new life with our loss, we can find comfort in knowing that Jay's spirit is still here and will live on through all of us. So in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you continue to crack jokes, tell stories, smile, and help each other out. We know that Jaybird is watching over us all, and that's what he would want us to do.

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

Visitation: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Edgewood Locker Event Center in Edgewood, Iowa. Private Family Graveside Service: Zion Cemetery - Colesburg, Iowa.



Sister Eileen Anglim


Sister Eileen Anglim, BVM (Rose Francis), 88, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Memorial Prayer Service will be at 10:30 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Eileen was an elementary teacher at St. Mary, in Waucoma, Iowa, as well as in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Kansas City, Mo. She was a college librarian in Kansas City and Chicago, where she also worked as coordinator of a college religious education center and high school librarian. She served as parish minister in South San Francisco and Burlingame, both in California.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., to Frank and Rose Purcell Anglim. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Thomas Parish, Minneapolis. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Sister Mary Jean Rita, BVM, Frank, William, Thomas, Bishop Mário Roberto Emmett, CSsR, James, Brother Maurice, FSC, and Joseph Anglim. She is survived by nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Harold S. Lubben


Harold Seyfert Lubben, 82, of Maquoketa died on July 20, 2019. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa from 5 to 7 P.M. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, with luncheon to follow. Cremation has taken place.

Harold was born in Lost Nation on August 17th, 1936 to Harry S. and Ruth (Seyfert) Lubben. He grew up in Lost Nation and Maquoketa, graduating from Maquoketa High School in 1954. Harold served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957. He was stationed in Japan with an anti-aircraft artillery unit. After being honorably discharged, Harold worked in the foundry at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He was united in marriage to Nadine Bowling at the Maquoketa United Methodist Church on July 5th, 1959. He later worked for the Iowa Highway Commission as a surveyor, Jackson County bridge inspector, and served as the Jackson County Assessor for 24 years, retiring in 1997. He was a 1972 graduate of Clinton Community College with an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Drafting.

Harold was involved in the Jackson County Historical Society, and was heavily involved in building an antique railroad car with other members of the society. He was a member of the Maquoketa Volunteer Fire Department for 44 years, serving as training officer, deputy chief and chief from 1992 to 1997. He was the Leo Clasen Memorial Award winner in 2002. Harold was a fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and the Chicago Cubs. He was an avid reader, especially of railroad books and helped with the Maquoketa Library book sale. Harold very much enjoyed attending his grandchildren's athletic and musical events, golfing, and playing cards with his friends on Thursday afternoons. He was a member of Faith Community Church and developed many friendships through the congregation.

Mr. Lubben is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nadine, of Maquoketa and two sons, Luke (April) Lubben of DeWitt, and Mike (Christy) Lubben of Wheaton, IL, a sister, Lola (Darrell) Cain of Elwood, a brother in law, John Schumann of Tulsa, OK, 10 grandchildren, Ben Lubben of Denver, CO, Allison Lubben of Davenport, Chris Lubben of Denver, CO, Erin (Ron) Dominguez of DeWitt, Joseph (Rachel) Lubben of Chicago, Mike (Karol) Lubben, Thomas (Shana Terra) Lubben, and Joshua (Katy) Lubben all of West Palm Beach, FL, Issac Lubben and Levi Lubben of Wheaton, IL. and one great grandson, Lazzarus. Also his special dog friend, Spike.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold S. Lubben memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel L. Biermann


Daniel Lee Biermann, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daniel may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Friends may also call after 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born June 20, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa to Robert and LaVonne (Jaeger) Biermann. He grew up in Farley, IA. He was a 1976 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa and a 1977 graduate of the Electrician Program at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Calmar, IA. He eventually moved to Dubuque and was employed at Universal Electric from 1978 to 1997, as well as Patterson Heating, Cooling and Fireplace Gallery, Brissey Realty, security at Mount Carmel, and ran his own business, Digital Connections.
Daniel was best known for his wit and sense of humor that could always put a smile on your face. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, along with spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his two daughters, Melissa (Corey) Schulz of Waseca, MN and Ashley (John) Garde of Dubuque, IA; his parents, Robert and LaVonne Biermann of Farley, IA; a brother, Jeff (Jean) Biermann of Cascade, IA; 2 nieces, Amy (Adam) Hoffman of Maquoketa, IA, Trisha (Mitch) Knipper of Earlville, IA; his beloved dog, Molly; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Geri Kay (Ralph) Clemen; his maternal grandparents, Emil and Mildred Jaeger; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Dorothy Biermann.

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

 



Paul J. Papin


Paul J. "Jack" Papin, age 82 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 20, 2019 at home, surrounded by his kids and wife.  To honor Jack's life, a private family Celebration of Life will be held at the Tri-State Veterans Memorial Plaza at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paul's family.

If you don't know "Jack", let me tell you the rest of the story....

Jack was born on October 24, 1936 in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, a son to Raymond "Ray" Paul and Madeline Catherine (Duehr) Papin, owners and operators of Hawkeye Trailer Court. Jack's patriotism to both his country, and moral beliefs in defending our constitution were instilled in all aspects of his core family values, service to his country and work ethics; no matter where he went and who he encountered, you knew where he stood.

After graduation from Dubuque Senior High School, Jack honorably served his country with the United States Navy during the Korean War.  He continued to carry his core values and patriotism forward throughout his entire life and was not only a longtime member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6, but he also had the privilege of serving as the Sr. Vice Commander Adjutant with the VFW Post #9663.  He proudly received the "Veterans of Foreign Wars" award of commendation for Meritorious and Distinguished Service in furthering the aims and ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on December 1, 2018. 

Upon completing his service to our great nation, Jack began his 40 year civilian career with Dubuque's Local #125 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union as a Plumber/Pipefitter. He worked both locally, and traveled many years on the road across the span of the United States.  In addition, he devoted his time to the Dubuque City Plumbing and City Mechanical Boards for many years sharing his wealth of knowledge and giving back to his community. 

Those of who knew Jack, realized he loved to tinker on many projects and involved either himself and/or his children in other activities that he was passionate about. His love for building and construction, mechanical - rebuilding engines, aerospace, kids sport activities, veterans' affairs, shooting, hunting, respect for God and Country, and so much more was shared from conception of an idea to execution.  And Jack truly shined when it did not go in his favor; he always encouraged each and every one of us to never quit, no matter what.  Jack's motto was "give 110% and be proud of what you have to offer".  Some of his activities included, Boy Scouts, The American Kennel Club, Dog Breeder of German Shepard's (his travel companions on the road), Hempstead High School Football and so much more.

Jack was first and foremost though a devoted family man.  His military service protected the freedoms which would allow his family to grow and prosper, of which he encouraged all to never forget.  His natural abilities in construction made it possible for Jack to provide for his family as they grew, and in turn pass on his true grit work ethics for them to adopt in their own lives.  Jack's determination to love and nurture them from his heart is what truly brought him joy.  He was united in marriage to his lovely wife, Nancy S. Sajdak, on June 3, 1978 in Chicago, IL.  They have been blessed with 41 wonderful years together, and today Jack's children carry with them all of the lessons he relentlessly instilled within them through his words, thoughts and actions over the years.  

His family was everything and thankfully he has left an abundance of memories which will bring some comfort in the days ahead.  Jack has now surrendered his earthly pilot's license for an eternal one.  His project list is completed and peace is finally his after such a long battle.  We will never forget all of the good that the world has experienced because of you Paul "Jack" and we will wait patiently in quiet sorrow for the day when we can hear your voice once again.  God Speed Paul, God Speed Good Sir and God Bless.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Paul include,

his loving wife of 41 years,
Nancy Papin, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 6 adored children,
Kristine Harrison, 
Cindy (Bob) Renne,
Angela Papin-Wheeler,
Michael Papin,
Greg (Margarita) Papin,
and Matt (Jenny) Papin;

his 9 grandchildren,
Josh (Ashley) Wheeler, Jeremy Papin, Jon (Leah Lu) Wheeler, David Mueller, Anthony (A.J.) Papin, Elisha Wheeler, Michael Jr. Papin, Harley Papin and Alexandra Papin;

his 6 great-grandchildren,
Tatum, Lenora and Dezmen Papin, Ava and Alena Wheeler, and Dominic Papin;

his sister,
Connie (Haupt) Asher;

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

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Anthony "Tony" Papin; his sister, Roberta (Clough) Madigan; and his in-laws, David and Joan Sajdak. 

Paul's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and professional care and support of Paul, and his family over the last 13 months.  May God bless you all for your compassion and kindness.

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

 

 

 



Vivian River


Vivian River, 92, of Maquoketa, IA passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 19, 2019.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 26 at 12:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am to noon at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.

Vivian was born April 23, 1927 in Minot, ND to Latvian immigrants, Alida and Ernest Mukin. She grew up in Crosby, ND and, following the early death of her father, she had many responsibilities helping her mother run the Allen Hotel in Crosby. Her mother sold the hotel prior to Vivian's senior year of high school. They moved to Minot, ND where Vivian completed her senior year and then attended Minot Teacher's College for one year.

She graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, where she met and married Ross River on March 25, 1951. Shortly thereafter, when Ross was called for more military service in the United States Air Force, Vivian accompanied him to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, where their first child, Susan, was born. After the military years, they moved to Maquoketa, IA where their other four children, Jean, Kay, Bruce and David were born and where Vivian and Ross have resided ever since during their 68 years of marriage.

Vivian was a devoted wife and she cherished her role as a mother and grandmother. By example, she sought to instill the values of kindness, compassion, faith, humility, hard work and perseverance.

She handled the administrative responsibilities for the agricultural businesses and family farm that she and Ross owned.

She was on the Maquoketa Community School Board for several years and was its president part of that time. Education for all young people was very important to Vivian. She worked with others during her time on the board to start the MAC (Maquoketa Alternative Classroom). She worked with 4-H clubs for many years in Jackson County and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Maquoketa Area YMCA from its beginning.

Vivian also served as a very committed lay person as a long-time member of the United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, was a member of the Care Team, taught Sunday school for many years and served on many committees.

She enjoyed walking, reading, sewing, growing her flowers and following the ISU Cyclones and the Maquoketa Cardinals. She always loved a rainy day because she said there had been so few of them where she grew up in North Dakota. She loved nature, bird watching and said that she was blessed to live in Jackson County with so many trees and the beauty of seasons with green and colorful landscapes. She had a sparkling sense of humor and loved being around her family. Vivian lived with a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. She quietly did many things for others in the community in their times of need. When she became quite ill before she died, she was hesitant about accepting help from others. When it was pointed out to her that she had done so much for others, she said that she always wished she could have done more. As she often said to her children and grandchildren, "the best thing you can give someone is to give of yourself."

Vivian will be remembered and missed dearly by many, among them her husband, Ross River of Maquoketa; her children; Sue River of Madison, WI, Bruce River (Chris) of Maquoketa, and David River (Paula) of Maquoketa; her grandchildren, Amanda River, Ashley River, Robert River, Ben Buchner, Peyton River and Carter River; great-grandchild, Hallie Harrison; her sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, her nieces and nephews and her cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Jean River and Kay River.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of other expressions of sympathy to the United Methodist Church of Maquoketa, Camp Courageous or Hospice of Jackson County.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements. Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Madelyn Tranel


M. Madelyn (Fleege) Tranel, 64, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Friday afternoon, July 19, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, following a sudden illness, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Madelyn was born on August 18, 1954 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Dorrance J. and Virginia (Graham) Fleege. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, the class of 1972 and attended Loras College.

Madelyn was formerly a bookkeeper and in-home daycare provider.  She enjoyed puzzles, game shows, reading, music, hosting holiday parties, but most of all she enjoyed spoiling her 11 grandchildren.

Surviving are four children, Laurie (Eric) Miller, of East Dubuque, Jenny (Corey) LuGrain of Asbury, IA, Chris (Kim) Tierney and Mike (Abby) Tierney both of East Dubuque; 11-grandchildren, Ayden, Connor and Tierney Miller, Grace, Addison, Nick, and Jack LuGrain, Zander and Ashlyn Tierney, and Ella and Camden Tierney; her sister, Barb (Rog) Kramer of East Dubuque, and brother, Danny (Kelley) Fleege of Dubuque, and her sister-in-law, Nancy Fleege of Placentia, CA, her treasured companion Ernie Hart of Galena, and the father of her children, John Tierney of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, David, Donald and Dean Fleege.

Madelyn's family wishes to give special thanks to the East Dubuque Ambulance and EMT's, the doctors and staff at Mercy One-Dubuque, Air Care personnel and the wonderful doctors and staff at UIHC, Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, a Madelyn Tranel memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Mary Jane Moss


Mary Jane Moss, 80, of Dyersville, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Friday, July 26, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 am Saturday, July 27, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City at a later date. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary Jane was born November 1, 1938, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of Bernard Joseph and Mary Catherine (McCarthy) Fitzgerald. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1956.

She married Kenneth L. Moss on September 6, 1958, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. She moved to Dyersville with her husband in June of 1961, from Iowa City where her husband graduated from the University of Iowa Law School.

She was family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary Jane also thrived working as a legal secretary for a number of years at Moss, Heims, and Casey Law Firm. She was a volunteer worker for the Mercy Health Center, St. Mary's Unit (now MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center) Auxiliary Gift Shop, the Dyersville Area Historical Society, and she was a lifelong member of the St. Anne's Mother's Club.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; four children: Diane Marie Moss of Dyersville, Patricia Lynn Moss (Jeff Johnson) of Crystal MN, Susan Michelle (William) Sharp of Des Moines, Brian Kenneth (Heather) Moss of Apple Valley, MN; grandchildren: Briana Marie Moss (friend, Steven Louis Meier), Jesse Tyler Sharp, Jade Alexandra Sharp, Nickolas Kenneth Lenane, Andrew Patrick Lenane, Soren Lee Moss-Johnson, Sophia Grace Moss and Isabella Rose Moss; a sister, Alice (Gary) Ebeling of Clear Lake, brothers-in-law: John (Wanda) Moss and Jerry (Mary) Moss, and sisters-in-law: Dixie Shimak, Marilyn Moss-Taylor, Patricia Moss-Farnan, and Kathy (Dan) Moorhead, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Colleen Kay Lenane (formerly married to Patrick Lenane), a brother, Bernard (Doris) Fitzgerald, sisters, Marguerite (William) Maxwell and Genevieve M (Harold) Witt, a brother-in-law, Ray Shimak, and one great nephew, Robert Francis Tenney.

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



Rita J. Lansing


Rita J. Lansing, 84, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, July 22 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. Monday, July 22, 2019, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Rita was born March 6, 1935 in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke. She married Lawrence Lansing on October 1, 1958 in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they started farming near Earlville for 6 years, before moving to the farm north of New Vienna in 1965 where they still lived on that farm today. While on the farm, Rita was a homemaker who enjoyed being busy outside, quilting, baking & crocheting. She & her husband, Lawrence loved dancing and listening to polka music. Rita loved spending time with her family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren, and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Lawrence, 7 children: Randy (LuAnn) Lansing of New Vienna, Barbara (Steve) Hermsen of Bennett, Elaine (Roger) Langel of New Vienna, David (Becky) Lansing of Worthington, Joan (Brad) Cunningham of Cedar Rapids, Larry (Brenda) Lansing of Cedar Rapids and Kim (Matt) Miller of Marion, grandchildren: Jason Lansing, Amy (Seve) Rodriguze, Adam Lansing, Josh (Brittany) Lansing, Chad Hermsen, Joy (Josh) Kessler, Justin Hermsen, Ashley (Andy) Aldridge, Tyler (Karen) Langel, Staci Langel (fiancé Tyler Steger), Nicole (Wes) Marbach, Callie Lansing (fiancé Chris Nurczyk), Jenna Lansing, Emily, Sarah, and Michael Cunningham, Devin and Rilee Lansing, Brooklyn, Blake and Bryson Miller,12 great grandchildren; 4 sisters: Verna Lee Digmann, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler, Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann; in-laws: Karen Funke, Janet Funke, John Lansing and Donald (Diane) Lansing, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo & Regina Funke, grandson, Ryan Langel, siblings: Dorothy (Leo) Mensen, Janice (Laverne) Mensen, Leon Funke, Mary Lou Funke, Floyd Funke; parents-in-law, John & Margret Lansing, in-laws: Edward Digmann, Lois Lansing, Lavern Lansing, Anna Mae Lansing, Glady (Lavern Lansing) (Purl Lake) Lansing-Lake and 5 nieces and nephews.

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



Carol M. (Cupps) Maas


Carol Marie (Cupps) Maas, 60 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 18th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Carol was born on December 11, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Gerald "Jerry" and Virginia Cupps and attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque. She married Donald "Dino" Maas on July 11, 2000.

Carol worked at Dubuque Golf and Country Club for 29 years until her health wouldn't allow it. She was courageous and strong as she fought cancer since 2009. She was so strong that she was on hospice twice, but now she is no longer suffering. She loved going to Zoo's, Wisconsin Dells and fishing.

She is survived by her husband Donald "Dino" Maas; her daughter Tina (Chris Somers) Jellison; her son John "Jake" White. Grandchildren, Cody and Haley Jellison and Spencer White. Stepchildren Amanda and Austin Maas; two step-grandchildren and her mother-in-law Helen Wernke. Her siblings Jim Cupps, Gene (Vickie) Cupps, Joe (Sheree) Cupps and Jackie (Dave) Kieffer along with nieces, nephews and many in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law Minor Maas and step-father-in-law Don Wenke.

Special thank you to Melissa and Nichole from Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care; also thank you to the management and staff at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club for their kindness throughout the years during this difficult process.



Jerry E. Udelhofen


Jerry E. Udelhofen, 86, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Jerry was born on May 30, 1933, in rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard and Anita (McReynolds) Udelhofen. After school he pursued his life passion of farming, working briefly at the Dubuque Packing Co. before meeting Mary Lou Kieler. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1957. Besides farming he worked part-time at Kieler's Store in Dickeyville.

Jerry was very active and competed in bowling, golfing, and horseshoes. His passion for sports carried into his grandchildren and he was there to support them at many of their sporting events. When he wasn't being active he enjoyed playing cards or the poker machines for "profit" as he liked to say. His family remembers him as a "wise-cracker" who always enjoyed a good joke. Family time was important to him, whether it was vacations or hunting, the time spent with family was cherished. Jerry was a veteran serving our country in the Army from January 1954-January 1956. Most of his time spent in the military was served in Japan as a sergeant.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter, Gina (Mike Wieland) Udelhofen, of Potosi; two sons, John (Angie) Udelhofen, of Potosi, and Pat (Wendy) Udelhofen, of Potosi; a sister, Phyllis Genthe, of Cuba City; two brothers, Donnie (Doris) Udelhofen, of Potosi, and Ronnie (Helen) Udelhofen, of Potosi; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Ames and JoAnne Udelhofen; nine grandchildren, Markus (Nakila), Mitch, Nick, and Rachel Reuter, Kristen and Andrew Udelhofen, and Alex, Ben, and Sam Udelhofen; three great-grandchildren, Lila, Deacon, and Kaleb Reuter; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kay Herbsleb; two brothers, Bob and Jake Udelhofen; two sisters-in-law, Connie and Florence Udelhofen; four brothers-in-law, Jerry Ames, Harold Genthe, Carl Wallig, and Ray Herbsleb; and deceased nieces and nephews, Mike and Kyle Udelhofen, and Debbie, Jim, Dennis, and Cindy Wallig.

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



Wallace A. Pensel


Wallace Adam "Wally" Pensel, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, danced his way to heaven on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  Wally was born March 26, 1936, he was the oldest of three children to Edgar and Marie (Handke) Pensel.  After graduating from Colesburg High School in 1953, he served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany.

On June 20,1959 he married Janet Angell.  She preceded him in death in 1982.  Later in life, he met Faye Warne. They married and started a new venture on February 14, 2008.

Wally worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, first on the line, then as an inspector, retiring in 1988. After retirement, he helped his nephew work on the farm.

He was an avid classic car collector and enthusiast, belonging to the Cedar Rapids Car Club for 20 years and Gary's Graffitti Cruisers for 30 years, participating in hundreds of shows and cruises.  He enjoyed going dancing and kicking up his heels, as well as taking in the sites while travelling.

He and Faye also loved tending to their beautiful farmette in Livingston, WI where they could sit and look at the stars while overlooking the lake from the light house, or be found puttering around on his tractors or 4-wheeler.

Family was important to Wally, he loved visiting with all of his nieces, nephews, children, step-children, and he loved his grandchildren greatly.  Whenever they would give him a hug, he'd ask them to "give me a big squeeze". Then add, "make it a little tighter".

Faith was also important to Wally, and he was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where he spent many years as a trustee.

Wally was even a movie star! He was an extra in the filming of the movie "Field of Dreams".

A common theme when Wally's name is brought up, is hearing about his kind, giving, and patient demeanor along with being the first to crack a joke and enjoy a good laugh. Everyone that knew him truly was blessed for having him in their life.

Wally is survived by his wife, Faye (Warne) Pensel of East Dubuque; two sons, Kenneth W. Pensel of Columbus Junction and Gary L. (Rita) Pensel of Dubuque; three stepsons, Eldon L. (Vicki) Warne of Livingston, WI, Scott D. Warne of McFarland, WI and Randy L. (Nikki) Warne of Livingston, WI; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a brother in law, Burnell Smith and three sisters in law, Jean Pensel, Jan Johnson, and Juanita Hargrove. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sharon Smith and a brother, Kermit Pensel.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

A Wallace Pensel Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



Philip J. Weigel


Philip J. Weigel, 98, of Dyersville passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial at St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate.

Philip was born February 8, 1921, in Dedham, Iowa the son of Joseph and Catherine (Hoffman) Weigel.  In 1943 Phil began a lifetime of dairy farming in Earlville.  He was a dedicated and respected Holstein dairyman and received many awards including: Top Dairy Producer, Distinguished Dairyman Award, Distinguished Dairyman Service Award, and the Iowa Holsteins Distinguished Service Award.  Phil also received the Diamond Clover Award for twenty years of service to 4-H as a volunteer leader.

Phil's love of animals was his lifelong passion with a very special place in his heart for rat terrier puppies.  Playing euchre was his favorite pastime.  Having friends over to his house on Friday night to play cards was the highlight of his week.  He also enjoyed state & county fair celebrations and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He was a member of St. Francis parish for many years and was a devout Catholic.

Philip is survived by his 8 children: John Weigel, James (Dawn) Weigel, Eugene Weigel, Thomas Weigel, Susan (James) Gruber, Charles (Madeline) Weigel, Dr. David Weigel and Dr. Daniel (Sandra) Weigel, 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Charles (Iva) Weigel, Lucille (Paul) Gudenkauf, Robert (Germaine) Weigel and Mary (Edward) Fortmann.

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

 



Jeanne Cavanaugh


Jeanne M. Cavanaugh, 100, of Dubuque, formerly of Waverly, IA, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Monday, July 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Dubuque. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Cavanaugh will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Dubuque with Rev. Father Mark Kwenin as celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Dubuque are in care of the arrangements.

Born August 25, 1918 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Leo J. and Cecile C. Samson Pittz. Raised in Dubuque, she attended Sacred Heart School and Immaculate Conception Academy. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1935 and then from Clarke College in 1939.

Jeanne worked in Chicago as an executive secretary until her marriage to Bert B. Cavannaugh on August 21, 1947 at St. Edward's Church in Waterloo, IA. Together they traveled to California and to North Carolina, where Bert served as a career Navy man. Upon his retirement, the two established their home in Florida until his death in 1966.

Jeanne then returned to the Waterloo area and was employed for 16 years at Chamberlain Mfg. Corporation's Production Division office. She retired in 1983 and made her home in Waverly, IA until 1999 when she moved to Assisi Village in Dubuque. She belonged to Kappa Gamma Pi, a National Catholic College Honor Society, to ACCW, and to the Assisi Village Literacy Club.

Her lifetime hobbies included traveling the U.S. and Canada, enjoying spectator sports, theater, volunteering, and always reading.

She enjoyed visits from out-of-state cousins and often their children and they very special outings; or shopping with Dubuque cousins, Colleen and Sidney Wallace, and also her husband's two nieces, Diane (James) Miller and Pricilla (Arlyn) Hanson, and Dayton (Janice) Frederickson.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather, Henry Anhalt, two stepbrothers, Wendell and Lawrence, and a half sister, Rosemary Anhalt.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff and care givers at Stonehill Care Center, and the staff and care givers of Assisi Village of Stonehill.

Condolences may be left by visiting Mrs. Cavanaugh's obituary at www.hskfh.com.

 



Kathryn A. Ben


Kathryn A. "Katie" (Leliefeld) Ben, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:39 a.m., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Katie's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Tom Heathershaw officiating. To celebrate Katie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on November 23, 1936, in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Daniel and Rose (Kleine) Leliefeld.

Katie was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harry Ben on January 26, 1957, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg, Iowa, and they were blessed with 54 wonderful years and 7 children together before he was called home ahead of her on March 23, 2011. Katie was a loving, full time wife, mother and homemaker, who did in home daycare for several years and was affectionately know as “mom”, “ma”, “maw”, “madre” and “mother”, to not only her own children, but their friends and all of the daycare kids. In later years Katie would also share her domestic talents with Balltown-Sherrill Catholic Schools, Albrecht Acres and Holy Family Hall in their housekeeping departments. She was an excellent cook and made sure everyone who visited was well fed, whether it be the orange slices and candy on the counter, an egg sandwich, or anything else she had on hand. In her free time, Katie enjoyed reading, crocheting, and going out to eat with family and friends. Beyond a doubt, Katie’s family was always her top priority, she looked forward to spending time with the children and grandchildren, creating countless beautiful memories that will be cherished forever. Katie’s faith was also an important aspect of her daily life as evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Ghost Church and her current membership with the Church of the Resurrection. We are deeply saddened at losing the matriarch of our family today, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now happily reunited with not only her beloved husband Harry, but all of her family members called home before her. 

 

Those left to cherish Katie's memory include

her children,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, IA,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, IA,
Debbie McGinnis, Dubuque, IA,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, IA
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Randy (Ginny) Fens, Ryan (Nicole) Fens, Ron Fens, Kassy (Daniel) Moore, Kelsey (Jacob Schroeder) Ben, Ryan (Cynthia) Ben, Jonathon (Kristen) Ben, Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Laura McGinnis, Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner and Logan Ben;

her great-granddaughter,
Ellie Lynn Siegert;

her siblings,
Lois Goerdt,
Joanie White
and Bill (Rita) Leliefeld, all of Guttenberg, IA;

her in-laws,
Richard (Mavis) Ben, Alfred, ND
and Rose Ben, Gackle, ND;

and her special grand-puppy,
Diego.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Ben; a granddaughter, Krista Kay Ben; a son-in-law, Gary McGinnis; her siblings, Norman (Lois) Leliefeld, Dorothy (Orvin) Knudtson, Bernard (Bernita) Leliefeld, Vera (Cliff) Mirocko, Mary (Manford) Sherriff, Opal (Robert) Goerdt, Betty Leliefeld, Kathleen Leliefeld, Pat (Glen) Bolsinger, Carol Rose Leliefeld and Gary (Corinne) Leliefeld; and her in-laws, Richard Goerdt, Keith White, Marvin Ben, Clarence (Mary Jean) Ben and Johnny Jerome Ben.

Katie's family would like to thank Dr. Hillard Salas and his nurse, Kristy, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Katie and her entire family.

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

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

 



Floyd J. Hammel


Floyd John Hammel, 83, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on 10:00 AM Friday, July 19, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steve Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corp. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury where there will be a wake service at 2:45 p.m.

Floyd was born July 29, 1935 in Dubuque, son of Christian F. and Edna Dorothy (Hammerand) Hammel. He married Rose Ann Klein, October 6, 1962 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Floyd served in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer on the family farm and in 2016 the farm became a Heritage Farm. He retired in 2009.

He enjoyed watching old western movies, classic country music, playing euchre, gardening, collecting toy tractors and family pictures. He loved to tell one liners, "The Hammel humor."

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Farm Bureau.

Surviving is his wife, Rose Hammel; his children, Julie Milligan, of Sherrill, John (Patty) Hammel, of New Hampton, IA, Jane Hammel, of Dubuque, Jim (Laura) Hammel, of Sherrill, and Jeff Hammel, of Sherrill; grandchildren, Travis (Mariah), Michael (tomas), Zach (Samantha), Emily (Colton) Dan, Lacey, Nick (Abby) Luke (Jessi) Mitchel (Tierney) and Sydney; great grandchild Tyler John and one due in November; one sister-in-law, Darlene Klein and one brother-in-law, Norm Klein and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Merlin (Jean) Hammel, one sister-in-law, Delphine (Dick) Dolter, and brothers-in-law, Don (Ann) Klein, George Klein and Richard Klein.

