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George C. Mihm


George C. Mihm, age 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill, was called home peacefully at 4:15 a.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. To honor George's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate George's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on March 14, 1932, in Wacoma, Iowa, son of Bernard and Marie (Manderfield) Mihm Sr.

George honorably served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was raised with a strong work ethic, which he put to good use farming in the Sherrill area his entire life. He married Dorothy Klein Engling on July 29, 1961, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, and the two were blessed with 46 years together before Dorothy was sadly called home ahead of him on May 23, 2008. He was a long-time, faithful member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, as well as the Catholic Order of Foresters. We are sad that George will no longer be here to sit and talk with us as he enjoys a hard boiled egg, but take some comfort in the fact that he is now free of all of his health issues, and is reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him in his Heavenly Home.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his step-children,
Patti (Marv) Errthum, Holy Cross, IA
and Robert (Connie) Engling, Bradley, IL;

his step-grandchildren,
Cindy (Mike) Ehrlich, Dave (Lisa) Errthum, Dale (Michele) Errthum, Sheri (Brian) Gaul, Dan Engling, Don Engling, Jenni (Roger) Willenbring, Roberta (Jermiah) Smith, Elizabeth (Steve) Lutz, Doug Errthum and Andrew (Alicia) Engling;

his siblings,
Rosemary (Robert) Cook, North Buena Vista, IA,
Clementine Walz, Strawberry Point, IA
and Virgil Mihm, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Grace Dean, Dubuque, IA.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy Mihm; a brother, Bernard (Florence) Mihm Jr.;a daughter-in-law, Joan Engling; a sister-in-law, Kay Mihm; 4 brothers-in-law, Eldon Walz, Ambrose (Theresa) (Lavern) Klein, Clarence Dean and Virgil (Lila) Nauman; and a special aunt, Angie Manderfield.

George's family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, especially Mary Cota, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided for George these past few years.

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

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



James A. Arnold


James "Jim" A. Arnold, 43, of New Vienna, passed away on November 24, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday December 3, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. 

Jim was born on February 26, 1975 the son of Mary (Wiskus) Arnold and the late Loras Arnold. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1993. 

Jim was a member of Farm Bureau, the Dubuque County Cattleman's Association and supporter of Delaware County Cattleman's. His passion was farming, spending the last 20+ years doing what he loved most. He was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his farm and building his home. Jim enjoyed sharing his knowledge of farming with his nieces and nephews, always having a buddy seat for them to ride along.  

Survivors include his mother Mary Arnold of Luxemburg, 3 sisters: Kathy (Avery) Crary of Garnavillo, Sue (Rick) Lawler of Epworth, and Debbie (Matt) Puetz of Bernard, 4 brothers: Kenny (Emily Merges) Arnold and Jeff (Tami) Arnold of Luxemburg, Charlie (Jenny) Arnold of Dyersville, and Bob (Julie) Arnold of Petersburg, nieces and nephews: Heather and Brook Crary, Hannah and Alex Lawler, Kaci (goddaughter) and Kolten Arnold, Madalynn, Tyler and Kaitlynn Arnold, Abby and Nathan Puetz, and Dalton, Trenton and Kirstyn Miller, and his aunts and uncles.

Jim was preceded in death by his father Loras in May of 2007.

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker."  So God made a farmer.

Jim's family would like to thank the New Vienna Fire Department and First Responders.

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



Carson Poje Stanley


Carson Poje Stanley, 46, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on November 25th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 30th, 2018 at Old Paths Baptist Church, 685 Duggan Drive where services will be at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be accorded following the services.

He was born on October 2, 1972 the son of Paul and Maryann (Boyer) Stanley. Carson was a proponent of life-long learning and academia. He completed and received his MBA from the University of Dubuque in 2009.

He proudly served in the US Army Reserve and was last employed with PTI as manager of transportation of railroad crews.

He married the love of his life, Jody Waterman, on July 10, 1993.

Carson was a member of the University of Dubuque Alumni, proud member of NRA and member of "I Grew Up in Iowa" group.

Carson was an organ and tissue donor. He was a friend to everyone he met and will be missed by many. He had many interests including reading, fishing, hunting, shooting with his boys, spoiling Esther, volunteer work and was an avid card player.

Carson loved his family and would do anything for them - even though he loved to agitate people and was a master gossiper.

He is survived by the love of his life Jody; sons Austin, Wyatt and Coty and his daughter Esther, along with his adopted son Paul Nash. He was a loving grandfather to Daniel and Briella Stanley. One brother John (Chrystal) Stanley; four sisters Diana (Ray) Sprengelmeyer, Mary Anderson, Elizabeth Bergman and Carol Stanley. His father and mother-in-law Bill and Dixie Waterman; Brother-in-law William (Renee) Waterman; many nieces and nephews and his dogs Flopsy, Lord Byron and Queen Victoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Pamela Edahl and Andrea Stanley and a nephew Matt Edahl.

The family would like to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department, Mercy Medical Center, along with special friends Rich Birkenbeuel, Harry Johnson and Family and the late Hank Suverkrup for all their care, kindness and compassion.



Ricky F. Caspersen


Ricky Francis Caspersen, 62, of Dubuque died Saturday November 24, 2018 from complications following heart surgery. He fought till the end, but his body could not recover. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Rick was born on July 25, 1956 the son of Irvin and Leola Caspersen. Rick graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1974, after high school he enlisted in the US Navy, following in his dad and brothers' footsteps, serving from 1975-1981. He served four years in the reserves and served the last two years in the Vietnam War as a Boatswain's Mate. He was so proud of being a Vietnam Veteran.

Rick moved to South Carolina where he picked up an accent that never really went away. He became a police officer in various cities and worked in a maximum-security prison before moving to Dubuque where he met and married Linda (Hedrick) Caspersen in 1986 for a wonderful 32 years. Rick worked at Eagle Window & Door for 27 years until he retired. Rick loved the Oakland Raiders, the Chicago Cubs, riding his Harley Davidson, fishing, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Linda Caspersen of Dubuque; a daughter Kelsey Caspersen, who was daddy's little Princess, of Dubuque; and a son Christopher Caspersen of New York; brothers Gary (Nancy) Caspersen of Lenore, Idaho, and Ron (Linda) Caspersen of Garnavillo, IA; sister Charlene Schrodt of Dubuque; sister in law Connie (Byrne) Chapman of Madison, WI; and brother in law Tim (Alysia) Hedrick of Dubuque; five Grandchildren; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews who all loved their fun uncle Rick; also surviving Rick is his dog Kimo who was his constant companion.

He was preceded in death by his parents Irvin Caspersen and Leola Brady; stepdad Patrick Brady; and his father and mother in law Frank and Helen Hedrick.

He will be missed by many; may you rest in peace. Rick, we love you. Hope you are now riding free like the free bird you always were.

In lieu of flowers a Ricky F. Caspersen Memorial fund has been established.

 

 



Delores G. Gielissen


Delores G. Gielissen, 87, formerly of N. Algona Street, passed away on November 26, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center with her children by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Delores was born on August 29, 1931 in Rockford, IL the daughter of George and Hilda (Hoffmann) Theodore. She moved to Dubuque with her family when she was 13. After high school she worked at the telephone company and the Dubuque Packing Company.

She married Robert "Bob" Gielissen on May 14, 1955 and he preceded her in death on October 15, 1983.

Dee was a stay at home mom and homemaker. She enjoyed taking care of her family, her home and loved working outside. Until last year she spent time every day she could working in her yard.

She was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Parish for more than 60 years and spent a lot of time praying for the people she cared about.

Dee is survived by her son Bob (Judy) Gielissen; grandchildren, Jim (Glenys Buckingham) Gielissen, Katie (Matt Putz) Gielissen, and Theresa Gielissen. Her daughter Sandy (Galen) Mathis; grandchildren Julie (Andy Powers) Arensdorf, and Tony Arensdorf; step grandchildren Amberly (Mike) Ferguson and Austin Mathis. Her siblings Charlie (Jane) Theodore ad Marge (Jack) McCarthy; brother-in-law Jim (Betsy) Gielissen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lorraine, Dorothy (Don) Kuhl, Helen, John and Vern.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Dennis V. Hoag


Dennis V. "Denny" Hoag, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:07 a.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Denny's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. To celebrate Denny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Denny was born on June 6, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Virgil Hoag and Lorraine (Hillary) Hoag-O'Neill.

Denny was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ann Schmitt, on October 20, 1978, in Asbury, Iowa, and the two were excited to celebrate their 40th anniversary earlier this year. Denny was a hard worker who was employed with the Dubuque Packing Company for many years, until they closed in 1983. After the Pack closed, Denny became a proud stay at home Dad, caring for the children until they were older, and then entering back into the workforce as a truck driver for The Metrix Company, until health issues forced him into retirement. He loved spending time behind the wheel, and after his retirement he happily became a volunteer driver for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. In his free time, Denny enjoyed any activity that involved time spent in the great outdoors, whether he was fishing and boating out on the river, hitting the open road on one of his beloved Harleys, or just a day trip in the car, occasionally stopping to try his luck at one of the casinos along the way. Family was beyond a doubt the most important aspect of Denny's life, he was extremely protective of them, and proud of the close bond all of his children share. He loved to tease everyone and considered it a compliment that he was given the title, "King of Giving Hard Times", which in turn also earned him the, "Favorite Uncle Denny", title from his many nieces and nephews. Denny was a Hoag, through and through, and everyone learned to appreciate his stubborn streak, as they knew deep down it always came from a place of love. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful role model, as well as the Patriarch of our family, but feel absolutely blessed to have had Denny in our lives, loving us, caring for us and teaching us many life lessons along the way.

Those left to cherish Denny's memory include

his loving wife,
Ann Hoag, Dubuque, IA;

his 7children,
Tressa (Bob) Miller, Benton, WI,
Tonya Hoag, Dubuque, IA,
Tara (Tony) Callan, Hazel Green, WI,
Trina (R.J.) Reittinger, Clearwater, FL,
Tanner Hoag, Asbury, IA,
Jennifer Edwards, Dubuque, IA
and Amy (Bruce) Kirkpatrick, Dubuque, IA;

his 18 grandchildren;

his 12 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Barbara (Gary Brillhart) Robey, East Dubuque, IL,
Duke (Vickie) Eppler, Cuba City, WI
and Tom Eppler, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Nancy Hoag, Dubuque, IA
and Barb (Brian) Digmann, Dubuque, IA;

and his 2 brothers-in-law,
Ronnie (Sherry) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA
and Richard "Rick" (Judy) Schmitt Sr., Dubuque, IA.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steve Edwards; a sister, Sharon (George) Billmeyer; a brother, Frederick "Fred" Hoag; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Mary Jane Schmitt.

Denny's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Salas, the staff at Grand River Medical Group, Finley Home Healthcare and St. Croix Hospice, for the outstanding care they have all provided Denny and the entire family.

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

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



Judy Kay Rhomberg


Judy Kay Rhomberg, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 30th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory located at 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, Iowa.

Judy was born on December 21st, 1953 to Raymond and Martha (Kremer) Rhomberg.

Those left to honor her memory are her sons Matthew Ellerman and Brian Ellerman; daughter Brandy Schmitt; her two daughter-in-law's Jodi (Seymour) Ellerman and Abbie (Beitzel) Ellerman; her five siblings Ronnie Rhomberg, Jackie Hutek, Joyce Teal, Randy Rhomberg, and Rick Rhomberg. Judy also had eight grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Martha Rhomberg.



Roger L. Emerson


Roger L. Emerson, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Friends and relatives of Roger may call from 9 to 11 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade, Iowa. Services for Roger will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Wayne Peach presiding. Full military honors will be afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Inurnment will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born October 8, 1937 in West Farmington, Ohio. He is the son of Eugene and Dorothy (McElrath) Emerson. He attended school in Cascade before moving to Cedar Rapids, IA. He worked for Wes Brokeoff Painters and later owned the ERV Tap on E Avenue. He moved to California in 1956 and received his medical training at Pacific State Hospital. He enlisted in the Army Medical Corp in 1960 and served until 1964. During that time he was stationed at Karlsruhe, Germany. Roger returned to Milwaukee, WI where he owned and operated the Emerson Resturant for several years. He later returned to Dubuque and worked for the Telegraph Herald.

Roger was a gifted piano player and great cook.

He is survived by his two sisters, Doris Reddin of Dubuque, IA, Mary Slauson of Marysville, WA; brothers Everett "Tony" (Martha) Emerson of Peosta, IA, James (Cheryl) Emerson of Newhall, IA; special friends, Richard Horn, Father Loras Otting both of Dubuque, IA, Maureen Gavin-Hays of California and Betty Emerson of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Clifford "Dale" (Margaret) Emerson, Galen (Leota) Emerson and Charles (Dorothy) Emerson.

This kind and gentle man will be sadly missed.

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



Betty L. Leon


Betty L. Leon, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 26, 2018, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 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 funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date.

Betty Louise Jones was born on February 24, 1929 in Davis County, Iowa, to Ernie E. and Susie Lee (Bennett) Jones. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1947. She married Frank Van Leon Jr. on December 18, 1948 in Ottumwa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Douglas and Bradley.

While living in Maquoketa Betty was employed at the JC Penney Store and the Maquoketa Sentinel Press.

Betty was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, had taught Sunday school, and was a den mother while her sons were involved in Cub Scouts. She and Frank were also members of the Joinerville Boat Club and enjoyed camping and traveling for many years.

They moved to Davenport in 1973 and Betty was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church while living there.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her sons, Dr. Douglas (Deborah) Leon of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Leon of NC; 9 grandchildren, Dr. Brent (Dawn) Leon, Phillip (April) Leon, Dr. Stephanie Leon, Michael (Melinda) Leon, Eric (Dr. Sarah Watson-Leon) Leon, Samantha (Jesse) Leon-Roling, Christian (Kendra) Leon, Michelle (Jeff) Cobb, and Justin Leon; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Van Leon Jr. on March 18, 2004, sisters Viola and Estalene, and a brother Francis.

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

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



Dorrance Ray Gerhard


Dorrance Ray Gerhard, 60, of East Dubuque, IL passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel, burial will follow in the cemetery.

Dorrance was born on May 29, 1958 in Dubuque the son of Marvin and Geraldine (Cooper) Gerhard Sr. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from August of 1976 until August of 1980. He worked for Vanguard Countertop & Cabinet Co, and later at O'Meara Custom Products.

He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, watching Jeopardy, the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife Jodie (Stecklein) Gerhard; two sons Ben and Brandon; his mother Geraldine; and a brother Marvin (Deb) Gerhard, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Deb Reed.

The family request no flowers, a Dorrance R. Gerhard memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Wendt Center, Manor Care and h#mce_temp_url# for all the care they gave to Dorrance.



Sister Jeanne (Joachim) Wickham, OSF

Sister Jeanne (Joachim) Wickham, OSF, 91, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 1:50 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the Clare House

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on September 18, 1927 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of James and Roseline (Delaney) Wickham.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister received her master's degree in education administration at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Templeton, Holy Cross, Sioux City-Riverside, Monticello, Dubuque-Holy Trinity, and Worthington. She served in community leadership as Coordinator of the North Central Region. She later ministered in Pastoral Care in Des Moines and Dubuque at Mercy Hospital and Holy Family Hall.

Sister is survived by her sisters Sister Rosemary Wickham, OSF and Helen McClain; her brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Brenda Wickham; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 73 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, James William Jr. and Genevieve and a brother-in-law, Francis McClain.

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

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

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Vanida Suthiwan Tompkins


Vanida Suthiwan Tompkins, 83, passed away on Wednesday, November 21 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque, IA.

Vanida was born in 1935 in Suphan Buri, Thailand to Sub-Lieutenant Manob (father) and Chanthes (mother). She worked agricultural and service positions until she earned a beautician certificate and was employed in a beauty salon in Thailand.

In 1966, one year before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage, she married U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jerry M. Tompkins of Traverse City, Michigan in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1998, Vanida was naturalized as a U.S. Citizen in Charlotte, NC.

Vanida enjoyed gardening, growing mostly vegetables and hot peppers for her Thai recipes. She also enjoyed cooking, taking walks, and caring for her family.

Survivors include a son, George (Lisa Garoutte) Tompkins; 2 grandchildren, Lucille and Gwendolyn; sister-in-law Denise (Steve) Fasbinder; brother-in-laws Budd (Gretchen) Tompkins, and Joe (Judy) Tompkins; and several nieces and nephews.  

Vanida was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jerry M. Tompkins, and her parents.

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



Thomas V. Langel


Thomas V. Langel, 76, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday November 28, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Tom, was born on April 23, 1942, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Sylvester and Dolores (Jasper) Langel.  He married Amelia "Millie" Klostermann on September 26, 1970, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. He enjoyed farming for many years in New Vienna and took great pride in raising his livestock. 

He loved telling jokes and stories while spending time with his family and friends.  He was proud of his grandkids and loved being a grandpa.     

Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Millie, children: Joan (Pat) Deppe of Dyersville, Jan (Keith)Merfeld of Lancaster, WI, Brian Langel of Dyersville, Randy (Kinga) Langel of Cedar Rapids, 2 grandchildren: Paige and Peyton Deppe, siblings: Ruth (Melvin) Nickol of Dyersville, in-laws: Mary Langel of Dyersville, Jerry (Rita) Klostermann of Farley, Am (Dorothy) Klostermann of Farley, Vesse (Verna) Klostermann of Edgewood, Dave (Betty) Demmer of Dyersville, Bernie (Wendy) Klostermann of Wellman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, George and Clarinda Klostermann, siblings: Larry Langel, James Langel and in-laws, Mary and Arnie Jaeger.

We as a family would like to thank the people from Bi-County Ambulance, their First Responders, and the Dyersville Police Department for their prompt response , and for all of the help in this difficult time.

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



Reverend Robert J. Levenhagen


Reverend Robert J. Levenhagen, 89, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center in Dubuque.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 405 S. East St., Monona, Iowa.  Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate, with Msgr. John McClean as homilist.  A visitation will be held at the church from 9 to 11 before the Mass.  Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Church Cemetery.

Friends may call in Dubuque at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., on Thursday November 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a service at 7 p.m.

Fr. Bob was born March 16, 1929, on the family farm near Monona, Iowa, the son of Paul and Julia (Scannell) Levenhagen.  He received his early education in a country school; he graduated from Monona High School in 1948, and from Loras College in 1952, after which he went on to theological studies.  He attended Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, and was ordained on February 2, 1957.  He also earned a Masters Degree from Catholic University.

His first assignment as a priest was to St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa, where from 1957 to 1962, he served as the associate pastor, taught high school classes, and coached basketball and baseball.  He was the associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in New Albin, Iowa, and also a faculty member at St. George High School in Lansing, Iowa from 1962 to 1967.  He was the associate pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish, In Ossian, Iowa, where he was also the principal of De Sales Central High School from 1967 to 1969.

He was the pastor of St. Francis Parish in Balltown, Iowa, and a faculty member at Leo High School in Holy Cross from 1969 to 1971.  While there he began a friendship with the Breitbach family that lasted for the rest of his life.  Breitbach's in Balltown was his favorite place to eat.

He served as chaplain to the Christian Brothers community at Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa, from 1971 to 1972, where he was also on the faculty.  Next he returned to Leo High school in Holy Cross as the principal from 1972 to 1975.  From 1975 to 1980 he was the pastor of St. Ann-St. Joseph Parish in Harpers Ferry, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Wexford.  He was the pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Dubuque from 1980 to 1987; at St. John the Baptist Parish in Peosta, and Annunciation Parish in Lattnerville from 1987 to 1990; at Holy Family Parish in New Melleray from 1989 to 1990; at St. Pius Parish in Cherry Mound from 1990 to 1999; and at St. Mary Parish in McGregor, Iowa, from 1990 until his retirement in 2000.

Fr. Bob loved the Mississippi River.  After his retirement he lived for several years on the riverfront in Brownsville, Minnesota, before moving back to Dubuque.  As a young man, he borrowed a little money and built himself a cabin in Lansing.  Later, he sold it and pooled his resources with two friends, so they could purchase a piece of riverfront property at Lansing, where they built a cabin.  A few years later they were able to sell the cabin at a profit, which enabled Fr. Bob to move on over the years into a series other riverfront cabins, which he improved or built, and sold as his assignments changed.  He had many friends, who he loved to entertain and take out on the river in his pontoon boat. His last and best "cabin" was his home in Brownsville, where his friends would gather to see the Tundra Swans annual migration, and enjoy the beauty of the river.  Fr. Bob took many glorious sunrise and riverscape photos from his home in Brownsville, sharing the photos with friends and family by e-mail.  He especially enjoyed seeing the paddlewheel riverboats, like the Julia Belle Swain. 

Fr. Bob also loved animals, and after his dogs, Queenie and Lady, had passed away, he took in a feral kitten. He named Miss Kitty after Amanda Blake's character in his favorite TV show, Gunsmoke.  Fr. Bob loved poetry and classical music, and he was a prodigious reader.  He will be remembered for his fun loving spirit, his wicked wit, his fine intellect, and his generosity to his friends.  

He is survived by his sister Mary Lou Thompson, in Monona; by his brother-in-law, William Petermeier; and by several nieces, nephews, and friends, and by Miss Kitty.  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his sisterAnna Mae Petermeier; and by his sisters and their spouses: Frances and Billy Apfel, and Betty Jean and Alan Lawson; by his brother James Levenhagen, and by his brother-in-law, Virgil Thompson.

His family and friends would like to thank the staff at Stonehill, who took wonderful care of Fr. Bob; and at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley, Cindy, Amy, Tracy, Melanie, and Megan for their kindness and care.  His family would also like to thank his friends Joe, Paula, and Joan.

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

 

 



Jane G. Ross


Jane Gertrude Ross, 90, formerly of Dyersville, was called home to her Lord on November 25, 2018, in North Liberty, IA.

Jane was born on July 31, 1928, the daughter of Leo Bernard Schlueter and Helen (Ott) Schlueter of Dubuque, IA. She married Merle "Bud" Ross on June 5, 1951, and settled in Dyersville, where they raised 10 children. After Bud died in 2013, Jane moved to Iowa City to be closer to family.

Jane enjoyed music, tennis, swimming, golf, and a good game of Euchre with family or their circle of cherished friends. She will be remembered as a caring, generous woman of faith and devoted mother and grandmother.

Jane is survived by her ten children: Susan Goodner (Emil Rinderspacher) of Iowa City, IA, Michael (Sandra) Ross of Arlington, IA, Amy (Ken) Florian of Hoffman Estates, IL, Katie (Mark) Gavin of Williamsburg, IA, John (Jere Murray) Ross of Marengo, IA, Janet (Kevin) Keating of Iowa City, IA, Dan (Melissa) Ross of Iowa City, IA, Joe (Mary) Ross of Erie, CO, Jim (Susan) Ross of Excelsior, MN, Dave (Anne) Ross of Litchfield, MN, 28 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Bernie (Judy) Schlueter of Cleveland, OH, a sister, Helen (Ed) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA, and a sister-in-law, Rose (Joe) Schlueter of Mason City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle "Bud" Ross, her parents, five brothers and four sisters-in-law - Robert and Mary "Ellen" Schlueter, John and Pat Schlueter, Thomas and Dorothy Schlueter, Leo J. and Judy Schlueter, and Joseph Schlueter, as well as her son-in-law, John Willenborg, and her great-granddaughter, Chelsea Peterson.

Visitation will be held at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville on Thursday November 29 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with a Parish Vigil Service at 5:15. Her funeral will be held at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, IA on Friday November 30, at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Burial service will be held at St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dubuque County Right to Life or St. Francis Xavier Basilica in her name.

Information available and condolences may be left at www.kramerfuneral.com.



James P. Callahan


James P. "Kites" Callahan. The angels came on November 24, 2018 to take Kites home. He's with his parents, Ray and Flo and fishing friend, Jerry Lahey, enjoying the rewards of heaven.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 10 to 1 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Funeral Services for Jim will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Bill Shea Presiding. Burial will follow at Highview Cemetery.

Jim was born on the northwest corner of the bed in Dubuque, Iowa to Ray and Florence (Rauen) Callahan on May 10, 1955. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School and Calmar. On June 6, 1994 he was united in marriage to Judy (Baty) King in Dubuque, Iowa. Jim was the head of Maintenance for Divine Word College until he retired. His plumbing, electrical, heating, and carpentry skills transformed many projects on paper to reality. Jim enjoyed playing baseball, which was evident in his fast throws and strong bat. When he wasn't playing baseball, Jim was fishing and playing with his backhoe down at the farm or at the shop making oak furniture.

Jim was a trooper, dealing with Type 1 diabetes since he was 17 years old. He never let it prevent him from doing things and being with the people he loved and respected. "Jimmy Boy" a name given to him by his grandkids, was present at home, at the hospital and helped him through many difficult times. Laughter was a powerful medicine for Jim and his humor helped him endure the bad times.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Judy of Epworth, his children, Karen (Mike) Schieltz of New Vienna, Matt (Melissa) King of Bernard, Jackie (Robby) Gutierrez of Woodbury, MN, Jon (Jennifer) King of Bernard, Melissa Callahan of Bloomington, MN, and Mick Callahan of Chicago, IL. His grandchildren, Austin, Lilly, and Ryan Schieltz, Chase and Gavin King, Alicia, Lydia, and Luca Gutierrez, William and Jillian King and Jim's great granddaughter, Quinn Schieltz, the gift from God that kept him going on a daily basis. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary (Dick) Bries of Farley, IA, Terry (Dianne) Callahan of Epworth, IA, Julie (Bo) Northup of Packwood, IA and a special uncle, Bill Rauen of Dubuque, IA.

Remember Jim's memory by being positive in your everyday life. Enjoy today for what it is, not what we want it to be, most things in life are just an inconvenience. Just don't quit!

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jim's memory. Donations can be made to Epworth Fire Department, Epworth American Legion and Divine Word.

Special thanks to Emma, the Epworth Fire Department, Finley Home Care, all the doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital and Medical Associates, Dr. Whalen and all of Jim's family and friends that helped make Jim's journey a happy and pleasant one. God Bless you all.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Wilma Rafferty


Wilma Rafferty 96, returned to God's loving arms on November 23, 2018 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family, friends, and caregivers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Wilma was the sixth of seven children, born August 26, 1922 in Des Moines Iowa to Robert M and Bessie Phillips. She attended Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines and John Brown University in Siloam Springs Arkansas where she graduated with a double major in Business and Biblical Greek. She also met her life partner Carl Rafferty. They were married November 25, 1948 and moved to Columbus Nebraska where they both worked at a local religious radio station. They had four children and a full life. Together, they traveled in the USA as well as England and Germany. After Carl's death in 1999, Wilma moved to Dubuque to live with her daughter's family and added extended visits to California and Ireland to her itinerary. Wilma spent her life caring for her family. Outside the home, she worked as a bookkeeper. During WWII she saved her brother Walter's job while he was in the Navy. She taught her son Bill to ride a bike and catch a ball, she sewed doll clothes and sweet dresses for three generations of little girls, she provided unconditional love every day. Even as a young mother of four, she found time to volunteer in leadership and service positions at church, school, and ARC.

As her health weakened and she moved into skilled care, she again showed her children what grace and acceptance look like. She was in her quiet way a true woman of valor.

She will be remembered with love by her four children Phyllis (Rafferty) Garfield, William Rafferty, Carolyn Rafferty, and Claudia Rafferty, as well as son-in-law Alan Garfield and daughter-in-law Karen Sloth Rafferty. Her grandchildren Anna, Eliot, Eric, Meg, Carly, Peter, and Jenee, all were blessed to know her well and will always hold her memory as a light in their lives. Her great-grandchildren William, Jensen, Elena, and Jonathan also received the gift of her strong and loving presence.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed in her memory to People In Need, Hope Partnership Nepal, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or the University of Dubuque Scholarship Fund.

The family extend their heartfelt thanks to the loving and compassionate care of the nurses and caregivers at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehab.



Thomas A. Lindecker


Thomas A. Lindecker, 72, of Durango, Iowa passed away on November 23, 2018 at home after a long battle with lung cancer.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Tuesday. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Tom was born on October 17, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arthur and Lillian (Klauer) Lindecker. As a young man he served in the Iowa National Guard. A jack of all trades, over the years, Tom owned and ran a service/gas station, a towing company, a bar and was even a truck driver for a time. But he was most known for his many years serving as a Deputy with the Dubuque County Sherriff Department until retirement. Never one to stop working, after retirement he spent many years as a skilled crane operator for Walsers and A1 Crain Services.

His little fainting goats, deer, koi pond, various dogs, and dozens of bird feeders and beautifully tended yard made his home a favorite place for his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to visit. Tom was known being a hard worker and for always being willing to help a friend in need.

He is survived by two sons, David (Colleen) Lindecker, of Key West, IA and Rich Lindecker of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Marissa, Tryston, Katelin, Will and Josh. His significant other Sue Kelly and sister-in-law Sue Lindecker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert "Bob" Lindecker.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Eric Engelman and Dr. Mark Janes for all their wonderful care they gave to Tom.



Paul Parsons


Paul Parsons, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at home.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dubuque, IA, with a memorial discourse following at 5:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Paul was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on September 11, 1940, the son of Leo and Evelyn (Fisher) Parsons. He married Cheryl Robinson on October 3rd, 1970 in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Paul came to Dubuque with American Optical Co. and was an optician, later becoming a Mighty Auto Parts franchisee.

Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army 572nd Ordnance Company serving from 1964-1966.

Paul grew up on the assembly line at Studebaker Automotive with his father in Indiana and enjoyed working on cars, watching the Indy 500 and riding motorcycles. One of Paul's hobbies was piloting small aircraft in Dubuque. As a father he always enjoyed traveling the country and visiting amusement, state and national parks with his family. He appreciated camping trips with his friends. As a grandfather, Paul loved playing games with his four grandchildren and the occasional Euchre game. Rooting for the Packers was a favorite pastime for him. Paul was also active in the public ministry with the Dubuque congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl; three children, Jay (Kelli) Parsons, of North Liberty, Forrest (Sara) Parsons, of Portland, OR., and Kim Parsons, of Dubuque and four grandchildren, Emmett, Sofia, Emerson and Leona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Evelyn.

Online condolences may be left at https://www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Floyd S. Timmerman


Floyd S. Timmerman, 69, of Louisburg, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd was born on September 17, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ervin and Alice (Wiederholt) Timmerman. He married Mary Ann Simon on December 27, 1969, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Floyd was co-owner of Louisburg Garage.

A very genuine person, Floyd loved life, his job and especially his wife, children and grandchildren. His customers enjoyed buying cars from him. He especially loved Jeep and his weekends away to his "paradise" in Cassville. Floyd's mantra was "It's a Beautiful Day" and that's how he lived life. Floyd was a founding member of the Tri-State Stump Jumpers, and a member of the National Auto Dealers Association and Midwest Jeepsters.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; three daughters, Carrie Lynn (Shannon) Lory, Waunakee, WI; and Holly Ann (Michael) Splinter and Kelly Kay (Jeffery) Kunkel, both of Kieler; a sister, Shirley Timmerman, Louisburg; two brothers, Carl (Judy) Timmerman and Michael (Cindy) Timmerman, both of Cuba City; a sister-in-law, Kay (Steve) Peterson, Platteville; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Fran) Simon, Louisburg; and seven grandchildren, Carter, Evan and Isaac Lory, Colson and Alana Splinter, and Ava and William Kunkel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Alvin "Butch" and Barb Timmerman; a sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Jim Johnson; his parents-in-law, Cletus and Eileen Simon; and a niece, Kristine Timmerman.

A Floyd S. Timmerman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Michael D. Leehan

Michael D. Leehan, of Dubuque Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

He was born on September 28, 1947 in Freeport, Il.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald M. Leehan and his mother, Marjorie E. Leehan.

Michael is survived by his three sisters; Sally Kahle, of Dubuque, IA, Sandra Fox, of Northridge Ca, and Patti (Mike) Andrews, of Green Valley, AZ. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date and will be announced by Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, IA.



James J. Schadl


James J. "Jim" Schadl, 77, of Dubuque passed away Monday November 19, 2018 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Jim was born on December 7, 1940 in Dubuque the son of Joseph and Geraldine (Hillard) Schadl. He graduated from Loras Academy and entered the United States Air Force. He married Dorothy Herbst on June 30, 1962; she preceded him in death on October 31, 2007.

He entered the U.S. Navy Reserves and served for 20 years and served when called upon in the Philippines and during the Persian Gulf War. He worked for B & G Auto, Sieg Dubuque Co., Diamond Vogl Paint and lastly worked for PER-MAR Security.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Dubuque Eagles Club. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outdoors.

He is survived by his three sons Jeff (Linda) Schadl, Kevin Schadl, and Tom (Tricia) Schadl, five grandchildren Amy, Tim, Kim, Serena, and Alicia, five great grandchildren, Kyra, Stella, Jemma, Milly, and Sophia, and a brother John Schadl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a sister Joann Parker.

In lieu of flowers a James Schadl memorial fund has been established.



Geraldine Theresa Wiest


Geraldine Theresa "Dean" 'Wiest, 80, of La Motte, Iowa passed away on November 18, 2018 at home after a brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte.

She was born on May 24, 1938 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Theresa (Lenz) Roussel. She married Marion Wiest on February 15, 1958 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

She worked at Flexsteel for many years, retiring in 2003 and was a member of the Upholsteries Union.

Dean enjoyed Bingo, crossword puzzles, the casino, playing cards, walking in the mall, quilting and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She loved country music, playing the guitar and singing at the Roussel Jam. She spoiled all of her grandchildren and her grand "dog" Dexter.

She is survived by her husband Marion; five children, John (Tammy) Wiest, of Dubuque, Chris (Gene) Harris, of Jewett, Texas, Tina (David) Johnson, of Cleburne, Texas, Jeff (Dianne) Wiest, of Bellevue, and Jody (Scott) Portz, of Andrew, Iowa. Fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; two brothers Ray Roussel, of Dubuque and her twin Gerald (Bonnie) Roussel, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Jim; three sisters Millie, Dort, and Mary; one brother Bob.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their help and care and a special thank you to their neighbor Cherri Helmle.



Kristine C. Ludwig


Kristine C. Ludwig, 40, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque died after a brave and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. with Mass to immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa.

Kristine was born September 26, 1978 in Dubuque, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Davidshofer) Ludwig. She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead in 1997 and attended the University of Northern Iowa and Kirkwood Community College.

Kristine had many friends in the Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls area. Kristine was employed for the past 11 years with Accel Group (formerly for Millhiser-Smith). Kristine's family would like to express their gratitude to the awesome support team at Accel Group and all her very close friends.

Kris was an avid video game player and loved being surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Catherine A. Ludwig of Dubuque; father and step mother, Michael R. and Lois E. Ludwig of Ft. Dodge; two brothers, Jim and Rich Ludwig; two step-brothers, Nic and Tony DeAngelis; paternal grandmother, Barbara Ludwig, ex-husband, Jeremy Kunz and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Velma Davidshofer and paternal grandfather, Richard Ludwig.

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

A Kristine Ludwig Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Raymond J. Schmit


Raymond J. Schmit, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa died peacefully in his sleep November 19, 2018 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Raymond was born September 9,1923. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1948 where he met Henni Moeck. They married on October 16,1948 in Wurzburg, Germany.

He is survived by his four children; Rick Schmit, Tim (Georgia) Schmit, Vickie Burdt, and Kathy (Gordie) Dailey. His five grandchildren Jonathan (Jenny) Burdt, Timmy (Kim) Schmit, Jessica (Scott) Young, Melissa (Todd) Spoerl and Andrew Dailey. Ray has seven great grandchildren, Dylan, Jackson, Easton, Nolan, Joscelyn, Brooklyn and Jace.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dominic and Susan (Dress) Schmit; his wife Henni; his 8 siblings and their spouses; his son-in-law Jeff Burdt; and his Grandson Jeremiah Burdt.

The family requests no flowers, in lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

A special thank you to Finley Homecare, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Harriet Rose (Miner) Heller


Harriet Rose (Miner) Heller, 97, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at First Congregational United Church of Christ (255 W. 10th St., Dubuque) with the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel officiating. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of service. Military honors by the Dubuque American Legion Post 6 will be accorded following the service in the church courtyard. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Harriet was born on May 23, 1921 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Harry and Alma (Friedlein) Miner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and Bayless Business College in 1940. Harriet served with the U.S. Navy Waves, 1st Class Yeoman, WWII, stationed in Washington, D.C.

She married Ralph H. Heller on September 16, 1944 at the University of Dubuque Chapel.

Harriet was a member of Order of Eastern Star #125-Past Worthy Matron; Jephto White Shrine-Past Worthy High Priestess; American Legion; Quilters; Bag Ladies; and Quilters Guild.

She was dedicated to early morning exercise/spin class, and also earned her private pilot license after WWII.

Harriet is survived by five daughters:

~Jaxine (David) Radloff and their children: Steve (Michelle) Radloff and their children Livia and Emelyn Radloff; Stephanie (Jim Sehloff) Engelhardt; Lindsay (Michael Evans) and their children Jorden Radloff and Madeline Evans.

~Janann (John) Sjobakken and their children: Scott (Annick) Sjobakken and their children Audrey and Elliot Sjobakken; Laura (Michael) Wilkins and their children Evan, Alexis and Aleah Wilkins.

~Toni (Nicholas) Frommelt and their children: Elizabeth (Joe) Homlar and their children Olivia, Marlo and Louise Homlar; Nicholas (Kate) Frommelt and their daughter Dorothy Frommelt; Charles (Thea) Frommelt, and their children Harrison and Elise Frommelt; Maria (Will) Brennan.

~Terry (David) Kopp and their children: Jodi (Jon) Doty and their children Mya and Olivia Doty; Natalie (Cory) Desrosiers and their son Dominick Desrosiers.

~Kay Heller.

~One sister: Betty Lou Emerson, one brother: Verner George (Jean) Miner, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Heller, on November 17, 1991.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Home Instead Senior Care of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, Camp Courageous, and First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care, Dr. Hillard Salas, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful, compassionate care.



Wilfred Henry Kleitsch


Wilfred Henry Kleitsch, 91, of Monticello died Monday, November 19, 2018, at home with his loving wife, Rita, at his side.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. 

Wilfred was born May 26, 1927, at home in Cascade, Iowa the son of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. He attended rural schools until the 8th grade. Wilfred worked on his family farm.

He married his wife Verna (Finn) and to this union were born 5 daughters. He farmed and lived in Sand Springs for many years until marrying the Love of his Life, Rita (Sternhagen/Pejchl) on March 2, 1974.  To this union their son Rodney was born.

Wilfred was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

He loved attending dances and playing pinochle with his wife Rita and brother-in-law, Robert Leonard and sister-in-law Lois Leonard. He always looked forward to playing cards with his family on brother/sister Sundays every month.

Wilfred continued to farm his 80 acres and then retired from farming. He started working for Don Stickles Farms and enjoyed every day hauling bulls all over Iowa and surrounding states. He retired in 2012, after moving to town. Upon moving to town Wilfred looked forward to everyday visits at the Truck Stop with the coffee crew. 

He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and enjoyed his time spent with them. He always had a word of advice for them and was always ready to lend a helping hand.  He loved family gatherings, always hosting the 4th of July lunch, and the holidays were his favorite with the entire family gathered around him. 

Survivors include his wife, Rita, daughters: Sue (John) Gilenwater of West Branch, Sally (Ron) Hylton of Urbana, Joanne (John)Edwards of Monticello, Patti (Bob) Balsinger of Cedar Falls, Pam (Al) Westemeier of Coggon, Shirley (Jeff) Stadtmueller of Monticello and Lynn (Bruce) Caplin of CT, and sons: Randy (Kendra) Pejchl of Monticello and Rodney (Suzanne) Kleitsch of Waukee, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings: Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch, Edwin Kleitsch, and Irvin Kleitsch; in-laws: Robert Hosch, Robert and Lois Leonard, Don and Sandy Sternhagen, Tom and Mary Takes, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his  parents, parents-in-law, William Sternhagen, and step-father-in-law, Frank (Grace) Miller, his first wife, Verna, a brother, Carl (Mary) Kleitsch, and a sister, Marion Hosch; in-laws: Alve Onken, Doloris Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Fred and Lorraine Hunter, Rhinehart and Helen Topping and Cecil and Marlene Boner.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Hodgman and Mercy Hospital, Above and Beyond Hospice, and Shirley Stadtmueller for the loving care given to him in the last few weeks.

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



Ann D. Kloser Bjorneby


Ann Dorothy Kloser Bjorneby, born March 6, 1923 in North Buena Vista, IA, died November 7, 2018 at Providence Hospital, Everett, WA.

Ann was born to the late Lucy and Albert Kloser and was the middle child in a family of 11 children. Ann was an adventurous soul, enjoyed life and loved her family. As a little girl, she always knew she would travel and live beyond her hometown to create something out of nothing. Humble beyond words, Ann was so willing to help others, even if it meant sacrificing things that were valuable to her. Her heart was huge, she placed tremendous trust in people that maybe some just wouldn't understand. She was highly motivated to learn, expand her knowledge, and to teach others lessons of the heart.

Ann met the love of her life, the late Otto Bjorneby, at Camp Hale, CO, during World War II. They were married for 36 years, and lived in the Pacific Northwest. Her three children, who loved her dearly and would absolutely do anything for her, survive: Mary Bjorneby, Rudy Gonzales [Trinda], Kim Williams [Simon]; and grandson, Taylor Cohn.

Ann remarried, the late Bernie Biteman, and divorced. She leaves a number of close and loving relatives and many, many friends. As a firm believer of hard work, Ann worked in many positions from Butter Wrapper to a Grease Monkey - turned Apprentice Seaman. She was wrapping butter on the Iowa factory line when she learned the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. She decided, then and there, she had to do something to support America - she always had a deep love for this country. That marked the start of more than a decade of life working various military positions. She was honorably discharged in 1945, at age 22, as an apprentice seaman. She remained as a civilian worker, with the U.S. Navy, for another eight years before starting her family.

Ann was a member at St. Lukes, Seattle; Holy Rosary, Edmonds; St. Thomas More, Lynnwood; and St. Michaels, Snohomish. For many years, Ann volunteered her time, serving on the Board of Catholic Children's Bureau, Everett; on the Board of Norse Homes, Seattle; was President of Norwegian Hospital Association, Seattle; was Office Manager of Leif Erikson Lodge, Seattle; and was the President of the St. Judes Circle and on the Scholarship Committee, St. Michaels, Snohomish. She spent many years volunteering five days a week at the Snohomish Senior Center - loving each and every minute of it, even upon her last days before she passed.

Upon Ann's request, a funeral mass will be held at her local church, no reception. She will be laid to rest, buried next to her late husband, Otto. Burial will be scheduled at a later date, flying her to her hometown, North Buena Vista, IA.

The family wishes to thank all of those who tenderly cared for her during her last days. Funeral service will be held on November 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m., St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1512 Pine Avenue, Snohomish, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity or to St. Michael's Catholic School, Snohomish, WA.



Gary Joseph Ernst


Gary Joseph Ernst, 70, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on November 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather for visitation after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born on February 13, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Carl and Olivia (Ambrosy) Ernst. In 1967 he graduated from Marquette High School in Bellevue and in 1968 graduated from the Institute of Drafting and Technology in Morrison, IL.

He entered the United States Navy Seabees and served from 1969 to 1970 active duty and served in the Reserves until 1975.

He married Carol Manderscheid on July 25, 1970 at St. Theresa's Church in La Motte.

After marriage he and Carol bought a farm in Epworth and he began his career at Dubuque John Deere until retirement.

He served on the Asbury Fire Department Board of Directors, was an active member of Nativity Parish where he served as an usher and eucharist minister. Gary was always ready to help others or volunteer but spending time with his family was his true passion.

He is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Sherry (Richard) Ehrlich, of Dubuque, Brian (Jennifer) Ernst, of Epworth; grandchildren, Zach Willenborg, Ava Swenson, Charles Swenson, Kinze Ernst, Henry Ehrlich, Riley Ernst, and Liv Ehrlich. His mother Olivia Ernst; siblings, Elaine (Bill) VanderMuelen, of Dubuque, Diane (Len) Kotz, of Dubuque, Carla Chumbley, of Bellevue, Dale (Carla) Ernst, of Dubuque, Steve (Gale) Ernst, of Peosta along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Carl and his father and mother-in-law Orville and Marie Manderscheid.

In lieu of flowers a Gary J. Ernst memorial fund has been established.



JoAnn E. Williams


JoAnn E. Williams, 82, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. Thomas Srenn officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn was born on January 11, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jym and Grace (Jansen) Ganahl.  She married Lawrence R. Williams on July 29, 1961.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1977.

Surviving are three children, Steve (Gini) Williams and Julie (Jeff) Kring both of Bellevue, Iowa, and Alan (Erin) Williams of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Emma Williams of Chula Vista, California; five grandchildren, Abigail, Samantha, Elizabeth, Zachary and Emily; a sister, Shirley (Robert) McLaughlin of Dubuque, a sister-in-law, Mona Swanson of Gilson, Illinois, and a brother-in-law, Ted (Fritzi) Williams of Argyle, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jym and Grace, her husband Lawrence, a son, Thomas Williams, her father and mother-in-law, John and Mary Williams previously of Benton, Wisconsin, her two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Ganahl and a sister, June Seitz.

Memorials may be given to the Thomas Williams Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

JoAnn's family wishes to express sincere thanks to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Paul and Julie for all of their care and support.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Thomas E. Peacock


Thomas G. "Tom" Peacock, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tom was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 21, 1942, the son of Clarence and Bertha (VanSchaik) Peacock.  He was united in marriage to Linda Huber on December 27, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She preceded him in death on December 15, 2011.

Tom was a veteran of the U. S. Marines serving in Cambodia.  He was formerly employed at Dubuque Screw Company, and loved carving and crafts.

Surviving are his children, Tony (Connie) Peacock of East Dubuque, Tami (Carl) Seastrand of San Diego, CA, Tom Peacock of East Dubuque, Dawn (Scott) McLemore of Portland,  Oregon and Dave (Cheryl) Peacock of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; his siblings, John "Jack" Peacock of East Dubuque and Judy Peacock of Illinois; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bertha, and two brothers, Clarence and Jim Peacock.

In lieu of flowers, a Thomas E. Peacock memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Steven J. Steines


Steven John Steines, "Wirehead", 63, of La Motte, Iowa passed away at his home on November 18, 2018 following a brave four-year battle with cancer. Steve was the beloved husband of Molly (Till) Steines and loving father of Stevi, Brady, and Connor Steines.

Steve was born on July 19, 1955 in Bellevue, IA to Attalas and Algean (Junk) Steines. He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 1973 and Kirkwood Community College in 1974. In 1976, he established Steve's Body Shop and La Motte Auto Sales, which he successfully owned and operated for more than forty years. He took great pride in his work, and his loyal customers appreciated his candor and work ethic. Steve married the love of his life, Molly, on October 8, 1977.

Steve never met a stranger and was the life of every party. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, spending time on his farm, playing euchre, golfing, watching Fox News, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oakland Raiders. Steve was a fun-loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and member of his community. He previously served on the La Motte City Council, La Motte Fire Department, La Motte Community Club, and the Maquoketa State Bank Advisory Board. Steve will be missed for his larger than life personality and unique sense of humor.

Steve is survived by his wife, Molly; his children, Stevi (Ami Copeland) of Chicago and Connor (Emily) of Iowa City; grandson Aviv Copeland; siblings Judy (Dennis) Boeckenstedt of Petersburg, IA, Dave (Joyce) Steines of Woodstock, GA, Bernie (Suzie) Steines of Bellevue, Mike (Jane) Steines of Bellevue, and Angie (Jeff) Kilburg of Bellevue; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his son, Brady (October 21, 2018); sister, Darla Laughlin; twin brother, Woven; his parents, Attalas and Algean; and his father- and mother-in-law, Tony and Dolly Till.

A celebration of Steve's life will be held at Happy's Place from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 in Dubuque. A private service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory in Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the La Motte Community Club.

 



Harold J. Staner, Sr.


Harold James Staner Sr., 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, November 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Harold James Staner Sr. was born on December 1, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, to Raymond Henry and Ardella Bernice (Koch) Staner. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Lois LaRae Merrick April 1, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon returning home from his military service, Harold began a 34 year career working at Alcoa Davenport Works. In retirement, he worked for Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa for several years.

Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church, Oxford Junction American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. Additionally, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa serving as a past president and vice president. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing, especially for Catfish.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Lois Staner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Veronica Barten of Maquoketa, IA, Jamie (Patty) Staner of Monmouth, IA, and Christine (Brian) Benhart of DeWitt, IA; a sister, Mary (Bill) Uppena of Potosi, WI; 10 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 2 special adopted grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond Jr. and John Staner, a son Gregory Staner, and a son-in-law Scott Barten.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold James Staner Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Lou Geerts


Mary Lou Geerts, 91, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and formerly of Elwood, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Pleasant Hill The Shores and Immanuel Community in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary Lou's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 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 Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Louise Farr was born on January 12, 1927 in Clinton, Iowa, to John and Mable (Brown) Farr. She was a graduate of Clinton High School and then received her Cosmetology certificate on December 2, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa. She married Clarence Geerts on August 16, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Iowa.

Mary Lou first practiced as a Cosmetologist in Clinton with her friend Norma from 1946 to 1947. Upon her marriage to Clarence, they moved to rural Elwood where she became a farmwife and mother and continued to work as a Cosmetologist. For many years, Mary Lou had been the staff hairdresser at the Maquoketa Care Center and had also worked with area funeral homes, including Carson's, in that same role.

Mary Lou was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Wyoming Country Club and DeWitt Moose Lodge. She loved going "shopping", and enjoyed bingo, playing cards, the Red Hat Society,

Those left to honor Mary Lou's memory include her children, Brad (Kandi) Geerts of El Paso, IL, Roger (Lynn) Geerts of Davenport, IA, Jolee Barnes of La Grange, MO, and Joy Keeney (Michelle Tredway) of Mitchellville, IA; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Clarence on September 10, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Lou Geerts memorial fund has been established.

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



Myrna M. Olson


Myrna M. Olson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, November 16, 2018, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Myrna's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Myrna M. Petersen was born on March 6, 1933 in Monmouth, Iowa, to Ray and Helen (Kreite) Petersen. She was a graduate of Monmouth High School and then received nurses training at St. Lukes Nursing School in Cedar Rapids. She married Buddy Allen Olson on November 2, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, David and Jay.

Upon graduating from nurses training, Myrna became a registered nurse first working in Independence, Iowa, then San Francisco, California, and after her marriage to Buddy, for many years at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. She had also co-owned and operated Olson Security, Inc. in Maquoketa for 25 years retiring in 2007.

Myrna was an active volunteer with many organizations and been involved with the Peace Pipe Players in Maquoketa participating in several plays. She also had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, visiting casinos, scratch off lottery tickets, and going for rides in the country.

Those left to honor Myrna's memory include her sons, David (Karla) Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jay (and special friend Audrey Potter) Olson of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jenna Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jessica (William "Brady" Randall) Olson of Ann Arbor, MI; 1 step-grandchild, Kenny (Amanda) Schmidt of Preston, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, James "Jim" and Bonnie Olson of GA, Shirley Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Shirley Gartman of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buddy on November 27, 2012, and a sister Dee (Warren) Keenan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Myrna M. Olson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Leonard P. Diederichs


Leonard Paul Diederichs, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Manor Care.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 20th at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League immediately following. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 10-10:45 a.m., Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Memorial Cemetery in Perham, Minnesota.

He was born August 21, 1925, in Perham, Minnesota, to Henry and Frieda (Seedorf) Diederichs and grew up on a farm on Wolf Lake near Dent, Minnesota. He lived with his parents, Frieda (Seedorf) and Henry Diederichs and his grandparents, Helena (Mangelman) and John Diederichs where German was spoken at home. After meeting at John Deere, Leonard married Deloris Diederichs (Fisk) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa; She preceded him in death in May 1999.

Leonard was a World War II Paratrooper, Private, and Sergeant from 1944-1946 where he received a Silver Star for his courageous behavior during combat conditions in Germany. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Perham High School and received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota. For the majority of his career he worked at John Deere in Dubuque starting in 1958. Leonard retired from John Deere in 1982 and has been an active volunteer for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) since 1984, making him the longest serving volunteer with 34 years of volunteer service.

He also was an extremely active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dubuque where he became a member on May 12, 1958. He served as financial secretary and treasurer and on numerous committees over the years and was truly committed to his church community. During his life he also was very involved with politics, was an avid reader, and walked two miles a day. Over the past 15 years, every summer and Christmas you would find Leonard in Florida enjoying the beach, cruises and time with his daughter, granddaughter and his large group of Central Florida family and friends. 

Surviving Leonard, are his son, Brett Diederichs, of Dubuque; daughter, Nicolle Boujaber-Diederichs; granddaughter, Nourah

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Ruth Slipher.

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

Memorials in Len's name may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dubuque, Iowa.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care for their compassionate care.



Melanie J. Hinman


Melanie Jean Hinman, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 13, 2018 at home after a 27 year history of kidney cancer. She was a cancer survivor many times, and a role model for others on how to handle cancer with courage and strength.

Family and friends may gather at Center Grove Church, 3140 Brunskill Rd. on Friday, November 23, 2018 after 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Melanie was born on November 8, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Lynn and Harriett (Herron) Hinman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1970. During high school she was involved in Choir, Future Teachers of America and the National Honor Society. She attended the University of Dubuque and graduated in 1974 with a B.A. Degree in English and Teaching.

She taught in the Savanna, IL school system for one year, returning to Dubuque in 1976. She then went to work for Finley Hospital starting in the business office and later as a switchboard operator. She retired from Finley in 2016.
Melanie was a talented pianist and taught private lessons throughout the years. She enjoyed shopping trips and lunches with friends and family especially with her adored niece Hannah Wallace, who spent many Sunday afternoons with her.

She is survived by a brother Jerry Hinman and a sister Eleanor (Scott) Wallace; sister-in-law Anne Chesterman; nieces Barb (Kevin) Kehl, Jane (Vikram Chinchankar) Chesterman, Beth (Will Sands) Chesterman, Lynn (Jessie) Nelson, Hannah (Nick Konzen) Wallace, and one nephew Tyler (Mai Le) Wallace. Seven great nieces and nephews, Andrew, Susan, William, Evelyn, Mila, Noah, Stella and baby Sands due in February.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, and two brothers Robert Chesterman and Herron Hinman.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity, Center Grove Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Grand River Medical Center especially, Dr. Herman and Dr. Salas for the many years of great care. Also a special thank you to her sister Nor and friends Debbie, Patty, Jeri and LuAnn.



Paul F. Reiss


Paul F. Reiss, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Paul was born on June 18, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, the only child of Frank and Catherine (Gassman) Reiss.

He married Janet Brimeyer on June 19, 1956 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Paul worked the family farm where he grew up his whole life and at John Deere for 32 years, retiring in 1992. During retirement Paul kept busy doing equipment repairs for Jim Giese Commercial Roofing - he could fix anything. He spent a lot of time tinkering in his shop, going for gator rides, playing euchre on Monday, and "checking his numbers" at the casino. He loved deer hunting, traveling, especially to Vegas and Hawaii with his wife, Janet, and taking many bus trips around the country.

Paul was active in his community as a member of the St. Joseph's Key West Holy Name Society and a 4-H leader for many years.

You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but you rarely saw Paul when he wasn't eating. He loved having B.S. sessions with anyone who would listen and was a true gentleman. He was patient, smart, and always happy, especially when surrounded by his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

It was hard not to smile when you were around Paul, Dad, Grandpa. We will miss hearing about his "gibbers", checking with "upper management", "dibber dibber dabber dabbers", and most of all, his hugs. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Paul describes him as just such a great guy.

He is survived by his wife Janet; five children, Joseph (Lemmie) Reiss, of Milwaukee, Beth Houselog, of Milwaukee, Mark (Julie) Reiss, of Dubuque, Melissa "Missy" (Dan) Sendt, of East Dubuque, IL, Angella "Angie" (Jeff) Demmer, of Dubuque. Ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Suzy) Reiss, Alison (Paige Elding) Reiss, Nicole (Andy) Todryk, Joshua (Sara Augustowski) Houselog, Megan (Chris) Jones, Molly (Josh) Kluesner, Michael Sendt, Matt Sendt, Brittany Demmer, and Mitchell Demmer. Three great grandchildren, Dylan Kamps, Riley Kamps, and Beau Kluesner.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Sarah Reiss, and great grandson, Nicholas Houselog.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Research For The Kids (RFTK). RFTK benefits research programs for pediatric brain tumors and heart defects at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in memory of Paul's granddaughter, Sarah.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Jeanette, Nichole, and Ryan for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Paul.

 



Delores M. Bertling


Doloris M. Bertling, 88, of Monticello and formerly of Cascade passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

The family will greet friends and relatives after 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at St, Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa where a Memorial service will be held at 10:30 am. Reverend Monsignor Jim Miller will officiate. The Reiff Funeral Home of Cascade, Iowa is is charge of arrangement. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Doloris was born July 7, 1930 along with her twin sister Doris, the daughter of Ted and Mabel Rieniets, of Monticello, Iowa. After growing up on the family farm and graduating from
Monticello High School, Doloris entered the military and served in the Women's Army Corps from 1949-52. Staff Sergeant Rieniets served in post World War II Germany from the period of reconstruction, the Korean War and the start of the Cold War.

On May 1, 1981 she was united in marriage to Milton Bertling.

Doloris served 2-terms as elected President, Unit 528, Cascade American Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 1980-82 and President, Dubuque County, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for two terms from 1981-83. Doloris was the first President of the County Legion Auxiliary to also be an American Legion member. She also served as an elected 3 year board member.

In retirement she loved making a variety of wood crafts with husband Milton and participating in countless area craft shows. She had a great love of flowers; creating beautiful flower gardens that she tended to with great care. She always had time for a good game of cards, a fun casino trip, putting together puzzles and visiting family and friends.

Doloris is the proud mother of six children, Ted (Suki), Nancy, William (Teresa), Cheri, Allen (Kim) and Tami. Grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren (Brian, Eric, Jacob, Andrianne,
Jason and Austin). Great grandmother to six lovely great grandchildren (Avery, Peyton, Connor, Charlotte, Eddie and Ellie.

She is survived by her sisters Doris Gussie, Rose Cook, Carol Gillmore, Nancy McCormick and brother Carl Rieniets.

Doloris was preceded in death by her parents, her eternal husband Milton Bertling, brother Richard Rieniets, step-sister Florence and infant son (Delbert Jr.) and infant daughter (Joan).

Condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.

 



Sister Marion Murphy, BVM (John Patrice)


Sister Marion Murphy, BVM (John Patrice), 82, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Marion was an elementary principal in Chicago and Mundelein, Ill., and an elementary teacher in Portland, Ore.; Berwyn, Ill.; and Chicago. She also served as pastoral coordinator, administrative assistant, parish minister and volunteer in Chicago.

She was born in Chicago on March 14, 1936, to John Joseph and Edna Conway Murphy. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago, IL. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, John (Mary), Raymond Patrick (Esther), Donald and Edward. She is survived by a sister-in-law June Wetton, Schaumburg, Ill.; nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 65 years.

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

Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



David Cleon Puff


David Cleon Puff, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, November 19 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

David was born February 1, 1938 in Earlville, IA, the son of Cleon and Katherine (Klaus) Puff. He married Mary Ann Grundmeyer on May 29, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, IA.

David completed his Bachelors' in Accounting at University of Northern Iowa, and went on to earn his Masters' in Accounting at Colorado State University in Greeley, CO.

David was a Professor of Accounting and Business Law at Loras College for 15 years. He then joined the accounting firm Nacos & Puff, where he was a partner for many years. Later, he joined the accounting firm of O'Connor Brooks.  

He was a longtime member of the Serra Club, and Church of the Nativity. David greatly enjoyed investing in the stock market. His greatest joy was his family, and he loved spending time with them.

David is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Dubuque; four children, Theresa Puff of Sarasota, FL, Christine Carr  of Marietta, GA, Gregory (Miho) Puff of Hong Kong, China, and Rebecca (Jeff) McComas of Woodbury, MN; seven grandchildren, Colin, Ryan, and Meghan Carr, Hunter and Reagan McComas, and Genzo and Asami Puff; and his sister, Janice (James) Grundmeyer of Manchester, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead for their incredible, compassionate care of David.

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



Esther F. Goedken


Esther F. Goedken, 85, of Dubuque, IA formerly of Zwingle, IA passed away at home on November 14, 2018 lovingly surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Esther was born on February 16, 1933 in Guttenberg, IA the daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Burr) Frommelt. She attended St Mary's Grade and High School in Guttenberg. She married Francis Goedken, on May 2, 1959 at St Mary's Church in Guttenberg.

She was an IBM operator until her marriage and later was an Avon Representative for 45 years.

Esther was a devoted wife, caring mother and grandmother who was dearly loved. She enjoyed any gatherings with family and friends, reading, gambling, playing cards, bowling and singing in the church choir.

Survivors include her husband, Francis; daughter Staci (Joe) Hahn; and two grandsons, Ayden and Emerson Hahn, of Gilbertville, IA, brother-in-law, Robert Schreiber, of Dubuque and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Ready, of Iowa City, Janaan Vogt and Marlene Goedken both of Dubuque, IA. Along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Reed Goedken; two brothers in infancy James and Gerald; sisters Amy (Louis) Matt, Jeanette Schreiber, Rosemary (Francis) Matt, Ruth (Cy) Von Fumetti; brothers-in-law Vernon Goedken, Duane (Marion) Goedken, Melvin (Ann) Goedken, Herbert (Regina) Goedken, John Goedken, Richard Goedken and Jim Vogt. Sister-in-law, Delores (Melvin) Miller, and a nephew Jay Matt.

In lieu of flowers an Esther Goedken memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, kindness and compassion to Esther and our family.



Albert R. Oberfoell


Albert R. "Dick" Oberfoell, 91, of Remer, MN and Epworth, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Veteran's home in St. Cloud, MN.

Friends and relatives of Dick may call from 9:30 a.m. un til time of services, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. Services will be held at 11;00 a.m.at the church with Pastor Stephanie Schlimm Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth is in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 30, 1927 in Epworth, Iowa, son of Bert and Lula (Story) Oberfoell. On September 5, 1953 he was united in marriage to Velma Mae Clapham at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2004.

He was employed with the North Central experimental Station as grounds and maintenance worker, with the State of Minnesota until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping, and being with his family making memories.

He was an Army Veteran having served from 1945-1947. He was a member of the Boy River log Chapel in Boy River, MN.

He is survived by four children, Robert (Jean) Oberfoell of Ashton, SD, Kathy Mahaffey and Grand Rapids, MN, Beverly (Vance) Haight of Adams, WI, and Kristi (Dean) Jacobs of Remer, MN; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Barbara Clapham of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald Oberfoell and infant daugthter, Sharon Oberfoell, a brother, Walt Oberfoell and a sister, Mabel Stocks.

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



John D. Lampe


John D. Lampe, 54, of Dubuque, died of natural causes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at Sunnycrest Manor. He was surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. Fr. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Friends may greet the family during a visitation one hour prior to the funeral Mass, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

John was born on January 29, 1964 in Dubuque, the son of Maurice and Dorothy (Heinricy) Lampe. He received an excellent education from the dedicated special education teachers of the Dubuque Community School District. John especially enjoyed the Cubs, karaoke, dancing, and movies, especially "Grease" and "Star Trek." John was a gift to his parents and brothers. They are all better people for having had John in their lives. And every day of his life he gave his family the gift of unconditional love. They have 54 years of his special love to cherish in their hearts.

John is survived by his parents and four brothers, David and Martin (Dubuque), James (Valparaiso, IN) and Robert (Ankeny, IA).

Memorials may be made to Sunnycrest Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the remarkable staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care which was a great comfort.



Dennis Charles House


Dennis Charles House, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.  

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mill Rd., and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 19, at the church. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 19, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.  Rev. Paul Amlin will officiate. Entombment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, where military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Dennis was born June 24, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Floyd "Russell" and Beverly (Daly) House.  He attended school in West Des Moines, IA and East St. Louis, MO.  Dennis served his country as Airman First Class with the U.S. Airforce from 1963-1967.

Dennis held Sales Manager positions with Clark Oil, Kerr-McGee, and Iowa Oil, and was also Director of Sales for Wholesale Gas.  After retiring, Dennis worked part-time delivering parts and driving the courtesy car for Richardson Motors.  He later began working for Deery Nissan delivering and picking up cars.  

He married Jan Helwig on April 17, 2016 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, where he was a member.

Dennis had a great sense of humor and loved to tease.  He was a friend to many and he always had a smile on his face.  Dennis had a passion for horses, both raising and racing them.  He enjoyed going out to dinner and visiting local wineries. Dennis thoroughly loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed spending much time with them. 

Dennis is survived by his wife, Jan Helwig House, of Dubuque; his children, Teri (Kathy Conway) Link and her children, Tabitha, Noah, Eliza, and Chaz; Monica (John) Van Ess and their children Avery and Lainie; and Dennis House Jr. and his daughter Jenna; his step-children, Tom (Sue) Lehnherr and their daughter Mandi; Brian (Diane) Lehnherr and their son Cole; and Kathy (David Jones) Lehnherr and her children Danielle, Josh, and Kamryn; his sisters, Sharon "Kay" (Keith) Wallman and Lisa (Jack) Graham; his step-brothers Kelly and Kevin; his step-sister Christy; and many very special in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his sister LouAnn; his step-mother LaRay; his step-father Jesse; and his mother-in-law, Mildred.

The family would like to thank all of the healthcare givers who gave Dennis such wonderful care.

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



Thomas Morris

Thomas Morris went Home to be with our Lord on November 10, 2018.

Thomas was born on August 1, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Thomas H. and Dorothy (Waetjen) Morris. He was a veteran of WWII serving as a Radioman in the U.S. Coast Guard, including two years in the Pacific Theater.

On August 3, 1946 he married Gloria Geisler, to whom he was married for 70 years. Tom owned and operated Tom Morris Inc., an advertising and marketing agency in Chicago, IL., until retiring in 1985.

He was an avid tennis player and a member of Rotary Club International. Tom was well known for his wit, his humor, and for the many pranks he played.

Surviving are his children, Judy (Kirk) Leoni of Weare, NH, Susan (Steve) Mill of Yarmouth Port, MA and Jill (Steve) Carter of Mesa, AZ; 5 grandchildren Ben Leoni, Meredith (Brad) Cabot, Meghan (Drew) Cameron, Lindsey (Daniel) Khamir and Heather (Ivan) Valenzuela.; 2 great grandchildren, Heidi Cabot and Emersyn Khamir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Gloria and two brothers John and Robert.



Helen E. Schroeder


Helen E. Schroeder, 94, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 16 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Helen was born on April 25, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leland and Bernadette (Grotkin) Kircher.

She married Robert W. Schroeder in September of 1947. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1997.

Helen graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. She worked in the office at Wahlert High School for over 18 years and continued to volunteer there after retirement.

She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and making crafts.

Helen also enjoyed volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Frances (Robert) Lewis and Leota Kircher, both of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Kratz, of Dubuque, Shirley Blankenship, of Anchorage, AK., and Millie Schroeder, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karen Schroeder; son, Steven Schroeder; sisters, Kathleen (Huck) Greenwald and Arlene (Fritz) Conrad; brothers-in-law, William "Jerry" Blankenship, Donald Kratz and Donald Schroeder.

Memorials may be given to Resurrection Church, Student Education Assistance.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Peggy.



Thomas Charles Frasher

Thomas Charles Frasher, 66, of Ryan, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at his residence. 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Golden Prairie Cemetery in Ryan. 

He was born on January 10, 1952, in Manchester, the son of Orland and Joyce (Locke) Frasher. Thomas enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include his sister, Pam Moser of Waterloo, and several cousins.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers in infancy, Kevin and Peter.

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



Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps


Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 13th, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 17th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Virginia was born on February 10, 1931 the daughter of Melvin and Alice (Skinner) Schumacher. She married Gerald "Jerry" Cupps on August 29, 1953 They were married for 56 years before he passed away in October of 2009. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years.

She was raised and loved by her grandparents and many cousins on the Skinner Family farm in Cassville, Wisconsin. Virginia was always there for others and loved by many.

Virginia was a singer in a band with her husband Jerry along with other family and friends. They played at many places in Dubuque, Illinois and Wisconsin. She really enjoyed singing, and cooking, especially her Christmas candies and Halloween treats. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, crocheting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, giving to her neighbors, and caring for others.

She loved all the staff and activities at Luther Manor.
Virginia loved her children dearly and was a wonderful mother. She was cherished by her nieces and nephews, along with her neighbors and their children.

She will be greatly missed. As Ginny often said, "Be a good person, and hugs and kisses to all."

She is survived by her five children, Jim A. Cupps, Gene M. (Vickie) Cupps, Carol M. (Don) Maas, Joe A. (Sheree) Cupps, and Jackie A. (Dave) Kieffer. Grandchildren Tina (White) Jellison, Chris Somers, John "Jake" White, Jenna (Daryl) Atkinson, and Samantha Cupps. Step Grandchildren Timothy (Christin) Breitbach, Jeremy Burkart, Chad Burkart, Linsay (Frederick) Nsengimana, Stephanie (Jordan) Duve, Amanda Maas and Austin Maas, along with 18 Great Grandchildren. Siblings, Eileen (Pete) Blum, Ramona Bausch and Carol Bausch; 18 step siblings on her father's side; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Neuses, Jean Cupps,

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law Edward and Viola Cupps. brother Dewayne "Buster" (Betty) Schumacher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony Bausch Jr., Leo Neuses, Robert Cupps, Barbara (Richard) Freund, Mary Ellen Johnson, Kenneth Konzen, Kenneth Cupps, and Virginia Cupps.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Debra A. Mootz


Debra A. "Debbie" Mootz, 55, of St. Catherine Road in Bellevue passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital following an illness.

No public visitation will be held. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Debbie was born on December 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cletus and Shirley (Schmitt) Mootz. Shirley died in 1964 and Cletus later married Margaret Klein, in 1966. Cletus died in 1991.

Debbie enjoyed working on the Klein family farm, gardening, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Jamie) Kruser; two grandchildren, Cody and Riley Kruser; her brother, Cletus Mootz; her sister, Karen (Will Tauke) Mootz; Margie Mootz; aunts and uncles, Margaret and David Ehlers, Tim and Joanne Mauer, John Klein, Donna Klein, Marie Boleyn and many Cousins.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff and doctors of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all the care they gave Debbie.

