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Ronald E. Heying

Ronald E. Heying, 79, passed away at his home of 4 years, the Iowa Veteran's Home in Marshalltown, IA on June 10, 2015. "Ron" was born June 10, 1936, to Norbert and Irma (McCoy) Heying of Dubuque, IA and raised by his grandparents, Henry and Mary Heying of New Vienna, IA.

Ron served in the U.S. Army following graduation from Saint Boniface High School in New Vienna. He spent much of his adult life living in Chicago working as a professional bartender until moving to Des Moines, IA in 1994, to be closer to his sister and her family. Ron remained an avid Chicago Cubs Fan.

Ron retired from the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines after enjoying years of providing a supporting role in bringing the arts to his community.

Ron is survived and lovingly remembered by his sister, Dorene (Heying) Theisen Leo of Windsor Heights, IA, sister in law, Helen Heying of Chesterton, IN and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brothers, Marvin Heying formerly of Albuquerque, N.M. and Virgil Heying of Chesterton, IN, sister in law, Ruth Heying of Michigan City, IN and brother in laws, Harold C. Theisen and Guido C. Leo of Des Moines, IA.

Kramer Funeral Home of Dyersville is handling funeral arrangements. A private service is being planned later this summer in New Vienna, IA at Saint Boniface Cemetery following interment of Ron's ashes.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Saint Boniface Catholic Church in memory of Ron.

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

 



James Sherwood

James Sherwood, 73 of Warren, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at his daughters home in Dubuque.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family memorial services and burial will be at a later date in Christian Memorial Gardens, Rochester Hills, Michigan. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

James was born on January 17, 1942 in Michigan the son of Bernard and Lillian (Hackbarth) Sherwood. He worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier until his retirement. His passions in life were bowling and golfing.

He is survived by his two children, Cyndi (Mike) Brooks, and Kevin (Daniela) Quinn. His grandchildren Alex (Kalleigh), Gable, and Andie Brooks, Katy Boyd, Kayla, Torin, and Elias Quinn, Amy Joel and Matthew Baltodano; a niece Anita Olinga (Amy Archie) and her children Gabe, Tony and Katie, and his sister Patricia Sherwood whom James cared for and dedicated his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Richard "Dick" Sherwood and MaryLou LaVergne.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Molly Manders for all of their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Donald C. Funk

Donald Charles Funk, 81, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home On June 16, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 19, 2015, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born July 25, 1933 in Dubuque, IA, the son of the late Clarence F. Funk and Margaret Wick. He married Sandra Thatcher, July 11,1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

He graduated in 1951 from Dubuque Senior High School. Don was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict from 1954-1956. Upon discharge from the service, Don returned home and was employed at Caradco from 1956-1963. In 1963, he became a firefighter with the City of Dubuque Fire Department, and retired after 25 years.

Don was an avid sportsman and competitor, and especially enjoyed the competition of Duplicate Bridge. He was a die-hard fan of the Cubs and also Hawkeyes basketball. He always had a story or joke to tell and loved spending time with family. He was a coach, mentor, and frequent spectator at his daughters' and granddaughters' sports endeavors and interests. Don was always willing to lend a helping hand or advice when needed, to any family or friend. His quick wit and smile will endure with those he knew and loved. He will be missed, but memories of his love, patience and kindness will live on.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandy and two daughters, Robin (Jeff) Sanford and Lisa Cox (Sid Turner), both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Sara Sanford of Atlanta, GA and Amy (Steven) Smith and great grandson, Steven J. Smith of Marion, IA.; two brothers, Clarence (Shirley) Funk, Jr. and Robert A. (JoAnn) Funk; and two sisters, MaryAnn (Donald) McGeough and Linda Funk; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lorraine (Richard) Brauer, and his son in law, David Cox.

The family extends a special thank you to the Hospice of Dubuque staff for all of the loving care and support they gave to Don and his family.

In lieu of flowers, a Don Funk Memorial has been established.

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



Ronald E. Hennings

Ronald E. "Ron" Hennings, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:18 a.m., surrounded by his loving friends, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ron was born on September 1, 1928, in East Dubuque, IL, son of Melvin "Pie" and Rita (Mauer) Hennings.

He honorably served his country with the National Guard. Ron was united in marriage to Betty Petty on May 20, 1949, in Dubuque. They enjoyed 25 blessed years of marriage before she preceded him in death on January 2, 1975. He worked in the smokehouse at the Dubuque Packing Company and F.D.L. for over 42 years until his retirement. Ron was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Dubuque Boat Club, the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Tri-State Antique and Classic Car Club. Ron was a lifelong Dubuquer who took great pride in our history and always had a story, or a joke, to share with an eager ear. He was a kind hearted and generous man who thoroughly enjoyed helping others. One of Ron's greatest treasures was playing Santa around the Dubuque area for over 40 years. A man of faith, wisdom, love and strength has been called home and his earthly journey is now complete. Ron will be dearly missed and the wonderful memories of him will endure for generations in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Ron is survived by his siblings, Karyn Gilpatric, Harlan, IA, Sandra Kingery, DesMoines, IA, Linda (Gary) Noble, Aplington, IA, Debbie (Steve) Andariese, Flagstaff, AZ; a sister-in-law, Jeneene Hennings, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Merle Miller, Ida Grove, IA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Betty; an infant daughter; two sisters, Joann Johnson and Diane Miller; and two brothers, Wayne Hennings and Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr.

The family would like to extend an extra special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for all of the sincere and tender care they graciously provided Ron these past few years.

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

 



Helen C. Braun

Helen C. Braun, 95, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Bethany Home, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Nativity Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Graveside services to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Helen was born June 24, 1919, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Chris and Mary (McMahon) Braun. She graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1937. Being athletic as a youngster, Helen excelled in playing basketball during high school. Later, she enjoyed golf, carded a hole-in-one at Bunker Hill and in her 90th year played her last round at Lacoma Golf Course.

Helen worked for many years at Midwest Lumber Company and retired from Interstate Power Company as an Executive Secretary. She lived her life with a strong sense of independence and was devoted to her faith, family and friends.

Advancing age did not rob Helen of her sharp mind and her precise recall of the past. Despite recent adversities, she maintained her dignity throughout. Helen was always appreciative of the good nursing care she received and the kindness of others.

Surviving are cousins, Dan (Rose) McDonnell, John McDonnell, both of Tucson, AZ and Milton (Velma) McMahon, of Dubuque.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Roy and Joe; sister Margaret Mueller; and her brother-in-law Harold "Boom" Mueller.

Sincere thanks go the following people who Helen admired and was grateful for their help and support, Ruth Turnis, Patti and Terry Shaffer, Clete Meyer, Lois O'Brien, Val and Mick McMahon and the Berry family.

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

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

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



Troy A. Malek

Troy Alan Malek, 45, of Lombard, IL passed away Sunday, June 14, in Minnesota as a result of a motorcycle accident. Friends may greet the family Friday, June 19, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Private family services will follow.

Troy was born in Dubuque, IA on February 24, 1970, son of Jim and Rena (Meyer) Malek. Troy spent his childhood in Dubuque, graduated from Senior High School and Clarke College. He then moved to the Chicago area where he begin his career in mortgage loan operations. He was lastly employed by PNC Bank.

Troy had an abundant adventurous spirit. His many passions included snowmobiling, especially in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and motor cycling. He was a certified scuba diver and spent many trips enjoying yet more adventures.

Troy had a gift to make everyone feel at ease and could easily put a smile on any ones face. His sense of humor could not be surpassed. Troy sincerely treasured the many friends he made throughout his life.

Troy truly loved his Dad, Jim Malek, who passed away in March of this year. Troy was an organ donor so is giving the gift of life to others.

Troy is survived by his mother, Rena of Dubuque; a brother, Jay (Kim) Malek of Asbury; a niece, Alexandra Malek and a nephew, Nicholas Malek of Asbury; an aunt, Martha Grimes of La Crescent, MN; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and an uncle.
Troy will be dearly missed by his friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, a Troy Malek memorial fund has been established.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Evelyn K. Knockel

Evelyn K. Knockel, 98, of Cascade, Iowa, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, , where a Cascade American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 4:30 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Services for Evelyn will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Evelyn was born November 30, 1916 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of John and Philomenia (Leytem) Moriarity. She received her education in the Farley area rural schools. On April 15, 1941 she was united in marriage to Howard Knockel at St. Mary's Catholic church in Cascade, Iowa. Evelyn loved the three B's, Bowling, Bridge and Bingo, she is the last of the original eight bridge players. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Dick (Barb) Knockel of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Knockel (& friend, Carla) of Winter Park, FL; three grandchildren, Laura Knockel of North Liberty, Leslie (Tom) Lewis and Lynnsey Knockel all of Cedar Rapids; a granddaughter in-law, Amy Bartels; two great grandchildren, Ashly Fagen and Kayla Fagen; three step great grandchildren, Brandy Merfeld, Cris Bartels and Erick Bartels; 11 great great grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Oberfolell of Sherrill, and Darlene Schneider of Holy Cross; 6 Sister-in-laws, Kay Moriarity of Cascade, Celine Knockel of Dubuque, Helen Knockel of Monona, Leona Gordon of Dubuque, and Rita Kauder and Irene Carnahan both of Cascade; and a brother-in-law, Albert "Sonny" Giegerich of Dubuque.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Vi (Tucker) Moriarity; her husband, Howard H. Knockel on January 23, 2006; a daughter, Joyce Bartels in September 1967; a grandson, Roger Bartels on February 4, 2009; one great great grandson; brothers, Eldon, John R., Leo T., Jim and Edmond Moriarity; one sister, Betty Kennicker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Helen Moriarity, Walter Knockel, Marie Giegerich, Donna Moriarity, Mabel Moriarity, Paul Oberfoell, Merlin Schneider, Leo Knockel, Elmer Knockel, Paul "Flash" Gordon, Mervin Carnahan and William Kauder.

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



Varis C. Rauch

Varis C. "Joe" Rauch, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:02 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on July 5, 1931, in Cassville, WI, son of Henry J. and Agnes L. (Carlson) Hayes Rauch.

Joe was employed at Caradco for 27 ½ years until they closed and then went to work for Barnstead for 2 years until his retirement. He loved listening to traditional country music and watching the Cubs.

Joe is survived by a special friend, Darlene Turmeyer, Dubuque, IA; four nieces, Jeslyn Jackson, Colo, IA, Janice Whitmore, Davenport, IA, Joyce Cammack, Platteville, WI, Dana Breuer, Sterling, IL; two nephews, Tim Worsham, Sterling, IL, Tarin Worsham, Kenosha, WI.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Maralyn Worsham; a brother, Norman Hayes; and a nephew Shayne Worsham.

A Varis C. "Joe" Rauch memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor for their wonderful care of Joe.

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

 



Rose Wimmer Buhr

Rose Wimmer Buhr, 85, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Luther Manor. Rose formerly resided at 249 Southgate Dr. in Dubuque. A celebration of Rose's life will be held Sunday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St. Family, friends,former students, and anyone whose life was touched by this amazing woman are invited to share their memories.

Rose was born on December 15, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Ethel (Weisbenner) Wimmer. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1947 and went on to receive her BA degree in education from the University of Dubuque in 1951.

Rose was united in marriage to Harry H. Buhr on March 10, 1956 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque. In Harry she found a kind, loving and loyal helpmate who could truly be called a gentleman. Rose was a born educator, nurturing a love of learning in the countless students she taught. Her insatiable curiosity for a variety of subjects, including world cultures, classical music, art history and literature was both contagious and inspirational.

Rose considered teaching a noble profession and a calling and poured her considerable energies and intellect into communicating both the discipline and most importantly, the joy of learning. Herself a lifelong learner, Rose earned an MA degree in elementary education from Clarke University in 1972. It was one of her proudest achievements after years of attending night classes and summer school while juggling the duties of being a mother and full time teacher.

During a career in education that spanned over 35 years, Rose taught at St. Anthony's, and St. Mary's elementary schools and also summer school at Dubuque Senior High School. Perhaps she is most beloved for the twenty
years she spent as a sixth grade teacher at Bryant Elementary school. She was at Bryant when she retired from teaching in 1989.

The soundtrack of Rose's life was classical music and she took refreshment in it daily. Rose was proud of the many instruments she mastered, among them the viola, bassoon, piano and organ. In later years when mobility became limited and her world smaller, she found much pleasure in listening to selections from her favorite composers, among them Beethoven, Schumann,Chopin and Brahms.

Rose and her husband Harry were enthusiastic and indefatigable world travelers, always ready for the next great adventure. Both possessed an open mind and respect for other cultures that made these excursions so enjoyable. During the 1980's they traveled to numerous countries in Europe, the Mid and Far East, China, Russia and Australia. They would return bearing books, photographs, textiles and art, eager to
"unpack" the stories of their exotic experiences.

Rose is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Brian Peters)of Dubuque and Barbara of Warm Springs, VA.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Harry H. Buhr.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Museum of Art to set up a scholarship fund for at risk students to attend art classes.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr J. Bruce Abele, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Rose.

 



Sandra J. Saul

Sandra J. Saul, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:05 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2015, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sandy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church with Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Sandy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sandy was born on November 17, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of George B. and Coletta E. (Holz) Schumacher

Sandy was employed at Morrison Brothers as a comptroller for over 22 years until her retirement. First and foremost, it must be stated that Sandy's primary focus in this life was that of a mother and grandmother. Her unwavering adoration for her family could never be adequately depicted in words. There was never a doubt in the minds of those who held a special place in her heart of her unconditional love for them. Secondly, we must admire Sandy's desire to experience life to it's fullest. She was a world traveler and her travels took her to Russia, Japan, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, Whitby Island, China, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico and Egypt was her favorite because she traveled with her daughter. She was also a history buff and genealogy guru who found great joy in sharing her experiences with others through stories and photos. Sandy was known to spend her free time embracing technology, shopping, gardening, and occasionally finding a treasure at a garage sale. She was a vibrant member of the Friendship Force, the Red Hat Ladies and a longtime faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker. Sandy's life was abundantly full and to have had the opportunity to share it with her was an absolute blessing to all who knew and loved her. Sandy's words of wisdom, "leave nothing unsaid and finish your bucket list", she topped hers off by sky diving at 70, "live life to the fullest".

Sandy is survived by her 4 loving children, Richard Saul, Kendalville, IN, Michael Saul, Minneapolis, MN, Cynthia Sindt, Pasadena, TX, Nick (Allison) Saul, Polk City, IA; 7 grandchildren, Joshua (Megan) Saul, Carly Luetzelschwab, Thomas Saul, Jordan Saul, Jena Sindt, Austin Saul and Grant Saul; 5 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Owen, Abigail, Ryan and Alexis; 2 brothers, George (Stacey) Schumacher, Glendale, CA, Dale (Vickie) Schumacher, Santa Maria, CA.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Dave Sindt; and an aunt, Bea Holz.

A Sandra J. "Sandy" Saul memorial fund has been established.

Sandy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender care and comfort.

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

 



Donald B. Palmer

Donald B. Palmer 89, of Luther Manor, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Carter Hill officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Donald was born on February 15, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Clyde and Ester (Newkirk) Palmer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943 and enlisted into the U.S. Navy that same year. On September 24, 1949, Donald married Elinor Rubie, she preceded him in death on June 8, 1977. He married Retha Wolfe-Peters on July 9, 1980, she preceded him in death on April 4, 2011.

Donald retired from the Dubuque Packing Company in 1981 and then worked at DB&T for the next 10 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and gardening. Donald also love to follow the Chicago Cubs, Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Surviving are his sons: Steve (Linda) Palmer, Mark (Nancy) Palmer and Tom Palmer all of Dubuque and David (Lisa) Palmer of Lexington, KY; his stepsons, Doug (Ellen) Peters of LaMirada, CA and Steve "Craig" (Kay Ellen) Peters of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; his sister, Sheila Pauly of Cedar Rapids, IA; brothers-in-law, John "Jack" Fay of Cedar Rapids. IA, Fred (Dorothy) Rubie, Arthur "Buzz" (Helen) Rubie, Dick (Jean) Rubie and Frank Augustin all of Dubuque and David Wolfe of Vancouver, WA; his sisters-in-law Irene Jecklin and Lois (Dave) Hartman both of Dubuque and Lona McGrew of Oskaloosa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wives Elinor and Retha and 2 sisters, Dorothy Fay and Ruth McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Donald's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their care and support.



Mary H. Clark

Mary Helen Miller Clark, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, June 15, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A funeral mass celebrating Mary Helen's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, June 19, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church beginning at 10 A.M. until 11:15 A.M. A private burial will be held in the Saint Aloysius, South Garry Owen Cemetery, rural Bernard, Iowa.

Mary Helen Phillips was born on April 7, 1928 in South Garry Owen, rural Bernard, Iowa, to Joseph and Janet (Penney) Phillips. She graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Calvin Miller and to this union 8 children were born: Nancy, Ruth, Sheila, Russell, Greg, Penny, Howard and Joleen. They later divorced and she married Everett Clark in 1962 in the Wisconsin Dells. To this union 1 child was born: Dave.

Mary Helen had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa placing valves on engine blocks, and later worked in the food service department at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. Lastly she worked as a proof reader at the Maquoketa Sentinel Press in Maquoketa for over 30 years.

Mary Helen was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Raphael #1156. She was a volunteer at the Maquoketa Senior Center and the Jackson County Historical Society. She enjoyed collecting stamps, reading, playing bridge, and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Mary Helen's memory include her 9 children, Nancy (Dave) Foster of Marion, IA, Ruth Strong of Watauga, TX, Sheila (Bill) Landers of Ely, IA, Russell (Kaylene) Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA, Greg Miller of Smithville, GA, Penny (Steve) Schnoor of Emeline, IA, Howard (Sharon) Miller of Oxford Junction, IA, Joleen (John) Boland of Park View, IA, and David (Lisa) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Dorothy (Elmer) Hasenmiller of Grand Mound, IA, Pat (Glen) Hotchkiss of Bettendorf, IA, and Pauline (Duane) Prew of Bonita Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Paul (Janie) Phillips of Succasunna, NJ, and Jim (Jan) Phillips of Iowa City, IA; a brother-in-law, Jim Ales of MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, brothers Jack and Robert, and sisters Janet and Lois.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Helen Miller Clark memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Maquoketa Care Center for the exceptional care and support given over the past two and a half years.

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

 



Ruth Miroyiannis

Ruth (Nemmers) Miroyiannis, 94, of Heritage Manor, formerly of 2 Julien Dubuque Dr. died Monday, June 15, 2015.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Garden at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services, Thursday at the Cathedral. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth was born on February 10, 1921 in LaMotte, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Rose (Beringer) Nemmers. She married Dr. Stanley D. Miroyiannis at the Church of the Nativity on Nov. 24, 1958. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1980.

She graduated from the former Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte and Bayless Business College. She joined Metropolitan Life in their Dubuque office, and was promoted to Office Manager in the Sioux City District Office, and their Des Moines Headquarters where she retired after 44 years. She moved to Dubuque in 1985.

She served 6 years as a member of the 5904 USAR School at the Army Reserve Center at Ft. Des Moines. She was Secretary to the Commandant and was the 1st WAC Sergeant to re-enlist in the WAC Reserve, Iowa Sector.

She spent a number of years as Volunteer Coordinator at Finley Hospital. She was a Lector/ Eucharistic Minister at St. Raphael's and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court 1287. She was an avid sports fan, loved golf and horseback riding, and especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago White Sox.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Roger J. (Elizabeth) Nemmers; 2 sisters, Joan Gerken and Carol Bertsch; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glenn (Mary) Nemmers; sister, Harriet (Dr. James) McKay; and brothers-in-law, Adrian Gerken and Robert Bertsch.

A special thank you to Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Ruth.



Gerald W. Hubanks

Gerald W. "Jerry" Hubanks, 87 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where the family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born May 27, 1928 in Cassville, Wisconsin. He served in the US Navy 1948-1952, during the Korea Area. Jerry married Shirlee Plummer, on December 22, 1962. She passed away on April 9, 2007. He worked for over 26 years at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1985. Jerry loved spending time with his family and many fishing, hunting, and trapping friends all over the United States. His passion was the outdoors and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Tim (Tammy) Hubanks of Sherrill, and Tina (Gilbert) Segovia of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren, Jerod, Sydnee, and Noah; and numerous close family and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirlee; siblings, Donald, LeRoy, and Luella Brekke.

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

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

 



David W. Leifker

David W. Leifker, age 74, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, beloved husband and devoted father, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:37 p.m. at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington, Wisconsin, while engaging in his favorite activity, fishing, with his best buddy John by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

David was born on August 4, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Mildred (Huekels) Leifker. He married Barbara Hessler on Nov. 20, 1965 at Gesu Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He was a graduate of Loras Academy and Loras College, both in Dubuque, and later graduated from Marquette Law School in Milwaukee. David was a practicing attorney in Dubuque for many years. 

David was heavily involved in environmental issues such as the conservation society and the Hosta Club and many others. He was also an advocate for the antiabortion movement. He loved gardening, fishing, coin and stamp collecting, the Monday and Friday visits with the Coffee Group and the Wednesday meeting with "The Gubs".

David loved the law and sought to right injustice where he found it. With his pithy remarks and puns, David may be remembered by many as quite a character. There is so much more to write about a man's life so let each who reads this remember David in his/her own way.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; a son, Matthew, of Platteville, Wisconsin; a brother, Mike (Karen) Leifker, of Spokane, Washington; and a sister, Christine Leifker, of Topeka, Kansas; his mother-in-law, Maria Hessler; and in-laws Mark & Monica Buffington, both of Houston, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; his aunt, Sister Mary Jo Leifker, PBVM of Dubuque, Iowa; and his fishing buddy and best friend John Soat of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin; his father and mother, William and Mildred, and step-father Emmett Healey.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum, the Hosta Club or the Conservation Society.

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



Eulalia M. Schadler

Eulalia M. Schadler, 95, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at home.

Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Eulalia was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Philomina (Streletzsky) Haun. She married Lester Schadler on July 8, 1941, at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death Aug. 13, 1991.

She attended Nativity grade school and graduated from the Academy of the Visitation, both in Dubuque.

Eulalia loved to dance at the Melody Mill and Center Grove dance halls where she met Lester, the love of her life, and they were able to celebrate their 50 year anniversary of marriage in 1991. She also enjoyed playing cards, piano and Hawaiian guitar, and received many awards playing in recitals. She was a devoted Catholic, being formerly a member of Nativity Parish and in the last 35 years a member of Sacred Heart Parish. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society. She had great faith and was a shining example of kindness and love. She was devoted to her family, a true lady of wisdom and enjoyed the simple things in life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Eulalia is survived by two children, Marilyn Kafer and Roger (Kathy) Schadler; three grandchildren, Cindy Kafer, Jeff (Angela) Schadler, and Brian (Lisa) Schadler; seven great-grandchildren, Daniel Kafer, Julie and Michael Kubesheski, Mya, Mikala, Elly and Nathan Schadler.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Arnold Haun; a sister, Armella Henry; a son-in-law, Lloyd Kafer; and a grandson, Roger Kafer.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family.

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



Patricia A. Heiar

Patricia A. (Beckman) Heiar, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 15th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Patricia was born July 17, 1942 in Dubuque, daughter of LeRoy and Eleanor (Radloff) Beckman. She married Benjamin Heiar, Nov. 27, 1966 in Peosta.

Patricia loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she enjoyed shopping and going to garage sales.

Surviving is her husband, Benjamin Heiar; 5 sons, Blair (Marie) Heiar, Blaine (Teresa) Heiar, Blake (Cheryl) Heiar, Brice (Jessie) Heiar, and Brandon Heiar; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two sisters, Bev Hedrick, of Peosta and Georgia Carpenter, of Hastings, Minn.; and two brothers, Mark Beckmann, of Peosta and Roger "Butch" Beckman, of Epworth, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marlene; a brother, Michael; two sisters-in-law, Betty and Darlene Beckman; and two brothers-in-law, Arthur Miller and Russ Hedrick.

A Patricia A. Heiar Memorial Fund has been established.

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



James H. Schmitt

James H. "Jim" Schmitt, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor James' life and his soul being returned to his Creator, private family services will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City. The Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on March 24, 1934 in rural Bankston, son of Aloysius P. and Henrietta M. (Hufnagel) Schmitt.

Jim attended St. Joseph School in Rickardsville, Sacred Heart School in Dubuque, graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1955 and received his bachelors degree from Loras College in 1960. He was united in marriage to Jeanette K. Ouderkirk on June 20, 1959 at St. John's Church, Peosta. She preceded him in death on May 22, 2012. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as an enlisted combat aircrewman during the Korean War, as a Naval Flight Officer during the Vietnam War and finally retired from the Naval Reserve in 1973, after 21 years of service. Jim was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as an Assistant Experimental Engineer and eventually retired from the F.A.A. in 1989 as an Air Traffic Controller and Electronics Technician. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Jim invested countless hours in genealogical and local history research and was given the honor of publishing 7 books over his lifetime. In his free time Jim enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Jim is survived by his 4 children, Steven Schmitt, Cedar Rapids, Cozette (Daniel) Oberhoffer, Dubuque, Kenneth (Kim) Schmitt, Asbury, and Thomas (Tammy) Schmitt, Cedar Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Matthew Cairy, Adam and Sara Oberhoffer and Charles and Remey Schmitt; 10 siblings, Pat Steger, Dubuque, Paul (Mary Ann) Schmitt, Dubuque, Richard (Janet) Schmitt, Dubuque, Joseph (Doris) Schmitt, Holy Cross, Kenneth (Patricia) Schmitt, Dubuque, Mary LeGrand, Asbury, Daniel (Katherine) Schmitt, Rickardsville, Diane (Dennis) Judd, Argyle, WI, Shirley (Gail) Simon, SD,
Michael (Carrie) Schmitt, Rickardsville.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Steger.

The family would like to thank Heritage Manor for all the compassionate care they provided Jim.

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

 



Robert B. Kahle

Robert "Bob" B. Kahle, 82, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Ennoble Manor.

Family and friends may call Monday, June 15th from 10 to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Kyle Digman officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Bob was born January 1, 1933 to George and Marcella (Droessler) Kahle in Louisburg, WI. He served in the Navy Reserves for 6 years. Feb. 5, 1955 he married Joyce Magson of Dubuque at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was employed as a carpet and floor installer for over 40 years.

Bob was a hard worker his whole life. He was a loyal husband, dedicated father, and beloved grandfather. He enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He loved to play tricks to make people smile and laugh. He enjoyed playing euchre and rooting on his favorite sports teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Chiefs.

He was a member of the Holy Spirit Parish (Holy Ghost Catholic Church)

Surviving is his wife, Joyce; his children, Michelle Stanisch, of Newburg, WI, Lorna (Mike) Laugen, Orange, CA, Tim Kahle, of Dubuque, Angie (Mike) Maas, of Dubuque, and John (Jane) Kahle, of Draper, UT; 12 grandchildren, Ben, Tony, Matt, Alex, Bianca, Natalie, Alicia, Taylor, Alexi, Ruby, Simon, and Lilah; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Vernon Kahle and Don (Erm) Kahle M.D.; a sister-in-law, Sandy Kahle; and two brother-in-laws, Gib Crippes and Larry Seiler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Lisa Ann, and his siblings, Marvin Kahle, Eunice Crippes, Jim Kahle, and Jean Klaas.

A special thank you to the staff and therapists at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Ennoble Manor.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

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

 



Leslie E. Sprague

Leslie E. "Les" Sprague, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 11:20 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Leslie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. To celebrate Leslie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Leslie was born on December 25, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Leslie R. and Agnes (Montin) Sprague.

Les was united in marriage to Gloria Entringer on November 17, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2014. Les proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Les worked as a machinist at John Deere Dubuque Works for 29 years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the American Legion Dubuque Post 6 and the V.F.W. Les was also a member, for over 22 years, of the Iowa Special Olympics Family Committee and the Winter Games Committee, where he additionally and graciously devoted 14 years to coaching. In his free time Les enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and gardening with Gloria, family and friends. He was an avid Hawkeyes fan and a loyal member of the Hawkeyes "I" Club. Les devoted his life to those in need and the word "can't" simply wasn't a part of his vocabulary. A dearly sweet and compassionate man has just left this world with a void that will be impossible to fill. God speed thy good and faithful servant.

Les is survived by his children, Connie (Richard) Neumann, Dubuque, IA, Barbara Murphy, Broomfield, CO, Terry (Cindy) Sprague, Albany, IL, Randy Sprague, Dubuque, IA, Gary Sprague, Dubuque, IA, Steven Sprague, Dubuque, IA; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Fred) Neumann, Melinda Miller, Dustin (Kendra) Murphy, Shaun Murphy, Terra (Chad Cook) Sprague, Joshua Sprague, Nick (Stacy) Sprague, Allison Sprague, Emily Sprague, Blake (Nicole) Sprague; 13 great-grandchildren, Preston, Madison and Kenley Gantt, Derek Miller, Rhianna Benford, Mackenzie and Payton Cook, Hunter and Carson Sprague, Lily, Chloe and Roland Sprague, Joshua Sprague.

Les was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gloria; 4 sisters, Frances, Margaret, Evelyn and Sarah; and a son-in-law, Pat Murphy.

A Leslie E. Sprague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Laurence P. Carroll

Laurence Patrick Carroll, "Bohrman", 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a memorial service at 5:00 p.m.

He was born on October 25, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son Lawrence & Carole (Johnson) Carroll. He married Elizabeth Stark, "Crazy Horse" on October 28, 2000 in Dubuque.

He worked as a self employed logger. He enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his grandchildren and his family. He also enjoyed "his music".

He is survived by his wife Beth Carroll "Crazy Horse", two step children, Carrie (Patrick) Boots and Cory (Elizabeth Palmer) Schlitter. Three grandchildren Sierra, Ronnie and Riley. Two sisters Peggy (Fess) Otting, of Dubuque, and Suzie Carroll, of Colorado. A niece Michelle and two nephews Dwayne and Scott.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care.



Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, 67, of Luxemburg, peacefully passed away on June 10, 2015 at home surrounded by her family after an eight year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday June 12, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June, 13, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm is officiating. Placing of the pall is being done by Robert, Mark, Steve and Karen. Lectors are Sammie Meyers and Jackie Sellner and giftbearers are Sydney Steger and Shelly Hess. Eucharistic ministers are Susie Scherbring, Sharon Koopmann and Jim Koopmann. Music will be provided by Linda Bockenstedt. Pallbearers are Trevor and Mitchell Meyers, Ron, Nick and Luke Steger, and Alex Sellner.

Linda was born on Oct. 2, 1947, daughter of Matt and Marcella (Habel) Jaeger. She graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa, in 1966. Linda married Robert Meyers on May 14, 1971, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. She, along with her husband and children, farmed near Luxemburg for 44 years. After being a stay at home mom, Linda worked at Payless Foods, Comfort Inn, and LaSalle Schools as both a cleaner and a cook for many years.

Linda loved living in the country, being outside in her garden, and spending time with her many cats. Her domain, though, was the kitchen. She could be found daily baking cakes or bars or trying a new recipe. Linda was the best cook around, as those lucky enough to try her treats could attest to. Linda loved her little vacations with her sisters or family, too. She was always the life of the party!

Survivors include: her husband, Robert; her three children, Karen (Ron) Steger of Bankston, Steve Meyers of Luxemburg, and Mark Meyers (special friend Evelyn Witter) of Guttenberg; seven grandchildren, Jackie (Alex) Sellner of Manchester, Nick, Luke, and Sydney Steger of Bankston, and Samie, Trevor, and Mitchell Meyers of Dubuque; one great-grandchild, Aleena Meyers of Dubuque; five sisters, Doris Offerman of Earlville, Mary Jane (Lavern) Offerman of Earlville, Florence Frerich of Dubuque, Barb Jaeger of Holy Cross, and Marlene Hess of Dyersville; one brother, Bob (Sandy) Jaeger of Platteville, WI; and one sister-in-law, Florence Jaeger of Holy Cross.

Linda was preceded in death by: her parents; three brothers, Lester, Arnold, and Merlin Jaeger; and three brothers-in-law, Leon Offerman, Dave Hess, and Dick Frerich.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and all of the staff at oncology at Medical Associates, especially Dr. Kukla.

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



Nancy A. Eltrich

Nancy A. Eltrich, 58, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 10, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Nancy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Nancy Anne was born on July 6, 1956 in Redwood City, California. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Marion (Damsbo) and Richard Weatherwax. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1994 Summa Cum Laude. She married Thomas E. Eltrich on October 2, 1978 in San Diego, California.

Nancy was a teacher who touched the lives of many students through the years. She had taught high school English and music in Arizona and Wisconsin. She had also worked for Hal Leonard Music Publishing Corporation in Milwaukee for several years and was a published author.

Nancy was a member of the P.E.O., Phi Beta Kappa and the Independent Home Community Fellowship Church. She enjoyed music, reading, sewing, cinema, travel, interior decorating and had sang and performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her husband, Thomas Eltrich of Bernard, IA; 4 children, Ian (fiancé Cassandra) Eltrich of Hartland, WI, Aaron (Ruth) Eltrich of Maquoketa, IA, Danton Eltrich of Vista, CA, and Tomra Lee (Shane) Bazer of Raleigh, NC; her mother, Marion Weatherwax of Bernard, IA; 4 grandchildren, Greyson Eltrich, Abigail Eltrich, Ashton Bazer and Ireland Bazer; 1 step-sister, Faith Much of Escondido, CA; 2 step-brothers, Geoff Weatherwax of Southport, NC, and Dale Weatherwax of Southport, NC; her adoring dog Clyde, and her loyal cat Java. She was preceded in death by her step-father Richard Weatherwax.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hatikva Ministries, P.O. Box E, Nederland, Texas 77627.

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

 



Lawrence O’Toole

Lawrence "Larry" O'Toole, 82 of Oak Park Place in Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. until Mass time Saturday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Larry was born June 19, 1932 in LeMars, Iowa, the son of Dr. Lawrence and Magdalene (Hoffman) O'Toole. He graduated from LeMars High School and then attended Loras College and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1955 with a degree in communications, and he then worked for several radio stations in Iowa and Nebraska.

Larry married Ruth Jaeger on July 21, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked for Business Enterprise Systems of Minnesota for the blind from 1972 until his retirement in 1994. He and Ruth relocated back to the Dubuque area 5-1/2 years ago. Larry enjoyed all sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings, reading and history.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; siblings Tim (Sherry) O'Toole of Chicago, Dr. Dan (Jane) O'Toole of Oelwein, Ann (Dennis) Hoeksema of Chicago; in-laws Jerome (Donna) Jaeger, Jean Ann Steger, Anthony Kerper, and Mary (Gary) Summers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary O'Toole; and in-laws Iola Kerper and Sylvester Steger.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice of Dubuque in Larry's memory.

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



Dorothy M. Schlueter

Dorothy M. Schlueter, 77, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health (Finley Hospital) in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 13, at Nativity Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Friday, June 12, at Nativity Church, and from 9:30-10:15 a.m., Saturday, June 13, also at Nativity Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Dorothy was born on November 29, 1937, in Menominee, Illinois to Elmer and Helen (Lolwing) Wubben. The second oldest of eleven children, Dorothy grew up in a modest house in Illinois farm country where she honed her work ethic performing nearly every type of farm chore imaginable, including milking the cows, feeding the chickens, and herding the horses. Elmer, a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs, rewarded his family for their hard work by taking them on family vacations to Wrigley Field to cheer on the beloved home team. As a result, Dorothy became a lifelong fan of the Cubs and managed to pass on this affliction to a few of her own children. When not working on the farm, Dorothy attended a one-room schoolhouse from 1st through 8th grade. Although Dorothy acknowledged that this might not have been the highest quality education, her experiences here instilled in her a life-long commitment to education. She attended boarding school and subsequently nursing school, which is where she began to cultivate her passion for caring for those in need. Whether it be a Hospice patient, a friend, or one of her own children, Dorothy had a remarkable ability to connect with people in need, simultaneously conveying true empathy for their suffering while radiating a strength of will that inspired them to face their challenges. Dorothy's strength of character was inseparable from her faith in God, and she dedicated her life to helping others recognize the importance of this connection. The fruits of this dedication can be seen in the lives of her nine children, her seventeen grandchildren, and in the countless individuals she counseled throughout her life, including those who seek help at the SOURCE, a non-profit she co-founded ten years ago, to provide a place where people struggling with addiction can go to find understanding, recovery, community, and encouragement.

Dorothy married Thomas W. Schlueter on May 9, 1964, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque, and their marriage lasted over 50 years. Dorothy cared selflessly for Tom up until his recent death on January 26, 2015. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Mary Kathryn Schneider and Carol Schulting, and her brothers-in-law, Arnold Honkamp and Erwin Schneider.

Surviving are her children, Thomas (Ellen Neuhaus) Schlueter and their children Nathaniel, Cy Thomas and William of Green Bay, WI; Mary Kay (Bill) Meyer and their children Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye of Dyersville, IA; Susan (Dan) Wirtz and their children Josephine and Eva of Atlanta, GA; Angela (David) Wilson and their children Lucas and Owen of Martinsville, VA; Carl (Hayley Bush) Schlueter of St. Paul, MN; Janet (Frank Merritt) Gammage and their children Leo and Greta of Asbury, IA; Helen Schlueter of Chamblee, GA; Peter (Nicole Westphal) Schlueter and their son Elliot of Denver, CO; and John (Jennifer) Schlueter and their children Henry, Grant, and Samuel of Chicago, IL. Also surviving are Dorothy's siblings, Janet (Michael) Valder of Phoenix, AZ; Joyce Honkamp of Dubuque, IA; Esther (Victor) Soat of East Dubuque, IL; Carl (Patricia) Wubben of Dubuque, IA; Thomas (Theresa) Wubben of Export, PA; Eleanor (Jim Halsey) Dasenbrook of McLean, VA; Elizabeth (Earl) Peters of Mankato, MN; and Robert (Diana) Wubben of Neenah, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, The S.O.U.R.C.E, and Nativity Parish. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Dorothy's family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Drs. Mark Hermann and Jacob Wagner and the 4th floor staff and ICU nurses of Finley Hospital for the compassionate care and attention they provided Dorothy.



Eileen Elizabeth (Wubben) Jaeger

Eileen Elizabeth (Wubben) Jaeger, 71, of Dubuque, passed away on June 7, 2015 at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at St. Anthony Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Eileen was born Jan. 7, 1944 in Galena, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben. She graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1963. She married Charles Jaeger in May of 1966.

Eileen loved spending time with her family and close friends, and keeping up on her grandchildren and their sporting events. She also loved following the Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and her Green Bay Packers.

She is survived by two sons: Dan (Karen Gibson) Jaeger of Madison, WI, and Dennis (Beth) Jaeger of Dubuque; four grandchildren: Jack and Charlie Jaeger of Dubuque, and Wren and August Jaeger of Madison; eleven siblings: Darelene Scharpf, Donald (Marilyn) Wubben, Ralph (Darelene) Wubben, Marian (Ardell) Hoff, Leota McQuaid, Elaine Semrow, Rosella Hying, Agnes (Larry) Ter Maat, John Wubben, Joe (Kris) Wubben, and JoAnn (Phil) Winn; and a sister-in-law, Lois (Rea) Wubben.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary (Berger) Wubben; brothers Ray and Jim Wubben; and brothers-in-law Billy Scharpf and Ronnie Hying.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compass to Care at compasstocare.org.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the staff members at Manor Care, The Wendt Regional Cancer Center and Finley Hospital for the special care they provided our mother. We also want to thank her close friends who were always there for her when she needed them.



Arthur Allen Fulton

Arthur "Al" Allen Fulton, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at home.

Private family services will be held. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is entrusted with arrangements. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Al was born Feb. 16, 1930 in Iowa City, IA, the son of Harry and Willa (Huston) Fulton. He married Bertradine Meyer on Nov. 20, 1965 at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2010. During the Korean War,from 1948 to 1953, he served his country with the U.S. Army in the First Cavalry.

Al was employed as a sign painter for Frank Hardie Advertising until his retirement in 1992. He enjoyed his retirement, and spent a lot of time with his beautiful granddaughter, Alaina. He enjoyed camping. Al was an avid fan of the Cubs, Bears, and Hawkeyes. He was a talented artist, and created many works of art. He also enjoyed reading westerns. Al cherished his time with his many beloved pets.

Al is survived by his children, Ret. Major Thomas L. (Bennie Kirk) Fulton, Davenport, IA; Gary Fulton of Colorado Springs, CO, Michael (Richard) Fulton of Des Moines, IA, and Tracey Belken of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Alaina (Ryan Bzdawka) Belken of Milwaukee, WI and Jennifer Fulton; one great-granddaughter, Alexandria Fulton; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Averkamp, of Dubuque, and Mary (Fred) Gattas, of California; his three furry amigos, Max, Delilah, and Dolly; and his cat, Sassy.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas Fulton; and his sister, Mary Ellen Barger.

Memorials may be made to the Al Fulton Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Tom Schreiber; Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse Amy J. and social worker Stephanie for their care; and to X-Grain Sportswear for their love and support over the last few years. It was deeply appreciated.

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



Aletha A. Engelken

Aletha Anna (Haas) Engelken, 83, of Manchester, formerly of Earlville and Dyersville, passed away on June 7, 2015, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:00 p.m. and a Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday, prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Aletha was born March 26, 1932, near Guttenberg the daughter of Hubert and Anna (Drilling) Haas. She graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Edwin Aloysius Engelken on October 17, 1953, in Garnavillo. Aletha and Edwin moved to Earlville in 1956, where they were dairy farmers until they retired to Dyersville in 1995.

She was a member of St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Churches and enjoyed crocheting as a hobby as well as gardening and baking.

She is survived by eight children: Terry (Becky) Engelken of Washington, IA, Linda (Robert) Fischer of Vinton, IA, LuAnn (David) Cook of Nemaha, IA, Lisa (Craig) McEnany of Nevada, IA, Tom (Cherrie) Engelken of Earlville, IA, Lori (Curt) Timmerman of Marshall, MN, Lynae (Tim) Schott of Prairie du Sac, WI and Lanette (David) Bloem of West Branch, IA and 25 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; a sister, Lucina Morris and a brother, LaVern (Bernice) Haas, brothers-in-law: George (Sherry) Engelken and Cletus (Arlene) Engelken; and sisters-in-law, MaryLou Engelken, Irene Engelken and Alma Brehm.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, her parents, parents-in-law, William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken, a brother, Erwin Haas, sisters and brothers-in-law: Imelda (Jim) Boeckenstedt, Anita (Allie) Klostermann, Art Kerper, Richard Morris, Elmer and Julius Engelken, and Charles Brehm.

Memorials are preferred to Marietta's Memory Care Unit, Regional Medical Center Hospice and the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier.

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

 



Michael C. Grant

Michael C. "Mike" Grant, age 69, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael was born on June 14, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John T. and Charlotte (Gertskamp) Grant Sr.

Mike was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He was employed as an upholsterer at Flexsteel Industries for 32 years until his retirement in 2000. Mike was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, a life member of the American Field Archers Association, the Dubuque Field Archery Club and a past member of the Dubuque Elk's Lodge #297. Mike loved sports; he shot archery for several years, was a long time bowler and also enjoyed golfing.

Mike is survived by his brother, John T. (Karen) Grant Jr., Peosta, IA; his half-brother, Edward (Joan) Grant, Virginia Beach, VA; and his nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol A. Grant; and his half-sister, Donna Wooldridge.

A Michael C. "Mike" Grant memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor for their wonderful care of Mike.

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

 



Janice C. Finch

Janice C. Finch, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at home.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 9 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Janice was born on July 23, 1923 in Warren, Pennsylvania the daughter of Raymond and Vernus Moser.

She married Wilbur R. Finch on January 24, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 12, 1995.

Janie worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business for many years and for the Telegraph Herald as a dispatch clerk for over 24 years. She especially enjoyed working with her special friends at the T.H., Amy, Cheri, Ellen and Pat.

Janice loved her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and she spoiled them often. She was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her children, Cathy (John) Dawson, of Dubuque and Gary (Jayne) Finch of Waukesha, Wis.; 4 grandchildren, Nick (Emily) and Quinn Dawson, Alex (Chris) Foley and Evan (friend, Stephanie) Millard; and 3 great- grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey; her sister; and her parents.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



James A. Schute

James A. "Jim" Schute, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2015, at Luther Manor. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Jim was born on January 27, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Adelbert E. and Florence M. (Koehler) Schute.

Jim was a graduate of Loras Academy, Class of 1952 and Loras College, Class of 1957. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Jim was employed as a field engineer with the City of Dubuque for 38 years, until his retirement in 1996 on his 62nd birthday. Jim was united in marriage to Donna Kall on June 8, 1957, at St. Columbkille's Church. She preceded him in death on October 28, 1999. He was later united in marriage to Patricia Hefel on April 21, 2001, at Holy Ghost Church. She also preceded him in death on September 7, 2014. Jim was a member of the American Legion Dubuque Post 6, the Dubuque County Conservation Society, the Sportsmen's Club of Lake Vermillion and the Church of the Nativity, where he was a faithful usher. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan as well as a loyal Iowa Hawkeyes fan. In his free time Jim enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, traveling and most of all spending time with family. He will be deeply and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his three children, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Asbury, IA, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Dubuque, IA, Terry (Sandy) Schute, Dubuque, IA; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-greatgrandchildren; 6 step-children, Debbie (Jim Vessels) McGrath, Dubuque, IA, Dianne (Bob) Schumacher, LaCrosse, WI, David (Robin) Cahill, Verona, WI, Nancy (David) Crow, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Kathy) Cahill, Dodgeville, WI, Joe (Susan) Cahill, Athens OH; and his sister-in-law, Shirley Schute, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Donna Schute; his second wife, Patricia Schute; two sons, Thomas and Michael Schute; and his brother Robert Schute.

A James A. Schute memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Freiburger and the nurses and staff of Oak Park Place for all of their wonderful care of Jim.

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

 



Grace M. Burkle

Grace M. Burkle, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester following her second courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and a V.F.W. Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Grace was born May 2, 1931, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Florence (Leigh) Kelchen. She married Cletus B. Burkle on June 10, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Greeley, upon his return from the US Marine Corps. Together they farmed northwest of Dyersville for 33 years. Grace also catered weddings, anniversaries and funerals for 17 years with her friend, Doris Deutmeyer.

Grace was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish where she held numerous volunteer positions: circle chair and leader, tour guide, cookbook organizer, and host maker. She also sang in the Basilica Choir for 22 years and was a member of the Resurrection Choir. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7736, Federated Women's Club of Manchester, and 35 year member of Dyersville Progress Inc.

Survivors include her son, Mike of Dyersville, 4 grandchildren: Ryan, Camille, Eric and Shannon Burkle, and their mother, Kathy; siblings: Elsie (Emil) Althoff of Earlville, Harold (Pearl) Kelchen of Ryan, Gerald (Norma) Kelchen of Manchester, LeRoy (Rose) Kelchen of Dyersville and Leon (Dixie) Kelchen of Dundee; in-laws: Roseanne Kelchen and Mary Kelchen, both of Edgewood, Delores Burkle and Leander (Lavonne) Burkle, both of Earlville, Delbert (Dorothy) Burkle and Donald (Lois) Burkle, both of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Florence Kelchen, parents-in-law, Frank and Emma Burkle, her husband, Clete in 2011; siblings: Ernie (Erma and Marianne) Kelchen, Lloyd Kelchen, Eugene Kelchen and Verna Kelchen; in-laws: Herbert (Wilma) Burkle, Alice (Jerome) Wulfekuhle, James Burkle, and nieces and nephews: Dennis, Joyce, Loretta and Tom Kelchen.

The family would also like to express their appreciation to the staff at the Good Neighbor Home and especially everyone at Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello for their unending care and support.

Memorials may be directed to Beckman High School or Dyersville Progress Inc.

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

 



Phillip T. Langas

Phillip Thomas Langas, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 5, 2015 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Fr. Dustin Lyon officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of services.

Phillip was born on August 14, 1934, in Dubuque IA, the son of Thomas and Idella (Brazee) Langas. He served in the United States Army and married Betty J. Fox on July 23, 1966 at St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque IA.

He will remembered by his family and friends for being a loving father and adoring grandfather. His entrepreneurial spirit defined who we was. From his pizza business to selling Elecrolux, he took great pride in providing the best service he could to all of his customers. He loved nature, especially the birds and squirrels and enjoyed spending as much time in the woods as he could looking for anything from wild mushrooms to ginseng. He was most known as a kind-hearted soul who would do his best to help out those in need.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; three sons, Michael (Jacqueline) Langas, James (Patricia) Langanis, and David (Tabitha) Langas, five grand children, Victoria Mitchell, Nicole "Toe" Langas, Cooper Langanis, Kobi Langanis, Alexander "Xa" Langas, and great grand child Holden Mitchell, Two brothers Emmanoel "Duke" (Pricilla) Langanis, Steve (Ruth) Langas, and one sister Sophia Wilcox.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Idella Langas, brother George Langas, brother-in-law Robert Wilcox.

In Lieu of flowers, a Phillip T. Langas memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Amy M. and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and kindness they gave to Phil.



Libbie A. Cecer

Libbie A. Cecer, 95 of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of the Galena and Chicago area passed away on June 6, 2015 at Luther Manor.

There will be no public visitation or services. Private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Libbie was born on August 9, 1919 in Cicero, Illinois the daughter of Ladislav and Elizabeth (Zich) Polz.

She is survived by two children, Susan (Michael) Toedt, of Key West, IA, Nancy (Robert) Stransky, of Davis, IL. Her grandson Bryan (Cindy) Stransky and three great grandchildren. Her brother Frank Polz, of Chicago and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Ashley Stransky, a brother Laddie Polz, and a sister Mildred Cerny.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, Medical Associates and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave to Libbie.



Mavis S. Beck

Mavis S. Beck, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Mavis' life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, June 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Mavis Susan Bies was born on April 2, 1932 in Bellevue, Iowa, to George and Caroline (Kloft) Bies. She grew up in Bellevue and graduated from 8th grade on May 31, 1946. She married Glenn Edward Beck on August 25, 1953 in Bellevue, Iowa.

After her marriage, Mavis became a homemaker and through the years had also worked as a waitress at Town and Country Lanes, at the Jackson County Public Hospital in the housekeeping department, and lastly as a home healthcare aide.

Mavis was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and playing cards, especially euchre.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Glenn Beck of Maquoketa, IA; 4 children, Steven (Stephanie) Beck of Dubuque, IA, Kevin Beck of Delmar, IA, Debra (Kevin) Pfab of Bernard, IA, and Patty Allen of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Dunn, Kristina Strohbehn, Krystal (Chris) Shannon, Tiffany (Chad Thomas) Frey, Kyle Wiest, Cody Beck, Emily (Travis) Dontje, Alex Beck, Mathew (Alicia Ashline) Pfab, Elizabeth (Matt) Turnis; 12+ great-grandchildren, Allie, Gracie, Ryanne, Corbin, Jenna, Logan, Audrey, Phoebe, Cordelia, Zach, Charisma, Katie and Baby Turnis; a sister, Janella (John) Assenmacher of Goose Lake, IA; a brother, Paul (Fern) Bies of Andrew, IA; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Bies of Bellevue, IA, and Ruth Bies of Bellevue, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers Melvin Bies and Vincent Bies.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mavis S. Beck memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sr. Kathryn Welch

Sister Kathryn Welch, OP (Peter Thomas), 80, died June 4, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Behr's Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Kathryn specialized in teaching children in the primary grades for 39 years. Six of those years she was prioress of the local convent. She taught in Faribault, Minn.; Chicago and Lemont, Ill.; and in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sister Kathryn joined the support staff at the Motherhouse, serving in the mailroom for 17 years. She spent the past few years enriching community life at the Motherhouse and at St. Dominic Villa.

Sister Kathryn, born May 19, 1935, in Oshkosh, Wis., to Ibelle Russell and Peter Welch, made her profession Aug. 5, 1955. Sister Kathryn is survived by her brothers James Welch, Peter Welch, Timothy Welch and Daniel Welch; her sister, Martha Hildebrand; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 59 years.

Online condolences may be left at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



James L. Herrick

James L. "Jamie" Herrick, 63, of Galena, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Gloria Hopewell officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Jamie was born on August 22, 1951 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Edward V. and Helen G. (Moser) Herrick. He was a truck driver and was last employed by Wenzel Trucking of Dubuque, IA.

He was an avid Nascar fan, attended several Nascar Races and rooted for #18 Kyle Busch. Jamie was also a huge Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed playing cards at the Eagles Club, going to Leisure Lake, rural Bernard, Iowa, and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Surviving are his five children, Michelle (Kevin) Glasgow of Madison, WI, Melinda (James) Angerett of Thurmont, MD, David (Dana) Herrick of Oswego, IL, Billy (Lexi Kane) Herrick of Dubuque and Meghan (David Feldermann) Herrick of Galena, IL; seven grandchildren; his siblings, Laurie (Michael) Clark of Preston, MO, Beth (Jim Arends) Nolan of Galena, IL, Jean (Gerald Broshous) Worley of Stockton, IL and Harvey (Debbie) Herrick of Elizabeth, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Helen; his brothers Teddy and Richard; and a great-niece, Kimberly Brashaw.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan for their care and kindness to Jamie.

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



Reece N. Shaw

Reece N. Shaw, 78, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, at the Church of The Resurrection with Father Mark Murphy officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Reece was born on March 29, 1937 in Littleport, Iowa, the son of Adrian and Lina (Liddy) Shaw. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was a supervisor at John Deere Dubuque Works for 27 years. On Oct. 6, 1956, Reece married Ann Ahmann. He retired from John Deere in June of 1986, and that same year started a career in real estate with Brissey Realty.

Reece was a member of Resurrection parish, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 5513 of Peosta and enjoyed softball, bowling and golf.

Surviving are his wife, Ann, of Dubuque; his children, Mark (Cindy) Shaw of Dubuque, Linda (Matthew) Maas of Peosta, Iowa and John Shaw of Clive, Iowa; his grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Jasper, Eric and Melissa Maas, Dustin, Katlyn and Taylor Shaw; a great-grandson, Matthew Shaw, and his sister, Wanda Schaller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Shaw; his sisters and brother-in-laws, Virginia (Kenneth) Rieck and Sharon (Ted) Hoerstman; an infant sister, Sandra Shaw; a brother-in-law, Clarence Schaller, and Terry Shaw.

A Reece N. Shaw memorial fund has been established.

The Shaw family wishes to thank Dr. Ridgley and the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff at Stonehill Rehab Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.



Logan J. Kamm

Logan J. Kamm, infant son of Karl and Lynn Kamm, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Karl and Lynn (Wubben) Kamm of Dubuque; siblings Daisy and Kelsey; and grandparents Willie and Betsy Wubben of Hazel Green, Wisc., and Dave and Becky Kamm of Decorah, Iowa. He is also survived by aunts and uncles.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcaper.com



Lester L. Jansen

Lester L. Jansen, age 51, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at home. To honor Lester's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Donna Cota officiating. To celebrate Lester's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Lester was born on December 11, 1963 in Dubuque, son of Norman and Darlene (Meyer) Jansen.

Lester was employed as the maintenance director at Albrecht Acres for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with the campers and looked forward to their arrival every year. Lester was a free spirit who lived life to it's fullest and was always very dedicated to his family. Lester enjoyed going to rock concerts and having a good time with his friends. He was a proud member of the Midnight Riders and loved riding his Harley's.

Lester is survived by a sister,  Nancy (Ed) Merges; a brother,  Wayne (Valerie Markee) Jansen, both of Sherrill, IA; two nieces, Emily (Kenny Arnold) Merges, Amanda (Adam Cook) Merges; a nephew, Michael (Amanda Hoefler) Merges; three aunts, Lou Ann Jansen, Dubuque, IA, Dee (Dave) Bierie, East Dubuque, IL, Ellen Meehan, Roseville, CA; and many cousins.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his godparents, Vi and Elroy Klaas; aunts and uncles, Merlin "Butch" Jansen, Jim Meehen, Tony (Shirley) Meyer, Pearl (Don) Meyers and Evelyn (Harold) Wurst.

A Lester L. Jansen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank everyone at Albrecht Acres and the Midnight Riders for their friendships with Lester throughout the years.

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

 



Sianne E. Crimmins

Sianne E. Crimmins, 21, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Sianne was born on March 31, 1994 in Dubuque. She is the daughter of Jacqueline (Rogers) and Vincent Crimmins. Sianne graduated from Hempstead High School with the Life Skills Class of 2015. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she enjoyed helping out setting up and tearing down tables in the church hall.

She loved cats, and often had "playtime" with them. When she listened to music, she often danced and clapped her hands to the "loud music". Sianne had always wanted to be a ballerina. We know that she is doing a pirouette in Heaven. Putting together puzzles was another favorite activity. Sianne loved doing various activities with her Thursday group. She was an avid hockey fan, and attended Dubuque Fighting Saints games, ringing her cowbell and cheering for the team. Sianne also wanted to attend every play in town!

Sianne is survived by her parents, Vince and Jackie; her siblings, Jill (Steve) Scales of Dubuque, Vince (Stephanie) Crimmins of Dallas, TX, Joy Crimmins of Dubuque, and Valaine Crimmins of Dubuque; her nieces and nephews, Sydney, Sophia, and Sawyer Scales, and Vincent and Samantha Crimmins; her aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to Hills & Dales or St. Anthony Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank the staff and extra special friends at Hills & Dales, Goodwill, and Lutheran Services of Iowa for their kindness and support, and an extra thank you to Connie, her longtime case manager.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



June M. Tubbs

June Marie Tubbs, 44, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning, June 3, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of June's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Following the services, cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

June Marie McPheron was born on January 5, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Michael Joseph and Judy Lee (Fetter) McPheron. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1990 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Michael R. Tubbs, Jr. on April 6, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two daughters were born: Kara and Brittany.

June was a homemaker who had also worked as a CNA for a short time and for APAC. Through the years she had been active doing volunteer work in the community for organizations such as Farm Bureau and the Senior Center as well as for individuals in need.

June was a member of the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa where she served on the Deaconess board. She also was a member of the Thin-Within program in Maquoketa. She loved her family, and spending time with her daughters and her dogs, Chase and Stella.

Those left to honor June's memory include her daughters Kara Tubbs of Maquoketa, IA, and Brittany Tubbs of Maquoketa, IA; a grandson Adan James Shady; her mother and step-father, Judy and Rich Rains of Maquoketa, IA; her father and step-mother, Michael and Judy McPheron of Louisville, CO; her maternal grandmother, June Fetter of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Fran (Dan) Forslund of Swisher, IA; a niece and nephew, Samantha and Colton Forslund; aunts and uncles, Linda Leichty of Wilmington, DE, Rhonda (Bob) Eck of Ste. Genevieve, MO, Jeff (Pam) Fetter of Van Buren, OH, Dave (Sandy) Fetter of Majuro, Marshall Islands, and Robert (Cindy) McPheron of Lima, OH; and a very special friend, Shane Feuss of Lost Nation, IA. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Ronald Fetter, paternal grandparents Robert and Frances McPheron, and her step-father Ron Potter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a June Marie Tubbs memorial fund has been established.

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

 



George A. Frommelt

George A. Frommelt, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 5th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Christopher officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Thursday, June 4th at Leonard Funeral Home.

George was born on January 26, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Anthony and Virginia (Rupp) Frommelt. He attended Holy Ghost Catholic School and graduated from the former Loras Academy in 1958. He married Sharon Unsen on October 8, 1960 and later married Melody Moore on June 1, 1979. Melody preceded him in death. On November 5, 1994 he married Candace Durey.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere and retired in 1996 after 31 years. After retirement George built houses for 16 years.

He was an avid outdoors man. From racing motorcycles and cars in his early years to fishing, hunting, and camping in his later years. He enjoyed weekends at Leisure Lake surrounded by family and friends and yearly hunting trips with his son and son-in-law. He also enjoyed family trips to Noahs Ark, golfing, weekly gatherings with the GUBS and enjoying his new found love of travel in recent years.

He is survived by his wife Candy, children; Shari (Joe) Bush, Brenda Smith, Dawn Soppe, Dwayne Frommelt, Peggy (Roger) Russell, Will Frommelt, Lonnie (Gayle) Beversdorf, Brian Frommelt, Melissa Moore, Jason Moore, Brittany (Jeremy) Weber, Ashley Durey, Logan Frommelt and Tyler Frommelt. MANY grandchildren and great grandchildren. His siblings, David Frommelt, Anthony (Brian) Frommelt, Susan (Denis) Roling, and Mary Beth Frommelt. Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Tom Frommelt, sister Barbara Ann Frommelt in infancy, former wife Melody Frommelt, grandson Dakota Lee Moore, sisters-in-law Beverly Frommelt and Betty Frommelt.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Alex Horchek and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to George.



Patricia A. Gatena

Patricia Ann (Pape) Gatena, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away June 3, 2015 at Luther Manor with family present.

She was born in Dubuque on August 26, 1938, the daughter of Donald and Ruth (Carney) Pape. Pat married Robert Gatena on August 26, 1981. She worked at Heritage Manor prior to retiring from Sunny Crest Manor where she was passionate and proud of her work. She attended grade school at the former Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She loved to ice skate, sing and dance, as well as enjoyed watching her husband play ball.

Pat is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter Margaret A. Lee (Robert), Carolyn A. Easler (Mike Kelly) both of Dubuque, Robert A. Sawvell (Linda) of Washingon, MI, Yvette A. Durham, of Dubuque, Kenneth A. Sawvell (Kenda) of Praire Du Chein, WI, LaVonne A. Sawvell (Jeff Rokusek) of Dubuque: and sisters, Mary Kay (Roger) Bahl, Nancy (Gary) Strohmeyer, Diane (Mike) Frieberger, and Betty Stowers (Mark) all of Dubuque.

She is also survived by her stepchildren Tina Bogosian (Richard), Anthony Gatena (Elizabeth), David Gatena (Lisa), Chris Gatena (Kristi), Christy Quinn (Anthony), Kim Berthold (Tom), Mike Gatena, and Stacey Gratz (Joel).

Bob and Pat have many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Donald and Garry Pape; a brother-in-law, Roger Bahl; a son-in-law, Lynn Easler; and a step daughter-in-law, Barb Gatena.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a private family service to follow.

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



Richard E. Brimeyer

Richard E. "Dick" Brimeyer, 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Dick was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 29, 1934, the son of Hubert I. and Isabelle (Riniker) Brimeyer.  He married Susan ( Molitor) Werner on April 4, 1975 in Nashua, Iowa.  They later had their marriage blessed at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was employed as an engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years retiring in 1992 He was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Supervisor's Club at John Deere, the John Deere Retirees Club and was a lifetime member of LaComa Golf Course in East Dubuque.

Dick was a loving husband and father, loved to golf, work in his yard, loved to travel with Susan, watch Western Movies, listen to the "Big Broadcast" program on Sunday evenings on Radio Dubuque - KDTH, and watching birds with his best friend "Missy the cat".

Surviving is his wife Susan, two sons, Miles Brimeyer of Buffalo, Wyoming and James "Jim" Brimeyer of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Tana, Jessica and Jennifer and seven great-grandchildren; six siblings, Mary Simon of Davenport, Iowa, Betty (Clemie) Pins of Epworth, Iowa, Hubert "J. R." (Rose) Brimeyer of East Dubuque, Illinois, Janet (Paul) Reiss and Paul (Kay) Brimeyer both of Dubuque, Iowa and Barb (Lyle) Kramer of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Isabelle, his siblings, Joseph Brimeyer, Marguerite Brimeyer, Florence Simon, Anna Mae Powers, Bill Brimeyer and Helen Brimeyer.

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

 

 



Sister Jean Monica Lanahan, BVM

Sister Jean Monica Lanahan, BVM, 95, of Marian Hall, Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Jean Monica taught at Clarke University and served as administrator and later volunteer curator at Mount Carmel in Dubuque. She was a secondary school teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; and St. Paul, Minn.

She was born in Chicago on Nov. 28, 1919, daughter of Matthew M. and Sara (McCaughey) Lanahan. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1946. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1949, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John and Francis. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Alan Bottoms

Alan Bottoms, 81, of Dubuque died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Luther Manor. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Alan was born on August 3, 1933 in Dubuque the son of Willard and Verda (Brown) Bottoms. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1951 and from the University of Dubuque in 1955. On October 6, 1956 he married Joyce Parker in Moline, Illinois.

Alan was employed at J.C. Penney from 1955-1958, at Farley and Loetscher from 1959-1961 and as office and credit manager at Flexsteel from 1962-1995.

He was a lifelong member of GrandView United Methodist Church. Alan enjoyed traveling and reading and was a lifetime White Sox fan.

Surviving is his wife, Joyce; two sons, Jeffrey, of Dallas, TX. And Kevin Bottoms, of Dubuque; 3 grandchildren, Jacob, of California, Stephanie,and Samantha, both of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his father and mother-in-law, Dr. Elliott (Helen) Parker.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Luther Manor.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and at Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and exceptional care.
The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.



Irmgard Janssen

Irmgard Janssen, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:25 p.m., with her two sons and her caregiver, Molly, by her side, on Monday, June 1, 2015, at home. To honor Irmgard's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Kristian G. Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Irmgard's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Irmgard was born on October 4, 1924, in Rheine in Westfalia, Germany, the youngest of eleven children, to August and Juliane (Wahlbring) Wacker.

Irmgard married Hermann Janssen, in Germany in 1947. He preceded her in death in 1987. In 1956 they made a life changing decision to immigrate to the United States with their two young sons, Frederick and Richard. Irmgard completed nursing school in Germany and the United States, working for Xavier Hospital for several years and later for the Visiting Nurses Association. She will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched throughout the years.

Irmgard is survived by her sons, Richard (Carolyn) Janssen, Ames, IA, Frederick (Laurie) Janssen, Dover, DE; five grandchildren, Natalie, Brandon and Emily Janssen, Heath (Amy) and Ian (Jen) Janssen; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Emma Janssen, and Owen Janssen.

Irmgard was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hermann Janssen; and all of her siblings.

An Irmgard Janssen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Irmgard's caregiver, Molly, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and friendship.

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

 



Mary Jane (Werner) Roth

Mary Jane (Werner) Roth died suddenly at her home on May 31, 2015, which was her 85th birthday. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during a beautiful day of celebration.

Wake services will be held at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL on Wednesday, June 3, from 4pm to 8pm with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL on Thursday, June 4, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Mary was born and raised in East Dubuque, IL, the daughter of Russell "Spike" and Ruth (Beck) Werner. She attended East Dubuque High School and Teacher's College (UNI) in Cedar Falls, IA. She married James E. "Goph" Roth in East Dubuque on June 12, 1954 following Goph's return from the Korean War. The couple moved to Cherokee, IA and then Des Moines, IA before returning to East Dubuque in 1965. Together they raised 8 children.

Mary worked in accounting before and after the years when she and her husband owned and operated Goph's Hardware in East Dubuque (1965-1976). Mary retired at the age of 76 from McCoy Group, Truck Country of Iowa. Following retirement, Mary volunteered at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. During her lifetime, she spent many hours participating in clubs and organizations. She was a long-time parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Mary loved socializing with her wide circle of friends, being at Frentress Lake, fishing, playing cards (especially Bridge), traveling with her family and friends, watching three generations of family compete in a wide variety of sports, and her pet dogs. Most of all, Mary loved her family to whom she was a friend, mentor, and role model, serving as the matriarch of the Werner/Roth families and providing constant support to all. 

Mary is survived by 3 daughters: Kathy (Loras) McQuillen of Holy Cross, IA, Kim (Jim) Gau of Guttenberg, IA, and Cindy (John) Gilligan of Dubuque, IA; 5 sons: Jim Roth of Woodridge, IL, John (Karen) Roth of Naperville, IL, Bill (Judy) Roth of Marion, IA, Bob (Anne) Roth of Peosta, IA; and Dave Roth of Naperville, IL. She had a special relationship with each of her 21 grandchildren and was blessed to meet her first 4 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her husband of 48 years, James E. "Goph" Roth, who died in 2003; her parents, Russell "Spike" and Ruth Werner-Laskaris; 2 brothers: Robert and Richard Werner; sisters-in-law Grete and Pat Werner; and brother-in-law Charles Roth; and just recently, her canine companion of the past 9 years, Gigi.

The family wishes to thank the employees of Manor Care for the support they provided to Mary Jane.



Herbert G. Tegeler

Herbert G. Tegeler, 94, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and an American Legion service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon on Friday, June 5, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with inurnment in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Herb was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Gerhard and Rosa (Kerkhoff) Tegeler. Herb served in the US Army from 1943 to 1945 in Europe. He married Anna Gertrude Kohaut on July 31, 1948, in Kronberg, Germany. He began working for his father at Tegeler's Dairy and later owned and operated Tegeler Body, Frame, Wrecker and Crane Service from 1949 until his retirement in 2012, when the business was sold to new ownership.

Survivors include his wife, Annie; 3 children: Janie Tegeler, Jesse (Amy) Tegeler and Sherry Krapfl, all of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Tegeler, of Dyersville; 8 grandchildren: Tracy Tegeler, Tammy (John) Olberding, Scott Tegeler, Shelly (Ken) Hageman, Holly Tegeler, Josh Tegeler, Hunter (Alyssa) Krapfl and Kendall Krapfl; 10 great-grandchildren: Kimberly & James Bartlett, McKenna, Cassidy, Shelby & Elizabeth Olberding, Kaylie, Luke and Ike Tegeler and Payton Krapfl; in-laws: Walter (Hannelore) Kohaut of Frankfurt, Germany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Daniel L. Tegeler in 2010; and siblings: William Tegeler, Alma (John) Manley, Edna (Ted) Madison, Earl (Rosemary) Tegeler and Elmer F. (LaVonne) Tegeler.

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



Kathleen Jorgenson

Kathleen "Kay" (Mihalakis) Jorgenson, 89, of Glenwood, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Linnwood Estates Assisted Living in Glenwood. 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 5, at St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the church.

Kay was born on May 18, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Phillip and Viola (Neubauer) Mihalakis. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, class of 1944. She married the love of her life, LaVerne Jorgenson, on Feb. 12, 1955. They had 28 wonderful years together. Kay was formerly employed at Target and Stanley Home Products in Dubuque. She also sold Avon and was a homemaker, which was her highest priority.

Kay grew up in the "flats" of Dubuque and was very proud of her Greek heritage. She loved reading and playing Euchre with all the gang from Boleyn Road and Davis Street. Kay was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque. When she moved to Glenwood in 2002, she joined the congregation at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glenwood. Kay spent many hours making Chaplets with the Glenwood congregation. This mission project has sent thousands of chaplet beads to service men and women all over the world. 

Surviving are four daughters: Diane L. O'Pry (Tim) of Waleska, Georgia, Karen J. Spahn (Justin) of Glenwood, Iowa, Joann I. Jorgenson of Laguna Niguel, California, and Lisa K. Miller of Omaha, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Kenny O'Pry, Kathleen O'Pry, Logan Miller, Corbin Miller, Raleigh Spahn and Rileigh Spahn; two brothers, Louis Mihalakis and John (Junnie) Mihalakis; and three sisters-in-law, Midge Mihalakis of Dubuque, Deloris L. Luse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Joyce E. Shaffer (George Frankenfelt) of Dayton, Ohio; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne (Bub) Jorgenson, who passed away on Feb. 9, 1983. She loved him the rest of her life. Also deceased are her parents; three sisters, Lorie Weidenbacher, Harriet Bush and Irene Waltz; a brother, George Mihalakis; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth I. Schmitt and Margaret (Waltz) Mihalakis; and brothers-in-law John (Hank) Waltz, Edward C. Luse and Frank Shaffer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Kathleen Jorgenson memorial fund or the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Linnwood Estates in Glenwood, Iowa, Hospice with Heart, and all of Kay's family, friends and neighbors from Dubuque and Glenwood for their care, concern, and friendship, which enabled her to live as independently as possible over the last few years.

Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.



Thelma B. Hicks

Thelma B. Hicks, 102, of Galena, Illinois, formerly of Forreston, Illinois passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Dixon, Illinois. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Hicks was born on Sept. 28, 1912 near Steward, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis D. and Zuelemma (Byrd) Pettenger. She was united in marriage to Merl L. Hicks on Sept. 27, 1934 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 7, 1995. Thelma and Merl moved to Galena in 1992.

She was a former member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Galena. Thelma's greatest joy in life was her grandchildren. She loved the staff and care she received at the Senior Care Community.

Surviving are three children, Robert Hicks of Azuza, Calif., Donald (Linda) Hicks of Ogden, Illinois and Diane (Eric) Siese of Galena, Illinois; six grandchildren, James and John Hicks, Matthew and Andrew Hicks and Nathan and Brett Faulkner; her great-grandson, Ian Faulkner; and a sister, Florence (Glen) Bates of Lansing, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merl; a daughter, Joan (Dwayne) Hamilton; and siblings Warren A. Pettenger, Lyle W. Pettenger, Violet F. Miller, Margaret Otterbach, Edna Young, Ansel Pettenger, Hazel Olson and Rosalia Burgert.