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

 



Martha A. Neises


Martha A. "Marti" Neises, age 73 of Fillmore, Iowa completed her earthly journey on July 15, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Marty's life, a private family service is being held at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Marty's family.

Marti was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to serving others and making the world around her a better place. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Marti include her husband and soul-mate, Jim Neises; two deeply adored daughters; along with many extended family, friends and neighbors who will miss her joyful smile.

Donations may be made to the Dubuque Humane Society in memory of Martha A. Neises.

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

 

 



Paul A. Downs


Paul A. Downs, age 59, of Dubuque, was called Home peacefully in his sleep on July 15, 2019, at home. He is now more alive than he has ever been. To celebrate Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Dubuque Community Church, 3490 Keystone Drive, with Pastors Dennis Schmitt and Steve Downs officiating. In celebration of his life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 2019, in "Joy's Corral" at their home, 2165 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, at a later date.

Paul was born on October 1, 1959, in Dubuque, son of William and Ruth E. (Hamiel) Downs.

He was raised on the family farm near Balltown and attended Sageville School, Jefferson Junior High and graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque in 1977. Paul worked on the farm until he married the love of his life, Renee T. Scherf, on June 30, 1984 on Echo Mountain at the farm. Upon moving to Dubuque, Paul and some friends opened The Narrow Gate at 1654 Central Avenue. It offered the Dubuque community a relaxed atmosphere with coffee, music and Christian fellowship. Paul's talents and interests were diverse. He and Renee opened Mississippi Fats Ice Cream Shop and a couple other short-term restaurants. Paul was a furniture restorer, antique shop owner and later began 17th Street Pawn, which they ran for over 25 years. He enjoyed old cars, antiquated machinery, guns, "garage saling" and movies. Paul delighted in spending time outdoors riding horses, fishing or mushroom hunting. He was a trivia buff, storyteller and a prodigious reader. Paul was a very talented writer who would often exercise his poetic license to the fullest. For many years, he was known as the "Muffin Man" as he flaunted his culinary proclivities. Most of all, Paul was a very soft-hearted and selfless man who loved people. He and Renee would regularly offer food and shelter to those who needed it. Paul left a legacy of giving to all who knew him.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his wife,
Renee Downs, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Daniel (Miranda) Downs, Dubuque,
Tommy Downs, Dubuque,
Harmony (Reece) Morgan, Balltown, IA,
Bonnie Downs, Dubuque,
Joy (Jake) Hopper, Balltown, IA,
Willie Downs, Dubuque,
Gracie Downs, Dubuque,
Faith Downs, Dubuque
and Andrew Downs, Dubuque;

his granddaughter,
Hope Morgan;

his father,
Bill Downs, Dubuque, IA;

and his brother,
Steve (Debbie) Downs, Spokane, WA.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Downs; and his daughter, Melody Downs.



Janis K. (Kemp) Waugh


Janis Kay (Kemp) Waugh, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The family does welcome you to join her family and friends in memory and celebration of her life from 4 to 7 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no "body" present for visitation.

Janis Kay Kemp was born on June 11, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harris John and Madge Helen (Lund) Kemp. She had one brother LaVern Harris Kemp. She grew up in the Baldwin / Maquoketa area. She went to a country schoolhouse and then attended Maquoketa schools to finish out her education. She married Kenneth Lee Waugh on November 20, 1961, later separating in 1996.

Janis was a farmer's wife and mother until moving off the farm. Once she moved to Andrew she did sewing at Pacific Coast Feather and later at ADAC Plastics as a mold operator.

Janis enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, putting puzzles together, crocheting and knitting, and going out with her best friend Nancy Baker. She loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Kenneth Lee Waugh of Maquoketa, IA; children, Cindy Kay and Larry Lee Arensdorf of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce Allan and Lori Ann (Gilmore) Waugh of Maquoketa, IA, and Douglas Lee and Peggy Lynn (Smith) Waugh of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, Bradley Kenneth (Renae) Waugh, Mitchell Allen Waugh, Alicia Lin Arensdorf, Bethany Jan Waugh, Ashly Ann Arensdorf, Joshua J. Arensdorf, and Dalton Douglas Waugh; and 1 great-grandchild, Eloise Jo Waugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harris John Kemp and Madge Helen (Welch) Lund, a brother LaVern Harris Kemp and a granddaughter Crystal Lorraine Waugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janis Kay Waugh memorial fund has been established.

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



Daniel R. Wolter


Daniel R. "Dan" Wolter, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa died peacefully on July 14, 2019, with his family by his side.

Per Dan's request, he has been cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 4:30-7:30 pm, at the Grand Tap in Dubuque, IA. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

Dan was born on November 27, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joyce (Tigges) and Lowell Wolter. Dan graduated from Hempstead High School in 1976. He married Barbara (Stillmunkes) Wolter on May 22, 2009 after many years of dating. Dan worked for the University of Dubuque for several years.

He lived and breathed hunting - deer, turkey, squirrel, you name it, he most likely hunted it. His happy place was being in the woods with his hunting buddies and his twin brother, Don. Dan and Don were the best of friends and were nicknamed Salt and Pepper, Dan being Pepper. He loved to cheer on the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeyes. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and rooting for Rusty Wallace. If he wasn't hunting or fishing, he was watching a sports game with his family and lifelong friends. Dan always got a kick out of going to his kids' workplaces to place a bag of candy on their cars and then leaving them a voicemail that candy was waiting for them when they got off work. He deeply loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments.

Dan is survived by his wife Barb Wolter of Dubuque, his children Drew (Harpal) Benavides Wolter of Sacramento, CA, Cody (April) Wolter of Dubuque, Rebecca "Scooter" (Tom) Ameche of Dubuque, stepdaughter Stacy (Shawn) Stackis of Peosta, one granddaughter Lucy Wolter and another granddaughter, Baby Ameche, due in early October, four step-granddaughters, Brianna (Tyler) Stillmunkes, McKenna, Rylie, and Brynlee Stackis all of Peosta. His father Lowell (Juanita Steichen) Wolter, twin brother Don (Sheila) Wolter, and sister Gayla (Randy) Mills all of Dubuque. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, his grandparents, and step-granddaughter Maggie Stackis.

Dan's family would like to thank Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation, Finley Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for the incredible care Dan received through his medical needs over the years. A special thank you to Dr. Kyle Brown, Dan's liver doctor, who was always very compassionate and wonderful with Dan, and to the ICU doctors and nurses who cared for him in his final days, their compassion and love to him and his family will be cherished forever.



Erwin G. Turner


Erwin Glenn Turner, 89, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. The Funeral Service for Erwin will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Linwood Cemetery Mueller Chapel with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by the American Legion Post #6.

Erwin was born December 23, 1929 in Manchester, Iowa, son of Dale and Leda (Heiserman) Turner. He married LaVonna Wilke, March 28, 1955, in Langworthy, IA. She preceded him in death June 1994.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works retiring in 1994. He was a member of UAW Local # 94. Erwin enjoyed fishing, trapping, and cherished his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by three daughters, Michelle Freisinger, Marilyn (Jim) Ploessl, and Patty Turner; four grandchildren, Bryan (Michelle) Freisinger, Renee Freisinger, Trinity Turner and Tristan Turner; five great-grandchildren, Natalie, Andrew, Jacob, and Alexander Freisinger, and Kendrick Turner; and a special family friend, Joan Kelly.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Darrell and Michael and his siblings.

A memorial has been established in memory of Erwin.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Jenni and Stephanie.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting Erwin's obituary at www.hskfh.com

 



Thomas J. Reilly


Thomas John Reilly, 81, of Dubuque died on July 12, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by family. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born in Dubuque October 21, 1937 to Justin and Madeline (Permantier) Reilly. He attended Cathedral elementary school, and graduated from Loras Academy. He continued his education at Loras College (Class of 1959), majoring in Physics. He married Judy Gavin on July 14, 1962 at Nativity Church. Tom and Judy moved to Sioux City, where he began his career at Conservative Mortgage Company. They returned to Dubuque in 1966 when Tom joined American Trust & Savings Bank, where he worked for 25 years helping many local businesses get off the ground. Following his career at ATSB, Tom became a senior officer at East Dubuque Savings Bank, from where he retired.

Tom was a strong believer in service to community. He was very active in multiple Dubuque organizations, including the Jaycees (past president and Life Member), Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Save Your Town Clock Committee, Dubuque Chamber of Commerce (Red Coats, SCORE), Dubuque Homebuilders, the Colts Youth Organization Board of Directors, Ride the Rail, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Serra Club, and the Barn Community Theater. He was an active member of the Church of the Nativity where he was a member of the Rosary Society, as well as an enthusiastic member of the Nativity Choir.

Tom enjoyed performing in plays at the original Barn Community Theater and at the Grand Opera House. His first starring role was as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also enjoyed performing in Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Oliver!, and many others.

Throughout his life, family came first for Tom. He was an avid golfer and proud of his Irish heritage. He loved family and loved a good joke - any excuse to share a laugh! His kids have fond memories of family trips with Dad at the wheel trying not to swear. He gave his family many memories by being the smile behind the camera. He was always quick to fire up the grill and compete at the Fair with his award-winning chicken. Tom provided unwavering support to his family and friends. He instilled a sense of faith, family, and community pride in those he touched.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy; children Mike (Maria) of San Jose, CA, John (Eileen) of Janesville, WI, Kevin of Waterford, CT, Colleen (John) Connor of Lenexa, KS, Maureen (Patrick) Fleming of Fox Lake, IL; grandchildren Christine Hanks; Andrew, Claire, and Bridget Reilly; Meghan, Matthew, and Molly Reilly; Nate and Logan Connor. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jeanne (Leo) Walech, sister-in-law Linda (Glab) Gavin, brother-in-law Jim Rogan, and many nieces and nephews. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, aunts Jeannette Permantier and Pauline Hesselman; his in-laws Francis and Rita (Heitman) Gavin, sister-in-law Joanne (Gavin) Rogan, and brother-in-law Paul Gavin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colts Youth Organization.

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

 

 



Louis J. Meyerhoff


Louis J. Meyerhoff, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Bernard, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Per the wishes of Louis his body has been donated to the University Of Iowa - Department Of Anatomy. Private family services will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is assisting the family.

He was born June 8, 1932 in Leroy, Minnesota, son of Louis and Minnie (Lamprecht) Meyerhoff. He received his education in the Elma, Iowa schools. On September 22, 1951 he was united in marriage to Betty Mae Roethler at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elma, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2012.

He was employed as the Manager of the Great Plains Supply Company in Elma, IA, later as Manager of the Great Plains Supply Co. in Bernard, IA, and later worked with Red Jacket Pump in Davenport, IA.

He loved woodworking, spending time with family, telling jokes and going fishing.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Sheila (Richard) Martens of Lime Springs, IA, Karla (Brian) Leichty of North Liberty, IA and Brenda (Tom) Huff of Cascade, IA; son-in-law, Ed Voves of Elma, IA; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Wanda Ward of Charles City, IA, and a brother-in-law, Keith Roethler of Elma, IA.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Voves on April 20, 1989; a son, Bill Meyerhoff on July 16, 2011; a great grandchild, Willow Mae Ferrel; a brother-in-law, Bob Roethler; and 4 brothers and 5 sisters.

The family of Louis would like to thank the entire staff of Shady Rest Care Center, Above and Beyond Hospice and Sherry Kelchen for all the compassionate care given to Louis.

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



Mark D. Bollinger


Mark D. Bollinger, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mark on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 6 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mark Duane Bollinger was born on November 16, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John M. "Jack" and Nellie (March) Bollinger. He attended Maquoketa schools and received his welding certificate from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.

Mark had worked as a welder for many years, first at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then at Bio-Technology in Mercer, Wisconsin for three years. For the past 29 years until the present, he worked for T & J Manufacturing in Maquoketa.

Mark was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, boating, fishing, hunting and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Katie Bollinger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Abby Gansen of Maquoketa, IA, and Johnathan Bollinger of Andrew, IA; 7 grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Debbie) Bollinger of Andrew, IA; a sister Carol Dion of Maquoketa, IA; and his girlfriend, Amy Hasken of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Paul V. Schiffman


Paul Valentine Schiffman, 89, of Dubuque, passed away on July 12, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Father Phillip Gibbs as the celebrant.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #6.  Friends may call from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 7:00 PM.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Thursday at Church of the Resurrection.

Paul was born March 16, 1930 in Dickeyville, WI, son of Harry Leo and Dolores (Hinderman) Schiffman, the oldest of nine children. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany with the Army of Occupation during European reconstruction.

After a four-year courtship that included his service time in the Army, he married the love of his life and partner until the very end, Dolores Collins, on June 9, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, IL. They shared a love of travel, playing cards, dancing, spoiling grandchildren, and enjoying the little and big joys of life. He and Dolores were winter Texans for over 20 years, making a second home near friends in Mission, TX.

Paul worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years, retiring in 1994.

Because of the Depression and need to help on the family farm, Paul was unable to complete high school with his peers. He returned to school as an adult and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. With his bright mind and love of learning, he was encouraged to continue his education into college, but chose instead to help his children pursue their degrees.

Paul was a devout Roman Catholic and member of Resurrection Parish for 50 years where he was an active volunteer. He was a Scoutmaster for his son's Cub and Boy Scout units in Galena, IL. He was an avid golfer, playing his last round at 88 years of age. He was a brilliant gardener and took great pride in his flowerbeds and yard. He loved flowers and was at one time a Midwestern tester for Jackson Perkins roses. He was also an avid water skier, taking his last run at 80 years old. He spent countless hours on the Mississippi teaching his children, and hundreds of others who wanted to learn, how to water ski behind his yellow boat. He enjoyed watching Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes games with Dolores. He had a love of people and was friendly to everyone he met, including strangers. He loved to talk and listen which made him a great friend, brother and father figure to all he encountered. His gentle spirit, laugh and smile were infectious.

Above all, Paul loved his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; two sons, Mark (Kathy) Schiffman, of Carmel, IN and Dr. Eric (Karen Kloser) Schiffman, of St. Paul, MN; one daughter, Ann (Jim) Ruble, of Casper, WY; six grandchildren, Elise (Zach Shacter) Schiffman, Julia Schiffman, Adam Schiffman, Paul Schiffman, Jimmy Ruble, and Jacob Ruble; one brother, Harold (Teresa) Schiffman, of Tennyson, WI; two sisters, Vera (Gerry) Kruser, of Kieler, WI, and Sharon (Jack) Pitzen, of Dickeyville, WI; one brother-in-law, Terry Bode, of Kieler, WI; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Chapman, of East Dubuque, IL, and Rosemary (Fred) Wendl of Silvis, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bert, and four sisters, Mary Lou (Al) Feltes, Jane (Terry) Bode, Joyce (David) Pearce, and Adele (Dick) Helbing.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Philomena Fund at Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to the amazing, caring staff and caregivers at Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff at Luther Manor's Grand Meadows location. 

A photo tribute video can be viewed and online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

 

 



Beverly A. Bartels Treneman


Beverly Ann Bartels Treneman, formerly of Dubuque, died July 11, 2019.

Beverly Ann Bartels Treneman was born on Feb. 18, 1931, to Mildred and Carl Bartels in Dubuque, Iowa, the eldest of four sisters. She loved music and played the piano, bass fiddle and bagpipes. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, she attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in occupational therapy.

As a member of the university's Highlanders, the only all-woman Scottish bagpipe marching band in the world, Beverly toured Scotland, England, and France in 1952. At university, she met her husband, Dr. James D. Treneman. They married in 1954 and settled in McMinnville in 1959 after brief stints in Fresno, California, and Harlingen, Texas. She and Jim had four daughters. He died in 1977, after 23 years of marriage.

Beverly was a master quilter and accomplished seamstress, keen gardener, cook, businesswoman, and bridge player. In partnership with four other women, she ran The Bookshop in downtown McMinnville for 20 years. She contributed countless hours to the First Presbyterian Church, Juliette House, Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO and other charities throughout her life.

She was a woman of many interests, travelling widely, as far afield as Turkey, Tahiti, and the Galapagos Islands. She and her companion of many years, Jim Wixson, visited Europe and travelled throughout the US in their Model A Ford. She visited almost every National Park, reading extensively on the history and culture of the places she visited. Beverly explored new activities throughout her life: canoeing, rafting, skiing, and snorkeling. She loved to collect and was always ready to go ‘antiquing'. Her home was full of the fragrance of flowers and the aroma of cooking, art and music.

Beverly's strength of character, love of family, sense of humor, interest in learning and compassionate nature will be remembered by all who knew her.

Beverly is survived by her four daughters, Ann Treneman Berkoff, Nancy Treneman, Joan Horton, and Mary Maeve Holden, grandchildren Gillan Allan, Vanessa Charman, James Treneman, Lyle Horton, Elaine Grimps, and Max Holden, two great-grandchildren, and her two sisters, Nancy Wendt of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Carole Loetscher of Dubuque, Iowa.

All are welcome to attend her funeral at 11am on Saturday, 20 July, at the First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville, with refreshments afterwards. There will be a graveside ceremony at 3pm at Smith Cemetery, 2 miles south of Monmouth on Helmick Road. Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence is handling the arrangements. Share your memories and condolences at FarnstromMortuary.com.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the James D. Treneman Family Practice Fund at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.



David D. Droessler


David D. Droessler, 64, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

David was born on January 12, 1955, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Donald V. and Marie (Langkamp) Droessler. He graduated from Potosi High School and worked at Lands End, Alter Metal Company and John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. After retirement he enjoyed socializing at many establishments.

David was the proud father of Amber Droessler, Cuba City, and Crystal Droessler, Platteville. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Chloe, Billie Jean and Gracie Shaffer; a sister, Arleen (Fran) Ouderkirk, Sherrill, IA; a brother, Gary (Deb) Droessler, Potosi; two sisters-in-law, Karen Droessler, Bettendorf, IA, and Marlene "Beanie" Droessler, Potosi; a special friend, Pat Foht Carlson, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne, Merlin and Terry.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a David D. Droessler Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Dale P. Repass


Dale P. Repass, 70, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019. 

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, where Memorial Services will be held at 5 p.m. Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Dale was born on September 3, 1948, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Don and Ruth (Sutherland) Repass. He earned his B.A. from Wartburg College in 1970 and his J.D. with Honors from Drake University Law School in 1974. 

Dale devoted over forty years of experience to the financial services industry, having been involved in all phases of banking and trust services. He served in many positions, including senior lender, trust department manager, and President/CEO/Chairman of two Mercantile banks (now US Bank) located in Clinton and Dubuque. In 2001 Dale co-founded First Community Trust, N.A. where he served as Chairman and CEO for 14 years. 

He was involved in a number of civic and charitable organizations.  He served as a Commissioner on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, as well as serving on the boards of Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC), First Community Trust, N.A., The Finley Hospital, Dubuque VNA, and the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. He was also a member of the Bar Associations of Iowa, Dubuque County, and the American Bar Association. 

Dale married his college sweetheart, Diane Rose Schalkhauser, on June 5, 1970, in Waterloo, and their wedding was officiated by Diane's father, Rev. Erhard "Rusty" Schalkhauser. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, golfing, and playing cards (with varying results in the last three categories!) Dale made sure to spend time every day playing with the beloved family Goldendoodle, Cricket. 

Dale is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Diane, of Asbury; two wonderful children, David (Teresa) Repass of Maryland, and Julie Repass of Paris, France; two step-grandchildren, Susana (David) Zaka and Alex Vazquez, both of Maryland; two sisters, Judy Smith (Dick) of Fairfield, IA, and Camille Power (Ed) of West Des Moines, IA; his brother-in-law, Jim (Joni) Schalkhauser of Lansing, MI; and his sister-in-law, Linda (Dick) Anderson of Traverse City, MI. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Dale's family extends a special thank you to the staff at UW Madison Hospitals for their care of Dale. 

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St., Dubuque, IA, 52001,  St. Stephen's Food Pantry, 3145 Cedar Crest Ridge, Dubuque, IA 52003, or a charity of your choice.

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

 

 

 



Dennis L. Gotto


Dennis L. Gotto, 66, of Galena, Illinois and formerly of Epworth, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Dennis may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa.

Services for Dennis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, IA.

Dennis was born November 23, 1952 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Louis F. and Dorothy M. (Schmitt) Gotto. He is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On June 14, 1980 he was united in marriage to Donna Schwendinger at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2002. He farmed in the rural Galena, Illinois area, and was also employed at Walmart in Galena.

Dennis enjoyed hunting, gardening, and truly enjoyed his retired life with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Thomas (Israa) Gotto of Hartland, WI, Andrew (Alison) Gotto of Warrensburg, MO, Rebecca Gotto of Dubuque, IA and James Gotto of Galena, IL; 7 grandchildren; his siblings, Susan (Mark) Zapf of Farley, IA, Mary Ann (Roger) Boge of Farley, IA, Charles Gotto and David Gotto both of Epworth, IA, Robert Gotto of Dubuque, IA, and Gary (Janet) Gotto of Dyersville, IA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Gotto and a sister, Mary L. Gotto and a nephew, Brian Gotto.

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



Tyler S. Ingles LuGrain


Tyler Steven Ingles LuGrain, 28, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 4th, 2019 in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Tyler was born on July 17, 1990 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Donna Ingles. He attended Senior High School and worked in the restaurant business as a cook. He was lastly working at Old Chicago in Dubuque.

Tyler's daughter Brooke was his whole heart. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. Tyler was a dedicated gamer and streamer of video games who had many followers all over the world. He loved his co-workers in the restaurant business, many of whom became his close friends.

Tyler enjoyed spending the majority of his time with his daughter, family and friends; always joking, smiling and filling a room with love and laughter. He was ready for that ice-cold beer and a good time. Lastly, Tyler had such a beautiful soul, one you couldn't come across too often, he will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his daughter Brooke Elizabeth Ingles; his parents Donna and Drab Blackburn; his sister Carrie (Zac) Colson; brothers Anthony (Alecia Konrardy) LuGrain, Ben Blackburn and Keegan Blackburn; nieces Henley LuGrain and Ariel Castillo; his grandparents Dave and Fran Blackburn; special friends Brittany Duruy Weber and Adriana Castillo; along with many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who were considered family to him.

Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Kenneth and Louise Ingles and his uncle Kenneth Ray Ingles.

In lieu of flowers a Tyler Ingles LuGrain memorial fund will be established. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank their family and friends, Leonard Funeral Home along with Dubuque Police and First Responders for all their love, kindness and compassion during this difficult time.

 



Marvin M. Gessner


Marvin M. Gessner, 96, of Monticello died Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 10:30 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at St. Patrick & St. Paul Cemetery near Watkins, Iowa.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  

Marvin was born September 17, 1922, on the original family homestead near Norway, Iowa, the son of Michael C. and Alma (Thoman) Gessner.  He married Louise Kacer on November 10, 1953, in Tama, Iowa.  To this union there are 6 children who were all raised on the farm near Norway.  Louise preceded him in death in 1987.  Marvin and Joyce Cashman married on November 18, 1989, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, 6 children: Alan (Linda) Gessner of Newhall, Dale (Marilyn) Gessner of Belle Plaine, Dr. Ann (Bill Lorenz) Gessner of Ames, Carol Gessner of Ft. Collins, CO, Barb (Randy) Lukan of Cedar Rapids and Leo (Brenda) Gessner of Story City; 9 grandchildren: Christy (Andy) Barta, Chase, Caleb and Casey Gessner, Olivia Lorenz, Taylor and Grant Lukan, Courtney and Jaclyn Gessner; 4 great grandchildren: Matthew, David, Owen and Alex Barta; siblings: Eileen Reilly of Central City and Gerald (Karen) Gessner of Newhall, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother John, his first wife Louise and brother-in-law Jack Reilly.

We would like to thank the staff at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Unity Point - St. Luke's Hospital for the wonderful care.

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

 

 



Ross T. Broderick


Ross Thomas Broderick peacefully passed away on July 9th, 2019 after a rapidly progressing illness.

Ross, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, is survived by his Bride of 60 years Shirley Ann (Tranel) Broderick, his son Daniel (Nancy) Broderick, daughters Julie (James) Fischer, Laura (James) Mulgrew and Mary (Christopher) Luedke, sisters Kathleen McMullen and Lynne (Samuel) Sciple. Additionally, Ross is the Grandfather of ten Andrew (Theresa) Broderick, Sara (Daniel) Lueders, Kelly (Korey) Kasper, Ben (Abby) Mulgrew, Noah Mulgrew, Jackson Mulgrew, Madeline Mulgrew, Samuel Fisher and Lindsay Fisher. Ross is also the great grandfather of Marley, James and Madalyn Kasper, Emerson and Grant Lueders and Adrian Broderick.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Dorothy (Baumgartner) Broderick and son Steven M. Broderick.

Ross was a loving husband, caring father and average fisherman. He was an expert in fluid hydraulics and specialty engineering while employed John Deere.

Ross loves the Lord and was an active parishioner at St. Raphael's Cathedral and volunteer at St. Marks First Congressional Church in Dubuque Iowa.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Runde and his wonderful nurse Julie and Mercy Home Health Care for the incredible, compassionate care they gave Ross.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street Dubuque, IA or Four Mounds, 4900 Peru Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Joseph B. Behan


Joseph B. Behan, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday, July 12, 2019 at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Centralia. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in care of arrangements.

Born May 31, 1951 in Manchester, IA, he was the son of Joseph H. and Dorothy M. Behan. After his father passed, he was raised by his parents Dorothy and Ray Francois.

He was a 1969 graduate of Cascade Aquin High School. He attended one year of college at Divine Word Seminary where he met Ann Wuertzer of Centralia, IA and she stole him out of the hands of God. They fell in love and were married June 3, 1972 in Peosta, Iowa.

Joe worked at Dubuque John Deere Works for 42 years. He retired in May 2014.

He was a member of Grace Christian Church and Dubuque Noon Optimist Club. He was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and never missed an opportunity to tell a joke or a funny story, or to play a prank - all with a sly smirk on his face! Joe never knew a stranger, only a friend he hadn't met. Joe also had a competitive side and, in fact, there is still a record showing that his daughter Colleen owes him $4.29 on over 20 years of cribbage! But he was always the first to give you a warm welcome and the best hugs!!

Survivors include his wife, Ann; two daughters, Kerri (Shawn) Ries of Dubuque, and Colleen (Bill) McDermott of Peosta; two sons, Josh (Holly) Behan of Sarasota, FL, and Joe Behan of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Marcus, Allie, Cody, Kassidy, Emma, Meghan, Billy, Josiah, and Lyvia; his parents, Ray and Dorothy Francois of Springfield, MO; five sisters, Ann Kluesner, Patti Speake, Rae Ellen Denker, Joyce Francois, and Michele Roethe; three brothers, Michael Francois, Dennis Francois, and Scott Francois and several nieces, nephews, in-laws and a few outlaws as well!

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial has been established for Dubuque Noon Optimist Club.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department and Fire Department.

And as Joe always said, "Glad you got to see me".

A photo tribute video can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Joe's obituary at www.hskfh.com.

 



William B. Boyes


William Burton "Bill" Boyes, 76, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with Rev. Ms. Karen Candee as the officiant. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery, South of Dubuque with military honors rendered by the American Legion Post 6. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, July 12, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider& Kitchen Funeral Home.

Born February 11, 1943, in Dubuque, he was the son of Burton and Rosemary Schlampp Boyes. Bill married Carol Ann Buol, the love of his life, on April 5, 1969, at First Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Bill and Carol were happily married for 38 years and were devoted to each other and their family. She passed away November 1, 2007.

Bill was a 1961 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

He served our country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in March of 1969. He had worked for 30 years at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, the American Legion, and UAW Local #94. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Boston Celtics, and especially Larry Bird. Bill and Carol spent many summers with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps as Chaperones, Chief Cooks, and Bottle Washers. Bill was a semi-permanent fixture at the Q Casino, (aka "the dog track") as he always called it and made sure to go down when he had "5 bucks to spend". In his younger years, he enjoyed playing fast pitch softball, bowling, camping at the Palace Campgrounds in Galena, playing cards with many friends and of course, being the designated grasshopper maker for all of the Buol Family Christmas gatherings.

Bill is survived by two sons, Douglas (Lisa) Lineen, of Cheyenne, WY, and Nathan (Jennifer) Boyes of Dubuque; one daughter, Elizabeth (Don) Lundy, of Lake Mills, WI; four grandchildren, Jacob and Leah Boyes, Tiffany Fischer, and Trent (Jess) Eastman; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Brantley; and numerous nieces and nephews and "Outlaws" who treated Bill like he was a brother.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Stefanie.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, along with all of the other nurses and staff at their office as well as the Unity Point staff at Finley Hospital for taking such good care of Bill over the years.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent by visiting Bill's obituary at www.hskfh.com



Robert L. Ricklefs


Robert L. Ricklefs, 74, of Langworthy died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 10 am - 12:30 pm, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate. Burial will be Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

Robert was born November 21, 1944, in Monticello, the son of Ernest and Regina (Holub) Ricklefs. On October 1, 1966, he married Sandra Haigh, at the United Methodist Church in Anamosa, IA and made their home in Langworthy since 1971. Robert served in the US Army from 1965-1966. He worked at Weber Stone Quarry in Stone City, IA for 52 years.