A memorial fund has been established and may be sent to Joanne Mauer 9236 Pheasant Lane, Dubuque, IA 52003



Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF

Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF, died at 7:55 AM, Monday, November 12, 2018 at Clare House

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Ignatia was born July 31, 1928 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of John and Louisa (Bucheit) Rosenbaum. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1949 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1955.  Sister received her high school education at St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, IA. She ministered as a homemaker at Briar Cliff College and St. Anthony's Home both in Sioux City, Iowa. In Dubuque, she ministered at Holy Trinity, Holy Ghost, Holy Family Hall, and Immaculate Conception Convent. She also ministered at Crescent City, California.

Sister is survived by her sisters Florence (Donald) Gapinski and Ione Hartley, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 68 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold (LuVerne); her sister, Gertrude (Carl) Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Art Hartley.

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

Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Irene Pearl Revenig


Irene Pearl Revenig, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was a strong person and survived many battles with cancer. She was a fighter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00pm.

Irene was born on October 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Majerus) Krayer. She married Richard Revenig on February 5, 1949 and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2002.

She retired from Flexsteel after many years of service. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, boating and camping. She especially enjoyed their winters spent in Arizona.
Irene loved to cook and bake, she was known for her famous cream puffs. She loved her time spent with her family and helped with whatever they needed.

Irene was a kind and generous person like her mother. She was not one to sit and watch tv, she was always busy cooking or hanging out her laundry.

There are three words that best describe Irene: Beautiful-Thoughtful-Kind.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Mark) Hohmann, Diane (Curtis) Storla, and Rick (Alice) Revenig. Eight grandchildren, Julie (Scot) Noonan, Carissa Robey, Marcie (Tony) Buss, Ron (Nona) Goin, Jason (Tracey) Goin, Joe (Tia) Fries, Ryan (Tabitha) Revenig, Reva Jansen. Twenty three grandchildren along with many great great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Adell; and three brothers Clem, Earl and Bud; and a nephew Ray Gene Bahl who she helped raise.



Sister Clementine Kuhle


Sister Clementine Kuhle, BVM (Lioba), 99, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel.  Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

SisterClementine was a staff supervisor at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary teacher in Omaha, Nebr.; San Francisco and Petaluma, Calif.; Butte, Mont.; and Chicago where she also ministered as a religious education coordinator.

She was born on April 26, 1919, in Fairplay, Wis., to Frank and Esther Richards Kuhle. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1937, from Nativity Parish, Dubuque, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond, Richard and LaVern; and sister Dolores Ryan. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 81 years.

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

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

 



Judy A. Gaul


Judy A. (Kennicker) Gaul, age 53, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:02 p.m., on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Judy was born on March 9, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Kathryn (Ludovissy) Kennicker.

Judy was a graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 1984, and went on to attend NICC, where she earned her CNA certificate. She was a hard worker who took great pride in caring for her patients as if they were her own family, there were never any short cuts taken when Judy was on duty. She was employed first with Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois, and lastly with Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, until she was forced to retire early due to health issues. She was united in marriage to Robert Gaul, in 1989, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and they were blessed with 2 adored children. Judy was deeply devoted to her family, always making sure to keep in touch and up to date on the latest events going on in their lives, as well as being a staple at all family gatherings. Judy's faith was also of utmost importance in her life, and she took her duties as an aunt and Godmother to her nieces and nephews very seriously. As a caretaker, Judy also knew the importance of taking time for herself, and when she found some free time in her days, she enjoyed sitting down to watch a favorite tv program, rooting on her beloved Cubbies or heading out, ready to win big, at Bingo. Judy was also an avid Neil Diamond fan, calling into the radio station religiously every Friday night to request her favorite songs, and was thrilled when she was finally able to see him perform live. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear mom, daughter, sister and friend, much too early on our Earthly journey, but know that she is now free of the health challenges that she has faced with such courage, strength and grace the past few years. We will miss you more than words can say, but will cherish the memories we have made along the way, and do our best to carry on the lessons, values and love of family you so graciously taught us every day.

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include

her children,
Jeremy Gaul, Clinton, IA
and Courtney Gaul, Marion, IA;

her special friend,
Douglas Moes, Dubuque, IA;

her mother,
Kathryn Kennicker, Sherrill, IA;

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

a sister-in-law,
Carol Ludovissy, Suamico, WI;

and her former husband,
Robert Gaul, Fulton, IL.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Frank Kennicker; and a brother, Steve Ludovissy.

Judy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital and Dubuque Specialty Care for all of their kind, encouraging and professional care of Judy and her family.

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

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

 



Thomas Joseph Beurskens


On Wednesday November 7, 2018 Thomas Joseph Beurskens, 75, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Dubuque, IA and Longmont, CO passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born in Dubuque on December 21, 1942 to Joseph and Camilla (Doherty) Beurskens. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras Academy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Terrence in infancy.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret (Manemann) Beurskens and their children Marcus Beurskens and Julia DeFilippi, and grandchildren Ryan and Tess DeFilippi and Olivia Beurskens, all of Colorado. Tom also leaves behind his sisters Jody Roltgen, Bette (Jim) Oeth, Angela Thompson, and Therese (Mike) Thayer, as well as brother-in-law Stephen Manemann, step sister-in-law Susan (Bill) Milligan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was always ready with a joke and a smile. He loved to make everyone laugh, and he impressed us all with his unparalleled knowledge of trivia.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held in the spring at Sarasota National Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation or Tidewell Hospice or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. To send condolences please visit www.toalebrothers.com. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, Gulf Gate Chapel is caring for arrangements.



Delma Timm


Delma L. Timm, 89, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 11, 2018, at Manor Care at Utica Ridge in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Delma's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Delma Lou Kramer was born on September 9, 1929 near Lost Nation, Iowa, to Fred William and Arla Edith (Ruggeberg) Kramer. She was a 1947 graduate of Elwood Consolidated High School and then attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She married Donald E. Timm on June 4, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Duane and Kenneth.

Prior to her marriage Delma had taught in rural schools. She then became a housewife, worked at Cargill Seed Corn, and as a CNA providing home healthcare in Jackson and Clinton counties.

Delma was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, Maquoketa Garden Club, and was a charter member of the Town and Country Quilters. She had also served as President and Secretary of the Elwood Cemetery Association for many years. She enjoyed flower gardens and making quilts for her family. She loved baking pies and was known as the "pie lady" around Elwood.

Those left to honor Delma's memory include her sons, Duane (Jeffery Gomez) Timm of Davenport, IA, and Kenneth (Pam) Timm of Chester, IL; 3 grandchildren, John Timm, Maria (Aaron) Rex and Laura (Ryan) Paulsen; and 5 great-grandchildren, Chase, Brody, Rees, Keegan and Jeremiah. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Donald on July 1, 2018.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood Cemetery Association or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

"The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Palmer Hills, Genesis Visiting Nurses Association, Genesis Hospice and home health caregivers Jenny and Tillie".

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

 



Lois Darlene Weirup


Lois Darlene Weirup, age 84, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Graveside service celebrating Lois' life will be held at 12 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Buckhorn Cemetery in rural Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating.

Lois was born January 25, 1934, to Merle Morris and Hazel Ruth (Ilgenfritz) Campbell in Paralta, Iowa. She married Arnold "Arnie" Peter Weirup June 8, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. To this marriage was born Rhonda, Peter, Merle, Jeffery and Arnold.

Lois worked at Noby's from 1971-1979, Dolch's from 1979-1982, Flapjack USA 1983-1990 and Walmart from 1990-2010 when she retired. Most of her time at Wal-Mart she was the snack bar manager and once that area closed she was a checker. Lois was a people person, she loved visiting, giving to others and welcomed anybody who stopped by. After she retired she would get together with friends and have coffee. She also enjoyed going to the casinos and was the luckiest person. Before working outside the home, Lois helped Arnie on the farm. Later in life she and Arnie delivered the Quad City Sunday paper. Lois will be missed by those who called her mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend.

Left to share Lois's memories are one daughter, Rhonda (Rich) Miller of Delmar; 4 sons, Peter (Arleen) Weirup of Maquoketa, Merle (Deloris Pascarella) Weirup of Bettendorf, Jeffery (Cynthia) Weirup of Grand Mound and Arnold (Denise) Weirup of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, Charity (Jeremy) McDevitt, Amy (Kedric) Moore, Peter Perez-Weirup, Tyler Weirup, Amber (Carlos) Hernandez, Kyle, Krystal and Kayla Weirup, Danielle (Eric Joseph) Rock-Joseph and Amber Rock; 7 great grandkids, Michaela (Cody) Eads, Carter Gjerstad, Kegan, Jaci and Michael Moore, Dylan McDevitt and Asher Joseph; two brothers, Jerry (Jo) Campbell of Clinton, IA and Terry (Ruth) Campbell of Palm Coast, FL; nieces, nephews and cousins; Leland Bachtell and many more extended families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Hazel; and infant twin brother & sister, and her husband Arnold P. Weirup on March 17, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Waterford/Buckhorn Cemetery Association.

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



Robert Anthony (Doc) Beecher, DVM


Comes a horseman....Doc was born in Dubuque, IA on September 15, 1942. He attended Holy Ghost Elementary School, St. Columbkille's High School and graduated from Wahlert High School. He competed in Boys State in 1959. He attended Loras College in 1961 before graduating from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, cementing a lifelong enthusiasm for all animals, especially the Arabian horse - beautiful, graceful, and intelligent, the very epitome of endurance. "There is no day which seems so wrong that spending time with our Arabs can't make right."

He moved to Cascade, IA to join Meloy and White Veterinary practice in 1966. He became partners with life-long friend Dr. Tom White. Later it became White, Beecher & Jedlicka. He bought his first Arabian horse in 1969 and with Bob Kurt and Jerry Volk and their spouses, forming EttNorMar Arabians, a 30-head Arabian horse stable.

He helped establish endurance and competitive distance riding in the Midwest, judging his first endurance horse race in 1972. In 1979, he was named the chair of the endurance and competitive division of the International Arabian Horse Association, a position he held for 8 years. He served as the first club president of Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association and president of the Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Riding Association. In 1986, he judged his first Championship Endurance ride. He traveled to Dubai, France and Spain to judge international events. In addition, he became a prestigious Federation Equestre Internationale judge with the United States Equestrian Federation, Endurance Committee.

He began to incorporate chiropractic techniques in his work on horses in 1997 after completing course work at Chiropractic Options for Animals in Port Byron, Ill in 1997. He was named Iowa Horse Council Horseman of the Year in 2004. The Shining Light award was named in his honor in 2013.

He served his community as a member of the Cascade City Council for 18 years and the Dubuque County Board of Health for 10 years. He incorporated Beecher Management in 1985, joining Coohey Farms, a 2,000 farrow to finish hog farm, that same year. He was instrumental in building Cascade Lanes and with partner and long term friend, John Sturm, built community medical clinics in Cascade and Hanover, Ill. He served on the veterinary team for the Dubuque County Fair and for 4-H Horse Pony Camp for a number of years, and loved local trail rides. He eventually opened his own horse practice, Beecher Equine Services, and moved to St. Donatus, IA in 2007. Never one to Burn Daylight, he didn't work a day, loving what he did. He finally retired from active practice in 2013.

Doc is survived by three children, Lara (Michael) Fisher, Laguna Niguel, CA; Russell (Paula) Beecher, West Des Moines, IA; Caitlyn (Todd) Ramaeker, Milan, IL.; two step-children Carey (Ben) Hosch, Cascade, IA, and Casey Gile, Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, five step grandchildren, his brother DeWayne Beecher (MaryJo Pancratz), his sister Paula Behr (Rich Behr), and the mothers of his children Etta Marie Sassen Beecher and Jan Ehlinger Beecher.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert "Buck" Beecher and Evelyn "Evie" Steil Beecher.

Team Beecher would like to thank Paula & Rich Behr, Lisa Flanagan, Lynnette Heims, Karon Roeth, Laura Murphy, Olivia Flanagan, Rose Mellenberger, Alexandra Booth, Laura Thole, Maria Valdez, Brad Ferguson, Bridget Ferguson and Michelle Croft for their care of Dad and for showing True Grit while enjoying countless hours of Westerns. We would also like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice team for their exceptional care.

Doc asked that in lieu of flowers donation be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

The cowboy rides away.... Doc passed away on November 11, at the age of 76 at his home, in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 2-8 pm, on November 13, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home, 205 Hayes St, Cascade, IA where a Celebration of Life will be held at 4 pm. Per Doc's wishes, a private Inurnment will take place at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.



Robert J. Ernzen


Robert Joseph "Bob" Ernzen, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Fr. Thomas McDermott will officiate. Burial will be in St. Clement's Cemetery, Bankston. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Bob was born September 6, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Burrows) Ernzen. He grew up on the family farm in Bankston, and moved to Dubuque in 1965.  In 1989, Bob moved in with his sister Sandy, her husband Ray, and their family, Greg, Colleen, Karla, Curt, Sara, and Brad. 

He took great pride in his work at both St. Francis and Stonehill Care Center, where he worked for 39 years until his retirement. He very much enjoyed his coworkers and the residents.  

Bob spent many weekends at the farm helping his brothers with chores. He loved playing cards, fixing puzzles, painting, word books, country music, Elvis, and going to the casino. Family was deeply important to Bob, and he loved family get togethers. Bob loved all nature.  

Bob is survived by his siblings, Sandy (Ray) Ronek, Sharon (Rick) Haskell, Denny Ernzen, Chuck (Trish) Ernzen, Marvin (LuAnn) Ernzen, Joanne (Jerry) Wolf, and Al (Kathy) Ernzen; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several nephews. 

Memorials may be made to the Robert Joseph Ernzen Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospital and Mercy Medical Center; and the staff at Mercy Home Care for their wonderful and loving care of Bob. 

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

 

 



Thomas J. Schmidt


Thomas J. Schmidt, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 10, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, 3:00 pm to 6:55 pm, followed by a 7:00 pm memorial service. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date.

Tom was born December 6, 1938 in Dubuque, first born son of Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt.  

He graduated from Loras Academy and served in the United States Army.

Tom and Karol Saefkow met and fell in love in 1962 and married on February 14, 1963 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.  

He worked in the experimental department as a mechanic for John Deere and retired after 32 years of trusted service. 

Tom was an accomplished bowler, has provided countless, fun-filled memories boating and camping on the river with his family, was an avid Hawkeye and Packers fan, was well-read, especially history books, and was a skillful mechanic and carpenter: he built the engine in his El Camino and raced at Earlville, renovated houses before remodeling was "in", restored old bicycles, and was always found tinkering in his garage. 

He is survived by his wife, Karol and their four daughters: Pamela (Robin Nixon) Schmidt of Dubuque; Carrie (Dave) Kirkpatrick of Dubuque and grandson Christian Kirkpatrick; Kelly (Jennifer Jordan) Schmidt of La Crosse and grandchildren Dakota and Skyler Jordan; and Traci (Lance) Andre of Dubuque and granddaughters Amanda and Nicole Meyers and Josie Andre.

He is also survived by a special niece, Darcy (John Vanostrand) Kiebler; a sister, Barbara Culbertson (Mike Cherry); and sister-in-law's: Patricia (Tom) Bradley, Barbara Stecklein, and Judie Bettcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt and brothers, Robert and Jerry Schmidt.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point Health-Finley ICU, and RSCCU at the University of Iowa Hospital.

 

 



Lorraine M. Gearheart


Lorraine M. Gearheart, 90, of Dubuque, passed away November 9, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.  Deacon Jim Schmidt will officiate.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. 

Lorraine was born December 27, 1927 in Monona, IA, the daughter of Ben and Clara (Voss) Sudol. She married Paul L. "Catfish" Gearheart on November 24, 1955 in Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2014. 

Lorraine was employed in housekeeping for Clarke College for many years. She enjoyed camping, crochet, crafting, and playing cards (especially Euchre). Paul and Lorraine loved to travel, and visited every state, including Alaska.  Lorraine was a devoted homemaker for her family, and she loved to cook and clean. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was everything to her. 

Lorraine is survived by her children, Connie Allen, Larry (Mary Jo) Gearheart, and Daniel (Yolanda) Schlitter, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; her sister, Frances Rothmeyer of Monona, IA; her special niece and nephew, Daryl Garner of Florida and Kathy Michel of Dubuque; great nieces and nephews, a special cousin, Millie and husband Jim Zeller of Dubuque; and her special animal friend, Doonie the cat. 

In addition to her husband, Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Vickie Schlitter; her step daughter, Sharon Gearheart Krier;  her son in law, Steve Allen; and her granddaughter Vicky Krier. 

The family would like to thank Lorraine's neighbors, especially the  Reids  for all their help over the years; Clarke University for their prayers; the staff at Sunset Park Place , Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque. A special thanks to Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish for the wonderful care and concern over the years.

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

 

 



Mary P. Tobin


Mary Patricia "Patty" Tobin, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 08, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 6:45p.m.

Patty was born on November 21, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William M. and Mary Ellen (DeGear) Clemens Jr. She attended St. Joseph The Worker Grade School, graduated from Wahlert High School in 1973 and attended Iowa State University.

She married Terry Tobin on August 21, 1982 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Patty worked for the Holy Family School System in the Wahlert High School Cafeteria and previously at the Hy-Vee on the NW Arterial. She spent many years as the director of the library at Resurrection School.

She volunteered with the Colts Youth Organization and enjoyed gardening, books, and traveling.

Patty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She valiantly fought three separate bouts with cancer.

She is survived by her husband Terry, of Dubuque; daughter Caren (Jacob) Sellers, of Iowa City, IA, son Andrew (Joshua Freeman) Tobin, of Madison, WI; two grandchildren Marcus and Maggie Sellers, of Iowa City, IA. Her brother M. Terrence (Chris) Clemens, of Northville, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law Dan & Kris Tobin, of Dixon, IL, and Bob & Mary Tobin, of Solon, IA; her niece and nephews, Jennie Clemens, Jim and Tony Clemens and Thomas and Nick Tobin. Patty also leaves behind her beloved dogs Ellie, Eddie, Lilly and her cat J.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law Thomas and Mary Tobin; and her brother William Michael Clemens III who passed in 1949 at 3 years old.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Grand River Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Peggy for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion.

 



John J. “J.B.” Brimeyer Jr.


John J. "J.B." Brimeyer Jr., 77, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, November 12. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born August 29, 1941 in Balltown, the son of John T. and Dolores S. (Link) Brimeyer. He grew up in Balltown, and moved to Dubuque when he was 7. John graduated from Loras Academy. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years. John married Carol Doerr on June 3, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was a member of the Local 150, and the 700 Club for Bowling. John was a longtime member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was very involved and well respected.

He loved being outdoors, whether he was cutting grass or boating on the river with his family. He enjoyed watching Nascar and playing Euchre. John never missed his grandchildren's ball games, and he hated wearing a shirt (but he wore one on Sundays for Carol). John was very sociable, and made friends wherever he went. He will be remembered for his generous, kind spirit and his contagious sense of humor.

John is survived by his wife, Carol, of Dubuque; two daughters, Dawn (Randy) Lowenberg of Cross Plains, WI,  and Denise (Jim) Schemmel of Sherrill; his grandchildren,  Meagan (Adrian) Lamp of Australia, Lyndsay (George) Juno of Cross Plains, WI, Ryan (Jessica) Lowenberg of Milton, WI, Paige (Troy) Thoma of Dubuque, Devin Lowenberg of Madison, WI,  Zachary (Cassandra) Connolly of Davenport, IA, Shane (Emma) Sullivan of Aurora, CO, Jordan Schemmel of Sherrill, and Cole Connolly of Cross Plains, WI; his great grandchildren, Amara, Jackson, Beckett, Scarlett, Jameson, Emery, Amelia, Maya, and Cameron; his sister, JoAnn (Robert "Sam") McPoland of Dubuque;  his brother in law, Ron (Camellia) Doerr of Dubuque; and his sister in law, Sally Doerr of Dubuque.

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

Memorials may be made to the John J. Brimeyer Memorial Fund for later donation to charities that support liver cancer research.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care; and the doctors and nurses at UW Madison for their care of John.

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



Loras F. Stecher


Loras F. Stecher, 76 of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill IA died on November 8, 2018 peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 12th, 2018 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill IA, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with the Sherrill Fire Department Firefighter Ceremony of the Four Fives. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where a wake service will be at 1:30 p.m., and the Sherrill Fire Department will meet at 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Dubuque, Iowa is handling the arrangements.

He was born on June 5, 1942 in Sherrill, son of Anton and Leona Stecher. In 1962, he married Susan R. Schlung, who preceded him in death in 2005. In 2009, he married Jeanne Nuehring, and he is survived by her.

Mr. Stecher was a graduate of Loras College. He worked with his brothers Vic and Noel for their trucking companies Key City Moving and Storage and Budget Rental. Loras also worked on his family's farm in rural Dubuque, where he built his own home and raised his family.

Loras never met an ice cream flavor he didn't like and was never one to complain about anything. He enjoyed his trips to the casino "visiting a sick friend" as he would call his casino trips. He earned the title of professional shopping bag holder as the only male in his all-female household. He always found a way to make treasures out of anything he found and could fix anything.

Loras was involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Toastmaster, and a volunteer with the Sherrill Fire Department. He was very active in St. Peter and Paul Church as a lector and usher.

Surviving are his wife Jeanne; five daughters, Laura (Jeff) Janco of Methuen, MA, Christine Wilson (friend Mike) of Fitchburg, WI, Theresa (Paul) Reardon of Stow, MA, Jennifer (Richard) Parkinson of Hudson, NH, and Angela (Scott) Hanz of Middleton, WI and his step-children Julie Nuehring-Konzen (friend Mike) and Kevin Nuehring of Dubuque; grandchildren, Chad (Alicia) Pusateri, Zachary, Nicholas, and Sarah Janco, Justin, Eric (Dwijavanthi), Matt, and Lexi Wilson, Bennett Parkinson, Hannah Reardon and Sophia Hanz and step-grandchildren Emily and Lauren Konzen. He also has two great granddaughters, Ella Pusateri and Naya Wilson. He is also survived by his brothers Noel (Pearl) and Joe (Carol) Stecher, and his sisters Eileen Fischer, Lorretta (Alfred) Behnke, and Joyce (Jerry) Schmitt, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by sisters Lorraine Aird, Mary Hirsch, brother Victor Stecher and brothers-in-law Clem Aird, Al Hirsch, Lawrence Fischer, and sister-in-law Lou Stecher.

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

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff, Dr. Christopher Stille and his nurse Amanda along with the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern for Loras and the family. A very special thank you to the Behnke Family for all their love and support.

"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things." Thanks Dad for the pajama races, $2 bills, trips to the planetarium, scratch off lottery tickets, postcards, your cookie sandwiches, and the grasshoppers.



Janel Kae Geisert


Janel Kae Geisert, 65, of Dubuque, and formerly of Galena, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mills Road, Dubuque, where there will be a service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Amlin will officiate. Interment will be at 1:30 Saturday at Asbury Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Janel was born July 22, 1953 in Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Ray and Amy (Johnston) Kienzle.  She graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1971, and during her high school years she was involved in many activities, including cheerleading and lifeguarding. She married Stephen Geisert on July 11, 2000 at Salem Lutheran Church in Orange, CA.  

Janel was a resident of Galena for many years, where she was a member of Lord of Love Lutheran Church and was active with WELCA. Most recently, Janel and Stephen were members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Dubuque. She was also a member of the Dubuque Kiwanis Club.

Janel was employed with Microswitch for many years, and truly enjoyed doing home care for Mercy Medical Center, where she touched many lives. She also enjoyed waitressing at Timmerman's and Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Janel exhibited much strength and courage throughout her life while dealing with Type 1 diabetes since childhood. Her spirit and enthusiasm toward life was second to none. Janel loved to travel with Stephen and spend time with friends and family.

Janel is survived by her husband, Stephen, of Dubuque; her daughter, Andrea (Tony Dowe) Garvey of Waltham, MA; four siblings, Pam Jenn of Marietta, GA, Linda Lamont of Oshkosh, WI, William (Lisa) Kienzle of Chatham, IL, and Kevin (fiancée Linda Sweet) Kienzle of Dubuque; a brother in law, Arthur Geisert of Elkader; Bonnie Geisert-Way; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in law, Rodger Lamont; and her parents in law, Leonard and Doris Geisert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: JDRF.org or JDRF 26 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10004.

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



Rob A. Heck


Rob A. "Bino" Heck, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Rob's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will take place following the services.

Robin Allen Heck was born on November 16, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa, to Edward Earl and Margaret L. (Harte) Heck. He was a 1975 graduate of Clinton High School and married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia A. "Cindy" Bock on July 21, 1978 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union three sons were born, Chris, BJ and Jake.

Shortly after high school, Rob began a lifelong career as a millwright working for Clysar Company (formerly DuPont) in Clinton for over 35 years.

Rob was an active member of the Maquoketa Country Club where he had served as a past board member. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially spending time with his family. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears.

Those left to honor Rob's memory include his wife, Cindy Heck of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Chris (Erica) Heck of Earlham, IA, BJ Heck of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jake Heck of Palm Springs, CA; 2 grandchildren, Ava and CJ (and one on the way); brothers, Patrick (Dottie) Heck of Clinton, IA, and Brian (Terri) Heck of Clear Lake, IA; a sister, Ann Edmonds of Queens Creek, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William "Bill" Heck, and a sister Brenda Heck.

In In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Autism Society of Iowa.

Online Condolences may be left at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Erwin Richard Klostermann


Erwin Richard Klostermann, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Visitation is 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born on January 3, 1927, in Worthington, the son of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. He attended Area Country School in Dodge Township through eighth grade.

Erwin was united in marriage to Viola Mary Thole on September 30, 1953, in Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. The couple purchased a farm near Manchester in the spring of 1956, owning and operating it until retiring to Manchester in the spring of 1984. They raised milk cows, hogs, chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks, a large vegetable garden, and a variety of fruits and flowers.

Erwin cherished his family and farming. He loved playing baseball with his children and fishing and always enjoyed visiting about farming, his family, and area history.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Viola of Manchester; seven children, Larry Klostermann of Dubuque, Jane (Donald) Menke of New Vienna, JoAnn Klostermann of Dubuque, Loras (Janet) Klostermann of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Elaine) Klostermann of Manchester, Mary Kay (Mike) Rolfes of Manchester, and Karen (Jim) Armstrong of Des Moines; twelve grandchildren, Cassandra Klostermann of Ames, Steven Klostermann of Dubuque, Kevin Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian Menke of New Vienna, Jenn (Bob) Kanne of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony Klostermann of Swisher, Beth (Clint) Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, Kathy Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Ben Klostermann of Manchester, Megan (JJ) Pick of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew (Katy) Rolfes of North Liberty, and Mitchell Rolfes of Earlville; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Clarinda Thole of Manchester; and four sisters-in-law, Pat Klostermann of New Vienna, Mary Klostermann of Worthington, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, and Rita Feldmann of Edgewood.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Clara; his brothers, Gerald and Roger Klostermann; a daughter-in-law, Karen Sue Klostermann; two grandchildren, Lauren J. Klostermann and Jason C. Menke; parents-in-law, Frank and Elenore Thole; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Linus (Bernadine) Thole, Charles, Alfred, Lawrence, and Francis Thole, Alice (Elmer Ries/Richard) Olberding, Mary Ann (Fred Jos) Wessels, Cletus Feldmann, and Floyd Feldmann.

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



Douglas A. Lenhart


Douglas A. Lenhart, 80, of Zwingle went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2018.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home 2659 Kennedy Road, where we'll be celebrating his first birthday in heaven.  Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 11893 JFK Rd, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Military rites will be accorded at Hope Church immediately following service.  Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle.

Douglas was born November 9, 1937 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Bertha (Kifer) Lenhart.

He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1955

He married Judy Clark on April 15, 1961, to that union four daughters were born, he later married Gloria Hammerand-Clapham on January 4, 1980 and two more children were added to the family.

 He served as Sgt E5 in the National Guard for 6 years. 

He began farming at 5 years old and continued until the end. He loved the land and wanted to be a good steward to what the Lord has entrusted him, leaving it better for his children and grandchildren. He was 32 years old when he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1970. He was a Pioneer Sales Rep for 9 years. He raised and sold sweet corn for over 17 years.

Doug enjoyed the outdoors. He loved boating, snowmobiling, camping and traveling. He looked forward to trips across the country in his motorhome as well as camping with his grandchildren.  

Doug's most treasured legacy was the importance of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  At his 80th birthday celebration, he passed on the baton of faith to his family encouraging them to continue to pass this along to their children, grandchildren and others. Even in his final days, he continued to share the hope he has in Jesus. So to all who knew him and share in the faith of Jesus, he'll see you later.

He is survived by his wife Gloria Lenhart of Zwingle; children, Cindy (Mike) Moss of Marian, IA, Sandy Aidukas of Orlando, FL, Julie Horak of Hudson, FL, Joni (Thomas) Regan of Orlando, FL, Daryl (Lori) Clapham of Plover, Wisconsin and Tammy (Brent) Bullock of Eldridge, IA; grandchildren, Ben and Katie Moss, Adam Aidukas, Jonathan, Faith, Grace and Joy Clapham, Brittany, Brenna, Luke and Brooklyn Bullock; and a sister, Judy Marcus of St Paul, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws, John and Velma Hammerand.

A Doug Lenhart Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Hopsice of Dubuque, and Home Instead.

 



Thomas J. Eitter


Thomas James Eitter, 77, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Funeral mass will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas was born June 19, 1941 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of James and Mary (Kimbal) Eitter. He married Geraldine Ann Morgan on September 16, 1967 in Page, North Dakota. Tom graduated from De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received his BA from St. Cloud State University where he lettered in Wrestling and Football. He received his MA degree from Winona State University, and his Ed. D from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was a professor and coach at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Winona State University; and the University of Dubuque. He served as an adjunct professor and coach at Loras College and UW Platteville. In 2011, Thomas was inducted into the St. Cloud State University Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Coach Eitter was a devoted family man, teacher, coach, and mentor. He was a quintessential "common man" who overcame difficult obstacles to live a life peppered with colorful stories and unexpected outcomes. To the end, he embraced a code of feisty rebellion.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Geri, and his children: Patrick (Giselle), Erin (Kirk Kono), and Morgan (Kelly), as well as by his pride and joy, his grandchildren: Kolton and Briehlyn Nadermann, Keegan and Kloie Eitter, Caitlyn Akiko Kono, Max, Kai, and Sam Eitter, and his Great Grandson, Leo Nadermann.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: James, Joseph, and Laura Jean (Juell).

In Lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Eitter Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Susan R. Steinberg


Susan Renee Steinberg Udell, 52, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on November 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 9th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating and the homily by Deacon Dave Brinkmoeller. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Susan was born on May 31, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Patricia (Nilles) Steinberg; and graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1981. She worked at several Dubuque businesses including Nordstrom's and Sedwick before moving to Cedar Rapids.

She enjoyed being with her family especially her cousins in the "Granny's Lunch Bunch". One of Susan's greatest loves in life were her many dogs, who are waiting for her at the rainbow bridge.

Susan was a caring individual, she will continue to live on in others by giving the gift of life by being an organ donor.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Patricia Steinberg of Dubuque; one brother Christopher (Julie) Steinberg, of Cedar Rapids. Her niece Maggie, nephew Thomas along with aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Al and Lucille Nilles and Al and Leone Steinberg.

The family request no flowers.

The family would like to thank St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics along with the Iowa Donor Network for all the care, kindness and compassion they gave.

 



Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh


Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh, BVM, 67, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died DOD, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Ellen was a high school teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago and Phoenix. She was a newspaper editor, a communications coordinator, and an assistant administrator in Kansas City, Mo., and a peace and social justice advocate in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1950, in St. Louis, to John and Rosemary Burke McDonagh. She entered the BVM congregation Jan. 14, 1973, from Our Lady of Loretto Parish, St. Louis. She professed first vows on Oct. 4, 1975, and final vows on May 29, 1982.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John F, Jr.; stepbrother, Justin (Patricia) Hessel; and step-brother-in law, H. David Stoops. She is survived by stepsisters Maryann Stoops and Catherine (Richard) Graham, both of St. Louis; nieces; nephews; cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 45 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Michael J. Covington


Michael J. Covington, 59, of Monticello died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Celebration of Life will follow.

Mike was born September 22, 1959, in Boise, ID the son of James and Saundra (Schulte) Covington. He graduated from high school from Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, SD. He started college in Birmingham, Alabama and later earned his bachelor's degree in Vermillion, SD. He enjoyed being a salesperson for the Ford Motor Company. Mike married Kristine Ann Butterfield in 1991. Together they made their home in several places around the Midwest as Mike earned promotions within the Ford Company. They moved to Monticello in 1998, to care for elderly parents. Mike had various jobs in the area until his health began to decline. He loved to go bowling, play chess with friends and family, and watch the Broncos whenever they played. Mike also loved being a grandpa. He tried to be as active in his grandchildren's lives as his health would allow and they held a very special place in his heart.

Surviving are his mother, Saundra Covington, a brother, Preston Covington, both of Monticello, a son, Anthony (Ashley) Weir of Cedar Rapids, 2 daughters: Shayla and Kassandra (Chance Dempsey) Butterfield, of Monticello, 7 grandchildren: Alyssa and Michelle, Soren, Isabella, Anthony Jr., Mikaila and Declan; 2 brothers-in-law: Scott Butterfield of Monticello and Roelf Maritz of Weatherford, TX, 1 sister-in-law: Amber (Robert) Garza of Holopaw, FL.

He is preceded in death by his father, his wife, and a sister, Debra Nefler.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Dorothy M. Beetem


Dorothy M. Beetem, 90, of St. Mary's Apartments passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health- Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 7 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on May 21, 1928 in Guttenberg, Iowa the daughter of Matthew and Margaret Duehr. She married LeRoy Beetem on December 31, 1946.

Dorothy enjoyed puzzles, going to farmer's market and a good glass of wine. She was fond of cardinals or "the red" birds and made sure her bird feeder was always full. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved being with her family.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Karen) Beetem and Sue McGinnis; 6 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Larry McGinnis; and her siblings.

A Dorothy Beetem Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall for their compassionate care.



David William Miller


David William Miller, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.

Graveside military rites and burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

David William Miller was born on September 10, 1931 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Russel Wilbur and Winnifred Lauretta (Gannon) Miller. He attended school in Preston and later received his Associates Degree while living in Washington D.C. following a 13-year military career, earning a Bronze Star. He had served in both the Marine Corps and the Army.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, David retired from the Federal Government in Washington D.C., and then worked as maintenance man at several apartment buildings in D.C.

David was a member of the Elmer H. Brown Spragueville American Legion Post #590 and the Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and his beloved dog Leah. He was especially proud of being a veteran and his military service, becoming a Quilt of Valor recipient on November 6, 2016.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Corrine Miller of Delmar, IA, and Margaret Mary "Peg" Miller Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Leona (Leo) Jessen, Mildred Miller, Marcella (A.D.) Rohse, Russell Miller, John L. Miller, James D. Miller and Paul D. (Patricia) Miller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society or the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park.

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



Jeffrey E. Adams


Jeffrey E. Adams, 60, of Monticello and formerly of Iowa City died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Monticello after a long illness.

Jeff was born October 24, 1958, in Iowa City the son of Robert and Shirley (Moore Wiggs) Adams. He graduated from Iowa City City High with the class of 1975 and served as a cook in the Navy. He attended Longview Community College in Kansas City, MO in the culinary school and worked as a chef in the Kansas City area for a number of years.  He returned to Iowa and lived life on his own terms, taking on odd jobs as the need arose. 

Jeff loved his Harley Davidsons, NASCAR Racing, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeff is survived by a daughter, Brandi Li (Kenny) Carmer of Denver, CO, 3 grandchildren; Sean, Johnny and Nick, siblings: Mike Adams of Solon, IA, Dan (Diana) Hall of Muscatine, IA, Kevin (Cary)Hall of Rio, IL, Tim Adams of Texas, Ruth (Charles) Alewine of Elgin, TX, Angi (Steve Kick) Wiggs of Tiffin, IA and Kim (James) Bartels of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews, and 1 uncle, Roy (Sharon) Adams of Iowa City, IA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Odilo H. Steines


Odilo H. Steines, 95, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Odilo was born on October 2, 1923, in Preston, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (Ziement) Steines. He married Ardis Budde on September 19, 1949. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2009. Odilo was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He was an honorary member of American Legion Post 273 of Bellevue, Iowa, and an honorary member of the Bellevue Council 1354 Knights of Columbus. Odilo participated in one of the first Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

Odilo was a hardworking man, farming and working 25 years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa. Even in his "retirement" years he was always there to help his family. After Ardis, the love of his life for 59 years, passed away in 2009 he really enjoyed playing cribbage for a couple of hours every day with his daughter, Lois. He loved family "get-to-gethers" and being able to spend time with them. Playing cards, bingo, the domino game "Mexican Train" and "playing the slots" were other past times he enjoyed.

Odilo is survived by their six children, Lois (Merrell) Casper, of Cuba City, WI, Don (Cathy), of Menominee, IL; Doris, of San Antonio, TX, Jane (James) Munson, of Dickeyville, WI, James (Sharon), of Platteville, WI, and Dee (Steve) Kalmes, of Springville, IA; fifteen grandchildren; one step-grandson; 33 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Dori Johnson, of San Antonio, TX.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent (Clara), Attlas (Algean) and Johnny (Velma), and three sisters, Lydia (Tony), Helma (Bill) and Helen (Marvin).

A Odilo H. Steines Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Michael C. DeMaio


Michael C. DeMaio, age 69, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at his home. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 3:30 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mike was born on July 29, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles F. and Erma Mae (Bender) DeMaio.

Mike was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1967. After graduation, Mike joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he honorably served his country in Okinawa for a year. After returning home from the service, Mike went to work at A.Y. McDonald's, before eventually moving on to become a heavy equipment operator for Peavey Grain, which would become Con-Agra, for several years, until his retirement in 2015. In his free time, Mike loved spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be trying his luck at his favorite fishing hole, or sitting quietly in the woods, with his trusty rifle by his side, waiting for the perfect shot to present itself. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our son, brother and uncle, and will miss him more than words can express, but know that he is now resting in peace with his mom and brother, for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Mike's memory include

his father,
Charles DeMaio, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Pat (Jim) Kearney,
Bob (Tina) DeMaio,
Rick (Barb) DeMaio,
Terry (Laura) DeMaio
and Debbie (Rob) Reisen, all of Dubuque, IA,

his former wife,
Susan DeMaio, Fairplay, WI;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Erma Mae DeMaio; and his brother, Bruce DeMaio.

Mike's family would like to extend a special thank you to his best friend, Dan Garner, for all of the friendship and support he has provided Mike throughout the years.

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

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

 



James J. Weber


James J. "Jim" Weber, 73, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2018, with his daughter by his side.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Jim was born on October 1, 1945 in Dubuque, one of four children of Burdette "Jack" and Darlene (Noggle) Weber. On July 12, 1996, he married Karen Sheppard, the love of his life.

He held various jobs in his younger years and often said he should write about a book about some of his experiences. He worked 30 years at John Deere and retired as an Inspector in the Engine Division in 2002. He told many fond stories about working there and it was where he met some of his closest friends including Doug Oberfoell. Doug remains his best friend to this day and there wasn't a thing he wouldn't do for Jim. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 from his first day and strongly believed in his union.

Jim was a passionate hunter and fisherman and spent a lot of his life doing both. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for over 20 years and never missed a banquet. He belonged to the National Rifle Association for over 30 years and had a collection he was proud of. In the Rendezvous circuit, he was known as "Mountain Man" and loved buck skinning and black powder reloading. To his daughter he was "Papa Bear" and was very protective of his "cub".

He was a man of many stories and many phrases as he loved to make his friends and family laugh. No matter what he was eating, he would say "it tastes like chicken". His smile and warm personality will be missed by many and in his final days, he was deeply touched by all the people that came to visit him.

He is survived by his daughter Tina; his brother Kevin (Kathy) Weber; nephews Gabe & Kristopher Weber; niece Kara Weber, all of Dubuque, grandson Logan Weber and two of the greatest aunts anyone could have, Dolores Stillmunkes and Rainee Shaffer.
He was preceded in death by his wife Karen, his daughter Fawn, his parents Jack & Darlene, his brothers Jerry and Joseph and his beloved uncle Butch Noggle.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Edna, Dr Cao, Dr Hermann and the staff of Hawkeye Care Center including Larry, Cris and Courtnie.



Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM


Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM (Baptist), 97, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Muriel was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tujunga, and Santa Anna, Calif.; and a secondary teacher in Petaluma, Calif. She served as principal in Los Angeles and Tujunga, Calif. She was a parish minister, office assistant and teacher aide in San Francisco and an office assistant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1921, in San Francisco, to Michael Joseph and Mary Dolores Campbell McCarthy. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Anne Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dolores Kelly; and a brother Francis.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 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 https://www.bvmcong.org/support_donate.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Betty J. Taylor


Betty J. Taylor, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 31, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018, 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 funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty Jean Wilson was born on May 18, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Victor A. and Helen I. (Brady) Wilson. She was a 1948 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Lee E. Taylor Jr. on June 12, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Vickie, Ronald, Cathy and Dennis.

Betty was a homemaker who in her younger years had worked as an aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital, and also for National Tea Grocery Store, both in Maquoketa.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, working on puzzles, socializing at her favorite hangout place "McDonald's", playing cards and going to garage sales.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her children, Vickie (Steve) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, Ronnie (Connie) Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Cathy Blackburn of Maquoketa, IA, and Dennis (Lesa) Taylor of Prior Lake, MN; a brother Lonny Wilson of Bettendorf, IA; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lee on August 3, 2001, and three grandchildren Lara Taylor, Billy Blackburn, Zander Blackburn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty J. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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



Gene L. Duwe


Gene L. Duwe, 87, formerly of 1070 Roosevelt Street, Dubuque passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his family.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church. where friends may call from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Gene was born February 5, 1931 in Guttenberg, IA. son of Lloyd and Ruby (Portwein) Duwe.

He married Nancy Strong, April 19, 1952 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

He attended school in Guttenberg.

Gene retired from John Deere in 1987.

Nancy was the love of his life and he enjoyed traveling with her to many places in the United States. He also enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren in his later years. He rarely missed any of the families sporting events. Gene was a devoted and loving family man. His sweet smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

Gene was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and served on their vestry. He was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge and the Leaky Lodge and a proud member of the Local UAW # 94. He served several years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Surviving are his wife Nancy Duwe; children, JoAnn (Jeff) Chance, of Port Orchard, WA, Dennis (Janelle) Duwe, of Dubuque, Linda (Andy) Willging, of Sherrill, David (Kim) Duwe, of Dubuque, and Kathy (Ahmad) El-Ali, of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Jeff, Ashley, Justin, Zachary, Brian, Brad, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Vince, Gabe, Alex, Samantha, Tim, Naomi, Abigail, Macey, Sofia; special life-long friend, Bob Wolf, special brother-in-law Wayne Wilming, and family friend Rick Heinz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Timothy and a granddaughter, Jill.

Special Thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Richard C. Potter


Richard C. Potter, 91, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Monday, November 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where American Legion Post 137 will hold a service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth from 9:30 - 10:15 prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth, with burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dubuque.  Pastor Stephanie Schlimm will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Richard was born May 28, 1927, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Charles Zenda and Grace (Lowe) Potter. He served in the United States Army from 1950-1952, in the European Theatre.  Richard married Joyce Bergmann on January 14, 1961, in Indianola, Iowa. Together they enjoyed traveling with their family, especially to places he could not visit while trucking.  When traveling to Monterey Bay to visit family, Dick's first priority was to sail on rough seas before any other sightseeing. Later in life he enjoyed making replica models of horse-drawn carriages and his family home farm, and collecting vintage tools.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; four children: David (Diana) Potter of Monterey, CA., Scott (Jennifer )Potter of New Haven, MO, Laurie (Matt) Urban of Dubuque, IA, and Randy (Anne) Potter of Dyersville, IA; grandchildren: Chelsea (Bill) Jakob, Justin (Lindsey) Potter, Jessica (Josh) Rankin, Elizabeth (fiancé Dustin Boyette) Urban, Samuel (Kenzie) Urban, Sarah O'Dell, Amanda (Justin) Adams and Timothy Potter;  great grandchildren: Bill Jr. (Emily) and Johnathon Jakob, Bethany, Michael, Daniel and Hannah Rankin; a sister, Norma Vondra of Easley, SC; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Ed) Hiller of Indianola, IA and Maxine (Jim) Bots of Marthasville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Kroy Urban, a brother, Daniel (Lois) Potter, a brothers-in-law: Donald Vondra and Rolland Bergmann.

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

 

 



Marlene K. Schrobilgen


Marlene K. Schrobilgen, 87, of Asbury, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m., and a selection of songs by The Lads at 6:45 p.m.

Marlene was born March 13, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred and Helen (Kelly) Dietz. She married William Schrobilgen on September 16, 1950 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Asbury. Marlene was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish, where she was involved in the Mother's Club and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Marlene cooked for many years at The Coach House and Sweeney's Supper Club. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and bike riding. Marlene loved hummingbirds and collecting angel figurines. She was devoted to her family, and she loved spending time with her grandkids.

Marlene is survived by her husband, William; their children, Cynthia Thommen of Dubuque, Cathe Haigh of North Buena Vista, Terry (Barbara) Schrobilgen of Cassville, WI, Thomas Schrobilgen of Dubuque, Susan (Robert) Humke of LaMotte, Timothy (Rose) Schrobilgen of Hawaii, Amy (Tim) Bemis of Dubuque, and Jodi Schrobilgen of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; her sisters, Janann "Nan" (Charles) Higgins of Florida, and Karen (Donald) Schaufler of New York; and her in-laws, Bob Massey, Ann Hall, Kay Ackerman, Marlene Luchsinger, Don Schrobilgen, and Jeanette Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Adrienne (Harold Klein and Tom Taggart) Klein Taggart, Shirley Massey, Moya (John) Breitbach, and Helen (Cletus) Gorsche; her parents in law, John and Clara Schrobilgen; her brother in law, John Schrobilgen Jr.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Resurrection Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ram, Dr. Loetscher, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Marlene.

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

 



Christopher D. Chapman


Christopher D. Chapman, 19, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Funeral services will be 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 2 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Chris was born on September 15, 1999 in Dubuque, the beloved son of Ann (Sawvel) Butzier and Daniel Chapman.

Chris was a loving son, tightly-bonded brother, and incredible friend with a tremendous heart. He was deeply loyal and highly protective of his family and friends. Chris could be described as incredibly handsome, strong, quiet, funny, insightful, fun-loving and mischievous. He was deeply admired and loved by all who had the joy of knowing him.

Chris' personality and smile attracted many during his life. He shared an undeniable bond with his sister and brother, who enjoyed precious time together, countless memories, and many laughs. He also has a tremendously close and loyal core group of lifelong buddies. Chris was so fortunate to be surrounded by the very best of friends, sharing the same values as Chris and so many wonderful experiences over his lifetime. Chris's family feels so overwhelmingly blessed to have these friends and their families in their lives. They will all forever treasure his memory. Most called him Chris, but others knew him as CChap, Jet Ski, Chrissy, and Babar.

Chris attended Kennedy Elementary School, Washington Middle School and graduated with high honors from Dubuque Senior High School. Following graduation, Chris continued his education at Drake University, majoring in Accounting and Business. He was extremely studious, always devoting the time needed to succeed. Chris was a member of the National Honor Society and an Academic Excellence award winner. He was also a Silver Chord recipient in recognition of his commitment to volunteerism and community service. Chris was clearly capable of accomplishing tremendous things with his brilliant mind and drive to succeed.

Chris lived an active vibrant life, filled with many activities and passions. Whether academics or sports, Chris was driven to be the best, and his accomplishments were many. From Chris' early years, sports were always at the forefront. He participated in youth football, soccer, baseball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, hockey and track. Chris remained active in soccer, wrestling, football and track into his high school years. Soccer was a lifelong passion for Chris, playing for teams in Dubuque AYSO, Dubuque Soccer Club, FC United and Dubuque Senior High School. Chris also participated in football and wrestling for the Rams but his true passion at the high school level was track, and his accomplishments were numerous. As a senior, Chris was a meet record holder, 2nd team all MVC conference athlete, a relay record holder, a multi-medal winner at A.D. Dickinson Relays, Drake Relays and State Track, a Telegraph Herald Athlete of the Week and finished his track career with the 3rd highest single season point total in school history.

Chris had numerous interests outside of organized athletics. His passions were endless. He enjoyed music, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and running around in his Jeep with its top down. A day didn't go by without catching him doing some dance moves. Chris adored his beloved dogs Beau and Roxie.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Ann Butzier (friend Jeff), of Dubuque; father, Daniel (Dawn) Chapman, of Lone Tree, Colorado; sister, Sarah Chapman and twin brother, Ben Chapman, both of Dubuque; and other siblings including Taylor and Mitch Chapman and Alex and Nic Butzier; grandparents, Peg (Don) Thiltgen, of DeWitt, Iowa; great-grandmother, Katie Sawvel of Dubuque; Stevie Lambe who always has a special place in his heart and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Dr. Doug Butzier; grandparents, James Sawvel and Milt (Corrine) Chapman; uncle, Mike Chapman; and aunt, Deb Dodds.

In lieu of flowers a Christopher Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to the faculty and staff at Drake University and the many families and friends who have supported Chris throughout his beautiful life. We would like to thank the teachers, coaches, teammates, friends and their families for the role that they played in his life.



Keith M. Spielmann


Keith M. Spielmann, 41, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Keith was born Nov. 13, 1976, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Michael and Mary (Wolfe) Spielmann.  He graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 1995, and went on to earn an Associate's Degree in graphic art at the Colorado Institute of Art in 1999.  He was employed with Bimm Ridder Sports Wear in Cedar Rapids as a Graphic Design Artist.

Keith was a very sweet, generous and loving son, brother and uncle who loved to spend time outdoors fishing, always looking forward to the annual Wisconsin Fishing Trip with his brother, Kevin. He also enjoyed hiking with his family and all of the dogs, movies and listening to music. He was a member of the Dyersville Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Keith is survived by his mother, Mary Spielmann of Dyersville, siblings: Pati Spielmann of Charlotte, NC, Pam (Rob) Knoot of Cedar Rapids and Kevin Spielmann of Prairieburg; 2 nieces, Sabrina and Savannah Dyer, a nephew, Jonas Knoot, his Boxer, Cleo, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael, in 1997, his grandparents, Rachel and Eugene Wolfe and Aloysius and Margaret Spielmann.

Memorials are preferred to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or the St. Francis Xavier Basilica Organ Restoration Fund.

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



Walter J. Schlichtmann


Walter J. Schlichtmann, 86, of Dubuque died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

There will be no public visitation. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Walter was born September 4, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Claus and Adele Schlichtmann. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was deployed to South Korea for 18 months.

He married Eleanor Reisen on August 15, 1953.

He worked at John Deere for 30 years.

He was a mechanical genius and was able to build his own home. He loved using his mechanical expertise on cars and motorcycles. He was a member of the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club and enjoyed doing the sound and time trials at the Dickeyville Hillclimb. He also had a passion for tube radios and their repair and restoration. It is said that some men are Jacks of all trades and master of none, but Walter was master of all.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Schlichtmann of Dubuque; three children, Gary (Bridget) Schlictmann of Dubuque; Dr. James (Elaine) Schlichtmann of Iowa City and JoAnn Vize of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary (Lindsey) and Abraham Schlichtmann; Anna and Grace Schlichtmann; Colin, Ryan, Desiree Hannig; and Calvin Vize; three great grandchildren, Ethan, Aylana Schlichtmann and Violet Hannig; a sister, Marita Hermann; brother in law, Milton (Judy) Reisen; a sister in law, Karen Schlichtmann and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister in law Clarence and Ellen Schlichtmann; sister, Marie Schlichtmann; brother in law, Milton Hermann, and two nephews, Jon Schlictmann and Jake Jones.

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

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and the caregivers from Hospice of Dubuque.



Wayne H. Mormann


Wayne H. Mormann, 72, of Waverly, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Waverly Health Center in Waverly.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Wayne was born June 11, 1946, in Dyersville the son of Henry and Viola (Kern) Mormann. He graduated from Xavier High School with the Class of 1964. He married Janet E. Kelly on June 12, 1971 in Worthington.

After high school, he was employed at Modernfold in the engineering department, and at the Ertl Company where he designed many new toys. Wayne was a talented craftsman who dreamed of owning his own business. He opened Woodcraft Cabinetry, specializing in residential and commercial cabinets, and Mormann Custom Products, where his unique displays were showcased in New York City at the National Toy Show for 14 years. He was an office manager for VanGuard Countertops and All Systems in Dubuque for 20 years before retiring.

Wayne enjoyed landscaping and playing with his beloved grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Janet, 2 daughters: Jill (Jason) Groth of Waverly and Susan (Mike) Sanderson of Madison, WI; 2 grandchildren, Megan and Madeline Groth; siblings: Joyce Becker and Dale Mormann, both of Dyersville, Kathy (Bill) Squire of Dubuque, Jean (Dave) Burggren of Asbury and Ronald (Brenda) Mormann of Clear Lake, in-laws: Nancy (Mike) Ouverson of Worthington, Debra (Gary Strassburger) Kelly of Davenport, and Dawn (Dave) Schiel of Johnson Creek, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Urban and Mary Kelly, a sister, JoAnne Reynolds, a nephew, Josh Reynolds, and in-laws: Jack Becker, Steve Kelly and Ronald Kelly.

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



Rosemary (Mussmann) Haas


Rosemary (Mussmann) Haas, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:45 p.m., on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosemary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rosemary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary was born on April 1, 1929, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Rosina (Gerlach) Mussmann.

Rosemary was born and raised in the Springbrook area, where she attended classes in a one room school house, before proudly going on to graduate from Bellevue High School. In her teens, Rosemary was adventurous enough to go on a blind date, and fortunately, the handsome young man, Wilbert "Bill" Haas turned out to be her soulmate. The two were united in marriage on June 18, 1949, in Dubuque, and were blessed with 64 wonderful years together, and her loving children, before Bill was sadly called home ahead of her on September 12, 2013. Rosemary was employed as a bookkeeper at Crescent Electric for a few years, but once the children were born, she fully embraced her role as a full time wife, mother and homemaker. After the children were raised and off on their own, she happily went back to bookkeeping with Anything Groes for several years until her retirement. Rosemary was always full of life and surprises, and was thrilled when she attained her drivers license at the tender young age of 58. She was always a very active woman, and in her free time, Rosemary liked to indulge in a little retail therapy, ride her bike, or head out to Dubuque Greyhound Park to watch the dogs race. She was well known for participating in a spirited game of Euchre, keeping track of her almost 10,000 games of Cribbage with Bill, hitting the lanes shooting for a perfect 300, or scouring magazines until she found her next perfect DIY project to incorporate into her home design. She and Bill loved spending time together, and looked forward to traveling the country to attend his Army reunions, as well as spending a night out on the town, "cutting a rug", to the music of Gary's band, "Old Man River". She was an avid sports fans who was known to watch Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, but everyone was well aware that nothing stopped she and Bill from watching their beloved Cubbies play. Spending time with her family always brought the greatest joy to Rosemary's days, and some of her favorite trips were heading over to Wrigley Field with the family for an afternoon of fun at the ballpark. She was an excellent cook who will always be remembered for the delicious dishes she made and the canned pears grown in her yard. Occasionally, she would take a break from her busy activities to watch her favorite game show or quietly stare out the window at the birds gathering at the feeder Bill had so painstakingly made for her. Rosemary's faith was also an important aspect of her daily life and she was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. Rosemary was truly one of a kind, she never had an unkind word for anyone, and her loving and compassionate nature were beyond measure. Our hearts are broken today as we miss our dear, sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but thankfully we have collected countless memories throughout the years to cherish until we are all one day reunited in our Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include

her children,
Gary (Annette) Haas, Dubuque, IA,
Pam (Steve) Hiatt, Asbury, IA
and Kathy (Pat) Chamberlain, Rochester, MN;

her 4 granddaughters,
Julia Haas, Rachel (Brad) Klein, Chelsea (Ryan) Fulton and Tessa (Brandon Horn) Hiatt;

her 9 great-grandchildren;

and her sister,
Anna Mae (Hubert) Sims, Phoenix, AZ.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbert "Bill" Haas; a daughter in infancy, Patricia Ann Haas; and a son, Tom Haas.

Rosemary's family would like to thank the outstanding staff of Luther Manor Grand Meadow and Hospice of Dubuque, their care of Rosemary and her entire family is appreciated more than you will ever realize.

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

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



Elaine M. Seaman


Elaine M. "Tootsie" Seaman, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Elaine was born September 17, 1926, in Dubuque, the daughter of Gus and Lorraine (Powers) Manternach. She married Lloyd W. Seaman August 8, 1946 at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2008. Elaine was a graduate of Visitation Academy.

She worked as a psychotherapist for Dr. Richard H. Lee, and also at Mercy Medical Center for many years. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she served on the welcoming committee. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver.

Elaine could always be counted on to be the peacemaker and problem solver. She and Lloyd loved to travel, especially their annual trip to Florida. Elaine was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother, and loved holidays and "Friday Night Live" gimlets with her family. As a friend, Elaine was engaged and thoughtful, and she possessed a keen intellect, making her a ready sounding board for problems large and small. She and Lloyd enjoyed many years filled with dinners, card games, cocktails, and conversations shared among an amazing group of friends.

Elaine is survived by four children, Suzanne (John) Halloran of Mishawaka, IN, Sara (Joe) Gianino, Sandra Muir, and Paul (Ellen) Seaman, all of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Colleen) Halloran, Brendan (Aubry) Halloran, and Dr. Mary Brigid (Jose Guizar) Halloran, Tony (Christy) Gianino, Nic (Stacy) Gianino, and Maria (Mike)Steinlage, Karin Lee, Daniel Seaman, Benjamin Seaman, and Ryan (fiancee Miranda) Seaman; 15 great grandchildren, Kathleen and Sean Halloran, Hannah, A.J., Noah, and Caleb Gianino, Sam and Lucy Gianino, Angelina and Josephina Steinlage, Meghan and Jack Lee, and Aiden Lloyd Seaman, and Corbin and Evan Shelton; her brother, Richard (Kay) Manternach of Dubuque; her sister in law, Ardith Linn of NC; and Kathy Simon and Scott Smith, whom she loved as her own children; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Phyllis Manternach; and her son in law, Stewart Muir.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Wahlert Catholic High School. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their care of Elaine.

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



Rosemary Tigges


Rosemary "Rosie" Tigges, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 29th, 2018, on her 58th wedding anniversary, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Rosie was born on February 26, 1940 in Balltown, Iowa, the daughter of Vincent and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and on October 29, 1960 she married Raphael "Ray" Tigges at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dedicated homemaker and in addition worked as a bookkeeper for Ray Tigges Body Shop.

Rosie was a member of St. Catherine's Rosary Society, Tri-State Country Dancers and the Domino Group. She enjoyed music, country dancing, and traveling, but she mostly enjoyed time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Ray; four children, Dan (Carmen) Tigges, of Rochester Hills, MI, Laurie (Kevin) Kelleher, of Dubuque, Connie (Brian) Tauke, of Rock Island, IL, and Karen (Rob) Powers, of Dubuque. Ten grandchildren, David and Kyle Tigges, Nick, Nathan, and Noah Kelleher, Kirsten, Jacob and Sam Tauke, Trevor and Tyler Powers; three great grandchildren, Diana, Sylvia and Augustus. One sister Rita Mae Riniker, of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Ruth Ann Denlinger.

The family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care, kindness and compassion given to Rosie.



Catherine L. Hochberger


Catherine L. "Kay" Hochberger, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Philip Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:45 p.m.

Catherine was born August 17, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Marie (Pins) Hynes. She married Thomas Hochberger on October 3, 1953 at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy, and was employed with Dubuque Fire & Marine Insurance for several years, before devoting herself to caring for her family full time. She was a loving and caring mother.

Kay was a member of Resurrection Parish for over 55 years, and ushered with her husband for over 30 years. She enjoyed boating and camping with her family.

Catherine is survived by her husband, three sons, Scott (special friend Kathy Bakey) Hochberger of Rickardsville, IA, Kevin (Deb) Hochberger of Shullsburg, WI and Brian Hochberger of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Holli Hochberger, Tyler (special friend Heather Eastlick) Hochberger and Justin (Sara) Hochberger; one great grandchild, Sophie; her sister, Betty Moran of Rock Island, IL; and two sisters in law, Joan Hynes of Iowa City, IA, and Judith "Lorene" Hynes of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jim and Dick Hynes, a sister, Mary (Joe) Gassman, a sister in infancy, and a brother-in-law, John Moran.

Memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

Kay's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the 3rd floor nurses at Stonehill Care Center for taking such good care of her.

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



Richard C. Jahn


Richard C. Jahn, 92, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6 p.m.

Rich was born October 5, 1926 in Dubuque, to Walter and Amelia (Tschirgi) Jahn. He grew up on Dubuque's North End, often sharing fond memories of growing up in a tight-knit working family. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944. He later met the love of his life, Joan (Frommelt) Jahn and started a family of his own. Rich always worked hard to make his family and others their best self. He had a special way of bringing out the best qualities in others. He worked 42 years at the Dubuque Pack.

Throughout his life, he was an involved athlete. He played baseball for the Minor League Cubs in Fayetteville, NC, played in four fast pitch world tournaments, won two senior National bowling tournaments (in Syracuse, NY and Reno, NV), and he was honored in three Hall of Fames for bowling, softball, and Wisconsin Beagle Clubs. Rich loved being a Cubs fan and was happy he watched them win the World Series. While Rich had a strong passion to be the best in any sport he was participating in, he had an even stronger passion to help others succeed. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and shared these talents with his children, grandchildren, nephews, and many hunting buddies.

Rich was a dedicated and active member in the community; he was a great bingo caller for the KC's and Sacred Heart Parish for 60 years. He was part of the group that formed the Willowa Beagle Club in Platteville, WI, participated in the Power of Prayer (of which he was an original member, and made house calls for St. Vincent Society. He was naturally selfless and kind toward anyone he encountered. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with family/friends, cooking, gardening, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He was proud of the life he built through hard work, determination, and love. It was common place for Rich to share his excitement and joy whenever something positive happened for his family. The running laugh for years was when he addressed his family members with a "Doctor" title before saying their name, and he was honored with the titile "Dr. Jahn" by his family for his wealth of knowledge in nature and everyday life.

Rich is survived by his children, Tom Jahn, Carol (Allan) Riesbeck, Laura (Jerry) Nameth, Bob (Rosalie) Jahn, and Terry (June) Jahn; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his sister, Anne Powers; and sister in law, Marge Jahn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his daughter, Mary Kay Jahn; his grandson, Aaron Jahn; two sons in law, Dick Radloff and Dr. Robert B. Hatcher; and his siblings, Roger Jahn, Helen Vorwald, Murella Ramm, Adele DiNova, and Eugene Jahn.

In lieu of flowers, a Rich Jahn Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Rich.

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



Gina M. Danner


Gina M. Danner, 59, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 27th at home surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. David Schatz officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Gina was born on July 22, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William "Bill" and Joyce (Pusateri) Huss. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1977 and remained lifelong friends with many classmates. On September 19, 1987, Gina married the love of her life, Kevin J. Danner. Together they celebrated thirty-one memorable years of marriage and were blessed with three daughters, Ashley, Alyssa and Alexandra "Ali".

She went to work at Dubuque Orthodontics Associates for several years before deciding to take a break to raise her three daughters at home. If raising three daughters did not keep her busy enough, Gina also opened a small gift shop located in the Ice Harbor Emporium and The Fussy Lady. In addition, she worked side by side with her husband owning and operating Tri A Transportation trucking company for twelve years. Gina returned to Dubuque Orthodontics Associates after a nearly 20-year break and was very devoted to her job, even through her difficult treatments.

Gina enjoyed following her daughters' activities and was their #1 cheerleader through sports and life. She always found time to volunteer at St. Columbkille School and church functions. She enjoyed walking for exercise and would often walk in the mornings before work with her husband Kevin and good friend/neighbor Jeanie. Gina had an eye for decorating. She loved hosting family holidays and will be remembered for her tiny Christmas cookies and turning her home into a Christmas wonderland. You would often find Gina relaxing by her pool on hot summer days.
Gina will always be remembered as the best mom, wife, friend and "Stick" (a nickname she was given for her love of sticky buns). She will forever be held close to our hearts, reminding us "IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY".

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kevin ; her daughters Ashley (fiancé' Chris Esch) Danner, Alyssa (Jason) Leutzinger and Ali (Zach Althaus) Danner; her favorite grand-dog Gable Leutzinger; her parents Bill and Joyce Huss; her siblings Steve (Joanne) Huss, Todd (Kim) Huss, Sharon (Kelly) Meyers, Cara (Jim) Marek; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Barb (Jim) Jaeger, Robert (Kim) Danner, Nancy (Jeff) Schueller, Diane (Jim) Wuebker, Sharon (Rob) Welborn and Ellen Danner; many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Frank and Anna Pusateri; her paternal grandparents Marie (Art Huss) and Irvin Meyer and her mother and father-in-law, Harold and Arlene Danner.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Michael W. Oglesby Foundation which aides in furthering pancreatic cancer research.

The Danner family wishes to express heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann and his staff at Grand River Medical Group and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care throughout her journey.



Beverly Ann (Swank) Puccio


Beverly Ann (Swank) Puccio, 42, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 4, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Beverly was born on February 4, 1975 in Maquoketa, Iowa the daughter of Garry "Gummer" Swank and Rose Ealy. She attended Maquoketa Community Schools until she moved to Dubuque. She married Joseph Walter Puccio Jr. on September 11, 2009 in Dubuque.

She loved her family and her dog; was a real good prankster and enjoyed helping others and having fun.

Beverly is survived by her children Fabian Eric Swank, Britany Joe Heidersheit, Dean James Hastings, Jr., and Deanna Marie Heidersheit. Her parents Garry and Rose Swank. Siblings, Naomi (Mark) Dague, Violettia (James) Dague, Carrie Swank-Loper along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Daniel James Hastings; her significant other Dean James Hastings Sr., maternal and paternal grandparents, 3 aunts and 4 uncles.

She will be greatly missed. Thank you from the entire Swank family.



Karen M. Brown


Karen M. Brown, 64, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Olathe, KS passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.
 
Karen was born December 10, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Rosemary (Kramer) Tegeler.  She attended Xavier Grade School and graduated from Beckman High School in Dyersville with the class of 1972. Karen worked for various companies in Cedar Rapids as an accountant and most recently at OMC in Olathe, KS.
 
Karen was a strong and passionate person love by her family and those around her. She loved to travel and go on road trips with friends, do it yourself projects, knitting, laugh and to make those around her laugh. Her life has not always been easy, but she has always managed to make the best of things.
 
After several trial and errors at love, she married her childhood sweetheart, Brian Brown. Brian took care of Karen and did his very best to make her comfortable prior to cancer taking her to her maker on October 29, 2018.
 
Karen is survived by her husband, Brian, a step son, Scott Brown and his son, Xander of Edgerton, KS, her siblings: Mark Tegeler of Dyersville, Linda (Dan) Hoerner of Dubuque, Janice (Mark) Furst of Ft, Atkinson, WI and Gary Tegeler of Dubuque, in-laws, outlaws, her best friend, Carolyn Walsh, nieces & nephews: Jeff & Jodi Tegeler, Carlie & Gretta Hoerner, Britta, Tenley, Gretchen Haraldson, great niece, Maddie Tegeler and two great nephews: Max Tegeler and Ivar Spring.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Deb Tegeler.
 
Karen had touched the lives of many, is loved and will be greatly missed.
 
Per Karen's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the charity of choice in memory of her.



Darrald Lee Carr


Darrald Lee Carr, 71, of Maquoketa, passed away Oct. 27, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after suffering a cardiac arrest a few days earlier.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at United Church of Christ Church, Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date at Sutton Cemetery.

Darrald was born Aug. 21, 1947, to Dillon and Lynne Opal (Wagner) Carr. He attended rural schools, then Maquoketa Community School, graduating in 1967.

He lived almost all his life in Fulton, a few miles north of Maquoketa.

Darrald was very proud to have worked 41 years as a meat cutter in the Fareway Meat Department in Maquoketa. He retired in 2007.

He was a 59-year-old bachelor when he met and married Geni (Lister) Niess 7-7-07. He became an immediate grandpa.

Darrald is survived by his wife Geni and her daughters Jamie (Erik) Kotewa of Lewistown, Ill., Monica (Brandon) VanDeWalle of Madison, Wis., and Allison (Tony) Bock of Baldwin, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Mallory, Casey, Declan, Chamberly, Sofia, Connor, Coral and Marisol; siblings Patsy Krantz, Barbara Watters and Gerald Carr, all of Maquoketa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Donald Krantz, Allan Watters and Deanna Carr.

Through the gift of tissue donation, Darrald will continue to help others.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the family.

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



Dennis M. Sheehan


Dennis M. "Denny" Sheehan left us for the racetrack in the sky on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi, and on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

His parents, Eugene F. and Jean (Patterson) Sheehan, welcomed dad into the world on October 21, 1941. Dad spent his early life exploring the hills and valleys of Millville. He attended attended Potosi High School. Dad joined the U.S. Army on January 7, 1959. He went to Jump School and completed 26 jumps before being honorably discharged on December 31, 1964. After the Army, he went on to race stockcars with his buddies, the Valentine brothers. Dad competed in hundreds of Hillclimbs, along with the Wilwert family. However, it was the outdoors in which he would eventually spend millions of hours hunting and fishing.

Dad married Mom, Beth Maahs, on October 2, 1976. He worked way too many years at what was once the Dubuque Pack, but was lucky enough to work at Wilwert Golf Carts until his retirement. Dad always had a story to tell. If Dad taught us one thing, it was to live life to the fullest, go on adventures, and take that risk.

The "Old Man" will be forever missed by his wife, Beth; his daughter, Jodi Shemak; his son, Eugene "Bear" Sheehan; three two-legged grandchildren: Lane, Bekka, and Kaydee Shemak; three four-legged grandchildren: Scrappy, X, and Finn; a son-in-law, Tim Shemak; a sister-in-law, Nancy Muench; a cousin, Irma Lucid, and many extended family and friends.

While we cry for him, we are comforted knowing he has been reunited with his "Little Buddy" Terry Valentine.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Dennis M. "Denny" Sheehan Memorial Fund has been established. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Potosi is entrusted with his services.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Vi M. Hanson


Vi M. Hanson, 98, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Luther Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 31, at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Wednesday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Vi was born on November 15, 1919 in Dubuque, the daughter of John C. and Susan M. (Welsch) Haxmeier. She married Harvey J. Hanson on February 26, 1946 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1984.

Vi was an avid Cubs fan. She loved to travel, play euchre and play the piano.