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



Michael A. Kuhlman

Michael A. Kuhlman, 53, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Michael's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Michael Allan Kuhlman was born on April 29, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jack, Sr. and Helen Ruth (Dowell) Kuhlman. He was raised by his grandparents Raymond and Edna Dowell, and later by his foster parents, Bill and Sharon Bullock, and Chester and Yvonne Duhme. He was a 1980 graduate of Andrew High School. He met the love of his life Diane Hankemeier Haylock on May 4, 2001 and they have been together for over 14 years.

After graduation Michael was employed by Bullock Ag. He then moved to Hannibal, Missouri in 1991 where he worked for Watlow Manufacturing for nine years. In 2000 he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri and was employed at Schnuck's Grocery Store, and a lumber yard for one year. He returned to Maquoketa in 2001 and again worked for Bullock Ag., and later for Husco Implement, Countryside Landscaping and lastly helping Dave Luett with the crops. Due to health issues, the last two years of his life he spent quality time with his family and grandchildren.

Michael was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He loved spending time with his fiancé Diane and sons Zach and Dalton. He also enjoyed his grandchildren Jace and Peyton. He looked forward to watching Sunday races with his sons, as well as watching the Kansas City Chiefs during football season. He enjoyed the outdoors mowing the yard with his John Deere, fishing, cutting firewood with his brother-in-law Dennis at the farm, and planting his tomato plants. But overall, he was a kind spirited person that was always willing to help. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

Those left to honor Michael's memory include his fiance Diane Haylock of Maquoketa, IA; sons Zach Kuhlman of Clinton, IA, and Dalton Kuhlman of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jace and Peyton; siblings Jack (Sue) Kuhlman of Maquoketa, IA, and Ginny (Bob) Crowe of Hannibal, MO; foster parents, Bill Bullock and Sharon Bullock, and Chester and Yvonne Duhme; foster-siblings, Sharon Ostermiere, Gary Duhme, Deana Sims, Penny Hafer, Bill Bullock, Jr., Travis Bullock, Heath Bullock, and Lynn Haynes. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a sister, Ruth Dowell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Michael A. Kuhlman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donita M. Althaus

Donita M. "Dee" Althaus, 82, of Asbury, formerly of Dubuque, passed away following a short illness on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

According to her wishes, her body was donated to the Iowa Deeded Body Program at the University of Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dee was born on October 13, 1932, in Dubuque, the daughter of Claudia (Haase) and Maynard Althaus. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1950. Dee worked 27 years for the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department. Throughout her tenure with the city, she managed programs for preschool youth through senior citizens. She finished her career as a cook at ManorCare Health Services.

From a young age, Dee loved to travel with friends and family, whether it be by bus, car, train, or ship. She traveled from coast to coast and particularly enjoyed her trips to Hawaii, Alaska, the National Parks, and Walt Disney World.

She lived with her niece Jean for the last 10 years. While there, Dee enjoyed curling up in her chair with a blanket and a crossword puzzle, a cozy mystery novel, or a riveting episode of Family Feud, Unwrapped on the Food Network, or HGTV's House Hunters. Oftentimes she had to share her blanket with one of their three favorite cats: Gracie, Figaro, or Milo. One of Dee's favorite pastimes was going out to eat, which, more often than not, included dessert.

Dee is survived by her sister Cordiadell "Corky" Tucker of Dubuque, her brother Dale (Reta) of Ankeny, Iowa, her sister-in-law, Linda Althaus of Dubuque, eight nieces and nephews: Jean Tucker, Tammy (Joel) Gehling, and Barb Tucker of Dubuque; Marc (Denise) Tucker of Marengo, Iowa; Scott Althaus of San Diego, California; Shawn (Tonya) Althaus of Ankeny, Iowa; Eric (Erica) Althaus of Parkville, Missouri; and Jeffrey Althaus of Denver, Colorado; and her cherished great-nieces and great-nephews: Madison, Emily, and Elizabeth Gehling; Jacob (Jessica) Freemyer and Kaylie (Anthony) Fogle; Gabe and Alyvia Althaus; and McKenna, Connor, and Hailey Althaus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maynard and Claudia Althaus, and her brothers, Larry and Gene.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate for taking such good care of Dee over the years.

Goodnight. Sweet dreams. God bless. Hugs and kisses. We love you.



Carol L. Lang

Carol L. Lang, 75, of Dubuque died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Carol was born in Iowa City on January 25, 1940 only child of Carl P Lang and Bonita G Lang Bradley. He attended Dubuque Schools and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1958.

After serving four years in the United States Navy, he returned to Dubuque and joined the workforce at John Deere, Dubuque, where he was a shop steward for UAW Local 94. He married Eleanor Kipp in 1962 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and they raised two boys, Jeff and Dennis. Carol became active in the Boy Scouts when the boys reached scouting age.

Carol also became active in a pool group that met every week for many years, playing in each other's home.

After retiring from John Deere with nearly 40 years of service, Carol and Eleanor enjoyed camping and traveling to different places; meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones. They camped seasonally in Lanesboro, Minn. for the last nine years on the banks of the Root River. They also rode and supported riders on "RAGBRAI" for several years.

Carol's retirement also brought an addition to the family as their puppy, Jillian. He also enjoyed his childrens' dogs and cats.

Carol is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor, his two sons, Jeffrey and his wife Kim Eaker Lang of Owatonna, Minn and Dennis and his wife Sue Lang of Marion, IA. Aunt Maxine Penney of Spokane, Wash.; step brother Ronald Bradley and his children and step sister in law Anna Mae Bradley of Dubuque. He is also survived by numerous cousins and in laws.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, step father Roy Bradley, step sister Betty and her husband William Smith; step brother Robert Bradley; and niece Kim Graves.

In lieu of flowers, a Carol Lang Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsigertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, Dr. Darcy Putz and her nurse Barb and Dr. Ronald Schope and his staff for their wonderful care. The family would also like to thank the extremely kind and caring EMTs from Dubuque Fire and Rescue and the kind and considerate Finley Hospital ER staff.



Lori R. McPoland

Lori R. McPoland, age 44, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:05 a.m. on May 28, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa, after a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder. To honor Lori's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Lori's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lori was born on September 30, 1970, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Thomas and Jean (Hentges) Hohmann.

Lori graduated from Wahlert High School, class of 1989. After graduation she was united in marriage to Jim McPoland on June 10, 1989, at Holy Ghost Church. Lori was a full time wife, mother and homemaker who dearly treasured caring for her family. She loved being pregnant and always cherished her role as a mom. She spent her spare time dancing, crocheting, writing in her journal and watching Dancing with the Stars. Lori's greatest joy came from making people laugh and smile and she will forever be fondly cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Lori is survived by her husband, Jim McPoland, Dubuque, IA; three children, Samantha McPoland, Jeana McPoland, John McPoland, all of Dubuque, IA; her mother, Jean Hohmann, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Rob (Alison) Hohmann, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Colleen Peckham) Hohmann, Dubuque, IA, Colette (Tim) Steffen, Cuba City, WI, Amanda (Jason) Mathews, Hobart, IN; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lori R. McPoland was preceded in death by her father, Tom, her grandparents, Ray and Dorothy Hohmann and Loras Hentges and Mildred (Henry) Schulte; and a brother-in-law, John McPoland.

A Lori R. McPoland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James C. Patzner

James C. Patzner, age 87, of Potosi, passed away Friday May 29th, 2015 at Orchard Manor Nursing home in Lancaster, WI.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 4th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, WI. Burial will be in St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery with Military detail accorded by the American Legion Post #473 and the VFW Berg Averkamp Post 5276. Visitation will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Wednesday June 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday June 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

James Cyril Patzner was born Feb. 11th, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI, Son of Leonard and Cecilia (Sweeney) Patzner.

He graduated from Tennyson High School in 1945. He served in World War II/the Korean War in the 2nd Armored Division as a Tank Driver.

Jim was honored to participate in a Freedom Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2013.

After the war he married LaVon Speaker of Fennimore on Sept. 5th, 1953 at St. Marys Church in Fennimore. They lived in the Tennyson/Potosi area were married for 61 years. Jim worked at the Potosi Brewery from 1955-1964 and at John Deere in Dubuque, IA from 1964 until he retired in 1990.

Jim served as Past President of the St. Andrew-Thomas Parish Council and was an usher at St. Andrews Church. He was a member of the VFW , the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Tennyson Athletic Club and the UAW.

Jim loved Sports and he always stayed involved in some kind of Athletic endeavor. He started and organized the youth intramural basketball program at St. Andrew-Thomas School in the 1970's and operated the game clock at all the home basketball games at St. Andrew-Thomas School for many years.

He was also the public address announcer at the Tennyson Athletic ball field for over 40 years , and whether it was a Fast-Pitch game, a Slow Pitch game, youth baseball or a girls softball game, Jim was always the man in the press box announcing all the games and he loved doing it.
When he was younger, Jim played both baseball for the Potosi Brewers and Fast-Pitch softball for The Tennyson Athletic Club.

After he retired from John Deere Jim and LaVon purchased a Winnebago motor home and they spent their Winters in South Texas for 20 years which they both thoroughly enjoyed.

Jims sports love was his New York Yankees. In 2014 the Yankees came to Milwaukee to play the Brewers, his 3 Sons took him to watch a weekend of Yankee games and he had the time of his life that weekend.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 61 years LaVon Patzner, 5 children, Bill (Marsha) Patzner of Holmen, WI, Barbara (David) Peden of Seattle, WA, John (Jeanie) Patzner of Inverness, FL, Jerry (Jill) Patzner of DeForest, WI and Mary Jo Patzner of Madison, WI and Grandchildren, Andrea Patzner, Erica Eastlick, Kyle Patzner, Mark Peden, Patrick Peden, Sarah Patzner, Randy Patzner Nickolas Patzner, Marshall Patzner, Claire Patzner and Carson Patzner, as well as 2 Great-Grandchildren, Gracie Eastlick and Halle Eastlick.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Leonard and Cecilia Patzner.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Orchid Manor in Lancaster and St. Judes Hospice in Platteville, WI.



John M. Lewis

John M. Lewis, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital after a short battle with cancer. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on November 29, 1930, in Mason City, Iowa, son of Grover and Agnes (Callahan) Lewis.

John was a graduate of St. Joseph's School in Mason City in 1949 and from the University of Colorado in 1979 with a BA. John proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Army for 25 years until his retirement in 1974 as 1st Sergeant. He was united in marriage to Sally Behr on February 9, 1953, at St. Joseph's Church in Mason City, Iowa. John enjoyed visiting the mountains of Colorado, fishing and working with the ROTC at Wahlert. He also enjoyed woodworking and spent winters building mangers for his children. John was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church and the V.F.W. Spending time with family was a priority to John and he will be deeply and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John is survived by his wife, Sally Lewis, Dubuque, IA; nine children, Stephanie (Robert) O'Donnell, Mason City, IA, Matthew (Annette) Lewis, Dubuque, IA, Carey (Julianna) Lewis, Dubuque, IA, Christina (Eric) Kostamo, San Diego, CA, Mark (Jennifer) Lewis, Dubuque, IA, Eric "Joe" (Krista) Lewis, Moline, IL, Brian "Pat" (Lori) Lewis, Dubuque, IA, Jeffrey Lewis, Dubuque, IA, Gregory Lewis, San Diego, CA; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Nora (Paul) McKee, San Francisco, CA, Marie Raney, Agnes Lewis, both of Mason City, IA, Elizabeth (Robert) Washburn, Peoria, IL; and a brother-in-law, Richard Stoltenberg, Mason City, IA.

John was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Josephine Callahan, Gertrude Stoltenberg and Ann (Virgil) Kaplan; two brothers, Ambrose (Dorothy) and Francis (Mary) Lewis; and a brother-in-law, Gorm Raney.

A John M. Lewis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas, Dr. Hermann and the nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their loving care.

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

 



Starla J. Bellings

Starla Jane Bellings, 68, of Bellevue, IA passed away Thursday, May 28th at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.
At her request, there will be no wake or services for the public. The family will have a private memorial after her cremation. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Starla was born August 8th, 1946 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William and Dorothy (Mullady) Perleth. She married Joye E. Bellings on March 16th, 1968 in Sherrill, IA. Starla worked as a cook for many years, at various locations, until retirement from Mill Valley Care Center.

Starla enjoyed her family more than anything. She was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joye "Joe", three sons, Jim (Tami)Bellings of Nixa, MO, Bill Bellings of DeWitt, IA, Cory Bellings (Jamie Gombert) of Bellevue, IA and seven Grandchildren. Two brothers, Terry (Barb) Perleth and Mike (Kim) Perleth all of Dubuque, IA, and her mother Dorothy Perleth of Manor Care in Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Perleth.
I lieu of flowers, cards may be sent in memory to Joye Bellings, 1101 Washington St, Bellevue, IA, 52031.

Family wishes to thank the Bellevue ambulance service and the staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.



Benjamin F. Meusel

Benjamin F. "Ben" Meusel, 79, of Stockton, IL, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL. Graveside committal services will be at Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Schapville, IL, with Rev. Dottie Morrizo officiating.

Ben was born on Dec.  6, 1935 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Benjamin A. and Tessa (Franklin) Meusel. He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 1954. He married Kathleen "Kate"" Geiger on Nov. 21, 1957 in Galena.

Ben served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works where he served as a supervisor.

Ben had a deep love for cars and his pets.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen "Kate" Meusel of Stockton; one son, Michael (Sue) Meusel, of Scales Mound, IL; three grandchildren, April (Brenden) Pautsch, Troy Meusel and Shawn (Katie) Meusel; and seven great-grandchildren, Gavin, Caitlyn and Keegan Pautsch, Sutton Meusel, Eric, Luke and Sidney Meusel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin & Tessa; a grandson, Kurt Meusel; and two sisters, Betty DeBuhr and Marie Carlisle.



Glen E. Middaugh

Glen E. Middaugh, 91, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites accorded. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Glen was born on May 23, 1924, in Cumberland, Iowa, the son of Earl and Alma (Martin) Middaugh. He married Avis Small on November 29, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Glen served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked for Inland Molasses. Glen was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and was a volunteer fireman. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes fan. Glen loved fishing, bowling, golf and playing cards with his family. He especially enjoyed watching his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Recently he went on an Honor Flight to Washington DC.

Survivors include his wife, Avis "Seet-see"; two daughters, Christina (John) Tigges, of Davenport, Iowa, and Cherie Louise Middaugh, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; two sons, Dale (Darci) Middaugh, of Sussex, Wisconsin, and Don (Jessica) Middaugh, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; a brother, Roy (Marge) Middaugh, of Glidden, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Natalie, Gretchen, Melissa, Danielle, Matthew, Joseph, Taylor, Morgan and Mason; and five great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Nicholas, Carver, Caleb and Emon.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Earl Middaugh on June 14, 1990, and a granddaughter, Natasha Cherene Williams on March 29, 2000.

A Glen E. Middaugh Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Helen M. Krepfle

Helen M. Krepfle, age 97 of Dubuque, lA, passed away peacefully at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday May 27th, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her family.

To honor Helen's life, funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30th at Grace Point Church, 3100 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Christopher B. English officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of funeral service. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Helen was born on July 29, 1917, in Marathon County, WI, daughter of William and Hettie (Hornbeck) Olson. Helen married John Krepfle on June 23, 1937, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on November 17, 1996.

Helen has been a resident of Stonehill Care Center since 2013. She was a member of Grace Point Church, the Y.F.W. #508 Auxiliary and Salvation Army Bingo.
Helen enjoyed outing with the "Red Hat Ladies" from Grace Point Church, playing bingo and trying her luck with the slot machines. She brought much joy in her 30 years of baking wedding cakes to the happiness of many couples.

Helen is survived by seven grandchildren, Tom (Beth) Duccini, Kathryn Duccini, Taylor Krepfle-Webb, Jordon Krepfle-Webb, Eric Krepfle, James Krepfle and Susan (Michael) Krans; three great grandchildren, Colten, Jacob and Alesha; her siblings, Kathleen Russel, South Wayne, WI, Ila Jean Billips, Dekalb, IL, Carol Martin, Gays Mills, WI, Bernard Olson, Woodburn, OR, Robert Olson, Cuba City, WI; her son-in-law, John Duccini, Dubuque, IA; her daughter-in-law, Sue Krepfle, Thonotosassa, FL.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a daughter, Alice Duccini; three
sons, Douglas, Glen and John "Jack" Krepfle; a sister, Melvina Thorman; two brothers, Lyle and
Clarence.

A Helen M. Krepfle memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care. A very special thank you to Stonehill Care Center for all their care, kindness and friendship they gave Helen.



Virginia M. (Schueller) Banwarth

Virginia M. (Schueller) Banwarth, 87, of Dubuque, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 6:30 p.m. wake service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Virginia was born June 28, 1927, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Kunlow) Schueller. She attended Holy Ghost School. Virginia was united in marriage on May 6, 1947, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church to Harold A. Banwarth, who died on May 20, 1993.

Survivors include her children Barbara (John) Balk, Sharon Matz, Linda Banwarth, Tom Banwarth, and Jerry (Helen) Banwarth; 10 grandchildren, John (Tracey) Balk, Michelle (Jake) Sutton, Jessie (Chris) Walker, Amy (Shawn) Evarts, Tia (Blaine) Opheim, Aaron Perez, Eric Banwarth, Kayla Banwarth, Kate Banwarth, and Michael Banwarth; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Jim Schueller, Marion (Francis) Koetz, Jack (Betty) Schueller, Darlene (Francis) McDonald, and Ruth Leibold; and sisters-in-law Shirley Schueller and Eunice Banwarth.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son in-law Greg Matz; a brother, Wayne "Bud" Schueller; and in-laws Don Leibold, Alvin (Armella) Banwarth, Joseph Banwarth, Francis Banwarth, Charles Banwarth, Mary(Raymond) Herbst, and George Banworth.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Eagle Point Place.

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



Cathy M. Gantz

Cathy M. Gantz, 62, of Dubuque, passed away on May 20, 2015, with her beloved Wheaton Terrier comforting her.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Kristian Kincaid and Rev. Jesse Cearlock. Family will greet friends from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with additional visitation one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cathy was born the daughter of John and Rosemary (Wertz) Gantz on Feb. 9, 1953, and lived her life in Dubuque with her 2 children, Tim (deceased on May 25, 2014) and Jason. She attended Wahlert High School and graduated with an accounting degree from Loras College.

Cathy worked at Pepsi Cola, Dubuque Stamp, as a Dubuque Community School Bus Driver, and more recently with Honkamp Krueger. Her friendly personality and witty sense of humor were a delight for all those who worked alongside her. Cathy loved a good challenge while working on taxes.

Cathy was passionate about many things in life, one of which was being around children. She was a wonderful Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister program, and as a substitute bus driver, the kids' faces would light up when they realized she would be driving.

Cathy was a refreshing volunteer for many organizations in Dubuque, including Finley Hospital, The Police Auxiliary, Mercy Festival of Trees and American Red Cross. Always with her sense of humor, she was a delight to be with, doing the things she loved, like taking long walks, riding her bike, reading, shopping, and baking cookies for her boys or baking with nieces and nephews. She was always game to have a cookie bakeoff with family and friends.
She was very fond of animals, and in her earlier years had many horses. She also showed great affection toward her dogs, which she had many of over the years. Cathy was an active member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, helping with Bible School, Comfort in Christ, and with the finance committee.

Survivors include her son, Jason Gantz of Dubuque; siblings and nieces and nephews Mary Gantz, and her son, Corey; Carolyn Gantz and her children, Michelle, Christine and Stephanie; Jim and Jean Gantz and their children, Eric and Abby; C.J. and Mary Ann Gantz and their children, Jennifer and Michael; Pamelape Gantz; and Jim Massey; Dan and Linda Gantz and their children, Lindsey, Nicole, and Christopher; Tim and Sue Gantz and their children, Tiffany, Tyler and Trevor; Tom and Peggy Gantz; and Lisa and Ken Oglesby and their children, Alex and Carmen.

She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy L. Gantz; her parents, John and Rosemary; and a brother, John Gantz, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Dubuque Humane Society in Cathy's memory.

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



Marlin L. Wittman

Marlin L. Wittman, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Church, 11893 John F Kennedy Rd on Monday, June 1, 2015 with Pastor Nelson Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church.

Marlin was born on April 13, 1929 in Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Alfred and Rosetta (Sadewasser) Wittman. He married Fonda Morley on June 6, 1956 in Wyoming.

Marlin is a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War.

He worked for Kraft Foods as a milk hauler, he later worked for Dubuque Sand and Gravel until his retirement. After retirement he worked for the Dubuque Advertiser.
He loved gardening and was said to have the best looking yard in the neighborhood.

He is survived by his wife Fonda, two sons Mike Wittman, of Ankeny, and Scott (Susan) Wittman, of Grand Junction, CO. Ten grandchildren, Shane Kremer, Shelley Welu, Abby Wittman, Jeff Wittman, Lindsay Welter, Erik Welter, Mackenzie Welter, Megan McDaniel, Chelsea Lawrence, and Madison Wittman and five great grandchildren. Two sisters, Arleen Adams and Virgene (Clarence) Groth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Lynne Welter, daughter-in-law Jane Wittman, and three brothers, Kenneth, Robert and Alfred Jr.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

Thank you to the staff of Stonehill Care Center and to all the doctors, nurses and Hospice of Dubuque who cared for Marlin.



Simako Mark

Simako Mark, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 22, 2015, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Simako's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, May 30, 2015, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Simako was born on January 5, 1950 on Pingelap Atoll, Micronesia to Mark Mark and Neimwe (Mwedekai) Mark. She married Luther Neth. Simako had worked at Pacific Coast Feather in Maquoketa until her retirement due to illness. She enjoyed singing bible songs, reading the bible, baking, sewing, and bonding with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Luther Neth of Maquoketa, IA; children, Marselyn Neth of Maquoketa, IA, Marleen Neth of Maquoketa, IA, and Marvin Neth of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mikeal (Roseline) Mark of Portland, OR, Marcus (Esinse) Mark of Portland,OR, Kare Yens of Maquoketa, IA, Mackelen Mark of Guam, Simon (Solohmw) Frank of Pingelap Atoll. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 children, John I, John II, and Kuairlynn Neth, a brother John Mark, and sisters Kalwihn Paul and Maketo Esimwon.

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

 



Kenneth O. Krieg

Kenneth O. "KO" Krieg, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:55 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Ken's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Pastor Kristian G. Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Ken's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Kenneth was born on February 19, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Otto and Lelia (Fritz) Krieg Sr.

Ken proudly served his country as a medic during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was united in marriage to Lenora "Blondie" Ehlers on August 13, 1960, in Perryville, MO. Over his lifetime Ken worked at Farley and Loetscher, Caradco and eventually retired from Flexsteel after 31 years. Ken enjoyed woodworking and was an avid owl collector. He had a strong work ethic and loved working outdoors in the yard. Ken had a green thumb and throughout the years he planted hundreds of hostas and several flower beds.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lenora "Blondie" Krieg, Dubuque, IA; four children, Mark (Lisa) Krieg, Donald (Barb) Krieg, Sharon Krieg, all of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Jennifer) Krieg, St. Catherine, IA; seven grandchildren; Courtney, Kyle, Allison, Benjamin, Amber, Heidi, and Garret Krieg; and three siblings, Charlotte Fabel, Moline, IL, Esther Paulus, Fargo, ND, and Otto Krieg Jr., Dubuque, IA.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Raymond and George Krieg.

A Kenneth O. "KO" Krieg memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Kincaid for the kindness and support he has shown Ken and the entire family.

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

 



Vera V. Holzhammer Dowdy

Vera V. "Vicki" Holzhammer Dowdy, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday May 23, 2015.

A private burial service will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Vera was born on June 27, 1923, in Bellevue, IA, daughter of John H. and Matilda M. (Wagner) Mootz. She married Edward W. Holzhammer a Corporal in the US Army on January 13, 1944, he preceded her in death. Vera married Carlos R. Dowdy who was Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard stationed in Dubuque on December 11, 1965. He preceded her in death on February 18, 2001.

Vera and Carlos spent many years working together for Roberts River Rides, operating the River Rogue and then the Spirit of Dubuque on the Mississippi River.

Her favorite outing was to the Diamond Jo to play "her" slot machine. She loved to feed the birds, tried not to feed the squirrels and liked to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy everyday.

Surviving are her daughters, Carole (Mike) Wiegand of Anamosa, IA, Paula (David) Chapin of Galena, IL, and Kay (Dick) Sisler of Dubuque, a step daughter, Vicki (Joey) Daniels of Wanchese, NC, a brother Robert(Kristin Novak)Mootz of Cedar Rapids, IA, a sister-in-law Esther Mootz of Platteville WI, a granddaughter, Nicole Lehman Kleppe and great granddaughter Alyssa Kleppe, and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Donald and Glenn Mootz, sister, Irma Seda, brother-in-law, C.J. Seda, sisters-in-law, Eva Mootz and Millie Robbins, and a son, Randall E. (Randy) Holzhammer on August 13, 2000.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Community Foundation/Flower Fund for Grandview Avenue, c/o Premier Bank, 2625 N.W. Arterial Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

 



Velma R. Brahm

Velma Rose Brahm,84, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at  10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev.Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28,  at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Velma was born December 29, 1930 in Balltown, the daughter of Leon and Claretta (Brimeyer) Breitbach.  She graduated from St. Joseph Academy with the class of 1949. She married Earl "Ozzie" Brahm on September 17, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on July 12, 2007. 

Velma was a devoted homemaker, and later was employed full time in the AV Department at Wahlert High School, and part time at the General Drivers Credit Union.  She was a member of  Church of the Resurrection, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, and was a member of the Mother Cabrini Catholic Mother's Club.  She was also a member of the Holy Ghost Rosary Society, and was a Brownie leader.

Velma enjoyed golfing, going to lunch with family and friends, her monthly card club, and of course, shopping.

Velma is survived by six children, Chris (Bob) Wiezorek, Barb (Bill) Schlickman, Bill (Teresa) Brahm, and Patti (Sean) Swiggum, all of Dubuque, Dave (Stacey) Brahm of San Antonio, TX, and Mary (Pat) Peters of Stuart, IA; 12 grandchildren, Amy(Erick), Steve (Emily), Jim (Kim), Sara (Tim), Peter, and Katie (James), and Jacqueline (Steve), Austin (Jackie) and Calley (Colby), Maiti, Tristan, and Cassidy; 10 great grandchildren, Anna, Braden, Ben, Ella, Grace, Nolan, Henrik, Charlotte, Alexis, Hudson, and one on the way; seven sisters, Anna Kemp, Mary (Jim) Pink, Shirley (Don) Hansen, Betty (Paul) Frommelt,  Clare (Hugh) Gaston, Caroline O'Brien, and Jean (Don) Kruse;  four brothers, Jerry (Gayle) Breitbach, Larry (Diane) Breitbach, Charles (Donna) Breitbach, and Paul (Fran) Breitbach; one sister in law, Irene Klein; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Velma was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Peter (Rosemary), Joseph, and Philip Breitbach (in infancy).

Memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection or Wahlert High School.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope, the staff at Luther Manor, and to Hospice of Dubuque nurse Melissa. Thank you to her special friends, Vivian Buelow, Boots Handel, Shirley Pins, and Mary Avery, and also to her friends at Village Cooperative in Asbury.

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

 



Joan M. Geisler

Joan M. Geisler, 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at Nativity Church in Dubuque, with Msgr. James Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Joan was born on May 21, 1930 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Arthur P. and Ursula (Graf) Geisler.

She graduated from St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI, and the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.

Joan worked as a Secretary at Geisler Brothers. She was Executive Director of Little Cloud Girl Scout Council. Joan Geisler and Joan Briggs started Printers Plus in 1988. She was also a former member of the Iowa State Conservation Commission.

She was a lifelong member of Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Her hobbies were traveling, photography, crafts and boating.

Joan is survived by six nephews, two nieces and great nieces and great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur P. & Ursula (Graf) Geisler, her sister Catherine O'Dowd and a brother-in-law C. T. "Mike" O'Dowd, a niece Cathy O'Dowd and a nephew Richard O'Dowd, a sister Eleanor Davis and brother-in-law John Davis and a niece Francie Davis and Joan Briggs.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Nativity Church, Hospice of Dubuque or the Charity of your choice.

Joan's family wishes to thank Dr. Cao, Ennoble-Manor Nursing Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to Joan.

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

 

 

 



Rocky L. Federwitz

Rocky Lee Federwitz, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to Heaven on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Those left to honor his memory include his father, Willy Federwitz of Marshfield, WI; sister Carol Berg-Kappel (Barry) of Marshfield, WI; a nephew Christopher Berg (Heather) and great-nephew Christopher Jr, all of Marshfield, WI; and a special friend Kimberly Miell of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his mother Jeri, wife Jane, and sister Gloria.

Rocky Lee Federwitz was born on June 10, 1962 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, to Wilbur "Willy" and Geraldine "Jeri" (Welk) Federwitz. He grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school. His greatest childhood memories were that of Camp Luther and his unicycle. After high school, he attended Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois and then Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He married Jane Elberts on June 20, 1985 in Joliet, Illinois.

Rocky had painted his way through college at Concordia Painters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduation, he became the Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later the part-time Pastoral Assistant for the Zion Lutheran Church in Matteson, Illinois. He also discovered a passion for fine clothing while working for Mark Shale in two Illinois locations. Lastly, he became the Pastor for his beloved St. Paul Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, Illinois. He received the Pastor Emeritus status in November of 1997.

Rocky loved our Savior and helped many see the glory of God through his writing, sermons, & pictures with Bible verses. He shared his gifted views through his wonderful, unusual photos. He loved to paint - walls, ceilings, lamps, trash cans - you name it, he painted it. His favorite sport was biking, and was famous for his spaghetti, had an unforgettable laugh, wrote everything in small case letters whenever possible, and he never stopped trying to be better.

Future Celebration of Life Services are being planned for Elizabeth, Illinois and Marshfield, Wisconsin. Cremation rites will be accorded, and he will be laid to rest next to Jane in the Elizabeth, Illinois Cemetery.

If you would like to contact the family, please do so via Rocky's email (fedrock@yahoo.com). Online condolences may also be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:9

thankful for all who are reading this. hoping for the biggest blessings to you.

may his grace guide you too. more blessings and love in jesus!

~rocky

 



Susanne O. Wolf

Susanne O. "Susie" Wolf, 63, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home before the service.

Susie was born on February 4, 1952, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerald and Burnetta (Vondra) Neis. She married Michael "Spike" Wolf on February 5, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton.

Susie graduated from Benton High School in 1970. She worked at Advance Transformer until it closed and then worked at Non Metallic Components. Susie enjoyed quilting, playing golf, going to Florida in the winter and baking, especially Christmas baking. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Mike "Spike"; two daughters, Kim (Matt) Heise, of Sunrise, Florida, and Sarah (Jeff) Olson, of Belmont; three sisters, Mary Jane (Mick) Baxter, Velma Dixon, and Patti Roling, all of Benton; four brothers, John (Jane) Neis, of Oconomowoc, Wayne (Pat) Neis, of Benton, Gerald "Bud" Neis, of Stoughton, and Randy (Julie) Neis, of Benton; a sister-in-law, Ann Neis, of Benton; and five grandchildren, Madeline, Connor, Ayden, Lillian and Emma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Burnetta, and a brother, Gary.

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



Gary J. Deutsch

Gary J. "Tubby" Deutsch, age 74, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:56 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Gary's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gary was born on April 6, 1941, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Margaret (Bauer) Deutsch.

Gary is survived by his significant other, Mary Foxen, Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Ed (Alice) Deutsch, Wayne (Ileane) Deutsch Sr., both of Dubuque, IA; three nieces and nephews, Wayne (Nadine) Deutsch Jr., Stephanie Deutsch, Erich (Jessica) Deutsch; and 5 great nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Michael Deutsch.

A Gary J. "Tubby" Deutsch memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Paramount Ambulance, the Dubuque Fire Department EMTs, the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided Gary.

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

 



Lavern F. Petsche

Lavern F. Petsche, 91, of Dyersville, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 3:00 p.m. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lavern was born January 30, 1924, near Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Albert and Lottie (Spoden) Petsche. He married Norma Jaeger on August 17, 1946, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed near Clayton until they moved to Dubuque where he began working for the Dubuque Packing Company.  In 1957, they moved to a farm near Holy Cross.  They moved to Dyersville in 1971, and he retired from the Dubuque Pack in 1981.

He enjoyed searching for and restoring antique furniture.  He was very proud of the fact that he had a driver's license for over 75 years with no accidents on his record.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, 4 children: Duane (Sharon) Petsche of DeWitt, Kay Herman of Dubuque, Mary (Doug) Jones of Shueyville, Karen (Carl) Bries of Luxemburg; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, a sister, Bernice Blunk of Garnavillo; in-laws: Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Bill Jaeger, John (Ruth) Jaeger, both of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by 2 sons-in-law, Hugo Oberbroeckling and Fred Herman; 3 brothers: Ted (Mildred) Petsche, Lawrence (Leola) Petsche, and Donald Petsche; a sister, Irene (Urban) Jaeger; siblings-in-law: Verni Blunk, Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, Joan (George) Helle, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel; in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger, Mary Ann Jaeger.

We would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for the excellent care over these last few weeks.

 



John M. Gregory

John M. Gregory, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Church. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

John was born October 2, 1922 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Mary (Mathias) Gregory. He married Patricia O'Brien, October 14, 1959 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1983.

He attended the former Sacred Heart grade school, graduated from Loras Academy in 1940, and Bayless Business College, all in Dubuque.

John was a Tech Sargent for 3 ½ years in the Army Air Corp during WWII. After returning from the service he was an insurance agent at Coates Insurance Agency, and Spensley, Gallogly and Brown Insurance retiring February 28, 1988.

He was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for 25 years; and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving is a daughter, Marilisa (Tim) Commerford, of Plymouth, MN; two step-grandchildren, Rachel (John) Madden and Daniel (Rachel) Commerford; and two sisters, Lois O'Brien and Donna O'Brien, both of Dubuque.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Michael Seton Gregory, March 26, 1964.

Memorials may be made to Divine Word Seminary in John's memory.

A special thank you to Dr. Honorio Caceres and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Stonehill Care Center.

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



Floyd M. Tomter

Floyd M. Tomter, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at home, surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, where friends may greet the family from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dwayne Tieg will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may also greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Floyd was born March 20, 1921 in Pigeon Falls, WI, the son of Ole and Hilda (Skoyen) Tomter. He served his country with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII. On May 12, 1945, he married Doris T. Monson in Osseo, WI.

Floyd was employed as plant manager for Janlin Plastics Company, and later was employed as a mechanic and lane man at Fischer bowling. He was an avid bowler, and was a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association. Floyd was a member of the 700 Bowling Club, and was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2005. 
Floyd was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
He was thanked and recognized as a disabled/wounded veteran of World War II, and participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of American Legion Post #6 and the Disabled American Veterans.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Doris Tomter, of Dubuque; five daughters, Karen Pfeiler of Iowa City, IA, Carolyn (Ken) Brandel of Guttenberg, IA, Shirley (Bob) Reisch of Asbury, IA, Janet Kuhle of Dubuque, and Barbara (Rick Cooper) Tomter of Verona, WI; eleven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; two brothers in law, Gilmen Monson of Strum, WI and Maynard Monson of Hazel Green, WI: and one sister in law, Marian Holmen of Austin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; four brothers; and one sister.

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



William D. Burroughs

William D. "Bill" Burroughs, 81, of Galena, IL, and formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Rev. David Reese officiating.  Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, IL, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW  Post # 2665.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Michael's Church in Galena. The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on October 8, 1933 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County, IL, the son of Richard and Lucille (Ricke) Burroughs. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1951.   He married Marge Hilby on May 11, 1957 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee.  She preceded him in death on July 24, 1984. He later married Barbara Glasgow on March 14, 1987 at St Francis De Sales Church in Hazel Green.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U. S. Army.  Bill operated Bill Burroughs Construction Co. and later was elected and served as Jo Daviess County Treasurer for approximately 10 years.

Bill was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Galena and formerly a member of Nativity BVM Parish at Menominee.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 7527 of East Dubuque, which he helped to establish, and was a Past Grand Knight.  He was also a member of Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly - 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus where he was a Past Faithful Navigator.  Bill was also a member of the VFW Post 2665 and the American Legion.  He was also a member of St. Michael's Choir.  He loved to sing, play golf, cribbage and euchre and enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends.  He learned to play the accordion and organ from memory.   He had a great love for his family and friends.   He loved spending time in his tool shed behind his home.    Anyone who knew Bill knew that every tool was well taken care of and was always in it's place.

Surviving are his wife Barb Glasgow, one son Michael (Karla) Burroughs of Kaukauna, WI, one daughter Michele (Bill) Berning of Hazel Green, WI, five grandchildren, Alecia and Benjamin, Kelsy, Clinton and Nicole, four step-children, Steven (Vickie) Glasgow of Dubuque, IA, Kevin (Michelle) Glasgow of Oregon, WI, Sharon Mootz and Susan Moritz both of Bettendorf, IA, 15 step-grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren,  a brother Karl (Eunice) Burroughs of East Dubuque, IL, and a sister Sandy Conzett of Cassville, WI, an aunt, Della Just of Clarkfield, MN and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife Marge (Hilby) Burroughs.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Vandigo, the nurses and staff at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Mary R. Sawyer

Mary R. Sawyer was gathered into the loving embrace of the universe on May 20, 2015. Born April 14, 1944 in McCook, Nebraska, she grew up in the farming community of Beaver City, Nebraska.

Mary was a life-long social justice activist, beginning with her involvement in the civil rights movement as a college student. Her passion for eliminating racism and other forms of oppression was the driving force in her life. After many years of human relations and human rights work, in 1986 she began a 25-year career teaching Religious Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, where she co-founded the African American Studies Program, created a Peace and Justice Internship option, and was a voice for the empowerment of women.

As a scholar-activist, with advanced degrees from Howard University Divinity School (M.A.) and Duke University (Ph.D.), she authored and co-edited three books and numerous articles on African American religion and politics.

Mary was devoted to her family, loved the out-of-doors, and treasured books. A strong supporter of ISU women's basketball, she also remained a loyal fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Polly Kentfield Sawyer; a sister, Louise Sawyer; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Richter.

She is survived by two sisters, Kathy (Don) Tegtman of Stamford, Nebraska, and Polly J. Richter of South Haven, Michigan; nieces Wendy Tegtman, Kathy Louise Kent, Sheila Pabst, Karen Kramer, Mary Dawn Voisard, Jenny Richter; nephews Brad Tegtman, Gart Kent, Cory Tegtman, and Bill Richter; and friend, Yvette Louisell. Also by 16 great nieces and nephews, a great-great niece and two great-great nephews.

Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2014. Her family wishes to thank the following for the loving care given to Mary throughout her illness: Dr. Christian Schultheis and staff of Medical Associates; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Lisa; members of the Dubuque Franciscan Community and her Franciscan Associate groups; Lisa Schmidt; and her beloved cat, Sammi.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Clare House, Mount St. Francis, 3340 Windsor Ave., Dubuque. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Opening Doors (Maria House and Teresa Shelter), 1561 Jackson St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Online condolences for the family may be made at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Darlys T. Stoeffler

Mrs. Gerald (Darlys T. Meyer) Stoeffler, 59, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.

Darlys was born on January 6, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Merlin and Joanne (Schiffer) Meyer. She was a graduate of West Dubuque High School, class of 1974.
She was formerly employed at Dubuque OBGYN, Medical Associates Internal Medicine Dept. and Runde Chevrolet.
Darlys was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her main focus in life was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed horses, baking, cooking, going to the cabin up North and reading books, especially her bible.

Surviving is her husband Gerald "Jerry" Stoeffler, their children, Jane (Ryan) Reed of Arlington, VA, Shawn Mercer of East Dubuque, Karli Schoenfeld of Clinton, IA, Michael (Terra) Stoeffler and Caleb (Amy) Mercer both of East Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, Jacob, Cole, Elaine, Raegan, Landon, Noelle and Malia; her mother, Joanne Meyer of Bernard, IA, her siblings, Dianne (Jeff) Reiter of Cascade, IA, Duane (Laura) Meyer of LaMotte, IA, Donna (Jim) Burright of Ankeny, IA and Dale (Lisa) Meyer of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Darlene Meyer of Cascade, IA, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Merlin Meyer, a son Daryl Mercer, and a brother Dennis Meyer.

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



Mary D. Arterberry

Mary D. Arterberry, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, May 27, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 27, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary Dorothy Arterberry was born on Oct. 10, 1924 in Somerville, New Jersey, to Harry and Pauline (Travis) McHugh. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and met her future husband, Orville Arterberry, while he was stationed in the military in Virginia. They were married on Dec. 3, 1943 in Washington, D.C., and to this union three children were born: James, Carol and Larry.

Mary was a homemaker, babysitter and had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa on the assembly line for many years.

Mary was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Anne's Guild. She was an outgoing "people person" who enjoyed camping, fishing, playing bingo and cards, especially Skip-Bo.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, James (Arlett) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, and Carol (James) Summers of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lois Garien of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville, on Oct. 29, 1987; 2 grandchildren, Jeffery and Kevin; and a son, Larry, on May 22, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary D. Arterberry memorial fund has been established.

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



Norma J. Brant

Norma Jean (Ballagh) Brant, 74, of Hazel Green, WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at the Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday May 23, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Phillips, WI. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Jean was born on March 26, 1941 in Park Falls, WI, the daughter of Norman and Tressia (Mader) Wirsing. She graduated from Park Falls High School in 1959.

On December 14, 1959 she married Paul J. Ballagh, Jr. They owned and operated Big Bear Lodge at Winter, WI, then the Red Top Supper Club in Hazel Green, WI. Paul preceded her in death after 24 years of marriage. She later married Vergil Brant on Dec. 16, 1983.

Jean was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI and its Council of Catholic Women. She loved family time in Northern WI, gardening and berry picking, reading (especially cookbooks) and passing on her values to her family, always giving back to the community.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Vergil Brant of Hazel Green, WI, three sons, Paul Ballagh III (Heidi Brunkow) of Winter, WI, Karl (Vicky) Ballagh, Joe Ballagh (Jodi Noethe), and a daughter Mari Ellen (Andy) Fessler all of Hazel Green, WI; grandchildren, Hunter and Josie Ballagh and Lauren, Rylie and Ella Fessler all of Hazel Green, WI, three step-children, Kenny Brant, David (Mary Jo) Brant and Janice Brant, all of Kieler, WI; six brothers, Joe (Carla) Wirsing of Winter, WI, Jerry (Marcie) Wirsing of Phillips, Wi, Jon (Kris) Wirsing, Jeffrey (Jacci) Wirsing, Randy (Robin) Wirsing, Jared (Nancy) Wirsing all of Park Falls, WI; five sisters, Jackie (Bob) Balzer of Park Falls, WI, Jill Moldenhauer of LaCrosse, WI, Teri (Mike) Zoesch of Parker, CO, Jenny (Mike) Pritzl of Park Falls, WI and Jodi (Ron) Wiest of Dickeyville, WI; and a sister-in-law Irma (Ballagh) Biermann of Phillips, WI; numerous nieces and nephews, nine step-grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Tressia Wirsing, her first husband Paul Ballagh, Jr, a son, Mikal Ballagh and a step-daughter Debbie (Brant) Leonard.

A special thank you to the nurse and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Epione Pavilion for the compassionate care given to Jean and her family.

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



Eldon J. Greenwood

Eldon J. Greenwood, 79, of Farley, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eldon may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Private Graveside services will be held for Eldon on Saturday, May 24, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

He was born August 6, 1935 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood. He received his education in the rural Farley area schools. On November 18, 1961 he was united in marriage to Linda Moriarity at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He farmed in the rural Farley area, family and farming were his passions. Eldon was a John Deere man but had a special place in his heart for his International H.

He was a proud and strong man and his family meant everything to him. He was a devoted husband, loving father and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

In passing, he wants everyone to remember to keep smiling and laughing because life is about memories.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Greenwood of Farley; seven children, Joseph (Lisa) Greenwood of Chicago, IL, John (Dawne) Greenwood of Dubuque, David Greenwood of Epworth, Laura (Tim) Derga of Farley, Paul Greenwood of Farley, Brian (Deb) Greenwood of Epworth, and Janet (John) Derga of Dyersville; his grandchildren, Heather (Tim) Ricklefs, Megan (Dennis) Tarasi, Alexander Heeren, Justin Derga, Ashley (Kris) Klein, Whitney Derga, Westin Derga, Kelli and Lee Greenwood; a great grandchild, Skylar.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Cindy Greenwood on March 31, 2015.

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



Elizabeth Baus Holland

Elizabeth (Betty Rae) Baus Holland of Scales Mound, IL died May 18, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22 from 2 pm until 8 pm at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL and on Saturday from 9:30 am until 10: 45 am at St. Joseph's Church, Apple River. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Apple River, IL. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of one's choice or the memorial fund that has been established in Betty's memory.

Betty was born on April 27, 1929 in Shullsburg, WI daughter of W.R. (Raymond) and Letha (Stadel) Baus. She received her grade school education in rural Scales Mound, Schoehard & Ford, one-room schools and San Antonio, Texas. Both she and her husband graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1946. Betty attended University of Dubuque, Pestalozzi Froebel in Chicago, and graduated with a B.S.degree from Platteville Teachers College in 1951. She taught second grade at Seminary Hill School in Galena and substituted in Scales Mound and Warren Schools after her marriage.

Betty married Edward A. Holland on August 4, 1951 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. He preceded her in death on August 19, 2012. Ed & Betty resided on the Holland Family Homestead in rural Scales Mound, until 1996 when they moved to the Stadel-Holland Farm on the northern edge of Scales Mound.

Betty's life was devoted to her Faith, Family, and Friends. She was the 2004 recipient of the Scales Mound School Outstanding Alumni Award, a Grandparent Helper in Scales Mound School, and an active member of St. Joseph's Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. She also quilted with the Lutheran Ladies and spent twenty -seven years coordinating and teaching religious education at St. Joseph's Church. Her family was her pride & joy.

Survivors include, daughter, Sister Kathleen Holland, OSF, Clinton, IA, and sons, William (Lisa) rural Apple River, and their children, Jacqueline, Megan, Patrick, Timothy, and Brian; Kevin (Marianne) Orlando, FL, and sons, Jordan Anderson, Nathan (Kate) and their daughter, Addison Lynn, and Matthew; Terrence (Virginia) rural Scales Mound, and their daughters, Rachel, Angela, and Leah; Martin (Anne) Springfield, VA, and their children Erin and Christopher; Joel (Joellen) Galena, IL and their children, Ryan, Julia, and Reid; cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brothers, David and Donald; father and mother-in-law, James & Clara (Artman) Holland, brothers-in-law, Leland and R. Patrick Holland.

The Holland Family extends their thanks for the care to their Mother in the Mercy Medical Center CVU unit, especially Gina and Ashley.

In Mom's words, "God Bless"!



Jane T. Dalsing

Jane T. (Hoppman) Dalsing, 77, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be a visitation from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Parish Center. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jane was born on December 30, 1937 near Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, the daughter of William B. and Bertilla C. (Fleege) Hoppman. She was united in marriage to Donald "Sam" Dalsing on August 18, 1956 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa. Jane graduated from St. Clara Academy in Sinsinawa in 1955 and was a secretary at Iowa Glass Company prior to staying home and raising her five children.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and devoted wife. Jane was an excellent housewife and terrific cook. She was known as "Grandma Jane" to many of the younger children whom she helped care for. Jane was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.

Surviving is her husband, Donald E. "Sam" Dalsing; five children, Vicki (Dale) Uthe and their children, Becky, Emily, Kara and Callie, Dennis (Shari) Dalsing and their children, Amber, Elizabeth and Andrew, Lynn (Tom) Hendricks and their children, Steven and Amanda, Kristi (Tom) Runde and their children Rachael, Jacob and Jillian, and Scott (Deirdre) Dalsing and their children, Tighe, Taylor and Tierney; two sisters, Myrtle Busch and Ellen (Larry) Freiburger, 14-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Hoppman and a brother-in-law, Jim McMahon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bertilla, a brother, Robert "Bob" Hoppman, a sister, Betty McMahon and brother in law, Robert (Bob) Busch.

Jane's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Epione Pavilion and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their wife, mother and grandmother.



John F.M. Jensen

John F.M. "Cotton" Jensen, 99, of Manor Care, formerly of Oak Park Place and 380 York Street died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Manor Care. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 22 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church where funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

John was born on March 13, 1916 in Williams, Iowa, son of Jens and Maggie (Gilbertson) Jensen. Growing up in Williams, he worked at the family restaurant and played football and basketball for his high school. After graduation, he attended Ellsworth Community College and was offered a position as a bookkeeper in Fayetteville, Ark.

He married his sweetheart, Frances Meister, on April 19, 1937 in Williams, Iowa, and returned to Fayetteville to begin their long life of nearly 74 years together. In 1954, he brought his family to Dubuque and continued his career in the lumber and logging business at Hubbard Walnut Company. The company later became RS Bacon Veneer, and John held the position of Vice President. He truly loved his work and his family.

John played golf well into his 80's at Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He loved to walk and took to the hills of Dubuque with gusto. John also loved to talk and would do so with anyone that would listen. He was a member of St. Columbkille's and lived his life through the "three P's", patience, persistence and prayer.

He is survived by his children, Julie Elliott of Jasper, Ind., John A. Jensen of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Jan (David Jegerlehner) Kaufman of Hazel Green, Wisc.; eight grandchildren, John (Jane) Connell, James Connell, Karyn (Dean Schroer) Connell, Pam (Steve) Moore, Lindy Elliott, Paula (Chris) Mataya, Jeff (Heather) Kaufman, and Kristine (David) Herrald; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; daughter, Sandra Connell; five sisters, Mary, Mable, Maxine, Minnie and Anna; and four brothers, Maurice, Jens, Joseph and George.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Columbkille's Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.
The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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

The family would like to thank his special care givers and friends at Manor Care. He loved the popcorn, cookies, and help with walks and exercise routine. Thank you for listening to his stories. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Marilyn L. Kapparos

Marilyn L. Kapparos, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

She was born in Dubuque, Iowa on April 10, 1944 the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Link) Pfeiffer. She graduated from beauty college and owned and operated the Blue Villa Beauty Salon in Key West, Iowa.

She enjoyed camping, and her many trips south. She was a member of the Tri State Travelers Camping Club where she served as treasurer.

She is survived by her companion for 23 years Leslie Toth, three sons, Richard Kapparos Jr., Dean (Jessy) Kapparos, and Troy (Jane) Kapparos, all of Dubuque. Eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, nieces, nephews and a brother Charles "Butch" (Peachie) Pfeiffer, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Kapparos and her parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the 5th floor nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, especially Betsi, Travis, Helen, and Leah for all their wonderful care they gave to Marilyn.



Mary Ellen Brimeyer

Mary Ellen Brimeyer, 60 of Durango, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Mary was born on June 9, 1954 in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Gilbert and Norma (Weisenberg) Brimeyer.
Mary had a great life together with Al Steve. A fun day for Mary was fishing with her friends at her favorite fishing hole with a cold beer. She loved gardening, canning and cooking which were her specialties. She also enjoyed boat rides with Al and hunting morels. She was a very down to earth person who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her significant other Al Steve, her son Jamie Brimeyer, mother Norma Brimeyer, three sisters, Janice (Eugene) Baxter, Karen (Russ) Duve, and Elaine (Tom) Fortmann. Three brothers; Reynold, Allan and John, and a very special friend Cindy (Ron) Frommelt.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave Mary Ellen.



Charles D. Woods

Charles D. "Don" Woods, 74 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque,
Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Stuart Vander Vegte officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Wednesday, May 20th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born on December 21, 1940 in Kentucky the son of Richard and Irene (Ingles) Woods. He married Sheila Bellings on May 11, 1968. He is a United States Air Force Veteran and worked as an truck driver retiring from H&W Motor Express in 2002.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and loved being around people especially his family.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, four children, Barbara (Dave) Weldon, of Danville, Kentucky, James "Rick" Woods, of Dubuque, Christopher Woods, of Austell, Georgia, Charles D. "Chuck" (LuAnn McKinley) Woods, Jr. of Sauk City, Wisconsin. Twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Four sisters; Dora Moore, Louise Kirk, Mildred (Frank) Bridges, Bonnie Malone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Donald "Terry", two brothers, William and Sam and a sister Agnes.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, the staff of Luther Manor and Dr. Bruce Abele and his staff for all their wonderful care.



Ezra Clark

Ezra "Junior" Clark, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 17, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Junior's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, May 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ezra "Junior" Clark was born on July 18, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry Harlan and Helen Bell (Manning) Clark. He was educated in Maquoketa Schools and served his country in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Paula Howell in 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They later divorced after 24 years.

Junior had been employed at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time. He then farmed, and worked various jobs including building pole barns and working for Anamosa Silos, retiring in 1987.

Junior enjoyed watching NASCAR, following his kids' events, feeding the birds and squirrels, and listening to country music.

Those left to honor Junior's memory include his children, Danny Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Annette (Larry) Radtke of Maquoketa, IA, Todd Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Everett (Kim) Clark of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers Lucky (Mary K.) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Martin Clark of Manchester, IA, Randy Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Alvin (Karen) Clark of Monmouth, IA, and Marvin (Jessica) Clark of DeWitt, IA; and sisters Marilyn (Jeff) Grekoff of Maquoketa, IA, and Ellen (Steve) DeMoss of Sabula, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife, Paula; and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ezra "Junior" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Vincent E. Leytem

Vincent E. Leytem, 57, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Vincent was the 10th child in the Arnold Leytem and Elmeta (Pregler) Leytem family. He was born on September 29, 1957 with Down Syndrome. He was able to enjoy an active and rewarding life because of the many people he encountered from the Dubuque community.

Vincent loved to dance, so he went boot scooting every Wednesday, he bowled, took long walks, went to movies and would never miss a party.

He worked at the ARC workshop, Nordstrom's and the Redemption Center.

He loved, and was loved by his families, his siblings, ARC, Cozy Corner, Sunnycrest Manor and the Adeline Group Home, where he called home for 20 years. They all helped in giving Vinny the very best life possible.

He never missed a Cub's game and went to see them play every year. The Hawkeyes, Packers, and WWF wrestling also were a must see.

Surviving are his siblings, Betti Engler and Norma (Bill) Phillips, both of Dubuque, Peggy (Gary) Bicker of Clinton, IA., Pat (Chales) Keys of Tipton, IA., Dennis Leytem of Coralville, IA and Christine (Denny Hartke) Grogan of Dubuque; Sister-in-law, Norma Leytem, many nieces and nephews; and his family at ARC, Adeline, Cozy Corner and Sunnycrest Manor. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Arnold "Butch" and Bob Leytem; sister, Mary Lou Shappell; niece, Sandra Leytem;2 nephews, Russell Engler and Rick Engler; and his brother-in-law, Gene Engler.

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

A Vincent Leytem memorial fund has been established.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.

"The Cubs won, 3-2"



Phillip H. Williams, Sr.

Phillip H. "Phil" Williams Sr. 68 of Elizabeth, Illinois and formerly of Dubuque died Thursday May 14, 2015 at home following a sudden illness.

Graveside burial services with full military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on January 19, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa the son of Phillip and Lucille (Peppmier) Williams Sr. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. On October 18, 2012 he married Lynette Dettloff in Galena. Phil worked for John Deere for 30 years until his retirement. He loved to hunt and fish, and play pool. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Phil is survived by his wife Lynette, four children Lisa (Jeff) Vogel, of Bernard, Cathy (Dan) Richeson, of MN, Phillip Williams, III, of Dubuque, Sheila (Chance Heath) Williams of Cedar Rapids, four grandchildren Hunter, Evan, Keenan, and Keeleah, and two sisters Diane Meskimen and Sandra Williams and his former wife Norma Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Guy Meskimen.



Shirley A. McVay

Shirley Ann McVay, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family may greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 18th at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Shirley was born November 13, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Theresa (Foht) Sutter. She married Maynard McVay on July 13, 1956 at St. Raphael Catholic Church.
Shirley worked for many years at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. She liked to take walks at the Mall and also greatly enjoyed helping the Democratic Party. Recently, she was declared Dubuque Democratic Party Volunteer of the Year.

Survivors include her husband Maynard; children, Laura (Terry) Esch, Jennifer Heinze, Barbara Ann McVay , and John (Michelle) McVay ; 4 grandchildren, Sarah Esch, Alex Esch, Tasha Heinze and Cole Heinze; and one sister Elizabeth Marhoefer.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Irvina, Freda, Charles, Donald, and Robert, Louie, and Bill.

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

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



Kevin D. Conlon

Kevin D. "Conz" Conlon, 58 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital of natural causes.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 18th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at St. Raphael Cathedral from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

He was born on December 31, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Anna Mae (Meyer) Conlon. On September 19, 1980 he married Kathryn I. Hanselmann at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

Kevin Conlon, affectionately known as "Conz," graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1975. He then attended Loras College from 1975-1977 and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1979 with degrees in both English and Business.

This well-rounded education led to Kevin working for the City of Dubuque in the Finance Department for 24 years before finding a new sense of fulfillment as a paraprofessional at Kennedy and Eisenhower Schools.
His coworkers didn't know whether Kevin or the kids gained more reward from his lively and engaged presence. Kevin's commitment was evident in both the teachings he shared and the joy his students experienced because of it. His gentle manner touched many hearts, and he will be missed greatly by students and staff alike.

Growing up, Kevin was a fierce competitor in basketball and track. This passion saw him run in the original- and even win - the Turkey Trot, and participate in the Bay-to-Breakers race in San Francisco and the Drake Marathon, in which he took home 10th place. If you've ever driven Asbury Road as the sun paints the world golden, there's a good chance you've seen Kevin walking and emanating the beam - in Kevin's life there were no strangers, only friends he hadn't yet met.

No one knew this better than his loving family. When Kevin wasn't mindfully tending his garden, stacking wood, or sharing a tune with the yard birds, he was spreading that compassion to his wife, children, and pets. He and Kathy continuously enriched their lives through invigorating walks, practicing yoga, and connecting with their extensive list of friends. Natalie and Alex stand strong knowing Kevin's love and support - through all battles and achievements - is a force that endures eternal. And the pets will do their best to go without Kevin's tender affection.

In his passing, all the world lost a caring ear and understanding smile - while being awarded the chance to reflect in and emulate Kevin's character.

Kevin is survived by his wife Kathryn Conlon, his daughter Natalie (Significant other, Justin Garvin) Conlon, of Chicago, IL, and his son Alex Conlon, at home. His siblings; Gary (Marian Walker) Conlon, Cathy (James) Giese, Marna (Mark) Sullivan, Lynn (Jack) McCullough, Daniel (Jennifer Clemens) Conlon, Anne White, Luke (Nancy) Conlon, and Mark (Amy) Conlon. His mother-in-law Anne Hanselmann, brother-in-law Herbert (Suzanne) Hanselmann, and sisters-in-law Linda (Jerry) Redmond, and Elizabeth (Jim Wenger) Harms. Twenty nine nieces and nephews and three great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Herbert Hanselmann and a nephew Conlon G. White.

A Kevin D. Conlon memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Chaplain Jim at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Dennis Bradley.



Louis A. Decker

Louis A. Decker, 77, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Louis will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Louis was born January 5, 1938 in Balltown, Iowa, son of Roy and Anna (Pothoff) Decker. He received his education in the Balltown area schools. On May 23, 1964 he was united in marriage to Pat Hannan at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Louis fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning his own business when he started Decker Tractor Repair with his son Paul. He was currently the co-owner of that business with his eldest son Wayne. His passion also revolved around restored Farmall tractors, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling and snowmobile "back-packing" trips that he took in Michigan with his friends and family. He also enjoyed anything that involved any of his eight grandchildren.

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

He is survived by his wife, Pat of 50 years; his three sons, Wayne (Kathy) Decker and Paul Decker both of Holy Cross; Mike (Laura) Decker of Dyersville; eight grandchildren, Brian, Becky, Justin, Ryan, Kayla, Abbie, Madison and Andrew; a daughter-in-law, Jolene Decker of Dyersville; his twin brother, Lloyd Decker and a sister, Anna Mae (Donald) Brimeyer both of Dubuque, IA; and sisters-in-law, Edith Decker of Dubuque, Mary Decker of Sherrill, Lucille (James) Sperfslage of Central City, Doris Hannan of Holy Cross; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Raymond and Alvin Decker; a sister, Delores Decker; his father and mother-in-law, Donald and Marie Hannan; and a sister-in-law, Janice Decker.

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

 



Agnes A. Huseman

Agnes A. "Ig" Huseman, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 2:46 p.m., on May 14, 2015, at Luther Manor. To honor Agnes' life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a..m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at St. Columbkille's Church with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Agnes' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2105, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Agnes was born on January 21, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Catherine (Cloos) Cain.

Agnes graduated from St. Columbkille's High School in 1951. Agnes was united in marriage to Joseph Huseman Sr., on February 23, 1952. He preceded her in death on their 45th wedding anniversary, February 23, 1997. Agnes was a proud and talented homemaker who thoroughly enjoyed caring for her home and family. She was also a loving wife, mother and grandma whose sincere adoration for those she loved was continually on display.

Agnes is survived by her children, Paul Huseman, Roseburg, OR, Joseph (Sandra) Huseman, Dubuque, IA, David (Sue) Huseman, Key West, IA, Lynn (Mike) Kuse, Camdenton, MO, Dan (Heidi) Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Russell (Jill) Huseman, St. Catherine, IA, Greg Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Terry Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Amy (Lenny) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 45 years, Joseph; and eight siblings, Allen (Irene) Cain, Robert (Shirley) Cain, John (Mary Jane) Cain, LeRoy (Janeane) Cain, Donald (Sally) Cain, Margie (Dale) Chambers, Wilma (Melvin) Hentgen and Marie (Gus) Meloy.

An Agnes A. "Ig" Huseman memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Ruth M. Lutzow

Ruth M. Lutzow, 81, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 12:00 (Noon) Saturday, May 16, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Galena, with Rev. Dr. Fred Baltz officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Church. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on Feb. 2, 1934 in Washington, IA, the daughter of Louise (Whisler) Klatick. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Lutzow in 1959. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1998.

She enjoyed golfing, fishing and life in general. Ruth loved rocking the babies at Day Care. Ruth was a very active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where she served as church secretary, a member of the church council and headed the funeral dinner committee.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie (Michael) Zadny of Hartland, WI, and Kimberly (Jeff) Miller of Galena, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Kara) Clemente of Chicago, IL, Michael Clemente of Niles, IL, (both of whom she raised), Emily Zadny of Hartland, WI, Brian Miller of Phoenix, AZ, Sarah Miller of Downers Grove, IL, Stacy Miller and Scott Miller, both of Galena; four great-grandchildren, Decker, Ainsley, Skylar and Vincent Clemente; one brother, Paul (Rosemary) Kolosick of McHenry, IL; and one sister, Pauline (Clarence) Brown of Washington, IA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise; her husband, William; and two sisters, Patricia Young and Deloris Call.

Memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Ruth's family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Eric Engelman and staff, Mercy Medical Center 3-West nurses and staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to Ruth.

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



Catherine M. Beaver

Catherine M. Beaver, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Catherine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Catherine's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Catherine was born on Jan. 17, 1931, in Houston, TX, daughter of Linus and Charlotte (Bock) Westemeyer.

Catherine was a lifelong Dubuque resident. She married Gerald Beaver on April 21, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, and they recently celebrated 64 blessed years of marriage. Catherine was a fulltime wife, mother and grandmother who gracefully played each role to its fullest potential. She was a talented and devoted homemaker who thoroughly loved cooking and anxiously anticipated family get togethers.

Catherine had many interests but the three she enjoyed most often were woodworking, fishing and playing cards, especially poker. She was also an eager volunteer with her time and talents with numerous organizations and events and generously spent many years working the voting polls. Catherine was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and a past member of the parish council.

Catherine is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Gerald Beaver, Dubuque, IA; her children, Cheryl (Michael) Christ, Powell, OH, Connie (John Decker) Beaver, Sherrill, IA, Sandra (Ray) Herzog, Jane (Doug) Rupp, Kristi (Michael House) Beaver, all of Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren, Ron (Jenni) Beaver, Amanda (Scott Becker) Beaver, Roseann Beaver, Sarah (Ryan) Will, Abbey (Aaron) Chafins, Nicole (Eric) Gantz, Nick (Sara) Herzog, Katy (Jake) Christensen, Paul Rupp, Lizzie Rupp, Zachary Miller, Chloe Miller and Nathan Beaver; 12 great-grandchildren, Madison, Paige and Alayna Beaver, Emilee Beaver, Aubrey and R.J. Will, Averie Chafins, Matthew, Joshua and Lauren Gantz, Leah and Jayce Christensen; 5 siblings, Mary Ellen Quade, LuAnn (Glen) Flury, Robert (Donna) Westemeyer, Gerald Westemeyer, and Ronald (Calleen) Westemeyer, all of Dubuque.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald; 2 brothers, Frederick (Carol) and Leonard Westemeyer; and a sister-in-law, Mary Westemeyer.

A Catherine M. Beaver memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care.

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



Barbara Mills

Barbara "Barbee" Mills, 80, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her sister Kris Noonan's home, 2115 Sunnyview Drive, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, May 18 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Barbee was born on February 4, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence (Lefty) and Margaret A. (Donahue) Koob.

After college she was an x-ray technician at Xavier Hospital, a stewardess for the California Zephyr Train, and was employed at Thermoline and Browns Publishing.
On September 21, 1963 she married Leroy "Roy" Mills. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2006.

Barbee was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed creweling. Spending time with her family was most important and she always looked forward to seeing her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Surviving are her sisters, Kris (Jim) Noonan and Karen Dorshkind, both of Dubuque; Her nieces and nephews Julie Hayes of Galena, IL, Jaime (John) Ward of California, Sean (Shanda) Noonan of Des Moines, Molly (Bill) Bodish and Erin (Russ) Tomkins of Dubuque; great nieces and nephews, Clayton, Connor, Jack, Cody, Hope, Ella, Tanner and Aubrey; her step children, Barbara Larkin, of Washington D.C., John K (Jody) Mills and Jeannie (Steven) Heiberger, both of Dubuque; six step grandchildren, Martha Heiberger, of Chicago, Meredith (Steven) Halverson, of Dyersville, Joseph (Ashley) Heiberger of Galesburg, IL, Jonathan Heiberger, of Dubuque, Russell Mills, of Greensboro, NC and Darin (Kelly) Mills, of Dubuque; and 4 great step grandchildren, Liam, Sadie, Chelsey and Tate.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Cramer; and niece Martie Cramer.

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

A Barbara Mills memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen and Jan and her care helper Debbie Burns.



Rita H. (Kertels) Butson

Rita H. (Kertels) Butson, 85, of Cascade, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 6:30 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 4 p.m.; the Farley American Legion Service Auxiliary will be held at 6:30 p.m.; and a wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, at St. Joseph's Church in Farley, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Rita was born on June 29, 1929 in Sommerville, Mass., daughter of John and Margaret Baldwin. She was united in marriage on Nov. 22, 1945 to Andrew N. Kertels. Together they operated Kertels Well Drilling, Plumbing, and Heating in Farley until 1971. Rita was also employed at Roshek's, the Ertl Company in Dyersville and John Deere Dubuque Works until she retired in 1984.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, a lifetime member of the Farley American Legion Auxiliary #656, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Presentation Court # 1460.

She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and camping with her family. She loved to travel and her favorite trip was to London, England. She also enjoyed trips to Branson, MO, where she enjoyed many country shows.

Family was important to Rita, and those left to cherish her memory are her children, Star (Jerry) Schlarmann of Clive, John (Mary) Kertels of Farley, Nick (Chong) Kertels of Davenport, Joe (Annette) Kertels of Hinton, and Rita (Clint) Butlett of Eldridge. She enjoyed spending time with her 14 grandchildren, Jerry J. Schlarmann, Starla (John) Doerter, Andy Schlarmann, Angie (Brian) Branstetter, Johnny (Chris) Kertels, Robin (Scott) DeMuth, Nicky Kertels, Susan Caruthers, Joseph (Alyssa) Kertels, Andy Kertels, Katie Kertels, CJ Butlett, Samantha (Seth) Sander, and Nicole Butlett. She also enjoyed time with her 18 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Andrew N. Kertels, on May 13, 1989; her second husband, Keith I. Butson; a son, Andy Pat Kertels, on July 7, 1948; her parents; three brothers, George, Eugene, and Leonard; and two sisters, Florence Memmolo and Joan Fernandez.

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



Beverly T. Steil

Beverly T. Steil, 74, of Bethany Home passed away on Monday May 11, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00a.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Church, Key West, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:00a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

She was born on September 30, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Monica (Schilling) Brown. She married Donald Steil on November 29, 1958 at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2003.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Key West. She enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino, but most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Daniel (Kimberly) Steil, of Des Moines, Iowa, Patricia O'Toole, Judy (Jeff) Faulhaber, and Kathy (John Tharp) Steil, all of Dubuque, a son-in-law William Burdt, six grandchildren, Josh, Kyle, Dylan, Colin, Jesse, and Lanie. Two brothers Robert Brown and William Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, a daughter Teri and sister-in-law Ann Brown.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the loving staff and residents of Bethany Home for all their wonder care, kindness and friendship these last 12 years.



Sister Isabelle Hennessy

Sister Isabelle Hennessy, BVM, 92, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel on Thursday, May 14. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Isabelle taught secondary school in Mason City, Burlington and Sioux City, Iowa; St. Louis; and Glendale, Santa Barbara and Burbank, Calif. She ministered as counselor in the Chicago public school system and at Lakeview HS, Chicago, where she also served as volunteer counselor.

She was born in Chicago on Feb. 6, 1923, daughter of Robert and Mary Ellen (Mencil) Hennessy. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1949. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1952, and her final profession on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Robert; and sisters: Mary Virginia Swanson, Catherine Goulding, and Anna Hennessy. She is survived by a brother, John, Elmwood Park, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 65 years.

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

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



Sister Gertrude Struble

Sister Gertruda Struble, BVM, 101, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel on Thursday, May 14. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Gertruda was an elementary school teacher in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.; Butte, Mont.; Chicago; and Wichita, Kan.

She was born in Murdock, Kan., on March 5, 1914, daughter of Leo Joseph and Ruth Gertrude (Hyde) Struble. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1943. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1946, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Patrick, George, and Rev. Louis Struble; and sisters Leonetta Struble, BVM, and Ethel Struble. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 71 years.

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

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



Ruth E. Beecher

Ruth E. "Peach" Beecher, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

In keeping with Ruth's wishes, a committal service will held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Asbury Cemetery, Asbury, Iowa.



Virginia Dyer

Virginia "Jean" Dyer, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 6 P.M. Wednesday, May 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4:30 to 6 P.M. on Wednesday, May 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation will follow the service, and a private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Virginia Jean Schoenauer was born on Oct. 28, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa, to John and Ida (Huene) Schoenauer. She was a graduate of the former Immaculate Conception Academy of Dubuque, Iowa. She married Charles "Chuck" Dyer on May 16, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2013.

"Jean" was a homemaker and had also worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell for several years. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed playing cards and golf.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jeff (Rebecca) Dyer of Raeford, NC, and Joan (Gordon) Meloche of Manchester, MI; 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Virginia "Jean" Dyer memorial fund has been established.

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



Darla M. Dean

Darla M. Dean, age 51, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center. To honor Darla's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Darla's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darla was born on April 28, 1964, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Phyllis (Scannell) Dean.

Darla graduated from Hempstead High School, Capri College and also attended classes at Clarke University receiving her CNA certificate. She was employed as a CNA at Stonehill Care Center for several years. Darla was very artistic and enjoyed drawing, calligraphy and writing poetry, some of which have been published. She was very creative and loved designing for fashion shows. Darla loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Darla is survived by her mother, Phyllis Dean, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Duane (Pamela) Dean, Milwaukee, WI, Darin (Tina) Dean, Dubuque, IA, Darcy Dean, Dubuque, IA; and eleven nieces and nephews, Kelly, Sondra, Devin, Dillon, Heather, Drew and Derrick Dean, Breanna, Hannah, Brian and Brendon Ries.

Darla was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Dean; two brothers Kenneth and David Dean; and a nephew Jamie Ries.

A Darla M. Dean memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Darla.

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

 



John W. Fischer

John Wilbert Fischer, 91, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Marshalltown, Iowa from medical complications. Funeral services will be 1 pm Monday, May 11 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematroy, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Monday from noon until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, John spent the majority of his life in Dubuque. After serving as a radio electronic technician in the Army Air Force during World War II, on the fronts of Africa and Italy, he returned home to pursue his education.

He taught Industrial Arts for 34 years and his love of youth kept him substitute teaching for an additional 21 years. His proudest achievement was developing and overseeing the Student Building Program. This endeavor enabled students to learn how to build a house from the ground up.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise, his beloved bride of 66 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Jackie (Darrel) Baker of Rapid City, South Dakota and Elizabeth (Michael) Jurgensen of Marshalltown, Iowa; and grandchildren, Nathan Baker and family of Kennewick, Washington and Matthew (Alexandra) Baker of Valencia, Spain.

Memorials may be given to the Student Building Program for the Dubuque Community Schools. The donations should be made out to Dubuque Community Schools (CTE Program) C/O David Olsen, 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001.