Robert enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, gardening, cooking on his smoker, grandkids and spending time outdoors. 

Robert is survived by his wife Sandra, children: Dan (Shelly) Ricklefs of Maple Grove, MN; Sherry (Bruce) Kramer of Cedar Rapids, IA and Rob (Randee) Ricklefs of Atkins, IA; 9 grandchildren: Austin, Casey, Grant Ricklefs, Courtney (Andy) Cannon, Kirby Gehl, Carter, Spencer Kramer, Hailee Ricklefs, Marcus Ricklefs and a great grandchild Kyran Cannon; siblings: Gloria Schmidt of Cedar Rapids, IA and Raymond Ricklefs of Ft. Worth, TX, Randy Rickels, Scott Rickels both of Monticello, IA and Dixie Nielsen of Minneapolis, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Donna (Kenneth) Hanson.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Lanny J. Hostert,


Lanny J. Hostert, 60, of Dubuque, IA passed away in his home on Saturday, July 6th.

A small burial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at Mount Calvary Cemetery, family and friends may visit after 10:30 a.m. at the chapel until time of service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that friends and loved ones please make a donation to the memorial fund in Lanny's name at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Following the service, there will be a small luncheon, open to all, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. located on the lower level of Mason Dixon Saloon to celebrate Lanny's life.

Lanny was born on June 21st, 1959 to John "Jack" and Lola Hostert in Dubuque, IA. Lanny spent his youth in Dubuque where he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He graduated from Hempstead High School in the summer of 1977 and went on to attend University of Wisconsin-Platteville to study business. During his time at UWP, Lanny was actively involved with his fraternity brothers of Phi Sigma Epsilon in philanthropy and university events. Following his college graduation in 1981, Lanny accepted a position at McKesson as a Sales Executive where he continued to work for over 20 years. In 1985, he was married to Karen (Pigman) Hostert and was blessed with three children, Matt, Lindsay, and Michelle.

Throughout his life, Lanny most enjoyed playing golf with a small group of close friends, coaching and attending his children's sporting events (especially softball and baseball), and making Sunday meals for his family. When he wasn't on the field or the golf course, Lanny enjoyed constructing intricate models of military airplanes and vintage cars. After completing a model, he would proudly display his work in his home for friends and family to enjoy. Lanny's favorite time of the year was the fall, when he could be found with neighborhood friends cheering on the Minnesota Vikings-and crossing his fingers for a Green Bay loss. Lanny loved to entertain during football season and typically welcomed his friends and neighbors during the season with a hug and a huge pot of chili to keep warm. Another one of his favorite pastimes, was visiting his father, Jack, on the weekends. Lanny and his family spent countless weekends in Massey Station keeping Jack company and planning days on the river. His three children fondly remember his boundless sense of humor and bright bouts of laughter after Lanny told jokes. Matt, Lindsay, and Michelle will never forget gathering around the dinner table to enjoy one of Lanny's delicious Sunday meals and telling stories about their week. Lanny will always be remembered for his colorful sense of humor, always-friendly demeanor towards everyone he met, and love for his family.

Lanny leaves behind his three children, Matt Hostert, Lindsay (Hostert) Goedert, and Michelle Hostert; two grandchildren Bennett Hostert, and Ryder Goedert; and wife Tammy Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Lola Hostert.



Rita Mae Riniker


Rita Mae Riniker, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at her home in rural Epworth, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, July 13th at the funeral home.

Services for Rita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.
Rita was born November 23, 1934 in Balltown, Iowa daughter of Vince and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She received her education in the Balltown School. On September 29, 1953 she was united in marriage to Bernard Riniker at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa, he preceded her in death on November 7, 2013. The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area. She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Taking care of her family was her priority from changing diapers, doing laundry, house chores, farm chores and canning lots of food to feed her family.

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

She is survived by twelve children, Gary (Cynthia) Riniker of Bernard, James Riniker of Epworth, Christopher (Katherine) Riniker of Strawberry Point, Mark (Lorie) Riniker of Farley, Timothy (Cindy) Riniker of Elkader, Thomas Riniker of Cuba City, WI, Robert Riniker of Greeley, Bruce (Jeanette) Riniker of Winthrop, Luann Riniker of Epworth, Lois (Jerry) Hammerand of Sherrill, Bernard Jr. and Richard Riniker both of Epworth; 23 grandchildren, Joe, Lisa, Marie, April, Crystal, Joanna, Adam C., Dennis, Brian, Aaron, Jeremy, Cheryl, Tyler, Jacob, Adam J., Alex, Alyssa, Amanda, Alexa, Jeff, Jordan, Jennifer, and Julie; 41 great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Raphael Tigges and John Denlinger both of Dubuque, sister-in-law, Charlene Riniker of New Vienna.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two children in infancy, Peter in 1957 and Joanna in 1973; one grandchild, Michael Riniker in 1986; one great grandchild, Aiden Schaffer in 2013, two sisters, Ruth Denlinger and Rosemary Tigges; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jacob (Bernice), Arthur (Dorothy) , Rosina (William) Loney, Anna, Stephen (Rose), Frances (Reynold) Steffen, Andrew (Coletta), Otto.

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



Gregory S. Oertel


Gregory S. Oertel, age 57 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 8, 2019 at ManorCare, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Gregory's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gregory's family.

Greg was born on December 28, 1961, in Dubuque, a son to Ray and Phyllis "Gail" (Gray) Oertel. He enjoyed his early years growing up in Dubuque, being surrounded by family and friends at every turn. Greg went to Hempstead High School and eventually found his way into the doors at CyCare and continued on with the company through the McKesson years. He and his beautiful bride, Janann were blessed with 5 wonderful children throughout their marriage together. When Greg wasn't putting in his time at work, or at home with the family, you could usually find him baiting his hook at the water's edge on the nice days, or quite often chasing that ever elusive perfect game at the bowling alley.  Greg has battled cancer head on twice now and his spirit simply couldn't take another day of the same.  We will miss him more than he knows, but we are also very grateful that his earthly struggles have now been forced to release their grip on his mind, body and soul. We pray that he finally finds peace today while we wait patiently for the day when we may be reunited with Greg, once again, in a new and eternal state of perfection.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gregory include,

his 5 children,
Felicia Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Andrew Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Nathan (Caitlyn Locke) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Joshua "John" (Jacy Paar) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Natalie Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 2 grandsons,
Tyler and Brayden;

his ex-wife,
Janann Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

his siblings,
Jeff (Connie) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Melanie (Dave Sowle) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

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

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents.

Gregory's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Heiar, along with the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Gregory and his family.

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

 

 



Patricia L. Wilming


Patricia L. Wilming, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 8th, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 12th, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on March 18, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Edward "Percy" and Mable (Strong) Lee. She married Wayne Wilming on June 18, 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Patricia had various jobs over the years which included Cozy Corners, Eagles Super Market, Betty Janes and retiring from Cremers Grocery Store.

She enjoyed family picnics at Eagle Point Park and Swiss Valley Park, traveling with Nancy and Gene Duwe, going to Cubs games, her cats, Younkers, and her Irish heritage. She especially loved to go shopping ("bumming") with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Wayne; three children, Sherri (Dave) Turner, of Dubuque, Mike (Linda) Wilming, of Dubuque, Jeffrey Wilming of Rockford. Grandchildren Hillary Edwards, Samantha Trentz, Kayla Goedken, and Garren Wilming; great grandchildren Lewis Edwards and James Goedken. Her sisters Nancy Duwe, and Barb Durey.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Doty, Margie, Phyllis, Betty, Jimmy, Kenneth, Donna, Jackie, Paul, Bobby and Margaret.



Kathryn E. Tigges


Kathryn E. Tigges, 84, of Dubuque passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday July 8, 2019, at Church of the Nativity with Msgr. Jim Miller as Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 PM Sunday July 7, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road followed by a Wake Service at 5:00 PM.

Kathryn was born December 2, 1934, in Bernard, IA, the daughter of Henry J. and Margaret B. (Decker) Johnson. She married the love of her life, John T. Tigges, April 22, 1954 at New Melleray Abbey, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 29, 2008.

She was employed at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring in 1992, after which she and John traveled extensively. Kathy enjoyed reading, gardening, watching movies, walking, golf, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was an active member of Nativity parish and their Rosary Society and Guild, where she had volunteered in several positions.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who could never say "no". She will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Juliana (Carey) Lewis and Tracey (Mark) Ring, both of Dubuque; two sons, John T. (Marion) Tigges of Albuquerque, NM and Jay (Brigette) Tigges of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Andi Lewis, Tony, Koji, Kyle, Michael and Tyler Tigges, Jason Ring, Melissa (Greg) Stokes and Morgan (Chad) Burke; great grandchildren, Makaila and Adriana Tigges, Alex and James Burke, Jacob, Owen, and Kayla Stokes; sisters, Rita Kremer, Eleanor Schueller, Lucy Schmitt, and Geraldine Anthony; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timothy; a sister, Loretta Ronek; brothers, Raymond, Francis, Ralph, and Henry Johnson; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Kathryn's family would like to express a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the doctors and nurses at Finley Hospital for their wonderful care.

A memorial has been established.

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



Mercedes G. Lynch


Mercedes G. Lynch, 96, of Dubuque passed away at 11:30 PM Friday, July 5, 2019, surrounded by family at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steven Rosonke as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Born April 3, 1923, in Galena, IL, she was the daughter of Clement E. and Anna Kieffer Bussan. On November 23, 1948, she married Garland Lynch in Galena, IL. He passed away May 6, 2001.

Mercedes was a registered nurse. She had earned her nursing degree from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Chicago.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing euchre, was a great baker, especially of pies, and cherished time with her family.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Hendricks, Andrea Ryan, and Nicolette McDermott, all of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Alexandria McDermott, Christopher Hendricks, Rachael Hillebrand, and Luke Hendricks, Toby Ryan, Erica Borgerding, Benjamin Ryan, and Gordon Ryan; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters , Ruth Brashaw of Stockton, IL, and Ann Schreck of Platteville, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gordon, two son-in laws, Ronald Hendricks and William Ryan, three sisters, Pauline, Eleanor, and Marian, and seven brothers, Cyril, Nicholas, Clement, Joseph, Louis, Gregory, and Phillip.

A special thank you from Mercedes's family to Hospice of Dubuque, Fr. Rosonke, and Sr. Margaret Ann for all of their compassion, care and concern.

Condolences can be made at www.hskfh.com.



Arthur F. L. Searles


Arthur Frank Leslie Searles, II, 92, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Mercy One Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. A funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Born November 12, 1926 in Janesville, WI, he was the son of Arthur Frank Leslie and Merle Elva Wheeler Searles. On July 18, 1959, he married Jean Ann Wing at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. She died August 2, 2007.

Art was a 1944 graduate of Brodhead High School and a graduate of University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in WWII from 1944-1947 and the Korean War from 1950-1952, spending 3 ½ years in Japan, and some time in Washington, DC and Panama. In 1953, Art moved to Dubuque to work at Sherwin Williams Paint. He retired from A.Y. McDonald after 44 years.

He was of the Protestant faith. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the University of Wisconsin Alumni. He was a lifelong Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan and had enjoyed golfing in his younger years.

Survivors include two daughters, Leslie (John) Sweeney and Lynn (Jim) Searles Gorman, both of Dubuque; two sons, Art "Dids" (Deb) Searles of Dubuque, and Charles (Kim Brown) Searles of Shullsburg, WI; eleven grandchildren, Andrew, Hillary, Ashlee, Jarred, Ian, Hope, Jonnathan, Annalynne, Natalie, Elliott, and Oliver; and ten great-grandchildren, Lexus, Preston, Parker, Liam, Violet, Ayanna, Shelley, Trace, Ethan and Logan; and one niece, Judy Searles Baldwin, of Brodhead, WI.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew Xavier Searles, his parents, one brother, Wheeler, and one nephew, Arthur.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tri State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Whalen, and staff.

A memorial has been established.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be made at www.hskfh.com.



Lenora L. (Ehlers) Krieg


Lenora L. "Blondie" (Ehlers) Krieg, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:47 p.m., on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Blondie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Kristian Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Blondie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Blondie was born on September 8, 1935, in Altenburg, Missouri, daughter of Arthur and Lily (Fritsche) Ehlers.

Blondie was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kenneth Krieg, on August 13, 1960, in Perryville, Missouri, and they were blessed with 4 children and 54 wonderful years together before Ken was called home ahead of her on May 26, 2015. Blondie was a hard worker who not only took meticulous care of her family and home, but put her attention to detail to good use as an inspector at the shoe factory in Perryville, Missouri. She loved caring for children and also did babysitting at home for several years. Blondie was a wiz in the kitchen, always busy, whether it was baking something delicious or canning some fresh produce. She was a talented woman who was well known for the beautiful Christmas ornaments she created and shared with family and friends. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling with Ken and the two took several bus trips throughout the years, as well as some grand adventures overseas. We are deeply saddened at losing our beautiful, wonderful, soft spoken mom, grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her beloved husband in Heaven for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Blondie's memory include

her 4 children,
Mark (Lisa) Krieg,
Donald (Barb) Krieg,
Sharon Krieg, all of Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Jennifer) Krieg, St. Catherine, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Benjamin, Heidi, Courtney, Kyle, Allison, Amber and Garret Krieg;

her siblings,
Ruth (Royal) Petzoldt, Perryville, MO,
Arlene Pfeiffer, Perryville, MO,
Lily "Cookie" (Dan) Gholston, Denton, TX,
Johnny (Bonnie) Ehlers, Perryville, MO
and Orville (Linda) Ehlers, Fruitland, MO;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Jane Ehlers, Perryville, MO.

Blondie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Kenneth Krieg; a sister, Margaret Ehlers in infancy; a brother, Leonard Ehlers; a sister-in-law, Sandy Ehlers; and 3 brothers-in-law, Milton Pohlman, "Sonny" Neager and Russell Pfeiffer.

Blondie's family would like to thank Pastor Kincaid for his care and support throughout the years, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, we truly appreciate all that you have done for us.

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

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



Norman L. Breiner


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

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

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

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Norm include,

 

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

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

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

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

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

his adopted sister,
Sherrie Snook, California;

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

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

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

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

 



Robert C. Fitzgerald


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

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday July 9, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

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

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

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

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

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

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



Richard L. Griebel


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary M. Blatz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Donald P. Dupont


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



Charles L. Miller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tracey Hartnett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary Jo (Merfeld) Dalen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary E. Dempsey


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dennis A. Wolf


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Steven D. Niemann


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Marcella M. Schmidt


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Betty Jean Ansel


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Norman C. Steil


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Charles Klocker


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

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

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

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

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

He was a longtime member of Nativity parish.

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

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

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

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



Harold J. Weber


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Grace Elizabeth Carling-Kelly


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(aticus)



Alberta M. Briner


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wesley F. Hammerand


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be made at www.hskfh.com



Mina F. Davison Hinrichsen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Vernon Thomas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



George W. Lyons


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

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

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

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of George include

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

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

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

his sister,
Lavina Kay Rokusek, Seattle, Washington;

along with numerous extended family members and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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



Donna T. Kruse


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

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

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

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

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

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

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



Robert J. Troy


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his wife,
Susan Troy, Dubuque, IA;

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

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

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

his mother,
Marlene Troy, Dubuque, IA;

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

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

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

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

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

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



Homer R. Fritz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque

Online condolences can be sent to www.hskfh.com



Ida Mae Matthiessen


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

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

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

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ida Mae Matthiessen memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas L. Collum


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Marie A. Kunau


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Merlin E. Meyer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thomas L. Ryan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - rural Ryan, Iowa



Juanita Guns


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

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

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

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

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



Nancy L. Dayton


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Robert E. Frasher, Jr.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Kristen R. McClain


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary Lou (Haxmeier) Weis


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary Jo Eaton


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Timothy P. Chaplin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A private service will be held.



Richard J. Klein


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Donald L. Sexton


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Frederick R. Kramer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eleanor M. Vize


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Michael D. Johnson


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Michael Johnson Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Randal B. Schoenherr


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Melvin A. Schuster


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

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

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

Family always Comes first. End of discussion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Frank J. Schneider


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Bernice's memory include

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

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

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

her great-great-grandson,
Ryder Goedert;

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Myles M. Conley


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

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

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

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

Myles was preceded in death by his great grandparents.

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

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



Catherine A. Donovan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Mary Kellogg


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

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

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kathy include,

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

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

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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

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

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

 

 



Robert C. Takes


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

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

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

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bob include,

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

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

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

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

along with numerous family and friends.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 



Robert A. Besler


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Philip M. Dahlem


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

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

Services for Phil will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born on December 6, 1940, in Cascade, Iowa son of Paul and Lorraine (Wiegand) Dahlem. He received his education from St. Mary's school in Cascade, IA and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie Du Chien, WI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Patrick L. Conway


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lucille A. (Ernst) Keil


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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Robert L. McCauley


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Margaret P. (Dietzel) Bies


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Janice M. Ehlers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Lucille L. Stoffel Brimeyer


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Joann Sigrah

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



Ronald J. Busch


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

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Eldon C. Wilwert


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Joan K. Williams


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Ross L. Noah


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

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

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ross include,

his loving daughter,
Danielle Sherman, Sacramento, California;

his granddaughter,
Brooke Beckham, Sacramento, California;

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Patricia J. Schumacher


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Rosemary R. Meyer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Elizabeth L. Lendt


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



James K. Powers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Jane C. Breitsprecker


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Daniel R. Olds


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Joanne P. (Carr) Plein


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

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

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

Those left to cherish Joanne's memory include

her husband,
John Plein, Vinton, IA;

her children,
Amy Plein, Platteville, WI;

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

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

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

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

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

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



Roy J. Gabrenja


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family would like guests to dress casual and comfortable for services.

The family requests no flowers, instead memorials will be directed to the Hope Lodge in Iowa City to help house those fighting cancer. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

 



Julia M. Gourley


Julia Marie Gourley, 54, of Dubuque left this world and went straight to heaven on June 7, 2019, peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Julia was born September 27, 1964, in Dubuque, daughter of Allen and Nancy (Jungk) Gourley. She attended Nativity School, Washington Junior High and Dubuque Senior High School, graduating in 1983. She was a delightful child, had lots of friends, and was an avid swimmer on the YMCA team for about 8 years. After high school, she clerked at A.J. August. Later she attended NICC majoring in Marketing and Business while working at Burger King. She went to Chicago and attended Burger King Managerial School and worked in the Chicago area for several years. Her life had a lot of ups and downs. After returning home she worked as a nurse's aide. She tried to befriend Bill W., but was not successful. She volunteered at numerous places including Project Concern. In recent years, she waitressed mostly at Maid-Rite where patrons there really enjoyed her and looked forward to seeing and joking with her. The last year and a half she battled lung cancer, but kept her sense of humor, joking and chatting with everyone. At the Wendt Center, they even suggested that she come and greet others as she had such a way with people.

Surviving are her twins, Benjamin Gourley and Brianna Gourley; her mother, Nancy Gourley; her sister, Kathy Meyer; her brothers, Arthur (Kenda) Gourley, William (Bonnie) Gourley, Timothy (Ann) Gourley; and her former brother-in-law, Steve Meyer, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Julie was preceded in death by her father, Allen Gourley; her brother, Leonard Gourley; her uncle, Thomas Jungk; and her aunt, Alice Smith-Weigman.

Julia's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Health, Medical Associates, the Wendt Center, Hillcrest IHH and Hospice of Dubuque. She had wonderful care and became close to a number of her caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the aforementioned agencies or to the Gourley Family Endowment Scholarship Fund at NICC.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Philip J. Ruff


Philip J. Ruff, 90, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 7, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St.  Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military rites will be accorded.  Friends and family may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 1 p.m.

Philip was born May 2, 1929, in Dubuque, son of Charles H. and Alma K. (Stecklein) Ruff.  He was the sixth child of eleven children. Phil attended Sacred Heart grade school and graduated from Loras Academy. Phil served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. Thirteen months in Korea and for 10 of those months he was in combat. 

After marrying Shirley Waldbillig on July 16, 1955 they would be blessed with nine children. Phil attended Barber College and graduated in April 1959. Phil's family always came first, working long hours to provide for them. Phil would barber for 45 years while also working at Flexsteel for 18 years. Phil enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports; whether it was his kids, grandchildren or even on T.V. He loved a good game.  Phil loved to travel with his family; visiting places he thought he would never see.  Phil was blessed with the gift of gab, and people loved to hear his stories. He enjoyed a good conversation with family, friends and his customers. Phil's faith was very important to him, always making it a priority to go to daily Mass, and spending many hours at the Power of Prayer. In his later years, he loved to watch Eternal Word on television.  Phil was a long time member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #6. 

Surviving is his wife Shirley, his children, Thomas Ruff, Maria (Kevin J.) Kruser, Terrence Ruff (Jill Fondell), and Michael Ruff, all of Dubuque, Rhonda (Steve) Balk, of Clive, IA, Deborah Dolezal, of West Bend, WI, Julie (Brian) Trentz, of Bettendorf, IA, Eric (Stacey) Ruff, of Bettendorf, IA, and Christopher (Deb) Ruff, of Marion, IA;  15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; siblings Elaine Rapp of Dubuque, Wilma (Jack) Derks of Mesa, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two granddaughters; a grandson; and his siblings, Harold, Carl "Whitey", Virginia, Jeanette, Chester "Chet", Donald, Alma Mae, and Wayne. 

Memorials may be given to Saint Patrick's Church or Power of Prayer.

We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. John Whalen for his care to Phil throughout the years.

Online condolences may be made for the family at hskfh.com.

 

 

 

 



Thomas P. Urban


Thomas P. "Tom" Urban, age 69 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at MercyOne Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family after a sudden illness.  To celebrate Tom's life, a private family service is being held at a later date. Burial will be in the Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom's family.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tom include,

his loving wife,
Helen Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 adored daughters,
Sheila Gardner, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Tracy (Chad) Kreimeyer, Asbury, Iowa,
and Emily (Brad) Burchette, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 7 grandchildren,
Alexa (Jeff) Holm, Mitchell Gardner, Alex (Marina) Kreimeyer, Morgan Kreimeyer, Maddie Kreimeyer, Bella Burchette and Brylee Burchette;

his 3 great-grandchildren,
Charlie Holm, Seaver Holm and Ella Kreimeyer;

his siblings,
Diane (Phil) Elliott, Des Moines, Iowa,
Amy (Paul) Ledlow, Cascade, Iowa,
Shirley (Steve) Dolphin, Cascade, Iowa,
Jane Nieland, Ankeny, Iowa,
and Matt (Laurie) Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister-in-law,
Verna Urban, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Julie Scott; his brother, Mark Urban; and his brother-in-law, Mike Nieland.

Tom's family would like to sincerely thank Captain Matt and Captain Emily Phelps at the Salvation Army for all of their love and support during these most difficult days, along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and the Mercy Hospital ICU and Comfort Care Team for all of their professional and genuine care of Tom and his family.  

In lieu of flowers, Tom's family request any donations go to the Dubuque Salvation Army in his memory.

Online condolences may be shared with Tom's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Michael P. Snyder


Michael Paul Snyder, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Manor Care.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 10th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Wayne Whittenbaugh officiating. Military honors will follow by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. Monday until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Mike was born on October 3, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Everett Snyder and Mary Jane Bennett. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965 and served in the Marines for 3 years. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing company for over 30 years until retirement.

On august 15, 1987 he married Ann Marie Snyder in Dubuque. Michael loved the outdoors and his pride and joy were his six grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his daughter Kay Ann (Delton) DeBuhr, of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren, Lydia, Olivia, Ava, Layla, Hailey, and William. His brother Richard Snyder, of Dubuque; his sister Judy Delgado, of Lincoln, Nebraska along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Tom Snyder; sister-in-law Mary Snyder and brother David Snyder.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Delbert W. Brehm


Delbert W. "Del" Brehm, age 69, of Potosi, was called home peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Edenbrook Platteville, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Del's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Del's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Del was born on July 6, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Alma (Engelken) Brehm.

Del graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1969. After school, Del joined the Army National Guard and went to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri for his training. In 1977, he started farming on his brother's farm in Durango, before moving to Potosi and buying his own farm in 1980. He would work the farm full time until 1996, but continued to hobby farm. In 1996, he went to work for Lactalis for 16 years, until his well earned retirement. Del truly valued the simple things in life, and cherished spending quiet time alone with his thoughts.

Those left to cherish Del's memory include

his children,
Dana (William) VanDyke, Appleton, WI
and Derrick (Nicole) Brehm, Potosi, WI;

his grandchildren,
Garrett and Brittney Brehm;

and his siblings,
David (Sherry) Brehm, Durango, IA,
Allan (Debra) Brehm, Durango, IA,
Daniel Brehm, Dubuque,
Carol (Curtis) Dahlke, Earlville, IA
Gary (Karla) Brehm, Farley, IA,
Richard Brehm, Dubuque, IA
and Roger (Lois) Brehm, Earlville, IA.

Del was preceded in death by his parents.

Del's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Dubuque, Hospice of Grant County and Edenbrook Platteville for all of the care and support they provided Del and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Michael S. Mattan


Michael S. "Mike" Mattan, age 51 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque. To honor Mike's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in the Greenview Cemetery, 1201 Avenue of the Cities/Colona Road, East Moline, Illinois, 61244.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mike's family.

Mike was born on October 12, 1967, in Moline, Illinois, the youngest son of Robert and Donna (Pilcher) Mattan.  Mike truly enjoyed his early years among family and friends, and it didn't take him long to discover the value of being a gentle soul in this life.  He also realized at a young age that he had a natural affinity for sports; whether it be playing, coaching or enjoying a little time as a spectator.  Baseball was among his favorites and coaching the kids little league teams when they were living in Lawrence, Kansas were some of his fondest memories of the game. When the kids grew and his coaching days had ended, Mike moved quite comfortably into his new role as the #1 J-Hawks fan.  It wasn't that the Royals and Chiefs weren't holding tight in his 2nd and 3rd positions, but simply that he had a soft spot which never wavered in that big heart of his for his J-Hawks.

Mike had spent many years working with Papa Murphy's in Lawrence before he decided it was time to venture out to New Jersey to explore a new chapter in his life.  He eventually returned back to the Dubuque area to be close to family and friends about 10 years ago.  Sadly, health issues found their way into Mike's life shortly afterwards and the earlier decision to move back became a blessing. The last few years have been very difficult for Mike and his kind and loving light which once shown so brightly in the world around him was slowly finding itself dimmer and dimmer with each passing year he would have to fight.  Mike has touched many lives during his 51 years and the pain those left behind must face today is heart-breaking, but we know and trust that Mike knew his Lord and Savior and that his earthly struggles are now only a memory of his mortal past.  We love you Mike, we will miss you more than you'll ever know and we can only hope that you are enjoying your new perfect peace found in His grace and love until we meet again.   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mike include,

his parents,
Robert (Donna) Mattan, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Tyler Mattan, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
and Morgan (Luke) Whitaker, Lawrence, Kansas;

his siblings,
Michelle Fitzgibbons, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kevin (Cathy) Mattan, Tampa, Florida;

along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert (Mary) Mattan and Gail (Hollice) Pilcher-Bogart; and his uncle, William "Bill" Mattan.

Mike's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all of their wonderful care and support of Michael and his family.

In lieu of flowers, a Michael S. Mattan memorial fund has been established which will be donated among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be shared with Mike's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 



Gary J. Krogman


Gary J. Krogman, 71, of Dyersville passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Monday, June 10, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 11 from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Gary was born April 29, 1948 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. He attended Xavier Grade School and High School. Gary married Linda Klostermann on November 23, 1967. He was a PFC (Private First Class) in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 - 1971. Gary was a member of the American Legion Post 137 in Dyersville.

Gary worked for Trus-Joist Company in Dubuque and then worked for the City of Dyersville for 28 years until retiring in 2008.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, camping, fishing at this brothers' pond, NASCAR and assembling puzzels.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, two daughters: Karie (Lee) Ostwinkle and Stephanie (Scot) Mescher all of Dyersville; one son, Patrick (Karla) Krogman of Davenport; five grandchildren: Allison (Sierra) Ackman, Aaron Ostwinkle, Nathan, Benjamin and Isabella Krogman; two brothers: James Krogman of Worthington, Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque; two sisters: Rose Greenwood of Farley, Verla Turnis of Worthington; in-laws: Helen Krogman Tegeler of Dubuque, Dennis Foxen of Dyersville, Harold Tibbets of Mesquite, NV, Keith (Donna) Klostermann of Hiawatha and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Bonnie Krogman, Kathy Foxen, Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Mary (George) Sorensen, Carol Tibbets, Vernon (Raynette) Krogman; in-laws: Harold Greenwood, Vernon Trumm, Bev Krogman, Richard Turnis and Father and Mother-in-law, Elmer "Lefty" and Norma Klostermann.