Vi volunteered for many years at Mercy Hospital. During her time there she happily crocheted hundreds of baby caps for newborns, along with other duties. 

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, where she also volunteered for many years.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Kathy) Hanson, of Dubuque, Patricia Eisbach, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Mary (Ernest) Radies, of Marion, Iowa, Sandy (Rick) Grothe, of Peosta, Dave (Nancy) Hanson, of Dubuque and Dee (Brian) Collins, of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Jodi (Mark) Beringer, Jeff (fiance, Jackie) Hanson, Shelly Eisbach, Tracy (John) Erdelyi, Paula (Eric) Bahl, Sarah (Matt) Bell, Mark (Abby) Grothe, Michelle Hanson, Elizabeth "Liz" Hanson, Carrie Collins and Theresa Collins; 10 great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Virginia (Bob) Budde; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Dawn Eisbach; 2 brothers, Arnold and Julian Haxmeier; 4 sisters, Martha Zieser, Mary Knockel, Sedalia Callahan and Armella Bailey; a son-in-law, Edmund Eisbach; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Hilda Haxmeier, Jeanette Haxmeier, Joseph Knockel, Vincent, Robert, Francis, Louis and James Hanson.

Memorials may be given to Luther Manor, Mt. Pleasant Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Mt. Pleasant Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



James C. Sutton


James C. "Jim" Sutton, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, November 2, 2018, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Rev. John Taylor officiating. To celebrate James' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

James was born on September 4, 1929, in Lexington, Mississippi, son of William "Billy" and Gertrude (O'Neal) Sutton.

James was born and raised in Mississippi, where he developed a strong work ethic, that would lead him to devote 45 years of his life to the Illinois Central Railroad. He began working at work at age 15 and it would take him from Mississippi to Springfield, Illinois and then to Galena, Illinois and on to Dubuque in 1958. It was here that he and Ruby chose to stay and raise their children. James retired from the railroad in 1988, at age 60, never missing a single day of work. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruby Richmond, on May 31, 1952, in Lexington, and he and his bride would be blessed with 63 years together and 8 adoring children, before Ruby was sadly called home ahead of him on September 18, 2015. James was an extremely social person, with an expert degree in the "BS" department, which made him loveable and irresistible to everyone around him. He was also well known, but not quite as loved, for holding up traffic on his 10 mph car rides around town to check out everything that was going on in the area, while stopping to visit family and friends along the way. When some welcomed free time around the house made its way into his day, James could easily be found out in the bright sunshine, putting his "green thumb" to work in the garden, tending to his flower beds, or simply sitting on the front porch chewing on one of his favorite cigars. James never shied away from a hard days work, and could do anything from carpentry projects to electrical and plumbing jobs, as long as someone was willing to show him how to do it just once, he truly was a "Jack of all Trades". We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a loving, kind, excellent example of what a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother should be, but we will do our best to carry on his tradition of hard work and taking time to really get to know people, and use those skills to make the world around us a little better place for everyone.

Those left to cherish James' memory include

his children,
David (Excelsa) Sutton,
Kathy Sutton,
Lynn Sutton,
Allen Sutton,
and Daniel Sutton, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
Maria (Suzette) Sutton, Jay (Melissa) Sutton, Vanessa L. Williams, Jessica Sutton, Kevin Williams Jr., and Nathan Williams;

his 13 great-grandchildren,
Tayah, Mason, J.J., LaTrease, Ezeikel, Elijah, Ja'Kam, Namir'rah, Lakelyn, Landon, Jordan, Zariah and Kobe;

and a sister,
Gertrude Torrey, Lexington, MS.

James was preceded in death by his parents; his adoring wife, Ruby Sutton; a daughter, Connie Sutton; and two sons, James Sutton Jr. and Gary Sutton.

James' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped care for James, especially Dr. Cao, and the nurses and staff of Above and Beyond Hospice, their kindness, compassion and professional attention was greatly appreciated.

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

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



LaVonne M. Breen


LaVonne M. "Bonnie" Breen, 71 of Dubuque, passed away on October 26th, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday October 31st at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30th at the funeral home and after 9:00 a.m on Wednesday until time of service.

Bonnie was born on July 23, 1947 in Dubuque the daughter of Floyd and Cecelia (Ruden) Sabers. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1965 and NICC School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center in the Emergency Room as a charge nurse for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed playing cards and rooting on the Chicago Bears and White Sox. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and her faithful companion "Kujo"

Bonnie is survived by her daughter Jodi Breen-King, her daughter-in-law Chris Breen and grandchildren Alex Breen, Savannah King, Jayden King, Hayley Breen, Natalie Breen, and Nathan Breen, her siblings, Sandra Helbing, Bill (Judy) Sabers, Juanita (Roger) Kremer, Rick Sabers, Steve (Leann) Sabers and Julie Sabers.

She was preceded in death by her parents a son Chad, a brother Mike Sabers, twin sisters in infancy Judy and Janet, a brother-in-law Harold Helbing, and a nephew Dale Sabers.

In lieu of flowers a Bonnie Breen memorial fund has been established.

Bonnies family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at Tri State Dialysis along with the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and especially her sister Nita, for all the care and compassion they gave to Bonnie.

 



Emma M. Parkin


Emma M. Parkin, 94, of Dubuque died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Church of the Nativity with a parish wake service at 5:30.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity followed by burial at Center Grove Cemetery.

Emma was born September 28, 1924 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Frederick and Anna (Zimmer) Link.

Our mom was an amazing fireball of energy and love. She managed her life to be just what she wanted. Mom was born in a log cabin. She played shortstop on a softball team, waterskied, danced the swing, and was seriously a great cook.

On May 3, 1947, she married Richard "Dick" Parkin at Holy Ghost Church. He affectionately referred to her as the "Sarge." Somehow his solid quiet English nature worked with her outgoing German nature. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1998.

During WWII, she worked at the Battery Factory making batteries for the Armed Forces and later was a waitress at Leiser's for over 30 years. She loved waiting on people
Mom and Dad had many fond memories going to Big Birch Lake and catching sunnies and bass.

Emma was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed feeding her flock. She also enjoyed quilting and being the boss player at Euchre.

Besides being an active member of Nativity Church, you could find her there every Monday night setting up the tables and playing bingo.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary (Marshal Martin) Parkin of Dubuque; a son, Tom (Micki) Parkin of Dubuque; Grandchildren, Drew Jessica and Ben Martin; Wes (Kayte) Parkin, Sarah (Jared) Ohrt, Brian Parkin and Rachel (fiancé Andy Heinz) Parkin; great grandchildren, Tyler Kiner; Adam, Jane and Seth Parkin; and Jayden and Maddie Ohrt. She is also survived by a sister in law, Ginny Link.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters and brothers in law Dorothy and Art Frommelt, Agnes and George Theis, Katie and Buzz Rupp, and Joan and Bernie Schmitt; brothers and sisters in law, Frederick and Pearl Link, Walter and Rita Link, Alvin and Beth Link and Roger Link, and four siblings in infancy, Ralph, Celeste, Mary Jane and Michael Link.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tammy and Peggy; the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley, and Nativity Parish, especially Becky and Fr. Jim.



Sherman G. Hutton


Sherman George "Skip" Hutton III passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Church, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque with Fr. Andrew Upah officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Church. The parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Skip was born June 30, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa to Sherman Jr. and Lillian (Koester) Hutton. He graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1955.

He married Mary Lou (McClain) Hutton on January 27, 1962 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They celebrated 56 years of marriage and were blessed with four children.

His love of sports showed in the many ball teams he played with and many, many rounds of golf he played. After high school, Skip signed with the White Sox organization as a pitcher. Skip served in the Army in Stuttgart, Germany and played on a winning baseball team for the 7th Army in 1958-1959. He played on baseball teams for Lange's Insurance and played in four World Fast Pitch Softball Tournaments. He also played for many local teams including the Lux Club, Kall Inn, Interstate Power Co., Halls and many more. Skip played in the Kiwanis Softball Tournament in 1987. He was elected to the Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1986 and also served as President of the organization for 6 years.

Skip retired from Interstate Power Company/Alliant Energy after 43 years. He then worked as a ranger at The Meadows Golf Course for 17 years. Skip was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Hillcrest Family Services where he volunteered at Reflections in the Park for 16 years.

Skip was a people person who brightened the lives of most everyone he met. He was always smiling and loved swapping stories with great friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; four children, David (Judy) Hutton of Indianola, Stephen (Michelle) Hutton of Muscatine, Ann (Kimball) Behning of Springville, Sara (Steve) Bye of Plainfield, IL; seven grandchildren Ryan (Ashley), Alex, Adam, Peter, and Joshua Hutton, Riley and Brady Bye; four great-grandchildren William, London, Oliver and Adrian Hutton; sister-in-law Connie Hutton of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patricia (Hutton) Burgmeier, brother-in-law Jack Burgmeier, brother Michael Hutton, mother-in-law Sally Kirk, and his nephews Ted Burgmeier and Andrew Burgmeier.

In lieu of flowers, a Skip Hutton memorial has been established.

The family would like to extend deepest appreciation to the oncology staff at Medical Associates, to Resurrection Parish and staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Daniel A Schriver


Daniel Arden Schriver, at the young age of 45, was taken from us far too soon on October 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Dan was born in Dubuque, beautiful son of Michelle, adored grandson of Arden & Dorothy. 5 years later in Scottsdale, Arizona, along came his little brother Ian, and our family was complete. Mom and the boys moved to Florida in 1986, and a whole new adventure began.

Dan became the proud dad of Danny & Kennedy, proud uncle to Liz and Ella Grayce, brother-in-law to Adriayn, and great uncle to Iris. He went on to start his own business, and loved what he was doing. His customers are missing him already. Our hearts are shattered today at the loss of our precious Dan, but we take comfort in the fact that Dan is now free of his earthly ailments that he has faced with such courage and strength, and that he is now resting in eternal peace, probably having a beer with ‘gramps'.

The family would like to thank the professionals at Lawnwood Regional Trauma Center & Heart Institute, the University of Miami Life Alliance Organ Recovery Team, St. Lucie Fire Rescue, and the wonderful medical staff at Lawnwood for their compassionate care and concern. Dan saved two lives today with his generous donation of the gift of life. We are most proud.

Private family services will be held at a later date.



Thomas J. Reiss


Thomas James Reiss, 31, of Waterloo, formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home.

He was born November 23, 1986 in Dubuque, son of T. Peter Reiss and Lynda R. Hoefflin. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2005. He was employed with Modern Builders, Service Roofing, and Tyson Foods.

Survived by: his son, James Peter Reiss of Waterloo; father, Peter Reiss of Cedar Falls; mother, Lynda Hoefflin of Dubuque; two sisters, Nicole (Kevin) King of Waterloo and Teresa (Kyle) Baker of Cedar Falls; Godfather, Mike (Linnie) Reiss of Dubuque; Godmother, Lorna (John) Davis of Dubuque; aunts, Elaine (Doug Blong) Reiss of Dubuque and Mary Jo (Jay) McDonald of Bellevue; uncles, Mark Reiss of Baytown, TX, Tony (Kay) Reiss of La Motte, Dennis Reiss of St. Catherine, Larry (Lynne) Hoefflin of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and Lance (Sharon) Hoefflin of Austin, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: paternal grandparents, Carl and JoAnn Reiss; maternal grandparents, Louis and Leone Hoefflin; and an aunt, Anne Reiss Holder.

Services: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Richardson Funeral Service with burial in Hillside Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the funeral home and also for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.

Tom was truly a loving father to his son, who will miss his childish ways. He was an avid gamer and Trekkie. Tom enjoyed discussing science, pondering the universe, and debating any of life's points. His mechanical ingenuity and curiosity enabled him to repair most everything. Tom will be missed.

 



Harlan G. Doty


Harlan G. Doty Sr. 82, of Dubuque Specialty Care and formerly of 2700 Matthew John Dr. and 2943 Washington St., passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 following a long battle with dementia. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Harlan was born on March 25, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold and Madeline (Blakeman) Doty. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. On October 9, 1956, Harlan married Kathleen "Kay" Droeszler at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen, IA. Harlan was a dedicated machinist for John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years. He was involved in ergonomics, recreation committees, a union steward, and you were blessed to have him tell you one of his many John Deere stories. He was a very proud union man. He retired in 1994, and then spent the next 20 years as an ambassador "tour guide" for the company.

Playing baseball was an important part of Harlan's life. He played for Dubuque Senior High School in his early years and then coached his son's and grandson's teams. In 2004, Harlan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dubuque Independent League for his dedication and involvement in the league from 1968 to 2004. On February 4, 2012, he was inducted into the Dubuque Area Labor Hall of Fame. Harlan was a member of Holy Ghost Church for over 60 years, the UAW Local 94 and American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. He coached for many years in the Independent League and the Dubuque semi-pro league. He also volunteered for the Washington Tool Library and North End Neighborhood Association. Most of all, Harlan enjoyed the many hours with his family on the river floating in their pontoon houseboat. We are very much in sorrow at the loss of our dear husband, dad and grandpa, but we feel thankful and comfort in knowing that he is free from health issues which has plagued him for many months.

Surviving are his lovely wife of 62 years, who he dearly cherished, Kay of Dubuque; his children Harlan (Becky) Doty Jr., James (Shari) Doty and Jil (Mark) VanCleave all of Dubuque, Jeff (Shelly) Doty of Runnells, IA, Jodi (Colin) Sweeney of Dubuque, IA and Sandy (Jeff) Wall of Holmen, WI; his grandchildren Jacob (Morgan) and Luke Doty, Eric, Megan and Ryan Doty, Haley and Conner VanCleave, Liz Smith, Caitlin, Carsen and D.J. Doty, Austin Jennings, Tiffany Doty, Dylan and Morgan Sweeney, Mikayla, Kelsey and Emily Wall; his great grandchildren, Adriana and Alaina Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Madeline Doty; step-mother, Arnolda (Zenner) Doty; an infant brother; and his mother and father-in-law, Ralph and Imelda Droeszler.

Memorials may be given to the Harlan Doty memorial fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Doty family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sally, the Hospice of Dubuque team and Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate for all their incredible care and support.



Brad L. McIntyre


Brad Lee McIntyre, 48, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 20th, 2018 at home with family by his side.

A celebration of Brad's life will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Brad was born on October 26, 1969 in Oelwein, Iowa and is the son of Leland and Barbara (Wheeler) McIntyre. He married Karla Miller on December 26, 2003 in Dubuque, being together for 21 years total.

Brad was a detassler for DeKalb for 10 years; was an apprentice for Toons Blacksmith Shop; worked at Don's Pharmacy; Eagles Grocery store and lastly at Hy-Vee on South Locust in Dubuque.

Brad was a strong man who held great respect. He was a good man but a better husband and father, he took care of his family no matter what.

Brad is survived by his wife Karla; children Maxwell and Sabrina. He was also survived by his parents Barbie and Lee along with his brother Stevie. Brothers-in-law include James, Tim (Anna) and Wayne Miller. Sisters-in-law include Julie Miller and Wendy (Jared) Biedenbach.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Elbert and Zeona McIntyre and Fay and Betty Wheeler; his father and mother-in-law Karl and Joyce Miller.

The family wishes to thank special friends Jeff Ahlers, Dr. Andy Frost and Dr. Dave Heppner.



Daniel N. Roush


Daniel N. Roush, 72, of Dubuque died Monday, October 22, 2018.  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 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection.

Dan was born November 17, 1945 in Lima, Ohio, son of Bernard and Hilda (Schumacher) Roush.

He graduated from Lima Senior High School in Lima, Ohio in 1963, Ohio State University in 1967 and received his master's degree from Loras College.  On February 7, 1970 he married Anne Cody at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church.

Dan had a real love and interest in kids. He thoroughly enjoyed his 33 years in education, including 13 years as principal at Fulton, 13 years as principal at Eisenhower and 3 years as principal at Marshall. He was delighted when former students recognized him. After his retirement from the Dubuque Community Schools, in 2001, he continued to work in educational environment at NICC.  

Dan loved golf and was a member of Thunder Hills Country Club. He also liked spending time in Florida, where he was a member of Worthington Country Club for 14 years. As much as the game of golf, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends on the course. He recorded a total of 8 holes in one. 

Dan enjoyed people and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed gathering in his driveway with people to visit. He was happy to be outside feeding the birds.  

Dan was a member of Resurrection Church where he was on the RCIA team. He also volunteered with DuRide and loved helping Jim in his resale shop.

He was especially proud of his sons and their families.  He looked forward to all of his grandsons' activities. He was also proud to be an Ohio State alum and avid Buckeye fan.

Dan is survived by his wife Anne Roush of Dubuque; two sons, Ben (Susie) and Doug (Kim) Roush, both of Dubuque; and five grandsons, Cody, Maclaine, Jacob, Spencer and Teagan Roush.

He was also survived by a sister-in-law, Missy Roush of Lima, Ohio; brother-in-law John Cody of Arlington Heights and brother-in-law Dick (Sharon) Cody of Dubuque and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Steve Roush and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Irma and Jack Cody.

Dan bravely accepted many health issues and we are so blessed to have had him for 17 more years after his "Whipple" surgery in 2001.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.

Anne would like to thank friends, and family especially, who have been so supportive during these past few months.



Brady A. Steines


Brady Anthony Steines, 35, of La Motte, Iowa passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 21, 2018.

A celebration of Brady's life will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm today, Thursday, October 24, at Bubba's Pub in La Motte. A private service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory in Dubuque.

Brady was born on February 21, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Steven and Molly (Till) Steines.

He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 2001 and the University of Iowa in 2010. He was the proud owner and operater of Steve's Body Shop and La Motte Auto Sales. His customers appreciated his kindness, honesty and work ethic.

Brady was passionate about his farm and being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oakland Raiders. He was a gentle, generous soul and a loyal and loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his parents Steve "Wirehead" and Molly Steines, of La Motte; siblings Stevi (Ami Copeland) Steines, of Chicago, and Connor (Emily) Steines, of Iowa City; his nephew Aviv Copeland; and numerous family members and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tony and Dolly Till and Attalas and Algean Steines.

In lieu of flowers, a Brady Steines scholarship fund will be established.



Barbara Jean Horstman


Barbara Jean Horstman, 66, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at her home in Colesburg surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg, with Pastor Roger White officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Friday at the church. Interment will be at Zion Cemetery in Rural Colesburg.

She was born on December 29, 1951, in Edgewood, the daughter of Eldon and Pearl Faye (Hansel) Heer, and was raised and educated in Dubuque.

On February 15, 1969, Barbara was united in marriage to Clarence "Pete" Horstman. The couple resided near Colesburg. Four children were born to this union. After raising her family and caring for her grandchildren, Barbara began work as a teacher's associate for Colesburg Elementary. She enjoyed her job, retiring in May 2017.

Barbara cherished her family. They were her entire life. She loved car cruises and served as secretary for the Cruisers on the Edge Car Club. She also enjoyed writing children's books, playing cards, and drawing.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Clarence Horstman of Colesburg; four children, Elizabeth (Scott) Hoisington, Lee Allen (Christy Braden) Horstman, Robert (Kristy) Horstman, all of Colesburg, and Elisa (Kevin) Kuehl of Earlville; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Becky (David) Barnhart of Colesburg; a brother, Scott Seeley of Colesburg; and a sister-in-law, Jean Heer of Greeley.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gregory Heer.

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



James E. Benn


James E. "Jim" Benn, age 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill Road, was called home unexpectedly at 7:45 a.m., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at home. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jim was born on November 4, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Herbert and Frances (Kremer) Benn.

Jim was born and raised in the Dyersville area, where he went to school and helped on the family farm, until going to work at Mulgrew Blacktop for 16 years. Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life, Margie Schmitt, on April 23, 1966, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, and they were blessed with 52 years together, and 3 adored daughters. After they married, Jim went to work for the Dubuque Packing Company, where he would devote over 30 years, until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Jim enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be putting in an honest days work cutting wood, or getting in a little relaxation time casting a line in hopes of catching "the big one". Jim was a people person who liked to sit and enjoy coffee with his friends, as well as spend a night out at the bowling lanes in hopes of a rolling a perfect 300 game. Family, above all, was the most important aspect of Jim's life, and he anxiously looked forward to spending time with everyone, especially the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but know that he is now reunited with all of his loved ones who have been called home ahead of him, enjoying a grand family reunion in his new Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Margie Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kim (Bruce) McMurrin, Delhi, IA,
Karla (Scott) Menadue, Bernard, IA
and Kristi (Troy) Bettcher, Sun Prairie, WI;

his 6 grandchildren,
Emily, McKenzie and Aaron McMurrin, Kaylee and Kloey Menadue and Lillian Bettcher;

his siblings,
Louis (Ruth) Benn, Manchester, IA
and George (Linda) Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Gwen (Jim) Benn-Schmitt, Earlville, IA
and Carol (Mike) Lundergan, Dyersville, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Charles (Charlotte) Benn, Herbert (Violet) Benn, Thomas (Jean) Benn, Vernon Benn, Frances (Walter) Davidshofer, Daniel Benn, Loras Benn, Rose Mary (Justin Harrington) (Earl Carlton) Harrington-Carlton and Ruth (Bob) Nurre.

Jim's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Randall Lengeling and the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Jim, and his entire family, throughout the years.

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

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



Justin H. Droessler


Justin H. Droessler, 87, of Dubuque died Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Saturday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Justin was born October 16, 1931 in Kieler, Wisc., son of John and Josepha (Schaefer) Droessler. He served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952. On January 28, 1956 he married Agnes Hansel at St. Joseph Church, Earlville.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years, retiring in 1995.

Justin was a longtime member of Nativity Church where he volunteered as an usher and Boy Scout leader. He loved fishing, hunting and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Droessler of Dubuque; three children, Bob (Deb) Droessler of Davenport, IA, Dick (Patti) Droessler of Iowa City, IA, and Kathy (Steve) Payne of Peosta, IA; four grandchildren, Sarah (Josh) Lovik of Iowa City, IA, Karyn (Mark) Degenhardt of San Antonio, TX, Julie Droessler of Chicago, IL and Kristin (David) Goedken of Iowa City, IA and four great grandchildren, Mady and Jack Lovik and Mila and Ellie Goedken. He is also survived by a brother, Jack (Pauline) Droessler of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded by his parents; three brothers, Lavern "Bud", Roman and Ardwin "Art" Droessler; three sisters, Eileen Roddick, Adelle Mohr and Doris Naber and several nieces and nephews.

A Justin H. Droessler Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Finley Hospital for all of their wonderful care.



Beverly J. (Meyer) Stierman


Beverly J. "Bev" (Meyer) Stierman, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Bev's life, private family services were held, and burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bev was born on July 26, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Delbert and Lenora (Petty) Meyer.

Bev was a proud life-long Dubuquer who was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and Capri Cosmetology College. She would put her degree to good use, helping people to look their best, with several salons in the downtown Dubuque area, and most notably with First Lady in the Kennedy Mall, until her retirement. Bev was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dale W. Stierman, on December 13, 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, and the two would combine their families and enjoy 43 wonderful years together. In her free time, Bev enjoyed the simple things in life, such as jigsaw and crossword puzzles, her one nightly beer, a spirited game of cards, and occasionally going to the casino to try her luck with the penny slots. She was a good sport, and was always willing to accompany Dale out on the river fishing, but really looked forward to their date nights when they would go out to eat and then dance the night away. Above all, family brought Bev the greatest joy, she looked forward to any occasion to get everyone together, especially when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she made it a family tradition to get together all of the grandchildren and bake dozens of cookies to share with friends. She also had a sweet spot in her heart for animals, and was well known for having at least 2 dogs at all times. Our hearts are broken with the sudden loss of our loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but are extremely grateful for the 77 years we were blessed to have her in our lives.

Those left to cherish Bev's memory include

her loving husband,
Dale Stierman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Laura Chapman, Dubuque, IA,
Kelly (Michael) Pearson, Tulsa, OK
Dale J. "D.J." (Lisa) Stierman, Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
Sue Ann (Robert) Baumhover, III, Dubuque, IA,
Marsha (Paul) Conlon, Dubuque, IA,
Kit (Harry) Klotz, Prairie du Chien, WI,
Carla (Rick) Heer, Katy, TX,
Bret (Marcia) Stierman, Dubuque, IA,
Robin (David) Reed, Center Point, IA
and Brian (Veronica) Stierman, Denver, CO;

her 27 grandchildren;

her 29 great-grandchildren;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Eileen White, Menominee, IL
and Louise Stierman, Dearborn Heights, MI.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Joshua Reed; 2 sisters, Joan (John "Midge") Delaney and Ruth Ann Shaw; and 6 brothers-in-law, Mike White, Eldon (Margie) Stierman, LeRoy (Barbara) Stierman, Clyde (Marie) Stierman, Clair (Nadine) Stierman and Cyril Stierman.

Bev's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cao for all of the outstanding care and support he has provided Bev and her family.

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

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



Donald L. Messelhiser


Donald L. Messelhiser, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:20 p.m., on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Mitchel Terry officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Don was born on January 5, 1943, in Abeline, Texas, son of Donald D. and Florence (Stephensen) Messelhiser.

Don was born in Texas before moving to LaMars, Iowa, where he would spend his childhood. He was a hard worker and devoted his time and talents in the construction industry for several years, before his well earned retirement. Don was always a morning person, up at the crack of dawn, to join his friends at Hardee's or McDonald's, to catch up on the latest gossip and solve all of the world's problems. Don was a people person to his very core, and loved to sit and talk with family and friends, but was always happy to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and make their day a bit brighter. In his younger days, Don was a talented musician who loved to sit and play his guitar. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors and was an avid walker, his favorite walk being over the Julien Dubuque bridge, where he could enjoy watching the river roll by, as well as the cars and boaters passing by. He also enjoyed going to the dog track and casino, not to play, but just to watch others try their luck and root them on. Don was a kind hearted, generous man who was lucky enough not only to have 2 sons, but to find a soul-mate, Jimmie Miller, to share his life with, and he would accept and love her family as his own for over 38 years. Our hearts are broken today at the loss of such a wonderful man, but we take some comfort in the fact that Don is now free of the health issues he has faced with such courage, and is now resting in eternal peace.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his sons,
Rick L. Messelhiser
and Timothy J. (Barbara) Messelhiser, both of LaMars, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Stephen D. Messelhiser, Sioux Falls, SD,
BradLee J. (Ariana) Messelhiser
and Randall J. Messelhiser, both of Remsen, IA;

his 6 great-grandchildren;

his sister,
Connie (Darby) Anderson, Blair, NE;

a special friend of 38 years and her family,
Jimmie Miller, Dubuque, IA;

a close family friend,
Neva "Aunt Mae" Maus, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Sherry and Dorothy; and his best friend, Richard Maus and his son "Mickey" Maus.

Don's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Manorcare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional, compassionate and attentive care of Don.

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

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



Cleta Louise Brundage


Cleta Louise Brundage, 39, of Andrew, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on October 18, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 26th, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Kincaid and Pastor Cearlock officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

Cleta was born on June 20, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Mark and Vicki (Sanden) Hoover. She attended Hempstead High School and then Central High School where she received her GED. She then attended Scott Community College in Davenport where she got certified as a CNA.

She married Eric Brundage on June 26, 2010 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Cleta worked various jobs until becoming disabled due to illness.

Cleta was a loving mother, wife and daughter. She always put others before herself and her witty sense of humor helped uplift others even through difficult times.

She is survived by her husband Eric, of Andrew, children Josh Hoover, of Dubuque, Angela Hoover, of Dubuque, Blake Nott, of Andrew, and Becca Nott, of Andrew. Her mother Vicki (Sanden) Hoover, of Dubuque; brothers Joey (Jessie) Hoover, of Epworth and Benjamin (Erin) Hoover, of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her father Mark Hoover; grandparents Gladen and Floreen Sanden; and mother-in-law Diana Brundage.

A Cleta Brundage memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Rochester for all their care and kindness; also a special thank you to family and friends for all their loving support.



Jerry H. Coble


Jerry H. Coble, 75, of Dubuque, gracefully and peacefully passed on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road - where there will also be a memorial service to follow.

Jerry was born September 10, 1943 in Highland Center, Iowa, son of Walter and Ruth (Hollingsworth) Coble.
Jerry received his Associate's Degree from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Jerry and his wife Patti were wed on October 26, 1974 at Holy Ghost church in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked for Flexsteel Industries for 47 years, retiring as Manager of Information Systems.

Jerry was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing and an ice cold beer. He was a special, wonderful family man whose greatest joy in life was being a grandfather to his nine grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Coble; two sons, Jeff (Nikkia) Coble and Jason Coble; grandchildren, Ellesha, Kaylee, Micayla, Logan and Aiden Coble; Tristen Jones; and Jaxyn, Jasyn and Lillyana Jost. He is also survived by his siblings, Joann (Kenny) Davis, Dick (Margaret) Coble, Dan (Lola) Coble, Susan (Rick) Huseman, and Shelia (Pat) Brehm.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Coble and brothers, Roger and Larry Coble.

The family would like to request that instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Jerry H. Coble Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mayo Clinic, Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for the passionate, loving, and wonderful care given to Jerry.



Anita M. Bond


Anita M. Bond, 87, of Colesburg died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Saturday, Oct.27, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am. Burial will be at the Brown Cemetery in Colesburg.

Anita was born February 9, 1931 at Elkport, Iowa the daughter of LeRoy and Laura (Willie) Hansel. She attended country school in Clayton County. On July 31, 1953 she was united in marriage to Virgil M. Bond in Earlville. Together they made their home in Colesburg.

She is survived by 5 childrem: Lititia, A.J., and Rozann Bond, all of Colesburg, Keevin (Vicki) Bond of Strawberry Point and Dana (Chris) Jenson of Colesburg; 4 grandchildren: Jennifer Herman of Nebraska, Brandy Seibert and Travis Bond of Manchester, and Tyler Herman of Colesburg; 1 step-granddaughter, April (Bob) Kruse, and her special grandchildren: Kaleb, Tanner and Kyrstin Payne; 13 great grandchildren: Ivy, Delilah, Haley, Noah, Mariha, Jaela, Daveon, Kyler, Emmarie, Ryan, Cooper, Miles and Tucker; step-great grandchildren: Summer, Trinity and Trevor; siblings: John (Norma) Latteyer of Shellsburg, IA, Lonnie (Judy) Latteyer of Manchester, Fern (Garry) Moser of Guttenberg, Marlene Tumilty of Shellsburg, LaVonne Bush of Colesburg and Rita Latteyer of Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Richard, grandsons, David Herman and Dillon Bond; a step-grandson, Gary Ross, brothers and sisters: Carl (Rosie) Hansel, James (Delores) Hansel, Donald Hansel and Roland Latteyer; in-laws Urey (Dorothy) Andregg, Lloyd (Doreen) Bond, Walter Bond, Roger Bush and Vernon Tumilty.

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



Ronald E. Theobald


Ronald E. Theobald, 70, of Dubuque walked into the presence of His Lord & Savior Saturday, October 20, 2018 from the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home 2659 J.F.K. Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel. The American Legion Post #656 of Farley will perform Military rites at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel immediately following services.

Ronald was born August 3, 1948 in Dubuque to John & Irene (Kennedy) Theobald. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne, Screaming Eagles, from 1968-1969 serving in Vietnam during the Tet offensive.

He married Kathy (Welsh) in 1971 and they raised three daughters.

He worked at John Deere Works for 41 years.

He was a man who loved God and used the talents he was given to help and serve others, especially anything car related.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Julie Theobald-Ryan, and Janna (Miguel) Cruz; grandchildren, Caleb, Abigail, Jacob, Edward, Sousi, Urbana, Sêve, Nello, Micah, & Jonah; siblings, Richard (Cathy) Theobald, Randy (Sue)Theobald, Roger Theobald, Lynn (Billy) Meyer, John "Jake" (David) Theobald; and brothers and sisters- in -law, Pat (Sandi) Welsh and Pauline (Matt) Winney.

He was preceded in death by his son Micah Jude; parents, John & Irene; and in- laws Vince & Marce Welsh.

Our thanks go to UW Madison Hospital, Finley Hospital, Dr. Salas, Dr. Isaac and Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel family.



Richard L. Mesch


Richard "Rich" L. Mesch, 73, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory and from 9-10 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6 at the The Regina Caeli Chapel in Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the visitation on Thursday.

Rich was born on October 17, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Florence (Hoerner) Mesch. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on October 9, 1976. He worked at Dubuque Stamp for 41 years.

Rich was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed golfing, drawing, Ford Cars and being with his friends at the Walnut Tap. He cherished time spent with his kids and grandkids.

Rich was a proud Veteran. He enjoyed daily walks, especially by the Veteran's Memorial Plaza in Dubuque. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 6.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Lisa) Mesch, Chad Mesch (girlfriend, Amanda Diers), and Angella (Brad) McDonnell; grandchildren, Austin and Allie Unsen, Tyler and Melia McDonnell, Anthony, Paige, Hannah and Madison Hutchinson, and Brandon Keen; two great- grandchildren, Caden Cook and Lila Hamilton; brother, Marvin (Patricia) Mesch; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Darla (Al) Frentress.

A Richard Mesch Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the "Walnut Crew" for always looking after our dad.



Beverly A. Welu


Beverly A. Welu 80, of Dubuque, peacefully passed away at her home with her family at her side on Sunday, October 21st, 2018.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Beverly was born on May 2,1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Lloyd and Mary Vivian (Conroy) Howes. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956. She married John "Jake" Welu on September 14, 1957 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works in the purchasing department and retired in 1992.

Beverly enjoyed going to the casino, bowling, playing cards and watching her daughter and grandchildren play the numerous sports they enjoyed. She was always their biggest fan.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John "Jake" Welu, daughter Jennifer (fiance, Jeff Harding) of Navarre, FL and grandchildren Quentin Welu of Irving, TX and Alex Aragon of Dubuque, IA. Also surviving are her brothers' William Howes of East Dubuque, IL, Thomas "Tucker" (Linda) Howes and sister, Roxanne (Ron) Bahl both of Dubuque. She is survived by in-laws, Doris Howes and Patricia (James) Brown - both of Dubuque and Betty Welu of Barlett, IL. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Robert Howes; mother and father-in-law, Loras and Edward Welu; brothers-in-law, Edward Welu Jr. and Thomas Welu.

The family would like to thank the staff and physicians at Mercy Medical Center, Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and empathetic care and support.

In lieu of flowers, a Beverly Welu memorial fund has been established in her memory.



Charles E. Tonn


Charles E. Tonn, 80, of Monticello, Iowa passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 4 -8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10 - 11 at St Matthew Lutheran Church prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello, Iowa.  Pastor Dave Raemisch will officiate.

Charles was born February 11, 1938, the son of Paul and Emma (Wenthe) Tonn, in Independence, Iowa where he grew up on the family farm. He married Carolyn A. Czizek on October 20, 1990, in Monticello, Iowa.  Charles graduated from Independence High School in 1956, where he participated in football, baseball and wrestling. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa as a pre-theology student. He married Joan Johnson in 1958, and they later divorced. Charles owned and managed numerous businesses in many locations in the upper Mid-West and had been a business consultant for the past 30 years. In 1974, Charles was part of nine week Rotary Exchange Team, working in New Zealand, American Samoa and Fiji. He worked for the Iowa Department of Corrections in the 1980's, was director of the North East Iowa Small Business Development Center in Dubuque for many years. Charles was also a volunteer Fireman in Osage, Director of Little League in Osage and Head Greens-keeper at Manson Golf & Country Club.

Charles was a member of St. Matthew Church including serving as a past president of the Church Council, the Monticello Lions Club (including past president), Monticello Eagles Club, Monticello Chamber of Commerce Board, and also taught High School Sunday School at St. Matthew Church. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited in many locations including Jones County and Kiwanis International.

Charles loved to fish, hunt, golf and travel.  He actually participated in Donkey Basketball during their time in Monticello. He also loved to raise calves and the company of his dogs. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Charles is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carolyn, two sons: Charles Tonn II (wife Shelley) of Dubuque and his children: Megan & Bailey Tonn, Douglas Tonn (wife Susan Krapfl) of Dubuque and their children: Emma, Kate, John "Jack" and Luke Tonn; in-laws: Joan Tonn of Rowley, Barbara (Kieth) Anderle of Pleasant Hill, IA, Joseph Czizek of Des Moines and Michael (Sue) Czizek of India.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 siblings: Rudolph (Orpha) Tonn, LeRoy Tonn, Paul (Marge) Tonn, Evelyn (Robert) Tegeler and Gladys "Toni" Tonn.

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

 

 



Jean M. Kenkel


Jean M. (Lange)  Kenkel, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Friends may greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Memorial Service at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Deacon Marc Mossé will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Jean was born December 1, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence "C.J" and Gertrude "Trudie" (Eberlien) Lange.  She married William F. Kenkel on May 22, 1965 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1988.

She was employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell.  Jean was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a current member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church,  the St. Jude League, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.  

Jean was always an animal lover, especially her cats. 

Jean is survived by her brother, Bob (Paula) Lange of Dubuque; her brother in law, Robert Kipper of Valdosta, GA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and Kenkel family members.  

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Clarence Lange Jr.; and her sister, Patricia Kipper. 

The family would like to thank Jean's entire Stonehill staff family for taking care of Jean; Joanie Fingerson for treating Jean like family and going above and beyond; Hospice of Dubuque and the Stonehill nursing staff for the loving care that made Jean's last days comfortable; Stonehill homemakers Deb, Kate, and Doreen for preparing her favorite food to her liking; Sheila V. social worker, Lisa S. in dietary, and CNA Penny for her baths. 

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

 

 



Anthony J. Trenkamp


Anthony J. Trenkamp, 79, of Dubuque, joined Jesus on Friday, October 19, 2018. 

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday October 25 at Grace Point Church, 3100 Windsor Ave., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Rev. English will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Anthony was born June 25, 1939 in Worthington, son of Anton and Mary (Kremer) Trenkamp. He was married to Mary Germaine in 1973 and was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years. 

Being a man of pronounced faith, Anthony enjoyed talking to people and witnessing for Jesus.  He was a devoted volunteer for the YMCA Camp, Red Cross, RSVP, and Salvation Army. He loved the outdoors and playing dominoes. Anthony was recently blessed with his first grandchild, whom he adored. 

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Mary; a son, Russ (Tanya) Trenkamp of Dubuque; his favorite grandson, Jaxson; sisters: Margaret (R.J.) Bertling and Donna Snitker; a brother, John Trenkamp; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. 

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers and sisters. 

The family thanks Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their care of Anthony. 

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

 

 



David F. Their


David F. Thier, 76 of Worthington, Iowa passed away Friday, October 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018, St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Dave was born September 14, 1942, the son of Richard and Mildred (White) Thier.  He graduated from St. Paul Catholic School.  Dave married Marie Fagan on August 3, 1968 at Holy Family New Melleray Abbey.  Together they ran the family farm.  He loved his deep roots in Worthington, living there all his life.

Dave was an arborist, he planted many trees and loved gardening.  He liked listening to polka music and Johnny Cash.  Dave liked to hang out and visit with friends at the feed store, Breitbach's, and the Last Straw.  Friday night family gatherings kept his family close, he will be dearly missed.

Dave is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marie, 3 daughters: Mary (Kevin) Clemen of Worthington, Colleen (Steve) Bartels of Peosta, Joan Thier of Farley. 3 grandchildren; Kaitlyn and Mitchel Clemen, Vala Bartels, brothers: Daniel (Eileen) Thier of Dyersville, Dale (Ann) Thier of Cedar Rapids, Richard Thier of Juneau, WI, in-laws: Joe (LuAnn Burkle) Fagan of Des Moines, Sr. Ruth Fagan of Mount St. Francis

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Francis and Florence Fagan; siblings: Ronald Thier, in-laws: Jean Fyten nephew, Jerry Thier

A David F. Thier memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Robert Krapfl


Robert "Bob" Krapfl, 86 of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12thAve SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. and the Edward E. Lake VFW Post #7736 will have a military service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the VFW Post #7736. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born May 4, 1932, the son of Elmer and Eleanor (Deutmeyer) Krapfl. He married Ellen "Nellie" Goldsmith on May 29, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville, Iowa.  

Bob was a proud veteran, serving in the Korean War.  He was co-manager of New Vienna CO-OP along with his brother until retiring in 1989. He was a member of St. Boniface Parish, New Vienna VFW, and the Dyersville Golf and Country Club. Bob was a lifelong baseball enthusiast.  He played with the Dyersville Whitehawks, and several local teams.  He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame. Bob was known to many as "Maverick" because of his love of card playing. In his golden years he truly loved and supported his grandchildren in their many activities.  

Bob is survived by his wife Nellie, three daughters: Mary Ellen (John) Gates of Cedar Rapids, Kay (Tom) Klaren of Dyersville, Karen (Kevin) Didio of Cedar Rapids, 7 grandchildren: Kyle (Emily) Gates, Kellie (J.P.) Helgens, and Meggie Gates, Brian (Samantha) Klaren, Rachel (Brandon) Bollaert, Andy Didio, Brandon Didio, 2 great grandchildren, Jackson Klaren, Mason Gates and another boy on the way, siblings: Don (Jean) Krapfl of New Vienna, Jean (Dan) Hermsen of Dyersville, in-laws: Mary Lou Krapfl of New Vienna, Betty (Hank) Ehrlich of Dyersville, and Bernadine Nefzger of Earlville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Alexander Didio, brother, Roger Krapfl, in-laws: George (Laura) Goldsmith, Genevieve (Ray) Olberding, Margaret (Clem) Kapler, Delores (Ed) Nefzger, Mary (John) Kupferschmidt, Mildred (Larry) Kramer, Floyd (Marie) Goldsmith, James, (Bertha) Goldsmith, Fred (Darlene) Goldsmith, and Arthur Goldsmith, Jr.

Memorials may be directed to Beckman High School or St. Boniface Catholic Church.

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

 

 

 



Anthony J. Trenkamp


Anthony J. Trenkamp, 79, of Dubuque, joined Jesus on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday October 25 at Grace Point Church, 3100 Windsor Ave., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Rev. English will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Anthony was born June 25, 1939 in Worthington, son of Anton and Mary (Kremer) Trenkamp. He was married to Mary Germaine in 1973 and was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years.

Being a man of pronounced faith, Anthony enjoyed talking to people and witnessing for Jesus. He was a devoted volunteer for the YMCA Camp, Red Cross, RSVP, and Salvation Army.

He loved the outdoors and playing dominoes. Anthony was recently blessed with his first grandchild, whom he adored.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Mary; a son, Russ (Tanya) Trenkamp of Dubuque; his favorite grandson, Jaxson; sisters: Margaret (R.J.) Bertling and Donna Snitker; a brother, John Trenkamp; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers and sisters.

The family thanks Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their care of Anthony.

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



Gloriann Egan


Gloriann Egan, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m. surrounded by her family on October 19, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Nativity Catholic Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 22nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Gloriann was born on November 8, 1939, in Dubuque, the daughter of Carl and Camilla (Fitzpatrick) McDermott. She graduated from Visitation Academy High School. She attended UW-Platteville and Clarke College, Dubuque where she pursued an elementary education degree. She married Patrick J. Egan on October 12, 1963 at Nativity Church. They shared 44 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2007.
She provided a warm, loving environment to many children through her in-home daycare and her work at both Piglet's Place and Nativity Parish Daycare Centers. She had a natural ability to make connections with others, especially children.

Gloriann's devotion to her family and spirituality guided her life. She cherished being a wife and mother. She had an inspiring positive outlook and "can do" attitude. She was a faith-filled woman that always found joy in "precious present moments". Her warm smile, genuine care, light heartedness, quick wit, and kindness to others was contagious and touched many lives She enjoyed going on scenic road trips, shopping, picnics, baking, dancing, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren and keeping family traditions alive.

She is survived by 10 children, Kris Egan of Dubuque, Greg (Megan) Egan of Peosta, Angie Olds of Dubuque, Kevin Egan of Dubuque, Laura (Dave) Heiderscheit of Balltown, Mike Egan of Dubuque, Julie (Andy) Willenborg of New Vienna, Ron Egan of Dubuque, Amy (Brad) Blum of Dubuque, Erin Egan of Dubuque, a brother Gari McDermott, a godson Jeff (Loretta) Sommers, a goddaughter Beth McDermott, a sister-in-law Alice Egan and Maxine Egan, 15 grandchildren, Lauren, Hunter and Katelyn Egan, (step-grandson) Brady Tegeler, LeighAnn (Andrew) Duve, Erica Olds, Rachel (Nick) Nurre, Ryan Olds, Matthew and Connor Heiderscheit, Nathan Willenborg, Madelyn, Benjamin, Allison and Andrew Blum, 3 great grandchildren, Daxton and Kala Duve, Parker Nurre and 13 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick J. Egan; granddaughter, Faith Willenborg; parents, Carl and Camilla McDermott; her maternal grandparents, Harold "Hal" and Clara (Slattery) Fitzpatrick; her aunt, Adeline Sommers-Sweeney; two children through miscarriage; her mother and father-in-law, Hope (Dolan) and Edward L. Egan; a sister-in-law, Anna Mae Egan and two brother-in-laws, Glenn and Edward "Eddie" V. Egan.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Joyce M. Schoenberger


Joyce M. Schoenberger, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Finley Hospital. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 26, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.  Rev. Robin Luckey will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 25, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. 

Joyce was born September 12, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lee E. and Anna C. (Keller) Hadley. While in high school at Dubuque Senior High, Joyce met the love of her life, Benjamin R. Schoenberger. The high school sweethearts graduated in 1964, and married on October 9, 1965. 

Joyce held many retail jobs over the years, including Walsh Family Store, Kmart, and Walmart. She was also a paraprofessional for Dubuque Community Schools. 

Volunteering was a passion of Joyce's, and her volunteer work included the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Grand Opera House, Five Flags Theater, North End Neighborhood, and Crescent Community Health Center. She held many positions with different volunteer organizations, including Local 94, UAW Women's Auxiliary, VFW Women's Auxiliary, Salvation Army, and Boy Scout Troop 94, where she and Benjamin loved to spend time. 

Joyce and Benjamin shared a love of the outdoors, spending time waterskiing with the Waterski Club, boating, camping, hiking, and fishing. They enjoyed square dancing, and volunteering at Boy Scout Camp C.S. Klaus, where Joyce served as Camp Secretary.  Music was a passion of Joyce's, and she loved everything from classical to rock n roll, and even Metallica! She was a huge fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Washington Redskins. Joyce loved to shop, and there wasn't a day that went by that you wouldn't catch her without a bracelet on. She was devoted to her family, baking cookies for everyone and was known to kick the kids out of the house to play outside during the summer. 

Joyce is survived by her two children, Angela (Rob Allemann) (Stapleton) Petsche of Dubuque, and Benjamin (Lori) Schoenberger Jr. of Frankfort, KY; her grandchildren, T.J. (Christina) Stapleton III, Stephanie (Josh) Vondal, LeeAnn (Andy) Peterson, Ryan Petsche, Julie (Mike Moore) Schoenberger, and Danielle (Cody Eads) Schoenberger; her great grandchildren, Alexis, Isabelle, Romyn, Temperance, Fable, Gabriel, Theodore IV, Cameran, Ava, Kaydence, Mack, Brant, Aubrey, Derek, Eziln, and baby Jocelyn on the way; her brother, John D. (Janet) Hadley; her sister, Carolann (Terry) Wright; and her brother in law, Donald (Joyce) Schoenberger. 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Benjamin Sr. in 1994; and her twin sister, Janice Patters. 

Memorials may be made to the Joyce M. Schoenberger Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor Grand Meadows; Finley Hospital ICU; and Dr. Hillard Salas, for all their care of Joyce. 

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

 

 



John T. Gregg


John Thomas Gregg, 49, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 18, 2018 at his home.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Thomas Shinkle officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Monday until time of the service. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Sterling, IA.

John was born on August 8, 1969 in Fort Madison, Iowa, son of Joe and Janet (Bennett) Gregg.

John graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1987. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1993. He enjoyed weight lifting and going for long walks. He had a passion for all things pertaining to World War II and had a vast collection of miniature tanks, planes and books.

John is survived by his mother, his sister Jancy (Pat) Hagen; their son Dylan of Westminster Colorado, his twin brother Jamie (Lora) Gregg; their children, Shelby & Ethan of Inver Grove Heights Minnesota, his aunt, Sondra Bennett (Ozzie Alibasic) of Dubuque, Betty Roberts of Mount Sterling and numerous cousins.

John was preceded in death by his father, Uncle, Oscar Gregg of Wapello, Iowa and Uncle, Dale Roberts of Mount Sterling, Iowa and his grandparents.

Thank you to the medical staff of Mercy Medical Center and Hillcrest Family Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials made will be directed to Hillcrest Family Services.



Dellane Joy (Schissel) Tressel


Dellane Joy (Schissel) Tressel, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 18, 2018 at home following a battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dellane was born on September 20, 1960 at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque the daughter of Vern and Sharleen (Smith) Schissel. She attended St. Raphael's Grade School, Washington Jr. High, and graduated from Senior High School.

She worked at the Villa for over 25 years, along with Manor Care, Stonehill and Seven Hills Brewing.

Dellane was a loving mother and grandmother. She took many trips with her mother to National Parks across the United States. She enjoyed movies, bowling and shooting pool. She especially enjoyed going to concerts with her best friends Pam and Martha.

She is survived by her husband Steve; her sons, Anthony, Randy (Katie), and Eddie. Her grandsons, Aiden, Killian and Jemar. Her mother Sharleen Tressel; brothers Jay (Eileen) Schissel, Tom Schissel, John Schissel and a sister Lori Schulz. Her very best friends of 40 years, Pam (Ahern) Lenz and Martha (Grace) Wallace, and brother-in-law Jeff Swift.

She was preceded in death by her father Vern Schissel; one sister Peggy Swift and a brother Frank Schissel; sister-in-law Penny Schissel.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for all the help and care given to Dellane on her final journey.

May she rest in peace.



Dorothy M. Plein


Dorothy Mae (Reittinger) Plein, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:15 a.m., on October 18, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 21, 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.

Dorothy was born on May 12, 1923, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of William and Hilda (Davidshofer) Reittinger.

Dorothy was born and raised in the Dyersville area before eventually moving to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Leo V. Plein, on November 10, 1943, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. The two were blessed with 2 children, and 56 wonderful years together, before Leo was sadly called home ahead of her on December 29, 2000. Dorothy embraced her role as a full time wife, mother and homemaker, but also devoted some of her time to working at Moes Bakery in Dubuque. She was a faith filled woman who was an active, long-time member of Holy Ghost Church.
When Dorothy was able to find some free time in her days, she enjoyed sitting down to work on her latest needlepoint creation. She was a social butterfly who took full advantage of every opportunity she could to sit down and play some cards, and talk about the events of the day with family and friends. Dorothy was also an avid Cubs fan, rarely missing a game on tv, and saw her lifelong dream fulfilled when they won the World Series in 2016. Family was beyond a doubt the most important aspect of Dorothy's life, and she cherished any opportunity to get together with the children and grandchildren, always making sure they knew how loved and adored they were. Dorothy was a kind hearted, sweet woman, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her was definitely changed for the better from that experience. We will miss Dorothy dearly, but are extremely grateful for the 95 years we were blessed to have her here on this Earth, teaching, guiding, listening to us and loving us, and we take some comfort in knowing she is now watching over us from her Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory include

her children,
Beverly A. (David) Unsen, Dubuque, IA
and Steven J. (Karen) Plein, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Julie (Sean) Kerr, Colleyville, TX,
Jason Unsen, Dubuque, IA,
Jenna Unsen, Fort Worth, TX
and Lisa Jellison, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Ryan and Makena Kerr and Aubrielle and Brynlee Jellison;

her brother,
Deacon Paul (Therese) Reittinger, Richardson, TX;

and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Plein; and her sister, Loraine (Eldon) Brown.

Dorothy's family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center, who became like her second family, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tami and Suzanne, for all of the wonderful, professional and loving care they have given Dorothy.

A Dorothy M. Plein memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Kathryn M. Gavin


Kathryn M. "Katie" Gavin, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on October 17, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a wake service at 7:45 p.m. Family and friends may also pay respects from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church prior to the funeral.

Katie was born on March 2, 1926 in Cascade, Iowa, the daughter of Emeret and Ida (Takes) Koob. She married Thomas L. Gavin April 20, 1948 in Cascade. He preceded her in death on September 1, 2015.

Katie was a meticulous homemaker and worked at Leiser's Supper Club for many years. Faith and family were the core of her life. She was Tom's loving caregiver for over 25 years as he declined due to Alzheimer's disease. Even when circumstances seemed to make it impossible, she found joy in each new day. She loved to travel, and looked forward to meals with family and friends, including the monthly Koob family breakfasts, and lunch with her friends at the Lifetime Center. She loved the falling snow in winter (even in April). Katie was a lifelong seamstress. She made over one hundred beautiful, hand-sewn quilts, which she gave as gifts to her family and charities. She had a strong work ethic and taught it by example to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Shirley (Dan) Lanners, of Dubuque, Lou Ann (Robert) Austin, Reno, Nevada, and Gary (Rosemary) Gavin, of Iowa City. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carrie (Richard) Brown, Jason (Mandy) Charley, Roger (Lori) Brown, Amy (Phillip) Wagner, Thomas Pike, Joshua (Brittany Lippstock) Pike, Jonathan Pike, Heidi (Zachary) Williams, and Katie Wolf; and many great-grandchildren: Collin, Eric, Chloe, Julie, Kaylee, Matthew, Lily, Amelia, Bailie, Jase, Max, Alyssa, Lilly, Sawyer and Finley. Katie is also survived by her siblings Florence Coyle of Anamosa, Rosie (Al) Smith of Cascade, and Mary Lu (Frank) Takes of Cedar Rapids, and in-laws Dale Weidemann of Bradenton, Florida, Rita Gavin of Dyersville, Celia Gavin of Cascade, Jack (Bea) Gavin of Maquoketa, and Dave (Lois) Gavin of Bernard, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom, her siblings Irene Rogers, Joseph Koob, and Helen Weidemann, and her in-laws Merlin Rogers, George Wilmer Coyle, Cecelia Koob, Oscar Gavin, Justin Gavin, Arlene and Jack Cook, and LaVonne Gavin.

Rather than flowers, Katie requested that memorials be directed to The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Shelter for Women and Children or Hills & Dales, both in Dubuque.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Manor Care, Sunset Park Place, and UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital for the wonderful care and respect for her dignity that they gave Katie as she declined.



Mary J. Manning


Mary J. Manning, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mary on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Clinton Engines Museum Community Center, Lower Level, in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial will be held at 1 P.M. from Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary Jane Hines was born on September 6, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Ernie and Delilah Hines. She married William Manning in 1956 in Maquoketa and to this union ten children were born. William preceded her in death on August 26, 1976.

Mary was a homemaker for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, singing and dancing. Her most prized possession was her family.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include eight children, Judy Dague of Monmouth, IA, Gary (Linda) Manning of Baldwin, IA, Bruce (Gloria) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Rick (Flo) Manning of East Moline, IL, Joyce (Paul Hammerhand) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Shirley Risden of Maquoketa, IA, Mike (Tonia Delong) Manning of Geneseo, IL, and Robert Manning of Maquoketa, IA; 28 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Kenny Hines of Dubuque, IA; a sister Ida (Buck) Marcus of Moline, IL; and a daughter-in-law, Michele Manning of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter Jenny, son Ron, sons-in-laws Charlie Risden and Tom Dague, 10 siblings, and grandchildren Robbie Dague and Damien Wallroff.

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

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



Patricia Louise (Mason) Conzett


Patricia Louise (Mason) Conzett, 90, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity on Alta Vista with Msgr. Jim Miller officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. that morning at Nativity Church. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Pat was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 16, 1928, the oldest and only daughter to Carl Oscar and Beatrice Fern (Dumprope) Severson. Pat's life took her for a short while through California, to the longest 7-year-span of human existence in Dickinson, North Dakota and finally, Dubuque.

She married William Mason in Minneapolis on September 18, 1946. He preceded her in death in January of 1987. She married Richard Conzett June 15,1991 and he preceded her in death in December of 1993.

Pat was a homemaker, mother of six, and member of the Nativity choir. Her home, as well as her dinner table, were open to all. She later worked at Seiferts advising clientele on ladies fashion.

Pat enjoyed many activities including painting, Tai Chi, and prayer with the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mt. Carmel, where she became a BVM Associate. Any given day could be gameday as she spent enumerable hours playing cards and dominoes with family and friends.

Surviving her are sister-in-law Wilma (Richard) Severson, brother Lawrence (Nancy) Severson, children: Michele Schroeder, Richard (JoAnn) Mason, Michael (Susan) Mason, Perry (Polly) Mason, Lisa (Daniel) Brandel, Laura (Ronald) Robertson, 14 grand-children and 17 great-grandchildren as well as Mary Ann Conzett (Nick), Kathy (Richard) Noonan, Barbara (Roger) Beau, David (Jane) Conzett, Sandy (Ken) Link, 14 step-grandchildren and 26 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Fern Severson, brother Richard Severson, husbands William Mason and Richard Conzett, daughter-in-law Polly Mason and stepson Nick Conzett

The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring staffs of Luther Manor, Grand Meadows, and Paramount Ambulance, Dr. Tom Sinsky and staff, Msgr. Jim Miller and Hospice of Dubuque.

A memorial fund has been established.

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



Judith Ann Jobgen


Judith Ann Jobgen, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 10th, 2018 at her residence.

According to her wishes no public visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Judith was born on March 29, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Irwin and Mildred (Foell) Lesch. She married Gerald Jobgen on August 27, 1960 at Sacred Heart Church.

She worked for Stampfers Department Store and had 25 years of service at Creslanes Bowling Alley. She was a member of the 600 Bowling Club.

Judy was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved decorating for the holidays and special occasions. She was also very skilled at creating centerpieces for family and friends.

She is survived by her two children James Jobgen and Paula Tschudi; her daughter-in-law Donna Jobgen; grandchildren, Adam, Matt, Caleb, and Jarrett Jobgen, Sydney and Sebastian Fox and Carter Tschudi. Great granddaughter Natalie Fox and future great granddaughter Zoey Jobgen along with her sister-in-law Loretta (Cook) Lesch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gerald; a son Timothy; brothers Jack (Kay) Lesch and Jim Lesch; sisters Jane (Ken) Hefel, and Joan (Roger) Hoskins; brothers-in-law Joe, Gene, and Charles Jobgen; sisters-in-law Virginia, Leonora and Amelda.



Duane T. Horton


Duane T. Horton, 85, of East Dubuque, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 14th, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Duane was born on June 21, 1933 in Frost, Minnesota the son of Kelley and Martha (Bosma) Horton. He married Mary Kircher Smothers on June 27, 1980 in Dubuque, Iowa. The couple merged their two families and enjoyed spending time with their seven children.

Duane retired from Flexsteel and his true passion was truck driving for John and Jean Herbst, J&R Trucking. Duane enjoyed 68 years total of driving until he retired in 2016.

Duane is survived by his wife Mary; their children Kelly Rae (Kevin) Mueller, Kim (Bob) Runde, Cary (Don) Lumley, Kelly Jo Smothers, Sean (Jeff) Smothers, and Eddie (Nora) Mulgrew. Five grandchildren, Erica, Justin, Aaron, Toni, Zachary, Jennifer, Dallas, and Landyn; and his three special "Little People".

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Chuck Smothers and his special companion "Ted Bear".

The family requests no flowers.

To my husband, Duane, you were the best truck driver to me and our family. You will be greatly missed. A special thank you to his trucking friends and to Dr. Chris Stille and his nurse Amanda



Mae E. Kramer


Mae E. Kramer, 94, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday, October 19 from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mae was born September 6, 1924, in Dyersville, the daughter of John and Rose (Froning) Vaske. She married Herbert G. Kramer on May 26, 1948, in Bankston, Iowa. Together they farmed North of Farley until retiring in Dyersville in 1995.

Mae was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She loved spending time with family and friends, baking cookies, playing cards and dominos.

Mae is survived by her 7 children: Nancy (Bob) White and Richard J. (Sharon) Kramer, both of Dyersville, Wayne (Teresa) Kramer of Farley, Jean (Gary) Domeyer of Earlville, Julie (Leo) Kluesner of Worthington, Donna (Kim) Olberding of Dyersville and Alan (Connie) Kramer of Farley; 24 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and expecting another; siblings: Carol (Patrick) Gehl of Cascade; in-laws: Grace Vaske of Dyersville and Marguerite Kramer of Lamont.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herb in 2010, one son, Daniel on Feb. 9, 1963, great grandchildren, Natalie Kluesner and Aidan Barry; siblings: Lu Ann (Orland) Manternach, Don Vaske, and James (Mary) Vaske; in-laws: Ray (Agnes) Kramer, Leonard (Margaret) Kramer, Clarence (Lucille) Kramer, Joe (Mary Ann) Kramer, John (Lorraine) Kramer, LaVerne Kramer, Martha Jane (Charles) Demmer and Arlene (Jerome) Jaeger, Evelyn (Joe) Winter, Mercedes (Vince) Ries, Bernice (Laverne) Lansing and Marcella Kramer.

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



Norma Kirby


Norma "Jane" Kirby, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 13, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church Key West, with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery, South Garryowen. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on July 5, 1940 in in Rickardsville, Iowa, the daughter of Bernard & Betty (Jacobsmeyer) Steffen. She was married on September 13, 1960 to Robert J. Kirby, Sr. at the South Garryowen Church in Bernard, Iowa.

Jane was a farm wife for several years; after retirement from farming she worked at Sears, Armstrong's and as a Domestic Engineer. Her favorite job was working at Frog Hollow taking care of babies.

She was a talented baker, crafter & cook. She was notorious as a pie maker and her hobbies included flower gardening, canning, and playing cards; she was also an avid Chicago Cub and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

She was a loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother, and was an inspiration for her children. Jane was always thinking of her family and sending cards in the mail for all occasions and support.

She is survived by her husband Robert Kirby Sr.; her children Mary Beth (Clark) Bastian, Penny (Richard) Capesuis, Bob Kirby and Brian (Joanne) Kirby. Her grandchildren Cassi Appelquist, Carly Capesius, Mitchell & Kortney Kirby, Leslee & Nathan Bastian, and Cody Kirby; Great Grandchildren Ava and Rayden Appelquist. Siblings, Bob (Melinda) Steffen, Mary "Mazie" (Mike) Arthofer, Gary (Patti) Steffen,, Phil (Vicki) Steffen; sister-in-law, Connie Steffen; brother-in-law Richard (Cindy) Kirby.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bernard & Betty Steffen; her brother Tom Steffen; two sisters Carol and Diane Steffen.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Research For The Kids (RTFK). RFTK directly benefits research programs for pediatric brain tumors and heart defects at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

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



Sr. Bernardine Dillinger, OSF

SISTER BERNARDINE (EUDES) DILLINGER, OSF of the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 12:00 PM, October 13, 2018 at the Clare House.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be October 16 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on November 9, 1923 in Plankinton, SD to Fred and Gertrude (Sihrer) Dillinger.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 24, 1940 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1946.  Sister received her high school education through American High School courses.  She ministered in Iowa as a homemaker at Rickardsville, Webster City, Sioux City, Oyens, Sugar Creek, and Bode. In Dubuque, she ministered at St. Francis Home, Stonehill Franciscan Services and Mount St. Francis. She ministered in Illinois Corpus Christi in Chicago and Hazel Crest, IL. She also ministered at St. Cloud in Minnesota.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Toshiko Dillinger, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 77 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John, Thomas, and Vernon (Nola) Dillinger. 

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

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

 

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

 



Marilynn J. Jacobs


Marilynn J. Jacobs, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:08 a.m., on Friday, October 12, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marilynn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. David A. Schatz officiating. To celebrate Marilynn's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, October 15, 2018, 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. Olivet Cemetery.

Marilynn was born on November 16, 1927, in Eldon, Iowa, daughter of Claude and Caroline (Leinhauser) Steele.

Marilynn grew up in Eldon, Iowa, where she graduated from high school and went on to earn her teaching certificate from the Ottumwa Community College.  She taught elementary school in Eldon for a few years, before a nice young man, Paul Jacobs, would catch her eye and change her path.  Marilynn and Paul were united in marriage on August 26, 1950, in Eldon, and the two were blessed with 8 children and 26 wonderful years together, before Paul was sadly called home ahead of her on September 15, 1976.  After they wed, Marilynn happily became a full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in making sure her family was well cared for.  Much to her family’s delight, Marilynn was very talented in the kitchen and was famous for her delicious pies. Marilynn’s faith was of utmost importance to her, she was a long time member of St. Columbkille’s Church, and was extremely active in several organizations where she could share her beliefs with others.  She and Paul were very involved with Cursillo, CEW and Marriage Encounter, as well as several Bible study groups within the parish and city-wide.  She was part of the Mothers Prayers Group, an associate of the Sisters of the Presentation, a founding member of the Community of the Living Word and was a staple with the Meals Program at the Rescue Mission for over 35 years.  She wrote a column for The Witness called “Family Alive”, and was passionate about her work with the Spiritual Growth Program and the Social Justice Community with Sister Parish of Our Lady of the Sioux in Ogalala South Dakota.  When Marilynn found some quiet time in her days, she enjoyed bird watching, getting outside to enjoy the sunshine and tend her flower gardens, or simply sitting down to read a book or put together her next puzzle.  She had a great appreciation of music, which she gladly shared, by playing piano and singing in the church choir.  Beyond a doubt, family was the one thing that brought the greatest joy to Marilynn’s days, especially when the grandchildren were involved.   Marilynn was always their favorite “babysitter”, and she would set up sleep-overs and movie nights on a regular basis, as well as going along on family vacations.  She knew how to make everyone feel special, and took joy in writing letters and sending cards for every occasion. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her, and awaits our arrival one day in her Heavenly Home.

Those left to cherish Marilynn's memory include

her children,
Steve (Sherry) Jacobs, Dubuque, IA,
Paula (Ron) Payne, St. Joseph, IL,
Mary (Mike) Cass, Rockford, IL,
Joan (Phil) First, Atlanta, GA,
John (June) Jacobs, Madison, WI,
Don "Jake" (Cheri) Jacobs, East Dubuque, IL
and David (Roxanne) Jacobs, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Amy (Jason) Cassady, Carrie (Mike) Kane, Joshua (Lynda) Payne, Margot (Nate) Lombardi, Lauren Cass, Thomas (Jessica) Cass, Jacob First, Emily (Benoit Welsch) First, Matthew (Kaety) Jacobs, Maggie Jacobs, Paul Jacobs, Austin (Emmy) Jacobs, Christian (Emily) Jacobs, Zachary Jacobs and Dylan Jacobs;

her 15 great-grandchildren;

and her grandson-in-law,
Jim Mitchell, Dubuque, IA.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Jacobs; a son, Gregory Jacobs; a granddaughter, Laurie Mitchell; and her 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

Marilynn's family would like to extend a special thank you to Roots of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, and everyone who has helped to care for Marilynn these past months, allowing her to stay in the home she so loved.

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

 



Leo M. Oneyear


Leo M. "Mike" Oneyear, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on October 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 15th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Leo was born on September 7, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Irene (Price) Oneyear. He married Patricia Jane Lewis on September 9, 1978. He served with the Iowa National Guard and worked for Standard Forwarding retiring in 2009.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing euchre, watching the Hawkeyes, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco 49ers.

He is survived by his children, Matthew (Kim) Oneyear, Lindsay (Adam) Heinen, Erin Oneyear; his significant other Deb Boyer. His grandchildren Owen, Leo (Mimi), Ben, Mason, Peyton, Madelyn, Cole, Evie and Zoe. "His best girl Liza". His sister Gail Holder, Linda (Bob) Lochner; his brother Steve "Fuzzy" (Jane) Oneyear, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and his parents Leo and Irene Oneyear.

A special thank you to Captain Dale Snyder from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office who was such a comfort to our family in this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers a Leo Oneyear memorial fund will be established.



Mary Colleen Doyle Beck-Smith


Mary Colleen Doyle Beck-Smith, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa died Wednesday October 10, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 15th at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Colleen Doyle Beck-Smith was born on May 14th, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa to Harvey J. Doyle and Fay E. Heffern.

Colleen graduated from the Cathedrals - St. Joseph Academy High School in Dubuque in 1944. She attended De Paul University and graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago in 1947. During WW II, Colleen was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps from 1944-1947.

She married Milton L. Beck on November 13, 1948 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. Milton died on October 6, 1951. They had two sons.

Colleen married George W. Smith on March 10, 1953 at St. Raphael's Cathedral; they were married for 58 years. George died on November 3, 2010. They had three sons and three daughters.

Colleen spent her childhood in the south end of Dubuque, known as "Little Dublin". She was very proud of her Irish heritage and had the opportunity to visit Ireland in 1996.

Colleen was a city girl until 1958, when the family moved to a farm 4 miles east of Bankston. She continued her life work as a nurse, working the night shift at Mercy Hospital, while caring for her 8 children. In 1989, George and Colleen moved back to Dubuque residing on Ramona St. They were 30 year members of St. Columbkille's Parish.

Colleen worked as a registered nurse at Xavier and Mercy hospitals in Dubuque during her 40+ year career. In her retirement years, Colleen enjoyed volunteering at St. Dominic Villa for 8 years, Mercy Hospital for 14 years and St. Columbkille's Elementary School, all in Dubuque. Colleen was an empathetic and caring person and touched the lives of many people throughout her life.

She was often known for saying exactly what she was thinking, but always in a kind manner. She was energetic and sometimes was described as "feisty", often channeling this energy into doing good deeds for others. Her highly competitive spirit was revealed during family trivial pursuit games, Friday night penny poker with neighbors and Uno games with the grandchildren. She enjoyed participating in water exercise classes over the years, especially the opportunity to socialize with old and new friends.

In her final years she was a resident at Eagle Point Place and Bethany Home.

She is survived by her children, Daniel ( Janice) Smith, Robert (Joyce)Smith, and Thomas (Carol) Smith all of Dubuque, David Smith of Cleburne, Texas, Mary (Mark)Feldman, of Welton, Iowa, Ann Smith of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Amy (Mark Muller) Smith, of Minneapolis, MN; 27 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; her sister Rose Huseman; her brothers-and sisters-in-law Dick Huseman, Louis Wagner, Betty Doyle and Rita Beck of Dubuque, Les and Lavonne Schilling of Burlington, Steve and Jean Smith of Rochester, MN, and Elizabeth Schultz of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son William Smith in January 2018; great grandson Austin Smith; her sisters Betty Wagner, Kate Huseman; brother Donald Doyle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis Huseman, Joseph Beck, David and Monica Christ, Louis and Leota Hetzler.