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



Lawrence A. Manternach

Lawrence A. "Larry" Manternach, 80, of rural Cascade, Iowa, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Larry may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 10, 2015 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, IA, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home, in Cascade, IA.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Neil Manternach presiding. Concelebrating will be other clergy from the Archdiocese. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill, IA, with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Larry was born on June 13, 1934 in rural Monticello, IA, son of Joseph and Amelia (Kelchen) Manternach. He received his education at the former St. Mary's school, Cascade and the rural country schools. On November 16, 1957 he was united in marriage to Lois Gravel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA. The couple farmed in rural Temple Hill.

Larry was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was a member of St. Peter's Parish, Cascade American Legion Post #528, Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, and the Fourth Degree Dubourg Assembly Council #1573. Larry served on the Jones County Soil and Water Conservation District Committee for 20 years. He was also a member of the Aquin School Board, Swiss Valley Ag Board, Cascade Mutual Insurance Board and the Rural Fire Board.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Manternach of Cascade, IA; his seven children, Rev. Neil Manternach of Mason City, Sr. LaDonna Manternach, BVM of Dubuque, Loren (Lori) Manternach of Cascade, Dean (Linda) Manternach, Michelle "Shelley" Manternach both of Dubuque, Matthew (Jennifer) Manternach of Cascade, Maria (Jamie) Wood of Rosemount, MN, 12 grandchildren, Megan (Kyle) Webber, Drew and Aaron Manternach, Thea, Sophia, Grace and Micah Manternach, Jonah, Madeline and Nathaniel Manternach, Emma and Noah Wood, and one great-grandchild that will be born soon; 10 siblings, Veronica Welter of Cascade, Katie Rockzien of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach, Ralph (Rita) Manternach all of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan (Tom) Hoffman, Ron (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint; one step-sister, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother, Dorance (Pat) Manders both of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Mildred (Manders) Manternach; one son, Wayne Manternach in 1977; five sisters, Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, Eva Mae Klocke, Eleanor Quint, Florence Schockemoehl, Alvina Greif; five brothers-in-law, Harold Schockemoehl, Robert Greif, Herman Welter, Elmer Klocke, Harry Rockzien; a step-brother, Donald Manders; a step-sister-in-law, Mary Manders; and a step-brother-in-law, Jack Callahan.



Janet A. Francois

Janet A. Francois, 86 of 5297 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at Luther Manor.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:30p.m.Saturday at the funeral home until time of services.

She was born on February 21, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Earl C. and Georgia C. (Craig) Alexander
She married Gregory Francois on May 24, 1952 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2012.

She is survived by three children, Diana (Judy Thill) Francois, Sheila (Randy Levins) Bradley, both of Dubuque, and Gregg (Lorraine) Francois, of Wilson, NC. Grandchildren, Gregg (Kristen Quagliarello) Francois Jr., of Havertown, PA, Tara (Justin Otto) Bradley, of East Dubuque, and Mitchell Bradley, of Dubuque Paige (Gabriel Rivera) Francois of North Carolina, and Alexander Francois, of North Carolina. Great grandchildren, Gregg Francois, III, Colton Bradley, Amaya Otto, and Leonardo Rivera.

In lieu of flowers, a Janet Francois memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Luther Manor for all their wonderful care and kindness.



John M. McLaughlin Jr.

John M. McLaughlin Jr., age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:44 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street with Rev. Kathleen Milligan officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born on April 14, 1948, in Dubuque, IA, son of John M. and Clara (Wolter) McLaughlin Sr.

John married Viola "Babe" Mihalakis on November 25, 1967, at St. John's Episcopal Church. He was employed with the City of Dubuque as a heavy equipment operator for over 20 years until his retirement. In his free time John enjoyed fishing, stock car racing, bowling with family and friends and playing with his grandchildren. John was always a go getter with a tenacious work ethic who never sat still. He had a heart of gold, which he wore proudly on his sleeve, and graciously accepted everyone for whom they were. John's greatest accomplishment is clearly discovered in the creation of such a loving legacy within his family. He was an honorable man in all aspects of life and will be sadly and deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know and love him.

John is survived by his loving wife, Viola "Babe" McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA; six children, John (Diane) McLaughlin III, Bettendorf, IA, Stacey McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA, Amy (Bob) Blum, Verona, WI,Heather (Jason) Scherr, Dubuque, IA, Justin McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA, Kimberly (Brian) Lochner, Dubuque, IA; 19 grandchildren; John IV and Dalton McLaughlin, Zacharie and Quentin McLaughlin, Owen and Grayson Ohnesorge, Alex, Adeline, Ethan and Lilliah Blum, Lauralyn (Keith) McGinnis, Colten and Dustin Scherr, Tylor, Maguel, Christopher and Zander McLaughlin, Isabella and Isaac Lochner; his mother, Clara McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA; and three siblings, Diane (George "Sonny") Peil, Dubuque, IA, Sharon (Tom) Spiegelhalter, Dubuque, IA, Danny (Dawn) McLaughlin, Eldridge, IA.John was preceded in death by his father, John M. McLaughlin Sr.

A John M. McLaughlin Jr. memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for the wonderful care they provided John and the family.

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

 



Lawrence A. Vize

Lawrence "Larry" A. Vize, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at home. According to his wishes, there will be no public services. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Services is entrusted with the arrangements.

Larry was born May 15, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Lawrence J. and Bernice (Hingtgen) Vize. He met Margaret "Maggie" Widmyer when they were in kindergarten, and they eventually married, sharing nearly 45 wonderful years together.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maggie Widmyer-Vize, three sons, and six grandchildren: Josh (Jennie) Vize, and their sons Brandon and Ryan Vize; Jeremy (Julie Haasch) Vize; and Nick (Melissa) Vize and their children Devin, Kelsey, Caden, and Aubrey Vize.

He is remembered for his calm, easy-going demeanor, his unwavering dedication to whatever he undertook, his devotion to his family, and his penchant for nicknaming everyone he held close. "Bye-bye, baby bear!"

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M., for making his last days comfortable and peaceful.

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



Jane M. Knepper

Jane M.  Knepper, 60, of Boone, Iowa, and formerly of Worthington, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Boone County Hospital in Boone.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a funeral service will commence at 2:00 p.m.

Inurnment will be at St. Francis Cemetery.

Jane was born August 14, 1954, in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of Loras & Mary (Weber) Knepper.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1972, and continued her education at Hawkeye Institute of Technology, earning an Associate's Degree in Photography, and used that skill working as a photographer in Dubuque.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and earned another Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering from DMACC and was currently working as a Civil Engineering Assistant for American Concrete in Ankeny.

Janie was an accomplished artist, winning various high school awards, and finding the beauty in the simplest of things. She was an animal lover and believed in taking care of the environment.  She will be greatly missed by her Scottish terrier, Barney.

Survivors include her siblings: Bernie (Jane), Sue (Bob) Willenborg and Don (Kim) all of Dyersville, Dave (Janet) of Barry, IL, Jeff (Diane) of New Vienna, Kevin (Sally) of Worthington, Gary of Streamwood, IL, and Beth Knepper of Yellow Springs, OH; Sisters-in-law: Bev (Dick) Anstoetter of Farley and Bev Knepper of Dubuque, and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John and Doug.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Edward B. Breitbach

Edward Benjamin "Eddie Ben" Breitbach, age 52, of North Buena Vista, IA, passed away unexpectantly at 6:06 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Edward's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, IA, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Edward's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, May 8, 2015. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Edward was born on September 20, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of David and Mary (Hefel) Breitbach.

Eddie Ben graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1981. He was working for the family business, Breitbach's Garage, as a mechanic. Eddie Ben lived life to the fullest with no regrets. He had a heart of gold and loved to have a good time with family and friends. Eddie Ben was fun loving and well known for teasing his nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.

Eddie Ben is survived by his parents, David and Mary Breitbach, North Buena Vista, IA; his siblings, Alan (Pam) Breitbach, North Buena Vista, IA, Sherry (Harley) Pothoff, Durango, IA, Cathy Burns, Rochester, MN; and his nieces and nephews, Nicole, Mitchell, Victoria, and Isabel Breitbach, Ashley, Luke and Matthew Pothoff, Anna and Ellie Burns.

Eddie Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, Benjamin and Catherine (Meyer) Breitbach and Edward and Rita (Ruden) Hefel.

An Edward Benjamin Breitbach memorial fund has been established.

Eddie Ben was a generous man and his final gift was made possible through donation with the Iowa Donar Network.

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

 



Margaret A. Henge

Margaret A. Henge, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Brother Mark Jantzi officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on December 8, 1934, in Allamakee County, Iowa, daughter of Merlin and Dorothy (Spores) Sheriff.

Margaret married Michael Henge on February 23, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2006. Margaret was employed as a nursing aid at Mercy Hospital for 16 years until her retirement in 1977. She enjoyed caring for her home and family and playing Bingo and cards. Margaret's greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Margaret is survived by five daughters, Susan (Richard) Blaser, Dubuque, IA, Rita (Mark) Jantzi, Schenectady, NY, Mary Lou (Dennis) Halfhill, Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Richard) Zahina, Dubuque, IA, Linda Cook, Dubuque, IA; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren; three sisters, Caroline, Patty and Janet; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Shayne Lee Roth; a great-granddaughter, Makayla Allie Cook; three sisters, Darlene, Eva and Sandy; a brother, Ronald; and an aunt, Marcella Barth.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all their wonderful care throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, a Margaret A. Henge memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Barbara A. Freund

Barbara Anne Freund, 81, of Dubuque died Monday, May 4, 2015 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Barbara was born June 5, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Viola (McPoland) Cupps. She married Richard Freund on October 29, 1955 at St. Anthony's. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1995.

She was proud to be a stay at home mom until her youngest child was 16. She then worked at the Gannon Center for 15 years, retiring when she was 70. She was an avid volunteer, volunteering for the Dubuque Arboretum and Birthright.

Barbara enjoyed playing Bunco, mall walking, traveling with her sister, and gardening. She was very active and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Marie (Georg) Moeller of Potosi, Wisc. and their children, Elysia and Max; Cheryl (Larry) Ladwig of Fall River, Wisc. and their children, Ben, Jason (Becky), Emily (Will), and Nathan; Alan (Margie) Freund of Dubuque and their children, Michelle, Megan and Jake; Paula Freund and her son DeVante; Eric Freund and his children, Zack and Amber; and Andrea (Bobby) Daniels and their children, Alyssa and Marcus; five great grandchildren; a sister, Joan Neuses; two sisters in law, Virginia and Jean Cupps; a brother in law, Ken Konzen; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Gerald, Robert, Mary Ellen, Kenneth and Virginia.

A Barbara Freund Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Andrew J. Birch

Andrew J. "Andy" Birch, 27 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, May 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Andy was born on January 18, 1988 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Tammy J. Jellison and Harold T. Birch. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 2006 and worked for Dubuque John Deere. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

Andy was Dubuque Lands #1 Packer fan. He just received his coaching certificate and looked forward to becoming the next "Vince Lombardi." He enjoyed NASCAR and local racing, and was known around the local track as the "Little Round Guy."

He is survived by his mother Tammy (Greg Morgan) Jellison Spautz, of Dyersville, and his father Harold T. (Debra) Birch, of Dubuque. His siblings, Kayla (Bryce Green) Birch, Barby Birch, and Billy Birch. His maternal grandfather Ted Jellison, aunt Tina (Bill) Vickerman, and a cousin Cassi Vaassen.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Kathy Jellison and Norma Waechter and a sister Amanda Birch.
In lieu of flowers a Andy Birch memorial fund will be established.



Henry G. Kubitz

Henry G. "Hank" Kubitz 90, of Oak Park Place and formerly of 3165 Kaufmann Ave., passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Hank was born on December 25, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of George and Minnie (Braener) Kubitz. He attended Loras College and was a veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Navy. On August 9, 1952, Hank married Clara Kutsch at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. He was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years, retiring in 1987. Hank was a member of Resurrection Parish, American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and UAW Local 94 Retirees. Hank coached baseball for the Sherrill Little League for 10 years and enjoyed bowling, golfing and horseshoes. He was involved in the Loras College Senior Fitness program for 18 years which lead to his participation in the running and walking events in the Iowa Senior Citizen Games. Hank loved traveling and was a member of the WWII Honor Flight on October 19, 2010.

Surviving are his wife, Clara of Dubuque; his children, Dan (Cindy) Kubitz of Weslaco, TX, Patti (Dennis) Becker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Duane Kubitz of Palm Harbor, FL, Doug (Kathy) Kubitz of Niceville, FL, and Daryl (Kathy) Kubitz of Cuba City, WI; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; his siblings, Donald Kubitz and Shirley Regan both of Dubuque, IA and Bonnie Mulhalland of New Albin, IA and a sister-in-law Phyllis Blichmann of Dubuque, IA

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Arlan and David and his parents.

Memorials may be given to the Veterans Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd, Dubuque, IA 52001 or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of arrangements.
Hank's family would like to extend a special thank you to his care giver, Molly Manders, Ellen Patch and the Church of the Resurrection, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their support and wonderful care.



Thomas E. Connolly

Thomas Edward Connolly, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 8 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where a wake service will begin at 6:45p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Friday, at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Tom was born on September 11, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence A. and Evelyn (Bussan) Connolly. He married Rose M. Adrian on October 6, 1956 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death on December 21, 2008.

He graduated from St. Columbkille School, class of 1950 and attended Loras College. Tom served in the U.S Air Force during the Korean War from 1953-1957.

Tom worked in the City Assessors Office for 35 years, retiring in 1994. He also enjoyed being the principal and janitor at Raggedy Ann and Andy Preschool.

Tom and Rose enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and fishing. They loved spending time with their children, grandchildren, friends and extended family.

He is survived by his 5 children and their families, daughters, Kris A. (Steve) Rodham and Kathleen E. (David) Nicholson, both of Dubuque; sons, Timothy T. Connolly of Winona, Minn., Edward A. (Teri) Connolly of Rock Island, Ill., and Kevin J. (Amy) Connolly of North Liberty, IA; grandchildren, Abbey (Zach) Kass, Michael T. Nicholson, Molly (Mark) Wagner, Maggie (Jake) Bemis, Matthew Nicholson, Katie Connolly, Elizabeth Connolly, Ashley Rodham, Caroline Connolly, Adrian Connolly, Annalise Connolly, and Owen Connolly; his great- grandchildren, Tristan, Brady, Chloe, Olivia, and Cooper; his sisters, Mary Virginia Murphy of Pearl River, New York and Jean (Bob) Noel of Bella Vista, Ark., his brother, John Connolly of Phoenix, Ariz.; many special nieces and nephews; and his longtime friends Mick and Velma McMahon.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Evelyn Connolly, Ruth Herber; and brother, Bud Connolly; In-laws, Joy Connolly, George Helbing, John Murphy and Herb Herber.

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

A Tom Connolly memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Mark Moore, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Kathy.



Bruce L. Klein

Bruce L. Klein, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Luther Manor. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi with Pastor Arnold Flater officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

He was born May 21, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisc., son of Lyle and Loretta C. (Hennings) Klein. He married Barbara A. Monsen, June 28, 1958 in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death Feb. 15, 2011.

Bruce graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a B.S. in Biology. He was employed as a pharmaceutical salesman representative with Up John, winning salesman of the year several times.

He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950' and was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Bruce and Barb moved to Dubuque in 1965 and enjoyed attending the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and attending their grandchildren's sporting and musical events. Bruce loved his rose garden, history, fishing, reading, and family vacations. His family and friends will remember him as a sweet man who stayed strong through many struggles and triumphed over adversity through the years.

Survivors are two sons, Jeff (Julie) Klein, of Monticello, IA and Mark (Elaine) Klein, of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Vicki) Roling, Alex Klein (fiancé, Michelle Goebel), Kendra, Miranda, and Andrew Klein; one great grandchild expected in October; a sister Judy Polgar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers-in-law, William and Howard Monsen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Noon Optimist Club.

Bruce was a passionate gardener, the family would like to invite any interested friends and relatives to bring a flower or two from their gardens to add to a tribute arrangement in his memory.

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



Miranda M. Hogan

Miranda M. Hogan, 20, of Farley died Friday, May 1, 2015, in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Wednesday May 6, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley.  Rev. Michael Schueller will officiate. 

Miranda was born April 12, 1995, in Dubuque the daughter of Frederick "Sam" and Darla (Steger) Hogan. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School. Miranda was active in the Band program for seven years and in the Marion Honor Band. During the summer she played softball for Farley and Bankston, and later coached.  She taught CCD class in Peosta. Miranda completed 12 years of Girl Scouts and was the first Jr. Black Belt in the Dyersville Karate Club. She completed the CNA program at NICC during high school and worked at the Galena Hospital, Bell Towers in East Dubuque, and 24 Hour Care. Miranda also worked for Simons Restaurant in Worthington. After high school she enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at NICC, and obtained a Security position at John Deere, where she was currently employed.

Those left to cherish Miranda's memory are her parents, Sam and Darla Hogan of Farley; brother, Spencer Hogan special friend Alicia Hansel, of Dyersville; sister, McKenna Hogan of Farley; maternal grandmother, Darlene Steger of Dyersville; uncles, Dean Steger, special friend Stacy Miles, of Dyersville, Herb (Karen) Hogan, Stan (Julie) Hogan, Nick Hogan, Lloyd (Cherie) Hogan, Dave (Janet) Hogan, all of Dubuque, Louis (Jeannie) Hogan, of Bankston, Dick (Kathleen) Hogan, of Delhi, Ted Hogan of Holy Cross; aunts, Millie (Mike) Burkhart, Linda Hogan, Gloria Hogan, Arlene Hogan, all of Dubuque, Nancy Mausser of Monticello, Maxine (Andy) Goedken, of Dyersville, Mary (Ron) Manderfield of Richardsville, Velma Ferguson, of FL; many cousins, and her best friend her dog Kaitai.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Fred and Pauline Hogan, maternal grandfather Don Steger, and uncle, Michael Hogan.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Ambrose E. Kurt

Like the tranquility of a spring rain over the freshly planted cornfields, Ambrose E. "Sam" Kurt left the furrows of this earthly world to enjoy the rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven. Sam died peacefully in the loving company of his family on May 3, 2015, at the Shady Rest Care Center in his hometown of Cascade. He was 94.

Friends and relatives of Sam can call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Sam will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Holilist will be Deacon Joe Schockemoehl. Lector is Janet Keyes. Eucharistic Ministers are Liz Kurt and Kurt Funke. Placing of the pall will be done by Peggy Funke, Salli Rinella, Maryann Cornell, John Kurt and Tom Kurt. Giftbearers are the granddaughters and great granddaughters of Sam. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with full Military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Casketbearers for Sam are Peter Kurt, Nick Kurt, Aaron Cornell, Matt Cornell, Roger Kurt and Mike Burke.

The son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt, Sam was born on March 26, 1921 - the fourth of his parent's 12 children. He grew up on the family farm, which quickly instilled his passion for raising livestock, tilling soil and gathering harvests.

Sam attended St. Mary's schools and, following his graduation, as a member of the United States Marine Corps, proudly serving in that military branch through the remainder of World War II.

He was one of the founding members of the infamous "Bachelor's Club." While at a dance in nearby Worthington, Sam met the love of his life - Theresa Manternach - and the couple was united in marriage on August 17, 1948, at the former St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cascade.

Sam and "Tessie" began farming on their own, while she also served on the original nursing staff at the Shady Rest when it opened in 1972. Together, Sam and Tessie joyfully welcomed the arrivals of their five children - John, Maryann, Tom, Salli and Peggy.

Sam and Tessie lived on the farm until 1998, when they sold it to their nephew, Peter Kurt. Tessie passed away on November 16 of that year.

Sam enjoyed both hard days working the land and lazy Sundays spent visiting with his family. He preferred short Masses at church and long hours spent in his workshop - always creating something unique and customized as a surprise gift for someone special.

As a veteran, Sam was a member of the local American Legion Post 528. In addition to his service to country, he was also civic-minded - volunteering his time as a member of the former Cascade State Bank and Cascade Telephone Company boards of directors. He was also a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930.

Sam was a calm, patient and gentle man. With humility he accepted his "just desserts" - which, most notably, were his wife's homemade apple roll, bonnie berry bread and virtually anything chocolate.

Those left to honor a life lived well - with purpose and integrity - and to continue the long legacy of the Kurt family sweet tooth are: Peggy (Kurt) Funke of Newton, IA, Salli (Steve) Rinella of Littleton, CO, Maryann (Ken) Cornell of Dubuque, IA, John (Kathy) Kurt of Prairie Du Chein, WI, and Tom (Liz) Kurt of Ames, IA; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; four brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt, Carl Kurt, and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA; a sister, Eleanor Burke of Bernard, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Epworth.

Sam was preceded in death by:his parents; his wife, Theresa "Tess" Kurt; brothers, Herbert, Fred, Andrew and Joe Kurt; sisters, Mary Dolphin, Anna Mae Lehmann and Margaret Ann Otting; Sisters-in-laws, Alvina Kurt, Mary Lou Kurt, Dorothy "Dottie" Kurt and Jane Kurt; and brother-in-laws, Ralph Otting, Pat Burke and Wilfred Dolphin.

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

Memorials for Sam may be given to the Cascade Ambulance Services, Shady Rest Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque

 



Kelly F. Schuster

Kelly F. Schuster, 45, of Dubuque died on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Kelly was born on March 6, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Ben and Bess (Constance) Hobbs.

She enjoyed gardening, jogging, music, arts and crafts. She loved to play practical jokes and making people laugh.

Surviving are her children, Lizbeth L. Hobbs, Rhiannon E. Carrillo, John L. Schuster Jr. and Shania F. Schuster; grandson, Zeus N. Spagnola; her father, Ben Hobbs; siblings, Laura (Bob) Benson, Leslie (Steven) Smith, Lynn Grady and David Hobbs; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Melvin Vantholen Jr. and her mom, Bess L. Hobbs.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers a Kelly Schuster Memorial Fund has been established.

Kelly's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the first responders and to the kind people who immediately came to her aid.



Paula J. Oberhoffer

Paula J. Oberhoffer 58, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus, Rochester, MN. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at The Church of The Nativity with the Rev. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Nativity Church.

Paula was born on August 13, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Lavonne (Kronfeldt) Eisbach. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1974. On June 10, 1978, she married Jeffrey Oberhoffer at Nativity Church. Paula will always be remembered as having a smile on her face. She was always willing to offer a kind word or a helpful hand to others. She was a devoted wife and mother who had an incredible passion for children. That passion lead her to a career of child care spanning 33 years, with the last 15 working in the nursery at Young-Uns Child Care Center. She loved traveling with her husband and cooking for her family's holidays and Sunday gatherings. Nothing was more important and dear to her heart than her 8 grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey of Dubuque, IA; her children, Sara Jenaman of Dubuque, IA., Chris (Holly) Oberhoffer of Asbury, IA. and Molly (Tyler) Carson of Clive, IA,; her grandchildren, Aidan and Addison Jenaman, Emma, Will and Drew Oberhoffer and Alivia, Brynlie, and Asher Carson; her siblings, Dennis (Brenda) Eisbach, Diane Hanson, Julie (Jim) Thiltgen and Mark (Sara) Eisbach all of Dubuque, IA.; her in-laws, Mike (Kay) Oberhoffer and Mark (Peg) Oberhoffer both of Dubuque, IA. and Jerry (Patty) Oberhoffer of Asbury, IA.; her father-in-law, Carl Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in--law Ray Jenaman; her mother-in-law, Marilyn Oberhoffer and her brother-in-law Mike Hanson.

In lieu of flowers, a Paula Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.

Paula's family would like to thank the doctors and staff and Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus for their unending care and support.

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



Marvin O. Becker

Marvin O. Becker 85, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at The Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.
Marvin was born on March 4, 1930 in Rushville, Indiana, the son of Orville and Dorest (Bever) Becker. He married Carol L. Spates on October 6, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marvin was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the U.S. Air Force for 3 years. He worked at Flexsteel Industries, Inc. for 40 years, retiring as Chief Financial Officer. Marvin was a charter member of Thunderhills Country Club, chairman of the board at Harvest Financial Corp. from 1983 thru 1996 and was presently on the board of directors of the First Community Trust Co.
Surviving are his wife, Carol of Dubuque; his 3 daughters, Diane Aldrich of Henderson, NV, Linda (Randy) Herman of Sheboygan Falls, WI and Karen (Greg) Kay of Prior Lake, MN; his son David (Amy) Becker of Dubuque, IA; his in-laws, Tom (Marilyn) Spates and Michael (Linda) Spates both of Dubuque, IA and Kathryn (Franklin) Langkamp of Dickeyville, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Church of The Resurrection.



Elaine F. Callaghan Casteel

Elaine F. Callaghan Casteel, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:46 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Elaine's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Elaine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elaine was born on September 8, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Frances (Schloeder) Heles.

Elaine graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1956. That same year she married Bill Callaghan on February 4. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1978. She later married Donald Casteel on January 16, 1981, in Asbury, Iowa. He also preceded her in death on February 27, 1999. Elaine was a nurse for many years, working at Mercy Hospital and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. She loved crafts of all kinds, word searches and playing euchre. Nothing came between Elaine and her bingo. She loved a good laugh with friends, her scotch and water, going out for a good meal, monthly lunches with the girls and retail therapy held a special place in her heart.

Elaine will be missed by her children, Margaret (Meredith Rumble) Callaghan, Hazel Green, WI, Patricia (Mark Sahli) Callaghan, Wilsonville, OR, Joseph (Kathy) Callaghan, Pinellas Park, FL, Mary Elaine Callaghan, Dubuque, IA; two grandchildren, Zachary Callaghan, Winthrup, IA, Callie Sahli, Wilsonville, OR; a sister, Mary Ann Heles, Dubuque, IA; and special friends, Ann and Chevy.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Bill Callaghan and Donald Casteel; and a son, William David Callaghan.

An Elaine F. Callaghan Casteel memorial fund has been established whose proceeds will be donated to Area Residential Care for their devoted care of Mary for 41 years. Our family thanks you!!

Elaine's family would like to thank Dr. Angela Kelley and nurses, Tammie and Jennifer, for their years of dedication to mom. ManorCare for the tender loving care given to Elaine and all the beautiful people who hugged and kissed her daily. Cookie who came and gave her one of the most loving acts of kindness I have ever seen, it touched my heart! Also Hospice of Dubuque who did an amazing job, thank you Jen for controlling Elaine's negative symptoms.

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

 



M. Lee McClenahan, M.D.

M. Lee McClenahan, M.D., 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 West 10th St. conducted by Dr. Rev. Kenneth Bickel and Rev. Nancy Bickel. Family will greet friends 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church. A private, family burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney, Iowa.

Lee was born February 28, 1932 in Sigourney, the son of Charles Mervin and Mildred (Farmer) McClenahan. He graduated from Sigourney High School in 1950. Lee served in the United State Army 1954-1955, then graduated from Medical School in 1960 from the University of Iowa. Lee did his residency at Stanford University, and had a private practice in San Mateo as a Psychiatrist. He returned home to Iowa to run a private family practice in Sigourney and What Cheer for ten years before moving to Dubuque to work and eventually retired as Medical Director for John Deere Dubuque Works. Lee married Carol A. Eichman on August 25, 1990 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. He loved working out and was an avid runner for a number of years, including completing a couple of marathons. He had a love for singing was active as a tenor for years with his church choir. The Dubuque Chorale and Julien Chamber Choir. He also loved attending concerts and live productions, movies, traveling, golfing and was an avid fan of the The Cubs, Zach Johnson, Yoda, Willie Mays and University of Iowa. He and Carol had season tickets to Hawkeye wrestling, basketball and football for many years. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, attending and supporting hundreds of their sporting events, fine arts productions, and other events over the years. Lee was a friend of Bill W. since 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; children, Christan Moran, Mark (Lisa) McClenahan, Craig McClenahan, Mathew (Alaine) McClenahan, Michael McClenahan, D.V.M., Mandy (Andrew) McCLenahan-Grignon, and Dana Dolter; grandchildren, Tiffany, Tanner, Mariel, Tierney, Foster, Sydney, Lincoln, Cael, Devon, Richard, David, Rowen, and Rosalind; 1 great-grandchild, Eliza; in-laws, Betty (Tom) McAndrew, Milton (Faith) Eichman, and Debra (Steve) Perrin.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Charles Leo McClenahan, Gene (Suzy) McClenahan, and Mary (J.D.) Hughs.

A memorial fund has been established in Lee's memory at The Source.

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



Mark E. Ransdell

Mark Edward Ransdell age 66 of Dubuque died Thursday April 30, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ, with Rev. Dr. Ken Bickel officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends of Mark may call from 4 to 8 Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road and also Friday at the church after 10:00a.m.

Mark was born on January 20, 1949 in Dubuque the son of Jerry and Ardith (Anderson) Ransdell. He served in the United States Air Force in Germany.

Mark had a great passion for real estate and took pride in his many remodeling projects. He started Ransdell Construction and did general construction. He also worked at the Roshek Building, Saint Joseph the Worker School, Dubuque Community School's and even tried his hand at dealing cards at the Casino.

Later in life Mark suffered through many back and neck problems, even so he was still a man on a mission. He enjoyed traveling and he had a great curiosity for life. He enjoyed camping and being on the river and sharing stories of his adventures with his family and friends. He was a generous person almost to a fault who dreamed of moving to a warmer climate.

Mark loved his dogs from Shelby to Buddy and Ginger. Later when the grandkids came along they became his pride and joy.

He is survived by his daughter Linsy (Corey) Adams, two grandchildren Sophia and Xander Adams, his former wife Mary (Carl) Summers, a brother Scott (Julie) Ransdell, and sisters Pam Radtke and Lori Ransdell.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Steve.



Kathie A. Arduser

Kathie A. Arduser, 67, of Dubuque died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Sunnnycrest Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday at the Mueller Memorial Chapel in Linwood Cemetery. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:30 until the time of services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathie was born on July 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Marion (Zemanek) Arduser.
She was employed at ARC for many years and loved to travel.

Kathie was a former member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a loving and caring sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed.

Surviving is her sister Janet Schafer of Doylestown, PA; nieces Shelley (Daniel) Oehrle of West Chester, Ohio, Amy (Jeff) Schroeder of Dubuque, Melissa (Michael Green) Seipp, of Forest Park, Minnesota, Debbie Davis Carmody, of Middletown, New Jersey and nephew Donald Davis, of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gail (Jan) Seipp Lock and a nephew, Stephen Seipp.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cozy Corner Adult Day Services.

The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Sunny Crest Manor, Julien Care Facility and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb.



Virgil A. Polkinghorn

Virgil A. Polkinghorn, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 8:12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Virgil's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil was born on July 26, 1944, in Wisconsin, son of George W. and Mary B. (Chandler) Polkinghorn.

Virgil served in the U.S. Army. He married Carol Krolick on May 7, 1976 in Independence, Iowa. Virgil worked at the Fire and Safety Equipment Company until his retirement in 2007.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Carol Polkinghorn; 7 children, Charles Polkinghorn,  Tammie Krier, Michael Polkinghorn, Patrick Polkinghorn, Todd Polkinghorn, Stephanie Dunwoody and Virgil Polkinghorn, Jr.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Linda Jones.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Polkinghorn and a daughter, October Dawn Johnson.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided to Virgil.

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

 



Lloyd J. Schardt

Lloyd J. Schardt, 75, of 3460 Starlite Drive, Dubuque, IA., formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at home.

Visitation will be 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday with Rev. Leah Barker officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Lloyd was born on August 21, 1939 in Dickeyville, WI, the son of Lawrence and Margaret (Helbing) Schardt. He was united in marriage to Jan Russell on August 2, 2001 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 25, 2014.

He was employed at the Eska Mfg. Co. for 13 years, Mercy Hospital for 3 years and retired from Barnstead/Thermolyne as a Computer Systems Manager in January of 2000.

Lloyd graduated from Shullsburg, Wis., High School in 1958. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force serving from Dec. of 1959 to June of 1963. He served in Germany for 3 years. Lloyd loved playing euchre, especially in the Community Room at "The Woodlands", time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers football programs. He was a member of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque, Knights of Columbus Council # 7527 and Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly # 1690-4th. Degree K. of C. He was also a member of the Dubuque Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are four children, Nancy (Dave) Dunham of Coal Valley, IL, Gary (Sheri) Schardt of North Liberty, IA, Luke (Ellen) Schardt of Dubuque, IA, and Kelly (Tyler) Kowalski of Ft. Rucker, AL; Six grandchildren; his siblings, Norm (Mary) Schardt of Menominee Falls, WI, Ron (Shirley) Schardt of Shullsburg, WI, Mary (Jim) Lee of Blanchardville, WI, and Bob (Darlene) Schardt of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in-law, Donna Schardt of Freeport, IL, and Jerri Lou Schardt of Belvidere, IL.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, by his brothers Gerald, Lyle and Eldie, and a sister, Elvira (Lawrence) Ihm.



Junior G. Sawvell

Junior G. "J.R." Sawvell, 84 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 1st, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Military service will be held at 7:00 p.m. by the American Legion Post #6.

He was born on September 3, 1930 in the Monona, Iowa area the son of Lon and Ida Sawvell. He attended school in the Monona area and served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, serving for one year in Germany. He married Janice Marlene Dittmar on March 20, 1954 in Dubuque.
He worked at John Deere for 28 years retiring in September of 1994. He was a member of UAW Local 94. He made "Tin Can Men" for a past time.

Junior is survived by his wife Marlene of 61 years, one daughter Sheryl (Bill) Worthington, of Wisconsin, two grandchildren, Michelle Lynn (Dallas) Winter, of Dubuque, and Joshua (Abby) Clayton, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, one great granddaughter on the way and his brother Duane Sawvell, of Monona, Iowa along with nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Melva (Francis) Nagel and Wilma (Eugene) Gibson and his son Steven.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor care and to his doctors Dr. Kristine Cooper, Dr. Ian Koontz for all their wonderful care they gave to Junior.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Martha J. Schrader

Martha J. (Tenk) Schrader, 80, formerly of Robin Hood Drive, Dubuque, most recently of Assisi Village, Sunset Park Place, and West Ridge Care Center, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. The family will greet friends after 8:30 a.m. prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home.

Martha was born May 7, 1934 in Rock Island, Illinois, the daughter of Henry F. and Irene M. (Wolfmeyer) Tenk. She married Thomas C. Schrader, April 23, 1960 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, in Rock Island. He passed away on May 17, 2014.

Martha graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island. She was a bowling pin setter and worked at Woolworth's when she was younger. Martha worked for the Rock Island Arsenal Ordnance Corps, prior to her marriage. She had a lifelong passion for history and learning. This was Martha's favorite time of the year and her happiest days were working in the yard with her family. She took great pride in caring for her home and family. She treasured her close friendships.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish. Martha was an active volunteer over the years in school, church, and hospice. She enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, hanging out laundry on the clothesline, playing the piano, quilting, sewing, needlepoint, and crocheting. Martha was a Lay Dominican and made her final profession in 1999.

Martha is survived by three children; Sally (John) Gyorog, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Steven (Maria) Schrader, of Cedar Rapids, and Amy (Scott) Westermeyer, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Emily Gyorog, Andrew, Natalie and Ella Schrader and Brittney and Jacob Westermeyer; siblings, Ken Tenk of Bloomington, Minnesota, Cheri (Tom) Shanahan of Meridian, Idaho; cousins, nieces, nephews; and a very special friend, Marilyn Morley.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; in-laws, Jack (Virginia) Schrader, Kathy Schrader; and special friends, Mary Wilcox Mitchell and Eleanor Currier.

In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to DuRide, Dubuque Arboretum, or Resurrection Parish in Martha's memory.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Alvina R. Schueller

Alvina R. Schueller, age 102, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Alvina's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Alvina's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alvina was born on May 31, 1912, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, daughter of William and Anna (Birkel) Grutz.

Alvina married Herman Thumser on May 31, 1932, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1944. She later married Charles F. Schueller in November of 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 14, 1980. Alvina was employed with ARA in the cafeteria at John Deere for 14 years, with Carter Tool Company for 9 years and also at the Bag Company for a year. She was a member of Holy Ghost Parish and The Rosary Society. Alvina was an avid card and Bingo player and always enjoyed a good game with family and friends. She also enjoyed making afghans, crocheting, doing embroidery work, tending to her flowers and vegetable gardening. She was a great friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Alvina is survived by her daughter-in-law, Debra Thumser, Dubuque, IA; her step son, Don (Shirley) Schueller, Peosta, IA; seven grandchildren, Jeff (Cindy) Thumser, Kurt (Shelley) Thumser, Terry (fiancé Lisa Reynolds) Thumser, Dale (Emmy) Thumser, Cal (Char) Thumser, Dan (Patty) Thumser and Jennifer (Jen) Thumser-Pfab; five step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 15 great great-grandchildren;a sister-in-law, Eileen Grutz, Hopkinton, IA; and nieces and nephews.

Alvina was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Herman, her second husband, Charles; her son, Carl "Buddy" Thumser; a sister, Wilma Brockman; six brothers, Peter, Steve, Joseph, Tony, Leo and Alfred Grutz.

An Alvina R. Schueller memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kind and compassionate care of Alvina.

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

 



Sandra S. Rollinger

Sandra S. Rollinger, 72, of Cascade and Mesa, AZ, died Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa.

Friends may call from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.  Inurnment will be at St. Matthias Cemetery in Cascade at a later date.

Sandy was born January 12, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Dale and Bernita (Kunnen) Massey.

She graduated from Wahlert High School with the Class of 1961.

She married Richard Carr in 1965, at Cascade.  He preceded her in death. She later married James Rollinger in December, 1980, in Cascade. 

Sandy is survived by her husband, Jim, 2 sons: Craig Carr of Mesa, AZ and Shawn (Linda) Carr of Cascade, IA; a step-daughter, Janet (Kevin) Schockemoehl of Cascade, IA; grandchildren: Zayne (fiancé Juliana Figueroa) Carr of Mesa, AZ, Kevin, Maggie, Jack and Riley Carr, Ryan Schockemoehl and Eric Schockemoehl, all of Cascade, IA, and Lisa Schockemoehl of DesMoines, IA; five great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Barbara VanBlarcom of Dubuque, IA, and Donna Brandel of Mesa, AZ; in-laws: Delores Their of Dyersville, IA, Marie (Earl) Wagner of Cascade, IA, Bob (Lynn) Rollinger of Hopkinton, IA, Ronnie (Diane) Rollinger of Bernard, IA, Betty (Richard) Knapp of Bernard, IA, Mary Meyers of Dubuque, IA and Joe Pfohl of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Richard Carr, a sister, Judy Pfohl, a brother, Duane Massey, and 2 brothers-in-law: James VanBlarcom and Joseph Their.

Memorials are preferred.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Ellen K. and Joseph P. Edwards

Ellien Kay "Tootie" Edwards, 20, and Joseph Paul "Joey" Edwards, 2, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015, from injuries received in an automobile accident on 86th Avenue, rural Bernard, Iowa.

A celebration of Ellien and Joseph's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Thursday, April 30, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1:15 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ellien Kay Edwards was born on February 17, 1995 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steve and Susan (Krolick) Edwards. She had attended Maquoketa Community High School and was a part of the class of 2014. She was a wonderful mother and had also been working as a farmhand with her mom for Dave Martin Farms. She enjoyed riding the 4-wheeler, texting, watching television, drinking Dr. Pepper and most importantly spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ellien's memory include her parents Steve and Susan Edwards of Bernard, Iowa; a brother Billy Joe Edwards of Maquoketa, Iowa; sisters Katie Marie Edwards of Bernard, IA, Lisa Ann Edwards of Bernard, IA, and Mary Jane Edwards of Bernard, IA; her paternal grandfather Norman Edwards of Lynd, MN; her boyfriend Wes Merfeld; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Georgia Edwards, and her maternal grandparents Leland and Mary Krolick.

Joseph Paul "Joey" Edwards was born on December 16, 2012 in Dubuque, Iowa to Ellien Kay Edwards. He was a smart boy who could already count to 30. He loved tractors and 4-wheeling and checking the cows with grandma and papa. He could light up the room with his smile.

Those left to honor Joseph's memory include his maternal grandparents Steve and Susan Edwards of Bernard, IA; maternal great-grandfather Norman Edwards of Lind, MN; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his mother Ellien's boyfriend, Wes Merfeld. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Leland Krolick, Mary Krolick and Georgia Edwards.

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

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

 



Loras J. Shanahan

Loras John Shanahan, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at home following a sudden illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Loras was born on March 23, 1946 in Bernard, Iowa the son of John and Isabell (Lammer) Shanahan. He married Mary Kay Steffen and later married Julie Johnson on July 24, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 11, 2014.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere for 30 years as a machinist and later at the Dubuque Driving Range. He served in Iowa National Guard from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and the Moose Lodge.

He was an avid Chicago Cub and Iowa Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Driving Range and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children, Kathy Shanahan, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan, and Krista (Mike) Torrey, all of Dubuque. Two step-sons, David (Becky) Haynes and Jason (Tina) Haynes all of Dubuque. Nine grandchildren, Keighan, Nicholas, Crystal, Alli, Matthew, Trisha, C.J., Tia and Cody and two great grandchildren, Brycen and Brody. Siblings, Elaine (Jim) Hutchroft, of La Motte, Chuck (Mary) Shanahan, of Bernard, Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, of Maquoketa, Mary (George) Felderman, of La Motte. Brother-in-law Bob Timmerman, sister-in-law Ginny (Jerry) Heim and his former wife and special friend Mary Kay Shanahan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step daughter Carrie, his wife Julie, a sister Ann and a brother Pat.



Theresa M. Gansemer

Theresa M. Gansemer, 78 of 21747 Park Hollow Road, Holy Cross, Iowa died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. at Unity Point Heath Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by family.

Friends and relatives of Theresa called from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA, where a wake service was held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Theresa were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, IA, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Eucharistic Ministers were Deb Brehm, Laverne Freiburger and Mark Klein. Lectors were Mary Ann Manternach and Shirley Klein. Placing of the pall was done by Francis Gansemer, Judy Breitsprecker, Janet Engelken, Joan Fuentes, Jane Geselbracht and Jody Tucker. Giftbearers were Marlene Decker, Jenice McLees and Diane Dietz. Burial was held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, IA.

An Honorary Escort was afforded by the Rickardsville Catholic Order of Foresters-Court #774.

Honorary Pallbearers were Bryon Gansemer, Ben Geselbracht, Travis Fuentes, Travis Tucker, and GianFranco Hernandez Fuentes.

Casketbearers for Theresa were Bruce Engelken, Gerald Breitsprecker, Scott Gansemer, Josh Gansemer, Matt Engelken, Jordan Tucker and Nick Hogan.

Theresa was born June 1, 1936 in Delhi, Iowa, daughter of John and Veronica (Jaeger) Bergfeld. She received her education in the rural Bernard area schools. On April 23, 1957 she was united in marriage to Clement E. Gansemer at St. Joseph's Prairie in rural Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 28, 2007.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Rickardsville, a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and the Rickardsville Catholic Order of Foresters Court #774

She is survived by six children, Francis Gansemer (& Friend, Angela Woods) of Dubuque, IA, Judy (Gerald E.) Breitsprecker of Lancaster, WI, Janet Engelken (& friend, Kenny Ruden) of Rickardsville, IA, Joan (Porfirio) Fuentes of Starkville, MS, Jane Geselbracht (& friend, "Ike" Eigenburger) and Jody (Merlin) Tucker both of Rickardsville, IA; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; three siblings, George (Joanne) Bergfeld of Peosta, IA, Julie (Elmer) Schumann of Dyersville, IA and Danny (Dianne) Bergfeld of Bernard, IA; a sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley Bergfeld of Dubuque, IA, Helen Gansemer of Dubuque, IA, Eileen (Florian "Tex") Winter of St. Lucas, IA,

She is also preceded in death by her her parents; three sisters Darlene (Joe) Dolanc, Gladys (Jack) Kress and a sister in infancy; and three brothers, John Bergfeld, Leo Bergfeld and Edwin (Juanita) Bergfeld; a brother-in-law, Albert Gansemer.

A Theresa M. Gansemer memorial fund has been established.

The family of Theresa M. Gansemer would like to thank Sherrill EMS, Finley Hospital and staff for accommodating us in our time of need.

Online condolences for Theresa may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 



Janice B. Mensen

Janice B. Mensen, 81, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church Cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Janice was born October 23, 1933, in Petersburg the daughter of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke.  She married Laverne Mensen on Oct. 8, 1953, in Dyersville.  Together they farmed on the Mensen family farm north of Petersburg.  While on the farm, Janice was a homemaker and also cooked at the Petersburg Hall, the Dyersville Senior Center and SS. Peter & Paul Grade School.  In April of 1989, they retired and moved into Petersburg, and finally moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in January of 2015.

She is survived by her husband, Laverne, 6 children: Karen (Ron) Hillers of Guttenberg, Kenny (Kathy) Mensen of Cedar Rapids, Ronnie (Deb) Mensen of Earlville, Duane (Celeste Nunemaker) Mensen of Solon, Carla (Dan) Lechtenberg of Manchester and Pat Mensen of Petersburg; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and another due in May; 7 siblings: Verna Lee Digman, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler and Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, Leon (Karen) Funke and Floyd (Janet) Funke, all of Dyersville, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing of New Vienna, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Mary Lou Funke and Dorothy and her husband, Leo Mensen, brother-in-law: Edward Digman, and a great-grandson, James Anton

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

 

 

 



Norman G. Middleman

Norman G. "Gene" Middleman, 78, of Dubuque died on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Monday from 4 pm until time of service. Inurnment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dubuque Memorial Gardens where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Gene was born August 17, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Genevieve (Dempsey) Middleman. He married Ruth Westmark at St. Patrick's Church in February of 1965. He served his country in the US Army and was a member of the American Legion.

Before retiring, he worked at John Deere for 29 years.

He was a music lover. He was a big NASCAR fan, enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he rode cross country and the Chicago Bears. Gene was very grateful for the kindness and support his Grandmother Kate Kern gave to his family while growing up.

Gene is survived by his wife Ruth of Dubuque, six children, Dan Middleman of Dubuque, Larry (Amy) Middleman of Dubuque, Kelly (Harry) Blewett of Dubuque, Chris Middleman of Denver, Colorado, Tom (Jennifer) Middleman of Broussard, Louisiana and William "Billy" Middleman of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Nicole, Jamie, Zack, Michael, Harry, Emma, and Jack; one great grandson, Damon; a brother, Kenneth Middleman of Dixon, Ill., and a sister, Shirley (Bob) Behnke of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert J. Middleman and DeLoris Becker.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
The family would like to thank the wonderful, kind and loving staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.



Russell G. Lewis, Jr.

Russell G. Lewis Jr., age 80, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:37 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Russell's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Russell's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Russell was born on January 3, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Russell and Margaret (Schmidt) Lewis Sr.

Russell married Mary L. Kiefer on September 10, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2002. He was employed in the maintenance department with the Dubuque Community School District until his retirement. Russell enjoyed fixing things and tinkering in the garage while socializing with his numerous friends. He also enjoyed and savored the opportunity to pull a good prank on family and friends whenever possible. Russell generous reputation was well known and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever and wherever it was needed. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and there will now be countless future conversations coming up short with the sad absence of Russell's wit, humor and insight.

Russell is survived by his son, Mark T. Lewis, Dubuque, IA; a grandson, Russell E. (Jenny) Lewis, Dubuque, IA; and two granddaughters, Angelina Shappell and Mary-Alice Lewis. Russell was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lewis.

A Russell G. Lewis Jr. memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the ICU at the University of Iowa for their wonderful care of Russell.

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

 



Joseph A. Brunkan

Joseph A. Brunkan, 85, of Worthington, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call at the funeral home from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 27, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Dan Knipper will concelebrate.  Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Joe was born August 18, 1929, in Worthington, Iowa the son of Thomas and Kate (Dunkel) Brunkan.  He attended Lebo Country School and attended St. Paul School in Worthington until 9th grade. He served in Korea in the Army from 1951 - 1953. He married Rosalie Bockenstedt on January 4, 1964, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Worthington, and Joe worked at the Ertl Company for 30 years.

Joe enjoyed watching sports of all types, especially the Beckman Blazers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He also enjoyed tinkering around the farm, fixing equipment or making "art" with his welder, driving his tractor in parades in the area, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie, 3 children: Ann (Mike) Wink of Marion, Tim (Jill) Brunkan of Eldridge, and Jennifer (Jason Smith) Brunkan-Smith of Mission, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Jayda, Calla and Georgia Brunkan; a sister, Catherine Steffen of New Vienna; a sister-in-law, Janet (Robert) Brown of Colesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Arnold Steffen.

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

 



Robert J. Remakel

Robert "Bob" J. Remakel, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Bob was born Sept. 14, 1934 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Michael and Adella (Zimmer) Remakel. He married Joan Kendall on August 24, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bob served his country with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Naval Reserves.

He was employed as a tool and die maker at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after over 30 years. He volunteered at the Washington Neighborhood Tool Library. Bob enjoyed attending classic car shows with his 1950's MG/VW replica ("The Toy"), being "Mr. Handyman" to anyone looking for an extra hand, helping his son Michael and grandson Chad build their careers and businesses, and spending time surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joan; four children, Michael (Beth) Remakel of Dubuque, Tina (Jim) Allen of Bellevue, Tammy (Stan) Remakel-Ryan of Dubuque, and Teresa (Marty) Biroschik of Streator, IL; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Dan) Henkels, Chad (Bethany Then) Remakel, Robyn (James) Illingworth, Brent Hutchcroft, Brady Hutchcroft, Joshua Ryan, Emily Ryan, Caleb Biroschik, and Alexandria "Ally" Biroschik; six great-grandchildren, Kylie, Camden, and Blake Henkels, Charlee and expected Baby Remakel, and Jameson Illingworth; two brothers, Vincent (Phyllis) Remakel and Thomas (Rosemary) Remakel, both of Dubuque; two sisters, Mary Ann Miller of Omaha, NE, and Suzanne (Lance) Hurst of Corona De Tuc, AZ; his sister-in-law, Phyllis (Bill) Jaeggi; and his brother-in-law, James Kendall. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Roger Remakel; an infant brother, Ronald Remakel; a sister, Patricia Lawler; his godson, Kevin Lawler; a brother-in-law, Wayne Miller; and in-laws Rose Marie & Wayne Oliver, Margaret Kendall and Bernice Knoll. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his wonderful staff, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be made to the Washington Neighborhood Tool Library, 345 E. 18th St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Dorothy A. Hayes-Kramer

Dorothy A. Hayes-Kramer, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Dorothy was born on July 17, 1938 in Cottonville, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Mary (O'Rourke) Hayes. She married Daniel Fury in July of 1960 and later married Wayne J. Kramer in August of 2004.

Dorothy retired from Dubuque John Deere Works after 30 years and was a member of the Elks Club. She enjoyed family gatherings, liked to garden and go shopping.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Dennis M. Fury, Laurie (Rich) Scherr, Kathy (Bill) Potter, and Maureen Knupp; her grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Wood, Andrew Potter, Katie Knupp, and Timmy Young; six great-grandchildren; brothers Eldon (Winnie) Hayes and Marvin (Doris) Hayes; and a daughter-in-law, Sue Fury.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Patrick Fury; her parents; one sister, Arlene Grobstich; and her husband, Wayne Kramer.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Dorothy.



J. Thomas Zaber

J. Thomas Zaber, 72, died at home Monday, April 20. He lived at 3074 Kane Court, Dubuque with his wife, Pat. At Tom's request, a private mass for family will be celebrated.

Tom was passionate about many things, but his true love was his wife and family and he reminded them of his love every day. Tom and Pat celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. Tom was an insurance broker for decades in downtown Dubuque. Tom studied music at St. Ambrose College, and throughout the years he loved to sing at Cathedral, with the Chorale, and most recently to his grandson.

Tom is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters Chris (Ann Visconti) Zaber and Carrie (Scott) Tedore; grandson Bobby Tedore; sisters Mary (Ron) Shuster and Julie (George) Mosher; brothers- & sisters-in-law Dave Bargabus, Jerry (Becky) Fisher, Pat Fisher, Sharon Thompson, and Mike Bisby; along with many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ade and Katheryn Zaber; and his sister, Sue Bargabus.



Jeanne M. Scott

Jeanne M. Scott, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Heritage manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jeanne may call after 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Jeanne will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Reiff Funeral Home with her great-grandson, Pastor Darek Lozano, presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth.

Jeanne was born June 22, 1930 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Lyle and Mildred (Kellogg) Kahrs. On Nov. 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne H "Rusty" Scott at the Epworth United Methodist Parsonage. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2012.

Jeanne enjoyed time with family and friends. She was always proud of her children, grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She also helped to raise two nephews, Carey Kahrs and Jamie Kahrs, and a niece, Roxanna James - they called her "Mom". Jeanne helped Rusty coach Little League "The Cubs" for several years. Jeanne was a very proud breast cancer survivor. She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Parish.

She is survived by one son, Rick (Lois) Scott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Tyris (Bob) Cummings of Basco, IL and Tonja (Tony) Inmann of Kansas City, MO; one special son, Jason (Emily) Scott of Prairie Du Sac, WI; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Neil Kahrs of Cookson, OK; one sister, Janet Leigh of Chicago, IL; one niece, Roxanne James, and one nephew, Jamie Kahrs, both of Roswell, New Mexico; and a special aunt, Maxine Kellogg of Roswell, New Mexico.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Raymond W. and Connie L. Scott on Sept. 6, 1981, and Ronald Scottt on Sept. 17, 2011; two sisters, Mauren Fulbright and one in infancy; one brother, Keith Kahrs; and one nephew, Carey Kahrs; and a grandson-in-law, Angelo Lozano, on Sept. 23, 2011.

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



John H. Evers

John "Jack" H. Evers, 80, of Urbandale, and formerly of Dyersville, IA, completed his life's journey here on earth Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Iowa Jewish Life Center in Des Moines, IA.

Friends may call from noon to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Jack was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Dyersville, the youngest child of Henry and Christina (Sauser) Evers. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1953 and moved to Florida where he began his career as a carpenter. In 1989, he returned to Dyersville and continued carpentry with Local Union 678 where he was a lifetime member.

On Sept. 19, 1992 he married Gwenn Wessels at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Jack was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken person who would always lend a hand to family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gwenn of Urbandale; three step-children: Karmen (Steve) Wilhelm of Marion, Kourtney (Dan) Keough of Clive and Kurt Kramer of Dubuque; seven grandchildren: Spencer and Paige Wilhelm, Emma Carlson and Ava Keough, Allie, Charlie and Jenny Keough; two brothers: Clyde (Mary) of Miami, FL, and Frank (Gin) of Melbourne, FL; in-laws Gayle (Dean) Erschen of Zimmerman, MN, and Gloria Knepper of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gene (Jolene); and a brother, William, in infancy.

A very special thank you to the staff at the Iowa Jewish Life Center for the care and compassion shown to Jack the last six months, and to Mercy Hospice in the final two weeks.

Don't cry because it's over - Smile because it was.

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



Tom Walser

E. Tom Walser, 82, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 3150 Windsor Ave., died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in High View Cemetery, Epworth, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Harriet (Elvidge) Walser. On Oct. 14, 1954 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Hopkins at Grandview Methodist Church.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked as a farmer for 45 years and for Ender's Diagnostic Center for 10 years.

Tom enjoyed fishing, hunting, and arrowhead hunting with Nancy. He almost always had a smile on his face and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Walser of Dubuque; two children, David T. (Theresa) Walser of Graf and Nancy (Michael) Laugesen of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Ulm of San Diego, Calif. and their son Zeb, Austin (fiance Ashwina Upreti) Laugesen of Mercer Island, Washington, Anna Weber of Dubuque, Samantha (Nolan) Heins of Dubuque, and Jacob Walser of Graf; three siblings, William (Margaret) Walser, Virginia (Stan) Robinson and Shirley (Clarence) Funk; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Tom Walser Memorial Fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Mark Liaboe and Trish for their wonderful care.



Glenn C. Myatt

Glenn C. Myatt, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 20, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Glenn's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, April 24, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 23, also from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Menzo Widel American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation where Glenn was a 67 member in 2012.

Glenn Cassin Myatt was born the eldest son of Fred and Charlotte (Cundill) Myatt on April 6, 1927 at the home of his Cundill grandparents.

Glenn was a guy who seemed to want to do things at a young age. He milked a cow in June when he was four and started first grade that fall at the Myatt Country School. As a boy he always wanted to be a man and help his dad farm. He harnessed and hitched a team at the age of ten and plowed corn with a one row walker, bedded sheds from the straw pile, and did whatever dad needed. He credited his father for being fun to work with and proving to him by example that work was a fun habit. Together they milked twelve to fourteen cows by hand before Glenn rode his horse four miles to high school.

As a 15 year old high school senior, Glenn struck out 16 batters in seven innings. At 16 he was a member of the Iowa State Cyclones basketball team. His athletic energy motivated him to do the best that he could in school and for the rest of his life.

Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17, serving on the U.S.S. Maryland Battleship in World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, he worked as the neighborhood hired hand until November of 1948 when he purchased an unwanted hundred acre farm. Glenn married Betty Dodds on Dec. 5, 1948 and they started fixing up the new farm by digging an outhouse hole. Glenn was proud that he personally built all of the fences, and with the help of his neighbors built all the buildings and cement yards to fit his cattle operation on the new farm and three other farms he purchased later in life. 

In June of 1956, Glenn topped the Chicago Stockyard Market with 18 black steers weighing 1137 pounds at 31.50 cwt. He fed these cattle with baskets in knee-deep mud. They slept in a well-bedded old chicken house and gained well and got fat.

Glenn was a 4-H leader, served on church boards at Lost Nation Presbyterian and Maquoketa Methodist churches and was a two-term director of his alma mater in Lost Nation. He was a 20 year board member of the Baldwin Savings Bank, 50 year Farm Bureau member, and a working member of the Clinton County Cattlemen. He was farm host of the 1966 Beef Tour.

Glenn enjoyed providing his children with the best riding and driving ponies that he could afford. His top priorities in life were to exchange kind deeds with neighbors and to live the Golden Rule.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; two brothers; and a son, Lon Myatt. Those left to honor his memory include two daughters, Pamela Jo (David) Crawford of Maquoketa, IA, and Laura Ann (John) Helmers of Stewartville, MN; 3 granddaughters; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter; and also a very loving, caring friend, Kay Meyer of Maquoketa, IA.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, the Lost Nation Menzo Widel American Legion Post #381 or the Lost Nation Presbyterian Church.

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



Elizabeth E. Wiezorek

Elizabeth E. "Betty" Wiezorek, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on September 21, 1927, in Galena, IL, daughter of John and Margaret (Nolan) Wiezorek.

Betty was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1945. She earned a degree in photography in New York which she put to good use at a custom photo shop until 1968. Betty was then employed at American Optical until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and a member of the Mount St. Francis Associates. Betty enjoyed volunteering at Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque for many years. In her free time she loved to travel all over the United States and Canada.

Betty is survived by two nieces, Ann (John) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA, Patty Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA; four nephews, Robert (Chris) Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA, David (Peggy) Wiezorek, East Dubuque, IL, Kenneth (Sue) Wiezorek, East Dubuque, IL, William (Carloyn) Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA; great nieces and great nephews; and special friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert (Bernice) Wiezorek; and a nephew, Michael Wiezorek.

A Elizabeth E. "Betty" Wiezorek memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

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

 



Audrey M. Cliff

Audrey M. Cliff, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 12, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. Friends may call from 12:00 to 2:00, with the service starting at 2:00 p.m.

Audrey was born August 26, 1927 in Derinda Township in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the daughter of Lida and Genoa Gamble. She married Harland Cliff on October 15, 1948, they were married for almost 55 years before his passing in 2003.

During her early years, Audrey attended the Knapp County School and Center Township School, country schools in Sioux County, Iowa. She attended one semester of high school at Ireton High School in Ireton, Iowa before joining and graduating with the class of 1945 at Hanover High School.

Before marriage, Audrey worked for the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago and the Savanna Ordinance Depot. She worked a variety of jobs throughout the years and although Audrey enjoyed them, she considered caring for her home and family her true calling. She excelled at frying eggplant, making a mouthwatering caramel corn, and making sure that her family always knew that they were her top priority. Audrey enjoyed cross-stitch, creating beautiful pictures and gifts for her family. She also enjoyed reading and solving crossword puzzles. Her handmade dolls are the stuff of legend, but nothing could top her Scrabble game and because of her, the love of the game has continued through the generations in her family.
Audrey made friends wherever she lived or traveled. Her adventures included trips with Harland to Germany, France, Luxembourg, Canada, and Mexico, as well as visiting each of the 50 states. They even lived a spell as snowbirds in Arizona.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Barry Cliff and wife Rose of Dubuque, Iowa, and children Geoff, Tara and Abby; Bruce Cliff and wife Jeri of The Colony, Texas; Brenda Serra and husband Jean-Michel of Maysville, Iowa and daughters, Jessica, Stephanie, and Ashley; and Babette Cliff of North East, Maryland; as well seven great-grandchildren and a multitude of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Maxine Hottenstein and Shirley Plattenberger Smith, her son, Brian, and her husband, Harland.

In lieu of flowers, Audrey requested that donations be made in memory of her son, Brian, at http://tinyurl.com/Audrey-Memorial/ to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. Family and friends will be participating in the Quad Cities Walk to Defeat ALS in August.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Mary E. Tigges

Mary Elizabeth (Merfeld) Tigges, 89 of Dubuque, most recently of Marion, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 with her family by her side. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 4:00 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born November 25, 1925, in rural Delhi, the daughter of Leo and Lettie (Rogers) Merfeld. She married Alfred A. Tigges on October 7, 1950 at St. Patrick's in Garryowen; after almost 60 years of marriage, Al passed on July 21, 2010. Mary graduated from Mt. Mercy Junior College, Cedar Rapids, the University of Dubuque and Clarke College. She was a teacher for 27 years and retired from the Dubuque Community Schools in 1985. Mary was an active member of the Dubuque Retired Teachers Association, who will be providing an honor guard. She was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her children, Randy (Denise) Tigges of Highwood, IL and Cindy (Ron) Kreassig of Marion; grandchildren, Sam (Karissa) Kreassig, Ben, Betsy, Joe Kreassig, and Toby Tigges; 2 step-grandchildren, Alexandra and Ben Detzner and two great-grandsons, Gabe and Luke Kreassig; siblings; Gerry Skahill of Dubuque, Eileen Redmond of Marion, Madonna (Paul) McAndrews of Dubuque, Carl Merfeld of Dubuque and Willie (Mary Ann) Merfeld of Bellevue; in-law's, Paul (Gracie) Kane of Bernard, Eileen Merfeld of Dubuque and Maisie Merfeld of East Dubuque.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; siblings, LaVerne Merfeld, Leonard Merfeld, Margaret Buchanan, Grace Kane and Orlie Merfeld; in-laws, Bob Skahill, Tom Buchanan, Allan Redmond and Phyllis Merfeld.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Mercy or the Trappistine Sisters at St Catherine's.

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



Rachael A. Beasley

Rachael Anne Beasley, 94 of Dubuque died Friday, April 17, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with Rev. Okitakoyi Lundula officiating. Burial will follow at the Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Church until time of services. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Rachael was born on August 30, 1920, the oldest daughter of Fred and Johanna (Law) Hackbarth on the family farm near Dows, Iowa. She graduated 8th grade from Morgan Township #5 and later graduated high school from Dows High School in 1938. She married Frank M. Beasley, February 4, 1946, they later divorced.

She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and acquired a teaching certificate. Her teaching career spanned 37 years throughout Iowa. In 1966 her family moved from Cedar Falls to Dubuque. She taught for 2 years for Western Dubuque in Epworth. Later in Dubuque she was an Elementary Art Specialist teaching at Fulton, Table Mound, Jackson, and Sageville Schools. She continued her art education at Loras and Clarke Colleges.
After moving to Mini Mt Ranch near Holy Cross, she again taught for Western Dubuque, 5th grade language arts and art for 10 years. During her last four years of teaching she taught 1st grade and kindergarten. In retirement she served as a tour guide for the Dubuque Historical Society at St. Luke's Church.

She is survived by her three children, Frederick (Linda) Beasley, of Plainview, Neb, Sarah Jo (Bruce) Redding, and Loren Beasley, both of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, six great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, a daughter Marjorie Anne on December 1, 1982, two sisters Kathryn Gray and Phyllis Bueghly and a grandson Eric Redding on August 14, 2005.

A Rachael A. Beasley memorial fund has been established.

The family thanks all the heath care professionals for the wonderful care of their mother, especially Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, Dr. Keith Shaw, Dr Randy Lengeling, Dr. Krishnarao Gorrepati, Dr. John Viner, Mercy and Finley ER staff, nurses Donna and Theressa and student nurse Megan. Thank you also for the prayers by family and friends, Marsha Dubbles, and the St. Lukes family.

"I had a good life, where I'm going is better."



Donald L. Callahan

Donald L. "Jeep" Callahan 66, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital following a long and courageous battle with several illnesses. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Placid, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 Monday, April 20, 2015 at the funeral home.

Don was born on May 5, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lester and Lillian (McDermott) Callahan. He worked at Giese Roofing for many years and then became self employed as everyone's favorite handyman. He could fix and somehow make any job work. His skills were endless and would always be first to show up when someone needed help and the last to leave.

Don was a true Irishman who loved to be outside fishing and listening to "good" music. He had more fun in life than anyone could hope for. No matter the situation, he always had a contagious smile on his face.

Don was a man everyone could learn from. He didn't need or want many things. Most important to him was his wonderful family and his many great friends. He was the best father, grandfather and brother who would do anything for his family with unconditional love. Most of all, Don loved his grandchildren. He spent most of his time figuring out how to be one step ahead of them and participating in creative activities, such as gardening, cooking and making homemade ice cream.

Don's big heart and skillful knowledge has touched so many people, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Surviving are his son Allen (Carolyn) Callahan of Dubuque and their children Chris, Cody and Ashley; his daughter, Lisa (Dan "Buck Jr.") Steve of Dubuque and their children McKinzee and Kassidee; his brother, Dan "Buck" (Barb) Callahan; his sisters, Elaine Gansen, Juanita Bakey, Becky (Terry) Lyons, Deb (Alvin Wernimont) Callahan of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kay Reardon; brother-in-laws Bill Gansen and Jerry Bakey and his long time companion, Marilynn Jurisic.

A Donald L. Callahan memorial fund has been established.

Don's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Wendt Center; Drs. Ward, Arnz, Hermann, Benda and Coos and the caring staff and doctors at UnityPoint Finley Hospital.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



James V. Murphy

James V. Murphy, 72, of Dubuque died suddenly on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jim was born on January 8, 1943 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Zoll) Murphy.

He married Sara Wagner on June 14, 1969 at Resurrection Catholic Church.

Jim served our country in the United States Air Force and was a member of the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque.

He was employed as an experimental test technician at John Deere until his retirement.

Jim loved to travel and was fortunate to have traveled the world. He was an active member of the Asbury Eagles Club and a member of Resurrection Parish where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Jim was a past member of the Aviation Explorers Post and was a Boy and Cub Scout leader. Jim volunteered at the Asbury Fire Department and after retiring was on the Board of Directors.

Surviving is his wife, Sara Murphy; his son, Pat (Kathy) Murphy; grandchildren, Kayle and Ryland Murphy; father-in-law, Howard Wagner; sister-in-law, Ann (Greg) Martin; nieces, Emily Martin and Bridget Christensen; and nephew, Mike Sandidge.

He was preceded in death by his son, Timmy Murphy; grandson, Gavin; parents, Clarence and Dorothy; sister, Judy; and mother-in-law, Patt Wagner.

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

A James Murphy memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to those who first responded to Jim and expressed their immediate concern, especially Scott Stran, the McGovern's and Linda, and to the staff at the Finley Hospital.



Emma G. Streng

Emma Germaine "Geri" Streng, 92, of Cascade, Iowa died Friday, April 17, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. at River Bend Retirement Community in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Germaine may call from 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Germaine will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born October 30, 1922 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Emma (White) Ludwig. She received her education at St. Joseph's School. She was united in marriage to John P. Streng on February 5, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

The greatest joy in her life was her husband of 62 years, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to walk, play bridge and crochet. She crocheted baby afghans for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and donated many to Birthright of Dubuque.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by five children, Carol (Ray) Noonan of Cascade, IA, Steve (Nancy) Streng of St. Joseph, MN, Cathy (Steve) Recker of Hopkinton, IA, Susan Konzen (John McGrath) and Jan Gloden (Craig Conrad) both of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren, Doug (Emily) Noonan, Susan (Dave) Shedivy, Tim (Sara) Noonan, Meg (Todd) Gilligan, Brian Noonan (friend, Ashley Hand), Andrea Noonan, Tony Streng, Lucas (Samantha) Streng, Michaela (Jason) Coyle, Megan Recker (fiancé, Luke Aduddell), Jason Konzen, Kyle Konzen, Melissa (Jay) Bridges, and Mitch Manternach; 19 great grandchildren, Sam, Peter, Maggie and Andrew Noonan, Adam, Sarah, Noah, Ella and Anna Shedivy, Zach, Jacob, Thomas and Kate Noonan, Jack, Molly, and Annie Gilligan, Brody Creighton, Tyler and Melia McDonnell and Corinne Bridges, Atley and Asher Coyle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lloyd (Gloria) Streng of Dubuque, IA, Sr. Denise Streng, O.S.F. and Sr. Clara Streng, O.S.F. both of Dubuque, IA, Joan, (Dick) Hamilton of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Fred) Neiers of Cascade, IA, Grace (Peter) Schaaf of Mineral Point, WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband John P. Streng on October 12, 2010, son in-law Tom Gloden; four brothers, Urban (Lucille), Edmond (Rosalyn), Leon (Kathryn) and Jerome Ludwig; nine sisters, Erma (Joe) Meis, Lucille (Gene) Ahlers, Margaret (Tony) Funke, Sr. Mary Germaine Ludwig, P.V.B.M., Mildred (Don) Houlihan, Viola (John) Hackbarth, Clara (Meredith) Stansbury, Loretta (Hank) Krapfl and Rosalia Leonard; brother-in-law, Bob Streng and a sister-in-law, Doris Streng.

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

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

The family would like to thank Fr. Loecke, Jean Conrad, Dr. Whalen, Charlie and Sarah, the staff at River Bend Retirement Community and Hospice of Dubuque, with special thanks to Cyndi.



Jeanne A. Weeber

Jeanne A. Weeber, 84, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 after her second courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at St. Lukes United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Jeanne was born on January 7, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Annette (Spofford) Schaefer.
She was first married to David Gronen and was blessed with many wonderful years of marriage. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2002. Later, Jeanne was then married to Fred Weeber and they to also shared many happy years together.

Jeanne was the family photographer. She was picture happy and always had her camera by her side.
Earlier in life, she was an avid water skier and league bowler. She loved all classic movies, her favorite being John Wayne. She also enjoyed traveling with her family.
Jeanne worked at various jobs throughout her life, but her most enjoyable and important job was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Jeanne found extreme joy in the little things in life and was an incredibly gracious person.

Surviving are her children, Lynn (Mark) Donald, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Clay Gronen and Scott (Laura) Gronen of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tara, Megan, Whitney, Nick, Jordan, James, David, Emily, Audrey, Chadd and Madison; great- grandchildren, Bailey, Regan, Shelby, Savannah, John, Landon, Leo, Paige, Evan, Owen, Jace, Chance, Alexandrea and Caiden; her sister, Lori Grice of Santa Cruz. CA., and Sister-in-law, Audrey Schaefer, of East Dubuque, Ill.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; beloved daughter, Stacy Junk; granddaughter, Bridget Fitzgerald; daughter-in-law, Penny Gronen; and siblings, Arline Harms, Rosie Millard, William Schaefer, and Maize Meyer.

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

A Jeanne Weeber memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mercy Hospital and to Kathleen, Ron and Tatianna at Ennoble Manor.



Anne M. Holmberg

Anne Marie Holmberg, 83, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 1445 S. Grandview Ave., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday April 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until time of services Monday at the Church.

Miss Holmberg was born on March 4, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Anne (Cox) Holmberg. She attended St. Columbkille High School and retired in 1992 from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Miss Holmberg was a faithful volunteer and donor at the American Red Cross and at Mercy Hospital. Because of her love for young children, she was a favorite baby sitter, caring for twin boys and their big brother. She gave loving and compassionate care to her parents in their final years.
Surviving are a brother, John (Ann) Holmberg of Louisville, KY; a sister, Virginia (Ned) Tranel of Billings, MT; her godson, Tom Burke of Dubuque, IA and fifteen nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents.
An Anne M. Holmberg memorial fund has been established.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Mark A. Feldmann

Mark A. Feldmann, 51, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Sunny Crest Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Mark will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Lectors will be Susan Feldmann and Connie Kaiser. Placing of the pall will be done by Elaine Hansel, Donna O'Neill, Ann Holten, Lois Renteria, Norma Feldmann, Steve Feldmann, Dale Feldmann, Alan Feldmann and Karla Feldman. Giftbearers will be Marge Lehmann and Mary Ronnebaum. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Casketbearers for Mark will be Bill Wenger, Leon Feldmann, Chris Feldmann, Tom Vonderhaar, Steve Conrad, Verl Meyer, Brian Hansel and John Feldmann.