The family would like to thank Bi-County Ambulance, Mercy One and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy C, Allison, Edna and Ryan for their care and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Suzanne M. Gassman


Suzanne "Sue" Marie Gassman, 52, of Platteville, WI, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones.

To celebrate her memorable life, a visitation will be held for friends and family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Sue was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 8, 1967 to her loving parents, Arthur "Buzz" and Helen (Hamilton) Rubie. She attended Dubuque Senior High School, University of Dubuque and Des Moines University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Sue married her soulmate and devoted husband, Stephen "Steve", on October 5, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was happiest when she was with her family. Her two children, Brook and Cooper, were the light of her life.

Sue had a passion for nature, birds and trees. She also cherished her family vacations, which included her parents, and were often spent doing outdoor activities across the world.

Sue cared about her friends and family before herself and helped anyone who needed her. She wanted everyone to know they should spend their time on the important stuff, to remember to live life to the fullest, and to love unconditionally. One of her favorite quotes was, "I'm not here to be average, I'm here to be awesome!"

Sue was an in-home physical therapist at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for the past 15 years. She especially enjoyed caring for patients in their homes and touched the lives of every patient and family member she met.

Sue was elected into the Dubuque Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame due to her skills in basketball, softball, track, and her hardworking spirit. It was something she was very proud of. She continued to give back by becoming a member of the Dubuque Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, where she helped choose the next potential members.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, Steve, children, Brook and Cooper, father, Arthur, siblings, Mike (Bonnie), Diane (Dale), and Pat (Laurie), 11 nieces and nephews, many in-laws (and a few outlaws), and other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen "Mom-o", who passed away last year. She was also preceded by her beloved dogs Ellie, Buddy, Lady, Sundance and Snoopy.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Meriter Hospital (Madison, WI) especially Dr. Hei, Dr. Stammer and Dr. Peles, and the staff of Agrace Hospice, for their care and compassion. Special thanks to her loving and devoted nurses, Kat and David at Meriter, and Rylie at Agrace, who made the last few weeks of her life beautiful and comfortable. Thanks also to her extended family and many friends who loved and supported her. The moments of laughter were truly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to the Grant County Cancer Coalition, who helped Sue and her family during her short battle with cancer.



Calvin J. Buss


Calvin James Buss, age 63, passed into the arms of his Savior following a fatal cardiac event Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff St, Dubuque from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 1:00 pm.

Cal was born September 21, 1955 to Carl and Charlene (Patzner) Buss. A lifelong Dubuquer, Cal will forever be remembered as a beloved, hardworking man and as a business owner who grew Vallet Food Service to a successful regional food company and retail operation. For the past eight years he took great pride in his work for Cottingham & Butler, where his co-workers became his extended family.

Cal will never be forgotten by those who had the privilege of knowing this fun, big-hearted man who brought laughter wherever he went. His humor was infectious, and his love was deep and genuine. He was quick-witted and a practical joker who added joy to all situations. He was easy to love and lived every day to the fullest as a faithful follower of Jesus.

Cal was a longtime member of the Dubuque Optimist Club and St. Anthony's Church. He relished time with his wife Ellie, children, grandchildren, friends and family. Cal will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and as a caregiver and best friend to his parents. He was a generous host, and loved the Cubs and Packers, taking care of his beautiful Bellevue cottage with his wife, playing games, fishing, grilling and bartending for others. He also enjoyed going to stock car races with family and a good game of euchre.

Surviving are his beloved wife Ellie (Fuerste) Buss, children Jamie (John Swenson) Davis, Brian Buss, and Heather (Casey) O'Mara, stepsons William (Emma Lazore) Miller and Alex (Nicole) Miller, grandchildren Carson O'Mara, Sophia Buss, Weston Miller, and William and Charlotte Miller. Cal was a funny, favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews and a cherished godfather as well.

As the eldest and true patriarch of the Buss family, he left a beautiful legacy and a hole in the hearts of his six siblings: Chris (Betty) Buss, Carla (Tom) Kemp, Connie (Alan) Seeba, Cindy (Tom) McCann, Chuck (Kylie Reiter) Buss, and Clark (Anna) Buss. 

Cal was preceded in death by his parents.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

A Calvin Buss Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Fire and Rescue and the Emergency Room staff at Mercy One Dubuque for their care.

 

 



Robert J. Hughes


Robert J. "Bob" Hughes, 84, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 4, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, with military honors. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Joseph Hughes was born on March 22, 1935 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to Leo and Madeline (LaFayette) Hughes. He was a 1953 graduate of Elwood High School and then entered the U.S. Navy where he honorably served his country being stationed on the USS Destroyer Dashiell. He married Barbara Ellen Wilcox on November 26, 1955 in Delmar, Iowa. Together they had three children: Mark, Cindy and Brian.

"Bob" was a lifelong farmer. He grew up on the family farm in rural Elwood, then moved to Fall River, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara while in the Navy, and upon receiving an honorable discharge, then returned back to the family farm where he lived the remainder of his life.

"Bob" was a member of the Delmar Lions Club, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Menzo Widle American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation, and in earlier years the Naval Reserve Unit.

"Bob" enjoyed playing cards, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, celebrating his Irish heritage, and traveling with his wife Barbara with a favorite trip being a cruise through the Panama Canal. He always had a joke or story to tell and made new friends wherever he went. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Barbara Hughes of Delmar, IA; children, Mark (Michelle) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy Hughes (Alan) Chittick of Waunakee, WI, and Brian (Wanda) Hughes of Delmar, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Cailey), Levi, and Bobbie Hughes, Emily and Jesse Chittick; 4 great-grandchildren, Aida, Haiden, and Colt Hughes, and Kaia Chittick; brothers, Paul (Denyse) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Dr. Thomas (Mary) Hughes of Geneseo, IL and Dennis (Debbie) Hughes of Park View, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donald Hughes, and 2 grandchildren, Molly and Elizabeth Hughes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert J. "Bob" Hughes memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Robert D. McKernan


Robert D. "Rob" McKernan, 40, of Dubuque, IA ran through the gates of Heaven after a long battle with declining health on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019. Rob and his boys were blessed with the gift of one final farewell, which they will cherish forever.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 7th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Rick Hunt officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. Private family burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rob was born in Dubuque, IA on June 16th, 1978, the son of Patrick McKernan and Diane Frank. He attended Valley High School, Valley, NE. and Wahlert High School in Dubuque.

On September 18th, 2004, he married Wendy Howard, the love of his life in Dubuque.

Over the years he worked for The Glass Gallery, River City Painting, and most recently, he owned and operated C & C Photo Booths which he proudly named after his boys.

Rob enjoyed fishing, poker and music; he was also very creative and artistic. He had a great sense of humor and wit that had no filter, which some loved and others not so much. But irregardless, that was his love language.

Rob had a huge heart; he was the toughest and softest man. He was a loyal friend. His wife and two boys were his life. Watching superhero movies was their favorite thing to do together, and Rob was certainly their favorite superhero.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy; sons, Carter and Cooper; his mother, Diane (Brian) Drozda; his father, Patrick (Mary) McKernan; brothers, Mike (Maryann) McKernan, Phil (Jenni) McKernan, Matt Fredrickson, Joey (Olivia) McKernan; and a sister, Maggie McKernan; his grandmother, Edna Schiel; his mother-in-law, Peggy Howard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Heather (Bobby) Jungblut, Katie (Eric) Mottet, Lisa Wallace, Scott (Tessa) Howard; grandmother-in-law, Doris O'Neill; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is Preceded in death by Robert Frank, Danny and Ruth McKernan, Eldon Schiel, Bob and Marilyn Drozda, Leo O'Neill, and Steve "Papa" Howard.

The family would like to thank Dr. Whalen and staff, Hospice of Dubuque especially Tammie and Jennie, The Friedman Group, and RiverStone Church for all the care and support they provided for Rob and his family.



Dolores M. Klostermann


Dolores M. "Lori" Klostermann, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa died Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements. 

She was born September 5, 1923 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Eleanor (Schlichte) Hoeger. She attended school at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. On February 4, 1946 she married LeVerne C. Klostermann at St Francis Xavier Basilica Dyersville, Iowa.  He preceded her in death August 20, 1976.  She married Valentine Beyke on April 21, 1979 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  He died November 2, 1987.

In her younger years Lori worked at H.B. Glover Company in Dyersville, Iowa making military uniforms to support the war effort.  She also worked at Wahlert High School and the Dubuque Community School District until her retirement. 

She was a loving wife, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a long- time member of Sacred Heart Parish in Dubuque and the American Legion Auxiliary in Dubuque. She loved spending her time cooking, baking and dancing.

She is survived by her son John (Lynn) Klostermann, and her daughter-in -law, Lonna Klostermann, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren Nathan (Aimee) Klostermann, Kati (Chris) Averkamp, and Jamie Klostermann; her great- granddaughters Emma Klostermann,  Ella and Nora Averkamp;  and one sister-in-law, Clara Mae Hoeger of Dyersville. 

She was preceded in death by her sons Merlin and Wayne Klostermann, her  parents, her siblings and their spouses, Bernard (Katie) Hoeger,  Alfred (Dorothy) Hoeger, Vera (Paul) Curtis, Tony (Gladys) Hoeger, Betty (Roy) Jasper, Joe (Lois) Hoeger , and Frank Hoeger.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters -in-laws, Bernice (Glen) Merrick, Ervin (Millie) Klostermann, Harold (Millie) Klostermann, Roy (Verna) Klostermann, Elmer(Norma) Klostermann, Erma (Jerry) Olberding, Edna(Elmer) Tegeler and Betty(Ted) Mock.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Brian Moran for their excellent care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com

 



Phyllis J. Speaker


Phyllis JoAnn (Hocking) Speaker, 77, of Menominee, IL passed away on Tuesday June 4th, 2019 peacefully at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center, in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dennis Cahill officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Phyllis was born on April 19th, 1942 in New Diggings, WI to James and Anastacia Hocking. She graduated from Benton High School in 1959, and attended Freeport Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated with her degree in 1963.  She started her nursing career at Galena-Stauss Hospital.  She then spent over 30 years at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, where she then retired.  She also taught for the Galena Volunteer EMT program until her retirement.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, James and Anastacia Hocking, her siblings, Shirley (Hocking) Harris of New Diggins, WI, Darlene (Hocking) Bergeron of Roscoe, IL, James Wesley Hocking of Hazel Green, WI, Jane (Hocking) Alderson of Benton, WI, Alice (Hocking) Smith of Freeport, IL and step-daughter, Angela (Speaker) DeWilfond of Moline, IL.

She is survived by her husband Robert Speaker, who she married on May 18th, 1990, her daughter , Sheri (Linda) Anger of Galena, IL, her son, Daniel (Theresa) Anger of Rochester, MN, her stepson, Jeff (Renee) Speaker of Menominee IL, step-daughter, Laurie (James) Rohner of Bettendorf IA, brother William Hocking of Galena, IL.  Phyllis is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.©

 

 



Sister Marilyn Thomas, BVM


Sister Marilyn Thomas, BVM, 103, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., on Friday, June 7, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Marilyn was a music and French instructor at Clarke University and an elementary teacher at Visitation School, both in Dubuque, Iowa. She served as secretary to two congregational presidents and a Clarke University president. She was treasurer, secretary, and organist at the Mount Carmel complex in Dubuque. She taught music at Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport.

She was born on April 11, 1916, in Davenport, Iowa, to Ablert J. and Florence Mullane Thomas. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1945, from St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1947, and made final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters June Thomas and Dorothy Gardner, and brother Albert J.II. She is survived by nephews Patrick and Paul Gardner, David and Albert Thomas, niece Teri Stineman, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.



Mary Esther Rooney


Mary Esther Rooney, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Catholic Daughters Rosary will start at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Mary Esther, born on Oct. 3, 1926, was the daughter of Jack and Esther Bemrich. She attended school in Pioneer, Iowa, and graduated from Mallard, then attended Mankato Business College.

Mary Esther married Thomas "Bud" Rooney in May of 1947. They owned and operated grocery stores in Whittemore, and Storm Lake, Iowa prior to moving to Dyersville and opening a grocery store in 1955. In 1984, a year after Bud's passing, Mary Esther opened a new grocery store and ran the store until she retired at age 76.

She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica and the Catholic Daughters of America. Mary Esther enjoyed playing Bridge and traveling. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Mary Esther is survived by her six children: Colleen (Jerry) Renk of Great Bend, KS; Pat Rooney of Logan, Ohio; Maureen (Mike) Miller of Camanche, Iowa; Kate (Keith) Knipper of Dyersville; Mike Rooney of Delhi; and Molly (Mark) Thede of Chandler, AZ. She has 19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, her parents, an infant daughter Rebecca, a daughter-in-law Leslie Rooney and her brother Dale (Ruth) Bemrich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Nursing Home in Cascade, as well as Hospice, for providing love and care to Mary Esther.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Alex E. Billmeyer


Alex E. Billmeyer, age 29, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. To honor Alex's life, a celebration will be held by his family on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue.

Alex was born on July 26, 1989, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Kevin and Carmen (Pline) Billmeyer.

Alex attended school in Dubuque, and was most recently employed with Wendy's. He was a kind person with a huge heart and everyone knew they could count on him if they needed help, no matter the time of day or night. Alex enjoyed many hobbies in his free time including fishing whenever he could, playing basketball, and most importantly spending time with his sons. He had a great appreciation of music, especially rap music. Alex was well known for his love of making his friends and family laugh any chance he could, and for his complete honesty, a character trait they will all deeply miss. We will miss you Alex, but are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Alex's memory include

his wife,
Brianna Billmeyer, Postville, IA;

his 2 sons,
Xavier Green, Postville, IA
and Tristan Billmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Carmen and Kevin Billmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Steve Pline,
Alan Julson,
Kevin James Billmeyer,
Rachel (Jamie) Brown,
Kevin (Felon) Pline
and Samantha Billmeyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

and his paternal grandfather,
Alvin Billmeyer, Colesburg, IA.

Alex was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; and his paternal grandmother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman


Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman, age 78, of Alabama, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at North Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Greg E. Bahl officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 30, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edwin N. and Mary Helen (Schmal) Hipschen.

Mary attended grade school at St. Mary's Grade School, then went to the Academy of the Visitation before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, and going on to attend Clarke College for 2 years. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Wayne Sherman, on April 18, 1963, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, and they were blessed to have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year. Mary was a wiz with numbers and she put those talents to use with Dubuque Bank and Trust for 23 years as a financial counselor with the Key West Branch until her retirement in 2001. Mary's faith was a very important part of her daily life, she was a long time member of St. Patrick's Church, where she sang in the choir and served as the treasurer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She also enjoyed volunteering her time and talents with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, and she worked with the Dubuque Police Explorer Scout program for 14 years. When she found some free time in her days she enjoyed sitting at her sewing machine creating her next beautiful outfit, curling up with a good book, or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, as she was an excellent chef and baker. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our dear, sweet Mary, but find some comfort in the fact that she is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues that she has faced the past few months.

Those left to cherish Mary’s memory include

her loving husband,
Wayne Sherman, Mobile, AL;

her children,
Miki (Donald) Sears, Andalusia, AL,
Susan (Edward “Vinny”) Salter, Mobile, AL,
Patrick (Darcy) Sherman, LeClaire, IA
and Daniel (Dawn) Sherman, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Dylan and Hanna Sears, Kyle Salter, Zachary, Blake and Grace Sherman;

her sisters-in-law,
June Hipschen, Redwood City, CA,
and Joann Dalsing, Dubuque, IA;

a special cousin,
Judy (Bill) Torian, Paducah, KY;

and 2 nephews,
Adam and Austin Hipschen.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 brothers, Paul Hipschen and John Hipschen.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Marvin M. Frank


Marvin M. "Mike" Frank, 64, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, formerly of Galena, Illinois, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 3-5:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.

Mike was born on October 31, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Marvin A. and DelciaLee "Tiny" (Greene) Frank. He married Patricia K."Pat" Stluka on September 21, 1974, in Galena, Illinois.

Mike loved spending time working around the garage and had a knack for being able to fix anything. He enjoyed watching westerns, car shows, swap meets, cruising in his convertible, and especially enjoyed working on anything that needed fixing. Spending time with his family and entertaining his grandchildren were important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; a son, Chad (Tracy) Frank; Galena, IL; a daughter Kandi (Dustin) Nicol, Belleville, WI; four grandchildren, Emily and Megan Frank, and Brynn and Brock Nicol; his father, Marvin Frank, Galena, IL; a sister, Vicky (Tim) Molitor, Galena, IL; two brothers, David (Jackie) Frank and Neil (Diane) Frank, both of Galena; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tiny Frank; two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Alt and Robin Stluka; and a sister in law, Bonnie Stluka.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Jennifer and Julie.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Minnie E. (Davis) Ward


Minnie E. "Suki" (Davis) Ward, age 93, of Dubuque, and formerly of Mud Lake, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m., on Monday, June 3, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Minnie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Minnie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Minnie was born on October 9, 1925, in Colesburg, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Lillian (Cole) Davis.

Minnie was united in marriage to Donald Ward on June 13, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, and they were blessed with 55 wonderful years of marriage and 13 adored children, before Don was called home ahead of her on November 7, 1998. Minnie was a hard worker and was employed with The Battery Factory and Loras College, before marrying and embracing her role as a full time wife and stay at home mom. Minnie took great pride in caring for her home and family, no small task with 13 children, but she never complained and loved every minute of it. When she was able to find a little free time for herself, Minnie enjoyed heading out to the Bingo hall to give her luck a try and spend time with her friends. She was a kind, sweet and caring woman, and we will miss her greatly. We are thankful for all of the 93 years Minnie graced this Earth with her presence, and look forward to the day when we are all reunited in our Heavenly home for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Minnie's memory include

her 6 children,
Gloria Kramer,
Phyllis (Loras) Arensdorf,
Gail (Chris) Huston,
Cletus (Venita) Ward,
Ronald (Sandy Frederick) Ward
and Raymond (Beverly) Ward, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 32 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren;

a son-in-law,
Emil Otting, Dubuque, IA,

her 2 daughters-in-law,
Eleanor Ward
and Lucy Ward, both of Dubuque, IA;

her 2 sisters-in-law,
Mildred Davis
and Marlene Troy, both of Dubuque, IA;

and her special friend,
Tom "Bones" Clayton.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Ward; 2 daughters, Rosemary Ward and Ruby Otting; 5 sons, James Ward, Gary Ward, Donald Ward, Richard Ward and John Ward; a granddaughter, Stacey Lynn Ward; a grandson, Brian Otting; 3 sisters, Fannie (Howard “Coke”) Wardle, Mary (Pete) Ostrander and Virginia (Walter) Donath; 4 brothers, Roy Davis, Cletus Davis, Clarence Davis and James Davis.  

Minnie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley and Stonehill, for all of their compassionate and attentive care of Minnie and her family. Also a heartfelt thank you to Bones, for always being such a dedicated friend and neighbor to Minnie.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Gayle Monahan


Gayle (Edmonds) Monahan, 96, of Galena passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Prairie Ridge in Galena.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019, with Rev. Patricia Allen-Stewart officiating.  Burial will be Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena.

Gayle was born on September 21, 1922 in Galena, the daughter of Byron and Rebecca (Virtue) Edmonds. She married Howard H. Monahan on July 16, 1942 in Galena. She graduated from Galena High School in 1942 and worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Galena for over 15 years, volunteered with the Galena Stauss Nursing Home in Galena doing hair and loved to travel west, spending many winters in Arizona.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law Celia (Lewis) Monahan of East Dubuque, four grandchildren, Kelly (Steve) Funke of Peoria, IL; Mark (Julie) Monahan of East Dubuque; Jay (Pam) Monahan of Metamora, OH; Pat (Cheri) Monahan of Hiawatha, IA; and 12 great-grandchildren; Megan and Sarah Funke; Ryan, Tyler, Alec and Carlie Monahan; Taylor and Bailey Monahan; Erin and Kyle Monahan and Allie and Hannah Cahill.  

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her son Terry, her parents, 6 brothers, and 6 sisters.

Gayle was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She will be missed by all.

Gayle's family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Hospital, Prairie Ridge of Galena and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Gayle.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com

 

 



Ioma L. Anderson


Ioma Lee Anderson, 83, of Dubuque and formerly of Viroqua, WI passed away on May 28th, 2019 at Manor Care.

Private family visitation will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Liberty Pole Cemetery in Viroqua, WI.

Ioma was born on April 20th, 1936 in Slocomb, Alabama the daughter of Linon and Buna (Paulk) Merritt. She married Verlyn "Andy-Jack" Anderson on March 22, 1961 in Dothan, Alabama. Ioma was a homemaker and also worked as a CNA for 25 years at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, WI.

She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Ole Torger Community Club.

Our mother had a smile that could light up a room. Open arms for anyone who wanted or needed a hug and hands that would make you something to eat at any time.

She is survived by her four daughters, Cindy (Rod) Carr, of Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Dave) Thoreson, of Viroqua, WI, Tracey Anderson of Slocomb, AL, and Marcie (Adam) Marx, of Soldiers Grove, WI. Grandchildren, Jason (Ann) Stanton, of Arvada, CO, Stephanie Stanton, of Dubuque, Amber Stanton, of Eugene, OR, Jill (Paco) Rondeau, of Viroqua, WI, Eric Kamprud, of West Salem, WI, Alissa (Henry) Franzen, of West Salem, WI, Rachel (Shane) Thoreson, of Westby, WI, Logan (Robert) Everson-Kowalewski, of Sparta, WI, Raina Everson, of Ft. Collins, CO, Libberty (Ben) Hines, of Marion, IA, and Casey (Ellen) Carr, of Dubuque. Numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her sisters Delores Still-Bell, of Dothan, AL, Marty Lay of Daleville, AL and her in-laws Bill and Sandra Anderson, of Viroqua, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister Barbara Benefield; brother Larry Merritt; mother and father-in-law Hazel & Vic Anderson and her favorite uncle Doyle Paulk.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Manor Care for all the friendship, loving care and compassion given to Ioma. Also, to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness. A special thank you to special friends Carol Buda "mom's little angel" and Dawn Dobson, and Joyce Leubka.



Garry J. Adams


Garry James Adams, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 2, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Katrina Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of service. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Garry was born on April 15, 1932 in Blue River, Wisconsin; the son of Paul and Jessie (Bartels) Adams. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954.

He married Illa Klett on March 26, 1988 at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ and they shared 31 years together.

After returning from the service he attended Telegraphy School and later worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and Soo Line Railroad. He was a member of the Transportation Communications Union, 1st Congregational United Church of Christ and the Railroad Retirees.

Garry enjoyed being outdoors and doing yard work. He was an avid baseball player, playing for many leagues throughout his life until his was in his 50's.

Garry is survived by his wife Illa; three children Christine Adams, Michelle Donath and Michael Adams. Four grandchildren, Aryelle (Cody) Decker, Brandon Adams, Carson Donath and Micaela McIntosh; one great grandchild Silas Decker with one on the way; and his sister Irma Fricke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Jeff Sear; siblings Theron Adams, Ivan Adams and Joy Dyer.

Memorials may be given to 1st Congregational United Church of Christ or Key West Fire & EMS Department.

The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Garry.



Viola M. Klostermann


Viola Mary Klostermann, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 2:30 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Intermentwill be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

She was born on June 11, 1930, in Petersburg, the daughter of Francis "Frank" and Eleanore (Fangmann) Thole. Viola was raised in the Petersburg area and traveled by horse and buggy to attend St. Peter and Paul School.

On September 30, 1953, Viola was united in marriage to Erwin R. Klostermann in Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. The couple purchased a farm near Manchester in the spring of 1956, owning and operating it until retiring to Manchester in the spring of 1984.

Viola was a farmer's wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She tended the animals, had large gardens, grew lots of flowers, and baked the best angel food cakes and pies. Viola enjoyed sewing clothes, quilting, crocheting afghans and doilies, cross-stitching, painting pictures, drawing, and reading. She also liked to play cards and board games. She was grounded in her faith and devoted to the Virgin Mary. Above all else, Viola loved and cherished her family.

Survivors include her seven children, Larry Klostermann of Dubuque, Jane (Donald) Menke of New Vienna, JoAnn Klostermann of Dubuque, Loras (Janet) Klostermann of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Elaine) Klostermann of Manchester, Mary Kay (Mike) Rolfes of Manchester, and Karen (Jim) Armstrong of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren, Cassandra Klostermann of Ames, Steven Klostermann of Dubuque, Kevin Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian Menke of New Vienna, Jenn (Bob) Kanne of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony Klostermann of Swisher, Beth (Clint) Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, Kathy Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Ben Klostermann of Manchester, Megan (JJ) Pick of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew (Katy) Rolfes of North Liberty, and Mitchell Rolfes of Earlville; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita Feldmann of Edgewood; three sisters-in-law, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, Pat Klostermann of New Vienna, and Mary Klostermann of Worthington; and many nieces and nephews.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Klostermann in 2018; her parents, Frank and Eleanore Thole; her parents-in-law, Alois and Clara Klostermann; a daughter-in-law, Karen Sue Klostermann; two grandchildren, Lauren J. Klostermann and Jason C. Menke; her siblings, Linus (Bernadine) Thole, Charles Thole, Alfred (Clarinda) Thole, Lawrence Thole, and Francis Thole, Alice (Elmer Ries/Richard) Olberding, Mary Ann (Fred Jos.) Wessels; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Klostermann, Roger Klostermann, Cletus Feldmann, and Floyd Feldmann.

Online condolences may be sent to
www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Arlene M. Pickel


Arlene M. Pickel, 69, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with health issues. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9-10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Arlene was born on September 23, 1949, in Cassville, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Pauline (Fishnick) Tobin. She married Bernell C. "Pete" Pickel on September 25, 1971, at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. She worked as a secretary at Jamestown Mutual Insurance and UW-Platteville.

Arlene enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with Pete, shopping with her girls, visits from her group of girlfriends, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Pete; two daughters, Stacey (Casey) Kaiser, Hazel Green, and Nicole (Kevin) Runde, Kieler; five grandchildren, Tanner, Mya, Briggs, Brady and Ava; her sisters, Carol (Bill) Terfruchte, Kieler, and Jackie (Rusty) Schaefer and Colleen (Brad) Leibfried, both of Potosi; a brother, Dan (Jean) Tobin, Fennimore; a sister-in-law, Lavon Heinricy, Kieler; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Berneice) Pickel, Kieler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Marcella Pickel; a son-in-law, Mark Curwen; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Schroeder and Dolores Pickel; three brothers-in-law, Orville Pickel, Paul Schroeder and Ron Heinricy; and a niece, Julie Pickel. 

A huge thank you to the staff at Epione Pavilion for making the most of her years spent with you and Grant County Hospice for your care.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.

 

 

 



Frank J. Winders


Frank J. Winders, age 102, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born on August 4, 1916, in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Rose (Nutt) Winders.

Frank was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Elizabeth M. "Betty" Peters, on July 2, 1937, in Dubuque and they celebrated 65+ years together before she was sadly called home on June 10, 2003. Frank was an active and long time member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, as well as a former member of the Eagles Club. He was a huge sports fan who enjoyed bowling in his younger days, as well as watching basketball and his beloved Chicago Cubs every chance he could. He also enjoyed sitting down around the card table for a spirited game of Euchre with friends and family. Above all Frank loved spending time with his family and traveling the country seeing the sights with Betty was one of his favorite activities. We are extremely grateful for the 102 years we have been blessed to have Frank here with us on this Earth, the changes he has seen in his lifetime are truly astonishing and we hope to all be as fortunate as he was. We will miss him dearly, but know that he is now happily reunited with all of his loved ones in Heaven, where he is free of the health issues that he has faced these past few months.

Those left to cherish Frank's memory include

his only son,
John F. (Tina) Winders, East Dubuque, IL;

his grandchildren,
Kelli Peters, Scottsdale, AZ,
Angela (Dan) Maro, St. Donatus, IA
and Craig (Rachel) Winders, Avondale, AZ;

and his great-grandchildren,
Holli, Ashley, Hayden and Emily.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Winders; 2 sisters, Helen (Delbert) Pfohl and Gertrude (Ray) Schmerbach; 2 brothers, Raymond (Dorothy) Winders and Charles (Sylvia) Winders; and his special friend, Val Carew.