The Smith family wishes to extend a special thank you to staffs at Eagle Point Place, Bethany Home and 3rd floor staff at Mercy Health Center for their compassionate care and kindness.



Edward Durey


We celebrate the life of Edward "Ed" Durey, son of Donald "Sonny" and Ruth Durey. Ed passed away on October 10, 2018, at the age of 50, at his home after a valiant fight from the resulting effects of multiple strokes. He has joined his father, Sonny, who passed away in December.

Funeral service for Ed will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 15th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Christopher officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Ed was a trailblazer. He was a member of the first group of children with disabilities to attend public school. Simply through living his life, Ed helped to pave the way for equal access for individuals with disabilities in a variety of different activities. Ed never questioned his right to participate in every aspect of life with his family and friends.

Ed was an optimist. He viewed each day as an adventure waiting to unfold. He anticipated joy and laughter would fill his day, and he made it happen for not only himself, but for everyone around him. Ed celebrated the simple pleasures such as Mom's omelet for breakfast, peanut butter shakes for snack with dad, eating out, time with family and going to Cozy Corner.

Ed was a people lover. No one was a stranger, and everyone was a friend. His handshakes and hugs warmed the soul of everyone he met. No matter where you went with Ed, there was someone who would come up to greet him and share stories of their admiration of and involvement with Ed. He had special friends from Cozy Corner, his outings with Area Residential Care, Goodwill activities, bowling teammates, cohorts at work and his roommates at his group home. He had a special place in his heart for all of his "girlfriends." He was definitely a ladies' man.

Ed was a gentle soul. When babies were placed in his arms, he began his magic. He gently stroked their checks and hands and then began to recite his soothing words. He was able to calm even the fussiest baby. When at home in his final days, he never stopped holding the hands of those who were there to comfort him. When the strokes stole his language, he maintained the words, "How are you?" He needed to know that "his people" were ok.

Ed was a model for all of us. We all should strive to live life as Ed did. He was the epitome of goodness and light. Joy exuded from his presence. He never knew judgement of another person, hatred, or prejudice. He leaves behind a legacy of love.

Ed has now joined his father, Sonny; brother-in-law, George Frommelt; grandparents, Edward and Pearl Gerstkamp and Leona Durey; and other family members whom Ed held dear. His love light shines now in heaven, just as it does in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Durey, and sisters Chris McCarron, Cathy Ruden, and Candy Frommelt. In addition, Ed was a very proud uncle to eight nieces and nephews and sixteen great nieces and great nephews, all of whom loved him dearly and came to his bedside during his final days. Ed's two dogs, Huck and Mindy, will be missing their cuddle buddy.
A special thanks to the many medical personnel, Manor Care staff, Hospice team, and extended family members and friends who all shared their love, care and concern with Ed and the entire family as he battled his health challenges. Ed was blessed by each of these individuals.


Rosella M. Hosch


Rosella Marie Hosch, 82, formerly of Dubuque passed away on September 26th, 2018 in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, October 15th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Rosella was born on September 24, 1936 in B-Town Township, Wisconsin the daughter of Vernon and Alta (Bishell) Laufenberg. She married Paul Donald Hosch on September 24, 1960 in Lancaster, WI. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2017.

She was a loving homemaker and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Ann (John) Meyer of Eau Claire, WI and Paul Joseph (Joy Morgan) of Cedar Rapids, IA.Grandchildren, Courtney (Yeng) Vang, Stevens Point, WI, Meredith (Josh) Lindbom, Appleton, WI and Michael Meyer, Wausau, WI., Staci (Tony) Novak, Cedar Rapids, IA. Great grandchildren, Michael & Mya Novak, Song, Leon and Hope Vang. Her siblings, Gloria (Jim) Cooley, of Lancaster, WI, Marsha (John) Pace of Lancaster, Alverna (Bob) Esser, Cassville, Joyce (Ken) Zenz, of Potosi, and a sister-in-law Opal Laufenberg, of Mauston, WI., and many nieces, nephews and Great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul; one brother Orville Laufenberg and one sister Leila (Bob) Schmitz.
The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to a charity of choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls and to Ann Gordon, NP for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rosella.



James J. Hoffmann


James J. "Jim" Hoffmann, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at The University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, after an accidental fall.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, October  15, at Church of the Resurrection. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 14,  at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:45 p.m.

Jim was born September 27, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Arthur and Marie (Duscheck) Hoffmann. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Kutsch on May 12, 1956 at Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on August 21, 2013. 

Jim was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years, until his retirement. He achieved his goal of being retired for longer than he had been employed. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection. Jim enjoyed fishing, reading, and was an avid gardener.  When his freezer was full of fish, he would invite friends and family over for fun and fish fries. Jim loved boating and camping on the river, and took his family on many camping trips on the sandbar along with his brother and their family, starting a tradition that carried on for many generations.  He grew beautiful flowers, and kept his family and friends supplied with tomatoes every summer.  He shared his love of bicycling with his children, and they went on many bike rides, including GRABAAWR in Wisconsin. Jim rode his bicycle to Farley daily, and every Sunday he rode to Tennyson, WI.  Jim was a proud father of seven, and loved being a grandpa. Jim's sense of humor was irrepressible, and he taught his family how to laugh and have fun. He was always a little mischievous, even up until the end. 

im is survived by six children, Kevin (Julie) Hoffmann of Dubuque; Joanne (Dan) Kerper of Decatur, IL, Shari (Gary) Hayes of Dubuque, Craig (Jamie) Hoffmann of East Dubuque, IL, Kathy (Bill) Hoerner of Dubuque, and Gail (Ben) Minger of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jessica (Jake) Hauk and Ryan (Lindsey) Hoffmann, Elizabeth and Allison Kerper, Cody and Hallie Hayes, Danielle and Lucas Hoffmann, Amber and Emily Hoerner, and Isaac and Laney Minger; eight great grandchildren, Annalise, Aiden, and Ella Hauk, Noell and Weston Hoffmann, Carson Hayes and Basil Schroeder-Hayes, and Owen Hoffmann; his sister, Pearl McMahon of CA; and his in-laws, Dan Hanten, Mel Hoffmann, and Roger (Dee) Kutsch, all of Dubuque. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Keith in 2008; his great grandson Evan Hauk in 2011; his sisters, Gloria Schueller, Jean O'Rourke, Rosie Cox, and Barbara Hanten; his brothers, Johnny and Tommy Hoffmann; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Memorials may be made to the James Hoffmann Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and palliative care team at the University of Iowa, as well as Dr. Jill Powers.

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

 

 



JoAnn “Joni” Delany


JoAnn "Joni" Delany, 83, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Per Joni's explicit wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Joni was born in Dubuque on January 24, 1935 to Joe and Hazel (Jochum) McQuillen. She married Frank Delany, Jr., on December 26, 1962. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Joni graduated from St. Columkille High School and received her X-Ray training at Mercy Hospital and worked on the staff in that department.

Her next adventure moved her to Chicago, working for Radiologists on Lake Shore Drive. She loved her time in Chicago, often telling many stories. She would often recall the time she rode in a convertible down Michigan Ave. during a snow storm! Another favorite memory was when John F. Kennedy was campaigning for President and she and her girlfriends waited many hours just to shake his hand. After he was nominated, she sent him a congratulatory telegram.

Joni returned to Dubuque and worked for orthopedic surgeons. It was during that time that she met and married Frank Delany, Jr. She and Frank were married for 42 years, before his passing on February 18, 2004. Frank taught and coached at Wahlert High School for many years and the school quickly became their world. The two attended many athletic events and celebrations at the Morocco. In fact, Frank proposed to Joni after a basketball game when Wahlert beat Senior.

One of Joni's proudest accomplishments was receiving her RN Degree from NICC at the age of 40. She worked at Mercy Hospital for 17 years. Joni's favorite night out would be dining at the Morocco or Timmermans, anywhere she didn't have to cook.

Joni was known for generosity in helping her family, friends, and strangers. She will be missed by her brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Wahlert High School Frank Delany Scholarship Fund. 

Joni is survived by her siblings, Carol Houtakker, Metemora, Illinois, Jim (Sheila) McQuillen, Papillion, Nebraska, Tom (Joyce) McQuillen, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Joe (Corinne) McQuillen, Peosta, Iowa, Sharon (Joe) McAuliffe, Epworth. Along with many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings Dorothy McQuillen, Lois McDermott, Richard McQuillen, Pat McQuillen and Joyce McQuillen.

Joni's family thanks the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Riverbend Retirement Community for the great care and kindness shown to her.



Merlyn J. Weidemann


Merlyn J. Weidemann, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:55 p.m., on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Phillip G. Gibbs officiating. To celebrate Merlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Merlyn was born on February 5, 1925, in Rickardsville, Iowa, son of John and Susan (Lex) Weidemann.

Merlyn honorably served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. He was proud of his service and was grateful to have been invited to attend the Honor Flight on October 19, 2010, along with his fellow veterans. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia Wilfawn, on May 10, 1949, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, Iowa, and the two would be blessed with 5 children and 60 wonderful years together, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on February 20, 2010. Merlyn was born and raised in the country, where he learned the value of hard work early on, and he would put that strong work ethic to good use at Farley & Loetscher and finally with the John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinist for 28 years until his retirement. After his retirement, he and Pat would embrace the "snowbird life", wintering in Texas for 13 years. Merlyn loved being in the great outdoors, and golf was definitely his game of choice, playing in several leagues and taking trips to check out different courses. Merlyn was known to his family as a "Man of Wisdom", and a "Master of Gadgets & Gizmos", he was an extremely talented craftsman, making intricate wooden toys and unique display cases to house them throughout the years. Also, as any good Dubuquer does, Merlyn loved a spirited game of Euchre. Merlyn was a faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection, as well as the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, the Foresters and the U.A.W. Retirees. We are deeply saddened at the loss of the patriarch of our family today, but are grateful for the 93 years we have had with him. Merlyn was a wonderful role model of what a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother should be, and we will proudly carry on his lessons for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Merlyn's memory include

his children,
Jim (Char) Weidemann, Dubuque, IA
Judy (Kent) Roebken, Durango, IA,
Joan (Rick) Herbst, Durango, IA,
Rick (Sharon) Weidemann, Sherrill, IA
and Rhonda (Pat) Coleman, Peosta, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;
Jim (Cathy) Weidemann, Jason (Jenny) Weidemann, Jeff (Chrissy) Weidemann, Jenny (Billy) Ostola, Chad Roebken, Doug (Kris) Roebken, Kris (Troy) Wright, April (Randy) Hall, Jacob (Jill) Herbst, Shelby (Chris) Wahlert, Nicole (Jerry) Roling, Gina (Jim) Boxleiter, Lexi (fiancé Ryan Sindt) Weidemann and Sam (Shawn) Thomas;

his 36 great-grandchildren;

his sister,
Rita Loch, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Dorothy Huffman, Ottumwa, IA.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia Weidemann; a sister, Magdalen (Elmer) Wagner; 3 brothers, John (Irene) Weidemann, Herbert (Martha) Weidemann, Gilbert (Florence) Weidemann; and a brother-in-law, Matt Loch.

Merlyn's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and Amy, for being there to guide us through this journey and for all of their kindness, compassion and wonderful care of Merlyn.

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



Ivyl Mae M. Volkert


Ivyl Mae M. Volkert, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

She was born on August 13, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Beerman. She married Clifford Volkert on August 16, 1943.

Ivyl was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to her family and being a fulltime homemaker.

She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association. She liked to have a cold Bud Light while on the sand bar with friends. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and especially the Chicago White Sox.

"Mom granted dad his final wish, that she would finally be on top."

She is survived by her three sons, Ronald (Dianna), Terry (Bev) and Kenneth; her daughter-in-law Tina; 16 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clifford; a son Dennis; her sister Bertil and a brother Wilford.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Liaboe and the staff at Grand River Medical Center, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Ivyl.



Jane Lampe


Jane Lampe, 76, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Nation Cottages, Cedar Falls, IA. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, October 15, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.  

Jane was born on November 30, 1941 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Donald and Agnes (Heller) Schuster.  She married Thomas Lampe Sr. on May 12, 1962 at St Mary's Church in Dubuque.  

Jane worked for over 25 years at the Dubuque Community School District until she retired in 2004.  Before that she worked as a bank teller at several Dubuque banks.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and an inspiration for her children.  She was a talented seamstress, a wonderful talent in the kitchen where she could make anything she wanted.

Jane is survived by Kay Lampe Hannasch (Richard Hannasch) of Huxley, IA, Thomas Lampe, Jr. of Tiffin, IA, Ann (John) Richardson of San Marcos, CA, and Douglas (Ann) Lampe of Waterloo, IA; grandchildren Margaret and Teresa Hannasch, Jill and Holly Lampe, Kellie and Jerad Richardson, and Marcus and Allison Lampe; one sister Bonnie (Eldon) Bigelow, and one sister-in-law Carol (Robert) Schuster.    

She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Agnes, her husband Thomas, and brother Robert.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the Dubuque Arboretum. 

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



LeAnn Ruth Cone Keller


With great sadness, the Keller family announces the passing of LeAnn Ruth Cone Keller, 85, on Friday October 5, 2018.

Visitation will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 4-7pm. Funeral Services will be held at Westminster on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 10am. A visitation from 9-9:45am will precede the funeral services. Burial is scheduled for 2pm Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, IA.

She was a loving wife to Don for 64 years, caring mother to Marcee, David, and Ann Marie, beloved grandmother to nine, great-grandmother to two and a dear friend to many.

LeAnn was born on the family homestead farm in Independence, Iowa on August 1, 1933 to Leo and Ruth (Bachman) Cone. She graduated from Independence High School in 1951 and completed cosmetology school in Cedar Rapids in 1952. She married her high school sweetheart Don Keller on June 12, 1954 at First Presbyterian Church in Independence.

In addition to working as a beauty operator, LeAnn was a product demonstrator for the Oster Company where she spent many days at local department stores or visiting Home Economics classes in the Dubuque Community School System to demonstrate how to use the appliances. She also worked as a teacher's aide at Senior High School prior to retiring.

LeAnn was an active member at Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served on the Board of Deacons, volunteered for Vacation Bible School, was a tutor for the after school program, organized funeral luncheons and sang in the choir. She was also a long-standing TTT member and a very active 4-H leader for several years with the Happy Go Lucky and Riverside 4-H Clubs. She was a Master Gardener and a volunteered at the Iowa State Extension Office in Dubuque answering questions.

For many years Don and LeAnn would spend weekends square dancing around the area. They were members of both the Tri-State Twirlers and Gold Rush Squares and traveled to several Iowa State Square Dance Conventions and two national conventions. They also spent summers camping with the Tri-State Travelers Camping Club around the tri-state area, and winters traveling to Texas and Arizona, spending time camping and visiting with friends and family in the area.

LeAnn is survived by her husband Don E. Keller of Dubuque; three children: Marcee L. (Thomas Hughes) Keller of Prescott, AZ, David E. (Deborah) Keller of Loves Park, IL, and Ann Marie (Kelly) Keller-Lally of Alexandria, VA, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Patty.

A memorial fund has been established in her name at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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



William R. Roth

William "Bill" R. Roth, 75, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Private family funeral services will be held at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Survivors include his children Shawn (Andrea) Roth, and their children, Jake and Luke, and Jeff (Joy) Roth, and their children, Shelby, Carter, Finn and Charlotte; special friend, Gloria Cox; and sister, Patricia (Loras) Hanten and their children, Randy and Becky Hanten.



David Dennis Latham


David Dennis Latham, 76, of Bristol, TN, formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at home on September 22, 2018 surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 6 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with a memorial services to follow at 1 pm.

David was born August 4, 1942 in Dubuque, son of Dennis and Vada (Pascoe) Latham. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1960, attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville and graduated from Clarke College. He was employed for many years with John Deere, retiring in 2014.

He was a member of two Masonic Lodges, Metropolitan 49 and Dubuque Lodge 125. He was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque and First United Methodist Church in Bristol.

David was a good friend, always open for a round of golf. He was a devoted husband and father, but his favorite role was being a grandpa.

He is survived by his wife, Leanne, daughters Dawn (Todd) Moorman and Kristeen (Dr. Matthew) Beasey; grandchildren, Luke, Isaac, Hannah, and Sam Beasey; and one sister, Marilyn (Rev. Ron) Blix.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Dubuque.

David was a kind, gentle soul and he will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.



Orgene H. Stampfli


Orgene H. Stampfli, 93, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Applewood Apartments, died Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, October 13 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Orgene Stampfli was born in Hillsboro, North Dakota, on April 15, 1925, where she was baptized into the family of God, beginning a life of faithful service to Him. She soon moved with her family to rural Crystal, North Dakota, where her father, the Reverend Max Jank served St. Johns Lutheran Church. She grew up there along with her younger sisters Dorothy, Miriam, and Gloria. A fourth sister, Mary came along 20 years after Orgene's birth.

When her father entered the Army in 1943 to serve as a chaplain during World War II, Orgene began a series of moves which would characterize much of the rest of her life. After completing high school in Iowa City, she moved to northern California with her family. The final days of the war found her serving as a telephone operator in Pacific Grove. A move to Massachusetts followed, before Orgene decided to head off to college with her sister Gloria.

The sisters attended St. Johns College in Winfield, Kansas, where Orgene was certified to teach elementary education. For 10 years, she was a teacher in a variety of Lutheran Schools in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and California. Though her teaching career constituted only a relatively small portion of her life, Orgene always talked fondly of her years in the classroom, thought of herself as a teacher, and used her teaching skills often with her daughter and later her three grandchildren. Her final teaching position was in Oxnard, California, where she met Howard Stampfli. They married in 1958 and lived happily together for 51 years, until his death in 2010. Their homes included Oakland, CA; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis, MO; Maryland, and Florida. In 1978, Orgene and Howard moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where they lived for the next 25 years.

Their marriage was blessed with a single child, Ruth, in 1961. Ruth married Jonathan Barz in 1989, and Orgene was soon elated to welcome three grandchildren into her life - Emily, Megan, and Zachary -- who became a source of constant joy. In 2004, Orgene and Howard followed the Barz family to Dubuque, where life revolved around family time, invariably including Sunday dinner followed by an intense game of canasta. Orgene and Howard settled into the Applewood Apartments, where she lived until the final sixth months of her life. Following a brief stay in the hospital, she moved in with her daughter's family for three months, but her health continued to fail, prompting a move into Stonehill Care Center, where she died peacefully in her sleep on the night of October 7, 2018.

Orgene lived a life shaped by God's grace and devoted to worship, prayer, and Bible study. As the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and army chaplain, as a Lutheran school teacher, and as the wife of a Lutheran lay minister and choir director, she moved frequently, with each move settling into a church home where she worshiped faithfully and sought to serve her Lord. She died confident in God's promises of eternal life for all who trust in Jesus' redeeming death and resurrection. As her granddaughter Emily put it, "And now this nomad daughter-of-God - who lived almost more places than she could count - is home. Home with Jesus."



Leslie K. Howell


Leslie K. Howell, 59, of Epworth, Iowa passed away on October 9th, 2018 at home.

According to his wishes no public visitation or service will be held. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 210 1st Street NW, Epworth, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Leslie was born on July 17, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Kenneth and Augusta (Brenner) Howell. He is a US Army Veteran and worked for Eagle Window and Door (Anderson E-Series) in Dubuque.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, sitting around the fire and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his son Kenneth Howell; daughter Theresa Howell; grandson Kage Davis; and his siblings, Levern Howell, Sally Brown, Carolyn Howell and Lyle Howell.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Augusta (Brenner) Howell.



Donald W. DeLarm


Donald W. DeLarm, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, October 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family viewing will be held. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Donald Willis DeLarm was born on November 11, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willis and Ruby (Taylor) DeLarm. He grew up in Jackson and Clinton Counties and then entered the U.S. Army where he received an honorable discharge and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. While stationed in Germany during World War II he met his future wife, Getrud Dora Schmidt. They were married on September 11, 1948 in Bremen, Germany. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2009.

Donald worked for various factories throughout the years including Clinton Engines, and had also served as the janitor at the Maquoketa Country Club, and lastly worked for Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa. He had also worked as a farm hand for area farmers for many years.

Donald was a member of the Fulton Community Church, Andrew AMVETS Post #62, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.

Donald enjoyed fishing, gardening, and archery. He especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed selling worms through his worm farm "S & D Worms".

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his children, Barbara (Chris) Berner of Lost Nation, IA, Rosemary (David) Knoebel of Maquoketa, IA and Wilhelm "Bill" (Karla) DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; a brother Richard (Delores) DeLarm of Onslow, IA; sisters Margaret Lovely of Maquoketa, IA, and Judy Ray of Bettendorf, IA; sisters-in-law, Phyllis DeLarm and Janet DeLarm; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond (Ruth), David, Carl, and Charles (Brenda) DeLarm.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County, Fulton Community Church, or the Andrew AMVETS.

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



Bernard R. Ehlers


Bernard Richard Ehlers, 68, formerly of Dubuque, IA, Kieler and Potosi, WI, died at 5:06pm, Monday, October 8, 2018 at Alden Nursing in Naperville, IL.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, WI. Visitation will be held in the Parish Center (adjacent to the Church) from 9 - 11am followed by Mass at 11 with burial in the Church Cemetery. Fr. Bernard Rott will officiate. Lunch will be served

Bernard was born December 28, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa to Robert Ehlers and Inez (Leibfried) Ehlers. At the age of one year, Bernard was afflicted with a severe case of measles (rubeola) leaving him with brain damage and partial paralysis which was with him for the remainder of his life. He worked occasionally at Goodwill Industries and similar other odd jobs.

He was uniquely skilled in doing jigsaw puzzles and the bigger the better. He was fond of reading western novels especially those written by Louis Lamour and was a collector of American Indian memorabilia. He enjoyed travelling and took trips to Greece, Italy, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and throughout the United States.

For the last 18 years of his life, his legal co-guardians were his sister, Sandra and niece, Jennifer Schneider.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ehlers (1992), mother, Inez (2002), and two infant siblings, Donald and Mary, and sister-in-law, Melanie (Thomas) Ehlers (2011).

He is survived by a sister, Sandra (Ronald) Flink of Naperville, Illinois, brothers Jerry (Donna) Ehlers of Medford, Oregon, Thomas Ehlers of Dubuque, Iowa and Roger (Karen) Ehlers of San Diego, California as well as four nephews, one niece, six grand-nephews and two grand-nieces.

Pallbearers are; Thomas Ehlers (brother), Roger Ehlers (brother), Nicholas Ehlers (nephew), Chuck Schneider (nephew), Joshua Schneider (grand-nephew) and Ron Flink (brother-in-law).

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



Zachary W. Sagers


Zachary W. Sagers, 27, of Vine Grove, Kentucky and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 8, 2018, from injuries received in an automobile accident on 210th Avenue just north of Highway 136.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Zachary's life will be held at 12:30 P.M., Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Full military rites will be accorded at the cemetery. 

Zachary William Sagers was born on January 25, 1991 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Scott C. and Deanna J. (Hutchroft) Sagers. He was a 2009 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then entered the military. He married Emily Caitlin Lathem on October 31, 2015 in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Zachary joined the Army right after high school and had served ten years as an infantryman. He had been deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Zachary enjoyed Harleys and motorcycle riding, fishing, making music, and woodworking.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Emily Sagers of Vine Grove, KY; his parents, Scott and Deanna Sagers of Delmar, IA; a sister Danielle (Curt) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; maternal grandparents, Dellene and John Till of LaMotte, IA; and paternal grandmother, Madonna Sagers of DeWitt, IA.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal great-grandparents, paternal grandfather William "Bill" Sagers Jr., and maternal grandfather Daniel Hutchcroft.

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



James D. Henry


James D. "Jim" Henry, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:43 p.m., on Monday, October 8, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on March 26, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Gladys (Schmitt) Henry.

Jim was a lifelong Dubuque resident who honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1955-1957.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Evelyn “Evie” Burdt, on February 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two were blessed with 8 wonderful children and 61 years of wedded bliss, before Evie was sadly called home ahead of him on February 13, 2016, just shy of their 62nd anniversary.  Jim was raised with a strong work ethic and put those values to good use as a die maker with St. Regis Paper Company for 34 years, until his well-deserved retirement.  In his free time, Jim enjoyed spending time in his woodworking shop, creating beautiful pieces, especially clocks, to share with his family and friends.  When he wasn’t at work or out in the shop, Jim could be found enjoying the great outdoors whether he was fishing or sitting around the campfire with Evie and the children.  He enjoyed jumping in the car and going for a ride along the river, and was never one to say “no” when receiving an invitation to go out to eat.  He had an infectious laugh and was well known for his love of joking around and teasing family and friends.  His friendly and outgoing personality served him well while working the toll booth at Eagle Point Park for several years.  Jim’s faith was also an important aspect of his life, a trait which was evidenced by his longtime membership with Sacred Heart Church.  We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and friend, but are grateful that he is now free of the health issues that have plagued him these past years.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his children,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Jennifer (Cory) Meehan, Justin (Stacy) Kretz, Mindy (Willy) Boe, Megan Popenhagen, Robert (Jennifer) Popenhagen, Nichole (Cory) Strom, Toni (Leslie) Penoyer, Maggie Brenner, Joshua Dominy, Tyler Dominy, Dejarae Dominy, Anthony Kasparec, Heather (Ryan) Miller, Toby (Tabitha) Hicks, Kelsey (Jayme) Breitbach, Jordan Rapp, Anna Bruxvoort, Nora Bruxvoort and Jonah Bruxvoort;

41 great-grandchildren;

a sister,
Rosemary Grothe, Dubuque, IA;

a son-in-law,
James Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Kathleen "Cas" Kluesner, Dubuque, IA
and Donna Burdt, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Henry; an infant son, Michael Henry; a daughter, Debbie Kretz; a great-grandson, Collin Barton; and 5 brothers-in-law, William Grothe, William "Bill" (Ruth) Burdt Sr., James (Mary) Burdt Sr., Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T and Dale Kluesner.

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



Darlene J. Wills


Darlene J. Wills, 79, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease and cancer on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on April 6, 1939, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the daughter of Richard and Eldora (Bawden) Tucker. She married Joseph C. Wills on September 16, 1961, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1994.

Darlene graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1957 and then attended Bayless Business College. She worked at Farley and Loetscher, taught knitting and crocheting through Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, and had a ceramic business and taught ceramics in her home. Darlene was very artistic and made many cross stitch pieces. She also did a lot of babysitting; her two favorites were Kurt Jon Haverland and Blair Schuler.  She was the Hazel Green correspondent for the Tri-County Press for many years and a member of the Tri State Needle Arts Guild in Platteville.

Darlene enjoyed collecting dolls, figurines and John Deere memorabilia in honor of her husband. Darlene was a very generous person.

Survivors include her children, Shelley I. Wills, Barbara A. Wills, David J. Wills and Jeffrey R. Wills, all of Hazel Green; her sister, Donna M. (Tucker) Casper, of Janesville, WI; her brother, Dale R. Tucker, of Shullsburg; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darlene (Wills) Wubben, of Platteville, Virgil and Kay Wills, of Cuba City and Dorothy and Robert "Bob" (Wills) Stafford, of Iron River, MI.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers-in-law, Duane Casper, Donald Wills and Laverne Wubben; a sister-in-law, Sandy Wills; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maurice and Marcella Wills; and a nephew, Danny Wills.

A Darlene J. Wills Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to Drs. Nelson and Iverson and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Barbara Jean Koeller


Barbara Jean Koeller, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 8th, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where family and friends may visit after 12:00 p.m. until time of service. Private family burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.

Barb was born on December 22, 1940 in Platteville, WI the daughter of Carl Henry and Gertrude (Brugger) Leyh. She graduated from High School in Platteville, WI and then started Beauty School. On February 12, 1960 she married David Leo Koeller at English Lutheran Church in Platteville.

Barb worked for Hills and Dales, Visiting Nurses, DHS, Headstart and Baymont Hotel. She enjoyed volunteering with Up With Families and was a board member for Foster Grandparent.

She is survived by her husband David; children, Heidi (Rick) Balk, Kevin (Margaret) Koeller, Tonya (Todd) Randal and Heather (Gene Herrig) Koeller. Fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Wilbert and a sister Gladys Stanton.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff; University of Iowa doctors, nurses and staff; and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and compassion.



Carol L. Ripple


Carol L. Ripple, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, October 12, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Carol Lou Hinke was born on December 7, 1932 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Clarence Sr. and Lula (Keil) Hinke. She was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Ronald Ripple on January 17, 1981 in Savanna, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2002.

Carol first worked for her parents at the Bon Ton Café in Maquoketa. She then worked various jobs including at the National Tea Grocery Store, Delfarm Store, Super Value Store, Clinton Engines and Clean Towel. She then drove a school bus for 18 years for the Maquoketa Schools, and later became the owner/operator of "The Depot Antiques and Collectibles" in Maquoketa. Lastly, she worked at Bluff Lake Catfish Farm in rural Maquoketa.

Carol was a collector of antiques and enjoyed going to garage sales, having coffee with friends, and bowling. She was famous for her homemade Ham Dumplings.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, twins Lynn (Julie) Hughes of Cedar Rapids, IA and Lori (Ritch) Skrivseth of Preston, IA, Mary (Marty) Hudrlik of Maquoketa, IA, and Kip (Tammy) Keehner of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and 8 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ronald, brothers Clarence Hinke Jr. and Norm Hinke, a son Barry Hughes and his wife Mona, and a grandson Cale Hughes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



David W. Hammer


David W. Hammer, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, October 8, 2018, at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton, WI, with Father David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

David was born on December 4, 1940, in Galena, Illinois, the son of Wilbur and Marilyn (Koehler) Hammer. He married Katherine Hesseling on July 16, 1974, in Kieler, WI.

David graduated from Cuba City High School and the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. He spent 27 years serving his country in the Air National Guard.

He worked for over forty years as a tool and die maker at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. From 1975 until present day he showed and owned commercial and registered sheep both locally and nationally.

David served on the Farm Service Agency Board for nine years and also served for over ten years on the Lafayette County Board. He enjoyed history, playing euchre, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; two daughters, Amy (Ryan Bouckaert) Hammer, of Littleton, CO, and Sara (Stephen) Chulski, of Green Bay, WI; two sons, August (Sarah Welbes-Hammer) Hammer, of Dubuque, IA, and Leo Hammer, of Oshkosh, WI; one brother Dale (Kathleen) Hammer, of Cuba City, WI; and two grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents.

A David W. Hammer Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gary L. Annis


Gary L. "Deadeye" Annis, 73, of Oelwein, Iowa and formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Oelwein Health Center.

Friends and relatives of Gary may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa at a later date.

Gary was born June 5, 1945 in Central City, Iowa, son of Jack and Marie (Dudley) Annis. He received his education at Central City and Cascade Elementary Schools and Monticello High School. On April 16, 1966 he was united in marriage to Carol Leytem at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He was a long distance truck driver for Dawes Transport Inc. for several years. He was the recipient of the company's "Driver of the Year Award," which he was very proud of. He later owned and operated his own trucking company, RTN (which were the first initials of his 3 grandchildren), until his retirement in 2007.

Being surrounded by his family and friends was a big part of his life. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren often reminiscing of his life and growing up.
You could usually find Gary at the restaurant/truck stop or the local pub having a friendly cup of coffee or a beer with the guys, while entertaining them with his wittiness, jokes and one-liners.

He is survived by two sons, Brian (Keri) Annis of Cedar Rapids, IA and Scott (Shelley) Annis of Central City, IA; three grandchildren, Rebecca Annis, Tyler Annis and Nate Annis; two brothers, Keith Annis of Oelwein, IA and Dennis (Sherry) Annis of Fairbank, IA.

He was preceded in death by a son Rick Annis on October 8, 1987; his father Jack Annis on January 5, 1982, his mother Marie Annis on October 8, 1978; and a nephew Corey Annis on August 7, 2010.

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



Harold J. “Harry” Noesges


Harold J. "Harry" Noesges, age 100, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:25 a.m., on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Harry's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 12, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Harry's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Harry was born on August 28, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Catherine (Gassman) Noesges.

Harry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer, who honorably served his country during WWII with the U.S. Navy. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Rose Marie Elaine Simones, on December 4, 1954, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with a beautiful daughter and 60 wonderful years together, before Rose was sadly called home before Harry on August 27, 2015. Harry and Rose were an adventurous couple who loved to hop in their private plane, with Harry in the cockpit at the controls, and travel the country sightseeing and visiting family and friends. When Harry was 87 years old the Dubuque Regional Airport awarded him the Oldest Pilot Award, as well as an award for his pinpoint accuracy when landing. He also enjoyed hitting the open road on his Harley, and was recently honored with a letter from HOG (Harley Owners Group), congratulating him on 75 years of riding excellence without a single accident. Harry was raised with a strong appreciation for putting in an honest days work, and would devote his entire working career to Westphal Electric as a field superintendent for 30 years, until his well earned retirement. Harry's faith was also of utmost importance and his devotion to his Catholic roots was constantly on display as a longtime member of St. Mary's Church and a current member of Holy Spirit Parish. He was also a long time member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, A.O.P.A. (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) of America and the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local #704, where he was past president for several years. Above all, however was Harry's undying love of his family, his wife and daughter were the light of his life and he always made them a priority. We are grateful for the 100 years we have had Harry here on this Earth with us, and can only imagine the changes he has seen in his lifetime. We will miss you more than words can express, but take some comfort in knowing that when we look up into the beautiful, big blue skies, that you and Rose are now happily reunited for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Harry's memory include

his daughter,
Rose Ann (Valentin Ciontoiu) Noesges, Westlake, OH;

his nieces and nephew,
Donna (Greg Welp) Slade, Dubuque, IA,
Dyan Burke, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Lynn) Hirsch, Bettendorf, IA;

a cousin,
Tom Noesges, Hobart, IN;

and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Rose Marie Noesges; and 2 sisters, Celeste (Carl) Ehrlich and Mary Catherine (Clarence) Hirsch.

Harry's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, staff and residents of Bethany Home for their friendship, compassion and their wonderful care of Harry.

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



Donald J. Fischer

Donald J. Fischer, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 5th, 2018 at Manor Care.

Don was born on June 29th, 1938 in Dubuque, IA the son of LaVern and Lucille (Mai) Fischer and is an Army National Guard Veteran.

According to his wishes no public services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his four children, Shelly Berger, Terry Fischer, Tom Fischer, Christy Cole; his mother Lucille Sutter, a sister Janet Tonnesen and a brother Dale Fischer.

He was preceded in death by his father LaVern.

The family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Don.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.


Don left us with this message before he passed:

I want all of my family, relations and many friends to know that I will miss them very much. You are all people with whom I have lived with, worked with, or played with over my many years.

I have been so fortunate to meet and make so many friends, be it through the business or pleasure world. I have been able to travel and make friends both home and abroad. I certainly feel I have been blessed by having such a wonderful family, relations and friends.

I am one who has enjoyed life to the fullest, from the farm where I was born and raised, to the city of Dubuque where my journey has now been completed. I have been so blessed by being able to do and enjoy so many things in life that so many other people only wish they had the opportunity to have done. I hope everyone will realize how good life can be and make the most of it while they can.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your love, friendship and understanding. Now that I have moved on I would like to remind everyone for the last time of my favorite saying, "onward, forward, and never backward."

Don Fischer



Rex A. Wellman


Rex A. Wellman, 77, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 11th at the Church of the Resurrection with Msgr. Russell Bleich officiating, Msgr. John McClean, homilist, and Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 10th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Rex was born March 11, 1941 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, son of Harold and Doris (White) Wellman. He was a Hawkeye from beginning to the end. He married his childhood enemy/sweetheart, love of his life, Linda Robertson, of Oskaloosa on September 28, 1962.

He was raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa and joined the U.S. Navy in June 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1977. He and Linda were stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California on four different ships and two shore stations. He was stationed in Dubuque, as a U.S. Navy recruiter from 1973-1977 when he retired from the Navy. He impacted hundreds of lives through his hard work and tireless devotion to the Navy and his recruits. He also enjoyed his "retirement" in Information Technology at the Telegraph Herald Newspaper from 1977-1979 and CyCare Systems, Inc. from 1979 where he retired as Senior Vice-President in 1995.

Rex made five deployments to Vietnam and its coastal waters during his Navy service. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a Combat "V" in 1972 among other medals.

While serving as the U.S. Navy Recruiter in Dubuque, he participated in the 1976 Bicentennial Reenactment of the voyage of Jean Marie Cardinal to warn settlements along the Mississippi of impending British attacks along 417 miles of the river during our Revolutionary War. This successful voyage resulted in our border extending to the Mississippi River.

Rex served on the Dubuque Community School Board, Area One Education Agency, the DUPACO Community Credit Union Board and was inducted as Board Member Emeritus upon his retirement from the board at DUPACO. He also was an active volunteer in community projects and fundraising for Hospice of Dubuque and other Charity Golf Outings around the Dubuque Community.

In recent years, golfing with his friends and old shipmates around the country became one of Rex's favorite activities. He and Linda traveled all around the United States, Canada and Mexico and a couple of rounds in Europe. Rex joined with many Dubuque Area friends in the Tri States Duffers Tour and the Dubuque Area Red Shirts golf groups.

His two grandchildren were his favorite pastime. Symone Glee and Jonah Andrew made many happy moments for him. He loved nothing more than to talk with them, watch their activities, and entertain them with his one of a kind sense of humor. To know Rex was to know that he was always good for a laugh, a joke, or an unbeatable one liner. He was a wonderful friend, husband, and dad. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; son Harold Dean (Denise McCullough) of Dubuque; daughter, Sonya Jones of Goodyear, AZ; sister, Jean Livesy, of New Sharon, IA; brother, Ron (Betty) Wellman, of Pella, IA; sister-in-law, Sandra Ford; grandchildren, Symone Glee and Jonah Andrew, of Goodyear, AZ; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Karen Courtney.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Todd Grant


Todd Grant, 58, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Luther Manor Care Center.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, October 8th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9th. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Todd was born September 6, 1960, son of Bob and Immogene (Weber) Grant. He was the 5th of 6 boys in the family.

Todd was born with Down's syndrome and was affiliated with ARC for most of his life. His handicap did not stop him from becoming a dynamo that had a flair for drama. He loved to laugh and talk about John Wayne. He also loved his family and frequently would say "all boys" and name each of his siblings. He also had a love for food and would often talk about "pie, ham, and pop". He would remind us that ‘mom and dad are in heaven'.

Todd was a very affectionate person who liked to give and receive hugs. He loved attention and enjoyed bowling and swimming among other recreational activities. He was often content to watch TV or go for a ride and get a treat. He participated in Special Olympics for many years. In his later years he developed dementia but his spirit was strong to the end. He would let others know if he did or did not like something.

He is survived by his brothers, Gary, Rodney, Denny (Diane), Paul (Diane) and Bob (Amy); nephews, Randy, David, Daniel, Jesse, and nieces Chloey and Brittany; several cousins and his uncle Lloyd.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law Charlene.

The family wants to especially thank Kim Hedrick of Luther Manor and Omar of ARC for their many years of dedicated connection with Todd. We would also like to thank the staff at Luther Manor for their good care and especially Melissa and her staff from Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Julia Krivacsy


Julia Krivacsy 87, of Dubuque formerly of New York passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at the home of her daughter, Patricia Rome.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 9th from 5 to 7 p.m., at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Julia was born November 9, 1930 in New York, New York, daughter of Timothy and Julia (Collins) Dowling. She married Raymond T. Krivacsy September 13, 1952 in New York. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2017.

Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Frank) Rome, and their daughters, Jacquelin and Tanya, of Dubuque; and son Stephen (Janet) Krivacsy and their daughters Lauren and Sara, of Northport, New York.

Special Thank you to Kristin Nelson and Amy of Hospice of Dubuque for their thoughtful and wonderful care.

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



Angeline Haupert


Angeline ‘Angie' Haupert, 74, of Asbury passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection, Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery.. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 8th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at a time to be announced.

Angie was born October 9, 1943 on the family farm near Colesburg, IA, daughter of Arnold and Marie (Lansing) Weber. She married Richard Haupert September 27, 1975 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Colesburg, Iowa.
She graduated as a LPN and worked at the former Xavier Hospital and retired from Holy Family Hall, both in Dubuque.

Angie was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Chicago Blackhawks. She enjoyed reading, visiting family in Colorado and spending time with her grandson and extended family and friends.
She was a member of Resurrection parish.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Haupert of 43 years; her children, Tony Haupert, of Chariton, Iowa, Anne Haupert, of Dubuque, and Mary Haupert, of Asbury; her grandson, Zachary Haupert-Kuempel; sisters Catherine Westhoff, Donna Kruse, Joan (Ray) Nurre, and Connie Weber; brothers, Jim (Mary) Weber, and John (Deb) Weber; sisters-in-law, Betty Weber and Linda (Ernie) Pfeiffer; brother-in-law, Roger (Sandy) Haupert; Aunt Rosie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joe Weber; a sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Charles Nurre; two brothers-in-law, Roland Westhoff and John ‘Jake' Kruse; and three nephews, Jimmy Weber, Paul Nurre, and Patrick Weber.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Amy Ewen, the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Courtney.

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



Theresa M. Roepsch


Theresa M. Roepsch, age 74, of Peosta, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:45 a.m., on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Theresa's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Theresa's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Church, Peosta, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa was born on March 3, 1944, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Cyril H. and Germaine T. (Reittinger) Maiers.

Theresa was a proud graduate of the Class of 1962, at the Visitation Academy, where she was class president her junior year. After graduation she started her career working for Dr. Tom Nessler DDS, before moving on to Dubuque Internal Medicine, where she would invest 29 years, until her well earned retirement in 2016. On July 4, 1964, Theresa married the love of her life, Donald Roepsch, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque. Together they would make their home on Kelly Lane for 32 years, where they raised their 3 unbelievably wonderful children, before moving to their new home in Burds Green Acres in Peosta. While living in Dubuque, Theresa was a long-time, faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, where she shared her love of God with the children, teaching CCD classes for several years. After moving to Peosta she would join St. John the Baptist Church where she was a staple at weekly mass. In her free time, Theresa loved a spirited game of pinochle or any other family game, curling up in her favorite chair with her latest novel in hand, or simply sitting quietly and watching a movie. Above all however, was Theresa's love of her family, she adored spending time with Don, the children and especially the grandchildren, and when they couldn't come to visit, Theresa was always sure to call and catch up on all of their latest activities. We will miss our sweet, kind hearted, patient wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend more than words can express, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now free of the health issues she has faced with such grace, dignity and bravery these past months. Rest easy Theresa, until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Theresa's memory include

her loving husband,
Donald Roepsch, Peosta, IA;

her children,
David Roepsch, Urbandale, IA,
Lynn (Paul) King, Paducah, KY
and Jeffry (Tiffany) Roepsch, Middleton, WI;

her 9 grandchildren,
Grant Roepsch, Adam Roepsch, Will Roepsch, Joshua King, Nathan King, Matthew King, Grace Roepsch, Hailey Roepsch and Lydia Roepsch;

her siblings,
Rosie (Jim) Neuses,
Velma O'Connell
and Ted (Carol) Maiers;

and her in-laws,
Bill Richard,
George "Butch" (Dorothy) Roepsch,
Carol Leick,
Louie (Ann) Roepsch
and Ed (Kris) Roepsch.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Mary Richard; and a brother-in-law, John O'Connell.

Theresa's family would like to thank everyone at Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. John Whalen, Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar, all of their nurses and staff, especially Sandy and Linda, as well as the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa and Mayo Clinic. Also a special thanks to Sr. Benjamin from the Sisters of the Presentation and all of Theresa's family and friends who have been so helpful and supportive throughout her battle with pancreatic cancer. At this time Hospice of Dubuque has been extremely supportive and the family wants to thank Tim, "Theresa's nurse", who became not just her nurse, but her friend.

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

 



Ruby L. Otting


Ruby L. Otting, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 9:35 a.m., on Friday, October 5, 2018, at home. To honor Ruby's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ruby's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Ruby was born on January 24, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald and Minnie (Davis) Ward.

Ruby was united in marriage to the love of her life, Emil Otting, on August 2, 1969, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, and together they were blessed with 49 wonderful years and 4 adored children. She took great pride in being full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took meticulous care of her home and family. In her free time, Ruby was an avid bingo player and also loved playing on her kindle and chatting with friends. Going out for breakfast and shopping were always on her mind. Beyond a doubt, the light of Ruby's life were her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, there was always a spot open on the arm of her wheelchair for any of the little ones. Christmas was her favorite time of the year from the size of the tree to the number of batches of fudge and popcorn balls. Everyone loved Ruby and we will deeply miss her.

Those left to cherish Ruby's memory include

her husband,
Emil Otting, Dubuque, IA;

her daughters,
Kathy (Tim Loeffelholz) Reuter,
Billie Jo Pospisil
and Elizabeth (Shane) Vargas;

her grandchildren,
Brent Otting, Sydnie Otting, Nicolette (Robbie) Lange, Stephanie (Andrew) Maas, Bristol Reuter, Stacie Jo Otting, Emilie Pospisil and Timothy Pospisil;

her 3 great grandchildren,
Constance and Lillian Lange and Lilyanna Otting;

her mother,
Minnie Ward;

her siblings,
Cletus (Venita) Ward,
Ronald (Sandy) Ward,
Phyliss (Loras) Arensdorf,
Gail (Chris) Huston
and Raymond Ward;

and her in-laws,
Eleanor Ward,
Mary Weber,
Betty Otting
and Christine (Kevin) Lyght.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father; a son, Brian Otting; a grandson, Darren Bell; her sister, Rosemary Ward; her brothers, John Ward, Richard Ward, Donald Francis Ward, James Ward and Gary Ward; and a brother-in-law, Richard Weber.

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

 



Mary Jean Erner


Mary Jean (Martin) Erner, 90, of Lena, Illinois, formerly of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Friday morning, October 5, 2018 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.  Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Jean was born in Seymour Township of Lafayette County, Wisconsin on August 12, 1928, the daughter of John C. and Irene (Boyle) Martin. She was united in marriage to Melvin W. Erner on May 24, 1949 in Shullsburg, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on April 23, 2011.

Jean was formerly a telephone operator and homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, a good game of cards, music, dancing, was an excellent cook and baker, and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  Her family was very important to her.

Surviving are her children, Ronald Erner of Hanover, Madonna (Tim) Heller of East Dubuque, Daniel Erner and Kathy of Lena, Melanie (Rod) Wichman of Baileyville, and Michelle (Doug) Wybourn of Lena; seven grandchildren, Bill (Abbie) Erner, Chad (Katie) Erner, Danielle Erner, Kyle (Taylor) Wichman and Cody Wichman and Paige, Ryan (Kaitlin) Wybourn and Rachael Wybourn; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and Cheyenne Erner; special friend, Sue Schlarman of Dubuque, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Helen Martin of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; her care givers, Jean Katzenberger and Judy Love, both of Lena, and her special angel Amy.

Jean was preceded in death by her siblings, Evelyn Straub and her twin brother, Jack Martin.

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

 

 



Allen R. Kluesner


Allen R. Kluesner, 65, of Florissant, MO, formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles, MO.

Friends and relatives of Allen may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be held at 7:00. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the funeral home.

Services for Allen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's cemetery with Full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Allen was born December 19, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph C. and Verena R. (Wulfekuhle) Kluesner. He is a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. He is a Veteran having enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1971 and served in until October 1975. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and he went on to teach at Preston High School and Western Dubuque High School. He received his Engineering degree from the University of Iowa. In 1988 he moved to St. Louis to work at McDonald - Douglas, Boeing and retired June 1, 2017.
Allen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved golfing, fishing, crossword puzzles, reading, watching movies, and listening to all kinds of music.

He was a member of The Farley American Legion Post #656 in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by twelve siblings, Daniel Kluesner of Farley, IA, Dianne (Bruce) Batteram of Hazel Green, WI, Robert (Karla) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Vernon (Jackie) Kluesner of Dubuque, IA, Edwin (Mary) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Therese (Jerry) Renz of Earlville, IA, Barb Kluesner of Marion, IA, Craig Kluesner of Farley, IA, Ernie (Karen) Kluesner of Marion, IA, Cyril (Amy) Kluesner of Dubuque, IA Rosie (Daryl) Nurre of Petersburg, IA and Lois (Rich) Wubben of Galena, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Verena (Wulfekuhle) Kluesner one nephew, Ryan Wubben on March 4, 1989.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Arnold L. Mangler


Arnold L. Mangler, 78, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Arnold's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Arnold Leroy Mangler was born on February 15, 1940 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Ervin Sr. and Matilda (Seiler) Mangler Sr. He married Darla Kay Arensdorf on November 5, 1960 at St. Donatus, Iowa. She preceded him in death January 16, 2017.

Arnold had first helped his uncles with their excavation business. He then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time and lastly for 34 years on the assembly line with John Deere in Moline.

Arnold enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. He especially enjoyed coon hunting and going to casinos all over the state with Darla.

Those left to honor Arnold's memory include his children Lori Simmons of Delmar, IA, and Paul (Carrie) Mangler of Milan, IL; 2 granddaughters, Whittley Simmons and Morgan Simmons; 4 great-grandchildren, Kameron Sagers, KeeLynn Eby, Jaxon Eby and Maverik Eby; brothers Ervin Mangler Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich Mangler of Dubuque, IA; sisters, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary (David) Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene (Lanny) Lewis of Adrian, MI; brothers-in-law, Butch (Tootie) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA, and Robert (Diane) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Sharon (Wayne) Kearney of IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Darla, a son Arnold Jr., a brother Robert (Carol), sisters-in-law Sherry Mangler and Betty (Jim) Rauscher, and a brother-in-law Rick Arensdorf.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arnold L. Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert L. Shaffer


Robert L. "Bob" Shaffer, 63, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away Wednesday evening, October 3, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 - 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Bob was born March 2, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Irvin and Eileen (Cleary) Shaffer. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Foht on June 2, 1990 in Dubuque.

Bob was the former owner and operator of Bob's Auto on Kerper Blvd, in Dubuque.

He loved yardwork, feeding the birds, building bird houses, the outdoors, fishing and being with his family.

Surviving is his wife Carolyn; three daughters, Ruthann (Dale) Schmitt of Dubuque, Nikki Leib of Detroit, Michigan, and Tabatha Shaffer (friend Caius Qualls) of Dubuque; four grandchildren, K-Leigh, Kerstein, Kendra and Alex; his siblings, Carol (John) Horkheimer of Dubuque, Linda (Jim) Seys of Kansas City, Missouri, Marty Shaffer of Monroe, Wisconsin, Debbie Meyer of East Dubuque, and Mike (Chris) Shaffer of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Eileen; a grandson, Shawn Shaffer; and two siblings, Tonna Flaherty and Tommy Shaffer.

A Robert L. "Bob" Shaffer memorial fund has been established.

Carolyn and family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Bob.

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



Evadeen A. Strang


Evadeen A. Strang, 86, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Evadeen may call from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 1:00 p.m. Services for Evadeen will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born July 13, 1932 in Fillmore, Iowa daughter of Joseph and Grace Horsfield. On May 28, 1953 she was united in marriage to Edward N. Meier at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1991. On January 29, 1993 she was united in marriage to Alan Strang at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She was employed at Shady Rest Care Center for 25 years, retiring when she was 80.

She enjoyed sewing, making quilts, playing euchre, praying the rosary, gambling trips, puzzles, but most of all sitting on her patio with her husband, Al, family, friends and neighbors just enjoying each other's company.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Our Blessed Mother Court #1926 and the Society Prayer Line. She volunteered for the Cascade food pantry and Aquin Elementary. Evadeen was always the one to make sure that her family knew she "Loved Them More."

She is survived by her husband, Alan Strang of Cascade, IA, eight children, John "Jack" (Marylou) Meier of Thayer, MO, Alan "Bounce" (Lou Ann) Meier of Bellevue, IA, Joseph (Karen) Meier of Cascade, IA, Terry (Dawn) Meier of New Hampton, Kevin (Rhonda) Meier and Mark (Lorrie) Meier both of Cascade, Carol (Steve "Herman") Recker of Bernard, IA, and Bill (Andrea) Meier of Peosta, IA, four step-children, Terry Strang of Liscomb, IA, Tim (Laura) Strang of Madison, WI, Dave (Heidi) Strang of South Carolina, Dan (Rhonda) Strang of Madison, WI; 29 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren; three siblings, Lolly Kurt and JoAnn Horsfield both of Monticello, IA, and Daniel "Magoo" and (Colleen) Horsfield of Cascade, IA; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Urbain of Epworth, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Dale C. Meier on April 3, 2017 and Gerard and William Meier both in infancy; three sisters, Mae Becker, Elenor Urbain and Marie Agnes Horsfield; a brother Billy Horsfield; and two brothers-in-law Vernon Becker and Carl "Butch" Kurt.

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



Lois A. Gross


Lois A. Gross, 90, of Applewood 1, Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 1 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Lois' life, family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

Lois was born on September 12, 1928 in Dubuque County, Iowa the daughter of William and Viola (Thielen) Kingsley.

On October 20, 1951 she married Paul Gross at St. Clement Church, Bankston, Iowa. They were blessed with three children before Paul was called home on March 25, 1986.

Paul and Lois were administrators of the Dubuque County Care Facility for 33 years, retiring in 1985.

She took great joy in spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and poker, family fishing trips, golfing, and bowling. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fans.

Lois was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, ACCW at St. Joseph the Worker and Power of Prayer.

Those left to cherish Lois' memory are her daughters, Cathy Flannery Nodorft of Potosi, Wisconsin, and Diane (Bernie) Nie of Maquoketa, Iowa; grandchildren, Phil (Andrea) Flannery, Tara Odefey, Melissa (Bill) Wohlers, Theresa (Pete) Roth, Christina (Rob) Hayes, Shannon (JD) Morscheck, Katie (fiancé Alex Fleiner) Devereaux; great- grandchildren, Drake Nie, Caiden and Brennen Wohlers, Luke and Claire Odefey, Noah and Brody Flannery, Olivia and Ashton Roth, Logan and Dylan Hayes, Gwyneth, Calvin and Franklin Morscheck; 3 step-great granddaughters; 7 step-great, great grandchildren; brother-in-law Joe Gross; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul; a son, Daniel; infant grandson, Bryant; son-in-law, Duane Nodorft; and brothers, Dale, Charles, and Jack Kingsley.

A Lois Gross Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Ryan Stille and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Jenni A., Stacy and Karlyn, and her Applewood 1 family.

 



Lynne M. Thomas


Lynne Marie Thomas, 62, of Dubuque Iowa after a long battle with COPD passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her home on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 PM. Per her wishes there will no services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family.

Lynne was born in Dubuque, February 29, 1956 to Clarence and Rose (Hanson) Klein of Rickardsville.

Lynne married Andrew Thomas in 2001 and had a loving and wonderful relationship. She loved traveling, canoeing and camping with her husband and dogs they had many happy years together. Lynne was an outdoors woman through and through and nothing brought her more joy than a good campfire in the great outdoors. She was raised a farmer and really knew how to cook amazing meals for her family. In her earlier years she was known for her canning skills and would line the walls with jars of canned goods for her family to enjoy. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with her family and many grandchildren which she was very proud of.

Lynne was a devoted CNA using her special skills to care for others for over 30 years, 18 of which were spent working at Mount Carmel for The Sisters of Charity in Dubuque. She had a loving soul and found peace in caring for others with her personable touch. She loved her job and all of the sisters she cared for as if they were an extension of family.

Lynne is survived by her loving Husband of 17 years, Andrew Thomas, her daughter Rose (Thomas) and Christopher Thoeni, son Brian/Cassie Thomas, and Step daughters Melissa Thomas, Heather (Thomas) Mcintyer, and Amber (Thomas) and Greg Specht along with 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by father, Clarence Klein, siblings Michael/Sue Klein, Patrick Klein, William/Mary Klein, Barb/Ted Maiers, Beverly/Mark Leibfried, Gregory Klein, and Paul/Cyd Klein.

Lynne was preceded in death by her mother Rose (Hanson) Klein, brother Thomas Klein, and step-mother Delores Klein.



Robert W. Ferring


Robert William Ferring, resident of Rio Verde, Arizona, formerly of Dubuque, Ia, passed away on Sept 11th at the age of 89 years. 

Robert, son of William and Lulu Ferring, known by all as Bob, was born June 14th, 1929 in Dyersville Ia., also fondly known as the filming location of the well-known baseball movie, "Field of Dreams."  Bob attended Xavier High School in Dyersville where he excelled at sports, most notably baseball and basketball. He took his switch hitting and lefty pitching prowess to Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and briefly considered playing professional baseball with an offer from the Chicago Cubs farm club network in 1948. He graduated from Loras with a BA in Business in 1951. 

Bob was then drafted into the Army in June of 1951 and devoted 2 years of his life supporting the Korean conflict as an X-ray technician primarily at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Upon returning to Iowa, Bob began his work career with Interstate Finance of Dubuque for several years. During this time he fell under the spell of the beautiful and talented Mary Jane McMahon of Farley, IA. They were married at St. Joseph's Parish in the small town of Farley, Ia. on Nov 25th, 1954. And smart man that he was, they remained married until the day of his passing!

Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Bob eventually left his job at Interstate and embarked upon a 42 year adventure as a family run business owner. Doing much of the labor himself, he initially developed and ran a 42 unit mobile home park and sales lot just outside of Dubuque. For the next 30 years Bob continued to run this community plus several more in the tri-state area including the expansion of Table Mound II and III. In the upcoming years, sales outlets included Mason City, Waterloo, and Clinton, Iowa and Hazel Green Wisconsin. He served as the president of the State Association, and won many honors within the manufactured home community which led to many fun national and international trip awards for him and his lovely wife Jane. He also broadened his business base by diverging into other arenas including furniture stores, partnerships in several restaurants, development of the Colonial Estates residential community, and a Casey's General Store in Asbury, IA. As part of this adventure, Bob also owned and ran two UPS stores and participated in the manufactured home business in Phoenix, AZ. 

As the manufactured home business tended to be seasonal, Bob was able to leave his businesses in the capable hands of his manager and perform executive duties remotely while he and Jane started their over 40 year adventure in the Phoenix area. They discovered this beautiful paradise (along with scores of their Midwestern neighbors!) in 1978 and eventually built a home as one of the original folks in the Rio Verde over 55 community in 1985. They fell in love with the Rio Verde environment and people and devoted increasingly longer yearly periods living there and eventually chose to be there full time. Bob had many friends in Rio Verde over the years and loved to good naturedly rib them on the golf course and tennis court, especially with his many wins in the lefty golf tournaments! He and his buddies also enjoyed the wonderful outdoor opportunities in the area including fishing at San Carlos Lake and in the White Mountain wilderness. For many years living the good life in Rio Verde entailed long drives from Iowa for the "winter season." But Bob still looked forward to the wonderful summers they spent in Iowa with children and grandchildren. 

The outpouring of love from friends and family, and beloved Rio Verde "expanded family" for Bob after news of his passing has truly been remarkable. Bob was known to many and loved by all. He was famous for his friendly demeanor and propensity to visit with anyone he meets. And of course the legendary Ferring humor was on display at all times. You knew that you were really "in" with Bob when he gave you a hard time....his greatest demonstration of affection. And when he was not in the company of his buddies doing his usual competition thing, he could be found in the companionship of wife Jane, the love of his life for 64 years. A true lifelong demonstration of love and commitment. 

Bob will be sadly missed by his wife Jane, his children Mike(Jeni), Mark(Lea Ann), Julie(Gary), and John, his Grandchildren Matt(Jes), Nicole, Michael(Michelle), Daniel(Shannon), Sarah, Anya, Jack, Megan, and Luke, and all the many other family members and friends who will miss his always jocular and fun friendship.  Bob was predeceased by his sisters Mae Lou and Jeannie. 

The funeral will be held on Oct. 27 at St. Dominic Catholic Mission at Rio Verde at 10 am.

Memorial donations may be made to Verde Cares, the Andre House, Esperanza, or charity of your choice­­­­­­­­­­­.



Laverne F. Mensen


Laverne F. Mensen, 87, of Petersburg passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, SS. Peter Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Laverne was born March 1, 1931, in Petersburg, the son of Frank and Henrietta (Kramer) Mensen. He married Janice Funke on Oct. 8, 1953, in Dyersville. Together they farmed on the Mensen family farm north of Petersburg. On April of 1989, they retired and moved into Petersburg, and finally moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in January of 2015.

He was a faith-driven man who enjoyed attending Mass. He was also a soft-spoken farmer and a proud veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He was also proud of all of his grandchildren and enjoyed a good Coke High.

He is survived by his 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 (Kay Blair) Mensen of Petersburg; 18 grandchildren: Jeremy (Kristina) Hillers, Jason (Jamie) Hillers, Laurie (John) Donovan, Becky (Scott) Siegel, Jenny (Brad) McIntire, Eric (Tasha) Mensen, Tim Mensen, Kristie (Justin) Penner, Ashley (Tanner) Warrington, Kelli (Travis) Schaunaman, Kerri (Jon) Anton, Chris (Nichol) Mensen, Angie (John) Dolan, Ben (Madie) Lechtenberg, Greg Mensen, LCP Austin Mensen, Morgan Mensen and Kyle (Emily) Mensen; 23 great-grandchildren with another due in October; in-laws: Verna Lee Digman, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler and Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, Karen Funke and Floyd (Janet) Funke, all of Dyersville, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing of New Vienna, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, siblings: Edmund (Irene) Mensen, Ambrose (Mary Ann) Mensen, Arnold (Charlotte) Mensen, Leo (Dorothy) Mensen; in-laws: Mary Lou Funke, Edward Digman, Leon Funke, and a great-grandson, James Anton.

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



Duane R. Weber


Duane R. "Dewey" Weber, 63, of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 1, 2018, at his home after an illness.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Fire Dept. will gather at 6 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday, October 5 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Duane was born November 15, 1954, in Dyersville the son of Elmer and Mary (Greenwood) Weber.  He married Mechelle Then on May 31, 1980, in Dyersville.  Together they owned & operated Spring Green Lawn Care & Mechelle's Gifts & Lighting.  Duane enjoyed watching the races from the skybox at the Farley Speedway, searching for treasure at local auctions, and snowmobiling during his winters off. Everyone enjoyed Dewey, especially his grandchildren.  Duane was the Secretary of the Dyersville Fire Dept., a member of St. Francis Parish and Secretary and honorary member of the Dyersville Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mechelle, three daughters: Nicole (Eric) Rubner of Dyersville, Amanda (Steven) Randall of North Liberty, Melissa (Brett) Frasher, of Dyersville; grandchildren: Carter Wachendorf and Spencer Randall both of North Liberty, Myia Rubner and Lena Rubner, both of Dyersville, his mother, Mary Weber of Dyersville,

siblings: Lori Gingery of Boone, Diane Weber of Iowa City, and Chris (Ginger) Deutmeyer of Farley, his mother-in-law, Nancy Then of Dyersville, in-laws: Lynne (Dan) Lueck of Dyersville, Gary (Lisa) Then of Tuttle, OK, Mike (Tammy) Then and Sharon (Steve) Prier, all of Dyersville, Donna (Steve) Reinert of Aledo, TX, Peggy (Les) Newby of Carlinville, IL, and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Weber, father-in-law, Joe Then, brother-in-law, Steve Gingery and nephew, Matt Then.

Memorials may be directed to the Dyersville Fire Dept. in memory of Duane.

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

 

 



David C. Naber


David C. Naber, 84, of Dubuque went to meet our Lord on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday, October 5th, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:45 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 6th, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where visitation will proceed the mass on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born September 14, 1934, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Fred "Fritz" and Agnes (Tegeler) Naber.

He served in the US Army as a Gunner from May 1957 to April 1959. 

On June 4, 1966, he married Doris Droessler Schick at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2015.

David worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years before his retirement and was a member of UAW Dubuque Local 94.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

David enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, bowling and playing Euchre. The biggest joy of his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

He is survived by his children, Michelle "Micki" Marolf of Dubuque, Angel Naber of Coralville, Julie (Robert) Axtell of Mt. Vernon and Jeffrey Naber of Marion; grandchildren, Sara (Richard) Flannery, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson, Tyler (Jessie) Marolf, Ryan (fiancé Ashely) Axtell, Jordan Axtell, and Rachel Axtell; and great grandchildren, Jocelyn and Amelia Flannery, Liliana Gunderson and Lila Marolf.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, siblings and their spouses, Florine and Eddie Klostermann and Charles and Elma Naber, and son-in-law, Gregg Marolf.

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

The family would like to extend a big thank you to the nursing staff and aides at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon for their compassionate care.

 

 



Sheryl P. McMullin


Sheryl P. McMullin, 73, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Sheryl was born March 14, 1945, in Monticello the daughter of Melvin and Mildred (Pede) Tobiason.  She married George McMullin on November 20, 1966, in Monticello.  He preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.

Sheryl was a horticulturalist who grew and sold her plants and enjoyed working at her business, Everlasting Flowers.  She was a member of the Questers Antique Club, editor of the Questers Iowa Hawkeyes Newsletter and was a Past President of Riverside Gardens.

Survivors include her children: Victoria McMullin of Monticello, Tonia (Kayla Gilman) Gilman of Menlo, IA, Nathaniel (Julie) McMullin of Oak Creek, WI, Millicent (Frank) Valy of Burlington, WI, grandchildren: Samantha Rose Alexander, Fiona Catherine Valy, Connor Michael McMullin, Isabella Ann McMullin.

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

Memorials may be directed to the Monticello Fire Dept. or Riverside Gardens in Monticello.

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

 

 



Gary S. Grap


Gary Sylvester Grap, 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully holding his beloved daughter's hand on Friday, September 28, 2018 following a reoccurrence of leukemia.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, where friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Greenwood, Wisconsin at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin to Edna (Hinker) and Franklin "Kaiser" Grap on February 23, 1951. He began his education at St. Raphael's School in Madison, and later at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Ossian, Iowa. Gary graduated from De Sales High School in 1969 and then from Loras College in 1973.

Gary was previously married to Margaret Patzner (1973) and Theresa Ernst (1990).

Over the years, Gary was employed at AY McDonald, Dubuque Pack /FDL, Tom Maher Insurance, Hillcrest Family Services, and finally with the US Postal Service from where he retired.

Faith and family were very important to Gary, and he was active in his parish of St. Joseph The Worker serving as lector, Eucharistic Minister and usher. He was also involved in the Community of the Living Word, Emmaus and CEW. Gary belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 510, Wahlert Booster Club, and NALC Branch 257. Gary also enjoyed his affiliation with Dubuque Jaycees, Midwest Club Volleyball, Galena Spikers Volleyball, Dubuque Soccer Club and various softball leagues.

He is survived by his 7 children: Conan Grap, Mya (Kevin) Calaro, Martia Ernst, Kaiser (Candis) Grap, Garrett Grap, Magdalena Grap, Lola Grap, and one grandchild Elle B. Grap. He is also survived by his sister Cheryl (Robert) Werner and sister-in-law Vickie Grap, along with treasured nieces, nephews and cousins, including Louie Cota.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Greg Huinker; brother, Wayne Grap; sister, Patty Ann, in infancy; and beloved extended family members.

Gary and his family would like to express their gratitude to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 4 JPP East Team, Dr. Margarida Magalhaes-Silverman, and Stonehill for their kindness and care during his courageous battle with leukemia.

In lieu of flowers, a Gary S. Grap Memorial has been established.

 



Betty M. Farcas


Betty M. Farcas, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Betty's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on June 14, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Martin and Hazel (Shindledecker) Mommsen.

Betty was born and raised in the Chicago area and eventually graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. She had a strong work ethic and put her talents to good use first as a personal shopper with the Marshall Fields Company in Chicago. Next, Betty decided it was time for an adventure in her life and moved to Connecticut in the late 1950's where she met her husband, Gordon Farcas; who was sadly called home in 2013. Betty spent the majority of her adult life there before she moved to West Chicago in 1975. She worked at the Ball Seed Company, and then as a children's librarian in St. Charles, Illinois, before finally retiring. Betty was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Winfield, Illinois, before moving to Dubuque in 1997 and joining her new congregation at St. Luke's Methodist Church. After moving to Dubuque, she was also able to share her love of reading with the other residents at Alverno Apartments, taking meticulous care of the library there for almost 20 years. Betty thoroughly enjoyed the simple things in life; whether she would be sitting quietly watching her feathered friends out the window, creating her latest water color, or even pressing flowers to enjoy for years to come. She also enjoyed collecting seashells and butterflies along with rare and unique bottles. We will miss Betty more than words can clearly convey, but we also look forward to the day when we will see Betty's beautiful smile once again and begin our eternal walk together in paradise.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her daughters,
Laura (Gary) Carstens, Dubuque, IA
and Jennifer Farcas, Chicago, IL;

her grandchildren,
Christiaan Brodlo, Ian Carstens and Danika Zivojnovich;

and a sister,
Mable Brady, Elburn, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lisa Farcas in childhood; and 1 brother and 8 sisters.

Betty's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Stonehill for all of their professional and tender care of Betty, and her family.

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

 



Calvin K. Nevins


Calvin K. "Cal" Nevins, 62, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, September 29, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Cal was born on December 6, 1955, in Moline, Illinois, the son of Roger and Joyce Anne (Hoyt) Nevins. He married Karen J. Carson on June 7, 1986, in Silvis, Illinois, and they lived in Carbon Cliff, Illinois. In 2005 they moved to Cuba City.

Cal graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois, in 1974. He was currently working as a forklift operator at John Deere Dubuque Works. Cal enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears and loved spending time with his grandkids and spending time at the cabin in Barnes, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; three daughters, Candi (Brandon) Buffington, of Seymour, TN, Mindi (Kyle) Smith, of Cuba City, WI and Cori Anne (Warren Head) Nevins, of Dubuque, IA; his parents, Roger and Joyce Nevins, of East Moline, IL; a brother, Larry (Cathy) Nevins, of Rock Island, IL; and eight grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Jarred, Caitlin, Lindsay, Ty, Xavier, and Jordin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church in Cuba City.

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



Tim Strub


Tim Strub, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at home. 

Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Tim was born September 2, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Holtz) Strub.  He voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, and was honorably discharged as a combat veteran. He was a 25 year member of the American Legion Post #6. 

Tim's first love was his wife of 35 years, Cindy (Huseman) Strub. His second love was turkey hunting! He enjoyed 15 years of retirement from John Deere Dubuque Works. Tim loved and watched over his younger brothers, who affectionately named him "Bigfoot". Being an uncle came naturally to him, and he loved his nieces and nephews with such fierceness. They all knew it too! His face would light up when they came to see him. 