Mark was born on November 28, 1963 in Monticello, IA, son of Raymond and Mildred "Millie' (Meyer) Feldmann. He was a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. He farmed with his family in the rural Epworth and Peosta area for 23 years. Mark lived at the Julien Care Facility, and then moved to Carriage Hill and proceed on to Country View in Waterloo, IA, where he then moved to Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, IA.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA. Mark was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed spending his time working at the ARC workshop.

He is survived by five sisters, Elaine Hansel of Asbury, IA, Donna (Mark) O'Neill of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Anne (Paul) Holten of Golden Valley, MN, Lois (Doug) Renteria of San Antonio, TX, and Norma Feldmann of Coralville, IA, three brothers, Steve (Karla) Feldmann of Galena, IL, Dale Feldmann of Centralia, IA, and Alan Feldmann of Epworth, IA, 19 Nieces and Nephews and many aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Kay Feldmann on April 23, 1962, one brother-in-law, David Hansel.

A Mark A. Feldmann Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Sun Rest Unit and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Mark and his family.

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

 



Sr. Mary Kenneth Kreuser, OP

Sister Mary Kenneth Kreuser, OP, 92, died April 15, 2015 at St. Dominic Villa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial in the Motherhouse cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Sister Mary Kenneth taught elementary and junior high for 28 years, served as principal for four years and taught art at all levels, kindergarten through college for 11 years.

Sister Mary Kenneth was an artist in residence at Veritas Studio located on the campus of Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., nine years.

Her ministries took her to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Texas.

Recently, Sister Mary Kenneth's presence and service enriched community life at the Motherhouse and St. Dominic Villa.

Sister Mary Kenneth, born July 15, 1922, in Kenosha, Wis., to Mathilda Tekip and William Kreuser, made her profession Aug. 5, 1944. She is survived by a brother, Richard Kreuser; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 70 years.



Roman J. Lampe Sr.

Roman J. Lampe Sr., 95, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Raphael's Cathedral from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273 and the LaMotte Knights of Columbus. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Roman was born on March 17, 1920, in St. Donatus, Iowa the son of Leroy and Theresa (Herrig) Lampe. He married Anne Marie Koch on October 3, 1945, at Fillmore Catholic Church.

Roman served in the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific, in the Philippines and New Guinea, as an infantry man serving with the Red Arrow Division. When Roman returned from service, he started working for the Adams Company. In 1949 he began employment at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired from John Deere after 27 years of employment. Roman was a member of the UAW Local #94, the Bellevue American Legion Post #273, and the LaMotte Knights of Columbus. For many years he was very active in the St. Donatus Parish organizing, planning, and helping make sausage for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.

Roman enjoyed dancing, playing cards with family and friends, watching game shows and ballgames. After retiring, there were not too many mornings that he missed the local gossip at Kalmes Restaurant.

Roman is survived by his wife Anne Marie; six children Roman Jr. (Mary Jane) of Dubuque, Lynn (Janet) of Dubuque, Steven (Dena) of Dubuque, Marianne (Dan) Weber, of St. Donatus, Philip (Linda) of Dubuque and Janice of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and three siblings Maurice (Dorothy), Nester and Earl (Juan) all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings Monica, Robert, and Johanna.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center (especially Julie and Roxanne) for taking such wonderful care of dad while he was at Stonehill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, and Divine Word Seminary.



Kaitlyn A. Polfer

Kaitlyn Ann Polfer, age 14, passed away at 9:05 P.M. on Monday April 13, 2015 at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City surrounded by her loving family. Friends may call from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Friday April 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley where there will be a prayer service at 4 P.M, the Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 7 P.M. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the St. Joseph's church in Farley with Rev. John Haugen presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph's cemetery in Farley.

Kaitlyn was born on September 27, 2000 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Allen and Joyce (Koppes) Polfer. She was wise beyond her years. She experienced cancer not once, not twice, but three times in her lifetime. She was a student at Drexler Middle School. Kaitlyn loved to go to school, ride her bike, go on Harley rides with her dad- especially the Research for the kids ride. That was "her" ride. She also loved playing cards- especially number two and Skip-Bo, miniature golfing in the summertime and holding her niece Cora. Kaitlyn loved spending time with family and friends. She always gave people a hard time, calling a lot of guys in her life "trouble."

Kaitlyn will always be remembered for her spunky, cheerful, and bubbly "mother hen" personality. She has taught so many people the meaning of life, and to never give up. Her will to live was inspiring to many that knew and loved her. We feel so blessed to call her our daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend.

Kaitlyn was a member of the St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, IA, and an Honorary member of the Farley Fire Department.

She is survived by her parents; Al and Joyce, her brother Allen Michael (Amy) Polfer and their daughter, Cora, of Marion, and her sister Nicole of Iowa City, her grandparents Lawrence Koppes and Delores Koppes of Dyersville, Richard and Jean Polfer of Peosta, several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by one uncle, Paul Hines.

Kaitlyn will be greatly missed, but never EVER forgotten. Rest in peace sweet angel.

The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, the Drexler Middle school staff, Farley Fire Department, Dance Marathon, Accurate Home care nurses Carolyn and Kelly and our family and friends for all of their love and support.

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



Cole J. Haan

Cole Jon Haan, 18, of Epworth, Iowa passed away at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics on April 13, 2015 at 12:20 a.m. surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 17th, 2015 at St. John the Baptist, Placid in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Iowa National Guard, and an honor guard escort by the Iowa Patriot Guard Riders. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a prayer and sharing service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Cole was born on December 9, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clay and Kristine (Fransen) Haan.

Cole was involved with the Cascade Karate Club, helping teach classes two days a week. He received his 2nd degree blackbelt in January of this year. He participated in cross country, track, and the high school bowling team. Cole was an active member of the Cascade High School Music Programs playing the Tuba, Baritone, Trumpet, Piano, and Clarinet, as well as singing in the choir. He participated in speech competition every year, doing mime and choral reading. Cole volunteered at the Knights of Columbus to help with Bingo in Dubuque. He was a blood donor, plasma donor, and organ donor. He was an active member of the Holy Spirit CEW Community as well as a Eucharistic minister.

Cole was a member of the Iowa Army National Guard, having joined on his 17th Birthday. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Sill, OK on August 29, 2014. He planned to join the ROTC at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA where he was accepted to start this fall after graduating from Cascade High School this coming May. He will be receiving military honors.

He is survived by his parents, Clay R. and Kristine "Kris" Haan, of Epworth IA, his siblings; Lena Haan of Spokane WA and Cory Haan, of Epworth IA. Grandparents, Richard and Gloria Haan, of Kimberling City MO, Rosie Fransen, of Dubuque IA, Jim and Brenda La Jeunesse, of Camdenton MO, Great Grandparents, Charles and Jackie Smith, of Ankeny IA. His aunts and uncles; Leslie and Tim Dague, of Bellevue IA, Mark and Linda Fransen, of Worthington IA, Kim and Jeff Schmidt, of Dubuque IA, Crystal Mosher, of Ankeny IA, Valerie and James Weidner, of Camdenton MO, and numerous cousins, great aunts and uncles.

He was proceeded in death by Grandfather Tom Fransen, great grandparents, and several great aunts and uncles.
Thank you to the first responders of Delaware County, University of Iowa Hospital, and the overwhelming support of the community.

A Cole Jon Haan memorial fund has been set up through Cascade High School.

John 15:13
No one has greater love than this, ‘to lay down one's life for one's friends'.



Clarence M. Brehm

Clarence M. Brehm 75 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, conducted by Deacon Dave McGhee, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where the family will greet friends 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Clarence was born June 28, 1939 in Richardsville, Iowa, the son of Frank and Anna (Stoffel) Brehm. He served in the Army National Guard, worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 43 years. Clarence continue to worked after retiring, taking various assignments from Sedona Staffing, most recently for Kendall Hunt. He married Janet Gross-Bailey on November 17, 1979 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Clarence loved being around his grandchildren, the outdoors, and always enjoyed his 4 to 5 mile walks. He enjoyed his vegetable garden, tending to his "baby" roses, and always watching or listening to the Cincinnati Reds baseball. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Janet; children, Keith (Mandy) Bailey, Doug (Alice) Brehm, and Donna Nechetsky; 4 grandchildren; Kole, Beau, Luke, and Craig; siblings, Joseph Brehm, Harold (Marilyn) Brehm, Robbie (Janice) Brehm, Shirley Auderer, and Darlene Cook.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis Bailey; and a brother, Lawrence Brehm.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schultheis and Dr. Runde and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Melissa and Angi for all your help and care during our time of loss.

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

Online condolence may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Sr. Mary Elaine Boeding, OSF

Sister Mary Elaine Boeding, OSF, 74, of Sisters of St. Francis, died at 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 13, in Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Francis Chapel at Sisters of St. Francis. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Francis Chapel, where there will be a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Sr. Mary Elaine was born September 21, 1940 in Petersburg, IA, the daughter of Henry and Alvira (Naber) Boeding. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on October 8, 1961 and made final profession of vows on August 12, 1970. Sister ministered as a health care provider in Emporia, KS, and with Home Health Care, Amicare, and Home Instead. She also worked in various capacities at Immaculate Conception Convent, Stonehill Care Center, and Visitation Convent in Dubuque, IA.

Sr. Mary Elaine is survived by her sisters, Dorothy (Wayne) Lovetinsky, Rose Ann (Gary) Davis, Laura Jean (Allen) Behning, and Janet (Tom) Wilhelm; her brothers, Francis (Lois), Al (Patsy); brother in law John Thys; and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 52 years of her life.

Sr. Mary Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Herman (Coletta), Linus (Joyce), and Leo (Edith); and her sisters, Virginia Wise and Rita Mae Thys.
Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Online condolences may be left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Scott A. Brecht

Scott A. Brecht, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Scott's life will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Scott Allen Brecht was born on March 23, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Dixie Lee Madsen. He was a Maquoketa Community High School graduate.

Scott had worked in the telemarketing field for several companies including Advanced Data-Comm in Dubuque, Iowa.

Scott was a history buff and was gifted mathematically. He enjoyed computers, sports and reading books.

Those left to honor Scott's memory include his mother Dixie Dietzman of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Debbie Brecht of Maquoketa, IA and Cindy (James) Ryan of Maquoketa, IA; 1 niece, 6 nephews and 1 great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, his step-father Kenneth Dietzman, and his Aunt Shirley Wensel.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Scott Allen Brecht memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Swihna J. Charley

Swihna Johnson Charley, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, April 8, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Swihna's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, April 18, 2015, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the church. Cremation will follow the service. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Swihna was born on October 12, 1953 in Pohnpei, Micronesia to Dengke and Suhna (Apis) Johnson. She attended the Pohnpei Island Central School. She married Dohnis Charley On December 6, 1969 in Kolonia, Pohnpei. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2011.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Donna (Neksin) Fred of Portland, OR, Diane (Alser) Albert of Maquoketa, IA, Tony (Lorihna) Charley of Pohnpei, FSM, Dwight (Nellyory) Charley of Maquoketa, IA, and Marleen (Layman) Ohry of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; a brother Dengkeson Johnson of Pohnpei, FSM; and sisters Sirihna (Jerry) Jim of Guam, and Mersiel (Altrickson) Katerson of Honolulu, HI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandchild Clayton Ohry, 3 brothers Ketson, Ehson, and Sohnel Johnson, and 3 sisters Pesiel James, Esdihna Katerson and Dengkelihna Ehmos.

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

 



Allen D. Palmer

Allen D. Palmer 72, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Allen was born on July 12, 1942 in southern Illinois, the son of David and Eileen (Drummond) Palmer. He received his B.A. degree and Masters degree from the University of Southern Illinois. Allen married Bonnie Edman, she preceded him in death in 1992. He then married Susan Mordica on August 5, 1994. Allen taught at Palos South Middle School in Palos Park, Illinois and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois before moving to Dubuque and teaching for 10 years at NICC. He was a scholarly man who was a history buff and excellent guitarist. Woodworking, restoring antique sport cars, writing plays, music and poetry were some of Allen's favorite past times.

Surviving are his wife, Susan of Dubuque; his children Dan (Kathy) Palmer of Evanston, IL, Cara (George) Gibbons of Crete, IL and their children Connor, Tyler and Jacob; Kristin (Jon) Filitti of Dubuque, IA and their children Maria and Dominic.

He was preceded in death by his parent, his first wife, Bonnie and his brother, Bradley.

An Allen D. Palmer memorial fund has been established.
The Palmer family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare Health Services for their outstanding care and support.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Louis H. Barton

Louis H. Barton, 84, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 2:00 p.m.

Louis was born January 15, 1931 in Rickardsville, the son of John and Blanche (Schirmer) Barton. He married Phyllis Lenstra on June 30, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Louis drove a milk route north of Dubuque for the Dubuque Cheese Factory for many years. He drove a semi for Art Pape Transfer for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Louis was an avid woodworker, and made many holiday decorations as gifts for his family members. He enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre. He was a devoted family man, and will be deeply missed.

Louis is survived by his wife, Phyllis; seven children, Steven (Diane) Barton of Peosta, Michelle (Mike) Gentili of Machesney Park, IL, JoEllen Hovind of Cedar Rapids, Douglas (Erin) Barton of Dubuque, Daniel (Stacey) Barton of Dubuque, Dale (Rhonda) Barton of Sherrill, and David (Annette) Barton of Dubuque; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and three siblings, Leo Barton of Rickardsville, Jim Barton of Dubuque, and Betty Stierman of Tuscon, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great grandson, Collin Barton; and three siblings, Ray, Phyllis, and Paul.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff in the ICU at Finley Hospital, and Chaplain Jim, for their kindness.

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



Donna M. Rorah

Donna Mae Rorah, 80, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donna Mae Flagel was born on June 27, 1934 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Gordon and Alverda (Gnade) Flagel. She grew up in Andrew and was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Wayne Rorah on March 4, 1951 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1974.

Donna had first worked as a nurses aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. She then worked for Dr. M.L. Bernard in Maquoketa for many years as an optometric assistant, and lastly for Iowa Electric in Maquoketa for over ten years as a secretary/office assistant.

Donna was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and its Women's Circle. She enjoyed bowling, and spending time with family and friends on the Mississippi River boating and sitting on the beach. She loved family gatherings no matter what the occasion, and attending her grandchildren's sporting events. Her favorite sayings were "Get it done", "Go do it", and "Now".

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her 4 children, Deb (Ron) Burnett of Maquoketa, IA, Dennis (Connie) Rorah of Delmar, IA, Greg (Mary Lou) Rorah of Delmar, IA, and Glendy (Matt) Renwick of Charlotte, NC; a sister Karen Ganzer of Spragueville, IA; brothers Donald Flagel of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Anette) Flagel of Davenport, IA, and Arlen (Michele) Flagel of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, Jason (Traci) Lehman, Lesley (Chris) Ortner, Abby (Jon) Skrivseth, Amy (Chris) Kozak, Ali (Bryan) Bolin, Luke Rorah, Whitney Rorah, Landon Rorah, Jacob (Mandi) McAreavy, Megan (Patrick) Donnelly; and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant brother Leroy, a granddaughter Nicole, and a brother-in-law Richard Ganzer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donna Mae Rorah memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Irma W. McNamara

Irma W. McNamara, 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by loving family.

There will be a visitation at the Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m, with a prayer service at 7:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. A brief graveside ceremony will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Irma was born on Sept. 25, 1917 in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Norpel) Frey. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy, and worked as a bookkeeper for H&W Motor Company. On Feb. 16, 1946, she married William McNamara in Dubuque.

Irma enjoyed a remarkable life full of love for her ever-expanding family. She and her husband Bill started Merri-Mac Family Shopping Service. Their charm and work ethic turned that into a very successful business for many years. Irma and Bill treasured their many employees, and considered them extended family. In the 1970's they purchased an old warehouse building in downtown Dubuque, and began a renovation project that became the seed of the restoration of Dubuque's Historic Millwork District.

She is survived by her three children, Ellen (David) Carnahan, of Platteville; Tim (Davida) McNamara and Patrick (Christine) McNamara, of Dubuque. Irma was also the proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren: Nick Carnahan, Kate (Tom) Carlson, Peter (Christina) McNamara, and Daniel and Sarah McNamara, Grace and David (Samantha) Hogan, and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1986, her parents, 5 sisters and brother-in-laws, Gus and Robert Collins, Marie and Urban Haas, Julia and Henry Cofer, Dorothy and Chet Yant, and Loretta and Melvin Wingert, and three brothers, Fr. Flavian Frey, Joe and Ceil Frey, and Bill and Jean Frey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the William and Irma McNamara Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

Special thanks to Carlene and her compassionate staff in the 3rd floor household of Stonehill Care Center, to Hospice of Dubuque, and to Ann O'Brien, parish nurse of St. Raphael's parish.

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



Elizabeth Winch

Elizabeth "Betty" Winch, of Asbury, died at home Saturday, April 11, 2015, following a long illness.

She was born May 29, 1944 in Cuba City, Wisconsin, and grew up in Dubuque, graduating from Wahlert High School in 1962. On January 18, 1964 she married Ernest "Ernie" Winch at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque.
Betty was an avid reader who was never without a stack of books waiting to be read. She enjoyed summers boating on the Mississippi, and loved nothing more than an early morning cup of coffee on the beach watching the sunrise. She had a wonderful knack for making people feel welcome and made sure no one ever went home hungry. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends who cherished their time with her.

Surviving are her husband Ernie; two sons, Randall Winch of Dubuque and Eric (Anne) Winch of East Dubuque, IL; her brother, Anthony (Judith) Hilvers of Chicago; one nephew, Matthew Hilvers of Chicago; and her beloved schnauzer Chloe. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth (Schadl) Hilvers.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar ARNP, and the rest of the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine Oncology. Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, whose care of Betty was so greatly appreciated, and to the special neighbors and friends who offered comfort.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m.

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



Kathleen M. Gasper

Kathleen M. Gasper, 91, of Assisi Village, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 13 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 3p.m.. Friends may also call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Kathleen was born on September 3, 1923 in Vernon County, Wisconsin the daughter of Lawrence and Martha (Stevens) Von Ruden. She graduated from Cashton High School and Vernon County Normal School.

She married William M. Gasper on March 4, 1946 in Cashton, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2012.

Kathleen taught in Rural School for three years and worked as service sales manager at Sears Roebuck & Company.
She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and National Association of Retired Sears Employees and volunteered at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for many years.

Surviving are her children, Joseph (Andrea Frey) Gasper of Huntsville, AL, Mary (John) Gansen of Zwingle, IA, Lawrence Gasper of Dubuque, IA, Helen (Joseph Duklewski) Gasper of Columbia, MD, William (Margaret) Gasper of Cumming, GA, and Fred (Kathryn Ingell) Gasper, of Haslett, MI; 12 grandchildren, David Gasper, Darra Gasper, Marcia Martin, Kim Kelly, Jennifer Puetz, Kathleen Thein, Kristin Duklewski, William J. Gasper, James Gasper, Thomas Gasper, Helen Gasper, and Matthew Gasper; 13 great grandchildren; siblings Marjorie Wirth, Genevieve (Leigh) Oliver, and Dave (Cheryl) Von Ruden and sister-in-law, Linda Von Ruden.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Betty Brueggen, and brother, Kenneth Von Ruden. 

To leave online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum or St. Columbkille Church, Dubuque.



Bertha M. Goebel

Bertha M. Goebel, 100, of Luxemburg, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00.

Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Rev. Carl Ries will officiate.

Bertha was born January 30, 1915, in Lancaster, Wisconsin the daughter of Paul and Anna (Eckstein) Fuerstenberg.  She married Raymond Goebel on February 8, 1938, in Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Luxemburg until retiring in 1973.  Bertha enjoyed bingo, cross stitching, visiting, traveling, gardening and going to church.  She was a member of the Holy Trinity Rosary Society.

Survivors include her children: Dennis (Barbara) of Dubuque, Joyce (Laurie Hess) of West Bend, WI; 3 grandchildren: Chad (fiancé LeeAnn Hauser) of Cedar Rapids, Chris of Dubuque, Ann (David) Moore of Chandler, AZ; 3 great grandchildren: Carson Goebel, Elisabeth and Adeleine Moore, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond in 1992, siblings: Frank (Pearl) Fuerstenberg, Clarence (Clara) Fuerstenberg, Ed (Clara) Fuerstenberg, Arthur Fuerstenberg in childhood, Louie (Dorothy) Fuerstenberg, George (Annette) Fuerstenberg and Frances (Laverne) Fry; in-laws: Martha (Hugo) Lechtenberg, Irene (Harold) Block, Helen (Stanley) Hatch, Othilda (Jim) Sherman, Virginette (Loras) Hosch, Gene (Helen) Goebel, Louise (Art) Ries, Larry (Marie) Goebel, Leander (Gertrude) Goebel.

Special thanks to Stonehill Care Center, especially the staff of 2 South, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of our family.

Memorials are preferred to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 

 



Connie S. Klein

Connie S. Klein 56, of Sherrill, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa with the Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Connie was born on June 9, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Francis and Delila (Duehr) Kutsch. She was raised in Sherrill, Iowa and graduated from Hempstead High School in 1976. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, canning and making head cheese with her family. She was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her daughters. Her favorite past time was riding her Harley Davidson.

Surviving are her two daughters, Tracy (Wayne Bowen) and Kellie Klein of Sherrill; her brothers, Steve (Cindy) Kutsch, Delbert "Burt" Kutsch, Jerome Kutsch, and Greg Kutsch all of Sherrill, Jeff Kutsch and Vince (Tina) Kutsch both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews; her special friend Ronald Auderer of Sherrill and her dogs, Snitch, Scooter, Slick and Bandit.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers in infancy.

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

A Connie S. Klein memorial fund has been established.
Connie's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Ronald for being her constant caretaker and the Sherrill Ambulance crew.



Joan E. LuGrain

Joan Eileen LuGrain 83 of Dubuque passed away Thursday April 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

Joan was born on March 26, 1932 in Dubuque the daughter of John and Irene (Kirkpatrick) Fransen. She married Carl M. LuGrain at Holy Trinity Church on June 26, 1954 and he preceded her in death in 1996.

Joan worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Stonehill Care Center. She was a loyal member of the Moose Lodge, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and loved to play cards, shuffle board and go bowling.

She is survived by her 8 children, Steve (Lana) LuGrain, Kirk (Marcia) LuGrain, Carla (Steve) Vandenberg, John LuGrain, Carl "Fred" (Kim Noel) LuGrain, Alan LuGrain, Jolene Blume, and Joe (Jessica Colson) LuGrain, 21 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. 2 sisters Jackie (Larry) Danbom, and Kay (Gene) Zasada, a brother Gerry (Sharon) Fransen, and a sister-in-law Mary Fransen.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, John & Irene her husband Carl, a daughter Robbie, and 3 brothers James, William and Karl Fransen.

In lieu of flowers a Joan E. LuGrain memorial fund has been established.

The family of Joan would like to thank the staff of Mercy Medical Center and Joan's dear friend Tina Kopp for all their loving care, compassion and friendship.



Judith K. Yeager

Judith K. "Judy" Yeager, 62, of Dubuque died Friday, April 10, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where there will also be a visitation Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Bellevue.

Judy was born September 22, 1952 in Bellevue, daughter of Melvin and Verrena (Giesemann) Dagitz. She graduated from Bellevue Community High School and the University of Dubuque. On May 20, 1972, she married Neill Yeager at St. John Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

Judy was a dedicated and gifted teacher. She taught Special Education at Prescott Elementary School and Eisenhower Elementary School; and Special Education and Kindergarten at Audubon Elementary School, retiring in 2009.

Judy was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family always came first. Judy had a way of making everyone feel special with her thoughtful words, gifts, and cards.

She loved taking photos at family functions, gardening in her flower garden, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Neill Yeager; three children, Amy (John) Welter and their children, Daniel, Sophie and Thomas; David Yeager and Christopher Yeager, all of Dubuque; her mother, Verrena Dagitz Stein of Dubuque; two siblings, Betty (Ron) Cavanagh of Dubuque and Mark (Amy) Dagitz of Des Moines; a step-sister, Sandy Stein of New Jersey; brothers and sisters in law, Mary Ann Clasen of Bellevue, Alice (Cal) Boland of Bradenton, Fla., Les Yeager of Cedar Rapids and Jane (Bob) Heinsen of Des Moines. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her father; and step father, Ken Stein.

A Judith Yeager Memorial Fund has been established.
For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, and the staff at UIHC for their care.



James E. Clancy

James E. "Tank" Clancy, 88 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jim was born on June 5, 1926 at home in Cascade, Iowa the son of Francis and Mary (McAllister) Clancy. He attended St. Columbkille School until he was called to serve his country. In WWII Jim proudly served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific War.

Jim married Ruth Busch on February 14, 1953. They spent 62 years together, joined in faith and love.

Jim worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years before retirement. After retiring from the Pack, Jim worked at the Telegraph Herald for an additional 17 years.
Jim was a devoted Christian who loved his Lord. He was an amazing father who counted his blessings not by his monetary possessions, but by his love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving father who enjoyed taking his children; sledding, ice skating, kite flying, camping, swimming and snipe hunting. He was a die-hard packer fan and loved the Fighting Irish and the Chicago Cubs. Jim's legacy is the family he leaves behind to honor his memory.

He was an active scout leader and member of St. Mary's Parish. He served on the parish council, was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He loved coaching the Holy Name baseball team and bowling at Riverside Bowl. In his later years he found great enjoyment playing Euchre with his many friends at the Life Time Center.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Ruth, and his ten children: Margaret Clancy, Steven Clancy, Maryann (Steve) Shaffer, Barb (Dave) Runde, Rose Clancy, and Edward (Kathy) Clancy all of Dubuque, Carol (Steve) Link, of Elgin, Iowa, Francis (Sue) Clancy, of St. Donatus, Thomas (Lynne) Clancy, Toledo, Iowa, Theresa (Randy) Lynch, of Pleasant Hill. Twenty six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, his sister-in-law Elaine Clancy and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Charles "Chuck" Clancy, Joseph Clancy, and three sisters, Irene Clancy, Agnes Jameson, and Rita Welsh Blewett.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the Life-Time Center, St. Raphael Cathedral, or friends of Bill W.

The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Longo and his staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care. A special thank you to Ann O'Brien for all the love and support.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Viola J. Said

Viola J. "Vi" Said, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, after receiving three years of loving care at West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Vi's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Viola Jean Kupfer was born on February 7, 1938 in Savanna, Illinois, to Eugene and Helen (White) Kupfer. She was a graduate of Savanna High School and then attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois studying Psychology and earning a 4.0 grade point average. She married George Von Essen on August 20, 1955 in Savanna, Illinois. She later married the love of her life, Gary Lee Said, on September 19, 1976 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Vi was a homemaker in her early years, then held various retail positions, but her pride and joy for 30 years was as acting manager of Sue's Hallmark in Maquoketa. She was very artistic in her store displays and enjoyed helping customers in picking out that "something special". Many people knew Vi through the store and she enjoyed her "regulars".

Family was very important to Vi. She loved her husband, children and grandchildren, and would drop everything if they needed her. Additionally, she enjoyed gardening, camping, reading and bird watching.

Those left to honor Vi's memory include her husband Gary Said of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Kathy (Russell) Hunter of Menomonie, WI, Amy Von Essen of Maquoketa, IA, and Christine (Michael) Hayward of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-children, Gary Said, Jr. of Bettendorf, IA, Troy (Patti) Said of Bettendorf, IA, and Debbie (Todd) Thomas of Lexington, OH; 8 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Viola J. "Vi" Said memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James F. Mess

James F. "Jim" Mess, age 71, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:15 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family.

To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

James was born on March 5, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Mary (Piper) Mess.

Jim proudly served with the U.S. Army. He married Carolyn Creekbaum on Oct. 8, 1966, in Dubuque. He was employed with the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years and later went to work as a driver for Tandem Tire and RTA until his retirement in 2013. In his free time Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking a drive to look at scenery, cooking out on the grill and most of all spending time with his family.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carolyn Mess, Dubuque, IA; his children, Thomas Mess, Kathy (Chuck "Tuna") Shaffer, both of Dubuque, IA, and Michelle (Troy) Gronau, Maquoketa, IA; his grandchildren, Darrick and Cody Shaffer; his siblings, Donna (Eugene) Hingtgen, Dubuque, IA, and Buck (Dawn) Mess, Hazel Green, WI; and his brother-in-law, Wayne Pregler, Elkader, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Mess; and a sister, Judy Pregler.

A James F. Mess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care for Jim.

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



Dianne R. Wuchter

Dianne R. Wuchter, 57, of Manchester and formerly of Earlville, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a short illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Apr. 13, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Friends may continue to call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Apr. 14, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Private inurnment will be at a later date.

Diane was born Jan. 21, 1958, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Rose (Scherbring) Hansel. She graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1976. She married Jake Wuchter in 1984, and had their son, Chris, in 1985. They later divorced. Dianne worked at Modernfold in Dyersville for 33 years, where she met her fiancé, Ed.

She loved to go garage sailing and collecting things for her crafts.

Survivors include her son, Chris (friend Cortney) Wuchter, of Earlville; a granddaughter, Olivia, and her fiancé, Ed Pape of Manchester; her mother, Rose Hansel, of Petersburg; 2 sisters, Carol Herman of Manchester and Elaine Hansel of Dubuque; Ed's children: Jeff, Ryan and Rebecca Pape, all of Dubuque; and a niece and several nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl, in 1994; a brother, Robert, in 1970; and a brother-in-law, Rodney Herman.

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



Edward J. Slaats

Edward J. Slaats, 57, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Thursday April 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday April 13, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 1:00 p.m. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ed was born on Sept. 4, 1957 in Dubuque, the son of Nicholas and Rita (Runde) Slaats, Jr. He married the love of his life, Kathleen Hefel, on Oct. 14, 1978 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

After attending East Dubuque High School, he worked at AIH for 14 years as a salesman. He then attended the Police Training Institute in Champaign, IL. Ed served in East Dubuque for many years as a police officer, fireman, and EMT and was a former member of the East Dubuque City Council. Most recently he was employed at the Diamond Jo Casino as a Security Manager.

Ed's heart and soul went into his business, "Grandpa Porky's Seasoning", and weekends with his wife Kathy at the Dubuque Farmers Market. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, including many fishing trips over the years with great friends, and attending Stock Car Races at the Dubuque and Farley tracks. Nascar, Hawkeye Football, and the Green Bay Packers were big parts of Ed's life. Every week he cheered on the #24 Jeff Gordon.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy; four daughters, Jessica Slaats, Jolene (Tanner) Patterson, Janna (Josh) Frost and Juli (Matt) Weimerskirch; nine grandchildren, Haley, Nicholas, Landen, Liam, Dominic, Chandler, Gabby, Jackson and Cooper; his siblings, Bob (Linda) Slaats, Evie (Ben) Brady, and Fran Ploessl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Slaats; his parents, Nick and Rita; his in-laws, Joe and Anna Hefel; siblings Joe Slaats, Diane Mellott, Carol Larson and Shirley Slaats; and brother-in-law Robert "Buck" Atkinson.



Viola C. Pfohl

Viola C. Pfohl, age 101, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of Sherrill, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:15 a.m. on April 9, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center.

To honor Viola's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 13, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Sherrill, IA, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Viola's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Viola was born on Nov. 8, 1913, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Anna (Neynes) Kintzle.

Viola married Roy Pfohl on Oct. 14, 1930, in Sherrill, Iowa. Together they faithfully farmed in the Sherrill area for over 45 years. Roy preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1995, after 65 blessed years of marriage.

Viola was a lifelong member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, the Alter and Rosary Society, Active Senior Citizens and the Holy Ghost Senior Citizens group. She loved embroidery, quilting, playing cards and tending to her flower gardens. Viola liked to watch wrestling, stock car racing, the Chicago Cubs and occasionally enjoyed trying her luck at the casino. Viola loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren with all her heart. She will be deeply and dearly missed by all the people whose lives she touched throughout the years.

Viola is survived by her children, Audrey Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Carol Anthony, Kieler, WI, Harlan (Janet) Pfohl, Dubuque, IA; 19 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 51 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Stella Schueller Backes, Dubuque, IA, and Anna Reinsbeck, Janesville, WI; her daughter-in-law, Patricia (Dave) Hefel, Sherrill, IA; and her sisters-in-law, Rita Kintzle, Balltown, IA, and Irma Kintzle, Dubuque, IA.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; a son, Robert Pfohl; two sons-in-law, Melvin Oberfoell and Merlin Anthony; four sisters, Clara (LeRoy "Whitey") Richman, Janette (Don) Jaeger, Marge (Ralph) DuPont and Irene (Tony) Schueller; four brothers, Nicholas, Jerry (Marlene), Earl and Elmer; a sister-in-law, Leona (Henry) Halfkemeyer; and three brothers-in-law, Matt Reinsbeck, Joseph Schueller and Leonard Backes.

A Viola C. Pfohl memorial fund has been established.

The family of Viola would like to thank the nurses and staff at Eagle Point Place, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving and compassionate care.

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



Elizabeth Krieg

Elizabeth "Betty" Krieg, 89, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

A visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.



David F. Schultz

David F. Schultz, 71, of Rickardsville, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rickardsville, Iowa with the Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 26549 JFK Rd., where a vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

David was born on the family farm on Feb. 15, 1944, the son of Clarence and Emma (Ellerbach) Schultz. He graduated from Holy Cross High School and farmed his whole life. In addition to farming, David was a sheet plate fabricator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 36 years and was a cook in the Army Reserves. On August 12 1967, he married Nancy Schmitt at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville. David was an easy going family man who always put others first. He was a jack of all trades and an avid Atlanta Braves and Green Bay Packers fan. Bowling, cooking, woodworking, playing Euchre and being outdoors were some of his favorite pasttimes.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Nancy, of Rickardsville, IA; his children Brian (Jenny) Schultz of Dubuque, IA and their children Megan and Carter; Jeff (Theresa) Schultz of Dubuque, IA and their children Bethany (Ryan) Hosch, Melanie Schultz and Ryan and Chad Peppmeier; Mike (Jenny) Schultz of Asbury, IA and their children Zach and Zoe; Tracy (Cary) Kloft of Asbury, IA and their daughter Rachel; Jason (Regina Shafer) Schultz of Rickardsville, IA and their children Cohen and Griffen; Timothy (Joel Brewer) Schultz of Ankeny, IA and Chad (Courtney) Schultz of Holy Cross, IA; his sisters LaVonne (Earl) Brimeyer of N. Buena Vista, IA; Donna (Bob) Schmidt of Durango, IA; Connie Klein of Dubuque, IA; Sherry (Marvin) Klein of Holy Cross, IA and Cindy (Paul) Ludovissy of N. Buena Vista, IA; his brother Ron (Marilyn) Schultz of Holy Cross, IA; his sisters-in-law, Debbie (fiancé Dave Dolan) Linden and Kris Loomis, both of Dubuque, IA; brothers-in-law Rick (Heidi) Schmitt, LeRoy Kedley and Randy Schmitt, all of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews and many friends. Also surviving is his dog, Quincy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Janice Legrand and Carol Errthum; brothers-in-law Robert Legrand, Nicholas Errthum and Jimmy Klein; sister-in-law Barb Kedley; and his father- and mother-in-law, Ted and Jeanette Schmitt.

A David Schultz memorial fund has been established.
The Schultz family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Robert "Bub" Waller

Robert "Bub" Waller, formerly of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away April 3, 2015, in Royal, Arkansas.

Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, directed by Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs, Ark. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Arkansas Hospice, Hot Springs.

 



Tracy Lyn McDermott

Tracy Lyn (Zickuhr) McDermott, 45, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, April 3, 2015, with her family at her side.

A memorial service to celebrate Tracy's life will be held on Sunday, April 12, at the Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta, IA, beginning at 11:30 AM. Family and friends are welcome.

She was born April 5, 1969, the daughter of Douglas and Linda (Kramer) Zickuhr. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Loras College. She worked in the banking industry for many years, but was most recently employed as Assistant Director at the Peosta Community Centre. Tracy was also a Certified Personal Trainer.

Tracy loved her family first and then it was all things related to health and fitness. She was always setting new and bigger goals for herself. Once Tracy committed to something, she was "all in" and a force to be reckoned with. She disciplined herself in swimming, biking and running. As a result, she competed in many road races and triathlons; and finally achieved the hard earned title of IRONMAN (twice). She also thrived on helping others train and reach their personal goals. She was a natural motivator and an inspiration to others.

Tracy touched many lives with her big heart, welcoming smile, and her kind and generous spirit. The world was truly a better place with her in it.

She is survived by her 5 children: Jake, Ike, Boone, Jimmy and Ava Blue; her parents, Linda Kramer-Abing (Jerry) of Dubuque, IA and Douglas Zickuhr of Bettendorf, IA; her aunt and godmother, Sandra (Larry) Glider of Oswego, IL; and cousins Todd Glider of Littleton, CO and Jenn Glider (Kent Wood) of Morrison, CO.

Her grandparents, Eldon and Geraldine Kramer and Vernon and Dorothy Zickuhr, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Tracy's name. The family thanks both Crossroads and Hope Church and family and friends for their amazing love, support and prayer.



Kathleen M. Sendt

Kathleen M. "Kay" Sendt of Dubuque, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, entered into eternal peace surrounded by the ones she laughed with, lived for, and loved on Monday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Kay was born on May, 12 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ervin and Dolores (Vondran) Mitchley. She married Delbert Sendt on June 19, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, Ill. Delbert and Kay shared together 53 wonderful years of marriage.

Kay was an active parishioner of St Anthony Church where she served as Eucharist Minister and was a member of the prayer chain. She was on the Board of Directors for the ARK Advocate. For many years Kay was a member of the school board and Alter and Rosary Society for St. Mary's in East Dubuque, Ill., and was a leader in the Girl Scouts. Kay was employed at Cycare Systems for 25 years and St. Anthony's Church and School for 18 years.

Kay enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She especially looked forward to attending her grandchildren's school events, sporting activities, plays, and concerts. Kay and her family took many vacations together. She relished her time with her family on camping trips and vacations to Utah, Nevada, and California to visit her brothers, aunts, and uncles.

Kay is survived by her husband, Delbert; and her five children, Lemmie (Joe) Reiss of West Allis, Wisconsin, Dave (Janie) Sendt, Dan (Missy) Sendt, both of East Dubuque, Ill., Mary (Don) Wendel of Le Claire Iowa, and Adam Sendt at home. She has eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Suzy) and Alison Reiss, Jon and Tyler Sendt, Michael, and Matt Sendt, Andrew and Lucas Wendel. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Mitchley; and three brothers, Dale (Sue), Ervin Jr. (Janet), and Mark (Helen) Mitchley; four sisters-in-law, Mary Margaret (Robert) Heim, Ellen (Paul) Largent, Marilyn and Charlene Sendt; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Mary Lou Ricke.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Dolores; father- and mother-in-law Albert and Mary Sendt; and two brothers-in-law, Darrell and Dwayne Sendt.

In lieu of flowers, a Kay Sendt memorial fund has been established.



Marion M. Placke

Marion M. Placke, age 98, of Hazel Green, WI, passed away peacefully at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

To honor Marion's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Wayne Droessler officiating. To celebrate Marion's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 10, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Marion was born on August 1, 1916, on the family farm in Sinsinawa, Wis., the daughter of Herman and Catherine (Berning) Placke.

Marion was employed as a housekeeper for Rev. Hoffman for many years, traveling to different parishes with him throughout his career. She often volunteered helping with the school lunch program at the parish schools. After Rev. Hoffman retired, Marion moved to Sinsinawa and went to work at the University of Dubuque until her retirement. In her free time, Marion enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and craft projects. She later became interested in genealogy and spent many hours researching her family history.

Marion was a beloved aunt and loved spending time with her nieces and nephews. At Christmas time Marion hosted a Bingo game for the children and handed out the prizes she had collected throughout the year. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marion is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents and her eleven siblings, Benedict, Henry, William, Leo and Francis (Calista) Placke, Clara (Arthur) Budden, Rosie (Fred) Pastoret, Lucina (Henry) Stangl, Sr. Georgiana Placke, Florence (George) Droessler and Mary Clara Placke.

A Marion M. Placke memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the members of the Hazel Green Rescue Squad for their kind and compassionate care for Marion.

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



William E. Blasen

William E. "Bill" Blasen, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Four Fives ceremony by the Key West Fire Department. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, where there will be a wake service at 2:00 p.m. and the Key West Fire Department to meet as a body at 6:00 p.m.

He was born April 1, 1937, the son of Joseph J. and Helen A. (Ehrlich) Blasen. He graduated from St. Columbkille's School, and served 3 years in US Army stationed in Germany. He married Barbara Jungk on May 27, 1961. He worked as a mechanic and truck driver, and retired from Flexsteel Industries after 28 years. He also served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter at Key West for 26 years, and was inducted into the Volunteer Fire Fighter Hall of Flame in 2000.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; 6 children, Steven, Paul (Dawn), Ann (Sean) Leppert, Lori (Scott) Butterbaugh, Ellen (Dave) Haberkorn, and Chuck (Gina); and 12 grandchildren; siblings Mary Lou (Ted) Weeks, Joseph, Richard (Kathleen), Joanne Kiefer, Linda (Bob) Kunkel, Kathy (Irv) Behnke, and Mike.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Luane Anglin & Janet Helbing, and infant daughter Elisabeth.



Joseph C. Knockel

Joseph C. "Joe" Knockel, 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet with military honors by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Joe was born on June 13, 1917 in La Motte, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Smith) Knockel. He married Mary Haxmeier on May 22, 1965 at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2001.

He served in the US Army during WWII along with his four brothers. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years and was a member of the UFCW Local 150A and the American Legion Post 528 of Cascade.

Joe was an avid bow hunter, who enjoyed being outdoors and gardening. He always had the potatoes planted on Good Friday.

He is survived by his three sisters, Irene Carnahan, of Cascade, Leona "Shorty" Gordon, of Dubuque, and Rita Kauder, of Cascade, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his sister, Marie Giegerich; and his four brothers, Howard, Walter, Leo, and Elmer.

Memorials may be given to the Church of the Resurrection.
The family would like to thank all of Joe's friends and neighbors, especially Barney and Jane; his family, especially his companion and sister Shorty and great-niece Chris for always looking out and caring for Joe.



Patricia Marion Anger

Patricia Marion (McDermott) Anger, 68, of Dubuque, died Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on Sept. 4, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leonard and Margaret (Ryan) McDermott.
She attended Holy Trinity grade school and Wahlert high school.

She was employed at The Adams Company and Thermolyne until her early retirement due to ill health.

Surviving are her son, Robert (Cheri) Sheehan, of Dubuque, and daughter, Tammy (Curt) Hartford, of Maine; grandchildren Ashley, Emily, Brandon, Brooke and Bailey; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Apel, and a brother, Joseph McDermott; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a great- granddaughter.

A Patricia Anger memorial fund has been established.
Special thank you to Dr. Janes and Dr. Nachtman, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy 3 West and ManorCare, for their excellent care, and to her sister, Shirley Apel, her niece, Teresa (Ray) Behnke, and her grandson Bailey and his friends for their friendship and love.



Bernadine C. Colson

Bernadine C. Colson, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Family graveside services will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mount Hope, Wisconsin. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Bernadine was born on Dec. 12, 1924 in Mount Hope, WI, the daughter of John and Mary Ellen (Lynett) Collins.
She worked for Grandview Drug, ARA Food Services and lastly at B-2 Electronics.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was a loving mother to her eight children and always had her Irish eyes smiling.

She is survived by her children: Sherry (Dave) Kleiner, of Louisburg, WI, Mary Ellen (Don) Lueken, of Vero Beach, Florida, Pat (Paul) Herbst, of Peosta, Victoria (Greg) Nauman, of Dubuque, Cindy (Dan) Freiburger, Plainfield, IA, Anthony (Pat) Colson, of Dubuque, Michael (Judy) Colson, of Des Moines, and Tom (Karen) Colson, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Becky, and also to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, for all the wonderful care they gave to Bernadine.



Richard James Kalb

Richard James "Dick" Kalb, of 165 South Grandview Ave., Dubuque, passed away at home on April 2, 2015. He was 89 years of age.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. The parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m., led by Deacon David McGhee.

Richard was born on Feb. 2, 1926 in Dubuque. He attended St. Mary's Grade School, Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI, and Loras College in Dubuque. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego, CA. He married Bernadine Elizabeth List on Sept. 10, 1949. He was in the automobile industry for several years as Vice President and President of Universal Motors, Inc. (Ford Dealership) and owned Kalb Motors (Renault and Peugeot Dealership) in Dubuque for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510 and the American Legion, Post 6 in Dubuque.

Known for always wearing a classic hat and being a gentleman, Richard was a loving and positive man of faith. He liked to entertain his friends and over the years enjoyed many cups of coffee with them discussing the latest news. He loved big band music and ballroom dancing. He took great enjoyment in his boat and spending time on the Mississippi. He also enjoyed the excitement of traveling to visit his children in New York and Denver. In his spare time he took pleasure in designing and building projects, from a birdhouse to his family home on River Vista to a record cabinet for his LP collection. He was dedicated to serving the church for years at the Church of the Nativity, as an adviser in the early years and as an usher more recently. He relished time with friends and he loved having all of the family together for special occasions, especially with the grandchildren. His children remember him as a patient, kind and loving father who provided all he could for his family while encouraging them to pursue their goals.

Richard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Bernadine, and his seven children: Richard James II of New York, NY, Susan Mary (Ralph) Ellwanger of Dubuque, Mary Jean (Paul) Powers of Denver, CO, and Michael Joesph (Judy Zahren), Julie Ann (Michael) White, James Gerard, and Gregory John (Suzy Conlon) of Dubuque. He had ten grandchildren: R.J. (Amanda) and John Peter Ellwanger; Adam (Jen), Natalie, Alexandra and John Elliott White; and Elyse, Elizabeth, Anna and Ava Kalb, and three great grandchildren, Faye and Livia White and Abigail Ellwanger. He is also survived by his two brothers, a sister and sister-in-laws: John T. Kalb of Dubuque, Thomas J. (Delores) Kalb, MD of Young America, MN, and Sr. Marie Therese Kalb, OSF of Dubuque, and Mildred Kalb of Dubuque.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bert P. and Mary E. (Kolfenbach) Kalb of Dubuque and his four brothers: Rev. Bertrum P. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, and Anthony J. Kalb, DDS of Dubuque and Rev. Howard E. Kalb, S.J. of Omaha, NB. He was also predeceased by a brother-in-law and sister-in-laws: Robert and Eileen Rosenow and Elizabeth A. Kalb of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers the family requests the memorial may be given to the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.



John L. Cook

John L. Cook, 30, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Sunday, April 5, 2015 as a result of an automobile accident.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista, Iowa. Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

John was born Jan. 18, 1985 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Louis and Jackie (Ehlers) Cook. He attended Western Dubuque High School. John enjoyed fishing, setting off fireworks, but most of all, spending time with his daughter, Lilly. John loved to live and lived to love. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Louis Cook of Holy Cross and Jackie Cook of Dubuque; daughter Lilly Cook; siblings Louis (Angela) Cook of Guttenberg and Beth (Alex Engling fiancé) Cook of Dubuque; and maternal grandparents John & Joan Ehlers of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Alice Cook.

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



Karl F. Funk, Jr.

Karl F. Funk, Jr., 71, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Per Karl's wishes, private family services will be conducted with interment at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Karl was born Sept. 13, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Karl Francis and Glennalee Grace (Koehler) Funk. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 and then from the University of Dubuque in 1965, later completing 30 hours credit toward a Masters Degree at Loras College. Karl taught Junior High School in the Dubuque area for many years.

Karl felt his greatest achievement in life was his daughter and grandchildren, whom he loved very much. He also will be remembered by so many for his kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Giancola, of Rutland, Vermont; grandchildren Grace, Gabriella, Mollie, and Joseph Giancola; siblings Nancy (Dave) Schnorrenberg of Eldridge, Cindy (Tony) Gerlieb of Dubuque, Liz (Tim) Nadermann of Epworth, and Jeff Funk of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents.

The family expresses much gratitude to everyone who supported them during this time.

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



William Latimer

William "Bill" Latimer, 81, of 1440 Mount Pleasant, died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating; a parish rosary will be recited before mass. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with a parish wake service at 8 p.m.

Bill was born on July 13, 1933, in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Hilda (Brown) Latimer. He married Mary Mulligan on Oct. 13, 1956 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on July 13, 2012.

Bill served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co, FDL Foods and Farmland Foods until his retirement after 44 years in the meatpacking industry. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150A and the Amvets.

Bill loved golfing and was a member of Lacoma Golf and Country Club. He also worked at Lacoma as a Golf Course Ranger and was a courtesy driver for Anderson Weber Motors.

Faith and family were most important to Bill and he showed it by his love and devotion to his wife Mary.
He is survived by his children, Bill (Sara) Latimer, Jr. of Monroe, WI, Jay (Terri) Latimer, of Clear Lake, Iowa, Linda Decker, Tim (Cathy) Latimer, and Mike (Katie) Latimer, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Katie (Nick) Hanten, Patrick Latimer, Ryan Latimer, Carlee Latimer, Taylor Latimer, Sarah Latimer, Joe Latimer, Kailee Latimer, Ben Latimer, and Anna Latimer; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Connor Hanten; two sisters, Jannan (Richard) Wachter of Dubuque and Mary Ellen (Ward) Mickelson of Lake Placid, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife and a daughter, Lucille; a granddaughter, Samantha; and sisters Marcie Heer and Patricia Maury.

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

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals, especially Dr. Christian Schultheis, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, Peggy and Nicole; and Bill's many friends who came to visit, especially Jack and Joe. All of your thoughts, care and prayers will never be forgotten.



Evelyn J. Isbell-Maynard

Evelyn Joan Isbell-Maynard, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The gathering of family and friends celebrating Joan's life will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn Joan Morehead was born on June 22, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clifford "Kick" and Evelyn (Cook) Morehead. She was a 1951 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Darrell Allen Isbell on January 24, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1986. She later married Leo Maynard in 1988. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2001.

Joan had farmed with her husband, Darrell, Northeast of Maquoketa from 1954 to 1979. Through the years she had also worked as a bookkeeper for several area businesses including Jackson Sentinel Community Press, Jackson County Lumber Yard from 1961 to 1965, Better Homes Furniture from 1965 to 1974, Joe Martin Auto from 1974 to 1982, and Mississippi Engineering from 1991 to 1995.

Joan enjoyed playing bingo, going to the riverboat, baking, sewing and fishing.

Those left to honor Joan's memory include her daughters, Lori (Mike) Kueter of Bellevue, IA, and Marla (Brian) Franzen of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Neil (Carolyn) Morehead of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Scott (Jill) Kueter of Peosta, IA, Jennifer Kueter of Kansas City, MO, and Megan (Adam Rhodes) Franzen of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-grandson, Callan Rhodes. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darrell and husband Leo, a son Allen Isbell, brothers Don and Marvin Morehead, sisters-in-law Rosie and Laura Morehead, a grandson Todd Franzen, niece Cathy Morehead, and a dear friend Bev Durkop.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Evelyn Joan Isbell-Maynard memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Doris C. Feeney

Doris C. Feeney, 87 of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa formerly of 3085 Westmore Dr. and 738 Duggan Drive passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Patrick Church, Garryowen, Bernard, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa where a parish wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Doris was born on April 13, 1927 in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Vincent and Catherine (Flanigan) Henneberry. Doris graduated from Butler # 2 Elementary Country School, Bernard, also from St. Patrick High School, Garryowen, Bernard, Iowa 1945, and from Mercy School of Nursing, (Loras College) Dubuque June 1948.

Doris married Paul "Pidge" Feeney on April 22, 1950 at St. Patrick Church, Garryowen. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1987.

She was employed as a nurse for many years at Mercy Hospital and Hills and Dales in Dubuque. She was currently a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque. She was a long time member of the Power of Prayer and the Community of the Living Word prayer group.

She has been a resident of Stonehill Care Center since 2007 where she participated in daily Mass, daily Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, weekly faith sharing, the Stonehill activities and a multitude of other activities there.

She was a hard working and loving Mother of ten children. Her devotion to her family extended over many generations.

She is survived by her 10 children, Terry Feeney of St. Petersburg, FL, Dan (Lenore) Feeney of San Antonio, TX, Yusuf (Zahrah) Feeney of Malaysia, Jim (Kris) Feeney of Chicago, IL, Carmel (Bill) Williams of Anaheim, CA, Maureen (Duane) Crossett II of Columbus Junction, IA, Pamela (James) Elsinger of Woodstock, IL, Dennis of Cibolo, TX (Claire) Feeney of San Antonio, TX, Ed Feeney of Dubuque, and Bill Feeney of Independence, MO. Her siblings: Maxine O'Connell, Melvin (Rose) Henneberry, Joan (Dr. James) Cahill, Richard (Arlene) Henneberry, Sister Kathleen Henneberry CHM, and Joyce (Ray) Stratton. Two sister-in-laws, Mary Jo Henneberry and Anne Feeney and a brother- in- law, Bob Feeney. Twenty five grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, 37 nieces and nephews with a special thank you to her niece Mary O'Connell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Luella Henneberry, her brother John Henneberry, Paul's sister and five brothers, several in- laws, one grandchild P.J. Elsinger, in infancy, two great grandchildren, Jacob and Blaze Elsinger in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Doris Feeney memorial fund will be established.



Mary M. Ploessl

Mary M. Ploessl, 84, of Dubuque, passed away on April 2, 2015, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 6 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Mary was born Nov. 11, 1930 in Dubuque, daughter of Matthew and Edna (Hannan) Schmitt. She was raised in Rickardsville, and graduated from Holy Cross High School as part of the first graduating class of 1948. She married Andrew C. Ploessl Jr. on January 26, 1957. They lived in Dubuque and raised their children in a loving home where their many relatives and friends were always welcomed.
Mary was a long time member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and was actively involved in many parish and school activities such as the Rosary Society, Girl Scouts, and School Board. She was an officer for many years for the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Mary was devoted to her children and grandchildren and was always their number one fan in support of all of their endeavors and activities. She was known as an excellent cook and hostess, who generously shared her gifts by hosting many family holiday dinners and cooking for anyone in need. She loved to play cards with her family and with her wonderful group of "girls". She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Mary is survived by her husband, Andrew C. Ploessl Jr.; daughters Jayne (John) Galbreath of White Lake, MI and Jolene (Steven) Wilson of Marion, IA and son Dale of Dubuque. She has four grandchildren, Sarah (Justin) Benson, Elizabeth Wilson, Jacob Wilson, and Steven Wilson. She is also survived by her brother Jim (Kay) Schmitt; sisters-in-law Kay Schmitt and Del Rose Schmitt; and brother-in-law John (Lorene) Ploessl, and many dear nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Julie and Janet; brothers Bob and Paul; sisters-in-law Pearl Klein, Joan Paisley, and Mary Brimeyer; and brothers-in-law Edwin, Alvin, Lavern, James, Donald, Francis, Louis, and Joseph Ploessl.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the countless caregivers who helped Mom during her long struggle. We were blessed with a wealth of compassionate and caring people who helped make her last days comfortable.



David M. Schmitt

David M. Schmitt, 86 of Peosta, passed away at home with family by his side after a long fight with cancer on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Funeral Services will be 12:00 p.m. (Noon), Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury, where the family will greet friends 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Monday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors Conducted by Marine Corp League will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born, March 6, 1929 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Stecher) Schmitt. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. David served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for John Deere Works 1947-1984, as a senior draftsman, designer, and standards coordinator, also he worked at the Dubuque Packing House for 16 years and Umpired for City of Dubuque for 16 years. David married Joan Fay Rouser on September 12, 1953 in Guttenberg, Iowa. He was active in bowling league, enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, board games with his family. David was a member of the American Legion and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Going to Sprint Car races, and an avid Bears Fan, he only missed 2 games in 18 years, due to a broken leg, and enjoyed many trips to Wrigley field with his family to watch the Cubs.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joan; children, Sue Fury, and her children, Corey Schmitt and Arthur House, Bruce (deceased) (Jane) Schmitt, and their children, Shauna and Christiana Schmitt, Brian (deceased in infancy), Kyle (deceased) (Bonnie) Schmitt, Sharon (Paul) Smith, Lance Schmitt, Lori Leslein, and her children Alex, Justine, and Abigail Leslein, Mark (Sherri) Schmitt, and their children, Lindsey (Dan) Ocheltree, and Derek Schmitt, Julie (Jeff) Ruganis, Linda Schmitt, Diane (Jim) Tschida, and Darryl (Brandy) Schmitt, and their children, Hunter (Fiancé' Brooke Fishburn) and Connor Schmitt; 7 great-grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Brian in infancy, Kyle on February 1, 2012, Bruce on March 1, 2015, a daughter in-law, Rita Schmitt; a sister, Janaan Kelly.

A special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Kovach and the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine The Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Amy, Nicole, Betsy, and Stacy.

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

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



Harvey N. Frandsen

Harvey Norman Frandsen, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A funeral celebrating Harvey's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and private burial will follow at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Harvey Norman Frandsen was born on May 15, 1929 in Nashville, Iowa, to Carl and Florence (Scott) Frandsen. He attended Watson Country School, Baldwin School, and graduated with his GED from Maquoketa High School. He was an Army veteran serving during peacetime with the 27th Infantry Regiment 25th Division. Harvey and his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Jean Allison were married on April 24, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Harvey was a lifelong farmer in the Jackson County area and also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for several years.

Harvey belonged to First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, a Knights of Pythias Lodge member for 50 years, and a past board member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Harvey was loved by all for his kind spirit, a good game of cards, his fun loving good nature and love for his family. He was an avid fan of his children's and grandchildren's school and sporting events.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Marilyn Jean Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA; 4 children: Denyse (Miles) Hemmersbach of Bremerton, WA, Marla (David) Morehead of Bernard, IA, Debra (Bill) Renner of Maquoketa, IA and Jason (Melissa) Frandsen of Vero Beach, FL; 11 grandchildren: Corey, Jake (Courtney), Lindsey (Luke), and Angie; Will (Lorin) and Ryan (Johnora); Anna; Michala, Derek, David and Quincy; and 8 great-grandchildren: Sam, Lily and Cade; Reo and Royal; Myles; and Lathe and Layne; 3 brothers: Roy (Vivian) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA, Art (Karen) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA and Larry (Joyce) Frandsen of DeWitt, IA; and 2 sisters: Velma Witt of Maquoketa, IA, and Ione (David) Nelson, of Eldridge, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Paul "Buster" Frandsen, and 4 sisters, infants Viola and Lorraine, and Ruby Voss and Irene Kleinsmith.

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

 



Laurence McDonough

Laurence "Larry" McDonough, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00a.m. Tues day, April 7 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Rev. Anderson will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be private. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Larry was born April 13, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Neil and Mary (Henkel) McDonough. He attended Loras Academy, and graduated with the first graduating class of Wahlert High School in 1960. Larry earned his B.A. in History and his M.A. in Psychology from Loras College. He married Marjorie Busta on June 11, 1966 in Fort Atkinson, IA. He taught in Holy Cross for several years, and went on to be a counselor at NICC for over 30 years, retiring in the early 2000's. During his time at NICC, Larry was instrumental in developing the Dubuque branch of NICC.
He was an active member of St. Columbkille's Parish. Larry was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and also enjoyed the Cubs. He loved duck hunting, and enjoyed his 1980 Jeep.

Larry is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his son, Chris (Joanie) McDonough; three grandchildren, Erin, Tristan, and Keeley McDonough; and two brothers, Tom (Susan) and Jim (Virginia) McDonough, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital,or to St. Columbkille Parish.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Mercy Medical Center ER. 

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



Merlin A. Digman

Merlin A. Digman, 93, of Dubuque, was reunited with loving family and friends in heaven, Friday, March 27, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1700 Lincoln Avenue, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 6th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Merlin was born January 27, 1922, the oldest son of Arthur and Hilda (Jansen) Digman, who farmed in Kieler, Wisc.

After completing his education at Immaculate Conception school in Kieler, Merlin helped on the family farm for 2 years. He started high school in Cuba City, Wisc. with his younger brother Eldon and graduated in 3 years. After high school, Merlin met, fell in love, and married Eileen Nauman.

Together Merlin and Eileen weathered the storm of WWII with Merlin serving in the U.S. Army on the east coast. During this time they were blessed with 2 sons. After he was discharged from the Army, the family returned to the Midwest and settled in Dubuque. Merlin worked for two years for John Deere; he left to start his own construction business. Merlin has built many of the beautiful homes in the Dubuque area. Merlin and brother Eldon were like the "property brothers" on HGTV with Merlin building homes and realtor Eldon selling the homes. Merlin's youngest brother Lester, chose the academic way and is a professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska.

Merlin and Eileen were parents of seven children; Gary (Bonnie) Digman, of Guerneville, CA, Terry (Gina) Digman, of Ankeny, IA, Karen Digman, of Santa Rosa, CA, Diane Beaves, of Pittsburg, PA, Dennis Digman, of Fairfield, CA, Carolyn Digman (deceased) and Thomas (Claudia) Digman, of Chicago, IL.

Even with a large family and a busy homebuilding business, Merlin and Eileen found time to travel to Minnesota every summer with the family for a week at the lake. Merlin also in his spare time built a 22 foot cabin cruiser which made for many fond memories along the Mississippi river.

Merlin's courage and strength were tested once again with the illness and passing of Eileen. He nursed Eileen through her 5 year struggle with cancer and was at her side continually.

Later, through mutual friends, Merlin met and married Monica Schulte. Monica's husband had passed away years earlier and they found comfort in each other's company. Monica's children, Gary Schulte, of Cuba City, Wisc., Sue (Steve) Bushman, of Dubuque, Peter Schulte (deceased) and Julie Schulte, of Dubuque were fondly welcomed into the family by Merlin. Monica's passing in 2010 was another heartbreak for Merlin to endure.

Other loving family members to greet Merlin in heaven are his parents, Arthur and Hilda, infant brother, Emil who was a victim to diphtheria at one year of age, and his beloved brother, Eldon.

Many grandchildren and an ever increasing number of great grandchildren will be reminded by older folks of the kind, thoughtful grandfather that preceded them.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor, the nurses of Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. William Manzel for their kind and compassionate care for Merlin.

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



Donald M. Ahmann

Donald M. Ahmann, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00a.m. Monday April 6th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 2:45 p.m.

Don was born on August 16, 1929 in Farley, Iowa the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Meyer) Ahmann. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War as a medic and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He married Joyce Ludwig on April 23, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

He worked for Caradco, Kahle Carpet for 34 years then was an independent installer until his retirement in 2001.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, VFW, Dubuque Bowling Association, and Sacred Heart Men's Club.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, playing cards, trips to the casino and was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bear and Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of 60 years, six children, Robert (Christine Reynolds) Ahmann, of St. Catherines, Becky Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque, Donna (Steve Cook) Chimera, of Bozeman, Montana, Sandee Fry, of Bakersfield,CA, Dave (Kris) Ahmann, of St. Catherines, Linda (Jeremy Faerman) Ahmann, of Houston, Texas. Eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. One sister Bernice Bidne, of Cedar Falls, one sister-in-law Pat Ahmann, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Kenneth, Doyle, and Jerry and one sister Arlene Janonis along with brothers and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Donald M. Ahmann memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the loving staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Don.



Cindy Marie Greenwood

Cindy Marie Greenwood, 49, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Private family services will be held for Cindy at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Burial will be held at a later date.

Cindy was born June 7, 1965 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Eldon and Linda (Moriarity) Greenwood. She is a 1983 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. She is also a graduate of the Nursing Program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa. She was employed as a Nurse at the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque.

Cindy liked following all her friends on facebook, and often commented on their pages. She enjoyed country music, especially Blake Shelton. She liked to do crafts and play games. She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, and her dog, Lakota.

She is survived by her parents, Eldon and Linda Greenwood of Farley, IA; seven siblings, Joseph (Lisa) Greenwood of Chicago, IL, John (Dawne) Greenwood of Dubuque, IA, David Greenwood of Epworth, IA, Laura (Tim) Derga of Farley, IA, Paul Greenwood of Farley, IA, Brian (Deb) Greenwood of Epworth, IA, and Janet (John) Derga of Dyersville, IA; nieces and nephews Ryan and Patrick Greenwood, Heather and Tim Ricklefs, Dennis and Megan Tarasi, Alexander Heeren, Justin Derga, Ashley and Kris Klein, Whitney Derga, Westin Derga, Kelli and Lee Greenwood; and a great niece, Skylar.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leo and Helen Moriarity and Joseph and Marcella Greenwood.

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



Darrell F. Koecke

Darrell F. Koecke, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:11 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Darrell's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Meyer officiating. To celebrate Darrell's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home, 309 Chicago Ave., Savanna, IL. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded.

Darrell was born on November 10, 1926 in Wyalusing, Wisconsin, son of John and Merry (St. Clair) Koecke.

Darrell proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. Shortly afterwards he met Dorothy Pease in Savannah, IL, where there were eventually united in marriage on June 29, 1947. They eventually moved to Dubuque in 1963 when Darrell began working for Interstate Power as a Maintenance Foreman. He retired in 1993 after 30 years of service. One of Darrell's lifelong passions was flying and he took great pride in obtaining his private pilots license. Throughout his life, Darrell enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, boating and also morel and ginseng hunting. In his spare time he could be found spending countless hours in his shop working on refinishing antiques and recaning chairs. Darrell was very active and longtime member at both the Bible Church in Savannah and Hope E. Free Church in Dubuque and especially enjoyed his time spent with fellow members of the Over The Hill Group. Darrell was a good man with a kind heart and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Darrell is survived by his wife, Dorothy Koecke, Dubuque, IA; his son, David Koecke, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren; Jennifer (Joey) Ewen, Reston, VA, Stephanie (Tim) King, Cedar Rapids, IA; his great-granddaughter, Cora Ewen.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen Koecke; 2 daughters in infancy; and 1 brother, Dean Koecke.

A Darrell F. Koecke memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their compassionate care of Darrell.

Friends and family are invited to share in Darrell's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com

 



Gerald C. Kressig

Gerald C. "Jerry" Kressig, age 82, of Kieler, WI, and formerly of Dubuque, IA, Potosi, WI and Mission, TX, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the hospital in McAllen, TX. To honor Gerald's life, graveside committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015, at St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson, Wisconsin, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Gerald's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a funeral service held at 3:30 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson, WI.

Gerald was born on April 12, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward and Mabel (Werb) Kressig.

Jerry was an Air Force veteran, having proudly served his country during the Korean War, while being stationed in Texas. During Jerry's lifetime he was employed throughout Dubuque, at the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Packing House and Eagle Window and Door. He operated the Double J. Bar and then co-owned the Park Square Tavern with his first wife, Patricia Kressig. He later was employed as head of security at the Kennedy Mall and after many years of service was able to retire. Jerry married his first wife, Patricia Keating, on June 27, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 21, 1995. Jerry married his second wife, Rox A. Kennicker, on August 18, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa. They spent 14 wonderful and fun filled years together, while loving and supporting each other the entire time. They had one dog named Vail, who is deceased, and two cats named Casey and Lovie. Jerry and Rox enjoyed traveling with their two cats, especially during their winters spent in Texas. For those fortunate enough to know Jerry, you'll remember his uncanny ability to convey a story in a manner that always kept everyone entertained. Jerry will be remembered for being a person of great wit, humor, love and would give a person the shirt off his back if needed. He absolutely loved and adored all of his grandchildren and also enjoyed being around his great-grandchildren which entailed a little teasing and more story telling. Most of all Jerry will be remember as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Rox Kressig, Kieler, WI; his children, Tom (Connie) Kressig, Dubuque, IA, Mike (Linda) Kressig, Dubuque, IA, Sherry (Steve) Ginter, Mason City, IA; four grandchildren, Jason Adams, Ashley (Rob) Erschen and Kyle and Ben Kressig; three step grandchildren, Renae, Grant and Andrea Ginter; his mother-in-law, Caroline Kennicker Welsh, two sisters-in-law, Lynn (Ted Roepsch) Glibreath, Robin M. Kennicker, a brother-in-law, Karl (Jacqueline) Kennicker, and numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia Keating Kressig; three brothers, Donald, Robert and Clarence Kressig; four sisters, Bernice Scherrer, Roberta Frick, Goldie Kaufman and Ila Burmiester; father-in-law, Robert A. Kennicker; and a brother-in-law, Kelvin J. Kennicker.

The family wishes to thank the Kressig and Kennicker families, friends and relatives in Dubuque, IA, Potosi, WI, Kieler, WI and Mission, TX, for their love and friendship. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff in Dubuque, IA, for all their support over the years.

In lieu of flowers a Gerald C. Kressig memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ernest H. Schuckert

Ernest H. "Skip" Schuckert, 67, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, 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 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Skip was born on Oct. 7, 1947, in Fairview, New Jersey, the son of Henry and Gloria (DeJacomo) Schuckert. He married Cheryl Greene Wasmund on Jan. 17, 1981, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Skip graduated from Cuba City High School in 1966. He served in the US Army 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles as a medic/paratrooper during the Vietnam War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachute Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Skip worked at the John Deere Tractor Works in Dubuque, retiring in 2000, and was a member of UAW Local #94. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Skip loved going to Door County, where he and his wife, Cheryl, went every July for 20 some years.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; a daughter, Tami Schuckert, of Bellevue, Iowa; three sons, Scot (Kathey) Schuckert, of Ames, Iowa, Jason Schuckert, of Dale, Wisconsin, and James Wasmund, of Dubuque, Iowa; his mother, Gloria Doles, of Brick, New Jersey; a brother, Bill (Linda) Schuckert, of Salida, Colorado; and six grandchildren, Maddison, Zakkary, Lorna, Jack, Jacob and Elizabeth. Skip was very fortunate to have two families. When Skip was twelve years old, he and Bill went to live with their aunt and uncle, George and Gertrude Gantenbein, who raised them with their seven children, Ed, Margaret, Gary, Bill, Michelle, John and Tom.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry.

An Ernest H. "Skip" Schuckert Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Shirley M. Loop

Shirley M. Loop, 79, of Marion and formerly of Monticello, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice Center in Cedar Rapids after a brave battle with Parkinson's disease.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Al Polito will conduct services.

Shirley was born August 25, 1935, in Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Lester and Wilda (Griswold) Dennie. She graduated from Winthrop High School with the Class of 1952 and attended Cedar Rapids Business College. She married Bert Loop on August 20, 1964, in Aurora, CO. Shirley was a secretary at United Airlines in the 1960's until she and Bert moved to Monticello in 1969. She and Bert owned and operated the Loop Motel, Ballroom and Restaurant, having been one of the first to bring Country and Western Music to Monticello, most notably Crystal Gayle and Mickey Gilley. After Bert's death in 1977, Shirley continued to run the businesses until 1999, when she retired to Marion.

Survivors include her children: Nancy (Mike Palmersheim) Walton of Anamosa, Rosanne (Blake) Jones of West Des Moines, Deanna (Stephen Thomas) Loop of Marion and Andrew (Brenda) Loop of Dike; 6 grandchildren: Brandon and Ashley Walton, Courtney Lee, Hunter and Tyler Volk, and Skylar Loop; a sister, Helen Donnelly of Independence; and an extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Jason Walton; and 2 brothers, Dean Dennie and Dale Dennie.

Memorials are preferred to a Parkinson's research foundation of the donor's choice.

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



Rosemary A. Weber

Rosemary A. Weber, 88, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her daughters residence in Dubuque.

Private family services will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in St. Donatus Cemetery.

Rosemary was born on July 29, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Margaret (Roscamp) Westercamp. She married Milo Weber on August 28, 1945 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Milo preceded her in death on October 1, 2009 after 64 years of marriage.

Upon graduating from high school, Rosemary worked for the Dubuque Community School for two years. After marriage she traveled to San Francisco to be with Milo until he was discharged from the Navy. While there, she was employed by the Linde Air Products Co. Returning to Dubuque Rosemary was happy to be a stay-at-home mom to six children. She then returned to employment where she tended bar at the "King of Clubs" a family business and returned to the Dubuque Community Schools as an administrative Secretary for 35 years. She was also a bookkeeper for her husband's excavating business.

Rosemary was a past leader of the Rosary Society, member of the Parish Council, and the American Legion. Her family and her faith were very important to her. She loved having the family every Thanksgiving and Easter. She was always anxious to lend a hand or a helpful word. Frequently Rosemary was seen helping at Horizon Pizza Parlor. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards. She was humbled and honored to have been selected as "Woman of the Year" by the Bellevue Bowling Association in 2010.

Rosemary and Milo hosted many wild game feeds and fish fry's at their cottage. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida for 27 years. During those years they graciously entertained many family and friends. At the top of her list was her grandchildren and she enjoyed attending their activities.

Having great memories of her life are her children; Connie (George) Saffran, Sandy (Dick) Ansel, Janelle (Dennis) Duwe, Randy (Jeanne) Weber, and Dan (Marianne) Weber. Twelve grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milo, a son Ron, grandson Timothy Duwe, two sisters Margaret Firzlaff and Dorothy Kipp, a brother George "Sonny", and a granddaughter-in-law Amie Weber.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna, Emily and Angie along with her caregivers Judy and Darcy for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rosemary.