Frank's family would like to thank the wonderful staff members of The Rose, Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Frank these past few years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Anthony A. Sieverding


Anthony A. "Tony" Sieverding, 87, formerly of Cascade and La Motte, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows in Asbury. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. Visitation will be 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 also at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, additional visitation will be one hour prior to mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in La Motte with Military Honors.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Tony was born January 6, 1932 in Bellevue, the son of Tony A. and Josephine C. (Roling) Sieverding. Tony graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, Iowa. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict as an artillery survey specialist, stationed in Germany.

He married Elizabeth "Betty" Myers at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma, Iowa on October 29, 1955. She passed away September 7, 1989. He married Gertrude Sadler at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade on January 2, 1993.

Tony worked for many years as a powerhouse operator at Chemplex Plastics in Clinton, Iowa and at John Deere Dubuque Works. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in La Motte, then St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. He was a member of Jackson County Farm Bureau, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, served on the Jackson County 4-H Extension Council, was a past member of the La Motte Knights of Columbus Council #4236, a member of the Double DJ Twirlers Square Dancers, a member of the Cascade American Legion, and a member of the Cascade Senior Citizens where he served as Treasurer. He enjoyed delivering meals to area seniors along with Gertrude.

Tony farmed his entire life. He loved his farm in La Motte and never stopped talking about it. His favorite days were any day on his tractor putting in or taking out a crop, and family gatherings.

He loved playing cards, traveling, and talking about the good old days of farming with family and working hard. He also loved to watch sports, especially Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude of Cascade; his children, Ann (Stanley) Scheiding of Cedar Rapids, Mary (Steve) Foust of Otter Creek, Sandra (Tom) Brus of Walcott, Laura (Bill) Grams and Carol (Dave) Dunne of Cedar Rapids; Luke (Linda) Sieverding of La Motte and Loras (Mary) Sieverding of Bellevue; a daughter in-law, Josie Sieverding of Uniontown, OH; 17 grandchildren, Heather Sawo, Adam and Steven Sieverding, David Scheiding, Stephanie Hartz, Scott and Cody Foust, Lisa and Michelle Brus, Erin and Sarah Grams, Jacob, Nick and Seth Dunne, Samantha, Molly and Amelia Sieverding; 4 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Abas, Quinn, Jackson, Kade, Hayden, and Aiden; 3 step-great grandchildren; also surviving, 9 step-children Dave Sadler, Janet (Craig) Dufel, Joyce (Dennis) Refer, Joann (Dave) Beran, Don (Marcia) Sadler, Dennis (Tammy Schmolze) Sadler, Diane (Rick) Leibold, Donna (Jason) Willenbring, and Duane (Jennifer) Sadler; 23 step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great grandchildren.

Additional survivors include in-laws, Esther Myers, Magdelan Wieling, Dorothy Cotant, Sr. Dee Myers, Marilyn (Carl) Hoffmann, Elaine Hill, and Paul Kress.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; son, Mark, a great-granddaughter, Quartney Flanagan, brothers, Edward and Robert; a sister, Leona; sisters-in-law, Alice Sieverding, Mary DeSloover, Frances Kress, and Marlene Myers; brothers-in-law, Bernard DeSloover, Leonard Myers, Albert Myers, Jim Cotant, Ralph Wieling; and mother-in-law and father in-law, William and Bertha Myers.

Tony's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor-Grand Meadows for their loving care, kindness and patience given to Tony, and Dr. Mark Runde.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Tony's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 



Jenelle R. Berning


Jenelle Rose Berning, 78, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday June 5, 2019 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.  Friends may also call from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church.

Jenelle was born on August 30, 1940 to Aloysius and Emma (Wiederholt) Berning near Sinsinawa.  She graduated from St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, in 1958.  She was employed at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque for 15 years until her onset of health issues.

Jenelle is survived by three sisters: Bernadette (Douglas) Hilby of Dubuque, Mary Ann (Eugene) Wessling, Omaha, NE, and Joyce (Ronald) Lansing, Luxemburg,, IA, five brothers, Richard (Mary), rural Cuba City, Gerald (Marilyn), Cuba City, Lloyd (Janet), rural Hazel Green, John (Ellen), Menominee, IL, and Mark (Jane), Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Clarence, and sister-in-law Judy.

The family is grateful for the excellent care received from the staff at Ennoble Manor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, Sinsinawa.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com

 

 



Harold E. Beinborn


Harold E. "Ham" Beinborn, 97, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Ham was born on May 15, 1922, in Hickory Grove Township, Wisconsin, the son of Herman J. and Anna L. (Elliott) Beinborn. He married Dorothy M. Randall on December 9, 1948, in Decorah, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2015.

Ham lived his life filled with faith, love, laughter, kindness and pride for serving his country. His faith in God never waivered. His love of family was incredible. Everyone in his family was loved like they were his favorite. He was proud of all of his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Ham was just fun. Everyone he met became his friend or another family member. During World War II he served his county honorably. A sports fan, his favorite teams were the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and whatever team one of his kids or grandkids played for. His passion was golf and he was out on the course nine days before he passed. Ham was a hard worker and owned his own business in Cuba City (Ben Franklin Store) for 15 years. After closing the store, he worked at the Cuba City Apartments for 32 years, retiring from there the week after he turned 95 years old. Ham moved into the Cuba City Apartments in the summer of 2017, which was also a godsend, where he was surrounded by so many loving and caring people. Ham will always be that shining light that has touched and inspired so many people. He was loved by many and he will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughters, Pam (Larry "Stretch") Freymiller and Kay (Dan) McWilliams, both of Cuba City, WI; his sons, Ed (Barb) Beinborn, Barneveld, WI, and Denny (Melissa) Beinborn, Tampa Bay, Florida; a son-in-law, Roger Welbes, Cuba City, WI; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Peggy Welbes; a daughter-in-law, Paula Beinborn; a sister, Gertrude St. Vincent; and his brothers, Charles, Fred, Vern, Bill, Herman "Punk", Lewis and an infant brother, Robert.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Nikolai M. Stielow


Nikolai "Niko" Michael Stielow, 21 of Oxford, Iowa, passed away suddenly on May 25, 2019. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, June 7th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue. Additional visitation will be 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Friday prior to mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Niko was born October 9, 1997 in the Leningrad Region of Russia and soon thereafter was taken in by an orphanage. At the age of 3 he was adopted by his parents Mick and Roxanne (Manders) Stielow. Despite being dealt a very difficult hand at birth, Niko found the strength and courage to overcome many obstacles throughout of his life.

Music always brought him great joy. He was a self-taught DJ mix master known as "DJ Blackhorn", occasionally performing at a dance club in Cedar Rapids. He loved the outdoors and had a natural affinity for animals, especially the family dogs Louis, Otis and Rudy. He developed an appreciation for art, photography, poetry and high fashion in the neo-goth style. Niko collected books, films, video games and all types of digital devices. He loved going to Adventureland and was particularly fond of the roller coasters. He especially enjoyed vacationing with his family, shopping trips with Mom, hiking weekends with Dad and wreaking all sorts of havoc with his little sister. Christmastime and Independence Day celebrations in Bellevue with Grandma Darlene, Grandpa Leonard, along with all the aunts, uncles and cousins were his happiest times. He was quite fond of Halloween as well, loved haunted houses and celebrated his birthday throughout the entire month of October.

It was often said that Niko cut a wide path where ever he went. He was loved by many and made a lasting impression on everyone that came to know him. Niko's parents would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to the countless family members, friends, teachers and care givers who were able see past his shortcomings, and meet him where he was at. Those that showed him patience, respect and gained his trust were rewarded many times over by his unique brand of humor and devoted friendship. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.

Survivors include his parents, Mick and Roxanne Stielow; a sister, Tori Stielow; his maternal grandfather, Leonard Manders; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Niko was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Darlene Manders; and his paternal grandparents, Dean and Jerrie Stielow and his uncle Ted Stielow.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Ann E. Husemann


Ann E. (Gilbertson) Husemann, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:09 p.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ann's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Michael Leitz officiating. To celebrate Ann's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ann was born on March 27, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Merlin and Annabelle (Duve) Gilbertson.

Ann was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Husemann, on May 30, 1975, at Ft. Stuart, Georgia. They were blessed with almost 28 years together before he was called home ahead of her on May 8, 2003. Ann was a kind hearted woman who enjoyed caring for others, a trait which she was able to put to use in her work as a CNA at Bethany Home for 5 years. She was always on the hunt for a good bargain and enjoyed looking for treasures with her sisters regularly at auctions and estate sales. Ann also liked to spend a night out on the town, popcorn in hand, watching the latest movies on the big screen. Beyond a doubt, it was spending time with her family that brought the most joy into Ann's life. She loved spending time with the children and grandchildren and looked forward to traveling to visit everyone. We are deeply saddened at losing Ann in our daily lives, but know that she is now happily reunited in heaven, with her beloved husband John, on what would have been their 44th wedding anniversary.

Those left to cherish Ann's memory include

her children,
Jeannie Hannan, Dubuque, IA,
Rochelle Swinton, Dubuque, IA,
Tonya (Juan) Hernandez, Marshalltown, IA,
Bethellen (Art) Petit, Rockford, IL
and Eric Husemann, New Diggins, WI;

her 19 grandchildren;

her many great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Joe (Becky) Gilbertson, Kieler, WI,
Linda Lottes, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Bill) Trowbridge, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie (Eric) Timmerman, Durango, IA;

her nieces and nephews,
Jennifer (Mark) Less,
Chris (Dick) Braver,
Natasha Trowbridge-Nebel,
Taylor (Ashley) Trowbridge,
Jacob Manders,
Leah Timmerman,
Joey Gilbertson
and Dana Gilbertson-Weidenbacher;

and several great nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Husemann; a son, David Husemann; a great-grandson, John Henry Husemann Hernandez II; and a brother-in-law, Bob Lottes.

Ann's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, for their kind and compassionate care of Ann and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Judy L. King-Callahan


Judy L. (Baty) King-Callahan, 65, of Epworth, Iowa, formerly of Montgomery, New York passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Mercy One in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Judy may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral Services for Judy will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Bill Shea S.V.D. presiding. Burial will follow at Highview Cemetery.

Judy was born on July 10, 1953, in Middletown, New York, daughter of Allen Lee and Melba Marleah (Broas) Baty. She graduated from Clarke College and University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa with her Masters in Special Education. She worked as a Special Needs Teacher for the Cascade Jr. & Sr. High School in Cascade, Iowa for 36 years until her retirement. During this time she was the head of the Special Education Department for 36 years, served on several school committees and was a liaison for Keystone AEA. She received the Gold Star Teacher of Excellence Award. Judy was the first teacher to arrive to school in the morning and the last one to leave.

On August 4, 1973, she was united in marriage to Randall W. "Randy" King at Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 26, 1992. On June 6, 1994, she was united in marriage to James P. "Kites" Callahan. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2018.

Judy was a member of the Epworth Garden Club, Epworth Town and Country Community, Cub Scout leader, Highview Cemetery secretary and Epworth rural cemetery keeper. She volunteer as "JuJu" the clown for many years and did a lot of mentoring and summer tutoring. She also was chaperone for the Western Dubuque "Western Trip." Judy enjoyed the casino and the garden, especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchild.

Judy leaves behind her children, Karen (Mike) Schieltz of New Vienna, Matt (Melissa) King of Bernard, Jon (Jennifer) King of Bernard, Jackie (Robbie) Gutierrez of Brazil, Melissa Callahan of Bloomington, MN, and Mick Callahan of Chicago, IL. Her ten grandchildren, Austin, Lillian, and Ryan Schieltz, Chase and Gavin King, Alicia, Lydia, and Luca Gutierrez, William and Jillian King and Judy's great granddaughter, Quinn Schieltz; her nine siblings, Allen Jr. (Cher) Baty of Montgomery, NY, Roger (Terry) Baty of Colorado Springs, CO, Lee (Roxanne) Baty of Montgomery, NY, Donna Silker of Peosta, IA, Raymond Baty of Greenfield Park, NY, Kim (Frank) Kosteczko Gardiner, NY, Gigi (Charlie) Bauer of Montgomery, NY, Diann (John) Riker of Montgomery, NY and Robin (Brian) Kaufmann of Wallkill, NY.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Sharon) King of FL, Doris McClun of Farley, IA, Marilyn (Manuel) Palato of Willington, NC, Carolyn Kearney of Hazel Green, WI, Jani Horner of Davenport, IA, Mary (Dick) Bries of Farley, IA, Terry (Dianne) Callahan of Epworth, IA and Julie (Bo) Northup of Packwood, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a sister, Suzann Baty in infancy in 1963, a brother Dale James Baty in 1973, and three brothers-in-law, Phil Silker, Donnie Schainker and Jerry McClun.

Judy was the number one advocate for all children.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Epworth Garden Club, Epworth American Legion and the Epworth Fire Department in memory of Judy Callahan.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Doris A. Hayward


Doris Ann Hayward, 76, of Preston, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 31, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Doris on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering, and a private burial will be held at the Preston, Iowa Cemetery, at a later date.

Doris Ann Johnson was born on January 29, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William Theodore and Venieta Louise (Peoples) Johnson. She was a 1961 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Ronald Allen Hayward on June 2, 1963 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.

Doris had first worked at the Green Mill Café in Maquoketa. She then worked for Meinerz Creamery in Preston for 21 years, Beatrice Cheese in Preston, and lastly for Web Printing in Maquoketa.

Doris had attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston but through the years also had ties to the Episcopal Church. She was an avid collector of both, Isabel Blooms with 273 of them, and cookbooks with 4,053 of them.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Ronald Hayward of Preston, IA; children, Douglas Hayward of Rock Island, IL, Beth Ann Hayward of Preston, IA, and Crystal (Shawn) Gaskins of Rock Island, IL; and 2 grandchildren, Nicole Gaskins and Christian Gaskins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Allan William Hayward, a brother Ronald Johnson, and a grandchild Avery Gaskins.

"The family would like to especially thank Steve and Donna Simmons of Preston, Randy Moore of Preston and Betty and Tom Streets of Scotch Grove."

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris Ann Hayward memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Marjorie A. Blitgen


Marjorie Ann (Bierman) Blitgen, 86, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 30, 2019. She was surrounded by family and held in love. A funeral Service for Marjorie will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 - 11:00, also at the church, and burial of cremains will take place in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery following the service.

Marjorie was born September 6, 1932 in rural Cassville, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Cecilia (Bruer) Bierman. On April 30, 1955, She married her sweetheart, Richard Laverne Blitgen, at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Rich and Marge remained happily married for 63 years. Marge loved to show her affection through food, and many Bellevue residents will remember Marge fondly from her time serving children in the Public School cafeteria. Marge worked for Bellevue Community Schools for nearly 40 years. Marge loved seeing the children every day, and even after immobility forced her to retire, she still enjoyed watching from her home as the children played on the playground.

Marjorie will be deeply missed by her children; two sons, Michael (Elaine), and Jim (Theresa) Blitgen; their daughter Kathy (Jace) Ohlert; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Alisha, Jacob, Melissa, David, Isaac, and Joshua; four great-grandchildren, Addyson, Aliyah, Thomas, and Mabel; siblings, Carol Michels, Pat Koppes, Clarence (Carolyn) Bierman, Sharon (Thomas) Richter, Karen Sommers, and Beverly (Thomas) Pitz. Marjorie is also survived by her father's sister, Agatha Breuer (107) of Prarie Du Chien.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard, and will be put to rest by his side.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Mark A. Hermsen


Mark A. Hermsen, 61, of Dubuque and formerly of Dyersville passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Dubuque after a brief illness.  

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. prior to funeral services.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mark was born October 30, 1957, in  Dubuque, the son of Donald and Grace (Olberding) Hermsen. He married Lois D. Prier on April 30, 1983, in New Vienna. She preceded him in death in 2002. He later married Cindy Dolphin Hightower on April 26, 2008 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Together they made their home in Dubuque where they were members of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He worked at Schmitt Implement in Holy Cross as a Field Diesel Technician for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, 3 children: Scott of Dubuque, Adam and Cynthia (Philip) Ungs, both of Luxemburg; his parents, Donald and Grace Hermsen of Luxemburg; step-children: Lee (Courtney) and Ashly (Kirby Carpenter) Hightower, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Madison Anderson, Adalynn, Gracie and Peter Ungs, Ellamae and Rayland Hightower; his father-in-law, Eugene Prier of Dyersville and mother-in-law, Gayle Dolphin of Cascade; siblings: Joseph (Lynn) Hermsen of Farley, Gary Hermsen of Luxemburg, Alan (Debra) Hermsen of Manchester, Mary (Howard) Zuckerman of Livonia, MI, Ann (Pat) Dunkel of Dyersville, Lisa (David) Sweeney of Tipton, Jane (Brian) Bockenstedt of Center Point, Jenny Dolphin of Des Moines, Jeff (Jodi) Dolphin of Cascade and Linda (Brian) Mosher of Davenport, and Randy (Lisa) Dolphin of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: David Prier of Marina, CA, Carl (Julie) Prier, Wayne (Beverly) Prier and Donald (Christine) Prier of Dyersville, Dale (Sandy) Prier of Hopkinton, Allen (Joyce) Prier of Elkader, Mark (Annette) Prier of Dubuque, Daniel (Kim) Prier of New Vienna, Elaine (Cletus) Urbain of Dyersville, and Janice (Wayne L.) Steffen of Luxemburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, his mother-in-law, Lucille Prier, his father-in-law, Donald Dolphin, and a sister-in-law, Patricia (Dale) Demmer.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Penny J. Carter


Penny J. Carter, 44, of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, family will greet friends 12:00 pm until service time also Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

Penny was born February 19, 1975 in Maquoketa, the daughter of John Carter and Kathryn Rieckens. She graduated from Bellevue Community High School. Penny worked as a bartender at a variety of places, and most recently at Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

She loved animals and her Lab dogs, spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Penny enjoyed spending time with her fiancé, Lonnie Feltes, and riding 4-wheelers with him.

Survivors include her fiancé, Lonnie Feltes; her mother, Kathy Johnson; siblings, Dave (Heather) Carter, Steve (Mandy) Carter, and Sara Johnson; also surviving, many special nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Penny was preceded in death by her father, John Carter; her stepfather, Ron Johnson; and her maternal grandparents, John and Wilhelmena Rieckens.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Tyler A. Hallahan


Tyler Andrew Hallahan, 25, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019. 

A visitation and celebration of his life will be offered at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque Iowa on Friday, May 31st from 3 to 8 PM and also on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM. Service to begin at 11 AM. 

Tyler was born on July 25, 1993 to his parents, Bruce Hallahan and Suzan Martin-Hallahan. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and attended Loras College for a short time. Tyler was a caring and compassionate person almost to a fault who will be missed greatly by all that ever knew him. He possessed the largest smile that would warm your heart. 

Tyler loved the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking in the mountains of Glacier National Park. When Tyler lived in Gunnison, Colorado he enjoyed snowboarding in the mountains. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop #11 completing his service project at Mines of Spain. He loved playing the piano, skateboarding and could solve a Rubix cube with amazing skill.

Tyler leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, brother Casey, sister Sarah, and half-brother Kris (Jessie) Koeneke; his grandparents, Sandy (Charles) Nauman, John B. Martin (Joanne Georgulis); Uncle Chris Martin (Melissa Murphy); his niece and nephews, Adrian, Elijah, Kai, and Evelyn Koeneke; his great-uncles, Tom (Rhonda Hudgins) Martin and George (Charlotte) Martin; his great-aunts Kathy Kurt, Mary Martin (Mitchell Eyres)and Tara Beau. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Bertha Hallahan, great grandparents, Mary E. Pins, Mary Margaret Martin & Ralph Martin, great-uncle Peter Beau, and cousin Nick Martin.

A Tyler A. Hallahan Memorial Fund has been established at Dupaco Credit Union.

 

 



Margaret A. Nelson

Margaret A. "Maggie" Nelson, 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away Wednesday morning, May 29, 2019 at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center, with her family by her side.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Fr. Thomas Srenn officiating. Burial will be in Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Margaret was born on June 8, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Peter and Theresa (Gansemer) Kiebel. She was united in marriage to Roland F. Nelson on February 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1998.

She and Roland purchased and operated a bakery in Tama, IA, later moving to Galena where they operated Nelson Bakery until Margaret's retirement in 2003. Prior to operating Nelson Bakery, they worked in various bakery departments in the area.

Margaret always looked forward to their yearly trips to Hawaii. She was a 1944 graduate of the Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque, and was a collector of lunch boxes and cookie jars.

Surviving is her daughter, Susan (Eldon) Koerperich of Farley, IA; a grandson, James (Denise) Kruser of Dubuque; and two great-grandchildren, Leah and James Matthew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Theresa, her husband, Roland, and siblings, Mary Sweeney, Joseph, Melvin and John Kiebel.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com. ©



Margaret M. Hingtgen


Margaret "Peg" M. Hingtgen, 86, of Dubuque passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at The Blake in Pensacola, FL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller as celebrant. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2nd at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. There will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Peg was born June 3, 1932, in Lansing, Iowa, daughter of John and Ellen (Donahue) Manning. She married Lavern Hingtgen April 23, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2016.

Peg spent 40 years as a successful real estate broker/realtor retiring as an associate with Brissy Realty in 2015. She had many professional awards for having million dollar sales years. She was a member of several Real Estate Associations. She was known to assist clients by waiving her fees on occasion and going the extra mile, to help someone.

She was a long time member of Nativity Parish.

She is survived by a son Craig (Jan) Hingtgen, of Dubuque; a daughter, Lisa (Ron) Brownell, of Pensacola, FL; four grandchildren, Trevor and Nick Hingtgen and Alyssa and Craig Brownell; and two great grandchildren, Mikayla and Harley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings and in-laws.

Memorials may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice of Pensacola, FL.

The family wishes to thank their close friend Iggy for her support and companionship after Lavern's death. Also, thanks to Jan for helping Peg with Dad in his last year.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Carol Ann Krapfl


Carol Ann (Sellner) Krapfl, 74, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Ryan, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was born on October 20, 1944, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Dorothy (Kelchen) Sellner. 

On August 28, 1965, Carol was united in marriage to Merlin Krapfl in Earlville. Four children were born to this union. In 1965, Carol and her husband purchased and moved onto their farm in Ryan where they resided until December 2018 when they retired to their home in Manchester.  On the farm, Carol enjoyed gardening, sewing and helping with farm duties. In 2011, Carol was fortunate to receive a lung transplant after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, which gave her additional years to enjoy with her family, friends, and grandchildren. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 53 years, Merlin; daughters Kim (John) Britt of Ryan; Karen (Gary) Eischen of Pella; Kathy Krapfl (friend Paul Anderson) of Cedar Rapids; and Karla (Corey) Thompson of Delhi; granddaughters, Macy and Madison Thompson; siblings, Germaine Goedken, Donna Sellner, Bonnie Steege, Ann Sellner, Delores Burkle, Carlyn Sellner, and David (Carol) Sellner; and many nieces and nephews. 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy (Kelchen) and Andrew Sellner; a sister, Mildred and husband Ray Geistkemper; four brothers, Irvin, Don, John, and Jim; and brothers-in-law, Gib Goedken and Jim Burkle.  

Memorials will be directed to health care facilities that have assisted Carol over the years.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Mass of Christian Burial:10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. 

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. onSunday, June 2, 2019, atSt. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour before mass on Monday at the church. 

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - rural Ryan, Iowa

 

 



Emil H. Herting


Emil H. Herting, age 90, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill, was called home suddenly at 10:41 a.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at home of natural causes, with his loving wife at his side. To honor Emil's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Emil's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emil was born on May 22, 1929, in Delaware County, Iowa, son of Michael and Leona (Roling) Herting.

Emil was raised in Delaware County before moving to Dubuque when he was 9 years old, then to Sherrill in 1965, eventually returning to Dubuque. He honorably served his country with the National Guard for 10 years during the Korean Conflict. Emil was raised with a strong work ethic, and would put his talents to good use with the Dubuque Packing Company, until his well earned retirement in 1981. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Darlene Cole, on January 4, 1961, in Stockton, Illinois, and they have been blessed with 58 years and 8 wonderful children between the two of them. His faith was an integral part of Emil's daily life, as evidenced by his long time membership with Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, and was also an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. When he wasn't working and found some free time in his days, Emil could be found doing odd jobs around the house, and with his Home Handyman Service, tending to his garden, or spending some time at the campground with Darlene and the children. There was no doubt that family meant the world to Emil, and he was very pleased to have just gotten together with the entire family to celebrate his 90th birthday. Our hearts are broken at the sudden and unexpected loss of Emil in our daily lives, but we know that he is now happily reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him and awaiting our eventual arrival for the biggest family reunion imaginable.

Those left to cherish Emil's memory include

his loving wife of 58 years,
Darlene Herting, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 children,
Mary (Guy Kennicker) Miller, Key West, IA,
Michael (Karen) Herting, Cary, IL,
Lisa (Don) Howes, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy (Ron) Seay, Grimes, IA,
Lee (Michelle) Herting, Nevada, IA,
Lori (Jeff) Davis, Dubuque, IA,
Kendy (Bob) Fauska, Des Moines, IA
and Eric Herting, Nevada, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;

his 10 great-grandchildren;

a great great-granddaughter;

his siblings,
Nancy Steffens, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Duschen, Dubuque, IA,
Judy Herting, Dubuque, IA
and Linda (David) Mizaur, Sherrad, IL;

a brother-in-law,
John "Jack" Neyens, Marion, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Carol Herting, Florida
and Clare Herting, Maquoketa, IA.

Emil was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Carl Miller; his siblings, Luetta Herting, James Herting, Earl Herting, Norma (Walter) Krug, Anita (John) Gills, Janet Neyens, Vernon Herting and Loras Herting; and his brothers-in-law, Ken Steffens, Buzz Duschen.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Sister Joan Stoffel


Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 31, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister was born on June 29, 1933 in LeMars, IA, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Neubrand) Stoffel.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1951, and made final profession of vows August 10, 1957. Sister received master's degrees from Loras and Clarke College, both in Dubuque. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dubuque-Sacred Heart, Ionia, Meyer, Webster City, Garnavillo, Jesup, Wesley, Cherokee, Arcadia, and Sioux City-Briar Cliff College; in Illinois at Niles; and in Minnesota at St. Mary's College, Winona. She also served as Superintendent of schools and Director of Curriculum for the Sioux City Diocese.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Mary (Richard) Roder and Margaret (George) Landgraf; her brothers: Earl (Lucy) Stoffel and Robert (Sharon) Stoffel; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 66 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lois Stoffel; and her brother-in-law Lloyd Roeder.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



William L. Rippon


William LeRoy Rippon, 69, of Manchester, Iowa,passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on August 25, 1949, in Manchester, the son of John and Margaret (Schutt) Rippon. Bill graduated from West Delaware High School in 1968. 

Bill enjoyed boxing in his younger years and won the Iowa Golden Gloves championship in 1967 at the 119-lb weight class. Following graduation, he detailed cars for Baxter/Dvorak in Manchester. Bill joined the United States Marines in 1969 and was medically discharged after a few months. He then worked as a surveying laborer for Tri-State Engineering in Manchester and later as a power pole digger for Osmose Utilities Services and for Ameri-Pole.  

Bill enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He loved a cold Old Milwaukee beer and, once in a while, a stiff shot of Seagram's 7. 

Survivors include Bill's half-brother, John Hansel of Parkersburg; two nephews; and his good friends, JoAnn Besler of Manchester; Mandy, Shannon, Macy, Alden, and Easton Davis of Hopkinton; and Nick, Neveah, Selena, Dominick, and Brielle Besler of Cedar Rapids. 

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret, in 2003; his father, John; a brother, Ronald Rippon in 2001; and a half-brother, Doug Hansel. 

Online condolences may be sent to www.leanord-mullerfh.com

Memorial Service:10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. 

Visitation:Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to service time on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. 

Inurnment:Fairview Cemetery - Earlville, Iowa

 



Margaret E. Walker McCarthy


Margaret Ellen Walker McCarthy, 77, a devoted wife, sister, aunt and dear friend to all, passed away on May 26.

Visitation is planned for Thursday, May 30, from 3 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 12:30 P.M. on Friday at the church. The Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 31 at 1:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Margaret had a great zest for life and did not let the pancreatic cancer diagnosis slow her down. She fought a courageous battle with great support from her family and so many friends each and every day.

Born in a farm house North of Iron Hill, she was the youngest child of Eulaine (Flagel) and David Walker. Her siblings are Joyce Berggren of Maquoketa; Mary Rote of Dickeyville, WI and Dick (Denise) Walker of Bettendorf, IA.