Tim is survived by his wife, Cindy; brothers,Tom Strub, Thad (Brenda) Strub, both of Dubuque; Tod Strub of New Mexico;  his uncle and aunt, Jerry and Kay Holtz of Mississippi; his siblings-in-law, Jane (John) Kiefer of Dubuque, Kay (Al) Muller of Cassville, WI, Richard (Judy) Huseman Jr. of Davenport, IA, Mary (Mike) Oldham, and Cheri (Jacky) Cochran, all of Dubuque; and his parents-in-law, Richard and Rose Huseman of Dubuque; his nieces and nephews, Anthony and Brandon Strub, Shawn (Christina) Hanen and Amy Hanen, Luke Giegerich, Amy Bleile , Nicci (Joseph) Eipers, Melissa (Jon) Behne, Kristina (Jason) Wernimont, Katie (Scott) Schnering, Sherri Brendemuehl, Josh (Tina) Oldham, Justin (Kathy) Oldham, Karami (Ryan) Thomas, Austin and Andi Cochran, Rachel (Jerry) Helwig, Lesley (Brian) Larson, and Michelle (Frank) O'Brien; many great nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Theodore "Ted" Strub. 

To his niece, Katie Schnering, Tim and the family were beyond blessed to have you there in his final days to ensure his absolute comfort! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Tim's family would also like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, Home Instead, and Dr. Cao and staff for their wonderful care of Tim. 

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

 

 

 



Clarence Winter


Clarence (C. H.) Winter, 89, of Galena, IL, formerly of Guilford Township, IL, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Clarence was born on July 14, 1929 in Guilford Township of Jo Daviess County, the youngest child of Wilmer and Minnie (Wolford) Winter. He was united in marriage to Rita R. Pogeman on June 9, 1949 at Holy Trinity Church.

Clarence formerly farmed and was a driver for Flynn Ready Mix for many years, until his retirement. He also was an associate for many years at the Nash, Steinke, Kitchen and Miller Funeral Homes.

He enjoyed sports, traveling, socializing and playing cards. Clarence was a life time member of St. Michael's Church, where he served as usher, a member of Galena Knights of Columbus Council # 696, Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4thDegree, Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Galena Eagles Club. Although he never served, Clarence had a great love and respect for the military.

Surviving is his wife, Rita; four daughters, Rosemary (Ron) Hendrickson and Beverly Feldermann both of Galena, Patti (John) Clark of Mequon, WI. and Joan (friend Patrick Garrity) Duran of Kansas City, MO. a son, Donnie (Deb) Winter of Scales Mound; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Brown of Apple River, and Mona Bodell of Hazel Green, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Minnie; his siblings, Michael, Fred and Carl Winter, Helen Bell, Violet Hesselbacher, Virginia Berlage, Clara Westphal and Sarah Werner, and a son-in-law, Gary Feldermann.

Rita and family extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Matt Gullone, nurses and staff at Midwest Medical Center, Galena, U.W. Hospital and Clincis, Madison and to our caregivers, Bill and Jackie Houy for the wonderful care given to our husband and father.

In lieu of flowers a Clarence Winter memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Eugene L. Rokusek


Eugene L. Rokusek, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Eugene Kutsch will officiate. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 1 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Eugene was born March 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Martha (Duehr) Rokusek. He married Clorinda Sarreo on August 5, 1959 in Malta. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2012.

He served his country with the U.S. Navy.

Eugene was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and Dubuque Screw Products. He later owned his own business-Geno's Custom Steels, which provided knife sharpening for the packing house.

Eugene is survived by three sons, Joseph (Dan Soat) Rokusek of Dubuque, Gene (Lisa) Rokusek of Dubuque, and Tony Rokusek of Dubuque; two brothers, Joseph (Karen) Rokusek of Dubuque, and Arthur (Karen) Rokusek of Asbury; his sister, Lorraine Kleinschrodt of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother in law, Robert "Bob" Kleinschrodt.
The family would like to thank the Guttenberg Care Center for their excellent care.

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



Hazel C. Strohmeyer


Hazel C. Strohmeyer, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday October 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Hazel was born September 12, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Sylvester and Ida (Fleege) Kluck. She married Robert "Pete" Strohmeyer on October 11, 1947 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. On October 11, 2018 they would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

In her early years, Hazel was employed with the Ration Board during World War II, and later at Younker's Department Store. She also worked as a secretary at Hempstead High School.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Hazel was a devoted homemaker for her family-she loved to sew, bake, and cook, and there was never a shortage of desserts around the house. She was generous with her time and support for family, whether it be emotionally or financially. Hazel was widely known for her contagious smile, but also her "Hazel look"!

Hazel is survived by her husband, Robert "Pete" Strohmeyer of Dubuque; her children, Dr. Gary (Nancy) Strohmeyer DDS, of Dubuque, Peggy (John) Thelen of Charter Oak, IA, and Cathy (Ron) Lazum of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren, Dr. Christian and Jesse (friend Melissa) Strohmeyer, Brad (Heather) and Adam (Shay) Andersen, Renee (Nic) Ernst, and Evan and Meriah Thelen; her step grandchildren, Kiara, Cassandra, and Ashley Lazum; fourteen great grandchildren; her sister, Mildred (Don) Schroeder of Dubuque; and her brothers in law, Richard "Dick" Strohmeyer of Dubuque, and John "Jack" Strohmeyer of Mesa, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Roman, Merlin, and Elmer Kluck; her sisters, Lorraine (Bob) Stone and Janet Muntz-Miller; and her brothers and sisters in law, Eleanor (Conrad) Pfiffner, Jean (Karl) Schueller, Arlene "Kate" Dawson, Anthony "Knute" (Evie) Strohmeyer, Opal Strohmeyer, Gladys (Leo) Henkels, Rose Strohmeyer, LaVerne "Bill " (Rita) Strohmeyer, Leah (Leo) Stoffel, Eldon "Ex" (Grace) Strohmeyer, and Don (Marge) Strohmeyer.

Memorials may be made to the Hazel C. Strohmeyer Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.
Hazel's family would like to extend a special thank you for the outstanding love and care received from everyone at Stonehill Care Center, especially 1st Floor and 2nd Floor Memory Ward. Another special thank you goes out to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and all the other caregivers that assisted Hazel.

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



Richard T. Faulhaber


Richard (Dick) T. Faulhaber, 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of DeSoto, IA, died on Wednesday, September 26, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Rd in Dubuque, where there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, September 29, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, at The Church Of The Nativity, Dubuque, with burial following at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Brian Dellaert, Richard's oldest grandson, will officiate.

Dick was born March 21, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Thomas A. and Bernadine (Forbes) Faulhaber. He graduated from St. Ambrose Academy, and began his career in retail management, working for National Tea Company, Arden's, Per Mar, and Welter Storage Equipment. He married Rosemary Conrad, who he met on a blind date, on November 22, 1956 in Keota Iowa at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was a member of Nativity Parish and a 3rd degree Knights Of Columbus. He always enjoyed fishing and most of all watching the Iowa Hawkeyes football team where he had season tickets for over 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years Rosemary, 5 children, Debra (Gary) Dellaert of Dubuque, Mary (David) Coultas of Jacksonville IL, Tom (Brenda) Faulhaber LeClaire IA, Christine O'Keefe of Andover, MN, Robert (Jeanna) Faulhaber of Omaha NE., 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Siblings Michael (Carol) Faulhaber of Davenport, IA, Ann (Tom) Crowley of Edina MN, Thomas (Peggy) Faulhaber of Edina MN; and many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas A. & Bernadine Faulhaber, son in-law John O'Keefe, granddaughter Bernadette Faulhaber, and Father & Mother in-law Joe & Eleanor Conrad.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Kenneth O. Bauer, Sr.


Kenneth O. Bauer Sr., 71, of Sherrill died Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at (time ?). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Ken was born June 18, 1947 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Joseph and Althea (Petche) Bauer.

He graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1965.  After graduation, he served in the US Army where he was stationed in Germany.

He married Linda Brimeyer on June 2, 1973 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2008.

Ken worked as a heavy equipment operator for his career, most recently at Portzen Construction before his retirement.  He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 234.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and gardening.  He also enjoyed woodworking.  He was always there to help anyone who needed it and never said no.

Ken loved spending time with his significant other, Karen Maury.

He is survived by five children, Kenneth O. (Tara) Bauer Jr. of Potosi, Wisc., Heidi (Tim) Brown of Ames, Iowa, Christopher J. (Michelle) Bauer of Waterloo, Iowa, Patrick J. (Shelly Woller) Bower of Dubuque and Jessica L. (Travis Olson) Bauer of Guttenberg; 10 grandchildren, Trenton, Christian, Nelson, Mykaylia, Damian Brody and Layla Bauer, Braxton and Braetyn Brown and Cub Olson; his significant other Karen Maury and her children, Vanessa and Scott and her grandson Austin.

He is also survived by his siblings, Leon (Donna) Bauer, Francis (Brenda) Bauer, Linda Hogan, Julie Johnson, John (Pat) Bauer, Ed Bauer, Mary Jane (Dan) Jacobsen, Laura (Tony) King, Andy (Pam) Bauer and Tim (Dawn) Bauer; his mother in law, Norma Brimeyer; and in laws, Reynold Brimeyer, Karen (Russ) Duve, Elaine (Mike Smith) Fortman, John Brimeyer and Allan Brimeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father in law, Gilbert Brimeyer and  a son, Wayne Patrick Bauer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenneth Bauer Memorial Fund.

 



Maritta Kipper


Maritta ‘Rita' Kipper 81, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Maritta was born July 26, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Herman and Ruth (Frommelt) Behnke.

She married Francis J. Kipper November 26, 1960 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2011.

Maritta graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. She was a nurse's aide at the former Xavier Hospital and then did cleaning at Sacred Heart Church and School, Holy Ghost Church and the Dubuque Shooting Society for many years.

She enjoyed doing cross stitch.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart, and their Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving is a daughter, Karen Kipper, of Dubuque, two sons, Kevin (Lisa) Kipper, of Donahue, Iowa and Ken (Deb) Kipper, of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Ben (Kaitlyn) and Logan Kipper, Dan (Heather) Schmitt, Jessica Schmitt, D.J. (Gail) Hahn and Zach Hahn; great-grandchildren, Jordy Hahn, Olivia and Penny Schmitt and one kipper on the way; siblings, Joe Behnke, Mary Weydert, Bob (Shirley) Behnke; and siblings-in-law, Robert Kipper and Joanne Kipper.
She also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Diane Frick and siblings-in-law, Joy Behnke and Theodore Kipper.

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

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



Grace Marie Kane


Grace Marie (Sweeney Dunn) Kane, 91, of Bethany Home Dubuque and formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Saint Patrick Garryowen Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of mass at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born in Zwingle, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Lavina (Hutchins) Sweeney. She married William "Billy" Dunn and he preceded her in death. She later married Paul Kane at Saint Patrick Garryowen Catholic Church. Grace was a member of Saint Patrick Garryowen Rosary Society and a long time employee of the Bernard Elementary School.

She was a faith filled Irish lady with a great love of family.

She is survived by her husband Paul; her children Patrick (Arlene) Dunn, of Des Moines, James (Susan) Dunn, of San Diego, CA, Peggy Dunn Bills, of Arlington Heights, IL, Kevin (Laurie) Kane, of Springfield, MO, and William Dunn, Jr. of Bernard. Nine grandchildren Kelli, Terry, Patrick, Shawn, Carl, Chris, Katherine, Kelsey, and Allison; two great grandchildren Ian and Triston; two great great grandchildren Gracie and Charlie. Two sisters Lela (Charlie) McCormick, of Dubuque and Mary (Merlie) Wagner, of Otter Creek; along with her many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband William "Billy" Dunn; two brothers Levi Joseph "LJ" Sweeney and James Sweeney; and one sister Alice "Bessie" Ehlinger.

Grace's family would like to thank everyone who visited her, and cared for her, both spiritually and physically, especially Fr. Loecke, the Bernard Fire and Rescue Unit, the nurses and staff at Mercy, and the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, along with all her friends and neighbors, your kindness will never be forgotten.



Glen T. Crawford


Glen T. "Moose" Crawford, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

Glen Thomas Crawford was born on January 19, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Herbert Ronald and Nellie (Mayo) Crawford. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Joan Myatt on January 26, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Glen was a lifelong resident of Maquoketa and worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 37 years. After retirement, he worked at Theisen's in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Glen had been a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Maquoketa United Church of Christ. He had served on the Maquoketa City Council and for many years had been a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, receiving the distinguished Scouting Silver Beaver Award. He enjoyed and participated in Barbershop music, and also liked camping, canoeing, gardening, bird watching, puzzles, and antiquing for Myott Pottery. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ronald and Jim Crawford, sisters Maxine Crawford and Margaret Ellen Savory, and a daughter Nan Ellen Tracy on July 3, 2018.

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

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



Clarence C. Quint


Clarence C. Quint, 94, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on November 3, 1923, near Worthington, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint. He was raised and educated in the area. 

On November 18, 1947, Clarence was united in marriage to Eleanor Manternach at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cascade. Five daughters were born to this union. Together they farmed near Ryan and Prairieburg. In 1958, they moved to a farm near Dundee. Clarence retired in 1984, and they moved to Manchester. 

Clarence was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. He enjoyed farming, gardening, flowers, working in his apple orchard, and woodworking. He also loved spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his five daughters, Joann (Dick) Hartman, Donna (George) Puffett, and Janet (Ken) Burns, all of Manchester, Doris (Jim) Koopmann of Dyersville, and Julie (Jim) Kennedy of Ogden; 17 grandchildren, Karen Hartman, Dave Hartman, Kathy (Scot) Ruby, Toby (Amy) Hartman, Mary (Tony) Zieser, Herb (Kim) Hartman, Nick (Joni) Puffett, Jay Puffett, Cindy (Dan) Funke, Sherri (Andy) Olsen, Scott (Erin) Burns, Susan (John) Barrett, Ryan (Lynnette) Koopmann, Brieanna (Clint) Hilkin, and Megan, Nathan, and Lauren Kennedy; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Catherine (John) McQuillen of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Mary Quint and Elaine Vaske; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other in-laws. 

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 2008; his parents; two sisters, Mary (Jerry) and Loretta (Art) Vaske; and three brothers, Lawrence, Vernon (Catherine), and Sylvester Quint.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials. 

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

Mass of Christian Burial:11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend Dennis Quint, Reverend Neil Manternach, and Reverend Gabriel Anderson as concelebrants. 

Visitation: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the church. 

Interment:St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa 

Casket Bearers: Grandsons

 

 



Steven F. Bettcher


Steven F. Bettcher, age 62, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 2:02 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at home. To honor Steve's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Steve was born on October 25, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Elsie (Hudson) Bettcher.

Steve was born and raised in Dubuque and quickly learned the value of hard work, the importance of personal convictions and the rewards of living an honorable life. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1974, and next joined the U.S. Marines for 10 years before completing his service with another 11 years in the U.S. Army; where he served his final tour of duty in Desert Storm. Staff Sergeant Steve Bettcher always loved his country, the divine providence upon which our founders created the potential for true freedom and prosperity for all, and was consistently involved in local politics in order to keep a close eye on the world that was going to be left behind for his grandkids to thrive in. Steve was united in marriage to his true love, Beverly Hardy, on July 2, 1998, in Dubuque, and they have been blessed with 20 wonderful years together. In his free time, Steve loved to spend time out in the great outdoors enjoying a nice morning chasing after that ever elusive "hole in one", or sometimes even a relaxing afternoon baiting his hook on the waters edge, or quietly walking around the countryside while on the hunt for a few pheasant or squirrels to keep his shooting skills sharp. But, at the end of the day there was no doubt that family, faith and freedom were the 3 largest priorities in Steve's life. He knew and understood that this life is temporary and that at any moment the decisions we make would not only impact our eternity, but also the legacy and role-modeling we thankfully leave behind for those we love. Steve has been called home much too early, but we are forever grateful for the wonderful example he has set and we have no doubt that Heaven is celebrating as their newest soul has come walking through the gates with his "Don't Tread On Me" flag firmly in hand while properly exhibiting a little wear and tear from their earthly journey. Thank you Steve for your service and devotion to all whom were placed along your path and may the Lord bless you until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his wife,
Beverly Bettcher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Jacob (Kayla) Bettcher, Dubuque, IA,
Troy (Kristi) Bettcher, Sun Prairie, WI
and Chrystall (Ryan) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
James, Clairice and Lillian Bettcher, and Jacob, Gabriel and Erykah Schreiber;

his siblings,
Mike (Karen) Bettcher, DeWitt, IA,
Dawn (Terry) Smothers, Dubuque, IA
and Jeff (Tami) Bettcher, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Sister Ann Ellen Quirk, BVM


Sister Ann Ellen Quirk, BVM, 87, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Caritas Center. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 1:15 p.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Ann Ellen was a music teacher in Clinton, Iowa; Chicago; Rock Island, Ill.; and Wilmington, Ill., where she also served as pastoral associate and parish minister.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 8, 1931, to William James and Margaret Mary Roe Quirk. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee.

She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Catherine (Robert) Kiesl, and brothers William (Grace) and Robert.

She is survived by a sister Margaret Quirk, Muskego, Wis.; sister-in-law Marlene Quirk, West Bend, Wis.; nieces; nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.

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

Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Richard Vyverberg


Richard Vyverberg, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 28th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Paul Peckosh officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa on August 20, 1936, the son of Milton Benjamin and Marie (Billmeyer) Vyverberg. He married Carole J. (Mann Nothaft) on May 22, 1982. He is a United States Army veteran serving for two years.

Mr. Vyverberg was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works from 1955 to 1992 where he worked as Journeyman Tool and Die Maker and later as a manufacturing Engineer.

He enjoyed Bass fishing, playing golf with his wife, woodworking, and spending time with His grandchildren.
He was a former member of Knights of Columbus Council 5513, Dubuque Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dubuque Bass Club, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, & John Deere Supervisors club.

He is survived by his wife Carole, his son Greg (Kim) Vyverberg, of Dubuque, his daughter Kim Vyverberg, of Davenport, Iowa; two step-daughters Laura (Troy) Lash and Lisa (Roger) Oberbroeckling-Higgins. Six grandchildren, Nichole (Shane) Freiburger, Jacob (Stephanie Allen) Vyverberg, Jessica and Sarah Oberbroeckling, all of Dubque, Rachel and Audrey Lash of Indianola, Iowa. Great grandchildren Cash Freiburger and Cora Allen. Two sisters, Shirley (Ben) Schroeder and Joan (Clare) Snodgrass, of Dubuque; along with his former spouse Beverly Vyverberg.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Elizabeth Vyverberg and grandparens Tony and Veronica Billmeyer and a grandson Mitchell Oberbroeckling who passed on August 25, 2000.

A special thank you to the 5th Floor nurses at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for the exceptional care they gave to Richard.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. It was Richard's wish to have these funds help a wounded veteran.



Stephen P. DeLire


Stephen P. "Steve" DeLire, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday morning, September 22, 2018 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Visitation is from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Steve was born on August 24, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Adrian P. and Sylvia J. (Thoma) DeLire. He was a 1962 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Steve served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, on the USS Hornet and was also stationed in Guam.

On October 19, 1968 he married Janet (Craig) Morrison in Moline, Illinois. Steve was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a pipe fitter, retiring in 1995. He continued operating DeLire Rental Properties and other businesses.

He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. Steve was a die-hard Cubs fan, he loved camping and time spent with his family. Whenever possible he enjoyed his Harley.
Grandpa was the Creator of the Rock a doodle doo. A story for his grandkids.

Steve was a great husband, Dad, grandpa, uncle, friend and landlord, whatever you knew him best as. He will be truly missed by all.

Surviving is his wife, Janet; six children, Bill (Lynn) Morrison of East Dubuque, Tracy (Rick) Bankson and Dawn Morrison, both of Dubuque, Scott DeLire of East Dubuque, and Vance (Tricia) DeLire and Craig (Amy) DeLire both of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian and Sylvia, and a sister, Mary Ann Schwendinger.

A Stephen P. DeLire memorial fund has been established.

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



Patricia A. Kohlenberg


Patricia A. Kohlenberg, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at her residence on Sunday, September 23, 2018, with her loving family by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.

She was born on July 2, 1954, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the daughter of James R. and Charlotte (Hermsen) Kluesner. Pat graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and in 1972 she graduated from Bloomington High School. Pat furthered her education at Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, earning a degree in medical transcription.

She was employed with Grant County Land Conservation Office and the Commission on Aging, as well as Grant Regional Health Center, and Montessori Pre-School.

On July 31, 2009, she was united in marriage to Cal Kohlenberg.

Pat enjoyed going to garage sales and collecting antiques. She dearly loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Cal; her children: Jeremy (Sarah) and Jen (Forbes Van Altena) Wagner; step-children: Jared (Alex) and Brent (Lauren) Kohlenberg; grandchildren: Brandon, Cody, and Anna Wagner, Remi and Nora Kohlenberg; her siblings: Jim (Jeannie) Kluesner, Jr.; Karen (Joe) Gates; Tom (Marlene) Kluesner; Sally (Tom) Bennett; Linda (Rod) Kaufman; Mary (Rod) Neis; many nieces, nephews and her former husband, Tim Wagner.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, James and Charlotte Kluesner.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Patricia A. Kohlenberg Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is entrusted with her care.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Judith Tigges


Judith "Judy" Tigges, 80, of W. Peoria, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Heddington Oaks, skilled nursing care facility.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, September 28 at the Church of the Resurrection. A visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m., Friday at the church, where a short memorial video will be presented at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy worked at Sweetheart Bakery, Bishop's Buffet, and Sisters of the Presentation. She was a member of the Resurrection Church Choir and Women's Guild. She enjoyed making rosary beads for the missionaries and spending time volunteering at The Christ Child Society and The Sisters of Charity Soup Kitchen. Her most treasured accomplishment was creating a weekly rosary group at Heddington Oaks.

Judy was born on November 10, 1937 in Epworth, IA, daughter of Marie Connolly. She married Richard Tigges on September 3, 1960 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, step sister, and friend who was loved by all.

Surviving are her two daughters, Janice (Dan) Christianson, of Dunlap, IL and Jolene (Jimmy) Dolan, of Fort Collins, CO; a son, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Tigges, of Parker, CO; two step brothers, Dudley (Diane) Huber, of Farmerville, LA and Robert (Mary) Huber, of Solon, IA and six grandchildren: Amanda, Rachel, Joshua, Lauren, Jenna and Jessie.

She was preceded in death by her mother and husband.

Memorials may be given to St. Therese Society of the Little Flower, 800-621-2806, 1313 N. Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561.

The Tigges family would like to extend a special thank you to Heddington Oaks, Methodist Unity Point Hospice Services, and Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home for all of their kind and loving care and support.



Richard W. Hanson


Richard W. "Dick" Hanson, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 21, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Richard Wayne Hanson was born on May 3, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert Willis and Neoma Lucille (Hardin) Hanson. He grew up in Maquoketa, attended Maquoketa schools and earned his GED. He married Mona Mohr and to this union two children were born, Janette and Brian. They divorced and he married Lois M. Carr on November 27, 1968 in Rock Island, Illinois, and together they had a daughter Michele. Lois preceded him in death on October 30, 1999. He later married Janet Usher Snyder on August 5, 2005 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Dick had first worked at Farmall in the Quad Cities for a short time. He then worked for the Jones County Highway Maintenance Department and transferred to Jackson County where he worked for 36 years retiring in 2006.

Dick was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Janet Hanson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Janette (Peter) Dunne of Baldwin, IA, Brian (Robin) Hanson of Shelby Township, MI, and Michele (Ed) Zilch of Davenport, IA; step-children, Jerry (Ruth) Potter of Rockford, MN, Terry Potter of Trinity, TX, Carolyn Potter of Monmouth, IA, Randy Potter of St. Louis, MO, Mike (Sherry) Snyder of Maquoketa, IA, Brenda (Kirk) Hayden of Robins, IA, and Teresa (Mark) Paine of Billings, MT; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; 12 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; a sister Mary (Sam) Caven of Baldwin, IA; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lois, a brother Marvin (Ellen) Hanson, and a sister Esther (Dean) Rickels.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard W. "Dick" Hanson memorial fund has been established.

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



Loras F. Koppes


Loras F. "Dutsy" Koppes, 77, of Scotch Grove, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Unity Point - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from Noon until 2 pm Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Temple Hill where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 pm. Burial will be in the church cemetery and Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.

Loras was born July 8, 1941, in Monticello the son of Herbert and Frances (Moorman) Koppes. He graduated from school in Cascade and served in the Army National Guard.

He enjoyed driving truck nationwide, playing music and socializing.

Survivors include his children: Lisa Smith of Waverly, Randy (Beth) Koppes of Iowa City, Marty Koppes of Monticello, Tim Koppes of Dubuque, Jen (Dom) Luensman of Monticello, Ben (Andrea) Koppes of Ely and Anna (Trevor) Siebels of Monticello; the mother of his children, Joan Koppes of Monticello; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; siblings: Arlene (Earl) Takes of Cedar Rapids, Thomas Koppes of AZ, Kenneth Koppes of Iowa City and James (Diane) Koppes of Cascade, a friend, Erma Heiken of Wyoming, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Koppes of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances, his step-mother, Erma (Kelchen), his father, Herbert, a stillborn son, Francis, a friend, Ella Brokaw, a brother Ronald, a stillborn brother, Robert, a sister Rose Ann Vondracek.

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



Clarence R. Lahr


Clarence R. Lahr, 94, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Clarence was born August 8, 1924, in Worthington, Iowa son of Nicholas and Mary (Krogman) Lahr.  He married Adella Willenbring on Sept. 25, 1951, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for a time in the Worthington area until making their home in Petersburg where they continued to farm.  He had several other jobs including working at the Ertl Company for 10 years.  In 2006, they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.  

Survivors include his two daughters: Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; 9 grandchildren: Tammy (Adam) Gurewitz, Becky (Troy) McKnight, Tim Stoffel, Jesse Lahr, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr, Travis (Sidney) Lahr, Aaron (special friend Jenaya Hargrafen) Lahr, James (fiancé Adriane House) Ronnau and Shannon (Dustin) Smiers; 10 great grandchildren with another due in October; a sister, Mary Jane Felton of Cascade and Loras' fiancé, Kate Jones of Princeville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Adella, a son, Loras "Butch" Lahr; brothers and sisters: John Lahr, Joe (Isabelle) Lahr, Al (Germaine) Lahr, Nick (Mary Jane) Lahr, Veronica (Henry) Russ, Margaret (John Russ and Tom) Oehler, Loretta Lahr, Rose (Wally) Nehl, Alvin "Bud" Lahr and Theresa (Jerry) Goedken;  brothers-in-law: Joe Felton, John (Hilda) Willenbring, Albert (Stacy) Willenbring and Lawrence "Sonny" (Verna) Willenbring; 5 sisters-in-law: Frances and Leona Willenbring, Rose (Anton) Mormann, Irene (Frank) Sassen and Tillie (Lawrence) Rolfes;  Parents-in-law, Louis and Anna Willenbring.

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

 

 



Virginia L. Wing


Virginia L. "Ginny" Wing, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 24th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Virginia was born on November 12th, 1930 in Louvain, Belgium, the daughter of Snowden and Myrl (Garretson) Clary. At the age of five, she and her parents moved to Tennessee, Wisconsin, and eventually to Maquoketa, Iowa.

She is a graduate of Maquoketa High School, where she participated in band, chorus, theater arts and loved to play the piano.

On May 29th, 1951, Virginia married her Highschool sweetheart, Jack L. Wing, at the Maquoketa Methodist Parsonage. Jack and Virginia raised their family in Maquoketa, Davenport and Dubuque before retiring to Nita Ho Valley near St. Donatus, where they lived for 25 years.

She worked at both Xavier and Mercy Hospitals as unit secretary for 23 years.

Virginia enjoyed bowling, being with her friends in T.O.P.S., and was an Honorary member of the Luxembourg Society.

Virginia had a great smile, an infectious laugh, and a generous heart. She was a wonderful daughter, loving wife, doting mother and grandmother, and a loyal friend. She loved traveling, reading, playing croquet, and dancing. Her three trips to Luxembourg and Belgium in her later years were a dream come true. Most of all, she loved and treasured her family.

She is survived by her three children: Valerie (Paul) McNally of Iowa City, Martin (Heidi) Wing, and Sue (Don) Broadwell of Dubuque; Seven grandchildren and their spouses, and six great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jack; her parents; one sister, one brother; and one step-brother.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family is grateful for the amazing care given to Mom by all the employees of Stonehill Care Center. They are a community of pure love and Christ-like compassion. Mom was touched by the cards, notes and visits from friends which so lifted her spirits.

 



Sister Kathleen O’Sullivan, BVM (Donall)


Sister Kathleen O'Sullivan, BVM (Donall), 90, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Natural Burial Rite of Committal was Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery. Sharing of Memories will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at 10:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall chapel followed by a Memorial Mass.

Sister Kathleen was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Butte, Mont.; San Francisco and Kauai, Hawaii. She also served as principal in Kauai and in Missoula, Mont. She ministered as a religious education teacher, receptionist, and volunteer hospice coordinator in Butte, Mont., and as coordinator of religious education, parish minister, and volunteer in social justice programs in Missoula, Mont.

She was born on May 13, 1928, in San Francisco, to Daniel and Katherine Murphy O'Sullivan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from St. Philip Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Sheila O'Sullivan.

She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 72 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Lulu B. Stewart


Lulu B. Stewart, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 19, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Lulu was born on December 6, 1937 in Raleigh, IL the daughter of Raymond and Edna Lucille (Cowsert) McVay. She married Andy Stewart on May 28th, 1956 in Raleigh, IL. She worked at the Shoe Tree in Hinsdale, IL until retirement.

Lulu's true love was her husband Andy. They did everything together, even worked side by side for 40 years. Her family was her heart and joy. She absolutely loved the Chicago Bulls and rarely missed watching a game.

She is survived by her daughters Cynthia Feldott, of Dubuque, and Jennifer Bodoh, of Troy. MO. Sisters, Lynn Regan, Margene Martin and Fonda Parker. Grandchildren, Brad Feldott, Brian Feldott, Kelli Feldott, Kasey Godek, Melissa Stewart, Aaron Bodoh, and Jett Bodoh along with 16 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Andy; her parents Raymond and Lucille McVay, Son-in-law Kevin Feldott and a brother T. J. McVay.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Chadwick Nachtmann and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Betty Mae Hines


Betty Mae Hines, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at her son's home. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on March 18, 1935, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Inez Rose (Jahnke) Schutte.

Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald J. Hines, on May 10, 1952, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. The two were blessed with 24 years, and 5 wonderful children, before Don was called home suddenly on April 22, 1977. Betty was a devoted wife and mother who also put her God given talents to work outside of the home in the publishing and printing industry for several years before finishing her working career as a cashier at the Five Flags Center. Her faith was an integral part of her daily life and Betty was an active and long-time member of Holy Trinity Church. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with her beloved husband, Don, and her son, Jeffrey in their new and eternal heavenly home. We will miss you dearly Betty and are grateful for the memories you leave behind for us to treasure.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Kathryn (Jeff) Hasley, Ottumwa, IA,
Sandra (Devin) Cline, San Tan Valley, AZ,
Greg (Kelly) Hines, Peosta, IA
and Chris (Donna) Hines, Scottsdale, AZ;

her daughter-in-law,
Janet Hines, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Shannon (Jake) Veach, Stacey (Jon Kluck) Hines, Lindsey (Ben) Cooper, Chrystal (Andy) Blauveldt, Seth (Meghan) Hines, Summer (Dustin) Brookhart, Vanessa (Kevin) Forristall, Brandon (Shamica) Hasley, Rachael Hasley, Josh (Danah) Laugeson, Quinn (Gabriel Aguillar) Hines, Corbyn Hines and Dylan Spann;

her 18 great-grandchildren;

and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Hines; a son, Jeffrey Hines; and a sister, Helen Kleinschrodt.

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



Veronica M. Hagemann


Veronica M. Hagemann, 89, of Dyersville, formerly of New Vienna, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Oakcrest Manor, Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, September 26th from 9-9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Veronica was born July 20, 1929, in Garnavillo, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Veronica (Berns) Hoeger. She was the second youngest of eight children and received her education at St. Joseph's school in Garnavillo.

Veronica married John W. Hagemann on May 7, 1952, in St. Joseph's Church in Garnavillo.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, sewing, coloring, crossword puzzles and was a master at cooking & baking. Veronica took great joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Surviving are her five children: Mary Hagemann, Kevin (Diane) Hagemann both of Dyersville, David (Marlene) and James (Deb) Hagemann both of New Vienna, Donna (Rick) Kratz of Peoria, AZ, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brother: Gerald Hoeger of Garnavillo, in-laws: Inez Hoeger of Prairie Du Chein, WI, Clarence Meyer of Monona, Walter (Irene) Hagemann of San Diego, CA., Inez Hagemann of New Vienna Julius (Betty) Hagemann, Eileen Hagemann both of Dyersville, James Hesselmann of Niwot, CO, LaVerne Hagemann of Tequesta, FL., Kathleen Hagemann of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 2013, a son, Philip in infancy, siblings: Herman, Vincent, Martha, Lambert, Loretta, Hoeger, Irma Meyer, in-laws: Urban (Grace) Hagemann, Charles, Joseph and James Hagemann, Cindy Hagemann, Joan Hesselmann, Fritz (Delores) Bierman and Edwin Hagemann.

A special Thank You to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna Scherbring and to all the wonderful caregivers who work at Oakcrest Manor for the loving support you gave to Veronica.

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



Marian Lavone Richey


Marian Lavone Richey, 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Linn Manor in Marion, IA.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marian was born on October 18, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Reinhardt and Helen (Doerr) Schmidt. Marian met and married the love of her life, Rodney William Richey on October 22, 1949 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA.

Marian enjoyed playing bingo with her daughter Laurie, going to the casino with Dennis and Laurie, eating Godfather's pizza, shopping, and watching NASCAR Racing (Jeff Gordon was her favorite driver). She devoted her life to caring for her family.

Those left to cherish Marian's memory include her five children, Diane (Sid) Arnold, Steve (Cindy) Richey, Tom Richey, Dennis Richey, and Laurie (John) Denes; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; her siblings, Bud Schmidt and Jannan Hancock; and her sister in law, Ora Schmidt. 

Marian was preceded in death by her loving husband Rodney; her parents; her mother in law and father in law; a sister, Helen (Ray) Hintgen; two brothers, Raymond Schmidt and Melvin Schmidt; a sister in law, Vernetta Schmidt; and two brothers in law, Bill Hancock and Raymond Hintgen. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Linn Manor Nursing Home and Hospice Compassus.

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



Ronald T. Amundson


Ronald T. Amundson, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at home surrounded by his wife and children.

Join the family for a celebration of life from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque. Service at 4 p.m., followed by a celebration of life reception from 5-7pm at the church. Rev. Josh Martyn will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements. 

Ron was born January 11, 1925 in White Bear Lake, MN, the son of Adolph and Lila (Lapham) Amundson. He married Joan Skogstad on August 4th, 1962 in Eleva, Wisconsin.

Ron was a family man; his wife and children and their lives were his priority. Earlier this year Ron and Joan celebrated fifty-six years of marriage. With the love, care, and support of Joan he become the man that so many people loved and cherished. 

He graduated from high school in Excelsior, MN where he excelled in athletics winning multiple state championships in track and field while being a four-sport varsity athlete.
In 1943 he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the Thirteenth Airborne Division 513 Parachute Infantry - where he completed 13 jumps during World War II.

After returning from the service he worked at Amundson Boat Works in White Bear Lake, MN, a family business that built the sailing ships that drove commerce on the "Great Lakes" of the upper Midwest.

Following his service, he became a general contractor in the housing industry in Minnesota. Ron was a salesman for multiple companies and celebrated a 50 plus year career. He had an innate ability to listen and care for his customers as friends and clients first - not just customers.

Ron was an avid sports fan his entire life. An accomplished athlete in his youth he regularly shot his age in golf into his 80's. He could break 100 with only an 8 iron until his last round.

His love of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings was unbending. He leaves us with being one of the few that have seen an Iowa Rose Bowl win for Iowa, a Chicago Cubs World Series win and multiple Minnesota Viking's Super Bowl appearances.

He was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association for 19 years and a driver for Duride, providing help to those in need for many years for people in his hometown Dubuque, IA.

Ronald "Ron" Amundson was a great person, father, and friend and he will be missed by his family, friends and all the people he encountered throughout his life.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Joan; 5 children, Greg (Marty)Amundson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronald Amundson II of Dubuque, Laurie Paulsen of Dubuque, Kristin (John) Foley of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jill (Jason) McMurray of Franklin, Tennessee; fourteen grandchildren, two great granddaughters and a brother Bill Amundson of Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Adolph and Lila Amundson and brother Alan Amundson.

A special thank you to the staff at Finley Hospital and the people at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, our family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Hoffmann-Schneider for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.

Memorial donations in memory of Ron may be made to Hospice of Dubuque and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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



Beverly J. Duggan


Beverly J. "Bev" Duggan, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Sarasota, FL passed away on September 9th, 2018 at home.

Private family services will be held at a later date in the Cassville Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

On the 2nd day of May 1940, a moonbeam cast Bev's light far and wide here on earth. Her love and support was given generously among the many kindred spirits she called Friend or Family. Left behind are 5 shooting stars and their comets as she is now the moonshadow. The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It's always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it's a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.

Beverly is survived by her children, Cheryl (Dave) Jansen, of East Dubuque, IL, Christy Benton, Dubuque, IA, Curtis Herbst, of Galena, IL, Jodi (Joel) Oss, of Sarasota, FL, Jay Duggan, of Dubuque, IA, her 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, her aunts, Virginia Eudaley, Dubuque, IA, June Silverberg, San Juan Capistrano, CA, her uncle, Arnold "Skip" (Mary) Lang, Dubuque, IA, her niece, Robin (Steve) Welbes Kane, Cedar Rapids, IA, her nephews, Shelby Joseph Welbes, Cedar Rapids, IA, Dawson Peter Williams, Dubuque, IA.

Beverly was preceded in death by her mother and step-father Rachel Lang Fullbright and Delbert Fullbright; her father, Kenneth Foell; one sister Sandra Williams; and a son in infancy, Alois Herbst.

Contributions to Hospice of Dubuque or American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank everyone for the kindness and care shown during this difficult loss. A special thank you goes out to Hospice of Dubuque and Florida Cancer Specialists.



Owen Dean Thorson


Owen Dean Thorson, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Owen's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 P.M. on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at The Cambridge Cemetery, in Cambridge, Iowa, with military honors.

Owen was born on October 14, 1939 in Cambridge, to Eric Selmer and Alice Mae (Nelson) Thorson. He attended high school in Cambridge, graduating in 1957. After graduation, he attended Luther College in Decorah, where he earned a Business degree in 1961. Upon graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge 1963. He then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and was employed as a district sales representative for Standard Oil. He left Kansas City, and traveled the world for the next two years, visiting 41 countries. Upon his return, Owen worked as an instructor for the Iowa State University speech department, while earning his master's degree in counseling. In 1974, he moved to Maquoketa, where he worked as a high school guidance counselor for the Maquoketa Community School District. He retired in 2004. Additionally, during the summers, he worked as a Pioneer Hi-Bred seed field inspector supervisor for 36 years.

Owen married Karen Louise Hartley on April 24, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Owen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Maquoketa Club Optimist International, serving as a past President in 1996, American School Counselors Association, Iowa Counselors Association, serving as a past President from 1984-1985, and the Sons of Norway. His favorite pastime was observing wildlife around Hurstville, following college football, and collecting lightning rod balls.

Those left to honor Owen's memory include his wife, Karen Thorson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Emily (Robert) Deschner of Palatine, IL, and Eric (Whitney) Thorson of Ankeny, IA; 2 grandchildren, Kara Mae Deschner and Dean Samuel Thorson; a brother, Eric (Marlene) Thorson of Irvine, CA; and sisters, Delores Lewis of Urbandale, IA, and Adelia Heitland of Des Moines, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bonnie Lou Thorson and Stella Glew.

Memorials may be made to Luther College or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Ruth M. Argus


Ruth M. Argus, age 73, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

She was born on April 23, 1945 in Cambria, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Loretta (Leeser) Argus. Ruth attended the St. Andrew grade school in Tennyson, graduated from Potosi High School, and then went on to cosmetology school in Dubuque. She was a beautician for many years, then worked at HyVee and Mercy Medical Center until her retirement.

Ruth lived with her parents for many years in Tennyson, WI, helping care for them until her mother passed in 1981 and her father in 1994; her family will always be grateful for her loving care and assistance with their parents.

Following her time in Tennyson, Ruth moved to Dubuque where she has lived since. In her free time, she enjoyed shopping, especially at Dollar General and Walgreens. Ruth greatly loved her nieces and nephews and was godmother to several of them.

Ruth is survived by three sisters: Judi (Patrick) Sullivan, Charlene Stephens, and Joanne McGuire; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Patzner; a niece, Marti Kay; and two brothers-in-law: Robert "Bob" McGuire and Donald "Dean" Stephens.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Ruth M. Argus Memorial Fund has been established. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Potosi is entrusted with her services.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Delmer E. Scales


Delmer E. Scales, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 16th, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

According to his wishes, no public visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Delmer was born on February 12, 1934 in Monterey, California the son of Edwin and Julia (Patty) Scales. He graduated from Monterey High School and The School of Hard Knocks and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps where he received an honorable discharge.

He was a self-employed drywall contractor. He took every opportunity from the time he was a young man until late in life to participate in athletic endeavors in all forms.
He married Laura Wilson on April 6, 1958 in Pacific Grove, CA.

Some of our earliest memories involve getting wrestled and battered playfully by the almost impossibly large and gnarled hands of a man who hung drywall for his entire life. By the grace of God his great grandchildren have those memories of him also. If you met Del Scales you were given something to remember him by; plastic solar toys from the Dollar Tree, stories of football with John Madden at Cal Poly, incessant flirtation with our grandmother, ears of corn to feed the squirrels in winter or fresh walnuts to feed his grandchildren in fall. He is a man who spent his life building, giving and wrestling.

We never knew our grandfather to rest or quit and we do not suspect he is doing so now. He likely met God with tools in hand and some opinions on what could be fixed around the place. Perhaps he is even coaching Jacob about how to pin the angel in their famous wrestling match.

He is survived by his wife Laura; daughter Stephanie (Tim) O'Connell, sons Steve (Serena) Scales and Scott (Pam) Scales. Grandchildren; Luke (Meghan), Sean (Kendel), Molly (Leo), Patrick, Zach, Sydney (Alex), Sophie (Weston), Sawyer, Shelby (Jake), Sabrina, and Samuel; along with 5 great grandchildren; and Jill Crimmins-Scales.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved grandmother and one brother.

Memorials may be given to 24 Hour Care, Hospice of Dubuque or Hillcrest Family Services.

The family wishes to thank 24 Hour Care and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Christine and Cindy.



Lucille M. Hartford


Lucille M. "Lou" Hartford, 93, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lou may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the funeral home.
Services for Lou will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's cemetery.

Lou was born July 6, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Gertrude (Koenig) Frommelt. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa. On August 16, 1943 she was united in marriage to Robert W. Hartford at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1982.

Lou was a homemaker and caregiver and enjoyed bowling for many years with the Farley Women's Leagues and playing cards with friends. She loved to see the grandkids and great grandchildren come to visit.

God has given us opportunities to show love to a dear mom who loved us all so well when she was able and strong. Her smiles and laughter and quirky ways and funny words warms our hearts.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Hartford of Dubuque, IA, Timothy (Sue) Hartford of Wonewoc, WI; one daughter, Debra (Jerry) Jasper of Farley, IA; one son-in-law, Milo Mueller of Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; Greg (Jeni) Hartford, Gerry (Sherry) Hartford, Jeff (Amber Marie) Hartford, Kathy Pickering, Lisa (Tom) Rubbo, Koleen (Nugene) Parks, Elli Kitto, Josh (Sara) Jasper, Tom (Heidi) Jasper, Doug (Jenny) Jasper; 20 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lumilda Frommelt of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Richard Tranel of Monroe, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, John M. Hartford; one daughter, Sharon A. Mueller; one grandson, Gary Hartford, one great grandson, Michael Hartford; daughter-in-law, Jayne Hartford; three brothers, Donald (Mildred) Frommelt, Art (Dorothy) Frommelt, and George Frommelt; five sisters, Marcella (Nick) Behnke, Ruth (Herman) Behnke, Bernice (Earl) Kiefer, Madonna Tranel and Marie Frommelt.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for all their loving care and support they gave to mom.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



James Gronau


James Gronau, 60, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 14, 2018, of natural causes. 

According to his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. 

Jim was born September 14, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Elizabeth "Betty" (Burns) Gronau. In 1977, he graduated from Hempstead High School. He married Jackie Schoenauer on September 22, 2012 at Eagle Point Park.

Jim was employed at Tri State Quality Metals, and most recently at A.Y. MacDonald. 

Our Jim was a man of many talents who was loved by many. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. He was always there to help family or a friend. He knew no strangers and made everyone around feel comfortable and smile. 

Jim loved fishing and gardening, he was the family comedian-often cracking himself up with his own jokes, a master of glass and metal works, refurbishing and recycling everything old-his vision allowed him to see something new and his skills enabled him to make something new from those items. He loved to cook and can his gardens' treasures. If you asked him, he was a master chef as well. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie; his step-children, Jessica "Jessie" Loewen, Cory (Amy) Kamm, and Cheryl Kamm; his grandchildren, Emma Loewen, and Gaby, Maliek, and Dustin; his siblings, Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Debbie (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, Dedee (Tom) Cosgrove, and Dave (Terri) Gronau; his siblings-in-law, Sandy Gronau, Vickie (Bruce) Wagner, Eugene Welter, and Bobbie Lynch; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe, Herm, and many others. 

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Fred; his sister-in-law Becky Welter; and his parents-in-law, Bob and June Schoenauer. 

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

Our hearts are so heavy, and we were not ready for you to leave. "Fly with the angels, pilgrim" 

 

 

 



Robert J. Wernke


Robert J. Wernke, 78, of Dyersville passed away at home on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born February 8, 1940, in Holy Cross the son of John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke.  He married Janet K. Middlekauff on February 7, 1970, in Anamosa, Iowa.  Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years under Union Local 234.

Survivors include his children: Angela (Matthew) Trenkamp of Iowa City, Brian (Kristen) Wernke of Farley and Sara (Brad) Slater of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Anna, Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynn, Brevyn, Max, Jackson and Daisy; siblings: Marian (Thomas) Noblit of Loretto, TN, David (Bernie) Wernke of Worthington, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson, IA, a brother-in-law, James (Clare) Middlekauff of Orlando, FL, and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janet in 2017, one son, Douglas Wernke in 2012, parents-in-law: John and Elizabeth Middlekauf, a brother, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, and a brother-in-law, Don Klein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 



Constance J. Breitbach


Constance J. "Connie" Breitbach, 68, of Cascade Iowa passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:55 a.m., at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa. There will be a Cascade American Legion Auxiliary service held at 5:00 p.m. and a wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the funeral home.

Services for Connie will be held Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Connie was born June 2, 1950 in Monticello, Iowa. She is the daughter of Eugene and Dorothy (Ruley) Picray. Connie received her education in the Monticello area schools. On February 17, 1968 she was united in marriage to Gerald "Fritz" Breitbach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, Iowa. She was employed at Georgia Pacific in Monticello until her retirement in 2011.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, visiting casino's, cooking, baking and especially canning foods. She loved taking bus trips to the many area casino's.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Breitbach of Cascade, IA; two sons, Joe (Stacie) Breitbach of Monticello, IA and Steve (Amy) Breitbach of Ankeny, IA; three grandchildren; Clint, Zach, and Ava: one brother, Ron (Jane) Picray of Monticello, IA; one sister, Judy (Duane) Sternhagen of Hopkinton, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Sharon "Potts" Meyer of East Dubuque, IL, Lois (Rick) Scott of Epworth, IA and Vickie (Stu Hetherington) Holub of Mesa, AZ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Eugene Picray Jr., and one sister, Marlene Moats.

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



Sarah J. Current


Sarah J. Current, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sarah's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sarah Jane Treadwell was born on July 1, 1936 in Waynesboro, Tennessee to Samuel Grady and Josie (Brown) Treadwell. She was a 1954 graduate of Waynesboro High School and then attended Austin Peay College in Clarksville, Tennessee where she met her future husband, James "Jim" Current Jr. who was stationed in the military at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. They were married on December 23, 1955 in Waynesboro, Tennessee. To this union two children were born, Thomas Randy and Linda.

Sarah was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Jim Current Plastering in Maquoketa. She most notably had worked as the Deputy Clerk for the Clerk of Courts at the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa for over 18 years.

Sarah enjoyed flowers, gardening and volunteering at Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. She loved spending time with her family and was especially proud of each of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Sarah's memory include her husband, James "Jim" Current of Maquoketa, IA; children, Randy (Joan) Current of Clinton, IA, and Linda (Tom) Stewart of Preston, IA; a sister Dorothy Sainsbury of Lawrenceburg, TN; and 3 grandchildren Andrew Stewart, Matthew Current and Anna Current. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Jackson County Health Foundation, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Amy Louise Oppenheimer


Amy Louise Oppenheimer, age 52, died Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals after a brief illness.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 19, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. Visitation will be begin that day at 9:00 am, in the church.

Amy was born September 19, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Robert and Judith Oppenheimer. She attended school at both Franklin and Audubon, participated in Special Olympics, and worked at Area Residential Care and Goodwill Industries.

For all who knew Amy,
you'll remember her wit and charm with a sly grin,
her sense of style with a wide eye,
her compassion with a wet kiss,
her love of country music with a "ye-ha,"
and her sense of adventure with an "Amy story."
How good life is that God creates us in so many varied ways.

Surviving are her brother Eric; brother Todd (wife Rita) of Edwards, Colorado; sister Carey (husband Dan Lange) of East Dubuque, Illinois; and her nieces and nephews whom Amy called her own: Jenna Oppenheimer; and Adrienne (friend Luis), Nick, R.J. (wife Ashley), Peter (friend Kaitlyn), Sam, Jerry (wife Miranda), Greg (friend Lindsey), and Grace Lange.

Amy was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Judith, and her grandparents John and Myrtle Oppenheimer and Hubert and Hazel Hume, who loved her completely.

Thank you to friends and extended family at Franklin and Audubon, Area Residential Care, Special Olympics, Iowa Department of Human Services, Goodwill, and Sunnycrest Manor. You have "done all things well" (Mark 7:37).

An Amy L. Oppenheimer Memorial has been established.
The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Ill. Is serving the family. ©



Debra Ann Hillard


Debra Ann Hillard, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 11th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by her family.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street Street, where a service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Debra was born on February 14, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Milton and Doris (Williams) Roth. She married Dennis "Wally" Hillard on June 30th, 1979 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

Over the years she worked as a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and Heritage Manor. She also worked as a Case Manager at Cottingham & Butler and that was the job that she loved the most.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John's Vestry and was a Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and Monday Night Ladies Poker.

Debra enjoyed cooking for family and friends, playing the One-Armed Bandits at the Diamond Jo and looking for bargains at Goodwill; but she especially loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her husband Dennis "Wally" Hillard; sons Joe Brenke and Josh (Megan) Hillard; daughter Kim (Rob Hirsbrunner) Harvey; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dennis Roth.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their kind efforts and care. To Dick and Jan Markus for all their help and friendship over the years. A big thank you to Dennis's brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews for all the help, care and support during this difficult time, along with other family and friends who have reached out to us.



Dorothy Marie Ellerbach


Dorothy Marie Ellerbach, 91, of Holy Cross, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dorothy was born March 20, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Klein) Leick. On January 28, 1948, she married Ernest G. Ellerbach at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Together they farmed south of Holy Cross for 40 years.

Dorothy had a zest for life; she loved people and socializing. She was a longtime member of the Holy Cross parish and the Rosary Society and was a regular contributor to community life. She took pride in her appearance and was classy, yet humble. Celebrating special occasions was a joy for her. Dorothy was strong. Despite the loss of a young child and husband, as well as recent health issues, her joyous spirit was never diminished. She greatly enjoyed her independence and circle of friends. Dorothy also delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No one ever left her house hungry or without a hug.

She is survived by four children: Dan (Carol) Ellerbach of Bellevue, Connie (Kirby Holmes) Ellerbach of San Francisco, CA, Don (Terri) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Gary (Linda) Ellerbach of Lisbon, 8 grandchildren: Lyle Barth, Gina (Alex) Tone, Keith Ellerbach, Laura Ellerbach, Jon (Mandi) Ellerbach, Michael Ellerbach, Dalton Ellerbach, Skylar Ellerbach, 3 great grandchildren: Graci, Ellie and Harper, siblings: Merlin (Ruth) Leick, Irma Schrobilgen, Florence (Clarence) Kennicker, Arnie (Vicky) Leick, in-laws: Betty Leick, Gerald (Darleen) Ellerbach and Kay Daly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernie on November 20, 2014, son, Edwin, siblings: Lucille (Irvin) Stoffel, Marina (Jack) Hess, Rosie (Dick) Tharp and Leonard Leick.

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



Lillian McDonnell Freund


Lillian McDonnell Freund, 96, of Assisi Village, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 14th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where she was an active member since 1951. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Church. 

A native Dubuquer, she was the daughter of John James and Lillie (Herl) McDonnell. She married George A. Freund on June 29, 1946 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael. George preceded her in death on May 29, 2006.

Mrs. Freund was educated at St. Raphael School, St. Joseph Academy and Clarke College. She was a past member of the Junior VNA, Mercy Service Club, Cecelia Study Club, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Mother's Club and the Dubuque County Right-to-Life and enjoyed volunteering in many parish and civic activities.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons; Mary Elizabeth (William) Wagner, of Decorah, Iowa, John (Eleanor) Freund, of Dubuque, Margaret Conlon, of Dubuque, Thomas (Rae Ann) Freund, of Dubuque, Teresa (and special friend, Larry Boehnlein) Freund, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Catherine (Bret) Triervieler, of Dubuque and a daughter-in-law, Patricia (Keefe) Freund, of Renton, Washington. Lillian had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, with one expected.

In addition to her husband, Lillian was preceded in death by two sons, James Edward in infancy and George A. Freund, Jr. in 2002. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Ryan and her husband Charles C. Ryan, a brother John J. McDonnell, a sister-in-law Marie M. McDonnell, a brother-in-law Robert Freund and his wife Delia and a sister-in-law Mildred Duffy and her husband Patrick E. Duffy.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at Assisi Village and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern during Lillian's final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque County Right-to-Life.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Eugene L. Bell


Eugene L. "Gene" Bell, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 10, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Gene" from 2 to 5 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Eugene Leroy Bell was born on February 25, 1967 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Edwin "Bud" Ikestead and Annilee (Bunce) Bell. He attended school in the Midland School District. He married Lynn McGhee Combs in 1995 in Manning, South Carolina.

"Gene" had worked various jobs through the years including as an underground lineman for TKI Industries and for SteinMart. For the past ten years he had worked as the maintenance man at the Maquoketa Park Apartments in Maquoketa.

"Gene" was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and playing the guitar. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. 

Those left to honor his memory include his custodial niece, Margo Harris of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Wilbur Bell of Sikeston, MO, Myron, Jr. (Libby) Bell of Maquoketa, IA, and Lawrence (Tonya) Bell of Advance, MO; a sister, Becky (Joe) Peterson of Clinton, IA; half-sisters, Deanna Garrison of Watersmeet, MI, Sue Voss of Clinton, IA and Christy Moore of Prophetstown, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Anthony Curtis Bell of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Owen and Clyde Bell, and sisters Georgia and Juanna.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/eugene-l-gene-bell.

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



Steven E. Test


Steven E. Test, 75, of Asbury died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Grand Meadows.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Committal will be in Linwood Cemetery 10 a.m. Saturday.

Steve was born September 21, 1942 in Alta, Iowa, son of Earl and Sybil (Tincknell) Test. Steve was raised and attended High School in Paullina, Iowa. After graduating High School, Steve attended University of Dubuque for two years, before transferring and graduating from the University of Iowa.

After graduation, he moved to Dubuque where he went to work at John Deere and met his wife to be, Beverly Butlett, whom he married on August 13th, 1966. Steve worked as an Industrial Engineer at John Deere for 36 years, retiring in 2001. Steve and Bev were happily married for 52 years.

He enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren, and friends. Steve was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports and following his favorite teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Vikings, and Cubs. He particularly enjoyed and cherished his rounds of golf he played with friends, and family, whenever he could. 

Steve is survived by his wife, Bev Test of Asbury, son, Jeff Test of Dubuque, and daughter, Lynn (Scott) Schueller of Northville, Michigan. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Miah, Trevor and Nora Schueller.

Steve was preceded in death by a brother, John Test.

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

Memorial funds can be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the Grand Meadows nurses and incredible staff at Hospice of Dubuque who took tremendous care to of him in his time of need.



Joseph R. Koob


Joseph R. Koob, 90, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his family at home in Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Joe was born July 26, 1928, the son of Emmert and Ida (Takes) Koob. He married Cecelia A. McAllister on April 11, 1950, in Cascade. She preceded him in death less than a month ago.

Cecelia and Joe opened their business, Hollywood Garage, in 1955, and later moved to the current Koob Automotive location in 1962. In addition, he operated Skateway Roller Rink from 1968 until 2000. After selling the automotive business in 1986, he drove a school bus for the Monticello Community School District.

Joe was a faithful and active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he ushered for several decades. He was also a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821, where he served in several offices including Grand Knight, and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly. He also enjoyed bowling on the Knights team.

Survivors include his two sons: Steve (Madonna) Koob of Monticello and Phil (Carrie) Koob of Cascade; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Florence (George "Wilmer") Coyle of Anamosa, Katherine Gavin of Dubuque, Rose Marie (Alfred) Smith of Cascade, and Mary Lou (Francis) Takes of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Dale Weidemann of Evansville, IN, Flo McAllister of Cedar Rapids, Beverly McAllister of Marion, Marlene McAllister of Dyersville, Sr. Dolores McAllister, OSF of Dubuque, Rita Hoffman of Glenndale, WI, Joseph Jr. (Marge) McAllister of Palmeto, FL;

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Cecelia, his parents, a daughter, Cynthia Redmond, a grandson, Matt Redmond; siblings: Dorothy Ann Koob in infancy, Irene (Merlin) Rogers and Helen Wiedemann; in-laws: Tom Gavin, Jerome Hoffman, Irene (Walter) Huber, Alberta (Hal) VanNest, Loretta (Bob) Minton, Margaret (Joe) Bakey, Kathleen McAllister in infancy, James McAllister, Donald (Cecelia) McAllister, Paul (Myrtle Mae) McAllister, Robert (Marge) McAllister, Charles McAllister, Thomas McAllister.

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



Jean Said


Jean Said, 65, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Jean will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Jean was born July 17, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of John and Eleanor (Wallace) Casel. She is a graduate of Maquoketa High School in, Maquoketa, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Capri Cosmetology in Dubuque, Iowa.

On July 24, 1982 she was united in marriage to Rodney Said in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2018.

Jean was employed at Scale Models in Dyersville, Iowa until her retirement.

She is survived by four children, Kari Frommelt of Streamwood, IL; Chad Said and Chandra Said both of Wilton, IA and Keasha Said; a son-in-law, Greg Rausch of Epworth, IA; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (Mike) O'Connor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary (Jim) Beller of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Deb Casel of Dubuque, IA, Vince O'Connell of Maquoketa, IA, Gary Said, Deloris Bendixen, Linda Said, and Donna Said all of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Amy Rausch; one grandson, Hunter Frommelt; one brother Joe Casel; one sister, Karla O'Connell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Don Said, Ronnie Said and Betty Wirth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Barbara A. Weber


Barbara "Barb" A. Weber, age 78, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

She was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and loyal friend to everyone.

Barb was born May 6, 1940 to Leo and Marie (Hird) Vogt in Dubuque and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1957.

In 1958 she met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Weber and they were married on April 29, 1961. Barb and Dick have five children, Rick Weber of Dubuque, Randy (Shellee) Weber of Evansdale, Iowa, Lisa (Ron) Ryan, of East Dubuque, Nicole (Neil) Ghezzar of City Island, New York and Jason Weber also of Dubuque. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Noah, Myah, Zoee, Logan, Hannah and Grayson.

Barb always enjoyed holidays with family, cards with friends and weekend dinners out with Dick and the family. Her favorite pastime of all was doting on all her grandkids. She absolutely adored her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Barb is survived by two sisters, Linda Degneau and Donna Goar and Sisters-in-law Bernie and Betty Weber. She is also survived by many loving Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Marie Vogt, parents-in-law, Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber, sisters, Ann Balk and Joan Vogt, brothers-in-law Jim Balk, Wilferd, Vince, Clarence, Jerry, Bernard and Don Weber, Hank Hess and Merlin Himes. Sisters-in-law Clara Tobin, Margaret Himes, Harriet, Mida and MaryAnn Weber.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his office staff, and the ICU Nursing staff of Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. We would also like to thank Kourtney and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.



Sharon H. Stecher


Sharon H. (Heacock) Stecher, 70, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Sharon was born February 11, 1948, the daughter of Allen and Nevada (Allen) Heacock. She grew up in a limestone house (which is now Cushman's Greenhouse) and farmed in rural Asbury, IA. She would often tell childhood stories of having to clean out hog pens consisting of "two six pens, two four pens and the silo." Memories of selling eggs and of her getting in trouble for climbing the windmill!

In 1966 she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and briefly worked at St. Regis. She met William (Bill) Stecher at a dance at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, where she and her twin sister, Shirley, would often attend. Sharon and Bill married on April 27, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. Their wedding dance broke the dance attendance record at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. This past April they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family.

She and Bill owned and operated a dairy farm together in Centralia for 25 years. They worked side-by-side milking cows, doing field work, and managing the herd. During this time she sold Mary Kay cosmetics for 15 years helping make other women look beautiful.

After retiring from farming in 1993 she held various part-time jobs and discovered her true passion in quilting, making blankets for every member of the family (even some of the furry ones)! She also took up collecting porcelain dolls and enjoyed going to doll shows with her twin sister, Shirley. One of her favorite memories was traveling to Germany with Shirley for three weeks visiting doll factories.

Sharon learned how to can from her late mother-in-law, Grace, and during the summers she would spend countless hours canning items from the garden. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and listening and dancing to country music. Sharon and Bill enjoyed flea markets, antiquing, fishing and attending car shows. She loved eating anything with blueberries, ice cream, dark chocolate, and seafood. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Sharon was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She spent fifty years working funeral dinners at the church.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William ‘Bill' of Centralia; children, Jody (Steve) Rausch, of Robins, IA, Kim (Calvin) Gilbert, of Cedar Rapids, and Al (Amy) Stecher, of Central City, IA; grandchildren, Alex (Desirae Hesseltine) Himmelsbach, Austin Himmelsbach, Aaron Gilbert, and Jack and Jase Stecher; her great grandchild, Wyatt Himmelsbach; her twin sister, Shirley (Roger) Dalbkermeyer, of Dubuque; sister, Sandy (David) Staat, of Lonoke, AR; four brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law , two aunts, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harvey Heacock.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Unity Point Home Care, and friends, neighbors, and family who helped Sharon these past few months.

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



James Ostert


James ‘Jimmy" Ostert, 74, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Jimmy was born August 30, 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Louis and Beaulah (Dague) Ostert. He married Rebecca ‘Bekki' Puccio January 21, 1995 in Dubuque.

Jimmy grew up in Dubuque, and worked as a logger for many years. For the last 18 years, Jimmy helped his wife on her paper route.

He was an avid Bridge player, winning many championships and attending Grand Nationals twice. He also enjoyed playing poker, morel hunting, and watching Westerns. He was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball. Jimmy loved spending time with his family. 

Surviving are his wife Bekki, sons, Ken (Kelly) Ostert, and their daughter, Lilith, and Louis (Jacque) Ostert and their son, Ryan all of Dubuque; brother, Dick (Sue) Ostert, of Maquoketa; sisters, Dina (Larry) Pickel, of Wisconsin, Patty (John) Piper, of Dubuque, and Judy (Larry) Marcue, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; and a sister-in-law, Jean Ostert, of West Union, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Ostert; sisters, Joan (Dick) Bailey, Lois Ostert, and Verdina Ostert in infancy; parents-in-law, Ron and Sheila Puccio and a brother-in-law, Steve Puccio.

Jimmy's family would like to thank the Rehab Unit at St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids; Hospice of Dubuque; the nurses and CNAs at Stonehill Care Center that took care of Jimmy; and niece Megan Carter from Mercy Hospital.

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

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



Mary K. Meis


Mary K. "Kay" Meis, 75, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly from Colesburg, Iowa died Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Kay may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Services for Kay will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Father John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held in Saint Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Kay was born January 14, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Hutchinson) Kubesheski. She is a graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On September 6, 1969 she was united in marriage to Euguene P. Meis at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.

Kay worked at Roshek's department store in Dubuque, Iowa and cleaned houses and businesses throughout her life.

She enjoyed spending time with family. Kay liked to play cards with family and friends, especially euchre, bridge and 500. She also liked to crochet and enjoyed the friendships that she built with the Colesburg ladies who crocheted with her. Kay also enjoyed watching sports and was a Green Bay Packers fan. She had a love for dogs, especially her black labs throughout the years. Dogs always brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by one child, Robert "Bob" (Lisa) Meis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren, Melissa and Madison Meis; brother-in-law Vince Meis of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in-law, Lenore Kubesheski, Beverly Kubesheski both of Dubuque, IA, Rose Fischer of Manchester, IA, Mary Meis of Adel, IA and Margaret Hall of Independence, MO.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean Konzen; and two brothers, Robert "Bud" and John Kubesheski.

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



Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman


Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman, 84, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Sunday morning, September 9, 2018 at Prairie Ridge of Galena, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a Scripture Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Helen was born on August 12, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Stella (Kintzle) Lindauer. She was united in marriage to Roger C. Sherman on February 23, 1957 at St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen.

Helen was formerly employed at Stampfer's Department Store and later William C. Brown Publishing Co. She was a former Cub Scout leader, loved golfing, flowers and gardening.

Surviving is her husband, Roger; five children, Rick (Mary Anne) Sherman of Davenport, IA, Dan (Stephanie) Sherman of East Dubuque, Tim (Kelly) Sherman, of Dubuque, Judy Sherman of East Dubuque, and Nancy (Mark) Mueller of Hazel Green, WI; 12-Grandchildren, Paul Sherman, Sara (Jeff) Long, Matt (Anna) Sherman, Jessica (Jacob) Puls, Carissa (Austin Kennicker) Sherman, Laura and Anna Sherman, Jenna (Matt) Berning, Jason (Taylor Kuhnen) Schneider and Justin (Marissa) Mootz) Schneider, Nate and Rachel Mueller, six great grandchildren, Cody and Noah Long, Madelyn and Micah Sherman, Ava Berning and Augustus Kennicker; her siblings, Isabel Lindauer and Alice Wolf both of Dubuque, Don (Ellen) Lindauer and Mary Green, both of Cascade; sister-in-law, Helen "Blondie" Lindauer of Cascade, in-laws, Richard Sherman of Dubuque and Fay Ann (Jim) Tracey of Castle Rock, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Stella; a son, Joseph Sherman; siblings, Edwin, Jr, Bob, and Jane Lindauer; and sisters-in-law Marie Lindauer and Maggie Sherman, and a brother-in-law, Jim Wolf.

Roger and family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Ridge of Galena, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for the excellent care given to their wife and mother.

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



Gary M. Kelchen


Gary M. Kelchen, 70, of Temple Hill, Iowa passed away, Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gary may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Funeral Home. Services for Gary will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale presiding. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He was born August 21, 1948 in Monticello, Iowa son of Andrew M. and Mary (Moes) Kelchen. He received his education in the Monticello schools. On August 8, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa he was united in marriage to Mary Kay Quint. The couple farmed in the Temple Hill area for many years.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Kelchen of Temple Hill, Iowa; two children, Chad (Melinda) Kelchen of Ankeny, IA and Jeff (Sherry) Kelchen of Cascade, IA; six grandchildren, Kylie, Madison, Ty, Hallie, Samantha and Nicholas; one brother, Carl (Karen) Kelchen of Cascade, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Karen Kelchen on September 27, 1954.

A Gary M. Kelchen memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Marcelline M. Welsh


Marcelline M. "Marce" Welsh, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, September 9 at Unity Point Finley Hospital, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marce was born on December 26, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Melvin and Muriel (Manderscheid) Ryan.

Marce graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. Shortly after graduation, Marce met the love of her life, Vincent Welsh. Marce and Vincent married on April 28, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville, Wisconsin. The two were blessed with 68 years of marriage before Vincent's death on December 27, 2016.

Marce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed being a 4H leader and also cherished any opportunity to teach her loved ones different card games, to roller skate, and the importance of family. Marce was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful articles of clothing and an abundance of quilts. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild has received numerous sewn items over the years which will be cherished as tangible keepsakes straight from grandma's loving hands.

Marce's lifelong journey in her faith was exemplified through her long-time membership at St. Anthony Church and her daily prayer of the rosary. Although Marce's 89 year earthly journey has ended, she and Vincent are dancing once again. Notably, her favorite Cubbie, Rizzo, has a new angel watching him play from the best seat in the house.

Those left to cherish Marce's memory include her children, Kathy (Ron) Theobald of Dubuque, IA, Pauline (Matt) Winney of Eureka, CA, and Patrick (Sandi) Welsh of Dubuque, IA; her 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Irene Ryan, Janna (Miguel) Cruz, Shawnté (Marques Evans) White, Shannon (Robert) Fader, Hilarie (James Bird) Welsh, Kelsey Welsh, and Collin Welsh;

her 22 great-grandchildren;

and her brother, John (Joann) Ryan of Asbury, IA.

Marce was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Vincent Welsh; and 2 sisters, Phyllis Kass and Joan (Dale) Fritch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marce's name to St. Anthony Church or the organization of your choice.

Marce's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 4th floor at Finley Hospital for their professional care and tender support over the last week.

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



Sosiro Isaac


Sosiro Isaac, 46, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sosiro's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2018, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church), 511 West Summit Street, Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Sosiro Isaac was born on December 11, 1971 in Pingelap, Micronesia to Sohsy and Erwihne (Aise) Isaac. He attended the Pingelap Elementary School, and the Pohnpei Island Central High School. He married Rosalihna Capelle on November 22, 1991 in Pingelap, Micronesia.

Sosiro had worked as a cook at the The Depot Restaurant in Maquoketa and later for WADY Industries in Maquoketa as a Robert Operator for over ten years.

Sosiro enjoyed playing baseball, singing, and hanging out with friends and family. He was always very cheerful and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.