Wilfred J. Hosch

Wilfred John "Willie" Hosch, 78 of Cascade and formerly of Bernard died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Saint Patrick's Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the time of services.

Willie was born in Cascade, Iowa on May 20, 1936 the son of Paul and Marie (McCarthy) Hosch. He married Shirley Walsh on April 28, 1962 at Saint Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years and was a member of the UFCW local 150 A. He later worked for Justin Connolly Construction until his retirement. He was an active member of the Bernard Fire Department and served on the Board of Directors. Willie also was a former member of the Cascade Aquin School Board and the Garryowen Parish Council. He also served for many years as an usher at Garryowen.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, of Cascade a son Roger (Cheryl) Hosch, of Manchester, IA, a daughter Kellie Hosch, of Acworth, GA, three grandchildren Amanda, Tyler and Jacob Hosch of Manchester, a sister Mary (Richard) Prior, of Mesa, AZ a brother Donald (Rosella) Hosch, of Dubuque a sister in law Vonda Hosch, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond, Loras and his wife Virgie, and Charles.



David J. Willoughby

David J. Willoughby, age 90, passed away on March 26, 2015. Preceded in death by his wife Florence L. and his daughter Kathryn W. Grammer. He is survived by his daughters Korey A., and Diane W. (Gerald) Hayes, his son Ross D., 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Dave was a US Army veteran and served in Europe during WWII. He was a lifelong educator and spent his entire career in the Dubuque Community School system. He was most proud of serving as the principal of Kennedy School for over 20 years.

Dave enjoyed a long retirement, spending most of this time on Dubuque's golf courses. Services were private per his wishes.



Martin L. Ruhter

Martin L. Ruhter, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at home following a battle with kidney cancer.

Funeral services will be 11 am., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St . A visitation will be on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd and from 10-10:45 am, Wednesday at St Paul Lutheran Church. Internment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Juniata, Nebraska at a later date.

Marty was born on April 24, 1954 in Hastings, NE to Milton & Evelyn (Karr) Ruhter.

He was baptized May 23, 1954, confirmed April 7, 1968 and attended school thru 8th grade at Christ Lutheran. He graduated from Adams Central High School in 1972 and from the University of Nebraska in 1976. He started at John Deere Dubuque on February 14, 1977 until present. He married Kim Vrotsos on May 11, 1985 and they have two sons Nicholas & Philip.

Marty was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church serving on various committees and volunteered with Junior Achievement, AYSO & Dubuque Soccer Club, Dubuque Y Swim Team, Boy Scout Troop 48, Jefferson Middle School Site Council & Hempstead Booster Club.

Marty is survived by his wife Kim, son Nicholas of San Francisco, CA, son Philip of Madison, WI, his father Milton Ruhter of Ashland, NE, his sister Marsha (Andy) Trosper of Bloomingdale, IL his brother Bryan (Heather) Ruhter of Ashland, NE, his sister-in-law Katrina (Jamie) Good of McDonough, GA, 4 nieces, 1 nephew and 1 great-nephew, Aunt Gladys (Keith) Rolls, Aunt Jan Ruhter and 4 cousins.

Marty was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn, Aunt Phyllis, Uncle Waldo, his grandparents and a cousin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran School, 13175 W. 70th St., Juniata, NE 68955.

Special thank you to Dr. Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Donald J. Zimmerman

Donald J. Zimmerman, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at home. To honor Donald's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Donald's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Donald was born on September 8, 1928, in Prairie du Chien, WI, son of Robert J. and Helen (Shulka) Zimmerman.

Donald proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Rita Check on February 14, 1952, in Prairie du Chien, WI. They enjoyed 60 years together before she preceded him in death on April 4, 2012. Donald was employed as a carpenter with several companies throughout the years and was lastly employed with Hillcrest Family Services as a Maintenance Supervisor for 12 years until his retirement in 1993. He had many interests including golfing, computer flight simulation and exploring and embracing technology in general. Donald was an accomplished woodworker and was well known for the beautiful furniture he built. He was also a very active member of the Assisi Village community and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his grilling talents with the other residents. Donald was a kind hearted man with a generous soul who was undeniably known as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by his 5 children, Dr. Debra (Richard) Hohnecker, of Amesbury, MA, Bob (Judy) Zimmerman, of Neenah, WI, Jolene (Gerald) McDermott, Castle Rock, CO, Brian Zimmerman, of Wichita, KS, Jim (Anne) Zimmerman, of Rochester, MN; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and his brother-in-law, Robert Williams, Rockford, IL.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 60 years, Rita; and a sister, Diane Williams.

A Donald J. Zimmerman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John N. Bingham

John Norman Bingham, 92, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday morning, March 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, following a short illness, with family at his side.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

To celebrate John's life, friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 - 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

John was born on January 22, 1923, in Galena, IL, the son of William and Ruth (Fiege) Bingham.  He married Geraldine "Jerry" M. Elgin on May 17, 1947.  Together they had five children.

After graduating from, Galena High School in 1940, prior to enlisting in the United States Navy, John worked at the Savanna Army Depot. He served during WW II from 1943-1945.  John was an Aviation Ordinance Man, 2nd class combat air crewman, flying on patrol planes from the Philippines over China.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two gold stars.  While serving he was unaware of a high school senior in Long Beach, CA, who was praying for a man named John, serving in a dangerous position in the navy, as a school project. Upon returning to the Dubuque area following the war, he unknowingly met this young woman, Geraldine Elgin.  He was again called to service in the Korean War, serving from 1951 -1952.  It was a great honor for John to be able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. in September of 2011.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque for many years prior to retiring in 1986. He was a former member of Local 94 of the United Auto Workers, past commander and quarter-master of VFW Post # 7976 and a member of American Legion Post # 787 and Galena Elks Lodge # 882.

John was an avid golfer, belonging to the Galena Golf Club for over 50 years, where he had served as a past president.

Surviving are his children, John (Judi) Bingham, Jr. of Eagle River, WI, Joan (Jim) Willenbring of Farley, IA,  Judy Newcomer of Dubuque, IA, Jeff (Kenna) Bingham of East Dubuque, IL, and Janice (Kevin) Pellow of Cottage Grove, MN; his nine grandchildren, Terry Bingham, Tim (Jessica) Bingham, Amy (Scott) Meskimen, Sarah (Jayme) Mescher, Scott (Lisa) Willenbring, Ashley (Andrew) Dirksen, Cody Newcomer, Ryan and Kaitlin Pellow; and fifteen great-grandchildren, Isaac and Egan Bingham, Cayden, Connor, Olivia and Owen Meskimen, Kacie, Madeline, Abigail and Alex Mescher, Tanis, Johnathan and Jacob Willenbring, Landon and Logan Dirksen; and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Bingham and Rosemary Schoen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Geraldine, on May 5, 2014; brothers, William, Lloyd and Jerry, sister-in-law Helen Bingham and a son-in-law Edgar Newcomer.

Again we would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, Lisa and Kristie, for their care and support.

May "The Good Guy" rest in peace.

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

 

 

 



Sr. Viator Schulewitz

Sr. Viator Schulewitz, OSF, 86, of Francis House, Dubuque, Iowa died 1:05 pm Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Francis House.

Mass of Christian Burail will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

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

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



Gary L. Hennen

Gary L. Hennen, age 60, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Gary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gary was born on October 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LaVern and Rose (Neelis) Hennen.

Gary attended Hempstead High School. Over the years he was employed at Vern's Conoco, Georgia Pacific, City of Dubuque Parks Department and Americold Logistics. In his free time and youth, Gary enjoyed demolition derbys, snowmobile and stock car racing and in his later years he continued these hobbies as a spectator. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR. He was always a faithful and avid Dale Earnhardt fan. Gary adored his grandchildren and his faithful companion, Junior, and some of his greatest moments in life were discovered in time spent with them.

Gary is survived by his children, Rhonda (Jonathan) Buys, Prairie City, IA, Brenda (Jeff) Nelson, Maquoketa, IA, Nick (Jenny) Hennen, Dubuque, IA, Brad Hennen, Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Savannah, Madeline, Benjamin and Jacob Buys, Evelyn, Ella and Eli Nelson, Emery Hennen; his siblings, Judy Wold, Graham, WA, Patricia (Michael) Hayes, Dubuque, IA; and his Godson, Mike Hennen Sr., Dubuque, IA.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, JoAnn Hennen.

A Gary L. Hennen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Haas, and many other doctors in Dubuque and Iowa City, as well as the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for the excellent care they provided Gary throughout the past few years.

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

 



David L. McMahon

David L. McMahon, 96, of Luther Manor, formerly of 395 York St. Dubuque, Iowa, died March 27, 2015 at 2:15 a.m.
Services will be held on Monday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Church with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:15 Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. The Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

David was born on May 21, 1918, in Dubuque to Joseph and Genevieve (McGuire) McMahon. He graduated from Columbia Academy (later Loras Academy) in 1936. During his teen years and following his graduation, he and his brothers painted houses and barns to help support the family during the Great Depression.

During World War II David was drafted into the Army where he served in the Signal Corps, 1941-45. He received training at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Fort Dix, N.J., and Camp Crowder, Mo. In November 1943 he was sent overseas and was stationed in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre. Sailing from Long Beach, Calif., he was among 24 soldiers, a Navy gun crew, and some Merchant Marines, including the captain, aboard a Liberty Ship. The ship encountered a cyclone en route to India and nearly sank.
With the rank of Tech Sergeant, David was a cryptographer with the Military Intelligence Service and was in charge of the code room, first in New Delhi, India, and later in Chongqing, China. His duties included breaking down coded messages into plain text and encoding and sending coded messages. After circumnavigating the globe by ship during his tour of duty he was honorably discharged in November 1945. In October 2010 he went on Honor Flight from Dubuque to Washington, D.C., and experienced a memorable day touring the WWII Monument, Viet Nam War Memorial, as well as others.
Upon discharge from military service, he returned to work at the family business, McMahon Wallpaper & Paint Store, located at 544 Main St., until it closed in 1970 due to the city's urban renewal project. He then worked at Montgomery Ward in Kennedy Mall until his retirement in 1982.

David married Annabelle Shields on Sept. 27, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque; she died on Nov. 20, 2014. Together they had five children: Anne, Stephen, Sheila, Donna, and James. David and Annabelle were members of St. Columbkille Parish since 1947.

As a young man, David sang in the St. Anthony's Church choir and enjoyed ice skating and playing football, baseball and tennis, as well as other sports. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, Chicago Cubs baseball fan, and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed family gatherings and loved to play euchre.

Surviving are three daughters: Anne (Richard) Hesse of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Sheila (Myron) Tranel of Platteville, Wis., and Donna (Daniel) Stehn of Peosta, and a son, Stephen of Dubuque. Also five grandchildren: Luke (Pamela) Tranel, Laura (Danny) Holt, Molly (James Cho) Stehn, Katie (Ethan Esser) Stehn, and Maggie Stehn; and six great-grandchildren: Henry, Oliver, and Rosemary Tranel; Jameson Holt, and Sylvia and Daniel Cho.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pearl McMahon of Orange, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Annabelle, his son James in 1995, his parents Joseph and Genevieve McMahon, his siblings Francis and Loretta, both in infancy, his sister Mary, and brothers Harold, Clarence, Robert, Maurice, and Joseph.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they provided our Dad and Grandpa.

Online condolences may be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Donald L. Ohmert

Donald Leslie Ohmert, 83, of Dubuque, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2959 Rockdale Rd with the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Don was born on December 21, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of George and Ruth (Bradley) Ohmert. He married Ethel Bakula on February 1, 1958 in North Buena Vista.
Don worked first as a bee farmer on his father's farm, then as the owner of Ohmert's Excavating, and Ohmert's Lawn and Sports, he also owned several rental properties.

Don enjoyed traveling, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and Euchre and has visited almost every state in the U.S. He also enjoyed traveling outside the United States, especially to Canada, Mexico, Panama Canal and Switzerland.

He is survived by his 4 children, Debra (Marvin) Eagle, of Yates Center, KS., Sandra (Ohmert) Clifton, of Colfax, CA, Roger (Carol) Ohmert, of Dubuque, IA and Douglas (Peggy) Ohmert, of LaMotte, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, parents, brother Wayne, and 2 sisters, Elda Ohmert, and Alice Scholz.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Home Instead Senior Care, or American Legion Post#6.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. K. Nelson and the nurses and staff Home Instead Senior Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.



Dolores I. Gerken

Dolores I. Gerken, 87, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. According to her wishes, there will be no public visitation or services, and her final resting place will be with her parents at Mt Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Cremetory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Dolores was born on November 1, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Ewald and Anna (Schumacher) Gerken.
She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque, and worked at Stampfer's Department Store. In 1947 she joined the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Victory and located to Huntington, IN. As a missionary Dolores served in Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. During that time, she received a Master of Arts Degree. Later she was Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, and St. Bridget's Church in Richmond, VA. The next 20 years, Dolores resided in the area near Barboursville, VA, where she developed a deep appreciation of antiques, acquired her skill in the art of basketry, and became a Master Gardener. She crafted and sold baskets for her business, Virginia Basketree.
In 1994, Dolores moved back to the Dubuque area, and lived next door to her brother and sister in-law, Bill & Donna, in Farley. She founded the Iowa Basket Maker Guild, and taught basket weaving classes at NICC in Peosta. Dolores volunteered at Mercy Medical Center, Divine Word Seminary, Meals on Wheels, Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center, and Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. In addition, she enjoyed listening to classical music, reading, crocheting, gardening, and playing dominoes and cribbage, and of course, making baskets.

Dolores is survived by her brothers and sister-in-laws: Ewald Gerken, of Cascade; William (Donna) Gerken, of Farley; Joan Gerken, of Naperville, IL; Marlene Gerken, of Dubuque; and nieces, nephews, and friends, near and afar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise (Wilfred) Coakley, Donald (Ann) Gerken, Teresa (Donald) McCoy, Adrian Gerken, Joan (Vernon) Larson, Elizabeth Gerken, Mary (John) Temple, Daniel (Joyce) Gerken, and Loras Gerken.

The family wishes to thank Heritage Manor for the care and kindness they provided.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.



Jim R. Luckritz

Jim R. Luckritz, 68, of Dubuque died Friday, March 27, 2015 at home with his wife, Kathy, and dog, Sadie, by his side, after a brave battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 following.

Jim was born July 5, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Wilfred and Elva (Hopkins) Luckritz. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended University of Dubuque and Clarke College.

He served his country in Viet Nam, with the 82nd Airborne, serving in combat with the 173rd paratroopers. He also served with the Elite Army 5th Special Forces. Upon his discharge from active duty, he served in the reserves with the 389th engineering battalion.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor works where he worked in product support.

Jim married Kathy Weydert on May 8, 1982 at St. Paul Lutheran Church; they later had their marriage blessed at Sacred Heart Church on May 24, 1987.

In his early years, Jim was an active Boy Scout with Troop 48. He was later active in rugby and drag racing. He was a World Series Grand Racing Champion in the early 1970's. He was also a member of many veterans organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Luckritz of Dubuque; his daughter, Jamie (Bill) Reis of Northbrook, Ill and their children, Luke, Isaac and William; his son, Maj. Jay (Corrine) Luckritz of Italy; cousins, Judy (Jerry) Putz, Joan Steffen, Betty (Tom) Walser, and Miriam DiMascio; In laws, Ronald (Terry) Weydert of Bullard, Texas, and Barbara (Dr. Richard) Lambert, Gerald (Mary Kay) Weydert, Roger (Mary) Weydert, and Margo Weydert, all of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Kathy's parents, Marie and Harold Weydert; sisters in law, Carolyn Weydert, Ann Marie Weydert and a brother in law, Richard Weydert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Luckritz Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Fr. Gabriel Anderson, Msgr. Wayne Ressler, Msgr. Tom Zinkula, and Deacon Bill Biver; Drs. John Viner and his nurse, Ann, Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar ARNP, and staff, John Whalen and his nurse, Charlie, Keith Shaw, and Randy Lengeling; the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, including Jim's lab technicians; Hospice Care Of Dubuque, with the special care from nurse Barb; Finley Home Healthcare, nurse Linda; friends Chris and Dan Brimeyer and family, Ruth and Steve Seipp, Cindy and Dan Kubitz, Susan Bruck-Powell, Tim and Nancy Butler, Paula Evers, Jayne and Bob Ervolino, Kim Sanford, and Jack Sawvel; his classmate, Rex Graham; neighbors Donny Riniker and Gary, Abhay, and Mandy; and family, Barb and Rich, who brought him the Eucharist, and Mary and Roger Weydert.



John C. Burlage

John C. "Jack" Burlage, 64, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish scripture wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jack was born on May 6, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leroy S. and Arlene (Runde) Burlage. He married Mary Jo McCrea on January 2, 1971, in Benton, Wisconsin. Jack worked at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works for 35 years until he retired in 2013.

Jack was a Jamestown Volunteer Firefighter, member of the Southwestern School Board, the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society, chairperson for the Immaculate Conception 4th of July Picnic, Parish Mulligan Cook, and Pee Wee Baseball coach.

Jack was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning. He loved visits from his grandchildren and attending their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; three daughters, Brenda (Jay) Redfern, of Dickeyville, Lynne (Erin) Rogers and Brooke (Adam) Kaiser, both of Kieler; three sons, Brad (Jodi Monahan) Burlage, of Kieler, Scott (Lynn) Burlage, of East Dubuque, and Todd Burlage, of Kieler; a sister, Jody (Orv) Brothers, of Kieler; three brothers, Dick (Ruth) Burlage, Harry (Kim) Burlage, and Jim "Moose" (Joan) Burlage, all of Kieler; a brother-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green; and twelve grandchildren, Madison, Taylor, Tori, Trina, Logan, Landon, Lincoln, Morgan, Beau, Alli, Charlee, and Hayden. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Phoebe McCrea, of Benton; a brother-in-law, Gary (Marlene) McCrea, of Benton; and four sisters-in-law, Myrna (Jim) Sysko, Renee (Chuck) Wartner, and Michelle Carver, all of Benton, and Marie (Dave) Keleher, of Cambridge, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jeannie Hendricks and Janice Smith; a brother, Tom Burlage; and a brother-in-law, John Smith.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and the staff at Finley ICU for their dedicated care.

A John "Jack" Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Madonna F. Danzer

Madonna F. Danzer, 73, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Family and friends may gather at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Monday, March 30th, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Donna's name to the Wendt Cancer Center at Finley Hospital.

Donna was born on February 10th, 1942, to Joseph and Alma Ferring in her hometown of Lansing, Iowa. Donna married Gary Danzer of Dubuque, Iowa on May 6th, 1967 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Although she was a lousy golfer, she was a diehard Elvis Presley fan.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gary, her children, Brian and Lisa, and her granddaughter, Chloe. She is also survived by four siblings - Ron, Bill, Mary, and Rita.
Donna was the most perfect wife, mother, and grandmother anyone could ask for and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.



Darlene A. Steinhauser

Darlene A. Steinhauser, 88, of Platteville, Wis., formerly of Dubuque died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Darlene was born on July 1, 1926 in Colon, Nebraska the daughter of Albert and Florence (Martens) Knutzen.
She married Norbert Steinhauser on April 12, 1947 in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska.

Darlene was a wonderful homemaker. Her grandchildren were very important to her and she cherished spending time with them.

Surviving are her children, Michael J. (Dawn) Steinhauser, of Mont., Susan (Gene) Von Seggern, of Neb., Teresa (Terry) Pluemer of Wis., Bob (Cindy) Steinhauser, of Dubuque; six grandchildren, TJ (fiancé Cindy Baker) Von Seggern, Elizabeth (Jonathan) Arens, Ryan Pluemer, Sean Pluemer, Mitchell Steinhauser, Maxwell Steinhauser; three great grandchildren, Grant, Ella and Connor; and two sisters, Kathleen (Stan) Hopkins and Mardel Striggow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert; parents; and her brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Darlene Steinhauser Memorial Fund.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Stille and his nurses Doris and Kelly, and Tracy and Stephanie from Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Thomas Lange

Thomas J. Lange, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.  Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate, with Rev. Jack Paisley concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Friends may greet the family Friday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., for a celebration of life at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas was born October 30, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" and Julia (Salwolke) Lange. He attended Loras Academy. He served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War. Thomas was an agent with Prudential Insurance for 36 years.

He was a lifelong Dubuquer, raised in the north end, and was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed tennis, camping, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Thomas supported and attended the sporting events in which they participated. He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially anything related to Dubuque.   

Thomas is survived by his children, Steve (Jane) of Dubuque, Peggy (Rick) Robson of North Port, FL, and John, David (Jill Friedman), and Christopher; his grandchildren, Tommy (Kate), Dan (friend Jennifer), Abbie, Michael, Jessica, Paige, and Kali; two great grandchildren, Addison and Jack; his brother in law, Dick Kutsch of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews, and his former wife, Mary Jane (Breitbach) Lange of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Merlin (Maylou), Jeanette (Jack) Joyce, and Lorraine Kutsch.

Thomas' children would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque; and to their mother, Mary Jane, for her special care of Thomas.

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

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

 

 

 



Phyllis P. Clampitt

Phyllis P. Clampitt, 79, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Manor Care in Davenport, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Phyllis will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and burial will be in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, at a later date.

Phyllis Pauline Brown was born on March 5, 1936 in Manchester, Iowa, to William G. and Violet Mae (Thomas) Brown. She spent her early years in Anamosa and married Louis Clampitt on April 30, 1955 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2010.

Phyllis had worked for Anamosa Silos for two years and then became a homemaker raising a family of eight children. Outside of her family, she loved dogs, horses and western movies.

Those left to honor her memory include her eight children, Connie (Don) Black of Maquoketa, IA, Linda Peterkin of Clinton, MD, Diana Hatcher of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kelly (Tom) Horst of Miles, IA, Julie Schumacher of AZ, Kathy (Art) Elmegreen of Delmar, IA, Russell Clampitt of Monmouth, IA, and Roxanne (Ron) Ingram of Elkhart, IA; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brothers William Brown of Cedar Rapids, IA, Allen Brown of Columbus Junction, IA, Keith Brown of Oxford Junction, IA, and Ronald Brown of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Lois Hart of Cedar Rapids, IA, Marilyn Ellison of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Joyce Hurley of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jerald, sisters Betty, Norma, Sheryl and Ella, and a grandchild Holley.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis P. Clampitt memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Adele M. Clemens

Adele M. Clemens, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. To honor Adele's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Adele was born on August 31, 1921 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Arthur and Ursula (Accola) Kaune.

Adele graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married Robert Clemens in Dubuque in 1943. He preceded her in death. Adele and Robert loved to go camping together with their family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her children. Adele loved playing cards with her grandchildren and was known for her "sweet tooth".

Adele is survived by her children, Sandy (Keith Klein) Barklow, Dubuque, IA, Richard (Susan) Clemens, Tampa, FL; and her four grandchildren, Joe and Kelly Clemens, Samantha and Ali Barklow.

Adele was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a sister Janet Weitz; and a brother, Clarence Kaune.

An Adele M. Clemens memorial fund has been established.

A special thanks to Dr. Abele and the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided Adele.

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

 



Larry J. Hurst

Larry J. Hurst, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 9:31 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street, with Rev. Kathleen S. Milligan officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Larry was born on December 30, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of James B. and Opal (Greenwood) Hurst.

Larry proudly served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He married Susan Bandy on March 22, 1968, in Galena, IL. She preceded him in death on December 3, 2001. Larry was employed with Unique Balance for 14 years and C.C.C. Trucking for 2 years until he was forced to retire because of health complications. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his free time, Larry enjoyed listening to music, watching sports, riding motorcycles and driving stock cars. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his children, Wendy Sue Hurst, Dubuque, IA, Larry James "Beau" (Casey Stoyke) Hurst II, Dubuque, IA; his four grandchildren, Dillon James Hurst, Sierra Sue Hurst, Holley Olivia Hurst and Lucas Stoyke; and his siblings, Sandy (Loras) Wolbers, Dubuque, IA, Rick (Kathy) Hurst, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Luann) Hurst, Bellevue, IA.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Susan.

A Larry J. Hurst memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger J. Justman

Roger Jay Justman, 86, of Dubuque and Waikiki, HI, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at home.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid will officiate, with Rev. Jesse Cearlock as co-officiant. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Roger was born September 29, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Harold and Olive (Sunderland) Justman. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1946, and served his country with the U.S. Navy. He married Anna Mae Miller on October 2, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque.

Roger was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement after 40 years. After his retirement, Roger and Anna Mae enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Waikiki, HI. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Roger was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed attending games with his family.

Roger is survived by his wife, Anna Mae; two children, Dr. Bruce Justman of Iowa City and Vicki (Randy) Hohnecker of Dubuque; and two granddaughters, Jill Hohnecker of Americus, GA and Julie Hohnecker (Sam Jennings) of Iowa City, IA. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Bill Husemann; his brother, Harold Justman Jr.; and his parents-in-law, Clarence and Ida Miller.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center for their care of Roger.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Laurie K. Andresen

Laurie Kay (Love) Andresen 48, of Dubuque passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

In honor of her life funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 23rd at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22nd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 1:45 p.m.

Laurie was born March 21, 1966, daughter of Jim and Helen (Gilles) Love. She graduated from Hempstead High School in l984. She met her husband, Joe Andresen while working at the Tollbridge Inn. From the time they met it was apparent that Joe adored everything about her. They were married October 6, 1990 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Laurie was employed from 1993 - 2013 at the Holy Trinity Day Care.

Her pride was contagious when she spoke of her son Erik's career in the United States Air Force and her daughter, Paige graduating high school early and attending Northwestern University. Also, the sparkle in her eye was obvious when she had a good story about her faithful furry companions, her cats!

Laurie never turned down a chance to go shopping, Vegas with her girlfriends, to go camping with her husband, to pull the handle on a slot machine, or to jump in the car and sightsee!

As an only child she and Joe lovingly cared for her parents until their passing. Also, as an only child, she quickly became a sister and a friend to her sisters-in-law, Carol, Ann and Dena. She was never ashamed at how quickly she could cry, whether tears of joy or sorrow. She will always be remembered for saying "my eyes are too close to my heart"! For anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her, their heart has been blessed knowing her. Her strength, humor and attitude throughout her illness were life changing for those that cared for her. Laurie was indeed an amazing wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Andresen, of 24 years; her son, Erik; her daughter, Paige; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Andresen; her sisters-in-law, Carol (Mike) Schueller, and Ann (Brad) Palzkill; her brother-in-law, Mark (Dena) Andresen; her nieces and nephews, Jacob, Rachel, and Luke Schueller, Zac and Sophia Andresen, Katie (Austin) DeFlieger, and Allison Christensen; her two aunts, Anita Gilles and Barb Wiedner; as well as her close friend Jolene Rettenberger and the rest of her shopping family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Richard Andresen; and her grandparents, Harriet and Donald Love and Mary and Henry Gilles.

A special thank you to Dr. Christine Holms, the staff in the Oncology Department at Medical Associates; Hospice of Dubuque, particularly Melanie, and Angie; and Dr. Goodheart at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, in Iowa City, IA.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Children Hospital.

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



Howard J. Werner

Howard J. Werner, 94, of Worthington, Iowa died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born March 29, 1920 in North Fork Township near Hopkinton, Iowa the son of George and Elizabeth (Sternhagen) Werner. He attended rural schools in Lebo and St. Paul Catholic School. Howard married RoseAnn Luensmann on May 31, 1956, in Delhi, Iowa. Together they farmed until their retirement in 1987. Howard was a member of St. Paul Parish in Worthington.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, RoseAnn, 6 children: Joyce Gaul of Dyersville, Carol (John) Watts of Madelia, MN, Allen (Nancy) Werner and Chris (Arlene) Werner, both of Hopkinton, Nancy Werner of Worthington and Ronald (Sheila) Werner of Hopkinton, 17 grandchildren: Jayme Gaul, Chad Gaul, April Young, Mindy Kamp, Gina Dunne, Cory Watts, Andrew Werner, Amanda Werner, Johnathon, Dylan, Zachary, Austin, Devin, Max, Alex, Camrun and Logan Werner; 8 great grandchildren: Hunter Kamp, Kaleb Young, Jade Young, Ariana and Abigail Gaul, Joseph Kamp, Aiden, Addison Werner; step great grandchildren: Dani & Jaci Poswiatowsky and Jack Knepper; and special family friend, Jeff Derga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 siblings: John (Clara), Ray (Ann), Norbert (Anna), George (Millie) Werner, Florence (Joe) Drees, Christine (Henry) Jaeger and Helen (Linus) Luensmann, in-laws: John (Esther) Luensmann, Alfred (Mary) Luensmann, Elmer (Mary Ann) Luensmann, Robert (Elizabeth) & Billy Luensmann (in infancy) Marie (Francis) Ernzen and Frances Luensmann.

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

 



Betty J. Klocker

Betty Jane (Weimerskirch) Klocker, 86 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity, Msg. Jim Miller officiating. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born September 19, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter and Rayse (Weidenbacher) Weimerskirch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a Secertary at A.Y. McDonald. Betty married Charles A. Klocker on July 30, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed family gatherings, shopping trips with her mother, Rayse and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Charles; son, Keith (Sharon) Klocker of Dubuque, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Eldon, Charles, Wesley, Elsie Weidenbacher.

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



David V. Carlock

David V. Carlock, 77, of Dubuque, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Dubuque, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born November 28, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio, son of Vernon and Elaine (Douglas) Carlock. He grew up in Detroit and attended the Art School of Society of Arts and Crafts, majoring in Industrial Design.

David was a car enthusiast and designed model cars working as a design engineer for AMT in Detroit, Ertl's in Dyersville, and for Testor's in Rockford. He was also an accomplished visual artist and painter.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
He married Jill Heitzman on November 23, 1994.

He is survived by five sons Kyle "Amir" (Cathy) Carlock of Atlanta, Georgia, Karim Carlock of San Diego, California, Rachman (Jessica) Carlock of Fayetteville, South Carolina, Sean "Rahim" Carlock of Atlanta, Georgia, and Benjamin Carlock of Dubuque; his wife, Jill Heitzman of Dubuque; two grandsons, David and Ion Carlock, both of Atlanta; three brothers, Michael (Merilynn) Carlock of Detroit, Mich., Daniel Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich., Conrad Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich.; and two sisters, Merrie (Frank Parkanzky) Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich., and Suzanna Lewis of Oakland, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Douglas Carlock.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Bernice R. Kremer

Bernice R. Kremer, 86, of Dyersville died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Dennis Quint. 

Bernice was born November 22, 1928, in Platteville, WI, the daughter of George and Rose (Siepker) Reuter.  She married Joseph H. Kremer on September 8, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Platteville, WI. Over the years, she worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., Ertl Toy Co., and mainly waitressed at the Knight Light Supper Club and other area restaurants.  She enjoyed bingo, golfing, gambling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her 5 sons: David of Cedar Rapids, Robert (Suzy) of Bennett, CO, Thomas (Dina) of Dubuque, Don (Mary) of Monticello, and Ron (Rose) of Clarence, 2 daughters: Nancy (Mike) Sisson of Liberty, MO and Kathy (Randy) Feldmann of Dyersville, a daughter-in-law, Jean Kremer of Dyersville, seventeen grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, Louise O'Neill of Danville, CA and Blanche Reuter of Onalaska, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, James, a daughter-in-law, Lynn, and an infant grandson, Derek Kremer; 3 brothers: Kenneth (Darlene), Ralph (Wilma) and LeRoy (Betty) Reuter; a sister-in-law, Mary Jean (Hank) Gorney.

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

 



Mary Routledge

Mary Routledge, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Heritage Manor. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Mary was born December 17, 1923 in Newton, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Mary (Krocheski) Routledge. She lived in Dubuque since the age of 5, graduated from the Visitation Academy and received her BA in English from Clarke College.

She spent several years in retail work after college and then joined the staff of the Telegraph Herald where she worked for 15 years in design and advertisements. After her work at the newspaper she worked an additional 15 years at Mercy Hospital in design work for hospital publications retiring in the early 1980's.

Mary cared for her invalid widowed mother for nearly 15 years after her graduation from college. She lived alone in Dubuque the rest of her life becoming active in St. Patrick's parish for as long as she was able to do so. She was known for her keen mind, gentle personality and wonderful sense of humor all of which she kept intact right up until the days preceding her death.

Mary is survived by numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Routledge.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Special thanks to Karen Slagel who befriended Mary in her last years and was present at the time of Mary's passing.



Lillian C. Salzmann

Lillian C. Salzmann, 89, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Francis Steffen 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 rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Lillian was born on July 11, 1925, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerhard and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser. She married Joseph "Joe" Salzmann on January 2, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1996.

Lillian was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Lillian was always ready to go; whether it was going out to eat, playing euchre, or attending grandchildren's activities. On Tuesdays she went to the Dickeyville Community Center. Lillian was a fan of the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane (Steve) Breitbach, of Hazel Green, and Lois (Rod) Habel, of Downers Grove, Illinois; three sons, Dale (Julie) Salzmann, of Kieler, Bill (Bev) Salzmann, of Galena, Illinois, and Bob (Theresa) Salzmann, of Dickeyville; a brother, Merlin (Jane) Kaiser, of Dubuque; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kaiser, of Dubuque, and Lucille Kaiser, of Dickeyville; eight grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and 11 step great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Vince and Gerald, and two sisters, Esther Busch and Sr. Helen Kaiser, S.D.S.

A Lillian C. Salzmann Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the staffs of Epione Pavilion and Mercy Medical Center and to Dr. Tom Sinsky.

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



David L. Ring

David L. "Dave" Ring, 68, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, lost his 5 month battle to brain cancer on Friday, March 20, 2015, at home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Benton with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton. Friends may also call from 1-1:45 p.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Dave was born on July 13, 1946, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Pearl E. (Thompson) Ring. He married Martha J. Hillary on October 22, 1976. He served in the Army in Germany from 1964-1967.

Dave worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works for 36 years. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League, UAW and the Benton VFW. Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, every one of his hunting and fishing buddies, and the trips they took to Canada. Dave loved his family, friends, nieces and nephews, and taking them fishing and hunting. Stock cars were a big part of Dave's life and he enjoyed taking his 66 Chevelle to a lot of car shows.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; two daughters, Sheila (Matt) Stephens, of Platteville, and Kayla (fiancee, Nevada Marty) Ring, of Hazel Green, his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and "Smokey" Leona Hillary, of Hazel Green; a sister, Bonnie Pfieffer, of Janesville, WI; and two brothers, Tom (Betty) Ring, of Orfordville, WI, and Frank (Dr. Karen) Thorpe, of Clinton, WI; and a special friend and neighbor, Harold Lindeman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kevin Thorpe; and a sister, Connie Thorpe.

A David L. "Dave" Ring Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Lois Mae Hearn

Lois Mae Hearn, 81, of Monticello, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello after a brief illness.

Friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Lois was born May 8, 1933 in Castle Grove Township, Jones County, Iowa, at home, the daughter of John and Mary (Burrack) Caspers. Lois graduated from Monticello High School with the Class of 1951, and attended Coe College.

She married Gilbert L. Hearn on Sept. 16, 1953, at St. Matthew Lutheran in Monticello, where she was a lifelong member, having also been baptized and confirmed there. When Gilbert's father, Paul, passed away in 1956, Gilbert and Lois bought the family business, Hearn Oil and Tire, and operated it until 1996. After retirement, Lois helped Gilbert run his real estate business, R Realty.

Lois was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR. Lois and Gilbert loved to travel and especially enjoyed going to Germany to where Gilbert was stationed in the Army. She loved dogs and always had a companion by her while she was at home.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Roger (Shirley) Hearn of Monticello, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert; daughter Wendy Sue; and 2 sisters, Mabel Oltmann and an infant sister, Hattie.

The family of Lois wishes to thank the staff at Monticello Nursing and Rehab and Above and Beyond Hospice for their loving care during her last days.

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com



Charlotte V. Meis

Charlotte V. Meis, age 91, of 764 Stoneridge Place, Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Charlotte's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Charlotte's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on October 9, 1923, on the family farm south of Farley, Iowa, daughter of John A. and Ella B. (Pittman) Hogan.

Charlotte graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington, Iowa in 1939, and then attended Clarke College in Dubuque until the war called her away from her studies. Charlotte and her sister, Florence, worked together at the Savannah Army Depot until their duty was complete. Charlotte married Francis W. Meis on February 12, 1945, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. Charlotte eventually went to work at Goodrich Tire and sold World Book Encyclopedias. She was lastly employed with Iowa State Extension Social Services until her retirement. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed the opportunity and blessing of raising her family. Charlotte had an inquisitive mind and loved history, reading historical and biographical books and watching movies. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, gardening, canning and traveling by train to the Northwest. She took many trips to Chicago throughout the years to visit her sister, Florence.

Charlotte is survived by two sons, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two grandsons, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; a son, Gaylen "Chuck" Meis; a grandson, Nick; and her siblings, Ray (Marie) Hogan, Dorothy Chewing and her son during childbirth, Helen (Harold) Hicks, Fred (Pauline) Hogan, Alfonse "Pat" (Mae) Hogan, Mary (Floyd Schemmel) (Leonard Luckritz) Shemmel-Luckritz, Cletus (Dorothy) Hogan, Florence (Julien) Sipiora and Gerard Hogan in infancy.

A Charlotte V. Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ries and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Charlotte.

Online condolences may be left for the family at htt#mce_temp_url#

 



John R. Devaney

John R. Devaney, 57, of Monticello, died suddenly Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Jones Regional Medical Center.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 3:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call after 10:00 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

John was born Oct. 25, 1957, in Monticello, IA the son of Robert and Rosemary (Decker) Devaney. He graduated from the Monticello High School with the Class of 1976, and then attended Kirkwood Community College and Iowa State University. He was a wash machine repairman at the Gambles store in Monticello.

Surviving are his daughter, Michaela Devaney of Monticello, 4 grandchildren: Ryanna Devaney, Charly Lloyd, Alyvia Devaney and Isayah Devaney; his father, Robert of Monticello; 7 siblings: Beth (Darnell) Porter of Monticello, Patrick Devaney (Kathy Adams), of Center Junction, Karen (Terry) Solomon of Manchester, Tom Devaney (Barb Siefker) of Anamosa, Mike (Doris) Devaney and Diane (Matt) Lund, both of Cedar Rapids, Jeff (Holly) Devaney of Marion;

17 nieces and nephews: Julie (Matt) Lux, Chris Porter, Scott Porter, Sage (Andy) Miller, Dustin Wilson, Amanda and Ryan Solomon, Ben (Ashley) Devaney, Jordan Devaney, Carly, Jenna and Paige Jennings, Kassidy Devaney and Vanessa Lund, Colin and Haley Gorgen and Tara Devaney; 8 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his mother, Rosemary, and a sister, Mary Paula.

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

 

 



Margaret M. Welsh

Margaret M. "Margie" Welsh, age 94, formerly of 10672 Lake Eleanor Road, Key West, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. Joseph Church, Key West, where a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Margie was born on Oct. 20, 1920 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of James Joseph and Mary Ellen (Mullane) Callan. She was born into a family of 12 children, 6 brothers and 6 sisters. She married Glenn H. Welsh of Zwingle, IA on Sept. 30, 1944 in St. Joan of Arc Church, Lisle, IL. Glen passed away on, Nov. 27, 1989.

She worked at Hempsted High School and Table Mound School with the Dubuque Community School Lunch program until her retirement. She was a long time member of Saint Joseph church, Key West and enjoyed doing activities at Mt. Carmel with friends and sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which included Water Aerobics, and Tai Chi. Margaret was a very good seamstress and enjoyed tending to her apples tress and gardening.

She is survived by her three sons, James Welsh of Cupertino, CA, William (Jody) Welsh of Dubuque, IA, and Joseph (Joy) Welsh of Overland Park, KS; 9 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty (Stanley) Balcer, of Wisconsin, and brothers Tommy (Barbara) Callan and Peter (Pat) Callan, both of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; brothers Jack (Marie) Callan, Leo (June) Callan, Billy (Jean) Callan, and Joe (Jeanie) Callan; sisters Mary (John) Paul, Catherine (Tom) Vernard, Patsy (Larry) Hampel, and Alice (Don) Conner.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret Welsh memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, The Finley Hospital doctors, nurses and staff and to the staff of Bethany Home for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Margie.



Shirley A. Lambert

Shirley Ann Weber Lambert, 78, of Key West, IA passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, March 19th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Committal services will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until the time of the funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on December 16, 1936 at the family home in Dubuque the only child of Edward and Rosina (Finzel) Weber. She graduated from Nativity Grade School, Visitation Academy and Dubuque Cosmetology Academy in Dubuque. She worked for Dubuque Beauty Supply House.

She married Dave Lambert on September 15, 1956 at Nativity Church in Dubuque and together they raised four children.

Shirley was proud of, and blessed with a great family. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Shirley's home was very special to her and her yard was filled with beautiful flowers. Her favorite times were being with her friends, playing cards and dominoes. She joined the "Red Hat" club in 2005.

Shirley will be missed by her loving husband Dave; children Vicki (fiance, Don Haas) Brandell, of Isanti, Minnesota, Mike (Chris) Lambert, of Peosta, IA, Jeff (Nancy) Lambert, of Centennial, Colorado, and David (Carol) Lambert Jr., of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren Ryan and Alyson Brandell, John (Mariana), Joe, Jeana, Joshua, Megan, Andrew and Kayla Lambert, Angie and Garret Pratt and Ethan Sabers; great grandchild, Myles Brandell; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary (Dr. John) Brehm, Sister Eleanor Lambert, Terry (friend Roberta) Lambert, Hazel Lambert and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law and father-in-law Frank and Flora Lambert, brothers-in-law Jim and Danny Lambert.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Mary A. McCarthy

Mary A. (Morgan) McCarthy, 91, of Luther Manor, formerly of 2106 St. Ambrose St, Dubuque, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Luther Manor.

A private family burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Mary was born on December 20, 1923 at Lansing, Iowa, the daughter of John and Leonette (Althoff) Zeimet.  She married Francis Morgan on February 17, 1942 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, he preceded her in death on October 16, 1974. She later married Justin McCarhty on July 30, 1977 at St. Anthony's Church also in Dubuque and he preceded her in death on November 10, 1993.

Mary was a homemaker, loved gardening and visiting the Freiburger farm. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish.

Surviving is her son, William F. "Bill" (Judith) Morgan of Dubuque, three grandchildren, Todd Wainwright, Ben (Nicole) Morgan and Brad (Bridget) Morgan, six great grandchildren, her brother Jim (Jean) Zeimet of Hastings, MN, and a sister Regina Collins of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Francis and Justin, and a daughter Barb Wainwright on Dec. 20, 1974, her siblings, Bernadette Weber, Barney, Tom, Clem and Adrian Zeimet.

Mary's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the "special angels" at Luther Manor and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.



Lou Ann Stecher

Lou Ann Stecher, 82, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with her family by her side. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 3-8pm at St. Anthony's Church where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m. 

Lou was born December 4, 1932 in Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Otto and Anselma (Eilers) Brimeyer. She married her true love, Victor Stecher, on August 30, 1952.

Lou had the gentlest of hearts and a strong love of life. She was a devoted wife and mother, and it was through her depth of love, devotion, and hard work that she became a true role model for her children and grandchildren. Her family was her entire world, right down to her core. Lou's husband was the love of her life and the two were inseparable at home, work, and play. She was a "jack of all trades," working alongside Vic on their numerous rental properties. Lou was an avid golfer and meticulous seamstress, and loved a good game of dominos.

Surviving are her five children, Randy (Carol) Stecher, Lynn Steines (Charlie Hemmer), Julie (Randy) McClain of Zwingle, Rene (Dennis) Meyer of Parker, Colorado; Lisa (Brian) Meyer; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four sister-in-laws, Jeanette Brimeyer, Eileen Fischer, Loretta (Fritz) Behnke, Joyce (Gerry) Schmitt; and three brother-in-laws, Noel (Pearl) Stecher, Joseph (Carol) Stecher, and Loras (Jeanne) Stecher.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two brothers, DuWayne and Clyde Brimeyer.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lou Ann Stecher Memorial Fund.

A special thanks to Cozy Corners and Mary Steines for the special care they provided.

Heaven has surely added another angel to watch over our family. The siblings would like to recognize our earthly angels-Lisa, Brian, Allison, Sean, Eric, and Mike Meyer where generously gave Mom unconditional love, support, and compassion all day, every day. You epitomize the word "family" and we will forever be proud and grateful.



Shirley M. Schueller

Shirley M. Schueller, 77, of Asbury, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Shirley was born November 27, 1937 in Centralia, the daughter of Nicholas and Cecelia (Gassmann) Hennen. She married Richard Schueller on October 12, 1957 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 10, 2006.

She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She was employed in environmental services at Stonehill Franciscan Services from 1978 to 2003.

Shirley loved oil painting and playing the organ. She enjoyed music, especially Elvis, Conway Twitty, and Il Divo. She enjoyed spending time and caring for her dogs and her granddaughters. Shirley also loved playing euchre and making her turkey and dressing sandwiches for her family.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Terry Schueller and Randy (Kari) Schueller, both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Allison and Linzi Schueller of Dubuque; her sisters in law, Theresa Hennen, Elizabeth Hingtgen, Marilyn (James) Lansing, Annette Schmitt, Bernadette (Dave) Wernke, and Eileen Schueller; her brother in law, Lou McDonough; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special god-daughter, Patricia "Patti" Hayes.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, LaVern and Melvin Hennen; her sisters in law, Rose Hennen and Geraldine McDonough; and her brothers in law, Jerome Schueller, Lavern Hingtgen, and Steve Schmitt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Engleman and his staff at Medical Associates Clinic; the amazing nurses and hospitalists (Dr. Schultz and Dr. Gordon) at the CVN at Mercy Medical Center; the staff at the Wendt Cancer Treatment Center; Paramount Ambulance and Asbury Ambulance Services; and all the amazing angels of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Elizabeth, Stacy, Diane, and Nichole for all the amazing care that these services gave to our mom. God Bless you all!

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

 



Alfred J. Haigh

Alfred J. "Big Al" Haigh, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, One Wesley Way, East Dubuque, IL, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Church.

Al was born on October 2, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Fieldon and Dorothy (Hines) Haigh. He was united in marriage to Deborah "Deb" (DeVries) Donner on December 11, 2004.

He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1970. Al was employed as a truck driver for Hurst Logistics.

Al loved attending flea markets. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle, time spent with family and friends, camping, hunting, fishing and he was very patriotic and loved his country. The fourth of July was his favorite holiday. He was one of the organizers of the annual game feed in Sherrill for 25 years which benefited Albrecht Acres, Hospice of Dubuque and the Sherrill Fire Dept. Al was also a member of the Dubuque Tea Party.

Surviving are his wife Deb, a daughter Heather Breitbach (Canaan James) of Angier, N.C., two step-children, Rob (Laura) Donner of Dubuque and Tisha Montgomery of East Troy, WI; six grandchildren, Taylor and Megan Francois, Mason, Isabella and Benjamin Donner and Zoe J. Hosier, his siblings, Robert (Catherine) Haigh of Epworth, Richard (Pat) Haigh of Dubuque, Jean Wilke of Plover, WI, Joyce Morgan and Sandra Mason both of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Al's family expresses their deep appreciation to the Physicians, Nurses and Staff at The Finley Hospital for the excellent care given to "Big Al".



Charles R. DeLarm

Charles R. DeLarm, 84, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, March 15, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Charles' life will be held at 3 P.M., Friday March 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Charles Ronald DeLarm was born on March 4, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willis and Ruby (Taylor) DeLarm. He grew up on a farm and had lived in Low Moor, Welton and east of Delmar. He married Brenda Rae Bowden on March 11, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa.

Charles had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and then the Milwaukee Railroad for 9 years as a section hand. He then worked on a dairy farm for Brenda's family until lastly working for Central Steel Tube in Camanche for 9 years. He became disabled in 1979.

Charles loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing anything outdoors. He especially enjoyed watching wrestling and westerns on television, and all kinds of pie.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Brenda DeLarm of Oxford Junction, IA; children Eugene (Laura) DeLarm of Wauzeka, WI, Janella Lea DeLarm of Charles City, IA, and Ronald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brothers Donald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, Raymond DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Richard (Delores) DeLarm of Onslow, IA; sisters Margaret Lovely of TX, and Judy (Dick) Ray of Dubuque, IA; and former daughter-in-law Amy DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers, Carl, David and infant Bobby Joe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles R. DeLarm memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl W. Thumser

Carl W. "Buddy" Thumser, 82 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a courageous battle. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Carl was born on January 4, 1933 in Sherrills Mound, Iowa to Herman and Alvina (Grutz) Thumser. He attended Holy Ghost School and later joined the US Air Force in 1953, where he proudly served in Korea. He married his love, Debra Hentges on October 15, 1971.

For 30 years, Carl worked at the The Dubuque Packing Company and later was the owner/operator of Thumser LP Gas. After working for 10 years as a Patient Aide at Medical Associates, he retired to spend time relaxing with his wife and family.

Carl loved to spend time fishing and gardening. He enjoyed playing euchre, collecting junk and never met a pie he didn't like. Buddy was the consummate storyteller and would tell a tale to anyone lucky enough to be seated nearby.

Carl is survived by wife, Debra; his children, Jennifer (Jenn Pfab) of Dubuque, Kurt (Shelley), Danny (Patty) of Kieler, WI, Dale (Emmy), Cal (Char) of East Dubuque, IL, Jeff (Cynthia) of Benton, WI, Terry (Lisa) of Cuba City, WI; grandchildren, Charlie, Jessica, Kelley, Tamra, Toni, Aiden, Conor, Laney, Liam, Dane, Chloe, Nick, Noah, Austin, Danielle, and Cassie; 11 great-grandchildren; his mother, Alvina; a step-brother, Donald (Shirley) Schueller of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center with a special thanks to Dr. Hendrik Schultz for his compassionate care.

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



Robert M. Dolter

Robert Michael "Mike" Dolter, 54, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road where funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Inturnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mike was born October 1, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Rita (Dullea) Dolter. Mike lived in Connecticut and worked as a powder coat painter for many years.
He enjoyed playing horseshoes and riding his motorcycle with his Boozefighter brothers. Mike (Dead eye) was a chapter 42 member of the BoozeFighters Motorcycle Club est. in 1946. He was respected by other riders and played an important part of making the club grow by being the first member in Iowa.

Mike was a member of St. Patrick's parish in Dubuque.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Grant of Wakefield, Rhode Island; a brother, Steven Dolter of Dubuque and a sister, JoAnne (Robert) Mack of Manchester, Conn.; three nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Timothy; and a sister, Mary Kay Capalad.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A special thanks to Joe Henry (Hank) for being a True friend and Horseshoe partner to the end.

Also, a special thank you to the caring staff at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque.



Kathy A. Foxen

Kathy A. Foxen, 59, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, March 16, 2015 at her home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Thursday, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Kathy was born on October 2, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1973.  She married Dennis Foxen on September 14, 1974, in Dyersville.  Kathy and Dennis enjoyed spending time in their park-like back yard doing the gardening, landscaping, and simply enjoying the environment.  She took pride in teaching her grandchildren to live each day to the fullest with passion, energy and love.

She worked at Oak Crest Manor as a nurses aid from 1974 - 1990, then worked and managed IOCO for several years until joining the FarmTek team.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis, 2 sons: Andy (Adriana) Foxen of Dyersville, Tony (Kristi) Foxen of Epworth; 3 grandchildren: Drake, Ainsley and Haddie Foxen; her siblings: Rose Greenwood of Farley, Mary Sorensen of Dubuque, Verla Turnis of Worthington, Vernon Krogman of Dyersville, James (Bev) Krogman of Worthington, Carol (Harold) Tibbetts of Mesquite, Nevada, Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque;  in-laws, Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Darlene Hogan of Dubuque, Nancy Foxen of Jasper, IN, Diane Foxen and Lori (Brian) Wells, both of Dyersville, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman and Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, and Bonita Krogman; and in-laws: Harold Greenwood, George Sorensen, Richard Turnis, Raynette Krogman, Daniel and Duane Foxen.

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

 

 



Grace M. Leppert

Grace M. Leppert, age 82, of Bellevue, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Grace's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Grace was born on April 30, 1932, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Azariah and Olia (Howell) Clark.

Grace married Kenneth J. Leppert on September 23, 1950. She was an Avon lady in Bellevue and was the secretary for the Jackson County Humane Society for several years. Grace loved to garden and play cards with her friends. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue and volunteered with the school hot lunch program there. Grace had a generous heart, loved animals and living in the country.

Grace is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Leppert, Bellevue, IA; her daughter, Janice (Jim) Knief, Bellevue, IA; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita (Henry) Lund, WA.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janine A. Schapp; a son, William J. Leppert; two sisters, Delberta and Mary Ann; seven brothers, Richard, John, Dennis, Albert, Louis, Charlie and George.

A Grace M. Leppert memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sharon L. Johnson

Sharon Lea Johnson, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Sharon's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Sharon's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Sharon was born on May 21, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Garland L. and Betty (Dolan) Findley.

Sharon graduated from Senior High School in 1965. After graduation, she went to work for the family business, White Bear Typewriter Exchange. In 1987, after the business was sold, Sharon went to work for the Dubuque Community School District as a Para Professional Educator, working at Central Alternative High School, Washington Middle School, Hempstead High School and at Senior High School until her retirement in 2011. Sharon married Chris Johnson on December 18, 1971, in Dubuque. In her free time, Sharon enjoyed getting together with the Class of 1965 group, baking, gardening and quilting. She took great care to make each quilt special for the person it was intended for. Sharon was very proud of her Irish heritage and during the summer of 2012, she and her entire family went on the trip of a lifetime to Ireland.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Chris Johnson, Dubuque, IA; two daughters, Amber (Jason Snitker) Johnson, Rachel (Christine Sherrod) Johnson, both of Des Moines, IA.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Colleen Findley.

A Sharon L. Johnson memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kukla, Dr. Quann, the oncology staff and Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful and compassionate care given to Sharon. We also want to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love over the past two years.

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

 



Georgeanne Loes

Georgeanne Loes, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dwayne Tieg and Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of services. Entombment will follow services in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum.

She was born on May 11, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Frances (Carroll) Koeff. She married Melvin "Moon" Loes on February 18, 1946.

She was an avid golfer and a member of Lacoma Golf Club, she also enjoyed playing cards, but most of all she was a fun loving wife, mother and grandmother and was an amazing homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years Melvin "Moon" Loes, of Dubuque, three children Ken (Gwen) Loes, of Geneva, IL, Sue Manternach, of Cascade, Mona (Greg) Manternach, of Cascade. Twelve grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren. One sister Arlene Mentzer, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Mary Miller.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Bruce Abele and his nurse Maureen Kennedy, Eagle Point Place and their staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Marilyn W. Morehead

Marilyn W. Morehead, 58, of Waterloo, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, March 6, 2014, at Harmony House in Waterloo, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Marilyn's life will be held at a later date from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marilyn Wendy Morehead was born on December 19, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Max Walter and Helen Frances (Wendell) Morehead.

Marilyn had been a resident of Harmony House for many years and loved playing checkers and being around her extended family there.

Those left to honor Marilyn's memory include nephews, several cousins and her extended family at Harmony House in Waterloo, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Carol Ellett.

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

 



Donn D. Willey

Donn David Willey, 79, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Donn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 21, 2015, from the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa. A light reception will follow in the church basement. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Donn David Willey was born on February 24, 1936 in Baldwin, Iowa, to LaVerne A. and Mildred Elizabeth (Scott) Willey. He was raised on a farm in Baldwin where graduated from Baldwin High School.

Donn farmed for years and married Nancy Lee Jayne on April 20, 1958 in Anamosa, Iowa. They made the move to Oxford Junction, Iowa in 1969 where they lived for many years. Donn held many jobs through the years including Clinton Engines, Collis, ADM and Farmstead. He was a lumberjack, truck driver, worked road construction, but most of all he was a self-employed carpenter.

Those left to honor Donn's memory include his wife Nancy Willey of Baldwin, IA; daughters Kathryn (Todd) Clark of Baldwin, IA, and Daine (Tim) Crowley of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Dakota Clark, Kadie Clark, Dempsey Clark, Derrick Clark, Stephanie Thornton and Hollie Dunn; a great-grandchild Isabella Thornton; a sister Marilyn Nothstine of Baldwin, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-brother Duane Willey, an infant daughter Jayne Willey, and one infant grandson Brandon Denniston.

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

 

 



Anne Lammer

Anne Lammer, 87, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on March 14, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. She had just returned from six weeks in Florida when a sudden illness caused her passing.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery Silvia Switch. Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday March 17, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Anne was born on February 28, 1928 in Bernard Iowa the oldest child of eight children born to James and Marion (Slattery) Lyons. She grew up on the family farm and in 1948 married Ben Lammer. Anne began her teaching career in one-room school houses in Dubuque County and later taught at both Audubon and Kennedy Schools in Dubuque until her retirement in 1993.

After retiring she kept busy with her many activities. She was an active member of Saint Anthony's Catholic Church. She was a local election worker, and volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Resale Shop, her passion for these groups will be continued through her memorial donations.

She was the loving mother of Diane (Mike) Kutsch, of Wichita, KS; Dr. Edward Lammer (Dibsy Machta) of Berkeley, CA; Richard Lammer, of Martinez, CA; Susie (Tom) Orr, of Dubuque; Peggy (Nels) Satterlund, of Loomis, CA; and Pat (Cheryl) Lammer, of Davie, FL. She had six grandchildren Brian and Tim Kutsch, Aaron and Ellie Lammer, and Britta and Andrea Satterlund and her siblings Jack (Helen) Lyons, Gerry (Kathy) Lyons, Jane (Dave) Boffeli, Joe (Barb) Lyons all of the Dubuque area, Ray (Sandy) Lyons of Kingman AZ, and Linda (Bill) Mullinex of Marion, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ben Lammer, her parents James and Marion Lyons, and her brother Bob Lyons of Maquoketa.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Anne's favorite causes.



Naida M. Humke

Naida M. Humke, 84, of Dubuque died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Ennoble Manor. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Naida was born March 3, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Vince and Vivian (Sowle) Messerknecht. She was a 1949 graduate and Class Vice President of Dubuque Senior High School. On December 31, 1949 she married Donald Humke at Third Presbyterian Church.

She worked at Randall's, Theisen's, and the Shaggy Dog. She loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and baker, especially known for her cinnamon rolls.

Naida is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald Humke of Dubuque; five children, Beth (John) Weber of Cuba City; Steven (Jolene) Humke of Dubuque and their children, Alissa (Brian) Birkhoefer and their children Cruz and Creed, and Meggan (Aaron) Healey and their children, Grayson and Scarlett; Robert (Susan) Humke of LaMotte, and their children, Jamie (Kerry) Humke, Andrew (Stacey) Humke and Holly (Rob) Williams; Michelle (Kevin) Fearon of Lakeland, Fla.; and Carrie Humke of North Port, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Jeanne Pfeiffer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Naida Humke Memorial Fund. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their wonderful care.



Allan J. Fondell

Allan J. Fondell, 56, of Dubuque died Thursday, March 12, 2015 peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Allan was born December 17, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James and Patricia Fondell.

He worked as an excavator for over 35 years, many of which were with Fondell Excavating. He took great pride in his work, and got a lot of personal satisfaction from doing it right.

He married his wife Lisa on July 16, 2005. They met in 2002 and had many adventures over the years, with Allan opening up to trying many new things in life; like parasailing, deep see fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and trying a million foods he swore he would never touch.

Allan enjoyed His Dallas Cowboys, golf, fishing, hunting, traveling, and time spent with friends and family. Allan dearly loved his daughter, Nichole, son in law Jeremy, and his two grandsons, Carter and Leo. They were the lights of his life. He dearly loved being "Grandpa". He could have had a dozen children, but never could have been more proud of anyone, than he was Nichole, not only in her accomplishments, but in the person she is.

Allan felt truly blessed in all of the important ways in life, the things money can never buy- like being a father, a grandparent, a husband; enjoying the love of family, and having the most amazing group of friends a person can be blessed with.

Lisa was so very proud of the bravery Allan showed on this journey with cancer; he never complained, and faced everything with more courage, than she has ever seen another human being display.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Fondell of Dubuque; a daughter, Nichole (Jeremy) Hall of Stratford, New Jersey and their children, Carter and Leo; his father, James Fondell of Dubuque; six siblings, James Fondell of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Mary Jane (Ed) Larson of Dubuque, Joann (Mike) Pregler of Dubuque, Pamala (Pete) Jones of Geneva, Ill., Mark (Sarah) Fondell of Dubuque and Tom (Jean) Fondell of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews, favorite cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

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

The family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support throughout this journey; from the fundraiser, to the endless deliveries of sweets for Al, to the daily newspapers for him to read, to the rides when Lisa had to work, the outings when Al was well enough, and a million other things we so appreciated. A special thank you to the amazing staff at Hospice of Dubuque for taking such great care of Allan. Lisa can't say enough about this organization and the wonderful things they do. Heartfelt Thanks to Al's nurse, Amy, for the loving care she gave him. Also, Thank YOU to Dr. Christine Holm at Medical Associates. She never looked at Allan as just a patient number, and truly cared for, and about, him as a person. We believe he was with us as long as he was because of her.



Jackson P. O'Connell

Jackson P. O'Connell, the 15 year old son of Steve and Sara (Sherman) O'Connell of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident on Monday, March 9th on Badger Rd near East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Fr. Alan Diezenbach officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the East Dubuque High School, 200 Parklane Drive, where there will be a family prayer service at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

He was born on April 28, 1999 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Steve and Sara (Sherman) O'Connell.

Jackson was a sophomore attending the East Dubuque High School. He loved to play football and began at 9 years of age with the East Dubuque Youth Football program. He continued to play at the junior high level and through high school. Although Jackson loved the game itself, the time spent with his friends was much more important than the final score.

Jackson's true passion was swimming. He joined the Dubuque YMCA Dolphin Swim Team at 6 years old and has competed with the Dolphins for the past 10 years. Jackson has qualified for and competed in the Iowa State Swimming Championship meet for the past 8 consecutive years; most recently on March 8, 2015. Jackson was scheduled to compete in the Regional Swim Meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 21, 2015. His dream was to someday qualify for and compete in the United States National Meet. Although swimming is a competitive sport, Jackson's first priority was to beat his own individual times and not his fellow swimmers.

Jackson loved the outdoors. He looked forward to his yearly family vacation in the Wisconsin Dells. His most memorable moments were those spent fishing with his grandpa at the "Honey Hole", wake-boarding and tubing on Lake Delton with his cousins and friends, followed by fun around the campfire. Jackson spent last summer working as a life guard/ swim instructor at the Dunleith Pool alongside his mom and sister. While Jackson was the youngest on staff, he made the biggest impression on both the fellow staff members and the children he worked with. Summer night bonfires with friends were always the highlight of his week.

Jackson is survived by his parents, Steve and Sara O'Connell, his sister Jordan, maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Jo Sherman, paternal grandmother, Margaret O'Connell of Dubuque, IA, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Patrick O'Connell.

In lieu of flowers a Jackson P. O'Connell memorial fund has been established.

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

Steve, Sara and Jordan would like to thank the Dubuque, East Dubuque and Menominee Dunleith Fire Departments for their quick response and care. We would also like to thank the Emergency Room Staff at Mercy Hospital for their loving care and fast decision to get Jackson to Iowa City. To the Seventh Floor PICU Team, the O'Connell family will never be able to thank you enough for the care you gave to Jackson and to us, you are the best.

We love you Big Tuna! Always and forever Squatch! #JacksonStrong

 



Paul A. Lowe

Paul A. Lowe, 61, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.

Family will greet friends from 2pm until 5 pm Sunday, March 15, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with additional visitation one hour prior to services Monday. Funeral Services will be 11 am Monday, March 16, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., conducted by Deacon Jim Luksetich. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born Nov. 15, 1953 in Rugby, North Dakota, the son of Nilus A. and Alma R. (Stutrud) Lowe. He graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1971, and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He married Sharon Wittstock on Oct. 19, 1974. Paul enjoyed music and playing any type of string instrument; most recently he had a passion for playing the ukulele. He loved taking pictures, posting them to Facebook, gardening, going to the Dells every year, casino trips, farmers market, dining out, his aquarium, and his bi-weekly lunch with his brother in-law, Wayne, at Burger King. Paul was very mechanical, and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. Paul had most recently worked at Tschiggfrie Excavating until his retirement. His favorite saying was "We need to work on our music because it's our only ticket out of here."

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children Jenny (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Jonathan (Cassie) Lowe, and Brian (Erica Bentz) Lowe; grandchildren Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, and Audrey; a brother, Nilus (Fern) Lowe; father- and mother-in-law William and Lorretta Wittstock; in-laws Deanne (Joe) Roussel, Dave Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, and Tim (Kim) Wittstock; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister in-law, Donna Wittstock; and nephews Jeff and Matthew.

The family would like to thank Dr. Khan for his guidance during this difficult time.

A memorial fund has been established in Paul's memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Bobbie J. Haas

Bobbie J. Haas, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Bobbie's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Behr Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. To celebrate Bobbie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bobbie was born on Nov. 4, 1935, in Paola, KS, daughter of Robert and Annabelle (Lansing) Barnes.

Bobbie was employed at Thermolyne for several years until her retirement. Her hobbies included cooking and fishing. Bobbie loved spending time with her family and friends.

Bobbie is survived by her children, George (Crystal) Clauer, Portsmouth, RI, Robert "Toby" (Joey) Clauer, Durango, IA, Debbie Haas, Mike Haas, Sue (Ron) Nadermann, all of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joanne.

A Bobbie J. Haas memorial fund has been established.

Bobbie's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Tom Schreiber and the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all the genuine support offered to her family and the tender care generously given to Mom.

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



Virginia A. Kolfenbach

Virginia A. Kolfenbach, age 87, of Oak Park Place, formerly of Wood St., passed away peacefully at 6:05 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at home. To honor Virginia's life, private family services will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Entombment will be Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia was born on May 29, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Rooney) Kolfenbach.

Virginia was a lifelong member of Nativity Catholic Church. She worked at Dubuque Medical Associates for 40+ years for Doctor Barton and in the lab.

Virginia is survived by a niece, Mary Ann (Lesley) Oldham, Coon Rapids, MN; a nephew, James (Vickie) Oldham, Peosta, IA; a great niece, Heather (Joe) Lefevre; a great-nephew, Chad (Amy) Oldham; great-grand nieces, Camber Oldham and Olive Lefevre; great-grand nephew, Leo Lefevre.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Jeanette M. Kolfenbach, Edith Oldham-Schon and Loretta Kolfenbach and brothers-in-law, Francis "Joe" Oldham and Francis "Bud" Schon.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for the love and care they gave to Virginia.



Jeanette M. Kolfenbach

Jeanette M. Kolfenbach, age 84, of Heritage Manor, formerly of Wood St., passed away peacefully at 9:32 a.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Jeanette's life, private family services were held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Entombment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette was born on November 4, 1930, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Rooney) Kolfenbach.

Jeanette was a lifelong member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Jeanette was survived by a sister, Virginia Kolfenbach, Dubuque, IA; a niece, Mary Ann (Lesley) Oldham, Coon Rapids, MN; a nephew, James (Vickie) Oldham, Peosta, IA; a great niece, Heather (Joe) Lefevre; a great-nephew, Chad (Amy) Oldham; great-grand nieces, Camber Oldham and Olive Lefevre; great-grand nephew, Leo Lefevre.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Edith Oldham-Schon and Loretta Kolfenbach and brothers-in-law, Francis "Joe" Oldham and Francis "Bud" Schon.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the love and care they gave Jeanette.

 



Sr. Carolita McMahon

Sister Carolita McMahon, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Carolita taught music and was an elementary and secondary school educator in Washington and Burlington, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago and Cicero, Ill.; and Burbank and Santa Barbara, Calif.

She was born in Chicago on July 20, 1916, daughter of Thomas and Caroline (Nebel) McMahon. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1935. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1938, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Helen and Genevieve; and brothers: James, Daniel, Thomas (who died in childhood), Joseph, and Thomas (Carolita's twin).

She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 79 years.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



E. Sue Hinckley

E. Sue Hinckley, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. A private gathering of family and friends will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ellen Sue Shelton was born on September 26, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond and Phyllis Kay (Michels) Shelton. She attended Springville schools earning her GED and then receiving her associates degree in Accounting.

Sue had worked as a truck driver for Swift Company in Arizona for over ten years until an injury caused her to be disabled.

Sue loved playing bingo, watching NASCAR and the Earnhardt family, and Oklahoma Sooners football. Additionally, she liked watching WWE wrestling and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed her daughter Shae doing her hair and nails.

Those left to honor Sue's memory include her daughters Susie (Harold) Flores of Altus, OK, and Shae (Shane) West of Baldwin, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; her mother and step-father Phyllis and Donald Appleby of Baldwin, IA; her father and step-mother Raymond and Mona Shelton of Waukon, IA; a brother Dennis (Rhonda) Shelton of Clarence, IA; a sister Donna Tjaden of Cedar Rapids, IA; and half-siblings Ricky (Kathy) Shelton of WI, Ronnie (Kim) Shelton of WI, and Genny (Bob) Schletter. She was preceded in death by a sister Becky Appleby and a half-sister Dawn Troendle.

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

 



Clarence C. Kruser

Clarence C. Kruser, 92, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke Presiding. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Clarence was born March 6, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Hortense (Oberhofer) Kruser. He grew up at Happy Corners with his aunt and uncle. He worked at the Battery Factory, Pepsi Cola Company, City Coal Company and John Deere, where he worked as a supervisor until his retirement in 1976. After his retirement he was a handyman, and could fix almost anything.

On April 17, 1943, he married Alma Gronau and moved to Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he worked at a submarine factory during WWII. Alma preceded him in death on December 26, 1996. He married Yvonne Budde on October 16, 2001.

Clarence loved to waltz and foxtrot. Later in life he spent a couple of months in Texas.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne Kruser of Dubuque; a son, Joe (Geri Lynn) Kruser of Sherrill; three step children, Marvin (Mary) Budde of Bellevue, Mary (Al) Kilburg of Zwingle, and Marcy (Nick) Weidenbacher of Dubuque; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, James Kruser, a sister, Florence and brother in law, Al.

A Clarence Kruser Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Salas and Schope and their staffs, as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

 



Marian B. Kremer

Marian B. Kremer, 94, of Cascade, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marian may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m..
Services for Marian will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

Marian was born November 19, 1920 in New Vienna, Iowa, daughter of Anthony and Theresa (Kass) Neuhaus. She received her education at the St. Paul's School in Worthington. On January 24, 1940 she was united in marriage to Carl Kremer at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area and she also was employed at Ensign Coil Co. and Cascade Lanes.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Court #1926 and the Shady Rest Auxiliary. Marian was a distributer for many years for Rawleigh Products and many people remember her for making wedding cakes. She was a woman with deep religious faith and one of the founders of the St. Matthias Prayer Line. Marian loved flowers and spent her free time doing what she enjoyed most gardening and bowling.

She is survived by four children, Paul (Jeanette) Kremer of Epworth, IA, Fred (Marlene) Kremer and Michael (Joyce) Kremer all of Cascade, IA, Gery (Jan) Kremer of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren, Wendy (Randy) Manning, Joe (Lisa) Kremer, Molly (Brian) Bock, Kurt Kremer, Ryan (Kay) Kremer, and Doug (Courtney) Kremer, Kathy (Larry) Knipper, Ken (Micah) Kremer, Kevin (Jessica) Kremer, and Kara (Scott) Collings, Chad (Kerry) Kremer and Dan (Stacy) Kremer, Jenny (Shawn) Darling and Jon (Natalie) Kremer; 28 great grandchildren; one sister, Esther Mootz of Platteville, WI; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Clarke and Dorothy Kremer of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl G. Kremer on February 26, 2013; one grandson, Karl Kremer; two sisters, Henrietta & Henry Feldmann and Delores & Nick Miller; Father and Mother-in-law, Frank & Katherine (Strang) Kremer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerome & Midge Kremer, Edward Kremer, Pat Clarke, Willard & Dola Potter, and Don Mootz.

A Marian B. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family of Marian would like to thank Sherry Kelchen, the staff of Shady Rest Care Center and the staff at the Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion, thanks to the St. Matthias prayer line for all their prayers and a special thanks to Fr. Loecke for all his prayers and visits.

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



Donald G. Nehl

Donald "Gib" G. Nehl, 87, of Monticello died Monday, March 9, 2015, surrounded by his family in the Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa where a vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Friends may continue to gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin

Gib was born on July 28, 1927, in Alta Vista, Iowa, the son of Charles and Rose (Gilbert) Nehl. He married Wanita G. Dirks on April 21, 1952, in Sand Springs, Iowa. He had a creamery route near Sand Springs for several years, and then worked for Gearhart Construction until he began driving for Cuckler Buildings. Then, to be closer to home, he worked for Rockwell Collins for 25 years until retiring and becoming self-employed.