Margaret attended Maquoketa High School and was Homecoming Queen 1959. She began working at Jackson State Bank in 1963. She was always the friendliest person in the bank greeting everyone by name. A loyal employee, Margaret worked for "the bank" through its many name changes for 42 years, retiring in 2005.

She married the love of her life, Joe McCarthy, 53 years ago, on Aug. 28, 1965. As an avid hunter and fisher herself, Margaret and Joe, together with their close friends, enjoyed many outdoor adventures. She also found time for her vegetable and flower gardens and was a member of the Maquoketa Garden Club.

Generous with her time and support of Maquoketa, Margaret also served on the Jackson County Fair Board and Executive Board of the Maquoketa Country Club for several years. She volunteered at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and she thoroughly enjoyed the "Y" and all her friends and the activities they shared in while there. Margaret was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish serving in many volunteer roles there, and as the volunteer school librarian for several years after she retired from the bank.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Florence and Gerald McCarthy, and her brother-in-law, Tommy Berggren.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Joe McCarthy and her cherished siblings.

Margaret, aka Spook, was the favorite Aunt of her MANY nieces and nephews, to include great, great--nieces and nephews! She was fun-loving, humorous, and compassionate. She loved hosting and entertaining family and friends. The best stories were shared at Margaret and Joe's home. Her countless number of friends with whom she enjoyed hunting, fishing, card playing, tap dancing, bicycling and so much more will remember her spirit and carry it with them for years to come.

We would like to thank Dr. Daniel Berg, Diane Van Ersvelde, PA, Sharon Baumler and the healthcare team who assisted Margaret at the University of Iowa Hospitals, as well as the staff at Family Clinic in Maquoketa. Additionally, heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the nurturing staff of Jackson County Hospice for their excellent care and support for Margaret in her last days.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Margaret E. McCarthy memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Patricia A. Koehler


Patricia A. "Patty" Koehler, age 80 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patty's life, a Celebration of Life for her and Dave is being scheduled for a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Patty's family.

Patty was born on January 5, 1939 in Dubuque, the only daughter of Joseph and Imelda (Pelzer) Shannon. Patty was always proud to be able to say that she spent her entire 80 years of life right here in Dubuque.  She made many friends along the way, eagerly participated in the creation of countless wonderful memories for others to treasure and was most importantly blessed with her own family to love and adore. She met her soul-mate, Dave Koehler at the spry age of 13 and the two were eventually united in marriage on April 27, 1957.  Sadly, Dave was called home in 2015, but we know and trust that they have now begun their 62nd Anniversary together once again in their Heavenly Home. 

Patty always enjoyed working behind the bar, most notably at the Golden Pheasant, the Double J and the Copper Kettle over her working years. Her work ethic was second to none, and thankfully her outgoing nature, big kind heart and delightfully witty sense of humor came right along with the package. She could brighten any day, change the outlook of any situation and even tackle the impossible by simply listening with sincerity. When the workday was over, you could quite often find this River Rat right where she felt at home, or if the weather wasn't cooperating, a few good hands of Euchre and Pinochle with friends would just as easily fill the day. 

Patty would readily admit that work and play were continually in her top 3 priorities in life, but that nothing could ever compare to her #1 goal in life; Her Family. She loved her husband and daughters dearly, but once her grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, her heart blossomed even more. She never missed an opportunity to spend quality time with any of them and always savored any interaction where she could truly get caught up on their lives. Patty was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother who has steadfastly built a legacy which will be carried forward in the minds of all who knew and loved her. We will miss Patty more than words could ever truly depict, but we are also beyond grateful for all of the time the Lord gave us with her and we will always remember to do our best to actively live out in our personal lives all of the positive traits she leaves behind.  

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Patty include,

her daughters,
Kim (John) Rogers,
Kelley (Mike) Vondal,
and Kerry Koehler, all of Dubuque, Iowa;

her 8 grandchildren,
Harley (Brandy) Harry, Joseph (Stacy) Harry, Alicia Vondal, Lyndsey (Seth Steinlage) Vondal, Alex (Tasha Scheffert) Vondal, Layla (Sam Houselog) Vondal, Alea (fiancé Kyle Cashman) Vondal, Katelin Wright and Craig (Dwight) Wright;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Jacob, Hailey, Thomas III, Wyatt, Gavin, Korra, Logan, Brycen, Nevaeh and Kiley Jo;

her brother,
Terry (Doris) Shannon, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert (June) Shannon.

Patty's family would like to thank Dr. Gordon, along with the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the professional, compassionate and gentle care they provided to Patty, and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Patty's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

"When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. The angel said my place was ready in Heaven far above and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But, when I walked through Heaven's Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down and smiled and said, "Welcome Home Patty".  So, when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart."



Jim A. Parker


Jim A. Parker, 50, of Bellevue, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at U of I Hospital & Clinics from the results of an automobile accident.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Jim was born December 1, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of James Bauer and Elizabeth Parker. He married Misty Mathisen on December 23, 2000 in Dubuque. Jim was a self-made man, who loved spending time with family and friends. He was in the insurance industry, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and telling stories. Jim was a passionate Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. He was an amazing husband, father, funny and the life of the party. Jim will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Misty; their children, Walter (Shalene Hagerty) Link, Austin Riedl, Matthew Parker, Lizzy Parker, and Ty Parker; his father, James Bauer; a brother, Blake Bauer; aunt and uncle, Rose and Steve Husemann; and his extended siblings, Kristie (Travis) Pfiffner, Louie (Pauline) Husemann, Jody (Ron) Kenneally, and Lindsey Schreiber; and his mother and father in-law, Barb (Eli) Dicklich and Tom (Judi) Mathisen.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Parker.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at Bellevue State Bank in Jim's memory.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 



Paulette M. Taylor


Paulette M. "Paula" Taylor, age 72 of Asbury, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury with her husband by her side after a 5 year battle with dementia. To celebrate Paula's life, a private family service is being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paula's family.

Paula was born on July 22, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter to Paul and Norma Dedick. She was united in marriage on October 5, 1968 in Chicago to Rick Taylor and the two would go on to be blessed with one deeply adored son, Paul and 50 years together. Paula spent over 25 years working at NDX Oral Arts Iowa Dental Laboratory with Rick. When they weren't at work, the couple enjoyed hunting and fishing together and even working on crafts in their woodshop when time allowed. Paula was a wonderful cook in the kitchen and also enjoyed a little personal time with her sewing machine. Paula was a spunky little lady with a huge heart and not a day went by that wasn't brighter because of her inner beauty. We will miss Paula more than words can say, but we know she's at peace now and her battle with dementia is finally over. Thank you Paula for all of the love and light you shared with the world and those around you!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Paula include,

her loving husband,
Rick Taylor, Asbury, Iowa;

her son,
Paul (Sue Sandahl) Taylor, Johnston, Iowa;

her grandson,
Edward Taylor, Johnston, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,
Karen (John) Coffey, Inglewood, Florida;

and her dear friend,
Cynthia Leslein, Asbury, Iowa.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents, and her in-law's, Clarence and Dorothy (McLaughlin) Taylor.

Paula's family would like to thank Dr. Cao, and the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for all of the professional and compassionate care they provided to Paula.

Online condolences may be shared with Paula's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Diane L. Peil


Diane L. Peil, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home with loving family on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. To honor her wishes services will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

She was born May 9, 1946, in Dubuque, the daughter of John M. and Clara M. (Wolter) McLaughlin, Sr. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On October 3, 1964 she was united in marriage to George F. "Sonny" Peil Sr. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque.

Diane was an avid genealogist and was happy to find any needed information. She enjoyed being with family and was glad to talk and spend time with anyone. Christmas was a favorite time of hers. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She was proud of their sons and their families. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and sister-in-law.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years George F. "Sonny" Peil; four sons, George F. (Dawn Ede) Peil, of Dubuque, Paul L. (Jolene) Peil, of Austin, Minnesota, Jason J. (Sara Breitbach) Peil, of Dubuque, and Todd M. (Jason Coffman) Peil, of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Victoria (Eric) Johnson, Troy (Leslie) Peil, Jessica (Jaiden Bastyr) Peil, Emily (Mitch Gross) Peil, and Marissa Peil; three great-granddaughters, Brinley and Emmalynn Johnson, and Margaret (Greta) Peil; a sister, Sharon (Tom) Spiegelhalter, of Peosta, Iowa; a brother, Danny (Dawn) McLaughlin, of Eldridge, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Viola McLaughlin, of Dubuque; and many other relatives and friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Gage Peil, and a brother, John M. McLaughlin,
Jr.

Her family would like to thank all healthcare professionals who treated her.



Phyllis M. Hutter


Phyllis M. Hutter, 78, of Dubuque died Friday, May 24, 2019 at Manor Care.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Phyllis was born October 25, 1940 in Key West, Iowa, daughter of Earl and Sylvia (Frantzen) Berendes Sr.  

On May 27, 1972 she married the love of her life, Dave Hutter, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue.  He preceded her in death on February 7, 2012.

Phyllis worked in environmental services at Mercy Medical Center for 35 years, retiring in 2004.

Phyllis had a very special relationship with her nieces and nephews, treating them as if they were her own children.

She is survived by a brother, Mel (Marilyn) Berendes of Dubuque; a sister, Anita (Eldon) Rowan of 

Coeur D' Alene, Idaho; and many nephews and nieces.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister in law, Earl and Ruth Berendes; brother, Loras Berendes; nephew, Bill Berendes and niece, Kristi Berendes.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

A Phyllis Hutter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care for their many years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Steve Engstrom


Steve "Engo," Engstrom, age 55, of Dubuque, IA formerly of the Des Moines area passed away on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Schmitt officiating.

Steve was born on September 25, 1963 in Des Moines, IA, the son of Keith Engstrom & Nancy (Adcock) Engstrom. He graduated from Johnston High School in 1982, "Brew Crew of 82,"

He married Kathy Engstrom, on March 20, 1999 in Urbandale, IA.

Steve worked several years at R&D Plastics in Earlham, IA and worked at John Deere Dubuque Works in Assembly since 2014.

Steve loved the outdoors-hunting, fishing, golfing, and yard work. NASCAR racing was a passion, the Earnhardts filled his weekends. Love to Jamie Schirm #56 in Stuart, IA.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; his son Daniel (Megan) Engstrom of Des Moines, IA; stepson Joshua Blasen of Dubuque; and stepdaughter April (Casey) Buol of Dubuque. Four amazing grandchildren: Carter Kronfeldt, Nathan Blasen, Joey Blasen, and Aubrina Buol. His father, Keith Engstrom of Grimes and mother, Nancy Engstrom of Des Moines. His siblings Scott Engstrom of Des Moines, Cheri (Shawn) Sutton of Grimes, Cindi (Scott) Culbertson of Des Moines, Justin Engstrom of Des Moines, half-sister Shannon Miller of Cedar Rapids, half-sister Becky (Jesse) Gearhart of Cedar Rapids, and half-brother Rodney (Crystal) Miller of Cedar Rapids. Many nephews and nieces who each held a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by Don Miller, his biological father.

Thank you to the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the great support from Ennoble skilled nursing and Rehab and to the Wendt Regional Cancer Society for all of their care.



Dennis D. Wolter


Dennis D. Wolter, age 78, of Asbury, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:35 p.m., on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at MercyOne, with his loving family at his side. To honor Dennis' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street. To celebrate Dennis' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis was born on February 14, 1941, in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Harold and Barbara (Junk)Wolter.

Dennis attended Cathedral Grade School and went on to graduate from Loras Academy, Class of 1959, before honorably serving his country with the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Karen Palm, and the two have been blessed with 8 wonderful children together. Dennis was a dedicated worker and was employed with Martin Oil and Gas Station on 3rd and Locust Street, before moving on to manage and own Martin Oil and Gas Station at 22nd and Central, for several years, until his well earned retirement at age 64. His faith was a very important to Dennis, and he was proud to have been a life long member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. In his free time, Dennis loved being in the great outdoors, whether it was coon or squirrel hunting or simply spending the day at his favorite fishing hole. He was quite the card player, with Euchre and Texas Hold Em' being his games of choice. He also enjoyed regularly getting out and playing Shuffleboard with his brothers. Family, was beyond a doubt, the most important part of Dennis' life, he treated Karen like a queen, and looked forward to any chance that presented itself to get all of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren together for a family gathering. We are deeply saddened at suddenly losing such a great man and role model in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Dennis' memory include

his loving wife,
Karen Wolter, Asbury, IA;

his 8 children,
Tamara (Hugh) Graham, Dubuque, IA,
Tina (Wayne) Pothoff, Dubuque, IA,
Donna (Daniel) Vondran, Springdale, AR,
James (Laura) Wolter, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca (Darrell) Houselog, Dubuque, IA,
Dione (Craig) Miller, Asbury, IA,
Tod (Amy) Wolter, Wyoming, IA
and Don (Susan Gwiasda) Wolter, Ames, IA;  

his 24 grandchildren,
Matthew, Dalton, Samantha, Vanessa, Nicole, Nathan, Noah, Nicholas, Nina, Nolan, Eric, Sarah, Preston, Kailyn, Ryan, Olivia, Nikki, Rachel, Katie, Kara, Erin, Leah, Natalie and Emma;

his 18 great-grandchildren;

his 6 siblings,
Alois (Olive "Buzz") Wolter,
Loren (Rosemary) Wolter,
Duane (Barbara) Wolter,
Harold (Sharon) Wolter,
Ruthann (Gerald) Burger
and Barbara (Thomas) Tuthill;

a sister-in-law,
Janet Wolter;

and his in-laws,
Marolyn (Don) Donath,
Kathy (Dan) Schmit,
Darlene Trilk,
Jolene Boever
and Kenny (Connie) Palm Jr.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Benjamin Rollings; a brother, LaVern Wolter; a sister, Rosemary (Earl) Fagan; and 2 brothers-in-law, Minor Maas and Bob Trilk.

Dennis' family would like to thank the Asbury Police and Fire Departments, and the staff at Mercy for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dennis and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Kristopher E. M. Taylor


Kristopher E. M. "Kris" Taylor, age 34, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Monday, May 20, 2019, at home of natural causes. To honor Kris' life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jonathan T. Crawford officiating. To celebrate Kris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Kris was born on January 8, 1985, in Muskegon, MI, son of Kendra (Taylor) Doty.

Kris was born and raised in Muskegon where he graduated from high school in 2003. He was always an amazing athlete and was recruited right out of high school to play football for the University of Dubuque. After moving to Dubuque, Kris would meet the love of his life, Megan Schickel, and they have been together for 10 wonderful years. He was a hard worker, and was employed at several places including Diamond Jo Casino, Champps Americana, RIE Coatings and Texas Roadhouse for many years. Kris was an extremely loving dad and spending time with his family meant the world to him. In his free time, he enjoyed playing video games and spending time outside caring for his lawn, which was his pride and joy. Kris had a kind and loving nature and was a "life coach" for several kids throughout his short time here on Earth. Kris was also well known for his "shoe fetish", he had a special pair for every occasion, and his family loved to tease him about it. He was an avid motorcycle rider and was part of the NuBreed group of stunt riders in Dubuque. Our hearts are truly broken today with the sudden loss of Kris in our daily lives. We will miss him more than words can ever express and will cherish all of the memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Kris' memory include

his fiancé,
Megan Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Jaxson Taylor, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Mackenzie Taylor, Dyersville, IA;

his mother,
Kendra Doty, Muskegon, MI;

his step-father,
Charles Doty Sr., Muskegon, MI;

his siblings,
Michael Williams, Muskegon, MI,
Kristian Taylor, Indianapolis, IN,
Kristina (Liam) Goodwin, Duncan, SC,
Kristal Taylor,
and Charles Doty Jr., both of Muskegon, MI;

his fiancé's parents,
Wendy and Ray Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

and his fiancé's brother,
Nick Schickel, Cambridge, MA.

Kris was preceded in death by his father, Michael Williams, and by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Lucy Taylor.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to care for his children's future expenses and help pay for Kris' final expenses. A GoFundMe page has been established in their name, Kris Taylor & Family, for those wishing to help.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Mary Lea Gudenkauf


Mary Lea Gudenkauf, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary Lea may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.
Services for Mary Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born on July 11, 1940, in Earlville, Iowa daughter of Leo and Marie (Melchert) Recker. She received her education from St. Patrick's School in Ryan, Iowa. She was united in marriage on June 19, 1962 to Loras Gudenkauf at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2018. The couple farmed in the Cascade area.
She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by; two children, Richard Gudenkauf of Cascade, IA and Rhonda Andrew Toms & Husband Shane Toms of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Loras (Gloria) Recker of Ryan, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf, Bernadette (Robert) Staner of Cascade, IA, Joyce (Tony) Feldman of Earlville, IA, James Rollinger of Cascade, IA and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper of Hopkinton, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Gudenkauf in infancy in 1964; one brother, Kenneth Recker; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Rollinger, Sandy Rollinger; her, father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lucille Gudenkauf.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert R. Gerken


Robert R. Gerken, age 84 of Dubuque IA passed away on May 23rd, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Happy, TX, on July 1st, 1934, to Oscar and Martha (Wernke) Gerken. He married Darlene Nieland on June 18th, 1960.

Bob is survived by his wife; sons William (Anne) Gerken of Covington, WA, and Robert (Shelley) Gerken of Colorado Springs, CO; his daughter, Mary Gerken of Covington, WA; five grandchildren, Clara, Luke, Elizabeth, Jacob and Robert; and his sister, Mary Del (Don) Stouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Gerken, and sisters, Carol (Laverne) Kleitsch, and Dorothy (Don) Tiller.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29th at St. Columbkille's Church, Dubuque, IA. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until Mass

Committal prayers and military honors will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Guttenberg, IA. Military honors presented by Guttenberg American Legion Post #373. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

 



Dennis J. Stierman


Dennis J. Stierman, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a celebration of Dennis's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

He was born October 15, 1957 in Dubuque to Jerold "Huck" Stierman and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
He married Callista Behnke on January 18, 1991 and had four beautiful children.

He loved spending time with his family and loading up his grandchildren with sugar. He was passionate about music and loved the outdoors. He was always there for others and would help anyone.

He is survived by his son Shawn (Marissa Kast) Stierman; his daughters Cheyanna (Charlie Saul) Stierman and Jasmine Stierman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Cameron Saul and Kayden Jasper; his sisters Pam Willey and Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman, both of La Motte; his brothers Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, Fla, and Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque; a brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, along with many nieces and nephews who loved their uncle Din-Din.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jeremy; two sisters Jody Welsh and Wendy Stierman; and brother-in-law Rick Willey.

A Dennis J. Stierman memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.



Doris Michaelson


Doris Michaelson died May 20, 2019 at age 88. Doris was originally from Bellevue, Iowa and was under the care of Hospice at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center, Dubuque.

Doris was born on February 1, 1931 to parents John and Florabel Holdefer in Humboldt, Iowa. She was the older sister to one sibling, John. Doris and her future husband were high school classmates and were also confirmed together in 1943 at First Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Iowa. After attending Iowa State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education, she married Manly Michaelson on June 15, 1952. Doris taught Home Economics in Lytton, Iowa while her husband, Dr. Manly Michaelson, completed a one year of practice in Lytton, Iowa and then was recruited to practice medicine in Bellevue, Iowa where Doris had many relatives. In 1958, Doris and Manly had a small office directly across from the American Legion in Bellevue and then moved to the most recent location with a beautiful view of the Mississippi river. Doris and Manly worked together in the office from 1958 until 1987. While Dr. Michaelson made himself available for house calls and emergency care at all hours even delivering babies at the Bellevue Public Hospital, Doris raised five children.

A working mother, Doris was involved in the community of Bellevue. She served on the Bellevue Community School board for nine years and was President for several years. Doris was an active member of the Republican Women's Club and the Tri-State Home Economics organization. She and Manly were both private pilots and Doris had the distinction of being the first female float plane pilot in the state of Iowa. Doris enjoyed flying members of the community to see breathtaking Bellevue. Doris and Manly both also utilized their private plane to transport multiple patients to Iowa City for additional care. Doris was also an avid gardener and a faithful follower of the Master Gardener program on WMT radio. Doris and her son Robert also enjoyed a placing trot lines in the Mississippi River. She was also an enthusiatic supporter Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Doris loved the sound of Sousa marches and also had the opportunity to play under the guest conductor/famed composer Karl King while playing sousaphone in the band while at Iowa State.

Doris had such a wide array of interests but without question, her biggest passion was being a leader for the Weight Watchers. She attended her first meeting in Chicago with her husband and was so impressed that she drove 74 miles a week to attend Weight Watchers in Moline, IL. After losing 52 lbs and reaching goal in the early ‘70's, Doris sought to become a leader for approximately fifteen years. At one time she had 13 classes per week covering Dewitt, Hanover, Bellevue, Maquoketa, Dubuque and even an "At Work" meeting in the Galena Territories. Her background in nutrition and her love of helping people made her an inspiring leader. Doris retired from Weight Watchers in 1998. In later years, she served as a substitute teacher for Bellevue Public schools and also volunteered for five years as a "Greeter" at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Doris loved this position as she told visitors about "Beautiful Busy Bellevue".

Doris was an amazing, accomplished woman and will be missed greatly by her family and long-term members of the Bellevue community.

Doris Lee Michaelson is survived by her brother John (Rosemary) of Monument, CO. Her children Dr. Robert Michaelson (Debbie) of Champaign, IL, James (Vivian) of Tomball, TX, Charles (Becky) Michaelson of Dubuque, Ruth Michaelson of Dubuque and CDR Martha Michaelson, a dentist on active duty in the US Navy stationed at Great Lakes, IL and fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer of Dubuque, Ingrid (Kindred) Priest of Bettendorf, Nikki living in France, Manly (Christine) Whitehouse, TX, Peter (Mallory) of Red Oak, TX, Seth (Tesca) of Temple, TX , Josiah of Conroe, TX, Hannah, Naomi, Eunice, Esther, Talitha and Abigail all of Tomball, TX and 3 step-grandsons, Marc Porter of Ft Worth, TX, Josh (Adriana) of Overland Park, Kansas and Ryan of Champaign,IL, Dara (Travis) Leick of Dubuque, Jacey of Dubuque and great grandchildren: Ella and Amelia Priest, Jimmy and Clark Michaelson, Ezekial Michaelson and Ethan, Jaymes, Andrew, David and Jordan Michaelson-Leick.

Services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, IA with visitation from 11:00-1:00 and funeral service at 1:00 with lunch to follow at the church. At 2:45, Doris will be laid to rest at St John's Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. John's Lutheran church of Bellevue and the Bellevue Ambulance service.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 



Donald D. Dede


Donald Dean Dede, 80, of rural Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on August 19, 1938, in Boone, the son of Fred and Ruth (Hannum) Dede. Following graduation from Boone High School, Don attended mechanic school in Kansas City. 

On April 3, 1960, Don was united in marriage to Janice Schmidt. Two sons were born to this union. After 22 years of service, Don was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1977. Janice died in 1979. Don married Patricia Schmidt on June 9, 1984, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He worked as a mechanic at 1st Avenue Chrysler-Plymouth in Cedar Rapids until his retirement in 2000. 

Don was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. Don also loved relaxing at their cabin on Lake Delhi. The Iowa Donor Network recognized Don as an eye donor. 

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son, Darwin (Tracy) Dede of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Reneé Dede of Marion; two grandchildren, Spencer and Skylar Dede; one sister, Carol (George) VanDee of Cedar Rapids; and his dog, Mollie. 

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janice; a son, Kenneth in 2018; and a sister, Marilyn Larson. 

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. 

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. 

Interment with Military Rites: Peace Lutheran Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 

 

 



Margerie M. Kreassig


Margerie M. Kreassig, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. Burial will follow the service in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Mueller Chapel until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Margerie was born on July 9, 1920 the daughter of Joseph Gottschalk and Edith Avenarius. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

She worked for Dubuque County Nursing Home in Dubuque for many years. Margerie was a very good cook and enjoyed having family over for meals. She was also a very good seamstress and was a hard worker. She loved her family and will be missed very much.

Margerie is survived by her children Dick (Ellie) Kreassig, of Virginia Beach, VA, LaVonne (John) Timm, of Waterloo, IA, Melvin Kreassig, of Dubuque and Ron (Cindy) Kreassig, of Marion. Eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and her sister Joan Furlong.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons Michael Kreassig and Eric Kreassig and her sister Marcella Bleymeyer.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care for all theircare, kindness and compassion they gave to Margerie.



Carol Sue Wild


Carol Sue Wild, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Sue's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at First Lutheran church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Sue Gerischer was born on November 16, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Paul Gerischer and Dorothy (Ralston) Gerischer. She was a 1964 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard "Dick" Wild on June 6, 1965 at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.

Carol Sue had worked at Operation New View in Maquoketa for 16 years, had also driven for the RTA, and worked at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa. Additionally, she and her husband had run a food pantry from their home in Andrew for several years.

Carol Sue was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was very active with her time and volunteered for several area organizations. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and baking cakes on special occasions for people.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard "Dick" Wild of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jim (Marla) Wild of St. Louis, MO, Steve (Rosa) Wild of Algonquin, IL, Brian (Michelle) Wild of Ames, IA, and Mark (Amy ) Wild of Boonville, MO; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Rick (Diane) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Gail Guckenburger of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Nancy (Dale) Kilburg of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, brothers Bill Gerischer and David Gerischer, and a sister Joan Gerischer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carol Sue Wild memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Carl H. Engling


Carl H. Engling, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:40 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Road, with Rev. Kristian Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carl was born on November 3, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling.

Carl was born and raised in North Buena Vista before moving to Dubuque and then to Sioux City, Iowa in September of 1983 for work. He was united in marriage to Virginia Francois on June 17, 1950, in Dubuque, and together they were blessed with 11 children. Carl was a hard worker and devoted his time and talents to many places beginning with the The Shoe Factory during WWII, then on to General Dry Battery and State Brand Creamery, before becoming part owner of The Hollywood Grill in the 1960's. He would then go on to work at Old Timer's, The Circle, Timmerman's, Dubuque Packing Company, PSSI and finally with Iowa Pork Producers, until his well earned retirement at age 75. Family was always Carl's main priority in life, and he cared for his son, Allen, who suffers with Cerebral Palsy, for several years. When he did manage to find some free time in his days, Carl loved to go fishing, always filling his bucket to the brim, or spending the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up something delicious for Virginia and the kids. His soups were famous and always a hit with everyone! Carl was quite the Euchre player, you never wanted to be on the opposing team, and was an accomplished bowler in his younger days. He was a jokester who loved teasing everyone in good jest, and could keep you captivated for hours with his entertaining stories. Carl also occasionally enjoyed trying his luck picking the winning dog at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and uncle, but know that he is now reunited with all of our family members that have already been called home.

Those left to cherish Carl's memory include

his children,
Carlyn Root, Tolleson, AZ,
Diane (Robert) Cook, Dubuque, IA,
Denise (Randal) Parsons Sr., Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Tracy) Engling, Moline, IL,
Carl (Dianne) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Helen DeAnda, Sioux City, IA,
Kevin Engling, Sioux City, IA,
David Engling, Sioux City, IA,
Vincent (Thao) Engling, Columbia, SC
and Allen Engling, Sioux City, IA;

his 24 grandchildren;

numerous great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Marcella Travis, Dubuque, IA,
Helen (Archie) Molzof, Dubuque, IA,
Leon (Kathy) Engling, Bettendorf, IA,
Donald (Alice) Engling, Whitewater, WI
and Cindy Ohnesorge, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Mary Engling, Freeport, IL,
Shirley Engling, Freeport, IL
and Mary Engling, East Dubuque, IL.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Virginia Engling, a son, Michael Engling; a son-in-law, Felimon DeAnda; his siblings, Gerald (Jenny) Engling, Louisa (Harold) Kirby, Irene (Carl) Ruff, Theresa (Theodore "T.J.") Huekels, Ray Engling, Alfred Engling Sr., Joyce (Karl) Miller and David Engling; and a brother-in-law, Jim Travis.

Carl's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Carl and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Maynard H. Meier


Maynard H. Meier, 92, of Preston, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Friday morning from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Maynard was born January 30, 1927 in rural Jackson County, the son of Edward and Frances (Fens) Meier. He attended a one room rural school in Washington Township, where he described himself as the fastest runner in the school. Maynard served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1950-1952 in combat on the front line as a forward observer in a heavy mortar company of the 24th Infantry Division. Maynard felt considerable pride in his service, and in 2013 flew in an Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities. He married Yvonne Greve on November 26, 1955 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Maynard was a lifelong farmer on a Century Farm, member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Bellevue American Legion Post #273. He found enjoyment attending his children and grandchildren's events, woodworking, and spending time with his family. One of his favorite pastimes was dancing with Yvonne. Even after retirement from active farming, he continued to raise chickens and cared for the farm cats.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; children, Randy (Chris) Meier, Ken (Sandy) Meier, Thomas (Kathy) Meier, Ann (Mark) Bormann, and Lisa (Paul) Hammond; grandchildren, Ellen (David Celichowski) Meier, Katherine (Johnny Dedrick)Meier, Emily Meier, Derek Meier, Elizabeth (Colin Larson) Meier, Lance Meier, Kelcie Bormann, Colton Bormann, Nicole (Dan Kuhl) Hammond, Erika Hammond, and Sean Hammond; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marilyn Meier, Jeanette Gruhn, Visetta Leonard, Les (Shirley) Greve, Donna (Don) Galusha, and Will (Glorianne) Greve.