Those left to honor Sosiro's memory include his wife Rosalihna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; children, Renselynn Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, and Joshua Capelle Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Erwihne Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Maureen Sepedy (Masami Robert) of Maquoketa, IA, Donna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Salter Isaac (Charlotte Manuel) of MO, Herbert Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Sohsy Isaac Jr. (Nanette Soto) of MO, and Chernenko Aise of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father Sohsy Isaac Sr. and a niece Ashley Yens.

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

 



Bonnie J. McDonald


Bonnie J. McDonald, 85, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, September 6, 2018, in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 14, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bonnie June Davison was born on December 4, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dale Matthews Davison and Mildred Bernice (Hodges) Davison. She attended Maquoketa schools, and on June 4, 1950 she married Howard Lynn McDonald in Maquoketa, Iowa. Bonnie was a homemaker. She lived briefly in Scott County and Clinton County, but spent most of her life in Jackson County until the last six weeks when she moved to Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children, Dee (Carl) Flint of Clinton Township, MI, Dixie "Lee" (James) Karabin of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Larry) Taylor of Lake St. Louis, MO, Dale McDonald of Bettendorf, IA, and Alice McDonald of Sherwood, OR; sisters Janean Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Barbara Bruse of Solon, IA; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one infant son.

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

 



Thomas E. Hinderman


Thomas E. "Tom" Hinderman, 71, of Superior, Montana, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away, suddenly, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 near Superior in a car accident.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of V.F.W Post # 6455 of Dickeyville.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom was born on August 23, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Roland "Hank" and Lucille (Gartner) Hinderman. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, IA. Tom attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He joined the Air Force and went to Vietnam as a medic.  He was awarded numerous medals including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery as a combat Veteran. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in nursing and worked as an intensive care nurse for many years.  He met Gloria Schnell, in 1996 and married her in 2001.  Together they created Hearing Northwest, building the business to 5 private practice Audiology clinics.  Tom sold the business in 2006 and built a home in the Mountains of Montana fulfilling a life-long dream.  He physically built a 3800 square foot home on top of a mountain. He, his dog, Monty, and Gloria enjoyed many enjoyable years there. The property in Montana provided Tom many years of hunting on his own land. In 2012 they purchased a home on Big Lake in Mount Vernon, WA.  Tom loved boating and fishing there.

While Tom lived in Dickeyville from 1970-1976, he was Chief of the Dickeyville Rescue Squad. Pioneered the first chapter of the Dickeyville Jaycees; was President the first year, and Vice President the second year. He always considered Dickeyville his home.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Gloria Schnell, brother, Tim, sister-in-law, Carol, niece, Tara and family, step children Jeremy Avise, Kim Avise, and Tara Brook; best friend Steve Loeffelholz and family, and numerous friends including Jim Hollenbeck, Lee Dygert, Jim Pagel, and Bob James, his Starbucks buddies, and numerouse others. Tom had a smile for everyone and remembered their names.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 

 



Marjorie M. Ball


Marjorie M. (Marge) Ball, 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, died peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Jeff Timmerman as celebrant.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Marjorie was born at home on May 13, 1926 in rural Monona, IA, the daughter of Hubert and Ruth (Kuthe) Sass.  She attended school in Monona, IA.

Marjorie married Harold Ball on February 7, 1945 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona, IA.

Marjorie (Marge) worked for many years in the Pet Department at Roshek's Department Store, and as a Receptionist in the Appliance Service Department.  She then became a full-time Avon representative, always winning top honors in the President's Club.  She loved her Avon customers and friends, and missed them dearly after she retired. She was full of fun and always up for a good laugh. Any day spent with family/friends was a "happy day," she said.

Marjorie is survived by six children: Vicki (Tom) Houts, Leawood, KS, Lynn Ball, Dubuque, IA, Shari (John) Arthofer, East Dubuque, IL, Neil Ball (Jeanne), East Dubuque, IL, Ross Ball (special friend Kelly Hauer) Dubuque, IA, and Cathi (Jeff) Timmerman, Lisbon, IA; 29 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Nancy; a great grandson, Kael, and a nephew, Allen.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury and Hospice of Dubuque for the care, laughter, and kindness they provided Mom.

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

 

 



Virginia G. Pregler


Virginia G. Pregler, age 97, of Zwingle, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m. on September 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Virginia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev.Karen Candee officiating. To celebrate Virginia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Virginia was born on August 5, 1921, in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Matthew) Coyle's 12 children.

Virginia was born into a large family and was beyond grateful to have lived her entire life right here in God's country. She learned the values of faith, family, fellowship, hard work and love and respect at a young age and would faithfully keep them firmly intact throughout her entire 97 year earthly journey. Virginia was fortunate enough to find her true love, Howard Pregler, and the two were united in marriage on January 7, 1939 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were truly blessed to have been given 53 years together, and 12 wonderful children, before the Lord decided it was time for Howard to come home. Virginia devoted her entire life to her family. She was a loving wife, and an even more amazing mother and grandmother. Her devotion never wavered, her patience never tired and her commitment to those she loved will continue to be clearly evident within the stories which will be shared by those who knew and loved her in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Virginia did thankfully find a little personal time now and then to indulge in some of her favorite activities also. An afternoon in the flower garden, or some downtime relaxing with her adored pets would always warm Virginia's heart and place a sincere smile upon her face. Virginia made the world a better place simply by being herself and a legacy as honorable as that is all any of us could hope for. We will miss her beautiful laugh, her tender side and her strong will, but we know she is residing in a much more amazing world than we could ever discover here and we are at peace today with the knowledge that she has finally been reunited with all of her other loved one's who've already begun their eternal journey. Thank you very much Virginia for everything you taught us, the memories of fun and love you leave behind, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Virginia's memory include
her 10 children,

Sandra (Richard) Tigges, Bernard, IA,
Janet Brown, Dubuque, IA,
Sharon Hadley, Durango, IA,
Ralph Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Joyce Maggert, Colesburg, IA,
Joan (Kurt) Cable, East Dubuque, IL,
Virginia "Ginny" Hudders, Zwingle, IA,
Maureen Schmitt, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald Pregler, Zwingle, IA
and Kathy (Robin) Laughead, Zwingle, IA;

her countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins;

and her son-in-law, William Smith, East Dubuque IL.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her daughter, Carol Smith; her son, Richard Pregler; her daughter-in-law, Debby Pregler; her sons-in-law, Donald Brown, Richard Hadley and Kenneth Hudders; along with her 10 brothers, and 1 sister.

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

 



Daniel P. Aslin


Daniel P. Aslin, 56, was called to heaven on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.

Dan was born on September 13, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Ann "Cookie" (Fisher) Aslin. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1979 and was the Iowa Golden Glove champion in 1980.

Dan was a sales rep for Aslin Sales Inc. and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing and get-togethers with his nieces and nephews. Danny will be missed by the many people who loved him.

Surviving are his parents, John and Cookie Aslin of Dubuque; his two brothers, John A. (Barb) Aslin of Appleton, WI, and Jim Aslin of Kansas City, MO; his nieces and nephews Dr. Audra (Dr. Micah) Long of Madison, WI, Alexa (Jordan) Aslin of Neenah, WI and John V. (Melissia) Aslin of Los Angeles, CA; 5 great nieces and nephews, his special friend Paula VanGundy, his aunt Mary (Tim) Jirschele and his uncle Roy (Lucy) Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, A.C. (Helen) Fisher and his paternal grandparents William (Lucille) Disbrow.



Matthew J. Kettmann

Matthew J. Kettmann, 47, of Bernard passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with melanoma cancer at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Monday, September 10, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Kramer Funeral Home where a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Matt was born in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Milo, Jr. and Mary (Herst) Kettmann. He graduated from East Dubuque High School with the class of 1991. He was a welder for 28 years at several manufacturing companies, including John Deere Dubuque Works for the last 15 years.

Matt was a loving and caring father and soul mate. He loved watching the Detroit Redwings hockey, fishing at the lake and playing video games with his daughter and nephews. He has kept and cared for iguanas for the last 25 years. His current iguana, Gary, is looking for a new home. Matt had a unique sense of humor and his smile will be missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Madison Hines of Bernard, the love of his life, Jolene Hines of Bernard, his sister Monica (Dan) Burds of Holmen, WI; his parents, Milo, Jr. and Mary Kettmann of East Dubuque; Jolene's family: Delbert and Sheila (Becker) Hines of Dubuque, Dave (Tammy) Becker of East Dubuque, Billy Jo Hines of South Carolina, Tara Jones and Jennifer Hines, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Jordan (fiancé Emma Coryell), Jarod and Jesi Burds, Stacey, Tracey and Nichole Becker, Jacob, Austin and Cory Jones, Mercedes and Chevelle Hines

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jonathon Engler.

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



Patricia A. Lyster


Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 12:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Pat was born on April 17, 1941, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Otto and Anne (Vaassen) Burbach. She married Duane F. Lyster on January 10, 1959, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2017.

Pat worked as an administrative assistant at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

Pat and Duane loved to travel and enjoyed camping with their children when they were young. They spent many happy years in Florida. Pat also loved to quilt.

Survivors include two sons, Marty (Rita) Lyster, of Cuba City, and Steve (Mary Lea) Lyster, of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Shirley (John) Nolan, of Cuba City, Emma (John) McWilliams, of Verona, WI, and Mary Kay (Dennis) Lee, of East Peoria, IL; three grandchildren, Trevor, Alec and Logan Lyster; a step-granddaughter, Andi (Joe) Deckert; two great-grandchildren, Dallas and Grace Deckert; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark, and a brother, Kenneth Burbach.

A Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Duane R. Kaiser


Duane R. Kaiser, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 4th, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the church. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Duane was born on October 2, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Bertha (Hinderman) Kaiser. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Ann Habeck on June 26, 1970 at the Church of the Nativity.

He worked at Dubuque John Deere for 32 years and was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 94. After retirement he worked at New White Florist as a delivery driver.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and playing softball. He loved his grandchildren and spending time at their sporting events.

Duane was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was always willing to lend a helping hand or engage in a good conversation.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his son Keith Kaiser, of Peosta; daughter-in-law Julie Kaiser-Hillary, of Hazel Green, WI; grandchildren Gabby and Izzy Kaiser; and his sister Jean (Dave) Schmitt, of Dubuque, brother-in-law Lance (Marlene) Habeck, of Polver, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Kevin Kaiser, daughter-in-law Joy Kaiser, his mother and father-in-law Ervin and Janet Habeck.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center, the 5th Floor doctors and nursing staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Dr. Herman and Dr. Cao for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.

In lieu of flowers a Duane Kaiser memorial fund will be established.



LaVern J. Riniker


LaVern J. "Bum" Riniker, age 91, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, was called home peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bum's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Bum's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown. Burial will be in the St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bum was born on February 24, 1927, in Waupeton, Iowa, son of Ambrose and Leona (Jaeger) Riniker.

Bum was born and raised on the family farm and proudly made it his lifelong passion until his daily chores had finally ended in 1991. Bum's faith was also a very important aspect of his life and upon his retirement from the responsibilities of daily farm life, he eventually moved into Balltown where he next devoted his time as a groundskeeper for St. Francis Parish for the next 10 years. Bum was a very active member of the community and was a long-time Farm Bureau member, as well as a member, and past president, of the Balltown Lions Club. In his free time, Bum enjoyed a quiet morning of hunting in the timber, a relaxing afternoon of baiting his hook on the water's edge, or even an evening of spending time visiting with family and friends at Breitbach's Country Dining while enjoying some of his favorite meals. Bum was a good and decent man who enjoyed a dance at Melody Mill as much as an honest days work back on the farm. He was truly respected by all who knew and loved him and the memories of Bum walking around with his dog by his side will definitely help carry us through the difficult days ahead. We will deeply miss our dear brother, uncle and friend, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now free of the health challenges he has faced these past months and that thankfully he is now able to be joyfully reunited with all of his loved ones whom have already been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Bum's memory include

his sisters,
Shirley Noel, Dubuque, IA
and DiAnn (Herbert) Ott Jr., Peosta, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bum was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Verna (Nick) Brimeyer; a niece, Cathy Noel; and a brother-in-law, Bill Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a LaVern J. Riniker memorial fund has been established which will be donated among his favorite charities.

Bum's family would like to thank Breitbach's Country Dining, and Diane and Pat Kunnert, for all of their personal visits over the years. They would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care and support they provided to Bum, and his family.

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

 



Rita M. Dougherty


Rita M. Dougherty, 90, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 8th at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m.,Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Rita was born on May 22, 1928 in Adrain, Minnesota, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She married Frances "Fritz" Dougherty on October 3,1949 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2013 after 64 years of marriage. 

Rita was employed as a sales associate at KMart for many years.

She enjoyed boating, fishing and camping with her husband, and sewing and crocheting. She was the most loving and giving mother and grandmother and kindest person to everyone she met. She put others first before herself. 

She is survived by her children, Steve (Diane) Dougherty, Rick (Jan) Dougherty, Jeff (Tina) Dougherty, Ann (John) Hearn, Lisa Westland, all of Dubuque, and Todd (Diana) Dougherty of Brodhead, WI; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter Baby Ann, 8 sisters and 2 brothers, and son-in-law, Tim Westland.

In Lieu of flowers a Rita M. Dougherty Memorial Fund has been established.

We would like to thank family and friends who sent a kind note or card and took the time to visit and support our Mom.



Steven C. Barton


Steven C.  Barton "Crackerjack/Jackson" 66, of Peosta, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday,  August 28, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, from a heart condition. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League & the Iowa National Guard.  Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 7, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. 

Steve was born July 9, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Louis H. and Phyllis (Lenstra) Barton. He married his high school sweetheart, Diane Thilmany on September 5, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Steve graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1970. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees Reserve for over 23 years, and also served in the Iowa National Guard. 

Steve was a professional truck driver for many years. He was an avid motorcycle rider, and enjoyed traveling to many states with his wife. Doing yardwork and hanging Christmas lights were favorite pastimes for Steve. He loved to socialize, and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Steve is survived by his wife, Diane, of Peosta; two sons, Steven J. (Sandi) Barton of Strawberry Point, and Christopher J. (Cheryl) Barton of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Allan, Amber, Brandon, Sydney, Chance, and Silas; three great grandchildren, Kaidyn, Aliyah, and Owen; his mother, Phyllis Barton of Dubuque;six siblings, Michelle (Mike) Gentili of Rockford, IL, JoEllen Hovind of Dubuque, Douglas (Erin) Barton of Dubuque, Daniel (Stacey) Barton of Dubuque, Dale (Rhonda) Barton of Sherrill, and David (Annette) Barton of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Joyce Thilmany of Dubuque; his siblings-in-law, Pat (Susie) Thilmany of Hudson, NY, Lynn Thilmany of Vero Beach, FL, Dennis Thilmany of Dubuque, David (Lori) Thilmany of Cheyenne, WY; and many nieces and nephews. 

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Louis; his father-in-law, Robert Thilmany; his grandparents; and his great-nephew, Collin Barton.

Steve's family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta first responders and the staff at Mercy Medical Center. 

Memorials may be made to the Steven Barton Memorial Fund. 

"Keep sailing, sailor! Ride the waves of that concrete sea til we're together again one day!"

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

 

 



Sister Ann Regina, BVM


Sister Ann Regina, BVM, 101, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Ann Regina was an elementary and/or secondary teacher in Burlington, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago; San Francisco; and Boulder, Colo. She ministered as a principal in San Francisco and Boulder, Colo. She was a parish minister in Phoenix and served the community as a Regional Representative in the Southwest United States.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo., to James and Mary Ann Cavanaugh Dobel. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1935, from St. Aloysius Parish, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mary Dobel, BVM and Regina (Tom) Dixon, and a brother James in infancy. She is survived by nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 82 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Alice Fuhrman


Alice (Schiltz) Fuhrman, 84, formerly of Carter Road, Dubuque, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Kahl Retirement Home, Davenport. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, with Father Steve Rosonke presiding. Friends may call at the church for the wake service from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Interment will follow the funeral in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. 

Born Nov. 4, 1933 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Nachtman) Schiltz. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, attended Clarke College and was 1958 graduate of the University of Iowa. She received her Master's degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb.

She married Robert Fuhrman on Oct. 5, 1968 and they were the parents of one son, Dr. Robert Fuhrman, Davenport.  Mrs. Fuhrman was preceded in death by her husband. 

Mrs. Fuhrman taught physical education in Walled Lake, Mich., Kenosha, Wis., Galesburg, Ill., and Mason City before returning to Dubuque. She taught at Senior High School from 1969 until she retired in 1997.  Among her students and many former students, she was affectionately known as "Sarge." 

Always an athlete, she was an avid swimmer, played recreational league softball in her youth and enjoyed snow skiing.  Any water-related activity on the Mississippi River pleased her. 

Surviving in addition to her son are two brothers, Rocky (Ann) Schiltz, Waco, Tex., Loras (Lana) Schiltz, Rockford, Ill.;  and three sisters, Ethel (Tom) Brant, Deland, Fla., Lillian (Raymond) Kevane, McAllen, Tex., and Joanne (Ed) Breen, Marion, Ind. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, with Father Steve Rosonke presiding. Friends may call at the church for the wake service from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Interment will follow the funeral in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. 

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dubuque. 

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

 



Dr. Mark J. Singsank


Dr. Mark J. Singsank, 65, of Dubuque, died Friday, August 31, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque, where visitation will be held there from 10 to 10:45 a.m. In keeping with Mark's wishes, colorful clothing is encouraged.

Mark was born September 27, 1952, in Carroll, Iowa, son of Wilbur and Lucille (Schaefer) Singsank.

He graduated from Kemper High School in Carroll, Iowa, Loras College in Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City. Following his residency at Truman Hospital in Kansas City, Mark came to Dubuque and was an Emergency Medicine physician at Mercy Hospital from 1985 to 2013.

During medical school, Mark was awarded membership to the prestigious AOA medical honor society, an honor only bestowed to students who show high academic standing, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, commitment to community service, and the promise of future success in medicine. He was a founding member of the American Association of Emergency Medicine, one of the nation's largest academic medical associations. Most notably, Mark was the first board certified Emergency Medicine physician practicing in Iowa and, after arriving in Dubuque, he formed the first fully board certified Emergency Medicine department in Iowa. 

In addition to his work at Mercy, Mark served as a medical director and educator for various regional EMS services, including the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department. 

He is survived by three children, Jill (Charles) Singsank Coats of Las Vegas, NV, Zach (Rachel) Singsank of Lincoln, NE, and Leah Singsank of Chicago, IL; and two grandchildren, Graham Coats and Valerie Singsank.

He is also survived by four brothers, Jim (Ellen), Dean (Mary), Paul, and Craig (Carey) Singsank; three sisters, Mary (William) Woodward, Jane (Ted) Feilmeier and Peg (Tim) Suther; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon and Dennis Singsank.

Mark was much loved.

He loved to learn and to teach. He challenged his kids to "learn how to learn." He encouraged academic and personal growth in others and was constantly working to better himself, spending hours every day reading anything and everything he could get his eyes on.

Mark touched many lives in the Emergency Department at Mercy, from his nurses and colleagues, to the patients passing through. When Mark went anywhere in town, he was guaranteed to be stopped by folks wanting to talk to him, calling out "hey doc!" and thanking him for caring for them or their loved ones in the hospital. He humbly accepted their thanks and moved on, not wanting to shine the light on himself for too long. Mark loved his work and never thought that saving lives was anything but what he was supposed to do. He was fiercely dedicated to his children and a loyal friend.

Ever the eccentric, Mark was known for his wild landscaping and interior design. He loved donning a sharp suit just to go have a glass of wine with his buddies or simply pop on his big straw hat and sit on his porch and watch the Iowa storms roll through town. 

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

Memorials may be made to the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for their care.

 

 



Donald F. Miller


Donald F. Miller, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

A private family celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Donald Franklin Miller was born on October 6, 1931 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Elmer and Grace (Sagers) Miller. He attended Jackson County country schools and married Maxine Tracy on December 22, 1951 in rural Baldwin, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Joyce, Stephen and Tracy.

Donald was a lifelong farmer. In his early years, he had worked as a farmhand, electrician for Stickley Electric, gas attendant for Seeburger Service Station, and at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa.

Donald had previously served on the board of directors the Jackson County Chapter of the Iowa Farm Bureau, Jackson County Extension Service Board, and on the Jansen Residential Care Center Advocacy Board. He loved to dance, play cards, and farm. He was especially fond of his faithful and loyal companion, his dog "Doc".

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Maxine Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Joyce (Kim) Richardson of Pelican Rapids, MN, Stephen (Barb) Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Nims of Davenport, IA; 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a brother Dave (Janet) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Laurel (Milo) Baker of Maquoketa, IA, and Marilyn (Don) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Calvin

"Donald's family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County for their continuous kind and compassionate care, and also thank you to Laurie Steines and Jenna Merrick for their compassion and support to the family."

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



Sarah N. Jochum


Forever young. Sarah Noel Jochum, born June 19, 1977 died Thursday August 30, 2018. Born with a unique intellectual disability, Sarah maintained an angelic, innocence and child-like beauty her whole life. Sarah accepted every person she met, never noticing or judging our limitations and both loving, and demanding in return, unconditional love. 

Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus and Fr. Bob Beck concelebrating. Private interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements. 

Sarah lived with her mother Senator Pam Jochum in Dubuque and in Des Moines during the legislative session. The bond this duo shared was clearly heaven sent. Sarah took her mother everywhere she could and never once suffered from the usual teen-ager-like embarrassment of a parent. In fact, at large events or gatherings Sarah made sure people knew she and her mother were in the house by making discernible noises that friends recognized as Sarah. The light Sarah radiated when she saw her mom has been absorbed as pure love in those who witnessed it. 

A graduate of Hempstead High School, Sarah went on to work at Area Residential Care (ARC), Hills and Dales and Life Club Center at Camp Sunnyside. While in Des Moines she spent time at the state capital influencing her mother to shape policy, especially concerning those who can not speak for themselves and whose voices go unheard. Days in Des Moines gave Sarah time with her father Tom and second mom, Amy Jochum, and her beloved brothers and sisters, Sam, Jack, Anna and Isabel. She shared a love of music with her large and loving family. Sarah and her father would frequently cruise Des Moines, listening to Tom's special "Sarah" recordings. She loved watching winter days and summer nights unfold with her family. She loved long car rides, warm bubble baths and fits of laughter brought on by mundane, everyday activities like the opening of a trash bag or removing clothes from a closet. Her grandfather in particular performed such tasks just to hear Sarah's giggle. She cherished her time with grandparents, her tribe of cousins and her many aunts and uncles from the Hingtgen family, Jochum family, Ward family, and Democratic family. She will be missed by all. Sarah's family wants to extend their gratitude to Brianne Benjamin, Emily Ford, Riley Morrissey, Maddy Powers, Sue Witte and all the staff and doctors at University of Iowa Intensive Care Unit and to Tory, Joanne, Lauren , Emily and the volunteers and staff of the Iowa Donor network for their compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sarah Noel Jochum Memorial Fund. 

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

 

 



Judith B. Winders


Judith Bell (Shoars) Winders, age 74, passed away quietly and comfortably on Friday, August 31st 2018 surrounded by her family and pets at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a Judith B. Winders memorial fund has been established.

Born May 21, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of the late Orville and Neva Shoars, she was the third of five children.

In 1962, Judy graduated Dubuque Senior High School and began training as a Radiology Technician. She worked at Galena Hospital until 1965.

On February 27, 1965 Judy married William R. Winders and they built a family together for 20 years. Though they divorced in 1985, the two developed a respect and friendship in later years through their continued love for their 7 sons, 22 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Judy tirelessly focused her energy on raising 7 sons before returning to school in 1987, graduating from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English and History and a teaching certificate. She taught at Highland Community College and local junior and senior high schools throughout the tri-state area before moving into counseling as a case worker for Hillcrest Family Services.

Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Neva L. Shoars (Bandy), father, Orville K. Shoars, brother, William Shoars, and sister, Norma (Shoars) Brien. She is survived by her brother, Rev. Peter D. Shoars, Sr., sister, Mary Kay Shoars, sons: David (Kim), Daniel (Lori), Benjamin (Tina), Matthew (Misty), Martin (Stacey), Theodore (Linda), Patrick (Jessica) Winders and her warm-hearted nephew Joseph (April) Shoars.



Iva M. Heiserman


Iva M. Heiserman, 95, of Manchester, and formerly of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, September 1, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

A celebration of Iva's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Iva Mary Hutton was born on November 3, 1922 in Cascade, Iowa, to Charles and Nellie (Hunter) Hutton. She was a 1940 graduate of Salix, Iowa High School. She married Donald Heiserman on February 14, 1943 in Kahoka, Missouri. To this union three children were born, Judy, Barbara and Dennis.

Iva had a variety of jobs in her career from working in a dental office to being an accountant. Her longest tenure was as a school board and superintendent's secretary at Andrew School.

Iva was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed playing the piano (by ear), writing poetry, going to the casino, playing bingo and cards, watching birds, and attending/watching sporting events. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Judy (Gerald) Zehr of Manchester, IA, Barb Kleis of Anamosa, IA, and Dennis (Deb) Heiserman of Calamus, IA; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Helen Hale. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on February 2, 1975, brothers Wesley, Howard, Oliver and Willie, and sisters Viola and Grace.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew or the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

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

 

 



Verena R. Handfelt


Verena R. Handfelt, 103, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018, at The Villa at Middleton Village, Middleton, Wisconsin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church, where St. Ann's Society will recited the rosary at 10:00 a.m.

Verena was born on August 30, 1915 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Imbus) Handfelt.

She was the oldest resident of Menominee, a life-time member of Nativity BVM Parish and its St. Ann's Society.

Verena worked at home and on the farm. She did housework for area homes and worked at the Nativity BVM rectory for Fr. Al Fitzgibbons.

Surviving is a brother, Edwin Handfelt of Waunakee, Wisconsin, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Alvitus Handfelt and a sister Magdalen Delaney; sisters-in-law, Lucille Handfelt and Evelyn Handfelt, and a brother-in-law, Harry Delaney.

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

 

 



Harvey Frederick


Harvey Frederick of Pharr, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away August 24, 2018 at Colonial Manor Care Center, Pharr, Texas after a lengthy illness. 

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m.

He was born September 2, 1938 in Dubuque, son of Edward and Emilia (Miller) Frederick.

Harvey married Marianne Ohl in 1960 and from that union they had five children: Terry of Dubuque, Lori (Rick) Stumpf of Peosta, Suzy (Tim) Monahan of Benton, Wisconsin, Shari of Dubuque and Tammy (Dennis) Lange of Benton, Wisconsin. He later married Carol Schuster Soens in 1985 and welcomed into his life Mike Soens, Jayne (Chuck) DeBrular both of Phoenix, Arizona, and Tom Soens of Delhi, Iowa.

Harvey graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956. After graduation he worked at the Dubuque Pack Meat Processing Plant until 1958 when he was invited to join the Andy Doll Band of Oelwein, Iowa. Voted by the National Ballroom Operations Association in Downbeat Magazine'spoll as one of the top four dance bands in the nation, the band played extensively throughout the Mid West. Harvey played with many well-known artists including Johnny Cash and participated in back-up bands from the Grand Ole Opry. He continued with his passion for music through the years by performing with many talented musicians. Harvey left the Andy Doll Band to join the Dubuque Police Department in 1962 from which he retired after 34 years of service. He served in the Police Department for a time with his brother, Duke, and his uncle, Jim Miller. He and his brother enjoyed fishing, music and probably many other things were not aware of. Along with his music, Harvey loved archery, hunting, fishing, electronics and being at his grandparents' farm with his cousins. He also owned a Recording Studio and a CB radio Repair Shop where he fixed many truckers' and friends' CB radios. He loved the time he spent with his children traveling, camping, canoeing, and telling jokes and stories. Harvey became a Scout Master of Troop 82 so his son Terry and the neighborhood boys could become Boy Scouts. The family cottage at Waupeton, Iowa saw many years of fun with family and friends.

In 2003 Harvey and Carol became winter Texans where Harvey continued his passion for music. In 2014 they became full time Texans.

Harvey was a warm and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who touched many lives.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Carol Frederick of Pharr, Texas, son, Terry of Dubuque, daughters, Lori (Rick) Stumpf of Peosta, Iowa, Sue (Tim) Monahan of Benton, Wisconsin, Shari of Dubuque, and Tammy (Dennis) Lange of Benton, Wisconsin. Stepsons, Mike Soens of Phoenix, Arizona and Tom Soens of Delhi, Iowa and stepdaughter, Jayne (Chuck) DeBrular of Phoenix, Arizona, 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 1 niece, 9 nephews, 3 step grandsons, sister in law Juanita Frederick and further extended family, all of whom he loved dearly.

Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Emelia (Miller) Frederick, Brother, George Edward Frederick (Duke), sisters Lucille (David) Neyens and Mae (Carl) Dausner.

His family wishes to thank Hospice for their devoted care and his family and friends for their love and kindness.

When through one man a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth comes into the world, then that man's life has had meaning!

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque, 1299 Locust St., Dubuque.

 

 



Sister Mary Matthew Cunningham, PBVM


Sister Mary Matthew Cunningham, PBVM, 98, died on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West IA. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7:00 pm.

Sister Mary Matthew, daughter of John and Anna (Mahoney), was born Mary Catherine Cunningham on May 24, 1920 in Albert Lea, MN. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation from Clare, IA on September 8, 1938 and professed her perpetual vows on July 31, 1944. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College, Dubuque IA and studied music at the American Conservatory, Chicago IL.

Sister Matthew's ministries took her to Ryan, Fairbank, Algona, Farley, Charles City, Storm Lake, Waukon, Mason City, and Whittmore, all in Iowa and Winner, SD, where for fifty-plus years, she taught piano, organ and instrumental music in Catholic elementary and high schools.

Sister Matthew retired to Mt. Loretto in 1995 and continued to share her musical talents for several years accompanying the sisters at Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours. She enjoyed music, word puzzles, and the Chicago Cubs. She celebrated her 80th Jubilee in August and reflecting on her years of religious life, Sister Matthew states, "This jubilee celebrates a life that brings me closer to God and more able to do God's will."

She is survived by the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 80 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don and sister, Sister Joan Cunningham, CSJ.

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



Gerald R. Edwards


Gerald R. "Jerry" Edwards, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of "Jerry's" life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.
Gerald Richard Edwards was born on December 27, 1949 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Corlile "Dick" and Arlene (Kopet) Edwards. He grew up in Maquoketa, attended Sacred Heart School, graduated from Maquoketa High School and attended some college classes. He then served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from August of 1969 until receiving an honorable discharge in April of 1971.

Upon returning home from his military service, he worked various jobs but most notably as a machinist working at the Rock Island Arsenal, Red Jacket and John Deere Dubuque Works.

"Jerry" was a lifelong Catholic and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He had taught CCD classes for many years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on lawnmowers.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Alan (Shannon) Alexander of Bakersfield, CA, Bonnie (and significant other David Landis) Siegwarth of Lampasas, TX, Gene (Mary) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Sara (Rob) DeSotel of Anamosa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Richard "Ike" (Lori) Edwards of Moline, IL, and Mark (Deb) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Edna Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald and a daughter Angela Alexander.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald R. "Jerry" Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Agnes A. Felton


Agnes A. Felton, 80, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Agnes may call from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Agnes will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born June 7, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Peter J. and Hilda M. (Tierschel) Foxen. She is a 1956 graduate of Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On June 7, 1960 she was united in marriage to Fredrick F. Felton at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2016.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by three children, Linda Felton of Independence, IA, Wayne Felton and Allen Felton both of Cascade, IA; a sister, Dorothy Foxen of Dyersville, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents.

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



Theodore J. Shady


Theodore J. "Ted" Shady, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, August 31, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Ted's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Theodore John Shady was born on February 10, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Neville and Helen Arvella (Johnson) Shady. He was a graduate of Monmouth High School and then served his country receiving an honorable discharge. He married Genevieve Alice Maples on August 29, 1960 in Monmouth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 2, 2009.

Upon returning from his military service, Ted worked as a farmhand and then drove truck for Kapraun Transport for several years as well as teaching at a truck driving school. He retired from J.T. Cullens in Fulton, Illinois where he had worked as a machinist.

Ted was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and hunting.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Ted (Karla) Shady, Jr. of Booneville, MO, Tammy (Cherokee) Dascher of Maquoketa, IA, Tod Shady of Maquoketa, IA, Terry (Kathy) Shady of Holly, MI, Teresa Barnhart of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tricia (Steven) Randecker of Savanna, IL; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Harry (Audra) Shady of Otter Creek, IA; a sister, Elaine Watters of New Orleans, LA; sisters-in-law, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son Timothy Scott Shady, brothers James, Jesse and Earl "Butch" Shady, son-in-law Mark Barnhart, brother-in-law Louie Watters, and a sister-in-law JoAnn Shady.

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

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

 



Constance K. Perry


Constance K. "Connie" Perry, age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:09 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Connie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Connie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Connie was born on January 7, 1960, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Kathleen (Plumley) Walsh.

Connie was proud to have spent her entire life as a Dubuquer; surrounded by family and friends through each and every day. Growing up in a family of 8 children, she quickly learned the values of family fun and commitment. She would eventually meet her soul-mate, Dennis Perry, and the couple was united in marriage on September 24, 1982, in Tulsa, OK. They would be blessed with 35 wonderful years together, and 4 truly adored children, before Connie was sadly called home much to early. When Connie wasn't spending time with her family, you could easily find her working at Linwood Cemetery where she faithfully gave her all over the years. But, her greatest joy was always found back home with her family. Her love continued to grow as she watched her 12 grandchildren join the world. Spending time with them quickly evolved into regular camping trips to Massey Station, where the fish soon learned that they were not safe when the Perry clan was spending the weekend. Connie also enjoyed a little traveling outside of the Dubuque area from time to time, and her trips to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, dipping her toes in the ocean in Florida, and a little gambling in Mississippi were among her favorites. We are beyond saddened today with the now all so real absence of Connie from our daily lives. Thankfully though, all who knew and loved her are left with an abundance of memories to cherish through the years ahead. We thank you Connie for all the love you shared along your 58 year earthly journey. We will miss you more than you know, remember you more fondly than you can imagine, and forever be grateful for the time we had with such a bright shining star walking among us. May God keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Connie's memory include
her loving husband,
Dennis Perry, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 children,
Jessica (Justin) Wiedner, Dyersville, IA,
Dawn (Dan Hoth) Perry, East Dubuque, IL,
Joshua Perry, Dubuque, IA
and Jeremy (Terri Yarolem) Perry, Nashville, IA;

her 12 grandchildren,
Dominick, Derek, Macaylah, Izabel, Madisyn, Morgan, Marissa, Dylan, Emma, Ayden and Carter;

her 7 brothers and sisters,
Bonnie (Randy Rath) Walsh, Dubuque, IA,
John (Julie) Walsh, Epworth, IA,
Judith (Dan) Paquin, Sioux City, IA,
Jean (Jay) Burgus, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Jane) Walsh, Dubuque, IA,
Jacklyn (Jeff Heitz) Walsh-Young, Dubuque, IA
and Tammy (Rich) Kedley, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Brodie; and a niece, Bianca "Laura".

A Constance K. Perry memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Connie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and all of her friends and family who've provided such wonderful care and support to Connie as she fought with cancer so courageously; she couldn't have done it without you all helping along the way!

 



Bruce Alan Winders


Bruce Alan Winders, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 29, 2018 at home.

Military honors will be accorded at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will follow in the Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Bruce was born on February 16, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Floyd and Margaret (Gisel) Winders. He is a US Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

He worked at Team Electronics and later at Ellis Appliance.

Bruce was an avid golfer and bowler and was a member of many leagues.

Bruce is survived by his significant other and best friend of 45 years Therese Hein, of Dubuque, his faithful dog "Dougy", cousins and his golfing buddies and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Robert Paul Gretillat


Robert Paul Gretillat, 34, of Dubuque, IA has completed his journey here on earth on August 27, 2018.

A Celebration of his Life will be on Monday September 3, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the Oxus Grotto in Asbury, IA. A visitation will be on Tuesday September 4, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. at Leonard Funeral home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA.

Rob was born in Dubuque, IA on June 12, 1984 to Christine Uhlrich. In his younger years Rob was a force to be reckoned with but was a protector to his cousins and his younger sisters. Through Rob's life, there were many ups and downs, but he is remembered for his knack of storytelling and his love of poetry. Rob has left behind page after page of his own poetry for his loved ones to cherish. Rob wrote from his heart and these are some of his own words:

"My life was not perfect, but I played the cards that were dealt. Please remember all the smiles and laughs that meant everything to my heart... I am your angel; I'll help you pave the way. God has me now, I feel happy today."

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Christine Uhlrich, his brother Sean Yoder, 2 sisters Allison and Kelsey Kaufman and his beloved niece Jaylynn, his 2 most precious gifts, his sons Trapper (mother Renee), Ryder (mother Hailey). Rob will also be missed deeply by his Grandfather Paul Uhlrich, Grandparents Larry and Pat Hanson, and his Aunts and Uncles Lynn (Kevin) Kruser, Mike Uhlrich, Steve (Paula) Uhlrich, Julie (Mike) Koontz, Greg (Kelly) Uhlrich, Kerry (John) Elliott and his 16 cousins.

Rob is joining his grandmother Patricia Uhlrich and cousin Alicia Vandermillen on his next journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund in Robert's name.



Cletus J. Tigges


Cletus J. "Clete" Tigges, age 84, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Clete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Clete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Clete was born on May 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edmund and Ella (Linden) Tigges.

Clete was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who worked at the General Dry Battery Company for 6 years before venturing over to John Deere Dubuque Works, where he spent the next 30 years diligently working on the assembly line until his well earned retirement in 1987. He found the love of his life, Coletta Speltz, and they were united in marriage on February 27, 1954, at St. Columbkille's Church. The loving couple was blessed with 55 wonderful years together, and 6 adored children, before Coletta was sadly called home ahead of Clete on June 26, 2009. Clete was an active member of the community and was a proud member of the U.A.W. Local #94. His faith life was a very important part of Clete's life, and he was not only a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church, but he also faithfully lived out his life in such a manner that his Christian values and principles were visibly on display for all to witness. Clete was an honest man, a hard worker, a true friend, but above all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather each and every day. Fortunately, all 6 of his children remained in Dubuque, which made for large family gatherings every Sunday. Clete consistently role-modeled and instilled great family values for the generations behind him to follow. This behavior was so obviously rewarded by the barrage of regular daily visits to Stonehill from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Not only were Sunday dinner's with his family a priority in his life, but the countless gatherings centered around great food, and the Sunday games will continue to provide an outlet for his legacy to be carried forward within the treasured stories which will now be shared in his honor. His unwavering devotion to those he cared for was never in question and we will miss Clete more than words could convey, but we are forever grateful for the lessons and memories he leaves behind, as they will assist us along our own earthly journey we must travel until we, once again, see Clete face to face.

Those left to cherish Clete's memory include

his children,
Steven (Marsha Braun) Tigges,
Debra (Richard) White,
Diana (Anthony) Helling,
Christina (Daniel) Brimeyer,
Julie (Jeffery) Chase,
and Randy (Lisa) Tigges, all of Dubuque, IA;

19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Anna Mae Wimer, Dubuque, IA,
Eileen Pierce, LaCrosse, WI
and Ralph (Marilyn VanOstrand) Tigges, Dubuque, IA.

Clete was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Coletta Tigges, 3 sisters, Arnelda Dress, Mildred (William) Duggan and Marge (Joseph) Keenan; 2 brothers, Robert (Judy) Tigges and Eldon (Louise) Tigges; a sister-in-law, Carol Tigges; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ozzie Pierce and Jim Wimer.

Clete's family would like to give a heartfelt thank you everyone who helped with his care through this past year, especially the compassionate staff in the memory unit at Stonehill and at Hospice of Dubuque; we couldn't have done it without your kindness!

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



Lora M. (Marty) McGovern


Lora M. (Marty) McGovern, 42, of Dubuque, formerly of Stockton, IL, and rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from Noon - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a time of sharing at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Lora was born on August 21, 1976 in Dubuque, the daughter of Patric and Lynne (Peacock) Marty. She was a 1994 graduate of Southwestern High School in Hazel Green. On November 5, 1999 she was united in marriage to Andrew J. McGovern in Elizabeth, IL.

She loved flowers, gardening, yoga and her cats. But most of all she was especially proud of her children. Lora was known to be "free spirited".

Surviving is her husband Andrew J. McGovern of Stockton; their five children, Patric McGovern, Vera McGovern, Drew McGovern, and twins Alice and Stella McGovern; her parents, Patric and Lynne Marty; siblings, John Marty of Hazel Green, Tom (Kim) Marty of Prescott, AZ, Shirley (Lee) Klosterman of Rewey, WI, Nevada Marty of Hazel Green, Beth Marty of Cincinnati, OH, Mickey Marty, James Marty, and Dorothy Marty all of Hazel Green, and Ted (Robyn) Oberhauser of LaPorte City, IA; her grandmother, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, her aunt, Diana Peacock, uncles, James Peacock, Jr. and Michael (Kelly) Peacock, plus numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James Peacock, Sr, and paternal grandparents, Mickey and Dorothy (Keller) Marty.

A Lora M. McGovern memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia M. Becker


Virginia M. ‘Ginnie' Becker, 75, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 3, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 2nd at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 12:45 p.m.

Ginnie was born January 23, 1943 in Cuba City, Wisc., daughter of John and Germaine (Schmitz) Langkamp. She married David Becker January 25, 1964 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque He preceded her in death on January 5, 2013.

She owned B-Lovely Beauty Salon, worked at Prudential Financial and was a tailor at Grahams Style Store.

Ginnie loved to socialize and made friends wherever she went.

She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, their Rosary Society and the Hairdressers Association.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean (Greg) Mallinger, of Fond du Lac, WI, and Kelly (Lonnie) Curry, of Robins, IA; two sons, Jeff (Nichole) Becker, of Hayfield, MN and Kraig (Cara) Becker, of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Courtney (fiancé Tyler), Maggie (fiancé Chris), Brittany, Tony, Stephanie (fiancé Odin), Mikayla, Breanna, Miranda, Alex, and T.J.; her companion of four years, Terry Bode, of Kieler, WI; five sisters, Rose Galle, of Dubuque, Jeannette (Greg) Pehler, of TN, Marilyn (Francis) Ihm, of Cassville, WI, Donna (Dick) Williams, of AZ, and Velma Burke, of Louisville, TN; eight brothers, Joe (Sally) Langkamp, of Lancaster, WI, Mark (Ann) Langkamp, of West LaFayette, IN, Jerry (Carol) Langkamp, of Westby, WI, John ‘Sonny" (Ruth) Langkamp, of Port Orchard, WA, Jim (Kay) Langkamp, of Schofield, WI, David Langkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Dennis (Cyndi) Langkamp, of Austin, TX, and Carl Langkamp, of Benton, WI; a brother-in-law, Tom (Lois) Becker, of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Kathy (Merlin) Dalsing, of Kieler, WI.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother LaVerne Langkamp; brothers-in-law, Bill Galle and Doug Burke; her godchildren, Pauline Langkamp, a niece and Jeremy Langkamp, a nephew.

Thanks to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Home for their wonderful care.

Memorials may be made to Holy Ghost Parish or the American Cancer Society.

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



Marguerite A. (Schetgen) Triervieler


Marguerite A. (Schetgen) Triervieler, 97, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at St. Raphael Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Marguerite was born September 17, 1920 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Marguerite (Shay) Schetgen. She was united in marriage to William J. Trievieler on December 18, 1941 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1987. 

Marge was employed at the Battery Factory, and later at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring after 33 years. 
She served as Secretary of Amalgamated Meat Cutters Local #150, volunteered for the Colts Drum Corps for many years, was a Dubuque Democratic Party Delegate, and was a member and volunteer at Resurrection Parish.

Marge was an excellent cook and a wonderful seamstress. She adored her children and grandchildren, and will be sadly missed.

Marge is survived by five children, Jeanne (Ray) Grant, Bill (Mary) Triervieler, Jane (Mike) Ready, Bob (Lynn) Triervieler, and Bret (Cathy) Triervieler; eleven grandchildren, Sue (Dan) O'Hara, Bill (Kim) Grant, Tom (Denise) Triervieler, Abby (Ryan) Kramer, Peter Triervieler, Nick (Laura) Triervieler, Mike (Kelli) Ready, Andy (Emily) Ready, Courtney (Nathan) Freese, Claire (Tyler) Hunt, Paige (Jordan Keeney) Triervieler; 22 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters Marjorie Corcoran and Marie Bauer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, John Grant and Richard Ready; five brothers, John, Ralph, Peter, Clarence, and Joe; and two brothers-in-law Bob Bauer and Bob Corcoran.

Thank You to the staff and residents at The Rose, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Dean J. Fleege


Dean J. Fleege, 65, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be a memorial visitation after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Dean was born on October 8, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Dorrance J. and Virginia (Graham) Fleege. He was a 1970 graduate of Wahlert High School and later received an honorary Associates degree from Loras College.

Dean was a man of strong faith. He had a friendly smile and greeting for everyone he met and considered everyone he met his friend. His last years were spent at Ecumenical Tower, where he made many friends.

Surviving are his siblings, Barb (Roger) Kramer and Madelyn Tranel, both of East Dubuque and Daniel (Kelly) Fleege of Dubuque, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews; his sister-in-law, Nancy Fleege of Placentia, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorrance and Virginia; and two brothers, David and Donald.

The family would like to thank his Caregivers at Hawkeye Care Center, Hillcrest Mental Health, Dr. Mark Hermann, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, specifically, Edna, Jennie, Peggy and Suzanne.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com



Judy Perry


Judy Perry, of Dubuque, activist for disability rights and ally to the LGBTQ+ community, passed away August 11, 2018 at the age of 60.

Judy is survived by her husband, John Perry, and her kid, Indigo (Indy) Channing. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Jacob, who was lost in a miscarriage.

She was born in December 15, 1957 in Aurora, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Rowley, where she spent her evening teaching the school lessons from the day to the cows - Judy would often reminisce that she had the most educated cows in Buchanan County. She graduated from Independence High School in 1976, then went on to Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University, where she earned a degree in sociology and psychology.

On February 14, 1981 she married John Perry.

Judy loved God, loved others, and served the world. She could often be found in the downtown area, fellowshipping with the homeless people who lived in her neighborhood. Judy believed in the inherent worth and dignity of each person, and that recovery was possible. She spent her career in human services at Area Residential Care, and more recently at Hillcrest Family Services.

The events in downtown Dubuque were a passion of Judy's and she could often be seen at the Farmer's Market and various events at the Town Clock and Five Flags.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st at Grand View United Methodist Church, followed by an after party at the Smokestack. All are welcome!

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.



Richard E. Hinderman


Richard E. "Rich" Hinderman, 56, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at home. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after noon on Friday at the church before the service.

Rich was born on February 15, 1962, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Irma (Weber) Hinderman. He married Kimberly Mau on July 21, 1984, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. Rich owned and operated Hinderman Auto Body in Cuba City from 1989-2000. He was currently working at LKQ Keystone Automotive in Dubuque.

Rich enjoyed spending time with Kim and his son, Nathan. He did collector restoration and attended many car shows, taking pride in his vehicles and winning many trophies for his hard work. Rich was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and the Auto Body Association.

Survivors include his wife, Kim, and son, Nathan, both of Cuba City; three sisters, Shirley (John) Middendorf, of Menominee, and Maryann (Ron) VanNatta, and Irma Wubben, both of Louisburg; and two brothers, Bernie (Paulette) Hinderman, of Lancaster, and Jack (Nola) Hinderman, of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Irma Hinderman, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cecil and Loretta Mau.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, and the nurses and doctors at UW-Madison, Mayo Clinic and Grand River Medical Center.

A Richard E. "Rich" Hinderman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sandra A. House


Sandra A. House, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, August 24, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Sandra on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial will be held at 1 P.M. from Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Sandra Ann Haylock was born on March 27, 1937 in Davenport, Iowa, to Lloyd and Generose "Jean" (Rutenbeck) Haylock. She was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then went to Cosmetology School in Dubuque. She married Keith House on January 27, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Nancy and Louanne.

Sandra had first worked as a hairdresser at LaMohr's Beauty Salon in Maquoketa from 1959 to 1969. In 1970, she started Sandy's Beauty Salon and operated that until 1977. She and Keith then traveled extensively and spent many winters in McAllen, Texas. They moved back to Maquoketa in 2008.

Sandra was a social person who enjoyed shopping, writing letters, and visiting with friends and neighbors. She also loved flowers, doing yard work and attending her class reunion functions each month. She especially loved family get togethers and her dog Jake. Her favorite food recipes which she passed on to family was her homemade chip dip and homemade pizza.

Those left to honor Sandra's memory include her daughters, Nancy (Tom) Highly of Moline, IL, and Louanne Clark of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Amber Highly, Brett Highly, Eric (Maryann) Taylor, Lynn Taylor, Casey (Sarah) Taylor and Kyle Clark; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Jean) Haylock of Parkersburg, IA, and Chuck (Kimberly) Haylock of Portland, OR; and a brothers-in-law, Duane Hansen of Maquoketa, IA and Harlan Wilslef of Preston, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jim, a sister Judy Hansen, half-sister Betty, half-brothers Lloyd and Wayne, and her husband Keith on February 21, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Sandra Ann House memorial fund has been established.

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



James R. Spoden


James R. Spoden, 73, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Friday, August 31, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am. Saturday, September 1, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born December 9, 1944, in Dubuque the son of Peter and Clara (Naumann) Spoden. He graduated from Senior High School where he played basketball. He married Mary L. Hess on February 27, 1965, in Worthington, Iowa. Jim was a CNC Operator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 ½ years.

He enjoyed traveling to watch his grandchildren's activities, camping, golfing and generally having a great time.

Survivors include his wife of 53 ½ years, Mary; two sons: Steve (Ann) Spoden and Scott (Lisa) Spoden, both of Crystal Lake, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tanner, Maxwell, Haley, Maddie and Carter Spoden; siblings: Diane (Jerry) Ball of Florida and Sally Reardon of Dubuque; in-laws: Susan Pomerantz of Clive, IA, Ed (Vanetta) Hess of Worthington and Judy (Virgil) Johnson of Avondale, Ariz., and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Ambrose and Kay Hess, an infant son, and a brother, Peter Spoden.

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



Gerald E. Clark


Gerald E. "Fuzzy" Clark, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 27, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Fuzzy" from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Gerald Edgar Clark was born on January 18, 1943 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Walter and Erma (Manning) Clark. He married Pat Risden on February 1, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Christina, Teresa, Kathy and Johnny, Sr. He later married JoAnn Nielsen Wolfe on September 14, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Throughout his life "Fuzzy" had worked various jobs. His first job was as a farmhand for Don Miller. Other jobs included driving school bus for the Andrew Community Schools and the Maquoketa Community Schools, as well as owning and operating "Fuzzy" Clark's Fencing Business for over 30 years. He had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and at Camp Shalom for many years.

"Fuzzy" enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and cards, especially Euchre.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Christina (Ron) Shanahan of Delmar, IA, Teresa Thielen of Maquoketa, IA, Kathy Clark of Andrew, IA and Johnny (Daneen) Clark, Sr. of Cedar Rapids, IA; a step-daughter, Michele (Amir) Khan of Wood Dale, IL; brothers Ron Clark of New Mexico and Robert (Mary) Clark of Zwingle, IA; sisters Darlene (Dave) Densmore of Camanche, IA, and Mona Kay (Tom) Christoffersen of Camanche, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He also had a special friend Jean and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son Kevin Wolfe, and brothers Dale, Don and Elmer Clark.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald E. "Fuzzy" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Cletus E. Maiers


Cletus "Clete" E. Maiers, 84, passed away August 25, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, after a stroke. Friends may greet the family from 2 PM to 7 PM on Friday, August 31, and from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Saturday, September 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 1, at the Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Andrew Upah will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Clete was born October 15, 1933, in Holy Cross, the son of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He married Shirley McPoland-Anstoetter on July 22, 1977, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Dubuque. 

Clete worked on the John Deere assembly line for over 30 years, retiring in 1992, after which he worked for several years as a delivery driver for Value Independent Parts and Hy-Vee. He was a longtime member of St. Anthony's and the Church of the Resurrection Parishes, a Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Asbury Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Moose Club and the Holy Cross Catholic Order of Foresters.

Clete enjoyed wintering in Texas, golfing, playing cards, cheering on the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Shirley, Clete is survived by four children, Brian (Nancy) Anstoetter of West Des Moines, and their children: Ben, Joe and Jack; Brenda (Mark) Ehlers of Dubuque, and their children: Matt (fiancé Brianna Kramer), Connor and Katie; Brad (Laura) Anstoetter of Walker, and their children: Andrew and Jack; and Eric (Kristy) Maiers of Elmhurst, Illinois, and their children: Norah and Sadie. He is also survived by brother Eddie (the late Laura) Maiers; sister Eileen (the late Jerry) Kluesner; brother Al (Patricia) Maiers; sister-in-law Norma (the late Wilmer) Maiers; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law on the McPoland and Anstoetter sides of the family.

Clete was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law Frank and Bernadette McPoland; brother Leon (Harriet) Maiers; brother Wilmer "Wimp" Maiers; sister-in-law Laura Maiers; brother-in-law Jerry Kluesner; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law on the McPoland and Anstoetter sides of the family.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

Clete's family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy and the University of Iowa Hospitals. 

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Donald J. Fuss


Donald J. Fuss, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Sunday afternoon, August 26, 2018, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time on Thursday. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery, Farley, Iowa.

Donald Joseph Fuss was born on July 9, 1936 in LaMotte, Iowa, to Edward and Beatrice (Hayes) Fuss. He was educated in Farley schools. He married Jeanine LaPage on September 4, 1958 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Donald had first worked at Farley and Loetscher's in Dubuque for a couple years. He then worked on the assembly line at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, retiring in 1988.

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his wife, Jeanine Fuss of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brenda (Bill) Tryon of Marion, IA, and Kevin "Doc" Fuss of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 grandchildren, Billy and Briana Tryon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donald J. Fuss memorial fund has been established.

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



Carole A. Martin


Carole A. Martin 77, of Dubuque, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake will be recited at 6:30.

Carole was born on April 25, 1941 in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Julie "Minnie" (Willenborg) Reicher. She married James Martin on January 25, 1958 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Together they raised three children Ron, Jodi and Julie. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1991. Carole later met and spent 18 years with Robert Richardson. He preceded her in death on May 16, 2010. Carole was employed by Coca Cola and ESKA Companies before owning and operating Luigis Pizza. She enjoyed doing all types of crafts, cooking and listening to Willie Nelson. Carole loved the changing of the seasons with Christmas being a special time of year for her. She embraced everything from decorating to baking to listening to holiday music. Carole cherished gatherings with family, grandchildren and friends. She loved all children - no matter if she knew them or not and enjoyed the companionship of her two dogs, Maggie and Scooter.

Surviving are her children Ronald (Mary) Martin, Jodi (Denny) Arensdorf and Julie (Dan Rhine) Burke; her stepdaughter Brenda Kaiser; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Rita Reicher; brother and sisters-in-law, Joe and Mary Martin and Don and Sharon Martin.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters Norma VonAh and Darlene Stierman; 1 brother Wayne Reicher; infant children Cheryl and Joseph.

A Carole A. Martin memorial fund has been established.

The Martin family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, for their compassion and support.



Andrea J. Shireman


Andrea J. Shireman, age 74, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:26 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Andrea's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Dan Shireman officiating. To celebrate Andrea's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.

Andrea was born on July 2, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Andrew John and Naomi (Hoag) Psaros.

Andrea proudly graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and went on to work with the A.M.A. in Chicago for 12 years before eagerly returning to Dubuque to follow her deepest passion of helping those who were less fortunate than herself. Andrea was an unrelenting advocate for those in need within her community and faithfully ran the Washington Neighborhood Center & Homeless Shelter for over 12 years, with her husband, Dan, while also being very involved with the Crossover Foundation. It was through her involvement in those organizations that she would meet and eventually marry the love of her life, Dan Shireman. The two were united in marriage on August 8, 1997, in Dubuque, and were truly blessed and thankful to have just celebrated their 21st anniversary earlier this month. Andrea and Dan continued to work with the homeless in Dubuque and were always honored to be able to participate in the Christmas Dinner's at Loras College, and with the End of Summer B.A.S.H. (Become Active, Stop Homelessness). She had a larger than life personality perfectly packed into her small 4'10" frame; but when combined with her boundless energy and unceasing spirit of love, Andrea would easily tower over anyone who stood in her way. Andrea was non-judgemental at her core and thrived on living life to its fullest; always quick with a story, or a joke, to unite the room around her. Our world, and surely our community are going to be missing the undeniably generous mind, body and soul of Andrea moving forward. Her positive impact has been both invisible, and yet tangible in countless lives over the years. We know Andrea accepted Yeshua into her heart, and through her faith and actions while she resided here on earth, He has surely accepted her today. We hope she is wandering peacefully along the heavenly beaches with her metal detector firmly in hand, and thankfully we know that her eternal family who has been awaiting her arrival is currently catching her up on the good news that in her new world everything is perfect everyday and nobody will ever need another advocate working diligently in the name of love. Time to rest Andrea and job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Andrea's memory include

her loving husband,
Dan Shireman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Merri Christina Voshell, Pueblo, CO,
Valerie (Brian) Lau, Dubuque, IA
and Jackie (Jim Weiner) Voshell, Dubuque, IA;

7 grandchildren,
Brad Shickels, Betty Simms, Martin (Holly Thill) Voshell, Lindsay (Joe Hardine) Derrig, Emily (Devante Kidd) Voshell, Michael (Richard Fullmer) Voshell and Jason Voshell;

numerous great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Audrey Morey,
John (JoAnn Marburger) Psaros
and Michael Psaros, all of Dubuque, IA,

and a Godson/nephew,
Matthew Morey.

Andrea was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Adam Voshell; a sister, Julia Aldrich; and a brother, Gary Lucy.

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

 



James E. Hoerner


James E. "Jim" "Jimmy" Hoerner, 80, of Key West, Iowa passed away on August 26, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

James "Jimmy" Hoerner was born in Dubuque, IA on November 15, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Walter and Gladys (Woodrich) Hoerner. In his younger years he grew-up on his family farm located off Military Road. He attended a one room school house until 8th grade where he completed his education at Dubuque Senior High School.
He grew up with a love of playing, watching and coaching baseball. In 1954 he and his brother Joe had the honor of playing on the only state championship baseball team Dubuque Senior High School has ever won. One of his fondest memories was playing in tournaments catching for his brother Joe while his brother Bob played centerfield. Jim 'Star' Hoerner was known as a fierce competitor and in 1959 he was awarded the MVP of the Worthington Baseball tournament and in 1992 was humbled to be inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1955 he met the love of his life, Sally Decker, at a euchre tournament at the 12 Mile House. They dated and in 1958 they married. Throughout the early years of marriage, Jimmy continued his love for baseball playing semi-pro. He was invited to catch at the White Sox training camp in Florida. Upon being injured, he returned home to be with Sally, raise his children and in 1964 moved to Key West, Iowa which became the family home.

Jim worked Dubuque Packing Company in Dubuque, for 43 years, 12 years with the City of Dubuque & Moracco Supper Club. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge, Holy Name Society, and Baseball Hall of Fame.

Friends and family were extremely important to Jim. Jimmy and Sally created a welcoming environment for all to gather around their kitchen table for endless conversation. For many years they enjoyed going on trips with friends from Happy's Place and for 50 years played in a couple's card club. Jim took great pleasure supporting his children and grandchildren in their numerous activities throughout life. To some, Jimmy appeared rough around the edges, but beneath that exterior he had a heart of gold. He was kind father, loyal friend and incredibly hard working. Doing for others brought him genuine happiness. If you asked for his opinion, he would give it to you honestly and unfiltered. He enjoyed talking about politics and economics. He loved to keep himself busy and developed a pleasure in grass cutting, card playing and planning projects big and small.

Jimmy enjoyed simple things in life like traditional food, eating ice cream, wearing a ball cap and blue shirts. As time went on he found satisfaction staying closer to home, celebrating holidays with his family and going out to dinner with his love Sally. His was a straightforward and easy man who was incredibly proud of all of his children and grandchildren. His face would truly light up upon seeing his great-grandchildren. More than any family member or friend, his love and devotion for his wife Sally was never ending and truly unconditional. 'Jim - n - Sal' were inseparable. Jimmy will be deeply missed by all he has touched but no one greater than his love for 59 years, Sally.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Hoerner; Children; Mark (Rose), Rick (Sandy), Jayne (J.R.) Disponette of Lexington, KY, Mike of Solon, Ia. Grandchildren; Jake (Andrea), Jeff (Robin), Seth (Beth), Michael, Streat, Samantha, Hannah, Sterling & Storm and 7 great-grandchildren. Sister Ann (Bob) Lambe of Zwingle, IA. Sister-in-law Phyllis Hoerner and Darlene Hoerner-Schmitt (Donnie Schmitt).

He was preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Gladys Hoerner. Siblings and spouses; Bob (Millie) Hoerner, Joe Hoerner, John Hoerner, Betty Smith, Mary (Terry) O'toole, Sally (Jim) Clewell.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the family.

The family wishes to thank the Key West EMT & Fire Department and Father Rodney Allers for their care and compassion.



David D. Mangers


David D. Mangers, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 24th, 2018 at home surrounded by his wife and children after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at St. St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Dave was born on June 27, 1957 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the son of Dale and Mary (Butlett) Mangers.

On November 25th, 1978 he married Kim Marie Engling in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked for 38 years at American Trust and Savings Bank in the accounting dept.

Dave coached his three sons with the Key West Little League Baseball team. He later coached his grandson Brandon in the Dubuque Independent League Astros.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, and giving wagon rides to the grandkids with the lawnmower. He recently rebuilt a 1971 Buick GS455 with his son Steven. He like to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings with his grandson Brandon, and like to cheer on St. Louis Cardinals to rival Chicago Cubs with his wife Kim.

He is survived by his wife Kim; his father Dale Mangers, of Dubuque; his daughter Jessica (Thomas Walker Jr.) Mangers, of Dubuque, Steven (Sarah) Mangers, of Dubuque, Michael (Ashley) Mangers, of Dubuque, James (Matt Merkel) Mangers of Seattle, WA. Two sisters Debbie (Rick Brewer) Frommelt, of Dubuque and Julie (Mike) Ritt, of Dubuque. Grandchildren, Brandon Mangers, Logan Walker, Ethan Walker, Ryan Mangers, Raylan Walker, Kaleb Mangers, Nolan Mangers, Caitlyn Mangers, Abygail Mangers and Luke Mangers. Sisters-in-law Shella (Steve) Czipar, of Dubuque, Malinda Ahmann, of Dubuque, Lisa (Joe) Simon, of Ponder, TX, Laura O'Brien, of Rockford, IL. Brother-in-law Alfred (Kris) Engling Jr. of Dubuque; mother-in-law Mary Engling, of East Dubuque, IL; Godchildren Nikki (Gary) Ostrander, of Dubuque, and Jasmine Ritt, of Dubuque, along with several nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother Mary Mangers; father-in-law Alfred Engling; brother-in-law Daniel Engling; grandparents Clarence and Agnes (Streff) Butlett, William and Eleanor (Gilles) Mangers, and several aunts and uncles.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristen Julie, Gary and Sara, Dr. Monga and nurse Jody, and Dr. Salas and nurse Kristy, along with Kim and Dave's many friends for all their wonderful care and kindness.

 



Donald D. Dugan


Donald D. Dugan, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Don was born on November 5, 1929, in Charles City, Iowa, son of Elton and Eva (Pierson) Dugan.

Don was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Don was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marjorie Gibbons, on December 15, 1950, in San Francisco, California, and they would be blessed with 67 wonderful years together, and 5 adored children. Don was raised with a strong work ethic, and would put his talents to good use with the John Deere Dubuque Works for many years until his well earned retirement had finally arrived in 1984. Don was very active within the community and was also a longtime member of the Elk's Club, and a faithful member of his beloved St. Anthony's Church. His commitment to his country was undeniable and Don regularly put his patriotism on display with the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 as a loyal member of the funeral detail who played taps for countless military funerals in the Dubuque community, as well as at many special events honoring veterans around the Tri-State area. Don also enjoyed playing trumpet with several bands in the area, including the Ruth Feyen Trio, starring Ruth Feyen and Ducky Gordon, as well as The Upper Mainstreet Jazz Band. In his free time, Don not only enjoyed working on a little family genealogy research, but he was also quite an avid history buff who absolutely reveled in gathering any new information which would take his imagination back in time. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear husband, dad and grandpa, but thankfully find some comfort in knowing that he is now free from the health issues which have plagued him these past few months. We look forward to being reunited with Don once again in time, but until then we will remain grateful for the memories he leaves behind, and also for the legacy of honor he role modeled so effortlessly throughout his 88 year journey among us.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Marjorie Dugan, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Dan Dugan,
DiAnn (Gary) Dieters,
Becky (Dan) Boland
and Tim Dugan (Melissa Pfaff), all of Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Gary Dieters, Lisa (Jimmy) Wagner, Sara Dieters, Katie Dieters, Mike Boland, Lynne Burkart, Jenny Boland, Alyssa Boland, Amanda (Nate) Cook, Samantha Dugan and Adam (Alissa Molzof) Dugan;

15 great-grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Jim Doyle, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Doyle; and a grandson, Matthew Doyle.

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

 



Janet M. Timmerman


Janet M. (Pitzen) Timmerman, 73, of St. Donatus, Iowa, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Friday morning, August 24, 2018 at home following a short illness.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery, Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Janet was born on October 9, 1944 near Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Richter) Pitzen.  She was united in marriage to Burnell J. "Butch" Timmerman on July 3, 1965 in Potosi. He preceded her in death on September 18, 2012.

She loved cruises, especially to Hawaii and Vancouver. Janet was an excellent wife and mother. Her favorite past-time was setting on her front porch and visiting with friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed quilting and baking, especially jelly rolls.

Surviving are three children, Lori (Thad) Everson of De Forest, Wisconsin, Lisa (Larry) Hoch of Eau Claire, and John (Carolyn) Timmerman of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Danielle, Shaun, Jakob, and Shane; her siblings, James (Pauline) Pitzen of Lancaster, John "Jack" (Sharon) Pitzen of Dickeyville, Joe Pitzen of Cassville, Diane (David) Splinter of Dickeyville, Carol (Robert) Weber of Manhattan, Kansas, and David (Emily) Pitzen of Lancaster; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Margaret and a granddaughter Emily.

A special thank you to the St. Donatus Community for their love and support, throughout all of her years in St. Donatus, to her family, and to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given our mother.

 

 



Daniel U. Helbing


Daniel U. "Danny" Helbing, 70, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, August 24, 2018, at Wm.S.Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Sunset Lanes in Dickeyville. A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with burial immediately following in the church cemetery with military honors. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Cuba City, is in charge of arrangements.

Danny was born on February 23, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Elsie (McPhail) Helbing. He married Mary Therese Hesseling on September 18, 1971, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. 

Danny was a loving husband and father. In his free time he enjoyed cruising with Mary in his 1970 Oldmobile 442 Convertible and socializing with the people he loved. Danny was a very unselfish person always putting the needs of others before his own. As a patriot, he was proud of his service and promoted respect for the flag.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Brian, of Dickeyville, Tim (Marina), of Peoria, AZ, and Chad (special friend, Pam Marshall), of Cottage Grove, WI; a brother, Doug Helbing, of Mandan, ND; and three grandchildren, Gavin, Vivian and Olivia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, LaVern Hill; three brothers, Ronnie, Jerry and Orton Helbing; and two sisters, Connie Hill and Marilyn McKillip.

A special thank you to all the family and friends for their love and support through this difficult time. We wish to thank Grant County Hospice, and the doctors, nurses and staff at the Madison VA Hospital and UW Madison Clinics.



Leonard L. Shepherd


Leonard L. Shepherd, 86, formerly of Dubuque, IA, died August 22, 2018, at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility, Naperville, IL.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA, with Pastor Peter Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.  A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Leonard was born March 11, 1932, in Galesburg, IL, the son of Fred and Dora (Dodd) Shepherd.  He married Helen Hanson of Rock Island, IL, May 31, 1959.  He served his country in the Navy, and attended Allied Institute of Technology where he graduated in 1956 from their drafting program.  He worked for John Deere for 35 years, both in Moline, IL, and Dubuque, IA, where he retired in July of 1992. 

He led his family to the Lord and persevered as a young widowed father, after Helen died of cancer, raising their two teenage children to adulthood.  He was an artist who enjoyed painting a variety of subjects, including portraits of his children, grandchildren and even the Mona Lisa and American Gothic.  He often painted murals for Vacation Bible School at Dubuque Bible Church where he also ushered and taught Sunday School for many years.  He had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and took great joy in his grandsons - he could often be seen playing Batman, Ninja Turtles, cowboy, teacher, and other games with them.

He is survived by his son, John (Julie) Shepherd of Aurora, IL, daughter, Mary Shepherd of Davenport, IA; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Madeline) Shepherd of Ann Arbor, MI and Jordan Shepherd of Chicago, IL; and his sister, Barbara Carmen of Cheboygan, MI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, and seven brothers. 

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

Memorial contributions may be directed to Tabor Hills, 1347 Crystal Avenue, Naperville, IL 60563.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility for their professional and loving care and support over the last several years.

 

 



Marylou Beswick


Marylou Beswick, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Greeley, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born on January 25, 1930, in Colesburg, the daughter of John and Effie (Binning) Keck. Marylou was raised in the Colesburg area and graduated from Colesburg High School in 1948. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years and received her teaching certificate. Marylou taught sixth grade in Arlington for two years.

On April 5, 1952, Marylou was united in marriage to John "Jack" Beswick in Colesburg. Three children were born to this union. The couple farmed together west of Greeley. Marylou and Jack worked their land and raised livestock together until his death in 1995. Marylou remained on the farm until 2004 when she moved to her home in Manchester. In 2017, Marylou moved to the Meadows.

Marylou was active in many farm-related organizations. She was a past 4-H leader for the Greeley Go Getters. Marylou served as the past president of the Delaware County Cow Bells. She also served on the Delaware County Farm Bureau Board for 41 years and acted as the board secretary for 25 years. In addition to the farm organizations, Marylou was a past worthy matron of the Greeley Eastern Star and the Colesburg Eastern Star.  

Marylou was a longtime member of the Greeley Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church in Manchester. She was also a member of the Rebecca Circle #3 at the Greeley church. Marylou enjoyed working crossword puzzles. She was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball teams. Marylou always enjoyed driving her large pickup trucks around the countryside. While at the Meadows, she enjoyed going out on the various outings with her friends.