Survivors include his 6 children: James (Joyce) of St. Joseph, MO, Pat (Earl) Bernardi of Hopkinton, Monica (Ron) Fagan of Onslow, Jerry (Cathy) of Marysville, MI, Connie (Terry) Coder of Anamosa and Jason (Deidre) of Raytown, MO; 18 Grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; a brother, Joe (Connie) Nehl of Dubuque; in-laws: Dorothy (Tom) Kirby of Monticello, Helen Dirks of Monticello and Harold Peters of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanita in 2013, his parents, siblings: Gerry (Paul) Williams, Rita (Willis) Doden, Isabel (Joe) Lahr, Gene (Julie) Nehl, John (Janette) Nehl, Vernon Nehl Joan (Jack) Bockenstedt and Wallace (Rose) Nehl; in-laws: Eugene Dirks, LaVonne Peters, Anna (Lawrence) Kray and Helen (Robert) Drumbarger.

We would like to thank Above and Beyond Health Care and St. Luke's Hospital and Hospice for taking such good care of Dad and our family.

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

 

 



Odra M. Eberhardt

Odra M. Eberhardt, 85, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Services will be 5 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Friday from 2 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Saturday morning.

Odra was born on April 20, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roswell and Clara (Waltz) Carney. She was a graduate of Clarke College and did additional study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Iowa State University. Odra worked as an art specialist in the Dubuque Community Schools for 21 years and as an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at Clarke College for 10 years. She also did freelance work in graphic art and maintained a private art studio.

Education and art were the two passions that defined Odra's career. While working for Dubuque Community Schools, Odra helped develop a comprehensive plan for revision of the district's K-12 art education curriculum. She spent several summers working as an English teacher for international students preparing to attend colleges and universities in the U.S., and was a long-time ESL teacher and volunteer at North Iowa Community College. As an artist, she served as illustrator on numerous curriculum development projects for the Dubuque school system, and participated in national and state art education conferences and workshops. Throughout this time and especially after she retired, she continued to produce her own artwork and was a regular participant in art exhibits at area galleries.

In her spare time, Odra loved to read, was active in several civic organizations, and was especially fond of traveling. Over the years, she visited many different countries, including Ireland, France, Spain, Russia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Australia, and Mexico.

Odra was also a devoted mother and proud grandmother. She is survived by three children: Nancy Eberhardt (Steve Cohn) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dan Eberhardt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dave ( Kelly) Eberhardt of Naperville, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren: Maury, Alex, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Sam.

She was preceded in death by one son, James, and infant twins, as well as her parents and seven brothers Russ, Leo, Clarence, Francis, Elmer, James, and Ken.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Clarke College or to a charity of your choice. For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and loving care.

 



Elizabeth L. Lindecker

Elizabeth L. "Betty" Lindecker, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 7:21 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on March 25, 1934, in Kieler, WI, daughter of William and Adeline (Meoska) Kerkenbush.

Betty married Calvin Lindecker in November of 1956, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 25, 1986. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years and at Mt. Carmel for 26 years until her retirement in 2014. In her free time, Betty enjoyed traveling, loved taking care of her home, flower gardening, cooking, baking and watching her grandchildren. Family was very important to Betty and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her children, Michael (Sue) Lindecker, Rhonda (Scott) Hillery, and Carla (Jerry) Lanser, all of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Craig Lindecker, Terry (Sara) Lindecker, Jake (Mandy) Lindecker, Willie (Carrie Smith) Parker, Chad (Kim Sutter) Parker, Calee (Jason Robey) Parker, Cody (Kendra Hartley) Hillery, Colton Hillery, Jason (Brianna Hurst) Lanser and Justin Lanser; 9 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Ally, Calvin and Waylon Lindecker, Maddy and Evelyn Parker, Elizabeth and Mya Robey, Mason Hillery; her siblings, Alfred Kerkenbush, Marie Capesius, both of Dubuque, Roger (Frankie) Kerkenbush, Monroe, MI; a son-in-law, William "Bill" Parker II, Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law and best friend,Rose Girot, East Dubuque, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, a daughter, Brenda L. Parker; her siblings, Virginia "Ginny" (Jim) Droessler, Eileen (Harlan) Droeszler, Erma Kerkenbush and Gerald "Jerry" Kerkenbush; and a brother-in-law, Paul Capesius.

An Elizabeth L. Lindecker memorial fund has been established.

 



Helen M. Richard

Helen M. Richard, 98, of rural Hazel Green, WI,, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the home of her son, John J. Richard of rural Hazel Green, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Parish Center in Kieler.

Helen was born on June 24, 1916 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of John and Mary (Horsfall) Peter. She was united in marriage to LaVern E. Richard on June 24, 1941 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1995.

She was a homemaker and was formerly employed in the bakery at the Sinsinawa Dominican Motherhouse. Helen was a member of the Hazel Green Women's Club and a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.

She was very proud of the fact that she worked on the B-17 Bombers in Detroit, MI, during World War II.

Surviving are two children, Candace "Candy" (Pat) Flynn of Potosi, WI, and John J. (Carolyn) Richard of Hazel Green. Three grandchildren, John Thomas Richard and Amy and Brandon Bolton. A great-grandson Logan Kruser. Two sisters, Ruth Haugen and Janet Grew both of Dubuque, IA., and a sister-in-law Dorothy Jane (D.J.) of Spokane, WA.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband LaVern, three brothers, John and James Peter and Robert Peter in infancy, and sister Dorothy.

A Helen M. Richard memorial fund has been established.

Helen's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided for their mother.



Marcella S. Spahn

Marcella (Marcie) S. (Mihm) Spahn, 98, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will beat 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, both in Dubuque. Friends may call on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. Dubuque, Iowa.

Marcie was born May 25, 1916, the youngest child of Frank and Anna (Zwack) Mihm, and was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 50 years, Fred Spahn on Dec. 13, 1994.

Marcie graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy and was a member of many organizations including the Dubuque Trails Club, and Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Parishes. Over the years she volunteered at Holy Trinity Church and School, the Girl Scouts, the Dubuque Arboretum, Sunnycrest Manor, and Stonehill Care Center. Marcie's pride and joy was her family, especially her four grandchildren and later her four great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful homemaker and cook, and an avid bridge and scrabble player. She enjoyed travelling throughout her life, especially to our national parks, Washington D.C. and Hawaii. In their younger years, Marcie and Fred loved to dance at Melody Mill, golf, and fish together.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Spahn (Frank Ryan), of Madison, Wisc.; grandsons, Peter (Mary Hart) Steinhoff, Joshua (Michell Kaster) Steinhoff; granddaughters, Elizabeth (John) Gould, and Sarah Steinhoff; her great-grandchildren, Grace and Jack Gould and Hayden and Owen Steinhoff; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her ten siblings, Leo (Kathleen), Al (Catherine) and George Mihm, Laurine (Tony) Fuerst, Sister Philip Neri OSF, Anne (Nick) Bussan, Gertrude (Dale) Mitchel, Rosemary (James) Ebben, Walberga (Merlin) Fitzgibbons, and Colette Mihm.

The family wishes to thank her kind and skilled doctor of many years, Dr. John Viner and others of Dubuque Internal Medicine, the dedicated and loving staff of Stonehill Care Center and Assisi Village, and the staffs of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque. Their compassion and care provided Marcie the very best possible quality of life.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Marcie's name to The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or for Lyme Disease Research. Luncheon will be held at the Julien Hotel following the internment.

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

"Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are." St. John Chrysostom

 



Robert A. Welch

Robert A. Welch, 63, a longtime Dubuque resident, most recently of Lake of the Ozarks, passed away unexpectantly, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Memorial Service will be 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m.- 6:45 p.m., at the church. The family will also greet friends during a reception following the memorial service at the church.

Robert was born on April 23, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri the only child of Paul and Ellen (Clevenger) Welch. He married his High School sweetheart, Donna Livingston on June 27, 1969 at Hickory Point Baptist Church in Iberia, Missouri. Robert was involved in the Radio Industry for over 30 years, as on-air, sales, program director, and broadcaster. He was so proud that his daughter, Misty, followed in his footsteps in the radio business. He helped launch KLYV in Dubuque, and was associated with WJOD, KDTH, and many other stations during his career. Robert's musical talents had him as a guest performer for many organizations, nursing homes, and other events over the years. He had played in various bands, including Robert A. and Helen, Pony Express, and Blue Willow. Robert's passion was playing guitar, writing music, feeding his birds, baseball and watching the New England Patriots. He also was a para-professional for the Dubuque School System after retiring from the radio industry, and most recently Robert has been entertaining people with his Civil War music program throughout the area.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Donna; a daughter, Misty (Chris) Woolf of Dubuque; in-laws, Pat Livingston, Shirley Powell, Janis Lawson, Paul Brotherton, Frank (Judy) Flaugher, Liz (Mark) Cook, and Kenneth Miller; his cat, Willow; a cousin, Shirley Nolker; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, William "Stanley: Baker; father and mother in-law, Herbert (Helen) Livingston; brother and sister in-laws, Herbert L. Livingston, Dolores (Herbert) Grady, William Powell, William Flaugher, Donald Lawson, Mary Ann Miller, Barbara Brotherton; his cat, Dusty.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids for their care and their kindness for Robert.

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

Local arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Lauren C. Meyer

Lauren C. Meyer, 22, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. There will be a visitation at Holy Ghost where friends may greet the family from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, and again on Tuesday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service.

Lauren was born on November 24, 1992, to Paul and Sandy (Glennon) Meyer. She graduated from Senior High School in 2011 and was a current student at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Lauren worked at Hills & Dales as a personal attendant and at the Riverboat Lounge in the Hotel Julien. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

Her keen sense of adventure led her to join the AmeriCorps, where she recently spent 10 months on the east coast. She had an amazing free spirit and she truly lived life to the fullest. Friends and family often spoke of her compassionate soul and caring heart. She also loved nature and all of its creatures.

Lauren had a way of communicating that brought people together and often touched their hearts. Writing and music were two important passions in her life, and her family will cherish those gifts forever. She was able to touch so many lives and will be remembered for her kindness.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents Paul and Sandy (Glennon) Meyer; siblings Heather (fiance Gary Krier) Meyer and Andrew (Brittany) Meyer; niece Caylee Meyer and nephew William Krier; maternal grandparents Joel and Mary Glennon; aunts and uncles Jim (Kathy) Glennon, Jane (Steve) O'Hea, Rita (Joe) Stauffer, Danny (Jill) Glennon, Rich (Jane) Glennon, Barb (Bill) Beutin, Debbie (Randy) Vaske, Tommy (Amy Jo) Glennon, Barbara Ann (Arnie) Strand, Irv (Kay) Meyer, and Rita T. Henry; and many cousins she loved so dearly.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Irvin and Rita Meyer; an uncle, Carl Meyer; and cousins Aaron Mintrup and Amy Henry.

In lieu of flowers, a Lauren Meyer Memorial Fund has been established.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Lauren's family wishes to extend their appreciation to the many friends and extended family for their love and support.

"We only have what we remember."



Bernard Merges

Bernard Merges 95, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Bernard was born on February 22, 1920 on the family farm near St. Catherine, the son of Peter and Catherine (Muenster) Merges. He farmed for many years and also worked at the Dubuque Cheese Factory. Bernard will be remembered for his wit, kindness and positive personality. Children and animals held a special place in his heart. He was very proud of his Luxemburg heritage. His family, friends and caregivers will miss his smile and sense of humor.

Surviving are his brother, Aloysius of Dubuque; his very special grand nephew, Keith Kane of Dubuque; his sister-in-law Ruth Merges of Dubuque; his nieces and nephews, Marian Kane of Key West, Paul (Inez) Merges and Francis (Jane) Merges both of Peosta, John (Shelia) Merges, Frank (Eileen) Merges and Rosemary (John) Schreiber all of Dubuque, Dorothy (Leon) Steines of Bernard, Teri (Gene) Hohmann of St. Catherine and Ed (Nancy) Merges of Sherrill; also surviving are many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine; 8 siblings, Catherine, Barbara, John, Florence, Peter, Frank, Agatha and Henry; his sister-in-law Veronica Merges and 2 nephews, Edmund Merges and Don Kane.

A Bernard Merges memorial fund has been established.

Bernard's family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Leona A. Schlosser

Leona A. (Fondell) Schlosser, 96, of Dubuque passed away Friday, March 6, at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Leona was born January 29, 1919, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Mary (Schmitt) Fondell. She married George H. Schlosser, May 30, 1941, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death July 31, 1987.

She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in 1936. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish.

Surviving are her children, Stephen (Jayne) Schlosser, of Omaha, NE, Mary (Marvin) Ritt, Ronald (Christine) Schlosser, Gary (Kathy) Schlosser, and Lary (Patricia) Schlosser, all of Dubuque, and Kevin (Jeanine) Schlosser, of Scottsdale, AZ; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son Paul J. Schlosser; 3 brothers, Lester Fondell, Paul Fondell, and Andrew Fondell; and one sister, Stella Cook.

The family wishes to thank the angels at Luther Manor for the loving care extended to Leona. A special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Sister Mary Agnes O'Connor BVM.

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



Mary A. McGeehan

Mary Alacoque (Vallandingham) McGeehan, 79, formerly of 16487 Forest Gate Road in Dubuque, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Anam Glen in Rockford, Illinois due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 10th at Resurrection Church, Dubuque with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 10th at Resurrection Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on May 3, 1935 in Annapolis, Maryland, daughter of Joseph Bernard and Marie (Callahan) Vallandingham. She married William D. McGeehan January 9, 1960 at St. Mary's Church, Annapolis, Maryland.

She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis and received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University).

Following college she worked as a stewardess for United Airlines until taking a position as an elementary school teacher. With the birth of her first child she elected to stay home and use skills from both careers to focus on raising her children.

She had a love of language and of the arts that she was happy to share with those around her. She was an avid supporter of the Dubuque Symphony as well as many of the music programs in the area. She was a long time member of the Union League Club of Chicago and enjoyed participating in book clubs, travel and playing bridge with friends.

Mary was strong in her faith and served a number of years on the parish council at Resurrection Church. She was a Dame of The Holy Sepulcher. Her faith and desire to serve others led to many opportunities to assist in fund raising or to volunteer with various organizations.

Surviving are her children, Michael (Dawn) McGeehan of Allenstown, NH, Jane (Jeff) Marner of Rockford, IL, Brian (Kelley) McGeehan of Timonium, MD, and Susan (Eric) McGeehan of Minneapolis, MN, and 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William (2008), brother, J. Bernard Vallandingham (2012), daughter, Kathleen (1971), her parents and all earlier generations.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dubuque Mission, Maria House or Dubuque Food Pantry. As Mary was fond of saying, "A thousand thanks!"

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

 



LeRoy L. Price

LeRoy Louis Price, 89, of Oak Park Place died Friday, March 6, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Mueller Memorial Chapel, in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

LeRoy was born on April 23, 1925 in Dubuque, IA the son of Harry and Stella (Chase) Price.

He served in the United States Army during WWII.

On August 30, 1946 he married Dorothy L. Matz. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2013.

LeRoy was a teller of tales and a mender of things, whose singing and violin playing instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of music. His painting and drawings gave a desire to create. His sense of humor and love of the Hawkeyes and Cubs taught great things can come to those who wait and in the latter's case and wait and wait and wait. His generosity extended to giving treats to sanitation workers and fellow employees at the Pack. His childhood and military stories inspired a daughter to write. He was a builder of bonfires on summer nights when he taught one to spot the constellations in Heaven where he now resides.

Surviving are his children, Susan Lynn (Gordon) Olseen, of Tipton, IA. And Paulette (Terry) Myers, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kristine (Christopher) Cheruk and Steven (Angela) Olseen; and great- grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.

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

Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, the staff at Oak Park Place, nurses and staff at ManorCare, and the nurses and staff at Unity-Point Health, Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care.



Ruth E. Wagner

Ruth E. Wagner, 92, of Dyersville died peacefully Friday, March 6, 2015, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Aux. Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ruth was born October 18, 1922, in Darlington, WI, the daughter of George and Ida (Lautz) Pink.  She married Richard "Dick" Wagner on May 20, 1944, in Darlington, WI.  Ruth was a homemaker who worked with her husband in the milk hauling business, earning her the honor of being one of the first woman truck drivers in the state.  She enjoyed golfing, playing cards and being with the generations of her family.

Survivors include six sons: Tony (Doris), Greg (Elaine), Bill (Geri), and Mark (Micky) all of Dyersville, Bob (Sandy) of Baraboo, WI, Tom (Sandy) of Iowa City; two daughters: Mary Kay (Aaron) Chambers of Winterset, IA, Ann (Marty) Maiers of Iowa City, IA; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 39 great-great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Rose Ellen Pink of Madison, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 siblings: Herb Pink, Catherine (Scott) Jordan, George Pink, Mary (Tony) Bautch, Bill (Doris) Pink, Gertrude (Pete) Chambers and Bob (Juanita) Pink, and two sisters-in-law, Virginia and Pauline Wagner.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman High School or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 

 

 



Richard J. Heinrichs

Richard J. "Dick" Heinrichs, 83 of Mission, Texas and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 2:15 p.m. at sea aboard a Carnival Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico bound for Cozumel, Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wisconsin with the Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Dick was born on March 1, 1931 in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Helena (Taylor) Heinrichs. He was a graduate of the Platteville High School class of 1948. On September 15, 1951, Dick married Rosemary Vosberg at North Island in San Diego. After proudly serving in active military duty for twenty two years, Dick retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy in 1969. He later retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1989.

Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosemary of Mission, TX; his four children Linda Heinrichs and John (Laura Nolan) Heinrichs both of Minneapolis, MN, James (Lori) Heinrichs of Waterloo, IA and Joe (Yuuri) Heinrichs of Flagstaff, AZ; five grandchildren, Cody, Dustin, Jesse, Kaiyo and Zenko; five great grandchildren, Syllis, Dani Rose, Lily, Cadillac and Harley; his sisters, Sharon (Dave) Hanson and Sheila (Bob) Bickes; his brother Bob (Illa Belle) Heinrichs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Keith and Ted and his sister, Sheryl.



Alma A. Vaske

Alma A. Vaske, 94, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday March 9 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.  Officiating will be Rev. Noah Diehm.

Alma was born on April 1, 1920 in Petersburg, IA, the daughter of Anton and Catherine (Kramer) Koelker.  She married Cletus P Vaske on September 18, 1945 in Petersburg.  Clete and Alma were married 56 years until Clete passed away in 2002.  Together they farmed south of Luxemburg until their retirement in 1981 when they moved to Dyersville.

In their younger days Alma and Clete loved to dance.  They met at a Petersburg dance and over the years they continued to dance at many memorable dances.  Many happy times were shared with the Luxemburg gang.

Alma enjoyed cross stitching, baking, making her famous potato salad and delicious pies, growing her beautiful flowers, puzzles, seek and find in red ink, and watching the birds.  Alma will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include her 4 children,; 1 son, Wayne (Connie) Vaske of Luxemburg; 3 daughters: Karon (Gary) Steger of  Cashton, WI, Sharon (Carl) Jaeger of Edgewood, Nancy (Wayne) Clemen of New Vienna; 2 daughters-in-law: Dorothy (Vaske)(George) Gray of Cuba City, WI, Pat (Vaske)(Dick) Rotzoll of Asbury; 15 grandchildren: Karie(Rod) Horsfield, Chad (Lynn) Vaske, Scott (Sandy) Vaske, Lynsi (Josh) McCarty, Wes (Amber) Vaske, Brittany Vaske, Craig (Lisa) Steger, Jeff (Theresa) Steger, Mark Steger, Theresa Steger, Carmen Jaeger, Daryl (Beth) Jaeger, Amber (Scott) Wessels, Rachel Clemen and Kyle Clemen;  27 great-grandchildren and two more due this year; 1 brother: Allan "Bud" (Marian) Koelker of Petersburg, 1 sister in law: Annie Vaske of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clete on April 4, 2002, 4 sons: Gary (2/12/60), Bob (6/18/90), Ron (9/4/94), Dale (10/13/2000); 3 brothers: Lawrence Koelker, Ed Koelker, Laverne Koelker 4 sisters: Lucille Vaske, Millie Koelker, Evelyn Koelker, Cora Gerken.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Rosie, Julie and all the staff at Oakcrest Manor for their compassionate care.  You all were great.  We know she kept you all on your toes.  Also thanks to Roseanne, Kari and all the staff at Ellen Kennedy Living Center for their compassionate care.

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

 

 



Debra L. Pregler

 

Debra L. “Debby” Pregler, age 56, of Zwingle, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:54 p.m., surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at home.  To celebrate Debra’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Debra was born on May 28, 1958, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Bruce and Amelia "Millie" (Breiner) Randall.

Debbie graduated from Hempstead High School. After graduating she married John Schadl and spent 25 years with him in Spokane. When she eventually returned to Dubuque she married Ronald Pregler on July 12, 2003. Debbie was a hard worker who spent many years as a caregiver in Spokane and always enjoyed helping others. After she returned to Dubuque she was employed with Key City, Lund, Linwood and Hills and Dales. For the past 7 years she was employed at the Holiday Inn, where she was loved and appreciated by her fellow employees and guests. In her free time Debbie enjoyed bowling, boating on the river, sitting by campfires and taking care of her plants. Family was very important to Debbie and she loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. Debbie was a thoroughly determined person with a heart of gold who continually had a positive impact on the world around her.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Ronald "Ronnie" Pregler, Zwingle, IA; her children, Shawna Schadl, Sheena (Bobby) Enslow, both of Spokane, WA; her grandchildren, Aly, Maddy, Carson, Avery and Ivan; her siblings, Bruce Randall Jr., Dubuque, IA, Daniel Randall, Asbury, IA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother in infancy, Dennis William Randall; a great-great nephew, Bentley Randall.

A Debra L. "Debbie" Pregler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lisa and Dawn, for their wonderful care of Debbie. Also thanks to Norm Granback from the Holiday Inn for all of his help these past few months.

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

 



Edward L. Leuchs

Edward L. Leuchs, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137 service will be held at 7 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 9, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ed was born February 12, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Herman J. and Olivia (Kirpes) Leuchs.  He received his education in the rural Asbury schools and St. Joseph's School, Farley, IA.  He went to barber school in Cedar Rapids prior to his 18 months in the United States Army where he was a diesel mechanic in the Korean War receiving two Bronze Stars and two Overseas Bars. Upon his return from service he married Eleanor Langkamp on February 7, 1953 in Platteville, Wisconsin, and made their home in Dyersville. Ed owned and operated Ed's Barber Shop for 20 plus years. He was then employed by Dubuque County Highway Department until 1990. In retirement he enjoyed socializing with his barber customers in his basement, taking road trips, most of all spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post # 137, Dyersville City Council, and AA where he enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include six sons: Ron (Marcia) of Worthington, Rick (Mary) of Dyersville, Mike (Sue) of New Vienna, Mark (Patty) of Dyersville, Dan (Kelli) of Epworth, Don (Joan) of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, siblings: Delores "Babe" Leuchs of Farley, in-laws: Isabel Manuel, Delores Langkamp both of Platteville, WI and Vera Leuchs of Key West.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ellie in 2009, siblings: Joe Leuchs, Clarence Leuchs, Bernard Leuchs, Rita Oberbroeckling, in-laws: Guerden Langkamp, Marian Whitaker, Bea Sherman, Donald Manuel and Dale Whitaker, Kermit Sherman

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

 

 



Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen

Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen, 71, of Independence, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Maureen's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery, at a later date.

Maureen Kay McAuliffe was born on October 10, 1943 in Clinton, Iowa to Morris John and Wynona Lorraine McAuliffe. She graduated from Lost Nation High School. She married Charles Kinney on April 28, 1961 in Toronto, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Kevin, Michelle, Joelle, Charleen and Robbi.

Maureen and Charles farmed in the Calamus area for several years. She later moved to Maquoketa and pursued her management career with Hardee's.

Maureen was a member of the Church of the Living Water in Independence and participated in the Bell Choir at the East Town Care Center and at West Village. She enjoyed gardening and playing cards.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Kevin (Janet) Kinney and their children, Joshua and Jacob of Sharonville, OH; Michelle Kinney of Zwingle, IA, along with her children Robert and Charles Hancock; Joelle Stoddard of Erie, IL and her children Connie and Michael Nicholsen, Zachery (Jessi Brown) Stoddard, Derek and Marissa Stoddard and Nick (Kristen Swift) Stoddard; Charleen (Joe) Kilburg and their children Jade and Ryder of LaMotte, IA; and Robbi Haase and her children Haley and Hayden of Circle Pine, MN. She was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren. In addition she is survived by a brother Gene (Rachel) McAuliffe of Ruskin, FL; sisters Joan (Richard "Ozz") Osborne and Diane (Keith) McAuliffe Bruns, both of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law, Mary McAuliffe of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, John and Daniel McAuliffe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James G. Bealer

James G. "Jim" Bealer of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday March 7, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial service will follow at 4 P.M., the same day.

James Gary Bealer was born on September 12, 1939 in Rock Island Il to Delmar and Helen (Brissman) Bealer. He grew up in Rock Island, and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1957. Following graduation Jim worked at Cons Furniture in Rock Island, then went on to work at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1962, until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he started his own business, Bealers Motors & Transmissions, initially selling used car parts, then moving on to used car sales, in Maquoketa.

Jim was of Lutheran faith, and was involved with Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport for many years.

At an early age, Jim developed a love for cars and motorcycles. During his teens and early 20's he raced cars and motorcycles at the Cordova Drag Strip. He particularly enjoyed racing his '35 Buick, and Harley Knucklehead. From the age of 59 to 70, he raced 4 cycle stock cars, favoring Plymouth Neons. From this he gained many close friends. His love was not only from racing, but in restoring any variety of old cars and trucks. The odder the better. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his longtime companion Jackie Duggan, his children Kelly Kellen (fiancé Dave) of Moline, and Jay (Kim) Bealer, of Moline; a sister Phyllis (Gayle) Anderson of Fishers, IN; Jackie's daughter whom he loved as his own, Jessica (Chris) Holmlund, and her children, Jonathan and Sidney. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic's Doctors and Nurses for the wonderful care given to Jim during his time there.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 



Gloria A. Lipper

Gloria A. Lipper, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away gracefully into the hands of her Savior at Luther Manor on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 6:59 p.m. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Gloria was born on July 2, 1942 in Orange County, CA, daughter of Fred and Eunice (McKenzie) Shaw.

Gloria lived in Orange County and Little Rock before eventually settling in Dubuque in 1968. She graduated from Bible College and quickly went on to devote her life to helping others. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing her talents in the fund raising departments at The Riverboat Museum, The Grand Theater, Hillcrest Family Services, Dubuque County Historical Society, The Tri-State Blind Society, The League of Women Voters and the YMCA. She especially loved her time with the United Way where she spent the majority of her time and was the first chairwoman in the history of the organization. Gloria and her husband were also the first couple to receive the TH First Citizen of Dubuque Award. Gloria was quite fond of spending time with nature, whether on long walks or simply listening for the owls. She was truly a kid at heart and a few of her simply pleasures included bananas, coke and cigarettes. Gloria was a gentle spirit who was always there for anyone who needed help. She will be greatly missed, lovingly remembered and never forgotten.

Gloria is survived by her children, Casey Hayse, Iowa City, IA, Carey (Kim) Hayse, Williamston, MI, Shannon Lipper, Dubuque, IA, Bryna Lipper, New York, NY, Shawna (John Plagman) Lipper, Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren, Cody and Chelsey Hayse, Elijah Gustfuson, Mason and Casey Lipper and Alex Plagman.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Hazel Shaw; and a sister, Joy, in infancy.

A Gloria A. Lipper memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful and compassionate care of Mom.

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

 



James E. Malek

James Edwin Malek, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at home.

Friends may greet the family on Friday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Private family service will follow.

James was born on March 5, 1942 in Cresco, Iowa, son of Edwin and Bonnie (Rygg) Malek. He married Rena Meyer on November 8, 1964. 

James enjoyed working for 42 years at Richardson Motors. He and his family enjoyed many hours boating on the Mississippi River. He had a passion for snowmobiling, was an avid sports enthusiast, and had a wide range of interests.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rena; sons Jay (Kim) Malek of Asbury, IA and Troy Malek of Lombard, IL; and two grandchildren Alexandra Malek and Nicholas Malek of Asbury, IA.; also surviving a sister Martha Grimes of La Crescent, Minnesota; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Malek.

In lieu of flowers, a James Malek Memorial Fund has been established. 

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



Jean A. Klaas

Jean Ann Klaas, 91, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jean was born May 24, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Marcella (Droessler) Kahle. She graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital Nurses Training, Milwaukee, Wisc. In 1943. On June 24, 1947, she married the love of her life, Urban Klaas at Holy Ghost Church, Dubuque. They enjoyed a wonderful 21 year marriage. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1968.

Jean worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals and nursing homes in Dubuque for 42 years, retiring in 1985. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and compassionate nurse. She was a nature lover who enjoyed all flowers and birds. She loved to garden and sew. Her faith and her church, Resurrection, were very important to her.

She is survived by seven children, Cheryl (Mike) Orndorf of Winchester, Calif., Bonnie (Don) Westemeier of Dubuque, Debra (Howard) Hymen of Palatine, Ill., Raymond (Diane) Klaas of Plano, Tex., Donna (Rick) Roeder of Dubuque, Herbert (Karen) Klaas of Santa Clara, Calif., and Darin (Kris) Klaas of Portland, Ore.; 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; three brothers, Vernon Kahle, Bob (Joyce) Kahle, Don (Erm) Kahle, and; brother in law, Gibb Crippes; two sisters in law, Sally and Sandy Kahle.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Julie Marie in 2003, a son, Joseph Patrick in 1958; a sister, Eunice Crippes and two brothers, Jim and Marv Kahle.

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

A Jean Klaas Memorial Fund has been established.

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

"Our mother was also our best friend. She will be truly missed."

The family would like to thank the many thoughtful people who extended great kindness to our mom over the years.



Joan K. Blasen

Joan K. (Hutter) Blasen, 79 of Dubuque, IA passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving Husband and Family.

Joan graduated from St. Columbkille's Catholic High School in 1954, and married Joseph Blasen on Oct. 1, 1955. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Joan is survived by her husband Joe Blasen, and seven children, Gary (Alice) Blasen, of Marion, IA, Julie (George) Sharkey, of Casper, WY, Joe (Carol) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA, Rick (Judy) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA, Greg (Jaime) Blasen, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jay (Julie) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA and Chris (Kristen) Blasen of Leawood, KS. Fifteen grandchildren, Brook and Stacie Blasen, Jessica and Shawn Sharkey, Josh (Cindy) Blasen, April (Casey) Buol, Benjy Klostermann (Allison Krook), Whitney Blasen, Natalie Blasen, Cade, Coby and Cohen Blasen.
Eight great-grandchildren: Hannah Blasen, Jaylinn and Jasmine Sharkey, Carter Kronfeldt, Aubrina Buol, Nathan and Joey Blasen, and Mia Blasen.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Louis & Alice Hutter, four sisters, Doris Hartman, Rita Chapman, Lorna Baumhover, Lois Hooten, and a brother, Richard Hutter, her great granddaughter Makayla Blasen-Boleyn, and survived by sister-in-law Izzy Hutter.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Franciscan Services for the compassionate care they have given her throughout the past 6 years, as well Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and his Nurse Kate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Stonehill Franciscan Services, or Hospice of Dubuque.



Melva J. Ward

Melva J. Ward, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Melva's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Melva J. Burnett was born on August 6, 1935, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin M. and Vera Mae (McPherson) Burnett. She attended Maquoketa High School, graduating in 1953. Melva married Wilbur L. Ward in June of 1953, to this marriage were born their sons, Douglas, Kevin and David. They later divorced.

Later in her life, Melva and George Young were long time companions until George's passing in 1983.

Melva had worked many factory and waitress jobs in her youth. She entered the health care field in the early 1960's, working as a nurse's aide at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton and the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she had worked at the Davenport Osteopathic Hospital and finally at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where she became a Registered Nurse and retired after more than 15 years of service.

Melva loved mystery novels, music boxes, and her collection of American Indian related items. She enjoyed listening to country music and reading about history.

Those left to honor Melva's memory include her children, Douglas Ward of Buffalo, IA, Kevin Ward of Coggon, IA and David Ward of West Des Moines, IA; 4 grandchildren; a brother, Charles "Chuck" (Donna) Burnett of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Karol (Lionel) Keeney of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Wilbur, her long-time companion George, 2 brothers Allen and Richard, and 1 infant sister Helen Burnett.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melva J. Ward memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen D. Ulrich

Eileen D. Ulrich, 90, of Dubuque died Monday, February 23, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, March 7 at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. John cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory,2659 Kennedy Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born February 20, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of Otto and Hulda (Fanslow) Ulrich.

On May 24th, 1979, she married Alfred Farnochi. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2010.

She worked as a civilian mathematician, computer specialist for the US Air Force, retiring in 1980. She lived in Eatontown, New Jersey from 1945 until she returned to Dubuque in 2011. Eileen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a sister, Verna Bergman of Dubuque; sister- in-law, Ruth Ulrich of Melville, NY; seven nieces and nephews, Alan and Ann Bergman; Alysia (Tim) Hedrick, Gary (Pong) Thomas, Donald (Debra) Thomas, Jr., Barbara (Craig) Keough, and Linda Ulrich; niece-in-law, Darlene Thomas; and several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Karl Ulrich; sister, Helen (Donald) Thomas Sr.; brother-in-law, Orville Bergman; and nephew, Mark Thomas.

Memorials may be sent in Eileen's name to St John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque, IA or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staffs of Heritage and Luther Manors as well as staff and volunteers of Hospice of Dubuque. 



Rose E. Hennen

Rose E. Hennen, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 5:17 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at home. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on April 12, 1932, in Cheyboygan, MI, daughter of Joseph and Laura (Broe) Neelis.

Rose married LaVern Hennen on November 18, 1950, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997. Together Rose and LaVern operated Vern's Conoco on the corner of Asbury and JFK Road. Rose enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid bowler and spent many years bowling on the "Vern's Angels" team. She also loved playing Euchre, shopping and going to the casino.

Rose is survived by her 3 children, Judy Wold, Graham, WA, Patricia (Michael) Hayes, Gary Hennen, both of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Rhonda (Jon) Buys, Brenda (Jeff) Nelson, Nick (Jenny) Hennen, Brad Hennen, Lisa (Scott) Motsenbocker, Christopher (Catherine) Soppe, Nichole (Daniel) Rogers and Beth (Randall) Chandler; 17 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Theresa Hennen, Dubuque, IA, Em Hopkins, William (Lorraine) Neelis, Edward (Carol) Neelis, all of Cheboygan, MI; 2 sisters-in-law, Shirley Schueller, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Neelis, Cheboygan, MI; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Lois Long, Helen (Lawrence) Schaul.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVern; a granddaughter, JoAnn Hennen; three sisters, Laura (Martin) Socha, Hazel (Wallace) Ayotte and Ann (Donald) Duffiney; three brothers, Lloyd (Gladys) , Melvin (Thelma) and Leonard Neelis; three brothers-in-law, Melvin Hennen, Richard Schueller and Harry Hopkins.

A Rose E. Hennen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold Neal

Harold "Red" Neal, 84, of Guttenberg, Iowa and of Cocoa Beach, Florida entered into eternal peace surrounded by his family on February 26th, 2015.

Services will be at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home Saturday March 7th at 12:00 p.m., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 8:00 on Friday, March 6th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque.

Harold "Red" Neal, formerly of Dubuque, was born June 23, 1930 in Manchester, Iowa. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952. He married Lois Winders on June 6th, 1953. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage this June. He was employed by the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years. Throughout their married life, he and Lois enjoyed their summers on Esmann Island, Guttenberg, Iowa and eventually made it their home. His favorite activities included spending time with family and friends, fishing, boating, playing cards, driving his golf cart with his beloved dog Bailey, and spending his winters in Florida for over 20 years. Friends and family members fondly remember Red as the best fisherman on the island who always had a story and a smile. Red will always be remembered for saying "You have a good day now!" He was a friend to everyone and embraced life.

Red leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife Lois; children Cathy (Ken) Schmitt; Patti Shannon; Mike (Amy) Neal; Kim Jacovitz (Paul Lynn); and son in laws Randy Smith and Larry Holt; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Grace Frommelt; Helen Warden; and Walter (Rose) Neal; in laws Jan Neal; Donna (Wayne) Gratton; Sandi Juergens; and Denny (Loretta) Winders.

Red is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Nellie (Turner) Neal; a daughter Susan Smith; Father and Mother in law Ray and Dorothy Winders; brothers Howard and Burdette; sister Gretta Thomas; sister in law Lois Neal; and brother in laws Joseph Frommelt and Don Thomas. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Health First, Cape Canavarel Inpatient Unit. Cocoa Beach, Florida. 32931.

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



Luella A. Roth

Luella A. Roth, 92, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, were visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Luella was born February 21, 1923 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louise (Lochner) Schmitt. She married Ralph W. Roth September 27, 1947 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death January 19, 1989.
Luella retired from Klauer Manufacturing in 1988. She enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Gary Roth of Mesa, Arizona, Jeni (Mike) Ferring of Dubuque and their children, Matt (Jes), and Nicole Ferring; and Dean (Pam) Roth of Dubuque and their children, Kelly (Russ) Banwarth and Jason Roth; three great grandchildren, Izabel, Lydia and Wesley; a brother, Donald Schmitt and a sister, Dorraine Frick.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Luella Roth Memorial Fund.

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

 



Ashley E. LuGrain

Ashley E. LuGrain, 30, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ashley was born October 1, 1984 in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Southwestern High School in 2003. She was very passionate about music and had a contagious laugh with an infectious smile. She was always willing to help anybody in need and this showed through her many acts of kindness. Ashley loved spending time with her family and friends; especially her nephews and niece and the love of her life, her daughter KiLynn Marie.

She is survived by her daughter KiLynn Marie; parents, Patrick and Laurie LuGrain; three siblings, PJ (Jen Kaiser) LuGrain of Galena, Corey (Kristen) LuGrain of Galena, and Amber (Jesse) Heslop of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews, Payton, Nolan and Vivian LuGrain; Grandparents, Richard and Mary Jane Leibfried and Carol LuGrain; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and special friend, Dominick.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William LuGrain, great grandparents, cousins, and close friends.

Ashley will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, an Ashley LuGrain Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Thomas L. Dix

Thomas L. Dix, 72 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a parish scripture service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Burial with Military Honors Conducted by American Legion Post #6 will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born September 29, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of George and Iola (Cook) Dix. He served in the US Navy. Tom married Sharon Ellerbach on August 19, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Flexsteel for 41 years, retiring on April 28, 2005. Tom loved spending time with his fantastic grandchildren, traveling, fishing, and helping people. He was a member of Upholsters Union Local 1861, past Chairman of the Board of Holy Ghost Credit Union, a Union Representative at Flexstell, member of American Legion Post #6, Elk's Club, Men's Association, Dubuque Boat Club, and volunteer for Holy Ghost Bingo night. Tom coached Girls' Softball in the Dubuque Independent League.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sharon; children, Lisa (James) Dunne of Lakeville, MN, Sara (Scott) Dryer of Dubuque, and Kelly (Joseph) Pregler of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Tyler, Jack, Ella, and Clara; siblings, Marlene Bastian, Fay (Gene) Hansen, Roger (Carol) Dix, Don (Cindy) Dix, May Jean Koeller, Joan (Jim Connolly) Dix, Ken (Elaine) Dix, and Cindy (Jeff) Hanson; in-laws, Richard (Susan) Ellerbach, Pam (Dave) Walline, Dennis (Julie) Ellerbach, and Joseph (Lori) Ellerbach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John Dix; a niece, Christy Dix; a great niece, Leah Brosious; brothers' in-law, Tom Bastian, and Carson Koeller; and his father and mother in-law, Joseph and Catherine Ellerbach.

The family would like to thank Dr. Zinskey, Dr. Holm and their staff for your care and also Hospice of Dubuque, and all family and friends for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

A raindrop landing on your cheek is a kiss from someone that lives in heaven and is watching over you....

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

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



Dolores H. Metz

Dolores H. Metz, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:25 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave. with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on March 21, 1928, in Menominee, IL, daughter of Joseph A. and Lucille (Erner) Leppert.

Dolores married Ralph W. Metz on July 21, 1948, at St. Raphael's Cathedral; he preceded her in death on January 22, 1988. She was a loving wife, adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed cooking, sewing, yard work and playing cards with her family and friends. Dolores was a wonderful cook and was famous for her German Potato Salad. She was a gracious hostess and always had a hot pot of coffee on to enjoy with anyone who stopped by. In later years she looked forward to mornings spent drinking coffee with her son, Ken, while solving the world's problems. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Dolores always had a helping hand and a kind heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dolores is survived by 6 children, Ken (June) Metz, Jim (Vickie) Metz, Dan (Mary) Metz, LuAnn Regan, Linda (Chuck) Erschen-Kleiner, Lori (John) Dunwoody, all of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Mike (Sara) Metz, Kim Metz, Brenda (Curt) Klein, Ann (Andy) Kamentz, Chrissy (Troy) Porter, Eric Metz, Aaron (Tara) Metz, Alicia Metz, Pete (Dr. Cate) Metz, Jenny (Billy Catone) Metz, Adam (Amber Decker) Roth, Rachel Regan, Josh Erschen, Mike (Jaime) Kleiner, Andy Kleiner, Emily and Abbey Dunwoody; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Kenneth (Grace) Leppert, Bellevue, IA, Francis (Shirley Kresge) Leppert, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Betty Leppert, Dubuque, IA; she is also survived by her dear friends at Alverno Apartments.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; a grandson, Eric Metz; 2 brothers, LaVerne and Robert Leppert.

A Dolores H. Metz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas and his nurse, Shelly, who was Dolores' favorite, and the doctors, nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and concern.

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

 



Mary E. Cox Schweitzer

Mary Edith Cox Schweitzer died on February 26, 2015, at the age of 94.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held at the Church before the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on February 5, 1921, in Hannibal, Missouri, daughter of Mary Margaret Fowler and John Franklin Samuel Cox. She married Charles Schweitzer, her high school sweetheart, on January 31, 1945, in Hannibal. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2014.

Mary and Charles moved to Dubuque in December 1946 when Charles was hired by John Deere Tractor Works.

Together they raised three daughters - Constance, Deborah, and Pamela. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and doting great-grandmother.

Mary enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, agate hunting, bird watching, and her beloved perennial and rose gardens. In 1954, she joined First Congregational Church where she served on many boards and committees.

Mary is survived by her daughters Constance (Donald) Cherba and Deborah (Donald) Otto of Dubuque and Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; granddaughters Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg, Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle, and Julia Bickel of Dubuque; and great-grandchildren Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lilly, Hayden, and Gwenyth Loewenberg, and Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle; brothers William and Junior Cox; and special nieces Deidre (David) Klassen and Linda (Willis) Robbins.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Beulah Krigbaum, Anna Mae Huggins, and Dorothy Marshall and brothers Ennis, Leslie, Gordon, Gilbert, Chester, Clarence, and James Cox.

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

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan M. Helle

Joan M. Helle, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the funeral Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Joan was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. She married George B. Helle on May 1, 1946. Together they owned Helle Livestock in Dyersville.

Joan enjoyed quilting, embroidery work, baking, gardening and spending time with her family. She enjoyed the many visits from the family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Sr. Mary Ann Helle OSF of Dubuque, Frank (Joann) Helle, Bob (Camie Pedersen) Helle, Paul (Stella) Helle and Doris (Clair) Riesberg, all of Dyersville, Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann of Epworth, Joanie (Tom) Tauke of Greeley, LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand of Cascade, Janet Schwendinger, Ruth (Larry) Griffin, all of Dubuque, LeRoy (Margie) Helle of Hopkinton, Norma (Gerald) Kelchen of Manchester, George (Connie) Helle of Anamosa and Pearl (Harold) Kelchen of Ryan; 68 grandchildren; 109 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Norma (Laverne) Petsche of Dyersville, Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Bill Jaeger, John (Ruth) Jaeger, both of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1985; a son-in-law, John Schwendinger, in 2014; her parents; her step-mother, Coletta (Pottebaum) Jaeger; grandchildren Tom Kelchen, Wanda (Dave) Eilers, Dorothy Helle, and Barbara Koopmann; great-granddaughter Ashley Meyers; siblings Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel; and in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger and Mary Ann Jaeger.

Special thanks to Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care given to Joan over the past 20 years.

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



Catherine C. Christopherson

Catherine C. Christopherson, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Catherine was born on Feb. 9, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Barbara (Wethor) Schuster.
She is a US Navy Veteran, having served from 1944 to 1946. She married LaVern Christopherson on June 27, 1948 at St. Joseph Church Key West.

Catherine loved being with family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with LaVern after retirement. Her loves included sewing, quilting, and cooking.

She is survived by her 4 children, Diane (David) Griffin, Ronald (Denise) Christopherson, Joan (Chris) Lagen, all of Dubuque and Gary Christopherson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 7 grandchildren, Jenny (Ron) Uthe, Jolene (Chad) Darter, Mike (Laurie) Griffin, Jason (Mollie) Christopherson, Kevin Christopherson, Sarah (Chris) Conlan, and Kate (Justin) Steger; 12 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Brody, and Riley Uthe, Cece and Ally Darter, Emmett Griffin, Jordan Johnson, Finn, Natalie, and Gabe Christoperson, Cordelia Conlan, and Avalyn Steger; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern; her parents; three brothers, Clarence, Joe, and Ray Schuster; and three sisters, Margaret Bradford, Mary Donovan, and Loretta Sisler.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care they gave to Catherine. A special thank you to her nieces Dorothy, Karen and Elaine for their friendship, love, and many laughs.

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



Karen K. Spechtenhauser

Karen K. Spechtenhauser, 70, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 4 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Friday from 2 pm until time of service.

Karen was born September 19, 1944 in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Marie (Krueger) Steinbirger. She married Robert Spechtenhauser on October 25, 1963 in Dubuque.
She worked for the Telegraph Herald and for Jeff Upmann with the Chicago Tribune. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband, Robert Spechtenhauser of Dubuque, two children, Robyn (Robert) Ferres of Quasqueton, Iowa and Robert (Caroline) Spechtenhauser of Burnsville, Minn.; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris Mayne) Leppert, Krystal Thompson and Tyler (Julie Petsch) Thompson, all of Dubuque and Alexis (Indiana Roberts) Bandy of Moundsview, Minn.; five great grandchildren, Alex Leppert, Abby Mayne, Andrew Mayne, Rylie Neyens and Sam Thompson; four sisters, Ellen Baker of Inverness, Fla., Harriet Davis of Mulberry, Fla., Terri "Theresa" (Bruce) McSperrin of Dubuque and Sandra Hennessey of Marion, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Thomas.

A Karen Spechtenhauser Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sarah E. Gross

Sarah Elizabeth Gross, 25 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah was born on October 28, 1989 in Dubuque, the daughter of James Gross and Janice Weig.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, the class of 2008. Sarah loved to spend time with her family and friends on a personal level as well as her social network. She had a passion for reading and going to movies especially at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque. Sarah showed unconditional love to everyone. Her outreach with social media extended not just here but abroad. Her care and love surpassed that of an average individual especially with the care of her "Mum" Janice. With Sarah being her Daddy's Girl and mother's pride and joy she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her father Jim (Deena) Gross, of Dubuque and mother Janice Weig, of Dubuque, Step-brothers; Tim (Randy) Perry, Cody Perry, and Doug Perry all of Dubuque, Grandparents; Richard and Joan Gross of Fairfield, Ohio, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and all of her "Besties", you know who you are.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Jim and Marcella Wieg and at a young age and an uncle David Wieg who passed before Sarah was born and aunts Mary LuGrain and Sharon Hefel.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and staff at Mercy ICU for they're tremendous care they gave to Sarah.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Jack Lee Ruff

Jack Lee Ruff, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, February 23, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. A private gathering of family and friends will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jack Lee Ruff was born on March 4, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Frederick Charles and Margaret Louise (Taylor) Ruff. He was educated in Maquoketa and Elwood schools and served in the U.S. Army for 5 years until receiving his honorable discharge. He married Janelle Joy Hoenicke on May 3, 1969 in Sterling, Illinois.

Jack had worked at Bob's Body shop in Maquoketa for a couple years, then Clinton Engines, and from 1969 to 2001 for Collis Inc. in Clinton as a wire straightener operator.

Jack liked gardening, bowling, camping, fishing, mushrooming, playing pool and poker, and spending time with friends and family.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife, Janelle Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; children Tammy Baker of Maquoketa, IA, Tim (Andrea) Ruff of Ypsilanti, MI, Tanya (John) Fultner of Maquoketa, IA, and Twyla Mohr of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Clarence (Velene) Ruff of Lost Nation, IA, Carl (Bertie) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA, and Chuck (Liz) Ruff of Chicago, IL; a sister, Irma Sue, of Pearl City, HI; and 12 grandchildren, Greg Fultner, Cassie Fultner, Paige Baker, Adam Ruff, Ally Ruff, Jenny Ruff, Hannah Fultner, Hayley Fultner, April Mohr, Erica Mohr, Aaron Mohr and Lexi Dunham. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Ruff; and a sister, Francis Uribe.

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



Elizabeth A. Dalsing

Elizabeth A. Dalsing, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Private burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth is survived by 5 children, Linda (Jim) Erpelding, Stephen (Mary) Dalsing, Susan (Dave) Placke, Debbie (Marshall) Grice, and Lisa Dalsing. Eleven Grandchildren, sixteen Great grand children, a brother Leonard (Bev) Helbing, two sisters; Joan (Merlin) Patzner and Elaine (Dave) Lange.

She was preceded in death by her husband Delmar Dalsing and daughter Sharon Burd.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Nurses and staff of Heritage manor and Hospice of Dubuque especially her granddaughter Sarah Fern.



Robert D. Anderson

Robert D. "Hunk" Anderson, 89, of Assisi Village, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hunk was born on May 6, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Dewell and Mildred (Brennan) Anderson. He married Mary Jo Duggan on Sept. 7, 1946. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was employed at Anderson-Weber for 52 years.

Hunk had a great love of God and family, and was an avid Notre Dame fan. He will be missed by many.

Surviving are his children, Bob (Debbie) Anderson, Jody (David) Rowell, Peggy (Stan) Olszewski, Chris (LuAnne) Anderson, Amy (Mark Hill) Anderson, and Nancy (Jaffer) Bashey; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Don) Hesselman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo; daughter Teri Anderson; and grandchildren Chris Anderson Jr. and Heather Klauer.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to GiGi's Play House, "Achievement for Individuals with Down Syndrome" and the Dubuque Boys & Girls Club.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Mark Liaboe for their continued care and support.

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



Darlene M. Smock

Darlene M. Smock, 73, of Worthington, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at her residence.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a parish vigil will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Douglas Loecke will concelebrate.

Darlene was born July 11, 1941, in Placid, IA, the daughter of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger. She graduated from St. Paul High School with the Class of 1959. She married Merrill "Bud" Smock on Dec. 5, 1959, at Manchester, Iowa. Darlene spent her life supporting her husband's military career and raising their family. When Bud retired, they settled in Worthington.

Darlene was the best wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family more than anything. She believed in the good in people, loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed sharing this gift with everyone.

Darlene will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend, Merrill "Bud"; children: Gary (Judy) Smock of Cedar Rapids, Sharon (Dave) Walters of Eau Claire, WI, Teri Smock, Mary Smock and Larry (Mary Jo), all of Worthington, and Geri (Jamie) Konrardy of Dyersville; grandchildren: Cari (Erik) Graham, Christopher (special friend Katie Kramer) Smock, Mackenzie Walters, Josh (Andi) Smock, Jessica Smock, and Ben, Alec and Elyse Konrardy; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; a sister-in-law, Marian Burger, of New Vienna; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Richard; her parents-in-law, Glennie and Alberta Smock; a brother, John Burger; and 2 sisters-in-law, Doryce Reid and Delores (George) Trogden.

Thanks to Fr. Quint, Fr. Dole and Fr. Loecke for their wonderful spiritual support, and special thanks to Dr. Kukla and staff and the staff at Mercy Home Care.

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



Barbara J. Hummel

Barbara J. Hummel, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Barbara's life, funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Barbara's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Barbara was born on April 30, 1942, in Galena, IL, daughter of Clifford and Florence (Anger) Dunbar.

Barbara was a hard worker. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 10 years and later went to work for several places, including Luigi's. In her free time, Barbara enjoyed going fishing, boating, doing cross word puzzles, cross stitching and watching science fiction and reality tv shows. Her family was very important to Barbara.

Barbara is survived by her children, Randy Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Scott Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Vickie (Robert) Manning, Kansas City, MO, Darcy (Ronald) Hammel, Dubuque, IA; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her sisters, JoAnn McCaslin, Kansas City, MO, Tara Winger, Dubuque, IA; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Voseberg, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Shirley Dunbar, Hazel Green, WI.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Voseberg; a grandson, Jeremiah Voseberg; two brothers, Meridth and Ronald Dunbar; her life-long partner, Willard Loney.

A Barbara J. Hummel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sylvia H. Nebel

Sylvia H. Nebel, 73 of Cascade formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday February 19, 2015 at home.
Family and friends may gather from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday February 23, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 6:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born on January 29, 1942 in Dearborn, MI. She married Gary L. Nebel December 5, 1964 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2014.

She is survived by her children Mike (Darlene) McGinnis, of Michigan, Sherry (Jeff) Kane, of Dubuque and Alan (Cloris) Nebel, of Waterloo, Iowa. Seven grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey, Nicole, Bradley, Parker, Steven, and Allison. Her siblings, Steven McDonough, Michael, McDonough and Sheila Nolan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother Jim Butler.

The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Riverbend Assisted living in Cascade.

In lieu of flowers a Sylvia Nebel memorial fund has been established.



Howard K. Bruggemann

Howard K. Bruggemann, 83, of Dubuque, and formerly of Dyersville died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home at 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137 service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home, Monday day prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born September 28, 1931, in Edgewood, Iowa the son of Florian and Henrietta (Roling) Bruggemann.  He married Theresa O'Connor on December 12, 1959, in Clinton, Iowa.  Howard served in the US Army during the Korean War on the 38th Parallel.  He was a member of the Dyersville Fire Dept. from 1959-1984, Dyersville American Legion Post 137, Dyersville Sportsman's Club and St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa, four daughters: Patricia (James) Doran of Sartell, MN, Barb (Earl) Burkle and Ellen (Dan) Becker , both of Waverly and Kate Lacy of Dubuque, nine grandchildren: Jesse (Kristin) Burkle and Janel (fiancé Joe Whaley) Burkle, Rachel Givens, Allie (Lucas) Boyle, Jamie & Tim Becker, Kayli & Macade Lacy and Nevie Lacy-Olson; 3 step grandchildren: Amanda and Christopher Doran and Laura Case; seven great grandchildren: Joy, Jaylin, Jacey and Karley Burkle, Evelynn and Brielle Boyle, Addalynn Becker, and one sister, Lila Niday of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Henrietta Bruggemann, step father, John Sternhagen, a sister, Jean (Leverne) Platz, and brother-in-law, Frank Niday.

We would like to thank the caring and patient staff at Luther Manor for all their help and kindness.  Special thanks to the angels from Hospice, especially Cyndi.

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

 

 



James F. Oeth

James F. "Jim" Oeth, age 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:53 a.m. on Thursday, February19, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA.

Jim was born on January 9, 1935, in Dubuque, son of Phillip and Hortense (Oberhoffer) Oeth.

Jim married Mavis M. Anderson on April 26, 1958, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. She preceded him in death after 54 years of marriage on April 27, 2012. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957. He was a Senior Engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years. Jim enjoyed spending his free time boating, camping and traveling with his family. His fondest hours were spent in the shop turning the wrenches and rebuilding cars.

Jim is survived by his children, James Oeth Jr., Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Torben) Groth, Libertyville, IL; three grandchildren, Martin, Kristoffer and Camilla; one sister, Mary Cass, Beloit, WI; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Anderson, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mavis; three siblings, Phyllis Thoma, Phillip Oeth and Dorothy Butson.

A James F. Oeth memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Mill Valley Care Center for their wonderful care of Jim.

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

 



Kathryn Louise Maus-DeMoss

Kathryn Louise "Mouse" Maus-DeMoss, 59, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a closing service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Not only was Kathy a loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother, but she was also a loyal friend and fierce protector of those she loved. She was an avid card player with a never-ending love of Canasta. Kathy possessed a rebellious creativity that she poured into everything from her poetry to her sewing, to her notorious cooking. The world got a little more dim with her passing yet heaven has become a whole lot brighter.

She is survived by her husband, Randy DeMoss; five children, Scott (Jennifer) Coffman, of Olathe, KS, Christopher Coffman, of Dubuque, IA, Nicole DeMoss-Scovel of Bellevue, IA, Lynsi DeMoss and Allison DeMoss of Monticello, IA; ten grandchildren: Cole, Logan, Caleb, Alexis, Caden, Jayden, Lily, Laila, Trey, Lexi, and Kayla; and one great-grandchild, Skyler; four sisters, Pam Wachendorf, Debbie (Kevin) Linden, Colleen (Clarence) Brandenburg and Norann Long; two brothers, Robert (Nancy) Michael and Eugene Michael; her mother-in-law, Lois DeMoss; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary Michael.

We would like to say a special Thank-You to Dr. Toby Campbell and the great staff at the Carbone Cancer Treatment Center in Madison, WI; Dr. Lawrence Hutchison and his staff at Tri-State Family Practice; and Hospice of Dubuque for all that they have done.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Ruby Margaret Crowl

Ruby Margaret (Warden) Crowl, 89, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, with her husband, Ray, by her side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Ruby was born April 12, 1925 in Polk City, IA, the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. (Zackery) Warden.
She married Ray E. Crowl, son of Herbert and Lenore Crowl of Goldfield, IA, on May 19, 1945 in Madison, WI, while Ray was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Ruby was active in the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque and served as Sunday School Teacher, Chairman of the Prayer Chain, and Member of the Women's Society. She truly loved and enjoyed her family.
Ruby lived a life full of love, and was never without her trademark smile and positive attitude. She was truly a kind, faith-filled, beautiful, compassionate, loving, sweet, and caring woman in every sense of the word. Hardly a day went by that Ruby wasn't expressing her love and pride for her great-grandchildren and encouraging them to do what made them happy. Neither did a day go by without her husband of 69 years by her side. She and Ray were inseparable, like two peas in a pod. The love they shared was obvious to anyone who saw them during their frequent dates at Olive Garden, walks around Dubuque's Kennedy Mall, and visits to Church. It would be selfish to say that we will miss her terribly, because we know we are not the only ones. Many, many people were touched by her presence. We are just so lucky that we were able to know her and to love her.

Surviving is her husband, Ray; two children, Joyce (Dan) Busch of Dickeyville, WI and Greg (Andrea) Crowl of Cape Coral, FL; as well as five grandchildren, Tina Mowery, Terry Busch, Tracy Cushman, Christian Fisher, and Erik Fisher; and 14 great-grandchildren, Megan, Jesse, Emilie, Nathan, Natalie, Caitlyn, Sydney, Austin, Thayden, Ian, Adeleine, Quinn, Tegan and Tate;  and one sister, Zetta (Maynard) Gruver, of Des Moines, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nine sisters and two brothers.

Ruby's family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate, his nurse, for the wonderful care provided to Ruby.

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



Marilyn J. Leslein

Mrs. Marvin (Marilyn Jean) Leslein, 86, of Heritage Manor died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn was born to John and Anna (Hedrick) Kerth on October 1, 1928 in Dubuque County.
She attended Dubuque Senior High School. In the early 1940's she began singing over the Radio on KDTH in regular scheduled programming, with the Clarence Zahina Band and Bob Gribben. She also sang every Saturday night at the Barndance held at the Melody Mill in Dubuque. Later she became a receptionist at KDTH.
She married Marvin H. Leslein on January 4, 1947 at Immanuel Church in Dubuque. Four years later she left one career to begin a new one as a fulltime homemaker and mother. She enjoyed her music, gardening, cooking, sewing and much more.

Marilyn was the best wife, mother, grandmother and sister that anyone could ask for and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Marvin; children, Cynthia Leslein, of Dubuque, and Randall Leslein, of Rice Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, Brooke (Todd) Gassman, Peosta, IA., and Justin Leslein, Chicago, Ill.; three great- grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Russell) Kerth, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her son, David; parents; five sisters, Doris Stackis, Ruth Kohnen, Annette Ament, Virginia Kerth, Marge White; and brothers, Russell Kerth and Robert Kerth.

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



Ruth Ann Haugen

Ruth Ann Haugen, 70 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 23, 2015 at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa, 1197 Old Stage Road. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd in Dubuque, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Glenwood West Cemetery.

Ruth Ann was born June 3, 1944 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of Art and Marian (Rufferidge) Moen. She attended elementary school in Waukon, and graduated from Decorah High School in 1962. Ruth Ann worked for the Dubuque Packing Company until its closing, then she tended bar at various establishments in Dubuque, before retiring because of illness in September of 2014. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she took much joy in collecting carnival glass and other antiques.

Survivors include her children, Brian Haugen and his son, Aaron; Suzanne (Fiancée Rob Hentrich) Stumpf and her children, Nicole, Alex, Grace, John, Jolie; Ken (Julie) Haugen and their children, Paige, Jack, William; Charles Haugen and his children Britini (Omar), and Joshua ; her partner, Joe Hendrix; great-grandchildren, Lily, Bella, Anaya, Avanni, and Omar, Jr., and many other extended relatives.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jeanette Bohr, Dale Moen, Ronald Moen, Ernest Moen, and her favorite Uncle, Galin Rufferidge.

The family would like to thank Dr. Longo, Dr. Konz, Staff of Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for your special care of Ruth Ann.

A memorial fund has been established in Ruth Ann's memory.

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



Mary M. Duffy

Mary Mildred "Millie" Duffy, 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm.

Mildred was born on Sept. 20, 1918 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anton A. and Eleanor (Kelsh) Freund.
She married Patrick E. Duffy on April 22, 1946 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1990.

Mildred graduated from the Mercy College of Nursing in 1939. She served our country during WWII as an Army Nurse.

After the war she returned to Dubuque and was a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital and Manor Care.
She was a member of Dubuque American Legion Post #6 and a life member of the Pompano Beach American Legion Post #142.

Surviving are her children Jean (Karl) Kohnen, of Dubuque, Kit (Raymond) Kengott, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Colleen Duffy, of Dubuque, and Margaret (Steven) Canter of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; four grandsons; David (Sarah) Kohnen, Michael (Valerie) Kohnen, Daniel Kohnen and John Canter; three granddaughters, Laura (Don) Stanner, Sarah (Rob) Hofer, and Rachel Canter; four great grandsons and three great granddaughters; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Freund, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Joan Ellen Duffy and, Dr. Sister Mary Susan Duffy, RSM, M.D.; and two brothers, Robert and George Freund.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Raphael's Cathedral. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

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



Benedetta M. Pitz

Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 10:08 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at home with her loving family. To honor Benny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Benny's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Benedetta was born on August 15, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Mercurio A. and Rosina (Giunta) Pusateri.

Benny graduated from the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong Dubuque resident. When she was young, Benny loved to go dancing at Melody Mill, where she met a handsome young man named Bernard Pitz. Benny and Bernard married on November 22, 1945, at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1994. Benny worked with her father and brothers at Pusateri Fruit and Food Store on 11th and Main and later went into partnership with her brothers who opened Pusateri Restaurant in the mid 1950's. She later gave her portion of the restaurant to her brothers. Benny later went to work for the Holiday Inn and Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque in the hospitality and the laundry departments until her retirement. After she retired, Benny began cleaning private homes in Dubuque. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and Rosary Society. Benny loved cooking and baking for special occasions and was famous for her crisp green beans and Italian tossed salad. She had a kind heart and was always willing to drop what she was doing to help someone in need. Family was extremely important to Benny and they always came 1st. She especially loved getting together during holidays.

Benny is survived by her daughter, Rosemary (Daryl) Wickre, Dubuque, IA; her five grandchildren, Jeremiah (Erin) Wickre, Olivia (Mike) Foht, Terrance (Michele) Wickre, Samuel (Jill Garcia) Wickre and Josie Wickre; her six great-grandchildren, Titan and Izabella Foht, Jacob and Lucas Wickre, Kimber Wickre and Aubrina Buol; very special friends, Bob (Karen) Sudmeier, Jeff, Michael and Abbey and their spouses.

Benny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; a sister, Rosemary "Little Rosie" Pusateri; and two brothers, Mike and Gus Pusateri.

A Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Kathy, for their wonderful care of Benny. Also thanks to Bob and Judy Ellis and the residents of Applewood #3 for their friendship and hospitality these past few years.

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

 



Edith M. Kedley

Edith M. (Bell) Kedley, 89 of Dubuque, formerly of Cascade, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at St. Matthias Parish - St. Martin Church in Cascade. Family will greet family and friends 3 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a scripture service will be conducted at 7 pm., additional visitation will be one hour prior mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Cascade.

Edith was born December 3, 1925 in Worthington, the daughter of Clarence N. and Olive M. (Schnier) Bell. She married Orland F. Kedley on October 4, 1952 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, he passed on June 24, 2004. Edith was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of St. Martin Church, and Cascade Chapter of Catholic Daughters of America. She and Orland farmed the Kedley family farm, until retiring into town. Edith enjoyed working in her gardens, baking, and sewing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Judy (Dean) Boge, Tom Kedley, Beverly Kedley, Doris Kedley, and Joan (Dean) Fingerson all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Matt (Jill) Boge, Anna Boge, and Jordan Boge; great granddaughter, Harper Boge; siblings, Tom (Jeannette) Bell and Kay (LaVern) Gansemer; in-laws, Marion Bell, Laura Willenbring, Arlene Bell, Betty Bell, and Imelda Beringer.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orland; a daughter, Margie Jean Kedley; siblings, John Bell, James Bell, Rose (Don) Willenbring, Herbert Bell, Louis Bell; in-laws, Paul (Hilda) Kedley, Leonard Kedley, Donald Kedley, Curtis (Mae) Kedley, Carmelita (Marcellus) Westemeir, Melba (William Riniker and Nick) Bertling, Orville Kedley, Ione (Arnie) Beringer, and Bill Beringer.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center for your care of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during this time.

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

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



Richard L. Miller

Richard L. "Rich" Miller, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015, at his home.

A celebration of Rich's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Richard Leslie Miller was born on April 13, 1942 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William O. and Lena M. (Engel) Miller, Sr. He attended Clinton County country schools. He married Linda Kay Watters on January 13, 1963 at the RLDS Church in Fulton, Iowa.

Rich had first worked for J.I. Case in Bettendorf and later for J.I. Case in East Moline, Illinois, retiring in 1992. He had also worked for a short time in between for Cheney Implement in DeWitt for a year. In retirement he worked for T & J Manufacturing in Maquoketa for a couple years, and lastly owned and operated M & M Small Engine Repair with his good friend Jim McNamee for several years.

Rich was a lifetime member of the NRA with a membership in the NRA Worthington Center. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, target shooting, old tractors and gas engines, bowling, stock car racing and playing the guitar with friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Linda Kay Miller of Delmar, IA; a son Randy Miller of Delmar, IA; his twin brother Ronald (Betty) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren Erin (Billy) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Eric Miller of Delmar, IA, and Scott Miller of Delmar, IA; 2 great-grandchildren Alexis and Cora; and 4 step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Holly, Abby and Erin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth, William and John, infant brothers Donald and Harold, and 2 sisters Mildred Saunders and Lucille Saunders.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard L. "Rich" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Francis C. Funk

Francis C. "Bud" Funk, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 at home. To honor Bud's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To honor Bud's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity. Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 at a later date. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Francis was born on December 28, 1925, in Clearwater, NE, son of Rudolph and Margaret Mary (McCarthy) Funk.

Bud grew up on the family farm with five sisters and one brother. He attended the University of Dubuque Flight School and became a US Navy pilot near the end of WW II. While in Dubuque, he met his future wife, Rita Conry. They were married on May 30, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity. Together they shared their early married life between Dubuque and Nebraska. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2011, after 64 years of marriage. Bud was employed in Production Control and Computer Services for the John Deere Dubuque Works for over 26 years, retiring as an engineer in May of 1982. He was a member of the Church of the Nativity, where he was an usher, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the John Deere Supervisor Club and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bud is survived by his children, Mary Anne (Dennis) Barry, Dubuque, IA, William Funk, Eudora, KS, Michael Funk, Rockledge, PA; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his siblings, Patricia Beckman, Sugarland, TX, Margaret Mary Thoendel, Gretna, NE.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 64 years, Rita; a son, Patrick on January 9, 2015 in Michigan; his siblings, Kathryn Hynes, Charlotte Mae Sehi, Norma Jean Black and John Funk.

A Francis C. "Bud" Funk memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Frances E. Kieler

Frances Evelyn Kieler, 87, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by her loving family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Her final resting place will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Frances was born on April 20, 1927, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Rose (Hufnagel) Leibfried. On June 17, 1947, Frances married Ambrose Kieler at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Together they farmed in rural Cuba City where they were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Frances was formerly a member of the St. Rose Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, gardening, praying the rosary, volunteering at the Cuba City Meal Site and playing bingo with the residents at the nursing home. She greatly enjoyed playing games and cards with her grandchildren and putting puzzles together. Frances played canasta with a special group of ladies in her neighborhood.

Frances' family would especially like to thank the staff at Epione Pavilion, Dr. White and Dr. Tinsman, for their kind and compassionate care of their mother for the last five and a half years. Frances was dearly loved by the nursing home staff and all who met her. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend, and she will be greatly missed.

Frances is survived by three sons, Ronald Kieler, Randy (Donna) Kieler and Terry (Kim) Kieler, all of Cuba City; five daughters, Jane O'Brien, of Montfort, Judy (Steve) Cushman, of Cassville, Mary Kay (Dean) Booth, of Cuba City, Ruth (Steve) Crubaugh, of Waupun, and Cindy (Tim) Morrissey, of Cuba City; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister Ann (Mark) Langkamp, of Indiana.

Frances will now be reunited with her husband, Ambrose; a son, Samuel; an infant daughter, Rose Ann; a son-in-law, John O'Brien; a great-granddaughter, Lauren White; her parents, John and Rose; three brothers, James, Louis and Bernard Leibfried; and four sisters, Mary Elskamp, Inez Ehlers, Velma Kruser and Doris Runde.

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



Phillip M. French

Phillip Michael French, 58 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday February 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Phil was born on December 15, 1956 in Agency, Iowa the son of Jack and Beatrice (Keck) French.

He is a retired truck driver and drove for various trucking companies. Phil was a faith filled person who attended church frequently.

He is survived by six children, Dave (Colleen) Lindecker, of Dubuque, Rich Lindecker, of Dubuque, Phillip French, of Dubuque, Michelle Rodriguez, of Dubuque, Mike French, Stacy French, of Madison, WI. Six grandchildren, two sisters, Terri Houlahan, of Beloit, WI, and Lisa Bream, of Iowa City, Iowa. and his former wife Berneice French, of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents.



Mathilda A. Yaeger

Mathilda A. "Tillie" Yaeger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center holding the hand of her loving sister.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery.

Tillie was born August 13, 1935 in Norman, IN, the daughter of Everett and Dorothy (Adams) Brown. She married Frederick M. "Fritz" Yaeger on November 20, 1965 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1993.
Tillie enjoyed making and selling her crafts; loved spending time with her family and she loved cooking hobo dinners for her friend Gene and taking care of him.
Tillie is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Tillie is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth (Marvin) Stowers of Dubuque; her step-son Michael Yaeger of TN; four grandchildren, Ronald (Kristy) Follman, and their children, Adrianna, Taylor, and Emma, Jaymie Jo (Joseph Koppes) Follman, and their children Dahlton and Pennijo, and Olivia Stowers, and Trevor Stowers, all of Dubuque; a step-granddaughter, Rachael Yaeger of TN; her sister, Rita Brothers of Dubuque;a brother-in-law, Pete Lightfoot; and several nieces and nephews, including her two special nephews, Albert Torrey Jr. and Tim Torrey; and one special niece, Debbie Zeigafuse; and a very close friend of the family, Gene Johnson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brothers Richard (Dorothy) in adulthood, and Ralph Brown in infancy; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Othel) Caraway, Marjorie (Albert)Torrey, and Mary Lightfoot, and a brother-in-law, Del Brothers.

Memorials may be made to Mathilda "Tillie" Yaeger Memorial Fund.

Thank You to Kristy Follman for all her loving help and Dennis Streif, her eucharistic minister and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Marie J. Meloy

Marie J. (Cain) Meloy, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015, at Luther Manor Retirement Community.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 19 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will greet friends and relatives from 3 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Marie was born Sept. 9, 1920, to Paul and Catherine (Cloos) Cain of Dubuque. She married Augustine "Gus" Meloy of Bernard, Iowa, in 1942, at St. Columbkille Church, Dubuque. Together they raised eight children.
She retired after twenty years of service in the dietary department of Marian Hall Infirmary, Mount Carmel.
Marie will be missed beyond words by her family; she was their rock. A loving, giving person, she brought joy and comfort to all who knew her.