Maynard was preceded death by his parents and siblings, Robert and Leo (Mavis) Meier.

A memorial fund has been established in Maynard's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Anthony J. Runde


Anthony (Tony) J. Runde, age 85, of Hazel Green WI, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City WI, surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.   Visitation will be 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 24th, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 8:45 to 9:45 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Tony was born on October 10, 1933 in Hazel Green WI, son of Lawrence and Frances (Fleege) Runde.

He married Mary Ann Ploessl on November 7, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven WI. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2016.   Tony and Mary Ann farmed in rural Cuba City for over 50 years and he operated Runde Insurance for 54 years.   He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Hazel Green Township Board, Grant County Board of Supervisors (Orchard Manor, County Farm and Law Enforcement Committees) and Jamestown Mutual Insurance Board.

Tony was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We could always count on dad to drop everything when anyone in the family needed him. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always up for a good game of six-handed euchre.  Farming was an important part of dad's life and he was proud that 2019 marks the Centennial year of the family farm.  

He is survived by his children, Greg (Kay) of Cuba City, Linda (Dan) Nelson of La Crosse, Dennis (Jan Leiser) of Hazel Green, Diane (Dave) Pluym of Hazel Green and Deb (Roger) Hoppenjan of Cuba City. Grandchildren: Brett (Laurie) Runde, Amanda (Jamie) Vaassen, Hannah (Jeremy) Brant, Nathan (Kelsey) Runde, TJ (Courtney) Runde, Garrett (fiance' Ilina Datkhaeva), Evan (fiance' Kym Fritz) and Connor (friend April Frickson) Pluym, Cody (fiance' Molly Wubben), Jenna (friend Dakota Lovell) and Ryan Hoppenjan, 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way and a sister, Mary Lou Tressel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a granddaughter, Courtney Runde; a great grandson, Carter Runde, his brothers, Joseph and Ralph and his sisters, Helen Meyer and Dorothy Burbach.

In lieu of flowers, an Anthony (Tony) Runde memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Tony's family would like to thank Dr. Sullivan, Dr. White and the staff at Medical Associates, his caretakers, Mary Kay, Sara, Maddy and Ashley, the staff at Epione Pavilion and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com

 

 



Richard J. Hoell


Richard J. "Cookie" Hoell, Jr, 55, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Richard was born on October 7, 1963 in Dubuque, the son of Richard J. and Joan (Knobbe) Hoell, Sr.

Surviving are two children, Kali Hoell and Trevor Hoell both of Galena; his mother Joan Schroeder of Dubuque; and two sisters, Laura (Glenn) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV, and Deborah Smith of Burlington, NC.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, John & Eleanor Hoell, and Harry & Viola Knobbe, and step-father, Richard Schroeder, Sr.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com



Robert W. Ridgeway


Robert W. Ridgeway, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at UnityPoint Finley in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Dyersville where military honors will be accorded by Legion Post 137.

Robert was born February 6, 1944, in Pascagoula, Mississippi the son of Wallace and Gladys (Faust) Ridgeway. He served in the Navy 1962-1964. He married Sheila Curtis Little on December 10, 1980, in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was a mechanic on the heavy equipment used by road and bridge construction crews and he ran the Dyersville Super 8 Hotel for five years. His favorite hobby was building model trucks, including working RC pulling tractors.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sheila, his children Jackie Jay of Holt, FL, Carol (Mark) Cooper of Sevierville, TN, Norma Jean (Casey) Muntz of Guttenberg, IA, and Rob (Mary) Ridgeway, Jr. of Dubuque, IA, and step sons Jeff (Tracy) Little of Dubuque, and Jody (Nicki) Little of Las Vegas, NV, 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and in-laws: Gene (Julie) Curtis of Marion, IA, Diane Courtney, Alan (Mary Kay) Curtis and Yvonne Younes, all of Dubuque.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Karl (Maggie) Hoffman, his parents-in-law, Paul and Vera Curtis, and a sister-in-law, Barbara (Ed) Kirner.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com



Lois Ellwanger


Lois Dick Ellwanger of 3175 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, IA, formerly of 2184 Bennett St. died Sunday morning May 19th at Luther Manor surrounded by family.  

A visitation will be held Tuesday May 21st from 4-8 pm at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 am on Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Services will be Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran at 10:30 am, 3200 Asbury Rd. Burial will be held following the service at Linwood Cemetery.

The former Lois Marie Dick was born on July 29, 1923 in Dubuque to Carl Moritz Dick and Viola Hocking Dick. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. She married Milton Ellwanger on April 26, 1951 at St. Mark Lutheran Church. On that day Lois took into her heart his two small daughters. Their union produced two additional children.

She was employed in various banking positions for many years until her marriage. After her marriage she stayed home to help raise the children. In later years she worked as a receptionist in an architectural firm.  

For most of her life she was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School there for over 30 years. She remained a member until the church closed in the late 1980's. She was also an active member of the Luther Manor Auxiliary for 35 years, a volunteer at Finley hospital for 27 years and joined the Lois Club at its inception in the late 1980's.

At the time of her high school class 20th year of graduation, she formed a committee which kept the addresses of the 306 class members and planned and executed a large reunion every 5 years for 45 years.  

Survivors include her four children -Milton's two daughters Virginia Sheets of Dixon, IL, Arline Oliver of Omaha NE, her son Tom (Pat) Ellwanger of Dubuque and Wendy (Dudley) Nelson of Michigan, her sister Marjorie Schultz of Dubuque, her sister-in-law Mary Dick of Edina, MN. She also has 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren (soon to be 11), and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton, a brother Richard Dick, a grandson Aaron Michael Strong, 2 sons in law, Gerald Oliver and Donald Sheets and 3 sisters in law, Jane Kaune, Bette Weidenbacher and Lorraine Davis.  

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the St. Mark Community Center, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Luther Manor, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank to Dr. Randall Lengeling, Dr. John Whalen and Dr. Todd Spurling for their care of Lois over many years.

 

 



Rose E. Hall


Rose E. Hall, age 93 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Luther Manor Community in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Rose's life, private family services are being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Rose's family.

Rose was born on October 11, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, a daughter to David Lusk "Luck" and Gladys Delyte (Enabnit) Wilkie. She had discovered very early in life that teaching children was the goal she desired to work towards.  After graduating from high school, Rose proceeded onto college and successfully completed her teaching certification. Rose joyfully spent the next 42 years of her life working in the Dubuque Community School District where not only were her career dreams fulfilled, but without realizing it her imprint and impact on countless children throughout the community would continue to carry her legacy forward for generations to come.  

She enjoyed almost every day she was in the classroom, but Rose also understood the value of her free-time outside of work. Socializing with her friends during a friendly game of Bridge was always a welcomed event, but relaxing in solitude at the sewing machine, or even getting comfortable on her couch with a knitting needle or a good book were also some of her favorite ways to pass the time.  The absolute favorite hours she would ever indulge in though were the opportunities she was able to simply sit and catch-up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose's eyes lit up every time her grandkids were near, and thankfully her heart was replenished with an abundance of love by time they left her side again. Rose was a relentlessly gentle soul who embraced all that was good in the world.  She generously shared her kindnesses without ever expecting anything in return and in turn set a beautiful example for all who knew and loved her.  Our hearts are broken at the mere thought that we will not see Rose again in this life, but we know and trust that the memories she leaves behind will carry us through until we do finally get to see her again. Thank you for being an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend Rose and may the Lord bless you for all of the positive light you spread so freely upon the world around you!      

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Rose include,

her children,
Bruce (Jenny) Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Cindy (Lee) Scovanner, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Debra "Deb" Finn, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kimberly (Doug) Stickney, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 12 grandchildren,
Austin (Tina) Hall, Amelia Hall, Anna Hall, Cassandra (Mark) Bloom, Johnathan Scovanner, Melissa Scovanner, Chad Finn, Brian Finn, Anthony (Lori) Finn, Gregory Finn, Caitlin (Nic) Mortelliti and Christopher Stickney;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Connor Finn, Avery Finn, Olivia Mortelliti and Baby Bloom who will be joining us in early June;

along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and 2 siblings, David (Opal) Wilkie and Delores ("Salt") Alderson.

Memorial donations may be made in Rose's name, to be applied to the Ryan Scovell XXYY Research Fund, through the XXYY Foundation at www.genetic.org/donatenow/donate  

Rose's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Rose, and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Rose's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Marianne Hurlburt


Marianne (Klein) Hurlburt 82 of Dubuque passed away at 4:25 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on August 30, 1936 in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Irene (Ritt) Klein and attended school in Rickardsville. She married John "Jack" Hurlburt on June 29, 1955 at Saint Joseph Church in Rickardsville. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

She began her working career teaching pre-school in Dubuque and later owned and operated Plants by Marianne in Sherrill. Many knew her as the "Flower Lady" and could often be found at the Farmers Market displaying her plants and flowers.
After living in the Balltown & Sherrill area for 21 years they moved to Guttenberg for 9 years and then Key West for 14 years until finally moving to Applewood 3 in Dubuque.

They also spent 13 retirement years in Mission Texas where she served as Secretary of the Pleasant Valley Park.
Marianne never had a bad word to say about anybody. She enjoyed animals and nature especially being outdoors, camping, fishing, and gardening. Cooking and baking were some of her favorite things to do. For 25 years she looked forward to her "sister trips" where many great memories were created. She also had a special relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She is survived by her husband John "Jack" Hurlburt; three sons Timothy Hurlburt, of East Dubuque, Scott (Shellie) Hurlburt, of Schapville, IL, Kent (Kim) Hurlburt, of Waterloo; a daughter Dr. Holly (Mike) McLain of Kansas City KS; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; sisters Betty (James) Coohey, and Carol (Don) Bluml, of Dubuque and Elaine (Ron) Foht, of Milan, IL; a sister-in-law Rosie (Dan) Klein, of Luxembourg, IA and 22 nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents Herman & Irene Klein; her in-laws Art & Marie Hurlburt; a brother Danny Klein and two sisters, Alice (Vince) Brimeyer, and Nancy Klein.

In lieu of flowers a Marianne Hurlburt memorial fund has been established.

Marianne wishes to express a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses, aides, and technicians that helped her through this ordeal. Especially to Dr. Eric Engelman and staff, and Dr. Jerod Freiburger at Medical Associates; the University of Iowa Hospital; the Wendt Regional Cancer Center; and Amy and Angie with Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion.



Gerald I. Link


Gerald "Jerry" Irvin Link, 74 of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Thursday, May 16th at ManorCare in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6.

He was born in Dubuque, IA and served in the US Army as an airplane mechanic, repairing helicopters, from 1965 to 1967. He married in 1969 and had 3 children. Jerry never wanted anyone to make a fuss over him and considered others first before his own needs. During his younger years, his greatest memory was building and racing his sand dune buggy. He enjoyed repairing motors and having good times with close friends and family. He also enjoyed hauling freight and golf carts as a semi-truck driver for many years.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include: his wife of 50 years, Phyllis Link, of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Patty Berrier, of North English, IA and Cathy Copic, of Des Moines, IA; his son, Eric Link, of Ankeny, IA; his brothers, James Link, of Dubuque, IA, David Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Greg Link, of Dubuque, IA; his sisters, Joy Behnke, of Dubuque, IA, Carol Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Jean Kohn, of Dubuque, IA; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, & close friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Esther and Marion Link.



Donald J. Stecher


Donald J. Stecher, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 15th, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 20th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating and brother Rev. John Stecher concelebrating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service and rosary will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Don was born on June 9th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Servina (Pfohl) Stecher. He served in the United States Army as Sergeant First Class and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. He was active in the Army Reserves where he taught classes in terrain analysis.
Don worked for Dubuque Insulation and Siding Co. and was a lifelong farmer. He started at the age of seven helping on the family farm. Don loved what he did and worked until he was forced to retire due to illness at the age of 74.

Don married Marilyn Brune on October 14, 1978 at St. Joseph The Worker. They have five children and eleven grandchildren. Don's grandchildren will miss Papa's hugs when they come in the door and playing Old Maid with him. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; three sons John (Lindsay) Stecher, of Jersey City, NJ, Jim (Beth) Stecher, of Dubuque, IA and Mike (Anna) Stecher, of Bettendorf, IA; two daughters Michelle (John) Hamilton, of Dubuque, IA, and Jenny Stecher, of Chicago, IL. Eleven grandchildren, Jack and Gemma Stecher, Olivia, Hannah, AJ and Henry Stecher, Isla and Marin Stecher, Tyler, Isabel and Tanner Hamilton. Sisters Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque, IA, and Carol Wagner, of Washington, MO and his brother Fr. John Stecher, of Davenport, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents John and Servina Stecher.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman and the oncology nurses, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Scott, Ryan and Suzanne; and to all the health care professionals, family and friends who helped care for Don.



Ronald L. Hanson


Ronald L. (Ron) Hanson, age 66 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. To honor Ron's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ron's family.

Ron was born on December 25, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Harold and Lois (Walsh) Hanson.  Growing up in Dubuque, Ron attended Hempstead High School followed by the University of Dubuque. Ron worked in a variety of management and sales positions throughout his career.

Ron was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan and rarely missed a televised football or basketball game. Ron also enjoyed a love of baseball and had dual loyalty to both the Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs. Ron played softball for nearly 40 years and enjoyed spending time outdoors including hunting both for deer and morel mushrooms and summers fishing on the Mississippi River. Ron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque, for the compassion and caring support they provided to Ron.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ron include,
his mother, 
Lois (Walsh) Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his ex-wife,
Rosie Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his three children,
Keri (Kent Eiler) Hanson, New York, NY,
Cory (Sara) Hanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and Kyle Hanson of Mankato, Minnesota;

Ron will also be remembered by his three brothers,
Randy (Karen) Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa,
Dan (Beth) Hanson of Brentwood, Tennessee,
and Jim Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold Hanson, Ron's father, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences can be shared with Ron's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



John M. McDonald, III


John Manderson "Honest John" McDonald, III, 88, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of A. Y. McDonald Industries, Dubuque, IA and President of Brock-McVey Co., Lexington, widower of Barbara Burnham McDonald, his wife of 36 years, died at his residence Monday after a long illness. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Born in Dubuque, he was the son of the late John Manderson and Eleanor Wood McDonald, Jr. 

He was a graduate of Phillips Academy and Yale University before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1952, becoming a 1st Lt. while serving as a Jet Fighter Pilot for five years. In 1957 He joined the A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. in Dubuque where he spent his career. In 1964 he moved to Lexington to also serve as President of Brock-McVey Co. 

John served on numerous boards in both Dubuque and Lexington. In Dubuque he served on the board of First National Bank, Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dubuque United Fund where he was Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board, Finley Hospital, YMCA where he was chairman of the Fund drive for three years, The Dubuque Summer Festival where he served as co-chairman, the Dubuque Boy's Club, Clark College Advisory Board, Clarke College Development Council where he served as Co-Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive, Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque Shooting Society where he served as secretary, Plantation Development Corporation, Public Utilities Company and Uniflow Gas Co.

Before moving to Kentucky, he was a member of his family's church, First Congregational UCC.

John was a member of Lexington Rotary Club, Keeneland Club, Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington Club and had been an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman.

He is survived by his son, John Manderson (Julie) McDonald, IV; two daughters, Mary McDonald Gray (David) and Martha McDonald Coyle (and friend Donnie Anderson); seven grandchildren, Christopher Scott McDonald, Hollie Wood Coyle, Anna Catherine McDonald, Grace Elizabeth McDonald and John Manderson "Quint" McDonald, V, all of Lexington and Barbara Ellen McDonald and Amanda McDonald Scales-Conklin (Dalton), both of Lawrenceburg, his former daughter-in-law, Amy McDonald Ruble and a special and devoted friend, Becky Planck, Lexington.

He was preceded in death by two children, Scott Andrew McDonald and Heather Young McDonald and his sister, Margaret McDonald Humphrey.

Memorials to Blue Grass Community Foundation, 499 E. High St., Ste. 112, Lex. 40507, Lex. Rotary Endowment Fund, 401 W. Main, Suite 305, Lex. 40507 or YMCA, 239 E. High St. Lex., 40507.

 

 



Gilbert F. Beringer


Gilbert "Gib" F. Beringer, 75, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gib may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Ralph E. Davis presiding. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gib was born on June 7, 1943 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Bernice (Schlarman) Beringer. He received his education in the rural country schools. On May 4, 1968 he was united in marriage to Sue Ann Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

Gib was a Veteran having served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He drove milk truck for several years and owned and operated the Dyersville Redemption Center where he earned the nickname "The Can Man" for 10 years. He also was a RTA Bus driver for 12 years.

Gib was a simple family man. His biggest loves were his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He was a strong, proud, hardworking man with a very soft heart. Gib was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. He loved to play cards with anyone and was known for his sense of humor.

He was a member of Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, IA. Gib was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and the Dyersville Knights of Columbus Council #1734.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Ann Beringer of Dyersville, IA; four daughters, Janelle (Eric) Spellerberg of Newton, IA, Angela (Norman) Millman, Melissa Beringer (Special Friend, Kevin Campbell) both of Dubuque, IA and Amanda (Doug) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 8 grandchildren, Nathan and Nicholas Spellerberg, Hunter and Tanner Millman, Courtney and Charlotte Beringer, Gabbi and Grace Funke; his mother, Bernice Beringer of Dyersville, IA; two sisters, Kate (Ron) Leifker of Greenville, Tx, Bonnie (Steve) Brimeyer of Farley, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Celester Rausch of Epworth, IA, Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain, Judy M. Koppes, Julie Urbain, Nancy (John) Kramer, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain, Wanda (Dave) Roberts, Sarah (Tim) Ells; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Joyce Beringer in infancy and Betty Rausch; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Gertrude Urbain, brothers-in-law, Dave Koppes and Mark Urbain; goddaughter, Kathy Ann Rausch.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Gerald J. Schlarmann


Phoenix, Arizona - Gerald Joseph Schlarmann "Jerry", 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away March 2, 2019, at his son's home in Phoenix surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born on July 16, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, oldest son of Louis Bernard and Mary (Jurisic) Schlarmann.

Jerry could fix nearly anything from plumbing and home repair to welding and woodworking. He built fantastic furniture from oak, walnut and cherry and enjoyed helping others with their projects.

Jerry attended Sacred Heart School. After school and up to age 18 he worked for Dr. Shortell and considered dentistry at one time. In 1958 he started work at the Dubuque Pack and worked there nearly 44 years until the plant was closed. He was happy to say he did almost every job at the plant and often told stories about cooking food on the steam pipes for dinner.

On Oct 30, 1965 he married Vicki Lee Remy at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Vicki made sure he completed his education and Jerry got his GED in 1983 and an advanced welding certification in 1985. Jerry also worked part-time in law enforcement for the cities of Worthington, Epworth and Farley until his retirement. During retirement he built lots of furniture and every winter he drove from Dubuque to Phoenix with his dogs Lilli and later Oscar to spend time with his granddaughter.

Surviving are his son, Tom (Tegan) of Phoenix, AZ; one granddaughter, Tori. Three sisters: Darlene, Mary Lee (Bill) Miller and Kay (Gary) Nauman, sister-in-law Debbie (Basten) Schlarman and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at Mt Calvary Chapel. Burial at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Vicki (Nov 2, 2003); his parents Mary (Jan 15, 1981) and Louis (Oct 1, 1981) and his brother, James Arthur (Nov 8, 2007).

His family wishes to thank the staff at Stone Hill Care Center, Chandler Regional Hospital and East Valley Hospice for their care and support. Special thanks to his sisters and cousin Pat for watching over Jerry in his later years.

 



Elizabeth L. Hingtgen


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hingtgen, 88, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Dickeyville, WI, passed away Thursday morning, May 16, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Betty was born on January 3, 1931 near Sherrill, IA, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller.  She was united in marriage to LaVerne Hingtgen on August 25, 1951 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Sherrill.  He preceded her in death on August 15, 1984.

Betty was formerly employed at Frommelt Industries. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish in Dubuque, and a former member of Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville and its Christian Mothers Sodality. She was active in her parish as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, also led the rosary before Mass, and worked in the Grotto Flower Gardens for many years.  She spent many hours in her own Spring Flower Gardens.

Surviving are six children, Susan (Mark) Bohlen of East Dubuque, Cathy (Ken) Splinter of Platteville, WI, Mary Lynn (Ron) Pickel of St. Paul, MN, Gary (Rita) Hingtgen of Kieler, WI, James (Kathy) Hingtgen of Urbandale, IA, and Dave (Jane) Hingtgen of Kieler; seven-grandchildren, Christopher, Bradley, Kyle, Kelly, Courtney, Keri Lynn, and Reid; four-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, and Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Regina; her husband, LaVerne; two grandsons, Jesse Splinter and Ryan Hingtgen; her siblings, Geraldine McDonough, Bernadette Wernke, Richard and Jerome Schueller.

Betty's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Marilyn, Brandi & Tina, and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, including Sara and Amy for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.  

 



Gary L. McGinnis


Gary L. McGinnis, age 68 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services in Dubuque, IA. A private family service will be held to celebrate Gary's life.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary's family.

Gary was born on April 19, 1951, in Dubuque, a son to Lawrence "Snuffy" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Ring) McGinnis.  Gary always felt blessed to have been able to spend his entire life in the Dubuque area, enjoying the time spent with family and friends.  He married his bride Debra (Ben) McGinnis on June 23, 1990 with whom he spent much time shopping, camping, relaxing by a fire and the occasional catfish dinner (his favorite).  They also enjoyed trips with the family to Jellystone and Adventureland and checking out his favorite toys at car shows.  Gary was not a homebody, though, always eager to trek the outdoors.  Gary cherished his time spent in Strawberry Point hunting for a trophy buck, a big tom turkey and morels (another favorite). He also spent countless hours fishing for catfish and trout. Being a forever kind and generous soul was in Gary's nature. He made friends with all who crossed his path and so many of those friendships lasted a lifetime. 

Gary's professional life spanned operating as a CDL licensed semi-driver, 19 years at Georgia Pacific as an equipment operator and even into retirement as a driver of the local mini bus.  He drove both for the City of Dubuque and Luther Manor for 7 years until health difficulties compelled him to turn keys in for the last time.  Gary's love for people, the ability to share his wisdom, experiences and "goofy" sense of humor made a lasting impression on those around him, even while struggling with his declining health.  Gary's passion and good-nature was not relegated to his friends, but extended to his favorite pets as well.  He enjoyed a good walk as much as anyone, but if a good nap or a Packers game was finding its way into his day, you could be sure to find his puppies enjoying it alongside him.  

It's quite difficult to imagine living in a world without Gary. He had the natural ability to brighten everyone's day and his attitude toward life is that which we can only hope to emulate moving forward. Gary's physical absence will leave a marked void which even time will find challenging to fill and heal.  But we trust that the Lord will finally deliver the peace which Gary has been seeking and we are eternally grateful that any sufferings he may have endured have now ceased.  We will miss him, love him, laugh and cry for him, but most importantly, we will never forget him. We thank you Gary for all of the wonderful memories you've left behind for your family and friends to treasure. We will always remember to spread and share our love and devotion for others as you would have. God bless you Gary!   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gary include,

his loving wife,
Debra McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tera (Aaron) Turner, Marion, Iowa,
Laura McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Farmington, Minnesota;

his beautiful grandchildren,
Cody Sprecher, Cailee Sprecher, Alex Sprecher, Chloe Kaufmann, Jack Kaufmann, Logan Turner, Lucy Turner and Ellie Siegert;

his brothers,
Dave (Kim) McGinnis, Parrish, Florida,
and Ronnie (Kelley) McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his in-laws,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, Iowa,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, Iowa,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, Iowa,
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa;

his dearest friends,
Eldon (Sue) Fenton, Max (Jody) Fenton, Steve (Pam) Heinz and David Steines;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Lee McGinnis and Kathleen McGinnis; his brother, Timothy McGinnis; his father-in-law, Harry Ben; and a niece, Krista Ben.

Gary's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Deacon Mike, Dr. Whalen and Dr. Steffen, along the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Gary, and his family. 

Online condolences may be shared with Gary's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Dennis W. Grant


Dennis W. "Denny" Grant, age 65, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:55 p.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Denny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Denny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Denny was born on March 15, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Immogene (Weber) Grant.

Denny married Diane Nadermann on May 5, 1984. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserve and National Guard, retiring in 1998, with the rank of E-6. He received his education with St. Anthony Catholic Grade School and went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1972. Denny also received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Dubuque in 1978, and finally earned his M.A. from Loras College in 1982. He felt a human services calling given the fact that he had a handicapped brother and a very compassionate mother. Denny started his mental health career at Hillcrest Family Services in 1979, going on to work for several places, including The Gannon Center, until his early retirement in 2014. Denny served on several mental health committees, as well as the NICC Human Services Advisory Board. He was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2011, and underwent various treatments over the past several years. Upon surviving 5 years, he wrote a book about his experiences called "5 Years and Beyond: Surviving Cancer", which was published in 2016. Denny always had an optimistic outlook and never complained about his illness. The book was intended to be a reflection on his own experiences and serve as an inspiration to others. Denny was known as a jokester who liked to laugh and get others to laugh right along with him. He was a very kind and giving person who always made time for others. He believed that keeping your word was very important and the most valued aspects of his life were his family, country and career. Denny was part of the The Four Horsemen, along with Pat, Ski and Dan, they were friends for 60 years. He had many other close friends and associates that he liked to visit with. Most of all he loved spending time with Diane and his sons, whom he was very proud of. Denny also had a soft spot for animals and had several pets throughout the years. Denny loved to golf, travel and play black jack at the casinos. He was also known as a trivia wizard on morning talk show trivia contests.

Those left to cherish Denny's memory include

his loving wife of 35 years,
Diane Grant, Dubuque;

his 2 sons,
David Grant, Dubuque, IA
and Daniel Grant, Washington D.C.;

his brothers,
Gary Grant, Plano, TX,
Rodney Grant, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Diane) Grant, Fort Worth, TX
and Bob (Amy) Grant, Worthington, IA;

3 brothers-in-law,
Dan (Connie) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA,
Don (Suzanne) Nadermann, Hot Springs, AR
and Paul (Maria Alcordo) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Judy (Steve) Bries, Sherrill, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Todd Grant; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Grant.

Denny's family would like to thank Dr. Engleman and the entire Oncology Department at Medical Associates, as well as the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa G., they were angels that came into his home, creating "Memories in the Making". We love you Denny, Rest in Peace!

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Thelma A. Meier


Thelma Alice Meier, 103 a long-time resident of Bellevue, IA and Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA entered Heaven's gates on December 18, 2018.

Thelma was born April 27, 1915 in Bellevue, IA to Roy and Anna Cheney. After graduating from Bellevue High School in 1932, she earned her beauty license in Chicago, IL and then opened her own beauty shop in Bellevue. Later in life, she worked in Bellevue's Elementary School cafeteria for many years.

She was a long time and very active member of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.

Thelma was also a great "cooker" according to her grandkids. She loved to dance, golf, bowl, travel, and play cards.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was also a big Chicago Cubs fan. She loved to watch and root them on. Over the years, she indicated she wasn't going anywhere until the Cubs won a World Series. God answered that prayer allowing her to see them win the 2016 World Series at the age of 101.

Thelma was united in marriage to Urban N. Meier on September 2, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2001. They were married for 61 wonderful years. After retirement, they wintered in Mesa, AZ for many years.

Thelma's family include her oldest son Lynn (Mary) from East Dubuque, IL, her twin sons; Douglas (Debbie) from Casa Grande, AZ, and Dean from Mesa, AZ. Her family included nine loving grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, plus one on the way, and one sister, Lois Petesch from Hopkins, MN (formally from Hanover, IL).

Thelma was predeceased in death by her parents, Roy and Anna Cheney, loving husband; a brother, Roger Cheney; sisters, Jeanette Rathje, Dorothy Jess, and Vivian Williams. The sisters were inseparable and coined themselves..." The Cheney Chickens".

A memorial service to celebrate Thelma's life will be held on June 1, 2019 at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 503 Market Street, Bellevue, Iowa starting at 10:30 am. We welcome all those who want to attend a "Celebration of Life and Remembrance" gathering at 9:00 am. She will be laid to rest in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.