Survivors include her two children, Robert (Therese) Beswick of Greeley and Elizabeth "Beth" Todd of Manchester; seven grandchildren, Angie (Justin) Reaves of Davenport, Jennie (Elliott) Swint of Le Claire, Jason (Dragana) Jared of Madison, Wisconsin, Mary Beth (Josh) Wendling of Manchester, and John, Luke, and Paul Beswick of Greeley; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxson Reaves; one sister-in-law, Nondas Beswick of Des Moines; a son-in-law, Dean Holst of Le Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

Marylou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Beswick; her daughter, Marilyn Beswick-Jared-Holst in 2007; three brothers, Ivan (Eleanor) Keck, Karl (Betty) Keck, and Robert (Katherine) Keck; a sister- and  brother-in-law, Dorothy (Danny) Wiechmann and Howard Beswick.

Marylou's family would like to thank the staff at the Meadows for all of their wonderful care. They would also like to thank the nurses and doctors in the Regional Medical Center Emergency Room and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for their thoughtful care.  

Memorials may be directed to the Greeley Fire Department or a charity of your choice. 

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Reverend Phil Rogers officiating.

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.  There will be a 2:00 p.m. prayer service followed by an Eastern Star service. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment:  Grant View Cemetery - Greeley, Iowa

 

 



Blanche L. Moyle


Blanche L. Moyle, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Blanche's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Blanche's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Blanche was born on June 23, 1931, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Check) Ceplecha.

Blanche was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She laid eyes on Elwin and knew he was the one. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Elwin Moyle, on June 28, 1950, in Prairie du Chien and they were gratefully blessed with 2 loving children, Laurie and Tim. Blanche was a devoted full-time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in not only caring for her home, but mostly in loving and nurturing her family along the way. In their younger years, they enjoyed traveling in their camper with their children and eventually the grandchildren. Blanche was an avid fisher, she liked to outfish Elwin when it came to trout fishing and they both put in hundreds of miles over the years foraging for mushrooms, nuts and berries all over eastern Iowa for fun up until her last few months on earth. When a little downtime would periodically find its way into Blanche's day, you could easily find her relaxing quietly while working on her latest beautiful quilt, dipping a paint brush on her pallet while creating her next masterpiece on the canvas before her or cultivating her garden from seed which she was so proud of. She loved her polka music on Wednesday and computer games to "keep her mind sharp." Blanche was an avid, talented cook, Elwin can be quoted as saying "why go out to eat when I got the best cook at home!" Blanche was a humble and devoted woman who continually put others before herself and always lived her faith through her actions. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church and to know that her last family gathering would be held in her church brought Blanche true peace of mind. We will miss our dearly sweet and loveable Blanche with all of our being, but we are beyond grateful for the 87 years the Lord was generous enough to share her with us and we know that she is surely enjoying a new and eternal family reunion of her very own loved ones, especially her son, Tim, who were called home ahead of her. Thank you for all of the memories you've left behind to help mend our broken hearts Blanche, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Blanche's memory include

her loving husband of 68 years,
Elwin Moyle, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter,
Laurie (Michael) Primm, Collins, MO;

her grandchildren,
Mark (Denise) Moyle, Cheyne (Jennifer) Sharkey, Codi Sharkey, Samantha Moyle, Cody Allan (Brandy) Primm, Amie (Ben) Ivy and Caleb (Jill) Primm;

and her great-grandchildren,
Elwin, Skylee, Caden, Eleigh, Bryson, William, Jude and Grant.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timothy Moyle; 2 sisters, Marie (Ray) Slama and Gladys (Wincil) Slama; and a brother, Leo Ceplecha.

In lieu of flowers, a Blanche L. Moyle memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend many thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital.

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



Frances Marie Willey


Frances Marie Willey, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died August 23, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Frances' life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, August 27, 2018 at United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Monday at the church beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Frances was born on July 11, 1926 in rural Maquoketa to Jerry and Hilda (Atzen) Widel. She was the fourth of nine children and was raised in the Fulton, Iowa area.

Frances moved to Maquoketa when she entered high school and worked as what today would be called a nanny for Glen and Mildred Woods. She met her husband John Marvin Willey through the Woods', he worked for Glen on the Woods farm. They were married on March 8, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union six children were born, Rose, Jerry, Jack, Bob, Becky and Tim.

Frances worked at various restaurants in Maquoketa and was famous for her good-old-fashioned home cooking, most notably for her prize-winning pies and candies. Her last accomplishment professionally was opening her own restaurant, "Frances' Kitchen" at the United Livestock Sales Barn.

After retirement she enjoyed going to Euchre tournaments with friends and sitting at the Bridge Table trying for a Grand Slam. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, and the Maquoketa VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Frances is survived by her children, Rose Heiring of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Marie) Willey of Castle Rock, CO, Jack (Marilyn) Willey of Maquoketa, IA, and Becky Wiese of Oxford Junction, IA; a brother Kenny (Alice) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Janice (Jerry) Edwards of Camanche, IA; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Marvin Willey, sons Bob and Tim, daughter-in-law Connie Willey, sons-in-law Ralph Heiring and Richard Wiese, her parents and her siblings Frederick, James, Paul (Mary), Helen (Arnold) Meyer, Maxine (Stan) Anderson, Bernice (Jim) Frank, a grandchild Daniel Michel, and a great-granddaughter.

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

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



Jerome J. Hinderman


Jerome J. Hinderman, 90, formerly of Maryville Heights, Hazel Green, WI, passed away at Wednesday afternoon, August 22, 2018 at the Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Jerome was born on November 14, 1927 in Dickeyville, WI, the son of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. He married Alverna Cogan on May 2, 1950 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. She preceded him in death on September 26, 1994.

He was formerly employed at Farley & Loetscher and Caradco in Dubuque until they closed. Later he was employed by the Sinsinawa Dominicans until his retirement.

Jerome was a member of St. Mary's Parish. He loved fishing and gardening. He was a big Dodger, Badgers and Packers fan. Jerome loved spending time with his grandson Rory and great-grandchildren Amelia and Elliott. He would have the biggest smile when he would see Amelia and Elliott.

Surviving is his daughter, Cathy (David) Holland, of Kieler, WI; grandson, Rory (Michelle) Holland of Cottage Grove, WI; and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Elliott; two brothers, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Val Hinderman, two sisters, Lucille Jackson and Germaine Hayes all of East Dubuque; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Clara; his wife Alverna; two sisters, Rosella Roth and Jean Reisen; his in-laws, Merlin Roth, Ralph "Tojo" Reisen, Merlin Hayes, and Don Jackson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bearse, the nurses and staff at Epione Pavilion, and Grant County Hospice for their care and kindness given to Dad.

Online condolences may be left for the family atwww.millerfhed.com



Esther S. Rickels


Esther S. Rickels, 86, of Oxford Junction, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 22, 2018, at Mechanicsville Specialty Care in Mechanicsville, Iowa.

A celebration of Esther's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 A.M. until service time on Saturday. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Esther Shirley Hanson was born on May 30, 1932 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Robert Willis and Neoma Lueille (Hardin) Hanson. Esther married Earl Campbell and they farmed in the Fulton area. Later, she married Jack Schwenker and they lived in Baldwin. She had worked retail at Schublin's and Disney's Shoe Barn in Maquoketa. In her later years she married Dean Rickels. They lived their retirement years in Oxford Junction, Iowa. She enjoyed gardening and loved her yard.

Those left to honor Esther's memory include her children, Allen Campbell of Andrew, IA, Bill (Christy) Campbell of Oxford Junction, IA, and John (Sherry) Campbell of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Richard "Dick" (Janet) Hanson of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Mary (Sam) Caven of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean Rickels, a brother and sister-in-law Marvin and Ellen Hanson, a sister-in-law Lois Hanson, and two grandchildren, Taylor Jo Crist and Zach Campbell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Esther S. Rickels memorial fund has been established.

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



Ken Ginter


Ken Ginter, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at home, surrounded by family,
after a long battle with cancer.

Mass will be at 7 p.m. on Monday August 27, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 3 pm until the time of Mass. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate.Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Ken was born October 1, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Wilfred and Ann (Kirk) Ginter. He grew up in Dickeyville, WI. Ken married Debbie Breitbach on July 28, 1990 at the Church of the Resurrection.

He was employed with CL Swanson (later Canteen), and as a substitute para-professional at Dubuque Community Schools.

Ken was a man who believed in the value of family and was committed to doing what was right. He was always the first to offer his help in any way he could - whether it was helping fix or build something at your house, offering his advice, or babysitting his grandchildren. He greeted those he met with a smile and joke, whether he knew you or not.

Fishing was his passion; he was a longtime member the Mississippi Walleye Club and served as President, Chairman of the Kids Day Fishing Event, and was named Sportsman of the Year several times.

Ken was a sports fanatic - he cheered on the Packers and cried when his Cubbies finally did it. He loved nothing more than a night out with close friends and a chat over a brandy old fashioned. His grandchildren were the light of his life and provided him with many stories he loved to share with anyone willing to listen.

Ken will be missed by his wife, Debbie and their dog Daisy; two children, Sarah (Mike) Collins of Barrington, IL, and Doug (Leigh-Anne Cornett) Egan of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Aidan, Eliana, and Bennett Collins; his mother, Ann Phillips; his mother-in-law, Lillian Breitbach; his siblings, Russell (Vickie) Ginter, Elaine (Dobie) Dobbratz, Bruce Ginter, Jeneice (David) Haessig, Bill (Peggy) Ginter, Lois Ginter, Marvin (Lori) Ginter, and Teresa (Paul) Davis; his siblings in law, Bob Breitbach, Sue (Dan) Bublitz, Maribeth (Bob) Devereaux, Dave Breitbach, Dan (Nancy) Breitbach, and Terry (Jenny) Breitbach; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his brother Richard; his step-father Leonard Phillips; his father-in-law, John Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ken Ginter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Engelman and his staff; the staff at Mercy Medical Center; the University of Wisconsin Hospital staff and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Lorraine E. Lattner


Lorraine E. "Lorry" Lattner, 91, of Dubuque died Monday, August 20, 2018.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. 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 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lorraine was born January 14, 1927 in Chicago, Ill, daughter of Raymond and Gertrude (Hansen) Neitzel. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in Marshalltown, IA and became a registered nurse. She joined the Cadet Nurse Corp from 1944 to 1947. Later in her career Lorry completed coursework with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

On August 28, 1948 she married Donald Lattner at St. Patrick's Church in Chicago. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2003.

Lorry was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dedicated sister, aunt, and friend to many.

She worked at St Joe Sanitarium and Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL and from 1969 to 1989 she worked at Finley Hospital in the ICU department. She also used her nursing skill to care for her husband and lent assistance to many relatives and friends.

Lorry was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Acute Care Nursing Association, St. Jane de Chantel Mother's Club, Americlub and Emerald Club.

She also was a volunteer at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

She is survived by a son, Michael D. (Kim) Lattner of Dubuque; a daughter, Brigid (Allan) Berger of Port O'Connor, Texas; grandchildren, Leigha (fiancé Henry Bierman), Andrea and Erik Lattner.

She is also survived by a sister, Arlene Lattner and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Carr; brothers in law and sisters in law, Richard Carr, Merlin, Viola, and Cecelia Lattner; Louis and Catherine Lattner; Edward, Marilyn and Alberta Lattner and Harold Lattner.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Colubmkille's Catholic Church, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Dubuque Museum of Art.

The family would like to thank all of the care givers in the memory unit at Luther Manor.

 



Lorraine T. Schmidt


Lorraine T. Schmidt 94, of Dubuque formerly of Key West, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Hawkeye Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Phillip Mensah officiating and Deacon Jim Schmidt as homilist. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 4:00 to 7:00, Friday August 24, 2018 with a parish wake service at 4:00p.m.

Our Mom was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 23, 1924, the daughter of Nicholas and Florence (Trierweiler) Freiburger. She married Louis F. Schmidt, from Saint Donatus, on November 29, 1944 at Saint Joseph Key West. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2008. Mom was educated in the Dubuque and Dubuque County Schools.

She worked for several local families during her youth. Mom and Dad farmed in Zwingle before moving to Key West where they eventually built our family home. Mom was a member of the Saint Joseph Key West Parish and Rosary Society. Our Mom was best known for her Apple and Pear Pies. She was an avid canner of the multiple vegetables and fruits from Dad's gardens. Mom had a green thumb for house plants. Our Mom was known as a "social butterfly" by her friends in her apartment building. She enjoyed playing bingo and being a bingo caller. Above all was her love of family. She especially loved spending time with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Kenny Schmidt, Dennis (Lois) Schmidt, both of Dubuque, Judy Asay, of Olathe, KS, Joyce (Mike) Leverence, of Maricopa, AZ, and Marlene (Rick) Von Fumetti, of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law Robin Schmidt, of Dubuque; son-in-law Rich Meyer, of Eldridge, IA; 16 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 8 step great grandchildren; a sister Marie Hoffmann; two sisters-in-law Kay Freiburger and Erna Schmidt, along with many nieces and nephews.

Mom was preceded in death by our father Louis, her daughter Debbie, her son Dale, a daughter-in-law Patricia, grandson Jason, her parents, two sisters Lucille and Evelyn and two brothers Clarence and Alvin.

In lieu of flowers a Lorraine Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care and Hospice of Dubuque along with Dr. Mark Moore and his nurses Alison and Sandy for all the loving care you gave to our Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma.



Michael L. DeMoss

Michael L. "Mike" DeMoss, 44, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

A private military graveside service and burial was held from the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. No public visitation or services are planned. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Among survivors include his parents, Rick and Karen DeMoss of Maquoketa, IA.

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

 



Jodie L. Perry


Jodie L. "Grandma Jodie" Perry, age 57, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 11:18 a.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at home. To honor Jodie's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn Spicer officiating. To celebrate Jodie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the church. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jodie was born on January 23, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Virginia (Manuel) Perry.

Jodie has surely been a blessing upon this world during her 57 year earthly journey and her love for Jesus, her family and others were continually on display. Jodie thrived on being called "Mom", and her devotion to foster care finally led to her adopting 3 wonderful children, whom eventually become her very own. She also faithfully invested over 24 years at Hills and Dales, caring for and nurturing some of her most precious children outside of her home. Jodie was undeniably very generous with her time, talents and treasure when it came to her church family and another 20 years of her personal time was joyfully spent in the church nursery. Her faith and love for her Lord and Savior were of the utmost importance to Jodie and she loved to share the message of salvation with anyone whose spirit was moved enough to listen. We find our hearts in a state of complete shock today with the sudden absence of Jodie from our world. We trust that she is home in Heaven today, and for that we are foundationally grateful and humbled; but to know that we've received our last packet of pens from Jodie's smiling face, or heard our final "Duck", stated with absolute authority, is a mortal realization that simply hurts at our core. We will miss Jodie more than she could ever know, but we will diligently pray for strength in the days ahead to find peace within until we see her beautiful soul again. Thank you Jodie for all you taught us and may we carry your honorable legacy forward with pride!

Those left to cherish Jodie's memory include

her children,
Gage Perry,
Shaye Perry
and Kaden Perry, all of Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Steven (Jo) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Luana Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Philip (Sandra) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Bruce Perry, Amarillo, TX,
Larry Perry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula Goerdt, Davenport, IA,
Jeff (Carol) Perry, Farley, IA,
Faith (Bruce) Hoskins, Dubuque, IA,
Patty Perry, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy (Shelly) Perry, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jodie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pamela Perry; a brother, Rick Perry, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Herb Goerdt; and 2 nephews, Michael Perry and Adam Goerdt.

In lieu of flowers, a Jodie L. Perry memorial fund has been established.

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



Carole Pouzar


Carole Pouzar, 77, of near Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

She was born on July 2, 1941 in Cicero, Illinois as the second daughter of George and Anne (Gorup) Zoubek, both deceased, and the sister of Georgene.

She raised her son Tom as a single working mother and rose to management in information technology at the University of Illinois, before retiring with her second husband Richard to their tree farm in Guilford Township.

She pursued organic gardening and organic living with a passion as a Master Gardener, making numerous presentations throughout Jo Daviess County.

During her life, she was an animal advocate, boxer, musician, and scuba diver, with a curiosity for science that she passed on to her son. She was an incredibly talented and creative cook and passed her love of cooking down to her granddaughter.

In the words of her grandson, "She made the best breakfast and always was a fun person to be around. She always knew how to put a smile on all of our faces with her crazy sense of humor." Her daughter-in-law "was always amazed at her honesty, love of life and her ability to engage anyone and everyone in a conversation. She acted as she wished." Her generosity in providing time, information, and gifts to others was remarkable.

She is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband Richard, her son Tom (Linda) Cervenka, and her grandchildren Caitlin Cervenka and Thomas R. Cervenka.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for the family.

Donations in memory of Carole can be made to the animal shelter of your choice.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.©



Sister Barbara Cerny, BVM


Sister Barbara Cerny, BVM, 92, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and funeral liturgy. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Barbara was an art and history teacher at Wahlert HS in Dubuque and a Regional for the BVM Congregation. She was a high school art and elementary teacher in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She was an elementary teacher in Chicago and Tujunga, California, and a teacher aide in Los Angeles. She ministered as a hospital volunteer in Albuquerque, N.M.

Sister Barbara was born in Chicago on July 5, 1926, to John and Catherine Simonich Cerny. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1944, from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, Jr. (Mildred) and brother-in-law John Starcevich.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Starcevich, Valrico, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence (Eleanor), Bolingbrook, Ill.; nieces; grandnieces; grandnephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online. Make a donation in Sister's honor.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Terrance Howard Monahan


Terrance (Terry/Monk) Howard Monahan, 74, of East Dubuque passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, with Fr. Greg Bahl officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Terry was born on November 28, 1943 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Howard and Gayle (Edmonds) Monahan. He married Celia A. Lewis on January 15, 1966 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, He graduated from Galena High School in 1961.

Terry worked at John Deere - Dubuque Works for 40 years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in his younger years, playing golf after retirement, and spending time with his family.

Terry was a long-time member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department and the East Dubuque High School Warrior Athletic Booster Club. He was also a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Surviving are his mother Gayle Monahan of Galena; his wife, Celia of East Dubuque, four children, Kelly (Steve) Funke of Peoria, IL, Mark (Julie) Monahan of East Dubuque, Jay (Pam) Monahan of Metamora, OH and Pat (Cheri) Monahan of Hiawatha, IA; twelve grandchildren, Megan and Sarah Funke; Ryan, Tyler, Alec and Carlie Monahan; Taylor and Bailey Monahan; Erin and Kyle Monahan and Allie and Hannah Cahill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard.

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



Robert J. Kaiser


Robert J. "Bob" Kaiser 82, of Dubuque, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Bob was born on August 9, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Loretta (Splinter) Kaiser. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and enlisted into the U.S. Marines Corps. He was honorably discharged. On February 11, 1961 he married Sandra Paar. She preceded him in death on December 6, 1994. Bob was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, retiring as a supervisor. On October 24, 1997, he married JoAnn Duffy Pettera at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, WI. Bob enjoyed gardening, candle making, traveling, woodworking, playing euchre and his "outlaw" music - especially Johnny Cash. He was very involved in the building of the Girl Scout camp and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Surviving are his wife, JoAnn of Dubuque; his children Michael (Carol) Kaiser of Cedar Rapids, IA, Steven Kaiser, Tom (Lisa) Kaiser, David Kaiser and Christine (Shawn) Wagner all of Dubuque; his step children Mark (Lisa) Pettera of Prairie Du Chien, WI, Jacqueline (Gary) Gantenbein of Dickeyville, WI, Renee' Duncan of Dubuque, IA, Angela (Brent) Hutchins of Stewartville, MN, Christopher Pettera of Lansing, IA, Michelle (Mike) Brandel of Dubuque, IA and David (Tracie) Pettera of Cascade, IA; his grandchildren are Kevin (Megan), Robert, Ben, Anna, Nolan, Jenna, Matt, Mike, Nick, Chase, Reese, Tori, Will, Wade, Taylor, Jordan, Zach,Hayley,Taylor,Isaac, Alyssa, and David and great grandchildren are Carter, Koy, Krue, Bria, Tanner, Carson, Reed, AJ, Carlos, Cecilia and Lucille; his sister-in-law Gayle Paar Wesson of Missouri Valley, IA.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandy; 3 brothers Austin (Mary) Kaiser, Don ("Bert") Kaiser and Harold Kaiser; his sister Lorraine (Ralph) Quade.

A Robert J. Kaiser memorial fund has been established.

The Kaiser family wishes to thank the staffs at Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.



Eugene H. Zasada


Eugene H. Zasada, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League to follow services. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Gene was born on May 30, 1934 in Crystal Lake, WI the son of George and Edna (Schave) Zasada. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

After high school he graduated from apprenticeship school and became a journeyman carpenter. He worked for John Deere in Dubuque for 32 years retiring in 1990.

On June 15th, 1979 he married Kaye Fransen in Dubuque.

Gene loved life, traveling, good cooking and following his grandchildren on Facebook. One of the highlights in his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington DC with his son Dave in 2014.
He is survived by his wife Kaye; children, Randy (Karen) Zasada, of Brantwood, WI, Bill (Michelle) Zasada, of Platteville, WI, Tim (Julie) Zasada, of Platteville, WI, Dave (Missy) Zasada, of Darlington, WI, Brian Flynn, of St. Charles, IA, Mike Flynn, of Marysville, CA, Lori (Michael) Cates, of Greensboro, NC, John Flynn, of Marysville, CA, and Julie (Mark) Burdt, of Ankeny, IA; along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Lenard, Jerry, George, Herb, Lorainne, and Sharon.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman and his staff and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Gene.



Stephen W. Kolck


Stephen William Kolck, 67, of Dubuque, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Ennoble Manor. 

Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery following the mass. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family. 

Stephen was born November 30, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of William Richard and Erma Joan (Kriebs) Kolck. 

Stephen was dearly loved by his family and friends. He genuinely enjoyed helping others out of the goodness in his heart and always worked with a devotion of serving the Lord. All who knew Stevie will hold him close to their hearts. 

Stephen is survived by two sisters, Mary (Dennis) Finamore of Lombard, IL, their son Mark, and his daughter Hailey; and Virginia "Jeani" Bender of Schertz, TX, and her daughter Devan (Sami) Bonahoom, and their daughters Isla and Eden, of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX; his devoted cousin Richard W. Kolck  and his loving companion, Kim Treanor of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Saint Patrick's Catholic Church or a cause of your choice in Steve's honor.

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

 

 



Timothy R. Cupps


Timothy R. "Weasel" Cupps, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 20th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Key officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Tim was born on March 15, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Catherine Cupps (Peterman). He married June Jaeger on April 30th, 1988 at Washington Park in Dubuque.

Tim drove for Theisen Transport and most recently for Lindbery Trucking Co. He also previously worked at Ritehite.

Tim was an avid Minnesota Viking fan, he enjoyed bowling, being outdoors, looking for morels and ginseng, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed helping others and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandson Jace.

He is survived by his wife June, two children Kari Cupps and Brett Cupps and his grandson Jace. Three sisters, Connie (Terry) Hackbarth, Julie McKinlay, Mary (Tim) Mills; five brothers, Mark Cupps, Steve Cupps, Chris Cupps, Terry Cupps, and Joe (Elizabeth) Peterman. His mother and father-in-law Richard and Judy Jacobs and their family along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law Arnold Jaeger, II, and brother-in-law Arnold Jaeger, III.

In lieu of flowers a Timothy Cupps memorial fund will be established.



Irwin F. Simon


Irwin Francis Simon, 65, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Irwin may call from 2:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral home in Cascade, IA.

Services for Irwin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born November 15, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emmet and Kathleen (Urbain) Simon. He received his education at St. Martin's Elementary School and Aquin High School. On May 28, 1977 he was united in marriage to Luann Menster at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. He farmed in the rural Cascade area and was a bus driver for the Western Dubuque School District.

Irwin had a great love for baseball and was a great baseball player himself, having being inducted into the Dubuque County Hall of Fame in 2002. He enjoyed many years coaching not only his children but other youth as well. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan with one of his greatest memories being that of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. He had such a warm relationship and connection to so many young people, making all of them feel special and they were so special to him. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, but Irwin's greatest joy in life was being a Husband, Father and Papa.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade. Irwin was also a member of the Brotherhood of the Great Squirrel Shootout.

He is survived by his wife, Luann "Lou" Simon of Cascade, IA; two children, Shelby (Tim) Kronlage of Dyersville, IA and Kain (Samie) Simon of Cascade, IA; 4 grandchildren, Simon and Scout Kronlage and Aleena Meyers and Snyder Simon; nine siblings, Loras (Mary Ann McGrane) Simon, Matt (Jean) Simon, Lee (Connie) Simon and Tom (Sherry) Simon and Lucy Sutherland all of Cascade, IA, Jeanette (Paul) Kremer of Epworth, IA, Marian (Dave) Armstrong of Livingston, Montana; sisters and brothers -in-law, Judith Simon of Peosta, IA, Robert (Linda) Budden of Petersburg, IA, Steve McElmeel of Lisbon, IA, Bill (Maureen) Menster of Sigourney, IA, Becky (Virg) Duvel of Toddville, IA, Donna Healy of North Liberty, IA, Joanie (Denny) Barnard of Eldora, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Ray "Rabbit" and Florence Menster, one brother, Merlin E. Simon; two sisters, Marie Budden and Doris McElmeel.

The family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen ARNP, Dr. Engelman and the doctors, nurses and hospital staff at the Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Lois M. Burkle


Lois M. Burkle, 79, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque from complications related to surgery.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, August 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Lois was born December 3, 1938, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Loretta (Koch) Goedken.  She married Donald Burkle on June 23, 1959, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed near Dyersville until moving to town in 1992.

Lois was an extraordinary farm wife who loved quilting, cooking and baking, and taking pictures. She also kept up the family tree information.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Burkle, children: Ruth (fiancé Dan Kennedy) Utter of Marion, Jeff (special friend, Janelle Shimon) Burkle of Dyersville, Scott (Terri) Burkle of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Lisa (Tom) Reutzel of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren: Jeremy (Noor) Burkle, Justin and Molly Burkle, and Madison and Robert Reutzel; siblings: Joan Pasker, Dale Goedken and Delaine (Paul) Knipper, all of Dyersville, Delores (Terry) O'Brien of Cascade, Sr. Rita Goedken of Morton, MS, Dennis (Ann) Goedken of Cottage Grove, WI, Charles (Patrice) Goedken of Harrisburg, PA; in-laws: Doris Goedken of Dyersville, Lisa Goedken of Conception Junction, MO, Delores Burkle, Leander (Lavonne) Burkle, both of Earlville and Delbert (Dorothy) Burkle of Dyersville

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Timothy Jude Burkle in 2004; siblings: David Goedken in infancy, Floyd Goedken, Sr. Angela Goedken, and Martin Goedken; in-laws: Urban Pasker, Jim Burkle, Alice (Jerome) Wulfekuhle, Herb (Wilma) Burkle and Cletus (Grace) Burkle.

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

 



Kelly M. Hurlburt Humphrey


Kelly Marie Hurlburt Humphrey, 55, of Benton, WI, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at home from complications of kidney disease. In keeping with the wishes of Kelly, there will be no funeral services and a private family remembrance will be held at a later date. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Kelly was born on March 25, 1963 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Judith "Judy" and Robert "Bob" Hurlburt.

Kelly graduated from Cuba City High School. She worked many years as a bartender, waitress, and cook at various local establishments. Kelly volunteered as an EMT for the Hazel Green Rescue Squad.

She enjoyed camping, time on the Harley, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her many cats and dogs, including special companion Lady.

Kelly is survived by her son, Mitchell Hinderman of Chicago IL; her father, Bob Hurlburt of Dickeyville WI; sisters, Jenny (Leonard) Berthel of La Motte IA and Amy (Tim) Averkamp of Fort Mill SC; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Judy.

Thank you to family and many friends who supported Kelly throughout the years. Special thanks to the entire staff of Tri State Dialysis of Platteville, neighbors, special friends Sharon and Janet, and Hospice of Dubuque who provided Kelly with comfort in her final days.



Randy L. Neff


Randy L. Neff, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 13, 2018, at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Randy on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 6 to 8 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Randy Lee Neff was born on August 6, 1952 in Fulton, Illinois, to Albert Lee and Donna Ellen (Wade) Neff. He attended Clinton schools and later earned his GED. He married Lisa Marie Brunk on July 24, 1999 in Clinton, Iowa.

Randy had first worked for the Rock Island Railroad until it closed. He then worked as a forklift operator for International Paper in Clinton for many years, and lastly as a security guard at Family Dollar in Maquoketa.

Randy was an avid fisherman, Cubs fan, and enjoyed gardening and sharing produce with friends and family. He loved flowers and could make beautiful arrangements, and was a self-taught musician playing the guitar and drums.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lisa Neff of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Travis (Carrie) Neff of Clinton, IA, and Toby Neff of Clinton, IA; 2 grandchildren, Marissa and Vanessa; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Darwin (Darla) Neff of Clinton, IA, and Mike (Regina) Allen of Cabot, AR; sisters, Jennifer (Chuck) Collister of Maquoketa, IA, and Cindy (Jeff) Turney of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Albert Neff, mother Donna Neff Allen, and step-father Galen "Shorty" Allen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randy L. Neff memorial fund has been established.

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



William Joseph Lucy


William Joseph "Bill" Lucy, 79, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at home of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque.
Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on February 6, 1939, the first born child of William N. and Loretta A. (McHale) Lucy in Leadville, CO. He was a graduate of the East Dubuque High School, class of 1959. Bill served proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1959 - 1961, on the USS Lowry as a Gunner in the Mediterranean and was presented with the Quilt of Valor on June 10, 2018.

He previously was employed at Fred Jackson Tuckpointing Company and later was self-employed in East Dubuque, until his retirement in 2001.

He was a retired member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept., a member of the East Dubuque Lions Club, the East Dubuque American Legion Post #787, a member of the E.D.G.E. Foundation, and the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard.

Bill was a sweet and gentle person who enjoyed visiting with people in downtown East Dubuque. He loved playing football in high school, was a former Coach for the Wesley UMC basketball team, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing cribbage and euchre, collecting post cards, doing "Seek and Find", and was a puzzle enthusiast. On March 5, 2001 Bill received the "Citizen of the Year" award.

Surviving are two sisters, Loretta Lucy of East Dubuque and Irene (Don) Kaukaskie and a brother, Nick (Linda) Lucy both of Dubuque; 11 nieces and nephews, Laura Lucy-Ilan, Eric Lucy, Christine Lucy, Keith Lucy, Melissa Gardener, Michele Dague, Vicki Reynolds, Rhonda Khan, Michael Kaukaskie, Cheryl Symons, Dale Kaukaskie; and numerous great nieces, great nephews; and family friends, Karen & Bob Juergens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Sandy (Fred) Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, a Bill Lucy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family thanks everyone who made Bill's life so enjoyable.

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



Joseph B. McNamer


Joseph "Joey" Brady McNamer, 32, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Friday, August 10, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Heritage Center, John and Alice Butler Hall at the University of Dubuque campus. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the center.

Joey was born on June 2, 1986, in Dubuque, the son of Marty and Nancy (Comer) McNamer.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2005 and earned his B.A. in Business from the University of Dubuque. After working various jobs in Chicago and Dubuque, he began work as a realtor with American Realty. Joey also worked closely with his dad and mom to build and sell several beautiful homes in which he took great pride.

Joey loved music. Whether it was catching a live show, playing the drums, or having an impromptu dance party in his living room, Joey always seemed to have music flowing through him. He also had a passion for exploring new places and often traveled to visit family and friends across the country and beyond.

Joey was full of kindness, charisma, generosity, and love. His exuberance for life and ever-present smile were contagious, and he always seemed to know when someone needed an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on. Joey was a fiercely loyal friend, brother, and son who approached life with an open-heartedness rarely seen. He learned from his parents' example to be intensely loyal to his friends, compassionate to all, and to strive for success in all his endeavors.

Joey brought joy into the lives of all who knew him and he will be deeply missed. He will live on in the hearts of those he touched.

Joey is survived by his parents, Marty and Nancy McNamer, of Dubuque; his brothers, Will Goodmann, Tony Goodmann and Jason McNamer; paternal grandmother, Barbara (Stock) Hackbarth; aunts and uncles, Sandy (Phil) Perry, Angie McNamer, Terry (Connie) Hackbarth, Chris (Sue) Bobst, Jay (Christine) Bobst, Waylen (Jen) Hackbarth, Wendell Comer, Wayne (Deanne) Comer; and many wonderful cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Glenn and Bonnie Comer; paternal grandfather, Donald Hackbarth; maternal uncle, Gary Comer; and aunt, Janis Comer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Film Festival, Dubuque Arboretum Music in the Park, NAMI or a charity of your choice.

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

Marty and Nancy would like to thank the birthday group and their husbands for their continued love and support during this difficult time.

 



Florence C. Ernzen


Florence C. Ernzen, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:12 a.m., on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Florence's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 13, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Florence's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Florence was born on December 6, 1921, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of John and Cecilia (Hansen) Link.

Florence surely enjoyed growing up in the amazing world of country life. An honest days work was never to be missed, but some relaxing time with family and friends always seemed to find its way into the days also. Florence was fortunate enough to cross paths with her soul-mate, Harold Ernzen, and the loving couple was united in marriage on April 12, 1944, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, Iowa. They would be blessed with 47 wonderful years, and 7 adored children together before Harold was sadly called home ahead of her on September 13, 1991. Florence was primarily a devoted wife, mother and grandmother throughout her 96 year earthly journey, but she did also faithfully devote over 30 years of her talents outside of the home at both Leiser's and Sweeney's Supper Club. Florence's main focus in life was undeniably her family and to hold a place in her heart as one of her dearly loved ones was all anyone would require to find fulfillment in this world. But, her commitment to her church and community would run a close 2nd to family in Florence's mind. Her faith was found not only in how she lived her daily life, but also within her long-time membership to Holy Ghost Church and their Rosary Society. Florence also generously gave of her personal time with many social and senior citizen groups around town; including any opportunity to create masterpieces in multiple quilting groups, an evening of hoping for the opportunity to yell "Bingo", or absolutely any opportunity to sit around the card table and regularly prove her uncanny ability to produce a winning Euchre hand again and again. We arrive in this new day with broken hearts, but we are forever grateful for the 96 years Florence blessed our lives and we know that she was beyond ready to be reunited with her 3 sons, and her loving husband, Harold, so they could begin their eternal walk together, hand in hand once again. We miss you Mom, we love you, we thank you and we will forever treasure every memory you leave behind. God Bless You!

Those left to cherish Florence's memory include

her loving children,
Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Dubuque, IA
and Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Sherrill, IA,
Geralyn "Geri" (Bill) Hall, Dubuque, IA
and Mark (Beverlie) Ernzen, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Mary Ernzen, Luxemburg, IA;

14 grandchildren,
Steve (Jackie) Stoffel, Tom Stoffel, Terry (Jenny) Stoffel, Traci (Peter) Gael, Candice (Lon) Heinkel, Heather (Shawn) Spina, Nick (Janel) Hall, Matt Ernzen, Dave (April) Ernzen, Beth Ernzen, Jessica (Robert) Young, Michael Ernzen, Ben Ernzen and Robin Ernzen;

19 great-grandchildren;

and a sister-in-law,
Velma Link, Key West, IA.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Ernzen; her 3 sons, Davey in infancy, Jim Ernzen and Donnie (Rosemary) Ernzen; her siblings, Hilda (Joe) Klosterman, Carl Link, Silverius Link, John Link and Edwin (Carmelita) Link; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their wonderful and professional care through these last days with Mom. We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of her friends at Windsor Park for all of the companionship and continual support over the years.

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

 



Sara A. Breeden


Sara A. Breeden, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sara's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, August 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sara Ann Clark was born on January 5, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa to William Howard and Elsie (Hoffa) Clark. She attended Jones County country schools and later received her GED. She married James Loras "Jim" Breeden on September 16, 1955 in Fulton, Iowa at the RLDS Church.

Sara was first and foremost a wonderful mother and wife. She had worked various jobs throughout the years including waitressing at Rocky's Café for over ten years, and on the assembly lines at both General Thermal and Hoof Products in Maquoketa. She had also delivered the Clinton Herald daily for a couple years and she and Jim had delivered the Sunday Quad City Times for over 15 years.

Sara enjoyed gardening and canning, genealogy, volunteering at the Jackson County Historical Society, and assisting Jim with researching cemeteries involved with the Jackson County Pioneer Cemetery Association.

Those left to honor Sara's memory include her husband Jim Breeden of Maquoketa, IA; children, Wayne Breeden of Clinton, IA, Sue Imming of Beaver Dam, WI, Vickie (Bob) Anstey of Cumberland, IA, Diane (Jerry) Sneed of New Orleans, LA, and Shirley (Brad) Schmidt of Thornton, IA; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Helen) Clark of Concord, CA; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jim, and a son John Loras Breeden in September of 1989.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sara A. Breeden memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Karl J. Kohnen


Karl J. Kohnen, 71, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., Dubuque with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Karl was born on December 20, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold and Elizabeth (Tenhaaf) Kohnen. He married Jean Duffy, August 31, 1968 at Cathedral of Saint Raphael, Dubuque.

Karl received his bachelors degree from Loras College in 1968 and his masters degree from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, 1970. He was a licensed social worker in Illinois. Karl returned to Dubuque in 1974 and worked in social work, housing and development.

His love in life was music. Karl was a music minister for Holy Spirit Parish and substitute for St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel Association and played piano for their band.

Karl is survived by his wife and 5 children. David (Sarah Goldberger), North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Laura (Don) Stanner, Dubuque; Michael (Val) Kohnen, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Sara (Rob) Hofer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Daniel, San Francisco, California; seven grandchildren, Jacob and Lucas Stanner, Ethan Hofer, Elisabeth and Katherine Kohnen, Gabriella and Benjamin Kohnen. His brother, Mark, (Beth) and brother-in-law, Del (Jan) Tucker and sisters-in-law, Kit (Ray) Kengott and Maggie (Steve) Canter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Charles, and sister Karolyn Tucker.
Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish.

The Kohnen family wishes to thank the staffs of Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

 



Doris A. Selchert


Doris A. Selchert, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.
Doris was born in Dubuque, Iowa on April 29, 1929, the daughter of Joseph V. and Rita V. (Wiedner) Schuler. She married Russell J. Selchert on August 13, 1949 at the Church of the Nativity, he preceded her in death on September 22, 2003.

Doris was a homemaker, who later in life volunteered her time at Ennoble Manor and the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. She enjoyed embroidery and was especially proud of the quilts she made for each of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her time as a singer with the Sinsinawa Singers. Her family was very important to her, and the annual trolley ride at Christmas time made for wonderful memories, thanks to her. Our beautiful mother will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her three sons Steve (Judy) Selchert, of Dubuque, Robert (Cindy) Selchert, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and John (Chris) Selchert of Dubuque; her five daughters Kathie (Randy) Thor, of Cuba City, WI, Marilyn (Don) Steinhoff, of Cuba City, WI, Sharon (Dennis) Sweet, of Louisburg, WI, Jacque (Pat) Engling, of Dubuque, and Carrie (Joe) Mauss, of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law Arlene Selchert of Horicon, WI; 24 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 16 step great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Luella Schuler, of Waterloo, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Larry Selchert; a granddaughter, Jodi Metcalf; and a brother, Jim Schuler.

A Doris Selchert memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Sunset Park Place for all the friendship, care and compassion they showed to Doris during her time there, especially Kathy Lansing and Sue Mills. She truly considered it her home.



Frances G. Kringle


Frances G. Kringle, 96, of Dubuque died Monday, August 6, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Military rites will be held following the service.

Frances was born July 17, 1922 in Ft. Ransom, North Dakota, daughter of Alfred and Emma (Carlblom) Highness. She graduated from Ft. Ransom, N.D. High School, attended Valley City, N.D. Teachers College for one year, the received her nursing training at Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School in Chicago.

On March 19, 1946, she married Richard O. Kringle. He preceded her in death on August 14, 2007.

Frances was a nurse most of her life of her life and served in the Army Nurses Corps during WW II. She enjoyed nursing and especially loved in-home nursing. Before her retirement, she was a restaurant inspector in Dubuque.

The most important things in life to Frances were her church, family and playing Euchre. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in quilting and Stephen Ministry. She was also a member of the Eagles Club and American Legion.

She is survived by five children, Mary (Gary) Kottman of Minneapolis, Minn., Janice (Vernon) Linenfelser of East Dubuque, Ill., Diane (Eldon) Begle of Donna, Texas, Julie (Michael) Yakin of Elk River, MInn., and James (Linda) Kringle of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard W. Kringle; her parents; six brothers and three sisters.

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

A Frances Kringle Memorial Fund has been established.



Paul Joseph Gisch


Paul Joseph Gisch, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 6, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Iowa Army National Guard. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born in Iowa City, Iowa on April 29, 1928. He was the youngest of the 10 children of Benedict Gisch and Clara Lenertz Gisch. He was a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy in Algona, Iowa.

Mr. Gisch served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Italy.

He was a graduate of Loras College in June of 1951. Mr. Gisch was also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Mortgage School of Ohio State University.

He was employed by the First National Bank of Dubuque for many years and was retired from the Bank in April of 1990 as Senior Vice-President and Director. Mr. Gisch served the Dubuque Community on many boards and commissions.

Mr. Gisch was married to Anna Mae Runde of Hazel Green, Wisconsin on September 8, 1951 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Paul is survived by his wife Anna Mae; his children, Mary (Rick) Marinelli, of Kansas City, MO, Joseph (Kate) Gisch, of Irvine, CA, Jill (William) Wilberding, of Edwardsville, IL, and Mark Gisch, of West Desmoines. Five grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a sister Dolores Engle, of Sioux City, IA along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, six sisters and a grandson Daniel Wilberding.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Joseph The Worker or the Children's Tumor Network.



Sandra Sue Meier


Sandra "Sandy" Sue Meier, 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #787 East Dubuque, of which Sandy was a member. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Eden, WI. Friends may greet the family from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be an American Legion Post #787 East Dubuque walk through at 6:30 p.m. 

Sandy was born January 29, 1940 in Madison, WI, the daughter of Milton and Lillian (Waehler) Mellor. She married Leo Meier on October 12, 1963 in Madison, WI. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2003.

Sandy graduated from Madison Central High School in 1957 and completed her nurses training at Madison General Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She served in the Air Force National Guard, achieving the rank of first lieutenant while stationed at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX.

After her marriage, Sandy and Leo lived In North Lake, IL where Sandy worked as a registered nurse. In 1965, Sandy and her family moved to Dubuque, where she continued her nursing career at numerous hospitals and nursing homes.

For a number of years Sandy also owned and operated a small boutique in East Dubuque where she sold unique home décor and furniture that she had refinished. In the last 10 years of her life, Sandy worked part time as a reporter, photographer, and general office assistant at the Dubuque Leader, published by her dear friend William Winders.

Sandy had a beautiful voice and often sang at funerals and weddings. She was dedicated to the Democratic Party and enjoyed campaigning for Democratic candidates. She was an active volunteer for the Dubuque Rescue Mission, where for the last six years she served as a member of the board of directors.

She enjoyed traveling, especially with her beloved husband Leo. She was a lifelong University of Wisconsin Badger fan. She delighted in telling stories and surprising people. Those who knew her understand that she endeavored to be unpredictable.

Sandy is survived by her children, Patricia (Benjamin Chalkley) Meier of North Liberty; Debra (Brian Dietz) Meier of Birmingham, MI; Tonya (Barry Randle) Meier of Dallas, TX; Rebecka (Mike Gunderson) Meier of Fort Worth, TX; and Charles (Jessica Weigel) Meier of Minneapolis, MN. Sandy also is survived by her 13 grandchildren Samuel, Oliver, and Lilia Chalkley; Andrew Claire, Rachel, and Leo Meier Dietz; Leo Abraham and Ann Frances Randle; Lillian and Ava Gunderson; and Henry and Lauren Meier; as well as a special cousin Carole (Lee) Bailey of Fountain City, WI; sisters-in-law Mary Bick of Campbellsport, WI; Rita (Harlan) Draeger of Racine, WI; Monica McDaniel of West Bend, WI; and Elizabeth (Richard) Theis of Centennial, CO; brother-in-law Bob Meier of Eden, WI; 16 nieces and nephews, and further extended family, all of whom she loved dearly. 

In addition to her husband, Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in infancy; a brother-in-law, John (Jack) Meier and his wife Ruth Meier; and brothers-in-law William Bick and Thomas McDaniel.

Sandy's family would like to thank Sandy's friend and helper, Tanya Welter, and all the caregivers from By Your Side Care, especially Lisa Flanagan, who treated Sandy as if she were her own mother.

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Donald E. Gieseman


Donald E. Gieseman, 81, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away Saturday August 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, due to injuries sustained in a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 10 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, Dubuque, where Don was a member. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK, Dubuque. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Friday at the church.

Don was born May 27, 1937, to Henry and Belle (Tietgen) Gieseman in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended Jefferson Junior High School in Dubuque, where he was part of a singing quartet. They submitted a record which took first place in the 1949 National Boys Club of America vocal quartet competition. They sang the "Boys Club Marching Song" and the hymn, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Former U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, and elder statesman, Bernard Baruch, announced in New York City that the award went to Don's group, and they were thrilled to learn they had won. Don graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and served twelve years in the United States Navy and in the Naval Reserve.

He became a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and worked for many years as an engineer at John Deere in Dubuque. After he retired he continued to work as an engineering consultant for several years. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers since 1966; and a member of the John Deere Retiree Association.

Don was a judo enthusiast, and also was a fitness instructor at the Dubuque YM/YWCA. He had a lifelong love of books and learning, which he passed along to a few of his nieces and nephews, and to some of the young people he mentored through his work with DeMolay youth at the Masonic Temple, where he was a longstanding member and leader. Don played a key role in every Masonic organization in Dubuque for many years. He received the Legion of Honor, which is the highest award that can be bestowed by the DeMolay.

Don will be remembered for his intelligence, his wit, his kindness, and his commitment to working for the betterment of his community and his country.

He is survived by his brother Kermit Gieseman in Palm Bay, FL; by his sister-in-law Mary Juen Gieseman in Dubuque; and by several nieces, nephews, and chosen family, whose lives he enriched with his quick wit and interesting conversation, and who benefited from his guidance, generosity and kind heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his sisters and their spouses, Lois and Lewis Holm, and Arliss and Donovan Hyde; by his sister Corinne "Corky" Krelle; by his brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Marlene Gieseman, by his brother Dale Gieseman; by his sister-in-law Shirley Gieseman; and by three nephews: David Holm in 1967, James "Coach" Gieseman in 1987, and Peter Holm in 2016.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Donald E. Gieseman memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Deb Langkamp, who was Don's neighbor and friend, and who, at least once, literally saved his life. We also want to thank the Dubuque Fire and Police responders who cared for Don at the accident scene; the staff at Mercy ER, the Mercy Air Care crew; and the University of Iowa Hospitals ER, ICU, and Palliative Care teams, especially Dr. Rogers, Jenn, Katie, Victoria and Eric.



Marcella C. Jaeger


Marcella "Sally" C. Jaeger, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 9, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sally was born October 8, 1927 in Spechts Ferry, the daughter of Nicholas and Magdalene (Schueller) Koltes. She married Lawrence "Larry" Jaeger on October 14, 1947 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2002. 

Sally was an Avon dealer for over 20 years, and enjoyed the friends she met and kept over the years. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Parish. Sally enjoyed boating on the river with family, shopping, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Sally is survived by three children, Judy (Paul) Demkier of Dubuque, and their children: Dawn (Randy) Avenarius of Dubuque and Dana (Russ) Hamm of Benton, WI; Joan (Mike) Hames of Le Claire, IA and their children: Tracy (Jeff) Little of Dubuque and Chad (Liz) Hames of Long Grove, IA; and Bob (Jackie) Jaeger of Dubuque and their son Sam Jaeger of Dubuque; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; five step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; seven step great great grandchildren; and two sisters in law, Ramona Shireman of Dubuque and Alberta "Babe" Lahey of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her infant grandson; five sisters; and four brothers. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marcella C. Jaeger Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.

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



Susan Elizabeth Curtis


Susan Elizabeth Curtis, 46, ended her thirty-month struggle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at her parents' home in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Rev. Ardel Barta officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Susan was born in Dubuque on August 21, 1971 to John Taylor Curtis and Judith (Grab) Curtis. She graduated from Wahelrt High School in 1989 and from Loras College in 1993 with a B.A. in Speech Communication. She spent most of her adult life in Chicago where she worked as an office manager for several large corporations, most recently for Merisant Worldwide.

Susan loved socializing with her many friends, planning and organizing events, traveling, going to the beach, reading, following the Cubs and the Packers, and being with her beloved Golden Retriever, Dexter.

Susan is survived by her parents, John and Judith of Dubuque; her sister, Sara Curtis Schumacher, and her niece Nora Schumacher, both of Appleton, Wisconsin; aunts Janet (Jerry) Swafford, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Jackie (Randy) Burke, of Marion, Iowa, and Barbara McDonnell, of Champagne, Illinois; cousins Stacey and Brad Burke; and very special friends who assisted her during her illness: Madelin, Kristen, Patti, Anne, Katina, Kari, Liz, Peggy, Karla, Isabelle and several others.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her uncle, Robert Curtis.

The family would like to thank the wonderful team at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, Kristen, Elizabeth, Amy, Suzanne, and Jessica, as well as Dr. Mark Liaboe of Grand River Medical Group, for their care during Susan's final days. A special thank you, too, to everyone at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois, who treated and cared for Susan during her long illness.

Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Dubquue, Loras College, or CTCA Midwestern Regional Center, 2520 Elisha Ave., Zion, IL 60099.



Kathryn N. Schilling


Kathryn N. "Kay" Schilling, 74, of Colesburg passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A private family Memorial Service will be held. Burial in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Colesburg.

Kay was born June 24, 1944, in Elkader, Iowa the daughter of Azel and Norma (Warner) Pratt. She graduated from Central High School in Elkader. She married John Schilling on November 21, 1963, in Elkader. Together they farmed near Colesburg. When they retired, Kay worked at Products Unlimited in Guttenburg.

Kay enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and her flower beds, reading, and driving around with John. She also enjoyed her morning coffee group and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandkids as the cookie jar was never empty.

Survivors include her husband, John, 4 children: Lisa (Steve) Kroeger of Petersburg, Linda (fiancé Dean Dempster) Schaul of Delhi, Julie (Duane) Staner and Mark (Melissa) Schilling, all of Colesburg; 10 grandchildren: Chris (Jenna Simon) Kroeger, Jessica (Brian) Stover, Nikki ( friend Brock Berto) Kroeger, Cassidy (friend Riley Walter) Schaul, Hayley Schaul, Rick Schilling, Kelly (friend Justin Curtis) Staner, Austin Staner, Mason and Makayla Schilling; 2 great grandchildren: Carter and Owen Stover; in-laws: Sharon Pratt of Waukon, Harold (Alice) Schilling of Colesburg, Mary (Joe) Goebel of Luxemburg and Diane Schilling of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: twin brothers that died in infancy, Ray Pratt and Anna Marie Butikofer and a brother-in-law, James Schilling.

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



Grace V. Vondran


Grace V. Vondran, age 89, of Potosi, WI, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler, WI. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born on October 4, 1928, in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Michael and Barbara (Riley) Kirchberg.

Grace was born in rural Wisconsin and she would happily call the rolling hills of the Badger State home for her entire life. She was united in marriage to Robert Vondran, and together they would settle in Potosi to raise their 10 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on May 30, 2014. Grace was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, who, to everyone's delight, had a passion for cooking and was excellent at creating a wide variety of wonderful dishes. She was a caring mother and was quite proud of her ability to make sure all of the children were well taken care of, always making sure each knew how loved they were. Grace was a straight-shooter and you never had to guess how she felt about any subject, whether you were on her side or not. In her free time, Grace loved to get in the car and head out for a "Sunday drive", no matter what day of the week it was, and her happiest destinations were the ones that led to visiting with family and friends. She also enjoyed years of a little down time listening to Betty Thomas on the radio. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our kind mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will surely miss her more than words can convey; but we are also grateful for the 89 years we had to spend with her and the memories we created which will last a lifetime.

Those left to cherish Grace's memory include

her 10 children,
Daria Vondran, Potosi, WI,
Robert (Tina) Vondran, Monticello, IA,
Debra (Dennis) Byrnes, Bettendorf, IA,
Dennis Vondran, Platteville, WI,
Doug Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Vondran, Cuba City, WI,
Donna Hessling, Dickeyville, WI,
Doris Vondran, Cuba City, WI
and Denise Vondran, Cuba City, WI;

11 grandchildren,
Scott Bradley, Andrew (Sarah) Bradley, Heather (Scott) Byrnes Isley, Brendan Byrnes, Catherine Byrnes, Joshua (Dominque) Vondran, Zachary (Lindsey) Vondran, Randi Lynn (Adam) Berning, Nathaniel Vondran, Isaih Hessling and Rachel Hessling;

6 great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn, Tytus and Baryn Vondran, Persephone Berning, Chloe Isabel Isley and Haven Victoria Vondran;

and her sisters,
June (Ray) Owens, Madison, WI
and Rita (Glenn) Hansen, Bellevue, IA.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Vondran; a grandson, Chad Michael Vondran; a daughter-in-law, Vikki Vondran; and a sister, Edna (Orrin) Lenstra.

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

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



Jerome J. Meyer Sr.


Jerome J. "Jerry" Meyer Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of service at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born on August 6, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Bart and Lucy (Tench) Meyer.

Jerry grew up in Dubuque's North End and graduated from Senior High School in 1953. He joined the Navy in hopes of seeing the world, and eventually was stationed in Lake Michigan, where he met his future wife, Anita. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, especially his trips to Wyoming with "the guys". Later, he gave up hunting and took up golfing, sometimes playing seven days a week. On August 17, 1957, he married Anita Elaine Kubitz, and they were married for over 50 years, raising 4 children together. Jerry was proud of the fact that he worked at "The Pack" for 38 years, especially in the "good ol' days", when it was a great place to work, having spent a majority of the time in the beef cooler or freezer. Jerry had been active in the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth degree Knight. In more recent years, he was a member and helped out at the local Moose Lodge Family Center, especially when his friend, Gordy Neumann, was tending bar or putting on a meal. Jerry and Anita traveled widely, often with their good friends, Gordon and Rosemary Neumann and Bob and Bobby Rogan, having visited too many places to list! In addition to the many other friends they made along the way. After they both retired, Jerry and Anita became "snowbirds", following Anita's brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Wanda Kubitz, down south to Florida. The warmer weather agreed with Jerry and after Anita passed away in 2008, he moved to Florida full-time, where his circle of friends continued to grow. In recent years Jerry started going for morning walks and doing crossword puzzles, staying healthy and keeping his mind sharp, and also took up reading thriller novels. In Florida, he was active in the Loyal Order of Moose and the VFW. In recent months, Jerry returned to his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, where he enjoyed the best Midwestern steaks, Iowa cut pork chops, sweet corn and garden fresh tomatoes. He was fortunate enough to enjoy a few Maker's Mark Manhattans and to say goodbye to friends and family.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include

his children,
Jerome J. Meyer Jr.,
William T. Meyer,
Jolene A. (Emmett) Young
and Keith R. Meyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Jason (Stacy) Meyer, Bart (Katie) Meyer, Jessica Young and Christopher Young;

3 great-great grandchildren,
Wesley, Elayne and Quinn Meyer;

his siblings,
Teresa Pluym, Dubuque, IA,
Robert "Bob" (Joyce) Meyer, Maron, MO
and John (Marian) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Debbie Meyer, East Dubuque, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

In death, Jerry is reunited with his parents; his loving wife, Anita Meyer; 3 sisters, Eileen (Richard) Breese, Alice (George) Mootz and Armella (Cyril) Grassel; a brother, Mark "Bud" Meyer; and a brother-in-law, Richard Pluym.

Jerry, and his family, would also like to give a very special thanks to the nurses at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, Stephanie and Stacy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted and donated to Jerry's favorite charities.

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



Monica L. Morse


Monica Louise Morse was born 5th to Marjorie & Cleve Morse in Cedar Rapids Iowa on August 16, 1979. Monica came with a zest for life. Early years had lots of hospital time for Monica. Marjorie especially dedicated her life to trying to keep Monica safe. Monica on the other hand spent her life trying to do as much as possible and safe wasn't her priority. Monica graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, May, 1999. She loved to travel and it didn't matter if it was by car, plane, boat or her two feet she wanted to go. Monica loved the water and learned to swim at an early age. She tackled water slides, but she wanted to jump off diving boards. Monica had NO depth of field. So the board length, width, bounce of the board and her mom yelling she could NOT do it had always kept her from jumping. However, her nephew Andrew helped her overcome that challenge by standing on the side of the pool giving directions. He also had to yell at the other kids who wanted her to hurry up. She was ecstatic and after practicing with him as coach was able to do it without the coach. Monica had many pets: goats, rabbits, hamsters and dogs, however she was a cat person and Monique was her cat of choice for over 15 years. Monica loved projects and power tools. Screw guns were one of her favorite way to fix things. Monica enjoyed many things but helping in Kindergarten Sabbath School class, holding babies, saying scriptures with Rebekah and listening to Elvis.

Monica was pronounced dead on July 27th, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals. She went into St Luke's hospital Wednesday morning the 25th and by the time she got to Iowa City she was not responding neurologically. She touched many people's lives while she was alive and will continue to touch others with donated organs & tissue. Her death was caused by problems with the fluid in the brain. Monica had been born with Hydrocephalus in conjunction with Dandy-Walker syndrome. She had shunts that originally drained the fluid over time the shunts stopped working with what appeared no change in Monica. However, fluid was building up and it became too much.

At the Celebration of Life done July 30th words that people wrote to share with us were: Never saw her without a smile, always willing to help, caring, spitfire, kept her word, courageous, funny, passionate, friendly, always count on her to help me move things- she was so strong.

Monica is survived by Julie Morse Cedar Rapids, Iowa Rebekah (Clayton) Morse Cleburne Texas, Dave (Jen) Morse Marion Iowa, Donald Morse Midland Texas. Nephews Andrew & DeMarcus Stokes, Brandon & Dylan Morse. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and many very special friends.

Her parents Marjorie and Cleve proceeded in her death.

Family would like to thank the staff from Systems Unlimited for all their hard work with Monica over the last several years as Monica wanted to spread her wings and stop living at home.

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

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



Dianne M. Smith


Dianne M. Smith, 72, of Bloomfield, Iowa formerly of Hiawatha, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 2, 2018 at 7:40 a.m. at the Davis Center in Bloomfield, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dianne may call after 9:00 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dianne was born April 14, 1946 in Lancaster, WI, daughter of Frank and Margaret Heilman. On June 2, 1973 she was united in marriage to Leo Smith at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2005. She was employed as a CNA for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie Studnicka of Prairie Du Chein, WI; six sisters-in-law, Annette (Donald) Even of Worthington, IA, Ann (Steve) Lansing of Rochester, MN, Carleen (Bruce) Rehmke of Peosta, IA, Anita (Tom) Gleason and Margaret Smith both of Cascade, IA; and a brother-in-law, Donald Takes of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Steinhof; three sisters-in-law, Ruby Smith, Mary Ann Weber and Aileen "Teene" Takes; two brothers-in-law, Thomas and Jim Smith; one niece, Julie Even.

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



Kenneth D. Vorwald

Kenneth D. Vorwald, 87, of New Vienna, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018, at his home.

Visitation will be held 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Ken was born January 25, 1931 in New Vienna, the son of George and Clara (Klostermann) Heying Vorwald. He married Bernice Hermsen on January 9, 1965 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna.

Ken loved all sports, his favorite teams were the White Sox, Celtics and the Detroit Lions. He liked New Vienna softball, and in his later years he enjoyed golfing and making new friends.

Ken was a high school basketball coach for St. Boniface High School and was very successful at it. He was instrumental in starting the Heritage House, the history of the area was very important to him. He was a life-long farmer and he was proud of his heritage farm. He loved his wife and son very much and his special dog Molly.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, son, Kevin Vorwald of New Vienna, siblings: Alice (Jim) Oberbroeckling of Coggon, in-laws: Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Edgewood, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Gladys (Harry) Burkle of Dyersville, Diane Hermsen and Art Hermsen both of New Vienna and Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Gregor and Anna (Klostermann) Hermsen, half-sister, Bernice Reagan, three half-brothers; Arthur, Louis and Walter Heying, in-laws: Tom Deutmeyer, Harold Hermsen, Helen (Eldon) Gaul and Joyce Hermsen.

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



Minnetta Fortner


Minnetta "Nettie" Fortner, 96, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 6, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Nettie was born May 2, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of George "Pat" and Minnie (Jonas) Avenarius. She attended Dubuque Public Schools, and married Charles "Bob" Fortner on August 9, 1947 at General Grant's home in Galena, IL. He preceded her in death in 1996. 

Nettie was very active with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, serving as Past President of REAC. She was a lifetime member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. She volunteered as a Foster Grandparent at Fulton School and Young-Uns Daycare.

Nettie enjoyed shopping, playing cards, going out to eat, talking on the phone with her sisters, and taking walks with her daughter. She loved to visit her granddaughter in Phoenix, AZ, and enjoyed playing with all her great grandchildren. 

Nettie is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Bob) Friedman; her grandchildren, Rob C. (Sarah) Friedman and Lisa (Jason) Steines; her great grandchildren, Wil and Wesley Friedman, and Lily and Hunter Steines; her sister, Nina Jurisic; special nieces Janeane Lee, June Crimmins, and Diane Lyons; and special nephew Gene Jurisic. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Harold "Cyril", Milton, Gerald, Norman, and Eldon Avenarius; and her sisters Mona "Sis" Fens and Delaine Vogt.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Finley Pain Clinic for their care of Nettie.

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



Robert P. Takes


Robert P. Takes, 84, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bob may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born January 8, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Paul and Sybil K. (Davis) Takes. He received his education in the former St. Martin's school in Cascade. On May 26, 1955 he was united in marriage to Rita Sadler at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was employed at Cascade Lumber and Mfg. in Cascade for 53 years. During his retirement Bob drove for the Monastery delivering caskets. Bob was a very social, caring, genuine, hard working and selfless person.
He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa, a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. Bob was the President of the following: Tri-State Historical Society, JC's, Library Board, Aquin School Board, St. Martin's School Board and the Aquin Booster Club. Bob was a dedicated life-long Chicago Bears fan.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Takes of Cascade, IA; four children, Cliff (Kathy) Takes of Anamosa, IA, Diane (Don) Stephenson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Steve Takes of Mount Vernon, IA, A.J. (& girlfriend, Lori) Takes of Cascade, IA; 4 grandchildren, Chelsea, Brittany, Robbie and Shae; 2 great grandchildren, Braylen and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jason Stephenson in 2005; one daughter-in-law, Chris Takes in 2009.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Cascade Historical Society in memory of Robert P. Takes.

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



Jayne Marie Walker (Link)


"If there ever comes a day where we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever."

Jayne Marie Walker (Link), 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on December 17, 2017, surrounded by family.

A memorial mass to celebrate Jayne's life will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Wherever Jayne "GG" went, she always had on something purple and her favorite purple glasses, so to honor that, the family requests that those who attend the memorial also wear something purple. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

A native of Dubuque, Jayne was born on September 16,1924, to John B Link and Elva J Roberts. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942 and married her husband, the late Robert (Bob) Edward Walker, on July 13, 1946, thereafter becoming a proud firefighter wife and mother of three.

Jayne had an unwaveringly strong faith and for many years walked to daily morning mass through sun, snow or rain. Close to her favorite chair you would always find her daily prayer book, the morning newspaper, and a crossword puzzle book or two. During evenings you would often find her visiting with family and friends - cooking delicious homemade meals, laughing and telling stories, and enjoying a nice chilled glass of Rhine wine. Family came first, and Jayne raised her children to be humble, hardworking, appreciative individuals, traits passed down to future generations, though she did love to spoil her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether friend or family, Jayne welcomed all into her home and made sure you were comfortable, well-fed and never thirsty.

She is survived by children Robert (Maureen) Walker, John (Donna) Walker, and Sher Rice; grandchildren Amy (Brad) Kraft, Erin (Ben) Gardner, Sierra (Nathanael) Powell, Eric (Laurie) Miller, and Nathan (Laura) Miller; and great grandchildren Hannah and Sarah Kraft, Ella and Walker Gardner, Benjamin Powell, Ayden, Connor and Tierney Miller, and Alyvia, Aubrey and Nathan Miller, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Jim Link; sister-in-law Marlyn Link; and son-in-law, John Rice.

Jayne was always well cared for, and her family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center, as well as Dr. Kirkendall and Nurse Kate for their dedication and compassion towards Jayne through recent years and her final days.

Affectionately nicknamed "GG" by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jayne will be dearly missed, but continually celebrated for her unshaking, genuine love and concern for all of those close to her heart.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to Hospice of Dubuque.



Judy A. Brown


Judy A. Brown, 76, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Judy's life will be held at 2 P.M., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. 

Judy Amanda Eye was born on January 28, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Clifford Edward and Faye Arlene (Moore) Eye. She grew up in Maquoketa and married James Lee Brown on November 12, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Judy had worked at Collis Company in Clinton, Iowa as a machine operator for 22 years until retirement. She enjoyed puzzles, camping, reading, taking walks, crocheting, going on trips, and relaxing on her swing. She was very devoted to her family.

Those left to honor Judy's memory include her husband, James "Jim" Brown of Delmar, IA; sons, Dwayne Brown of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael Brown of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Peggy Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Brian Keeney of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Larry and William "Bill" Eye, a daughter Pamela Lynn Keeney, and a granddaughter Alexandra Michelle Brown.

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



Jane Ellen (Turner) Kouba


Jane Ellen (Turner) Kouba, 72, of Dubuque died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held Thursday August 2,2018 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.

Jane was born September 13, 1945 in Aurora, Ill., daughter of Harry and Sylvia (Klaub) Turner. On January 15, 1998 she married Steven Bruse in Dubuque.

Jane was passionate about music and she sang, played the piano and viola. She loved her family, reading, gardening, and storytelling. She loved having fun and making people laugh. She received her BA in contemporary literature from the University of Dubuque. For the past 20 plus years she was the pianist for Summit Congregational UCC.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Bruse; three children, Peter Schilling, Charles (Kimberly) Schilling and Mark Yamashita, her sister Mary (George) Cayro, three step children, Cherie (Don) Regan, Kelly (Rob) Liddle, and Shanon (Christy) Bruse; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. J. Robert Turner and Charles Turner.

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

A Jane Kouba memorial fund has been established. 
Thanks to all her amazing support systems: family, church, medical, and friends.



Robert Phillips Stokesberry


Robert Phillips "Bob" Stokesberry, 82, of Otter Creek, Iowa passed away Monday July 30, 2018.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, Otter Creek with Fr. Austin Wilker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on October 29, 1935 in Dubuque the son of Chris and Mary (Phillips) Stokesberry. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1953 and entered the US Army in December of 1954. He served in the 82nd Air born until Sept. 1956. On November 26, 1960 he married JoAnn Even at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque. He farmed up until 1969 when he became a meat inspector for the US Department of Agriculture until his retirement in January of 1995. He was a member of the American Legion Post #528 in Cascade and served as Sargent of Arms.

He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, riding his Gold Wing, and helping care for the church cemetery. Some of his greatest pleasures were attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn a daughter Susan Siegwarth, a son in law Doug Biehl, grandchildren Johnny and Lexie Biehl, and Jed and Marcus Siegwarth.

He was preceded in death by a son Chris on July 7, 1987, a daughter Cheryl on January 18, 2014, his parents Chris and Mary, and a sister Mary Clare Stokesberry.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to the Saint Lawrence Cemetery Fund.

 



Alfred J. Kerkenbush


Alfred J. Kerkenbush, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:50 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Al's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Thomas J. McDermott officiating. To celebrate Al's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Al was born on May 15, 1925, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, son of William L. and Adeline (Meoska) Kerkenbush.

Alfred Kerkenbush died peacefully with his brother, Roger, by his side . He was a fiercely loyal man deeply dedicated to his family and Catholic faith. Coming from modest beginnings, the eldest boy in a family of 7 hailing from Tennyson, Wisconsin. He answered his call to service in World War II as a member of the U.S Navy. He then met and married Erma Margan, his devoted and loving wife of 63 years before her passing in 2010. Al and Erma had 7 children together (Shirley, Tommy, Patty, Denise, Donna, Julie and Sarah). While Tommy passed in his infancy, the six girls grew to be beautiful adults, each with families of their own totaling 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Al's daughters and other family members were in Dubuque when he passed. He worked at the Dubuque Packing House, retiring after over 40 years of service. He enjoyed time on and near the Mississippi whether it was helping to build and maintain The Margan Family Cottage, driving his speedboat, teaching all his girls to water ski or fishing on her shores. He lived in Dubuque for 70 years, spending most of those, raising his family on Levi Street where he enjoyed time outside feeding and watching the birds, in his workshop and doing projects around the house. He was an avid CUBS fan! He was often heard, especially in his later years, expressing deep gratitude for all the gifts God bestowed upon him. He is so deeply loved by so many. He was truly the rock upon which his family was built. He will be dearly missed. His family will forever be grateful for his love as that was one thing that never wavered as life presented its many challenges. Rest In Peace Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Uncle. We love and thank you.

Those left to cherish Al's memory include

his 6 daughters,
Shirley (John) Copeland, Sumter, SC,
Patricia "Patti Jo" Hodge, Akron, OH,
Denise (David) Parochetti, LeClaire, IA,
Donna (Michael) O'Brien, McHenry, IL,
Julie Stumpf, Iowa City, IA
and Sara (Eric) Fisher, Ridgecrest, CA;

11 grandchildren,
Laura Bellcase, Craig (Kristin) Parisot, Rachel Stumpf, Calla (Matt) Parochetti-Poulter, Kyle Parochetti, Alyssa (Brian) Jones, Megan Hodge, Aaron and Alex O'Brien, and Ivan and Shane Fisher;

6 great-grandchildren,
Leah, Jake, Jackson, Conner, Avery and Cora;

and his siblings,
Roger (Frankie) Kerkenbush, Monroe, MI
and Marie Capesius, Key West, IA.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Erma Kerkenbush; a son, Thomas "Tommy" Kerkenbush; a granddaughter, Samantha Stumpf; 3 sisters, Virginia "Ginny" (Jim) Droessler, Eileen (Harlan) Droeszler and Betty (Calvin) Lindecker; a brother, Gerald "Gerry" Kerkenbush; and a brother-in-law, Paul Capesius.

Al's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Eagle Point Place, for all of their wonderful care and support during these difficult days.