She is survived by sons Robert, Loras (Sue), and Kevin; and daughters Judith Bandy and Patricia Schissel of Dubuque; and Maureen (Dean) Benda of Tama, Iowa, and Sharon (Jack) Schlueter of Simi Valley, Calif.; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Huseman; sisters-in-law Irene McMahon, Jeannine Cain, Mary Jane Cain, and Sally Cain; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Ronald, and siblings Allan, Margaret (Dale) Chambers, Wilma (Melvin) Hingtgen, Robert (Shirley), John, LeRoy, and Donald.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Luther Manor, Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care for Marie, and a special thank you to Dr. Osama Khatib for many years of excellent care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie Meloy Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Polly A. Mason

Polly Ann Pusateri Mason, 58, of Dubuque, announced her intent to go to Heaven, Monday, February 16, 2015 and left quietly at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Church of the Nativity on Alta Vista with Msgr. Jim Miller officiating. Her burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Nativity Church with the rosary at 2 p.m.

Polly was born on April 10, 1956, in Dubuque, the oldest daughter of Sam T. and Lois (Slade) Pusateri. She was expected on April Fool's day but tricked everyone and made them wait 10 more days. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1974 and married Perry Mason of Dubuque on September 25, 1987 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, because she needed a good lawyer.

Polly worked as a travel agent for more than 20 years until her pride and joy, Anthony, was born. Then Polly turned her attention to her family and was busy as ever caring for everyone that needed her. Polly was a wonderful daughter, mother, wife, sister, caretaker, neighbor, and daughter-in-law because she was always there to pitch in.

Polly volunteered her time to the success of the third of July Fireworks and Air Show and Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque by extending her warm hospitality to the traveling military.

Polly had the most delightful wit and found humor in every situation. She loved to entertain, read and truly appreciated beauty in God's earth and had little garden retreats all around her house every spring.

She is survived by her kind husband, Perry Mason (not really a lawyer), her son, Anthony "Tony" Mason; her sisters, Betsy Poe and Jenny Steil; her brothers, Joel and Philip Pusateri and twenty-five nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lois Pusateri; two sisters, Audrey and Amy Pusateri, and a brother Eugene Michael Purateri.

The family would like to thank the amazing nurses and doctors at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for their extraordinarily loving care; and a special thanks to Deacon Dave McGhee, Msgr. Jim Miller and Father Bob Gross.

In lieu of flowers a Polly Mason Memorial Fund has been established.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of
arrangements.

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



Margaret C. Spoerre

Margaret C. Spoerre, age 91, of Shawnee, KS, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at St. Luke's Summit House. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret was born on July 5, 1923, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Eugene F. and Viola (Arensdorf) Scheckel.

Margaret was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1941. Margaret married Walter J. Spoerre on June 21, 1947, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1999. She had a strong work ethic, starting as an operator and advancing to a supervisor position with Northwest Bell Telephone Company. Margaret worked as a receptionist with DuTrac Community Credit Union until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church and the Immaculate Conception Classmate Luncheon Group.

Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in teaching her children the value of hard work. She enjoyed traveling and made countless trips visiting her family. Margaret was an excellent cook and baker, always making enough to share, to the delight of her family, friends and neighbors. Her cakes and cookies were famous.

Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin E. (Linda) Spoerre, Merriam, KS, LoLa A. (Patrick) Feeney, Shawnee, KS, Merlin A. (Janette) Spoerre, Prior Lake, MN, Mary M. Spoerre, Irvine, CA; her grandchildren, Kim Spoerre, Lee (Vania) Spoerre, Brian Spoerre, Katherine and Jennifer Feeney; her 4 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years, Walter and 1 sister.

A Margaret C. Spoerre memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. Oyen

Eileen M. Oyen, 98, Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Lady Lake, Fla., passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Anthony's Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Eileen was born on November 19, 1916 in Jamestown Township of Grant County, WI, daughter of Ralph and Matilda (Jacobi) Northaus.

She married Melvin F. Oyen on November 14, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, WI. They lived in Dubuque until 1986 when they moved to Lady Lake, FL. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2000.

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to work on multiple craft projects and to play cards.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald (Peg) Oyen of Medford, N.J. and Kenneth Oyen of Liberty, Mo.; one daughter, Joyce (Eric) Schmidt of Leesburg, Fla.; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Marion Wallenhorst of Platteville, Wis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ernzen; a brother, Ervin Northaus; a sister, Martha Tranel; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Oyen.

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Barbara K. Tubbs

Barbara K. Tubbs, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara Kay Manning was born on November 6, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ellsworth Harvey and Pauline Lucille (Doty) Manning. She attended Maquoketa High School and received her Administrative and Secretarial degree from Clinton Community College. She married Michael Ray Tubbs, Sr. on June 14, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara worked as an administrative secretary for both Area Residential Care in Dubuque for 20 years, and part-time for 16 years at ARK Advocates in Dubuque.

Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa and TOPS. She enjoyed camping, boating, reading the Bible, going for walks, and watching television with her Daschund Fritz. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include her husband Michael R. Tubbs, Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; children Michael R. Tubbs, Jr. of West Branch, IA, Melissa Inola Cavanaugh of Altoona, WI, and Jody Lee (Jason) Pellett of Menomonie, WI; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; a brother Ellsworth Manning, Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Lucille Ranthum of Maquoketa, IA, Joann Brandenberg of Delaware, IA, and Debbie Manning of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

 



Marie A. Farrell

Marie A. Farrell, 94, of Naperville, Illinois, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on February 15, 2015, at St. Patrick's Residence in Naperville, Illinois.

A private burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marie A. Howard was born on January 8, 1921 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Earl and Gladys (Springer) Howard. She grew up in Cedar Falls and was a high school graduate. She married Lloyd G. Farrell on June 6, 1947 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 28, 2003.

Marie was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and baking.

Those left to honor Marie's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Scott) Wille of Naperville, IL; and 2 grandchildren, Dr. Sarah (and her husband Dr. Zachary Burns) Wille and Betsy Wille. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 1 brother Earl and 3 sisters Verna, Marjorie and Maxine.

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

 



Bettymae Thompson

Bettymae Thompson, 82, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Heritage Manor. Funeral services will be 4 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 Kennedy road where visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bettymae was born March 9, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of L.E. "Earl" and Freda (Mauer) Thompson. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Bayless Business College.

She worked as a bookkeeper for the Telegraph Herald for 17 years and Kretschmer-Tredway for 23 years. She then worked as a representative-payee coordinator for the Department of Elder Affairs for four years.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she held many offices. She taught swimming for 40 years and first aid for 25 years for the American Red Cross and volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum Visitor Center for 17 years.

She is survived by a sister in law, Karen Thompson, Nieces and nephews, Julie Thompson Lahr, James (Lynn) Thompson, Terrance (Donna) Thompson, and GlenNiece (Jon) Kutsch and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gene Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Dubuque Arboretum and St. John Lutheran Church.

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



Earl L. Saunders

Earl L. Saunders, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Earl L. Saunders was born on Jan. 12, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Davis and Hazel (Watters) Saunders. He was a 1943 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School, and received his diploma while in the service. He joined the Navy in December of 1942 and was honorably discharged in January of 1946. He married Eva M. Miller on August 25, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2007.

After Earl's honorable discharge, he worked several years in the road construction department for the Iowa State D.O.T., several years at the Savanna Army Depot in Savanna, Ill., and for 25 years at KMAQ Radio Station in Maquoketa in the sales department.

Earl was an active member of the First United Methodist Church since his marriage. He had served on many committees, and was a member of its Fireside Class and the United Methodist Men. He was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He had also been a 4-H leader for 5 years for the Maquoketa Sod Busters.

Earl always enjoyed his family and friends, gardening, and working on the farm raising Black Angus cattle for many years.

Those left to honor Earl's memory include his children, Ralph (Bonnie) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA, and Joan (Mrs. Ron) Ringgenberg of Johnston, IA; sisters Betty Neiderhiser of Clarence, IA, and Carol Benson of South Wayne, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earl L. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to especially thank the physicians at Medical Associates and all the nurses and staff of Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Jerek Inoke Thomas Mitchell

Jerek Inoke Thomas Mitchell, infant son of Kara and Woodrow Mitchell of Maquoketa, received his angel wings on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jerek is survived by his parents Kara and Woodrow Mitchell of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Kailyn, Melodee and Gunnar; maternal grandparents Tom and Bonney Thede of Maquoketa, IA; and paternal grandmother Bonnie Mitchell of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Charles Mitchell III.

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

 



Rachel M. Kelchen

Rachel M. Kelchen, 96, of Worthington and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate with her nephew, Deacon Joe Schockemoehl assisting.

Rachel was born May 31, 1918 in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Ida (Greif) Schockemoehl.  She was a 1935 graduate of St. Paul High School and she attended summer school for two years at the University of Dubuque for a teaching certificate.  Rachel taught grades one through eight for two years from 1936-1938 at rural Worthington timber school, south of Worthington.  She married Raymond J. Kelchen on February 14, 1938 in Worthington, Iowa.  Together they farmed until their retirement in 1968.  Rachel was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and in later years she enjoyed reading, family get-togethers and playing cards with her friends.  She was a volunteer at the Dyer Doll House and secretary for Friends of the Library in Dyersville.  Rachel was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include one daughter: Janice (Alfred) Meyers of Worthington, three grandchildren: Connie (Alan) Kramer, Paul (Mindy) Meyers both of Farley and Jane (Russ) Boffeli of Cascade, seven great grandchildren: Kyle, Madeline and Lauren Kramer, Chloe and Hunter Meyers, Lidia and Ben Boffeli, in-laws: Pat Holub of Central City, Mary Ostwinkle of Epworth, Ella Gross and Lucille Kelchen of Cascade, along with many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ida Schockemoehl, her husband, Raymond on Dec. 3, 1990, two sons in infancy, siblings: Laura Schockemoehl, Marion (Nicholas) Radloff, Stella (Joseph) Comer, LaVerne (Stanley) Holub, Harold (Florence) Schockemoehl, Harriet (Samuel) Knepper, Grace (Marvin) Hirtz-Hinrichs, William (Magdalen) Schockemoehl.

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

 

 



Cynthia M. Willis

Cynthia M. "Cyndi" Willis, age 57, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Cyndi's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Cyndi's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Cyndi was born on September 27, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Delbert and Elizabeth (Clark) Walker.

Cyndi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Being a mother and grandmother were the most important aspects of Cyndi's life; her children were her world. In her free time she liked to go fishing and camping with her family. She also enjoyed going to Bingo, reading her books, cooking and spoiling her grandchildren. Some of Cyndi's fondest moments were playing cards with her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cyndi is survived by her children, Laura (Steve) Willis, Dubuque, IA, Kevin (Jennifer) Willis, Epworth, IA; her grandchildren, Tyler, Haley, Desiree, Caleb, Isabella and Natalie; her siblings, Vikki (Mark) Manemann, Sherry (Dave) Mai, Jim Walker, Dennis (Connie) Walker, all of the Dubuque area; her former husband, Dale Willis, Dubuque, IA.

Cyndi was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Kelly Clark and a sister-in-law, Linda Walker.

A Cynthia M. "Cyndi" Willis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald Hoppmann Jr.

Donald "Donnie" Hoppmann Jr., 58, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St, Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Donnie was born March 6, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Donald Sr. and Virginia (Swift) Hoppmann. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1974. He married Janet Hayes on August 18, 1978 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Donnie was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL, Farmland, and most recently at Rite-Hite. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed pheasant hunting. His hunting dogs were special to him, and he also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, horseshoes, and playing billiards with his family. Donnie was a humble man of few words. He was caring, friendly, and a true gentleman.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Jan, of Dubuque; two children, Allison (Larry) Johnston of Bixby, OK, and Andrew (fiancée Jessica Wagoner) Hoppmann of Clarinda, IA; one grandson, Cohen Johnston; his father, Donald Hoppmann Sr. of Dubuque; three brothers, Bob (Carroll) Hoppmann of AZ, Mark Hoppmann Sr., and Mike (Debbie) Hoppmann, both of Dubuque; four sisters, Mary (Bob) Schwartz of Apple River, IL, Patti DiGiacomo of Dubuque, Barb (Mike) Snyder of Overland Park, KS, and Linda Trimble of AZ; his brother in law, Mike (Peggy) Hayes of Bellevue, IA; four sisters in law, Carol (Bill) Mellgren of MN, Sue Beaver of CA, Linda Bakey of Dubuque, and Phyllis (Bill) Miehe of SC; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother; three brothers in law, George DiGiacomo, Mark Hayes, and Larry Beaver; and his parents in law, John and Joan Hayes.

The family would like to thank their friends and family for the continued love and support.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Hoppmann Jr. Memorial Fund.

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



Eugene H. Kremer

Eugene H. "Tex" Kremer, 89 of 9278 Olde Davenport Road died Friday February 13, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Saint Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone and Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of services, Tuesday at the Church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road are in charge of arrangements.

Tex was born in LaMotte, Iowa on March 10, 1925 the son of Frank and Helen (Bechen) Kremer. He married Joan Krogman on July 20, 1954 St. Bonifas Catholic Church in Clinton, IA.

Tex grew up in the LaMotte area and worked on the family farm. He later worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation until becoming the manager of the Table Mound and Spring Valley Trailer Parks, a job he held for many years working up into his 80's. Tex had a great passion for restoring antique cars, tractors, and old gas engines with the help of his son, Dennis. He was a charter member of the Antique Tractor Club, and enjoyed attending tractor pulls and events put on by the club.
Tex also enjoyed riding horses, dancing, and a good visit with friends, family and especially his grandchildren. Old time western music could always be heard coming from the house along with RFD TV, Wheel of Fortune, or Family Feud.

Tex is survived by his wife, Joan, of 60 years, his son Dennis (Ellen) Kremer and daughter Angela (Michael) Friederick all of Key West, grandchildren Audra (Mike) McLaughlin, Rebecca Kremer, Catherine Kremer, Brittany Friederick, and Blaine Friederick, a sister Georgene Krogman of Crossville, TN, and brothers and sisters in law Mildred Krogman, Donna Burke, Jerrie Krogman, Orville & Phyllis Krogman, Robert & Marijo Krogman and Merle & Mary Krogman along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Francis and Allan, and brothers in law Donald, Jerome, Kenneth and Arthur Krogman and James Burke.

Tex was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially breaking a stubborn horse, or by tuning up an old car or tractor. He will be missed by all who knew him.



Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D.

Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in St. Louis, MO. To honor Sr. Clare's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Notre Dame Mother House/Teresa Center, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay. To celebrate Sr. Clare's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Mother House. Burial will be in the Mother House Cemetery.

Being 1 of 13, Sr. Clare is survived by her siblings, Charles (Delores) Reinert, Dubuque, Bernard (Lori) Reinert, St. Louis, MO, Frank (Beverly) Reinert, Dubuque, Lucy Donovan, Andrew, IA, Peter (Betty) Reinert, Hazel Green, WI, Catherine Orman, San Francisco, CA, Raphael (Glenda) Reinert, Sherrill,, IA, Molly (Mike) Murray, Olney, IL; a sister-in-law, Karol Reinert, Dubuque.

Sr. Clare was preceded in death by her parents; 5 siblings, John (Margie) Reinert, Mary (Paul) Noesen, Joseph Reinert, Anthony (JoAnn) Reinert and Herman Reinert; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ken Donovan and Stan Orman.

Contributions to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay, MO 63125 appreciated.

 



LeRoy J. Gassmann

LeRoy J. Gassmann, age 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 12th, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection, with Fr. Joseph Wolfe officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

LeRoy was born on December 13th, 1936 in Petersburg, IA, the son of Aloysious and Leonette (Kluesner) Gassmann. He married Margaret Leyendecker on May 9th, 1959 at St. Paul's church in Worthington, Iowa. 

LeRoy graduated from Worthington High School in 1954. He served his country in the US Army for six years, starting when he was drafted in December of 1959. Twenty months of that time was spent in Hanau, Germany. He was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years as an equipment testman. He spent much of his time at a ball field either playing as a Worthington Cardinal or watching his children and grandchildren play the game he loved. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. His hobbies included: fishing, dancing, spending time betting on the dogs or throwing some money in the slot machines. Everyone knew he loved babies and babies loved him.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Margaret Gassmann, and 6 children: Brenda (Russ) Pfab of Dubuque, Iowa, Mark (Toni) of DeWitt, Iowa, Stacey (Eric) Ruff of Bettendorf, Iowa, Gary (Lynette) of Dubuque, Iowa, Tony (Tiffany Steiner) of Dubuque, Iowa, and Sara (Matt) Higgins of Spirit Lake, Iowa, 15 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way, 4 brothers: Lyle Gassmann of Dubuque, Iowa, Robert (Bev) Gassmann of Opelousas, Louisiana, Kenneth Gassmann of Bullhead City, Arizona, Gerald Gassmann of Davenport, Iowa, and 4 sisters: Betty Gotto of Bankston, Iowa, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Iowa , Mary Agnes (James) Schnier of Bellevue, Iowa, and Connie Lueck of Mineral Point, Wisconsin; a sister in law Betty Gassmann; and a brother in law Bob Fitzgerald both of Dyersville, Iowa.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysious and Leonette, his brothers Marvin (Pat) and John (Grace) Gassmann, his sisters Sylvia Fitzgerald and Eileen (Bill) Besler; and brothers in law Butch Gotto and Paul Knepper.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy K, Amy M, Anji, and Emily for all their support. Also, the fourth floor staff of Finley Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

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

 



Vivian M. Sisler

Vivian M. (Bray) Sisler, 93, of Galena, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2015 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Rev. Stanislaw Kos officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Monday at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, where the parish scripture service will be at 4 p.m. Monday.

Vivian was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Scales Mound, Ill., the daughter of Theodore and Clara (Kilcoyne) Bray.  She was united in marriage to Clyde M. Sisler on Jan. 26, 1941 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2001.

She was a graduate and class valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Scales Mound High School. 

Vivian was a member of St. Michael's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.  She formerly work at The Frame Shop gift shop in Galena.  She and Clyde were members of the Camp Delton Club at Lake Delton, Wisconsin for many years and loved to travel.

Vivian was very devoted to her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Lynn) Sisler of Galena and Gary (Suzannah) Sisler of Madison, Wisconsin, her grandchildren, Paul, Brad, and Andy Sisler and Shannah Garofalo, her great grandchildren, Mia Garofalo, Elly and Brie Sisler, Graham and Evan Sisler and Nicco Garofalo and her Bray nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Clara, her husband Clyde, her daughter Cherillyn Kay "Cheri" Sisler on April 17, 2014 and a brother Robert "Bob" Bray.

Vivian's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their Mother.

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

 

 

 



Robert C. Bailey

Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr., 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, February 13, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa following a battle with leukemia.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Robert Charles Bailey, Jr. was born on November 4, 1957, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert Charles and Waive Pearl (Widel) Bailey, Sr. He was a 1976 graduate of Delwood High School. After 26 years, he married his true love Linda on July 8, 2006 by the pond on their farm near Letts, Iowa.

Bob was a farmer, and a talented carpenter who had owned and operated Bob Bailey Construction for many years.

Bob enjoyed antique tractors, farming and Jeep off-roading. He especially loved spending time with his family and being on the farm.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife Linda Bailey of Maquoketa, IA; Linda's two children whom he loved and raised as his own, Brian (Lisa) Manderscheid of Maquoketa, IA, and Paula (Chris) Brewer of Montgomery, IL; 2 granddaughters Lainey Estelle Brewer and Bailey Kathryn Brewer; a brother Kenneth (Judy) Bailey of Delmar, IA; and sisters Mary Ann Bailey of Maquoketa, IA, and Karen Hagenow of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Miles Franklin Brewer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gregory L. Wiest

Gregory L. Wiest, 74, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 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 after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Greg was born on June 24, 1940, in Cassville, Wisconsin, the son of Kenneth and Ann (Pellock) Wiest. He married Ann Berning on September 24, 1966. She preceded him in death on January 22, 2012.

Greg will be remembered and loved for many things in his life. He worked at and retired from John Deere after 30 years. He made so many lasting friendships from there. He coached basketball for 35 years at many different levels. He influenced, inspired, and touched the lives of hundreds of young men during that time. Greg was a devoted husband and father. He was married to our mother, Ann, for 45 years and helped raise two young boys to adulthood. During his last 14 years, he also took a special interest in his three grandsons, Lucas, Nick, and Jacob. When he wasn't golfing, bowling, playing board games and taking them out to eat at Denny's, he was talking about them to his great many friends in the Tri State area. He also loved the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Cubs and the John Havlicek led Boston Celtics. Most of all he loved being around his family and friends. To the best father, grandfather, husband, coach, and friend we could ask for...he will be remembered and missed.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Lisa) and Kevin (Cindy) , both of Rochester, Minnesota; a special friend, Patricia Gile, of Cuba City; two brothers, Rod (Marilyn) Wiest, of Milwaukee, and Douglas Wiest, of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren, Lucas, Nicolas and Jacob; a sister-in-law, Joanne Pellock, of Cassville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dick.

Memorials may be given to the Greg & Ann Wiest Scholarship Fund.

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

A special thanks to Gary and Alice Schmitt and Mark and Adele Hendricks for being my special travel companions.



John E. Wright, Sr.

John E. Wright Sr., 86, of 508 W. Locust Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 12- 1 p.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home, where Military Honors will be accorded at 12:30 p.m. by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, 2143 Judson Drive, Dubuque.

John was born on September 2, 1928 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of George and Viola (Dobbins) Wright. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High and lived in Dubuque most of his life.

He married Norma Wilbur on Nov. 19, 1949 in Reno, Nevada while he was serving in the Navy during the Korean War.

John was employed at Dubuque's original cable company as an installer and troubleshooter for over 30 years.
He was most well-known for more than 40 years of involvement with Dubuque's bowling community as a bowling coach for juniors (Imperial Lanes, Riverside and Creslanes), a league officer, a member of the 700 bowling club, a director and then President of the Dubuque Men's Bowling Association, and secretary of the Dubuque Junior Bowling League. He was inducted into the Dubuque USBC Men's Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

John was an avid Chicago Cubs fan from the womb. His mother went to games before he was born, took him to games from his earliest memories, and taught him to score games before he could read. He stayed faithful through the many highs and lows of Cubs baseball and will undoubtedly be at Wrigley Field this season, too.

John was a true Dubuquer; he loved playing euchre with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his children: Norma (Tom) Pellett and Grace Mendez, both of Dubuque, John Jr. (Kathie) Wright, of Hampton, VA., Charles (Doreen Joan) Wright, of Kenosha, WI., and Samuel (Cheri) Wright of Farley; daughter-in-law, Suzie Wright; 17 grandchildren, 38 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; daughter, Jacquline Louise; 2 grandchildren, his parents; and brother, George Wright, Jr.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Junior Bowling Association, 3094 Sundown Court, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of John's doctors, especially Dr. Regan Wolbers and staff, the Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris and Nicole, and Lisa and Winnie at HomeInstead.



Gertrude M. Birkett

Gertrude Mary Birkett, nee Behn, 93, passed away on February 10, 2015 at Bethany Home in Dubuque.

Gertrude Mary Birkett was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England on November 20, 1921. She began work as a physical therapist at Newcastle General Hospital and went on to write a book on post-natal exercises and helped develop the protocol of rehabilitation for the first hip replacement performed in England.

She married Dr. Joseph Peter Birkett in 1949 and had six children during their 50 years of marriage - Margaret, William, Peter, David, Mary and Thomas. In 1972, the family moved to Cincinnati, OH and to Stamford, CT in 1978. Gertrude loved to play tennis and bridge, eventually becoming a Bridge Life Master. Shortly after her husband's death in 1999, Gertrude had difficulty living alone and was moved into assisted living In Stamford and later into the Memory Care Wing at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA. She will be buried next to her husband in Westport, CT.

She is preceded in death by her twin sister, Margaret and sisters Joan and Frances. She is survived by her six children, thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A service will be held in Stamford Connecticut later this month. In lieu of flowers, donations will be welcomed at Bethany for the wonderful care they provided for our mother.



Richard R. Maiden

Richard R. "Rick" Maiden, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Rick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Rick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Richard was born on October 16, 1950, in Dubuque, son of Harry E. and Velma K. (Cornwell) Maiden.

Rick was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years until his retirement in 2002. He was an avid and accomplished gunsmith and long distance target shooting was his passion. He enjoyed going to gun shows and spending time with his friends. Rick had a machine shop where he loved to build and also created numerous parts for his friends Harley's. He eagerly anticipated his yearly trips to Sturgis, SD. In his younger days, Rick invested countless hours and money into drag racing and was even known to make a run or two at Cordova Dragway.

Rick is survived by his sister, Sandy (Richard) Pfab, Bernard, IA; many nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Darlene (Eugene) Plumley and Sharon (Marvin) McVay; and four nephews, Neil McVay and Gary, Lonnie and Steve Plumley.

A Richard R. "Rick" Maiden memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Rick.

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

 



Mary C. Lightcap

Mary Catherine Lightcap, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Friday from 3 pm until time of service. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetey.

Mary was born September 29, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Raphael and Mary Rita (Sweeney) Huss. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1956. In February of 1959 she married Thomas Lightcap in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Mary worked at JC Penney for 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Catholic church.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lightcap of Dubuque; three children, Deborah (Dean Muenzenberger) Wagner, Mike Lightcap of Beaverton, Oregon, and Mark (Liz) Lightcap of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Tiffany Weipert), Jayson (Tara) and Kyle Wagner; and Erik, Scott, Amy and Audrey Lightcap; two great grandchildren; a brother, David (Rosie) Huss of Dubuque; a sister, Ann (Doug Fehr) Wertzberger of Kansas City, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dr. Hermann and his staff, and the employees of JC Penney.



Daniel J. Murphy

Daniel John "Biff" Murphy, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday February 9th, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m Saturday February 14th at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on August 26, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Jeanette (Cherrier) Murphy. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, John Deere, Caradco, and was currently working for Eagle Window and Door. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with mans best friend his dog Missy.

He is survived by his mother Jeanette, sisters Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, a niece Sheila Motsch, two nephews Matt and Mitch Milligan.

He was preceded in death by his father John and sister Susan.



Richard J. Oberfoell

Richard J. Oberfoell, 46, of Iowa City, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospital's Palliative Care Unit, after a nine-year battle with a rare cancer, ethesioneuroblastoma.

A memorial service to celebrate Rich's life will be held Saturday, February 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City. Visitation is from 1-3:00 p.m. followed by the service. On Sunday, February 15, visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m., followed by Mass, at Holy Spirit Parish (Holy Ghost Church), 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque. A private burial service will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery the following day.

Richard was born at Xavier Hospital on July 25, 1968, in Dubuque, IA, to Albert M. Oberfoell and Carol M. (Timmerman) Oberfoell.

Rich was a graduate of Dubuque's Wahlert High School and Loras College. He earned an M.A. in learning and teaching from DePaul University in Chicago and an M.A. in school administration from the University of Iowa, where he had also earned his ESL certification. During college, he studied abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. After college he spent six months in Mexico, learning its culture and language, and then volunteered for a year teaching inner-city children at Amate House in Chicago.

Then began Rich's international teaching career: five years in Valencia, Venezuela, and three years in Chinhae, South Korea where he first met and then married SunHee Cho on March 30, 2003. They settled in Iowa City, and he began teaching at West Liberty's Middle School, a dual language school in Spanish and English. His colleagues were a constant support to him during his many surgeries and times away from school for treatment. 

Rich greatly loved his family and friends, his students, and his church, and he had a great heart for justice. A highlight of his life was attending a Christmas party at the White House, an invitation he and SunHee received because of his tireless work on President Obama's re-election campaign. He had a passion for teaching and a love for the profession. Rich's energy was contagious, his courage was inspiring, and his joy could fill the room. He also enjoyed politics and sports, especially his Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Bulls, Cubs, and the St. Louis Rams.

Rich's fight to live lasted so long because of his love for his son, Xavier. He coached Xavier's soccer team and was a Cub Scout leader. A week before his passing the family shared a trip to Disney World. He did all this and much more to create memories for Xavier.

Rich is survived by his parents; his wife, SunHee and son, Xavier, of Iowa City; his brother, a sister, a niece and nephews: Gary A. (Katie) and Sara and Brady, Pewaukee, WI; Beth A. (John) Suehr and Aiden and Tristen, Palatine, IL.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and recently by his aunt, Rosemary V. Timmerman, and brother Paul, who passed away on October 5, 2014. Rosemary and Paul light the way for him.

The family thanks the doctors and nurses at the UI Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit who were a constant support to Rich and the family throughout his long journey.
In memory of Richard, an Education Fund for Xavier has been established at the University of Iowa Community Credit.

 



Joan K. Curtis Higley

Joan Kathryn Curtis Higley, 93, of Dubuque, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Grace Point Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Joan was born on September 4, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her BA from the University of Dubuque. Joan taught physics and math at the University of Dubuque and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then taught at Jefferson Junior High School and Sunday school at the Third Presbyterian Church. On December 30, 1950, Joan married Howard F. Higley Junior. Joan celebrated life with a sense of adventure and had a strong connection to nature. She was an avid bird watcher and lover of dachshunds. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling the world. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She studied in various elder hostiles in Europe and spent many years wintering in Mission Texas.

Joan was past president of Gamma Phi Delta (U.D.) chapter, I.P.P.E.O., the Dubuque Audubon Society, The Friends of Mines of Spain, The Iowa Mountaineers, Grace Point Church (formerly 3rd Presbyterian Church), and the Mississippi Trails Club where she had a lifetime hike total of 1634 miles. She was awarded the Governors Volunteer Award for various conservation projects.

Surviving are her husband of 64 beautiful years, Howard F. Higley Jr. of Dubuque; her children Howard Roy (Louise Katz) Higley of Mountain View, CA, Mary Jo (Barry) Shear of Highland Park, IL, and Jan Higley Zivojnovich of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Sara and Nathaniel Higley, Matthew, Johanna, Gailan and Alexander Shear; and Adam, Daniel, Thomas and Grant Zivojnovich; her sisters, Jane Liebold and Jean Jaeggi.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Amelia, siblings Janet (William) Marshall, Judy (George) Meyer, Joyce Wollschlager, Albert (Bernie) Curtis, brothers in law Joe Liebold and Robert Jaeggi, and granddaughter Jillian Zivojnovich.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Friends of the Mines of Spain, Children's Haven International or Grace Point Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The Higley family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and guidance. A special thanks to Elizabeth, Nicole and Janice and to "no place like home" Diane, Wendy and Pam.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of arrangements.



Sharon A. Marshall

Sharon Ann Marshall, 69, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday , February 13 at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Father Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Sharon was born on December 24, 1945 in Dubuque, the daughter of LeRoy and Mary Catherine (Hennis) Wolfe. She married John Marshall on February 19, 1966, in Dubuque.

She spent much time enjoying her children and grandchildren, snowmobiling, gardening, and tending her flowers and lawn.

Surviving is her loving husband of 49 years, John, and 4 children Ann (Ted) Ruske of Robins, IA, Joseph (Shannon) and Steven (Jessica) of Denver, CO and Jenny (Steve) Aune of Verona, WI; 6 grandchildren, Andrew, Sydney, Ben, Ian, Hannah and Levi. Her Siblings; Aileen Murphy, Virginia (Bob) Lewis, Mike Wolfe, Kathleen Kelley, Mary (Steve) Fitzgerald, John (Sue) Wolfe, Janet (Tim) Fitzgerald, Bill Wolfe and Tom Wolfe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Jim.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and her sister Virginia for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to DomusPacis.org a family respite or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Judy Lahr

Judy (Luchtenburg) Lahr, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Waverly, died peacefully at her home in Dubuque on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Judy was born on November 24, 1953, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Melvin "Mel" and Dorothy (VanLengen) Luchtenburg. She was baptized in the Baptist faith and attended the Waverly School System, graduated from the Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1972. Following her schooling, Judy moved to Omaha, Nebraska, working as a horse trainer and also showing Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses. After she moved back to Waverly, she met the love of her life, Jeff Lahr, and the couple were united in marriage on September 11, 1980, at Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. Judy and Jeff trained horses at the home place in Waverly where Judy had a couple of World Champions. Judy and Jeff moved to Dubuque in 1990, where Judy worked for the Longhorn Saddle Shop for 12 years and was currently employed at Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque as receptionist and data controller for the past 10 years.

Judy dearly loved training and showing horses and golfing. But what gave Judy the most joy was spending time with her husband, Jeff, son, Jordan, her 2 precious grandchildren, Chloe (10) and Jaelyn (2) and her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jeff Lahr of Dubuque, Iowa, her son, Jordan Lahr and his fiancé, Stacey of East Dubuque, Iowa; two brothers, Jim (Judy) Luchtenburg of Waverly, Iowa, Joe Luchtenburg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Jane (Russ) Pfeiler) of Sherrill, Iowa; five nieces, Stacy (Adam) Johnson, Amy Luchtenburg, Melissa (Todd) Krieger, Gracie and Ellie Luchtenburg; one nephew, Justin (Shasta) Flynn; 11 great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Abigail, Ashley, Wesley, Ava, Atley, Kacy, Katelyn, Kael, Maxwell and Mason; 4 great great nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Carolyn, Keaton and Mason.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Mel Luchtenburg in 1977, her mother, Dorothy Luchtenburg in 1998.

Visitation for Judy will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Following the visitation Judy's body will be cremated and there will be no formal service or burial. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences for Judy's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187

 



Joseph N. Kurt

Joseph N. Kurt, 95, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:42 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joseph may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion and the New Vienna VFW Post will meet at 6:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Services for Joseph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656 and the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Joe was born May 7, 1919 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. He received his education at the former St. Mary's school in Cascade and is also a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 25, 1947 he was united in marriage to Jane Schemmel. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2008.

Joe was a World War II Army Veteran with the Fighting 69th Infantry Division having served in the European Theater in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in numerous battles including the Siegfried Line, the Ardennes forest region, Hellenthal, Buschen, and Leipzig, for which he was awarded 2 Bronze Stars. His division was the first to meet the Russian's south of Berlin which ended the war and was part of the Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration camp.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, for which he served as a former Trustee for 25 years, and served on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council. He was also a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly #1573, the Farley American Legion Post #656, and the New Vienna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7736. He was a former 4-H leader, a Dubuque County Democratic Committee member and served as the Dodge Township Trustee.

He was a kind and gentle man. He enjoyed being with his family and friends. He raised cattle on the family farm in rural Farley for 52 years. Joe enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife, bowling, golfing, and going to his grandchildren's ballgames. He enjoyed traveling and going to his annual Army reunions.

He is survived by two children, Julie (Mike) Schilling of Burlington, IA and Jeff (Lisa) Kurt of Farley, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin and Andrew Schilling and Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Kurt; four brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt, Carl Kurt, Sam Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA; a sister, Eleanor Burke of Bernard, IA; and two sister-in-laws, Lois Boffeli of Farley, IA, and Margie (Clarence Jr.) Walters of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Epworth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Fred, and Andrew Kurt; sisters, Mary Dolphin, Anna Mae Lehmann and Margaret Ann Otting; Sisters-in-laws, Alvina Kurt, Tess Kurt, Mary Lou Kurt and Dorothy "Dottie" Kurt; and brother-in-laws, Bill Boffeli, Ralph Otting, Pat Burke and Wilfred Dolphin.

A Joseph N. Kurt memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center, Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates Clinic for all their care and services.

 

 



Donald H. Lake

Donald H. Lake, 86 of Holy Cross, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00. Friends may also call on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wed. Feb. 11, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Don was born April 14, 1928, in Holy Cross the son of Alphonse and Coletta (Zewen) Lake.  He married Shirley Jean Cummings, formerly of Hazel Park, MI, on June 20, 1953, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  In 1950, following a year at Loras College, Don enlisted in the US Air Force to serve as an electronics technician and later as an electronics instructor during the Korean War. Following his service in the Air Force, Don returned to farming.  Subsequently, he held positions with General Electric in Syracuse, NY, Martin Missile Company in Denver, CO and John Deere.  After 27 years with John Deere, Don retired in 1991.  If you ever had a "Factory Trained Technician" working on your John Deere, it was quite likely that Don Lake was the person who trained that technician in hydraulics.

Don was a dedicated husband and family man who loved nothing better than to be surrounded by his family and friends.  His early life on the farm gave him a life-long love of animals, farmland and being part of a small, tight-knit community. He loved farming, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren and grand dogs.  The Air Force and John Deere afforded Don the opportunity to travel. He passed his love of travel to his children and grandchildren, telling them, "If you ever have the chance to travel, do it!

Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Shirley; 3 sons: Mark (Jodi) Lake of Winterset, IA, Brian (Rod Villalobos) Lake of Palm Springs, CA, and Douglas (Dr. Shari Hagerty) Lake of Eldridge, IA; 5 daughters: Christine (Mark) Troup of Chambersburg, PA, Mary Ellen Lake of Dyersville, IA, Cindy (Dennis) Cary of Bettendorf, IA, Maureen (Reenie) Lake of Dubuque, IA, and Lisa (James) Sporer of Holy Cross; 13 grandchildren: Erin and Jill, Andrew and Kayla, Leah, Jairus and Anna, Talia and Eric, Myia, Samantha, Danielle and Garrett; 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Helen (Fred) Westhoff of New Vienna, IA, and a brother, David (Lou) Lake of Holy Cross, and 17 grand dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Lake, and a sister, Doris Sahm.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Franciscan Services, Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead especially Alyssa for their care for Don.

A Donald H. Lake Memorial fund has been established memorials are preferred.

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

 



Barbara J. Reding

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Reding, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 11:52 p.m., on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Bobbie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin praying the rosary at 10:00 a.m. for Bobbie and her family. To celebrate Bobbie's life, family and friends may gather from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bobbie was born February 10, 1941, to Joseph and Alice (Mohr) Schmitt of Graf, IA.

Bobbie married John "Jay" Reding on October 4, 1958, at Lattnerville Church in Graf, IA. They were married for 55 years before John passed away on January 6, 2014. She attended grade school in the One Room School in Graf, IA., and went on to Washington Junior and Dubuque Senior High Schools. Jay and Bobbie spent their entire lives in the Dubuque area, including owning a farm in Sherrill for 6 years in the mid 60's. Bobbie was a homemaker in her early years, who treasured raising her family. She later worked for Holy Ghost Catholic School as a Teacher's Aid and Librarian. And finally she worked for Service Master of Dubuque until her retirement. Bobbie enjoyed reading and playing cards with her monthly card club group. She also enjoyed spending time at the casinos. Bobbie was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Surviving Bobbie are her sons, Steven (Mary Jean) Reding, Chris (Cindy) Reding, Tom (Colleen) Reding, John Reding, Jr. all of Dubuque and her daughter, Jennifer (Don) Bloomquist of Goodlettsville, TN. Bobbie had 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Bobbie was one of 11 siblings, surviving are brothers, Don (Darlene) Schmitt and Tony Schmitt; sisters, Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Jo Ann (Ray) Witterholt-Weigel, Sally Donaldson and Mary (Roger) Weydert; a sister-in-law, Maggie Smith.

Preceding Bobbie in death are her parents; her husband, John; mother-in-law & father-in-law, Emil & Molita Reding; brothers, Pat (Maxine) Schmitt, Vernon (Betty) Schmitt, David Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Roger Irving, William Witterholt, William Clemens and Richard Smith.

Special thanks to the Mercy Hospital Staff for all their help with Bobbie's care these last few weeks.

A Barbara J. Reding memorial fund has been established.

 



Bernadine C. Spiegel

Bernadine C. (Burds) Spiegel, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, family will greet friends 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bernadine was born December 7, 1919 in Peosta, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Kelly) Burds. She married Albert E. Spiegel on June 4, 1940; he passed on April 4, 1992. Bernadine was a great housekeeper and cook. She enjoyed playing BINGO, Euchre, King's Corner, and Rummy. She always enjoyed eating out, especially for breakfast. She raised her family and also worked at Mercy Hospital and Mount Pleasant Home for many years.

Survivors include her children, Gerri (Marv) Roling of Holy Cross, Bill (LuAnn) Spiegel of Epworth, A.J. (Joyce Beck) Spiegel of Dubuque, Mary (Buzz) McDermott of Dubuque, and Bob Spiegel of Davenport; 14 grandchildren, LuAnn (Larry), Vicki (Jeff), Scott, Jessica (Pete), Chris (Susan), Rebecca (Peter), Abby, Nathan (Tammy), Melinda (Kevin), Melissa (Chuck), Heather (Seth), Brian (Dottie), Lynn (Heather), and Amy (Dan); 40 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; a son, Robert James in infancy; great grandchildren, Skyler, C.J., Lucas, and Cyril in infancy; a great-great granddaughter, Alonna in infancy; 13 siblings, Mary, James, Ann, Alberta, Pat, Vince, Bernard, Cecilia, Irene, Walt, Chuck, and 2 in infancy.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Lois T. Theisen

Lois Theresa Theisen, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Friday February 6 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque of leukemia. According to her wishes there will be no local services. Private services and burial will be Wednesday in Remsen, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Lois was born September 15, 1933, in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of John and Anna (Ruden) Theisen. Lois earned a BA in English at Briar Cliff University, an MA at Loyola University, and participated in the University of Iowa Writers Program. She appreciated the 18 years she spent with the Dubuque Franciscans who helped make her the teacher she became. She used her skills throughout 60 years of teaching, including 25 years at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, where in 1989 she was a finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year. For the last 10 years Lois taught for the University of Phoenix. She was known to be a tough but fair-minded teacher who set high standards for her students.

She was an active member of the Western Dubuque, Iowa State, and National Education Associations. She was a Friendship Force ambassador to England, and hosted foreign visitors on several occasions. She edited the newsletter for the Dubuque Audubon Society for many years. She loved boating on the Mississippi, and enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Diamond Jo Casino. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain. She maintained a gracious home, where she frequently hostessed gatherings of her fortunate and well-fed friends.

She is survived by her siblings Terry Weiler, of Le Mars, Iowa, Sally (Richard) Henke, of Cherokee, Iowa, Cyril (Helen) Theisen, of Remsen, Iowa, Ivan (Yvonne) Theisen, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita McCarty, of Spenser, Iowa, two sisters-in-law Joan Cronin, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita Theisen, of Canby, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her long-time close friends Fr. Robert Levenhagen and Joe Tollari, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Elmer and Reynold, and a sister Shirley Gengler, three brothers-in-law Gib Weiler, Dave McCarty, and Sonny Gengler.

Lois wanted to thank all those who remembered her in her illness. A special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries for her kindness and patience, and to Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff for their care and compassion. Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



Patricia A. Francois

Patricia Ann Francois, 68 of Dubuque, IA went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL with Msgr. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Patricia was born March 28, 1946 in Manchester, IA the daughter of Germaine "Gerry" (Haas) Gavin. She grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Senior High-school in 1964.

On February 1st, 1964 Patricia married the love of her life, Thomas Francois, at Holy Ghost Church Dubuque, IA. Tom and Pat built their current home on Muntz Court in Dubuque over 45 years ago. The couple's Catholic faith and love for each other built a family with strong morals, values and hard work ethic. They were blessed with 10 children.

Tom and Pat owned and operated Francois Masonry Inc. where Pat took care of administrative duties. Pat had a passion for serving others and always enjoyed volunteering at Holy Ghost. She was a co-founder of the Dubuque Girls Independent League, where her passion for youth sports shined and influenced many. Through the coaching of her children and backyard guidance she passed on her love for sports to her children and grandchildren. Pat was an avid golfer and softball player in her earlier years and loved hanging with her group of girlfriends "The Holy Ghost Houligans". She loved to shop, play cards and board games, play on her iPad, can tomatoes, attend any of her children's or grandchildren's events and cheer on her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals. Pat and Tom would attend mass and breakfast at Sunshine Café daily and the occasional stop to the casino.

Pat will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Thomas; children, T. Curt (Karen) Francois of Lawton, OK, Julie (Brian) Ormord of Peosta, IA, Rick (Megan) Francois of McHenry, IL, Robert Francois, Sarah Bahl, Andy (Amy) Francois, Jason (Sarah) Francois all of Dubuque, Keith (Amber) Francois of Lawton, OK, Peter (Christi) Francois of Clinton, IA, Russell (Audrey) Francois of Dyersville, IA. Grandchildren AFO Zachary (Louisa) Simmons, Landon Francois; Ryan (Jackie) Mabe, AFO Zachary, Kari, Rachel, Christian Ormord; Taylor, Megan, Arabella Francois; Jackson, Elayna, Meredith Bahl; Hayden, Drew Francois; Collin, Victoria, Johnny, Adrian, Timmy Francois; Jakob, Madison Francois; Hayley, Bryden, Louis, Thomas II Francois; Ruby Francois. Her mother Germaine(Gerry) Gavin, sister Sandra (Norm) Ellerman, brothers Gary (Mary Jo) Schroeder, Mike (Diana) Gavin, sister Deb (Don) Hocking. Brother in law Bob (Ann) Francois, brother in law Leo (Lois) Francois, sister in law Dorothy Roling, brother in law Ray (Dorothy) Francois, sister in law Irene (Don) Fisher, sister in law Helen (Lawrence) Schaul, brother in law Frank (Patty) Francois, sister in law Lori Pratner, brother in law Mike (Patsy) Francois, sisters in law Ruth Luckeroth, Ruth Francois, brothers in law Merwin Tibbott, David Cue, and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her dad Vernon "Bud" Gavin, a sister Jackie Cue, father and mother in law Clarence and Ida Francois, brothers in law Ed Francois, Bill Francois, and LaVerne Roling, sister in law Mary Jean Tibbott son in law Garland Mabe and granddaughter Kirsten Ormord.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen, Dr. Iverson, Dr. Schope and Dr. Martin and especially the staff of Tri-State Dialysis Center as well as all who helped with the comfort, care and support of Patricia.

In lieu of flowers a Patricia Ann Francois memorial fund has been established.



Marie M. Parker

Marie M. Parker, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born on April 12, 1925, in Balltown, IA, daughter of John A. and Cecila (Stoffel) Loch.

Marie married Harold J. Parker on July 14, 1948, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, IA. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1989. She was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Marie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society and Finley's 1st Class. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Tri-State Blind Society and the Colts, playing cards and going to Euchre tournaments. Marie also liked crocheting, afghans were her specialty, and doing crossword and word search puzzles. Family was very important to Marie, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Linda (Don Shaw) Boffeli, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Joshua Boffeli, Kate (Jeff) Becker, Vanessa Boffeli; 1 great-grandson, Gus Becker; two sisters, Lucille (Wilbert) Helbing, Platteville, WI, Irene McMahon, Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law, Rita Mae Loch.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; a brother, Matt Loch; 2 brothers-in-law, Wilbert Helbing and Michael McMahon.

A Marie M. Parker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Marie.

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

 



Raymond J. Waldbillig

Raymond J. "Ray" Waldbillig, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.

To honor Ray's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon William Hickson officiating. To celebrate Ray's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Raymond was born on August 5, 1961, in Norfolk, VA, son of James and JoAnn (Link) Waldbillig.

Ray graduated from Hempstead High School and then attended DeVry Technical Institute in Arizona. He was employed at Miller Electric for several years and at the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. Ray owned and operated Chi-Town Pizza until retiring in 2011 to care for his father. Prior to opening his business he worked as an auxiliary police officer for the City of Dubuque. He was an avid bowler and shooter. Ray enjoyed singing, playing guitar, fishing and discussing politics. Ray was a member of the Holy Cross Sportsman Club and served on the board of the National Firearm Coalition. He loved spending Saturday mornings with Tony and the boys at Tony's Pawn Shop. Ray's family was the most important aspect of his life and his daughter, Debbie, meant the world to him.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Debbie Walczyk, CO; his father, James Waldbillig, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Jim Waldbillig, Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, IA, Jeff (Polly) Waldbillig, Rochester, MN; his niece and nephews, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig; his aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Steve) Wing, Bettendorf, IA, Bob (Sandy) Smith, Dubuque, IA, Nancy Sannito, Dolton, IL, Kathy (Ken) Manahl, Pat Link, Bill Link, and Sheila Link, all of AZ.

Ray was preceded in death by his mother, JoAnn Waldbillig; his grandparents; his sister, Cindy; his step-mother, MaryAnn Waldbillig; and two uncles, Dennis Sannito and Jack Link.

A Raymond J. Waldbillig memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire and Rescue and Dubuque Police Departments and the staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all of their care and compassion.

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



Ruth E. Beecher

Ruth E. "Peach" Beecher, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

In keeping with Ruth's wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date so her children and grandchildren can be present.

Ruth was born on Feb. 3, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of August and Freda (Launspach) Smith. She will be remembered for her beautifully decorated cakes and great cooking.

She is survived by her four children, William (Sue) Beecher of Seirra Vista, AZ, Dennis (Becky) Beecher of St. Roberts, MO, James Beecher, and Elaine (Richard) Kieffer, both of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle (Margie) Smith, and a sister, Ethel Butlett, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert and Ira (Enid) Smith; a sister, Fern, and her former husband, Lawrence.

A Ruth Beecher memorial fund has been established c/o 2130 Kleine St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Marshall O. Pitcher

Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher, 89, of Maquoketa, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Marshall's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marshall was born Christmas Day 1925, the youngest child of Austin and Lucille Pitcher of Collins, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Collins High School in 1943.

Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines at the close of WWII for two years (1944-1946).

Upon his return home, he attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1954, receiving his DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at ISU, he was a member of Adelante Fraternity.

He married Else Nielsen on July 23, 1955, and after practicing in Freeport, IL, moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1956 and established his veterinary practice. He worked as a large and small animal vet for 30 years and then, in 1987, began work as a veterinary inspector for the USDA, retiring in 2000.

During his 59 years in the community, he served on several boards including the Maquoketa School Board, the Jackson County Board of Health and the Jackson County Demonstration Farm. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and loved music and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Milo, Bobby and Howard (Bun); a sister, Velma; and a niece, MaryAnn.

He is survived by his wife, Else; four children, Paul of Reading, PA, Anne ( Michael) Hawks of Maquoketa, Alan (Alicia) of Wichita, KS, and Miriam (Tom) Mackey of Cedar Rapids; and eight grandchildren, Marshall & Perry Hawks, Charlie Pitcher, Austin, Amelia, and Arin Pitcher, and Lydia and Helen Mackey.

He loved his coffee buddies, travelling - whether to faraway places or the familiar gravel roads of Jackson County - the farmers and their stories, and anything for a laugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Kenneth W. Evers

Kenneth W. Evers, 91, of Bethany Home, died Thursday, January 29, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Mr. Evers was born on June 13, 1923 in Arcadia, Iowa, the son of Grover W. and Laura (Bruggeman) Evers. After graduating from the Arcadia Public School, he attended AIB in Des Moines, Iowa. He worked for WPA of Iowa and the Ankeny Ordnance Plant until he was drafted into the service. Ken served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. After his military service, he attended Drake University in Des Moines and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Ken worked for Baumann Finney & Co. in Chicago and Allen & Company in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids before coming to Dubuque and working for A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.. He also worked at CyCare Systems until he retired.

Ken married Dolores Nelson on April 21, 1957 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2006. He was both an Elder and a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving the church for over 50 years. He was also a past member of the Rotary Club, Office Management Association and the National Association of Accountants.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a brother.

Surviving are nieces and nephews Pam (Bob) Shippy of Montrose, CO, Lori (Doug) Severson of Chandler, AZ, Tim (Jan) Edmondson of Spencer, IA, Mark (Carol) Evers of Riverside, IA, Douglas (Jill) Evers of Kokomo, IN and Renee (Michael) Sands of Cedar Falls, IA. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church and Bethany Home.

The Evers family extends a special thank you to Bethany Home and all of the caregivers who have helped Ken through the years, especially to Glinda Maternach, his wonderful advocate.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin

Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin, 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2015.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Leone was born on Jan. 15, 1934, daughter of Dale and Viola Newberry. She married Louis C. Hoefflin Jr. on May 15, 1954; he preceeded her in death in 1978.

Leone was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in 1951. She worked at Wartburg Theology Seminary, John Deere, FDL, and in retirement worked at Walmart and Sedona.

Leone was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, camping, boating, traveling, and playing cards every week at the Moose Lodge. She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for her twice baked potatoes and wonderful family dinners. She had a passion for the Chicago Bears and Cubs and enjoyed standing on Wrigley Field last summer. Her love of dachsunds was so immense that she always had one on her lap the last 50 years.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Larry (Lynn) Hoefflin, Knightdale, NC, Lorna (John) Davis, Dubuque, Lance (Sharon) Hoefflin, Austin, MN, and Lynda Hoefflin, Dubuque; grandchildren Rachel (Don) Hammond, Greg (Sarah) Hoefflin, Wes (Meghan) Vanasek, Chrislyn (Phil) Palumbo, Heather (Mike) Fuller, Tim Davis (McKenzie Decker), Tracy (Andrew) Brenner, Jake Davis, Jenna (Jeff) Gobin, Troy Hoefflin, Luke Hoefflin, Nicole (Kevin) King, Teresa (Kyle Baker) Reiss, and Tom Reiss; great-grandchildren Hailey Hammond, Grayson Hoefflin, Madelyn & Abigail Vanasek, Alyson & Max Maloney, Rylee & Alexandria Brenner, Connor Gobin, James Reiss, and Bentley King; sister Dee (Jack) McGeever; and brothers-in-law Gene (Lorna) Hoefflin and William Eichman. 

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Davis.

A Leone Hoefflin memorial fund has been established.

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

A special thank you goes out to Cindy, Stacy, & Jennie of Hospice for all your love, support, kindness, and compassion, and to Dr. Herman and his staff.



Suzanne M. Behning

Suzanne M. Behning, age 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Sue's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate Sue's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Suzanne was born on Sept. 13, 1946, in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Louis and Margaret (Till) Gross.

Sue attended St. Mary's Grade School and Aquin High School in Cascade, IA. When she was 46 years old Sue went back to school at NICC in Peosta, IA, to become a nurse. Before returning to school she was employed at Stonehill Care Center and Julien Care Facility as a CNA. She retired from Julien Care as a nurse in 2013 and then joined the SCC in Dickeyville part time.

Sue was joined in marriage to Karl Behning in 1992, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Karl was the love of her life and remained so after he passed away on Oct. 21, 2005. She was employed as a nurse at Julien Care for 14 years. Sue was a member of the #421 Teamsters. In her free time she enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling and watching the Cubs play.

Sue and Karl had many blessings between them including 10 children, Tammie Krier, Charles Polkinghorn, Michael (Sue) Polkinghorn, Patrick Polkinghorn, Todd (Roxanne) Polkinghorn, Karl Behning, Kevin (Julie) Behning, all of Dubuque, IA, Kraig (Shobha) Behning of Auburn, IA, Kurt (Patti) Behning of Peosta, IA, and Kimball (Ann) Behning of Springville, IA; the children in turn blessed them with several grandchildren, Heather (AJ) LuGrain, Holly Polkinghorn, Hannah Polkinghorn, David (Nikesha) Polkinghorn, Christina, Anthony and Nick Krier, Mark and Makayla Polkinghorn, Steven Polkinghorn, Jamie (Andrea) Kasparek, Brooke (Tom) Cooney, Meghan, Leah and Danny Behning, Shelby (Kyle) Christina, Sydney Behning, Spencer and Delaney Behning; the grandchildren then blessed them with great-grandchildren, Tysean, Slyvester Jr., Jaliyah and Daisha Hubbard, Hailey Van Cleve, Liam Clayton, Kaylie, Hunter and Emily Kasparek, Finn and Brecken Cooney, Wyatt and Weston Christina. A very special person has been there for her through thick and thin, Sue Ann (John) Wichmann.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl; a son, Mark Steven Polkinghorn, in infancy; a grandson, Johnathan Behning; a sister, Maureen (Caleb) Aldeman; and a son-in-law, Francis Krier.

A Suzanne M. Behning memorial fund has been established.

Sue and her famiy would like to thank Dr. Angela Kelley, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Ronald Schope and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Manor Care for their excellent care over the years. Excellent job!

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



Karen L. Krambeck

Karen Lynn Krambeck, 68 of Earlville, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jill Mack officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of services.

Karen was born on September 12, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Richard B. and Geneieve (Mitchell) Wold. She married David Krambeck in 1963 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964 and later attended Clarke College. She worked for many years in the meat packing company starting at the former Dubuque Packing Company and ending her career as a retail sales rep. with Hormel.

She volunteered for the American Cancer Society at the Discovery Shop and was a member of Earlville United Parish. She loved the outdoors, gardening, crafts and antiquing.

She is survived by her husband David, of Earlville, her son David (Kelly) Krambeck, of Dubuque, her siblings, Richard (Karen) Wold, of Durango, and Deborah Pekas, of Peoria, AZ and ten nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Steven in 1987, and her sister Coralynn Palmer in 2011.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Comfort especially Amanda K. for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Karen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.



Betty J. Sheehan

Betty J. Sheehan, 87 of Sherrill, IA passed away quietly in her sleep at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, IA on February 1, 2015 following years of declining health issues.

A wake will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 2:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M. Funeral service and celebration of life will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at Sherrill United Church of Christ with Rev. Emily Zebarth and Rev. Diane Grace officiating. Visitation will also be held after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Betty resided in the Dubuque area for most of her life. She spent many years raising her children in Zwingle with Elmer, sending their children to Zwingle's Independent School and Harmony United Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to music and dancing with her cousin and life-long best friend Pat Lieb. Betty also cherished cooking, baking, gaming, and traveling while still able.

Betty was born January 28, 1928 in Dubuque, IA, the oldest daughter of Alfred Revenig and Amelia Mae Jellison (Urban) both of Dubuque, IA. She lived with her mother Amelia Mae and her sister Teresa on Garfield Ave. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Jefferson Junior High and subsequently the Visitation Academy through the 10th grade. Betty lived in San Francisco, CA during World War II for 1½ years and while there she worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

On March 5, 1949, she married Elmer Sheehan Jr. and together they raised 6 children in the Dubuque area. She felt blessed to be a homemaker and she always made sure the house was clean and there was delicious homemade food on the table. She also worked for Henry (Hiny) E. Gosden in Cascade as a cook and housekeeper. She enjoyed her many years living and working seasonally on Hiny's farm. Betty & Elmer took their 6 children there many times and they all have warm memories of life on the farm. Betty was married to Elmer Sheehan until 1966. She later married Clarence J. Peacock ("Junior") until 1983.

Betty also worked for 10 years at John Deere in Dubuque as a fork lift driver and cleaning the offices. She was laid off by John Deere wherein she worked other jobs until she retired in 1988.

Surviving are 6 of her 8 children: Robert Sheehan and his wife Betty of Maricopa, AZ, James Sheehan and his partner Anne Work of Granby, CO, Thomas Sheehan of Sherrill, IA, Linda and her husband Richard Strickland of Sherrill, IA, Patty and her husband Ken Jaeger of Cascade, IA, and Daniel Sheehan and his wife Jenny of Dubuque, IA., 21 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her father Alfred Revenig, Grandmother Susan Urban, infant son Richard, mother Amelia Mae Jellison, sister Theresa Corey, husband Elmer, loving son Jim Jewitt, and grandson Jeff Jewitt. Betty also held a special place in her heart for her nephew Larry Gearheart.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice nurse Barb Kenniker, volunteer Sharon Hoth, Lois Hammerand of Mercy Home Care, and Dolora Beranger of the Visiting Nurse Association. We would like to thank her beloved primary care physician, Dr. Mark Moore of Medical Associates Clinic and so many other friends and family members who helped with her care. Also, we would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Emily Zebarth and members of the Sherrill United Church of Christ, Hospice Chaplin Rev. Diane Grace, as well as Deacon Mary Ann Hopkins, Rev. Chris English and members from GracePoint Church.



Delmar W. Radloff

Delmar W. Radloff, 74, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Msgr. Rev. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Delmar was born on June 17, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Walter and Florence (Burroughs) Radloff.
Delmar attended Senior High School. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 23 years followed by employment as a Headstart school bus driver and bakery delivery driver for Econofoods. He also owned and operated Zipz Ice Cream Parlor and the Flora Pool Concession Stand until retirement.

Besides his family, he enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee every morning. Other interests included going to the casino with his wife, eating out, hunting, and fishing. He loved his two girls and three grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Janell of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Melissa (Phil) Klein of Durango, IA and Laura (Dan) Oberfoell of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Brandon Klein and Megan and Nathan Oberfoell; his siblings David (Doris) Radloff of Dickeyville, WI, Mary Ann (Clyde) Harper of Dubuque, IA and Janice (Dan) Honkamp of Dyersville, IA; his sisters-in-law Judy (Jamie) Wild of Redmond, WA, Jill Kane of Waterloo, IA and Cathy Palm of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gary, and his brother-in-law Dennis Palm.

A Delmar Radloff memorial fund has been established.

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

Special thanks friends & neighbors for their support and help during this difficult time.



Darda H. Munson

Darda H. (Lubben) Munson, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Darda's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Darda's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, where the Nativity Rosary Society will pray the rosary at 10:30 a.m.. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darda was born on May 3, 1924, in Freeport, IL, daughter of Frank and Carrie (Wolfe) Lubben.

Darda graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Navy, serving for 2 years, from 1944 until 1946 as Yeoman Second Class, stationed in Norman, OK. She was united in marriage with Carl Munson on September 15, 1947, in Sterling, IL. Darda devoted the next 61 years of her life loving him and their family. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2008. She was a devoted mother of 7, grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 23 and a great-great-grandmother of 2. At one time she owned and operated Christmas Year Round in Cable Car Square. Darda also worked as an administrative assistant for her partner in life at Carl E. Munson & Associates for many years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, the Legion of Mary Auxiliary, Nativity Guild, the Rosary Society and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Darda was a devout Catholic woman who religiously attended 6:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for over 50 years at the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed all the work she did for her church. In her free time she also liked reading and making craft projects. In 2011, Darda and her son, Mark, had the privilege of participating in the WWII Dubuque Honor Flight. There she visited Arlington National Cemetery, where her eldest son, William, had served as the first Iowan Selected to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in 1972. Her kindness and love was felt by family, friends and strangers throughout her beautiful life.

Darda is survived by her children, Carol (Dave) Boeckenstedt, Luxemburg, IA, James (Jane) Munson, Dickeyville, WI, Mark (Kay) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Brian (Barb) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Chris (Beth) Munson, Windsor, CO, Kevin Munson, Dubuque, IA; her many beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Munson, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Arlene Arduini, Rock Falls, IL, Mary Jane Billiter, Byron, IL.

Darda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Carl Munson; her son, William Munson; a grandson, Justin Munson; a great-grandson, Joshua Frommelt; and a brother, Robert Lubben.

A Darda H. Munson memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Heritage Manor for all the loving and tender care given to Darda.

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

 



Sylvia J. Splinter

Sylvia J. Splinter, 78, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2259 Chippewa Dr., died Saturday, January 31, 2015.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3-7p.m., Wednesday at the funeral Home.

Sylvia was born on August 26, 1936 in Anna, Illinois the daughter of Everett A. and Myrtle C. (Herbst) Baldwin. She married James A. Splinter on November 16, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Sylvia was employed as a secretary at Trausch's and Iowa Oil. She loved to cook and sew. She was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, the Rosary Society and Business Women Group.

Surviving are children, James (Kathy McDermott) Splinter; grandchildren, James (Amber) Gassman, Amber (Fiance Michael) Bauer, Nicole (Jeff) Okey, Allen Vrotsos, Dustin Splinter, David Splinter, Mellisa Splinter; step- grandchildren, Adam (Heather) Bauer and April Bauer; 10 great grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Robert Bauer
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; 2 daughters, Shari Vrotsos and Christina Bauer; parents; and sister, Joyce Dudek.

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

Special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Richard L. Wolbers

Richard L. Wolbers, 45 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday January 31, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday February 6th at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill.

Richard was born October 21, 1969, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Yvonne (McCarthy) and Patrick Wolbers. He received his education at Bernard Elementary and Cascade High School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. National Guard Reserve. He graduated from Iowa State University and he was an architect at Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. for the past 17 years. He earned his AIA and NCARB certifications and had recently completed the first exam of the LEED Green Associate certification.

He enjoyed kayaking and bicycling and rode on RAGBRAI for many years. He enjoyed working on his 1979 Ford F150 Truck. He was a do-it-yourselfer for almost everything. During his final year of college, he studied in Rome Italy for a semester. At the end of the semester, he hitched hiked around Europe for 3 months. He also enjoyed day and weekend trips to nearby attractions as there was always something new to discover or worth revisiting. This year's Christmas list noted that he liked most things odd, unique and interesting, but also added "whatever that means". He was an Iowa Cyclone fan and followed the basketball teams closely. He enjoyed spending time at Paul's Tavern, The Busted Life and listening to NPR. He spent much of his time with family and friends. He greatly valued his friends as his friends where his extended family.

He is survived by his sisters, Wanda (Gordon) Dossey, of Dubuque, Diane (Tony Kurt) Wolbers, of Cascade and Onalea (Michael) Evert, of Cedar Rapids, his sister-in-law, Kim Wolbers, of Cascade and as he introduced her "his special lady friend" Katrina Bycroft. He is also survived by his nephew Alex (Courtney Barr) Merz, of Ames and nieces Brittany and Sydney Merz both of Cascade, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren, on July 8, 2006, his Mother, Yvonne, on January 23, 2009, his Father, Pat on June 20, 2013, a many aunts, uncles and cousins.



Charles Lindgren

Charles "Chuck" Lindgren, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away after a short battle with cancer on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

The family will celebrate Chuck's life with a visitation from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who are able to attend are encouraged to come with a smile on their face and stories with which to entertain Chuck's grandchildren. Chuck has donated his body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City at a later date.

Chuck was born on November 21, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa to Carl and Adeline Lindgren. He attended grade school and high school in Media, Ilinois graduating in 1957. After graduation, he attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois where he also enrolled in the Naval Reserves. From 1958 to 1960 he served in active duty aboard the U.S.S. Bexar, reaching the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. After returning to college, he graduated with a B.S.Ed in 1963. His first teaching job was in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 1966 Chuck earned a master's degree in counseling and became a guidance counselor at LaHarpe High School in LaHarpe Illinois, where he worked for two years. On June 15, 1968 he married Mary Ann Mueller. In 1969 Chuck and Mary Ann moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, taking the counseling position at Maquoketa High School. He retired in 2003. Chuck took particular pride in knowing the names of every student that went through the school.

Chuck could play multiple instruments, including the piano, saxophone, clarinet, and, as it was often boasted but never actually proven, the accordion. He was in the pit band of many Peace Pipe Players musicals. In his retirement, Chuck often fished, and when he was not fishing, he was thinking about fishing. His favorite spots were the Mississippi River and Truman Lake in Missouri where he fished with his fishing-partner-for-life Boyd, and sometimes they even caught fish. He was also a regular and enthusiastic spectator at Maquoketa High School sporting events and at his grandchildren's many activities. Chuck was very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Mary Ann; son David (Sandy) Lindgren of Urbandale; daughter Christa (David) McLaughlin of Eldridge; and his grandchildren Nile, Ella, Tate, Sam and Sophie. Also, sister Vieva (Bill) Pence of Lomax, Illinois; sister Arline Larson of Aurora, Illinois; brother Harold (Barb) Lindgren of Cypress, Texas; sister-in-law Nancy Woodside of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; brother-in-law Boyd (Judy) Mueller of LaHarpe, Illinois; brother-in-law Phil (Anne) Mueller of Springfield, Illinois; and sister-in-law Susan (Wes) Westbrooks of Ada, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles V. "Chuck" Lindgren memorial fund has been established with funds used to support the Maquoketa Schools, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Frank Culpepper

Frank "Mel" Culpepper, 81, of Asbury, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Galena Bible Church, 11108 U.S. 20, Galena, IL. Pastor Gary Kirst will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Mel was born April 22, 1933 in Illinois, the son of Clifford and Blanche (Sheiber) Culpepper Sr. He married Sharon Kimball Bolton on Oct. 15, 1977 in Dubuque.

Mel studied Art at Los Angeles Art School. He owned and operated Culpepper Models, manufacturing model airplane kits. Mel was an avid model maker, and also enjoyed aviation and woodworking.

Mel is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Asbury; his children, Susan (Darrel) Gorsuch of Pardeville, WI, Cliff A. Culpepper of Marshfield, WI, and Sharon (Craig) Holan of Litchfield, IL; his step-children, Michael (Marilyn) Bolton of Birmingham, AL, Mark Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Brian (Linda) Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clifford (Dorothy) Culpepper Jr. of Charlotte, NC; and his father-in-law, Wayne Kimball of Asbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Calvin.

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

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Pauline M. Henkel

Pauline Mary (Frye) Henkel, 98, died January 30, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tues., Feb. 3 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

She was born Pauline Mary Frye on May 23, 1916 in Highland, WI, to William and Elizabeth (Stitz) Frye. After attending St. Anthony's Grade School in Highland she moved to Dubuque, IA, and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1933. She was a member of St. Patrick's and Sacred Heart Parishes throughout her lifetime.

Pauline married Captain Jerome S. Henkel on November 25, 1939. They resided in Dubuque with their children, Barbara Ann, Terrance Thomas, Elizabeth Louise, and Paula Marie.

Being married to a river captain meant that her husband was gone every other month for a month at a time. She was an independent woman in charge of household decisions and finances in a time when men ran households and women cleaned them. Pauline would joke that her husband may be the Captain, but she was the Admiral. She made a house a home, made her children feel loved, and was a friend to many. She loved bowling, penny poker with the ladies, playing Euchre or cribbage, singing songs from broadway musicals, and getting together with family.

She was an active participant in her children's lives, everything from scouts to sports, she would be there. She loved to laugh but could never get a punch line right.

Surviving and missing her are Barbara Ann (Henkel) and Robert Dague, Elizabeth (Henkel) and Allen Wagner, Paula (Henkel) Baker, and a daughter-in-law Kay Henkel. In addition Pauline has 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pauline's husband, Jerome, died on July 28, 1981. Also preceding her in death, an infant son Gerald, infant twin daughters Kimberly and Kathleen; sisters Margaret (Frye) Dostal and Agnes (Frye) McAllister; brothers Karl and William, and son, Terry.

A Pauline Henkel Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff of two North and the staff of the CCDI Unit at Stonehill, and Jenny of Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice E. Humke II

Maurice Edward "Ed" Humke II, age 69 of Dubuque died Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on July 25, 1945, in Dubuque the son of Maurice E. and Lorraine (Heer) Humke, I. He graduated from Wahlert High School and participated in ROTC he later graduated from Loras College and owned and operated Dubuque Blacktop Company.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed doing The New York Times crossword puzzle "in ink".

He is survived by his two sons Maurice E. Humke, III, of Minnesota, and Eric Humke, of Florida and their mother Margo Kuse, three grandchildren Nathan, Ethan and Zane, his mother Lorraine (Heer) Humke, of Dubuque, four siblings, Elaine Kelly, Ivy (Dave) Pape, Leo Humke, and Samantha Humke, nieces and nephews, his cat "Lip" and his many good friends at the Town Clock.

He was preceded in death by his father Maurice and a daughter Angelique Eileen Humke.

"He will be missed and warmly remembered"

 



Robert J. Voels

Robert J. Voels, 90, passed away peacefully at Evergreen Estates Residential Care Center just before noon on Thursday, January 29, 2015 with both sons by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection. Following mass, the Committal Service will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel, Key West. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bob was born October 6, 1924 at the family home in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Anna (Nesen) Voels. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and Loras Academy and attended Loras College; leaving college to help support his widowed Mother. He married Sally A. McCauley on September 6, 1958 in St. Columbkile's Church. They had 39 wonderful years together before God called his beloved Sally to her eternal home on October 3, 1997. Bob spent 88 years living in Dubuque, then a year transitioning living with each of his son's and then spent his last year at Evergreen Estates.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in his youth and then St. Columbkille's Parish for over 55 years, where he served on the Parrish Council as the Finance Chair and the Fall Festival Committee.

Bob was a sports fan his entire life. If there was a University of Iowa, Notre Dame or White Sox game playing, you could always find him in front of the TV to cheer them on. He stayed up late to watch the Chicago White Sox finally become the World Series Champions in 2005 after spending 80 years as a loyal fan. He was always in the stands cheering for his children's and then grandchildren's sports games, band, drama and academic achievements.

He was an avid golfer his entire life, playing on Saturday mornings during his working years and then could be found on the links almost daily with a great group of friends in retirement. He had the excitement of not just one, but actually two hole-in-ones during his golfing days.

He played basketball and baseball in school and city leagues for many years and was honored to be inducted into the Dubuque Country Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1991.
Bob was a great bowler as well, playing in many leagues and with his family over many years.

He was an accomplished ice skater and worked at city park ice rinks through school and was up late and early to flood and maintain the rinks for other skaters.

Bob never shied away from an invitation to play cards in Iowa or in Texas when visiting his son. He was a member of the Tri-State Bridge Club with a wonderful group of friends for many years and a regular Euchre player with a small group of special friends through retirement. When his memory started to challenge him later in life, he would always say that he wasn't sure he remembered how to play the card game or dominos, but then typically ended up winning with a big smile on his face.

During retirement he was a member of the Friday Lunch Bunch, meeting first at the Busy Bee and then at Breezy's Café for many years, reminiscing weekly with friends from his youth.

He enjoyed extensive travel taking his family across most of the country while growing up on the annual family car vacations, which always included away games for the White Sox. His travel continued into retirement with many trips with Sally to Las Vegas and other places around the country and then later trips to Disney World with his son Bob's family and several cruises with his son Steve.