The family wants to thank her doctors, the many nurses, and staff members from Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque who cared for Thelma. It was their love and caring that made her life comfortable and enjoyable. We are so grateful!

In lieu of flowers, a "Thelma Meier Memorial Fund" has been established.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

 



Evelyn Callahan


Evelyn Callahan, age 109, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, formerly of 702 Caledonia Place passed away on March 27th, 2019 at Bethany Home. Evelyn was born in rural Clayton County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Lange) Ferris of Guttenberg, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. A semi-private service, for family and close friends will be held in the small chapel of Bethany Home. No Flowers, please. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Dubuque, Iowa.

In her youth, Evelyn taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Iowa. She then returned to school and attended Metropolitan Business College in Chicago and worked at United Insurance Company. Evelyn married Hugh Callahan of Dubuque, Iowa in 1932, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Evelyn lived a very active life. She was President of the Policeman's Auxiliary and the Loras Academy Mother's Club. She was also secretary of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered in the library. She was an avid and skilled bridge player. She was also an active democrat and worked the election polls for many years.

Evelyn is survived by her son Hugh (Sonia) Callahan, of Piedmont, California and his four children, David of Augora Hills, CA, Amy of Istanbul, Turkey, Carolyn and Anne, both of Piedmont, CA. Her son John Callahan (deceased) has five children. Michael, Susan, Tricia and Margie, all of Houston, Texas, and Christopher, of Birmingham, Alabama.

She has twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

 



David A. Huseman Jr.


David A. Huseman Jr. 42, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

Dave was born in Dubuque, IA on May 16, 1976, the son of David A. Huseman Sr. and Mary Lyons, (Donath). He attended Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a welder/custom fabricator. On October 8, 2011 he married Christine Roth and together they shared 11 wonderful years together.

Music was Dave's life, whether it was around a campfire, on stage, or simply in a basement. When a guitar was in his hand, he was at his happiest. Dave loved spending time with his family, friends and especially his many cousins, he was recently overjoyed to find out he was to become a first-time grandpa.

He enjoyed hanging out with his dad and working on various projects together. His ongoing project was rebuilding a "Burt Reynolds" Trans-Am "Bandit" for Chris. Dave had a great sense of humor and his presence was undeniable to so many throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Chelsey of Dubuque; a son, Tyler of Dubuque; two stepsons, Christopher and Gage; his father, David; his mother, Mary; a brother, Dan; and a sister, Mary (Eric) Avenarius and his Lil' Penny; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family members.

 



Cecelia M. Meloy


Cecelia M. "Cis" Meloy, 94, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Cis may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen.
Services for Cis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.
Cis was born September 30, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Mike D. and Marjorie (O'Brien) Noonan. She received her education in rural Jackson County schools and St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. She was a school teacher in Dubuque and Jackson County schools. She had a keen wit and was an avid euchre player for many years. She was proud of her Irish heritage and greatly enjoyed a trip to Ireland. She was always interested in the activities of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved hearing from them. She kept their photos nearby.

On September 17, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Meloy at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years near Bernard, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2002.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and the St. Patrick's Rosary Society in Garryowen, Iowa.

She is survived by three children, Peggy (Ron) McDermott of Coal Valley, IL, David (Ruthanne) Meloy of Muscatine, IA and Mark (Jeanne) Meloy of Dubuque, IA; 9 Grandchildren, Tanya, Erin, Brian, Lea, Liza, Rob, Marissa, Kevin and Shannon; and 22 Great-grandchildren; two brothers, Michael (Jeanne) Noonan of Peosta, IA and Patrick Noonan of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan of Cascade, IA and Shirley Noonan of Carmichael, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary Margaret Noonan and Frances T. Noonan; three brothers, Robert M. Noonan, John "Oz" Noonan and Daniel Noonan; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan and Nancy Noonan.
A Cecilia M. Meloy memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 



Venson L. O'Hara


Venson L. O'Hara, 70, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Venson from 1 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Eden Valley Camp Refuge, 1415 50th Avenue, Baldwin, Iowa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.
Venson Lee O'Hara was born on January 11, 1949 in Clarinda, Iowa, to Charles Robert and Beatrice (Tamerius) O'Hara. He grew up in Clarinda and after the 8th grade joined the carnival. He then entered the military serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning an honorable discharge. He married Mary Ann Scholtes on November 19, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Venson was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked as cook for several years, and then co-owned and operated their business called the "Dog House" where he worked as a self-employed mechanic.

Venson was an avid collector of coins and old beer cans.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Ann O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; a daughter, Jenny Lynn (and husband Joshua Shepherd) O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; 1 grandson, Isaac Lee Shepherd; and sisters Verna Lou of St. Louis, MO, and Viola of MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers Victor, Vernon and Virgil.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Venson Lee O'Hara memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



William E. Gurske

William E. Gurske, 82, of Rickardsville, Iowa passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 while traveling with his wife and daughter in Minnesota.

Memorial services will be 11 am, Friday, May 17 at Summit Congregational Church, where a visitation will be held from 10 am -10:45 am. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

 



Ice Kay Horkheimer


Ice Kay Horkheimer, stillborn infant daughter, of Brittany Horkheimer and Antwoine Shealey, was called home on May 10, 2019. To celebrate Ice's memory, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 2:00 p.m., on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Those left to cherish Ice's memory include

her parents,
Brittany S. Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
and Antwoine D. Shealey, Chicago, IL;

a brother,
Lazarick "JoJo" Childs-Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA;

her grandparents,
Donna S. (Terry) Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Scott A. Morales, Davenport, IA;

her great-grandparents,
Judy (Paul) Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
Karen Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Joyce Bennett, Davenport, IA;

her aunt,
Brandy Phend-Bostic, Dubuque, IA;

her uncles,
Brandon Horkheimer,
Cameron Thompson
and Dakota Thompson, all of Dubuque, IA;

and many cousins.

Ice was preceded in death by her grandma, Claudia "Cookie" Shealey; her great-grandmothers, Alice Shealey and Katherine Kelly; her great-grandfathers, Gene Thompson and John Morales; and an uncle, Michael Thompson.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Raymond L. Potter


Raymond Lee Potter, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 10th, 2019 at Eagle Point Place.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born on May 6, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Byron and Myrtal (Wilkenson) Potter. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-1954.

Ray married Sandra Lee Bainbridge and together they had four children.

Ray worked for the Sinsinawa Mound and Mercy Hospital in Dyersville. He was a member of the American Legion and Party President for Dubuque Rugby Club.

He loved camping, the lake and woods, his Cabin and his Leisure Lake family. He enjoyed road trips and adventures, trap fishing, and he even tried a little biking with Doug. Hunting was a hobby he and Doug loved, but they were not very good at it, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. He never missed a Rugby game or football game Doug played in. He enjoyed a cold pint and good food. Building projects with his brothers-in-law and son were a labor of love and much to be proud of. What he loved most though, was his family, the time spent with them was his greatest joy.

He is survived by his children, Sherry (James) O'Toole, Kristie (Scott) Pier, Douglas (Barb) Potter, and Debbie Potter along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Dusty and Bud and two sisters Adele and Shirley.

The family would like to thank Eagle Point place for taking such good care of Ray. Special thank you to Brandy for always making him feel special and cared.

 



John A. Goedken


John A. Goedken, of Petersburg, Iowa passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born July 30, 1945, in Dyersville, the son of William and Calista (Klaus) Goedken. He married Marilyn Kramer on June 22, 1968, in Dyersville. John served in the United States Army Reserves from 1963 to 1969. He spent his entire life on the family farm and particularly enjoyed planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, children: Bob (Sharon) Goedken of Earlville, Jerry (Karol) Goedken of Dyersville, Deb (Mark) Noble of Minneapolis, MN, Jim Goedken of Petersburg, Jen (Dave Mart) Goedken of Cedar Rapids, Jeff Goedken of Petersburg, Doug (Kristin) Goedken of Petersburg, Jason (Mandy) Goedken of Peosta, 11 grandchildren, siblings: Norma Brunsman of Dyersville, Inez (Francis) Hermsen, Valeria Bockenstedt both of Manchester, Lavern (Patsy) Goedken of Holy Cross, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Dubuque, in-laws: Germaine Goedken of Dubuque, Janet Rolfes of Osage, Ann Pfab of Peosta, Jean (Charles) Schneider, Ed (Sue) Kramer both of Dyersville, John (Bev) Kramer of Belleville, WI, Art (Nancy) Kramer of St. Louis MO, Janice (Ken) Willenborg of Dyersville, and Merle (Darcy Bowden) Kramer of Ypsilanti, MI.

He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Goedken, grandchildren Mitchell and Melissa Goedken, his parents, parents-in-law, Elmer and Sylveria Kramer, siblings: Gilbert Goedken, Helen and Emil Wilgenbusch, Stella and Leo Demmer, Mary Lou and Elmer Engelken, Patricia and Marvin Rolfes, in-laws: Vernon Brunsman, Irvin Bockenstedt, Ernie Pfab, and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Gregory F. Cummins


Gregory F. "Greg" Cummins, 65, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Greg was born on November 23, 1953, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Francis and Marie (Heim) Cummins. He married Sally J. Timmerman on May 17, 1975, at St. Rose of Lima Church. He worked as a master plumber for Collins & Hying, Dodgeville, and Modern Plumbing & Heating, Madison.

Greg was a handyman who was always willing to lend a hand. He loved going to Bagley and boating with his family. Greg was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was known as "Grandpa Greg" to his grandchildren. Greg was a member of Plumber's Union Local 75 Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; his children, Tara (Jeremy) Groom, Potosi, Brett (Dawn) Cummins, Cuba City, and Tim (Jamie) Cummins, Hazel Green; his mother, Marie Cummins, Cuba City; his sisters, Vicki (Tom) Kilkelly, Ocala, Florida, Connie (Dave) Klein, The Villages, Florida, Pam (Mike) Schramm, Apple Canyon Lake, Illinois, Patricia (Dan) Ramaker, and Lori (Ron) Wallenhorst, both of Cuba City; and twenty grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfunerahome.net.



Sister Jeremiah Farrell, OP

Sister Jeremiah Farrell, OP, died at St. Dominic Villa, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Her wake will be at Sinsinawa at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, and the funeral at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15.

Sister Jeremiah taught at St. Joseph School, Dubuque (1972-1975), and parish schools in Chicago, Madison, Green Bay, and Sioux City. She taught in high schools in Whitefish Bay, Wis.; Faribault and Minneapolis, Minn.; and Burbank, Ill. She later served at Marillac Center in Chicago for ten years. She ministered to the Sisters at St. Dominic Villa and at the Motherhouse for several years before joining the Villa community in 2011.

Sister Jeremiah (Monica) was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Redwood Falls, Minn., to Jeremiah and Beatrice (Butler) Farrell. She is survived by a sister, nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

Hoffmann Schneider is handling arrangements.



Charles E. Leppert, Sr.


Charles E. "Charlie" Leppert Sr., age 84, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at UnityPoint Heath Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Charlie's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Steve Whiteman officiating. To celebrate Charlie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home.

Charlie was born on April 24, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Wilfred Louis and Irene Anna (Manahl) Leppert.

Charlie was born and raised in Dubuque and graduated from Loras Academy in 1953, before joining the National Guard serving for 10 years. Charlie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith E. Barry, on September 21, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two have been blessed with 61 years and 8 children together. He was an extremely hard worker who was employed with Trausch Bakery for 13 years, before going to work at the Dubuque John Deere Works and the Dubuque Packing Company, simultaneously, to provide for his family, retiring from John Deere on January 31, 1997, after 33 years. Charlie loved working, but when he did find some free time in his days, he loved caring for his yard, or loading up the station wagon for a camping trip and spending some quality time sitting around the campfire with the Judy and the kids. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful, hard working, husband, father and grandfather, but are grateful for all of the memories made, and the life lessons he has taught us throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Charlie's memory include

his loving wife,
Judy Leppert, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kevin Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Christopher Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Kerry (Pat) Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Wendy (James) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Sean (Ann) Leppert, Dubuque, IA,
Charles "Chuck" (Theresa) Leppert Jr., Maquoketa, IA,
Shannon (Angie) Leppert, Bernard, IA
and Judith Leppert, Potosi, WI;

his 15 grandchildren,

and his 19 great-grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers, Richard (Frances) Leppert and Donald (Joawn) Leppert.

Charlie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the ICU and 5th Floor at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Charlie and his entire family. Also a special thank you to John Lux for all of his years of devoted friendship and his entertaining stories.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Harland H. Coulthard


Harland H. "Harlie" Coulthard, 71, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Harlie was born on February 20, 1948, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond J. and Renilda (Herbst) Coulthard. He married Gayle L. Werner on June 7, 1969, at St Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. Harlie grew up on the family farm in Jenkynsville, worked at Jacques Seed, owned and operated Harlie and Gayle's, and then worked at A.Y. McDonald in Dubuque.

Harlie was an avid Chicago Bears, Brewers and NASCAR fan. Since 1981 he loved camping at Lake Joy. He enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and cribbage. He was also known as "Honda", a nickname given to him by his daughter, Candi.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle; a daughter, Candi (Doug) Syvrud, Mt. Horeb, WI; two sons, Gregory Coulthard, Racine, WI, and Patrick (Alivia) Coulthard, Cuba City; a sister, Carol (Jerry) Leifker, Dickeyville, WI; three brothers, William (Jean) Coulthard, Brownton, MN, Donald (Deb) Coulthard, Oregon, WI, and Dennis (Theresa) Coulthard, Overland Park, KS; a sister-in-law, Monica (Lowell) Bartels, Glen Haven, WI; two granddaughters; and nine grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rodney; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Betty Werner.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Peg Law


Peg (Verla) Law, 95, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where  services to celebrate her life will begin at 12:30 p.m. Private family committal services will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Peg was born March 6, 1924 into a family of 9, in Creston Nebraska. She married John W. Law on May 20, 1944 and moved to Dubuque shortly after John returned from WWII. She helped build the John W. Law Company while raising 4 children. Peg was actively involved in various volunteer community organizations, church activities, and school functions. She remained an active member of Chapter IK, PEO for over 60 years.

Peg is survived by 3 children, John C. (Hope Warschaw) Law of Santa Monica CA, Jim Law of Dubuque, Joanne Law of Denver CO and son-in-law Edgar Laube of Madison, WI; 7 grandchildren, Jack Law Warschaw, Baer (Katy) DeMaio, Jenna (Chris) Yarborough, Jon Law, Emma Laube, Anne Laube and Julia Laube, and 5 great grand- children.  

Peg was preceded in death by 6 siblings, husband John W. Law, and daughter Kathleen Law Laube. 
Peg was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grand-mother. She took great pride and joy in her family's interests and accomplishments.  

The family would like to extend a very special thank-you to Pennie Davis for all the kind, loving and compassionate care she provided, not only for Peg but her entire family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the United Pompe Foundation,  https://www.unitedpompe.com/donations/ would be appreciated.

 

 



Elizabeth J. Garvey


Elizabeth J. "Betty" Garvey, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of Mass. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born February 22, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ries) Majerus. She married Earl Garvey on May 5, 1951.

Betty was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Betty is survived by her sister in law, Rose Majerus; her nieces and nephews, Ken Majerus of Dubuque, Tina (Virgil) Kohagen of Waterloo, Pam (Kevin) Hall of Cedar Falls, and Tim (Laura) Majerus of East Dubuque, IL; and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John Majerus and James Majerus; and two sisters, Katie Meyer and Virginia Lindquist.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Ruth I. Vierkant


Ruth I. Vierkant, 90, of Dubuque died Monday, May 6, 2019.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ followed by the funeral service Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Ruth was born July 16, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Mallder) McIntyre. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

On September 4, 1948 she married Erwin Vierkant at the "Little Brown Church" in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2013.

Ruth worked for the Dubuque Battery Factory, Montgomery Wards, Weber Paper Company, Janlen Plastics and was an elevator operator at the Hotel Julien.

She is survived by four children, Glen (Molly) Vierkant of Green Bay, WI, Erich (Sheila) Vierkant of Dubuque, Karen (Ron) Mills of Dubuque, and Kurt Vierkant of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a sister, Delores Mielnicki.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Everett McIntyre.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place for their compassionate care.



Daniel T. Lange


Daniel T. Lange, 62, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle for 14 years with various health issues. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on September 21, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Merlin F. and Evelyn J. (Schonhoff) Lange. He married Robin McCarthy on January 22, 2005, at Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Dan worked for five years at John Deere Tractor Works and for 35 years at Flexsteel Industries.

Dan attended St. Joseph's School in Sinsinawa, Hazel Green High School and Southwestern Vocational Technical School in Fennimore for welding. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, biking, fishing, deer hunting up north and raising Christmas trees. He also enjoyed playing cards especially euchre and pinochle. Dan participated in the Men's CEW at the Sinsinawa Mound, the Knights of Columbus, built houses for the less fortunate in Jamaica with Food for the Poor, and was known as the "TEC Trailer Man" because of his many years of service with the Together Encountering Christ Program. Dan lived his life by the mantra that "God is good. God has a plan. God is in Control." Most of all, he loved his wife and children, Jeff, Cindy and David.

Survivors include his wife, Robin; his children, Jeff (fiancée, Sarah), Pardeeville, Cindy (Charald) Lange, Leiden, Netherlands, and David, at home; his parents, Merlin and Evelyn Lange, Hazel Green, a sister, Deb Schneider, Menominee, IL; and two brothers, Dick (Sheila) Lange, Kieler, Tim (Samantha) Lange, Cobb; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dave and Peg McCarthy, Highland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Mary Lange and Paul and Mary Schonhoff, and his brother-in-law, Pete Schneider.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfunerahome.net.



Rosella E. (Ruden) Jasper


Rosella E. (Ruden) Jasper, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:25 a.m., on Monday, May 6, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rosella's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosella was born on April 27, 1925, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Mike and Catherine (Neumann) Ruden.

Rosella was united in marriage to Donald Jasper on April 30, 1947, sadly they were only blessed with 14 years together, before he was called home ahead of her on May 6, 1961. After moving to Dubuque, Rosella went to work with the Dubuque Packing Company, Dubuque Stamping Company and Rainbo Tire/Tandem Auto Service. In her free time, Rosella enjoyed watching her Cubs, playing Bingo and cards, and sewing. Beyond a doubt Rosella was happiest when spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish Rosella's memory include

her 4 children,
Dick (Jan) Jasper, Holy Cross, IA,
Dale (Barb) Jasper, Cassville, WI,
Terry (Ann) Jasper, Holy Cross, IA
and Tammy Jasper, Dubuque, IA;

11 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

and a sister, who is 103 years old,
Gert Ruden, Dubuque, IA.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Jasper; a great-grandson, Tyler Cummer; a brother, Frank Ruden; and 4 sisters, Marie (Clarence) Schmal, Stella (Pete) Krug, Barbara (Leonard) Backes and Catherine (Fritz) Krug.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Rosella's doctors, nurses and caregivers, as well as the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Rosella and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Alvara A. Schmidt


Alvara A. Schmidt, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Alvara's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. Thursday at the church. A 3:30 P.M. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Alvara Ann Deppe was born on January 4, 1926 in Springbrook, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Kiehold) Deppe. She grew up in Springbrook and attended Springbrook Catholic School. She married John Ambrose "Jimmy" Schmidt on May 7, 1946 in Springbrook, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2005.

Alvara first farmed with her husband in the Bellevue/Springbrook area moving to Maquoketa in 1966. She then worked for Western Auto as a sales clerk for 15 years and later for Jackson State Bank as a teller for 8 years.

Alvara was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Raphael #1156. Additionally, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Past President's. She enjoyed playing euchre, bowling, visiting area casinos, and being on the river. Most importantly she loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Paulette (Gary) DuVall of Hanover, IN, Bob (Pam) Schmidt of Dubuque, IA, Dale (Judy) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, Doug (Sandy) Schmidt of Morris, IL, Virgil (Jody) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (Edward) Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Barb Grimm of Charlotte, IA; sisters, Karen Gonner of Bellevue, IA, and Dianne (Harvey Jr.) Seiler of Bellevue, IA; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend Jim Otruba of Leisure Lake, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Dean, brothers Kenneth, Kermit and Gene Deppe, and 2 grandchildren Jonathan Schmidt and Peter Schmidt.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



John E. Cressey


John E. Cressey, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, May 4, 2019, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 10, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

John Edward Cressey was born on December 5, 1935 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Harry Milton and Lucille (Bell) Cressey. He was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to Maquoketa and married Connie M. Drumm on May 31, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
John was a lifelong carpenter. He got his start with G.L. Stockham and Son as a Carpenter's Helper from 1953 to 1955, and from 1958 to 1970 as a Carpenter Superintendent. On February 13, 1970 until 1990, he operated John E. Cressey Construction in Maquoketa where he was the Owner, Estimator and Superintendent. On January 1, 1990 Cressey & Associates was formed and John served as President until retiring in 2009.

John was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where he had served on various committees including serving on the Building Committee for the church building on Wesley Drive, Chair of Trustees, and taught 8th grade Sunday School for many years. He also was a 55-year member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he held roles of Warden, Secretary and past Worshipful Master.

John was always giving of his time, talent and resources. He had served on the Maquoketa Fire Department and Rescue Squad from 1979 to 1982 where he held the rank of Deputy Chief, served on the Maquoketa School Board from 1979 to 1991 where he was a past President, and was a former Maquoketa City Councilman serving from December 23, 1997 to December 30, 2005.

John enjoyed fishing, boating, horse care and riding, and tending their vineyard. He loved his dogs and had a special place in his heart for his Golden Retriever Lady!

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Connie M. Cressey of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brian (Andy) Cressey of Altoona, IA, and LuAnne (Tom) Yearwood of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Dr. Nicole (Lance) Cressey-Musselman of Gillette, WY, Ryann (Bradley) Cressey-Smith of Green Bay, WI, Shelby Yearwood of Maquoketa, IA, Christina (Todd) Isaacs of Pittsboro, IN, Amanda Kinzle of Greencastle, IN and Debra (Dean) Wyatte of Boulder, CO; 6 great-grandchildren, Ava and Granger Musselman, Jenna, Nathan and Hannah Isaacs, and Gregory Christopher; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald (Connie) Drumm of Coal Valley, IL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda (Paul) Dupuis of Canada; and sister-in-law, Georgia Armstrong of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roger Cressey, sister-in-law Barbara Cressey and a brother-in-law Robert Drumm.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, First United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



Sabra Hovey


Sabra "Sue" Hovey, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sabra Sue Stout was born on November 28, 1940 in DeWitt, Iowa, to Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout. At the age of three her mom died, and she was raised by her aunt Iva and Uncle Henry "Tootie" Smith whom she considered to be her parents. She was a 1958 graduate of DeWitt High School. She married Ronald E. Hovey on July 29, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, "Sue" had worked in the billing and insurance department at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. In 1982, she and her husband Ronald opened Hov's Pub in Maquoketa. The restaurant quickly became a popular eatery and pub. They retired in October of 2006.

"Sue" was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and the UCC Women's Fellowship. She enjoyed planting flowers, reading books and magazines, sports of all kinds, cooking and recipe collecting, decorating, and holidays. She especially enjoyed meeting and visiting with people.

Those left to honor her memory include three children, Ronelle (Jeff) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Shane (Jodi) Hovey of Louisburg, KS, and Tyler Hovey of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Delaney Clark, Chance Dubinick, Sydney Clark, Jase Hovey, and Conlee Hovey; and a sister Terri Vetter of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout and Iva and Henry "Tootie" Smith, and her husband Ronald on October 27, 2008.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sabra "Sue" Hovey memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family, and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Victor A. Prevatt, Jr.


Victor A. Prevatt Jr. 87, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer with his loving wife and special niece Vicki at his side on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

Vic was born in Dubuque, IA on September 17, 1931 the son of Victor A. and Mary (McLaughlin) Prevatt. He graduated high school from the Loras Academy. On January 13, 1979 he married the love of his life, Loretta Spease.

Vic worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years before retiring. In 1984 he moved to San Antonio, TX and worked for Star Food. After retirement from there he moved back to Dubuque and worked part time at Coca Cola for 10 years.

Christmas was very special to Vic. He loved to decorate and loved playing Santa Claus. He would always make sure to have Candy Canes for the kids.

Vic enjoyed five wonderful winters in Florida. He loved spending time with his family, especially playing with his grandchildren. He loved boating and traveling, most of all he loved his wife Loretta.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, son, Tom Prevatt of Tucson, AR; two stepsons, Kelvin (Cathy) Orton of Sun Prairie, WI and Derek Orton of Dubuque, two grandsons, Joseph and William Orton of Sun Prairie, WI; a sister, Nancy Dolan of Dubuque; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and James Udelhoven of Edgerton, WI; several nieces and nephews and a very special friend and Neighbor Charlie Klein.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dorrance Prevatt and a brother-in-law, Albie Dolan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided to Vic.



Herman E. Kloser


Herman E. “Hermie” Kloser, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:50 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Hemie’s life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.  To celebrate Hermie’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.
Hermie was born on April 13, 1933, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Albert and Lucy (Riniker) Kloser.
Hermie was born and raised in North Buena Vista where he worked on the farm from the time he was young.  He was drafted during the Korean War, into the U.S. Army, and would honorably serve his country for 4 years.  When Hermie returned home he would return to farming and marry the love of his life, Mathilda “Tillie” Juran, on August 2, 1958, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Buenie.  The two were blessed with 4 children and 59 wonderful years together before Tillie was sadly called home ahead of him on April 2, 2018.  Hermie’s faith was always a very important aspect of his daily life and he was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church after he and Tillie moved to Dubuque.  In their younger days every Saturday nightwas “date” night for the adorable couple, and they could be found out on the town dancing the night away.  In later years, Hermie found that he enjoyed relaxing and sitting down to watch a good western movie or tv show.  Family, however, meant the world to Hermie, and he loved spending time with everyone whenever the opportunity arose.  We are deeply saddened at the loss of the patriarch of our family today, but take some comfort in knowing that he and his loving bride are now reunited on that big dance floor in the sky for all Eternity. 
Those left to cherish Hermie’s memory include
his children,
Edward (Bette) Kloser, Darlington, WI,
Paul Kloser, Dubuque, IA,
Roger Kloser, Dubuque, IA
and Patricia (Curt) Kirschbaum, Hazel Green, WI;
a granddaughter,
Rachel (Daniel) Schmitt, Platteville, WI;
his step-grandchildren,
Joshua Wirth, Calen Wirth and Kara (Jason) Tyson;
his step-great-grandchildren,
Ashley, Courtney, Olivia and Colton Tyson;
his brother,
John (Rita) Kloser, Dubuque, IA;
and a sister-in-law,
Dee Kloser, Dubuque, IA.
Hermie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mathilda “Tillie” Kloser; and his siblings, Joe Kloser, Albert (Germaine) Kloser, Florence (“Bud”) Hefel, Frances (Ray) Steffen, Loretta (Al) Frieburg, Ann Bjerneby and Marie (George) Pluemer.
Hermie’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Finley Hospital, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided not only for Hermie, but his entire family.
Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Ronald J. Heinricy


Ronald J. Heinricy, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Edenbrook in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bart Timmerman and Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Ron was born on July 14, 1938, in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Roman and Mary (Keuter) Heinricy. He married Lavon Pickel on October 5, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler.

Survivors include his wife, Lavon; two daughters, Carissa Heinricy, of Kieler, and Carla (Tony) Schueller, of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Kayla, Courtney and Kylie Schueller; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Roger) Heinricy; and a brother-in-law, Klaus Kröner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Dennis Heinricy; and two sisters, Rita (Jim) Hess and Lois (Roger) Gerardy.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfunerahome.net.



James A. Maiers


James A. Maiers, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Holy Cross passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at MercyOne in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. Visitation will continue from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Jim was born February 8, 1929, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the son of John and Rose (Ungs) Maiers. He married Mary Ann Joester on August 13, 1949. Together they enjoyed 69 years of marriage.

Jim co-owned and operated Maiers Implement & Hardware in Holy Cross for 30 years and later owned and operated Maiers Ag. Service.

He loved his farm and all aspects of farming. He most enjoyed his time with his family; his children, granddaughters and great grandchildren were a special joy to him.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, three sons: Steve Maiers of Holy Cross, and his children, Stacy, Michele, Julie, Emily, and Morgan; Bill (Jackie) Maiers of Dubuque, and his step-children, Chad, Casey, Courtney, and Chris; Jeff (Lois) Maiers of Salado, TX, and his children, Nicholette and Katherine; one daughter, Ann (Arthur) Weinstein of Albuquerque, NM, a sister, Sr. Alice Maiers of Cedar Rapids and his sister-in-law, Norma Kerper of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, August (Gus) and Hilda Joester; siblings: Charles Maiers and Rosemary Lane; in-laws: James Joester, Al Kerper and John Lane.

The family would like to