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

 



Sharon E. Lason


Sharon E. Lason, 77, Dubuque, IA, formerly Twin Cities, MN passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 11:51p.m. in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass.

Sharon was born on June 13, 1941 in Port Crane, NY to William and Edna (Kinney) Moslin. She earned her LPN at the age of 40 and went on to get her associates degree in Nursing to become an RN.

She married Edward Lason in 1959, they later divorced in 1974.

Sharon worked several places as an RN with many diverse roles. One of the most memorable was as a correctional/jail nurse.

She became a Master Gardner at the age of 75 in Dubuque County. Sharon was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was a member of St. Anthony Church in Dubuque.

Sharon was an avid gardener, especially herbs and flowers. Sharon loved animals, especially her beloved Duke and all of the hummingbirds that would visit her gardens. She was a volunteer at the humane society in Dubuque. Sharon's other passion was shopping and browsing for great deals. She would often shop with her partner in crime, and beloved friend Faye Herrig. Sharon travelled back to New York and enjoyed visiting her family there. She enjoyed visiting with her sister Mavis and eating a great meal on the river together.

She is survived by her children, Michelle Lason, of Carver, MN, Jon (Claire) Lason, of Detroit Lakes, MN, Phil Lason, of Maplewood, MN, Tim (Ana) LaSonne, of St. Paul, MN, Kristen (Darren) Heimbuch, of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren: Jacob (Crystal) LaPlante, Nadine (Ryan) Hayes, Amanda King, Vanessa (Dan) Schultz, Brianna (David) Lason, Eyan (Lauren) Lason, Casey Lason, Alicia (Kiel) Lason, Katie LaSonne, Natalie LaSonne, Kimberly LaSonne, Logan LaSonne, Katherine Heimbuch, and Mary Heimbuch. Great Grandchildren: Pierce LaPlante, Jonas Wik, Angelo King, Alyssa Weierke, Annastasia King, Simon Schultz, Jack Bistodeau, and Khole Bistodeau. One sister Mavis Olenski of Melbourne, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Alice Vargo and Betty Jenks; brothers; Andy Maslin, William (Billy) Maslin, and David Maslin.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ron Schope, Dr. Greg White, Ennoble Staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, as well as the many care givers from the healthcare institutions around Dubuque.



Ruth A. Goffinet


Ruth A. Goffinet, 77, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on October 15, 1940, in Benton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Veronica (Hoppenjan) Baxter. She graduated from Benton High School in 1958. Ruth married Donald Goffinet on April 29, 1961, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton. He proceeded her in death on May 6, 2003. She worked at Dunn & Bradstreet in Dubuque from 1958 to 1962 and then at Benton State Bank until 2004 when she retired.

Ruth was a member of the Council of Catholic Women at St. Patrick's Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were her greatest joy.

Survivors include her daughter, Jo "Jodi" Goffinet, of Madison; her sons, Gerald (Greta) Goffinet, of Green Bay, and James Goffinet, of Benton; a brother, Joseph "Mick" (Mary Jane) Baxter, of Benton; and five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Emilee and Madison Goffinet, of Green Bay, and Kelsie and Bradley Goffinet, of Benton.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Kathleen Parker.

A Ruth A. Goffinet Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Dorothy M. Heim


Dorothy M. Heim, 84, of 10140 Key West Drive, Dubuque, died July 27, 2018 in her home.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3rd at St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Pilot Knob Cemetery, rural Galena, Illinois. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on October 10, 1933, in Mechanicsville, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Pauline (Spencer) Sheber. She married Clifford J. Heim on August 4, 1956 in Immaculate Conception church in Cedar Rapids, and they lived in Dubuque from then on.

Dorothy graduated from Lisbon High School, Lisbon, Iowa in 1951. She worked at Insurance Companies and Turner Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids. After marriage she was a "stay at home" mom for 19 years, then worked in Admitting at Xavier Hospital for seven years and Nursing Service at Mercy Medical Center for 12 years.

Dorothy loved working on her genealogy, reading, arts and crafts, crocheting, quilting and traveling on vacations with her daughter, Jane, and her sister, Mary, and niece Debbie Hagerty, many of them doing genealogy. A high point was standing before the very altar her great great great grandparents were married in 1796 in the Parish Church of Llanelian in the County of Anglessey in Wales.

Surviving are her husband Cliff; three daughters, Mary Catherine (Rob) Blok, of Sumter, South Carolina, Jane Heim, of Boise, Idaho, Sara (Jeff) Levin, of Armada, Michigan; two sons David Heim, of Carpenterville, Illinois, and Paul Heim, of Boise, Idaho. 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary (Fred) Thielen, of Bellevue, and a brother, Robert (Karen) Sheber, of Guttenberg; a sister-in-law, Charlotte (Charles) Ronek, of New Vienna, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Mark Heim, two brothers, Edward S. Sheber and William Sheber, and a sister, JoAnn Robinson.

Mom fought a courageous battle with cancer and died as gracefully as she lived. She was surrounded by family members as she left this life. She will be truly missed by all of us who love her so dearly.

Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to both Mercy Homecare and especially Hospice of Dubuque who have guided us through this difficult journey.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Dorothy Heim's name.

You may leave online condolences at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



William F. Skemp


William F. (Bill) Skemp, 79, of Dubuque, IA, died Saturday July 28, 2018 at home from natural causes. Services will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Resurrection Church, with Father Gibbs officiating. Private Family Burial Services will be at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Church, 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a scripture wake service at 6:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Bill was born June 21, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Frederick and Marie (Reinker) Skemp.  He married Patricia Leonard on August 14, 1965 at St. Joseph's Church, Elkader, IA. Bill graduated from Holy Trinity Grade School (1953), Loras Academy (1957) and Loras College (1961). He attained his CPA certificate in 1963 while working as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Chicago. He returned to Dubuque in 1964 to be an accountant with Telegraph Herald/Woodward Communications.

In April of 1955 Bill became a newspaper carrier for Telegraph Herald. With the exception of his time with Price Waterhouse, he was associated with Telegraph Herald/Woodward Communications until May of 2012. During that 59 year span he was a carrier, circulation clerk, sports reporter, accountant, Treasurer, President/COO, Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair/CEO, and Board member. 

Bill believed in giving back to the community. He served on the boards of a number of non-profit and charitable organizations during his career. He was active on the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States for many years, serving on a number of committees as well as being chair of the Board of Trustees. He also served on the following boards: Dubuque Museum of Art (Treasurer); Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (President); Greater Dubuque Development Corporation (Chair); Loras College National Alumni Board; Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden; Junior Achievement of the Tri-States; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Little Cloud Girl Scouts Council (Treasurer).  

Bill was most grateful for the education he received at Loras College. In addition to his service on the Loras National Alumni Board, Bill worked on the "Dubuque Appeal" and served as chair or co-chair of that fund raising effort on two occasions. He enjoyed meeting with the Loras presidents on a regular basis to discuss Loras and its future.  Bill was also active with other classmates in organizing the reunions for his Loras Academy class of 1957 every five years. Bill's role was to keep track of addresses and to send out mailing and emails.

Surviving are his wife Patricia; two sons, Dan (Shelley) Skemp of North Liberty, IA and Steve (Kathy) Skemp of Asbury, IA; a daughter, Kathleen (Curt) Zimmermann of Meridianville, AL; a sister-in-law, Jo Ellen Leonard of Wilmington, NC; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Haley and Abbie Skemp; Roark and Natalie Skemp; and Claire and Leo Zimmerman. He is also survived by a brother Fred (Dianne) Skemp of Dubuque; four sisters, Mary Ann (Norm) Hoerstmann of rural Hazel Green, WI, Janet (Jim) Neyens of Cedar Park, TX, Jean (Paul) Wienecke of Milton, PA and Dianne (Tom) Bradley of Montgomery, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers in infancy, James and John, and a brother Tom. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Loras College, The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra or other charities Bill was involved with.

 

 



Arthur W. Imbus


Arthur W. "Art" Imbus, 78, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, surrounded by his wife and family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, with military honors accorded by members of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Church. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Art was born on March 3, 1940 near Menominee, the son of Henry and Mary (Vogt) Imbus. He was united in marriage to Diane Weed on September 20, 1975 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Art served in the Army in the Panama Canal Zone.

He was employed at St. Regis Paper Co., Georgia Pacific, and later Colorbox from where he retired after 35 years of service. Art enjoyed playing a good game of Euchre and playing Euchre on the computer, trips to the Dog Track, listening to Elvis and was currently Chaplain of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787. He served for many years on the Funeral Honors Detail. A member of Nativity BVM Parish and a former member of United Steel Workers Local # 1861.

Surviving is his wife Diane; his siblings, Mary Agnes Melssen of Potosi, WI, Herb Imbus of Menominee, Bob (Marian) Imbus of Luana, IA, Don (Rose) Imbus of Menominee, Doris (Bob) Watkins of Springfield, MO, Jim (fiancée, Nancy Miller) Imbus of Menominee, Joyce (Pat) Powers of Dubuque, IA, Dan (Linda) Imbus of Menominee, and Nancy Roepke of East Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary and a brother Gerald "Jerry" Imbus.

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



Sr. Mary Enid Lodding


Sister Mary Enid Lodding, BVM (Enid), 91, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died on Friday, July 27, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel.  Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Enid was an elementary teacher in Muscatine, Davenport and Iowa City, Iowa, where she also served as a pastoral minister at the Catholic Student Center.  She taught in elementary schools in Chicago, Rock Island, and East Moline, Ill.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Seattle, Wash.; and Portland, Ore.  She was a pastorate associate in Arlington Heights, Ill., and the director of religious education in Addison, Ill.

She was born in Chicago on March 14, 1927, to Edward and Lillian Lenick Lodding. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1944, from St. Joseph Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Lillian Kissane and Loretta Cassidy. She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

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

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

 



Edward V. Egan


Edward V. Egan, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:08 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ed's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Ed's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on June 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward L. and Hope (Dolan) Egan.

Ed was a proud life-long Dubuquer, who honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. He was a hard-working and committed employee who earnestly put his talents to use with the City of Dubuque as a Surveyor Chief for over 30 years, until his well earned retirement had finally arrived. Ed gratefully found the love of his life, Alice O'Brien, and made her his bride, on October 22, 1955, at St. Patrick's Church. Their union was truly blessed with 62 wonderful years together, and 6 adored children. Ed and Alice were always very active and could often be seen out and about taking relaxing walks or hikes with their beloved 4 legged friends. He was also quite an outdoorsman; never passing up the opportunity to spend the day hunting for a trophy buck, casting a line in hopes of catching a keeper, or simply taking a ride on his bicycle in search of a little serenity. Ed was a very patriotic man who always enjoyed getting together with his friends, and fellow comrades, at the American Legion to swap stories and shuffle a few hands of cards. He was also a voracious reader who continually delighted in sharing the knowledge he had obtained with family and friends. His faith was an important aspect of Ed's life also and he was a faithful and active member of St. Anthony's Church for many years. Above all though, Ed's family meant the world to him and spending time with Alice, the children, and the grandchildren, brought him more joy to his heart than all of his other activities combined. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a great man, and the patriarch of our family, but find some comfort in the fact that he is now at peace, free of the physical ailments which have plagued him these past few months while unfortunately keeping him from doing many of the things he enjoyed so much. We love you Ed, we will miss you, and now definitely look forward to the day we will be reunited again in our Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Ed's memory include

his loving wife,
Alice Egan, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Anne Powell, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Karin) Egan, Park Ridge, IL,
Karen Egan, Dubuque, IA
and Brian Egan, Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Shanna Powell, Matthew Egan, Bradford Egan and Gregory Egan;

5 great-grandchildren,
Madeleine, Oliver, Sage, Niya and Willow Powell;

2 great great-grandchildren,
Alyza and Lilyanna Powell;

and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; twin girls in infancy; a sister, Anna Mae Egan; and 2 brothers, Pat and Glenn Egan.

Ed's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support.

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

 



Michael A. McDermott


Michael A. McDermott, 86, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully at his daughter Julie Urbain's home in Farley, on July 29, 2018.

Friends and relatives of Mike may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the funeral home.=

Mass of Christian burial for Mike will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Phil Kruse presiding and his brother, Rev. Joseph McDermott SVD, concelebrating and full military honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. Burial will be held at a later date.

He was born September 14, 1931 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Ambrose and Ruth (White) McDermott. He received his education from Bankston and graduated from Divine Word High School in Epworth, IA. Mike served in the United States Marine Corp with the First Amphibious Battalion - First Marine Division during the Korean War.

On September 13, 1955 he was united in marriage to Lois J. McQuillen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2001. Mike worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for 19 years, and drove School Bus for Western Dubuque Schools. Mike and Lois opened the Bobcat Drive-In, in Epworth in 1973.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA, Epworth American Legion John White Post #650 and the Epworth Fire Department.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Patricia) McDermott of Morrison CO, Gerald (Jolene) McDermott of Castle Rock CO; and two daughters, Julie (Mark) Urbain of Farley IA and Jodi (Mark) Naig of Waterloo WI; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Bea (Richard) Soens of Dubuque; three brothers, Rev Joseph McDermott and Patrick (Patricia) McDermott both of Epworth, and Linus (Shirley) McDermott of Cascade; six sister-in-laws, Dorothy McDermott of Menominee IL, Maureen McDermott of Manchester MO, Joann Delany of Cascade, Carol Houtaker of Benton WI, Judy McQuillen of Dyersville, Sharon (Joe) McAuillife of Epworth; four brother-in-laws, David Raab, Jim (Shelia) McQuillen, Tom (Joyce) McQuillen of Omaha NB and Joe (Corrine) McQuillen of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, daughter Joni McDermott, his parents Ambrose and Ruth McDermott and his father and mother in-laws Joe and Hazel McQuillen. Also preceding Mike in death were four brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Tony, and Chuck McDermott; three sisters, Mary Joan Ernst, Helen Ann Kramer and Frances Raab; six brother-in-laws, Jim Ernst, Don Kramer, Richard and Patrick McQuillen, Frank Delany, John Houtaker; and three sister-in-laws, Erica McDermott, Dorothy and Joyce McQuillen.

The McDermott family wants to say a special thank-you to the McDermott and McQuillen families (especially Rev. Joseph McDermott), friends, and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Edna "Nancy").

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



Gerald A. Anstoetter


Gerald A. "Jerry" Anstoetter, 89, of Farley, Iowa passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 27th, 2018.
Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., the Farley Volunteer Fire Department will meet in a body at 6:00 p.m., the Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:45 p.m., the Farley American Legion Post #656 services will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001 rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, July 31st at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley with his grandson, Rev. Don Anstoetter presiding and Rev. Phil Kruse concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Jerry was born on December 3, 1928, in Farley, Iowa, son to Ben and Lydia (Kramer) Anstoetter. Jerry attended East Scott School #6 in rural Farley through eighth grade. He attended St. Joseph's High School and later completed his GED while in the service. Jerry was united in marriage to Mary Eileen "Monie" Blazek on June 22, 1957 at Sacred Heart Church in Reilly Ridge, Iowa.

Following his time at St. Joseph's, he hauled cream, baled hay, and worked for farmers in the Farley area. He served in the Korean War from 1950-1954 as a heavy equipment operator building runways for the Air Force. When he returned home from Korea, he worked construction for Conlon and later worked for Merle Tobin Construction. In 1966, Jerry bought into Tobin Construction and in 1970 he began Anstoetter Construction. In 1992, he sold the business to his son, but continued to stay active in the construction scene up until the day he died.

Jerry was very involved in the community of Farley throughout his life. He served as one of the original Farley Park Board members, a member of St. Joseph's Parish, the Farley Fire Department, St. Joseph's Parish Council, a member of the Farley City Council, and a member of the American Legion Post #656 and Knights of Columbus Council #2001. While being active with the Legion, he was instrumental in implementing the Avenue of the Flags at St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery. Jerry enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Monie, three children: Tom (Margaret) of St. Louis, Mo., Dick (Bev) of Farley, and Julie (Luke) Merfeld of Peosta, IA; twelve grandchildren: Emily (Tim Schmalz) Anstoetter, Mary (Mark) Decker, Fr. Don Anstoetter, Doug Anstoetter, Nick (Emily) Knepper, Katie (Adam) Moltzan, Robbie (Lauren) Anstoetter, Tony (Maria Brown) Anstoetter, Erica (Damien) Fries, Kelsey, Brynn, and Gabrielle Merfeld; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings: John (Joan) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA, Mildred Koehler of Decatur, IL; sisters-in-law: Janann (Ken) Krapfl of Monticello, IA, Shirley (Clete) Maiers of Dubuque, and Sherry Blazek of New Hampton, IA and brother-in-law Jack (Diane) Blazek of Lawler, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Lydia and in-laws Tony and Mildred Blazek, brothers Charles, Bernard, and Donald, sisters, Marian (John) Bell, Esther (Fran) Joyce, Sister Marirose Anstoetter RSM, Alice (Gene) Wieser; sisters-in-law, Caroline Anstoetter, Vi Anstoetter, Doris Anstoetter, brothers-in-law, Mike Blazek, and three children in infancy; Linda, Michael, and William.

A Gerald A. Anstoetter memorial fund has been established

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



John J. Hazer


John Joseph Hazer, 44, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa from Congestive Heart Failure under the care of Hospice of Jackson County.

Friends and Family may gather in remembrance of John on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa. Cremation has taken place.

John Joseph Hazer was born on June 26, 1974 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Harlan and Doris (Flenker) Hazer. He was a 1993 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Growing up on a farm at Otter Creek he loved farm life. Doing chores, milking cows, driving a tractor or hauling grain. He also drove semi for several area trucking companies.

Those left to honor his memory include his three sons, Jacob, Jarod and Jordan, all of TN; his mother, Doris Hazer of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Brian (Jen) Hazer of Bernard, IA, and Dave (Kim) Hazer of Maquoketa, IA; nieces and nephew, Morgan and Faith Hazer of Bernard, IA, Colton Hazer of DeWitt, IA, and Kailie Hazer of Davenport, IA; his uncle and aunts, Al and Lois Hazer of AR, Darlene Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Mary Kay Flenker of Maquoketa, IA; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death his maternal grandparents Woody and Florence Flenker, paternal grandparents Clarence and Elda Hazer, infant aunt Joan Hazer, uncles Roger Flenker, Richard "Dick" Flenker and Allan Cook, and his father Harlan Hazer on May 2, 2018.

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

 



Melvin J. Loes


Melvin J. "Moon" Loes, 95, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday July 25, 2018 at home with his family by his side. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Monday July 30, 2018 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Douglas Loecke officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends and family may call from 9:00 am until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

Moon was born on July 13, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Nicholas and Lena (Wethor) Loes. He volunteered for service in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and arrived in England on Nov. 23, 1944. On his second mission his B 17 crew lost two of four engines and made an emergency landing in France. He went on to complete 27 missions until his discharge on Dec. 26, 1945. He returned to Dubuque and married Georgeanne Koeff on February 18, 1946.

He worked as a truck driver and milk man for area dairies including Oakland Dairy, Hilldale Dairy and Swiss Valley Dairy. He also worked as a school bus driver and lastly worked at Lacoma Golf Course keeping the golf carts running.

Moon was an early member of the Key West Fire Department and achieved the rank of Assistant Chief, he was also a member of the American Legion Post #6 and was on one of the first Honor Flights to Washington DC.

He is survived by his three children Ken (Gwen) Loes of Geneva, IL Sue Manternach of Cascade and Mona Manternach of Dubuque, a former son-in-law Greg Manternach, twelve grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents his wife Georgeanne on March 14, 2015, three brothers Leonard, Joseph and Carl and a sister Rita (Ralph) Linden.

In lieu of flowers a Melvin "Moon" Loes memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Point Place especially Sara, Brandy, Kim, and Jean, and Dr Mark Moore and Dr. Eric Engelman and their staff along with Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassion and care.



Eleanor J. Jach


Eleanor Jean (Cousins) Jach, 85 died Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with a memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the family plot in Grandview Cemetery, Fayette, Iowa, with a prayer service held privately by the family. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Eleanor was born August 8, 1932, eldest daughter of Roscoe E. and Lena (Starr) Cousins. She graduated from the Fayette Community Schools at age 16 and began work immediately as secretary in the Fayette County Extension Office.

Eleanor married James R. Jach on February 10, 1951. To this marriage five children were born, Cheryl, James, Brian, Michael and Rebecca. They divorced in 1986.

Eleanor was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque since 1963, and served seventeen years as church secretary, from 1980 until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed her membership in the U.M.W. groups, especially the Busy Bees; and helping prepare for the Rummage Sales. She loved the beauty of the church itself, and its people.

Eleanor especially enjoyed all family get-togethers. She liked working with family history, reading, traveling, and keeping in touch with classmates and relatives.

Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Dan) Dolter, of Dubuque and their children, Lena, Amanda and her husband (Bradley Johnson), Louis (Brandie) and his daughter, Zoey, and Anthony (Nichole) Jach; James K. (Ann) Jach, of Dubuque and daughter Sara Cookson and her son Christopher; Brian Jach, of Janesville, WI and daughter Alisha Jones and her sons Collin and Devon Jones and Brian's son, Aaron (Jessica) Jach, and their children Reagan and Quillen; Michael (Pamela) Jach, of West Des Moines, IA and daughter, Miranda Jach; and Rebecca Harris, of Lisbon, IA and her children Brenton, Brittanie, Benjamin and Brookelyn Bocher; two sisters, Maxine (Dale) Skinner, of Princeton, IA and Ruby (Lowell) Skinner, of Clarion, IA; her long-time special companion and dedicated friend, Gene Sliter, of Fayette, IA; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn sister, a daughter-in-law, Jenise Jach in 1989, an infant nephew, and her former husband, James.

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



Scott C. David


Scott C. David, 57 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully in the arms of loved ones after a relentless battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 7:00 pm Tuesday July 24, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale road with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services also on Tuesday.

Scott was born in Dubuque, IA on January 7th, 1961, the youngest of ten children. After graduating from Hempstead High School, Scott enlisted in the Air Force. When he returned from the service, he began his career at A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing. Scott was a very hard worker and recently completed his 34th year with the company. While his job was very important to him he always put his family first. He was a beloved husband, loving father, and a phenomenal grandfather. He was a dedicated Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cub, and Miami Dolphin fan (even when they sucked he rarely turned them off). Scott was happiest cooking in the kitchen with his wife, Nancy, or playing the backyard with his grandchildren. Scott was quite the cook and often experimented with new recipes in the kitchen. His fried potatoes were consistently cooked to perfection and were requested often for family meals. Scott always had his grandchildren in mind. He would prepare water balloons and squirt guns for a summertime water fight or buy a puzzle because he knew his grandchildren would enjoy it. His grandchildren adored him and could count on "Papa" for a fun time and a snack. He knew the value of family and didn't need anything else to make him happy. A man a few words, those closest to him knew, when he did speak it was gold. His humor and wit never left him and he was making his family smile until the end. He didn't have to talk as he had the best "looks." Just one of those looks and we knew exactly what he was saying.

Scott left a huge hole in the hearts of his loved ones especially his wife, Nancy; children, Spencer David, Rahni Kay (Nicholas) Haverland, Samuel (Marissa) David; step-children, Jeremy (Amie) Tigges, Nikki Tigges; grandchildren, Jayden, Bailey, Sophia, Tanner, Aly, Brady, and Cora; his dog, Baby Doug David; and brothers and sisters, Jan (Kenny) Clemen, Bill (Jayne) David, Judy (Bill) Morgan, Juile (Charlie) Kunau, Chuck (Lora) David, Jerry (Kim) David, Jacki (John) Nelson, Rick (Judy) David, and many nieces and nephews.

Welcoming him to Heaven are his parents, Floyd and Matilda (Weber) David; his brother, James "Nutsy" David; nephew, Phillip; and his in laws, Christina Moore and Raymond Koranda.

The family would like to express there sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals, doctors and nurses who cared for Scott this past week. We will never forget your kindness.

 



Lois M. Haislet


Lois Mae Haislet, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa died July 24, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection. Family and Friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Lois was born in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Loretta (Holmes) Delaney on September 28th, 1931. She married Robert E. Haislet on June 28th, 1952 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. She was longtime member of The Church of the Resurrection, joining in 1961.

Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt who loved her family above all else. She married her high school sweetheart Bob Haislet just before he left to serve in the Korean War. While she waited for his return she enjoyed the camaraderie of working as a telephone switchboard operator. Lois was a homemaker during the years her children were young and growing. She then began working at Econo Foods as a food demonstrator, moving on to do the same at Hy Vee on Locust St. for over 30 years. She loved this job and it kept her young as it gave her the ability to interact with the many people she knew in Dubuque. Her family lovingly called her the Queen of Hy Vee.

She loved to spend time decorating her home which was evidenced by the beautiful flowers and plants that were always meticulously placed around her home. Lois was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, loved Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the all crooners of that time. She loved and embraced life to its fullest, never giving in to the advances of the aging process. She was truly the youngest at heart person we ever knew. We will miss her greatly but take solace that she is now again with her beloved husband Bob and all her other relatives and friends that preceded her.

She is survived by her children: Timothy Haislet (Lisa), Bobby Haislet, Nancy Haislet, Grandchildren: Timothy (TJ) Haislet, Lexie Johansen (Luke), Shawna Haislet, Cassandra Koehler, Anna Koehler, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E Haislet, Mother: Loretta Delaney (Holmes), Father: John Delaney, Brothers: Milton Delaney and Midge Delaney and other nieces, nephews, cousins.

A Lois Haislet Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Stonehill, Dr. Bond, the nurses and techs on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital, and clergy that cared for her during her final hours. The family will be forever grateful to the tenderness, kindness and professionalism they exhibited during this most difficult time. We would also like to thank Church of the Resurrection for their support and assistance and Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory.

 



Bernice C. Niensteadt


Bernice C. Niensteadt, 92, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 23 2018 at Manor Care Specialty Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 on Wednesday, .August 1, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.  Cremains will be buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 31, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service.

Bernice was born October 8, 1925 in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Clem and Clara (Neises) Kutsch.  She married Justin Niensteadt May 21, 1949 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill.  He preceded her in death on October 2, 2005.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Surviving are her children, Marie (Jim) Trannel, of East Dubuque, IL, Jane Noble, of Dubuque, and Dave (Patti) Niensteadt, of LaMotte, Iowa; 9 grandchildren Julie (Chris) Borneman, Sara (Rogelio) Garcia, and Eric (Seiko Uno) Obershaw, Anne (Josh) Bartlett, Drew Noble, Jessica (Patrick) Rodarte, Brad (Racheal) Niensteadt, Lee (Sarah) Niensteadt and Kyle Niensteadt; 10 great-grandchildren; her twin brother, Bernard "Red" (Adeline) Kutsch, of St. Donatus, IA; and a son-in-law, Steven Obershaw, of Platteville, WI.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Deborah Obershaw; four brothers, Harold (Vivian) Kutsch, Walter Kutsch, Francis (Delilah) Kutsch, Richard (Lorraine) Kutsch; a sister Clara (Henry) Kubitz.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for taking great care of Bernice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernice C. Niensteadt Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com.

 

 

 



Rhonda Feldman

Rhonda "Sue" Feldman, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

According to her wishes, services will be private for the family. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Sue was born April 18, 1956 in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Shirley Ann (Larkin) Feldman.

Sue is survived by her dad, Donald, of Dubuque; her siblings; Londie Brauer, and Kim Feldman, both of Dubuque, Gina (Mark) Truninger of Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Tanya) Feldman of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd (Dawn) Feldman of Omaha, NE, Tammy (Curtis) DeWulf, of Dubuque, and Tracy Feldman of Madison, WI; many nieces and nephews; and her family dog, Bubbles.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Shirley; her sister, Heather; and two brothers; John in infancy and Timm "T.D."

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



John J. Rokusek


John J. "Jack" Rokusek, 86, of Dubuque passed away July 23, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military rites will be accorded.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday July 27th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

John was born December 29, 1931, in Dubuque, son of Johnny and Lucille (Williams) Rokusek. He married Julitta "Jill" Slaats, July 5, 1952, enjoying 66 years together.  They were the proud parents of three daughters, Jan, Jeralyn "Jeri" and Jolene and one son, Jay. John was a devoted, loving and inspiring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who touched thousands of people's lives with his great sense of humor, generous spirit, and positive disposition.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy in 1949 and received a Business Degree at the former Bayless Business College in1951.

In 1952 he was inducted into the Korean War. He served as an instructor and made the rank of Sargent First Class in his two-year tender. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

For 30 years of his professional career John worked as a Supervisor in the Finance Division of John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1981. After retirement he was a part time courier at the former First National Bank for ten years.

John was a faithful member of Holy Spirit-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, frequently volunteering to do construction and maintenance in the church and school and was amongst the first to be installed as a Eucharistic Minister. His passion for woodworking led him to build homes, boats and many other wood crafts. He delighted in spending time on the river and was an avid athlete especially enjoying bowling, softball, horseshoe, and tennis. He also loved music and played the accordion and organ. John was truly a "Jack of all trades", frequently lending his time and talents to many relatives and friends. His selfless giving and fun spirit was rewarded by a lifetime of being surrounded by exceptional neighbors, family and friends who extended many acts of kindness and help to John. 

Surviving is his wife, Julitta "Jill" Rokusek, of Dubuque; daughters, Jan Mussmann, of Waterloo, IA, Jeri (Terry) Noonan, of Iowa City, IA, and Jolene (Dave) Goedken, of Potosi, WI; grandchildren, Michelle and Angie Spadin and Casey Noonan; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Zachary Friedley; and many first cousins who were like brothers and sisters to him.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jay J. Rokusek, in 1986; parents, Johnny J. and Lucille Rokusek; a brother and sister-in-law, Cletus and Germaine Rokusek; mother and father-in-law, Oscar and Florence Slaats; and brother-in-laws Guerdon Slaats and Jerry Kuepers.

John's family wishes to thank the teams of caregivers at Oak Park Place, Medical Associates, Stonehill Health Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their dedicated service.  

Family requests no flowers.  A John J. Rokusek Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

 

 

 



Vera J. Finzel


Vera J. Finzel, 74, of Hopkinton, Iowa, formerly of Farley and Epworth, Iowa passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends & relatives of Vera may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with Jenny Hefel officating.

She was born September 15, 1943 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Hiram and Gladys (Whitelock) Pierce. She graduated from Guttenberg High School in Guttenberg, Iowa.

On January 11, 1964 she was united in marriage to Sylvester "Butch" Finzel, they later divorced. She met and spent the remaining time with her longtime partner Darwin Goeschel. She worked at the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino and retired in 2005.

Vera loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time traveling and collecting porcelain dolls.

She is survived by her longtime partner Darwin Goeschel of Hopkinton, IA; five children, Lynn Finzel of Elkader, IA, Lavern "Buddy" (DeAnn) Finzel of Cascade, IA, Alan "A.J." (Sara) Finzel of New Vienna, IA, John (Tracy) Finzel and Travis (Angie) Finzel both of Cascade, IA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her former husband, Sylvester "Butch" Finzel of Cascade, IA; one sister, Ladonna (Mike) Loetz of Colesburg, IA; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Pierce of Guttenberg, IA and Pat Pierce of Epworth, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dave Sweet of Giard, IA and Ed Wall of Epworth, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Martha Pierce in infancy, Myrtle Kruse, Jane Sweet, Jean Wall and Loretta (Rita) Hefel; six brothers, Robert "Bob" , William "Bill", Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Vera J. Finzel.

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



Rita A. Petersen


Rita A. Petersen, 79, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, with Deacon Paul Peckosh officiating. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Rita was born May 27, 1939 in Merrill, WI to D.B. and Margaret (Rivard) Cardinal. She graduated from Rock Island Alleman High School in June 1957. She met the love of her life, Gerald R. Petersen, and they married September 19, 1959. He preceded her in death.

She trained as an X-Ray Technician, and then later worked at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rock Island, IL. Later she was a stay at home mother to their four children.

Rita loved to go out to eat, do circle word puzzles, and enjoyed movies and reality TV; but most of all, Rita's family was everything to her. She especially loved it when the whole family was together for holidays and special events.

She was a long time member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

She is survived by her 4 children, Teresa Petersen, Mary (Jeff) Melssen, both of Dubuque, Jim (Jenn) Petersen, of Bettendorf, IA, and John (Stephanie Schoeller) Petersen, of Ames, IA; four grandchildren, Mallory Petersen and Marqui Petersen both of Iowa City, Shelby Melssen and Jacob Melssen, both of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at Mercy Medical Center Cardiovascular Unit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

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



John D. Feller


John D. Feller, 72, of Dubuque, was called home by His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving wife & children. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Tom Dougherty will officiate. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. 

John was born September 9, 1945 in Dubuque, the son of John L. and Marian (Jungk) Feller. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, where he met the love of his life, Donna Driscoll. After graduation in 1965, the high school sweethearts married on June 17, 1967 at St. Mary Catholic Church. 

John was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, and at Lewis Systems (later Menasha Corp.) until his retirement. 

He was a longtime member of Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, where he was active with the audio recordings and nametags ministries. He loved to study the Bible and share the Lord's word. There was nothing that John couldn't fix-he was an excellent handyman. He enjoyed woodworking, carving, and whittling. John was a HAM radio operator, and taught Morse Code to his HAM radio club. Camping trips all over the U.S. and Canada were a regular summer vacation, and they included the whole family. John was a kind, gentle, and loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to spend time with his family and granddaughters. 

John is survived by his wife Donna, of Dubuque; two children, Angie (Don) Strohmeyer and John J. Feller, both of Dubuque; two very special granddaughters, Molly Strohmeyer and Laura Feller; four sisters, Marilyn Wasmundt of Dubuque, Karen (James) Wieland of Rock Island, IL, Linda (Randy) Prater of Loveland, CO, and Sue Feller of Berthoud, CO; his brother, Richard (Sharon) Feller of Dubuque; two sisters-in-law, Patty Feller of Dubuque and Laura Feller of Clinton, IA; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Feller; two brothers, Paul and Daniel Feller; his sister-in-law, Kathy (Driscoll) Runde; and his brother-in-law, Don Wasmundt. 

Memorials may be made to the John D. Feller Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities. 

John's family would like to thank his longtime physician, Dr. Longo; Dr. Liaboe and his staff; Dr. Ringold and his staff; Dr. Whalen; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for all their love and care. 

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

 

 

 



Larry W. Bockenstedt


Larry W. Bockenstedt, 68 of Earlville passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, as the result of a sudden illness.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Earlville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Military honors will be accorded.

Larry was born December 1, 1949 to William and Alice (Helle) Bockenstedt. Larry was raised west of Manchester and attended West Delaware High School. Larry served in the National Guard.

On May 26, 1973 Larry married Diane Clemen at the St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with five children in this union. Together they farmed west of Manchester. In 1979 they moved to their farm in Earlville where they currently reside. Farming was Larry's passion and he loved sharing that with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, their children: Brian, Pat and Mark Bockenstedt all of Earlville, Michelle (Chuck) Funke of Dyersville, Mitchell (Catherine) Bockenstedt of Brooklyn, IA, six grandchildren: Megan, Ryan, and Leah Funke, Hayden, Tristan and Noah Bockenstedt, sister, Susan (Jerry) Nefzger of Delhi, brother, Ronald (Shellie) Bockenstedt of Manchester, brothers in law: Ronald (Joan) Ronnebaum of Earlville, Donald Clemen, Loras Clemen both of Dyersville, sisters-in-law: Clara Mae Hoeger, Mary Jane Clemen, Jean (Alan) Roling, and Betty Clemen all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Arnold and Rosella Clemen, a sister Jeanna Ronnebaum, brothers-in-law, Frank Hoeger, Jerome Clemen, Ralph (Geri Kay) Clemen, and his sister-in-law, Theresa Clemen.

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



Velma M. Coohey


Velma M. Coohey, 83, of Dubuque died Friday, July 20, 2018.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held 10 am Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 am.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Velma was born April 8, 1935 in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Velma (Hugh) Reth.  She graduated from Coggan High School in 1952.

On July 23, 1957, she married John "Jack" Coohey at St. Martins Church, Cascade.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 1995.

Velma loved to sew and garden. She was an avid Stock car and Nascar Fan with Mark Martin being her favorite. Velma would never turn down a good game of Yahtzee or "May I". She also loved to camp and fish with her family. She treasured time spent with family especially Her great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she was a Stephen's Minister for many years. Attending Church was important to her.

She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Steve) Goedken; a son, Steve (Sue) Coohey; four grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany), Andy (Chelsy), and Cody Goedken and Madison Coohey; and three great grandchildren, Jack, Evie and Finn Goedken; all of Dubuque.

She is also survived by three siblings, Evonne (Harold) Wurst of Marion, Iowa, Mary (Ralph) Roling of Dubuque and Ken Reth of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters in law, Joyce Coohey, Pat and Carol Coohey, Rose and Denny Topping, Mike and Sandy Coohey, all of Dubuque and Margie and Steve Frye of Cuba City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Abby Goedken in 1994; brother in law, Donnie Coohey; nephews, Mike Wurst and Kevin Coohey; and a niece, Jackie Scholbrock.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place Memory Care for their kind and compassionate care.

 

 



Merlin P. Kaiser


Merlin P. "Mert" Kaiser, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his children. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Mert was born May 26, 1932 in Sylvia Switch, Iowa, son of Gerhard and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser. He served in the US Naval Reserve from 1950 to 1958.

On May 27, 1952, he married Jane Reinecke at St. Thomas Church in Potosi, Wisconsin.

Mert worked as a supervisor for The Dubuque Packing Co. and FDL foods for 44 years before his retirement in 1994. After his retirement, he worked part time at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where he served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was inducted into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Playing baseball was an important part of Mert's early life as he continued to play and umpire softball as long as he could. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, spending time on family mushroom hunts, and golfing and fishing trips were always highlights.

Mert's many lifelong friendships and the stories that accompanied them are cherished. His face always lit up with visits from his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren and time with his dog, Chloe. A highlight of his later life was the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC.

Mert is survived by five children, Connie (Terry) Hutchcroft of Dubuque, Gary (Wanda) Kaiser of Dubuque, Ken (Cheryl "Charlie") Kaiser of Dubuque, Laurie (Jeff) Knott of Marion, Iowa; and Greg Kaiser of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters in law, Evelyn and Lucille Kaiser, Mary Langkamp, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane; parents, Gerhard Kaiser and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser Droessler and step father, Henry Droessler; two brothers, Vince and Jerry Kaiser; three sisters, Esther Busch, Sr. Helen Kaiser and Lillian Salzmann; brothers in law, Joe Salzmann, Fran Busch, Bill Reinecke and LeRoy Langkamp; two grandsons, Justin (J.T.) Kaiser and Gaylin Leirmoe and two great grandsons, Jack and Gage Leirmoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mert Kaiser Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park, and all of the other doctors, nurses and health care professionals who helped with Mert's care.



Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin


Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin, 88, of Worthington passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 am, Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Clara Mae was born on May 5, 1930, in Chadron, NE the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber. She married Henry Hess at St. Paul's Church in Worthington, and he died March 3, 1974. She later married Richard Tobin in 1977. Clara was a terrific cook, liked taking care of her flowers and enjoyed a good game of euchre. Above all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children: Michael Hess of Worthington, LuAnn (Pat) Putz of Dyersville and Kenneth Hess of Prairie du Chien, WI, daughter-in-law, Dianne Hess of Dyersville, grandchildren: David Hess, Casey (Becky) Hess, Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg; Kurt (Angie) Mullen, Joe (Elizabeth) Mullen; Joshua Hess, Abby (Luke) Wilgenbusch; Nicole, Brad, Jason Hess, 12 great-grandchildren, siblings: Bernadette Weber and Richard (Barb) Weber and Betty Weber all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, Pat Hess, daughter-in-law, Wendy Hess, great-grandchild, Jayden Wilgenbusch, and seven siblings.

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



Loras F. Manders


Loras Francis Manders, 80, of St. Catherine's Iowa went to be with the Lord on Monday July 16th, 2018 while driving his four-wheeler on the family farm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Loras was born on February 3rd 1938. He is the son of Raymond and Gertrude Manders. He married the love of his life Barbara Mitchell on July 11th 1959, celebrating 59 years this July.

A humble, faith filled man who wore many hats, Loras never stopped learning. He enjoyed reading, playing piano and writing. Loras took pride in farming with his brother and best friend Roger Manders, leaving a legacy of carrying on the century family farm. He was a huge family man who loved family gatherings, an active member of the community and church and found much joy singing in the choir.

He is survived by his wife and their five children, Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda (Rick Heiar) Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders; Grandchildren, Kyle (Nicole) Manders, Trisha (Dan) Petersen, Bethany Manders, Kristin Manders, Chad Herrig, Jayden (Kassy) Herrig, Abbey (Casey) Skrivseth, Ashley (Dave Bake) Wiley, Taylor (Joe Goris) Manders, Logan Manders, Vincent Manders, Monica Manders, Danny Manders; 18 great grandchildren.

Also survived by his sister Betty (Robert) Jaeger and brother Roger (Gail Michels) Manders, sister-in-law Belva (Jeannie) Mitchell and brother-in-law Pete (Julie) Mitchell, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and Raymond Manders, father-in-law Loras Mitchell, mother-in-law Ann Mitchell, sister-in-law Linda Manders and brother-in-law Darwin Mitchell.

Rest in peace gentle servant of God.

 



Irmagene R. Pfiffner


Irmagene R. 'Irma' Pfiffner, 87, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Irma was born July 13, 1931 in Dickeyville, WI, daughter of Philip and Stella (Digmann) Ginter. She married Thomas D. Pfiffner, July 6, 1957 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1949. In her early years, Irma worked at the First National Bank and Nurre Glass Co. Later, she went to work at the West Dubuque Tap, where she was instrumental in the invention of the "Magic Muffin". For 19 years, Irma was a cook for the Sisters of the Visitation, until her retirement at age 81.

Irma was an active member of Resurrection Parish, where she was a member of the Cursillo team, CEW team, Teens Encounter Christ, served on the Liturgy Committee and Ladies of the Altar, volunteered at Resurrection School, and taught CCD at-home program. She was a devoted homemaker and excellent baker. She especially loved spending time with her family.  

Surviving are her husband, Tom; a daughter, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Gogel, of Bettendorf, IA; a son Tom M. (Sheila O'Donoghue) Pfiffner, of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, David Lincoln and Max Gogel; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Ginter, Jerry (Mert) Pfiffner, Carol Hannan, Connie Pfiffner, and Mary Kay (Don) Sisler; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Joe and Vince Ginter and two sisters, Priscilla "Toots" Bahl and Maleta "Skeets" Dietz.

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

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque for their care and devotion. 

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

 

 



Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM


Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM, 72, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 1:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 3:30 pm. The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Sharon, daughter of Lawrence and Florence (Hosch) Kelchen, was born Donna Mae Kelchen on May 8, 1946, in Manchester, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in September 1964 and professed her perpetual vows on August 23, 1970.

She received a BA from Clarke College, Dubuque. Sister Sharon's ministries took her to Farley, Bankston, Mason City, Sheldon, Key West, Algona, and Storm Lake, all in Iowa, where she taught music. She later became principal in Farley and Storm Lake and was the liturgy coordinator at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Chicago, IL. She served as house coordinator at Mt. Loretto from 1993-2003. In 2004, Sister Sharon began as minister of care in St. Elizabeth Pastorate, where she found herself ministering, visiting and praying with grandparents of children she previously taught.

She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards and baking.

Surviving are her sisters, Dorie Kelchen, Kay (Paul) Ostwinkle, Karen (Ken) Tobin, Jean (Dennis) Loesche and Chris (Dean) Klosterman and her brothers, Joe (Susan) Kelchen and James (Mary) Kelchen, many nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 54 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Larry, and brother-in-law Paul Pheles.

A special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher, the staff at Mercy Hospital and Stone Hill Care Facility and Mount Loretto nursing staff for the love and care they provided Sister Sharon.

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



Merle J. Krapfl


Merle J. Krapfl, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Merle may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Merle will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Merle was born on March 24, 1929 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Leonard and Clara (Buenker) Krapfl. He received his education from St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Madonna T. "Donna" Esch on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2017.
He was employed as a mechanic at Tauke Implement and later at Helle Implement in Dyersville, Iowa until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; four siblings, Floyd (Carol) Krapfl and John (Velma) Krapfl both of Dyersville, IA, his sister, Joan (Ralph) Werner of Strawberry Point, IA and Bill Krapfl of New Vienna, IA; one sister-in-law, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil (Nikki) Manternach of Cascade, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; one sister, Arlene (Jim) Tauke; five sisters-in-law, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer, Ellen Manternach and Karen Krapfl; three brothers-in-law, Nick Esch, Earl Brimeyer and Ken White.

The family of Merle would like to thank Dr. Ridgely, Hospice of Dubuque, Julie Reicher and Cookie Sherrman for all the wonderful care and support.

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



John L. Kennedy


John L. "Jack" Kennedy, 88, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a man who loved life so much he was afraid to let go.

Friends & relatives of Jack may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He was born April 12, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Lillian (Haigh) Kennedy. He attended Prescott and Jefferson School in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 27, 1948 he was united in marriage to May Lou "Moomie" Schmitt at the Priest house in Galena, Illinois.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement in 1980 and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was an avid bowler, a member of the 700 club and was very proud to have won a National Bowling Tournament. Jack loved the great outdoors! He enjoyed fishing, hunting, morel and agates searching, camping, spending time with family and friends singing around a campfire.

He was an army veteran having served in the Army in Germany during World War II; he later served in the Army National Guard unit.

He is survived by his wife May Lou "Moomie" Kennedy of Epworth, eight children, Jean (Steve) Ernst of Dubuque, Lily (Robert) Lange of Asbury, Mary Lou (Bill) Graham of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Dan Kennedy of Dubuque, Linda (Kevin) Goerdt, Lori (Phil) Kramer both of Epworth, Robert (Rianne) Kennedy of Dubuque, Tom Kennedy of Epworth; two daughters-in-law, RaeAnn Kennedy of Dubuque, and Val Grimm Kennedy of Farley; 26 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; one sister, Joan (Terry) Vosberg of Hazel Green, WI; two brothers, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman of Dubuque and Terry (Tammie) Gassman of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, John L. Kennedy II October 1984, Michael Kennedy on March 1990 and James A. Kennedy in February 1979; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Kennedy, four brothers, Robert D. Kennedy, George (LaVonne) Kennedy, Jerry (Joyce) Kennedy, Jim (Dean) Kennedy; two sisters, Jean (Duane) Langtimm and Juanita (Leo) Oswald.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support they gave to Jack.

In lieu of flowers a John L. Kennedy Memorial fund has been established to purchase a bench to go on the Heritage Trail in memory of him.

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



Madonna L. Ludovissy


Madonna L. Ludovissy, age 83, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Madonna's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Madonna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Madonna was born on December 5, 1934, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius and Evelyn (Felder) Riniker.

Madonna was born and raised in Buenie, surrounded by her family and friends daily all while learning the most important values in life. She would eventually cross paths with her soul-mate, Clarence C. Ludovissy, and the couple was united in marriage on September 21, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. The two were blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 8 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on December 26, 2012. Madonna was a loving and devoted full-time wife and mother, who took meticulous care of her family and their home. Madonna had a strong work ethic, and after the children were raised and out on their own, she would put her numerous talents to good use outside of the home at many community establishments and mainstays. Madonna's faith was a very important aspect of her life and was constantly on display for all to see. She was a life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Church and their Rosary Society; and was also a determined staple in the parish, always lending a hand whenever possible. In her free time, Madonna could easily be found out in the yard tending to her colorful flower gardens on the farm, heading to the church on Tuesdays to work on her next quilting or craft project, or occasionally even trying her luck with the "one-armed bandits" at the local casinos. Madonna was well known for her "heavy foot" and undeniable love of car rides and traveling. If anyone was heading out on a trip, she always volunteered without hesitation to jump in the car and eagerly ride along. She was also a joy-filled person, and without a doubt, her greatest joyful moments came during the opportunities she was able to spend time with her family, especially if the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in the mix somewhere. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma, great-great grandma, sister and friend, but we know that she is now happily reunited with her beloved husband, Clarence, their son, Dana, and all of their family members who've been called home ahead of them. We will miss her more than words could ever possibly convey, but we are forever grateful for the 83 years the Lord was kind enough to share Madonna with us, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Madonna's memory include

her children,
Dale (Kathy) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Robin (Rose) Ludovissy, Holy Cross, IA,
Neal (Sandy) Ludovissy, Peosta, IA,
Jan Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Terry Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA,
Dawn (Scott) Ferguson, Center Point, IA
and Denise (Colin) Grafft, Solon, IA;

her 16 grandchildren,
Danielle (Jason) Sadewasser, Theresa Ludovissy, Joe (Chris) Dudek, Melissa (Jeff) Domeyer, Tracy (Terry Gotto) Ludovissy, Heidi (Nick) Gansen, Joe Ludovissy, Jon Ludovissy, Levi Ludovissy, Justin (Melissa) Ludovissy, Truman Ferguson, Samantha (Jared Jirak) Ferguson, Andrea Ferguson, Docker Ferguson, Finnegan Grafft and Blake Grafft;

20 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Natalia Sadewasser, Cassandra Siegert, Michaela and Katelyn Ward, Will, Jake, Keeley and Elijah Hammel, Anthony Dudek, Quinton Kelley, Cole, Evan and Cooper Domeyer, Caden, Riley and Max Gotto, Delila Ludovissy and Baylen and Kylie Ludovissy;

2 great-great-grandchildren,
Jessie Johnson and Croix Kaiser;

her sisters,
Joanne Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA,
Jeanette Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA
and LaVonne Coyle, Epworth, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Engling, North Buena Vista, IA,
Louise Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA
and Laurie Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA.

Madonna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Clarence Ludovissy; a son, Dana Ludovissy; 2 sisters, Geraldine (Tom) Hefel and Ivanelle (Celestine) Ludovissy, 2 brothers, Walter Frank (Judy) Riniker, and Aloysius "Junior" Riniker; 6 brothers-in-law, Mickey Hefel, Merlin Ludovissy, Robert "Bob" Coyle, Ronald Engling, Francis "Duke" Ludovissy and Walter Ludovissy; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Ludovissy.

The family would like to send their sincerest appreciation to Mary Eulberg and her staff at River Living Center; all the care providers at the Guttenberg Cornerstone Family Practice and Hospital; to Dr. Kyle Brown and Roxanne at UIHC; and a special thank you to Mary Engling for all of her love and care over the years. 

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

 



Lester J. Yutzy


Lester J. Yutzy, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at home. 

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Pastor Bill Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Lester was born on December 11, 1924 in Reno County, KS, the son of John and Susan (Mast) Yutzy. Lester enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 where he served in the Burma China India Campaign with the 209th Combat Engineers. He was a member of the battalion who became members of Merrill's Marauders for a final battle to eliminate the occupied territory of the enemy in Burma. He received the Purple Heart and other citations. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and American Legion. 

He married Eileen Anderson on April 28, 1958. Lester was employed in service and management at several supper clubs and at Sears and Montgomery Ward until his retirement. 

Lester volunteered as a driver for the Dubuque Cancer Society. He was a devoted blood donor, and also served on some organizations at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Dubuque. 

He enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, gardening,  and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Cubs, White Sox, and Chicago Bears. Lester loved being with his children and grandchildren. 

Lester is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, John (Linda) Yutzy of Iowa City, Kathleen (Jim) Oldham of Chapin, SC, Robin Buchanan of Overland Park, KS, and Donna (Bill) Rector of Flower Mound,TX; his grandchildren, Emma, Olivia, and Nicholas Yutzy, and Katie, Kirby, and Charlie Rector;  his sister-in-law, Dorothy Yutzy of Sugar Creek, OH; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Roman and Eli; and his sisters-in-law, Grace and Frances. 

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Dubuque.

Lester's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, and the Skilled Nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center. 

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

 

 



Brian S. Arnold


Brian S. Arnold, 58, of Key West passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2018, while on vacation in Duluth, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with the Key West Fire and Dubuque County Fire Fighters Ceremony of the Four Fives. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Key West Fire & EMS and Dubuque County Fire Fighters will assemble at 6:30 p.m.

Brian was born on December 5, 1959, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Melvin F. and Alice M. (Claus) Arnold. He married Annette Kramer on June 4, 1983, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, IA, and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this summer. Brian was employed with the State of Iowa Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring on December 31, 2014.

Brian was involved with the Key West Fire Department for 39 years after joining the department as a volunteer firefighter in 1979. He served as Chief since 1999. Brian obtained his Paramedic Certification in 2004 and was instrumental in Key West adding emergency medical and ambulance services. He was the recipient of the IEMSA Volunteer - EMS Provider of the Year award in 2007. He was involved in various County committees including the Dubuque County 911 Board, Dubuque County Public Safety Commission, Emergency Planning Committee, and was a member of the Dubuque County Firefighters Association and Dubuque County EMS Association having served as past president in both groups. He was a member of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association serving as a Board member and past president from 2008-2015, and was on the State Team of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Surviving are his wife, Annette; two sons, Nick (Kate Small) Arnold and Zach (Katie Schober) Arnold, both of Key West; four grandchildren Riley, James, Emma and Alice "Ali"; a brother Mark (Donita) Arnold, of Dubuque, a sister, Deb (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, WI; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Agnes (Steve) Steffen, and Jan (Larry) Phillips, of Peosta, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father on April 27, 1977; his mother on October 25, 2017; father and mother in law, Bernard Kramer on December 18, 1966, and Bernice Kramer on September 29, 1985, and a brother in law, Marty Kramer on February 14, 1993.

Family was very important to Brian and he enjoyed time spent with them at get-togethers, holidays and on fishing trips. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking Riley to school, giving tractor rides and just being "Grandpa". He enjoyed working in his garage on his tractors and his 1947 International antique fire truck. He also enjoyed planting and harvesting season on the O'Brien farm.

The family would like to thank the Fredenberg Fire Department, Tim Wagner from Hi-Banks Resort, the St. Louis County, MN, Sheriff's Department, and Chaplain Paule Barbeau for their expert care, compassion and kindness during this most difficult time. Also, thank you to the members of the Key West Fire Department for their support and to everyone for their kind comments on social media. The response has been overwhelming and appreciated.

A Brian S. Arnold Memorial Fund has been established.



Irene Hauber


Irene "Renee" (Regan) Hauber, age 71, of Richland Center passed away to be with our Savior on Saturday, July 14, 2018 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Renee was born in Dubuque, IA on September 14, 1946, the daughter of John and Veronica (Lex) Regan. She graduated high school in 1964 from Holy Cross High School in Holy Cross, IA. After graduation, Renee worked as a Dental Assistant for James McKay DDS. She married Thomas Hauber in 1969 and moved to Richland Center in 1983 after purchasing Center Lanes bowling center which she owned and managed until 1994. Renee worked as a manager at the Ramada White House and Dewey's Dugout until her retirement in 2016. 

The youngest of 9 children, Renee grew up an Iowa farm girl in Rickardsville, IA. She lived a generous and selfless life, always putting others before herself. She loved spending time with family and friends, especially her 6 grandkids.

Renee is survived by her two children: son, Erin (Stephanie) Hauber; daughter, Amy (Greg) Schoepp and by 6 grandchildren: Anna, Henry, and Charles Hauber; Treyton, Jayden, and Regan Schoepp. Renee is also survived by two brothers, John (Maureen) Regan and James (Sandy) Regan, and 5 sisters, Mary (Carl) Lange, Katie (Perly) Reeg, and Jeanne (LeRoy) Reeg, and Margaret (Kenneth) Kurth, and Alice (Jack) Rhomberg, and many cherished nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Renee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Veronica (Lex) Regan, brother, Thomas Regan, and brother-in-law, John "Jack" Rhomberg and close friend, Al Spry. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Noon at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home in Richland Center.  Visitation will be held at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home from 9:00 AM until the time of service at Noon. Friends and family are invited to a complimentary lunch at Phoenix Center in Richland Center after Celebration of Life services. On line condolences can be made at www.clarymemorialfuneralhome.com

 

 



Janet G. (Link) Winn


Janet Grace (Link) Winn, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Red Bluff, California. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, on Friday, July 27. A Memorial Service celebrating Janet's life will be held at 7 p.m. with Br. Stephen Markham officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Cemetery in Balltown. 

Janet is survived by her husband, David D. Winn, of Red Bluff, California; mother, Alice Link, of Dubuque, Iowa; brothers, Allan (Alice) Link and Loras (Tammy) Link, of Balltown, Iowa; sisters, Carol (Ron) LeGrand, of Dubuque, Iowa and LuAnn (Steve) Small, of Madrid, Iowa; brother-in-law, Philip (JoAnn) Winn, of Monroe, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Dennis) Alt, of Hudson, Iowa, and Janan Winn, of Iowa City, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sylvester Link; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Jeanette Winn; sister-in-law, Christine Winn; and brother-in-law, Alan Winn.

The Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Eileen Pauly


Eileen Pauly, 98, formerly of 2035 Delaware St., passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Eileen was born September 15, 1919 in Iowa, the daughter of William and Mamie (Klein) Lammer. She married Ralph G. Pauly Sr. in St. Joseph, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Eileen's faith was very important to her, and she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was employed for 25 years at the Dubuque Packing Company. Eileen loved to stay active, golfing, walking everywhere she could, square dancing, and taking trips to the casino. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, attending bridge club, and volunteered her time for many organizations. Eileen was very independent and made sure to live life to the fullest. She was passionate about traveling, and visited many destinations around the world.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Pam (Wayne) Kilburg of Dubuque; her daughter in law, Jeannine Pauly of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christian (Jolynn) Kilburg of DeWitt, IA, Craig (Mia) Kilburg of Jacksonville, FL, Laura (James) Pauly-Sievers of Kieler, WI and their children, Alyssa, Ryan, Olivia, and Xander, and David (Roxanna) Pauly of Iowa City, IA and their daughter Scarlett.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Ralph Pauly Jr. in 2005; her siblings; and her in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Roger A. Anderson


Roger A. Anderson, 81, of Delmar, Iowa, a follower of Christ, was received into glory by his Savior on July 16, 2018 at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Those left to honor Roger's memory include: his wife of 60 years, Elaine Anderson of Delmar, IA and his children Dave Anderson of Maquoketa, IA, Laurie (Jon) Thomsen of Oxford Junction, IA, Deb (Ken) Carr of Estero, FL, Steve (Laura) Anderson of Delmar and Jim (Terri) Anderson of Maquoketa. Also he will be lovingly remembered by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a list of friends too long to name.

Roger Andrew Anderson was born on November 18, 1936 in Preston, Iowa, to Andy Andrew and Bernice (Koch) Anderson. After high school graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army as a carpenter. He married Elaine Calkins and they had five children. Roger had worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for more than 28 years until retirement. In retirement, he worked for the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt in the Maintenance Department for over ten years.

Roger was passionate about the outdoors and was an avid hunter and trapper, much to the dismay of the local raccoons, muskrats and squirrels. As a beloved father, he passed on his respect for nature to his children.

In the last year of his life, Roger became a follower of Christ. He enjoyed attending First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and reading his Bible. We honor the man who honored God with his heart until he heard the call to heaven.

A celebration of Roger's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 - 11am at the church. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Miles, Iowa cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roger A. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Michael A. Hanfeld


Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld, 47, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at UW-Hospital in Madison as the result of a sudden accident.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the parish center from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Saturday before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mike was born on February 20, 1971, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Norm and Mary Jean (Brandt) Hanfeld. He married Tracy M. Westerlund on September 30, 2000, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Mike was a captain at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

Mike loved camping, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He enjoyed music and was a Chicago Bears fan. Mike was a wonderful cook and often cooked for large groups. A hard worker, he was kind, generous and always on the go. Mike had the heart of his mother and two grandmothers and the strength and determination of his father and two grandfathers. He spent the last 21 years putting Tracy on a pedestal. Mike lived to make her the happiest wife in the world.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy, of Potosi; two daughters, Meagan (Steve) Caron, of Winona, WI, and Abigail (Austin) Chute, of Marion, IA; a son, Blake Matthew, of Potosi; his parents, Norm and Mary Jean Hanfeld, of Kieler; a brother, Tony (Leslie) Hanfeld, of Monona, WI; two grandchildren, Raena Helen Chute and Emrys Caron who is on the way; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Linda Westerlund, of Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Todd (Shelley) Westerlund, of Cordova, IL; a sister-in-law, Tamara (Lee) Ahern, of Racine, WI; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Elaine Brandt and Alfred and Clara Hanfeld, and several uncles.

A Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Junior B. Thomas


Junior B. Thomas, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018. To honor Junior's life, a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Junior was born on December 15, 1939, in Birmingham, Alabama, son of Elzie and Ruby (Stone) Thomas.

Junior was born, raised and spent the first 37 years of his life in Birmingham, AL, before moving to Milwaukee, WI, where he put down new roots for another 24 years. He eventually moved to Dubuque, IA, 16 years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed discovering the quiet life as he settled into retirement. Junior was a welder by trade and worked for Denny Warnock for many years, before moving on to Supersteel, which would be his last stop before retirement. Junior was a man who continually had a kind smile and a warm heart to share. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his great-grandchildren. Junior had an undeniable special bond with his granddaughter, Zolabeth, and loved every opportunity she would come to visit grandpa's house and joyfully sit on his lap, or happily play with the horse and doll he lovingly kept there for her. He also enjoyed watching his great-grandchildren, Myla, Maverick, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Violet, as they played with their continual collection of new toys which he so generously provided. Junior wished he could have seen his great-grandson, Josiah, grow into a young man, but was honestly thrilled to simply be able to hold him, and was honored to understand that Josiah Junior was named after him. He also loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom live out of state and was always excited to talk about their visits and phone calls. The family and friends of Junior, who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior rest assured that they will see him again soon, and that he is enjoying the glory and comfort of Jesus, awaiting the day when he will be reunited with us. We all love him so very much, and we rejoice that he is with his Savior in Heaven, though we will miss him greatly.

Those left to cherish Junior's memory include

his children,
Kellie Duffin,
Patrick (Penny) Duffin,
Holly (Brian) Massman
and Michael (Tammy) Duffin;

his grandchildren,
Amanda (Haeyong) Jung, Elisabeth (Isaac) Barrientos, Annalise Yogerst, Melissa (Brent) Petersen, Jessica (Thom) Scharfenberg, Joshua Duffin, Allisa (John) Corfman, Caitlin (Nick) Glennon, Leah Massman, Jimmy Massman, Jonny Massman, Aspen Duffin, Regan Duffin and Jaden Duffin;

his great-grandchildren,
Eloise, Benjamin, Korra, Brent Jr., Brayden, Kaylee, Kendel, Olsen, Ivan, Myla, Maverick, Violet, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Josiah Junior;

his brothers,
Jesse Thomas, Arizona
and James Thomas, Alabama;

and his extended family,
Henry (Maria) Yogerst, and their boys, Anastasios and Joshua, Menasha, WI.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandsons, Benjamin Yogerst and Dallas Duffin; and a brother, Daniel Thomas.



Douglas L. Staggs


Douglas L. Staggs, 22, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Doug was born November 20, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James D. and Susan (Hagerty) Staggs.

Doug graduated from Hempstead High School in 2014. He worked at Arby's for six years, serving the last three years as shift manager. He was excited about having just started a new job at Georgia Pacific.

Beloved by anyone who knew him, Doug was funny, smart, easy going, kind hearted, warm and genuine. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, was always respectful and caring of others, and was very conscientious and loving toward his parents. In his younger years, he was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and drafting, as well as playing basketball and just shooting hoops with friends and family. Doug was a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and he enjoyed attending games with his family.

He is survived by his parents, James D. and Susan Staggs of Dubuque, and a brother, Dalton J. Staggs of Dubuque. Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, Juanita (Sagers) Staggs of Dubuque, numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Douglas King Staggs, maternal grandfather Louis Hagerty Jr., maternal grandmother, Colette (Donahue) Hagerty, and paternal uncle, John Staggs.

A Douglas Staggs memorial fund has been established.

The Staggs family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Police Dept., Dubuque Fire Dept. and the paramedics.



Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann


Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

She was born April 26, 1932 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Rosie grew up in a farming community and moved to Dubuque with a group of girls that she stayed forever friends with. She married Gordon James Neumann on April 23, 1960.

She worked at Dubuque Pack in the ham and bacon department, then after getting married stayed home to raise their three children. She later worked for the Dubuque Community School administration building before retiring.

Rosie was one of the most energetic people you could have ever met until May of this year when Leukemia took control. You often would find her on the golf course and on her 86th birthday she had a hole in one. There wasn't a card game that she couldn't win, change the rules on, or create a new version of. Some of her most enjoyable times were spent with her Nieland family playing a loud rambunctious game of Euchre with some twist or crazy version. Often times she would be found around the city playing euchre tournaments or bridge.

She volunteered at numerous places in Dubuque, the hospital, the mission, the grand theater and the museum. She was a people person and always seemed to get someone to tell her who they were or "who they belonged to". She bowled over the years and was a 600 club member and made many friends along the way.

Rosie had a garden every year that somehow managed to be ready way before anyone else's. There were no such things as straight rows in her garden, somehow everything landed just where it was supposed to grow. She shared the wealth of this garden with many friends and neighbors.

Golfing became her passion in the last few years; she sure would not like it when they would get rained out – she would say that "sure goofed up her day". She really looked forward to getting out on that course and she would walk the entire thing never settling for a ride in a cart.

Rosie had 5 grandchildren that would literally light up her face, from sharing Hawkeye games, or bean bag toss, or one of their sporting events which she rarely missed – and of course a game of cards whenever she could talk them into it. Josh, Monica, Ryan, Tyler and Amanda were her pride and joy.

Then came her great grandchildren and her legacy lives on – teaching them card games, and not letting them just win either, or reading a book, or just laughing with them she was always so excited to see or hear about their latest escapades. Charlie, Avery, Edith, Sophia, Lukas, Raylan and Crosby gave her hours of enjoyment and she couldn't get enough of them.

Rosie will be sadly missed by her friends and family, but we all know she is playing cards at the big table in the heavens surrounded by many family members and friends, and she has found peace.

Rosie is survived by her husband Gordon, daughters: Dawne (Joe) OMeara, Michelle (Wayne Schnier) and son Kyle (Kelly) Neumann. Grandchildren: Josh (Alice) Habel, Monica (Bart) Sitarski, Ryan (Haley) Schnier, Tyler (Lauren) Neumann, Amanda (Tyler) Menhusen.
Great Grandchildren: Charlie and Edith Habel, Avery Schnier, Sophia and Lukas Sitarski, and Raylan and Crosby Neumann, brother Ray (Dana) Nieland, brothers in law: Richard Neumann, Gene (Kay) Neumann & Jim (Bev) Neumann. Numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren that she adored.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Benjamin & Maria Magdalena Nieland, her in-laws William & Kathryn Neumann, her sister Armella Nuehring and her husband Kenny, her brothers LaVern and wife Coletta Nieland, Elmer and wife Adele Nieland, and Harold in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque during this difficult time especially Courtney, Amy, Peggy & Diane.

Mom you will forever take a part of us with you and a part of you will stay within each and everyone of us, until we join you in that card game in the heavens we will be smiling at the memories we have created together.

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



Mary Anne Kean


Mary Anne Kean, 96, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of St. John Drive died Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 20 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Mary Anne was born on April 18, 1922 in Gregory, South Dakota, the daughter of Mathais A. and Anna L. (Matthews) Crilly. She attended high school in South Dakota and was a Clarke College graduate. In 1946 she married James J. Kean at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mary Anne was a secretary for the Rapid City US Airforce Training School during WWII. She later worked alongside her husband at their family photography business, Mould Studio, until her husband's death on July 20, 1979. For 10 years she worked as costume director and cook with Sr. Mary Xavier at Clarke College. She was also employed as low vision coordinator at the Tri-State Blind Society.

Mary Anne was a longtime member of Resurrection Church and was involved in many church activities. She was a proud member of the Democrat Party. During the elections she worked tirelessly organizing election campaigns and volunteering at the polls.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Joanne) Kean, of Dubuque, Pat (Josh Wallace) Kean of New York, NY., and Tom (Therese Ragatz) Kean of Dubuque; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her children, Joan Litzinger and John Kean; and her sister, Ellen McDonald.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Mark D. Oberhoffer


Mark D. Oberhoffer, 64, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Mark was born on August 5, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Marilyn (Aliesch) Oberhoffer. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1972. On August 22, 1975, Mark married Peg McGovern at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

His career in law enforcement spanned 33 years before his retirement in 2008 from the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department.

Mark was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a fire arms instructor for Dubuque County and volunteered as a hunter safety instructor. Mark was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Alliance Executive board, the Kiwanis Club and Masonic Temple Metropolitan 49.

Surviving are his wife, Peg of Dubuque, IA; his children David (Trisha) Oberhoffer of Adel, IA, Dana (Casey) Cooney of North Liberty, IA and Ryan (Kristi) Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Caleb, Carson and Joshua Oberhoffer, Keira Cooney, Owen and Theo Oberhoffer; his brothers Jeff (fiance' Lori Cray) Oberhoffer and Jerry (Pat) Oberhoffer both of Asbury, IA; his sister-in-law Kay Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his in-laws Fred McGovern, James (Susan) McGovern Ann (Loren) Dietrich, Mark McGovern, Kevin (Patty) McGovern, Loretta McGovern, Maureen (Rich) Smith, Patty (Cal) Zumbach, Michele (Ron) Bussan and Kristin (Dan) Doer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Michael and sister-in-law Paula Oberhoffer; and his father and mother-in-law Mark & Dorothy McGovern.

A Mark Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.

Mark's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Fire Department and Officer Cross.

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



Darlene A. O’Connor


Darlene A. O'Connor, 86, of Dyersville died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at St .Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Darlene was born May 14, 1932, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Leo A. and Alvina (Bries) Meyer. She married Francis J. O'Connor on June 21, 1949, in New Vienna, Iowa, a marriage that lasted 65 years until Frank's death in 2014.

Darlene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who enjoyed cooking for her family and playing games with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include 3 children: Judy (Bill) Engler of Dyersville, Tom (Yong) O'Connor of Katy, TX, and Kris (Clint) Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tim (Lindsay) O'Connor of Seattle, WA, Jennifer (Craig) Borchers of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Lisa Engler of Oakland, CA, Samantha and Grace Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 1 great grandson, Donovan O'Connor; siblings: Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Mary Heinrichs of Dyersville, one brother-in-law, Bernard O'Connor of Mundelein, IL, a sister-in-law, Nancy O'Connor of Ankeny, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, siblings: Leo (Virginia) Meyer and Alvin (Dorothy) Meyer, brothers-in-law: Bob Heinrichs, Dr. Lowell O'Connor, Louis O'Connor, and a sister-in-law, Jean O'Connor.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Univ. of Iowa Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and