He worked with A.Y.McDonald Mfg.Co. his entire career, retiring in 1992 as Manager of Marketing Services after 45 years serving in many different capacities from Assistant to the President, Inventory Control Manager and ultimately leading the Marketing Services team.

All who met Bob soon knew that he was a kind and gentle man with a quiet strength and always cheerful attitude. He enjoyed a long and wonderful life and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Surviving are his two sons, Bob (Donna) Voels of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steve Voels of Frisco, TX; four grandchildren, Sarah, Allison, Ian and Matt Voels; a sister, Ann (Paul) Cremer of Kansas City, MO; a brother-in-law and his wife, Frank (Fay) McCauley of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sally; his precious daughter, Barb A. Voels Pettit; his siblings Elma (Al) Howe, Lucile (Carl) Kleeman, Bud (Betty) Voels, Fr. David Voels, and Jeanne (Paul) Schramm; and his in-laws, Mike (JoAnn) McCauley.

Memorials may be given in his name to the American Cancer Society as a tribute to his wife and daughter.
Bob's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Evergreen Estate Residential Care Center where he lived for the last year for their wonderful care, support and friendship.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



James W. Harrison

James W. "Jim" Harrison, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Jim was born on August 30, 1942 in Edgerton, WI the son of Walter and Blanche (Wolcott) Harrison. He is a US Navy veteran serving from 1959 to 1961. He served on the U.S.S. Tioga County LST 1158. He married Gloria Erickson on August 12, 1989 in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere, and then for the former Dubuque Packing Company. At the age of 47 he went back to school at NICC and graduated with a degree in heating and cooling. He owned and operated Harrison Heating and Cooling and retired at the age of 62.

Jim was a past member of the Eagles Club #568, UFCW Local #150A, UAW Local #94, and the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR.

After retirement he enjoyed fishing for catfish on the Mississippi river with his fishing buddy George.
Jim's caring personality was second to none, and often times he would go above and beyond to put others before himself and expect nothing in return. He was a very proud individual, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim and Gloria just celebrated 25 years of marriage this last August. As Jim would say to Gloria numerous times, "IT'S JUST YOU AND ME KID."

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria, two sons, Kevin (Brenda) Harrison, of Gower, Missouri, and Chris (Jodi Hagar) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa. Five grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Latham, Tyler, Brandon, Bailey, and Blake Harrison, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Annalise, and Kayden. Five sisters Faye Ingraham, of Livingston, WI, Deanna Hoftender, of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Francis) Deutsch, of Belmont, WI, Rita (Roger) Ames, of Prairie du Chien, WI, Karla (Jeff) Pluemer, of Platteville, WI. Two brothers Wally (Lois) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Danny (Glenda) Harrison, of Hobbs, New Mexico. His mother-in-law Bea Payne, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law, Kathy Luher, of Dubuque, and brothers-in-law, Ken (Maureen) Erickson, David Erickson, and Daniel Erickson all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers George and Arthur, brother-in-law Raymond N. Hoftender, sister-in-law Barbara Erickson, and his father-in-law Harvey Erickson.

In lieu of flowers a James W. Harrison memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Moore and Dr. Lawrence Kukla and their staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy M. along with family and friends especially Deanna for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim.



Thomas R. Coffman

Thomas R. "The Kid" Coffman, age 43, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2105, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born in Dubuque on March 22, 1971, son of James R. and Patricia (Thomas) Coffman.

Tom graduated from Central High School in 1989. He was well known for his lumbering skills and was in the timber business for 25 years. Tom was currently employed at Wiezorek Timber Co. Prior to that Tom owned and operated Coffman Logging for several years. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with friends at Paul's Tavern and trying his luck at the Casinos. Tom was adventurous and enjoyed parasailing and would have like to have tried sky diving. He also enjoyed wrestling from the time he was young. Tom enjoyed listening to music and some of his favorite bands included The Misfits, Danzig and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was extremely loyal to his family and friends and always protected them. Tom's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom is survived by his mother, Patricia Coffman, of Dubuque; his step-father, Thomas Koch; his children, Thomas Coffman Jr., Dubuque, IA, Teisha Schmitt, Belpre, OH, Corban Coffman,  Josiah Coffman, Nolan Coffman, all of Dubuque; his sisters, Jennifer Lynn Ernzen, Amber Koch, both of Dubuque, IA; his son Tom and daughter Teisha's mother, Cindy Hedrick; his former wife and Corban and Josiah's mother, Gerri Lee Coffman; his current girlfriend and Nolan's mother, Jamie Becker; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, James R. Coffman; his son, James Schmitt in infancy; his grandparents, William and Mary Thomas, Ray Coffman and Eleanor Dryer.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police and EMS Departments for their rapid response and kindness.

A Thomas R. Coffman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley A. Rave

Shirley A. (Tobin) Rave, 80, of Farley, Iowa, was called to heaven on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:55 a.m., surrounded by her children, grandchildren and her sisters, at her son, Rick's home in Earlville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Shirley may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Services for Shirley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Churchy in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born December 29, 1934 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On May 9, 1955 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Rave at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, IA. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2010. Together they raised 14 children and provided family time to many others that accepted their love.

She spent many years caring for others through Visiting Nurses, Julien Care Facility and in home care. She adored her family, and loved spending time with them playing cards, finding treasures at goodwill or the Amish, donating money to the casino's, and traveling anywhere that someone was going. She will be sadly missed by her family, sisters and her best friend, Marg Frank and all her bonus children.

Surviving are twelve children, Gilbert Rave Jr., of Dubuque, Connie (Jeff) Gioimo, of Dyersville, Rick (Kathy) Rave, of Earlville, Sherry (Tom) Streif and Loras Rave both of Independence, Polly (Keith) Goerdt of Farley, Peggy Jellison, of Clarence, Karla (Steve) Garrett, of Cascade, Heidi (Steve) MacDonald, of Epworth, Roxanne (John) Gartner of Peosta, Daniel Rave of Farley, and Jodi Delaney (& friend, Jared Lind) of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in law, Karen Rave of Farley; 37 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters ,Darlene (Carey) Ahlers of Worthington and Marjorie Althoff of Manchester.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Mark Rave, on Sept. 13, 1992, and Gary J. Rave, on Jan. 8, 1997; a son-in-law, Lee Jellison and a family friend, Wes Spiker; a granddaughter, Autumn Garrett; a great grandson, William Rave; two sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger and Delrose (Ernie) Ostwinkle; a brother Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; a brother-in-law, Clarence Althoff.

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

Thank you to all who helped with her care, especially Shelly Kennedy Wilken.



Patricia A. Latham

Patricia A. "Patty" Latham, age 76, passed away January 27, 2015 at 11:00am. She resided at Stonehill Care Center and died peacefully following a courageous fight against colon cancer.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday January 31st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Patricia was born on October 11th, 1938 to John and Mildred (Pascoe) Latham. She was the oldest of three. As a child, "Patty" as she was known to her family, lived with her twin siblings Jack and Joyce on a farm in Epworth, Iowa. After graduation she moved to Dubuque. "Pat" as she was known to her friends and coworkers, began working at The Galena Glove and Mitten Factory, then Hartig Drugs, and finally after more than 25 years of dedicated service, she retired from the Telegraph Herald.
She enjoyed bowling, picnicking at Eagle Point Park and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She was passionate in her love of animals, especially dogs. Buddy and Pixi were among her favorites.

She is survived by her sister Joyce (Wayne) Haverland of Dubuque; her nieces and nephews Jackie (Latham) and Ed Melde of Dubuque; Don and Lori (Schmidt) Latham of Elgin, IL; Laura (Haverland) and Karl Sup of Mesa, AZ; Lisa (Haverland) and Dan Steele of Mesa, AZ; Linda (Haverland) and Bill Kimbro of Cedar Rapids; 18 grand-nieces and nephews; 1 great-grand nephew and 1 great-grand niece.

Patty was preceded in death by her father, John W. Latham; her mother, Mildred (Pascoe) Latham; her brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Gloria (Harlan) Latham; and her nephew, Wayne R. Haverland Jr.

The family would like to thank Stonehill for their kind and loving care of Patty. They would also like to thank Norma for her friendship and for sharing her dog, Buddy, who gave Pat hours of joy.



Robert W. Harry

Robert W. Harry, 103 of Bethany Home, formerly of 1730 N. Algona Street died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque after the funeral mass. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert was born on October 4, 1911 in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota the son of John W. and Carrie E. (Barkley) Harry.
On November 27, 1941 he married Frances Welty at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He was employed as a Factory Worker and retired Department Head at Midland Laboratory in 1975.
Robert served our country in the United States Army during WWII. He received the Purple Heart for his participation in the invasion of the Philippians.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Frances; children, Robert S. (Loretta) Harry and Barbara Ann (Richard) Esser; 4 grandchildren; and great- children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren, Terry Lee Esser and Robert J. Harry.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque County Veteran's Affair's office, Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the second floor nurses at Bethany Home for their compassionate care.



Dolores M. Kotz

Dolores M. Kotz, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:28 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Heritage Manor surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on February 2, 1924, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Wagner) Breitbach.

Dolores married Celester "Les" Kotz on October 16, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988. Dolores was employed at the General Dry Battery Factory for 3 years and at Mary of Angels for 20 years. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Dolores enjoyed listening to music, doing needle point, playing bingo and visiting with people. Dolores was a thoughtful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with the grandchildren and enjoyed buying bargain toy gifts from Hartig's and Walgreen's when they were younger. Family was very important to Dolores and she faithfully said the driver's prayer when family members went on business and vacation trips.

Dolores is survived by her children, George (Kathy) Kotz, Leonard (Diane) Kotz, Denis (Anne) Kotz, Diane (John) Tschiggfrie, all of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Calleen (Jim) Bohl, Carla (Shane) Riley, Carolyn (Donald) Rauen, Tim (Sarah) Kotz, Joe (Tiana) Kotz, Jason Tschiggfrie, Scott Tschiggfrie and Kraig (special friend Amanda) Kotz; 12 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Audrey and Alyssa Bohl, Meredith and Caitlyn Riley, Christopher and Cody Rauen, Tyler and Bryce Kotz, Grace Wachter, Austin Hantelman and Syerra Calvert; 2 step-grandchildren, Jason Welsh and Nicole Welsh; 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanne (Gene) Kernall, Madeline Kotz, both of Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Vince (Maggie) Kotz, Farley, IA.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Celester; a son, Duane; a grandson, Kyle Kotz; a sister, Helen (Joseph) Sahm; 2 brothers, Leonard and Clarence Breitbach and a special friend Sister Evangelist Kelchen.

A Dolores M. Kotz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank many of Dolores grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends who've sent holiday, birthday cards and photos to her over the past years; she enjoyed so much hearing from you. The family sincerely thanks Dr. Manzel for over 30 years of outstanding medical care. Also Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, and a huge thanks to the many Heritage Manor nursing aids, nurses, activities department and staff for the great care given to Dolores over the past 4 years; you treated her so very well and were like family.

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

 



Thomas W. Schlueter

Thomas W. Schlueter 83, a lifelong resident of Dubuque and currently of Asbury, Iowa died peacefully Monday, January 26, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Church of The Nativity with the Rev. James Miller officiating. The parish rosary society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on May 3, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Leo B. and Helen (Ott) Schlueter. He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. Tom was passionate about the game of baseball and very proud of his baseball skills. He started playing at the age of 13 and went on to play for numerous leagues throughout his playing days. Tom's favorite memory of his baseball career was when he was a member of the semi-pro team, the Dubuque Star Brewers, and was struck out swinging against Satchel Paige who went on to become a famous major league pitcher.

On May 9, 1964, Tom married Dorothy Wubben at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Tom joined the Schlueter Insurance Agency in 1953 with his father and brother and went on to become vice president of the firm. He was president of the local insurance association and a state representative of that association. He was active in many fund raising drives for The United Way, Cancer Society, Stonehill Care Center, Wahlert High School, Loras College and Mercy Medical Center.

Nothing was more important to Tom than his "bride", children, grandchildren and his abiding love of country. He had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Surviving is his wife Dorothy of Asbury; his children, Thomas (Ellen Neuhaus) Schlueter and their children Nathaniel, Cy Thomas and William of Green Bay, WI; Mary Kay (Bill) Meyer and their children Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye of Dyersville, IA; Susan (Dan) Wirtz and their children Josephine and Eva of Atlanta, GA; Angela (David) Wilson and their children Lucas and Owen of Martinsville, VA; Carl (Hayley Bush) Schlueter of St. Paul, MN; Janet (Merritt) Gammage and their children Leo and Greta of Dubuque, IA; Helen Schlueter of Chamblee, GA; Peter (Nicole Westphal) and their son Elliot of Denver, CO and John (Jennifer) Schlueter and their children Henry and Grant of Chicago, IL; his siblings, Robert (Ellen) Schlueter of Dubuque, Jane Ross of Dyersville, IA, Joseph (Rose Mary) Schlueter of Mason City, IA, Bernard (Judith) Schlueter of Ohio and Helen (Edward) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John (Patricia) Schlueter and Leo (Judith) Schlueter and his brother-in-law, Merle Ross.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Deacons Dave McGhee and Steve Whiteman, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Chad Nachtman and his awesome staff, Dr. Thomas Johnson and Tom's coffee buddies, especially Gene.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Church, Hospice of Dubuque and THE S.O.U.R.C.E.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



James C. Bowling

James C. Bowling, 82, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2015, at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A celebration of James' life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

James Carson Bowling was born on June 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Guy and Gertrude (Streets) Bowling. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and then married Darlene Faye Tracy. They later divorced.

James had owned and operated several nightclubs in the Quad Cities area including the Lakehurst Supper Club in Maquoketa. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired after 29 years. In retirement he worked at ACE Hardware store in Davenport for several years and continued to work there until his death.

James was a former Moose Lodge member. He loved people and had a heart of gold. He would help anyone that he could. He loved his family and was a true gentlemen.

Those left to honor his memory include his son Dennis (Marilyn) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 1 granddaughter Denise (Terry) Haugen of Leavenworth, KS; 1 great-grandson Nathaniel (Tiffani); 1 great-great-grandson Luke; 3 sisters Nadine (Harold) Lubben of Maquoketa, IA, Pauline Wulf of Davenport, IA, and Maxine Orange of Copeville, TX; a sister-in-law Judy Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and a son Donald Bowling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James C. Bowling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald F. Breiner

Donald F. Breiner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Services will at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate.

Donald was born May 4, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner. 

He married JoAnn Armbruster on September 24, 1947 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 13 1994. 

Donald was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years. He also farmed on Herber Road for over 20 years. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and bonfires. He loved his grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

Donald is survived by his children, Diane (Ken) Mitchell, Jayne (Frank) Pothoff, Jim (Cindy) Breiner, Dan (Mary) Breiner, and Debbie (Doug) Juergens; grandchildren, Joe (Joanne), Josh and Jesse (Phi) Mitchell, Brenda Naab, Becky Jo (Josh) Bahl, Wendy Brehm, Mike(Laura) Breiner, Matt (Abby) Breiner, Kristy (Adam) Dupont, Kim (Travis) Burkle, Keri Breiner, Annie (Craig) Sheehe, Donny Joe (Mary)Breiner, Andrew (Jessica) Breiner, Donica, Dana Jo (fiancé Ryan Gruber), Dustin (Stephanie) and their daughter Emma Jolene, Darla, and Darci Juergens; 26 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Harvey, Bob (Leta), and Tom (Arlene) Breiner, all of Dubuque.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jolene Breiner; his daughter in law, Peggy Breiner; a grandson in law, Lawrence " Junior" Brehm; and a sister in law, Jane Breiner.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Breiner Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Moran; and to Don's little nurse, Darla Juergens.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mark A. Barnhart

Mark A. Barnhart, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Mark's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Mark Allen Barnhart was born on March 20, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Raymond L. and Coba (Lanham) Barnhart. He grew up in Colesburg and attended Edgewood Colesburg High School graduating early so he could serve his country by joining the military.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked as a butcher for Tyson Foods in Postville, and then as a butcher for a beefhouse and later for a poultry farm. He then worked at General Mills in Cedar Rapids where he met Teresa A. Shady. They were married on December 17, 2010 and moved to Maquoketa where Mark worked for the past four years at Web Printing.

Mark was a former member of the Colesburg American Legion. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, hunting and most importantly spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include his wife Teresa A. Barnhart of Maquoketa, IA; children Dachia of MN, Brandon of Greeley, IA, Chrissy of Greeley, IA, and Britteny of MN; step-children Trinity Miller of Norway, IA, and Timothy Miller of Norway, IA; his mother Coba Barnhart of MO; a brother Mitch (Renea) Barnhart of Strawberry Point, IA; sisters Tammy Krogmann of Vandalia, MO and Pamela (Jason) Jones of Colesburg, IA; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mark A. Barnhart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lois C. Green

Lois C. Green, 90 0f Oak Park Place and formerly of rural Dubuque died Saturday January 24, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 28, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish Vigil service at 3 pm.

Lois was born on April 2, 1924 in Durango, Iowa the daughter of Sylvester and Celestine (Jungers) Reuter. She married Arnold Green on January 29, 1947 at Saint Joseph Key West Church and shared 66 wonderful years together until Arnolds passing on July 13, 2013.

Lois was a member of Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women's Group and was voted mother of the year in 1980. She enjoyed raising chickens and delivering egg's to her many egg customers over the years. She was a member of Saint Joseph Church, Key West.

She is survived by her eight children, Melvin (Barb) Green, Edward Green, JoAnn Heber, Clifford (Pat) Green, Barbara Barth, Joseph (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, and Mary (Kevin) Love. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, her brother Ken (Lois) Reuter, sister-in-law Betty Reuter, brothers and sisters-in-law John "Bob" (Marcella) Green, Charlie (Mary) Green, and Robert Offerman. Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 2013, son-in-law Loren Heber in 2014, brothers Clem Reuter, Cpl. Harlan Reuter, Jack Reuter, and Jim (Darlene) Reuter. Brothers and sisters-in-law Roland "Ted" (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Loras Green, Joseph Green, Oscar (Berneice) Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Frank (Estelle) Simon, Mary Jo Offerman, and her nephew Eugene Reuter.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Oak Park Place, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Marie E. Kreeb

Marie E. Kreeb, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was born July 26, 1917, in Castle Grove, Iowa, the daughter of John "Jack" and Elizabeth (Jasper) Dempsey. She went to school in Delaware County, walking a mile and a half to and from. She married Raymond H. Kreeb on June 22, 1936 in Monticello, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville where they owned and operated the Phillips 66 station until they purchased McCabe Cleaners in 1963 and renamed it Kreeb Cleaners. They had 4 children and also were foster parents to 10 lucky children.

Marie was a seamstress who did alterations at Kreeb Cleaners, developing many friendships that she enjoyed over the years. She also enjoyed gardening, dancing with Ray, and fishing at their little cabin on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Survivors include her children: Jack (Janet) Kreeb, Patty Kramer and Bill (Kay) Kreeb, all of Dyersville, and Mike (Colleen) Kreeb of Tarpon Springs, FL; 11 grandchildren: Jon (Marsha) Kreeb, Janelle (Justin) Ison, Sara (Tim) Koch, Sally (Mike) Brant, Dan Kramer, Mike (Kerri) Kramer, Kristie (Brian) Cassidy, Matt (Jenny) Kreeb, Jennifer (Jeff) Joiner, David Kreeb, and Bryon (Anne) Kreeb; great-grandchildren: Jasmin and Josh Gerontis, Jonah, Ison, Brandon, Raymond and Alex Koch, Audra (Christian) Kahle, Taylor and Mitchell Brant, Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer, Maggie and Will Cassidy, Lillian and Elizabeth Kreeb, and Andrew, Alex and Gabrielle Kreeb; great-great-grandchildren Drew and Nate Kahle;
one sister, Kate Hageman, of Marion; and a brother-in-law, Charles Kreeb, of Coralville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray, in 1995; a son-in-law, Robert "Gar" Kramer; siblings: Viola (Leo) Chapman, Charlie and Clarence Dempsey, Lucille (Pat) Seehusen, and Georgene (Robert) Brokens; 
in-laws: Louise (Art) Holub, Marie (Bub) Bowling, Fred (Sylvia) Kreeb, Ralph Hageman and Eunice Kreeb.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica and/or St. Francis Xavier Grade School.

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their cumulative years of wonderful care and companionship.

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



Jance L. Reisdorf

Jance Lynn Reisdorf, 45, of 3390 Rose Apartments, formerly of 1103 Garfield Dubuque IA, passed away January 21st 2015. Friends may call on January 27, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m. by Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary at a later time.

She was born July 27, 1969 the daughter of Terrance Sr. & Judith (Pitz) Reisdorf.

Jance was a much loved individual by many. She was always a giver to others either related or just in need. She had donated her large collection of collector Barbie dolls to children in need at the Iowa University Hospital, earned her CNA early on providing care for those in need, she would always be there to care for family in so many ways. Jance was the world's greatest daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend. She had a beautiful way about her, always being a good listener lifting your spirits with her wonderful smile.

Jance is survived by her mother Judy, Grandfather Bob Pitz, her brothers Terrance Reisdorf Jr. (Jodi), Joe Reisdorf, and Bob Reisdorf (Ann). Jance was a loving aunt to Zoey, Mateah, Carter, Denver, and Katelyn.

Jance was preceded in death by her father Terrance Reisdorf Sr., nephew Jacob Woodward-Reisdorf, Grandparents Joe & Irma Reisdorf and Grandparent Rose Walsh.

Flowers may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home prior to services.

The family would like to thank the community who helped us in our efforts to find Jance. Special thanks to our Dubuque Law Enforcement, including Officer Paul Avenarius, Officer Jonathan Brokens, Officer William "BJ" Juergens, Captain Russ Stecklein, Chapain Charles Fizer, and Lt. Scott Baxter. We also wish to thank various persons with the Rose staff & residents who involved themselves in Jance life, she loved you.



Lloyd S. Saunders

Lloyd S. Saunders, 99, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 23, 2015, at the Clarence Care Center after a short illness.

A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Lloyd Scott Saunders was born on December 19, 1915 on a farm in Clinton County, south of Baldwin, Iowa, the son of Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. When Lloyd was 5, the family moved to a farm near Canton, in Jackson County. Lloyd attended country school graduating in 1930 and grew to manhood helping on the family farm.

On January 1, 1939, Lloyd married Robert M. Dixon, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm near Canton until 1974, when they moved to a small farm near Wyoming. Roberta and Lloyd enjoyed a wonderful marriage for over 67 years. Her death on June 15, 2006, left a big gap in his life. However, he carried on and remained in his own home until he was well over 97.

Lloyd's life work was farming. He loved the land, the growing of crops and livestock and the rural lifestyle.

Lloyd was a longtime member of the Tipton Bible Church, the Anamosa Gideon Camp, the Jackson County Historical Society, the State of Iowa Historical Society, the Farm Bureau, and several other farm related groups. He also served for many years on the Canton School Board.

Those left to honor Lloyd's memory include a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a nephew Larry Harder, and 3 sisters Myrtle Watters, Beulah Duhme and Wilma "Peg" Harder on January 22, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lloyd S. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma J. Harder

Wilma J. "Peg" Harder, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Peg's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Wilma Jane Saunders was born on April 18, 1926 in Brandon Township, rural Monmouth, Iowa, to Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then worked as a secretary at the Maquoketa City Hall. She married Elmer Louis Harder on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012.

Peg was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Lawrence Van Hook Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Iowa Society of Mayflower.

Peg loved doing things in her kitchen, especially cooking and baking and collecting and trying new recipes. She enjoyed reading, keeping the farm records and corresponding with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Peg's memory include her husband of 70 years Elmer Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a son Gary Lee Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lloyd Saunders of Clarence, IA; and a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry Edward on May 22, 1991, and sisters Myrtle Watters and Beulah Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilma J. "Peg" Harder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Theodore J. Beaves

Theodore J. "Ted" Beaves, Sr., 88, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ted was born October 11, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 then served in the US Navy during WWII. He returned to Dubuque and attended Loras College, graduating in 1949.

He married Eileen Ryan on September 30, 1950 at St. Joseph the Prairie Catholic Church. He worked in information technology at Mercy Medical Center from 1964 until 1984. He then worked for NCR in Dayton, Ohio from 1984 until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he and Eileen moved back to Dubuque.

Ted was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection, member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer in the SHIIP program.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Beaves; six children, Carol Beaves of West St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Deb) Beaves of Dubuque, Ann (Tom) Hanson of Manchester, Mary Jo (Bill) Einwalter of Farley, Julie (Mike) Dunn of Dubuque, and Michael (Lisa) Beaves of Ankeny; 16 grandchildren, five great granddaughters; two brothers, George (Dorothy) Beaves of Dubuque and Peter (Margaret) Beaves of East Dubuque; In- laws, Kay Steuck, Ray, (Gail) Ryan, Geri Ryan, and Andrea Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses, Richard and Gerry Beaves, Mary Ellen and Jim Kadra, Charlotte and Bill Hanley, Jack and Veronica Murphy; and in laws, Paul and Bill Ryan and Bob Stueck.
Memorials may be made to Loras College or Resurrection Parish.

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

A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center and Mercy Medical Center for the utmost care and concern they showed our father and husband.



Anne M. Genthe

Anne M. Genthe, 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill, died peacefully January 22, 2015.

Friends and family may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday January 25th 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00a.m. Monday January 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Entombment will follow in Linwood Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.
Anne was born October 2, 1928, daughter of Edwin and Mathilda (Richard) Whitfield, of Dubuque. Anne married Earl E. Genthe on June 19, 1948 in Rickardsville. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2009.

Anne worked for ARA Services at John Deere, where she drove lunch cart and was the Union Stewart for the local chapter for 25 years, until her retirement. She devoted her life to raising her family. She enjoyed doing yard work, especially planting her beautiful flowers. Anne was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish and Rosary Society in Sherrill.

Surviving are her children: Gary (Tammy Schmitt) Genthe of Evansdale, Leann (Steve) Sabers of Dubuque, Susan Genthe of Dubuque, Mark Genthe of Peosta, Nancy (Dale) Meyer of Dubuque, Jeff Genthe of Littleton, CO; her grandchildren: Jay & Danny Genthe, Scott & Chris (Brie) Sabers, Andy (Denice), Randy, & Abby Genthe, Matt (Danielle), Ashley, & Nick Meyer, Keri & Austin Genthe; her nine great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard (Carla) Whitfield, Edwin (Marjorie) Whitfield, & Robert (Robyn)Whitfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Frommelt, sister and brother-in-law June & George Ackman, brother-in-law Richard Genthe, sister-in-law Vinca Doviak, and grandson Tommy Genthe.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center and Dr. Cynthia Konz & Sherri of Dubuque Internal Medicine for the excellent care they provided to Mom.



Wilfred J. Meyer

Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Wilfrid's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller and Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Wilfrid's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Willie was born on January 21, 1933, in Dubuque, IA, son of Herman and Mary (Burds) Meyer.

Willie proudly served with the U.S. Army in Korea. He married Jean (Mueller) on April 25, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Willie owned and operated Meyer Bros. Painting for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer. One of the highlights of his golf career was in 1981 when he won the Dubuque City County Golf Championship in a sudden death playoff against his son, John. Willie loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Willie is survived by his loving wife, Jean Meyer, Dubuque, IA; his children, John (Nina) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, James Meyer, Dana Point, CA, Dennis (Renee) Meyer, Ft. Myers, FL, Paula (Ernie) Dykstra,Thomson, IL, Phillip (Debbie) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Sarah Meyer-Pratti, Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Thad (Karen) Meyer, Mandie (Brian) Stoll, Megan Meyer, Jeremy (Ashley) Meyer, Natalie Meyer, Maria (Kirt) Glasford, Kristin (Jesus) Medina, Alicia Meyer, Andrew Meyer, Kelsey Yorks, Selena (Chad) Medenblik, Hannah Dykstra, Colby Dykstra, Trevor (Camila) Meyer, Morgan Meyer, Marissa Meyer and Jordan Pratti; 15 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Rita (Jerry) Hubbard, Bend, OR, Cletus Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Mary Gertrude (Leon) Kurt, Cascade, IA, Herman Joe (Sandy) Meyer, Fairfax, IA, Kathy (Doug) Schlickman, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Eileen Meyer, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Wayne Zumhof, AZ.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Agatha Zumhof; a brother, Donald J. Meyer and a sister-in-law, Ann Meyer.

A Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care of Wilfrid.

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

 



Christina A. Bauer

Christina A. Bauer, 56, of Farley passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. A visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Christina was born on Nov. 17, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sylvia (Baldwin) Splinter.

She married Robert Bauer on May 30, 1998 in Dubuque.

She was employed at Regency in Dubuque for over 20 years. After they closed she went back to school at NICC where she earned her Associates Degree. She graduated with honors, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma.

After completing school she was employed at IBM until her diagnosis.

Chris was a very proud grandmother and never missed an opportunity to spoil her grandchildren. She recently welcomed her newest addition, Daisy.

Chris was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Dale Earnhardt Jr., St. Louis Cardinals and recently Detroit Tigers.

She enjoyed knitting and went to several knitting trips with her cousins.

Most of all Chris cherished her family and friends, and her "little slice of heaven" in Farley.

Surviving is her husband, Bob Bauer; children James W. (Amber) Gassman, of New Vienna, IA., Amber R. Bauer, of Dubuque; step-son Adam (Heather) Bauer, of Peosta, IA; step-daughter April (Scott) Smith of Lake Mills, IA.; grandchildren Robbie, Randy, and Ricky Bauer, Aubrey Smith, Benjamin Birkett, Maggie, Quintin and Daisy Gassman; mother Sylvia Splinter; brother James "Jim" (Kathy "Kate" McDermott) Splinter; sisters-in-law Donna (Mike) Dillon and Barb Wiedenbacher; and brother-in-law Dennis "Harry" (Julie) Bauer.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Splinter; sister Shari Vrotsos; and brother-in-law Richard Bauer.

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

A Christina Bauer memorial fund has been established where donations will be given to pancreatic cancer research.

We would like to give our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Farnell and his team at the Mayo Clinic, the second floor nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., Dr. Mark Hermann, and Hospice of Dubuque for your exceptional care.



Kathryn A. Frommelt

Kathryn A. (Kuehnle) Frommelt, 87, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Kathryn was born May 7, 1927 in Dubuque, daughter of Louis and Mae (Billmeyer) Kuehnle. She married William Frommelt on June 22, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company, retiring in 1990.

She and William "Bill" traveled to all 50 states and many other places around the world. She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, William "Bill" Frommelt, of Dubuque; a son, Bill T. (Mary Kay) Frommelt, of Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Mary K. Borders of Roseville, Calif., and Sue (Bud) May, of Rockford, Ill; three grandchildren, Andy, Sarah and Joe May; a sister, Lou Ann (Tom) Kress, of Rossford, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Marion McCarville, of Marion, IA

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John; a sister-in-law, Joan Pierce; and a son-in-law, Curtis Borders.

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



Susan J. Nugent

Susan J. Nugent, 79, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan was born on Feb. 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Evelyn (Majerius) Norton. She attended Immaculate Conception from 1948 to 1952.

She was a baker and cook at Mt. Saint Francis Convent until retirement in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James Nugent, Doris Nugent, Sharon Luksetich, and Mary Nugent; 9 grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Amanda, Taylor, Corey, Ashley, Jim Jr., Kylee, and Stone; 4 great-grandchildren; her lifelong special friend, Mary McAndrews; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Robert and Kenneth Nugent; sons-in-law Dave Kothenbeutel and Tom Luksetich; and siblings Eleanor Norton, Leona Manders, and Emmett (Ann) Norton.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.



Debra K. Hall

Debra K. Hall, 52, of Escondido, California, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015.

A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 31, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 30, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Debra Kay Burmahl was born on Feb. 12, 1962 to Willis and Marcella (Westphal) Burmahl. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and then from Mount Mercy College with a BSN. She was a dedicated nurse in the Hospice field, most recently with Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo. She was also a very devoted wife and mother. Debra married Quongee David Hall on Oct. 6, 1990 and to this union Kaitlyn Leilani was born.

Deb was a very loving and giving person. She loved life to the fullest and loved to travel with her husband and daughter. She especially loved to go to Hawaii where she could see the beautiful waterfalls that she so much enjoyed. She was also very devoted to her Iowa family and loved coming back home to Maquoketa every year for a visit. She had a very special bond with the people and co-workers at Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo.

Debra attended the Grace Lutheran Church of Escondido. Funeral services were held there on Friday, Jan. 23.

Those left to honor Debra's memory include her husband of 25 years, Quongee David Hall of Escondido, CA; daughter Kaitlyn Hall of Escondido, CA; mother Marcella Burmahl of Maquoketa, IA; brother David (Angie) Burmahl of Baldwin, IA; two nephews, Drew and Jacob Burmahl, and one niece, Ellie Burmahl. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Burmahl,  on August 31, 1987.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debra K. Burmahl Hall memorial fund has been established.

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



Irene M. Anderson

Irene M. (Williams) Anderson, 93, of Dubuque, IA., formerly of Ham Lake, MN., died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church; friends may call at the church 1-hour prior to services. Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. where a prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Irene was born December 28, 1921, in Hopkins, MN., daughter of Arthur and Edith (Beck) Williams. She married Edward W. Anderson on December 11, 1943 in Edmonton, Alberta; Canada. Edward preceded her in death on March 20, 1978.

Irene grew up in Minneapolis, MN., where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. At the age of 14, she went to work as a live-in nanny taking care of Dr. Dean Manolis as a child, he still to this day considers her his prominent mother-figure. In 1941, she went to work to help with the War effort at International-Harvester in Minneapolis. In 1942 she ventured north to Whitehorse, YT; CA to work on the Al-Can Highway as a cook. There she met her husband Edward. After Ed and Irene married they returned to Minneapolis where she was a homemaker. In 1948, they moved to the Anderson family farm land in Ham Lake, MN. where she made her home, She worked at ‘Cream of Wheat' in Minneapolis from 1960 to 1968 and then she cooked in a supper club in East Bethel from 1970 to 1984. She moved to Dubuque to live by her children in 1984. While living in Dubuque she cooked at the "Club House" on 24th & Washington from 1985 to 1997 where she made the best Prime Rib around. She cooked dinner for her family every Tuesday night for 28 years, from 1984 to 2012. There were always 7 to 15 people there to eat and enjoy her food. Family, food and togetherness were very important to her.

She is survived by her son, Tim (Mary Jane) Anderson of Menominee, IL. and her daughter, Lori (Bill) Rokusek of Dubuque four grandchildren: Chris (Kate) Anderson of Dubuque, Tim ll (Kami) Anderson of St. Michael, MN., Kelli (Rob) Sonntag of Altoona, IA., Morgan Turbiner of New york City, NY. Adopted Granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri of Dubuque, Step-Grandchildren: Kevin (Katie) Rokusek of Bettendorf, IA., Michelle (Bob) Hochrein of Dubuque, and Barry Rokusek of Madison, WI. Five Great Grandchildren: Gabe, Abby and Sam Anderson of St. Michael, MN. and Gabbi and Graci Sonntag of Altoona, IA. Adopted Great Grandsons: Chad and Dyllon Phillips of Dubuque, Step-Great Grandchildren: Kristina, Rachelle and Jacquelyn Hochrein of Dubuque and Kaitlyn and Kamdyn Rokusek of Dubuque and Bettendorf, IA. One sister, Joyce Shaw of Spring Lake Park, MN. Sister-in-laws: Darlene Anderson, Shirley Anderson of Minnesota and Marlene Anderson of California, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her son; Tom Anderson, daughter; Teri Stansfield and grandson; Kevin Kamentz. Sisters: Gladys Sykes, Dorothy Tilton, Helen Carlson and Donna Mae Williams, brothers: Ray Williams and Earl Williams and their spouses and three brothers-in-laws: Donald Anderson, Carl Anderson and Arnold Anderson.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital CVU, and Heritage Manor for the wonderful and loving care they took of Irene.



Everett J. Schuman

Everett J. Schuman, 79, of Earlville, Iowa died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.  Visitation will also be held Saturday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Everett was born December 12, 1935 in Keota, Iowa the son of John and Edna "Ruth" (Heddinghaus) Schuman.  He married Darline Feldman on February 19, 1957 in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised their family and farmed near Earlville until retiring and moving to town in 1995.  Everett also worked as an Archer Oil County manager and a Mycogen seed corn dealer.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, working in his shop fixing things and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Darline, 7 children: Diana (Ron) Digmann of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Donna) Schuman of Greeley, Dave (Kim) Schuman of Elk Grove, IL, Linda (Dan) Olberding of Dyersville, Nancy (Neal) Conrad of Hopkinton, Beverly (Kevin) DeMoss of Dubuque, Larry (Laura) Schuman of Earlville, 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, siblings: Emmett (Bernadette) Schuman of Independence, IA, Elmer (Julie) Schuman of Dyersville, Elias (Roxann) Schuman of Excello, MO, Francine Tucker of Manchester, Flavia (Dale) Talley of Oak Grove, MO, Fay (Fred) Coimarco of Little Rock, AR; in-laws: Karyl Schuman of Shorewood, IL and Herman Kadlec of Wahoo, NE and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Ruth Schuman, parents in-law, Joe & Vi Feldman, one son, Ronald in 2013, siblings: Edward Schuman, Frieda Schuman (in infancy), Fern Kadlec, in-laws: Fred Juhl and Carl Tucker.

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

 

 

 



George H. Banworth

George H. Banworth, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday January 19, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday January 24th, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday January 24th at the Church of the Nativity until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on January 7, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Jungblut) Banwarth.

George worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company before starting in the furniture business in 1956. He owned and operated Banworth and Udelhoven Furniture Store for many years with his business partner Hap Udelhoven.
He was a member of Power of Prayer, and had a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and also attended daily early morning Mass at the Church of the Nativity.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law Peggy Banwarth and Virginia Banwarth, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Charlotte Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph, Alvin (Armella), Harold, Francis and Charles, and his sister Mary (Ray) Herbst.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff along with all the health care professionals especially, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Charles Longo and Dr. Patel Pinalkumar for all the kindness and care they gave to George.



Richard W. Kenniker

Richard W. Kenniker, 69 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Richard was born September 4, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Dorothy (Allen) Kenniker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1963. He married Judith Ann Oakley on July 13, 1973 in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Rick was a proud 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He has been on the reunion committee since they started having reunions every five years. He also managed a web site for the class that kept everybody connected across the country.

Rick was a design engineer for AY McDonald Co. and worked in quality control at Unique Balance. He had an inventive mind and designed many interesting projects.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Channing (fiancé Lisa Linenfelser) Kenniker of Dubuque; a daughter, Jody (Andy) Peavy of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Skylyn Jay Peavy and Joseph Andrew Peavy; a brother, Wayne (Lori) Kenniker of Dubuque; and two sisters, Deb Kenniker of Dubuque and Tamie (Tom) Stull of Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Janet A. Gerstkamp

Janet A. Gerstkamp, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at ManorCare. To honor Janet's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Janet's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on May 21, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Alfred and Lavina (Miller) Oakley.

Janet married Norman Gerstkamp on November 4, 1946, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1988. Janet worked at Leisers Supper Club for 31 years until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, playing Euchre with the girls, where much laughter ensued, and feeding all the birds and other varmits who visited her backyard. Janet was a longtime member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, the Eagle's Club and the Widow and Widower's Club. Janet's devotion to serving those around her has been on display throughout her entire life, but spending time with family and friends brought Janet the greatest joy. She will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Janet is survived by 2 daughters, LaVonne (James) Ferguson, Norma (Sam) Sanchez, both of Dubuque; 2 grandchildren, Carrie (Aaron) Pozdol, Matt (Diana) Ferguson, both of Dubuque; 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Charlie Pozdol, Dubuque.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; her son, Charles; a brother, Annas "Bud" Oakley and three sisters, Grace (Phil) Maul, Pearl (Edward) Gerstkamp and Joyce (Otto) Krieg.

A Janet A. Gerstkamp memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and ManorCare for all the wonderful care they provided to Janet.

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

 



Marie V. Coates

Marie Violet (Wels) Coates, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Grandview United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, conducted by the Rev. Karl Goodfellow. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to the beginning of the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery.

Marie was born October 29, 1917 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Parker) Wels. She attended primary school at Cedar Ridge, graduating eighth grade at age 12. She continued her education at Senior High School, graduating in 1934, and the University of Dubuque where she trained for her teacher certification. Marie taught in country schools and then substituted in the Dubuque Community schools for many years.

She married Merlin Coates on December 27, 1939 at the former Grace Methodist Church; he passed away on April 16, 1976, after 36 years of marriage. Marie then attended N.I.C.C. and worked for 25 years at H & R Block and various other businesses in accounting positions, retiring at the age of 84. She was a long time member of Grandview United Methodist Church and was active in many things at her church.

Marie enjoyed spending her time gardening, baking, reading and bird watching. She was an avid Lawrence Welk Fan, enjoying her Saturday evenings watching his programs.

Survivors include her children, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Appleton, WI, Bonnie (Jim deceased) Schmitt of Dubuque and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta, a daughter in-law Eileen Coates of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Gary, Brian and Brad (Beth Hams) Coates, Joseph (Nicole) and Steven (Shawntel) Schmitt, Amanda Herbst, Katie (Kyle) Nesteby and Kara (Thomas) Schneider, and 8 great grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlin; a son, Douglas; her sister Adel Wels; and a great grandson, Jacob Coates.

Memorials may be directed to the Grandview United Methodist Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Marie's memory.

Arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Thomas L. Meyers

Thomas L. Meyers 71, of Durango passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2015.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. John Kissling officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Tom was born on April 25, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Paul and Viola (Olinger) Meyers. Tom served in the USMC from August 1961 to April 1963. He married Peg Kissling in 1994.

Tom graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961. After graduation he joined the military. Upon his return home, he worked at John Deere 30 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed many years growing up and working on the Riniker farm helping with field work and repairing machinery as needed. He also spent every Friday morning bonding with his siblings over coffee and donuts. You could also find him having breakfast 3 mornings a week with his good friend, Mac or hanging out in the driveway with Donnie and Jerry, having a Pepsi, talking about the good old days.

He is survived by his wife Peg, son Tom (fiancé Traci Schmitt) Meyers, of Sherrill, IA, Paula (Ted) Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA, stepsons, Jim (Nancy) Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Tim Francois, of Cheyenne, WY, Jeff Francois, of Twin Lakes, WI, stepdaughter, Lisa Federspiel Peosta, IA. Grandchildren, Sami Jo, and Brady Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, TJ, Alex, and Madison Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA. Step grandchildren, Jenna and Ava Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Matthew, Michael, and Danielle Federspiel, of Peosta, IA, Derek Francois, of Omaha, NE and Bryce Francois, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers; Jack (Frances) Meyers, of Oceanside, CA, Paul Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Bob (Sylvia) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Dick (Ginny) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA. Sisters, Dorothy (Don) Link, of Carson City, NV, Delly (Dick) Meyers, of Urbandale, IA, Mary Katherine Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, sister-in-law Margaret Meyers, of Dubuque, sisters-in-law, Jacque (Chuck) Rutledge, of Fulton, IL, Soni Hudspeth, of Dubuque, IA, Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, of Dubuque, IA, Sue (Marv) Bennett, of Hazel Green, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Don Meyers, Sisters-in-law, Pearl Meyers, Harriet Meyers, and Ruth Meyers. Step son-in-law, Dan Federspiel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann's office at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Traci of Finley Home Health Care and Amy M. of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care you have given Tom. And a special thanks to his family and friends for your support during this time.

Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish/Holy Ghost or Hospice of Dubuque.



Sr. Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski

Sister Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski, PBVM, 95, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Concepta Joseph, daughter of Michael and Pauline (Urbaniuk) Milinski, was born Sophie Margaret on October 17, 1919, into a Polish family of her parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. By the age of 9, both of her parents had died and the siblings were separated into foster homes. They were reunited at Mount St. Michael's Home on Staten Island, NY, which was sponsored by Presentation sisters. Sister entered a small community of the Sisters of the Presentation in College Point, NY in 1946, and professed her perpetual vows on February 22, 1952. In 1962, as part of a small group from this community, she became a member of the Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and Mt. Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA where she received a BS. Her Presentation journey, spanning 68 years, took her to Oregon and Chicago, IL, Algona, Dubuque Resurrection (1975), Osage, Sheldon, Humboldt, Storm Lake and Waukon, all in Iowa and Monticello, MN and Timber Lake, SD. In ministry, she served in elementary education and as director of CCD Programs.

After her retirement to Mt. Loretto in 1990, she joined the Foster Grandparents Program, was a volunteer in the Child Development Center at Hills & Dales, and with her strong commitment to the elderly, she visited residents weekly at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab for many years.

Sister Concepta Joseph ("Sophie" to her family and friends) celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2007 and has been guided by the quote, "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."

Surviving is her sister-in-law, Helen Milinski, her brother-in-law Anthony Barone, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bernard, and her sisters Stella (Casimir) Galuszka and Lottie Barone

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



Sharon M. Kremer

Sharon M. Kremer, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Friends may gather at St. Anthony's before the memorial mass from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. In accordance with Sharon's wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Sharon was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Ann (Heitz) LeConte. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971. She married Melvin Kremer on March 3, 1973 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989.

She worked for Molo Oil Company and later provided in-home daycare. Sharon was an exceptional child care provider. After her children were grown, she was employed by, and later retired from, Younkers in Dubuque.

Sharon was a strong, inspirational woman who shed uplifting light upon all she encountered. She taught us courage and hope when faced with adversity. We remember Sharon's giving spirit and inspiring smile that could light up any room. Her memory lives on forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her children: Stephanie (Steve) Valentine and Matthew (Rita Hunt) Kremer, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren: Sierra, Sidney, and Ashley Valentine, and Charlie Kremer; her mother, Ann LeConte, of Dubuque; siblings: Diane (Ron) Clemen, Rick (Paula Dixon) LeConte, Ron (Lu) LeConte, and Robert (Janet) LeConte; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Kremer; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer, Jean (Ted) Huseman, Jim (Jan) Kremer, Jane (Paul) Vetter, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer, and Mary (Chuck) Michel; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father; her father-in-law, Lawrence Kremer; and brother-in-law Alvin Kremer.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon M. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen and the Tri-State Dialysis staff for all their wonderful care.



Richard Bernard Hefel

Richard Bernard Hefel, 71, died at home on January 19, 2015. His death was a tribute to his life. He passed surrounded by his wife, their five children, and the walls of the farmhouse that he and his wife had restored ten years earlier.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Richard was a man of many parts and known by several names. His friends called him "Dick". His students at Wahlert High school, where he taught physics and chemistry for 47 years, called him "Hefel". He was "Coach" to hundreds of athletes.

He was born April 3, 1943 in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fifth of eight children born to George and Emma (Errthum) Hefel. Richard received a B.S. in Physics and Education from Loras College. He married his high school sweetheart, Madonna Murphy, on June 12, 1965. After he married, with his wife Madonna's support, he earned an M.A. in Earth Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

He began his coaching career with football at his grade school alma mater, Holy Ghost. He went on to coach boys track and field at Wahlert for over 30 years. Long jump, high jump and pole vault became his particular passion and he produced State champions in all of these events. He became head coach at Wahlert and was invited to coach men's and women's pole vault and high jump at Loras. He coached at Loras for 11 years and produced all-Americans in men and women's pole vault and men's high jump.

Never one to miss an opportunity to use science, Richard integrated it with conservation in the two houses he built for his family from the ground up. He installed solar panels on his family house in Dubuque in the 1980s, and when he and Madonna restored their farmhouse in 2004 he installed geothermal heating and cooling. He also invested in land management and preservation on the surrounding acreage at the farm.

It was Richard who named the farmhouse "Grandview Farm." One of his greatest pleasures in later life was to sit on his porch and look out at the surrounding country. Iowa, he always said, had a different type of beauty. In 2009 he and Madonna fulfilled their dream and opened the Grandview Farm Bed and Breakfast. There they hosted guests from as far afield as London as well as the local community for regular hayrides, cook-outs, and an annual pumpkin carving party.

Dick was an inventive man who could enjoy simple things. He liked getting deals on antiques at auctions, making ice rinks in the backyard for his kids in the winter, finding the perfect sledding hills for his grand kids, reading any book going on the second world war, eating good pie, and spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by wife, Madonna Hefel; children Rick (Vicki) Hefel, Christina Hefel (Andrew Meyer), Kathleen (Bathsheba) Doran, Elizabeth Hefel (Gavin Gould), Andrea (Donovan) Devore; and grandchildren Rachel, Ben, Nick & Megan Hefel, Hugo Doran, and James Devore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Richard Hefel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend our thanks to Genesis Hospice and Skilled Care in Maquoketa.



Kevin John Francis

Kevin John Francis, 54, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Resurrection Church and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on August 9, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lee and Mary (Nugent) Francis. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978. He attended NICC and graduated from Clarke College with a BSN and attended Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he received his Masters of Anesthesia. He worked for many years at Mercy Medical Center and currently was employed by Dubuque Anesthesia Services.

He married Connie Robinson on Sept. 14, 1985 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque.

Kevin's greatest love was his wife and his family. He lived life to the fullest. He especially enjoyed spending time at the cottage and on the river, attending his sons' sporting events, traveling and playing pool. He was proud to have his daughter receive her nursing degree and join him at Mercy. Kevin was a life-long Oakland Raiders Fan. Kevin touched the lives of so many people in his short life. He loved lending a helping hand to his many friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; three children, Emily Francis, Michael Francis, and Christopher Francis, all of Dubuque; his mother, Mary Francis; siblings Gary (Elizabeth) Francis, of Palatine, IL, Steve Francis, of Huntley, IL, Roger (Julie) Francis, of Davenport, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Bruck, Kimberly Tully, both of Dubuque, Rob (Natalie) Francis, of Ankeny, IA, and Laura Francis, of Davenport; many nieces and nephews; his brother and sisters-in-law, Jackie (John) Sheriff of South Lyon,MI, Barbara (Mike) Ross, Frank Robinson both of Dubuque and Lynn (Clay) Carney of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son Eric on July 11, 1991;his father Lee on May 24, 2012; brother-in-law Dennis Tully and his mother- and father-in-law Frank and Janice Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Kevin J. Francis memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS, and Mercy Emergency Department, especially Katie, for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Robert Leroy Wagner

Robert Leroy Wagner, 78, of Dubuque passed away at home 9 pm Thursday, January 15, 2015 with his loving family around him.

Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 3:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Visitation will follow from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a Memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Matt and Alice (Schmitt) Wagner. He was the youngest of five children, losing his dad when he was 13. He attended Holy Ghost School and Loras Academy.

Before joining the Marine Corps in 1953, he worked at Trausch's Bakery. He served in the Marines during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1956. After the Marines he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, was a cement finisher, and at Stanley Home products before starting at John Deere Dubuque Works in 1960 as a machine operator. He retired in 1994 as a CNC machine operator. After retirement, he worked part time at different jobs: school bus driver, RTA bus driver, courier for American Trust, Diamond Jo, and finally retired for good from delivering parts for Fastenal.

He married Carol Isaacs in February of 1999 and went on to enjoy his retirement 24/7 with her. In his younger years, he was very active in all summer and winter sports and after "father time" took away the sporting ability, he liked to fish, do home projects, gamble of any sort and play cards.

He is a member of UAW Local 94 and a very proud member of the AA community since 1978.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; three sons, Steven (Erin) Wagner of Cedar Rapids, Michael (Kelly) Wagner, and Robert (JoAnn) Eppler of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (fiance Ellas Mihalakis) Wagner and Katie (Roger) McIntyre of Dubuque; two stepdaughters, Terri (Steve) Johnson of West Bend, Wis., and Ann (Tom Gent) Isaacs of Washington, Mo.; and his "adopted son" Arlando Mischeaux of St. Louis. He is also survived by one sister, Donna Kuchermann of Platteville, Wis.; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Marilyn) Stecher of Dubuque and Fr. John Stecher of Davenport; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and one step-great-grandson; also by many nieces and nephews who adored their "Uncle Bobby".

He was preceded in death by his son Robert and his daughter Rebecca Schrock; brothers Melvin and Merlin; sister Betty Hingtgen; brothers-in-law Charley Kuchemann and Dewey Hingtgen; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would like all memorials to go to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartman and nurse Tiffany, and Dr. Martin for their care. Also a thanks to Steve and Karen Plein, special friends Peg and Harris Schaller, and the angels of Hospice of Dubuque, Edna, Anji and Amy.



Jean Smith

Jean (Houselog) Smith, 74 of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet in Saint Joseph's Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3 to 7 Tuesday January 20th at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 3 pm.

Jean was born on July 6, 1940, in Dubuque the daughter of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog. She married Roger Smith and worked full time raising her family. She also worked at Eagle Foods and as a bartender and cook for several Dubuque businesses.

Jean loved to sing and spend time with people sharing stories, playing bingo and cards.

She is survived by her 3 sons Keith Smith, Kyle (Barbie) Smith and Kevin (Teresa) Smith all of Dubuque, Seven grandchildren Tricia, Jessica, Kyle Jr., Samantha, Tabitha, Erika, and Ryan, a great grandchild Caiden. Her Brother Robert "Bob" (Gert) Houselog, and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, Lois Houselog, and Mary Adele Houselog. Many nieces and nephews including Barb (Jay) Hanson and Julie Schwendinger and family, and a special friend Ron Droessler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Ron Houselog, Art "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Joe (Helen) Houselog, Merlin (Jane) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

The family wishes to thank all the physicians who cared for Jean especially Dr. Diane Sorenson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, for all their wonder care.



Carol S. Kruger Goettler

Carol S. Kruger Goettler, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Carol Sue Kruger was born on September 18, 1943 in Odell, Nebraska to Richard and Wilma (Rehwaldt) Kruger. She was a graduate of Odell High School and then completed a secretarial course from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Dubuque, and later earned a Masters of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Clarke College in Dubuque. She married William N. Goettler on August 21, 1999 in Dubuque, Iowa.

From 1962 to 1967 Carol served as secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then worked for a short time as a secretary to the Chief of Party at the Nebraska State Office, US/AID, Erzurum, Turkey, and from 1968 to 1969 served as a legal secretary for a law office in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1974 to 2003 Carol taught elementary and special education at Franklin, Lincoln, and Sageville Elementary schools in Dubuque and for nine summers from 1993 to 2002 served as a teacher and English department head for the EF Foundation for Foreign Study, Yale University, and Bryant College Newhaven, Connecticut and Smithfield, Rhode Island.

After a tenure of 30 years of teaching in the Dubuque Community School District, Carol became a substitute teacher in the Andrew Community School District, and worked part-time at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque as a tour guide and sales associate.

After her retirement, Carol actively pursued and thoroughly enjoyed her Master Gardener designation through the Iowa State University Extension Service. Additionally, she was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, IA where she was a choir member and church secretary. Carol was an extremely hard worker, always eagerly tackling physically demanding tasks, often in the outdoors. She represented all that was good and positive in her parenting of her two daughters, teaching them strength, compassion and endurance. Carol was a dedicated wife who took great pleasure in creating a loving home environment. She enjoyed gardening and landscaping, antiques, country living, cooking, baking and spending time with all of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her husband William "Bill" Goettler of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Rachelle Deanne (Brent) Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, and Aysha Erin (Rob) Hall of Katy, TX; step-sons Jon (Jenn) Goettler of Washington, IL, and Drew (Leslie) Goettler of Portland, OR; sister Sandy (Louie) Cumro of Odell, NE; grandchildren Benjamin Alexander Sharrer, Nicholas Walker Sharrer and Katherine Carol Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, Graycen Avery Hall and Emma Jean Hall of Katy, TX; step grandchildren Ethan William Goettler and Evan Jon Goettler of Washington, IL, Jordon Ava Goettler and Sophia Elena Goettler of Portland, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or the MD Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

The family would like to send a deep appreciation to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine for their support, care and treatment of Carol throughout her illness.

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



Elizabeth I. Schmitt

Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Jorgenson) Schmitt, 89, of Dubuque passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Kathleen Milligan officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on Feb. 23, 1925 in Dodgeville, Wis., the daughter of Amos H. and Minnie M. (Widish) Jorgenson. She attended grammar school at the one room school house Gold Mine School, near Dodgeville. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1943.

Betty was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Stanley Home Products, Hills & Dales, and was a caregiver to the young and the elderly. She was a long time active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Daughters of the King, and the Women's Fellowship Group.

Betty loved all animals, especially her cats and dogs. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening.

Surviving are two children: Constance J. "Connie" Kitchen of Dubuque and Steven S. (Alma) Schmitt of Sioux City, Iowa; 7-grandchildren: Brent (Lisa) Kitchen, Kim Kitchen, Jamie (Tammy) Hingtgen, Jevon (Colleen) Hingtgen, Chrissy Kennedy, Stephanie (Rhamen) Diallo, and Aaron Schmitt; 2 step-grandchildren: Makeba Jones and Tristan O'Neill; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Deloris L. Luse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Joyce E. Shaffer (George Frankenfelt) of Dayton, Ohio;a sister-in-law, Kay Jorgenson of Glenwood, Iowa; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James J. Schmitt; a brother, LaVerne Jorgenson; and two brothers-in-law, Edward C. Luse and Frank Shaffer.

Memorials may be given to the Elizabeth I. Schmitt memorial fund or St. John's Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor Rehab Unit, Above & Beyond, the V.N.A., and Betty's wonderful neighbors for their care, concern, and friendship that enabled her to live independently in her home.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.



Carole S. Dodds

Carole S. Dodds, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carole's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carole Sue Shady was born on Jan. 31, 1944 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Clifford Arthur and Sybil Jane (Carpenter) Shady. She attended Andrew Schools and married Eugene Lee Taylor. To this union 5 children were born: Tammy, Theresa, Scott, Brenda and Christina. They later divorced and she married William L. "Bill" Dodds on Dec. 19, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2004.

Carole had first worked as a waitress at Rocky's Cafe in Maquoketa. She then worked at Obie's in Maquoketa as a waitress, bartender and cook for over 33 years.

Carole was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She was a Cubs fan and enjoyed playing games and staying in touch with family and friends on her computer. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carole's memory include her children Tammy (Michael) Schulz of Maquoketa, IA, Theresa Atkinson of Maquoketa, IA, Scott (fiancé Shawn) Taylor of Preston, IA, Brenda Arrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Dwayne) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA; and brothers Irvin Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Vurtis (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Dodds; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Fielhauer; a brother, Alva Shady; and a sister, Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carole S. Dodds memorial fund has been established.

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



Gaylen C. Meis

Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital of natural causes. To honor Chuck's life, funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Chuck's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gaylen was born on September 24, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis W. and Charlotte V. (Hogan) Meis.

Chuck was employed as a district manager with Weiss & Neuman Shoe Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 25 years. He later went to work as a dispatcher for Express Transportation Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 5 years until his retirement. In his free time Chuck was an avid golfer, reader and an excellent pool player. He also enjoyed gardening and was an American history buff. Family was the most important thing in Chuck's life.

Chuck is survived by his mother, Charlotte Meis, Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two nephews, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and several cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Francis; his son, Nick on October 31, 1986.

A Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Longo, Dr. Schope and the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Chuck.

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

 



Harvey G. Larsen

Harvey G. Larsen, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, died on Friday morning, January 16, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Harvey's life will be held 12 to 3 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, 4401 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Harvey George Larsen was born on August 7, 1933 in Davenport, Iowa, to Christian Peter and Fannie Marie (Holtam) Larsen. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Sandra Lynn Tripp on April 2, 1966 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Harvey had owned and operated Larsen Home Improvement from 1967 until present.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Davenport and the Moline Horseshoe Pitching Club. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Sandra Larsen of Davenport, IA; children Beth (Blaine) Zahner of Davenport, IA, and Chris (Tiffany) Larsen of Sugar Grove, IL; 4 grandchildren, Samantha and Alaina Zahner, and Mckenna and Kylee Larsen; 1 great-grandchild due in July; and a brother Al Larsen of Windsor, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 



Sarah M. Graham

Sarah M. (Fitzgerald) Graham, 55, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after enduring her illness with hope.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Sarah was born December 8, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Virgene (Wessels) Fitzgerald.  She married Patrick "George" Graham on November 29, 1980, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  She was the owner and office manager of Graham Electric Motors.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband, Pat "George", 4 children: Brett (Alethia) of Dyersville, William (Maeve McGlynn) of London, England, Katie (Nick Axtell) of Dubuque, Benjamin Graham of Dyersville; 3 grandchildren: Tanner and William Graham and Avery Graham Axtell; siblings: Steve (Mary), Tim (Janet) and Tom (Linda) Fitzgerald all of Dyersville; in-laws: Suzanne (Leo) McDermott of Bernard, Jack Graham of Cedar Rapids, Janice (Dave) Loecke of Manchester, Nancy (Mark) Breitbach of Dyersville and Cathy (Diane) Graham of Des Moines, and a step-brother-in-law, Leo O'Rourke of Monticello; numerous nieces and nephews and many loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To all: "They say when you are gone it is not what you have said or done, it is how you made them feel.  It is my wish you all know how much I love you. When you think of me and smiles come across your face, feel the warmth and love I have felt from you!  So, here is to my family who have become friends, and to my friends who have become family: God bless all and that you do.  Wherever you go, keep me in your heart and know that I will be going with you.  May the angels guard and keep you safe."

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

 



James B. Eveland

James "Jim" Bradford Eveland, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Jim was born on December 25, 1929, in Barneveld, Wisconsin, the son of Bradford and Eva (Rongve) Eveland. He married Arlyn Brennum from Dodgeville. She preceded him in death on December 10, 1996. He married Barbara Brooks LaMour on February 8, 1997.

Jim graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in agriculture. He started his career in education teaching agriculture in Gratiot, Wisconsin. Then he moved on to teaching agriculture and coaching at Cassville, Wisconsin. Jim received his masters degree from UW-Madison and went into school administration becoming principal and superintendent at Potosi, Wisconsin, in 1957. In 1968 Jim moved to Cuba City to become superintendent of schools until he retired in 1987. Jim was a lifelong advocate for all areas of education and continued to support his many students long after their graduation.

Jim was very active in the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was also a member of the State Superintendent's Association and a devout member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. He was a loving father and grandfather to his large family and an extremely kind and generous man to everyone. Jim was a long time fan of all sporting activities. He especially loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Cuba City Cubans. Jim was a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club and golfed through this past summer. He had many sayings, but probably his most famous was, "See you in the spring."

Survivors include his wife, Barb; his children, Alan (Joyce), of Platteville, Greg, of Davenport, IA, Cindy (Ron) Weber, of Cuba City, Michael, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kristi (Tim) Murray, of Waunakee, and Mark (Laura), of Cedar Rapids, IA; his stepchildren, Michelle (Marty) Lange, of East Dubuque, IL, and Jim (Laura) LaMour, of San Marcos, CA; his brothers, Steve (Marilyn), of Ridgeway, and Dean (Donna), of Edgerton; a sister, Norita Williams, of Barneveld; 24 grandchildren, Damian, Coutney (Daryl), Jennifer (John), Nathaniel (Tina), Andrea (Jesse) , Sam, Elizabeth (Louie), Kellie (Joe), Sarah (Tony), Jessica (Sam), Jordan, Dustin (Emily), Beau, Samantha, Bradford, Matthew, Amanda (Jake), Ashley (Patrick), Abbey, Andrea, Andrew, Olivia, Matthew and Lincoln; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah Claire, Claudia, Nora, Mitchell, Sydney, Will, Andrew, Evan, Alexander, Will and Rosalyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Eldon and Keith; and a sister, Carol Shannon.

A James "Jim" Bradford Eveland Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald W. McNett

Ronald W. McNett, 82, of Mesquite, Nevada, formerly of Fennimore and Livingston, Wisconsin, died at his home Thursday, January 15, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ron was born on November 23, 1932, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of George and Isabel (Harker) McNett. He married Lois A. Wickler on February 14, 1954, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She preceded him in death on November 10, 2005.

Ron graduated from Platteville High School in 1951. He served in the Air Force from 1953 through 1957. He graduated from Florida State University in 1968. Ron worked as an Auto/Ag Mechanics Instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin, from 1968 to 1991. His interests were working with and teaching anything mechanical. Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home to spend time with his family, fixing anything he could find broken, and riding his motorcycle with his sons.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. (Fred) Mayne, of Theresa, Wisconsin; two sons, Ronald W. (Debra) McNett Jr, of Monument, Colorado, and Jon J. McNett, of Mesquite, Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary McNett, of Cuba City, and Mary A. (Joe) Ropolewski, of St. Petersburg, Florida; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Marshall McNett, and a daughter-in-law, Deborah McNett.

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



Gerald F. Herburger

Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Dr., with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. At the church there will be an honor guard by the Dubuque Police Department and full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA.

Gerald was born on August 2, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Frances (Fink) Herburger.

Jerry graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. He proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home from the service he went to work at the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1956, Jerry went to work with the Dubuque Police Department, retiring after 32 years of service in 1988. He also drove trolleys and limos in the Tri-State area. Jerry married Jacqueline Thatcher on February 14, 1961, in Freeport, IL. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2013. Jerry was a long time member of St. Joseph Church in Key West. In his spare time he loved to buy and sell cars and appliances. Jerry was always very friendly and had a smile for everyone he met.

Jerry is survived by his children, Kathy (Joe) Klein, Cuba City, WI, Paul (Deborah) Herburger, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Dawn) Herburger, Jackson, TN, Kathy (Bart) Ramsey, Tupelo, MS; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law, Joanne Breen, Washington, IA, Linda Krabacher, East Dubuque, IL.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline; 2 sons, John and William Krabacher.

A Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and concern for Jerry and his family.

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

 



Doris H. Rogers

Doris H. Rogers, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday January 15th, 2015 at home.

In accordance with her wishes, private services will be held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale road is assisting the family.

Doris was born in Sorau, East Germany, daughter of Paul and Kate (Wilde) Henze. She married Robert K. Rogers on November 20th, 1948, in Frankfurt Hochst, Germany.
She worked for several years at the Chateau Supper Club and in her later years at the Bridge Restaurant. Her first priority was raising her children. Doris loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing euchre. She enjoyed nature and was always watching for the first signs of spring.

She is survived by her children; Gerald (Linda) Rogers, Robert (Colleen) Rogers, Timothy (Joyce) Rogers, Linda (Mickey) Bahr, John (Kim) Rogers, and Thomas (Christine) Rogers, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and one sister, her husband Robert, and a granddaughter Heidemarie Boyer.

The family of Doris H. Rogers would like to thank pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock, Dr. Brian Nelson and his nurse Rose, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially her caretaker Dawn.



Gerald T. Corrigan

Gerald T. "Jerry" Corrigan, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and the Nativity Guild reciting the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:00 p.m. There will be an American Legion Past Commander ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1926 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of James and Rose (McCormick) Corrigan. He married Anna May Ryan on June 20, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1994.

He attended Paint Rock Elementary School and Harpers Ferry High School. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and proudly served his country along with nine of his ten brothers. He served during WWII in the Philippines and later during the Occupation of Japan. He then attended Loras College, graduating in 1951.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing for 38 years, primarily as Quality Control manager, until his retirement in 1991.

Jerry was a very active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, his favorite hangout. He held many offices, including Commander, and also served on the Military Honors Burial Detail. He was a member of the 40 & 8 of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Eagles Club of Dubuque.

Jerry was also a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, where he served on the Parish Council and was an usher for many years.

In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors. Since his boyhood, he was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed playing golf, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, and taking Sunday morning walks on Dubuque's River walk, where he would strike up a conversation with the tourists passing by.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret "Peggy" (Mike) Stoecklein, of Lakeville, MN, Mary Rose Corrigan-Psihoyos (Gus), of Dubuque, and Colleen Kersch, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Annie, Danny, Jane, Ben, Nicolas, and Louie; and one great-grandchild, James; four brothers, John (Lois) Corrigan, Richard (Elaine) Corrigan, Bob (Peg) Corrigan, all of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Corrigan, of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna May; daughter Jane Corrigan; son-in-law Matt Kersch; brothers Charles, Mike, Cyril, Wayne, Mark and James; and sisters-in-law Eleanor, LaVerle, and LaVonne.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers that have looked after Jerry over the years.

While Jerry will have the best seat in the house for the NFC championship game featuring his beloved Green Bay Packers, friends and family will have to settle for the broadcast at the funeral home.



Stephanie M. Hahlen

Stephanie M. (Steiner) Hahlen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a tribute at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Stephanie was born June 17, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Charles and Mary (O'Brien) Steiner. She married Ronald Hahlen on Feb. 28, 1975.

Stephanie enjoyed her work in the financial industry. Her last position was as Branch Manager of the Dutrac Community Credit Union Asbury Branch, and she retired in October of 2013 after 25 years of service. She previously held positions at Rainbow Tire and American Finance.

Steph was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Cubs, the Hawkeyes, and the Vikings. She also enjoyed art (especially her husband's pottery), the holidays, cooking, games, travel, dance, music, theatre, and any opportunity to be with family and friends. 

There were three areas of life that were important to Steph: love, loyalty, and laughter. Love of her family and friends was foremost. The annual O'Brien family reunion was special to her, and she treasured the opportunity to spend time playing and watching sports, visiting the lake in the summer, and especially spending time with family and friends. She could always be depended on to help someone in need. In her youth, she was a political activist, and was most memorably involved with the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party. A great sense of humor was a strong trait of Steph's, and she dearly loved to laugh. Her loyalty was appreciated, her laughter was contagious, and most importantly, she made people know they were loved. Steph will be remembered and missed.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald L. Hahlen; her children, Todd (Laura) Hahlen, Nathan (Mary) Meloy, and Kirstin (James) Alexander; her grandchildren, Brooklyn, Thea, and Cade Hahlen, Aidan and Sadie Meloy, and Cooper and Cecelia Alexander; her sister Christine (Robert) Steiner Apel; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Steiner; and many extended family members and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, C. Michael "Mike" Steiner; and many extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf and to the transplant team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their hard work and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie Hahlen Memorial Fund.

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



Rev. Emmett T. Busch

Rev. Emmett T. Busch, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home.

A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rev. Emmett Theodore Busch was born on March 3, 1926 in Jackson County, IA to John C.A. and Caroline S. (Kokemuller) Busch. He attended an elementary country school, and then graduated from Elwood High in 1945. After farming for five years with his father, he attended Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary, graduating in 1958, and was ordained shortly thereafter. During his internship at St. James Lutheran in Mason City, IA, he met his future wife. He and Eilene were married on Sept. 1, 1957.

His first call in 1958 was to two churches in Saskatchewan, Canada: Peace Lutheran in Yellow Grass and St. John Lutheran in Lang. His first two children, Brian and Cheryl, were born at this time. In 1961, he accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in rural Greene, IA. In 1964, a new addition was added to the church containing 5 classrooms, restrooms, a church office and a new entry. His two youngest children, David and Eric, were born at this time.
In 1967, Emmett accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in Bellevue, IA. In 1974, an educational unit, kitchen and office were built. In conjunction, old basement classrooms and restrooms were remodeled. In 1988, a large handicapped elevator was added to the main church. During this time, Emmett helped to start up Bellevue Meals on Wheels and was the Conference Dean for 4 years.

After retiring in 1992, he served as interim minister in three local parishes, Andrew, Lost Nation and Goose Lake, as well as serving for various pastors on vacation.
Emmett was a volunteer fireman for 15 years, an ambulance volunteer for 10 years, and a Rotary member for 28 years. Emmett drove a morning bus route for 20 years for the Bellevue School District. After his retirement, he continued his ‘bus' routes, taking neighbor children to school and Eilene's students to piano lessons. He loved to fish and travel. He also loved to golf and spent many hours in his home woodworking shop.

Emmett is survived by his wife, Eilene (Baalson) Busch; four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN, Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO, David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI, and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Shira, Trinity and Blake. He is also survived by two sisters, Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA, and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; two brothers, Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, and Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Wyatt; and a daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County. Your humor, care and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for your care and support during these past few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa, Wartburg Seminary, Wartburg College, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Clarence L. Avenarius

Clarence L. Avenarius, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving family and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Clarence was born March 14, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo "Pete" and Alma (Blickert) Avenarius. When he was three days old, Clarence's mother passed away. His father then married Cornelia "Neen" Cushing, who raised Clarence as her own son. 

He married Eleanor A. "Ellie" Konzen on Sept. 9, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2012. Clarence was employed as a crane operator for many years prior to being forced to retire in 1987 due to health problems. He was a member of the Operation Engineers Union.

Clarence was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He looked forward to his Monday night cribbage games with his son-in-law, Michael, and enjoyed watching The Price Is Right. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Clarence is survived by his children, Michael (Deb) Avenarius, and Michele (Michael) Schetgen of Dubuque, Mark Avenarius of Mesa, AZ, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius of Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius, and Brandon (fianceé Cassie Koetz) and Brady Schetgen, all of Dubuque; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Pautvein, of Apache Junction, AZ.

In addition to his wife of nearly 62 years, he was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to care providers Kathy, Karen, and Kay for their loving care of Dad.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Daniel J. Galle

Daniel J. Galle, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service will be Deacon John Stierman. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6 at 4:30 p.m. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dan was born April 11, 1952 in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Ruth (Link) Galle. He married Boalee Malihon on Sept. 28, 1972 in Michigan.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 20 years with tours in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, retiring in 1990. He then worked at various local casinos, most recently Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, IA, retiring in April 2014. He was a member